Jose James Covers Freestyle Fellowship “Park Bench People”

Man YouTube is so full of ill covers of finding this kinda stuff.


Coffee Break for Heroes and Villains Vol. 29

Last episode of this podcast for awhile, from the infamous Noah Uman. Check for it while you still can!


1. Everybody feat. RM Nalm Myers – Custodian Of Records (2012)
2. A Word Of Advice feat. Doom – Fog (2002)
3. Coffee Break Theme – MC Esoteric (2011)
4. Deathless Fascination – Esoteric Vs. Gary Numan (2007)
5. Coffee Drop – Paul Nice
6. Most Hated In 1987 – Mr. Magic (1987)
7. The New Style – Beastie Boys (1987)
8. Miles & Trane – John Robinson & PVD (2012)
9. Chilling With Chuck Chillout – Ultramagnetic MC’s
10. I’m Large – DJ Chuck Chillout & Kool Chip (1989)
11. A Mess, The Booth Soaks In Palacian Musk (Live on KEXP) – Shabazz Palaces (2012)
12. Average – Madlib & Kazi (2001)
13. Coffee Drop – Schoolly D (2011)
14. It’s Gettin’ Hectic (Unreleased) – Boogie Down Productions
15. Keep It Lit – Shawn Lov & Rich Quick (2012)
16. Remember faet. Freddie Gibbs – Sean Price (2012)
17. Severed Heads Of State feat. El-P – ILL BILL (2012)
18. Sound Bwoy Bureill – Smif-N-Wessun (1995)
19. Scooby Doo – Cypress Hill (1993)
20. Radio feat. Greg Mack of KDAY – Eazy-E (1988)
21. Zen Meditation – Super DJ BrownBum
22. WBLS Marley Marl Promo – MC Lyte
23. Long Live The Kane – Big Daddy Kane (1988)
24. Einstein Effect (prod. by The Custodian Of Records) – S. Habib
25. Jimbrowski feat. Kool DJ Red Alert – Jungle Brothers (1988)
26. Heroes And Villains Part 2 – Will C. (2011)


Noah Uman’s Record Collection (Dust and Grooves)

The infamous Dust and Grooves blog got it in with Noah Uman down at his new digs in Nashville. Noah used to live above a friend of mine in Jersey City, and was always super humble and down-to-earth whenever I ran into him, an all-around nice guy and music lover. Not to mention he supported a lot of my music and even had me on his WFMU radio show once, which was pretty kind considering much of my internet-distributed music was virtually unknown to anyone listening. Noah is not unknown however – besides continuing to host his radio show Coffee Break for Heroes and Villians he’s spreadheaded some amazing hip-hop reissues, from the Beatnuts to Siah and Yeshua Dapo Ed’s EP. And Dust and Grooves comes with some great photos per usual.

(Noah if you’re reading this I know I still owe you some music…)


Occasional Mix #9

Download: Occasional Mix #9 (DJ Ian Head)

Another short mix of hip-hop I’m bumpin right now. Homeboy Sandman, The Physics, Clear Soul Forces, Es Nine, Marc Mac and KA.lil. Check for it.


The Physics “Tomorrow People” LP

New Physics album – these guys are really making great hip-hop. Hard to find hip-hop full-lengths I wanna sit and listen to these days – this is one of those joints that would have been great on cassette back in the day.




Monthly Mixtapes: “Rap Vinyl” (August 2012)

Monthly Mixtapes: Rap Vinyl (August 2012) (Download)

I love underground, independent hip-hop. I don’t think it gets its proper due. There’s just something about listening to talented, hungry emcees over unpolished beats that you don’t find in much mainstream music. There’s that certain aesthetic, the DIY hustle, that shines through the music. People keep telling me I’ll grow out of it, but it hasn’t happened yet.

In high school I spent a lot of time buying used tapes at one of Portland’s classic record stores, 2nd Avenue Records. Most of the store was vinyl, but they had this old wooden cabinet in the middle of the store and you could pull out these giant, heavy drawers full of cover-less, beat-up tapes for $2 each. I loved digging through those drawers, and sometimes I’d spend my lunch money on some new music. After grabbing a tape or two, I’d occasionally wander over to the hip-hop vinyl section and peak through. But it was a pointless mission since I didn’t have a record player.

However, I was a bit of a computer nerd, and I did have a 2400 baud modem attached to my dad’s PC. Around 1995, I found myself on a “BBS” (google it) message board emailing with a young emcee and producer in Florida who was accumulating heavy amounts of obscure, independent hip-hop vinyl. He volunteered to fill up any blank tape I sent him with the best hip-hop he had, and it was too good of a deal to pass up. I’d send him two tapes at a time, and get them back a month or two later, packed full of all kinds of independent hip-hop, b-sides and remixes. Stuff from all over the country. It was an education, and I can’t thank that dude enough for being so generous. He’s now a fairly well-known producer and emcee in New York, who has worked with many of the artists he dubbed onto those tapes. When I moved to New York in 96, I started hitting Fat Beats, Footwork, and other spots, not just for the latest wax, but also some of those classic joints from those mixes. Over the years I’ve tracked many of them down – but there’s still a few that elude me.

The first mixtape I made for internet distribution in 2007 was collection of 90s independent, underground hip-hop vinyl. Honestly, I don’t have a copy of that mix anymore – I’d looked on old hard drives, CDs, everywhere – I can’t find it. So I thought I’d take it back with a similar theme, and play an hour of independent hip-hop vinyl – it’s not strictly 90s releases, but most of these joints are at least 10 years old (I can’t believe it’s 2012…). A LOT of records got left off this tape – those that made the mix are some favorites and obscurities that hopefully not everyone has heard before. I tried not to play too many records that appear on my past tapes, and I also tried to span the country geographically.

So for the backpacker, underground heads like me that hear this, hopefully you enjoy.

— DJ Ian Head


New EP from Alexis Davis Project

The Alexis Davis Project (Replife, Spinnerty, Simon S and Mecca:83) just dropped their new EP – go cop it! Hella fresh sounds.


EarDr.Umz “Ill Renditions” Pt 2

More Seattle stuff for you to download and enjoy. My dude EarDrumz just cooked up his second volume of remixes – check for it.