DecibelCast Vol. 20 “The Nineteen Ninety-Four Tape”


The idea with this one is pretty straight forward: It’s our 20th DecibelCast, and it’s been 20 years since 1994, so here’s a 20th anniversary celebration of hip-hop in 1994.

1994 was a massive year for hip-hop; many believe it to be the genre’s creative zenith (although I think you could make a case for 1993, 1995 and probably 1996 as well). The West Coast G-funk sound was still largely dominant, but the tides were turning and New York was again asserting itself— setting the stage for the East-West battle of the mid-’90s

Biggie and Nas both released their debut LPs–both were insta-classics. Gang Starr, Jeru the Damaja, Organized Konfusion, The Beatnuts, Digable Planets and The Beastie Boys all put out great records.  The Roots signed to a major label, Slick Rick dropped an album from prison, and the Wu Tang takeover was gaining momentum. In the south UGK and the Ghetto Boys were continuing to do their own thing, and an unknown duo from Atlanta called OutKast quietly offered the world a glimpse of the future of hip-hop. On the other side of the Atlantic Mo’ Wax was inventing trip-hop with singles from DJ Shadow and DJ Krush at the same time a French tastemaker called DJ Cam was perfecting his mad blunted jazz  sound.

This mix largely focuses on the resurgent New York style of ’94. It’s an ode to East Coast boom-bap, which has aged much better than the West Coast G-funk.

dB20 “The Nineteen Ninety Four Tape”

Side A

Digale Planets – “Dog it”

Brand Nubian – “Word is Bond”

The Roots – “Mellow My Man”

Artifacts – “C’Mon With Da Git Down”

UGK – “Front Back & Side to Side”

The Beatnuts – “Superbad”

Big L – “Put it On”

DJ Cam – “Gangsta Sh*t”

Notorious B.I.G. – “The What” feat. Method Man

Scientifik – “As Long as You Know”

Gravediggaz – “1-800 Suicide”

Beastie Boys feat. Q Tip – “Get it Together”

MF Grimm feat. KMD – “What a Nigga Know” (Remix)

Peanut Butter Wolf – “Currents”


Side B

Del – “Undisputed Champs” feat. Pep Love and Q-Tip

Jeru the Damaja – “Come Clean”

Society – “F.U.N.K.”

Outkast – “Git Up, Git Out”

Nas – “One Time for Your Mind”

Thug Life – “Pour Out a Little Liquor”

Heavy D feat. 2pac, Notorious B.I.G. and Grand Puba – “Let’s Get it On”

DJ Krush – “Am 300 Tag”

Gang Starr – “Mostly the Voice”

Common Sense – “I Used to Love H.E.R.”

Sway & King Tech – “Wake Up Show Anthem (1994)” feat. Nas, Lauren Hill, Pharoahe Monch, Prince Po, Rass Kass, Dred Scott, Saafir & Shyhe

Raekwon – “Heaven or Hell” feat. Ghostface Killah

DJ Shadow – “What Does Your Soul Look Like (12” Single Mix)

Outkast: DeepKuts vol. 1

I found this sometime last year.

It’s a grip of rarities, b-sides, guest-spots and remixes (1992-1999) stitched up into a declarative statement that says something to the effect of “’90s-era Outkast & Organized Noise are absolutely unfuckwitable.”   DJ Hi Stakes cuts up the tracks with a bunch of samples and edits things so you only hear the verses of Big Boi and 3 Stacks — not Monica, TLC, et al.


Tracklist is as follows:
1.TLC – What About Your Friends (Extended Remix)
2.OutKast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (Organized Extended Remix)
3.OutKast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (Diamond Remix)
4.OutKast – Benz or Beamer
5.Goodie Mob – Dirty South
6.Goodie Mob – Thought Process
7.OutKast – ATLiens (Bad Boy Remix)
8.OutKast – Everlasting
9.OutKast – Jazzy Belle (Swift C Remix)
10.OutKast – In Due Time
11.Goodie Mob – Black Ice
12.Cool Breeze & Big Boi – Gangsta Partna
13.Kilo Ali – Love in Ya Mouth
14.TLC – Sumthiní Wicked This Way Comes
15.Witchdoctor – Dez Only 1
16.OutKast – Rats and Roaches (Unreleased)
17.Monica – Gone Be Fine
18.OutKast – Phobia
19.Cool Breeze – Watch for the Hook (Dugeon Family Mix)
20.Eightball & MJG – Throw Your Hands Up
21.OutKast – High Schoolin
22.Slick Rick – Street Talkiní
23.Youngbloodz – 85
24.Missy Elliott – All N My Grill
25.Tash – Smokefest 99
26.OutKast – Freestyle (Vinyl Bootleg)