Friday, December 30, 2005


Still Diggin' #1

I really don't need to give you the biog on the D.I.T.C. crew do I?! However, the intriguing thing about them is the wealth of back catalogue material that only got released on promo's, japanese imports and so on. Keep checking back for some of that flava, butt... in the meantime, here's two more well known gems to whet your appetite.

  • Diamond D - Sally Got A One Track Mind (video)

  • Lord Finesse feat Percee P - Yes You May

  • Wednesday, December 28, 2005


    Where's Brooklyn At? #2

    Merry Christmas everybody, hope you had a nice relaxing break over the festive period and that 2006 will be a good year for y'all. I will be going to see Roy Ayers live in London on New Years Eve, which of course I am really excited about. Hopefully I will have some media from this gig to share with you in due course. In meantime, while I'm in a jazz frame of mind, here's some goodies from everyone's favourite 'hip hop band' - Stetsasonic.

  • Stetsasonic - Talkin All That Jazz (video)

  • Stetsasonic - Talkin All That Jazz (dominoes vocal remix)

  • Thursday, December 22, 2005


    Step Back For The New Jack Swing #1

    He was a bit ugly and couldn't quite sing, but Al B Sure! somehow was an overnight sensation at the end of the 1980's. Perhaps it was the Teddy Riley production and/or in the case of our featured song, the apperance of Slick Rick that caught the attention of the masses. It was one of the first tracks that combined R&B and Rap on the same record, and as such broke new ground, paving the way for the progression of this genre throughout the 90's and beyond. Al B followed up his debut single with the smash hit "Nite & Day", and "Off On Your Own Girl" but never quite hit these dizzy heights again with future projects.

  • Al B Sure! feat Slick Rick - If I'm Not Your Lover (12" Remix)

  • Wednesday, December 21, 2005


    Where's Brooklyn At? #1

    Well to kick things off, break the duck, lose the virginity and so on and so on. We have a couple of nice tracks from one of the top 5 emcees of all time, Masta Ace. Taken from the lp of the same name, Ace and his Inc crew dropped this phat maxi single in 1995. The "Pitkin Avenue Remix" is featured here along with the non-lp track "Ya Hardcore". The latter was actually recorded around the time of MA's previous lp "Slaughterhouse". It was a privilege and a pleasure to catch Masta Ace live earlier this year in the UK, so keep checking the Vault for some video footage of that in due course!

  • Masta Ace Inc - Sittin On Chrome (Pitkin Avenue Remix)
  • Masta Ace Inc - Ya Hardcore



    Hi there and welcome to claw's hip hop vault. It will be an attempt to look back to the golden era of hip hop, together with news and views of what's happening NOW.

    Keep checking in on the regular for rare Mp3's of classic/rare 90's hip hop , rap videos from back in the day, plus info on gigs I've been to, including live footage.

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