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NYGz – Gangstaz of New York (Prod. by Thorotracks)

I think I’m going to need to change my blog name into Year Round Records blog, cause I have a new NYGz track for y’all. The group is next on the roster of Year Round Records label by DJ Premier. There album is going to call “Pros N Cons” and will be enterily produced by Premo! The release date is fall 2009, but we all know… Now this track isn’t produced by Preem so I don’t know if we’ll see an official release of it? It’s produced by Thorotracks or something like that. Uploaded on request, here for everybody and believe me, it’s going to be NYGz weekend!

NYGz – Gangstaz of New York (Prod. by Thorotracks) (Radio Rip)

LiveFromHQ Playlist 10/07/2009


  1. U-God – Train Trussle (Feat. Ghostface Killah, Scotty Wotty)
  2. Alchemist – ALC Theme (Feat. Kool G Rap)
  3. Sonny Seeza – We Got Next (Feat. Steven King)
  4. Legacy – TKO (Feat. Phonte, Chaudon & Sean Price)
  5. Alchemist – Chemical Warfare (Feat. Eminem)
  6. Alchemist – Acts of Voilence (Feat. Oh No)
  7. 50 Cent – Where You Are
  8. Blaq Poet – Rap Addiction (Feat. Shabeeno & Lil Fame)
  9. Clipse – I’m Good (Feat. Pharell)
  10. Alchemist – Lights, Cameras, Action (Feat. Lil Fame)
  11. NYGz – Gangstaz Of New York
  12. Blaq Poet – Ain’t Nuttin’ Changed (Feat. MC Eiht & Young Maylay) (Queensbridge to California Remix)
  13. Jesse West – Genius (Feat. Bumpy Knuckles)
  14. Alchemist – Therapy (Feat. Evidence, Blu, Talib Kweli & Kid Cudi)
  15. Royce da 5’9″ – Street Hop 2009
  16. Alchemist – Grand Concourse (Feat. KRS-One)

Guests: Alchemist

Asher Roth Wants to Work With DJ Premier on New LP

Switching gears, Asher Roth told XXL that he is currently working on his sophomore album. And it seems like the SRC rapper is trying to deliver an old school vibe for his next LP. “You know I’m really interested in Pete Rock and DJ Premier and that New York sound, and that ’90s sound. I really wanna get in on that.”

Source: XXLmag

Limp Bizkit also wanted to work with Premo back in the days…

New live recordings

Blaq Poet & DJ Premier Speak with Nodfactor

Tha Blaqprint Review by HipHopSite

Let’s get one thing clear. If you are looking for poppy, keyboard, synthed-out Top 40 bullshit, you might as well stop reading right now. If you are looking for hardcore, street, boom-bap, classic, authentic hip-hop, by all means continue – this is it in it’s purest form. Straight out of Queensbridge comes Blaq Poet. For those who don’t know Poet was once part of Screwball, who released the now classic “Y2K” 9 long years ago, and even before that, held a high-profile battle with KRS-One during the BDP era. Since working with DJ Premier on Y2K, Poet has signed to Preem’s label, Year Round Records, and the anticipation for his official debut has grown since the ink dried. The wait is finally over and one of the best albums of ’09 has arrived. All but two tracks are produced by Primo, which leads you to believe that this is the next coming of Gang Starr.

Tha Blaqprint starts out with “I-Gittin”. Primo lifts and chops a guitar riff to perfection, which fits Poet’s aggressive flow to a tee. “U Phucced Up” is Easy Mo Bee’s lone contribution to the album, as Poet vividly tells the story of a drug deal gone wrong. The single “Ain’t Nuttin Changed” shows Premier’s versatility, jacking the chorus from Akon’s verse on 50 Cent’s single “I Still Kill”. Poet once again snaps over the classic production, letting the listener know that NY Hip-Hop is here to stay no matter what others may say.
With very few guest appearances, Poet holds his own over Premier beats. One stand out collboration is “Legendary Pt 1”, featuring new comer Nick Javas and Year Round labelmates, The NYGz. Java ultimately outshines the veterans and has us eagerly awaiting “Legendary Pt 2”, as Premier cuts up a perfectly placed 2pac sample for the chorus. Another outstanding guest spot comes from N.O.R.E. over possibly the best Primo track on the album (there are so many, it’s hard to choose). Sampling Main Source from “Looking at the Front Door”, Primo’s snapping snares and perfect chops compliment the emcees like its ’96 all over again.
While he does cover it extensively, Poet branches outside the hip-hop holy trinity of streets, guns and drugs on other parts of the album. On one of the album’s real gems, “Voices”, he spits about hip-hop greats 2pac, Biggie, Rakim, Slick Rick and others asking him what is going on with hip-hop. “I hear voices/and it sounds like Biggie/asking me what up with New York City/why y’all n*ggas ain’t putting up big numbers/African n*gga’s bootlegging every summer/yo, what the fuck/ya’ll better get at them/if y’all n*ggas trying to go gold and platinum”. With lyrics like that, who can claim hip-hop is dead? Meanwhile, “Never Goodbye” serves as a tribute to Screwball member KL, who died suddenly from an asthma attack in 2008, and is a fitting end to a near perfect album.
This critic is probably somewhat biased, because as the hip-hop landscape of the last 10 years has looked pretty bleak, with few shining lights here and there. The Blaqprint and several other recent albums gives a large amount of hope, however. Sure, Poet talks about the same subject matter, sure Premier’s beats are mostly chopped up soul samples, but the same arguments could be made against Gang Starr and nobody’s challenging that fact. Is this the best we will see from Poet, who knows? But it’s a fitting legacy, if so.

R.I.P. Michael Jackson Tribute Mix Tracklist


  1. Paul Mooney – Michael Jackson Ecerpt
  2. Jackson 5 – Darling Dear
  3. Jackson 5 – 2,4,6,8
  4. Jackson 5 – Great To Be Here
  5. Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
  6. Jackson 5 – Feelin’ Alright
  7. Jackson 5 – I Wanna Be Where You Are
  8. The Jacksons – Show You The Way
  9. Jackson 5 – We’ve Got A Good Thing Going
  10. The Jacksons – Heartbreak Hotel
  11. Jackson 5 – Walk On By (Intro Live)
  12. Jackson 5 – I Don’t Know Why I Love You
  13. Jackson 5 – Dacing Machine
  14. The Jacksons – Your Ways
  15. Jackson 5 – Who’s Loving You
  16. Jackson 5 – ABC
  17. Jackson 5 – Sugar Daddy
  18. The Jacksons – Enjoy Yourself
  19. Jackson 5 – I Am Love
  20. Jackson 5 – The Love You Save
  21. The Jacksons – Blame It On The Boogie
  22. Jackson 5 – 2300 Jackson Street

Wow, this legendary mix is outta control. Already downloaded 89300 times on zshare alone, posted on major hip hop sites and even non hip hop! If you still didn’t hear it, go and download it yourself here. And Premier is going to make a new mix that is free to download in the short future he said last night… R.I.P. MJ!

6 beats on “Street Hop”, no Slaughterhouse

DJ Premier announced yesterday he will have a total of 6 tracks produced by him on the upcoming Royce da 5’9″ album. By my guessing we already have three of them leaked: “Ding!“, “Hit ‘Em” and “Shake This“. The album will be released after the Slaughterhouse album that does not contain any Preem productions, but most of the records were recorded and mixed at his studio. So that’s the reason Joe Budden is most of the time up there. Premo also said again he has worked on the upcoming M.O.P. album “The Foundation“.

Premier also had pee of himself on him, MTV should start filming this.

Tha Blaqprint Review by HipHopDX

The past few years have been troubling for fans of New York Hip Hop. When commercial artists weren’t busy riding the South’s finger snapping, Auto-Tune crooning coat tails, tight pants-wearing hipsters began to slowly take over sections of Brooklyn with their Diplo beats and overly ironic sensibilities. While the rest of the city seemingly sinks further and further into a musically mire, Queensbridge emcee Blaq Poet stands strong with his debut LP Tha Blaqprint, after over two screw-faced decades with Screwball, fighting hard in the trenches for Queens recognition and a king’s respect.

Lyrically, Poet isn’t the most audacious of emcees. His flow and wordplay is fairly simple. But what the Poet lacks in lyrical elegance, he makes in raw, energetic delivery. With his nasal war cry “Huhah!,” Blaq Poet rocks the mic with a verbal iron fist. On the hard-body “Don’t Give a Fucc,” he explodes from the barrel, saying “Blaq Poet attacks, what the fuck you think was going to happen? / I’m from the days when niggas stood on the corner clapping / Drinking 40’s in front of the police / Running around, a straight beast on the streets.” Even at his more mellow moments on the touching tribute to Screwball member and cousin K.L. “Never Goodbye,” Poet makes the listener feel without saying much. Granted, he’s not the best wordsmith to grace the game. Some of his lines do miss the mark, such as on “U Phucc’d Up” when he refers to the Pocono Mountains as “the Cokeanos.” Yet for the most part, such problems occur on an individual basis and do very little to hurt the overall quality of the album.

In terms of content, Tha Blaqprint is surprisingly deep and insightful. While the album is irrefutably hardcore in sound, Poet infuses the music with a level of honesty that perfectly captures the aura and mentality of Queensbridge. Right from the get-go, Poet hits hard, summing up his state of mind on “I-Gititin” by saying, “Ain’t nothing wrong with that kiddie shit, but this what been missing / Premo on the beats and me on the rhyme / That means it’s heat on the streets, it’s about that time.” He talks up all things hardcore: the hood (“Ain’t Nuttin’ Changed” and “Hood Crazy”), the criminal life (“U Phucc’d Up”), the police (“S.O.S.”) and guns (“Let the Guns Blow”). He even carves out some time to get back to his Hip-Hop roots on the Shabeeno (of NYGz fame) and Lil Fame-assisted “Rap Addiction.” Yet Poet’s spectrum extends beyond that. He tackles concept-oriented tracks like “Voices,” on which he speaks with 2Pac and Biggie about the sordid state of the game. On “Sichuwayshunz,” he shows his empathetic side on the latter of the two, explaining the stories of a thief, a mobster and a homeless person, saying “If you living in the mansion or the fuckin’ basement, everybody got they own situation.”

Primarily handled by the legendary DJ Premier, Tha Blaqprint’s production provides the perfect musical backing. From the jaunty single “Ain’t Nuttin’ Changed” to the paranoid “S.O.S.,” Premo does some of his best work on this album. He even explores different types of sounds with success. On the N.O.R.E.-featured “Hate”, Premo applies a minimalist acoustic guitar to a sample of Main Source’s “Looking at the Front Door,” while on “Stretch Marks and Cigarette Burns,” he utilizes a fuzzed-out bass to make a perfectly sleazy stripper anthem. Joining Premier on the production are Easy Mo Bee (“U Phucc’d Up”) and Gemcrates (“Sichuwayshunz”), and while neither producer quite matches Premier’s level of excellence on this album, their beats prove to be worthy additions to the album’s overall sound.

Tha Blaqprint is an extremely well-made and engrossing Hip Hop album. The honesty of Poet’s words more than make up for any lyrical blemishes, while DJ Premier’s production harkens back to golden years of Hip Hop. Tha Blaqprint is an endearing New York relic lost in an industry that’s incapable of grasping its significance.

HipHopDX Rating: 4/5
User Rating: 3,5/5

Source: HipHopDX

Blaq Poet CD Release Party in Boston today