TUESDAYS WITH HIP HOP: BEST HIP-HOP TRACKS OF 1992

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Hey fam sorry for the lack of posts lately. Been out in the real world, or hiding from it due to pollution and construction. But we’re back with a brand new radio show, coming at you every Monday not-live from Shanghai. This week we pay respect to the year 1992, ahead of Wednesday night’s COME CORRECT party at The Shelter.

In 1992, Clinton stepped into office, Dr. Dre dropped the Chronic, Mario Kart and Street Fighter II gave us calluses, and Wu-Tang Clan crept onto the scene out from the slums of Shaolin. There’s loads of good dancehall, jungle, and rock tunes from ’92 as well but in this first episode of Love Bang radio we count down the best hip-hop jams. West-coast gangsta rap for cruising in plush LS400s and cold NY street rhymes for blunt circles. Though this wasn’t the best year for hip hop ever, some of the best hip-hop tracks ever come from ’92.

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Catch Heatwolves and Caution from Love Bang guesting at COME CORRECT, Shanghai’s weekly hip-hop party, this wednesday Dec. 4th at The Shelter, which just turned six years old. One year living on Yongfu Lu is like 36 regular years. The theme this Wednesday is 1992, so expect at least 92 tunes from that year, everything from dancehall and rap to R&B and new jack swing.

LOVE BANG TOP TEN HIP-HOP TRACKS OF ’92

10. “How To Roll A Blunt” – Redman
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8. “I Missed The Bus” – Kriss Kross
7. “Let Me Ride” – Dr. Dre
6. “Crossover” – EPMD
5. “Halftime” – Nas
4. “After The Laughter Comes Tears” – Wu-Tang Clan
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Here’s the direct link if you can’t access Soundcloud (it’s now blocked in China – why?)

And here’s a couple of tracks from ’92 you might have missed, that didn’t quite make it on this list.

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – On The Run (Untouchable Dirty Version)

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Apache – Gangsta Bitch

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I left off Pete Rock and CL Smooth I’m really not a fan of the raps. The beats and production are ace though. And I can’t stand Das-EFX, Fu-Schnickens, and all that gimmicky rap that dominated the charts. That’s why I say ’92 wasn’t the best year for hip-hop though a lot of good tunes and albums came out. If you know of some good jungle or dancehall tunes from ’92 please leave em in the comments!

Tuesdays With Hip Hop – Guest Post from The Acid Pony Club

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Special guest post by frenchman Laura Ingalls from The Acid Pony Club, a gang of psychedelic bandits who have a hand in more tunes than perhaps any crew in Shanghai,  through their original production of house, disco, and edits, recording for bands like PAIRS and Friend or Foe, doing sound for live music and festivals, playing in bands like Death to Ponies, running drone nights at The Shelter (check out his mix for that here), and DJing everywhere from the underground to the posh bits. Le french hustle. One afternoon last year I ran into Raph on the front steps of our old building; he recorded our conversation and warped it into a techno song.
But on top of all this disco hedonism and doom music Laura Ingalls can talk hip hop for days too. The first time I saw him DJ, way back in 2009 in a portal called Dragon Club, he dropped Ginuine’s “Pony” in the middle of a early-morning¬† house set. He’s playing a rare, all-vinyl hip hop set this Saturday at The Shelter as part of Come Correct Presents: Shanghai All-Stars #4 so I asked chef to put together this week’s offerings. Here’s what he said:
Slum Village and Dwele – Tainted

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i love everything Dwele does, that must be the lover in me, he is always on point with soulful vocals and perfect Rhodes chords. If you add Slum Village to the equation it doesn’t really get much better than that.
The Roots – Proceed

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i was 14 when a friend of mine brought me to see The Roots live, that night my life changed forever, i was intoxicated, since then i want more Rhodes, everywhere.

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El-P always impressed me, the atmosphere is straight up industrial in his music. Def-jux was really important to me at some point, I had moved away from hip-hop when shit like eminem or 50 cent became big and it was refreshing to find a new streak of artists who were bringing something new to the rap game that wasn’t all about being gangsta and making money.
cLOUDDEAD – dead dogs two

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When that album came out we sat down, i think it was with Clem and my then girlfriend Charlotte, and listened to the whole thing from start to finish without saying a word, proper psychedelic stuff, it’s like listening to a country western artist rapping on LSD. again Anticon was important in that whole renewal of hiphop that was more arty and weird.
Quasimoto – Greenery

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Madlib has to be in there somewhere right? it’s hard to choose a favorite, the first Yesterday’s New Quintet album is probably one of my favorite albums ever, the stuff they did with Declaime under Dudley Perkins is so dark and twisted but yet soulful, it’s perfect. but this is under his Quasimoto moniker, the last album is on heavy rotation in my headphones since it came out but this is from his previous album and it talks about getting blunted. the beat is the fattest, funkiest shit ever!
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For a lot more hip hop, funk, and straight up party music, get down to The Shelter on Saturday for this week’s best hip hop party, brought to you by Come Correct. You get today’s fine selector, plus DJ Caution, Sal from the TV, Cavia, LJ, MC One Con, and surprise guests. It’s free before 11PM and 40RMB after. I’d buy that for a dollar!!

TUESDAYS WITH HIP HOP, PART 5 – QUASIMOTO, JJ DOOM

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Good morning from sunny Shanghai. First up we’ve got Quasimoto dropping a new LP titled “Yessir, Whatever” on Stones Throw on June 18th. Madlib easily my favorite hip hop producer ever, even more than Dilla. If you’re a head you’ve already heard this, but here’s the first track from the LP. Way more excited about this than I was for Daft Punk’s disappointing Random Access Memories.

Also, peep the interview I did with Madlib while he was at a MLK Day BBQ in LA and I was in the initial stages of crippling food poisoning in rainy Shanghai. I literally had to sprint like fifteen minutes in the rain to get an IP card right before this interview because the internet went down so no Skype. I spent the next three days in bed and transcribed the interview on a flight back from Dubai a month later.

Hard to mention Madlib without Madvillain, but did you sleep on the JJ DOOM album that came out last year? Criminally slept on, and easily the best work DOOM has put out in years. This is the only rap song I know about having OCD. Dude is legitimately terrified of germs, and that’s painfully obvious in this cut.

JJ DOOM – Wash Your Hands

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And if you like hip hop, don’t forget to check out COME CORRECT every Wednesday at The Shelter. It’s the only place you’ll find two DJs working out on four turntables, open mic, and an Asian breakdance hurricane. The real deal.

 

 

post-trap rainy day jams.

thanks to everyone who came to Shelter last night come correct. four-turntable action by Shige and Caution, raps by MC One Consciousness, and “Milkshake” pitched down 12% and some rare slow jams by myself at the end, followed by a classic ji gong bao (chicken hot pot) sesh.

note to restaurants who plan on giving away free alcohol and advertising this in SmartShanghai – get more than one bartender. wtf. some people prlly came from Hangzhou for that free Sangria last night in Xintiandi.

hadn’t been to Xintiandi in at least a year. totally forgot about that side of Shanghai. meh. did meet a grave/tomb dealer though. best “so what are you doing in Shanghai?” convo I’ve had in years. dude took my “i sell dreams” response way too seriously though.

man wtf is going on in America right now…jesus.

it’s raining but fuck it, i’m going to the studio to finish this track. until then, peep these:

Aaliyah – Are You That Somebody

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Gemmy – Too Far

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No DL on the Gemmy track. Just came out. Also really feeling this mixtape – it’s a slow builder, and dark as fuck. If you like Salem, Three 6 Mafia, or anything on Tri Angle Records, you’ll love this.

GRIM – FADED RE-EDIT MIXTAPE CH. 1 by voodoo village

Some young kids from Memphis put this together, here’s the tracklist:

1. Diamond Bass – Nomada/All That
2. Three Six Mafia – South Memphis Bitch
3. Clicks & Whistles – Hello
4. Lil Daggers – Pair of Lives
5. Lil Wayne – I Feel Like Dying
6. Project Pat – I Keep That
7. Courtesy – Life, Man
8. Wiz Khalifa – On My Level
9. Com Truise – Colorvision
10. Koreless – Made In
11. Cities Aviv – Sixsixsixes
12. Gorillaz – Empire Ants

They call this “post-trap.” Awesome.