Tuesday, May 4, 2010

DJ JS-1 "One of the Best Yet: GURU tribute"

I have never done a tribute mix before and personally never felt the need to do one. Many times when someone passes away, everyone does a tribute mix and it's basically an attempt to bring attention to their own name, sell a few mixtapes, etc… Especially the djays who don't normally support or play music from the artist who passed away. A few corny radio stations that NEVER play any guru records were playing his songs all day when he died, and then right back to Wocka Flocka the next day… When i found out Guru had died i was miserable for a few reasons. First, im always miserable, lol, second because Guru is easily one of the few Mcees i have listened to the most in my lifetime. The countless songs and style of music he helped pioneer along with dj premier, is pretty much the reason why any of us who still play "real" hiphop are still around.  Can you imagine a world without Gangstarr albums? I might have killed myself in 89 instead of 2011. Guru's voice and what he was saying just reached out to all of us and grabbed us in for life. The way he complimented premier's beats, just an mc and an actual dj, not a drug dealer acting like a dj. It was incredible. A simple, monotone style… And that's what makes him even better. It's a lot easier to hold someone's ear and look better than you are with over-the-top flows and exaggerated vocals, but he made hundreds of classics and kept it straight forward, simple and with his unique monotone style. The way Gangstarr and then later Jazzmatazz incorporated jazz samples and then jazz players was also the start of a way of life for many kids. How many of you have dug through jazz records that you would have NEVER thought of listening too, stoned outta your face, loving some Gangstarr soundin' loops… We used to blast the first jazzmatazz album. Take A Look, Respect The Architect, Watch The Closing doors, etc… Guru kicked knowledge, street shit, personal stuff, and made records for women that men also liked. It would be really hard for someone to match his catalog and life long achievements on record while maintaining such a high level of musical integrity. Always the dopest hip hop beats on Gangstarr albums, and always the highest level of jazz-hiphop fusion on his Jazzmatazz series. So obviously I'm a huge GURU fan and have purchased countless tapes, cd's, and vinyl over and over and over again… 

When i found out he passed away i thought about how i would never hear another Gangstarr album again and that REALLY sucks… We listened to No More Mr Nice Guy, Step In the Arena, Daily Operation, etc soooooo much. 

I starting thinking of all the Guru tracks, etc… I knew tons of people would be doing tribute's, probably all named the same as mine, lol, but i still felt awkward doing a tribute mix. I did speak to Premier about it, and he said i might as well, and that did make me feel a lil better about it. I just want this particular style of hiphop to be heard as much as possible and not forgotten. I thought i have a good amount of Guru classics, album cuts, and side projects to be able to do a worthy mix. I set aside approx 100 songs i personally liked. There is many i missed, skipped over, etc.. So i did the mix originally for the first time on www.ustream.tv/channel/memory-lane1 (it's still there, my guru mix, live from my house….) Then i decided to make the live mix into an actual mixtape… So here is what i quickly put together. I did do a bunch of work on this but i had to rush it. I am off to do shows and don't have enough time. some levels may be a bit off, etc..

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as i do. I truly love this music….  This is what we do. 

DJ JS-1 "One of the Best Yet: Guru Tribute Mix"

1 - intro (first step)

2 - game plan

3 - jazzalude

4 - in memory of

5 - name tag (premier & the guru)

6 - moment of truth

7 - the lesson

8 - execution of chump

9 - ex girl to the next girl

10 - ex girl to the next girl remix

11 - the planet

12 - take a look at yourself

13 - above the clouds

14 -love sick

15 - try to make a fool of me

16 - do in advance

17 - all 4 the ca$h

18 - knowledge

19 - a long way to go

20 - credit is due

21 - take 2 and pass

22 - salute part 2

23 - royalty

24 - you know my steez

25 - you know my steez remix

26 - gotta get over remix

27 - mostly tha voice

28 - what i'm here 4

29 - down the line

30 - it's getting hectic

31 - better half

32 - for of intellect

33 - work 

34 - respect the architect

35 - 2 deep

36 - 2 deep remix

37 - blown' up da spot

38 - new york straight talk

39 - bust ya shit b.y.s.

40 - back 2 back

41 - the militia

42 - the ? remains

43 - full clip

44 - tonz o gunz

45 - home

51 - dedication

52 - to be a champion

53 - check the technique

54 - rock dis funky joint pt 2

55 - the legacy

56 - false prophets

57 - lift your fist

58 - manifest 

59 - mass appeal

60 - soliloquy of chaos

61 - i'm not superman

62 - code of the streets

63 - code of the streets remix

64 - speak ya clout

65 - battle

66 - i'm the man 

67 - step in the arena

68 - cuz i'm jazzy

69 - state of clarity

70 - a bunch of niggaz

71 - take it personal

72 - now you're mine

73 - brainstorm

74 - illest brother

75 - dwyck horny mix

76 - comin' foor datazz

77 - no time to play

78 - trust me

79 - loungin'

80 - much too much

81 - jazz thing

82 - skillz

83 - feel the music

84 - le bien, le mal

85 - just ta get a rep

86 - bust a move boy

87 - no more mr. nice guy

88 - take a rest

89 - who's gonna take the weight

90 - gusto

91 - le tempo

92 - bboy mastermind

93 - here's the proof

94 - the meaning of the name

95 - play dat beat

96 - cave in

97 - 2 steps ahead

98 - the end….

Shout out to everyone who did a worthy tribute mix and to everyone who feels like i do and really does support this type of music.

There is other dope GURU tributes you can download: (google them, will pop right up!)

Dj Premier Livefromheadqcourterz blog

DJ Slynkee 

Statik Selektah

Phat Phillie

Halftime Radio ustream


Guru R.i.P.

rest in peace to ajile turner, roc raida, mr magic…


rock steady crew

slap a clown dj today!

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