DJ Premier – WBLS Thunder Storm Volumes 1 – 6

If you want to immerse yourself in the fashionable sound of raw 90s Rap, you need look no further than this 6 set playlist from 1994 and 1995. These rare radio recordings have been bandied about in various qualities over the years , but we thought we’d make it easy access like Eazy-E’s pants. He was on every Friday night between 1992 & 1994. He tore it up between 8 – 10 PM on THE station of choice in NY, the World’s Best Looking Sound, 107.5 WBLS.

Primo is a don, a ‘king of style’ if you will. His work with Gang Starr, his production credits, his unapologetic and wide ranging taste in music, and his legendary status within the universal Hip-Hop community as a humble cat, can’t be contested. But as a mix show DJ, this man is a ‘monster on the set’, and listening back to these shows, it’s evident that even with quite a few years of the business under his belt, he was still hungry like bears goin’ bonkers in Yonkers.

Listening back to a show which pre-dates Sirius XMs ‘Live From HeadQCourterz’ by approx a decade, the first thing that you’ll notice is Mr Martin taking the Terminator X approach [he was known to Speak with his Hands]. I don’t think he utters a word, but that ain’t important. He had Geronimo and assorted posse in effect in the other booth to undertake the presentation, which allowed him to concentrate on rippin shit.

They were broadcast in the mid-90s, and in 2009 they had a very limited Japanese release on CD. These recordings are from those CDs. He drops ‘Future Classics’, from all coasts, and as you know, his scratch is insanely and hypnotically tight at times, he even drops the airplane effect. What, you want more? He drops tracks that didn’t sell out in their first week, but still had ya head noddin back then. He drops a demo by an unsigned artist called Rambo [Produced by Clark Kent protege and old school alumni Ski, FKA MC Will-Ski from the Bizzie Boyz]. And, as you would, he murders some doubles of his own productions to make this a classic set. The Gang Starr Foundation make a couple of appearances, including a brief interview with Bahamadia and some time with Jeru. Apart from the fact that there are a few repeat listens of a handful of tunes over the 6 volumes, there is very little else to say about this playlist. All you need to do is listen, and maybe reach for a neckbrace.

Biggest propers to Biggest Gord and the PhilaFlava Unit.

DJ Stretch Armstrong Show Feat Bobbito & Lord Sear – 30 November 1995 [Studio Guests Pete Rock and more]

This one was originally shared from a crappy sounding cassette that we copped in the days of wayback, way back in the days. It was another 27th generation copy from the Underground Flavas crew out of West London. This time, RRR have blatantly boosted the full 4 hour show from the DJ Eclipse rip which had been shared on the web a few years back [and subsequently been deaded in terms of linkage], we’ve bumped the EQ, compressed it a touch and tweaked it for your listening pleasure.

As well as the great music and tight mixing, this vintage classic includes a special remix from Stretch, unreleased gems from the Chocolate Boy Wonder and the studio guests include Pete Rock, 2/3 of The Fugees, Myschief and more. Get those matchsticks in the eye sockets cos you have to stay up for the PNB sample sale info and Kool G Rap on the erm, request line. This show is a great example of why Stretch is held is such high esteem by his peers within the industry as well as the listeners, he may have been a DJ and a host, but the actual mixing, blends and turntable based doo-dads are tight like duck-butts throughout this show. No gobble.

Tr’mungous sized shouts to DJ Eclipse, DJ MK, Derrick from Underground Flavas, Krisch, Aleph, Nes, Big Sleep, Serch, Ev Boogie, Stretch, Bobb & Sear.

Full tracklisting on the Soundcloud.

Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show - November 30 1995 Tape Cover

DJ Premier & Fatman Scoop [HOT97 Mixmasters Weekend] – 24 November 1995

Today in 1995, New York witnessed DJ Premier broadcasting live as part of an all-star line-up on a classic HOT97 Mixmasters Weekend.

As well as undertaking his first mic control duties on-air, Primo got seriously busy on the decks with some truly epic productions of his own as well as some monster indy tunes from the period. For those that heard it live on air, consider those of us in the UK that had to wait for booty copies like the one below. For those that remember, Underground Flavas out of West London had a habit of cutting corners on the cost of design and quality, just look at the J-Card. Forgetfully, they even dropped mixtapes with only one side of music on em.

Fatman Scoop was in charge of the presentation, all 326 ‘soaking wet’ pounds of him. Check the TL on the SC page.

Fatman Scoop & DJ Premier [HOT97 Mixmasters Weekend] - 24 November Tape