This weekend I finally found time to check out the homie B-Cause's Record Haterz, a new mix that he did with his 4OneFunk partner, Mista B.
The theme is all-Bay Area and all-vinyl, and the mix is really well-executed. The selections are mostly from the mid-90s, bypassing both obvious stuff and alt-rap in favor of mobb music drawn largely from Vallejo and Frisco. They're mostly really good, too-- I got about two-thirds of the way through the mix before I heard anything I wanted to skip.
B-Cause and Mista B are both pretty savage on the scratch but they confine most of the wikki-wikkis to the intro and outro and keep the mixing smooth and unobtrusive. The mix sounds like it was made to be bumped while driving around slowly, just like the records that appear on it and the analog crackle adds to the nostalgia. (Favorite all-vinyl authenticity moment: hearing them re-reverse the curses on E-40's "Record Haters" in order to turn out radio-friendly vinyl.)
Here's a link to the mix. You can cop a physical copy with separately-indexed tracks by hollering at B-Cause; at $10 post-paid, it's really with supporting if only so they'll be motivated to make more mixes like this. Full tracklist and ordering details (buried in the comments) here.
Speaking of record haters, I was really psyched to catch this on a recent trip to New York:
AZ: "Your World Don't Stop" (Buckwild version) (white, 1995)
This version of the song didn't make AZ's Doe or Die album, apparently due to problems clearing the Lou Donaldson sample. It's been booted multiple times but I had never found an original copy before.
I like a lot of AZ's catalog-- even his recent records on Koch and Fast Life sound better than, say, much of the bullshit Nas puts out-- but this is the record he was born to do. His voice was made for melancholia like this and his flow just meshes perfectly with the beat.
UPDATE: Via the comments, I learned that the song was produced not by Buckwild or by Pete Rock, as some assumed, but by Spunk Bigga. Big shout to Spunk for setting the record straight!