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Sublime Feat The Pharcyde – Summertime (Remix)

‘Summertime and the living is easy’. A sentence crafted as a lullaby in the 1930’s that has been used by countless artists in different versions of this soulful, jazzy, and summery tune. On this version Marshall from Sublime and Tre from Pharcyde (other half Fat Lip) work together to produce a chilled out masterpiece of a remix. Pharcyde have released four albums to date, with countless top-notch smooth jazzy hip hop tracks. Thier debut album, Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde dropped in November 1992 bringing with it tunes such as ‘Passing Me By’ and ‘4 Better or 4 Worse’.

Thier next effort was Labcabincalifornia, which brought more commercial efforts to the Pharcyde brand, with tunes such as ‘Runnin’ one of my all time favourite hip hop tracks, and ‘Drop’, whilst also including the hip ‘She Said’. Labcabincalifornia dropped in 1995 during American hip hop’s primetime years, and was released under the Delicious Vinyl Record Label and the production on the album along with other Pharcyde works included a combination of self production, Diamond D and the legendary J Dilla. The album acclaimed major recognition but never scaled the heights produced from their sophomore effort Bizarre Ride II The pharcyde.

The Pharcyde have produced a further two albums, Plain Rap in 2000, and Humbolt Beginnings in 2004, neither of which have reached the pinnacle of Bizarre Ride, and Labcabincalifornia, in fact the latest album Humbolt Beginnings failed to even make the Billboard Charts.


May 7, 2010 Posted by | Hip Hop | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Diamond D – Hatred, Passion & Infidelity

Veteran, legendary  hip-hop producer and emcee Joseph Kirkland, better known to the hip hop world as; ‘Diamond D’, from 165th St in the Boogie Down BX, has produced tracks for a multitude of rap music’s most critically acclaimed LPs, including A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘The Low End Theory’ and The Fugees’ ‘The Score’. In 1992, he recorded his first solo album, the underground classic Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop (which was released as by Diamond & the Psychotic Neurotics).  In the period between his album releases, Diamond spent much of his time producing for a number of artists, including Brand Nubian, Cypress Hill, Fat Joe, The Fugees, House of Pain, KRS-One, Lord Finesse, Tha Alkaholiks, The Pharcyde, Illegal, and Xzibit. A host of top-flight rappers returned the favor for his sophomore album, Hatred, Passion & Infidelity, including Busta Rhymes, Phife Dawg (A Tribe Called Quest), and Pete Rock. 

 His lyrical dexterity on his second effort is incredibly exciting and raw providing originality (key to a hip hop emcees success) and a swift narrative which carries the listener willingly from song to song. Sideman John Dough adds strong lyrics to “Flowin’,” “J.D.’s Revenge,” and “On Stage.” Reggae style chanter Don Barron (of Masters of Ceremony fame) gives an interesting touch to “MC Iz My Ambition.” Phife (of A Tribe Called Quest) and lyricist/producer extraordinaire Pete Rock are both featured on “Painz and Strife.” Diggin’ in the Crates family members Fat Joe, Big L, Lord Finesse, and AG join Diamond on “5 Fingas of Death” for a dark and ominous posse cut. Legendary MC Sadat X of Brand Nubians and K. Terroribul join Diamond on “Never.” K. Terroribul also appears on “K.T.” and “On Stage.”  Hatred, Passion & Infidelity is a masterpiece display of Diamond D’s skills on the microphone and behind the mixing board, an album a serious fan should have. As also should be noted, Diamond D is a  Grammy award winner for his work with The Fugees on The Score…and was nominated for another in 2007 for his work with Natalie Cole on the song  “Daydreaming”. As standard, click the pics and enjoy the beats.

January 8, 2010 Posted by | Hip Hop | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment