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Mixtape Memories: A Dozen Classic Artist Mixtapes For Your Labor Day Weekend Listening Pleasure

Friday, September 4th, 2015

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Sometimes I find some stuff on the Internet that’s so lit I can’t bring myself to share it with everyone. I might tell a few close homies about it, but otherwise, nah—it’s too good to tweet about. Well my dog DJ E-Feezy, who is the man behind one of the greatest mixtape Blogspots in history—RecogTheReal—started a Soundcloud page earlier this year, and holy shit he’s been loading it more and more every week with nothing but mixtape classics. Craziness! And they’re all available for free download, too. Plus I like how he’s formatted them to be one long stream, so you can just press play and let them ride without having mad individual tracks clog up your iTunes. So if you want individual gems, go peep our Twelve Jewelz series. But this here right here is for the true mixtape heads who want that full, uncut raw.

With so much material on E-Feezy’s page to enjoy—from compilation mixtapes to vintage NYC underground radio show recordings to instrumental butters—I thought it might be fun for our latest Mixtape Memories feature to sift through his stash and highlight a dozen classic artist mixtapes that you can enjoy this Labor Day Weekend. Some of these were compiled by DJs without the artist’s involvement, some were collaborative efforts, and some are “Best of” style. But one thing they all have in common is simple—fire. Read/stream/download below, and big shout to the homie DJ E-Feezy from RecogTheReal for his dedication to the culture!

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Video Vault: 5 Classic D.I.T.C. Music Videos From 1995

Friday, June 26th, 2015

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

The more time I spend revisiting ‘90s gems for our Twelve Jewelz series, the more I find myself diving as deep as I can into the Diggin’ In The Crates crew catalog. To me, D.I.T.C. is the essence of New York street hip-hop, complete with gritty, boom bap, neck-breaking beats and sample-based jazz/soul sounds, and that witty, no-bullshit Big Apple talk. They’re a special rap collective that deserves to be celebrated more than they normally are, for sure. So as we continue our look back at one of rap’s most monumental years, we invite you take a break from the new shit and enjoy our latest Video Vault featuring 5 Classic D.I.T.C. Music Videos From 1995. Hit the jump to read/watch.

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NahRight & UpNorthTrips Present: Picture Perfect with Ricky Powell

Friday, August 8th, 2014

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Ricky Powell aka The Rickster, for those who don’t already know, is the man behind some of the most iconic images in the history of hip-hop and NYC street photography. Whether it was the Beastie Boys or Run-D.M.C. or Public Enemy, he was always up in the mix, ready to take professional photos of the early Def Jam scene on what he describes as “a hangout tip.” And he was heavy in the culture beyond that, snapping timeless shots of everyone from Basquiat to Eazy E to Big L (RIP to all), and hosting his infamous public access television show Rappin’ with The Rickster (which is now available on DVD), which gave people an opportunity to become acquainted with his extremely fun-loving personality. Point blank, dude has taken some of the illest rap flicks of all-time and is a legendary character in the game, so it was only right that we tap him for our Picture Perfect series.

Along with our brother Ev Boogie at UpNorthTrips, who we insist be recognized as the kingpin of the throwback rap photo wave that every other Instagram account seems to be riding these days, we carefully compiled ten classic pictures of different hip-hop artists Ricky Powell has taken over the years to ask him about for our latest edition of Picture Perfect. And it was an honor to listen (and laugh) as he told the stories behind them while walking the NYC streets, pausing at times to say what’s up to friends of his on the block (and his building’s new super), take a photo of a cute dog for his Instagram account, curse out a group of Sex and the City wannabees, dodge getting hit by a delivery man on a bicycle, and collect a rack from a Manhattan restaurant who recently put his work on display. This is Picture Perfect with the guy who dicked your girl—Ricky Powell.

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Video: Big L & Big Pun Freestyle in 1998 (Unreleased)

Friday, May 30th, 2014

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What we have here is some previously unreleased footage of Big L, who would have celebrated his 40th birthday today, participating in a friendly cypher with none other than the late Big Pun and Charlie Hustle. That’s right, two of the all time greats spitting a couple of their iconic verses in each other’s company. Mr. Coleman spits a portion of his “98 Freestyle” and Pun returns the favor with some bars that would eventually end up on “Super Lyrical”.

And that’s not all, hit the jump for an additional clip of L, in the studio with producer Ron Browz, reciting some bars from “Size ‘Em Up”.

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D.I.T.C. (Fat Joe & Big L) – Da Enemy (Bink! Remix)

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

For the 3rd and final leak from the upcoming remix compilation from the D.I.T.C. crew, we have a Bink! remake of Fat Joe and the late Big L’s “Da
Enemy”. Listen below and look out for D.I.T.C.’s The Remix Project to drop as a free download on May 7th.

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15 Classic Big L Freestyles

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since we lost the pride of Harlem. They say time heals wounds, but it doesn’t minimize the impact of one of the game’s greatest wordsmiths, not by a long shot. In honor of L’s life and legacy we connected with UPNORTHTRIPS and collected 15 classic freestyles for a special feature and tribute mix that we hope you enjoy. RIP Big L!

Click here to read The Big Picture: 15 Classic Big L Freestyles

Big L – Zone of Danger

Friday, October 15th, 2010

First cut from the posthumous Return of the Devil’s Son album, which is a “re-up” of Big L’s “Danger Zone.”

Big L – Zone Of Danger (Prod. by J-Love) | Mediafire

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Props to RCRDLBL

Previously: Big L & Jay-Z – Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show Freestyle (10 Minute Version)

Audio: Big L & Jay-Z – Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show Freestyle (10 Minute Version)

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

How’s this for a rare gem. We’ve all heard the legendary, 7 minute, back and forth freestyle session between L and Hov from the February 23, 1995 episode of the The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR. Shit, most of us can probably spit it word for word. But unless you were listening or recording that night, you probably haven’t heard this extended, nearly 10 minute version.

Two of the best lyricists of all time. Pay homage:

Big L & Jay-Z – Stretch Armstrong & Bobitto Show Freestyle (10 Minute Version)

Big doofy props to DJ Premier Blog & HecticEclectic for the liberation

Big L – Return of The Devil’s Son Cover & Tracklist

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

As you may have heard, a new Big L project entitled Return of The Devil’s Son will be hitting stores on November 23rd. The LP is backed by the slain Harlem lyricist’s family and is alleged to be chock full of unreleased material (we’ll see about that, I have a feeling there are gonna be some recycled verses). Here is the artwork, hit the jump for press release and tracklist.

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Video: Jim Jones Remembers Bloodshed

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

In this preview to his interview with Mixtape Daily, Jim talks about the Children of the Corn rapper who was Cam’s cousin, one of the founding members of The Diplomats and who came up with Big L and Mase before he passed away 13 years ago.

Previously: Jim Jones & Kingpen Slim – My Life Is A Movie