Angie Stone aka Angie B [The Sequence] – The Unkut Interview
Wednesday October 22nd 2014,
Filed under: Def Dames,Interviews,Not Your Average,The 80's Files,Web Work
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It’s taken me ten years to interview a female rapper on these pages, which either means this marks the onset of ‘progressive’ thinking in my old age or I’m a natural born rap misogynist. Either way, during the limited window of time I had to talk with Angie we kicked it about her days in The Sequence and she shared an eye-opening story about her involvement with The Roxy.

Angie Stone – The Unkut Interview

Video of The Sequence performing ‘Simon Says’ on the Job Man Caravan show:
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Puffy Dee = The OG Iggy Azalea?
Monday October 20th 2014,
Filed under: Crates,Def Dames,Steady Bootleggin'
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When the Tuff City head honcho mentioned that this was the most slept-on release from the label I had to track down a copy. Having previously explained to Fat Lace that “she was white girl living uptown. I thought her rhymes were brilliant but she predated video unfortunately,” Mr. Fuch’s expanded on the topic when I interviewed him in 2013.

Aaron Fuchs: The most overlooked record in my catalogue is this record called ‘Joe Blow’ by Puffy Dee. She was really difficult to work with and she had a real mousy voice – until somebody tells me that that record isn’t good I’ll think it’s brilliant. It was a real beats and rhymes record – Pumpkin on drum machine. It came out around the same time as the Disco Four ‘School Days’ when he went through a very spare period.

I haven’t seen a photo of Puffy Dunster, but based on the comment about her not benefiting from having a video, it’s safe to assume she was a bit of a looker. ‘Joe Blow’ is certainly an amusing curio over a quality Pumpkin track, while the a-side ‘Young, Single and Free’ is a literally unlistenable attempt at the rap game Minnie Mouse to croon.


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Pre-Order: Omniscence – The Raw Factor Album [1996]
Monday October 20th 2014,
Filed under: Announcements
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Gentlemen’s Relief are rescuing the first Omniscence album from the vaults…

Originally scheduled for release way back in March 1996, The Raw Factor by North Carolina native Omniscence is one of the last of the unreleased mid-90’s albums to see the light of day. Despite being awarded The Source’s coveted ‘Hip Hop Quotable’ and dropping two well-received singles (’Amazin’ and ‘Touch Y’all’), record label politics meant the full-length Raw Factor album was never released and fans were left wondering what might have been.

More than eighteen years later, The Raw Factor is finally being released on CD, cassette and digital formats. Featuring punchline-driven lyrics from Omniscence delivered in his unmistakable cadence, and backed by head-nodding production from Fanatic, the album is a must-own for fans of 90’s hip hop. The 18-track long-player comes with liner notes about the recording of the album, and also includes all 4 songs from Omniscence’s 1993 random rap grail The Funky One Liner EP, available digitally for the first time.

Pre-Order the CD and Tape from UGHH



RSVP: ’88 Breakbeats CMJ Show
Monday October 20th 2014,
Filed under: Announcements
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RSVP here if you want to find out the location of this CMJ show.



Video: Royal Flush – Autobiography
Sunday October 19th 2014,
Filed under: Flushing's Finest,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Video Clips
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Flush and Grand Papa Tra provide a clip for this stand-out from the Grand Capo LP.



You Must Learn, Episode 2: Smif N Wessun – Dah Shinin’
Saturday October 18th 2014,
Filed under: Not Your Average
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Tek and Steele kick it with the You Must Learn crew and talk about the creation of their debut.



The Triumphs and Tragedies of Larry Smith

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Please head over to Medium where you can read my first piece for Cue Point, a collection of long-form music features curated by Jonathon Shecter aka Shecky Green.

The Triumphs and Tragedies of Larry Smith

‘Best of Larry Smith’ playlist:
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Win: SOL Republic Wireless Bluetooth Speakers
Wednesday October 15th 2014,
Filed under: Competitions,Shill At Will
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I was recently gifted some SOL Republic stuff the other week, and they’ve also agreed to give away one of each of their new models of Wireless Bluetooth speakers to a couple of Unkut readers. First prize is the Deck Ultra, and the runner-up will receive the pocket-sized Punk model.
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Clever 1 – Canteinz Of Whiskey

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Clever 1 [Da Buze Brovaz] is dropping an album titled The Dirty Dozen through Unkut/CRC this Halloween, produced by DJ RockSteady. Here’s a taste of what you can expect.



Great Moments In Rap: LL Cool J Sons Run At The Roxy
Wednesday October 15th 2014,
Filed under: Features,Great Moments In Rap,Hollis Crew,Rap Veterans,The 80's Files
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A great moment in rap – the time that LL Cool J went at Run at The Roxy:

Dr. Butcher: That was not Jam-Master Jay, that was [Jay] Philpot [the second Cut Creator] his DJ on the turntables when he was rhyming. Run-DMC was performing after him, so when he’s freestyling he’s talking about Run in that rhyme. They were walking in and that’s why he wouldn’t let go the mic – he had something to say to Run because they weren’t getting along. Then they took the mic from him and pushed him off stage so Run-DMC could perform.



Buddy Leezle feat. Da Buze Bruvaz – Saddle Soap
Tuesday October 14th 2014,
Filed under: 'Lo End Theory,Newest Latest,Philly Jawns,Steady Bootleggin'
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I’m not familiar with Buddy Leezle but Da Buze Bruvaz are possibly repping the CRC harder than anyone out there right now. Produced by The Custodian of Records.



Stream: Conservative Rap Coalition Radio – Monday 13 October, 2014

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The third episode of CRC Radio focused on 80’s and 90’s album cuts that deserved some shine.

Stream: Conservative Rap Coalition Radio – Monday 13 October, 2014



Non-Rapper Dudes Series: Brian Coleman Interview
Sunday October 12th 2014,
Filed under: Beantown,Interviews,Non-Rapper Dudes
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At one point liner notes were nearing extinction on rap albums, but thanks to the fine work of people like Brian Coleman and the crew at Get On Down, they’re currently experiencing a renaissance of sorts, giving aging, bitter rap fanatics such as myself the perfect excuse to bang on about the first Ultramagnetic album in day-to-day conversation. Most of you would have read Rakim Told Me/Check The Technique by now, so you know that copping the Mr. Coleman’s third tome is mandatory at this point. He took some time out last weekend to trade war stories from the trenches of the hip-hop interview battlefield and discuss the trials and tribulations that go along with such in-depth work.

Robbie: Was the ‘Classic Material’ column in XXL your first published work?

Brian Coleman: I started that column in 1999, that was Elliott Wilson’s idea. I had been writing for XXL before that. I started, I think, in the second issue. I wrote for them until 2004. That Ultramagnetic chapter in Rakim Told Me started as a piece I did for XXL and then I expanded it greatly over the years. In ‘98 Ultramagnetic was supposedly reforming so everyone was like, ‘Oh, we should talk to them about that!’ I had been writing a little bit before that, I’d been writing for URB, The Boston Phoenix, I wrote for this magazine called CMJ, it’s basically the trade publication for college radio. I was a hip-hop columnist there, it was cool because you could write about a lot of indy stuff.
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No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Who are the most likeable characters in rap?
Friday October 10th 2014,
Filed under: Features,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Not Your Average,Web Work
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Here’s a list of rapper dudes that I have absolutely no complaints about.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Who are the most likeable characters in rap?



Cole James Cash Discusses Making The BBW Album
Thursday October 09th 2014,
Filed under: Def Dames,Features,Interviews
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Cole James Cash proves that being a homeless, recovering drug addict who wears a mask is no obstacle to making rap albums and hanging with XXXL XXX gals.

Robbie: Tell me about the BBW album?

Cole James Cash: I was trying to make the shit sound romantic, as ridiculous as it sounds. I was trying to bring a theme of romance, which is why you hear a lot of soft and very melodic type samples.

Were there many BBW porn stars that you wanted involved on the album that refused?

Not so much refused as ignored. [laughs] When we did the song named after Karla Lane, that’s when Kacey Parker was like, ‘I would like a song!’ That’s when she threw her support completely behind it. Everything from being on the cover to doing the intro. She went out of her way yo help me and she didn’t have to. I asked Sophia Rose and she straight ignored every email I sent.
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Hus Kingpin – Playoffs

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Roc Marciano is on the beat for this new Hus Kingpin track.

via Noisey.



Download: The Dr. Butcher Production Collection

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Dr. Butcher, who you may remember as the guy who did all the scratching on Kool G Rap‘s second album (as well as rapping at the end of ‘Jive Talk’), has also contributed a number of wonderfully brooding soundtracks for MF Grimm, Akinyele and G Rap to unleash speech over. Here are fifteen of my favorites.

Download: The Dr. Butcher Production Collection

Track list:
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Download: Debonair P – Debonair Blends 12 [1992-1994 Hip Hop Megamix]

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Debonair P goes deep once again, this time focusing on 92-94 and unearthing a few tracks I’d never heard before. Stream, download or cop the CD.



Stream: K-Def and The 45 King – Back To The Beat Album
Tuesday October 07th 2014,
Filed under: 45 Kings,Jersey? Sure!,Non-Rapper Dudes,Steady Bootleggin',Streaming-Only
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Two of New Jersey’s finest beatsmiths, The 45 King and K-Def, have teamed-up for this new instrumental project. Orange vinyl is available here. Spotted at GRNDGD.



Download: Drasar Monumental – Broadcast #3 Mix
Tuesday October 07th 2014,
Filed under: DJ Mixes,Free Ninety-Nine,Samplers,Steady Bootleggin'
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Drasar Monumental aka SHAMZ has dropped this mix to promote the third installment of his Good Morning Vietnam albums with MF Grimm. You can catch snippets and pre-order he vinyl over here.

Download: Drasar Monumental – Broadcast #3 Mix

Track list:
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