Sunday, December 13, 2009

Old School Jam #8

Oh man! 1994. I wish I wasn't 7 years old at this time, but man bring this back! What happened?!

Woah!

This is some real down-tempo shit!! Jose James is a singer from NYC who has worked with so many people. The Jazzy Sport Team, Flying Lotus, Jazzanova, Giles Peterson. This dude is sick. Check out his new video.



Again?

Just found this video from Gagle's new "Slow But Steady" album. This beat is so much different from their other stuff its crazy. Its almost a rock song. Still fly as hell and killing it in Japan

Enjoy.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Frank Nitty in the place to be.

This dude did so much work with Dilla you can't not enjoy this. The always comical, Frank Nitty. Nice cameos by J. Rocc, House Shoes, Illa J...etc

Monday, December 7, 2009

Brasil

This is one of my favorite Brasil/ Afro Cuban songs. I think Euforquestra might even do a cover of this. If it doesn't make you want to dance I don't know what will!! Check your pulse.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Old School Jam #7

In honor of Raekwon in Chicago on Wednesday night, I have to do this one



1995 Ya'll!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Grap Luva

This video is tight. Grap Luva and Mitsu the Beats in Tokyo.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Free Lounge Mix!!


DJ Rich Rok Presents:

Just Lounging.

Click here for a free download.

Tracklist:

1. Les Nubians- Makeda (DJ Spinna and Ticklah Mix)
2. DJ Mitsu The Beats- Living Love Song feat. Ivana Santilli
3. Illa J- Sounds Like Love feat. Debi Nova
4. J-88- The Look Of Love (Jay Dee Remix)
5. Hieroglyphics- Make Your Move feat. Goapele
6. Gagle- Love Note (Intstrumental)
7. Jazzmatazz- Keep Your Worries feat. Angie Stone
8. Big Tone- What's Up (Intimacy) feat. Dwele
9. Common- Come Close (Remix) feat. Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, Pharrell Williams
10. Slum Village- Reunion (Instrumental)
11. MED- Can't Hold On
12. DJ Mitsu The Beats- Yeah Ya'll feat. Roddy Rod & Kev Brown
13. Sly & The Family Stone- Babies Makin' Babies
14. Budamunky- Strings Of Madness
15. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66- The Look Of Love


Mixed by DJ Rich Rok on November 10th, 2009. All songs are from original vinyl used with no effects or outside assistance.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Saadiq!!

I think I could listen to this song all day long!! Wow.Classic!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Badu

This song can just make your day a little bit better.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Old School Jam #6

Going way, way, way, back in time. As always...enjoy

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Old School Jam #5

Here come the lords!! Lords of the Underground holding it down in the east. Enjoy

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Old School Jam #4

Here it is...the latest old school track. As always enjoy this classic


Monday, October 19, 2009

Dilla Tribute

This video is amazing. Dude is super talented. Plus the music is always a plus

Old School Jam #3

Oh man, this one is nuts. Coming from 1994 its Artifacts with Wrong Side of Da Tracks.

So jazzy dude.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Welcome To The D Baby!

Recently it seems that Detroit is just killing all other cities in hip-hop. Back in the day LA, NY, and CHI were the cities throwing it down the hardest but Detroit has really come to the forefront in recent years. With artists like Black Milk, Slum Village (Elzhi, T3, -Jay Dee & Baatin RIP) Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, Royce Da 5'9, House Shoes, Illa J...how can you really go wrong? All these dudes are holding it down and repping the D to the fullest. Check it out if you don't believe me










Meth & Red

These dudes never quit. All classics!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Old School Jam #2

DJ Premier & Nas. Man, one of the best MCs with one of the best producers of all time. What could go wrong with that? Bang this shit!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Old School Jam #1

I wanted to start a feature every week on here called the Old School Jam. Every week the plan is to post 2 or 3 videos, songs, or clips that could remind us of the better things in hip-hop. Let's get it going. Enjoy the first ever Old School Jam...

New Tip

The newest Q-Tip video just came out this past week or so. Check it out. The 90's might be back!!

Hoc N Pucky

This is off the Ma Dukes album, with the original production going to Jay Dee when he was with Slum Village. Word.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Krushing The Day

I am going to sleep and waking up to this song. Love this beat!!


Monday, October 5, 2009

Kev Brown

This dude's beats are amazing and he is a pretty fly mc, but watching him make this beat takes him to a whole new level in by book. DAMN!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Classic!!

Music does have the power to heal. I have always been a firm believer in this and I really think it does have the power to do so. There is a song for every mood that you could be in. I have been kinda down recently but this song is so beautiful.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Gagle LP


I have been waiting for this for the past 2 months! When I heard the news that Japanese Hip-Hop power house Gagle was releasing a new album I was very anxious to see what they would do after True Music Value EP. They didn't let us down in any way! The album is as jazzy as ever and the lyrics by Hunger are delivered with the usual greatness. Enjoy this, and bump it loud!
01. Intro
02. Dooo Ya Thing!

03. Round’n'Round

04. コロナ&ライム feat. BONNIE PINK

05. Deliver Us feat. Mahito

06. ラップ狂ノ詩
07. Cabaret
08. GL-O-CAL (グローカル)
09. クーデタークラブ

10. My Home feat. 椎名純平

11.Snowflake

12. High Drama

13. Goin’ My Way

14. Farewell feat. KGM

15. Slow But Steady

16. Love Note (Seoul City Remix)



Monday, September 7, 2009

Hifana

This group of percussionists/djs/ is absolutely insane! I really want to start something like this with a real hip-hop flavor so if you know anyone out there or are interested in doing it yourself please let me know. It would be crazy!!


Monday, August 31, 2009

Breakestra


I picked this up today in a local store in the bargain bin, and hot damn! It's Stones Throw Records' own Breakestra. I also found Brand Nubian's "Slow Down" De La Soul with production by Jay Dee on "Stakes Is High," which makes it my 3rd copy of that track and the 4th if you count another Jay Dee Remix! Also got some old Pete Rock and CL Smooth with "Straighten It Out." Not bad for 5 minutes at a small little joint and a total of $17. Everything was $4 and under. They also had some Slum Village and Common, but I already had the 12" singles. Anyways check out the Breakestra track at the Stones Throw website. Although the A side is pretty solid, check out the B side with "Remember Who You Are" It is a keeper for sure, funky as hell!

Breakestra

Mitsu The Beats Interview

This American dudes Japanese gets kind of annoying but overall this is an amazing interview with one of the best producers in the world

See full report...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Old Mix

Here is a mix I did almost a year ago with the original vinyl for each song. Hope you enjoy this laid back chill shit.

Bobby Caldwell and Common

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Got It


I finally figured out what this song was all about.... Read the quotes in the description on youtube for this one. I never knew what happened with Baatin.

RIP.

2/3 of Slum Village Already Gone? Damn.

Slum Village's "Reunion"

Blessing The World

I FOUND "BLESSING IT" by Nujabes!! Amazing 12"

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Substantial


I have been trying to find this song in every record store I have ever been to in Japan and I have never seen it. If you know anyone that has it please hit me up I need this shit. This song has always made my head bob no matter the mood or time of day/night. I still have a few more stores to hit up so I am for now keeping my fingers crossed!

Nujabes "Blessing It (Remix) feat. Substantial"

Friday, August 14, 2009

Japan Pickups

So I have only bought 8 records in Japan so far but they have all been shit I haven't had any luck finding in America. I just found this one and damn the 4 tracks on it are amazing. Here is..

Gagle feat. Samon Kawamura "Love Note (Remix) Instrumental"

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Japan!!


I will be heading to Japan in the next week or so, I have a gig on the 19th at Club Buddah, and I have been trying to get some stuff together recently. I am thinking about doing a Madlib/Dilla hour or so then get the 90's classics popping off after that. I am so excited, hopefully I can record what I have been thinking of doing and put it up on here later today. I will keep you posted!

Much Love,
Richie

Monday, August 3, 2009

Early, Early, Early Jay Dee

Phat Kat

Finally got the 12" for Cold Steel. You gotta check this one out. It is Detroit's dirtiest in action. Also, it features Black Milk, Elzhi, and J Dilla.

Phat Kat "Cold Steel"

Friday, July 31, 2009

Guilty As Charged


Guilty did it again! I am so excited for the OJ Simpson collaberation with Madlib to come out here soon, but this song is tying me over for now. Just got the 12" and banging that shit hard! Dig it and get dirty with it. Obviously a Dilla beat.

Guilty Simpson "A Man's World"

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Simon Says...


So I know that most people when they think of Pharoahe Monch they think of "The Light" or the group Organized Konfusion but this song always gets me pumped up. Simon Says is a banging track that will always get that party started no matter how lame people are. More to come later...

Simon Says Get The F*ck Up!

Pharoahe Monch "Simon Says"

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hey Yo Funky Wake Up!


This song's chorus is poppin. It just makes you want to yell along if you hear this. Listen to it loud and keep it there. I love this video too, because it goes into my other favorite song, "Lord Jazz Hit Me One Time (Make It Funky)"

Listen Up Class

Lords Of The Underground "Here Come The Lords"

Monday, July 13, 2009

Look What I Found...

Mos Def & Dilla

So what could really go wrong? This has to be one of my favorite combos of all time. When these two get on the same song it is always a soulful, educated, and Linkbanging track. Here are a few of my favorites:

Mos Def "Miss Fat Booty"

Mos Def "History"

Monday, July 6, 2009

Another Mitsu Track

Honestly, I don't know what needs to be said. Dude has soul...and jazz for that matter. One of the best alive right now. Eat it up ya'll. Japan get up!

DJ Mitsu The Beats "After Midnight"

Friday, June 26, 2009

Dilla N' Friends (Mixtape)



I just recorded a Jay Dilla Tribute mix, so if you are interested please download it free here"

"Dilla N' Friends" -DJ Rich Rok

-All songs were used from original vinyl with no outside effects or controls-

Dilla N' Friends:

Dedication To The Suckers- Phat Kat
Make 'em NV- J Dilla
Act Like You Know feat. Jay Dee- Platinum Pied Pipers
Won't Do- J Dilla
Jam- A Tribe Called Quest
Stakes Is High (Jay Dee Remix)- De La Soul
Proud- Waajeed
Drop- The Pharcyde
Thelonius- Common
Tainted- Slum Village
Love (A Thing Of The Past)- Jay Dee
The Next Movement- The Roots
Fuck The Police- Jay Dee
There's A War Going On feat. Jay Dee- Wale Oyejide
Fall In Love (Slum Village)- A Suite For Ma Dukes
Intro- J Dilla


Mixed and Recorded by DJ Rich Rok on June 26th, 2009.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Shades of Blue

So I first heard this a year or so ago and this video always caught my attention. I have no idea why but maybe because Madlib has almost no actual DJing footage or because I just like the album, but its funny to see his style. He looks almost uncomfortable Djing which is really odd for a world class/insanely talented beatmaker. I hope he doesn't always have to use the same hand when he is trying to mix, it looks kind of goofy. Oh well he is still one of the greatest producers and an amazing jazz composer.

Madlib's "Slim's Return"

Friday, June 19, 2009

Going Back To Japan

I just bought my tickets to Japan for 2 weeks in August. As you may imagine I have been listening to Gagle and Mitsu The Beats all day to get in the mood. I am so excited to see everyone again and hopefully throw down a few tracks on the wheels of steel.

I'm going to leave you with my all time favorite Gagle song. Enjoy!

Gagle "Big Bang Theory"

みんな、また日本で会えるから、楽しみしてる。遊ぼう!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I Wish I Knew French

So Hocus Pocus is really addicting. I am not talking about the 90's Disney movie but instead about the French MC. He mixes a lot of accoustic stuff with jazz and down tempo relaxed shit. He is pretty insane on the mic even though I can't understand anything he is saying. Check it out for yourself.

France Stand Up!

Hocus Pocus "J'attends"

P.S. J'attends= I'm waiting

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

DJ Kentaro

I don't know how many times I have seen this but every time I just freak out and start scratching, trying to create new stuff in my head. Recently I have hit a wall with some scratching techniques, so I keep watching documentaries to try and find new inspiration, and this video is never going to let you down. DJ Kentaro is one of the most amazing and creative djs out there. When I think of his style the first person that comes to mind would have to be Shadow. They both just have such a unique style and these two guys really go to show that music and hip-hop especially can cross so many borders especially nationality and race. Enough of this just watch this shit!

DJ Kentaro Documentary Clip

Jazzy Morning

I just started listening/found out about the Jazz Liberatorz a few weeks ago and to be honest I can't stop. These 3 French dudes are insane!! Not only do they take smooth hip-hop beats to a new level but they throw the best American MC's on their tracks. This one features Mos Def. Enjoy this cuz you know I am.

Peace.

Jazz Liberatorz "Mountain Sunlight"

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I Need This

I need to find a copy of this song. Damn it is one of the sweetest stories and David Ruffin's voice is untouchable. The way he gets that almost yelp at the end of some notes is amazing to me.

I need a girl that can accept me for being just a "Common Man"

Tuesday June 16th

Just had a crazy weekend and I need to get back in the swing of things. I was thinking of a song to get me going again and this is all that would come to mind.

Pete Rock & Cl Smooth's 1994 Jam "I'll Take You There"


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