Download: Grandmaster Caz – The Grandest Of Them All LP [Ced-Gee Version]
Photo: Joe Conzo
Back before rap magazines and the internet, I heard a rumor that Grandmaster Caz and Ced-Gee were working on an album together. Needless to say, my young mind was blown at the possibility of these two rap geniuses teaming-up. While we only got a couple of Tuff City singles from this meeting of minds, it turns out that they did in fact record an entire album of material together in 1992 before Aaron Fuch‘s decided that the material ‘wasn’t commercial enough,’ according to a piece that Dave Tompkins did on the ‘You Need Stitches’ single. Tuff City eventually released the vaulted material on a couple of compilations, so I thought I’d assemble it all together to paint a picture of how Caz’s 1992 LP, The Grandest Of Them All was originally intended to sound before The Mighty Maestro was recruited to remake it. ‘I’m Gonna Freak You’ deserves a special mention as being one of the most amusing sex raps ever recorded, while ‘I’m Rich’ is flossing at it’s finest. I’ve also included the earlier records they did together, just on the general principle that everything Ced touched during that period was amazing and Caz still had some gas in the tank despite being part of the old guard by this point. Bronx brilliance at it’s finest, albeit in poorly mixed, unpolished form.
Download: Grandmaster Caz – The Grandest Of Them All [Ced-Gee Version]
Sugar Bear & Stezo – Capital Rap Sessions 
Sugar Bear The Powerful Powerlord was responsible for the highly enjoyable 1988 single, ‘Don’t Scandalize Mine’ / ‘Ready To Penetrate’, and was also no slouch when it came to freestyling, as he demonstrated with this amusing Tim Westwood guest spot.
DJ Skizz feat. Your Old Droog, Sean Price, Lil’ Fame and Milano Constantine
DJ Skizz cooks up a marvelous track for Lil’ Fame to threaten that he’ll ‘put a hole in your chest bigger than sleeves on a wizard,’ which is a nice variation of the old saying used to describe the size of a particularly well-worn skeezer’s cooch.
Ghostface Killah feat. Kool G Rap, AZ & Tre Williams – The Battlefield
The second single from 36 Seasons, featuring two CRC-approved veterans of rap.
Download: A Salute To The Mighty V.I.C
Photo: Alexander Richter
The Mighty V.I.C. has been a part of some great production teams over the years, as part of The Beatnuts, Groove Merchantz with Godfather Don and Ghetto Pros with Mike Heron, in addition to his own solo work as a producer and engineer. I recently uncovered an extensive interview I did with him which was left over from the short profile that ran in Hip-Hop Connection in December 2008. I’ll be dropping that in the next week or so, but in the meantime it inspired me to revisit some of his best moments behind the boards so far.
Download: A Salute To The Mighty V.I.C
LL Cool J – Soul Survivor [Unreleased Original Version]
After speaking to Dr. Butcher again the other week, he revealed that he’d located a copy of the song he produced for LL Cool J in 1993, which went on to be remixed by QDIII and included on his fifth album, and generously agreed to allow me to share it with the world.
Dr. Butcher: I produced a song called ‘The Soul Survivor’ for him on the 14 Shots To The Dome album, with C4. Me and C4 – the guy who did [Akinyele’s] ‘Put It In Your Mouth’ – were production partners. I was going to C4’s house one day to work on some music, and LL was shooting his first video from that album on Farmer’s Boulevard, and C4 lived on Farmers Boulevard at the time. I got off the bus and saw him and I was like, ‘Yo! What’s up!’ We was always real cool, whenever he had time he would always come see me, but he had been so busy we hadn’t seen each other in a while. So he’s asking, ‘Where you going?’ and I’m like ‘To my production partner’s house right down the street’. When we originally did the track, we sampled JDL from the Cold Crush Brothers saying, ‘The L baby, baby, the L baby, baby!’That was the first song I ever produced, I didn’t know how to use machines at the time. We had just got an Ensoniq and was learning what to do. It was rough around the edges. As soon as he heard the track he just sat down, got a pen and pad and wrote the song right on the spot. He was like, ‘Yo, we’re goin’ to the studio tomorrow, gimme your information.’ So I had to go get attorney’s and set-up publishing companies and we were in the studio the next day, recording. It happened that fast.
Download: Clever 1 – The Dirty Dozen Album
Halloween is here, and so is another Conservative Rap Coalition Records sure-shot! This time the other half of Da Buze Brovaz, Clever 1, delivers twelve slabs of Philly heat produced by DJ Rocksteady. Throw your L’s up and don’t turn nothing down but the collar.
Download: Clever 1 – The Dirty Dozen
DJ JS-1 feat. AG, Sadat X & Neek the Exotic – Sample Abusers
Here’s the premiere of the new DJ JS-1 track which makes clever use of a Larry David quote to form the hook. Why has it taken this long to incorporate the genius of Curb into rap songs? Talk about a sure-fire way to gain instant Conservative Rap Coalition approval! Taken from JS-1’s latest LP, It Is What It Isn’t, which is now available from UGHH.
Positive K – Supreme Alphabet 
Here’s a late entry into Pos K‘s discography where he calls in a solid from Jesse West to freak a trusted Bob James break and get belligerent on all the herbs, suckers and chumps out there on the alphabetical slaughter tip.
Tragedy Khadafi – Free Thinkers 2
New Trag track, taken from off Pre-Magnum Opus dropping Nov 24th. Produced by Audible Doctor.
Puffy Dee = The OG Iggy Azalea?
When the Tuff City head honcho mentioned that this was the most slept-on release from the label I had to track down a copy. Having previously explained to Fat Lace that “she was white girl living uptown. I thought her rhymes were brilliant but she predated video unfortunately,” Mr. Fuch’s expanded on the topic when I interviewed him in 2013.
Aaron Fuchs: The most overlooked record in my catalogue is this record called ‘Joe Blow’ by Puffy Dee. She was really difficult to work with and she had a real mousy voice – until somebody tells me that that record isn’t good I’ll think it’s brilliant. It was a real beats and rhymes record – Pumpkin on drum machine. It came out around the same time as the Disco Four ‘School Days’ when he went through a very spare period.
I haven’t seen a photo of Puffy Dunster, but based on the comment about her not benefiting from having a video, it’s safe to assume she was a bit of a looker. ‘Joe Blow’ is certainly an amusing curio over a quality Pumpkin track, while the a-side ‘Young, Single and Free’ is a literally unlistenable attempt at the rap game Minnie Mouse to croon.
Clever 1 – Canteinz Of Whiskey
Clever 1 [Da Buze Brovaz] is dropping an album titled The Dirty Dozen through Unkut/CRC this Halloween, produced by DJ RockSteady. Here’s a taste of what you can expect.
Buddy Leezle feat. Da Buze Bruvaz – Saddle Soap
I’m not familiar with Buddy Leezle but Da Buze Bruvaz are possibly repping the CRC harder than anyone out there right now. Produced by The Custodian of Records.
Hus Kingpin – Playoffs
Roc Marciano is on the beat for this new Hus Kingpin track.
Download: The Dr. Butcher Production Collection
Dr. Butcher, who you may remember as the guy who did all the scratching on Kool G Rap‘s second album (as well as rapping at the end of ‘Jive Talk’), has also contributed a number of wonderfully brooding soundtracks for MF Grimm, Akinyele and G Rap to unleash speech over. Here are fifteen of my favorites.
Download: The Dr. Butcher Production Collection
Download: Debonair P – Debonair Blends 12 [1992-1994 Hip Hop Megamix]
Debonair P goes deep once again, this time focusing on 92-94 and unearthing a few tracks I’d never heard before. Stream, download or cop the CD.
Stream: K-Def and The 45 King – Back To The Beat Album
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.
Download: Cole James Cash – BBW A Pornographic Opera Album
The latest release on CRC Records “tells the saga of various Big Beautiful pornographic actresses and their stories narrated by various rappers. Backed by melodic production and storytelling dedicated to all of the best and beautiful big girls who fornicate on film.”
I’ll be posting an interview with Cole James Cash discussing how he put this album together, but in the meantime, stream or download this dedication to chubby chicas.