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DJ Juice – Volume 33

J-U-Ice! Before DJ Juice got famous for his audiovisual mix and blend production he had a strong mixtape game that always came correct in balancing out the rap music with a little R&B flavour. Volume 33 is no exception with artists like Mona Lisa and R. Kelly getting their shine alongside the likes of Mobb Deep and Redman. There are also some wicked remixes featured in this 90-minute playlist: Gina Thompson’s The things you do featuring Raekwon and Xzibit’s Eyes May Shine featuring Mobb Deep are among my favourites.

Speaking of Mobb Deep, the Queensbridge duo had just released their critically acclaimed third album Hell On Earth not long before the January 1997 release of DJ Juice’s Volume 33. The Infamous Mobb weren’t the only rappers releasing new material that year with Def Squad members Redman and Keith Murray also dropping solo albums. So was Foxy Brown, Puff Daddy and a handful of others. 1997 was the year Hip Hop had established itself as a leader in mainstream music choice with big bucks rolling in every which way. To be honest, I also found 1997 to be the tipping point where the money started to spoil the game. With lyrics filling up with bling and bravado, the recording booth wasn’t big enough for some egos and pretty soon rappers thought their talent extended to the production booth too which made for a general drop quality of the beats they put out.

Personal opinions aside, DJ Juice came correct with Volume 33 and highlighted some of the better sounds to blast out of speakers that season.

Side A

Just the way – Alfonzo Hunter
The things you do (DJ Juice remix) – Raekwon / Gina Thompson / Mr. Mike Nitty / Craig Mack
The lover in you (DJ juice remix) – Babyface / LL Cool J
Get up (remix) – Lost Boyz
Ill na na – Foxy Brown / Method Man
1969 Old Shit – James Brown / Marva Wright
Eyes may shine (remix) – Xzibit / Mobb Deep
Do what you feel – Redman / Method Man
It’s in the game (NFL Jams) – Method Man
It’s all about the benjamins – Puff Daddy / The Lox
GOD part 3 (DJ Juice remix) – Mobb Deep
Soopaman Luva 3 – Redman
God don’t like ugly – OGC
Outro – Pink Panther

Side B

Phone sex part 1 – Juice 97
Street dreams (DJ Juice remix) – Nas / R. Kelly
You should know (DJ Juice remix) – Donell Jones
Come see me (remix) – 112
Can’t nobody hold me down – Puff Daddy / Mase
Whateva man – Erick Sermon / Redman
Hot to def – Keith Murray
Not tonight – Lil’Kim
Blood sport – Mobb Deep
You said (DJ Juice remix) – Mona Lisa
Like it like that part 1 freestyle – Tracy Lee
Leave your style cramped – PMD
Make it hot – McGruff
All pro – Big Noyd / Mobb Deep
Just the way you like it – Mase / Tasha
Outro 97 – Jeopardy

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Mister Cee – R&B Buttas Part III

In my humble opinion you aren’t a real rap fan if you don’t have at least a couple of R&B albums in your record collection. RZA might have been a bit foolhardy in dubbing the genre ‘Rap ‘n’ bullshit‘ on the Wu-Tang Forever album, but other successful producers like Puff Daddy, Jermaine Dupri and Babyface understood the net worth of combining serenanding vocals with some dope rhymes over a 4/4 beat. Rhythm and Blues is a genre in itself with influences of the aforementioned blues, soul, gospel and doo wop singing, but it is probably most recognised as the softer side hip hop. During the Nineties there was a steady flow of collaborations between R&B singers and rappers with more than one remix by SWV, D’Angelo or Aaliyah featuring the likes of Biggie Smalls, Raekwon or the Lox. They might try and deny it, but the street thugs and lyrical nerds have to admit that it wasn’t DMX’s growling or Canibus’ delivery that got them that pretty young thang’s attention. It was All I Need by Method Man and Mary J. Blige or Ol’ Dirty Bastard teaming up with Mariah Carey for a (bizarre) Fantasy.

Following on from all the pure rap tapes I’ve posted over the last few months, here is Mister Cee’s R&B Buttas Part III so we can all just chill out and vibe to some Blackstreet and Mobb Deep exclusives.

Side A

On & On – SWV / Erick Sermon
Ya playin yourself – Jeru the Damaja
Hit me off (remix) – New Edition
This is how we do it – Blackstreet
Just wanna please u (remix) – Mona Lisa / The Lox
U da 1 (remix) – Drawz
I don’t wanna be alone – Shai / Jay-Z
U got me goin crazy – Ill da Extreme / Cormega / Gina Thompson
Stay with me (remix) – Jason Weaver / Drastic Measures
If your girl only knew (remix) – Aaliyah / Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliot
Tell me (remix) – Dru Hill / Big dex
Floatin on your love – Isley Brothers / R. Isley / A. Winbrush / 112 / Lil’ Kim
Drop a gem on em – Mobb Deep
I like – Montell Jordan / Mieko Jackson
Underneath the stars (remix) – Mariah Carey
Say it again – Nneka / Canibus
You don’t have to worry – New Edition
Not gonna – 702
Never felt this way – Soul IV Real

Side B

I got somebody else – Changing Faces
Fed up (remix) – House of Pain
Missing you – Monica
Come see me – 112 / Lost Boyz
Dreamin eyes (remix) – D’Angelo / Redman
I just can’t – Faith
Only you (remix) – 112 / Biggie / Mase
This is for the lover in you – Babyface / LL Cool J / Howard Hewett / Jody Watley / J. Daniels
Tell me (I’ll be around) (remix) – Shades / Akinyele
No diggity (Billie Jean remix) – Blackstreet
Steelo (remix) – 702 / Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliot
The things you do (remix) – Gina Thompson / Raekwon / Mr. Mike Nitty / Craig Mack
So many ways (remix) – The Braxtons / Jay-Z
Do thangz (remix) – Men of Vision / Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliot
Just the way playas play – Alfonzo Hunter / Passion
Fix – Blackstreet
Try again – New Edition