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When a highly anticipated album drops, fans are quick to create remixes of their favorite tracks. It’s less often, however, that someone spins a project’s cover art.

The glitch art savants at Do You Even Glitch rework the designs of dozens of iconic hip-hop records, from A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory to Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon. They “glitch” the projects by dragging streaks of color down the album design, oftentimes resulting in reimagined covers even cooler than their originals.

Scroll through some of our favorites above, and check out the Tumblr page to see their whole glitch art folio.

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Illegal was a short-lived hip hop duo composed of Jamal Phillips (Philadelphia) and Malik Edwards (Holly Hill, South Carolina) that was signed to Rowdy Records. The duo was known to be affiliated with the hip-hop collective Hit Squad, made their debut with the album, The Untold Truth, released in 1993.

Jamal would later release his debut solo album, Last Chance, No Breaks in 1995 on Rowdy Records. Malik released one single for Rowdy Records titled Malik Goes On, but his debut album was shelved. Malik worked with Monica on Miss Thang and later with his cousin Snoop Dogg on Doggystyle, Warren G on Regulate.

Illegal Will Rock is produced by Diamond D.

Turn it up ya’ll!



Before L.A.’s Scoop DeVille serves up his debut album Tides later this year, the Grammy nominated producer decided to keep things extra warm on a new beat tape/EP appropriately titled Summer Cocktail.

Connecting with multi-media artist Michael Sterling Eaton, the two form the duo known affectionately as Watercolor Werewolf. Their 7-track project is an amalgamation of genres – including punk, pop, dance and rock – mashed up together, making for some interesting sounds. This is proven on the EP’s intro track, WolfBlitzBop which, backed by some electro sounds, samples the Ramones‘ punk classic Blitzkrieg Bop or an interesting, eclectic flip of the Beach BoysI Get Around.




Being the 20 year anniversary of Raekwon‘s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx album, we figured we would re-upload a tape we did with Raekwon back in 2009. Congrats to Rae on over 20 years of success!


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Congratulations to winner Dj Shean who won the remix contest organized on the song of Edo. G and Reks on an original production of Street Wyze.


Grand Daddy I.U.

Today we have a great track by one of the smoothest cats in the rap game, Queens/Long Island emcee Grand Daddy I.U., with a track Pick Up The Pace. He recorded a demo tape and gave it to Biz Markie, who signed him to the label Cold Chillin’ Records in 1989. In 1990 he released his debut, Smooth Assassin. He appeared as a guest on several hip hop albums in the 1990s, including Big L‘s Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous and Positive K‘s The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills.

Also, he did ghostwriting and production work for Markie and Roxanne Shanté but became disenchanted with Markie over a dispute involving publishing credits for the tracks on his debut. He released a sophomore effort, Lead Pipe, in 1994, but the album received little promotion, and Grand Daddy I.U. quit emceeing for nearly a decade.

He continued to do production work in hip-hop for Das EFX, Heltah Skeltah, KRS-One, and Ice-T, among others. He issued a third album in 2007, in 2009 He collaborated with long-time associate Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard and Lantz for the song State Ya Name from Lantz and Pudgee‘s collabrative EP. His latest release is P.I.M.P. (Paper Is My Priority), a surprisingly dope album released in 2015.

Pick Up The Pace is produced by Biz Markie, with scratches from Kay Cee. Released on Cold Chillin’ in 1990.



New York’s DJ JS-1 comes through with a hefty selection of demos from the early careers of groundbreaking Hip Hop artists, some demos which are more or less popular than others. I think if time has told us anything, it’s that one sure sign of an artist’s potential is in the quality of their demo. Usually if an artist has a demo that is sought after or people are still speaking about it over a decade later, that is an artist who ended up making a significant impact whether their career was short or long.

This mix by JS-1 demonstrates quality standards of Hip Hop from an era where artists were forced to create music which caught people’s attention within a few seconds, before the popularity of uploading to the world wide web.

Dowload it here.

Peep the tracklist:

1-demolition intro
2-slow n low (unreleased demo) – run dmc
3-touchdown (demo) – snoop dogg
4-slaves – cenubites
5-untitled (unreleased demo 1996) – t la rock n react
6-queen bitch (reference trk original) – biggie
7-capital r.a.s. – ras kass
8-i wanna be president – channel live
9-untitled – grand puba
10-raise it up – large pro (main source)
11-chillin’ w marley marl promo – mc lyte
12-1 flip styles – sadat x, grand puba, diamond d
13-open mic – eminem
14-remain anonymous – ras kass
15-untitled – grand puba
16-get live (unreleased demo) – rahzel n organized konfusion
17-props over here (original demo) – the beatnuts
18-give up the goods (original demo) – mobb deep
19-come on – sadat x n biggie
20-untitled (go queensbridge) – tragedy
21-check a bitch – kool g rap
22-unofficial mahogany 2? (unreleased demo) – rakim
23-getz funky – ESP (tha alkaholiks)
24-you got dat – edo g
25-time – large pro (main source)
26-don’t ask for money – grand daddy iu
27-peace prosperity n paper – a tribe called quest
28-poor young dave – snoop doog
29-backstabber – eminem
30-how ya livin’ – brand nubians
31-like this – freddie foxxx (bumpy knuckles)
32-keep ya mouth shut – lord finesse
33-cool n calm – pete rock n cl smooth
34-step into the ozone (demo) – oc
35-to each his own – showbiz n ag
36-enter the dragon – kool g rap
37-midnight wrecka – pete rock n cl smooth
38-survival of the fittest – mobb deep
39-nas will prevail – nas
40-international arrival – organized konfusion
41-it’s gettin’ hectic (unreleased from return of the boom bap lp)
– krs-one n dj premier
42-represent (original demo) – nas n dj premier
43-machine gun funk (premier remix) – biggie n dj premier
44-i’m not superman – gangstarr
45-hard to kill (original demo) – showbiz n ag
46-it gets no better – casual n pep luv
47-welcome to the grooveyard (demo) – ESP (tha alkaholiks)
48-scenario (unreleased demo) – the beastie boys
49-three little pigs – dmx
50-everythings cool (demo) – rakim
51-coyote – jungle brothers
52-flip dat shit – naughty by nature n onyx n biggie
53-georgie porgie – a tribe called quest n brand nubians
54-bootleggin’ – large pro (main source)
55-word to the wise – del
56-fat for the 90’s (demo) – lord finesse n ag
57-props (unreleased) – 3rd bass n brand new heavies
58-untitled (freestyle demo) – special ed
59-i’m convinced – showbiz n ag
60-biggie got the hype shit (demo) – biggie
61-take it back to brooklyn (demo) – ole dirty bastard
62-untitled – nas
63-principal of the new school – big l
64-can you feel it – casual
65-bust a lil somethin’ – lord finesse
66-i declare war – kool g rap
67-stunt of the block – super kids (tragedy)
68-county blues (freestyle demo) – snoop dogg
69-call me conceited – edo g
70-who stole the clipprs (1991) – common sense
71-scenario (cypher demo) – atcq, lons, de la soul, blacksheep
72-the mighty one – do it all (lords of the undergound)
73-it ain’t where ya from – king sun
74-9mm rhymes – kurious
75-rasta imposter (freestyle) – ll cool j
76-“a” for effort – common sense
77-bring the rock – new style (naughty by nature)
78-it’s my thing – grand puba
79-just another day in the projects – nas
80-rampage (unreleased freestyle demo) – ll cool j n epmd
81-d nice rocks (call me d nice demo) – d nice
82-cooling one day – organized konfusion
83-check the fine print – the artifacts
84-ice cream man – method man
85-unstoppable force – dmx
86-scuffin’ those knees – the new style (naughty by nature)
87-mind ova matter – organized konfusion
88-caliente (demo version) – cypress hill
89-hypnotic (unreleased demo) – rakim
90-biterphobia – eminem
91-raw (remix demo) – big daddy kane n kool g rap



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DJ MK - Watever Mixtape Vol. 1

Yo this is my favorite mixtape ive made in ages. I ve included a mad mix of all the different types of music i love listening too. Not so much cutting on this one, more smooth different mixes. The download link will be up for a week and thats it, so get it whilst you can. Share, Re Tweet, spread the word. big up. DJ MK.

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