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Live From HeadQCourterz (07/22/2011)

Live From HeadQCourterz (07/22/2011)

Roy Ayers Project: Who is Roy Ayers? (Trailer)

Live From HeadQCourterz (07/15/2011)

Live From HeadQCourterz (07/15/2011)

DJ Premier Lists His 50 Favourite Songs Featuring Guru

Here’s DJ Premier own personal list of the 50 greatest songs featuring Guru:

1. Gang Starr – Moment Of Truth
2. Gang Starr – Above The Clouds (Feat. Inspectah Deck)
3. Gang Starr – Soliloquy Of Chaos
4. Slam Slam – Free Your Feelings (Gang Starr Remix)
5. A.G. – Weed Scented (Feat. Gang Starr, Party Arty & OC)
6. Gang Starr – Funkmaster Flex Freestyle
7. Gang Starr – Play That Beat (Feat. DJ Slynkee & DJ Skribble)
8. Gang Starr – The Piecemaker
9. M.O.P. – Salute Pt. 2 (Feat. Gang Starr)
10. Gang Starr – Natural (Feat. HeadQcourterz)
11. Gang Starr – Jazz Thing (Video Mix)
12. Gang Starr – Robin Hood Theory
13. Gang Starr – Royalty (Feat. K-Ci & JoJo)
14. Gang Starr – JFK 2 LAX
15. Gang Starr – Deadly Habitz
16. Gang Starr – The Militia (Feat. Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx)
17. Gang Starr – Mass Appeal
18. Gang Starr – Zonin
19. Gang Starr – Next Time
20. Gang Starr – Betrayal (Feat. Scarface)
21. Gang Starr – All 4 Tha Ca$h
22. Gang Starr – Full Clip
23. Gang Starr – Ex Girl To Next Girl
24. Gang Starr – Alongwaytogo
25. Gang Starr – Take It Personal
26. Gang Starr – Credit Is Due
27. Gang Starr – DWYCK (Feat. Nice N Smooth)
28. Gang Starr – Take Two And Pass
29. Gang Starr – I’m The Man (Feat. Lil Dap & Jeru the Damaja)
30. Gang Starr – Execution Of A Chump (No More Mr. Nice Guy Pt. 2)
31. Gang Starr – Street Ministry
32. Gang Starr – Check The Technique
33. Gang Starr – Beyond Comprehension
34. Gang Starr – Just To Get A Rep
35. Gang Starr – Precisely The Right Rhymes
36. Gang Starr – Battle
37. Gang Starr – The ? Remainz
38. Gang Starr – 1/2 & 1/2 (Feat. M.O.P.)
39. Gang Starr – Speak Ya Clout (Feat. Lil Dap & Jeru the Damaja)
40. Gang Starr – Mostly The Voice
41. Gang Starr – Tonz O’ Gunz
42. Gang Starr – In This Life (Feat. Snoop Dogg & Uncle Reo)
43. Gang Starr – Who Got Gunz (Feat. M.O.P. & Fat Joe)
44. Gang Starr – Rite Where U Stand (Feat. Jadakiss)
45. Gang Starr – Piece Of Mine
46. Gang Starr – You Know My Steez
47. Gang Starr – Brainstorm
48. Guru – Loungin’
49. Gang Starr – Words I Manifest (Remix)
50. Gang Starr – Eulogy

This is not in any particular order.

R.I.P. Keith “Guru” Elam.

Exclusive: Big Shug – We Miss You (Prod. by DJ Premier) (Guru’s 50th Birthday Tribute) CDQ

Gang Starr Foundation members Big Shug and DJ Premier celebrating Guru’s upcoming 50th birthday (July 17th) with a tribute track to the late legend. Much respect to Big Shug, Rest In Power Keith “Guru” Elam. This is for you:

Big Shug – We Miss You (Prod. by DJ Premier) (Guru’s 50th Birthday Tribute)

The beat was made in 2004 for Mary J Blige, but rejected.

rip. we miss you.

Big Shug & DJ Premier Releasing A Tribute Song For Guru’s 50th Birthday

DJ Premier, Lil Fame, Lazy Laze, Billy Danze, Phat Gary, Biggest Gord, Big Shug & Guru

Big Shug teamed up once again with DJ Premier to work on a song, but this one will be something special, emotional and never done before. The original Gang Starr member Big Shug is going to dedicate a track named “Miss You” to the late Gang Starr front man Guru. This couldn’t be done without DJ Premier to make this track go right into the books. On July 17th Keith “Guru” Elam would turn 50 years old. Be on the lookout and Guru, we never forget you!

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Preemish: Mr. Lif – Universal (Feat. Insight) (Prod. by Insight)

Knock knock… who the fuck is banging at your door? It’s the preemish section,

this time we talk about a genius lyricist and a heavyweight in the underground Hip-Hop scene. Boston born Mr. Lif performed since ’94 and in the early days he focused on battle rhymes which you can hear on tracks such as “Be Out” or “The Nothing” which was the B-side of his debut vinyl single “Elektro” in ’98. His lyrical focus gradually changed as time went by. Stamped by the difficulties his parents had due to the system when he was young and inspired by the likes of Chuck D his lyrics began touching political issues and getting more and more critical towards society or the American way of life (e.g. his track “New Man Theme”). He can most likely be assigned to conscious rap. Lif is eloquent, critical and has a murderous flow and an exceptionally large vocabulary. He’s a true poet and perfect storyteller like KRS-One or Guru. Some even call him the Chuck D of the next generation. After dropping some more singles he signed to El-P’s label Def Jux and released the political motivated EP’s “Enters the Colossus” in 2000 and “Emergency Rations” two years later. In 2002 Lif did his first full length album “I Phantom” which was highly anticipated by the underground scene at its time and delivered the goods. “I Phantom” tells a story throughout 14 tracks where the listener follows Lif’s journey starting with rising up from a poor background to success and ending with an apocalyptic showdown. The album is a masterpiece in my opinion. Lif did another album on Def Jux in 2006 called “Mo’ Mega” which describes the disharmony between the working class and the elite. His newest album “I heard it today” was released in 2009 on his own label Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises. Aditionally, Lif did a live album (“Live from the Middle East”) and had releases with his former group “The Perceptionists”. Production is done by El-P most of the time but Fakts One and Insight did a lot of beats for Lif as well.

If you haven’t heard of Mr. Lif until now I highly recommend going to a video sharing site and watch the complete video of “Live from the Plantation”, a dope track of his LP “I Phantom” about your dayjob. The track is a prime example of Lif’s sound and his attributes above mentioned.
To those who are familiar with Lif and always asked yourself like I did: “Live from the Plantation” on his live album was produced by Lif and the original version but he decided to use Edan’s beat for “I Phantom”. Oh and by the way: His name comes from the band Phish. When Lif heard the track “Liftedly Man” he adopted Liftedly and shortened it to Lif whereas the addition „Mr.“ comes from his friends.

Mr. Lif – Universal (Feat. Insight) (Prod. by Insight)

run, step, yeah bounce ni99a bounce … all you pussy rappers be out,


Teflon – 4 Tha Love CDQ

We first heard this song in 2005, now we have the CDQ! From Teflon’s upcoming album “Contraband”, a new solo album since “My Will” (1997). It can’t get more hardcore, M.O.P. First Family:

Oh, this beat was rejected by Nas.

Live From HeadQCourterz (07/08/2011)

Live From HeadQCourterz (07/08/2011)