It’s been a very busy and stressful first month of marriage and we’ll finally be taking our much delayed and much needed honeymoon in Jamaica in a couple of days. My wife and I will be lying on a beach justlikethatone pictured above and briefly forgetting about the cold world in Philly. But fear not, I’ll post the February 1996 Source issue before we leave and then I’ll get back to normal after the Super Bowl.
Since the 1996 issues seem to full of drama and controversy, I was thinking about changing things up a bit. Instead of me just randomly blabbering about the issues, I was thinking about opening up the site for people like you who have issues/concerns/beef with the cover stories, mic ratings, etc. Remember, 1996 was full of Death Row ish popping off (Tupac, Dr. Dre, Suge) as well as album releases for The Fugees, Nas (4 mics), Jay-Z (4 mics), Ghostface, The Roots (4.5 mics), Mobb Deep (4.5 mics), and on and on. Whether you agree or disagree, I’ll put your words in there as the write up for that issue of the Source. Let me know if you’re interested and which issue or album you’d like to write about.
I also have a few Ego Trip magazines to scan and post if you’re interested.
Last, I wanted to shout out the sites I check on the regular when I’m not wasting my life scanning these magazines. If I get a minute in between snorkeling and swimming, I’ll find a computer and try to catch up.
http://hiphopisntdead.blogspot.com/ – Album reviews with pure comedy. Sometimes we agree and sometimes we don’t. That’s life.
http://kevinnottingham.com/myblog/ – Need to find an obscure sample from a Ghostface album? Enter sample heaven.
http://time4sumaksion.blogspot.com/ – Tons and tons of old 80’s and 90’s 12 inch singles from just about every artist you like. I’ve literally replaced 85% of my old warped vinyl collection from this site alone. Unfortunately, you’ll need an invite since it’s private.
http://ifihavent.wordpress.com/ – If I don’t have that magazine article you need, then Slurg does. He even has old Ego Trip and Rap Pages articles.
http://recogthereal.blogspot.com/ – Brandan is the mixtape king. I don’t know how or where he collected so many old 90’s mixtapes but he’s got ‘em. And I don’t think I ever said thanks for the Tony Touch tapes either. My bad.
http://philaflava.blogspot.com/ – The home of taking you back to the 80’s and 90’s hip hop scene. They have every old freestyle and exclusive track from just about every artist during that time. If you need some old Lord Finesse, Artifacts, KMD, Brand Nubian, Big L or whatever, then check out their site.
http://www.themeaningofdope.com/ – They’re like the Yo! MTV Raps site with exclusive video from multiple sources. Those old Biggie videos are like gold.
http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/ – I’m too lazy to stay up on the current stuff and really don’t have the time anyway. They put it all together for me on one site. Seems like they have one blogger in every state and in Europe, too, with like 25 posts a day. Definitely putting in work and thanks for the Saigon/Joe Budden tracks.
http://www.unkut.com/ – I’ve found some rare stuff on this site and the name of the site says it all. One of my favorites.
http://whentheyreminisce.com/ – A fellow Pennsylvanian with a great ear for production in any era. He also loves those old 90’s albums as much as I do.
http://strictlybeats.blogspot.com/ – The original gold mind for my ears. They have beats by the ton. Check them out if you need any instrumental albums.
http://www.wydublog.com/ – Even though we’re darn near the same age, Travis covers just about everything from the early 80’s to today. I don’t know how he does it. He’s also like an underground promoter, too, so if you need someone to help you get the word out about your album, then he’s your man.
http://clapcowards.com/ – Y’all know I have beef with people in Philly who aren’t Philly sports fans. And he’s in South Philly of all places?!? Luckily Zilla gets a pass for his wit, comedy and production skills. But he better like the Phillies and Eagles this year!