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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ULTRAMAGNETIC MC's - "Ain't It Good to You" [PAUL C Mix]

Damn, this is a real gem that TR Love and Marc Davis' label Black Pegasus dug up for us right here! Limited to 200 copies this piece of vinyl features a previously unreleased version of Ultramagnetic MC's "Ain't It Good to You" (as heard on 1988:s stone cold classic "Critical Beatdown"), mixed by none other than the legendary super engineer Paul C. Check out the official track description and the promo video below, and head over to Black Pegasus Music to grab a copy while they're still around.

"Just like the album version it uses the Manzel "Jump Street" sample, but this time around TR and Ced-Gee chopped and programed it slightly different on the SP1200. The track is sped up a bit faster and adds more of the soulful parts from the break beat. As incredible as the programming is the real power of this record comes from late all-star engineer/producer Paul C.'s mixing and editing of this Holy Grail.

Once again Paul C.'s innovative 808 bass sounds are still damaging ear canals while he manages to add a slight twist with Ultra incredible drops (different from the album) that are perfectly timed and bring out the best of Kool Keith and Ced-Gee's scientific flow!! When you hear the verse where Kool Keith lyrically insults the great Rakim with "I see your balls of clay with x vision/I'm a scientist your stage lights are weak/they get dimmer every time I speak" you really feel the wrath of Ultra!! The Sweet vocal side and the triple O.G. instrumental makes this unseen release a true Ultra sure shot!"

ZION I Feat. Sadat X, Opio, Mr. Lif, Kev Choice, Deuce Eclipse - "Get Urs"

The duo of Zion I can be very interesting but I can't say that I feel they deliver every time. For example, they just dropped their new free EP "Libations" which features six tracks of varying quality. However the posse cut "Get Yours" featuring the crazy line-up of Sadat X, Opio, Mr. Lif, Kev Choice and Deuce Eclipse is definitely a banger. Check out the track below or stream/download the entire EP @ Zion I's Bandcamp. On the other hand their earlier "The Masters Of Ceremony" is a lot stronger and well worth a listen!

PHAROAHE MONCH - "Get Down" [prod. M-PHAZES]

While Pharoahe Monch's "Post Tramautic Stress Disorder" LP is blasting through most serious hip-hop heads speakers on a daily basis, Coalmine Records lets loose of another ill single from the Mighty Pharoahe. "Get Down" is produced by the often very impressive M-Phazes with cuts by the equally impressive DJ Revolution. The track is lifted from Coalmine Records upcoming compilation / mixtape "Unearthed" which drops May 13. Now with this record available for listen basically the entire project is available to stream track-by-track.

EDIT - I just realized that Coalmine is not only selling this as a digital single on sites like iTunes, but are actually pressing up a limited run of 45 singles with the instrumental on the flip. You can pre-order it @ Fat Beats for its 4/29 release date.

Monday, April 21, 2014

YOUNG ZEE - "Problems" / "Everybody Get" [Q-Tip Remix]


Before Tha Outsidaz was a name known outside Brick City, Young Zee managed to get a record deal with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis label Perspective Records. Two promo singles was released in '96, the Ski produced "Problems" (which I dug up the music video for which you see up top) and "Everybody Get". Unfortunately like so many other dope '90s albums, "Musical Meltdown" as it was titled was shelved but not before a very limited amount of promo cassettes had been sent out to publications and radio stations for reviews and promotion. Strangely enough, The LP only received a two mics rating in The Source which I find quite odd considering that it's exactly a pretty banging record with guest verses and production by Lauryn Hill, KRS-One, Rah Digga, Ski Beatz, PaceWon, Twista. That wack The Source review might very well have been one of the reasons the album never got an official release  as critics pulled a lot of weight back in those days.

However, the vinyl heads at Dope Folk Records have finally made the album available to collectors via a two volume vinyl pressing for $20 each. Unfortunately the first volume, featuring the first 30 minutes of the album, is already out of print but Part 2 can be purchased here. Since it's limited to 300 copies you'd better hurry up if you want one for your collection. Once they are out of print I will upload the entire album here @ The Lost Tapes since it definitely deserves to be heard by as many people as possible if you ask me. One real cool thing about Dope Folk Records reissue is that they dug up a previously unreleased Q-Tip remix of the single "Everybody Get", and we all know that mid-'90s Abstract beats are pure GOLD. Check it out below...

[EP] IRON BRAYDZ - "Verbal sWARdz"

"Verbal sWARdz" is a 10 track mini album slash EP by North London emcee and producer Iron Braydz. This is no doubt some nice hardcore hip-hop right here, and it's especially impressive considering that Iron Braydz not only provides the lyrical premise but is also behind the majority of the beats. Another main plus is that the project features guest verses from no lesser legends than Prince Po, Sean Price and Phat Kat. Bang your head to this!

[Remix Tape] MOBB DEEP vs. DRASAR MONUMENTAL

With the release of Mobb Deep's suprisingly sick "The Infamous Mobb Deep (Super Deluxe Edition)" I figured this was a perfect time to bring out producer/DJ Drasar Monumental's 13-track remix album of his personal interpretations of some of the M-O-B-B's hardest joints. The mix is called "Remix Weaponry" and was created in 2011 for VendettaVinyl and is a free download that comes highly recommended as it features Mobb's vintage lyrics over Drasar's bombastic sample heavy producion. Of course followers of The Lost Tapes are well aware that Drasar Monumental is one of the most intersting producers around in my opinion; so much in fact that his two projects with MF GRIMM, "Good Morning Vietnam (Pts. 1 & 2)" was considered the best project of 2013 by yours truly, In further news considering "Good Morning Vietnam Vol. 3" , I just got words from Drasar that 95% of the project is now completed and GRIMM is rhyming like a man possessed on these tracks. How about that?! Stay tuned for more news...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

D.I.T.C. - "Diggin' In The Crates" [DJ Premier Remix]

A few days ago D.I.T.C. unleashed The Alchemist remix of the rare OC & AG track "We All", with came with the announcement of a "D.I.T.C. Remix Project" featuring exclusive versions of classic D.I. joints by the likes of Diamond D, Buckwild, Lord Finesse, Showbiz DJ Premier, Apollo Brown, 9th Wonder, Marco Polo, Bink! and of course The Alchemist. Thanks to the DJ Premier Blog we now get to hear another single from the May 7 project, and though it's a radio rip it's actually very good quality though I think it cuts off a minute or two before the track actually ends. The track in question is the DJ Premier remix of the ultimate Diggin' classic - the first posse cut ("Diggin' in the Crates") from Showbiz & AG's 1991 EP "Soul Clap / Party Groove". At first every major news site was mentioning the remix album as a free album (as in a digital only LP), but the more I dig for info it seems that it will be at least released on a limited quantity CD. For more info visit DITCEnt.com, the newly launced Diggin' website. In the meantime, much thanks to the DJPB and bang your head to this!!

DELTA - "Missing Link" [prod. Amed]

D.I.T.C. affiliate Amed is currently in the lab cooking up some marvelous shit, including the first single, for XL - the newly formed group consisting of  Sadat X and El Da Sensei. Though he's output isn't exactly mindblowing, I awyays love hearing a new Amed beats as he have never, ever dissapointed and he knows how hardcore boom bap is supposed to sound. Therefore I wanted to share with y'all one of his most recent productions that I think a lot of y'all have missed out on. Dela is an Austalian artist who in February released his third album "Pyramid Schemes" which features an absolutely ruggedly sick Amed beat on the track "Missing Link" (Milano also makes an apperance on the album). TURN IT UP!!

[Album] A-PLUS - "Legrowlize It Vol. II"

Souls Of Mischief producer/emcee A-Plus have created some absolutely amazing beats throughout the years, some really good zone out material and in honor of the 4/20 celebration he lets loose of a 30 minutes free project entitled "Legrowlize It Vol. II" (check out "Legrowlize It Vol. 1" as well in case you missed it before). Featuring 30 minutes of kush-influenced instrumentals created under the influence between the late '90s and early '00s, made on an ASX-Pro. Presented by Annette Eyewear "this is the perfect perfect to crank up and zone out to. Enjoy responsibily". 

PRO STATUS x THE MILITIA - "Emceeism" (Ft. Rome Clientel & Curtessy)

South Afrian golden era boom bap masestro The Militia has been hard at work since he first burst on to the scene a few years ago, dropping project after project; the next doper than the last. His latest venture is an album with emcee Pro Status called "Above The Rhyme". The final single before the free album drops on April 24 is called "Emceeism" and is a beautiful soul banger featuring Pro Status going head-to-head with Elmira, NY's super lyrical Rome Clientel and West Coast spitter Curtessy. In case you missed the first single, check out "You Could Be The Master" here and be sure to check back here on Thursday for a link to the full project.

ARMY OF THE PHAROAHS - "God Particle" [Mr. Green Remix]

Through his extensive work with PaceWon and Malik B. I have during a rather short time became a huge fan of the brilliant production work of Mr. Green. Here he takes on Army Of The Pharoah's latest single "Curse Of The Pharoahs", originally produced by Blastah Beatz. Mr. Green's Live From The Street Team (which also includes beat head Sam Lipman-Stern gives the joint a more laid-back vibe with a beautiful accoustic piano melody taking center stage backed up by powerful cuts, and a ill bass and drums combination. Considering how different these two versions are they work great as a back-to-back listen.

"God Particle" features verses from Vinnie Paz, Celph Titled, Planetary, Apathy and Esoteric. Army Of The Pharoah's new album "In Death Reborn" drops April 22 on Enemy Soil Records - to check out the tracklist, production credits and pre-order the CD head over to UGHH.

[Press Kit] GANG STARR - "Step in The Arena" (1990)

Can you believe that it's now been four years since the tragic passing of Keith "GURU" Elam? Forever one of my favorite artists and the work he did with DJ Premier as Gang Starr has truly made him immortal. Although they did release their debut album "No More Mr. Nice Guy" in 1989 it was really with "Step in the Arena" that the Gang Starr saga truly began. In this press kit video seen above a young Premier and Guru discuss the creation of the now classic LP as well as featuring clips from live shows and in-studio sessions. A true gem in other words! As a little bonus I uploaded a HQ rip of the original 12" version of "Just to Get A Rep", the one with the extra GURU verse that was missing from the LP for some reason.

[DJ Mix] LORD FINESSE - "Soul Synopsis Mix"

Lord Finesse is not only known for being a punchline king and producing hardcore hip-hop bangers, but he's just as talented behind the wheels of steel. In particular he's fond of creating seamless blends of sweet soul classics such as here on his new "Soul Synopsis Mix". Perfect for a chill Sunday evening where you just want to kick back, perhaps with that special person in your life.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

[Mixtape] THE 45 KING - "The Best of 45 King"

This is an amazing mix by the great legendary DJ and producer Mark The 45 King called "The Best of The 45 King" that I stumbled across some time back that I thought a lot of y'all should love as much as I do. It's only 20 minutes long but it features a wonderful blend of classic 45 King moments, rare tracks, breakbeats and snippets of the original samples. There's no question in my mind that 45 King is one of the greatest, yet most underrated producers, to ever do it and this lil' mixtape is a perfect way to spend 20 minutes listening to great music. What is interesting is that there's at least two or three Jay-Z collaborations that I never heard before. Press play, enjoy and TURN IT UP!!

VADO / PRODIGY / CHINX - "Zoo Music"

Under normal circunstances I wouldn't consider Vado Lost Tapes materiial but this single "Zoo Music" not only features another stellar recent P feature but a real soothing beat provided by Dolla Bill Kidz. I can dig it!

ANTI-LILLY & PHONIKS - "14 Til'"

Just the other day I came across the EP "Autumn in New York" by proudcer Phoniks whose blend of acoustic jazz and boom bap literally blew me away. For the Souls Of Mischief homage "14 Til'" emcee Ant-Lilly has enlisted just Phoniks to catch that jazzy soul sound. Video directed by Catch&ShoorViuals. Nice lil' summer anthem riht here!

[Album] L.E.O. & CARNAGE - "The Boombox Theater"

You might remember Flushing, Queens artist L.E.O. (Love Equals Omnipotence) for his 2008 free album "Spiritual Intelligence", which was entirely prdóduced by Large Professor. Since then L.E.O. has been hard at work with his group Unleashed By Science, releasing muaic videos for "Manipulation Under Anasthesia" and  "The Killshot", both from their free EP "Rooftop Logic".. Now L.E.O.'s back again, teaming up with fellow wordsmith for the release of their joint album "The Boombox Theater". I'm not too acquainted with Carnage but they do have a nice chemistry together and the beats is constantly banging evoking the golden era of hip-hop. And it's a free doownload none the less, so be sure to give it a chance!

[Tracklist] COALMINE Presents "UNEARTHED"

As far back as September 2012 Coalmine Records announced the release of an upcoming compilation album featuring exclusives from their label roster. A whole bunch of singles we're released from September '12 to the late spring of '13 but then any word on the project just seemed to die out - despite all singles being pretty damn mindblowing. Lucky for us, it turns out that the project was simply on hold and both a tracklist, artwork and release date has now been announced. The 20+ tracks that makes up "Unearthed" is mixed by the legendary DJ Revolution (released May 13) though a Deluxe Edition will consist of an unmixed version of the project (released May 27) which also includes three bonus tracks (including a brand new Diamond D remix). 

Check out the tracklist below and click on the linked songs to listen; damn, I didn't realize just how many of these singles have already been released but almost every single track here are up for streaming so enjoy! I gotta say all these joints on the same project found here is simply unbelivably sick. You can pre-order @ FatBeatsUGHH or iTunes.

Disc 1: Mixed by DJ Revolution
01. Unearthed (Intro) [feat. DJ Revolution] (prod. by Young Cee)
02. Pharoahe Monch – Get Down (prod. by M-Phazes)
03. Bang This (Interlude)
04. One Dae – Bang This (prod. by Marco Polo)
05. Revolution’s House (Interlude)
06. Big Noyd, Large Professor, Kool G Rap – Naturally Born (prod. by Ayatollah)
07. Blu (feat. MeLa Machinko) – Kiss The Sky (prod. by M-Phazes)
08. Royce da 5’9″, Skillz & Diamond D – One For The Money (prod. by G-Squared)
09. El Da Sensei – Show Stoppa (prod. by DJ Devastate)
10. Apathy & Celph Titled – School for Scoundrels (prod. by Ayatollah)
11. Guilty Simpson & Small Professor (feat. DJ Revolution) – On The Run
12. Drop ‘Em (Intro)
13. The Rockness Monstah - Drop 'Em [prod. by Bean One]'
14. Rah Digga (feat. Fashawn & REKS) – Never Back Down (prod. by M-Phazes)
15. Torae – Real Talk (prod. by Young Cee)
16. Guilty Simpson & Small Professor (feat. Boldy James & Statik Selektah) – I’m The City
17. The Artifacts – Easter (prod. by Khrysis)
18. Land of the Crooks (Interlude)
19. Sean Price, Billy Danze, Maffew Ragazino & DJ Babu – Land of the Crooks (prod. by M-Phazes)
20. Blu & Nottz (feat. Nitty Scott, MC) – Boyz II Men
21. Most Confident (Interlude)
22. Wildchild & MED – Most Confident (prod. by Create & Devastate)

Disc 2: Untagged Deluxe Edition
01. Unearthed (Intro) [feat. DJ Revolution] (prod. by Young Cee)
02. Pharoahe Monch (feat. DJ Revolution) – Get Down (prod. by M-Phazes)
03. One Dae – Bang This (prod. By Marco Polo)
04. Big Noyd, Large Professor & Kool G Rap – Naturally Born (prod. by Ayatollah)
05. Blu (feat. MeLa Machinko) – Kiss the Sky (prod. by M-Phazes)
06. Royce da 5’9″, Skillz & Diamond D – One for the Money (prod. by G-Squared)
07. El Da Sensei - Show Stoppa (prod. by DJ Devastate)03. Artifacts (feat. DJ Revolution) – Easter (prod. by Khrysis)
08. Apathy & Celph Titled – School for Scoundrels (prod. by Ayatollah)
09. Guilty Simpson (feat. DJ Revolution) – On the Run (prod. by Small Professor)
10. The Rockness Monstah – Drop ‘Em (prod. by BeanOne)
11. Rah Digga (feat. Fashawn & REKS) – Never Back Down (prod. By M-Phazes)
12. Torae – Real Talk (prod. by Young Cee)
13. The Artifacts - Easter (prod. by Khrysis)
14. Sean Price (feat. Billy Danze, Maffew Ragazino & DJ Babu) – Land of the Crooks (prod. by. M-Phazes)
15. Blu & Nottz (feat. Nitty Scott, MC) – Boyz 2 Men (prod. by Nottz)
16. Wildchild & MED – Most Confident (prod. by Create & Devastate)
17. Royce da 5’9″, Skillz & Diamond D – One for the Money (Mananz Remix)
Bonus Tracks:
18. Royce da 5’9″, Skillz & Diamond D – One for the Money (Mananz Remix)
19. Guilty Simpson & Small Professor – On The Run (Ran Reed Remix)
20. Blu & Nottz – Boyz II Men (Diamond D Remix)

Friday, April 18, 2014

[New 52] MidaZ The Beast - "Here I Come"

I've missed out on a couple of weeks of MidaZ The Beast's The New 52 series so it's time to catch up for y'all. The last one I posted was #13, the inspired freestyle over Dilla's powerful "King", and today MidaZ let loose of another one of his vintage collaborations with IMAKEMADBEATS called "Here I Come". Press play on the embeded player up top while below you'll find volumess 14 and 15 below; "You Got It" is another freestyle over a low-key Dilla banger while "Writer's Block" is a soulful wondertrack that might just be my favorite New 52 joint yet. I can't fucking wait to get a vinyl copy of the 16 or so greatest tracks from this series.


[Video] KRS-ONE - "True School"

Backed with the right production KRS-One is still one of the absolute best emcees to ever grab a microphone, perhaps even the greatest. Bang your head to his latest single "True School", produced by French born producer DJ Jean Marion. This boom banging track is the first single from Marion's producer driven follow-up to his critically acclaimed "Run MPC" album features a bunch of NY legends going in over Marion's production including Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, M.O.P., Mobb Deep/Big Noyd, Edo G, REKS, and Skyzoo. The album hit retailers on April 29 and can be purchased directly from DJJeanMaron.com or iTunes if digital is more of your thing.

DOMINGO x KOOL G RAP - "Sessions Vol. 2"

Following up on my last post, the second volume in Domingo's upcoming "Sessions" series focus on unreleased collaborations with another super lyrical legend - Mr. Kool G Rap. Check out the two first singles below, "Foul Cats Remix" and the original version of "Risin' Up". HEAT!


DOMINGO x KRS-ONE x CHANNEL LIVE - "Sessions Vol. 1"

I always felt New York producer Domingo's been a particularly underrated beat slinger despite churning out timeless classics like KRS-One's "The MC", Fat Joe's "Part Deux", Big Pun's "The Dream Shatterer" and many, many others. Good news then that he's got two upcoming projects on the way called "Sessions". Vol 1 in this series features previously unreleased music from The Blastmaster and Channel Live. Check out two singles below; "New York, New York" by KRS-One from 1999 (could this have been created for the original "Maximum Strength" LP?) and Channel Live's "Rethink, Replan, Refine".


[Album] ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN - "Mr. Brown's Revenge"

Encyclopedia Brown is a new name to me but listening to his new mixtape "Mr. Brown's Revenge" there's no doubt the man got skills. Like so many other talented but relatively unknown spitters operating today, Brown is a representative of Chicago whose last release was  a 2004 mixtape entitled "Brown Sound Vol. 1". Now he's back with the follow-up that, featuring a very well-rounded sound with Brown going through a wide range of topics and themes over stellar production from Madlib, Marley Marl, Karriem Riggins, Exile, 9th Wonder, Statik Selektah, Damu The Fudgemunk, House Shoes, Vanderslice and the late Nujabes. Strongly recommended; don't sleep!

[Album] THE UN - "U N Or U Out" (ReIssue)

In 2005 Roc Marciano, Dino Brave, Mic Raw and Laku released their one and only album as The UN, the brilliant hardcore set "U N Or U Out". Although I was lucky enough to get ahold of a copy when it first dropped, it quickly went out of print and if it's one 2000s album to deserve being in print it's this one. With the gritty street realism provided by Marciano, Dino Brave and the rest and hard hitting pure hip-hop beats courtesy of Oddisee, Pete Rock, Large Pro, and Mahogany, there's really not many albums that's as unbelivably dope as this one. Luckily for those of you who missed it while it was still in print, Fat Beats have reissued the album on both CD, cassette and vinyl as well as digital @ iTunes. In addition to the original 14 tracks this version includes two equally fat joints recorded around the same time. "UN Da House" appeared on the "World Domination" mixtape but the other bonus track "For Da Love" is entirely new to my ears and an absolutely stunning track. Fat Beats have uploaded the entire album as a free stream for your listening pleasure below. Spotted @ Collectors Item (peace Brandon).

DE LA SOUL / DILLA - "Smell The D.A.I.S.Y." vinyl EP


Barely two weeks ago De La Soul released their free mixtape "Smell The D.A.I.S.Y.", an eleven track set made up of Plug One to Three getting busy over nothing but J Dilla beats. Not only was it a fantastic idea on paper, but as it turned out it was actually one of the most exciting releases 2014 has yet had to offer. A vinyl release of this is an obvious purchase so you can imagine how happy the news of the EP actually seeing a liimited 12" release made me. 

Now as dope as that sounds, for some reason they have gone with the decision to release it as an instrumental version only. There are so many posthumous Jay Dee releases (both vocal and instrumentals) out there by now that I have a hard time seeing the logic. Especially considering that Dave's and Pos' performances on these beats were simply mindblowing. The reason for the decision is stated in the press release as follows: "We decided to release an all instrumental version of 'Smell The D.A.I.S.Y.' to give people the eperience of a J Dilla beat tape that we were so lucky to receive. These beat tapes were the spring board that generated creation and inspiration for us". Fair enough, but considering that similiar things have already been attempted I must say I think it's a dissapointing route considering how fantastic the vocal version are. Oh well, the wax is limited to 1000 copies so go to WeAreDeLaSoul.com for more information.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

[Video] INNOCENT? Feat. SEAN PRICE x RUSTE JUXX - "Silent Murder"

Jut over the last couple of days there's been more updates to The Lost Tapes thn I'm used to, but there's been a steady stream of very ill music coming so just press play and nod your head in agreement. Innocent? is a completely new name to me, but apparantly he's a Brooklyn emcee, and he manages to hold his own against Ruste Juxx and Sean Price. "Silent Murder" is an early sneek peek into an upcmig compilation called "Killin' The Game" courtesy of T.H.E.M. Recordings.

DJ PREMIER on "Memory Lane (Sittin' in Da Park)"


With all the hype surrounding Nas' 20 year anniversary of his classic debut "Illmatic" DJ Premier takes the opportunity to reminisce about the creation of what is many listeners favorite joint on the LP - "Memory Lane (Sittin' in Da Park)". Preem talks about how he wasn't really feeling the beat he programmed at first but once Nas recorded his verses it all fell into place. I'm sure most of y'all have heard the alternative, darker version of the song, but in case you haven't I've uploaded it for y'all below as it is a true grimey banger. Last but not least, with all the "Illmatic" hype, I'd strongly like to recommend you to get a hold of Matthew Gasteier's book on the album from the 33 1/3 series which is absolutely brilliant reading for any fan of the LP.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MOBB DEEP - "The Outcome"

Mobb Deep is definitely on a roll right now, haviing just released their best album in years with "The Infamous Mobb Deep", they now hook up with DJ Whoo Kid for "The Outcome", a track of DJ S. Whitt's upcoming mixtape "The Elevation 2". 

MEYHEM LAUREN & BUCKWILD - "Silk Shirts & Yellow Gold"

Just the other day the announcement of Queens to Brooklyn emcee/producer duo Meyhem Lauren and Buckwild revealed the upcoming May 29 release of a full-length LP entitled "Silk Pyramids". The first single is already now up for grabs; "Silk Shirts & Yellow Gold" sure as hell does not dissapoint... REWIND!!

JAY DEE - "Give 'Em What They Want"

Between "Welcome 2 Detroit" and "Champion Sound", Jay Dee was hard at work on his second solo album under the working title "Pay Jay" for MCA Records. The LP was a bit different from previous Yancey projects as it showcased his talents as a microphone maste while the beats were supplied by some of Dilla's inspirations - KanYe West, Pete Rock, ?uestlove, Karriem Riggins, Supa Dave. Biml amd a bunch of oters. The MCA deal also included the signing and release of a ful-length by local unknowns Frank-N-Dank, "48 HRS", entirely produced by James Yancey. Unfortunately both projets were ultimately shelved, but not long ago the FND album was released on CD and 2xLP (along with the instrumentals) on Yancey Media Group That leaves Yancey's MCA solo the only release left that the late Detroit legend actually woked on and had full creative control over.

Back in 2011 a rough rip of the album was leaked as "Pay Jay" and featuring 10 songs and an alternative mix. The closing track on that bootleg was a joint called "The Diary" and listening to the lyrics and overall vibe of the track - it was quite easy to see that this was actually the intro to the album, so it comes as no suprise that "The Diary". Now finally Pay Jay Records, the label run by the Dilla estate, is releasing the full album in all its glory and as far as I am concerned this is by far the most interesting Jay Dee release since 2006:s "The Shining". Two 12" singles have been released previously visa Rappcats, ("Trucks" B/W " "; "Diamonds" B/W "Ice") and now a third and final EP is being made available before the actual alnum is unleashed,

"Give 'Em What They Want" is produced by Dilla himself, while the B-side "The Doe" features another vocal performance oof the same lyrics set over a completely different Supa Dave West track. Last but not least, the EP is rounded out with another Supa Dave West produced cut called "So Far", which I believe is the same as "No One Knows" on rhe original bootleg. The EP of courss also ncludes instrumenals to both the A and Bösude. The EP is released on May 5 and can be picked up from Rappcats.com.                                                                                                                                   .