k.orr had intended to post this up a while ago, but things got lost in the shuffle due to technical difficulties. So, I’m resurrecting this post from the dead. ‘Cause everybody could use a little more BDK in their lives.

Ant Marshall, founder of Lyricist Lounge, put together this documentary on Hip-Hop legend Big Daddy Kane, aka The Smooth Operator aka the Baddest MC to Ever Touch a Mic.

I never got to see Kane in his prime, but I did have the pleasure of seeing him perform a few years back in Houston alongside Slick Rick, Whodini, Rob Base and Chubb Rock. Incredible show. Even as an elder statesman in the rap game, Kane brings a life and energy to the stage that many younger cats can only dream of. He’s a commanding presence, and a living legend. And he still puts it down.

You can catch the full documentary below, or watch it in slightly better quality on Scion’s Easy 10 Filmmaker Series site (they suck for not offering an embed code):

DJ Neil Armstrong - Sweeet Part 2

DJ Neil Armstrong‘s Sweeet mix CD is a gotdamn classic.

We here at BuhbOmp have been waiting a long time for the follow-up, and after three years, finally, Sweeet Part 2 is on the horizon. (We give him some slack for the long delay, since he’s been busy touring the world as Jay-Zs DJ, Barack-ing the house for our newest President, and generally just conquering the world).

The Sweeet series is a portal into Neil’s softer, lovier side. In his words:

It’s on the lovey dovey tip like the 1st one, with that style that you’ve gotten used to me bringing. Official Release date TBA soon…

You can catch a sampler of the new mix below:

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We’ll keep you posted on the official release.

[ Note: This shouldn’t be confused with his Bittersweet series, which is a different beast that we featured here a while back ].

R.I.P., B.I.G.

In: Downloads, Mixes, Music, NYC












Every year on March 9th DJ Mister Cee dedicates his “Throwback at Noon” radio show on Hot 97 to the memory of Christopher Wallace. No yellin’, no call-ins… just straight butter classic cuts by Biggie Smalls.

Sickness and snow kept me homebound today, so I’ve been catching up on some downloads from the past week. At the top of the heap is this masterpiece tribute mix by J.Period paying homage to the man Q-Tip, who’s instant classic The Renaissance album topped my list of favorites from last year.

My fondness for the Abstract Poetic’s music goes back to People’s Instinctive Travels, and it’s safe to say dude is one of the most influential artists in my humble little life. J.Period’s mix pulls together classic Tribe breaks, Tip verses, cameos, remixes and all kinds of other good shit to create one of the dopest mixes I’ve heard in a long, long time. And as a long-time Tribe fan, this shit really made my day.

If you haven’t already checked this out, GET. ON. IT. NOW. (Hint: those are all various download links, so try whichever suits your fancy).

BuhbOmp‘s own Cashless has this to say about it in a review he wrote for Hater Magazine:

There’s an old saying about how we should give someone their flowers while they’re still alive or something like that. I’m paraphrasing, but it seems like I haven’t heard this good a send-up of a living artist since … well, never. J-Period pulls out all the stops in paying tribute to one of the most transformative figures in hip-hop — and that’s a conservative statement. Matching the game-changing nature of the subject matter, Q-Tip and his legacy, the mixtape’s incredible composition, structure and production aesthetics are heretofore unparalleled. There isn’t enough space here for me to express how much you’re fucking up by not having this in heavy rotation right now!

Bonus (from Cashless): Earlier today on Twitter, Q-Tip and I shared a mild-mannered exchange of opinions. It seems however, that we both had the same point of view and I was employing out of pocket, non sequitur logic per usual. Let’s enjoy, shall we?

Q-Tip: ok ! this is easy for me.. radiohead? [link to YouTube video of Radiohead’s Paranoid Android] coldplay! [link to YouTube video of Coldplay’s The Scientist] easy!

Me: Did @QtipTheAbstract just imply that Coldplay is better than Radiohead?! Crazy talk revealed! Just stick with the hip-hop for now bruh.

Q-Tip: @cashless are u nutso??? what a creep u r! [link to Youtube video of Radiohead’s Creep]

Me: @QtipTheAbstract I’ll be a creep, I won’t listen to Coldplay though. Advantage: @Cashless

Me: @QtipTheAbstract I’ll fall back if this is somehow related to an inside joke. Play on playas. However, will not retract Radiohead > Coldplay

Q-Tip: @cashless ummmm… we all vote for head homie….c’mon

(Oddly enough, I had an almost indistinguishable Twitter exchange with Amanda Diva on Grammy night for her bigging up Coldplay and calling Radiohead’s live performance of 15 Step, “cacophonous”. Sorry, but in that situation, invoking “crazy talk” was well beyond warranted.)

In the middle of my exchange with Q-Tip, he sent this message to all of his followers: “cant do the inside joke things with the community u are the only one who fucks with me.” Could this all have been an inside tweet that I intercepted and got all Perez Hilton -vs- Noreaga with it? Could Tip’s Coldplay-versus-Radiohead posts have been intended for Amanda Diva, who is featured on Q-Tip’s song, “Manwomanboogie”? Regardless, I still greatly respect Q-Tip for the music he’s made in addition to being one of the most valuable contributors to the hip hop community and Black music at large.

Final note: I don’t want it to appear as if there was an actual beef or that Q-Tip is a bad guy. In fact, he sent me a direct message saying that everything was all in fun and that he would correctly pick Radiohead over Coldplay.

— Cashless

Can you play that one song?

In: Music, NYC

Derek Lo AKA D-Lo AKA The Big Asian started a blog dedicated to DJs and the mind-blasting requests that we have to deal with. I could see some repetition happening, but still a funny read.

You can request music from D-Lo every Friday at Happy Ending located in Chinatown/LES.

We’re on JAMPT here (that’s Jamaican, Arubian, Mexican People Time), which as you know means we’re a few (several?) days late with this. But the getting is still good. We’re glad to have Cashless back on the scene this time around. Enjoy. …

(Click the song names to take you to the off-site sharing pages where you can download the tunes. For detailed instructions on how to navigate the sharing sites where we host our files, we’ve got instructions at the end of this post)

cashless | …

Drake – November 18th
The buzz surrounding Degrassi actor turned Rapper/Singer (No Joaquin), Drake, is deafening but seemingly warranted. Over the weekend, Drake dropped his latest mixtape, So Far Gone, and the response on the blogger/Twitter spheres was overwhelming. The track November 18th is somewhat of a homage to the late great, Dj Screw and the seminal track June 27th. While I think November 18th lacks some of the rough edges that make the O.G. so real, the polish of November 18th will finally bring some of that same realness to the clurb and/or the local becky experience.

Dj Deckstream feat Mos Def – Life is Good
Wanna hear something crazy? I like a new Mos Def song. Japanese dj, Deckstream of M-Flo fame, comes through with some jazzy heatrock production steez.

Outkast – SpottieOttieDopalicious (I.M. Elliot & Quix22 Club remix)
One of my favorite songs of all time, this time with a wobbly bmore/club feel to it. I’ve never heard of either I.M. Elliot or Quix22, color me disconnected, but when you make Spottie Ottie hipster friendly without offending me, I’m all about it.

BLK JKS – Lakeside
Nothing new here, just reminded myself and you people that BLK JKS will be playing at SXSW on March 19th. More info here.

Michael Jackson – PYT (U-Tern edit)
Canada’s king of the boogie edit, U-tern, hits hard again with a re-edited demo version of the MJ Classic. Speaking of the devil, make sure that you drop by Julien’s Auctions at the Beverly Hills Hilton this April to cop some nice joints from MJ’s personal collection of crazy shit. Personally, I’m feeling that animatronic head. :Pause:


empanadamn | Rapchure | Serato-ready

Red Cafe “Hottest In Da Hood”
Brookly’s Red Cafe has been one lucky rapper who gets a hold of hoTT BeatZ. This one reminds me of Obie Trice’s track “The Set Up”. I’m a sucker for that percolating sound.

Papoose “Amnesia”
Remember when Papoose was supposed to be that guy who brought hip-hop back to New York? Yeah, me neither. What about that 1.5 million dollar record contract through DJ Kay Slay? At any rate, Sade is the best.

Big Boi “Ringtone”
My ol’ buddy Antwan André Patton got a new album coming out called “Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty”. This is one of the cuts on it on the uptempo, auto-tune tip. Also on the horizon for 2009 is an album from the other André, as well as a duet album in the form of a group called OutKast.

Busta Rhymes “Conglomerate” (Feat. Young Jeezy & Jadakiss)
This song really annoyed me in the beginning, but I’m a sucker for girls with accents (and I don’t mean Hyundai).

Public Enemy “Lost At Birth”
I’m watching Pineapple Express and there’s some great music throughout the movie. The last scene is hilarious, and I don’t even smoke weed! This track is used when Dale & Red are mounting up like regulators and mobbing down the street in a yellow Daewoo.


dj lil tiger | Everything is gonna be alright …

Marvin Gaye vs Marc Mac – Sexual Healing
4hero‘s Marc Mac gives “Sexual Healing” the treatment.

Les McCann – Beaux J. Poo Boo
From one of my favorite Les McCann albums, 1971′s Invitation to Openness. Real Hedz Know the DealTM.

Big Daddy Kane – On The Bugged Tip
CLASSIC. BDK kills. Nuff said.

Ms. Dynamite – Watch Over Them
Consciousness from the one Ms. Dynamite. A little a capella gem off her highly-acclaimed A Little Deeper debut album from way back in 2002.

Zuco 103 – Love Is Queen Omega (featuring Lee “Scratch” Perry)
An uplifting little uptempo number from Holland’s Zuco 103, featuring the vocal blessings of dub legen Lee “Scratch” Perry.


Don’t forget to check out our Welfare archives.


We host all our Welfare downloads off-site, so what you need to do to download them is to click on the song name in the post, and then look for a download link on the page that that takes you to.

We mostly use divShare, so for divShare follow these steps to download the songs:

- Click on the name of the song. That will take you to a divShare page.

- On the divShare page, on the right-hand side, there should be a link that says “Download Original”. Click that link.

- That will take you to another page that says something like “You will be redirected to the download page in 15 seconds”. If you just wait a little while, the file will automatically download for you. Or, you can click on “Skip This Ad” at the top right of that page, and the file will start to download right away.

That should do it.

If the file is hosted on some other site besides divShare (like ZShare or MediaFire or something) then just look for a link on that site’s page that says download. When you click on the download link, it will probably do something similar to divShare and make you wait a handful of seconds before it starts the download (or offers a specific link to the download).

Hit us up in the comments if you need further instruction. We’re here to help. Thanks.

Daptone Records robbed blind.

In: Music, News, NYC


So some assholes broke into and stole massive amounts of equipment and one empty safe from the Daptone Records studios/HQ in Brooklyn last night. The Daptone roster reads like a retro-soul/funk all star team. If you’re unfamiliar with Daptone, I suggest that you start catching up now.

From BrooklynVegan:

Friends and associates,

As you may have heard through the grapevine by now, Daptone was broken into last night. Unfortunately, there was a lot of equipment (mics, pre-amps, monitors, turntables, guitars, amps, computers, etc.) stolen and damaged. It is going to take us a while to go through everything and take full stock of what was stolen, and we are not supposed to touch anything until the cops come back to collect fingerprints so we can only guess what’s missing from some mic drawers and cabinets.
And, no, we did not have insurance. We had been shopping around with different companies earlier this month but had not signed a check, so nothing was insured. We are working on replacing the gate in front, installing an alarm system, and getting insurance, but it is President’s day so it’s not going as quickly as we would have liked.

Nydia’s computer was stolen (which wasn’t backed up) and the modems/ phone system was ripped out, so we’ll be relatively out of commission for a few days.

I would like to ask for everyone’s help first in keeping an eye out for all of our stuff showing up on ebay/craigslist/local music shops, and secondly (and more realistically) keeping an eye out for good deals on headphones, mics, pre-amps, etc. I could really use a heads up on any kind of studio package for sale or studio equipment to be possibly bought or borrowed as soon as possible. We have a session scheduled for Friday to lay down some music for (I know this sounds
surreal) Rod Stewart, and I’m going to have to get the studio running by then. I know I’m going to need to find headphones, cables, mics, and pre-amps by then. I’m not sure what else yet.

List of gear and Gabriel Roth’s letter continued below…


Upon first glance we are definitely missing:

Fender Super Guitar Amp in case
Fender Deluxe Guitar Amp
A whole bunch of headphones and wires
Nydia’s HP laptop computer
One Desktop MacIntosh Computer
One Purple Audio API style lunchbox with four Purple Audio Biz mic pre-amps
2 Yamaha NS10 monitors
Vintage Harmony Rocket Guitar
One steel string acoustic guitar
Martin Tenor sax in a gig bag
Technics 1200 turntable
Ion USB turntable
Teac Receiver/stereo amp
Sony dual deck CD burner/player
All of our modem/phone system stuff was ripped out and taken.
A whole bunch of condensor and dynamic microphones (I still need to figure out exactly what’s missing) The power supply for my Trident console was tossed and the board was moved (probably not gently) so the status of that is still questionable.
A baldwin organ was tossed and is probably broken.
Lacie External hard drive

Over the next few days, as we sort out the rubble, we are going to figure out what else we lost.

We are putting in a roll down front gate, alarm system, and finally getting our insurance happening this week. We are also going to hire a security guard to watch the house for tonight as the cops and alarm guy seemed pretty confident that they will be back with a truck now that they’ve seen what’s in here.


Thankfully, we all still have our health, ambition, tape machines, and sense of humor in tact. You can slow us down, but you can’t stop us. Sleep well knowing we here at Daptone will continue to…

Keep putting Soul up,
Gabriel Roth

P.S. On a lighter note, it seems like the burglars did drop a few items in order to lift Alex’s old safe out of here, which was VERY heavy, VERY unwieldy, and also VERY EMPTY!

Bonus: Inside the Daptone studios (the one in question) with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.


The talented homiemo (that’s short for emo homie) DJ Neil Armstrong has a new project in the works entitled Bittersweet, Part 2:

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Continuing with his impeccable ability to pluck at the heartstrings through a selection of tunes & perfectly placed sound bites, Neil relates the complexities of love in song form. Based on the snippet above, his story plays out like an 80s romantic comedy from the perspective of the unsung hero, you know, the type that is often overlooked and side-stepped because they’re a bald-headed nerd with glasses who pose with huge, crazy-expensive bottles of champagne. Yeah, that guy.

Cam’Ron “I Hate My Job”

In: Music, NYC, Video

He’s baaa-aack…

And just for good measure, Cam’Ron’s Rhyme Book Found!

empanadamn at APT

BuhbOmp‘s own Empanadamn will be in the mix this Friday at APT, alongside DJ Day, $mall ¢hange, and the Large Professor (yeah, that Large Professor).

Info courtesy of DJ Day:

Come celebrate my man getting ancient and some random dude becoming a Supreme Court Justice. The one night in ’09 Moe Choi leaves the house, and the only time Sasha will wear a suit this year. Free admittance to anyone who knows Obama’s new cell number.

419 W13st.
NYC 10014



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