Monday, August 30, 2010


Shouts to our partner Doo Wop on his new site where you can now find all his classic tapes remastered and on mp3 format. Support real HIP HOP!!


Uncle Ralph Live Video Mix @ 9pm ET tonight

Watch live streaming video from onfumes at


Shouts to the people @ for running this story today. THE EVENT WILL NOW BE HELD @ SUZIE WONGS 547 W27TH ST BET 10TH & 11TH AVE. Please spread the word!


Ice-T Hosts New York Ras Kass

Doo Wop, Canibus, Kurupt, Royal Flush, Sav Killz and others are slated to perform the C-Arson lyricist's New York show, with the Original Gangsta hosting.

Legendary tape-master deejay Doo Wop has started a monthly New York concert series called "Rewind." The event is intended to showcase Hip Hop's premier emcees and deejays showcasing their catalogs together.

This Tuesday (August 31), Rewind kicks off with none other than Carson, California emcee Ras Kass. On the heels of releasing his A.D.I.D.A.S., the 4 HRSMN/Golden State Warriors member will take the stage with support from the likes of Kurupt, Canibus, Royal Flush, Sav Killz, all with Doo Wop behind the turns. The event is hosted by another California Rap icon, Ice-T.

It was announced today that this event has been moved, due to promoters, to Suzie Wongs (547 W. 27th Street New York, New York). Doors will open around nine o'clock pm.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


(XXL magazine August 2002)

The story of SCOTT LA ROCK is a painful reminder of what can happen when personal conflict is resolved violently. Fifteen years after his passing, we remember an under-acknowledged hip-hop pioneer whose impact is still felt today. Words NOAH CALLAHAN-BEVER

“By age 25 Scott “La Rock” Sterling had achieved what many people only dream of. As part of a duo called Boogie Down Production, he was on the verge of signing a major recording contract…and he kept a promise that he had made to himself. He, a young man from the South Bronx who had become a high school basketball star and had earned a bachelor’s degree in business, would settle for nothing less than stardom.

All that came to an end Wednesday when Mr. Sterling was fatally shot outside the Highbridge Garden Homes on University Avenue in the South Bronx.”

—Esther Iverem, The New York Times, August 31st 1987

Fifteen years ago, New York’s adolescent rap scene was forced to grow up. Violently. The murder of Scott La Rock was more than the loss of a much-loved young man, more than the loss of a talented, up-and-coming DJ. In many ways, La Rock—in both life and death—set the stage for hip-hop as we know it today.

While he was alive, La Rock drafted the aesthetic blueprint for gangsta rap with the previously unexplored street themes and shocking imagery of BDP’s classic Criminal Minded (the only album he ever recorded). On the business side, his Black-owned independent label, B Boy Records, pioneered the burgeoning genre’s rebel entrepreneurialism.

“Scott would have been Puff before Puff, no question,” says Chris Lighty, a close friend of La Rock who now runs the Violator Records empire. “But without the dancing. He approached the music as a business at a time when most people just wanted to be down and make records.”

* * *

Born March 2nd, 1962 in South Ozone Park, Queens, Scott Monroe Sterling was raised in an environment very different from the rap world that he would later help to mold. His parents split when he was four, and he lived with his mother, Carolyn Morant, a career municipal employee. When Scott was young, they moved from Queens to the Bronx’s Morrisania section, and then to Morris Heights. Scott excelled in both academics and sports at Our Savoir Lutheran High School, graduating in 1980 and heading off to Vermont’s Castleton State College. He earned a varsity letter in basketball there, but as it became clear that his talent would never take him to the NBA, Scott switched his extracurricular focus from hoops to music.

“Our turntables were on our desks and our books were on the floor,” said Scott’s four-year college roommate, Lee “The Mack” Smith Jr., to the Times in ’87. “I would come home and hear the bass before I opened the door.”

After graduating in 1984, Scott returned to New York in hopes of finding work and making inroads in the music industry. Though his mother, he landed a jacket-and-tie nine-to-five as a social worker at the Franklin Armory Men’s Shelter on 166th Street in the Bronx. On Friday nights, he spun records at a blossoming hip-hop hot spot, the Broadway Repertoire Theatre on 145th Street.

Socially gifted, Scott quickly became an integral figure at the weekly parties. “He was just a smooth, approachable brother,” remembers DJ Red Alert. “He could relate to any type of person, that’s why so many people gravitated to him.”

Beyond spinning records, though, Scott aspired to create his own. He began studying the art of making beats at his Bronx buddy Ced Gee’s place and searched the city’s clubs for a worthy MC partner. (Ced would go on to form the Ultramagnetic MCs with “Kool” Keith Thornton.) Strangely, La Rock would find his rapping other half not among the denizens of the dimly-lit nightspots like Broadway R.T., but under the bright fluorescents of the shelter where he worked his day job.

One of Scott’s responsibilities at the shelter was doling out subway tokens to those who needed to travel to job interviews. Shortly after starting, he got wise to the fact that several of the shelter’s residents were faking interviews to score tokens, which they’d use instead to go party. When Scott confronted one of the hustlers, the situation got loud and ugly. The resident called Scott a “house Negro, one paycheck away from homelessness.” Scott countered that the homeless man was “obviously lazy, otherwise he’s have a job.” Security was called to separate the two before they came to blows, and the resident left the shelter.

The homeless man was Kris “KRS-One” Parker—a cocky, 20-year-old graffiti artist and self-taught “philosopher” who preferred the street life to the mundane world of working. Three months later, Scott ran into him at Ced Gee’s apartment (coincidentally, KRS had also been putting in time on Ced’s equipment). After their less-than-civil start, Scott extended the olive branch by inviting KRS to one of his parties.

“My mind got blown clean out of my head,” remembers KRS-One of his summer 1985 introduction to the hip-hop scene at Broadway R.T. “Just seeing Scott DJing and then watching Mantronix walk by, and then Doug E. Fresh is in the corner grabbing a drink…It was just too much for me.”

Scott took a liking to KRS, and to two of his fellow shelter residents, Joseph “Just Ice” Williams Jr. and “I.C.U.,” as well as 15-year-old Derrick “D-Nice” Jones, a cousin of a security guard. “He’s invite us down and we’d hang out way past the nine p.m. curfew, get drunk and party,” says KRS of BDP’s prenatal period. “At the end of the night Scott would take us all out for breakfast and we’d talk about who we were gonna be and what we were gonna do.

“Scott gained a lot of freedom hanging out with us,” KRS continues. “And being around him made us feel important.”

In fall 1985, Scott and KRS started recording original music. After a succession of false starts and failed attempts, Scott responded to an ad in the paper placed by a company, Rock Candy Records and Filmworks, looking for rap talent. He set up a meeting and sold Rock Candy on the idea of a subsidiary label, B Boy Records, to be run by himself and KRS. With an office in the Bronx’s infamous Hunt’s Point neighborhood, the pair would go by the name Boogie Down Productions and split profits evenly.

Scott and KRS set to it immediately, completing a demo cassette within weeks. An engineer at Power Play Studios gave them the opportunity to slide their tape to the preeminent DJ of the day, Mr. Magic, whose Queens-based Juice Crew family ruled the streets across the five boroughs. Magic blew them off, though, and told the engineer later that BDP was wack. KRS’s reaction was automatic, “I was like ‘We’re wack? MC Shan is wack!’”

That week, Scott booked exactly two hours at a $25-an-hour studio, where KRS kicked a rough routine inspired by the insult. The result was “South Bronx,” a jarring piece of regional pride, which took shots at Magic, Shan, DJ Marley Marl, Queens and the entire Juice Crew.

“Scott played me ‘South Bronx’ for the first time and I was like ‘Damn, we goin’ at them like that?’” remembers Lighty, who led the Violators, a team of ruffians that held Kool DJ Red Alert down in New York’s often violent club scene. “He was just like, ‘Yeah, why not? It’s a business. What’s stopping us?’ It seemed like an insurmountable mountain at that point. But that was how Scott was—he could make you believe anything was possible.”

The following Thursday, Scott brought copies of the record to Red Alert at KISS FM, and Raoul, the house DJ at the Latin Quarter nightclub.

“I still remember,” says L.Q. mainstay and 3rd Bass rapper MC Serch of that night in summer ’86. “That was the first time that I ever saw a DJ play the same record back to back, over and over again.”

“South Bronx” drew a line in the sand of the rap community. Juice Crew fans listened to Marley and Magic. BDP fans bumped Red Alert. Within the next month the two crews would exchange a volley of lyrical fire, with MC Shan releasing “Kill That Noise” and BDP responding in kind with “The Bridge Is Over.”

Taking advantage of swelling buzz of the “Bridge Wars,” Scott and KRS put together the final pieces of an album that would change rap forever: their full-length debut, Criminal Minded. Aided by Ced Gee, Scott crafted a revolutionary sound—rigid and rugged with its neck-snapping drum programming, but melodic, and even playful in its diverse use of samples. On the mix, KRS-One took listeners on an unflinching tour of the BX’s crack-era mean streets. Deliberately disconcerting, designed by Scott, the LP’s cover depicted the duo seated at a desk, pistols in hand, grenades on the table, a munitions belt draped across KRS-One’s chest. Even the title was perfect—as Scott took an odd phrase from one of KRS’ rhymes and constructed a business philosophy behind it. “The title Criminal Minded was really his plan,” says Lighty. “He was like, ‘Let’s talk about reality, and do what we have to do to get the money, but not become criminals ourselves.’”

Released in early 1987 (soon after Scott’s longtime girlfriend gave birth to a child, Scott Sterling Jr.), Criminal Minded met with instant acclaim and sold 300,000 copies in its first year of release. (Unfortunately, Rock Candy turned out to be less than the best business partner. Limited distribution and reportedly shady accounting practices have left the album’s true sales figures a mystery, and Scott and KRS never saw the amount of money they deserved.)

The record got the interest of Warner Brothers A&R Benny Medina (who’d go on to manage Will Smith, P. Diddy and Jennifer Lopez, among others). In August, Medina flew Scott and KRS out to LA and offered them $275,000 to sign to the major.

KRS and Scott returned to New York amped, ready to announce their power move later that week at Madison Square Garden, where they were scheduled to perform alongside Public Enemy and L.L. Cool J as part of the Dope Jam Tour. They even began pre-production of tracks like “My Philosophy,” “Stop the Violence” and “I’m Still #1” for an album that would become By All Means Necessary.

That Tuesday night, 16-year-old crew member D-Nice was caught in the Highbridge neighborhood in the Bronx fooling around with someone else’s girl. The angry boyfriend pulled a gun on D, and, with the help of some friends, roughed him up pretty good.

The following afternoon, Scott, KRS, Just Ice, their manager Scott Morris and bodyguard Darrell (a.k.a. “The Original Robocop”) were breaking bread at McDonald’s on the corner of Broadway and 71st Street. They had just finalized a deal for BDP to produce Just Ice’s Kool And Deadly album.

“I suggested to Kris that we go get some weed and celebrate in Brooklyn,” Just Ice remembers. “Scott never smoked like that, so he was like ‘Nah, I’m not fuckin’ with y’all, you’re just gonna get high.’”

As the meal came to a close, Scott got a call on his antique-school, $2-a-minute cell phone. It was D-Nice, explaining his predicament. A father-figure to D, Scott didn’t hesitate in offering to go up to the Bronx and handle the situation.

“You can’t have someone doing that to the youngest member of Boogie Down Productions,” says Lighty flatly. “That just don’t make no sense.”

Scott called Lighty and the Violators for muscle. The crews met at a rendezvous point in the South Bronx. Scott, Darrel and Scotty Morris drove to Highbridge in a red drop-top Jeep. D-Nice and the Violators rolled in a second car just behind them.

It was mid-evening by the time the two cars arrived at University Avenue, between 165th and 166th Street. Though D-Nice’s assailant was not to be found, his crew was hanging out on the block. Darrel jumped out of the jeep and grabbed up the first two kids he could reach, smacking them in the mouth. Playing good cop, Scott came over and clamed things down.

“It seemed like it was mellow,” says Lighty. “Well, as mellow as some kids that just got smacked up can be. Then [Scott and Darrel] were walking back to the car, and gunfire starts—from the ground level, and it seemed like from a couple of levels up too.”

The Violators leapt out of their car to return fire, giving Scott and Darrel the cover to reach the Jeep. Moments later, two .22 caliber bullets ripped though the Jeep’s rag top. Sitting in the back seat, Scott was hit once in the neck and once behind the ear.

Scotty Morris and Darrel started the car immediately, but Highbridge’s narrow streets and the chaos of the incident made getting off the block nearly impossible. (“It kinda jams up the block when people are shooting at you,” says Lighty.) Finally, after winding their way through several back streets, they made it to Lincoln Memorial Hospital and carried Scott into the emergency room. He was admitted at 11:15 p.m., bleeding profusely and speaking incoherently.

Lighty and the Violators arrived 15 or 20 minutes later, unaware of who had been hit. “When we got there and saw him,” says Lighty, “it was like watching your own father pass away.”

Reached at Ms. Melodie’s house in Brooklyn, KRS jumped in a cab for the Bronx. When he got there, he was in shock. “Kris kept saying the same shit over and over,” says Serch, who arrived at the hospital around midnight. “‘We gotta keep going. We just gotta move on…’ I didn’t know what he meant, but that was all he would say as we walked out of the emergency room onto the street. ‘We gotta keep moving…’ And Ms. Melodie was just shaking her head.”

At 2 a.m., Scott lost consciousness completely. An hour later, doctors declared him brain dead. Scott’s mother decided to take him off life support, but not until five o’clock the following afternoon—giving loved ones the opportunity to pay their final respects.

As word spread the following afternoon, hordes of Scott’s friends and associates showed up at the hospital—everyone from the Jungle Brothers and Monie Love to little-known Latin Quarter nightclub regulars. KRS-One remained in the waiting room the entire day, not wanting to see Scott in his weakened state.

“He was laying there with his shirt off,” says MC Serch, sighing with the memory of visiting his friend for the last time, “with this white towel draped over him, and his arms were out. His fiancĂ©e was on one side and his mother on the other, holding his hands. He was laid out like Jesus on the Cross.”

“Both eyes were part open,” Serch continues. “And he had tears streaming down his face, tears rolling out of both of his eyes.”

On Friday morning, August 27, 1987, with no respirator to keep him alive, Scott “La Rock” Sterling died.

The very next day, KRS, D-Nice, Red alert and the rest of the BDP family took the stage at MSG. They stood silently for a moment. The crowd seemed unsure how to react. Then a huge photograph of Scott was lowered from the ceiling. The stadium exploded and the crew launched into a stirring version of “Poetry”—a shared moment of hip-hop healing.

In May 1988, after two Bronx teens were busted stealing subway tokens talked to police, Cory Bayne and Kendall Newland were arrested and charged with the murder of Scott Sterling. (Newland lived at 1610 University Avenue, the apartment building in front of which the shooting took place.) Police were frustrated by the lack of witnesses coming forward to testify, and Bayne and Newland were acquitted at trial on November 15th, 1989. They’ve since disappeared, their whereabouts a mystery.



Shouts to DJ STICKEM for this great mix of 1992 CLASSICS!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010


238Beats Ent and legendary mixtape DJ Doo Wop have teamed up to bring NYC a new monthly event dedicated to the DJ & the MC........REWIND.

Each month we will feature some of Hip Hops most influential DJ's and MC's performing their classics and debuting their new projects.

This month we are pleased to welcome West Coast legend RAS KASS as he celebrates the release of his new project "A.D.I.D.A.S"

Confirmed performances by : Ras Kass , Kurupt (of the Dogg Pound) , Canibus, Royal Flush , Savkills and more to be announced shortly.

Music provided by the Bouncemaster Doo Wop & Dj Sureshot.

Doors open @ 9pm

Everyone free till 10pm & then $10 all night
LADIES FREE til 12am


Taj is located @
48 W21ST Bet 5th & 6th avenues NYC



Shouts to Tapemasta. Been playing this one in the car lately. Check the tracklist.

1. mic sounds nice - salt n pepa
2. bad - ll cool j
3. top billin - audio two
4. criminal minded - boogie down productions
5. still #1 - boogie down productions
6. nothin - doug e fresh
7. microphone fiend - rakim
8. my philosophy - boogie down productions
9. rising to the top - doug e fresh
10. nightmares - dana dane
11. my adidas - run dmc
12. i got it made - special ed
13. symphony - marley marl
14. summer time - fresh prince
15. the bridge - mc shan
16. south bronx - boogie down productions
17. friends - whodini
18. gucci time - schooly d
19. if i ruled the world - kurtis blow
20. eric b for president - eric b and rakim
21. tramp - salt n pepa
22. make the music - biz markie
23. nobody beats the biz - biz markie
24. rock the bells - ll cool j
25. hip hop junkies - nice and smooth
26. call me d nice - d nice
27. you gots to chill - epmd
28. girls i got em locked - superlover cee & cassanova rud
29. rebel without a pause - public enemy
30. don't believe the hype - public enemy
31. psk - schooly d
32. do the james - superlover cee & cassanova rud
33. funky for you - nice and smooth
34. the message - the furious five
35. freaks come out at night - whodini
36. go stesta - stetsasonic
37. in jail - fat boys
38. the show - doug e fresh and slick rick
39. road to the riches - kool g rap
40. ain't know half steppin - bog daddy kane
41. sucka mc's - run dmc
42. i got soul - eric b and rakim
43. so whatchu sayin - epmd
44. because i got it like that - jungle brothers
45. childrens story - slick rick
46. get up - salt n pepa
47. the big payback - epmd
48. paper thin - mc lyte
49. i ain't know joke - eric b and rakim
50. how ya like me now - kool moe dee
51. nights of the living baseheads - public enemy
52. super cassanova - superlover cee & cassanova rud
53. peter piper - run dmc
54. raw - big daddy kane
55. the breaks - kurtis blow
56. do this my way - kid n play
57. set it off - big daddy kane

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ninjaman vs Supercat - Sting 1991





When she passed I was really hurt and I did not even know her. Wish I had the opportunity to meet her. RIP AALIYAH we remember and love you.


Shouts to SOUL and Craig G on this throwback mix. Music I like to listen to on a rainy day....

01. Michael Jackson - Almost There
02. Take 6 - Spread Love
03. Patrice Rushin - Remind Me
04. Rick James - Moonchild
05. Fatback Band - I Found My Baby
06. Gwen Gutirie - Closer To U
07. Marvin Gaye - I Want U
08. Michael Jackson - That's What U Get For Being Polite
09. Barry White - Ectasy
10. Stephine Mills - What U Gonna Do With My Lovin'
11. Fatback Band - I Found Lovin'
12. O'Jays - Darlin Darlin Baby
13. Central Line - Walking Into Sunshine
14. Tina Marie - I Need Ya Lovin'
15. George Benson - Give Me The Night
16. Ashford & Simpson - Street Corner
17. Alexander O'Neil - Fake
18. Chic - I Want Your Love
19. Sister Sledge - Greatest Dancer
20. Labelle - Lady Marmalade
21. Midnight Star - Wet My Whistle
22. George Benson - Love X Love
23. Roy Ayers - Running Away
24. Chance - A Lovers Holiday
25. Atlantic Star - Circles
26. The Emotions - Best Of My Love
27. Evelyn Champgain King - I'm In Love
28. George Benson - Feel like Getting Down
29. Cherelle & Alexander O'Neil - Saturday Love
30. Michael Jackson - Billy Jean
31. Centipede Rebbie Jackson
32. Mary Jane Girls - In My House
33. D-Train - Keep On
34. Evelyn Champgain King - Love Come Down
35. Vanity 6 - Nasty Girl
36. Phillys Hyman - You Know How To Love Me
37. Cymande - Bra
38. War - Galaxy
39. Luther Vandross - The Glo Of Love

Sunday, August 22, 2010



238Beats with Lil Cease 8.20.10 @ Concrete NYC

238Beats helped Lil Cease celebrate his 31st birthday this past Friday @ Concrete NYC. Peedi Crack, Royal Flush , Bristal , Showbiz of Showbiz & AG , Fred the Godson , Doo Wop , Ultramagnetic and a few others were in attendance. Will post more pics shortly!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

RIP FAT BEATS NY & LA.........

This is from SOUL's site. This is a very sad day for Hip Hop. Honored to be a part of one of the last in stores there on 8.31 with Ras Kass. Shouts to Dj Eclipse

I remember years back when they closed the Fat Beats Amsterdam store it was a big mis for hip hop in the Netherlands.
(August 18, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) After 16 years, Fat Beats has announced the closing of the legendary label's two remaining retail locations in New York and Los Angeles. Fat Beats will celebrate the legacies of the stores, which are scheduled to close in early September (New York: September 4th, Los Angeles: September 18th) by throwing a series of blow-out sales and tribute parties open to the public during their last weeks. Fans can check for updates.

Fat Beats’ longest running and most famed location is at 406 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. Since the 1994 opening of Fat Beats' flagship retail location, hip-hop fans have traveled far and wide to visit the iconic store. With locations soon following in Los Angeles (7600 Melrose Ave.), Atlanta, Amsterdam, and Tokyo, the record stores were a place to experience hip-hop culture and its legacy, which became a global phenomenon. “The closing of Fat Beats is just like one of my friends passing away. They promoted vinyl at its highest degree for the culture of good music and that makes it more difficult to say goodbye," says DJ Premier.

The announcement of the closings is a reflection of the woes that have been plaguing the industry for years. Global chain HMV closed their last US location in 2004. Tower Records shuttered in 2006. Last year saw the close of the last Virgin Megastore, and the story is no different in 2010. For Fat Beats, maintaining two stores well into 2010 is a testament to the stores' importance to the music and to fans and consumers continuing to support independent hip-hop.

While news of the stores' closing marks the end of an era, the future is not doom and gloom. Digital sales continue to increase industry-wide; for Fat Beats, currently operating a profitable and growing online retail store, this has provided a boon to business as fans continue to order mp3s, vinyl, and CDs from Although digital sales continue to grow, executives at Fat Beats understand the importance of independent retail stores and are planning to re-open a brick and mortar hip-hop lifestyle location sometime in the near future.

The future looks just as bright for Fat Beats Distribution and the label. Fat Beats Distribution, which has been renamed FB Distribution, continues to strike noteworthy distribution deals with independent and major labels worldwide and is now working with different genres of alternative music. Fat Beats Records will continue to release notable albums from their own impressive roster of artists including ILL BILL, TruMaster/KRS-One, Black Milk, Trinity, Sha Stimuli, Q-Unique, and more. Fat Beats owner and President Joe Abajian says, “This is the start of a new era for Fat Beats. We’re adapting to meet the needs of our demographic by revamping and improving our existing systems. While our website, which stocks everything available in our retail stores, continues to do very well, we’re still exploring our options for alternate retail locations in the future. We’re proud of our legacy and will continue to re-invent ourselves. For now, we’ll see you online at”

Tuesday, August 17, 2010



The Freedom Tunnel is the name given to the Amtrak tunnel under Riverside Park in Manhattan, New York City. It got its name because the graffiti artist Chris "Freedom" Pape used the tunnel walls to create some of his most notable artwork.[1][2] The name may also be a reference to the freedom one may find in this tunnel, the freedom to live unobserved, the freedom to create artwork, and freedom from rent.[3]


The tunnel was built by Robert Moses in the 1930s to expand park space for Upper West Side residents – although Moses's expansion of freeways in the same area effectively blocked access to the river.[4]

After it was completed, the train tunnel was not used for long. With the automobile and trucking taking over more of the city's transport needs, trains no longer ran along the West Side, and the giant, man-made caverns became a haven for homeless people. At its height, hundreds of people lived in the tunnel. On April 4, 1991 the tunnel was reopened as the Amtrak 'Empire Connection' for trains[5] and a massive eviction followed. The shantytowns were bulldozed and the tunnel was chained off.[6]

To this day, however, graffiti artists and urban explorers continue to visit the tunnel, while the homeless population has dwindled to almost zero.[7]
[edit] Artwork

Since the tunnel is isolated, the artists take their time and create ambitious pieces without fear of arrest. The tunnel has unique lighting provided by grates in the sidewalks of Riverside Park. The shafts of light create a gallery space for illegal artwork. Often, the artwork is centered under the light giving the space the feeling of a chapel or great cathedral.

After achieving popularity in the book Spraycan art by James Prigoff and Henry Chalfant, graffiti artists began to flock to the Freedom Tunnel and gained access through a series of broken gates near 103rd st street and Riverside Park. Early artists who left their mark on the tunnel included Smith and his brother Sane (who died in 1991), Ghost, Twist, Cost, Revs, and Dan Plasma.

Until the construction of the Trump Riverside development, the south side of the tunnel ended with a large open area. In the 1980s and 90s, a tent city with pirated electricity and hundreds, perhaps thousands of dwellers existed in the south end of the tunnel. Retired trains were also permanently parked near the south end of the tunnel allowing artists to do top to bottom whole cars, even if they never ran.

Works by "Freedom" remained mostly untouched and respected by taggers. A notable exception was the re-creation of Goya's "The Third of May," which was defaced, but subsequently restored by Freedom.[7] In addition to the "Third of May," there are numerous other murals on the walls in the 100 and 90 block areas of the tunnel; including a chiaroscuro style study of the Venus de Milo, and original portraits rendered with impressionistic splashes of color. The centerpiece of the tunnel is a mural painted in the style of a comic book that tells an abstract story that seems to reference the relationship of the former residents of the tunnel, the city, and the police.

In the Fall of 2009, the north entrance to the Freedom Tunnel was painted over, as well as the miles of walls of the train tracks leading up to the entrance, although new graffiti has reappeared where the old graffiti was painted over. The "Third of May" mural has recently suffered a great deal of water damage due to a leak in the tunnel directly above.[8]

D-Nice - Crumbs On The Table

This video was filmed in " THE FREEDOM TUNNEL " in NYC. Click below for more info on it.

KRS-ONE - 1987 On The Founding of B.D.P.


Cold Crush vs Fantastic 5 @ Harlem World 1981

Shouts to Dutch for this one. Classic tape remastered.

Friday, August 13, 2010


238Beats Entertainment Group & The Bounce Master Doo Wop present:



Come out and celebrate with Lil Cease Friday August 20th
@ Concrete Bar & Lounge.
320 West 37TH Street
bet 8th & 9th ave

This is an exclusive event with many special invited guests.


Great food including a Tapas Bar til 2am

Drink specials throughout the night.

Doors open @ 10pm

Admission for gentlemen is $10 until 12am (more after)
Ladies are free til 12am $10 after

Dress code is casual chic. Jeans and sneakers tastefully worn are ok.
Entry is @ doorman's discretion. ID IS A MUST...NO EXCEPTIONS

For more info and to RSVP contact:

Brand Nubian - Allah U Akbar

Remember listening to this record in Diamond D's trailer on the set of Sally Got a One Track mind video. Shit still sounds great!

Brand Nubian - Lick dem Muthaphuckas

Shouts to the Nubians. This record is HARD!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

CANIBUS - C of Tranquility 10.5.10......

New Canibus project dropping October 5th. Make sure you go support that. People always saying there's no good Hip Hop music being made anymore....just looking in the wrong places.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

D-Nice Presents True Hip-Hop Stories: Pharoahe Monch

The Diaz Brothers- I TOLD YALL

This is TRUE Hip Hop on so many different levels!.  Shouts to Wop & Tony Touch for this. 2 LEGENDS in this game. Wait till you see what 238Beats & Wop got in store!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Breaks 'Em Down 2 - Mixed by DJ Crates

Another joint from Pipo. This is a MUST HAVE FOR YOUR COLLECTION. Do not pass this one up. The best Premier mix out.

Live Frozen Files Mix - Mixed by DJ Soul

PIPOMIXES posted this gem the other day. Shouts to DJ SOUL. This is a great listen. Some classic hip hop radio.


Back in the late 90's when I used to harass record labels for music, one label that I would check on the regular was Loud Records. Damn near everything they released back then was certified classic. Debut albums from the Wu Tang, Mobb Deep, Raekwon, The Alkoholiks, Xzibit, Sadat X and Big Pun moved major units without radio friendly singles and helped pave the way for indie labels such as Rawkus and Penalty.
The first time I visited Loud, their office was on Lexington and 32nd Street (Vibe Magazine was also in that building) and it was a few weeks before the release of Mobb Deep's second album. I didn't know anybody who worked there but had heard that promo records were given out every Friday to club and mixtape DJ's. That week, I made it a point to go and wait in that lobby until somebody either hooked me up or kicked me out. I don't remember who laced me but I got an advance copy of Mobb Deep's Hell On Earth and Xzibit's At The Speed Of Light.
A week or two later, I made a mixtape titled The Set Up and went back to the office and gave out copies to some of the staff. Slowly, I became cool with Malachi & Jabbar in the A&R department and damn near everybody in promotions (Shouts to OJ Wedlaw, Budda, Gabby, Chris Green, Howie McDuffy and Puerto Rico Rob). Soon I met Sean C (who was working with a new group by the name of Dead Prez) and shortly after that, I met the two A&R's who were responsible for signing Mobb Deep and Raekwon.
Their names was Schott Free and Matt Life. Matt had also worked at The Source Magazine where he was responsible for The Unsigned Hype column and was the one who introduced Puff Daddy to an up and coming rapper out of Bed-Stuy by the name of Biggie Smallz.
Up until the demise of Loud Records in 2002, these guys looked out for me whenever they could. So when Schott called me up last week and asked me to come up to his and Matt's new show on East Village Radio as a guest DJ, you know I had to repay the favor. Hopefully this will turn into something we do a few times a year.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


238eats and legendary mixtape DJ Doo Wop have teamed up to bring NYC a new monthly event dedicated to the DJ & the MC........REWIND.

Each month we will feature some of Hip Hops most influential DJ's and MC's performing their classics and debuting their new projects.

This month we are pleased to welcome West Coast legend RAS KASS as he celebrates the release of his new project "A.D.I.D.A.S"

Confirmed performances by : Ras Kass , Kurupt (of the Dogg Pound) , Canibus, Royal Flush , Savkills and more to be announced shortly.

Music provided by the Bouncemaster Doo Wop & Dj Sureshot.

Doors open @ 9pm

Everyone free till 10pm & then $10 all night
LADIES FREE til 12am


Taj is located @
48 W21ST Bet 5th & 6th avenues NYC


This is an exclusive invitation for the members of 238Beats Entertainment Group to RSVP for table & bottle reservations. Please RSVP 238BEATS@GMAIL.COM

Monday, August 2, 2010

- Tha Dogg Pound - "Puffin' On Blunts And Drankin"

Some classic West Coast representation. Shouts to Kurupt.


Diamond D on this Classic track! Shouts to Ras Kass

Uncle Ralph Live Video Mix @ 9pm ET tonight

Watch live streaming video from onfumes at


Please joint us for the launch of this new monthly series where we take it back to the CLASSICS......REWIND. Our first event will be a celebration for LEGENDARY WEST COAST MC RAS KASS NEW ALBUM " A.D.I.D.A.S". Performances by Ras Kass , Canibus , Kurupt , Royal Flush , Savkills & more TBA.




Admission is FREE till 10pm $10 after and ladies free till 12am

48 W21ST BET 5TH & 6TH AVE

Check out the official REWIND website here:

To purchase "A.D.I.D.A.S" go to:

Check out Ras Kass's new single feat Canibus, Kurupt, Killah Priest

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Another joint that stayed playing in the whip. Shouts to Pete I would say! lol


Shouts to Rae and Ghost. Ghost went in on this


Shouts to SOUL for this one. Look out for that new G Rap project. Shouts to Domingo.

Kool G Rap:
01. Supa Dave @ S.O.B.’s
02. Mutha Fuckn’Magnificent
03. Brother on the Run
04. It’s a Demo
05. Poison
06. Rated XXX
07. Ill Street Blues
08. Tha Realness (Mobb Deep feat. Kool G. Rap)
09. Truly Yours
10. Streets of New York
11. First Nigga
12. Fast Life (Remix feat. Nas
13. Road to the Riches
14. Symphony - Verse

Big Daddy Kane:
15. Kane in the Flesh
16. Symphony - Verse
17. Ain’t no half Steppin’
18. Young, Gifted & Black
19. Smooth Operator
20. Just Rhymin’ with Biz - Verse
21. Get Into It
22. Word to the Mother(Land)
23. Wrath of Kane
24. Set it Off
25. Warm it up Kane
26. Raw