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.



Stetsasonic – Just Say Stet [Demo version]
Tuesday May 26th 2015,
Filed under: BK All Day,Crates,Demo Week,Steady Bootleggin',The 80's Files
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I didn’t get hip to Stetsasonic‘s brand of BK brilliance until I heard KRS-One shout them out and tracked down their In Full Gear album, but On Fire is worth your time for the classic ‘Go Stetsa’ and ‘My Rhyme.’ Here’s the stripped down demo version of their debut single, ‘Just Say Stet,’ which eagle-eyed Unkut reader P_gotsachill just put me up on. Now with added Human Mix Machine Wise!



Download: A Salute To The Blackwatch Movement

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I had the good fortune of connecting with Paradise The Architect from X-Clan on the phone last week for an interview, which gave me cause to revisit the Blackwatch discography, since he was heavily involved of producing everything under the banner until Brother J started Dark Sun Riders in the mid 90’s. For extra good times, try and play a drinking game where you have to go a shot every time you hear the word ‘sissy’ or any variation thereof.

Download: A Salute To The Blackwatch Movement [Zippyshare Records and Tapes]

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Czarface feat. Method Man – Nightcrawler
Tuesday May 19th 2015,
Filed under: Beantown,Steady Bootleggin',Wu-Tang Is For The Children
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Second release from Every Hero Needs A Villain, which is available with two bonus tracks if you order through iTunes.



Download: A Salute To Greg Nice Solo Guest Shots

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Eff a Fatman Scoop, the only old guy you need yelling on your records is Greg N-I-C-E. While recent years have seen king of the human echo chamber reduced to consorting with the likes of Jason Nevins and Talib Kweli, there was a time when having this man on your hook was money in the bank. Just ask The Beatnuts, who enlisted his help on no less than four album cuts and two outside projects.

Download: A Salute To Greg Nice Solo Guest Shots [Zippyshare Records and Tapes]

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Him-Lo – Philly Fanatics
Monday May 18th 2015,
Filed under: Conservative Rap Coalition,Philly Jawns,Steady Bootleggin'
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Him-Lo‘s ode to his hometown, as heard on his Late Nite Dinnaz At Da Brothal EP on Chopped Herring.



Satchel Page feat. Neek The Exotic, Mikey D, Sadat X and Large Pro – Sweet 16s

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All-star posse cut from Satchel Page’s Disco Sucks tape, which feature him rapping over classic tunes and is available for free here.



Milano – Cocaina

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Uptown representative Milano stopped by DJ Skizz’ BK lab the other night and this was the result.



Download: A Salute To The Rhyme Syndicate

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Ice-T’s Rhyme Syndicate was one of the more unusual extended rap crews, with a core membership that included everyone from old school veteran Donald D, ‘Caucasian Sensation’ Everlast, rapper/crooner dude Bronx Style Bob and acid casualty Divine Styler. According to the Syndicate Facebook page, which looks like it’s run by Donald D, the official role call is as follows:

Ice-T, Donald-D, Everlast, Afrika Islam, Darlene the Syndicate Queen, Bronx Style Bob, Divine Styler & the Scheme Team, Bilal Bashir, Low Profile (W.C. & Aladdin), Spinmasters (Hen-Gee & Evil-E), Hijack, Randy Mac, DJ Chilly Dee, MC Taste, Shaquel Shabazz, Nat the Cat, Domination, T.D.F., Mixmaster Quick, F.B.I. Crew, Lord Finesse, Nile Kings, Rhamel, Tre Kan, Bang-O, Toddy Tee, Monie Love, MC Trouble and Body Count.

Here’s a collection of my favorite Syndicate songs from that era, a reminder of when LA rappers were still trying to impress New York by rapping properly and when important issues such as how great it would be to have a sweet new Rolex watch were addressed with the seriousness they deserved. Sadly, despite having some great production from Aladdin and SLJ, Ice’s rapping had begun to fall into steep decline by the time he made Home Invasion, where he introduced some teenage chick rapper named Grip. I blame Body Count, obviously.

Download: A Salute To The Rhyme Syndicate

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Juggaknots – Ol Faithful [1993 Demo]
Wednesday April 22nd 2015,
Filed under: Crates,Demo Week,EP's,Steady Bootleggin'
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Some vintage Breeze Brewin’, taken from the Baby Pictures EP, available from Chopped Herring.



Video: Buze Bruvaz – Hard Liquor

New single from Him-Lo and Clever One, repping that CRC lifstyle.



Czarface feat. Meyhem Lauren – Deadly Class

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First single from the second Czarface album, Every Hero Needs A Villain, due this summer.

DJ 7L sez:

First leak from the new Czarface record is “Deadly Class” featuring Meyhem Lauren. Been a fan of his for a minute, we linked up a few years back at the BAU release party which was around when we were working on the new Czar album. I think Eso and Deck have never sounded better I really can’t wait for the fans to hear it. This song was recorded at the mid point of the album and remembering hearing it and was like “man this keeps getting better”. Eso added that chop at the end with iphone battery line that to me is just genius with the sample. This is just the leak, more info music, art on the way!