Doo Wop – Shadows of 1995
Wednesday August 26th 2015,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin'
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Wop takes a trip down memory lane over a Statik Selektah track.



Styles P – Life Time
Wednesday August 26th 2015,
Filed under: New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin'
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Best track from The Ghost‘s A Wise Guy and A Wise Guy.



Download: A Salute To Rap-A-Lot Records

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Some of my favorite rap sprung from Houston’s Rap-A-Lot Records, as the label incorporated organs, harmonicas and funk guitar with traditional breakbeats, creating a unique blend of east coast and southern hip-hop before everyone jumped on The Chronic bandwagon and started playing everything from scratch. Here’s a selection of my favorite moments from the early days of the house that J. Prince built above his car lot.

Download: A Salute To Rap-A-Lot Records

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Download: A Salute To Milk Carton Posse Cuts

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The qualification to make it onto this compilation requires that two or more of the rappers were never heard from again1. Let us sit back and bask in the fleeting glory that is getting to rap on your pal’s album on account of being a faithful weed carrier or always ensuring that the studio fridge is full of ice cold beers.

Download: A Salute To Milk Carton Posse Cuts

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  1. Prophet and Kwazi being the exception, they turned up on Shyheim’s first album[back]


Download: A Salute To The Original Flavor Unit

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To compliment the Flavor Unit Oral History I did for RBMA, here are my sixteen favorite tracks from the first generation of Flavor Unit MC’s through to passing the torch to Naughty By Nature for the second installment. Before anyone asks, no that 900 Number album never actually got released but apparently featured new verses from Latee and Chill Rob.

Download: A Salute To The Original Flavor Unit

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The Original Flavor Unit: An Oral History
Thursday August 06th 2015,
Filed under: Features,Flavor Unit Special,Oral Histories,Web Work
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This is the most complete Original Flavor Unit oral history I could put together without access to Queen Latifah or Latee.

The Original Flavor Unit: An Oral History



J-Live – Red and The Kid
Tuesday August 04th 2015,
Filed under: Rap Veterans,Rooftop Like It's 88,Steady Bootleggin'
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Best J-Live song since ‘The Day I Fell Off,’ thanks to his well-advised channeling of Greg N-I-C-E.1

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Q Ball and Curt Cazal feat. M.O.P. – At The Same Time
Tuesday August 04th 2015,
Filed under: Newest Latest,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin',Strong Island
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QNC have a new single out on Ill Adrenaline, available on seven inch.



Stream: United Crates – The Linxstrumentals
Tuesday August 04th 2015,
Filed under: DJ Mixes,Steady Bootleggin',Wu-Tang Is For The Children
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Shout Out New York and United Crates celebrated the twentieth anniversary of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… with this mix of the music that provided the foundation for one of the finest rap albums ever made.



Eloh Kush and DUS – Circadian Rhythm
Tuesday August 04th 2015,
Filed under: Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin'
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New track produced by DUS, who previously gave us ‘Casino’ with Roc Marciano. Taken from the Angeldus LP.



Cole James Cash feat. Spit Gemz and Chris Rivers – Akuma vs Gouken
Tuesday August 04th 2015,
Filed under: Newest Latest
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Here’s the first single from Cole James Cash‘s Street Champion LP.



Mikey D – Back To The Future
Monday August 03rd 2015,
Filed under: Newest Latest,Old Moufs,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin'
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New Mikey D’Struction music. Laurelton Ave Posse stand up!



Video: THE MTN MAN – The Alligator’s Belly
Monday August 03rd 2015,
Filed under: Jersey? Sure!,Newest Latest,Video Clips
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Some new Jersey action, produced by K-Def. Video shot ad directed by richdirection.



R.A.W. – Herbal Intercourse
Monday August 03rd 2015,
Filed under: New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin',Stoner Rap
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Right Amount of Wrong, which is a group consisting of Problemz and DJ Skizz, have just dropped this track from their new EP, available now.



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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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.

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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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