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=============FINAL DROP OF 2017 =============

 

WISEGUYS

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THE ALMIGHTY RSO + MADE MEN + TDS MOB

 

 

BOSTON STAND UP!!!

 

We're finishing off the year with this bomb out of Boston, that was set to drop on Def Jam/Surrender in 1996. These 6, previously unreleased tracks, featured on the promotional tape version of the 1996 "In The Company Of Killaz" album. Wiseguys were a group made up of members of legendary Boston Gangsta Rap crew The Almighty RSO, Made Men and TDS Mob . The group's formation is perfectly in line with the purest form of Hip Hop - that is, music that brought gang members together, off the street,to squash beefs and create something positive to inspire others to do the same.

 

 

One of their first breakthroughs was winning the ICA B-Town Rap Battle in 1986. Following that, in 1989 they went to NY to work with Paul C and recorded a whole album that was never released [!]. They were signed to Tommy Boy in 1992 but were dropped due to the controversial single "One in the Chamba" which prompted The Boston Police Patrolman's Association (BPPA) pressing charges against the group under a state law that prohibits inciting assaults against public figures.

 

 

They were again picked up by another label, Flavor Unit and following Flava Unit's demise they were picked up by RCA. RSO & Made Men morphed into Wiseguys and released their debut album "In The Company Of Killaz" in 1996 on The Source's co-founder David Mays' label Surrender Recs in conjunction with Def Jam. The tracks we have for you here are perhaps the nicest from that set of material, and never featured on the original, released version of the album. All tracks were transfered from the original studio master DATS by producer Twice Thou. Chopped Herring would like to thank E-Vicious aka Twice Thou for making this project happen along with Boston Hip Hop afficiando Gage-One who made the connect and Simon Pehlgrim for all his help.

 

 

Tracks:

A1 We're Livin'
A2 In Tha Company Of Killaz (Remix)
A3 Face To Face

B1 Master Criminal
B2 Process Of Elimination
B3 Relentless-Orchard Park & Academy Homes


All tracks produced by Hangmen 3.

 

 

 

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So the man like Stranger Danger from North East LA hit me up with a project for me to check and it COMPLETELY blew me away. Ridiculous break selection from + drug-fuelled, hedonistic comedy from MC's Denzer, X-press & Stranger. What a treat this one is. We will have lots to come from Mr Danger in 2018, no doubt ...

 

Some words from Stranger Danger >>

I started producing in the year 2000 and my first beat machine was a Boss sp 505, but I've always collected vinyl since as early as the age of five when my parents bought me my first fisher price, toys r us record player. I started freestyling and writing rhymes in 1995, but didn't actually start recording or mixing until 2001. I formed tha Roach Killaz in 2016 after my younger cousin X-Press told me that him and his homie Denzer wrote and spit iLL rhymes as well. During this time I was recording at a friends studio called The Halfway House where I met a 20 year old Mc and producer named Saker who I took under my wing as my protege to help me with production on the album. In another studio session shortly after meeting, Saker brought his homie named Duer, and thats when the puzzle pieces aligned perfectly and I knew I had somthing special. All of our influences are very similar. If it sounds dope, then it is! Personally my greatest influences growing up were Mf Doom, Kool Keith, Dj Premier, Kutmasta Kurt, Rza, Apakalypse, Necro, and dj's like Dj Shi'iteand Dj Rob One for always feeding my ears with the dopest selection of Hip Hop in all of their mix tapes. My recording process is simple, I let Mc's go at it until I hear something that I feel can help them sound better, whether it be vocal fluctuation, vocal tone, cadence, or energy. Too much pride is a no no, it's all about doing whatever it takes to make the illest records possible. I dig or listen to music from all era's and over the world. I study music for at least six to eight hours a day, so what keeps me inspired daily is the opportunity to find incredible samples to flip. It's an obsessive compulsive disposer but therapeutic at the same time. I used to have small intense spurts of creating, but now it's an all the time thing. I work on three to four albums at the same time constantly and always try to top the album I did last. X-Press, Denzer, and I are all Highland Park natives, (North East Los Angeles). Duer and Saker are originally from the San Gabriel Valley, which is in Los Angeles county as well! - Tha Roach Killaz, Killin Roaches.

 

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Tracks:

A1 Rollin Fatties
A2 Roach Killaz feat. Louie Syntax
A3 Bullet Scarz
A4 Step Back feat. Chaotic Logic
A5 Blaze It Up feat. Grizzly AMX
A6 Wack MC's
A7 Smoked Out Angeleno Nights fat. Vice The Anti-Hero

B1 Reprezent
B2 Raid
B3 In My Shoes feat Monz Army & Dialect
B4 Sling Blades
B5 Talkin Shit feat Renzoe
B6 Sick Of U feat. Hacksaw Raw & Uneek
B7 Once Upon A Time


All tracks produced by Stranger Danger & Saker-25's.
All cuts by DJ Admit1.

 

 

 

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Welcome back fish headz!!!

 

To start off the December/January cycle, we have this sick mid to late 90's project from Canadian MC & producer Shylow aka one half of the excellent First Division crew. Cats will know this from YouTube no doubt, as only 100 cassettes were ever made in 2000 then the project was leaked on the toob by our man.For this project on Herring, Shylow collected all the original 4/8 track tapes together, along with the original tape deck model and he re-recorded and re-mastered them for the crispiest sound possible. Included are 2 super-dope, previously unleaked demos from the same time period. This makes for a SOLID LP of 90's, Canadian indy madness. 

 

Check this short but sweet interview with the man like Shylow >>

 

Where did you grow up man?


No one specific place unfortunately, I moved around a lot as a kid. I guess you could say Durham Region because those are the cities I've spent most of my life in other than the one year that I lived in Thunder Bay which was back in 92/93.

 

What are your earliest memories of the culture?


I'd have to say the day I bought my first cassette back in 84, it was a tape called Breakdance by K-Tel. One side had a full rap instructional on how to break by Alex And The City Crew, and the other side had joints like Herbie Hancock Rockit and The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel. Nobody I knew as a kid really listened to music like I did so I was kinda on my own when it came to hunting down information until I'd say around 4th grade. That's when cats in school started hooking me up with mixtapes and what not. Up until that point it was just whatever I heard on the radio which wasn't much unfortunately.


When did you first grab a mic?


If I'm not mistaken it was at a Christmas assembly in 9th grade. I'd already been writing for a few years but that was the first time I'd ever held a mic and rocked in front of a crowd. I distincly remember forgetting my lyrics and launching into a freestyle to save my ass, thankfully everyone in the gymnasiam was too busy going nuts that they didn't notice my fuck up, hahah.

 

When/where did you first record?


My homie James Stang discovered me at a battle in Ajax where I came in second place to Nigel of the Pocket Dwellers. He approached me and asked if I wanted to come thru to his studio to record some joints. That was back in like, 95/96 I believe. I've never had copies of those joints all these years and just recently he dug them up in his archives and sent them to me. Was so strange hearing them after 20 years, I was like "whoa is this really me?", crazy.

 


How did the Demos project come about?


Back when we were getting ready to drop the Moment Of Clarity 12" my dude Beatsmith and I were brainstorming of a way to get the word out and came up with the idea of putting together a collection of unreleased demos and mixtape skits to give out for free. We pressed up 100 cassettes (half were clear and the other half translucent blue), handed those out, and leaked the mp3 version on the net shortly after that. Can't tell you how many times I've been asked about that shit over the years, it's a blessing that heads felt it like that.

 

Who do you consider to be your greatest influence hip-hop wise?

 

DJ Premier, hands down the greatest hip-hop producer of all time. I ain't even gonna say "in my opinion" imma just say FACTS, hahahah. Nah but seriously, there hasn't been anyone in the game who's music has affected me like his. He's the epitome of real hip-hop, everything about him and what he's accomplished has inspired me to no end. On top of all that, he's one of the coolest and most authentic individuals I've ever met. Can't say enough good things about the legend.

 

Did you have any older cats around you growing up who put you on to production, rhyming and scratching?

 

Absolutely. I credit Tekniq, Nigel of the Pocket Dwellers and G Knight as my MC mentors. All three of those dudes helped me take things to the next level in different areas. While Nigel and G both helped sharpen my freestyle skills, Tek taught me so much about the science of rhyming, patterns, syllable structure etc. On the production tip all credit goes to Tekniq for showing me the ropes. The time I spent in the studio with him bangin out on the S950 was invaluable. As for scratching goes, I taught myself for the most part by watching videos on Rap City and just studying the music, but I definitely picked some things up from my DJ homies, and I still do. A lot of the more difficult scratches that I've learned came from watching my homie BeatWyze, dudes just as ill on the cuts as he is with the beats, trust me.

 


Any local acts you grew up listening to?

 

Oh man of course. Maestro Fresh Wes, Kish, K-4ce, Dream Warriors, Michie Mee, B-Kool, Frank Morell, Split Personality, Frankenstein, Saukrates. There's more for sure but those are the artists who's music comes to mind immediately.

 

 

 

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Tracks:

A1 Prefixed Fate (Original Demo)
A2 Manic Depressive
A3 Religious Sacrifice
A4 From Parts Unknown
A5 More Than Life (Original Version)

B1 6th Alias (Extended Version)
B2 Restitution (Original Version)
B3 96 Degrees
B4 From Parts Unknown Pt II
B5 Reign Supreme ft. Silent
B6 Flow Chart

 

Tracks A1 & B6 produced by James Stang.
A2 prod by FEAR. A3,A5,B1,B2 & B5 prod. by Shylow.
A4 prod. by DJ Who Else? B3 & B4 prod. by Beat Rapists.

 

 

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5-Elementz - Yester Years EP Cassette

150 copies pressed

 

Let's round off the Oct/Nov release cycle with this lil nugget. For the Dilla headz and cassette freaks. Only 150 copies made so cop quick so you can flip it to a hardcore Dilla collector [jokes]...

 

£8.99 + shipping

 

 

 



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Tracks:

1 I Got Your Heart
2 Life Aint Fair (Original)
3 Every Day
4 Triple Team
5 DoNE
6 I Got Your Heart (Instrumental)
7 Life Aint Fair (Original Instrumental)
8 Every Day (Instrumental)
9 DoNE (Instrumental)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracks:

1 Whutchawant
2 Rockshows
3 Response to Madness
4 EGO
5 Crazee
6 Get Off My (Live Basement)

 

 

 

 

1 Whispers In The Dark
2 Stomping Grounds
3 Gravesite
4 Ringing Bells
5 Wild Echoes
6 Tore Down (Ripped Open)
7 I’m On feat. Ocean of Natural Resource
8 Up Come The Mhorlocks

 

 

 

 

ALL 3 CDS >>> £29.99 + shipping

1 x CD >>> £9.99 + shipping [use the STORE LINKS]

 

 



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MR VOODOO - THE EXTRA DEMOS 7" EP

 

 

Tracks:

A1 Let The World Know [Demo]
B1 Live It Up [Original]
B2 Unknown Demo

 

 

 

£8.99 + shipping

 

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Oh shiiiiii, we are BACK in Detroit for some more rare Jay Dee ish from the 90's. Previously cassette only release by 5 Ela. From the OG DATs - Like Proper!!!

 

 

Tracks:

A1 Whutchawant
A2 Rockshows
A3 Response to Madness

B1 EGO
B2 Crazee
B3 Get Off My (Live Basement)


Vocals by Mudd, Proof & Thyme.
A1, A2, B1 & B2 produced by Jay Dee.
B3 produced by DJ Dez & Da' Enna C.

 

 

 

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"HORROR CITY CREW is BACK,

....even though they never went away"

 

 

We last dropped a record with the supa-ill Horror City Crew back in 2010 with the Prince Paul-produced 1995 demos which later became the "A Prince AmongThieves" album - and here's a dope BRAND NEW nugget for all the Amityville heads out there. We have 2 massive NEW joints from the OG Long Island Crew....

PEEP IT

 

 

Tracks:

A1 No Gimmicks
B1 Change The Game

 

A1 Produced by Funkymoon and Poole
B1 Produced DJ Slice

 

 

£6.49 + shipping


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Dope, fully unreleased project outta Queens from 1994-1997 finally gets a release. Included are 5 tracks from the 1994 demo tape period [recorded from the original studio masters] as well as 3 tracks penned for a potential Makin' Records release in 1997, which never happened. Here's some more info from one of th main men, producer & MC, Mr Omega >>

 

How did you cats meet?


Bug and I both came up in Cambria Heights, Queens, but hadn't met until the Fall of '91. A number of emcees from the neighborhood were teaming up to perform at a talent show at Bayside High School, and the dude who was getting us in told me he had a young emcee who he wanted to join us. I told my dude to bring him through to my mom's house and let me hear him, since I was considered one of the main emcees of the area back then. So the next day he brings over this dude who called himself Fiction, real young but he's got genuine flow to him. I still had my former DJ's setup in the house so I threw on some doubles and spun some loops to hear him spit, and he was readily accepted for the show. After we did the talent show, my man Derrick came to me and wanted to form a group that would include Fiction and some other heads from the area, and wanted me to lead, which I did reluctantly. We started out as Point Blank, at which time Fiction changed his name to Bugz, and went through a couple of changes in roster and name, turning into Dreadnaughts, but went looking for something new when we came across the Dredknotz, who were also on the scene. By this time we'd become friends with Cella Dwellaz, and it was UG who suggested we take the name Morlocks, based on the X-Men comics, but we decided we wanted to be seen separate from that and added an 'h’ to the name, then becoming Mhorlocks. We had also eventually pared down to just myself and Bugz, as I was prepared to leave the unit, but Bugz wanted to continue teaming up, so I agreed since we were feeding on each other's energy and it made for a good combo. Of course that was only the beginning.

 

What's the story of you getting music & music production?


You can say I got into it at various stages, although hip-hop is where I seem to have committed the most. As a kid I took Classical piano lessons for about 7 years, and during that time, in about 1985, is when I wrote my first set of lyrics. Since I was always pretty quiet I didn't even let it really be known until about 4 years later when I first performed in a show at my HS, Brooklyn Tech. This was also around the time that I first went into a studio to try recording a demo, that was musically so trash! Nothing but drums, no other real instrumentation at all. It wasn't until later, going to other studios, that I would naturally vibe with the engineers and they'd offer to teach me the equipment during our sessions, it was like paying for classes while at the same time making my own music. My real mentor turned out to be my man Christos Tsantilis who ran Circuit Studios. He taught me the ASR-10 in detail and things really took off from there. Up until that point, I was making Point Blank's production using a 4-second delay for loops, a Casio SK-5 keyboard, and an Oberheim DX, with a whole component stereo system just for the turntable access. If Fred Sanford of Sanford & Son was a producer, he'd be me... but I guess it did the job because I produced just about all the tracks for Mhorlocks, except for a couple Poka did later, and some producers we worked with along the way like J. Prinns who worked with our whole Critical Mass click, and God's Child, who we met while working with Makin' Records.

 

Who did you come up listening to?


Coming up in the age of variety radio, I listened to just about every genre -- jazz, hip-hop, soul, R&B, rock. In the course of an afternoon, I could hear Doug E. Fresh, Hall & Oates, then Stevie Wonder, and in no particular order. Then spending time with my dad, he exposed me to reggae, calypso, soca, and was really my introduction to listening to jazz music like John Coltrane and Art Blakey. So all of that had an influence on me.

 

 

 

Tracks:

A1 Whispers In The Dark
A2 Stomping Grounds
A3 Gravesite
A4 Ringing Bells

B1 Wild Echoes
B2 Tore Down (Ripped Open)
B3 I’m On feat. Ocean of Natural Resource
B4 Up Come The Mhorlocks

 

Vocals by Mr. Omega and Bugz except B2 vocals by Mr Omega.
Tracks A1, A2, A3, A4, B3 & B4 produced by Dok Who?! for Hero 4 Hire.
B1 prod. by God’s Child. B2 prod. by DJ Rad. All tracks written by M. Johnson & D. Magnus, except B2 by M. Johnson.
All tracks recorded at Circuit Studios, New York, NY except B1 recorded Makin' Records, Brooklyn, NY and B2 at Prinns Studios, Brooklyn NY.
All tracks published by Nunayufake Music (BMI).

 

 

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This first 120 copies will be on Red, Blue & Yellow mixed coloured vinyl
And the remaining 230 are on traditional black vinyl

 



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THE DADDY-O presents JUNIOR MAFIA feat. BIGGIE SMALLS + FREESTYLE FELLOWSHIP EP........SOLD OUT WITHIN 3 MINS OF THE PRE-ORDERS GOING LIVE


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Part 1 (2004)

 

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5-Elementz formed in Detroit in 1992. The group met while attending Osborn High School on 7 Mile. The original members consisted of Thyme, Proof, Mudd, Jay Dee & DJ head. They recorded the "Yester Years" EP in 1993-1994 and dropped it on Cassette in 1996. There was also a very limited Test Pressing version. We have had access to the original studio DATs and we bring to you the original EP plus an extra, previously unreleased Jay Dee heater. Let's go!!!!

 

 

Tracks:

A1 Searchin'
A2 Feedback
A3 Janet Jacme

B1 Don't Stop
B2 Sunflower
B3 Clear (Previously Unreleased)

 

All tracks written & produced by the original 5-Elementz (D.Holton,B.Russell, J.Yancy, K.Bell & R.Moorer-El]

 

 

 

 

 

£24.99 + shipping

 

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This first 100 copies will be on White Mint coloured vinyl.
This next 100 copies will be on Red, Black & Clear coloured vinyl.
And the remaining 300 are on traditional black vinyl.

 

 

PAYPAL LINKS WILL APPEAR HERE IN 2 MINS

 

 

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THIS IS A PRE-ORER AND WILL SHIP MID SEPTEMBER WITH THE REST OF THE AUG/SEPT NEW RELEASES...

 

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