donderdag 9 december 2010

Hip Hop Year lists 2007-2009

As the year 2010 slowly draws to it's end, i traditionally start to try and make sense of all the music that came out this year (yes, me too). As opposed to before, this time around i have a much neglected (sorry about that) blog where i can share my personal selection with the world. I still have a lot of pouring over leaked tracks, obscure albums and hypes i overlooked to do, but I thought it would be nice to build up towards my 2010 selection with some previous years end lists. So here goes..

2009 selection

001/ Jay Electronica – Exhibit C
002/ Raekwon – Wu Ooh (f. Ghostface & Meth)
003/ Jay-Z – Death of Autotune
004/ Royce da 5’9 – Dinner Time (f. Busta)
005/ the Roots – How I got over
006/ Blakroc – Ain’t nothing like you (f. Jim Jones & Mos Def)
007/ Clipse – Popular demand (Popeyes) (f. Camron)
008/ Bishop Lamont – Hallelujah (f. Xzibit)
009/ DJ Quik & Kurupt – 9x’s outta 10
010/ Zwart Licht – Bliksemschicht
011/ Elzhi – Deep
012/ Lupe Fiasco – Fire
013/ Wale – Mirrors (f. Bun B)
014/ J Dilla – Reality TV (f. Black Thought)
015/ Raekwon – 10 Bricks (f. Cappadonna & Ghostface)
016/ Mos Def – Auditorium (f. Slick Rick)
017/ DJ Deckstream – Life is good (f. Mos Def)
018/ A-Alikes – Sirens in the distance (f. Mos Def)
019/ J Cole – Back to the topic
020/ BK One – American nightmare (f. Brother Ali & Scarface)
021/ Reflection Eternal – Back Again
022/ Redman – Coc back (f. Ready Roc)
023/ Beanie Sigel – I go off (f. 50 Cent)
024/ Clipse – Doorman
025/ Lil Wayne – No ceilings (f. Baby)
026/ Jiggy Dje – Doeniejiggy
027/ De La Soul – Forever
028/ Alchemist – Smile (f. Maxwell & Twista)
029/ Cradle Orchestra – Food for Thought (f. OC)
030/ Reflection Eternal – Just begun (f. Jay Electronica, J Cole & Mos Def)
031/ Kid Daytona – Air born (f. Bun B)
032/ Kempi – Stratiblues (f. Mr.Probz)
033/ Blu – Amnesia
034/ Common – Strange fruit (f. John Legend)
035/ Fashawn – Boy meets world<
036/ Tanya Morgan – She’s gone (f. Phonte & Brittany Bosco)
037/ Noble Society – Forgiveness (f. Jahdan)
038/ Winne – Lotgenoot
039/ Mos Def – Priority
040/ BK One – the True & Living (f. Raekwon & I Self Divine)
041/ Obie Trice – Roughnecks
042/ Random Axe – Monster babies
043/ KRS One & Buckshot – Runnin’ away (f. Immortal Technique)
044/ Marco Polo & Torae – Double Barrel (f. DJ Revolution)
045/ Truck North – Never ending flip
046/ Fiddy – Death to my enemies
047/ Maccabeez & Godz Wrath – Barber’s Chair
048/ Nneka – Changes (f. M1 & Steele)
049/ Wale – Hot Shyt (f. Peedi Crack, Black Thought, 2face & Young Chris)
050/ Slum Village – Nitro (f. Young RJ)
051/ Young Chris – Class of my own
052/ Diamond District – Who I be
053/ Keelay & Zaire – Cali 2 NY (f. Rasco, Planet Asia, Hassaan Mackey & Slo Mo)
054/ Saigon & Statik Selektah – the Rules
055/ Peter, Bjorn & John – Stay this way (Jazzy Jeff mix)
056/ Statik Selektah – the Thrill is gone (f. Styles P & Talib Kweli)
057/ Sha Stimuli – Move back (f. Freeway & Young Chris)
058/ Sean Price & Buckshot – the Feeling
059/ Freeway & Jake One – Know what I mean
060/ Young Jeezy – I Got this (don’t worry)
061/ Hef – Get money
062/ Jiggy Dje – Hey DJ
063/ DJ Premier – 2009 BET cipher (f. Mos Def, Black Thought & Eminem)
064/ Fresku – Twijfel
065/ Red Light Boogie – Welcome me in (f. Rockness)
066/ Blaq Poet – I Getitin
067/ Statik Selektah – Critically acclaimed (f. Lil Fame, Saigon & Sean Price)
068/ Nneka – Walking (f. Jay Electronica)
069/ Sean Price – Figure four
070/ Jay Electronica – Because he broke the rules
071/ Jay Electronica – Victory is in my clutches
072/ Ghostface Killah – Stay
073/ MF Doom – That’s that
074/ Mr. Probz – My Old Self
075/ Drake – the Calm

2008 selection

01. Nas – Opening Scripture
02. Kool G Rap – On the rise again
03. Fat Joe – That white
04. Reks – Say goodnight
05. Black Milk – the Matrix (f. Pharaohe Monch, Sean P & Premier)
06. the Roots – Get Busy (f. Dice raw & Peedi Crack)
07. Busta Rhymes – Don’t touch me
08. Rustee Juxxx – Get up (f. Lil Vic)
09. Outkast – Royal Flush (f. Raekwon)
10. Scarface – Emeritus
11. Statik Selektah – Get out my way (f.Bun B)
12. Termanology – How we rock (f.Bun B)
13. Jake One & MF Doom – Trap door
14. the P Brothers – Outta Control (f. Roc Marciano)
15. Elzhi – Motown 25 (f. Royce the 5’9)
16. J Live – the Upgrade (f. posdnuos & oddissee)
17. Statik Selektah – For the City (f. MOP & Jadakiss)
18. B.O.B. – Grip your body
19. Q-Tip – Getting up
20. Jean Grae – Love thirst
21. Shawn Jackson – feelin’ Jack
22. Erykah badu – the Healer
23. Stay Epps – floatin
24. Exile – In Love
25. Lil Wayne – a Milli
26. Jay-Z – Brooklyn (go hard)
27. T.I. – Swagger like us (f. Kanye, Jay-Z & Lil’ Wayne)
28. Scarface – Forgot about me (f. Lil Wayne & Bun B)
29. Royce the 5’9 – Done Talkin
30. Shabazz the Disciple & Hell Razah – Welcome to red Hook Houses
31. Heltah Skeltah – Everything is Heltah Skeltah
32. Ice Cube – gangsta rap made me do it
33. Slim Thug & Devin the Dude – Bitch I’m back
34. Bishop Lamont – Grow up
35. Nas – Fried Chicken (f. Busta Rhymes)
36. Jake One & MF Doom – Get ‘er done
37. the Roots – Rising up (f. Chrisette Michelle)
38. Adele – Cold Shoulder
39. Jazmine Sullivan – Live a lie
40. N.E.R.D. – Spazz
41. Nneka – Heartbeat
42. Gnarls Barkley – a little better
43. the Black Keys – Psychotic Girl
44. Joe Budden – Better me
45. Jay-Z vs Coldplay – XYZ
46. Wale – Cyphr (f. Young Chris, Freeway & Beanie Siegel)
47. Guilty Simpson – Run (f. Sean P & Black milk)
48. Nas – What it is
49. 50 Cent – the Mechanic
50. Prodigy – ABC
51. Heltah Skeltah – Insane
52. Lil’ Wayne – dr. Carter
53. Royce the 5’9 – Shake this
54. Pete Rock – 914 (f. Styles P & Sheek Louch)
55. DJ Babu & MOP – Dearly Departed
56. Lord Finesse – Real Talk (f. Grand Puba) lark chillout mix
57. Presto – Conquer Mentally (f. Sadat X, OC, Extra P) Large Pro mix
58. Dela – Chill (f. Large pro) lark chillout mix
59. Killer Mike – God in the building
60. Young Jeezy – Crazy World
61. G-Side – Youth of the Ghetto
62. Kidz in the Hall – Drivin down the block
63. Clinton Sparks f. the Clipse & Pharell – Still got it 4 cheap
64. N.E.R.D. – everyone nose
65. Common – Universal Mind control (PMC mix)
66. Young MC – Know How (gutter mix)
67. TC – Wheres my money (caspa mix)
68. Kid Cudi – Day n Night (Crokkers mix)
69. JVT – Hollereer
70. Snoop Dogg – Sexual Eruption
71. T-Pain – Chopped n Screwed (f. Ludacris)
72. Kanye West – Heartless
73. Jesse Boykins III – Tabloids
74. Raheem DeVaughn – Mo Better
75. Al Green – Lay it down (f. Anthony Hamilton)
76. Jazmine Sullivan – Resentment
77. Sabrina Starke – Do for love
78. Erykah badu – Soldier
79. 88 Keys – MILF (f. Bilal)
80. the Game – Letter to the King (f. Nas)
81. Nas – Testify
82. Devin the Dude – I don’t chase em (f. Snoop)
83. Lil’ wayne & Young Chris – paradise
84. the Game – Compton Story
85. Killah Priest – the World
86. Endemic – Robin Hood Theory (f. Timbo King & Planet Asia)
87. Hell Razah & Shabazz the Disciple – the Obituary
88. DJ Rerok – the Corner (f. ras Kass & DV alias Khryst)
89. GZA – Alphabets
90. Ludacris – MVP
91. Jiggy Dje & FS Green – 1
92. Hef – Puur
93. Nas – Sly fox
94. Jay-Z – Jockin’ Jay-Z (Travis Barker mix)
95. Jay Electronica – Exhibit A: Transformations
96. the Roots – Rising down (f. Mos Def & Styles P)
97. Mark Ronson – just (Premier mix)
98. Gnarls barkley – Who’s gonna save my soul
99. Jazmine Sullivan – Need u bad
100. Ziggi – Need to tell you this

2007 selection

01. UGK f. Outkast – International players anthem (I choose you)
02. Devin the Dude f. Snoop & Andre3000 – What a job
03. Blu & Exile – Soul amazing Steel blazin
04. DJ Jazzy Jeff f. J-Live – Practice
05. EMC – What it stand for
06. Common – the People
07. Pharoahe Monch – Push
08. Camp Lo – Black Hollywood
09. Busta Rhymes – Step Up
10. Duvel Duvel – Let niet op mij
11. Redman – Back in da Buildin
12. Scarface – Never
13. Brother Ali – Faheem
14. Stephen Marley f.Mos Def – hey Baby
15. Concrete f. M1 (Dead Prez), umi & D-Son – When they come
16. Nas f. Cee Lo – Less than an hour
17. Jay-Z f. Nas – Success
18. Saigon – Don’t you (baby)
19. Playaz Circle f. lil Wayne – Duffle Bag Boy
20. Beanie Siegel f. Scarface & Raheem Devaughn – Rain (bridge)
21. Young Buck f. the Outlawz & Dion – Drivin down the freeway
22. Hi tek f. Talib Kweli & Dion – Time
23. Cunninlynguists f. Phonte & witchdoctor – Yellow lines
24. GMB – Sunday Blue sky
25. Tragedy Khadafi – I am the streets
26. Marco Polo f. Kool G rap & DV alias Khryst – Hood tales
27. Hell Razah f. Timbo King, Tragedy Khadafi & RA the Rugged man – Renaissance
28. Killah Priest – How many
29. Rakim, Nas, KRS One & Kanye West – classic
30. Talib kweli – Listen
31. 50 Cent – Smile
32. Lil Wayne – Gossip
33. KRS One & Marley marl – Hip Hop lives
34. Joell Ortiz – Hip Hop
35. Chrisette Michelle – Good girl
36. Bilal & 88 Keys – MILF
37. Morgan Heritage – Brooklyn Jamaica
38. Collie Buddz – Blind to you
39. Albo Rosie – Kingston town
40. Damian jr.Gong Marley – Something for you
41. Santo gold – Shove it
42. the Cool kids – Gold and a pager
43. Kanye West – I wonder
44. Common – the Game
45. Black Marvel – Tell me
46. NY Oil – waddup my wigga
47. Haffa – the king is dead
48. Killah Priest – Osirus Eyes
49. RA the Rugged Man – Super
50. Sean P f. Rockness – P-Body
51. Dion – Gangsta Gangsta
52. U-Niq – actie reactie
53. Hell razah – Buried alive
54. RZA f. Talib kweli, Suga Bang – Certified Samurai
55. Wu Tang Clan f. George Clinton – Wolves
56. Sticks f. Shyrock & Rico – weg kwijt
57. Dizzee rascal – Pussyole (old skool)
58. Outkast – art of storytelling part 04
59. Scarface – Boy meets girl
60. Jay-Z – ROC boys
61. Statik Selektah f. Styles, Termanology & Q-Tip – Stop, look & listen
62. Public Enemy – see something, say something
63. Prodigy – return of the mac
64. Bishop lamont – no stoppin
65. Joell Ortiz – Brooklyn bastards
66. Jay Electronica – Renaissance man
67. Ghostface Killah f. Method Man & Masta Killa – Killa Lipstick
68. Duke & Gonzo – majestic
69. Typhoon – zo niet mij
70. Kanye West – Everything I am

vrijdag 7 mei 2010


This is another one people have been asking me to revisit. Since i posted some of these demos a couple of years ago, this has been done better and more comprehensive by others (probably before as well), but i think it still serves as a beautiful time document that is worth posting again.

Most people ain’t trying to hear it when you are shopping them. Kool G rap couldn’t sell Nas to any label and it took Serch a while too before Columbia saw the potential. Jay even started Rocafella because nobody would offer him a decent deal. KRS started his Juice crew war over the fact that Mr.Magic wasn’t trying to hear his early BDP tracks. However, in retrospect it’s always fun to hear the first steps of artists who later became certified superstars (or at least much respected). Over the years i stumbled over a couple of these demo’s on the internet and i wanted to share them with you. This is for the listeners…

Most of these are not really demo’s but early features and freestyles. It’s no secret Hova started out as a sidekick to Jaz-O, his feature on ‘Hawaiian Sophie’ is probably the best known example of this period. The other notable features are with Original Flavor who had some momentum at the time, Jigga steals the show though. It’s also with O.F. where he gained his first stage experience, touring with the crew.‘What’s in a name’ cleverly uses some famous names from that time and ‘I Can’t get with that’(which was a b-side to in my lifetime on payday) showcases Jay’s fast flow. This collection was compiled by 'Vinyl' by the way.

This here is a rare glimpse into a time before The great adventures, Ricky D probably already enjoyed massive success with the Show and La-di Da-di. On this track you hear him playing around, freestyling over a basic drummachine loop. He shouts out his Kangol crew and Doug E Fresh and displays his incredible talent for setting a scene with just a couple of bars. Hail to the Ruler!


This is supposedly the original demotape that Kool G Rap and later Serch shopped around (more likely it's a collection of tracks from around that period). All of these songs have been widely spread on the internet, showcasing a pre-illmatic Nas that already shows the promise of one of the greatest. On some tracks like ‘I’m a villain’ and ‘number one with a bullet’ you can still hear the G Rap influence dominating his style (the Kool Genius of Rap also features on the latter), but on tracks like ‘Déjà vu’ the brilliance of Nasty Nas prevails. ‘Understanding’ also features the first ever appearance of a young AZ.
Ever since i first heard 'Microphone fiend' as a teenager (it had been out for at least 5 years, i'm not THAT old), Rakim Allah has been my personal favorite. He was only 18 when he dropped his debut, My Melody, but recently even older material has surfaced. This is an outtake from a high school party in Wyandanch (Long Island), where the 'R' grew up. He was still rhyming under the 'Kid Wizard' name, as he called himself before he found righteousness, and appears along Biz Markie was already fairly succesful at that time with Roxanne Shante. Ra has not perfected his style just yet and especially the first verse betrays his influences from old school heroes like Cold Crush and Kool Moe Dee. However, the second verse (5:10) definitely shows a glimpse of the emcee this kid was about to become in the following years. The greatest indeed.

This collection of Biggie Smalls demos and early freestyles paints an amazing picture of the emcee before the success of Ready to Die. It features all the demos Biggie did with DJ 50 Grand and Mr.Cee and then some. His amazing timing is already evident, but at this time also done over more uptempo production. Last time around i already had some of these, but with DJ´s talkin over them and as far as i can hear, these are all original. Big thanks to whoever compiled this. Listening to these tracks Biggie Smalls remains the illest.

Big Daddy Kane & Kool G Rap - Raw (demo)

Here I am, R.A.W.... Kane was tearing em up in the late eighties and Raw was the perfect example of that. This demo right here steps the rawness up a couple of notches, with G Rap stepping up to push the Big Daddy even harder. It reminds me of Finesse & Percee P's famous clash in Paterson Projects, the energy is that crazy. When these two go at it, you get Hip Hop at it's finest really.

Last year WIDEawake entertainment, a Canadian company, has bought the rights to Death Row's infamous catalog including all the unreleased material and outtakes from the days when Suge reigned supreme with the Chronic and Doggystyle. I can tell you back then we were fiending for anything snoop and the demo's included here would've been the most sought after treasures. Thanks to the internets they are now available, although these are pretty bad cassette tape rips only diehard G-funk fanatics will truly appreciate at this point in time. Hopefully our Canadian friends do the right thing and release these in CDQ and proper mix sometime soon.

Also included is an actual 213 demo. Again in bad quality due to the cassette tape, but if you can listen through that you will hear a unique pre-chronic/deep cover Snoop going at it with Warren G. The unique voice stylings are already there, I wonder if this is the track that got Dre’s attention? Besides the 213 demo and the Death Row outtakes this link also features the 'Over the counter' tape Snoop put out in 1991.

Wu-Tang Clan

Some people claim that the Wu’s early work was badly engineered and had that vintage basement sound, but listening to these demo’s they stepped it up a lot one their later releases. RZA lays the foundation to the signature sound on here with some very early versions of later Wu-Bangers. The unique style and swagger that made the wu movement so big, with such an impact, is already evident. They did grow a lot from this 92 demo to 93’s Enter the Wu-Tang… and i’m glad they did. Still the greatest run of albums a Hip Hop group will ever have (and i love Tribe!).

A Tribe Called Quest

Speaking of those Midnight Marauders, here's a couple of demo's from ATCQ for good measure. Included are some demo versions and unreleased songs from the Ummah period as well as the white label for Phife's If Men are Dogs. the real gem here must be the demo to Scenario with entire different lyrics from the Native Tongue family members. It's a nice peak into their working process, but it's probably fair to say they went with the better version eventually.

This joint still sounds like the old school sound that KRS’ generation revolutionized. The influence of a Melle mel is definitely heard. Also the Synth/bongo sound didn’t make way for the JB breaks yet. The young KRS does already show his teacher persona attacking the crack epidemic of that time. He evolved from this powerful, yet rather average mc to one of the biggest Hip Hop artists of his generation.

O to the C made a lot of heads turn when his classic ‘Time’s up’ dropped in 94. His debut album is still an underrated 90’s eastcoast classic. He was first heard on Organized Konfusion’s fudge pudge, but the talented DITC lyricist had a demo out at that time as well. These tracks showcase an already mature artist that was ready for his ‘word…life’ and ‘jewelz’ records. Damn shame he never really made it above ground really….

Pharoahe Monch/Organized Konfusion

Speaking of OK, Pharoahe and Prince Po had their own demo out some years before that. The virtuoso flows of the duo (then known as Simply II Positive) are already evident on here. The influence of a Rakim and a G Rap is more obvious on here, but the signature cadence is already there. On the demo track to ‘Prisoners of war’ their knack for original concepts also shows.

These are really some early Fame tracks, but since Fame went on to become one half of Brownsville’s hardest; MOP, i will look at it as a predecessor to their work. These two tracks indicate the hardcore mentality of the young fizzy Womack, but the sound is still funky and less adrenaline induced- in your face than the later work the Mash Out Posse put out. The tracks were featured on the 92 'the Hill that's Real' compilation that showcased the local Brownsville, Brooklyn talent.

Common (Sense)

Com has always been artist whose artistic growth was evident from album to album. In retrospect his debut album ‘Can i borrow a dollar’ almost sounds like a demo. Here's his first 7-track demo that won him Unsigned Hype status at the Source back when it still mattered. As a bonus i threw in some instrumentals that were supposedly meant for Com's underrated Electric Circus project (Thanx Quest!).

Black Moon

The distinct jazzy laidback jeep sound from the Beatminerz combined with Buckshot’s gruff voiced singsong flows were not there from the very start. The same crew is responsible for this uptempo demo in a typical early nineties NY style. The Bucktown attitude is already there, as well as the obvious talent and the duckdown chants. Interesting start to one of NY’s nicest movements from that era. The track eventually appeared on the debut single ('who got the props') as a b-side and on their diggin in da vaults compilation.

Dead Prez

Hip Hop’s favourite militant act of recent times started out as just that. These early demo’s indicate the same political mindstate that made them relatively famous, but have a more traditional eastcoast sound than the more progressive sounds and flows featured on their debut album (which had some of the earlier Kanye beats) and later work. Nevertheless these are some dope conscious tracks from the RBG’s.

Not exactly a demo, but still a great listen. This track actually had some momentum in the early nineties and features a young DMX without the style that made him a household name in the late 90s. With the decline of his career over the last years, the only time he makes headlines nowadays is when Darkman X clashes with the law. Born loser after all??

Another underground favorite. I was fiending to hear these cats when they came out at the time. I got into Hip Hop through graffiti in the early nineties and to have artists combine the two artforms was right up my tagged up alley. I was able to grab the last available copy at the recordstore in Amsterdam, but was persuaded to surrender the record by Mental Kees before i could actually cop it. That night he played some tracks on the national Hip Hop radio show (Villa65) and shouted me out. It helped a little bit against the regret i was feeling at the time. Either way, this here is the unpolished demo to their first single Wrong side of the tracks. Unlike the single this version features Brand Nubian's Lord Jamar. After the second album Artifacts desintegrated and El da Sensei and Tame One basically kept busy in the margin of the underground scene.

Pete Rock & CL Smooth - T.R.O.Y. (demo)

As soon as those amazing horns come in every head knows one of the greatest Hip Hop classics is on deck. however, the demo version (or was it a remix?) didn't have the distinctive Tom Scott sample. Instead it has a female singing a hook over a sparse, uptempo soul groove. Needless to say they made the right decision changing up the beat, turning it into a hallmark of 90's eastcoast Hip Hop.

Mobb Deep/Poetical Prophets

So yeah, Mobb Deep were pretty much a kidsgroup when they debuted in 1993 with Juvenile Hell. Hell, they hadn't even reached their twenties when the Infamous dropped. But even before all that they were the Poetical Prophets (coming straight out of NYC's high school of Art & Design). As you can see below they were nice enough to win the Source's Unsigned Hype even way back then. Stretch Armstrong posted one of their demos all while back, but besides that gem this link also features demos from the period around the Infamous album. Even considering how young they were at that time, that album is about as gangster as it gets. I guess you grow up quick in QB.

maandag 26 april 2010

RERUN: Twann's Summermadness (2005)

For those who haven't heard it and have become curious, here's a quick rerun of the original Summermadness. It was compiled after making cassettetapes for the good part of every summer in the nineties, so it features the hottest songs accumulated over those years. Obviously the focus is on Hip Hop, so bump this over your speakers with the bass turned all the way up:

twann's summermadness (2005)

001. DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh prince - Summertime
002. Black Sheep - Summa the Time
003. DeLa sunshine skit
004. Lootpack - When I be on the Mic
005. Common & Vinia Mojica - the Sun God
006. Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek - the Blast (feat. Vinia Mojica)
007. Erick Sermon & Marvin Gaye - Music
008. Masta Ace - Beautiful
009. tha Dogg Pound - Big Pimpin
010. the Game feat. Nate Dogg - Where I'm from
011. Dr.Dre - XXXplosive
012. Dr.Dre - Let me ride (extended funk mix)
013. NWA - Always into Something
014. Eazy E - Real Motherfuckin G's
015. Ice Cube - U know how we do it
016. Warren G - This is the Shack
017. Outkast - Player's Ball
018. Grand Puba - I like it
019. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Back on the Block
020. Lord Finesse - hip 2 da game
021. Large Professor - Ijusswannachill
022. Rakim - Remember that
023. Main Source - Just hanging out
024. Sister Nancy - Bam Bam
025. Tanya Stephens - It's a pity
026. Foxy Brown - Oh Yeah!
027. Shyne - Bad Boy anthem
028. Afu Ra - D&D Soundclash (feat. Cocoa Brovaz & Jahdan)
029. Barrington Levy - Live intro
030. Barrington Levy - Here I come (broader than broadway)
031. Max Romeo & the Upsetters - Chase the Devil
032. Horace Andy - Skylarking
033. Lee Perry - City too hot
034. Damian Marley - Welcome to Jamrock
035. Mr.Vegas - Heads High
036. Blak Twang - So Rotten (feat. JahMali)
037. Born Jamericans - Yardcore
038. Pacewon & DJ Revolution - Any Champion
039. RA the Rugged Man - Chains (feat. Masta Killa & Killah Priest)
040. Ayatollah & Tek - All Massive
041. Ghostface Killah - the Splash
042. Ghostface Killah - the Sun (feat. Raekwon, Slick Rick & the RZA)
043. Mobb Deep - Backwards
044. Phife Dawg - Miscellanious (rmx)
045. Big pun - I'm not a Player
046. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Appreciate
047. Q Tip - Let's Ride
048. Kurious - Uptown Hit
049. R Kelly & Aaliyah - Summer Bunnies (rmx)
050. DeLaSoul - Breakadawn
051. Souls of Mischief - 93 til' infinity
052. OC - evaridate (feat. Pharoahe Monch)
053. J Dilla - Think Twice
054. Digable Planets - for corners
055. DeLaSoul & Maceo Parker - I be blowin'
056. Talib Kweli & HiTek - African dream
057. El da Sensei - Summer Bluez
058. Pete Rock & Vinia Mojica - Mind Blowin'
059. Slum Village - Fall in Love
060. a Tribe called Quest - Jam
061. Snoop Doggy Dogg - tha Shiznit
062. Dr.Dre & Knoc Turn'al - Bad intentions
063. Nature & Nas - Ultimate high
064. Will I Am & Terry Dexter - Lay me Down
065. Devin the Dude - Doobie Ashtray
066. da Ranjahz - Insp HER ation (feat. Cee Lo)
067. Jay Z - Feelin' it
068. AZ - Rather Unique
069. Mic Geronimo - Wherever you are
070. Pharcyde - Runnin'
071. CRU - Just another case (feat. Slick Rick)
072. DJ Jazzy Jeff - For the love of the Game (feat. Baby Blak & Paulie Yamz)
073. INI - What you say
074. Quincy Jones - Summer in the City
075. Raekwon & Carl Thomas - Ghetto
076. Alicia Keys - So Simple
077. Doveshack - Summertime in the LBC
078. Isley Brothers - Footsteps skit
079. Ice Cube . It was a good day
080. Notorious BIG - Big Poppa
081. Junior MAFIA - Get Money
082. Cam'Ron - Oh Boy (feat. Juelz Santana)
083. Redman - Smoke Buddah
084. Poor Righteous Teachers - Word iz Life
085. Jonell & Hitek - Round & Round
086. Snoop Dogg - Doin' too much
087. Domino - Ghetto Jam
088. Sweet Sable - Old time's sake
089. 213 - Another Summer
090. Jaguar Wright - Same shit, Different day (part 01)
091. Leela James - Music
092. Nappy Roots - Po' Folks (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
093. Twista - Sunshine (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
094. Jay Z - It's Hot (Some like it Hot)
095. Rico & Kubus - Buitenbad
096. 88 Keys - the Scott Steinway trio
097. Nuyorican Soul - You can do it (baby)
098. Roy Ayers - Everybody loves the Sunshine
099. Kool & the Gang - Summer Madness
100. Dj Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - Summertime (reprise)
101. (bonus track) Al Green - Summertime

Twann's Summermadness III (Sundance Festival) 2010

What better way to set off a blog than the long awaited third installment of the Summermadness series? Having endured one of the longest and coldest winters in recent memory, everybody seems to be yearning to soak up the warm sounds of sunshine like a hot bath. That is exactly what this is: a collection of music that plays as the soundtrack to BBQ's in the park, parties on the beach, drivin' around with all the windows down or manoeuvring through Amsterdam's glistening canals in a little boat filled with friends.

This is actually the first edition that is not made entirely from a Hip Hop perspective. Back in the analog days of Sony walkman (and later minidisc) these were made and circulated within a small circle of close friends. In 2005 the first digital edition emerged as a playlist and quickly found it's way beyond the usual suspects. The second edition followed in 2007 under the pressure of popular demand and was composed more accessible than it's predecessor, but lacked the experience of the cassette tape inspired original playlist from two years before (a re-edit may be done soon). This time around the musical influences are much more diverse and range from vintage soul to smoldering reggae and hot salsa, without forgetting the more contemporary soul and smooth Hip Hop flavors.

Hopefully this fresh collection of Summermadness reaches as many iPods as it's first two parts. With no further due, i give you part 3, the sundance festival. enjoy!!

sundance festival

001. Billy Stewart - Summertime
002. Spanky Wilson - Sunshine of your love
003. Osibisa - Sunshine day
004. Mocambo Allstars - the Next Message
005. Oddissee - Chocolate City Dreaming
006. the Heart Attack - Right Now
007. KC & the Sunshine Band - Ain't nothing wrong
008. the Rascals - Groovin'
009. Wizards of Ooze - Trippin'
010. Little Beaver - Get into the Party Life
011. Menahan Street Band - Make the Road by Walking
012. Prince Fatty - Melt Down
013. Quantic & his combo Barbaro - I just fell in Love again
014. Grupo X - Sunshine
015. Manny Corchado & his Orchestra - Up & Down
016. Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics - Yegelle Tezeta
017. Al Brown - Here I am baby
018. Byron Lee & the Dragonaires - 54-46 That's my Number
019. Sound Dimension - Real Rock
020. Black Slate - Amigo
021. CK Mann - Fa Wokoma Mame
022. Fela Kuti - Gentleman
023. Orlandivo - Onde anda o meu Amor
024. Clutchy Hopkins - the Old Spot
025. Paul Weller - Wild Wood (Portishead mix)
026. Ernest Ranglin - Surfin'
027. Lennie Hibbert - Village Soul
028. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - Better things to do
029. Willie Bobo - Evil Ways
030. Antonio Carlos Jobim & Jocafi - Kabaluere
031. the Quantic Soul Orchestra - Melodious Wayfarer
032. Mayer Hawthorne - Maybe So, Maybe No
033. Lee Fields - Ladies
034. Willie Hutch - Sunshine Lady
035. Isley Brothers - Groove with U
036. Smokey Robinson - Cruisin'
037. Marvin Gaye - Sparrow (Questlove mix alternate take)
038. Andreya Triana - Lost where I belong
039. Max Sledgley - Slowly
040. Stacey Epps - Floatin'
041. Plantlife - Luv 4 the World
042. El Michels Affair - Hung up on my Baby
043. Blockhead - Which one of you jerks drank my arnold palmer?
044. Menahan Street Band - Montego Sunset
045. Fat Freddy's Drop - Hope
046. Jazzanova - L.O.V.E. and You and I (Madlib's love phase mix)
047. Dexter Wansel - a Kool Summer
048. Azur - Love is so cold (feat. D'Angelo)
049. D'Angelo - Everybody loves the Sunshine
050. the Jacksons - Bless his Soul (interlude)

051. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Gangsta Luv (Mayer Hawthorne's G-Mix)
052. Katalyst - How about us (feat. Steve Spacek)
053. Electric Wire Hustle - They don't want
054. Jamie Lidell - A Little Bit More (Luke Vibert Mix)
055. Ryan Leslie - Just Right
056. Dilla - Won't do
057. Radio Citizen - the Hop (Hudson Mohawke mix)
058. Muhsinah - Always (smile) (instrumental)
059. Ben Westbeech - Nothing else
060. Jose James - Desire (Moodymann mix)
061. Ty - Wait a minute (Dwele mix)
062. Setenta - Funky tumbao
063. SUV - Nina (feat. Guy Calhoun)
064. Mos Dub - Summertime Running
065. Freddie Cruger - Running from love
066. Horseman - Gin & Juice
067. Major Lazer - Cash Flow (feat. Jah Dan)
068. Ginjah - Love music
069. Beres Hammond - I feel good (version)
070. Morgan Heritage - Live Up
071. Nas & Damian Marley - Land Of Promise (feat.Dennis Brown)
072. Postmen - Not a Day (remix)
073. Rox - My Baby Left Me
074. Guru - Certified (feat. Bilal)
075. Nottz - Shine So Brite
076. the Game - Cali Sunshine (f. Bilal)
077. Mos Def - Sunshine
078. Boogieman - Ghetto Love
079. Bishop Lamont - Grow up
080. DJ Quik & Kurupt - the Appeal
081. Keelay & Zaire - Take a ride (feat. Slo Mo, Mario Dones & AV)
082. Black Milk - Without U (feat. Colin Munroe)
083. Clipse - I'm Good (f.Pharrell)
084. Maino - Million bucks (f. Swizz Beatz)
085. Freeway & Jake One - She makes me feel alright
086. De La Soul - Forever
087. Jesse Boykins III - Shine
088. Maxwell - Luxury Cococure
089. Owusu & Hannibal - LeFox
090. Dwele - Feels so good
091. Omar - Essensual
092. Donnie - Cloud 9
093. Jhelisa - Friendly Pressure (Original Mix)
094. Daniel Merriweather - Chainsaw
095. Melanie Fiona - Give It To Me Right
096. Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators - If this ain't Love
097. Darando - Didn't I
098. Erykah Badu - Turn me away (get munny)
099. the Roots - The Juice of Chicago
100. Flying Lotus - Fall In Love (J Dilla Tribute)