The Rub History Of Hip-Hop Volume 30 – 2008

Here’s latest edition of The Rub’s History Of Hip-Hop series, in which I went in on the year 2008. Head over to The Rub site and check it out!

History of Hip-Hop 2008 – Mixed By Cosmo Baker (Link to Download Page)

Artwork by Rhek for Sharks and Hammers

Ron Browz – “Pop Champagne remix ft. Jim Jones”
Big Boi – “Royal Flush feat. Andre 3000 & Raekwon”
Termanology – “How We Rock feat. Bun B”
Jay-Z – “Dough Boy Fresh (Jockin’ Jay-Z) feat. Kanye West (The BladeRunners Edit)”
T.I. – “Swing Ya Rag feat. Swizz Beatz”
Rick Ross – “The Boss feat. T-Pain”
J Dilla – “No One Knows”
Pete Rock – “914 feat. Styles P. & Sheek Louch”
Camp Lo – “Lumdi”
Black Milk – “The Matrix feat. Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price & DJ Premier”
Santigold – “I’m A Lady feat. Amanda Blank (Excel Edit/Diplo Remix)”
Erykah Badu – “Soldier”
Young Jeezy – “Circulate”
Skillz – “Don’t Act Like You Don’t Know feat. Freeway”
Lloyd – “Girls Around The World feat. Lil Wayne”
Mark Ronson – “Just (DJ Premier’s Justremixitmix feat. Blaq Poet & Phantom Planet)”
G-Unit – “Rider Pt. 2 feat. Young Buck”
Ludacris – “One More Drink feat. T-Pain”
Maino – “Hi Hater”
Peedi Crakk – “More Towels”
Q-Tip – “Move”
People Under The Stairs – “Party Enemy #1″
Madlib – “Slapped Up (Snap N’ Clap)”
The Grouch – “The Bay To L.A. feat. Murs”
Dam Funk – “Hood Pass Intact”
The Roots – “75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction)”
The Roots – “75 Bars” (Emynd VS Busy Signal Blend)”
AZ – “Undeniable”
Kid Sister – “Family Reunion feat. David Banner”
Robin Thick – “Magic (DJ Rob Dinero Remix)”
Q-Tip – “ManWomanBoogie feat. Amanda Diva”
Kraak & Smaak – “Squeeze Me feat. Ben Westbeech (Original Mix)”
The Cool Kids – “What It is”
Busta Rhymes – “Don’t Touch Me (Throw Da Water On ‘Em)”
Suga Free – “That’s What’s Up”
Kanye West – “Paranoid feat. Mr Hudson”
Jamie Foxx – “I Don’t Need It”
Mary J. Blige – “Just Fine (Swizz Beatz Remix feat. Lil’ Wayne)”
Flo Rida – “Elevator feat. Timbaland”
Snoop Dogg – “Sensual Seduction”
Common – “Universal Mind Control”
Pitbull – “Krazy feat. Lil’ Jon”
DJ Laz – “Move Shake Drop feat. Pitbull & Flo Rida”
John Legend – “Green Light feat. Andre 3000″
Lil Wayne – “A Milli”
Three 6 Mafia – “I Got feat. Pimp C”
Bun B – “Damn I’m Cold feat. Lil Wayne”
Scarface – “Forgot About Me feat. Lil’ Wayne & Bun B”
Z-Ro – “If That’s How You Feel feat. Lil’ Keke”
Jake One – “The Truth feat. Freeway & Brother Ali”
Big Noyd – “Things Done Changed feat. Kira”
Lil Wayne – “Got Money feat. T-Pain”
DJ Khaled – “Out Here Grindin feat. Akon, Ace Hood, Trick Daddy, Lil’ Boosie, Lil Wayne, Plies & Rick Ross”
Shawty Putt – “Dat Baby feat. Lil’ Jon & Too Short”
T.I. – “Swagga Like Us feat. Kanye West, Jay-Z & Lil Wayne”
Ganxsta Nip – “Down South”
Swizz Beatz – “Hard Knocks feat. Drag-On”
Madlib – “Rebirth Cycle (Super Soul)”
Raphael Saadiq – “Never Give You Up”

Cosmo Baker & DJ Morse Code – Live At The Do Over

Finally here’s the live recording of me and DJ Morse Code from our double set from the legendary The Do Over party a few weeks back. Seriously fun, and super awesome to listen to. Definitely funky and “loose” but the #VIBES are super heavy and this whole set is really all about #LVLZ from front to back. And I’ve said this before and again but seriously these recorded sets DO NOT do the party justice… You really have to go there to enjoy and experience the full thing. And so with that, peep game…

The Do-Over: Week 7 Recap with downloadable sets from Cosmo Baker & DJ Morse Code (& more…)

Cosmo Baker & DJ Premier in Penthouse Magazine

I’m not sure if that shout get an “ayo” or not. No seriously, I am. I was featured in an article about DJs that love to spin vinyl and me and Primo were interviewed and quoted for it. They even got our photos up in there. Kind of crazy. The issue came out in like January or February of this year but I just bought a scanner so booyah. Anyway, here’s screencaps and that shit, and links to the article I guess. Seriously though, now I can actually say “I bought it for the articles” hahah… Obviously, below is NSFW, but you can click here to read the articles: Page 2, Page 3 & Page 4.

Breakbeat Tuesday – Rest In Peace Melvin Bliss

Melvin Bliss has died and I don’t know what to say about it because I barely know anything about him. And, while it’s sad when anyone passes on it’s not like Mr. Bliss had a personal effect on me or on the world in the way that someone like MJ or Biggie Smalls did. Or did he?

Not too long after I first started DJing, I saved all my money and went down to Tower Records on South Street in Philly and bought the entire Ultimate Breaks & Beats collection (something every DJ should have done at one point in their career – a DJ not knowing his UBBs is like a chemist who can’t recite the periodic table.) Anyway, on Volume 505 (“the purple one”) there was this one song that I loved by Herb Rooney, a haunting and spooky song with dark piano and all these strange minor chords where the singer was singing about these vague ominous visions of a future world where love is replaced by synthetics. “Replacing a woman with a love machine…” So crazy, and in full listen it’s a very beautiful song, musically, lyrically, well constructed, produced and mixed.

But obviously the thing that hit most hard about the song was the opening 6 seconds, which has one of the hardest drum breaks known to man. Instantly I knew it the first time I heard it. As someone who grew up on rap music in the 1980s it was unmistakable. Listening to this song “Substitution” reminded me of the first time I heard “Ego Trippin’.” Do you remember the first time you heard “Ego Trippin’?” I do…

Eventually I came to realize that the Herb Rooney was just the composer & producer of the song and that it was actually performed by Melvin Bliss. Mel (born Melvin McClellan) was a Chicago native who eventually relocated to New York to work on the jazz / lounge singer circuit here. Somehow Mel linked up with Herb Rooney of The Exciters fame to release a 7″ single for New York based Sunburst Records, which was the song “Reward.” (As an aside, here’s an incredible early 60s “music video” of Herb with The Exciters doing “Tell Him” in a zoo. Incredible find!)

So Mel recorded “Reward” and the story goes that they just needed a B-Side for the single and so Rooney came up with “Synthetic Substition.” None of the dudes even knew what the song was about but they knew it had quite a groove. So they put it down, starting with a thunderous 6 second drum beat laid down by none other than Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, one of the most prolific and influential drummers of American music history. The record did well at the time but these guys couldn’t look into the future and see how they were changing the world. And that’s exactly what they did. A short 6 seconds and everything is different now, with the appropriation of the Substitution beat and they way that it was instrumental in becoming one of the building blocks of hip-hop and eventually modern pop-culture. I was talking about this with my man a few weeks back about how these dudes had no idea how large this was to become. They were just in their groove, but with all the right elements in place – the drums are microphoned up just right, the levels on the board are perfect, drummer on point of course, tape rolling… and before you know it run that through a filter 15-20 years later of some guys from Bronx or Connecticut or West Philly. Allow that to marinate and before you know it, you have 6 seconds of drums, or even so far as to say the individual kick drum hit, the individual snare hit, that are instantly recognizable by an entire generation of people. You don’t know shit about some 45 that came out in 1973 on Sunburst by a lounge singer Mel Bliss. But you do know this record, you grew up listening to this record even if you didn’t realize it. Substitution is so deeply ingrained in the collective consciousness of our generation that it’s ridiculous. Now I don’t even know what “Reward” sounds like but I know “Substitution” like the back of my hand. I own a lot of records but the original Sunburst 45 is something that has been elusive to me for years now. I’ve never gotten around to ponying up the $150-$200 for a copy. One of these days though… One of these days. It’s an integralsong, an integral piece to have. If the UBB’s are hip-hop’s periodic table, “Substition” may be its Carbon. And there’s nothing like having the real thing, no substitution…

And so thank you for your contribution to the planet, Mel. You helped change the world in a wonderful way, whether you knew it or not, by just doing what you do. Rest in peace to the one and only Melvin Bliss. For more info, check out this fantastic and moving write-up obituary style written by Matt Rodgers courtesy of Wax Poetics Magazine. Thanks to my dude Monk-One for sharing this.

Here is the original version of “Synthetic Substitution” as well as some more goodies. My man Monk-One did an article recently on Mel Bliss for Wax Poetics and (although I haven’t read it yet) I only expect the absolute best from him. You should grip Volume 42 now while you can, and in the meantime here are a few edits that Monk decided to bless us with. First is his re-edit of “Synthetic Substitution” that takes all the parts and piano chords and chops them up in a really lovely and engaging way. The second his his “Bonus beats” where he takes the “Impeach The President” drums and replays them in the “Substition” pattern (much like the way that Dilla played the “Long Red” drums in the “Big Beat” pattern on De La Soul’s “Verbal Clap“)

Melvin Bliss “Synthetic Substitution” (Sunburst, 1973)

Melvin Bliss “Synthetic Substitions (Monk-One Re-Edit)” (2010)

Monk-One “Impeach (Substitution Pattern)” (2010)

And last but not least, here’s a great mix by my man the incomparable Matthew Africa which showcases 47 songs that sample these legendary drums. Great mix, great concept, greater dude. Peep game below and show some love.

Matthew Africa “2 Busy Saying Yeah 19 – Substituition”


1. Ultramagnetic MCs: Ego Tripping
2. Xperado: Watch Your Step feat. O.C.
3. Divine Force: Holy War
4. Ghostface Killah: Mighty Healthy
5. N.W.A.: Real Zaggin Don’t Die
6. Too Poetic: God Made Me Funky
7. Onyx: Throw Ya Gunz
8. Pharcyde: Ya Mama
9. Pete Rock & CL Smooth: For Pete’s Sake
10. Public Enemy: Don’t Believe the Hype
11. Willie D: Put the Fuckin’ Gun Away
12. MC Jr. Cas: Walk On the Wild Side [Club mix]
13. Almighty RSO: One in the Chamba feat. M.O.P.
14. Group Home: So Called Friends
15. T-Wiz: Good Thing Goin’
16. Knowledge: Put On Your X
17. Def Jef: Black to the Future RMX
18. Top Choice Clique: Peace of Mind
19. Biz Markie: Cool V’s Tribute to Scratching
20. Supreme Nyborn: Versatile Extension
21. Ultramagnetic MCs: Pluckin’ Cards
22. Freddie Foxxx: Crazy Like a Foxxx
23. Percee P & Ekim: Now They Wanna See Me
24. Robbie B & DJ Jazz: Comin’ Correct
25. AMG: Trunk of Funk
26. Zhigge: Toss It Up
27. Public Enemy: Brothers Gonna Work It Out RMX
28. Public Enemy: Brothers Gonna Work It Out
29. Von Love: This Is How It Should Be Done
30. Choice M.C.: This Is the B-Side feat. Chill Phill & MC Sergio
31. Ol Dirty Bastard: Cuttin’ Headz feat. the RZA
32. Wu-Tang Clan: Clan In Da Front
33. Naughty by Nature: Yoke the Joker
34. Ghostface Killah: The Champ
35. Funk Lab All-Stars: La Da Da
36. Digital Underground: Tie the Knot
37. Too $hort: Hoes
38. EPMD: Mr. Bozack
39. De La Soul: Stone Age
40. Coolio: I Remember feat. J-Ro & Billy Boy
41. Method Man: All I Need
42. Scarface: Murder by Reason of Insanity
43. Eazy E: Eazy Street
44. Gang Starr: Code of the Streets
45. New Style: Drop the Bomb
46. C.E.B.: Get the Point
47. Brotha Lynch Hung: 24 Deep
48. Melvin Bliss: Synthetic Substitution

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  • Cosmo Baker’s Top Ten Records Of May

    DJ Stuart "Re-Work V2"
    Wet "All The Ways" (Branchez Remix)
    De La Soul "Beautiful Night"
    Phife "Nutshell"
    With You "Ghost" feat. Vince Staples (Major Lazer Remix)
    Tall Black Guy "The Heart Of The Town"
    KRNE "I'll Be Good"
    Hoodboi "Closer"
    Drake "With You" Feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR
    Christopher Cross "Ride Like The Wind" (Joey Negro Dub Disco Mix)


    Club Cheval "Discipline"
    Mura Masa "What If I Go"
    Kate Bush "Why Should I Love You?"

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