GQ Magazine are out here sharking our whole movement
Friday May 29th 2015,
Filed under: Biters In The City,Sharking,Sizzle-chest,Stan Status,Weed Carriers
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It’s almost as if this Clay Skipper guy read the entire Weed Carriers website from front-to-back and tried to act like he birthed this shit. First Google obliterated all traces of my Guide To Glo Gang Weed Carriers post after Blood Money was murdered the day after I profiled him, and now this? This is actually the second time I’ve caught the Gentleman’s Quarterly trying to claim the Weed Carrier term as their own. It’s enough to make me want to get my Fury Road on and start spitting petrol into my car engines air intake so I can cut this fuckery off at the turn. Thanks to the eagle-eyed NuJerooz for the tip.



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Selective Memory of Rap Fans

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A.K.A. Where were the celebrations and think-pieces for the twentieth anniversary of To The East, Blackwards?

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Selective Memory of Rap Fans



Video: TheBeeShine Cypher #6 – T La Rock, Silver Fox and Kool DJ Red Alert
Thursday May 28th 2015,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Harlem Nights,Old Moufs,Rap Veterans,Video Clips
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Great to see Terry and Fox in action again with Uncle Red on the decks.



The One That Got Away
Wednesday May 27th 2015,
Filed under: Crates,Feedback
Written by:

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Every music nut has a tale of the time they found some crazy shit at a record shop, for some reason didn’t cop it, and the memory remains the ether that burns their soul slow to this very day. For me, it was seeing what I recall to be a copy of Big Daddy Kane‘s ‘Wrath of Kane [Live]’ on a Cold Chillin’ twelve inch but not having the money to get it. Apparently the record doesn’t actually exist on vinyl outside of this bootlegs which I eventually grabbed. Has my memory failed me? Did I just imagine a record that never existed, or get mixed-up with the ‘I’ll Take You There’/’Wrath of Kane’ single?

Regardless, what has been the record, CD or whatever that you held in your hands for a moment but failed to bring home with you?



Download: Hus Kingpin and SmooVth – Splash Brothers EP

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Some new Conservative Rap Coalition approved music from the Hempstead’s hardest working duo.



Stetsasonic – Just Say Stet [Demo version]
Tuesday May 26th 2015,
Filed under: BK All Day,Crates,Demo Week,Steady Bootleggin',The 80's Files
Written by:

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Scan courtesy of Press Rewind

I didn’t get hip to Stetsasonic‘s brand of BK brilliance until I heard KRS-One shout them out and tracked down their In Full Gear album, but On Fire is worth your time for the classic ‘Go Stetsa’ and ‘My Rhyme.’ Here’s the stripped down demo version of their debut single, ‘Just Say Stet,’ which eagle-eyed Unkut reader P_gotsachill just put me up on. Now with added Human Mix Machine Wise!



Download: A Salute To The Blackwatch Movement

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I had the good fortune of connecting with Paradise The Architect from X-Clan on the phone last week for an interview, which gave me cause to revisit the Blackwatch discography, since he was heavily involved of producing everything under the banner until Brother J started Dark Sun Riders in the mid 90’s. For extra good times, try and play a drinking game where you have to go a shot every time you hear the word ‘sissy’ or any variation thereof.

Download: A Salute To The Blackwatch Movement [Zippyshare Records and Tapes]

Track listing:
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No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Fifteen Years On – Remembering The Marshall Mathers LP
Thursday May 21st 2015,
Filed under: Cracker Rap,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,The 00's Files,Web Work
Written by:

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Eminem‘s second major label album cemented him as a rap superstar. But does it still hold up in 2015?

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Fifteen Years On – Remembering The Marshall Mathers LP



Czarface 2, Dr. Yen Lo and Box Cutter Brothers album reviews
Wednesday May 20th 2015,
Filed under: Albums,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Reviews
Written by:

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Thank fuck. It’s taken five months, but 2015 has finally delivered not one, not two, but three great rap albums in the space of a week. I’m in such a state of shock that I had to cop a bottle of Jameson and break my own anti-review policy to give these releases some light.

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Czarface feat. Method Man – Nightcrawler
Tuesday May 19th 2015,
Filed under: Beantown,Steady Bootleggin',Wu-Tang Is For The Children
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Second release from Every Hero Needs A Villain, which is available with two bonus tracks if you order through iTunes.



Download: A Salute To Greg Nice Solo Guest Shots

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Eff a Fatman Scoop, the only old guy you need yelling on your records is Greg N-I-C-E. While recent years have seen king of the human echo chamber reduced to consorting with the likes of Jason Nevins and Talib Kweli, there was a time when having this man on your hook was money in the bank. Just ask The Beatnuts, who enlisted his help on no less than four album cuts and two outside projects.

Download: A Salute To Greg Nice Solo Guest Shots [Zippyshare Records and Tapes]

Track listing:
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Him-Lo – Philly Fanatics
Monday May 18th 2015,
Filed under: Conservative Rap Coalition,Philly Jawns,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Him-Lo‘s ode to his hometown, as heard on his Late Nite Dinnaz At Da Brothal EP on Chopped Herring.



The Avengers’ Age of Analog: The Power Records Story
Friday May 15th 2015,
Filed under: Crates,Features,Web Work
Written by:

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If you’re nerdy enough to collect records and comics, then the Power Records catalog would be your holy grail. In my newest Cuepoint article, I’ve researched the label responsible for some classic childhood memories and some great samples for rap records.

The Avengers’ Age of Analog: The Power Records Story

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No Country For Old (Rap) Men: De La Soul and Jay Z are two sides of the same coin
Thursday May 14th 2015,
Filed under: Not Your Average
Written by:

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Is crowd funding your album any better than being a corporate shill?

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: De La Soul and Jay Z are two sides of the same coin



Psycho Les [The Beatnuts] – The Unkut Interview

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Following on from last year’s interview with former Beatnut Al’ Tariq, I finally got a chance to speak with Psycho Les about the ups and downs of one of rap’s greatest groups. Turns out that Les’ history foes back even further than I thought, as he revealed he worked at Music Factory during high school and produced his first record in 1988…

Robbie: Do you feel like Al’ Tariq’s comments about his time with the Beatnuts were accurate?

Psycho Les: It was pretty much right. Me and Al’ Tariq never had a problem. The problem was between Juju and him, they didn’t really get along. When people don’t get along shit ain’t gonna happen.

He mentioned some subliminal stuff between him and Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul?

There was subliminal shit going on but it was more on Juju and Fashion’s part. That had nothing to do with me, I always stay away from any negative shit. I ain’t out to diss nobody.

What made you want to get involved in hip-hop?

Just being a kid from the streets. When I was coming up in mid ’80s the streets was the only place you could find hip-hop. You would go to the parks and we would have the cardboards, people breakdancing and the guy with his boom box playing tapes of Cold Crush and Spoonie Gee and Kool Moe Dee and all that shit. I was into everything of the culture, man – from breaking to graffiti, I did it all. I just fell in love with the music, just watching the DJ and all the power he had. I started messing with all the DJ’s that lived in my building. I would go to their apartments and watch them DJ. From there I developed the whole dream to have turntables and mixers and collecting records.
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Large Professor feat. Celowe, Neek the Exotic and B-1 – Wild Styles [demo]
Monday May 11th 2015,
Filed under: Large Pro For Prez
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Here’s a demo track from around 2001, possibly intended for a B-1 single on Rawkus, courtesy of Funkologist’s YT page. You might remember Celowe as the [uncredited] fourth MC on Mic Geronimo‘s ‘Men Vs. Many’ and for his verse on Large Professor‘s ‘Spacey.’



Def IV – Sample Pioneers?
Friday May 08th 2015,
Filed under: Features,Rap A Lot For Life,The 80's Files
Written by:

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The Def IV Nice & Hard album was always something I went back to when it was released in 1988. As the fourth album released on the Rap-A-Lot label, this group of New York transplants, which consisted of two brothers – Vicious Lee and Jon B – beat maker and DJ Lonnie Mac and vocalist Prince E-Z-Cee (DJ Ready Red was apparently an early member before being recruited by the Ghetto Boys). Given that three quarters of the group were DJ’s, it’s no surprise that there is a lot going on musically, with many tracks delivering a layered, sophisticated sampling style, constant scratches and extra breaks thrown in all over the place to keep shit moving.
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No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rap Songs (Not) For Your Moms
Thursday May 07th 2015,
Filed under: No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work,Ya Moms
Written by:

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With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, here are a few tunes you might want to ensure don’t come up on the car stereo while your driving your the woman who brought you into this world to lunch, else she decide to remove you from the face of the planet in a lot less time – or just scold you like you still wear short pants.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rap Songs (Not) For Your Moms



Radio Robheem

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It’s been a busy couple of days in Unkut-related rap radio. Peter Oasis hipped me to the fact that the crew over at the Hip-Hop Digest show had a discussion about my Cuepoint article on the story behind ‘The Power’ in their latest episode at the 25:30 mark.

Last night I was invited to call in to the Now, Where Were We show on WNYU hosted by Dharmic X and Peter Oasis. We chopped it up for around half an hour in two parts, which you can catch at thirty minute and one hour fifteen minute points in their archive, thanks to the powers of my magic internets phone.

Update: Here’s the Soundcloud version…
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Akshun aka Scarface – Another Head Put To Rest [1989]
Tuesday May 05th 2015,
Filed under: Crates,Rap A Lot For Life,The 80's Files
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What with Brad Jordan releasing his biography, Diary of a Madman recently (which he discusses with ego trip’s Gabriel Alvarez here), it seemed like a good time to take another listen his first single, released on Lil’ Troy‘s Short Stop Records back when he was still calling himself DJ Akshun. The a-side would later be slightly reworked for the Grip It! On That Other Level album when Scarface became a Ghetto Boy, while ‘Put Another Head To rest’ was relegated to the crates of Houston locals and ebay borks until Lil’ Troy pissed off ‘Face by including the song on his Sittin’ Fat Down South CD and things degenerated from there.
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Aaron Fuchs [Tuff City] – The Unkut Interview, Part Two
Saturday May 02nd 2015,
Filed under: Features,Interviews,Non-Rapper Dudes,The 80's Files
Written by:

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Concluding my discussion with Tuff City Records founder Aaron Fuchs, he talks about working with The 45 King, Lakim Shabazz and the Flavor Unit, the ‘Crack It Up’ single, the Ultramagnetic compilations and the highlights of his discography.

Robbie: The 45 King had a big impact on the Tuff City discography. How did that relationship begin?

Aaron Fuchs: He was R&B driven, which I loved. Red Alert was a DJ of rare honesty, he played a record if he liked it. You didn’t have to pay him. He was partial to The 45 King so making records with The 45 King wasn’t rocket science. Where I made my contribution was my role in the creation of the Lakim Shabazz persona. Listening to hip-hop shows, so many dedications came from prison – people with Islamic names – so it was like, ‘Let’s get a rapper like this.’ So MC La Kim became Lakim Shabazz, with all due respect to his legitimate involvement with his Islamic faith. But we played it up.

How successful was Lakim Shabazz’s Pure Righteousness album?

I think that that was the first hip-hop album that ever came out without a hit single. At that time, the wall of a record store called Music Factory in Times Square was an international communications medium. I had first seen that wall’s responsibility for the transition of west coast hip-hop, from being years behind the east coast, to catching up. In ’84 they came to the New Music Seminar and they were just ripping records off that wall, and it caught them up with the east stylistically. I knew that was happening and that European tourists shopped there too, so I made the Lakim Shabazz album just so I could put him in a picture with a kufi and a dashiki. It broke the album internationally.
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Aaron Fuchs [Tuff City] – The Unkut Interview, Part One
Thursday April 30th 2015,
Filed under: Features,Interviews,Non-Rapper Dudes,Not Your Average,The 80's Files
Written by:

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Aaron FuchsTuff City label was the David to Def Jam‘s Goliath in the early 80’s. The label would go on to deliver important records from the Cold Crush Brothers, Spoonie Gee, The 45 King and Lakim Shabazz, to name but a few. Aaron talked extensively about how to keep your head above water in the record game and offered some interesting opinions about where hip-hop might have ended up if Harlem hadn’t gotten involved.

Robbie: What’s the longest that you’ve been in one location?

Aaron Fuchs: Five, six years. In New York City, no matter what business you’re in, you also have to be in the real estate business. It’s just chaotic keeping an office address for more than a few years at a time.

What are your proudest achievements as a record label so far?

I was very proud to be on the scene around ’82, when the electronic drum machines came on the scene. I described it as ‘a thousand flowers bloomed.’ You previously had all your DJ’s just looping or sampling beats from the same body of records, and when the electronic drum machines came in, all of a sudden it seemed like the unique sub rhythms of the DJ’s ethnic backgrounds – because hip-hop is a very Pan-Caribbean music-came to the forefront – it was wonderful to be working with Charlie Chase and Master OC, who were Puerto Rican; Pumpkin, who was Costa Rican;and Davey-D who was American black. It was really reflected in their different approaches to rhythms. What a wonderful time to be making music.

How had you met all these guys?

Hip-hop was incredibly small when I got into hip-hop, circa ’78. The communications medium for hip-hop was a 7 x 5 sheet of paper called The Phillip Edwards Report. He was the guy who had the bright idea to list all the stores in the metropolitan area and create a list of records that they were selling and distribute them around the boroughs. When I told Bambaataa, I wanted to sign an MC crew, I didn’t know he’d bring me the greatest of all-time, the Cold Crush Brothers. When I befriended Barry Michael Cooper, because we were both music critics for the Village Voice, I had no idea that he had cultivated a friendship with Spoonie Gee, who was the most influential of hip-hop artist of the old school era.

What can you tell me about your experiences as a music critic?

Criticism started because of Dylan and John Lennon. All of a sudden, lit. majors had something to write about with rock & roll. I always had a niche because I was one of the very few guys writing about black music, so while the review of the new Beatles or Dylan album was always taken, the review of the Wilson Pickett album or the Aretha Franklin album was always available.
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Satchel Page feat. Neek The Exotic, Mikey D, Sadat X and Large Pro – Sweet 16s

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All-star posse cut from Satchel Page’s Disco Sucks tape, which feature him rapping over classic tunes and is available for free here.



Milano – Cocaina

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Uptown representative Milano stopped by DJ Skizz’ BK lab the other night and this was the result.



Gettin’ Kinda Hectic: Snap! and Chill Rob G’s Epic ‘Power’ Struggle

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Newest latest for the good people at Cuepoint is an in-depth look at the story behind Snap! and ‘The Power,’ covering Chill Rob G‘s response, how Penny Ford was recruited to add new vocals and an unfortunate incident involving Turbo B and some drag queens in Boston.

Gettin’ Kinda Hectic: Snap! and Chill Rob G’s Epic ‘Power’ Struggle