Sunday, 28 February 2010

Jay Electronica Interview (not with me, obviously)

This comes via the great

Interesting interview, although it's a bit disconcerting to see Jay and the interviewer sitting, staring at nothing while the audience listens to Exhibit A.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010


First two parts of Stussy's three part tie-in documentary with Stones Throw and the Dilla Estate (hopefully the Dilla Estate as run by Ma Dukes and Dilla's family).

As interesting as these chunks of documentary are, there's next to no mention of Tribe Called Quest, no mention of Stakes Is High, no interview with anyone from SV, nothing about 1st Down, nothing about Pharcyde, no input from Busta, no input from Common or any of the Soulquarians, and so on and so on. I guess Stones Throw is only interested in Stones Throw, huh.

Also interesting is that Peanut Butter Wolf quite openly jokes about how he put out a Dilla bootleg on vinyl (that hadn't been cleared) for a mixtape he was working on (also not cleared)... when Stones Throw shuts down ANY website that has anything from Stone's Throw on it.

For MY money, here's a much better summary of his career from DJ Judge (originally broadcast on Radio 1190 KVCU Boulder). Massive props man.

Shoplifting Bird

Monday, 22 February 2010

DJ Palma - The Get Up On It Mixtape - Free Download

New mix for your ears from DJ Palma (extended Jones fam... as well as doing the Sound Awareness show directly after ours on on a Friday night / Saturday morning, he's an established EA Hip Hop LEGEND!).

Dope cover design by DJ Ben Marr (aka Skema), all round great dude and the Afrika Bambaataa of East Anglia.

Let's let Palma tell you what it's about.

"I hope you dig it, feel the track selection and feel compelled to listen to it more than once. I am sure more than a few of you educated hip hop fans will know the tracks or be familiar with the artists featured. Nothing ultra obscure because that's not my focus here. I included only a few what you may consider rare pieces, but most importantly and specifically records I have loved since the days of my youth which I merited on the quality of dope, funky beats and rhymes between the grooves. Please feel free to share with your homeboys and girls or add to your blog.
Thanks to DJ Ambrose, J.Mack, J/157, Ben Marr, Jimbo, Kid Dyno and The Beat Detective, and all the true school hip hop die-hards and artists on this mix CD for the inspiration."

Sound Awareness Presents The Get Up On It Mixtape mixed by DJ Palma.

If you want to check it before the download, here's a stream (biggup Kid Dynomite for the link).


1. Intro
2. Get On Up - Divine Styler
3. Get Into It - Big Daddy Kane
4. That's The Flavor - Busy Boys
5. My Rhythm Is Kept - Kay D + DJ Stash
6. Get Nifty - Hot Day AKA Dante ft Mystique
7. A Is For Antoinette - Antoinette
8. Turn It Loose - Steady B
9. Goodfoot - D Moet + Xcalibur
10. Giddy Up - Three Times Dope
11. School Of Hardknocks - The Amazing JeWel T
12. Cold New Yorkin' - King Sun
13. This Is Something Funky To Step To - Double XX Posse
14. Hypocritters - The Jaz
15. Go To Work - Kool D + Technolo G
16. Trooper On The Mike - Raw Corp ft DJ Len
17. Ain't Going Out Like That - DR Luv + Kev-Ski
18. You Know The Outcome - Priority One
19. D Nice Rocks The House - DJ Scott La Rock + D-Nice
20. Trag Invasion - Tragedy The Intelligent Hoodlum

And yep, that's me on the doubles / juggles and occasional cuts (purely for window dressing purposes, you understand).

DOPE mix! It's a freebie and well worth checking out.

Also, check out the dope write up at the Daily Diggers blog here.


Friday, 19 February 2010

Exhibit Driis

So, it's official according to the Jones family and Reggie Rhythm.... THIS is the best version of Exhibit C so far (apart from the OG version, obviously). Although Escobar reckons that the Twista version has merit. Anyway, this one is from Idris Elba (see post before last). Lyrics are DOPE, delivery is sick...


Blaze... Electronica... large mate!
a large portion of fish and chips and a large plate
a large thank fuck for you for fuck's sakes
and I know it ain't your birthday but a large frickin cake
with the candle that you're holding on for who the fuck is great
now enough fuckin fucks but I have to frickin say
that you are number one of my list of MCs
and I diss them MCs who ain't got nothin to say... no doubt bwoy...
cos this way lies the truth and the truth will hurt
and this way lies the booth where the lies won't work
I'm a 10, I think forward check the name on the shirt
I'm just an actor, don't make me embarass ya
I write a ghost verse for my rapping character
have you call your mum and dad asking for ya barrister
so calm, so cool, collected
future breaks on repeat, bruv you can't eject it, nah
I heard your freestyle, I didn't respect it, brah
I heard your album, that's what I expected, huh
a pile of shit, a pile of words on a beat
if I saw you on the street I'd punch you straight off your feet
call my Camden Town mans and rob the gold from your teeth
rob you in the library, ask my neezy Big Neef (true stories!) you can call me Steve
the way I'm giving out Jobs to those who like to rob
It Takes Two minutes like EZ and Rob
but with one black face like the Princess and the Frog
uhh... now I'm a dutty nig-nog
and I come from an area where they call me a wog
but now, and I quote man, they call me a god
but the girls got it backwards calling me a fucking dog
a pedigree, not a chump
keep my eyes wide open and my mouth tight shut
keep my finger on my trigger of my ten minus one
the small of my back sees my 140... am to pm...

Here it streaming here, OR download it here.

MASSIVE PROPS to Driis for this one.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Raekwon, Ghostface, Method Man

This looks like it's going to be DOPE. According to Kevin Nottingham, Rae dropped the artwork on twitter... looks AMAZING.

And according to Paulo Escobar, the supergroup is called "Bastard Swordsmen".

And in case we've forgotten just how dope those three sound when they're on a track?

Album drops March 9th (RIP Biggie).

Monday, 15 February 2010

Idris Elba

Wow.... wasn't expecting this. Props to Truth for the heads-up...

You probably know Idris Elba from either The Wire (where he played Stringer Bell) or American Gangster (where Denzel shoots him in the middle of the street).

What *I* only recently found out (and apologies for being slow on this one) was that
(a) he's British and
(b) he's a rapper / singer. And he's a good one, as well, which is even more surprising (bearing in mind that he made his name as an actor).

His "High Class Problems" EP has just dropped on iTunes (UK), and it's worth picking up - production is tight, including a track he co-produced with Pete Rock. (He did a track with 9th Wonder called Private Garden that didn't make the cut for some reason, but you can check that here.)

Here's his blog, it's worth checking out. PROPS.

Sunday, 7 February 2010


Right, check THIS out. Great project, great website. I'm smiling from ear to ear. No joke.

Just click on this link. CLICK ON IT!

J-Dilla Foundation

I'll give you a clue.... it's connected with a certain musical genius (Rest In Power) who would be celebrating his birthday with us today (February 7th), pictured here in a school photo.

Great to hear Ma Dukes's voice.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Dan Hughes

Right, back to nepotism corner over at the Jones Family household. Dan Hughes is my cousin, but that really doesn't mean a great deal as regards to why I'm writing about him, cos I've got a load of other cousins but you don't see me writing about them, do ya? (no offence guys and gals.)

^ Dan playing live

The reason I'm writing about Dan is because he's a SHIT HOT guitarist. He's starting to pick up a bit of steam, got an EP coming out, playing gigs around the country (and we recorded a project a couple of years back that still isn't finished.... MG get in touch son!).

Anyway, here's an article about him from here.

I never would have believed it if someone told me I’d be privy to a competent rendition of Muddy Water’s Hoochie Coochie Man when I visited the King Billy last week. But that’s what I got when I went to see a young guitar player by the name of Dan Hughes.

Within the first few minutes of this gig, I knew this guy was channeling the inner Clapton which was confirmed when Hughes and his backup band The Others followed up with Old Love.

Hughes then played an original which is going to feature on an upcoming EP he will call Future Holds. The song was titled Into Space and had 3/4 time! (Seems silly to mention but it’s a bit of a rarity for me seeing local bands use this)

Hughes continued to impress with a courageous and successful cover of Pink Floyd’s Breathe. It was an excellent choice of song for the style of the band.

I found a video posted on YouTube of Dan Hughes jamming with The Others and I’d like to share because a wise man once told me that music journalism is like dancing about architecture. Words will never do the music justice.

Here's him in action (he's the dude in orange).

And here's his website. Check it out.

Also, (although he hasn't bothered to add ME, so much for family loyalty Dan) follow him on Twitter here.

Anyway, check him out.... POW!

Friday, 5 February 2010

Freddie Foxxx.... DON'T TEST

Now, everyone knows Freddie Foxxx is a badass. EVERYONE.

^ Freddie Foxxx at Statik Selektah's "100% Proof" launch party. (Note DJ Premier in the background, unable to get in the picture because Freddie Foxxx is so damn BIG.)

Well, everyone it seems apart from THIS DUDE (pictured below) in a purple hoodie.

I have absolutely no idea what is going on here, but I know it's a very bad idea.
I'm not a massive fan of Freddie overall, but let's be fair, look at the size of his hands. He's not called Bumpy Knuckles cos it's just a funny name.

...and this picture is hilarious. (not because it's funny, because it's terrifying)

I would like to see the "after" pictures... actually, on second thoughts, I wouldn't. I would imagine that the dude in the purple didn't look that great.

Find the original Statik Selektah pics here.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

My Beastie Boys Mixtape

Yep, got another mixtape to drop for you lucky people.... hahaha

I've been listening to the Beastie Boys since at least 86, maybe before then. The first two singles I ever bought were Wipeout by the Fat Boys and the Beach Boys, and She's On It by the Beasties. The Beasties have been a massive part of my life's soundtrack, and like the Marvin Gaye mix I did, this is one that was a labour of love. It took a fair old while, mainly because I wasn't sure how to approach it... but I've jumped on it for the last week or so and now it's out.

So, what's on it? Well, there's a shitload of exclusive blends (by me!), some classic remixes, some guest spots, a couple of hard-to-find demos / alternate versions and some guest appearances from Def Squad, Q-Tip, Nas, Jay-Z, De La Soul, Milk D and B-Real. Oh yeah, and big up to Joe Scudda for doing the shouts. Nice one man. Download it here:

The Beastie Boys Mixtape
(exclusive blends marked with a *)

1. Intro
2. *Too Many Haters ft Nas
3. Root Down (Prunes remix)
4. *Rhyme Nostalgia
5. Body Movin (Def Squad remix) ft Erick Sermon, Redman + Biz Markie
6. *NY Scientists
7. Get It Together (Buckwild remix) ft Q-Tip
8. *Right Now Feel The Horns
9. Gratitude
10. Sabotage
11. Remote Control
12. *Disturbed Word
13. Squat - De La Soul ft Mike D + Adrock
14. Intergalactic ('94 demo)
15. *Jay-Unit
16. 4 Fly Guys ft Hurricane
17. *Insane B-Boys
18. Jay-Z Live Interlude
19. No Sleep Till Brooklyn (original mix)
20. 99 Problems (Just Blaze blend) - Jay-Z
21. *Stop That Black Mag
22. So What'cha Want? (Soul Assassins remix) ft B-Real
23. Spam - Milk D ft Ad-Rock
24. *Three The Nubian Way
25. *NY We Go Hard
26. Ricky's Theme
27. Shake Your Rump / Madlib remix
28. *Police Negotiation
29. *Turn Alive
30. *Ooh-Wee Check It
31. *Triple Rappers Delight ft Sugarhill Gang
32. *Me, Myself + My Lifestyle
33. Once Around The Corner (The Fowl Song)
34. Fight For Your Right To Party (alternate lyrics mix)
35. Something's Got To Give

Here's a couple of the blends for you to check if you're still not sure...

The mixtape took a while to do, hope you like it. Leave feedback if you're feeling it!


This Is Interesting.... Not Surprising Though

OK, now THIS is funny. Taken from google news.

'Eggs come from sheep': survey shows kids clueless about food (OG link)

Many young children do not know where their food originates from, a survey showed on Tuesday, with some youngsters believing bacon comes from horses and eggs come from sheep.

Less than one in four of those surveyed knew that beef burgers are sourced from cows, said rural insurance firm Cornish Mutual, which commissioned the research. More than a quarter (29 percent) thought pigs was the correct answer.

The survey, which tested the food knowledge of over 1,100 children from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset between the ages of six and eight, found that two thirds struggled to identify where everyday food products come from.

When asked where crisps came from, some confused pupils listed rabbits, plastic or sheep as the main ingredient, though the vast majority did know potatoes was the right answer.

Some youngsters thought yoghurt was made using turkeys and ducks, while others believed cheese came from rats, mice or butterflies.

The subject of vegetables scored better with the children. Nearly all (98 percent) could recognise carrots and sweetcorn, nearly two thirds knew a healthy diet requires five portions of fruit or vegetables a day and 77 percent of those surveyed had visited a farm.

Still, the managing director of Cornish Mutual admitted he was "surprised" by the findings and said there were "some huge gaps" in children's food knowledge.

"Given that we are surrounded by farming and the countryside, we would have expected children in the region to know more about the origins of their food," said Alan Goddard.

The food survey coincides with the launch of a new campaign called "Dig Down South West" aimed at encouraging children to start their own vegetable patch.


I would LOVE to see pictures of that vegetable patch. MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAA