Five Years Older, Ten Times More Determined
It’s hard to believe, but today marks the fifth anniversary of Cocaineblunts.com. To celebrate I put together a quick collection of some tracks I’ve posted over the years. If you’ve been reading this site forever, you probably have all these tracks. But maybe you don’t have them all in one place.
It’s strange going back and looking at these posts. For one a lot of them are truly poorly written. But it’s the general tone in music sharing that has shifted the most. Years ago I could post something obvious and merely out of print – indie Sick Wid It releases, vinyl only remixes – and dudes would send me rambling emails thanking me profusely and reminiscing about how they’d been looking for these tracks since they first heard them on stretch and bob fifteen years prior or how they used to jam this or that in their 89 caddy and then how their tape popped and they never heard it again. Now it’s “Pshaw we got that Noz. Where the album at? I pulled it off blogspot months ago. I got a torrent of every word T La Rock ever said into a microphone.” Technology is fantastic. I guess.
Still, most of this shit is still pretty hard to come by, even by today’s standards. And most of it I still jam on a regular basis. I listen to “Duck Huntin’” every morning over breakfast while I desperately try to turn just one flake of Target Brand Knock Off Cocoa Pebbles into fifty pounds of catfish. That being said, I would be shocked if anybody who isn’t me actually likes every song on here. Before this site ended up the de facto outlet of weird regional rap, the goal was always one of diversity. There are now 8,000 blogs cataloging NY Rap from 1988-1996 and I honestly don’t keep as many uninteresting Black Moon rip off records as those guys, so I’ve been playing my position. But the original motto was “From AZ to YZ”. I tried to represent that here a little better on this mix than I’ve been doing on the blog lately, but then not really. It’s interesting to note how Rammellzee freestyles don’t really sound all that out of place next to T Tucker chants. Tape hiss blurs all cultural boundaries.
With a few glaring outliers, the selection does lean late 80s/early 90s. Maybe I’ll go deeper into the margins of those decades if I’m still around to do Vol. 2. (Though I can only pray that I am not still running this blog in 2013. But who knows? The game needs me.)
I also put Dre Dog’s “Smoke Dope and Rap” on there. It is, of course, where we got the name for our college radio show and the site that followed. Believe it or not, in five years since (almost seven actually if you count the radio show) I’ve never posted a single Nickatina song on this blog. I have no idea how that could happen. Now it’s been rectified. But is it “rubber, car keys and ID that’s fake”? Or does Dre have car keys made of rubber? The world may never know. Another track that I never actually posted but appears here is the original 12″ mix of OG Style’s “I Know How To Play ‘Em”, which seemed like a more interesting selection than the album mix (because, yes, you grabbed the album off rapidshare way back when Kanye was still a rapper). I forget who uploaded this alternate mix to the message board so many records ago. But if that was you then thanks.
And I still don’t know who Stingee is. Though a recent commenter tells me he’s from Greensboro, NC.
Cocaineblunts.com: The Best Of The Blunts Vol. 1
Links take you to the original posts, where I may or may not have provided additional information about the records.
1. Dre Dog – “Smoke Dope & Rap”
2. LL Cool J – “After Midnight Freestyle 1985”
3. The Click – “You !!! Up When You Slammed My Mother”
4. MUCH Posse – ” On Fondren”
5. Keefy Keef (Keith Murray) – “‘Cause I’m Keefy Keef”
6. Top Priority (Percee P & D NIque) – “Unsatisfied Critics”
7. P.E.A.C.E. – “Rainin’”
8. Scarface – “Another Head Put To Rest”
9. Critical Condition f/ Bun B – “Bout To Go Down”
10. E-40 f/ Big Gipp & Big Boi – “Ham Sammiches & Coup Devilles”
11. OG Stlye – “Catch ‘Em Slippin’ (Original Mix)”
12. Digital Underground – “A Tribute To The Early Days”
13. DJ Spanish Fly – “Smokin’ Onion (Remix)”
14. Royal Rock (Suga Free) – “Pure Pimp Fene”
15. Rammellzee & Toxic – “Live @ The Rhythm Lounge 1983”
16. MC TT Tucker & DJ Irv – “Where Dey At?”
17. Outsidaz – “Duck Huntin’”
18. Freeway – “Goodbye”
19. Stingee – “Take Dem Panties Off”
Sound quality, bitrate and volume all over the place.
Related: The Worst Of Cocaine Blunts