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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Yesterday marked the official 6th birthday of Unkut Dot Com. Let’s take a look back at the very first post:
Nice interview at Tha Formula with Ayatollah and Cormega.
For some reason there’s no mention of Ayatollah’s outstanding work on the last Screwball album, which is strange since “When The Sun Goes Down” is amazing.
That reminds me….Godfather Don, where you at?
While on the topic on Queensbridge Ignorance, please note that Flushing resident Neek The Exotic’s Exotic’s Raw is required listening. Neek kicks the dumb shit in all senses of the word over some bangin’ beats and never fails to entertain. It’s been out a while on record but the CD’s out now so grab it on all formats.
I’m still confused over Blaq Poet releasing “Poet Is Here” as his Year Round debut instead of the far superior “Poet’s Comin”? If you heard that Future Flavas mix CD you know what I’m on about.
Yeah, so not exactly setting the world on fire back then but you can already see a common thread forming – an unhealthy obsession with rap from Queens. Apparently I also hadn’t mastered the blog basics of posting pictures and audio at this stage.
From there…well, nothing happened for another three months until I decided to unleash some predictably angry, back-packer style rants such as Blame Clue. Following a mention of Krown Ruler’s, TJ Swan and the Cocaine Blunts blog, I then declared how much I luh Akinyele’s debut before rounding off June with misguided piece titled Why Nas Didn’t Live Up The Hype, which would also introduce me to that other staple of blogging – angry comments.
August 2004 proved to be more significant, as I posted a drop called A Tribute To Hydra Entertainment. Not only did this lead to interviews with the labels founders Mike and Jerry, but it was also my first post to receive some link love, courtesy of O-Dub. Three years later, Hydra would be the subject of my first article published in Hip-Hop Connection.
October 2004 featured The Search For Godfather Don (which still continues to this day), a somewhat misguided comparison of the careers of Nas, O.C. and Jeru and an M.O.P. album review. November saw my examination of Large Pro’s disdain for wrasslin’ and a piece on the shamefully neglected UN (not to be confused with Killa‘s new crew).
It wasn’t until December that I really hit my stride and the real foundation of Unkut was laid out, as Revenge of the Rap Record Nerds combined snarky lists, comment-baiting and shots at ebay herbs all in one drop. Next was an investigation of MF Grimm’s role in ‘Live At The BBQ’ and a classic ethering via Forgotten Beefs Part 1 – DITC vs LOTUG. The highlight of the year had to be the very first Unkut Interview, since I’m told that Q & A’s have become my strong suit over the years. The subject of the premier conversation was DJ Ivory of the P Brothers, who upset some Outkast fans amongst other things.
2004 Conclusion: Blogger and Real Audio suck.
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