Filed under: Crates,Features,Not Your Average,Promos & Exclusives,Steady Bootleggin',Unkut Originals
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Artwork by Tony Bones
Last week I threw together this compilation focusing on the best uses of Bob James’ ‘Nautilus’, which I consider to be the greatest break ever. Just to make shit official, I called upon Elliott Wilson (who’s currently preparing to launch his Rap Radar site on Jan. 20 of next year) to drop his thoughts on my selections. Full download link at the end of the post.
Bob James - ‘Nautilus’
Makavelliott: Eternally soothing on the ears. Make a better break! We dare ya.
Robbie: Pretty much any record that uses this or ‘UFO’ is pure win.
Ghostface Killah - ‘Daytona 500′
Makavelliott: Jeffrey Tao-Kang Mao at the Wu Mansion. Go do ya research!
Robbie: May be partially responsible for that Speed Racer movie, but was unable to revive the career of the Force MD’s? Where’s the justice?
Deuces Wild - Deuces Is Def
Makavelliott: When the Boogie Down is in the house. Oh my God!
Robbie: Records like this help me to forgive Flex for his later crimes against good taste.
Dynas feat. Skam - ‘Dime Out’
Makavelliott: Mr. Ettelson put on. Never heard this one before.
Robbie: Sub-par verses saved by a top-notch chop.
EPMD feat. Redman - ‘Brothers on my Jock’
Makavelliott: The brothers from Brentwood Long Island bring us the Jersey nigga with the snot rag up his nostril.
Robbie: Insert your own Erick Sermon gay joke here.
Eric B. & Rakim - ‘Follow The Leader’
Makavelliott: I’m still following.
Robbie: The only Space Rap you’ll ever need. Also the first record I ever stole.
Eric B. & Rakim - ‘Let The Rhythm Hit Em’
Makavelliott: And you thought that Tribe got the jazz. Nah son. The 18th Letter.
Robbie: The rare exception where the original outshone the 45 King remix.
Group Home - ‘Inna Citi Life’
Makavelliott: You know Preemo had to touch this one to make his producer tour de force perfecto.
Robbie: I heard they tried to ban this tape in Ohio after some kid actually hit his mom’s with a metal pipe.
Ice Cream Tee - ‘Keep Hushin’
Makavelliott: You down with Tony D? Yeah you know me.
Robbie: I wasted a buck on her CD on the strength of this track. Ain’t the devil happy?
Jadakiss feat Sheek Looch & Styles P - ‘Its Like That’
Makavelliott: Pete Rock givin’ Robbie a reason to listen to new rap.
Robbie: This fulfills D-Block‘s contractual obligations to include one non-keyboard beat on every album.
Jeru The Damaja - ‘My Mind Spray’
Makavelliott: Underrated gem from a classic jump-off opus.
Robbie: I’m still trying to get a bar of that ‘Come Clean’ promotional soap.
Ultramagnetic MC’s - ‘Bait’
Makavelliott: How do you explain to today’s youth the power of the right radio promo?
Robbie: This song was the true litmus test when I was a kid – if you didn’t know ‘Bait’, you didn’t know shit!
Ultramagnetic MC’s - ‘Ced Gee (Delta Force One)’
Makavelliott: It’s mostly tha voice.
Robbie: Ced was kinda nice before he started rapping like a broken android on Four Horsemen.
Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth - ‘Bust A Lil’
Makavelliott: A muthafuckin’ Manwich breakbeat sandwich.
Robbie: Can’t get enough of that demo stuff.
Lord Shafiq - ‘My Mic Is On Fire’
Makavelliott: Guess who’s album that one was on?
Robbie: Lucky I copped this for five bucks before it became a hundred dollar record. Word to ‘Robo Doc’.
Main Source - ‘Live At The BBQ’
Makavelliott: “The S word Like Us”? Pardon me, I had to laugh at that.
Robbie: Remember when Joe Fatal said there was another version of this? Large Pro says, ‘Nah, man’.
Onyx - ‘Throw Ya Gunz’ (instrumental)
Makavelliott: JMJ never lied.
Robbie: There’s a reason I left the shout scream rap off this one.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - ‘Sun Wont Come Out’
Makavelliott: Without Unkut you never would’ve heard the ‘Scenario’ demo.
Robbie: Without ego trip‘s Book of Rap Lists you’d all be blogging about indy rock.
Run-DMC - ‘Beats To The Rhyme’
Makavelliott: Pause Mr. Kinison. Pause sir.
Robbie: This and ‘Run’s House’ are the only reason that Tougher Than Leather wasn’t shipped directly into the dollar bin.
Skinny Boys - ‘Poison This Place’
Makavelliott: What if Jigga changed his name to Shockin’ Shawn Carter?
Robbie: If only these guys hadn’t made a song with the Wee Papa Girl Rappers. That’s like having Ted McGinley join the cast of your sit-com.
The Are - ‘Clap Ya Hands’
Makavelliott:I fucks with the Abstract’s original more. Maybe it’s just me.
Robbie: Tip’s new album should be called ‘Quiet Storm 2008′.
A Tribe Called Quest - ‘Clap Your Hands’
Makavelliott:I saw Menace II Society with “the” LES. Didn’t hit it.
Robbie: I saw Menace after a case of beer. Didn’t vomit.
Threat - ‘Bust One Fa Me’
Makavelliott: Been sleepin’ on this one. Thank God for that white!
Robbie: The last good rap album from LA?
Tim Dog - ‘I’ll Wax Anybody’
Robbie: This song > Most rapper’s careers.
Makavelliott: What a title. What a song. What a compilation. You’re all welcome.
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