Tuesday, November 14, 2006




This might as well be my first post. Finally found this raggedy old tape I had recorded some DJs from Baltimore V103 on back in the early 90s. My steez back in the day was to use shitty tapes I never listened to as blank tapes, and just record over the content. Sometimes they'd turn out sounding pretty good. Only problem is that I hardly ever labeled them. This tape in particular was some cheezy yellow compilation called Metal Killers (heavy metal comp from 1984) - I put masking tape over the cassette print and labeled the new joint "Dope Beetz". Eventually that masking tape fell off, so it was difficult for me to locate w/out the label. Just found it going through some old boxes, so I had to rip it before it disappeared again.

FYI - V103 was Baltimore's hip-hop/house/club station back in the day. Here's something about V103 I got from Baltimore Club Tracks history page (http://www.baltimoreclubtracks.com/history.htm):

Some say Baltimore Breaks grew out of Miami Bass, largely due to Frank Ski working with Luke Skyywalker Records in the early 1990s, remixing songs such as Disco Rick's Wiggle Wiggle in 1992. Frank's production of the 1991 track Doo Doo Brown by 2 Hype Brothers and a Dog samples heavily from the 1989 "Doo Doo Brown edit" of C'mon Babe by the X-rated Miami Bass group known as 2 Live Crew. This most likely explains the genre's nickname of "Dew Doo Beat". Despite its roots nearer to Miami Bass, the sound of the music itself more closely resembles Ghetto House. Frank Ski helped to pioneer the sound with his nightly radio show on now defunct V103, playing many Breakbeat Hardcore songs such as Acid Party, Too much Energy and others, alongside his newly released Doo Doo Brown track. The influence of the UK Breakbeat Hardcore was critical in the development of the genre. Soon after the release of Doo Doo Brown, Frank Ski teamed with Miss Tony and Scotty B on the release of "What's up What's up" and "Pull Ya Guns Out", two of the earliest examples to feature the signature Baltimore Club sound.

Being from VA, it was hard to pick up the signal but I nerded out hard and made it work. Unfortunately, this was the one magic tape that has survived throughout the years. Quality is so/so but that doesn't matter to me. Every moment of this tape is special to me.


Kent said...

Every artist on this tape wished the offical release of their record was this dirty sounding!!!!

Trevor said...

The links for this one seem to be bust. Pity!

Micah said...

Yoooooooo, STEVE
word'em up, nice post

blueJoy said...

any chance of a repost? i lost all of my tapes like this. i wish i still had them.