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If you like, no love 90s hip-hop like we do, then this is the show for you. Performing live at the BB King’s on 17 June will be Naughty By Nature, Nice & Smooth, Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, MC Lyte, Raekwon, Showbiz & AG, Lord Finesse, and Diggity Das Efx. 

Not a bad line up for 30 schillings. More after the jump live 90’s Hip-Hop


What’s up good people, our apologies for the lack of updates. We were putting the finishing touches on The Repositioning to get ready for you all. 

But we’re back in business, speaking of which so is Maxwell. We had posted the video to his latest single a while back. It looks like he’s on a promo tour right now and will be in town at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on 22 July. He did a show not too long ago at the United Palace Theater in the Washington Heights that got great reviews. Sounds like a possible date night maneuver. I’m not telling you what to do, I’m just saying you got a good shot at some positive points with this one.

More info after the jump: Maxwell Live @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 22 July 

The Repositioning

We’ve been posting a few tracks from this project in the last few weeks. Today’s the release of the full project from the Aqua League  (hey that’s us!) on Ironhorse Music featuring a couple of New York’s greatest indie artists such as Sleepwalkas, Triboro, Prezzure, Niles, DougSimpson, Mojo from Dujeous, and Euphon just to name a few. 

Not a bad collection of good music at the recession proof rate. 

Download The Repositioning

New material from Amerie looks to be the first single from her project due out on her new label Def Jam. Good to hear her back in the industry. Shouts to Hip-Hop Update.


prezzniles 2

Wow we get two tracks from the homie Prezzure this week. This one is his second single from his upcoming project CanYaFeeliT??? Tag-teaming on the UFO sample is Niles. Umm…yeah the title really explains how they handled the track. Also be on the lookout for Niles as he readies his new mixtape When The Clock Strikes xII due out real soon.

Rumor has it that there will be some extra treats on The Repositioning due out on May 26 as well. I can’t let it all out of the bag, but there will be some iced oatmeal, lemon, and warm soft batched chocolate chip treats on the project for you all to enjoy.

Download Prezzure feat. Niles  – Go In

I spotted this over at Kevin Notthingham, I’ve been listening to this non-stop since I downloaded it. Granted it’s one long file, but it’s well worth the listen, as Quest blends some original recipes together for a little over 45 minutes.
Shouts to Maciej Hajnrich on the graphic as well.


Here’s the tracklisting:

1. Arc Choir – “Jesus Walks” (Mapleshade) (Kanye West – “Jesus Walks” (Roc-A-Fella))
2. Nu Birth – “You’re What I’m All About” (?) (Biggie Smalls – “Player Anthem (X-Ray))
3. The Whatnaughts – “I’ll Erase Away Your Pain” (Priority) (Kanye West – “Late” (Roc-A-Fella))
4. Main Ingredient – “Let Me Prove My Love To You” (RCA) (Alicia Keys – “You Don’t Know My Name” (J Records))
5. Silvia Striplin – “You Can’t Turn Me Away” (Charly) (Junior M.A.F.I.A. – “Get Money” (X-Ray))
6. The Temptations – “I Don’t Know What It Is, But It Sure Is Funky” (Motown) (Common – “The Corner” (Geffen))
7. Honey Cone – “Innocent Till Proven Guilty” (Fantasy) (Common – “Testify” (Geffen))
8. DJ Rogers – “Faithful To The End” (RCA) (Common – “Faithful” (Geffen))
9. Luchi DeJesus – “Round About Midnight” (?) (KRS ONE – “A Friend” (Jive))
10. Dynasty – “Adventures In The World Of Music” (Solar/Sequal) (Camp-Lo – “Luchini” (Profile))
11. Willie Mitchell – “Grovin’” (Hi) (GZA – “Liquid Swords” (Geffen))
12. Wendy Renay – “After The Laughter Come Tears” (Stax/Altanta) (Wu Tang Clan – “Tearz” (Loud))
13. The Charmels – “I’ll Never Grow Old” (Stax/Altanta) (Wu Tang Clan – “Cream” (RCA))
14. Dione Warwick – “You’re Gonna Need Me” (Invictions) (Usher – “Throwback” (Arista))
15. Billy Cobham – “Heather” (Wounded Bird) (Souls of Mischief – “93 Till Infinity” (Jive))
16. Beherd Wright – “Halboglabotribin’” (BMG) (Snoop Dogg – “Gz & Hustlaz” (Death Row))
17. Jack Bruce – “Born 2 Be Blue” (Atco) (Smith N Wesssun – “Buck Town” (?))
18. Aretha Franklin – “Call Me” (Rhino/Atlanta) (Slum Village – “Selfish” (Capitol))
19. Quincy Jones – “Summer In The City” (A&M) (Pharcyde – “Passin Me By” (Delicious Vinyl))
20. Joe Simons – “Before The Nite’s Over” (?) (Outkast – “So Fresh & So Clean” (Arista))
21. Peabo Bryson – “Born 2 Love” (Unknown) (Nas – “2nd Childhood” (Sony))
22. The Chi-Lites – “That’s How Long I Love You” (Unknown) (Jay Z – “Dec 4″ (Roc-A-Fella))
23. Abdel Halim-Hefes – “Khasiaraya-Gar” (EMI Arabia) (Jay Z – “Big Pimpin’” (Roc-A-Fella))
24. Labi Siffre – “I Got The” (Mr Bongo) (Eminem – “My Name Is” (Aftermath)/Jay Z – “The Streets Is Watching” (Roc-A-Fella))
25. Samuel Johnson – “My Music” (Columbia) (Jadakiss – “We’re Gonna Make It” (Ruff Ryders/Interscope))
26. Milt Jackson – “Olinga” (CTI) (Tribe Called Quest – “Award Tour” (Jive))
27. War – “Magic Mountain” (Rhino) (De La Soul – “Potholes In My Lawn” (Tommy Boy))
28. Ahmad Jamal – “Swahililand” (20th Century) (De La Soul – “Stakes Is High” (Tommy Boy))
39. Gap Mangione – “Diana In The Autumn Wind” (GRC) (Slum Village – “Fall In Love” (Capitol)/Jaylib – “Official” (Stones Throw))
40. David McCallum – “The Edge” (Capitol) (Dr Dre – “Next Episode” (Aftermath))
41. Creative Source – “I Can’t See Myself Without You” (Sussex/Polydor) (Freeway – “What We Do” (Unknown))
42. Average White Band – “Love Your Life” (Rhino) (Tribe Called Quest – “Check The Rhyme” (Jive))
43. Funkadelic – “Let’s Take It To The People” (Westbound) (Tribe Called Quest – “Everything Is Fair” (Jive))
44. Ronnie Foster – “Mystic Brew” (Blue Note) (Tribe Called Quest – “Electric Relaxation” (Jive))
45. The Chi-Lites – “Are You My Woman?” (Brunswick/Eugene) (Beyonce – “Crazy In Love” (Columbia))
46. The Meters – “Oh Calcutta!” (Josie) (Amerie – “One Thing” (Sony))
47. McCoy Tyner – “Impressions” (Milestone/OJC) (Black Sheep – “The Choice Is Yours” (Mercury))
49. Nirvana – “Indiana” (White) (The Roots – “Dynamite” (Geffen))

This is dedicated to all of the Foreign Exchange and Bob James fans out there. Just a short sidebar,  if you don’t know anything about Bob James’ Nautilus you really haven’t been listening to hip-hop that long. It’s one of the the most sampled songs in hip-hop history, so I’m pretty sure you’ve heard it before and never knew the title of the song….Alright even if you STILL don’t know what it is, just pretend like you do for now.

Back to business after reading on his site, turns out that Nicolay was approached by the folks who were putting together a project called Sampling Bob James: The Nautilus Project in which DJ’s and producers would present their take on the song. So instead of sampling the song he re-created the track from scratch and added his twist to the song.

New track from Heltah Skeltah, actually it’s a remix of the original from Coalmine Records’ The Foundation which was released earlier this year. If you’re diggin’ the remix check the original along with the rest of the tracks from The Foundation via iTunes.

In the meantime enjoy the remix produced by M-Phazes with Dj Revolution on the zigga-ziggas.


New video for Mos Def’s single Casa Bey off of his upcoming project The Ecstatic. The song was floating around for a few but we get the video to go along with things which isn’t a bad look. The new project is scheduled for release on 9 June.


Here’s a new treat from the upcoming project, The Repositioning, scheduled for release on 26 May featuring Queens emcee Prezzure. We kind of sort of leaked this to a couple of folks already (honestly just a few) and the response has been very positive, but we’ll leave it up to you to decide. You can catch up to Prezzure online via his site or on Twitter. Dude’s Twitter game is crazy, I saw him posting at EOW on stage during the MC Team Challenge! That’s dedication to the grind right there.

Download Wow (Take A Look At Me Now)

I just realized the subtitle is longer than the title!