Roc Raida Tribute Mix – DJ Premier

After hearing DJ Eclipse going in for one of the GOATs, the DJ Premier blog brings us the tribute mix Preem dropped in memory of DJ Roc Raida…

As we all know about Roc Raida’s tragic passing last week, I could only do a tribute on my blog to honor him as a fan. Last night DJ Premier did his part. As a friend and as a pioneer. Of course I couldn’t let the people in the dark by not premiering it, so here we have another exclusive on the internet. Premo did his thing and remember this is for free, do not try to bootleg it for cash. I still got the MJ Tribute in the back of my head. Have fun and salute Grandmaster Roc Raida with DJ Premier and Panchi in the next hour, hip hop is life.

Download: Roc Raida Tribute Mix – DJ Premier

The Halftime Show (DJ Roc Raida Tribute Set) – DJ Eclipse

R.I.P to one of the greatest to ever do it…

On Sunday night I threw together a short Roc Raida tribute set at the beginning of my Sirius show. On Monday night Premier and I held our monthly “Like They Used To Say” party at APT which we dedicated to Roc Raida and were able to raise over $4,000 for his family. On Wednesday night I wanted to do a proper tribute show so I contemplated on what to do. As I compiled every song I could that Raida was featured on (production or scratches) I thought it would be better to reach out to his friends and get their take on what the man meant to them. What started out as a dozen or so people that I intended to talk to snowballed into phone call after phone call of friends wanting to share stories. Please forgive me if I left out someone’s name (or misspelled) in this email, but following is a list of who called or showed up at station (no particular order).

Boogie Blind, Daddy Dog, Roli Rho, Kuttin Kandi, Riz, JS-1, Jab, Sugar Cuts, Neil Armstrong, Fat Fingaz, Q-Bert, Mixmaster Mike, A-Trak, J-Rocc, Babu, Rhettmatic, Scratch, Revolution, Rahzel, Bobbito, A.G., Lord Finesse, Dr. Butcher, Vin Roc, DJ Grouch, Freestyle, Spictakular, Shortkut, Supreme and Tame One.

We ended up going an hour longer then we should have. In between calls I found some old cassette tapes of radio show appearances by the X-Men. I hope you enjoy listening to the show as much as I did. Thanks to the whole Halftime crew for making this run smooth; Skizz, Petey Cologne and Marz One. To everyone that showed up or called in….I love you all.

R.I.P. Grand Master Roc Raida. We’re going to miss you.

Download: The Halftime Show (DJ Roc Raida Tribute Set) – DJ Eclipse / Part 2 / Part 3

Purple Flip – ?uestlove, FE, Zo! & Carlitta Durand

This is so dope to me, cause people who know me well know that I’m a pretty big fan of Prince, here goes a tribute dedicated to Prince by ?uestlove, FE, Zo! & Carlitta Durand…

We recorded this over a month ago specifically for a ?uestlove tribute party dedicated to The Purple One himself. Other than passing it off to a few DJ friends who vowed to keep it on some secret squirrel, “bet you aint up on THIS!” status, no one has ever heard it. In the wake of the incredible loss we suffered on June 25 however, this joint took on somewhat of a deeper meaning.

We decided to share it with our fans not only as a token of appreciation, but also as a way of paying respect to one of our last living musical geniuses.

Let’s not wait until tragedy strikes before we show love and gratitude to our heroes, people. Give them their flowers while they live.

This one’s for you, Mr. Nelson. You are loved and appreciated.

Download: Purple Flip – ?uestlove, FE, Zo! & Carlitta Durand