Video: The Marco Polo Newport Challenge, Part 1
In an attempt to prove that not all cigarettes are created equal, I challenged Canadian-born BK rap producer Marco Polo to rate five other brands of tailor-made smokes, purchased from gals out the front of various bars in Brooklyn, all in the name of science. PA2: The Director’s Cut drops 12 November, 2013.
Sean Price, Billy Danze, Maffew Ragazino and DJ Babu – Land of the Crooks
It’s been a good week for Australian producer M-Phazes, who not only got a co-production credit on the new Eminem LP but also snagged BK brawlers Sean Price, Billy Danze and Maffew Ragazino on the same track, while DJ Babu seals the deal with a def-defying display of zigga-zigga wizardry.
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Video: Breeze Brewin’ – Road Rage
Another Brewin’ winner, produced by Smoke Signals.
Video: Lil Fame – Get Busy Freestyle
Here’s the clip for the Fame joint from earlier in the week, courtesy of J-Ronin.
Video: Endemic feat. Tragedy Khadafi, Ruste Juxx and Afu Ra – High Society
UK producer Endemic recruits Trag, Ruste and Afu for this solid entry into the Hoody Rap Ain’t Dead genre. Taken from the Terminal Illness 2 LP, due late November.
Lil Fame of M.O.P. – Get Busy Freestyle
New Fizzy Wo action from DJ J-Ronin’s – Freestyle Files Vol. 2 CD.
Video: eXquire – Cherry Raindrops
Guess he’s dropped the “Mr. Mutherfuckin’” part of his name, but this new clip from eXquire is put together superbly, much like the dame who stars in it.
Barsha feat. AG – Green Trees
I have no idea why Barsha has returned to rap, twenty-three years after dropping the enjoyable Expicit Lyrics CD, but since it’s “mostly the voice”, I’m not complaining.
Video: DJ Skizz feat. Masta Ace and Nature – Metal Bars
Visual for this stand-out from the BQE LP. Think of it as a “Phone Time ’13″.
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – The Unkut Interview
Photo by richdirection
Best known for his zero fux given style, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire‘s more recent work reflects an MC who refuses to be pigeonholed. With a long list of indy releases under his belt, he’s currently preparing his major label debut for Universal. I could tell from his music that this guy wasn’t just another “New New York” type, and he proved me right with a deep appreciation for the music that came before him when we caught-up for a chat the other month.
Robbie: I heard the troubling news that you’ve stopped drinking?
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire: I stopped drinking a long time ago, almost a year now. I don’t drink,
I don’t have sex, none of that. I’m 28, I feel like when you get to a certain level in your life, you mature.
You’re Brooklyn born and raised?
I’m from the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Buckshot Shorty is from where I’m from, Ruste Juxx.
How do you feel about all the girls with bad tattoos who have moved into Brooklyn from outta state?
For the most part, I like it. I think it’s cool that people come and they find Brooklyn interesting. It’s different being from here, growing up and seeing a lot of things that you love disappear. The whole environments changed. Before, I could take you through Brooklyn and I would know everything. Now I have to relearn the neighborhood.
Video: Ka – Jungle
Video number four from The Night’s Gambit.
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…”
The Unkut Guide To Milk Dee Videos
Despite having a voice that can shatter glass and sends packs of stray dogs running for the hills, Milk Dee has built an entire career on the back of one song, which he then managed to sample or reference in every single thing since. Unlike most unfortunate 80′s rappers on indy labels, Milk’s dad owned the label that he and his brother Giz were signed to, alongside their sister MC Lyte. As a result, Milk was able to do a remix to 50 Cent‘s “I Get Money” where he listed all the high profile rappers who have written him checks for using samples of “Top Billin’” while wearing exactly the same outfit he sported in 1988. A true CRC role-model.
Download: Ag Da Coroner – Crushed Grapes EP
Wonder Years fan Da Coroner drops a free EP while he completes his debut LP. Produced entirely by ATG.
DJ Skizz – The Unkut Interview
As a veteran of the Halftime Show with DJ Eclipse, DJ Skizz has also been putting out some quality beats with the likes of Big Noyd in recent years. In 2012 he dropped the Kings From Queens mixtape, and his B.Q.E. album is out on the 17th September, featuring a varied selection of hoody rap heavyweights, with project an album with Problemz and an EP with Frank Dukes to follow. I visited his studio in Brooklyn to check the album and talk about his history in the game so far.
Robbie: How did it all start out for you?
DJ Skizz: I grew up in Boston and went to school in New Orleans for a couple of years and deejayed there at the college station. In 2000 I went to New York and started doing the Halftime Show with DJ Eclipse and DJ Riz. A couple of years later, Riz left and I kept on doing the show with Eclipse. As far as the production side of things, I’ve been making beats since around 2000. I was living in Astoria, Queens at the time, and met Big Noyd at the barbershop. He came to the crib and we banged out two songs. I got more serious about the beats and did a lotta joints for him. Over the years I connected with a lot of MC’s through the radio and Fat Beats.