Category Archives: hip hop

A Mix For Nomadic Picó Picante

Nomadic Picó Picante is going down today and certainly is not to be missed.  I am very happy to have been asked to put together a mix for the event, which you can listen and download below or on Pajaritos’ soundcloud. The selections are a bit of a departure from some of the sounds previously featured on this site, tending more towards the digital with heavy doses of electrocumbia and funana along with some dancehall, soca and etceteras here and there–recorded cdj-style, live and direct from home sweet Homes avenue.    Do be sure to check out the other mixes for the event created by some of my favorite Boston based Djs: Riobamba and Malagón (Pajaritos),  OXYcontinental, Wayne and Wax, Ted Thousand and False Witness.

Between this, Boston Carnival, and the august edition of Ruffneck Fashion this weekend is shaping up to be a proper way to send off the summer

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RuffNeck Fashion

Coming up in just under two weeks, myself and Kangsen Feka Wakai will be launching a new monthly party–RuffNeck Fashion at Zuzu in Central Square (Cambridge, Ma).  We already have some great guests lined up for the coming months so mark the date, last sunday of every month.  Here you can find a page with information about upcoming events and a short blurb that Kangsen put together for the event.

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All the Way Down


Live and direct from the Ruff Luxury double cassette deck, this is the first side of a 90 minute tape that features some of the joints that I have trapped on cassette from here and there.  Totally incoherent? Perhaps.  Laden with sloppy pause-tape maneuvers? Certainly.  Enjoyable anyway? Precisely.


Check in again soon for side B


Starships & Rockets – Eightball / Randy

Diagama – Mar Seck

Homage a Luambo Makiadi – Malidu System

Aint No Fun – Powerman

Artist – Moussa Ngom

All the Way Down – 95 South

Kankeletlgui – Djeneba Seck

Baby Why – The Cables

Bi Yen – Dread Maxim Amar

Stack-N-Mack-N – Mackadelics

Lets Go – Lizard Lizard

No Endz, No Skinz – Big L

Bass – Super Diamono

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Our Fathers Land b/w Blue Hill

Reggae and dancehall records produced or released in Boston have been a point of interests for me for quite a while now.  Never the main focus of my attention when I go into a record shop, its the local 12″ and 45s on labels like Hot Tip or Mastermind that often catch my eye and end up being irresistible to take home (not just because they’re the cheapest things in the bins) .  The appeal is not so much that these records represent a little-known regional dancehall renaissance, or a treasure-trove of forgotten killers, but instead the way that they create (in my mind anyway) an imagined geography of the city–filling spaces on a patchwork of names, sounds and images. The stamps from different record stores and the familiar streets and neighborhoods written on the labels helps to reinforce the feeling of putting together a puzzle with each piece of wax.

There’s not a whole lot written about Jamaican music in Boston (noteworthy exceptions) but it would be great to hear the stories of some more of the artists, producers and the people involved with sound systems like Evertone and Capricorn Hi Fi.  Not only would I love to learn more about the scene in my hometown, but also in places like Connecticut, New Jersey, Miami, Montreal, even Washington (whats the story behind Ricky Hillocks’ Tele-Tech imprint for instance).

In the meantime here are two Boston releases that I have enjoyed recently–the first from Danny Tucker, backed by Lloyd Parks and We The People and recorded at Harry J studio in Kingston: “Our Fathers Land” (with dub).  This one is taken from Tucker’s Changes LP–one of two releases that I can find info for on Twigze Dee Sounds.  The other being a 45 by the name of “Take us Home” which I would love to get my hands on.  Next up is a fine example of the hip-hop/ragga crossover stuff that was really big here in the nineties.  Dancehall producer/artist Ande C teams up with the all-female rap group C2K for an ode to ‘the Ave’:  “Blue Hill“.  The flipside of this 12” also features Ande C over the same rhythm with a more dancehall-style cut called “Blue Hill Sexy Girls”.  People from the area will pick up on all of the references to places on and around Blue Hill Avenue–something which sets this record apart from most of the local dancehall recordings I’ve heard which tend not to say too much about Boston itself.

Some of the labels that I know of in the area

Zion (20 Hamilton St. Dorchester, MA)

Hot Tip (530 River St. Mattapan, MA)

MJH Records / MJH Music (25 Bailey St. Dorchester, MA)

Mastermind (750 River St. Mattapan, MA)

Juanita (503-b Washington St. Dorchester, MA)

Mukasa Records (Washington St? Boston, MA)

Twigze Dee Sounds (121 Evans St. Dorchester, MA)

This is definitely not an exhaustive list–there are a few more records that are in storage that will add a few names–so I will try to update this page when I find them, and if you read this and know of any more please let me know.


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