Download: Agallah Don Bishop – Don Status Mixtape
Thursday February 19th 2015,
Filed under: Free Ninety-Nine,Mix Tapes,Steady Bootleggin'
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Agafella still got that work.



Him-Lo – Wu Lo

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‘I don’t care what you faggots say, you need to have a drink before I slap you in your faggot face.’



Tape-Only Treats: 5ive-0 Posse – To The Max
Tuesday February 17th 2015,
Filed under: BK All Day,Features,Steady Bootleggin',Tape Vaults,The 80's Files
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The original 5ive-0 Posse, not to be confused with the weak 5ive-0 crew from 1994, dropped an entertaining LP in 1989 on Sue Records which dealt with the concerns of a rapper and a DJ who just happened to work for the New York City Police Department. Making it clear that they weren’t soft just because they were the fuzz (cutting in the Jungle Brothers ‘Shot and killed by an off duty jake’ line as a warning to anyone who stepped to them), while boasting of being able to ‘carry all the guns that I want and be legal.’ In case you were concerned that the duo were walking around like a couple of cowboys, we’re reminded that they never ever got a civilian complaint. Prince Rashaad and DJ Brother Lee-Luv broke down their statement of intent on the back cover:

“During the day to protect and serve, during the night to create and project an image that Police Officers are human and can be down to earth like anybody else.”

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GZA – The Mexican

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The GZA has remade Babe Ruth‘s breakbeat classic ‘The Mexican’ with Tom Morello. While it’s no ‘Prisoners of War‘ or ‘Go To Work’, it’ll do. As a bonus, if you live in Canada you can book Babe Ruth to come and play this and ‘Keep Your Distance’ at your 40th birthday party.



Da Buze Brovaz – Rugby

Carl Winslow
Screen cap spotted at UB Massive

Him-Lo and Clever 1 keep on keeping on with that Punch You In The Face And Take Your Coat Rap.



Def Dames: Frick ‘N Frack
Tuesday February 10th 2015,
Filed under: Def Dames,Features,In Search Of...,Steady Bootleggin',The 80's Files
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If you were a rap fan outside of the USA in 1987, it was in your best interest to collect the Street Sounds Electro/Hip-Hop albums, which were compilations of an often eclectic mix of current singles, mixed together by a selection of UK DJ’s. The one that really stood out for me was Hip Hop 18, which was mixed by a fellow named R.J. Scratch [Roger Johnson] and was a particularly mixed bag of great, obscure and just plain weird rap tracks from New York. I was eventually able to find copies of ‘You Know How To Reach Us’ and ‘We Have Risin”, but the two Marley Marl produced tunes on this volume remained out of reach. As it turns out, what would have been Frick ‘N Frack’s second single was never actually released, only existing on a couple of acetates. This was annoying since it means there was no way to hear the complete, unmixed versions of these tracks – until now. Turns out that Frick ‘N Frack have uploaded some of their old songs to iTunes for those of us who have waited for 28 years to hear the last minute of ‘Who’s On Mine.’ From the preview it sounds like they’ve been dubbed off cassette from when they were played on WBLS, but for 99 cents each I guess it’s worth taking a gamble.

UPDATE: The iTunes version is just a recording of the version on the Street Sounds compilation that cuts off when the Kings Of Pressure comes in. Guess we’ll be waiting another 28 years until Marley presses it up on Hot Chillin’
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General Steele and Mic Handz – Frontline
Saturday February 07th 2015,
Filed under: BK All Day,Marcberg Season,Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin'
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Beat by Roc Marciano.



Big Pun – Beware [J-Force Revisit]
Friday February 06th 2015,
Filed under: Remixes,Staten aka Shaolin,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

BigPun

Big Moon Dog left this tiny planet fifteen years ago today. J-Force has revisited ‘Beware’ to remind us how nice dude was on mic devices.



Download: The Effin’ Clean Rap Radio Re-recordings compilation
Wednesday February 04th 2015,
Filed under: Compilations,Radio...Suckas Never Play Me,Steady Bootleggin',Unkut Originals
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Adding gunshots, sirens and rewinds to remove swears from rap records is all well and good, but you’ve got to respect the effort made by certain rappers who went to the trouble of re-writing and re-recording their lyrics in order to cater to radio guidelines. Some of my personal favorites include Tim Dog‘s ‘Forget Compton,’ (not re-recorded but hilariously re-edited) Willie Dee‘s ‘Bald Head Gals’ and King Tee‘s ‘Played Like A Piano’ (which sports a remixed beat and numerous mentions of the fact that it’s a clean radio version), while who can forget Showbiz switching up “Hoes give me head on the escalator” for “Girls smile at me on an escalator”? Hold ya head everyone who was gifted the first Wu-Tang tape clean version with three songs removed.

Download: The Effin’ Clean Rap Radio Re-recordings compilation

Track listing:
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Download: AZ x Phil Gektor – A.W.O.L 2.0
Tuesday February 03rd 2015,
Filed under: Free Ninety-Nine,Remixes,Steady Bootleggin'
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Crate Cartel member and CRC sympathizer Phil Gektor (aka GX) released this enjoyable remix of AZ’s A.W.O.L. LP last month. There’s no such thing as too much AZ, plus this version of ‘City of Gods’ is particularly enjoyable.



Agallah Don Bishop feat. Hus Kingpin and Rozewood – Pyrex Thrones
Wednesday January 28th 2015,
Filed under: Killa Queens,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Steady Bootleggin'
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From Agallah‘s forthcoming Don Status mixtape.

Bonus: Hus Kingpin Ft. Rozewood – ‘I Gave You One’
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KRS-One – Late Night [Unreleased 1993 Practice Session]
Wednesday January 28th 2015,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Freestyles,Steady Bootleggin',Tape Vaults,The 90's Files
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DJ Kenny Parker sez:

Off the Practice Tapes album. Krs-One free styling & practicing an early draft of a song meant for the Return Of The Boom Bap LP.



Clever One – Sudden Impact

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Some 2015 Buze Brovaz action from Clever One.



Hannibal Buress – Funkflex Rant Parody
Saturday January 17th 2015,
Filed under: Answer Records,Non-Rapper Dudes,Skits That Don't Suck
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Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress – who has been putting in work as the co-host of the The Eric Andre Show, a stoner dentist on Broad City and the dude who cracked that particularly poignant Bill Cosby funny – has done his own take on the fuckery that Funkmaster Flex subjected radio listeners to the other night.



Westside Gunn feat. Sean Price – BLVK TAR
Friday January 16th 2015,
Filed under: Freestyle Fridays,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Sean Price assists this track from Buffallo’s squeaky-voiced Westside Gunn.



Joey Badass – Paper Trails
Friday January 16th 2015,
Filed under: Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Joey does his best impersonation of Jemini The Gifted One and J-Live over this enjoyable DJ Premier beat.



Your Old Droog – Get The Paper
Friday January 16th 2015,
Filed under: Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Droog gives the ‘Pass The Mic’ beat a new lease of life and provides an interesting twist on some well-worn cliches.



Ten Rap Remixes That Are Barely Remixes But Still Win

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The following are a collection of remixes that where perhaps only an extra horn, new drums or a rearrangement of the samples differentiates them from the original version, but they’re still significantly better. You could add most of the 80’s Cold Chillin’ 12: mixes to this list, natch.

Brand Nubian – Slow Down [Pete Rock Remix]

Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Straighten It Out’ [remix]

EPMD – ‘Crossover’ [Test Pressing Remix]

Stezo – ‘Freak The Funk’ [12″ Version]
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Willie The Kid: The Fly 3 Freestyle

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New WTK to promo The Fly 3, which is out 20 January. Check the trailer below for the short film which will drop the same day.

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Agallah The Don & Hus Kingpin – Gangsta 2K15

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This is the best rap song of 2015 so far.



Grand Puba – The More Things Change
Monday January 12th 2015,
Filed under: Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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For anyone who has missed Puba‘s off-key warbling in recent years, you’re in for a treat. I’m just glad he ditched that shitty keyboard he used for Understand This.



Three Sixty Five feat. Roc Marciano – The Dirty Sample
Monday January 12th 2015,
Filed under: Marcberg Season,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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These features are all well and good, but we need new Marcy over his own beats sometime this year.



Stream: CRC Radio – Episodes 5, 6 and 7

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The last week I’ve spent a lot of time filling in at the local community radio station while the regular hosts have gotten drunk in the name of our lord, Yeezus Price. Episode 5 was let down by technical issues, despite a quality playlist, while I felt I hit my stride on Episode 7. Regardless, radio was the real winner as some great rap was broadcast to the masses.

CRC Radio, Episode 5 – Philly Special

CRC Radio, Episode 6 – Top 30 of 2014

CRC Radio, Episode 7 – LA Rap Special



Video: Psycho Les – Show Me Thoze!
Monday December 29th 2014,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Newest Latest,Rap Veterans,Video Clips
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Psycho Les carries on Beatnuts tradition with this dedication to racks.



Stream: New Hus Kingpin and Rozewood Projects

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Hus Kingpin and Rosewood seem to be putting out new stuff every week – the good news is that the quality doesn’t suffer. This past couple of weeks they’ve dropped Pop-Up Shop and The Beautiful Type, both worthy of your consideration with their CRC-approved raps and beats. Preview both releases below and cop that Nah Right Hype download while you’re at it.
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