Posts Tagged ‘Rap’

Stump Juice presents: Alvin Davis & Friends

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Searching through my archives during another digitsing session & I came across this gem.

Stump Juice presents: Alvin Davis & Friends, Feb 1995 by Alph on Mixcloud

This is the first appearance of Alvin Davis & his collaborators the MC’s Moose & Dr Funk.

This was also one of the earliest recordings from Stump Juice. This was only a few months after we opened. This is significant as this is the earliest live guest recording. It is also the first upload to Mixcloud without a tracklist.

 

Alvin has forged a successful career, particularly Stateside, where he has made a number of high profile appearances on US TV, as well as working with some incredible artists. Check out his Myspace page here.

We were lucky as they almost didn’t make it; traffic breakdowns & technical problems (radio mics, dropout from the desk) seemed to be against all of us.

 

The sound quality probably isn’t as good as normally, but I’m sure the energy & vibe more than comes across and makes up for this.

From the improvising of Alvin over our instrumental selections to dropping breaks for the MCs to do their thing, this captures the spirit of the club & what we did.

We were so into we forgot to turn the tape over!

 

We were blessed with several more appearances form Alvin & the gang; each time was unique & special. Those that remember can attest to the fun we all had back then.

 

Regarding the tracklist (or lack of one), normally I wouldn’t as I’m very picky about following rules, but as this is the anniversay year, I thought it’d be worth it. Also, in order to presumably to keep record companies & rights holders happy, the site now uses recognition software, identifying popular tunes.

Hopefully, I’ll get the tracklist properly sorted; in the meantime – enjoy!

…and That’s All…….

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

People of a certain age will have been saddened by the death of Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of the Beastie Boys, after a long battle with cancer.

Whilst the group has an enviable back catalogue, stayed ahead of the game by re-invention & diversification (Grand Royal record label & magazine to name a few), I think their true legacy has been making legitimate for white kids (often, but no way exclusively middle class) to like & listen to rap music.

Now, before anyone starts having a go or making race-based accusations, let’s not forget, there has been previous precedent; there has long been a phenomenon those in the music industry have tried to exploit which I call ‘The Elvis Effect’, that is to say finding white artists that can make or front music that is or originates in the black community (some now call it ‘Urban’ for the sake of political correctness, but you get the point).

I call, it the ‘Elvis Effect’ after the often repeated story of a record producer prior to finding Elvis looking for a ‘White guy that sings like a Negro’.

Regardless of the accuracy of this anecdote, from Elvis, to Eminem & beyond, the juxtaposition, combining ‘white marketability with black credibility’ has been seen by certain industry bods as a bit of a ‘holy grail’ & when it happens, can be hugely profitable. Indeed, Eminem was well aware of the ‘Elvis Effect, often making reference to it on his early singles & parodying it in his videos.

Now like Elvis, The Beastie Boys were actually quite talented, their change to a raucous, ‘frat-boy’ image proving to be a shrewd move (although many Volkswagen owners at the time would disagree) They themselves have inspired many artists, black as well as white, notably Jay-Z as well as Eminiem citing the group as touchstone.

I still remember hearing ‘Hold It Now (Hit It)’ and trying to get hold of a copy for ages, only to pick it up years later.

Whether the remaining members choose to continue as a unit or decide to call it a day out of respect for Adam, they can be assured the legacy will continue to be a wealth of inspiration for a long time.

RIP R.A.R

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Onlt 2 weeks into the new year & already a great light has gone out of the world.

Legendary New York DJ/Producer/Performer, Raul A. Rodriguez passed away on Jan 4th this year.

I was only made aware of this fact as the great DJ Friction posted an incredible  tribute mix on Mixcloud.

Along with contemopraries such as Mann Parrish (for whom her produced the seminal b-boy classic ‘Hip Hop Be Bop’) & John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez, he helped change the face of dance music, as well as influencing the wave of electro/rap from the early 80’s.

Any b-boy/hip hop fan of a certain age will have at least one record he wrote, mixed, remixed or produced & it’s a great loss.

If you’re unfamiliar with his output, Friction’s mix provides a worthy overview of his work as well as being a fitting tribute

Discomusic.com has an obituary that you can find here

Can You Guess?

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Another upload Another mix.

The second of my mashups done using very basic equipment. This is essentially the ‘first pass’. The final version I remember got props when I first pulled it off, and I’ll probably put it up. Hoever, I think this is just as good.

Blast From The Past – MC Lyte

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

My latest mix ‘Birthdat Girl Beats’ has had a couple of plays & comments have been positive. A bit of (vain) random checking of the playlist for buying/download options lead me find the offical website for MC Lyte.

Whiles she’s not recording as much nowadays, she’s quite involved in community projects & also DJ’ing.

Here’s the latest mix she’s put up: