Stream: K-Def and The 45 King – Back To The Beat Album
Tuesday October 07th 2014,
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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.

Video: The 45 King – Boiler Room Session
Friday July 25th 2014,
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Class is in session. All hail the King.

Video: 45 King – Making The Beat with Large Professor Pt. 1
Tuesday July 08th 2014,
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Still waiting for the final edit of the 45 King Boiler Room session since I missed the live broadcast.

“You known for the horns, man!”
“We don’t wanna hear strings from the 45 King!”

Video: 45 King Plays His Demo Beats on 45
Monday June 23rd 2014,
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Pretty much self-explanatory, from a series of twelve 7 inch singles that will be released over two months. Note the 45 King slip mats courtesy of BBP.

Video: Making The Beat with Chill Rob G and Lakim Shabazz, Pt. 4
Tuesday April 29th 2014,
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Final episode from this enjoyable session.

The 45 King feat. Supreme – Go Head Up [1990]


Some hidden New Jersey rap gold, taken from The 45 King‘s The Lost Breakbeats – Test Press LP. Don’t call it Fast Rap though, that’s not a valid genre.

Video: The 45 King – Making The Beat with Chill Rob G and Lakim Shabazz, Pt. 2
Sunday March 30th 2014,
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The second half of this mini Flavor Unit reunion sees Double J drop some rhymes with Rob and Lak. Dope by demand.

Video: 45 King – Making The Beat Show feat. Lakim Shabazz and Chill Rob G
Monday March 24th 2014,
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45 King and Double J host two of their fellow original Flavor Unit legends for a landmark new episode, which features some dope new rhymes from both the guests.

O.C. – B-Boy Stance


New O.C. track produced by DJ Force and available on limited edition 7″ over here, with an alternative mix on the flip.

Video: The 45 King Discusses His Heart Attack Recovery
Sunday February 02nd 2014,
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45 King is back home and trying to stay off the Newports. Salutes!

Get Well Soon, 45 King!
Thursday January 30th 2014,
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Legendary producer and Flavor Unit founder The 45 King was admitted to hospital this week after suffering a heart attack.

“Had a heart attack, Wednesday, in hospital. My blood needs more oxygen, It’s a hard knock life! Wish me luck!”

On behalf of the Conservative Rap Coalition, we wish the great man a speedy recovery so that he might enjoy the delights of his local hood Chinese delivery spot again in the near future.

Latee and The 45 King – Tim Westwood Session [1990]


Latee dropping his verses from “Wake Up”, “Puttin’ On The Hits” and “This Cut’s Got Flavor” while 45 King flips a break beat on Tim Westwood‘s show? Count me in. Thanks to Palmer Stallings for finding digging this out of the tape stash.

The Unkut Guide To The Top 30 Hip-Hop Producers of All Time
Sunday December 01st 2013,
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Since I threw out the statement that “I respect Jay Dee but he doesn’t crack my top 25” comment earlier, it’s only right that I back it up by providing the Unkut top 30 in no particular order. Send all hate mail to the usual address.

Lakim Shabazz – The Unkut Interview, Part 2


Concluding my discussion with Lakim Shabazz, he talks about leaving Tuff City, remembering his friend Apache, Queen Latifah incorporating the Flavor Unit name and plans for his final album.

Robbie: So how long after the second album did you get off Tuff City?

Lakim Shabazz: I was being managed by Dave Funkenklein. At one point in time, if you wasn’t managed by Red Alert or somebody like that, then you was under Dave Funkenklein. He had me, he had Ultramagnetic – he took us to Paris. I went to Japan through Funkenklein – me, Latifah, Chill Rob G and Latee. Other companies were interested in me, they had tried to buy my contract from Tuff City. The first offer that was presented to Aaron Fuchs was $150,000. You’re talking 1990, ‘91. I think Epic Records had offered him $300,000 to let me up outta my contract, and he just would not do it. So part of me recording all of those extra little songs on those breakbeat albums 45 King was putting out was to fulfill obligatory responsibilities I had on the contract. I did that for two or three years and eventually got smart and got my own entertainment lawyer and managed to get off Tuff City without having to pay no funds or anything, and at this point we’re fighting to get back money from them, so actually it worked in my favor. I don’t have any sour taste in my mouth toward Aaron Fuchs. I was a young guy, I wanted to hear myself on the radio and I was able to achieve that.

Lakim Shabazz – The Unkut Interview, Part 1


With the exception of Queen Latifah, Lakim Shabazz proved to be the most prolific of the original Flavor Unit line-up, releasing two albums and a long list of guest spots on 45 King projects during his time at Tuff City. Despite his diminutive frame, Lakim wielded “the voice of power” with authority, as he combined the teaching of the Five Percent Nation of Gods and Earths with Brag Rap with a previously unseen finesse over some of the best beats of the era.

Robbie: Where did it all start for you?

Lakim Shabazz: I was always interested in music since I was a little kid. I used to always listen to my mother’s albums and things of that nature. I’m from Newark, New Jersey, and out here spinning club music was a big thing as I was growing up. I started out deejaying, spinning club music, and that’s how I got introduced to hip hop. I met a couple a few DJ’s, and when I first saw somebody spinning the wax back and forth, scratching records, that intrigued me.

When did you start writing rhymes?

I met my DJ, Cee Just, when I was in ninth grade. I was still deejaying, and he convinced me to write my first rhyme. There were a couple of other guys that used to come over to his house and they’d be rhyming. I never even thought about picking up a mic, and he asked me to write a rhyme. I credit my man Cee Just and my brother Lamel Born for that. They inspired me to write my first rhyme and I’ve been rhyming ever since.

Ten Great Flavor Unit Songs

Got a major Flavor Unit interview ready to drop soon, so I’m going in extra deep (pause) on their extensive catalog. Here are ten of sure shots from the greatest collection of MC’s that New Jersey ever produced.


Stream: The 45 King – The Best of The 45 King Mix


No explanation needed.

Stream: The 45 King – 45 King Mix
Thursday February 21st 2013,
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45 king

The great man himself tests out his Soundcloud account with an hour of breaks.

Stream: Diamond D’s All 45 Set @ Mighty’s
Thursday January 31st 2013,
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The great Diamond D shares the last 25 minutes of his recent all 45 set in San Francisco.

Video: The Legion – Keep Your Eyes Open
Tuesday December 04th 2012,
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‘Cules, Chucky Smash and Cee-Low return with more Bronx flavor from the vaults as they flip the loop you might recall from Mobb Deep‘s “Still Shinin'”, which seems fair considering that the sample Havoc and Prodigy rock for “The Realest” was used by The Legion first…

Both this and “Street Truth” were recorded at D&D Studios in 1995 and are available on iTunes now and 7-inch vinyl soon.

Roc Marciano – Just Let Me Be

World premier of this new Roc Marciano cut, produced by Australian production duo Fre$heep. You can cop this on limited-edition 45 (200 only) or the Antidepressants CD over here, fuckboys.

Fre$heep feat. J-Zone – Sailing High On Valium

Here’s your first look at some more J-Zone live drumming action via this new Fre$heep 45. This limited-edition 7″ features ‘Just Let Me Be’ featuring Roc Marciano on the A-side and ‘Sailing High On Valium’ featuring Zone getting his Clyde Stubblefield on for the flip. Check back in a few days for audio of the Marci track…

You can pre-order both the single and the Anti-Depressants CD now via Bullet Proof Crates. Only 200 copies of the 45 are being produced, with a choice between blue and regular vinyl.

Here’s a run-down about this project:

J-Zone feat. Breeze Brewin, Prince Paul and Oxygen – The Fox Hunt
Thursday October 11th 2012,
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J-Zone returns to the mic after an extended vacation for the b-side of his new 45. Limited to 500 units of assorted color vinyl. Order your copy here.

Video: New J-Zone 7 Inch Single Snippets
Friday September 28th 2012,
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DJ Sheep just sent me this video where he previews the new J-Zone single. ‘The Drug Song’ (Remix) b/w ‘The Fox Hunt’ ft. Prince Paul, Breeze & Oxygen. Hit up for more info.