Wednesday, April 16, 2014

OVeRWeiGHT PooCH`s "FeMaLe PReaCHeR"...

Re~uPP`d, originally posted on 11.10.2008...






Back in 2008 while visiting one of the used Record/ CD stores that I used to frequent before I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina I came up on this lil` jewel (that`s somewhat of a rarity). I`m sure that the Buddah high had a lil` somethin` to do with it, but the first thing I did after I read the moniker that this female emcee rock`D was laugh out loud to the point that most of the store was giving me crazy eye`D stares. I mean c`mon, how could ya not laugh at the name Overweight Pooch? Anyway after my fit of laughter I decided that I was going to buy the album for entertainment purposes, not expecting much but a few laughs. At a mere $5 & some tax how could I pass it up? After all if it was horrible at least I`d have an entertaining jewel case to use to roll my joints up on....LoL


Anyway, when it comes to the Overweight Pooch I do not know very much about this woman. I believe that she`s from Phoenix & "Female Preacher" was her debut album & probably the only one she ever released. She rock`D the mic with a whole lot of confidence & was greatly influenced by Roxanne Shante. Originality wasn`t one of Pooch`s strong~points, but what she lacked in originality she made up for in rhymin` SKiLLZ. She definitely had some potential, but I`m guessin` that "Female Preacher" didn`t do so well commercially & the Overweight Pooch`s career ended up malnourished. Stand out joints for me include "Queen of Rap", "Ace Is A Spade", "Boogie-In" & "Kickin` Da Blues". I made some minor adjustments to the files after I ripped the CD, I found that the volume level for most of the tracks was kind of low so I decided to give it a lil` boost to make ya` listening experience a lil` more enjoyable.....LoL, so go `head & check it out for ya`self & enjoy...





Label: A&M Records
Released: 1991 



1. Feeling Good
2. Ace Is A Spade
3. Boogie-In
4. Pooch`s Pimpin` Playhouse [Interlude]/ Who`s Pimping Who?
5. Kickin` Da Blues {ft. CeCe Peniston}
6. I Like It {ft. CeCe Peniston}
7. Female Preacher {ft. CeCe Peniston}
8. The Overweight Jam
9. Queen Of Rap
10. Hip House Party
11. Chat Trax


















N`JoY...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

SLiCK RiCK`s "The RuLeR`s ReMiXeS [BooTLeG 12 iNCH]"...


Re~uPP`d, originally posted on 12.15.2010...






Finally got around to Re~uPP`n this bootleg 12 inch by Slick Rick titled "The Ruler`s Remixes", so for those of you that were asking me to repost it this one`s for you! There`s gon` be a few more Re~uPs comin` so stay tuned for those as well. Anyways this joint was released in 2002 by Archives Inc. & it features 7 tracks in total (there`s 4 songs & 3 Instrumentals). This is definitely one for those that DiG the instrumentals. The only downside that I find with this 12 inch is the fact that "Get Bizzy" featuring Greyson & Jaysun (Greysun is misspelled on the record`s sticker label) is the edited version. Aside from that though it`s a pretty DoPe lil` bootleg, so go `head & give it a listen...



Not the same version that`s on this 12 inch, but still worth checkin`...




Label: Archives Inc.
Released: 2002



1. Behind Bars [Warren G Rmx] {ft. Warren G}
2. Behind Bars [Warren G Rmx Instr.]
3. Mistakes Of A Woman... [SID Rmx]
4. It`s A Boy [Large Professor Rmx]
5. It`s A Boy [Large Professor Rmx Instr.]
6. Get Bizzy {ft. Greyson & Jaysun}
7. Get Bizzy [Instr.]




Not the Large Pro Rmx, but still entertaining...















N`JoY...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

STRaiGHT uP`s "LoUiSViLLe`S OwN STRaiGHT uP EP"...

What`s goin` on y`all? Hope all is well & Life has been treating you good. Today I have a lil` somethin` that comes courtesy of my homie SNiCKLe FRiTZ, so BiG uPs goes out to him. What I have to share with y`all is a lil` EP from a group called Straight Up who reps Louisville, Kentucky. Now to be honest I don`t know very much about these kats & when I tried lookin` `em up online I found that they were also called Louisville`s Own, so I could be wrong about their name. The EP`s cover is not all that clear when it comes to the group`s name, so if I`m wrong & someone out there now`s what`s up feel free to school me...


As for Straight Up the group consists of 2 members (brothers perhaps?) Darrin & Terrance Lee (a.k.a. Gangsta T). They both handle the EP`s production as well as the rhyme writing. They released this EP on their own label back in 1995 & I believe that this is their first release. Anyways let`s get to the EP shall we? At 4 tracks deep it`s a pretty short EP, but seeing as how it`s an independently released project it`s totally understandable. When you first glance at all the titles of the songs on this EP you can surely notice that Death or Murder seems to be the main theme of the project.....LoL, but that doesn`t make it a stale of boring listen...


Now something that you should note before you get to listening to the EP, it was ripped from a cassette tape (not sure if it was ever released on CD) so the sound quality is far from HD but it`s not totally terrible either. I found the original files that SNiCKLe FRiTZ hooked me up with were a bit on the low side volume~wise so I made some small adjustments to make them a lil` louder. Anyways the EP opens up with "Dyin` Is So Easy", a joint that has gloomy & dreary vibe to it. The hook is a lil` simplistic, but their verses make up for it in turn making the song a lot more entertaining. "Death Zide" follows the EP`s opener, it`s got somewhat of a West Coast vibe to it. The hook has more of a harmonized feel to it while Straight Up delivers some aggressive lyrics. It`s my second favorite joint on the EP, definitely one to check out...


The third song on the EP is the title track "Straight Up", this joint without question is the EP`s best song! The beat`s quick tempo & killer loops will get ya` head noddin` while you get into Straight Up`s verses. It`s no doubt the show stealer....LoL, the EP  comes to a close with "Victim Of A Murder". It`s another joint that has more of a West Coast vibe to it, I think that most folks will enjoy it. Overall the EP`s not too bad of a listen, 3 of the 4 tracks are pretty solid. The first song on the EP is probably my least favorite of the 4, but it`s not a wack track. I just couldn`t really get into it all that much. You can definitely tell that the group was heavily influenced by the West Coast, at least when it comes to their beats anyway. Lyrically & vocally they carry themselves pretty well over the instrumentals. So there you have it y`all, go `head & give this EP a listen I`m sure you`ll enjoy it...




Label: Terrance & Darrin Lee Records
Released: 1995



Side A

01. Dyin` Is So Easy
02. Death Zide

Side B

03. Straight Up
04. Victim Of A Murder














N`JoY...

Saturday, March 15, 2014

SNoW Tha PRoDuCT`s "UNoRTHoDoX 0.5 MiXTaPe"...




Even though I`m a lil` on the late side with this one I`ve gotta give some shout outs to the BiG homie DiRTee BooGZ for puttin` me on to this joint. I hadn`t actually listened to any of Snow Tha Product`s music until he hooked me up with this lil` mixtape that originally dropped back in 2011. It`s titled "Unorthodox 0.5" & is hosted by DJ Whoo Kid & is mixed by DJ Rapid Ric. It`s basically a promo pre-album mixtape that she dropped to help generate a buzz for her 2011 independently released debut album titled "Unorthodox"...






For those that may not be familiar with Snow Tha Product I will give you all the info` that I know about her. She was born in San Jose & her roots are Mexican, even though a lot of folks confuse her for being just another White female rapper (maybe it`s her name). She moved to San Diego & started rappin` & taking it serious at around 17-18 years old, even though her mother wanted her to continue her schooling (she was in college studying to be a social worker). Originally she was going by the name Snow White Tha Product, but decided to switch it up to Snow Tha Product because Disney was going to sue her if she didn`t since they own the rights to "Snow White & The Seven Dwarves"...




She stayed on her grind for a few years, doing shows & building her skills. Then in October of 2011 she released her debut album "Unorthodox" independently. She started to make some noise with a few joints off the album. "Woke Wednesday" & "Drunk Love [Rmx]" were getting major views on YouTube, but it was actually a much shorter track that was really helping her get noticed & that joint was titled "Holy Shit". On that song she showed the listeners that she`s got a nice rapid~spit firing flow & she`s not afraid to flex it. Eventually all her hard work paid off because the buzz that the album was generating helped her get noticed by 3 major record labels...






Universal, Sony & Atlantic all began to holla at her, she eventually signed on with Atlantic. In December of 2012 she dropped her highly awaited mixtape titled "Good Nights & Bad Mornings". It spawned the singles (not sure if you can really consider `em singles though since they`re from a mixtape, but anyway you get what I mean) "Cookie Cutter Bitches", "Lord Be With You" & "Damn It". She followed up that mixtape with it`s sequel in October of 2013 titled "Good Nights & Bad Mornings 2: The Hangover". So that`s pretty much all that I know about her, she`s definitely a talented emcee. She can flex the lyrics like a real emcee should (peep "Woke Wednesday" or "Bet You Won`t") & she spits them rapid~fire flows as an added bonus ("Holy Shit"). She can drop deep emotional & heart~felt ish ("Till Death"), comedic stuff ("Telemundo") & even the party type vibes ("Good Girls"). So she`s definitely a well rounded artist, my opinion of course. A much needed breath of fresh air compared to the many run of the mill type female rappers that have been steppin` on the scene in the last 4 or 5 years anyway. I`m lookin` forward to hearing more music from her, so do ya`self a favor & check out the tunes & listen for yourself...











Label: N/A
Released: 2011



1. Might Make It [Prod. by Omeguh]
2. Unorthodox [Prod. by Redhook Noodles]
3. I`m All That [Prod. by Pumba]
4. Woke Wednesday [Prod. by SuperStar O]
5. Good Girls [Prod. by Essay Potna]
6. Like That [Prod. by Pumba]
7. Holy Shit [Prod. by Hannibal Hector of The Nominees]
8. Vaquero [Prod. by Pumba]
9. Drunk Love [Rmx] [Prod. by Pumba]
10. Bet You Won`t [Prod. by AR Beats]
11. Maria Felix [Prod. by Pumba]
12. Beastmode [Prod. by Hannibal Hector of The Nominees]
13. High Def [Prod. by Keise On Da Track]
14. Telemundo [Prod. by Snow]
15. Hey Girl [Prod. by Smoke Beatz]
16. Till Death [Prod. by Essay Potna]
17. Starry Eyed [Prod. by Redhook Noodles]
18. Outro










N`JoY...

Monday, February 17, 2014

DaZ DiLLiNGeR`s "ReTaLiaTioN, ReVeNGe & GeT BaCK [HeRBaN DeLuXe VeRSioN]"...

Another album gets the HeRBaN DeLuXe VeRSioN treatment, this time around it`s an album that was originally released back in 1998 on the infamous Death Row Records. The album in question is Daz Dillinger`s "Retaliation, Revenge & Get Back", which just happens to be his first solo outing. It`s a pretty decent album in my opinion, I just think that it tends to get over~looked because it was released during a period of time when Death Row Records was basically on it`s last legs. Dre was gone, Snoop was gone, `Pac was murdered & label head Suge Knight was incarcerated. It`s safe to say that things weren`t looking so good for the label, but ya got to give Daz some credit instead of jumpin` ship when all this was happening he decided to take on the role as head producer for the label...


A move of desperation? Maybe so, but I`m thinking that Daz knew that there was still a treasure trove of material left at the Row & he wanted to get his hands on `em. Or maybe he was just trying to keep the label alive because after all he was one of the kats that helped make it as big as it once was. Only Daz really knows for sure, but that`s another story altogether anyway. As for the album Daz was able to oversee the entire project by himself since Suge wasn`t around. Dr. Dre was also absent from the mix so he couldn`t take away any production credits from Daz Dilly. A lot of folks out there mention the fact that some of these songs were probably meant for a second Dogg Pound album seeing as how Kurupt is featured on 4 tracks, it`s a possibility I`m sure. Maybe Daz decided to rescue the tracks from the vaults for his own album seeing as how Kurupt had also left the label when ish began to hit the fan. Either way I`m glad they made his album because they ended up being some of the iLLeR joints on the album...


I guess since Daz was handling most of the production duties (Soopafly co-produced 2 joints) he felt the need to have plenty of his homies featured on the album. Or maybe it was a way for him to complete the album much sooner than he would have if he was doing everything on the solo tip. I`m thinking the latter since the label wasn`t standing on the most stablest of grounds. Daz was probably thinking, "Hey I gotta get this shit out ASAP!" Whatever the case may be it worked out for him because most of the contributions that the featured artists bring to the table compliment the album. Daz sure did a great job when it came to the beats for this project, they definitely bang hard! Some G-Funk at it`s finest, that goes without saying. Something interesting to note about the album`s cover art, it was highly influenced by the Marvin Gaye`s "In Our Lifetime" album cover art...






Now let`s talk about the music & the lil` ''enhancements'' that I made to the album shall we? First off there wasn`t a whole lot of room to include much in the likes of extras, actually I was only able to add one whole track to the album since it`s just under 75 minutes in length originally. So I chose to add the "It Might Sound Crazy [Rmx]" which features the legendary Too $hort just like the original version. I was going to add the track titled "Pimp City" that was originally included as a bonus cut on both the vinyl & cassette versions of this album, but decided against it even though the track is a banger. For those interested in it though it`s produced by Soopafly & he`s also featured on the song. It later went on to appear on Soopafly`s debut album titled "Dat Whoopty Whoop"...


As for the other adjustments that I made to this album they`re more on the minimal side of things when compared to the other albums that I gave the HeRBaN DeLuXe VeRSioN treatment to. Nonetheless some changes were made, the main one being that I took the Intro that was attached to the album`s opening song "Gang Bangin` Ass Criminal" & made it it`s own track (the first one of course). Not sure why the album`s Intro was tacked on to the beginning of the first song anyway, I feel that it`s a stupid idea. I`m sure plenty of folks just ended up skipping over the opening song because of the long~ass Intro, it`s over 2 minutes in length. It`s a DaMn shame too because "Gang Bangin` Ass Criminal" is one of the album`s better songs. So on this version of the album the Intro gets it`s own track so the listeners can get to the opening song without any delay...


"It`s Going Down" features Daz`s partner in rhyme Kurupt as well as the late Prince Ital Joe spittin` bars over a nice thumpin` beat, definitely a trunk thumper! On the funky & smooth`D out "Playa Partners" Daz invites B-Legit & Bo-Rock (of Dove Shack fame) to contribute to this braggadocio track, the end result is a pretty enjoyable listen. On "It Might Sound Crazy", the pimpish collabo` with Too $hort I made some small adjustments to the track`s opening & ending (volume~wise). This way you get to hear the lil` convo` Daz & Soopafly have at the beginning of the song about their feelings on bitches & also the closing bitch clownin` that Daz does at the song`s ending, CLaSSiC material indeed."Our Daily Bread" is another collabo` that features Kurupt & Prince Ital Joe. The beat, at least to me sounds kind of like "If We All Fucc" from the Dogg Pound`s debut album "Dogg Food". The song`s vibe however isn`t sexual at all, more on the G`d up tip as the gun shots at the beginning of the song indicate...





"In California" is one of the album`s singles & it features Val "Lady V" Young singing on the hook. It has a nice lil` G-Funk vibe to it, showin` Cali some love with it`s catchy chorus. For me it`s the perfect Summer time type of joint. "Initiated" is a Dogg Pound, 2Pac & the Outlawz collabo`, or "Thug Pound" as `Pac puts it....LoL, this joint was obviously recorded before `Pac's passing seeing as how he shouts out both the Pound & the Outlawz in the track`s opening seconds. The beat on this joint bangs hard & helps to make it another one of the album`s stand~out tracks. "Oh No" featuring J-Money & Tray Deee is really nothing super spectacular. The beat`s dark & thumps pretty hard while the hook may have ya thinking of that Nate Dogg, Mos Def & Pharoahe Monch joint with the same title, but verse~wise there`s nothing to really talk about...


On the album`s title track "Retaliation, Revenge & Get Back" I made some small volume adjustments to it`s opening so you can really hear Daz taking one of them "$20 pulls".....LoL, the track itself is the only solo song that Daz has on this entire album. The beat definitely meshes well with his vocals, only thing that I don`t understand is who he`s referring to on the track. Who is he out to get revenge on? Those that left the Row during that time period? I`m just a lil` curious. Next up is "O.G.", a collabo` with Snoop & the late great king of hooks Nate Dogg. The beat`s got a nice smooth`D out vibe to it that`s a perfect backdrop to compliment Nate`s singin` on the song. I wonder how Daz was able to slip this joint onto the album seeing as how Snoop wasn`t affiliated with Death Row at the time of this release???


"Baby Mama Drama" tackles the subject of child support, kids & the always lovely baby mama stresses, the song features both Big & Lil` C-Style. It`s not a bad track, but it`s not one of the album`s strongest either. Daz follows the drama up with a love song.....LoL, not the greatest of transitions but that`s not really what`s funny. I just find it comical that Daz takes the time to drop a joint that professes his love for a woman without spittin` any cuss words until he gets to the end of the song & yells "Beeyatch!" Val "Lady V" Young & Big Pimpin` Delemond make appearances on "Only For U". On "Ridin` High" I made some small volume adjustments to the opening seconds of the song, just so you could really hear Daz`s shit talkin`, this song features WC & C.J. Mack. Dub & Daz have a good chemistry together, I guess that`s why they ended up workin` on that DoPe collabo` album together...


The opening seconds of "The Ultimate Come Up" received a lil` volume adjustment, just wanted to boost the levels a bit so we could really hear it. As for the song itself, it`s alright I kind of expected it to be a lil` iLLeR than it is though since both MC Eiht & Bad Azz are featured on it. All three artists deliver some so~so verses, but nothing quote worthy. On "Thank God For My Life" Daz gives a shot at spittin` an inspirational track that sort of makes for an awkward listen. Maybe it`s just his singin` on the hook that ruins it for me....LoL, anyway the song also features Tray Deee, Soopafly, Big Pimpin` Delemond & Bad Azz. The Outro "Why Do We Bang?" has Daz just giving some shout outs to his homies & also has him talkin` some shit as well. He doesn`t really elaborate too much on the answer for the question at hand, but whatever it`s an outro that you`ll probably hear once & then you`re good. That`s where the original album would have ended, but I added an extra joint for your listening pleasure & that track is the "It Might Sound Crazy [Rmx]". Again it features Too $hort & a different beat with more of an R&B type of vibe to it, gone are the adlibs of the chick thru~out the song & also the cussin`. It seems like it`s more of a radio version than an actual remix, but it`s still enjoyable none~the~less... 




So there you have it y`all, peep the album & enjoy. For those of you that want that "Pimp City" joint I have included a link for it below...





Label: Death Row Records
Released: 1998-2014


 
 1. Gang Meeting [Intro] {ft. Tray Deee, Ty Cuzz, Bad A$$ & Technique}
2. Gang Bangin` Ass Criminal {ft. Tha Gang, Kurupt & Technique}
3. It`s Going Down {ft. Kurupt & Prince Ital Joe}
4. Playa Partners {ft. B-Legit & Bo-Roc}
 5. It Might Sound Crazy {ft. Too $hort}
 6. Our Daily Bread {ft. Kurupt & Prince Ital Joe}
7. In California {ft. Lady V}
8. Initiated {ft. 2Pac, Outlawz & Kurupt}
9. Oh No {ft. Tha Gang, Tray Deee & J-Money}
10. Retaliation, Revenge & Get Back
11. O.G. {ft. Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg}
12. Baby Mama Drama {ft. Tha Gang, Big C-Style & Lil` C-Style}
 13. Only For U {ft. Lady V & Big Pimpin`}
14. Ridin` High {ft. WC & C.J. Mac}
15. The Ultimate Come Up {ft. Bad A$$ & MC Eiht}
16. Thank God For My Life {ft. Tha Gang, Tray Deee, Soopafly, Bad A$$ & Big Pimpin`}
17. Why Do We Bang? [Outro]
 18. It Might Sound Crazy [Rmx] {ft. Too $hort}















N`JoY...