Documentary: Revolutions On Air – The Golden Era of New York Radio 1980 – 1988

Red Bull Music Academy smashed it out the park with this one. There’s also a written feature over here.

Puffy Dee Revealed?
Thursday February 05th 2015,
Filed under: Art of Facts,Def Dames,The 80's Files
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Puffy Dee

Another rap mystery case file can be closed, as we finally have photographic proof of what Puffy Dee looked like, courtesy of Fat Lace. In case you missed it, here’s her infamous Pumpkin produced b-side:

Video: Uncle Murda – Rap Up
Wednesday February 04th 2015,
Filed under: Art of Facts,BK All Day,Video Clips
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I’ve got to admit, Murda took Mad Skillz whole gimmick and bodied it. If he does another one of these next year it will remove the need to ever read a TMZ Rap Blog ever again!

The Booze Hound Files: Grand Daddy I.U.
Wednesday February 04th 2015,
Filed under: Art of Facts,In The Trenches,Rap Veterans,Strong Island,The Booze Hound Files
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Here’s a heart-warming tale of drinking too much from Grand Daddy I.U. from the interview I conducted with him in the carpark of a bar in Long Island, circa 2013. Living proof that doctor’s don’t know shit a lot of the time, and that drinking non-alcoholic beer really is a fate worse than death itself.

Robbie: Any good drinking stories?

Grand Daddy I.U.: Back in the days I used to drink Bacardi Dark. I must’ve been an alcoholic, cos I would go to sleep drinking that shit and wake up drinking that shit. One day my stomach was feeling so fuckin’ crazy I thought I had to shit or something. I’m sitting on the toilet and ain’t shit coming out – I start throwing up, throwing up – the shit started becoming yellow! I didn’t eat no shit that was yellow! Come to find out it was my stomach lining. This shit became so painful I called my moms, ‘I don’t know what this shit is, but you gotta come get me!’ She came and got me, the whole time I keep throwing up.

DJ Too Tuff – Part Time Rap Star, Full Time Drug Dealer
Wednesday January 14th 2015,
Filed under: Art of Facts,In The Trenches,Interviews,Non-Rapper Dudes,Philly Jawns
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DJ Too Tuff
Photo: richdirection

My second piece for Cuepoint tells the story of DJ Too Tuff‘s life after Tuff Crew as he turned to the drug trade to survive, and barely made it out alive.

DJ Too Tuff – Part Time Rap Star, Full Time Drug Dealer

Contest: Win A Redefinition Tape and Vinyl Pack
Monday August 18th 2014,
Filed under: Art of Facts,Competitions,Jersey? Sure!,Not Your Average
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To celebrate new releases from K-Def and The Artifacts, Redefinition Records is offering the following three prize packs to US residents:

One Grand Prize:
K-Def’s Tape One (Cassette + Digital)
K-Def’s One Man Band (Vinyl)
Artifacts’s upcoming single APB (Vinyl, Cassette and Digital)
El Da Sensei‘s Try Again EP (Cassette and Vinyl)

Two Runners Up:
K-Def’s Tape One (Cassette + Digital Link)

To win, email the answers to the following questions here:


Pre-Order: Brian Coleman – Check The Technique Volume 2 Book
Thursday June 26th 2014,
Filed under: Announcements,Art of Facts,Books
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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.

In the meantime, check the chapter list below and head over to Mr. Coleman’s Medium site to preview a couple of chapters.

Full chapters list of Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies:

You Must Learn, Episode 1: Jeru The Damaja – The Sun Rises In The East
Wednesday May 21st 2014,
Filed under: Art of Facts,BK All Day,Great Moments In Rap,The 90's Files
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New series of specialized podcasts, produced and edited by Peter Oasis, written by Dharmic X, and executive produced by Evan Auerbach (UpNorthTrips), with narration from Soul Khan.

The Unkut Guide To Nas Singing


Nas luhs to rap. But he also luhs to sing hooks. Having declared that he was the “first nigga to sing a hook on some TJ Swan shit” on “Nastradumus”, it’s only right that his crooning efforts are rated using the Unkut TJ Swan Rating System (c) during this scientific study of his efforts to make like the rap game Keith Sweat over the years.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Pologate – Let Us Never Forget


A look at the greatest Sunday night in the history of #Str8Flourishment. Don’t forget to tip DP’s Pra’Li account a little something something if you became part of the 65% Nation.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Pologate – Let Us Never Forget

Spotted: Brief Breakdown Of All The Black Lives Sean Combs Has Destroyed
Thursday March 20th 2014,
Filed under: Art of Facts,Harlem Nights,Internets,Party and Bullshit,Shots Fired
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The homie Cole James Cash just put me onto this thread over at The Coli, where dude by the name of gator_king reminds of us of Puffy’s numerous crimes against humanity:

NPR Microphone Check – Marley Marl Interview


Picture: Photo Rob

Stumbled across this NPR interview with Marley Marl from last year, conducted by ATQC’s Ali Shaheed and Frannie Kelley. Covers the usual ground but contains some gems as well, such as the fact that A Tribe Called Quest is Marley’s favorite hip-hop group. Also provides yet another variation on the story about how his drum sounds were used on “The Bridge Is Over”, which KRS-One told me was made by jacking the drums from the “Eric B. Is President” 12″.

Video: The Tuff City Records Story, Episode Four
Tuesday December 17th 2013,
Filed under: Art of Facts,Interviews,Live From NY,Non-Rapper Dudes,Unkut TV
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The final part of my interview with Aaron Fuchs at the new Tuff City offices, which covers competing against Def Jam, his work with Funkmaster Wizard Wiz and the infamous “Crack It Up”, Freddy B and The Mighty Mic Masters and The Maximus Three, amongst others. Also features a random Bob Marley anecdote for good measure.

A Look At Seven Veteran Rap Bloggahs First Posts


A decade ago, the magic of the Blogger platform allowed many an aspiring rap message board warrior step into the big leagues and pull themselves up by their bootstraps to become the media big dogs that they are today. The characters covered here have risen to the ranks of published authors, college professors, internets celebrities, Tumblr cult leaders and even presidents of important international movements. Let’s take a look back at some early rap blog gawds…


Unkut Q&A With Stop The Breaks
Wednesday November 13th 2013,
Filed under: Art of Facts,Internets,Interviews,Not Your Average,The Unkut Opinion
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I was axed a few questions about rap and Unkut…

Unkut Q&A With Stop The Breaks

Video: Internets Celebrities – The Food Warriors: 168th St
Wednesday November 13th 2013,
Filed under: Art of Facts,Food Rap,In The Trenches,Internets,Video Clips
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Rafi and Dallas find out the best spots to grub when riding the A train.

Grand Daddy I.U. – The Unkut Video Interview, Part 3

For the final part of this interview shot in Strong Island, The I Dot U Dot rags on bar patrons and his brother in between explaining about a bar room brawl against Treach and Tupac, the inspiration behind his first album cover and touring antics with Kool G Rap.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: What Part Of The (Music) Game Is That?
Friday November 08th 2013,
Filed under: Art of Facts,Internets,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
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This week I purchased my first digital release ever. Cue comments involving “Fuck Mp3’s!” and “Vinyl Forever!”.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: What Part Of The (Music) Game Is That?

Video: Elvis Costello Addresses That Unfortunate Dreaded N-Word Incident
Thursday October 17th 2013,
Filed under: Announcements,Art of Facts,Attack of the Beardos,Video Clips
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A month after my post questioning the situation with ?uestlove and Elvis Costello recording together based on that notorious bar-room rant from Costello’s early days, the Okayplayer crew alerted me to this new video where Elvis actually apologizes to Ahmir in person. You’re welcome, internetS.

Video: Memories of Paul McKasty


The first two parts of Pritt Kalasi‘s Memories of Paul McKasty are available to watch over at his site:

“This is by all means not the definitive documentary or story of Paul C McKasty. The Legendary producer from Queens NYC who had his life cut short aged only 24 years old. This is a film put together from a footage I had accumulated from 2000 to April 2013.”

Video: Memories of Paul McKasty

The Combat Jack Show – The Big Daddy Kane Episode


This oughta be good…

“Kane goes deep with his history, what he thinks about Mr. Cee, how he produced the majority of ‘Long Live The Kane’ with no credits, how Doug E Fresh taught him how to rock the crowd, how some cats from The Juice Crew wasn’t fuxin with him, how he really wanted to battle KRS-One, what Madonna smells like, how he shopped a young Jay Z with no success, why he started wearing purple silks and such…”

Rammellzee Ethers Basquiat In A Comic Strip
Monday September 09th 2013,
Filed under: Art of Facts,Great Moments In Rap,Jokes On You,The 80's Files
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Another Ed Piskor sure-shot. Long live the legend of Rammellzee

Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Rammellzee and Beat Bop

Macklemore Ripped-Off His Haircut From A 90’s Washington Rapper
Monday August 26th 2013,
Filed under: Art of Facts,Sizzle-chest,The 90's Files,Where Are They Now?
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For anyone who doesn’t have pale-faced “indy” rap sensation Macklemore condemned to death by firing squad based on his musical output, this should convince you. MC Class B-Max, aka Robert Bassett Ben Saunders from The Source‘s “Unsigned Hype” winning crew Brothers Of The Same Mind can clearly be seen sporting the same “funkee” hair-do as ya boy Young Thriftshop, way back in 1991. I demand that his MTV Video Music Award be stripped from him immediately and that B-Max is paid 50% of all future royalties until said haircut is changed.

Brothers of the Same Mind – “High Brothers”

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Aubrey Graham > Drake


My second post about Drake for the week, because he’s an easy target and I lack the imagination to clown anybody else at this particular point in my life.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Aubrey Graham > Drake

Video: Degrassi Unscripted – The Drake Episode

Aubrey hangs out with his mom’s, sneaks his grand mother chocolate in between giving her daps, shows us his CD and shoe collection, drives his 2004 Acura, reads out some pretty creepy fan mail from a guy called Jason, shares some footage of his starring role in a local production of Les Miserables and pulls out his collection of tear-stained rhyme books. Bless his cotton socks!

Shouts to Grand Daddy IU for digging this up.