Music Monday! Phife (RIP) – Nutshell (prod. by J Dilla)

Phife – Nutshell (prod. by J Dilla)

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(Malik Taylor, James Yancey)
Produced by J Dilla
Scratches by Dj Rasta Root
Smokin’ Needles Records 2016
Engineered/Vocal Production by Jon Bonus
Recorded at Side 3 Studios
Mixed by Morgan Garcia
Mastered by Michael Romanowski
Executive Produced by 
Dion Liverpool
Directed by 
Tony Reames
Director of Photography 
Nick Lauinger
Geran Daniels 1st Assistant Camera 
Rosa Islas 2nd Assistant Camera 
Kenny Wallace Property Manager
Omar Farlow Still Photographer
Tymm Hoffman TymmText
Joe Stu
Jamal St. Cyr
Special Thanks to Mike G, Pos, Jarobi, Pete Rock, Maseo, Rakim, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Q-Tip and Redman.
Thanks to Dj Nabs, Kangol Kid, J-live, Jamal, Dres tha Beatnik, Prince Po, Dave (Plug 2), Rapper Big Pooh, Busy Bee, Don Newkirk, Dinco D, Greg Nice, Talib Kweli, Just Blaze, Ras Kass, Dante Ross, Prince Paul
Praise GOD from whom all blessings flow
Thanks to Mom,Dad,Uncle Russ,Zack,Nikki,Dizzle,The Smith Family (Evan,Kia,Kira,Kaylia),Ashlee, Mark ‘Poon’ Chan, Morgan Garcia, Tony Reames & team, Pillows, Mark Woods, Dion & The Liverpool family, The DeLong Family, all family & friends
dedicated 2 
Granny Boyce,Uncle Kenny, Frank Liverpool Dave,Fudge Darcelin, Baby Chris Lighty & J Dilla!!!
From the forthcoming EP 
‘Give Thanks’ 
On Smokin Needles Records



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Music Monday! J Dilla – “Gangsta Boogie” feat. Snoop Dogg & Kokane


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The Estate of James Yancey has revived J Dilla’s longstanding company PayJay as a functioning imprint to release Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary on April 15th, in conjunction with Mass Appeal Records. Initially intended for release in 2002, The Diary is the final batch of unissued material that Dilla had assembled for release during his lifetime, lending crucial insight into the producer’s prowess and thought process in the period leading up to his break with the major label system and the extremely fertile period that followed (which encompassed the making of the canonical classics Ruff Draft, Jaylib, and Donuts). The Diary features vocal performances by J Dilla, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Kokane, Frank and Dank, Nottz and Boogie, over production by Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-tek, Nottz, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink! and Karriem Riggins.

“Gangsta Boogie” – produced by Hi-Tek


1. The Introduction
2. The Anthem feat. Frank & Dank
3. Fight Club feat. Nottz & Boogie
4. The Shining Pt. 1 (Diamonds) feat. Kenny Wray
5. The Shining Pt. 2 (Ice)
6. Trucks
7. Gangsta Boogie feat. Snoop Dogg & Kokane
8. Drive Me Wild
9. Give Them What They Want
10. The Creep (The O)
11. The Ex feat. Bilal
12. So Far
13. Fuck The Police
14. The Diary
15. Bonus Track 1 [iTunes Exclusive]
16. Bonus Track 2 [iTunes Exclusive]

Mind Motion rocks the party!


State your stage name and profession for the record.
DJ Mind Motion (Pirate DJs)
Full-Time DJ

How long have you been DJing? Do you remember your first DJ gig?

About 26 years
First Solo gig… The Nightbreak on Haight Street SF

What’s your favorite DJ era in the Bay Area and why?

3 favorite Eras:
1992-1998 The Golden Era (Hip Hop became the power in music)

2000-2008 Hip Hop branches off (more genre of hip hop music)

Now: Breaking new music (Hip Hop new generation)

4. You’re on stage in front of all your heroes and you gotta rock a 5 minute all vinyl set to prove your worthiness. What records do you choose?

Pirate DJs “IBS” records


Cream Of Beat is a Bay Area institution. Talk about the history and influence that COB has had over the years and what it means to the Bay to still have it around to this day?

Cream of Beat was started back in 1992-93 by DJ Ivan, Rolo 1-3, Dark Money, Nev Da Reb and myself due to lack of Bay Area clubs supporting Hip Hop. We took it upon ourselves to create a style of party where all hip hop heads and artist could party to the music and celebrate the breakout culture. Before Cream of Beat hip hop was only played like it small bars and underground parties. We brought it out in a massive way here in the Bay Area. I honestly believe that if it wasn’t for Cream of Beat, hip hop would not be played in the clubs in the Bay Area today. (Hahaha… Ok, maybe they would have)

— “Before Cream of Beat hip hop was only played like it small bars and underground parties. We brought it out in a massive way here in the Bay Area.” —


Favorite burrito joint?

El Toro

Jordan or Kobe?


Any special plans for Dre Day coming up? Some tanqueray and chronic perhaps?

To show that Dr. Dre existed before Eminem (Hahaha). A lot of people today don’t know about the early Dr. Dre.


Drop some shout outs and where folks can find you on social media.

Shout out to all the DJS that really like to DJ… not just a fad.

Twitter: @djmindmotion
Instagram: @djmindmotion
Facebook Fan Page: dj mind motion


Music Monday! Meal Ticket featuring Sammy Bananas – Group Sax EP


Ladies and Gentlemen, Teenage Riot Records returns to the drive thru with the second single “Group Sax” from Meal Ticket, the #1 Super Sized combo of Bird Peterson (Mad Decent, TX) and Mike The 2600 King (BLRSQ, MN), with a special side of Sammy Bananas (Fools Gold, NY)! The Meal Men have joined forces to bring both sets of skills to the table: Mike’s catalog of funk glory and Bird’s tendencies to get overly turnt. “Group Sax” is a SAX-y floor stomper that combines elements from all things funky to create another timeless banger! It’s soulful, it’s sexy, and it’s prime for some ass shaking, and its slathered with a rich woodwind sauce that the sax man Sammy B prepared. Added to the package is a hip hop flip with banging vocals courtesy of Austin super friends Space Camp Death Squad, and brother, IT’S HOT FIRE!!!!! Also included is a bonus beat (for the DJ who loves to get wacky). This is the the next window of a partnership that’s going to put the “HOT” back in “IT’S REALLY HOT IN THIS CLUB AND IT’S ALL THANKS TO THOSE MEAL TICKET BOYS”, so get ready!!!! – TRR Management

Music Monday! TEEKO – RAP FREAK VOL. 5


Friend of TRUE and Bay Area legend TEEKO is on fire right now! He just got off tour with MR. CARMACK, is collaborating heavily with the likes of DJ CRAZE & DJ SHADOW (among others), and is continuously pumping out some of the best music coming out of the Bay right now. Below is no exception, a new project entitled RAP PREAK VOL. 5 (you’ll get it eventually), concocted entirely from Teeko’s own original production — this little monster is guaranteed to roll some fuck*n’ heads.

Check it below, and get your cop on right HERE.


True Staff Picks (week of 9.28.15)

True is as diverse as the people who shop here. Shoes, socks, t-shirts, beanies, hats, buttondowns, wallets – you can find it here. It’s something we pride ourselves on – having something for everyone. The same is true with our tastes in music. Every week we’ll be highlighting some of our staff favorites. Albums, songs, mixes – new and classic. Here’s what we’re listening to.

Mike B:

Sean Price – Songs In The Key of Price

Sean Price’s life was cut tragically short in August. Still, his legacy is survived by his family, friends and music. This posthumous release is full of classic Price records. Listen to the legend. Proceeds will go to Sean Price’s family.


Young Thug – Slime Season

Young Thug is an artist coming into his own. Thugger’s latest mixtape, Slime Season, feels like the project where he’s putting it all together. It’s both cohesive and contemporary, a rare feat in a culture of throwaway tracks and Soundcloud singles.

Daghe – More Vibes #20

Daghe is a friend of True and a frequent collaborator. His latest mix, the latest in his More Vibes series, is a journey through the Internet’s favorite tracks and obscure remixes

Cam’ron – Purple Haze

Killa is a legend in his own right. His music is timeless and he mastered the art of imagery and photo ops when the Internet was still on dial-up and phone calls kicked you off the web. Purple Haze is Cam’ron’s masterpiece, when he was at his peak.


Sade – Love Is Stronger Than Pride

Sade. ‘Nuff said.

Snakehips – On & On

Snakehips is a UK-based production duo making some of the best remixes on the Internet.


Drake & Future – What A Time To Be Alive

You heard about it. Two of hip hop’s biggest stars link up for the collaborative album that broke the Interwebs.

Post Malone – Too Young

Living a long, healthy life should be a goal for everyone. Post Malone’s ode to reaching full-on adulthood finds him rapping (and singing?) over production by FKI, The MeKanics, and Justin Mosely.


Denzel Curry – Captain Sea Fonk

Denzel Curry’s 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms is quietly one of the best rap projects of the year. The Carol City-bred rapper lends his vocals to a spacey track on one of the album’s standout tracks.


Sir Michael Rocks – Foreign Features

Sir Michael Rocks just released his second feature album Populair which sees Mikey push the traditional boundaries of flow and delivery in hip hop. With that in mind, “Foreign Features” is an older release where the rapper of Cool Kids’ fame displays his prowess as an MC. If you’re new to Sir Mike, here’s your start.