Thursday, June 15, 2006

Shortee Blitz - Rawkus 2000

Free with the October 2000 issue of Muzik Magazine, nice Rawkus Records showcase mixed by Shortee Blitz. Rawkus Records is an independent hip hop record label that enjoyed considerable exposure and massive success in the late '90s. Rawkus was established in 1996 by Brian Brater and Jarret Meyer, with financial backing from a school friend, James Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch. Due to their connections to a source of money, Rawkus had the budget to advertise as well as the big hip hop labels. In 1999 it entered into a distribution deal with Interscope/Geffen, whose parent company was Universal Music.

Rawkus was responsible for bringing fame to many underground hip hop acts such as Sir Menelik; Company Flow; the High and Mighty; Mos Def and Talib Kweli (a duo known as Black Star), Pharoahe Monch, Skillz, and DJs and producers such as Hi Tek and DJ Evil Dee, as well as resurrecting Hip Hop legend Kool G Rap. They helped launch the conscious hip-hop movement through these artists and their influential compilations "The Lyricist Lounge" and "Soundbombing," which each had worldwide tours.

In 2002 Rawkus inked a joint venture deal MCA to take their underground sound mainstream, with their roster including Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, The Roots, and Common. Soon after joining with MCA, MCA folded and Interscope/Geffen bought Rawkus and attempted to shift the focus from underground acts producing what they want to acts producing what Interscope/Geffen was accustomed to.

In January of 2004 it was reported that Geffen had opted not to renew their contract and that Rawkus Records was moving on from its initial acts, ending an era. In an interview with hip-hop news site, Hi Tek said, “They took chances and gave their life to underground hip-hop when no one else would. I really appreciate them. I think Rawkus was part of keeping real hip-hop music alive in its down times.”

In July of 2005 it was announced that Rawkus had re-emerged with a new distribution deal with RED Distribution, the independent distribution arm of the SonyBMG family, with releases planned for 2006. New releases are scheduled from hip hop roadsters The Procussions and Chicagos's newest lyrical sensation Naledge. (From Wikipedia)

1 Shortee Blitz - Intro (0:42)
2 Mos Def - Hip Hop (2:58)
3 Fre , J-Live , Rubix , Mos Def , Invincible , Wordsworth , A.L. , Kofi Taha , Tame One , Jane Doe , Grafh - A Tree Never Grown (3:28)
4 Pharoahe Monch - Right Here (Remix) (2:02)
5 Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek - Move Somethin (3:08)
6 Smut Peddlers - One By One (3:16)
7 Mad Skillz - Ghost Writer (2:26)
8 Big L - Holding It Down (2:04)
9 Big L - Flamboyant (3:11)
10 Shabaam Sahdeeq - 3D (1:47)

Shortee Blitz - Rawkus 2000

Universal Music's Rawkus site

Buy Rawkus records & CD's


EricSepulveda said...

fuck yeah. havnt heard these in days. thanks man. i really appreciate it.

EricSepulveda said...

aww man "This file has expired due to inactivity.". if you have the time, thatd be dope if you could reup this. thanks anywase though.

DJ Harry Love said...



I remember this mix but i never actually had it, shortee's one of my favourite dj's of all time and this was one of the very rare times he actually did a mixtape... and all these rawkus classics were a great vehicle to showcase his skills, style and taste

1 love to my brother short stuff

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