Drum Machine aka Jay Burzootie – Drum Machine
Friday September 25th 2015,
Filed under: Speaker Smashers,The 80's Files
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Before mastering engineer Jay Burnett named himself Burzootie and got dusted in the studio with MCA for the Def Jam maroon label sure shot, ‘Drum Machine,’ he released an early version in 1982 on his own Jayco imprint. I assume that’s him rapping on this as well.

Stream: Tragedy Khadafi – Pre Magnum Opus LP
Wednesday December 17th 2014,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Speaker Smashers,Steady Bootleggin',Tragedy Special
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Spotify has the new Tragedy album available for your streaming pleasure, serving as a prelude to the Magnum Opus LP next year. You can get it through iTunes here if that’s more your bag.

Great One-Shot Wonders
Tuesday September 02nd 2014,
Filed under: Crates,Features,Listicles,Not Your Average,Speaker Smashers,The 80's Files
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These aren’t one hit wonders, since none of these records were technically “hits” in the traditional sense. This is more of a collection of rappers who only got one chance to shine before they got a steady city job with a pension or dangled in record company hell for all eternity.

Download: A Salute To Duke Bootee

duke bootee

Perhaps best known for providing Melle Mel with the beat to “The Message” while working as a Sugarhill Records session player, Duke Bootee went on to unleash a series of DMX/Linn Drum driven speaker smashers for Profile and his own Beauty and the Beat imprint, as well as his own solo album. When combined with a great scratch DJ and some effective Shout Rap (Word of Mouth‘s “King Kut”) or the hardcore b-boy stance of one-time Rammellzee rhyme partner and a razor sharp Latin Rascals edit (K-Rob‘s “I’m A Homeboy”), the trademark Duke sound was unstoppable. Here’s a collection of his production and vocal work, including that time that Bootee was recruited to record a guest rap in Ewok…

Download: A Salute To Duke Bootee

Track listing:

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: How Droog, Rast and Two DJ’s From Nottingham Brought NY Back


Cue my annual token “positive” article aka shameless jocking aka got a little gassed.

No Country For (Old) Rap Men: How Droog, Rast and Two DJ’s From Nottingham Brought NY Back

Ka feat. Roc Marciano – Fall Of The Bronze [New Iron]


Ka just dropped a new EP with Preservation titled 1200 B.C., which you can cop for $5 here. It previews a new Metal Clergy track with Roc Marciano, which fades out halfway so we can assume that the full version is being saved for the next project.

Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell (DJ Scratch Remix)
Wednesday June 18th 2014,
Filed under: Remixes,Speaker Smashers,Steady Bootleggin'
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Outstanding remix of “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” from DJ Scratch‘s Scratchmatic project, dropping 4 July at his Scratch Vision site. Loud drums stay winning.

Video: Mic Handz feat. Lil’ Fame – Don’t Get Stomped

Some of that good old Punch Your Moms In The Face Rap, with the obligatory Fizzy Womack feature. Produced by Aaron “Freedom” Lyles.

Video: BIGREC – Bullseye
Monday March 17th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Hoody Rap Ain't Dead,Speaker Smashers,Video Clips
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The clip for Diamond D‘s newest protege. I’ll always have a lotta luh for guitar loops like this…

BIGREC – Bullseye
Thursday January 16th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Speaker Smashers,Steady Bootleggin'
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This new Diamond D beat is serious. I thought that the rapper might have been that Big Red kid he used to work with but it’s a different dude.

Beat Box – A Drum Machine Obsession Book Review
Thursday December 05th 2013,
Filed under: Beantown,Books,Collectables,Crates,Reviews,Speaker Smashers
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During my road trip to Boston in June to visit the Get On Down HQ, I happened apon an incredible collection of drum machines, which I filmed for my nausea-inducing video set to MCA & Burtoozie’s “Drum Machine”. The reason that this world-beating collection of rhythm machines were on display was for a book titled Beat Box – A Drum Machine Obsession, which features a portion of Traffic Entertainment founder and noted Beantown beat maker Joe Mansfield’s personal collection.

Download: Scram Jones – Dead Giveaway EP


Scram Jones continues the tradition of dope producers who don’t really need to be rapping, but the beats on this go hard enough to disregard any complaints.

Download Mixtape

Step Brothers – Ron Carter


Evidence and Alchemist drop a non-LP cut while they prepare to drop the Step Brothers LP. I fux with this instrumental heavy.

Ten Great Big Twins Tracks


Big Twins The Project Kid was the last classic QB rap album, with the combined efforts of Sid Roams, Alchemist and Jake One providing the perfect soundtrack to the gravel-voiced stand-out of the Infamous Mobb. He’s also provided the perfect foil for Prodigy on a number of occasions, as Gambino and P make for a good combination like Pepsi and Pop Rocks. Here are ten great Twins tracks for you to thun out to:

Video: Molecules and Showbiz – Revenge
Tuesday October 08th 2013,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Crates,Rap Veterans,Speaker Smashers,Video Clips
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This vintage Japanese-only D.I.T.C. exclusive from ’95 finally gets a video and vinyl release as part of The Legion‘s Lost Tapes EP on Ill Adrenaline records.

Eight Alchemist Productions I Missed The First Time Around


In honor of the greatest chemist of our generation, Walter White, taking his final bow as the greatest TV drama of all time comes to an end, here are eight tracks cooked up in the lab by the Alchemist which I overlooked when they first dropped for one reason or another.


Video: Funkmaster Wizard Wiz – I Ain’t Wid Dat
Tuesday September 24th 2013,
Filed under: Ced Gee Special,Speaker Smashers,Video Clips,Video Vault
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Clearly the greatest rap video shot for $2, I present to you Funkmaster Wizard Wiz performing the Ced Gee production, “I Ain’t Wid Dat” in the Delaney Homes Projects in Perth Amboy, NJ. Pass the lab coat! Thanks to Palmer Stallings for the tip.

Unkut TV: Episode 11 – MCA, Burzootie and an army of Drum Machines
Wednesday July 17th 2013,
Filed under: Collectables,Def Jam Week,Speaker Smashers,Unkut TV,Video Clips
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During a visit to Get On Down records in Boston, I was shown what may be the greatest collection of drum machines in the world. It seemed appropriate to set the footage to the sounds of MCA and Burzootie‘s “Drum Machine” from 1985…

Video: Skinny Boys Perform on Miggs B TV [1987]
Thursday October 11th 2012,
Filed under: Speaker Smashers,The 80's Files,Video Clips
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Here’s some priceless footage of Shockin’ Shaun, Jockbox and Superman Jay performing ‘Jockbox’ and miming ‘Rip The Cut’ on public access TV in 1987, on the Miggs B on TV show, which apparently had a run of 400 episodes ‘featuring guests such as Martha Stewart, Rush Limbaugh, Penthouse Pets, Patty Hearst…musicians, artists, psychics, healers, actors, therapists, comedians and the most interesting people this area has to offer’.

See also: The Skinny Boys – The Unkut Interview

Spotted at Brian Beck From Wisconsin’s spot.

Lovebug Starski – Say What You Wanna Say
Thursday August 23rd 2012,
Filed under: Rap Veterans,Speaker Smashers,Steady Bootleggin'
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1986 was a great effin’ year.

Ultramagentic MC’s – I’m On
Tuesday August 21st 2012,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Speaker Smashers,Steady Bootleggin'
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Vintage Ultra and possibly the only thing on the B-Sides Companion that was worth the price of admission. Ced-Gee‘s declaration that he will bang your girl ‘hard…hard and hard/like John Leslie, a porno star!’ gives a pretty clear of what exactly he plans to be ‘on’ if you make the mistake of leaving wifey at home alone.

Jorun Bombay feat. Mantronix, Tricky Tee and Greg Nice – Get Stupid Pt. 2 (Beat Box Rap Version)

This is one of those examples when it’s a good thing that someone had too much time on their hands:

This is a pieced together session from various multitracks. I took the original beatbox demo used and sampled for “Get Stupid pt 2” – grabbed the best parts, chopped each element and repieced them together so it sounds like a one take beatbox (very tedious work). Took the acapella from the OG demo version of “Needle to the groove” (which had Tricky Tee on it.. bet you didn’t know he was supposed to be on Needle to the Groove?) and pieces of MC TEE’s rhymes which were from Get Stupid Pt 2 and then muted and Get Stupid ended up being an instrumental while Tee’s rhymes got recycled for later songs. I took all of these elements and repieced it into the track you are hearing now. And as an extra spice, i added my own Mantronix-ish type stutter chops (yes i did those) and voila! Get Stupid Pt 2 (beatbox version) with Tricky Tee, MC Tee, Mantronix and Greg Nice. Enjoy! (Produced by Jorun Bombay.. this version cannot be heard anywhere but here) I know it may sound like an authentic Mantronix production because of the chop chop chops.. but truthfully, this version wouldn’t even exsist before i re-pieced it, mixmatched elements together, produced it & posted it. Big shout out to MCtEE, MANTRONIX, TRICKY TEE and GREG NICE who all have been huge influences and helped shape hip hop in the 80’s and beyond. Go look up their stuff and get knowledged! Be a fan of their music.

Download: ESG Unkut Compilation

Over 200 tracks have plundered the bounty of the tripped-out musical voyage that the Scroggins sisters took way back in 1981, so I’ve chosen the 24 finest uses of the ‘UFO’ break for this compilation.

J-1 From Hardknocks – The Unkut Interview

Hardknocks delivered something unique when they dropped the School of Hard Knocks album in 1992. It stood-out both musically and lyrically as a sophisticated blend of hardcore rhymes and groove-heavy beats that sounded nothing like any other record of the era. Then they promptly vanished…leaving a lot of unanswered questions for rap fanatics who knew little about the crew itself, save for their earlier incarnation as 3 Da Hard Way. While I’d always assumed that The Spearchuckas, who were credited as the producers, were in fact Hardhead and Stoneface, it turns out I was wrong. When I had the chance to speak to J-1, who was half of the Spearchucka team, I jumped at the opportunity to fill in some of the blanks regarding this outstanding album.

Robbie: How did you start out?

J-1: I’ve been involved in music ever since I was 9 or 10. I played drums, my father played drums, played bass guitar…my family was musically involved. As far as hip-hop is concerned, I was in New York deejaying from 1978 all the way until about five years ago. I grew-up in Long Island. We did all those block parties. The C.B.S. crew. I moved to Atlanta in 1984. I started meeting people and this guy Mike California knew Henry Lee, who was from Noon Time Music. He helped us get started. Now he does Jazzy Pha and Ciara and that kind of stuff.

Ghostface Killah – Starkology

When I interviewed Mr. Starks before the release of his R&B album, I asked him if we could expect him to rhyme over raw breaks anytime in the near future:

Robbie: Would you ever do an album of just goin’ over breaks being cut-up, like that ‘Last Night’ skit you had?

Ghostface Killah: Yeah, yeah, I like that. There’s gonna be more of that, I love that. That’s the best.

Apollo Kids feels as close to that kind of concept as we’re ever going to get….cop it now here.

Ghostface Killah – Starkology