In an attempt to stay inspired and true to Run Royal’s promise of exclusive material, I recently found myself diggin’ through a tonne of shoe boxes in search for unreleased and lessor known content to share with ya bad selves. In amoungst the madness of old flyers, cassettes, ticket stubs, stickers, magazines and cd’s I unearthed bookoo gems that had been long forgotten..
First back ride to jump off is a posse cut from Brisbane’s WDTS crew circa 2000? I ripped this joint from a Lewkwarm demo cd who at the time was murkin’ mics with a layed back Brisbane style at Rics Cafe, Drop Zone, 8-ball and other local hip-hop nights from that era.
Lewkwarm kicks things off followed by a rare verse from Leva (“you ain’t up like the ducks”) K-West from The Optimen and Yuin Huzami from The Coalition. The Rasco sample hook always stuck with me although I somehow convinced myself it was Rakim! Thanks K-West for clearing that up for me recently. Who produced the beat though?? Someone in the know, feel free to comment and fill in the gaps.
Stay tuned for more regular posts of this nature coming soon. Enjoy!
Jake Biz, Overproof Pete and Gaz Hazard – members of Brisbane’s 750 Rebels and Karsniogenics Records – were recently given the opportunity to team up with Olympic boxer Brad Hore for his Keep Your Hands To Yourself campaign, a movement against the spate of coward punch attacks that have been happening in Brisbane’s night life precincts and around Australia. Not only are these cowardly attacks killing people in the streets they are affecting our night life precincts with stringent and ineffective lock-out laws.
Keep Ya Hands To Yourself is Produced by Overproof Pete aka Brookes Cullings and recorded at Gullywood Studios.
Video filmed by 750 Rebels collaborator Dolan for DF Des1gn. For videography and filmwork please contact Dolan at email@example.com.
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Thank you to all our friends in the hip hop community across Australia for being involved. Too many to name but thank you all for being involved!
Special thanks to Gareth and all the boxers from the Boxing Shop.
Keep Ya Hands To Yourself and help stop the madness.
Studio engineer, emcee and producer, Ciecmate takes some time out to have a conversation with us about how his production journey started, his equipment and the changes over years plus a few tips for other producers/engineers out there. Acknowledge the man that’s put in so much work on and off the court for one of Australia’s most consistent Hip-Hop labels.
Just watch & listen to how it’s done! Kuntz say Hip Hop is dead! Well it’s the legends still doin’ it proper. BPM’s and lyrical warfare to tear apart ya despair!!
I’m mad late on this but it’s great to such a stand up and humble dude like Delta documenting and sharing his experience of Hip-Hop culture in New York..Shit makes me wanna take the pilgrimage again. Hard out!
This 4 part series follows Australian Hip Hop artist Ben Delta as he journeys through boroughs of New York, in episode 1 Delta visits the Bronx.
A Visit to the TATS CRU studio in Hunts point is some fun viewing as Nicer ( one of the founders of the legendary Graffiti crew ) is in a mood to talk about the history of New York and how graffiti spread across the world.
The second part of the episode takes us to the home of Lord Finesse ( DITC ). Ness gives us an insight into what he looks for in records and how different sounds can be the basis of a production, he also discusses working with Delta ( which is explored in more detail in a upcoming episode).
This was made for the love of the music and culture, Delta has always carried the torch high for Australia so we thought it time we showed everyone what’s been going on.
– Luke Eblen
This ones for you Heata. Run Royal will commence back to it regular schedule when we fucking feel like it. Enjoy this powerful shit in between drinks.
As the weekend approaches so too does another World Record Store Day. For many, it’s kind of like Valentine’s Day and other gimmick orientated days – why should we be told to show love on one day specifically, and not all year round? As many diggers are 365 and dedicated to finding that hidden gem in dusty crates, many do not subscribe to this day. Well, fuck that! I love it. It’s a great celebration of all things music, culture, independence and a kunt load of piss with good mates! Sounds dope to me!
So as many rush out to buy that 20th edition of Dilla’s Fuck Tha Police, Illmatic, Operation Doomsday & a slew of other re-re-re-releases, keep one thing in mind – it’s an ace day and a great excuse to see many friends in various spots throughout your city you may not have seen in a hot minute. Great live performances from MC’s, DJ’s & limited edition wax will be the flavour of the day. To all the diggers & hanger-on-ers, enjoy your day! I certainly will.
Here is a select few events happening in the Melbourne Hip Hop scene. For more info on your city hit this link…
In 1985 Schoolly D hit the world with the hardest drum machine sounds we had ever heard. Smashing TR 909 bass & snares and relentless cuts from his DJ Code Money, Schoolly dropped some of the rawest street Hip Hop ever.
Many say that Schoolly was the creator of the “Gangsta Rap” genre in Hip Hop, or at least one of the pioneers of that style & attitude. I certainly agree with this, but that is an argument/discussion for another day.
Here we have one of the greatest low budget clips I have ever seen in my life ( besides “Thor” clips) and my werd, if it ain’t one of the dopest as well. Dodgy lighting effects, crappy smoke machines & shitty props, bad acting and an age old animation show cut in between to simulate a car chase from the cops. The premise is simple – the boys don’t like Rock ‘n Roll and the scenes that feature them at a rock gig standing in B-Boy stances shaking their heads at what they are seeing is pure gold. In the process, they kidnap a few white boy rock fans and take them to their brainwashing chamber to convert them to Hip Hop by placing what looks like paper lamp shades over their heads. DJ Code Money’s Technics 1200’s are hooked up to the head devices, and he begins to cut, sending ill as fuck ’85 scratches down the line to the captured fellas brainholes. And then…BAM…converted Rap Fans! ” I Love Rap & I’m Proud”.
I first saw this clip on a VHS that I bought in 1988 on Stylus Video called “Hip Hop And Rapping In The House”.
Apart from some classic Run DMC, Eric B & Rakim & Bomb The Bass, this VHS generally sucked balls, but it was this Schoolly D vid that just blew me away. So raw, so budget and so entertaining. Check out the killer boomboxes with the Parkside 5-2 posse. Truly dope shit!
There is little or next to no info about the origins of this clip on the interwebs, as I would love to know the format it was shot on ( some form of videotape ) and who directed it. If I was to ever interview the great man himself, I would be sure to ask many questions about the genius of the video.
“…this ain’t Prince, this Schoolly D man we rap…Code Money man, tell ’em what’s up man!”
Haven’t really had much of an opportunity to get on here and talk about other peoples rap talk, arrange any DSTT for the year or edit the clusterfuck of interview footage I got on hand but it’s all there ready and waiting to be done. It’s worth waiting on. For a good part of the end of last year, life (as we all know) put on the full court press and didn’t let me get the outlet pass for the buckets haha.
Due to this, I missed a lot of new music. Aside from the face album, which is nothing short of awesome I haven’t actively sought out anything or really been feeling much so I’ve fallen back to my staples.
Thankfully, the new ways of finding out about things, sent me my feed to which I was graced with this new joint by Rozewood. Have enjoyed some his past work but I’m really feeling this one. DJ Skizz’s laid back beat is perfect. “Death/Life, everything will come together” to kick the hook off. Works!
I guess after tasting the sour so often you learn to appreciate sweetness when it comes round…With so much going in life it’s refreshing to connect on something with someone over the other side of the world saying real shit with conviction.
I still be about that brolic ignat shit that makes you wanna belt a fucks face in but this caught my vibe today.
Give it a listen.
The Yokohama charmer, Matty Fresh has been busy tappin’ the pads and put together a tight 7 track instrumental up for free download to kick the year off right. Dope sample selection over some fresh MP drum patterns all tied in with some cool retro interludes. Get your bars up to it and just get down with it.
People all over the world woke up on the first day of 2016 to the tragic news of UK producer Mark B passing away. Friends and fans have been paying their respects by sharing memories of a man who inspired many and helped define the sound of hip-hop music in the UK.
As a tribute from the team at Run Royal we have selected 5 songs to share that Mark produced. Rest In Peace to a true King of the Beats, we’ll go diggin’ in the next life.
Delta – The Lostralian
Mark B & Al Tariq – The Great Ones
Mark B & Blade – The Unknown
OC – Born To Live (Mark B remix)
Task Force – Its On You (feat. SkinnyMan & Mark B)
Shouts to Robbie @ unkut.com for his compilation of 40 favourite’s from 2015. If you got caught up and missed a whole bunch of shit, then this is a good indication of what the year looked like. There’s a couple meh joints in there but who’s got time to argue with another man’s opinion. Track listing and download link below.
01 ‘Day 13’ – Dr. Yen Lo
02 ‘Metal Beard’ – Sean Price feat. Vic Spencer
03 ‘Synergy’ – Jadakiss feat. Styles P
04 ‘Even If’ – Capone-N-Noreaga feat. Tragedy Khadafi
05 ‘The Watch’ – Willie The Kid feat. Royce Da 5’9
06 ‘Life Time’ – Styles P
07 ‘Sweet Chick’ – Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire
08 ‘Junkyard Dogs’ – Czarface feat. Juju
09 ‘Open Fire’ – Clever 1
10 ‘Summer Nine Five’ – Maffew Ragazino
11 ‘No Filter’ – Cormega and Roc Marciano
12 ‘Revolver’ – Da Buze Brovaz feat. Tug McGraw
13 ‘God Praise’ – O.C. and Debonair P
14 ‘True G’ – LUVNY feat. Lord Tariq
15 ‘Everlasting’ – Hus Kingpin and SmooVth
16 ‘Auction’ – Puff Daddy feat. Lil’ Kim, Styles P and King Los
17 ‘The More Things Change’ – Grand Puba
18 ‘Gangsta 2K15’ – Agallah The Don feat. Hus Kingpin
19 ‘Complexion (A Zulu Love)’ – Kendrick Lamar feat. Rapsody
20 ‘We Don’t Play’ – Aim and QNC feat. Grand Puba and Sean Price
21 ‘Extradite’ – Freddie Gibbs feat. Black Thought
22 ‘Drive A Nigga Crazy’ – Rick Ross
23 ‘Pay It Forward’ – J-Live
24 ‘Lively Hood’ – DOOMSTARKS
25 ‘Grey Coupe’ – Courteous L feat. Jacardi Jacobs
26 ‘City of God’ – Rast
27 ‘QU Wordsmith’ – LEX
28 ‘H.I.T.H.’ – The Doppelgangaz
29 ‘Rooted’ – Scarface feat. Papa Reu
30 ‘B.L.O.W.’ – A.G.
31 ‘Circadian Rhythm’ – DUS feat. Eloh Kush
32 ‘Revory (Wraith)’ – Raekwon feat. Ghostface Killah and Rick Ross
33 ‘Sophia Yo’ – Large Pro
34 ‘Sasquatch In a UFO’ – Your Old Droog
35 ‘Glisten’ – R.A.W. (Problemz & DJ Skizz) feat. Lil Fame
36 ‘Clutch’ – Erick Sermon feat. Method Man and Redman
37 ‘Worldwide’ – Method Man feat. Hanz On, Uncle Murda, Chedda Bang
38 ‘Cocaina’ – Milano
39 ‘The Documentary 2’ – The Game
40 ‘Pointy Shoes’ – Ray West and Kool Keith
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Late last year Debonair P (Gentleman’s Relief) teamed up with O.C. (DITC) and dropped a dope 4 track EP ‘Dive In’. For someone who flew half way across Australia to see O.C. live in early twenty fifteen, the year couldn’t of ended any better. After almost a month of bangin’ the digital format I was excited to hear that vinyl pre-orders were shipping this week and felt the urge to share with y’all..
DP provides moody soundscapes setting a perfect background for O’s forethought and skills tight cut chorus’ on all 4 joints which I found refreshing after bumping the rhyme chorus heavy classic ‘Trophies’. O.C. did what he does best and put you all in check with deep conscious lyrics and a smooth delivery that he makes sound seemingly effortless.
The bandcamp D/L came with bonus instrumentals and remixes but left me hanging for more; like a good extended play should. I don’t even need to say it, if you’re reading this blog then this is probably your shit too! Check the soundcloud snippets below.
For those who have got to have it on wax, there are still some copies available HERE
Dive in and enjoy!