Video: A Salute to Doug E. Fresh – Scientologist
Tuesday August 04th 2015,
Filed under: Features,Harlem Nights,Sizzle-chest,Unkut TV
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Some of you may aware that Doug E. Fresh has been a member of the Church of Scientology for the last twenty years or so. Thanks to John Safron‘s Music Jamboree series from a few years back, I can now bring you footage of ‘the world’s greatest entertainer’ using his talents to celebrate the power of dianetics and hopefully wiping out a few disembodied theatans in the process. If you want to hear more, you can enjoy his two tracks recorded especially for The Golden Era Musicians and Friends The Joy of Creating album in 2001, which also featured exclusive L. Ron bangers from Issac Hayes and Chick Corea.
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Using Old Drum Machines Won’t Bring Back The Nineties
Monday August 03rd 2015,
Filed under: Features,Shit I Don't Like,The Unkut Opinion
Written by:

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Time and time again I read claims that the reason why the producers who cut their teeth in the 12-bit sampling era aren’t bringing the same level of beat-making wizardry to the table is because they’ve moved on from their dusty old SP-1200’s, MPC 60’s and EPS’. I’m claiming bullshit. Sure, there’s no denying that a certain range of drum machines and samplers have a distinct sound and character, but at the end of the day they’re still a means to an end. All the Fender Rhodes, S-950’s and SSL 4000 desks in the world aren’t going to magically bring your favorites back to their prime.

Here’s a quick cross-section of quotes regarding equipment:
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Mikey D – Back To The Future
Monday August 03rd 2015,
Filed under: Newest Latest,Old Moufs,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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New Mikey D’Struction music. Laurelton Ave Posse stand up!



Video: THE MTN MAN – The Alligator’s Belly
Monday August 03rd 2015,
Filed under: Jersey? Sure!,Newest Latest,Video Clips
Written by:

Some new Jersey action, produced by K-Def. Video shot ad directed by richdirection.



R.A.W. – Herbal Intercourse
Monday August 03rd 2015,
Filed under: New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin',Stoner Rap
Written by:

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Right Amount of Wrong, which is a group consisting of Problemz and DJ Skizz, have just dropped this track from their new EP, available now.



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Pain of the Ignored Diss Record
Thursday July 30th 2015,
Filed under: Features,Forgotten Beefs,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

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Nothing worse than pouring your heart and soul into shitting on another rapper only to be greeted by deathly silence.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Pain of the Ignored Diss Record



Introducing The 90’s Rapper Where Are They Now Detective Agency
Wednesday July 29th 2015,
Filed under: Crates,Features,Not Your Average,The 90's Files,Where Are They Now?
Written by:

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Do you ever sit around and wonder ‘What the hell happened to that marginally talented rap crew who released an album in the early nineties?’ If so, I’m here to help. It turns out that some of your old favorites didn’t all go back to working ‘civilian’ jobs after the roller coaster ride that is a recording contract. Some of them kept keeping on for another shot at fame, and a few are still releasing music this decade, believe it or not. I’ve previously posted modern efforts from The Legion and Freestyle Professors, but after donning my grey trenchcoat and developing a Columbo style wonky eye I was able to dig up the following:
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Stream: Lord Tariq – Uptown Suite Tape

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New Ray West/LUVNY tape with the two tracks featuring Lord Tariq. Available digitally from Bandcamp or on blue plastic.



Video: The Wiresons
Tuesday July 28th 2015,
Filed under: TV,Video Clips
Written by:

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Theme from Season 3 of The Wire. Clips from ONLY Season 3 of The Simpsons.



Dream Team Rap Combos
Tuesday July 28th 2015,
Filed under: Features,Not Your Average,The Unkut Opinion
Written by:

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There’s going to be a Sean Price album produced entirely by Lil’ Fame, which is a true reason for the CRC to celebrate since it means that we don’t have to hear Termanology waste any more Fizzy Womack beats for a little while, but also because they both continue to put in some fine work. That being said, some of these rap team-ups are inevitably better on paper than the finished result. I’m sure DJ Premier and Nas will get around to recording an album in 2050 to a captive audience of fifteen people, but in the meantime I’m still campaigning for an group featuring Grand Daddy I.U., Roc Maciano and Parrish Smith called Strong Island Styling, with Prince Paul on the beats. Since the build your own supergroup topic has already been done here, let’s stick to producer and MC combos.

Here are album five team-ups that I would pay money for:
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Download: A Salute To Howie Tee

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Hitman Howie Tee got his start as part of CD III, before laying down the demo version of ‘Roxanne Roxanne’ for UTFO and helping out Full Force with some material, before lending his talents to Whistle, Chubb Rock, Special Ed, the Real Roxanne and Little Shawn. Later in his career he branched out into reggae (Vicious, Patra) and created pop (Color Me Badd, Madonna, EMF). Here are some of his more memorable moments when he was in hardcore rap mode.

Download: A Salute To Howie Tee

Track listing:
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The New Music Seminar Battle For World Supremacy: An Oral History
Friday July 24th 2015,
Filed under: Features,In The Trenches,The 80's Files,Web Work
Written by:

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The NMS Battle for World Supremacy was the place to be if you wanted make a name for yourself in the late 80s. Here are some of those involved reporting directly from the front line…

The New Music Seminar Battle For World Supremacy: An Oral History



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Drawn-Out Demise of the Diss Record
Thursday July 23rd 2015,
Filed under: Features,Internets,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

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As the WWF (World of [W]rap Fuckery) continues to flourish, I can’t help but pine for the days when rappers would make actual diss songs in between the theatrics.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Drawn-Out Demise of the Diss Record



Whistle – From Rap Group To New Jack Swingers
Wednesday July 22nd 2015,
Filed under: Features,The 80's Files,The 90's Files,Video Clips
Written by:

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Forgive me if this is common knowledge, but I only just realized that the group Whistle, best known for their 1985 hit ‘(Nothing Serious) Just Buggin,’ released four albums on the Select label. Jazzy Jazz, Kool Doobie and DJ Silver Spinner were the original line-up, with Kraze and Terk joining in ’90 after Jazzy Jazz Doobie broke north. At this point they abandoned rapping altogether and got on some Boyz II Men type shit for their third album Always and Forever. By the time 1992 rolled around, the crew was riding the Bel Biv Devoe wave and broke out the mustard hooded t-shirts to join the New Jack Swing movement bfore they rode off into the sunset.

While Whistle were doing R&B style love songs as far back as their first Howie Tee and Kangol produced debut album, it’s always amusing to watch groups adapt to the times. Although I guess it’s no worse than how Heavy D & The Boyz or Prince Markie Dee flipped their sound. Whistle should also be remembered as having recorded one of the worst Christmas rap songs ever.
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Video: Hostyle – Who Am I
Tuesday July 21st 2015,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Rap Veterans,Screwball Week
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Just got put onto this by the homie Konny Kon. Produced by QB Rap P, it’s sounds as if the One-Eyed Maniac may have suffered a minor stroke since I don’t recall him having a speech impediment last time he rapped. Or maybe he just drank a lot before he recorded this. Either way, it’s great to hear from the former Screwball soldier again.



Rap Game DeLorean
Tuesday July 21st 2015,
Filed under: Features,Great Moments In Rap,In The Trenches
Written by:

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So Doc Brown shows up and says you can borrow the modified DeLoran to go back in time. Where do you go? Here are a few rap related suggestions once you’ve tired of trips to ancient Egypt, seen the dinosaurs and punched Hitler in the throat:

1. Checking out Kool Herc DJing his sister’s rent party at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue, Bronx, New York in 1973.

2. Attending the Run-DMC show at Madison Square Garden when Run told the crowd to put their Adidas in the air.

3. Watching KRS-One battle Grandmaster Melle Mel at the Latin Quarter in 1987.

4. Witnessing Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five performing at the Audubon Ballroom on Broadway and 165th Street, Harlem, on September 2nd, 1976.
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Video: Ghostface Claps Back At Action Bronson
Monday July 20th 2015,
Filed under: Rap Veterans,Video Clips,Wu-Tang Is For The Children
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Ouch. Let’s give them four minutes each over ‘Impeach’ to settle this.



Download: A Salute To Hurby Luv Bug

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Hurby ‘Lug Bug’ Azor played a big part in exposing a different style of Queens rap to the world as his Idol Makers crew concentrated on dressing fly, club hopping and bagging the opposite sex, largely favoring story-telling over the classic brag and boast technique. Hurby’s appreciation of go-go beats, DMX shakers and classic breakbeats produced some dance floor classics before he broke through to the pop charts with Salt-N-Pepa’s ‘Push It’ and into the movies via Kid ‘N Play‘s Houseparty franchise. After producing a couple of records for MC Shan‘s white reggae artist Snow in 1995, Hurby vanished from the music scene altogether. Here are what I consider to be his sixteen finest moments behind the boards.

Download: A Salute To Hurby Luv Bug

Track listing:
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Stream: Sleestack’z 2LP snippets

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Debonair P sez:

As a major fan of Behind the Iron Curtain, the previously CD/tape-only 1996 album by the 4 man NY/Atlanta crew Sleestack’z, GRR is excited to be releasing the long overdue 2LP vinyl version of this cult classic. Featuring all 18 tracks from the original album PLUS 3 bonus joints recorded around the same time, this is a must-have for any fans of 90s hip hop. The vinyl is limited to 300 copies (100 on clear vinyl, 200 on black vinyl) and comes in a white jacket with oversize sticker, as well as printed liner notes on the history of the group and making of the album.

I’ve never heard of these guys before but you can order this here if you like the sound of it.

‘Ruination’ video:
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Maffew Ragazino feat. Roc Marciano – Better Recognize

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Produced by Frank The Butcher and Paul Mighty. Taken from Eight Million Stores, available here.



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Sugar Hill Records – The Hit Factory That Robbed Everybody Blind

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Following the death of Joey Robinson Jnr. this week, I take a look at how his family’s legacy of great music and bad business.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Sugar Hill Records – The Hit Factory That Robbed Everybody Blind



The Guardian Comment Section Types The Darnedest Things: 50 Cent Edition
Thursday July 16th 2015,
Filed under: Internets,London Blokes,Old Moufs
Written by:

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Andrew Emery (aka Drew Huge of Fatlace) penned a piece on 50 Cent’s recent fiscal hiccups/tactics for The Guardian this week, and as one might imagine the comment section was chock-full of outraged rap haters. The real keepers, of course, are the contributions from annoyed backpackers and Defenders Of The True School. These type of incidents can be broken into the following basic categories:

1. The ‘ignorant journalist’ clause.

Kovno:
Andrew, if you think 50 Cent is hip hop you don’t really understand hip hop.

2. The ‘Rap Vs. Hip-Hop’ debate, which may be the most tiresome concept ever put forth in the history of music debate.

paul salt:
Jurassic 5. De la soul. Hip hop
50 pence, jay zed, Kanye west. Rap
That’s the difference in my book.

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Video: Chill Rob G ft. R.A. The Rugged Man – Tell ‘Em
Wednesday July 15th 2015,
Filed under: Jersey? Sure!,Rap Veterans
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This new Chill Rob G track dropped last month. The four track EP is available on vinyl here. You can hear the rest of the release and get a digital version this way. Thoughts on Chill Rob’s new flow?



Ced-Gee Details His Work On Criminal Minded
Wednesday July 15th 2015,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Ced Gee Special,Great Moments In Rap,The 80's Files
Written by:

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Stumbled onto this piece of gold the other night thanks to TR Love – Angus Batey’s interview with Kool Keith and Ced-Gee for the liner notes of the Roadrunner edition of Critical Beatdown! Of particular interest was Ced’s breaking down his involvement with Criminal Minded:

Ced-Gee: Me and Scott [La Rock] grew up together. I knew Scott’s whole family. With BDP’s Criminal Minded, my input was more of showing Scott how to use the sampler. When the SP-12 came out, a lot of engineers just looped. But I would take sounds and chop ’em up – even if it wasn’t a full sound I’d make it sound full. I was the first person to chop samples on the SP-12. Soon everyone was doing it. [KRS-ONE] would bring the record, I would take it, chop it, rearrange it. I did the whole album, apart from four songs. I didn’t do ‘Criminal Minded,’ ‘South Bronx,’ ‘My 9mm’ and ‘Elementary,’ but I did the rest. But I got jerked on the credit. Scott kept telling me to stay on the back of the guy who ran the label. ‘I’m telling you,’ he said, ‘he’s sheisty’. I’m like, ‘Nah, he said he got me’. And when it came out, it didn’t say ‘Produced by Ced-Gee and Boogie Down’, it said ‘Produced by Boogie Down, special thanks to Ced-Gee’. Me and Scott didn’t fall out, but it cost me money.

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Capone-N-Noreaga – Pizza
Tuesday July 14th 2015,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Large Pro For Prez,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Stand-out from the new Capone-N-Noreaga album, Lessons, courtesy of a Large Professor track.