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.
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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