Mick Boogie-93 Til’ Infinity Mix


Apologies for the lateness: I didn’t know it existed until I saw an email from Mick earlier!

“Mick Boogie, known for his eclectic DJ sets and amazing mixtapes, is also an avid basketball fan and a video game junkie. With the recent return of the classic 90’s arcade game NBA JAM (now refreshed and remixed for 2010), Mick was inspired to put together a mixtape of classic and rare 90’s remixes that serve as the soundtrack to where we were back in the day.  Being that NBA JAM dropped in 93, Mick’s decision to call the mix “93 Til’ Infinity” was the only appropriate choice! In addition to the mixtape, Mick collaborated with vintage t-shirt designers Homage to create a limited edition NBA JAM/93 Til Infinity inspired tee to celebrate the release of this mix and the videogame.  You can find the shirt here”.

You can grab the mixtape here, and view the tracklist after the jump below.
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DJ Premier & Fat Joe Explain 'I'm Gone' [Video]

We all know now that Fat Joe’s centrepiece to his Darkside Vol 1 is the modern-day classic, DJ Premier cut: I’m Gone.

Quick video here of the two breaking down exactly how the record came about. I know Joey dedicated his joint to Guru, but doesn’t it seem a bit insensitive he made Premo send over not one, but two beats even though Premo’s man had just passed?!

Joe speaks a lot shit (especially lately), but can’t hate on his closing words.

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I'ma Make Ya Pay Homage


In line with Ajay’s promise to bring you something a little bit different over the upcoming months, here is my contribution to the effort.

Posted this a few weeks ago on my Twitter (where you can cop a better look) and yesterday I got my hands on this awesome tee which pays homage to the late, great Guru of Gang Starr.

Stickupkids (here in the UK) have put together two Guru tribute tees (the other perhaps less subtle) and I recommend you go over there and grab one to help hip-hop live on.

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Guru: A Tribute To An Everlasting Legacy


This week hip-hop was plunged into mourning as we lost Keith Elam, fondly remembered as Guru; the mastermind behind rap music’s most-loved duo, Gang Starr.

No doubt there will be a few bandwagons driving through the blogs over the upcoming weeks. ‘Tupac-syndrome’ (no disrespect Pac) will flood the forums as Guru makes his way into everyone’s top five. Don’t get me wrong; I have a front row seat on that bandwagon. The difference being, I’ve been here a while.

Guru played an important part in developing my love for this genre. This is my way of giving back to the man who helped shape my journey. But this isn’t about my scrobbles on Last.fm, it isn’t about DJ Premier, and it isn’t particularly about Gang Starr. This is mine and Overrating The Underrated’s tribute to Guru.

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Guru Passes


It fills me with remorse to report that yesterday, April 19th, Guru lost his long battle with cancer.

Guru transformed hip-hop with his revolutionary contribution as one half of the Gangstarr duo and with his later work on the jazzmatazz series. He will be greatly missed.

Out thoughts at OTU go out to all his family and friends during this tough time.

R.I.P. Keith Elam (July 17, 1966 – April 19, 2010)

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Get Well Soon Guru


For those of you who haven’t heard, Guru, from the pioneering hip-hop duo Gang Starr, has fallen into a coma after suffering a heart attack yesterday. DJ Premier confirmed yesterday that Guru will undergo surgery today. Our thoughts at OTU go out to Guru and his friends and family. Get well soon homie.

EDIT: DJ Premier confirmed over Twitter earlier today that Guru’s surgery was successful and wished us to keep sending him our love.

To celebrate Guru’s work here’s the title track from Gang Starr’s Moment of Truth (1998): One of his most intelligent pieces of work to date.

Gang Starr – Moment of Truth

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Quick Throwback: Gang Starr


Don’t worry people, that ultimate Premo project is on its way. Remember: Good things come to those who wait.

To keep your mouths watering heres a quick throwback from Gang Starr’s 1991 effort Step In The Arena. Premo samples Marlena Shaw’s classic California Soul to amazing effect. Sometimes I even forget that Gang Starr’s version wasn’t the original.

Gang Starr – Check The Technique

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