Stream: Lord Tariq – Uptown Suite Tape

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New Ray West/LUVNY tape with the two tracks featuring Lord Tariq. Available digitally from Bandcamp or on blue plastic.



Download: A Salute To Howie Tee

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Hitman Howie Tee got his start as part of CD III, before laying down the demo version of ‘Roxanne Roxanne’ for UTFO and helping out Full Force with some material, before lending his talents to Whistle, Chubb Rock, Special Ed, the Real Roxanne and Little Shawn. Later in his career he branched out into reggae (Vicious, Patra) and created pop (Color Me Badd, Madonna, EMF). Here are some of his more memorable moments when he was in hardcore rap mode.

Download: A Salute To Howie Tee

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Download: A Salute To Hurby Luv Bug

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Hurby ‘Lug Bug’ Azor played a big part in exposing a different style of Queens rap to the world as his Idol Makers crew concentrated on dressing fly, club hopping and bagging the opposite sex, largely favoring story-telling over the classic brag and boast technique. Hurby’s appreciation of go-go beats, DMX shakers and classic breakbeats produced some dance floor classics before he broke through to the pop charts with Salt-N-Pepa’s ‘Push It’ and into the movies via Kid ‘N Play‘s Houseparty franchise. After producing a couple of records for MC Shan‘s white reggae artist Snow in 1995, Hurby vanished from the music scene altogether. Here are what I consider to be his sixteen finest moments behind the boards.

Download: A Salute To Hurby Luv Bug

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Stream: Sleestack’z 2LP snippets

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Debonair P sez:

As a major fan of Behind the Iron Curtain, the previously CD/tape-only 1996 album by the 4 man NY/Atlanta crew Sleestack’z, GRR is excited to be releasing the long overdue 2LP vinyl version of this cult classic. Featuring all 18 tracks from the original album PLUS 3 bonus joints recorded around the same time, this is a must-have for any fans of 90s hip hop. The vinyl is limited to 300 copies (100 on clear vinyl, 200 on black vinyl) and comes in a white jacket with oversize sticker, as well as printed liner notes on the history of the group and making of the album.

I’ve never heard of these guys before but you can order this here if you like the sound of it.

‘Ruination’ video:
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Maffew Ragazino feat. Roc Marciano – Better Recognize

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Produced by Frank The Butcher and Paul Mighty. Taken from Eight Million Stores, available here.



Ced-Gee Details His Work On Criminal Minded
Wednesday July 15th 2015,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Ced Gee Special,Great Moments In Rap,The 80's Files
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Stumbled onto this piece of gold the other night thanks to TR Love – Angus Batey’s interview with Kool Keith and Ced-Gee for the liner notes of the Roadrunner edition of Critical Beatdown! Of particular interest was Ced’s breaking down his involvement with Criminal Minded:

Ced-Gee: Me and Scott [La Rock] grew up together. I knew Scott’s whole family. With BDP’s Criminal Minded, my input was more of showing Scott how to use the sampler. When the SP-12 came out, a lot of engineers just looped. But I would take sounds and chop ’em up – even if it wasn’t a full sound I’d make it sound full. I was the first person to chop samples on the SP-12. Soon everyone was doing it. [KRS-ONE] would bring the record, I would take it, chop it, rearrange it. I did the whole album, apart from four songs. I didn’t do ‘Criminal Minded,’ ‘South Bronx,’ ‘My 9mm’ and ‘Elementary,’ but I did the rest. But I got jerked on the credit. Scott kept telling me to stay on the back of the guy who ran the label. ‘I’m telling you,’ he said, ‘he’s sheisty’. I’m like, ‘Nah, he said he got me’. And when it came out, it didn’t say ‘Produced by Ced-Gee and Boogie Down’, it said ‘Produced by Boogie Down, special thanks to Ced-Gee’. Me and Scott didn’t fall out, but it cost me money.

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Capone-N-Noreaga – Pizza
Tuesday July 14th 2015,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Large Pro For Prez,Steady Bootleggin'
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Stand-out from the new Capone-N-Noreaga album, Lessons, courtesy of a Large Professor track.



Download: A Salute To One Shot Wonders

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Some of my favorite moments in rap have been provided by crews who only ever managed to release one single (or spot on a compilation) before vanishing from the limelight. This collection of sixteen one shot winners are tracks that have stood the test of time, despite their creators never rising to the ranks of the greats.

Download: A Salute To One Shot Wonders

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Tragedy Khadafi feat. KRS-One and A.G. – Modern Day Gangsta
Monday July 13th 2015,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin',Tragedy Special
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First cut from Tragedy Khadafi‘s project Tabla Rasa with producer Striknine (who produced MF Grimm’s The Hunt For The Gingerbread Man) which due later this year through Class A Records/Fat Beats.



Stream: Squires, The Cynic, & Rapswell are​.​.​.​Pen Pals
Friday July 10th 2015,
Filed under: BK All Day,Newest Latest,Promos & Exclusives
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This Brooklyn trio remind me of that Fondle ‘Em era Siah and Yeshua DapoED. Available on digital, USB or Chopped Herring vinyl if you fux with it.



Download: A Salute To Nice & Smooth

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If you don’t enjoy the bombastic nonsense that is Greg Nice combined with the ultra relaxed musings of Smooth B then there isn’t much hope for you in life. I recommend drinking bleach, playing chicken with freight trains or challenging Just-Ice to a fist fight in order to hasten your ascent to the pearly gates/pits of hell/endless grey void that awaits you. For all the rest of you, please enjoy my favorite Nice & Smooth songs – in particular the unreleased ‘Turn It Out,’ which features the best use of Babe Ruth‘s ‘Keep Your Distance’ in some time and was re-recorded with a different beat for the Blazin’ Hot LP.

Download: A Salute To Nice & Smooth

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Download: A Salute To Noise

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There was a brilliant period in hip-hop and electro records where the engineers seemed determined to warp and distort the original track to near unrecognizable forms, splattering echo and gated snares on the walls of some long-forgotten underground cavern. Let’s call it the Spelunker Period. The labels often provided not so subtle clues about what we could expect, announcing ‘Zootie,’ ‘Stubb,’ ‘Burnt’ and ‘Psycho Dust’ versions of their vocal counterparts. The following are selection of abrasive, dusted drum machine and scratch experiences that demonstrate the beauty of that thing sometimes referred to as The Dope Noise.

Download: A Salute To Noise

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Maffew Ragazino – Summer Nine Five

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Some warm weather action from Mr. Ragazino, produced by Jimmy Dukes.

Taken from Maff’s Eight Million Stories project, dropping 1 July. Looking forward to those WTK and Marci features on this.

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Video: Da Buze Bruvaz – Dos Equis
Saturday June 27th 2015,
Filed under: Conservative Rap Coalition,Newest Latest,Philly Jawns,Video Clips
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As featured on the Straight Shotz In Dirty Glassez EP, out now on Chopped Herring

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Capone-N-Noreaga feat. Tragedy Khadafi – Even If

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The War Report crew bring back Grandmaster Vic for some of that Queens blend tape magic.



Download: A Salute To Slick Rick Cameos
Monday June 22nd 2015,
Filed under: Compilations,Steady Bootleggin',Zippyshare Records and Tapes
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Slick Rick The Ruler was the go-to guy for late nineties R&B remixes for a while, but it’s been his work adding his unique vocal stylings to rap tracks that have shone the brightest. From over thirty official guest spots I’ve selected the best sixteen appearances of the Rickster for another Zippyshare Records and Tapes sure shot treat.

Download: A Salute To Slick Rick Cameos

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The Audible Doctor feat. Hus Kingpin and Tragedy Khadafi – Danger

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The Doc serves up an Ironman style groove for these two upstarts to vent over. Taken from The Spring Tape, which you can cop for a dollar a song.



Download: The Dopplgangaz – Parts Unknown EP
Wednesday June 17th 2015,
Filed under: EP's,Free Ninety-Nine,Sharking,Steady Bootleggin'
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Matter Ov Fact and EP are back with a free EP of new material. Some of the beats are leaning towards a more ‘modern’ sound but the raps are still that classic Shark Nation deviates flow.



Download: A Salute To The Sugar Hill Band

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For a jam-packed four year stretch, The Sugar Hill Band was the most powerful force in recorded rap, providing the beats for The Furious Five, Funky 4+1, Treacherous Three, Crash Crew, Spoonie Gee, The Sequence and more. With it’s core membership consisting of guitarist Skip McDonald, bassist Doug Wimbish, drummer Keith LeBlanc, percussionist Ed ‘Duke Bootee’ Fletcher and arranger Clifton ‘Jiggs’ Chase, the Sugar Hill Band were assigned to replay and re-arrange the hot breaks of the day, as advised by the likes of Grandmaster Flash based on what the crowd responded to when he deejayed. Unfortunately, some of their finest work such as ‘Funk You Up’ and ‘It’s Nasty (Genius of Love)’ was never issued in instrumental versions, but I’ve done my bets to cobble together what I could from the vaults.

Download: A Salute To The Sugar Hill Band

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Da Buze Bruvaz – Snow Beach

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Another burner from Him-Lo and Clever One aka Da Buze Brovaz, produced by DJ Rocksteady and Him-Lo.



Cormega feat. Roc Marciano – No Filter

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Marco Polo on the beat and DJ Skizz on the cut. This is CRC theme music at it’s finest.



A Tribute To Pumpkinhead

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Pumpkinhead and Sucio Smash [Photo by: Photo Rob]

As most of you already know, long-time indy rap champion Pumpkinhead passed away this week at only 39 years old, tragically leaving behind his pregnant wife and two kids. I’m not really qualified to speak on the man’s numerous contributions, but Chaz Kangas has put together a fitting tribute to the man for Complex, while some of his friends shared their fondest memories on Facebook:

DJ Eclipse: Some of us spend countless hours, days, months, years and even decades promoting others more so then we do ourselves. PH was one of those guys. Even though he made a name for himself in the battle scene and even made some records, it was his work here in NYC that I’ll remember even more. An integral part of the 90’s indie movement as well as today’s battle scene and a promoter of authentic acts and events, PH cared about the culture of Hip Hop. For him it was about your skills and how to improve on them. He was one of the ones that helped keep the foundation strong for others to go on and build careers.
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Mr Voodoo – New York Straight Talk: The Elusive Demos EP Snippets
Monday June 01st 2015,
Filed under: Demo Week,Steady Bootleggin',Tape Vaults,The 90's Files
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This sounds great but I can’t help but wonder why Chopped Herring and other labels don’t offer stuff like this on CD as well. It’s not like a bunch of demos off an old cassette are going to playable in a club, is it?

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Download: A Salute To Jigmastas

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DJ Spinna and Kriminal provided the 1996 indy stand-out single, ‘Beyond Real’/’Dead Man Walking,’ which proved to be the one of the highlights of an extensive discography over the next six years. Spinna was in high demand during this period for his signature lush production style which combined restrained sampling and original riffs for an atmospheric canvas of sounds, while Krim provided the most compelling verbal contributions from a wide range of vocalists who utilized the Beyond Real catalog. Ignoring the hackneyed ‘conscious’/’underground’ cliches that came to sully much of the ‘independent as fuck’ mantra of the day, Kriminal maintained a refreshingly honest style of Brooklyn brag rap that wasn’t afraid to boast of of ‘putting a dick in your girl’ during a time of tiresome politically correct posturing and underground flag-waving.
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Download: Hus Kingpin and SmooVth – Splash Brothers EP

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Some new Conservative Rap Coalition approved music from the Hempstead’s hardest working duo.