Reading Material: The Triumphs and Tragedies of Larry Smith


If you're a fan of this blog it is likely that you've studied a production credit or two.  For that reason, I don't need to explain to any of you how influential Larry Smith was in molding the sound of rap music.  Here is an excellent article that chronicles the highlights of Larry Smith's production work and its impact on rap music.  Unfortunately, the article ends in bitter fashion by identifying yet another tale of a music legend languishing away forgotten and broke.  Read the article HERE.

Check the Technique Volume 2: A Mixtape for Hip-Hop Junkies - DJ Ayres and DJ Eleven



Considering how many mixes volume 1 inspired, I can't believe I've waited this long to cop volume 2. I can't encourage you all enough to buy both volumes of Brian Coleman's Check the Technique. To promote the latest volume, The Rub's DJ Eleven and Ayres released this mix containing every song discussed within volume 2.
A Mixtape for Hip-Hop Junkies. Records selected by DJ Ayres and DJ Eleven from the new book "Check The Technique Volume 2" by Brian Coleman. For more on The Rub including their 31 volume “History of Hip-Hop” mix series, visit http://www.itstherub.com - for more on Brian Coleman including “Check the Technique Volume 2,” visit http://www.WaxFactsPress.com!

Beat Pete & Wun Two - Vinyl Sessions #40



The Beat Pete mix I posted last week was a hit with many of you. I highly recommend you peep his youtube channel if you haven't done so already. The above video gives you a glimpse of what you'll find. It has everything I love; record shelves, home studio set-up, dusty music, SP-404 action, and just some hip hop dudes keeping the culture alive.

DJ Sheep Live at the Do-Over (2009)



I simply can't keep up with Sheep's work rate.  Here's a live mix from the Do-Over circa 2009.  The Do-Over crowd has always been a little on the annoying side, but the quality of mixes were certainly far better (and available) when the party was being held at Cranes Tavern.  I highly recommend you eat-up these Sheep mixes while they're around because nothing lasts forever.  Description of the mix below.  Enjoy.

DJ SHEEP ft. ALOE BLACC: LIVE AT THE DO-OVER [LOS ANGELES]
Recorded Live: 12th July 2009
Playing at the world-famous Do-Over party should be on every true DJ's bucket list. It's the best travelling party we have in the Outer Rim [a/k/a Earth for those not down with Star Wars]. I was planning to attend the Do-Over the weekend I played just to see what the hype was about. That plan changed when the phone rang at lunch with Aloe Blacc inviting me to play a set. I was really stoked but nervous all the same when I found out J-Rocc, Peanut Butter Wolf, Andy Votel and Mayer Hawthorne were on the bill!
A few hours later with next to no preparation and my hard drive, I'm up in Cranes Hollywood Tavern behind the wheels of steel with a glass of Sangria in hand having a lovely time in the Cali summer.
I set this mix off with a latin remix of DWYCK by Gang Starr, a couple more latin joints, a fat slab of funk and then it's nothin' but Boogie & Disco with a touch of Electro & Freestyle for the hour.
Massive shouts to Aloe-Blacc for holding down the mic. Peace to Chris Haycock and Maya Jupiter. Props to Los Angeles Times who did a feature on the Do-Over in which my mug ended up in that piece; it made my mum was proud when I gave her a copy. Thanks Do-Over, I hope to rock it with ya'll again! Definitely a huge highlight in my DJ "career". Keep rockin' the world!
peace. DJ Sheep
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The Slowcast Vol. 041 - Mixed by The Gaff



The Gaff is a soulful brother on the wheels of steel, a lifelong DJ with tight skills & cuts, a lengthy list of accomplishments, tonnes of records, heart & class. Gaff is also a renowned Producer, using ableton live, vintage equipment and a substantial record collection of over 10 000 lp's & 45's. One foot in the future, and one foot in the past. The Gaff's purpose is in elevating Hip Hop, Dance, Club and Electronic Sounds to a level easily combined with Funk, Soul & Jazz; resulting in amazing performances & instrumental production. The Gaff has rocked prestigious parties & clubs far & wide, NYC to LA: either by all vinyl 45 sets, or destroying it with tight scratching and turntable kung fu. Having just released the acclaimed & highly successful mix; "Soul Sisters Stand Up" with friend Skratch Bastid in 2012, the future holds a list of steady production releases as well as his long awaited debut album. The Gaff is often referred to as A DJ's' DJ, cited as a top favorite amongst some of the worldʼs best & titled by peers as one of Canada's greatest.
1. GAFF INTRO
2. THE GAFF - REPRESENT THE REALNESS
3. RHETTMATIC FT. FRANK NITT & M.E.D. - THE LIVE ONES RMX
4. DJ FORMAT-DOPEPUSHER FT. SURESHOT LA ROCK
5. SCRATCH 22 - MEDICINE MAN
6. WAAJEED - UNNAMED DEMO TRACK
7. PROCUSSIONS - THE FRINGE
8. DAG SAVAGE - WHEN IT RAINS FT. ALOE BLACC
9. THE RUB (FT. MISUN) - FEEL YOU
10. THE RUB - FEEL YOU (MARCO POLO RMX FT. LIL FAME)
11. KENDRA MORRIS - NO LOVE BUT YOUR LOVE
12. DAY - VQ
13. GITAR - NEW MARTYRS DUB
14. MR. SCRUFF PICKLED SPIDER GAFF BLEND XIOMARA SO FRESH SO CLEAN OVERTOP
15. ASTRUD GILBERTO - TAKE IT EASY MY BROTHER CHARLIE
16. B.MORGAN & R.COOPER - VOODOO!
17. CYMANDE - GENEVIEVE
18. GREYBOY FT. BART DAVENPORT - GENEVIEVE
19. JENNY LEWIS - BAD MAN'S WORLD (JAYL FUNK EDIT)
20. BRENDA RUSSELL - LITTLE BIT OF LOVE (SOULEANCE EDIT)
21. BRENDA RUSSELL - LITTLE BIT OF LOVE
22. MARC 7 - INHALE
23. SHAD & SKRATCH BASTID - OUTTA MY HEAD
24. MOONDOG - SYMPHONIQUE 6
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