I’m currently finishing off the final round of editing before we get stuck into the designing stage of the Past The Margin: A Decade of Unkut Interviews book and thought I’d share the final selection of my thirty favorite from the 150 or so that I’ve conducted so far. A third of those listed are expanded versions and follow-ups to what’s previously been published here, indicated in bold: (more…)
After a number of delays, the latest release date for Sha Lumi‘s posthumous second album is 1 April 2015. Considering that I’ve heard the entire thing at this point I can attest that it does actually exist and that it’s dope. Fingers crossed we can get an official copy in April.
02. ‘Full Command’ feat. G.O.D 3, Foul Monday, Ruc and Tragedy Khadafi [Produced By Shroom]
03. ‘Black N Understanding’ [Produced By DJ Rated R]
05. ‘Give It Up’ [Produced By Carnage]
06. ‘Pressure Up’ Feat. Tragedy Khadafi [Produced By Nick Speed]
08. ‘Stop Hating’ [Produced By Shroom]
09. ‘Tell Me’ [Produced By Carnage]
10. ‘1712’ [Produced By Jewelz Polar]
11. ‘Work It Out’ [Produced By ThoroTracks]
12. ‘Keep The Faith’ [Produced By DJ Steady]
13. ‘Cash’ Remix [Produced By Audible Doctor]
14. ‘Pressure Up’ Remix [Produced By: DJ Phantom]
The newest project from Cole James Cash is the Street Champion album, which is themed around a certain iconic video game series. CJC has decided to go all out and plans to release this on CD and limited edition vinyl, so if you want to get a piece of the action check out his Kickstarter campaign and get yourself a copy locked in.
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.
For the next 48 hours, all black Conservative Rap Coalition tees and crewneck sweaters size M to 2XL are on sale for $30 and $60 respectively, including shipping and a copy of Counterstrike 2 on CD. Other colors will be arriving soon for those of you currently waiting on orders.
Enjoyed the abrasive, non-progressive rap sounds of the Counterstrike 2 mixtape and want a copy on CD for the shelf/car/boom box? Well fret no longer sports fans, as you can cop a jewel cased edition of it when you purchase a Conservative Rap Coalition polo, t-shirt or windcheater over at the all new Unkut/CRC Garment Renaissance store. We’re also offering free shipping worldwide, which means that all you non-collar sporting types can finally rep the mighty CRC like a trooper.
The third book in Brian Coleman‘s Rakim Told Me series is dropping in October, and by all accounts Brian has stepped up his game even further on this volume. Covering the stories behind the creation of another 25 important hip-hop albums, the book ships with a special 7″ single of Smif ‘N Wessun‘s “Home Sweet Home” if you pre-order through Get On Down.
For fans of 90’s era Lord Finesse beats (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) the Slice of Spice crew have compiled a vinyl package to “keep the crowd listening.”
Finesse dug deep into his floppy disk and DAT tape archives to help bring us a monster 25 tracks of unreleased and previously unavailable SP1200 heat. After Finesse hooked-up the E-mu Systems SP1200 and Akai S950 to transfer and sequence these tracks, we had Eddie Sancho mix then, and Tony Dawsey master them.
To celebrate ten years of Unkut Dot Com, I reached out to a number of rappers and producers that I fux with to lace me with an exclusive for the sequel to 2010’s Counterstrike tape. With the help of Discourse from Crate Cartel on the mix, the finished 50 minute mixtape is finally ready to drop next week.
In other news, the official Conservative Rap Coalition HQ site is also ready to preview.
The debut album from The U.N. (Dino Brave, Mike Raw, Laku and Roc Marciano) is getting a re-release in April with two bonus tracks. Since most of you no doubt copped this when it first dropped, the good news is Fat Beats are pressing a tape version for ten bones. Frozen Files played “4 The Luv” last November, and “UN Da House” is from the World Domination mixtape (which deserves a vinyl release of it’s own since that was arguably better than official LP).
As part of Unkut Dot Com’s 10th anniversary celebrations and due to a number of requests, we’ve decided to do a small re-up on the world famous Conservative Rap Coalition polo shirts for $50 each, which is a saving of $5 from the original price. For those of you who fux with Unkut but don’t mess with collars, there will be a range of t-shirts available later this year, but for everybody else, this is a second chance to rep some official rap blog martorial elegance and be the envy of your friends and foes. (more…)
The latest collectible from Get On Down is this Souls of Mischief ’93 Til Infinity bundle includes a Hiero Light Box, a music box, gatefold 2XLP, a t-shirt and eleven bonus tracks. Unfortunately there’s no sign of the instrumentals, which I copped on double vinyl from the Hiero site years ago and allowed me to enjoy the production goodness of this album minus the high-pitched rapping.
Royal Flush – who hasn’t missed a step in terms of that buttery Flushing, Queens delivery since he dropped the amazing Ghetto Millionaire in 1997 – is finally dropping a new album next month called Grand Capo. Shit sounds correct based off of this video, especially the first track…
Jeff Garlin’s dedication to the classic Lacoste polo knows no bounds. Salute this man.
It’s been a big year here at Unkut Dot Com, what with the triumphant introduction of the Conservative Rap Coalition polo, the first edition of Executive Class and the introduction of Unkut TV, not to mention the support of everyone who fux with the site on a regular basis and all of you who contributed to funding my five week tour of duty on the east coast in June, where I spread the gospel of Rap Hands and poorly executed classic rap dance moves. While the era of the specialist music blog is clearly on the decline as larger operations have stepped into the game, not to mention the ever-present threat of the Hipster Music Mafia, Unkut will continue to give you more of the raw and continue to be cold gettin’ dumb on you crumbs.
Having ended my stint in Mom’s Basement, I’m currently putting together some more print projects to mark the upcoming ten year anniversary of the site, but in the meantime this seems like an appropriate juncture to hear what you all want to see from the site in the future. Do you prefer the classic recipe of long-form text interviews, themed compilations and brutally honest opinion pieces? Do you want to see more original video content? Or is there something else that will step the CRC movement up to the proverbial next level of the game? Speak ya clout…
Having become a one of the most requested demos ever played on the Stretch and Bobbito show, Terror Green‘s “45 Stitches” now has an animated video and a vinyl pressing, along with three other tracks. Sounding a lot like Jemini The Gifted Child, this is some of that good old BK ’95 indy action to catch a flashback to. Cop the vinyl here, courtesy of the good people over at Heavy Jewelz.