Archive for Def Jam

“Shut Em Down'” by Public Enemy ( Pete Rock Remix )

Posted in Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop History, Music, New York City, Soundbites, YouTube Classics with tags , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Pete Rock Invented the remix before Puffy invented the remix, simply put. Just check the discography.

This PE track is just hard and  politically charged classic Public Enemy ,  but smoothed out with a great Pete Rock verse, and dont ever sleep on Pete Rock. The man can clearly produce with the best of them , but my man could rhyme as well.

"Another Pete Rock Remix"

The Pete Rock Remix Track List is like an early 90’s billboard chart, House of Pain, Run DMC, PE, Mary J, Madonna..and do you remember an obscure MC named A.D.O.R.E….lol

When Pete was at the top of his game, he was always in demand and rightfully so.

Its all about those horns man…..enjoy the track!

“Strictly Business” by EPMD (1988)

Posted in Hip-Hop, History, New York City, Rappers, YouTube Classics with tags , , , , , , , on April 22, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

"cuz Im strictly business"

Fine, at this point its obvious I am longing for the golden era of hip-hop, but isn’t that the beauty of music. It is timeless and with so much access to so much media, why not celebrate the past as much as possible.

Which brings me to Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith aka EPMD. I first heard EPMD in 8th grade and they were hard.  When I first encountered “Strictly Business” I was blown away. The green-eyed bandit crushes and the first album  was some serious late 80’s boom bap. The first EPMD record came out on a tiny indie known as Sleeping Bag Records, but it would not be long before Russell and Lyor came calling and EPMD was signed to Hip-Hop powerhouse Def Jam. Collabos with LL Cool J would follow and eventually the creation of the Hit Squad : EPMD, REDMAN, DAS EFX, KSOLO, and KEITH MURRAY (more on that team later)…..can you say “HeadBanger”????

“Cuz I’m Strictly Business”

“Steppin to the AM” by 3rd Bass

Posted in Hip-Hop, History, Music, New York City, Rappers, YouTube Classics with tags , , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

oh man the nostalgia continues, if this isn’t JV basketball practice at The Dwight School circa 1989, I don’t know what is!

3rd Bass perhaps should be considered the original white boy rap group, The Beasties were  a totally different animal (In a good way) But the way Serch and Pete Nice dropped it was like okay white guys can do this and actually pull it off well, street credibility fully in tact

MC Serch and the Prime Minister Pete Nice, the song still rocks. “The Cactus Cee/D” is actually a much slept on Def Jam classic.

I have heard through the grapevine that Pete Nice lives in the sleepy village of Cooperstown, birthplace of baseball and is a bit of a baseball historian. Man after my own heart.