The All City Show Freestyles #1 – Def Jux Mystro Braintax Rhymefest Black Thought Milk D

From the ample archives of the seminal All City Show in the UK, this bumper session is the first in a series of recordings that have been generously supplied by the one of the most down-to-earth cats in the industry; Fat Lace Magazine co-founder, Unthugged Crew DJ, Journalist, Sneaker Collector, Label Owner and artist manager Dan Greenpeace FKA Dan Large.

It’s an exemplary selection of the iconic freestyles and performances that took place on the show, as they broadcast on XFM in London for 7 years during the noughties. All City was presented by Dan, alongside DJ & Producer Theo Keating [Fake Blood, Touché] and the latest name to join Apples’ Beats1 team, Zane Lowe.

Even though these recordings date back to nearly 15 years ago, this artists on this clip lend a surprisingly current feel to it. You have everyone from local icons to the top tens of this world: One half of the Run the Jewels mosse El-P, spitting some serious gems alongside his fellow Def Jux crew members Murs, C-Rayz Walz with DJ Seb One on the decks. Mr Tonight Show Black Thought drops his own jewels and First Priority Records icon Milk D makes a brief appearance. Grammy & Oscar award winner Rhymefest blesses the mic [with Super-Producer Mark Ronson also in the studio] and the UK’s very own local hero, the one and only ‘MuthaLuva’ Mystro makes some thoroughly entertaining ‘off the heady’ appearances alongside another Leeds alumni, Braintax.

When he isn’t booking and hangin’ out with some of the biggest names in the music industry, Dan hosts an Instagram account sure to leave any avid Hip-Hop fan in a jaw-dropping stupor. Periodically, he can also be heard co-hosting The All City Show on sohoradiolondon.com.

Propers as ever to Dan, Mark, Mys, Zaid & Kish.

Mixmaster Mike – Unidentifried Essential Mixtape 1999

The addition of a segment of Rap radio freestyle action is the reason for remastering and posting this today, and to highlight just how much of a dominant force Rap radio was in the 90’s.

Ex-Invisibl Skratch Pikl and World Champion DJ Mixmaster Mike [An American] thought it’d be a good idea to chuck in a short freestyle segment from a Westwood show [British radio] on the B-Side of this tape [around the 51 min mark], he was right. Rahzel mucks around with some inhuman Wu based beatbox business, some iconic Art of Noise beats, and generally sets the tone for a classic session in the 1FM studio with RZA, members of the Roots and DJ Hurricane.

Unidentifried Essential is undoubtedly one of the best mixtapes of all time, specifically for its insanely and impatiently inventive nature, and of course because it ignored the mixtape ‘format’. MMM created a mixtape which is all over the place in terms of music, but still has heads noddin constantly when its on.

Shouts to DJ Eclipse, Richy @ Carhartt and Picasso @ TWS.

Mixmaster Mike - Unidentifried Essential Front Cover

The inner J-Card on this is banoodles, ROCK STEADY REPRESENT !!

Mixmaster Mike - Unidentifried Essential Inside Cover