Radio Stream: The Unkut Guide To The Best and Worst 80’s Rap Ballads
The good folk over at PBS 106.7 FM invited me down to do a guest spot on Richie 1250‘s Stone Love program for Valentine’s Day, where I unleashed what I consider to be some of the best and worst examples of the dreaded 80’s rap ballad on unsuspecting listeners.
A Double Dose of Black Rob
BR has popped up with two new appearances this week. The first one is taken from his next album, Genuine Article, and sounds like it’s a left over from his stint at Duck Down based on the fact it contains Sean Price and Tek features and particularly sparse Easy Moe Bee beat.
Stream: Willie The Kid and Bronze Nazareth – The Living Daylights
Willie The Kid and Bronze Nazareth‘s LP is now available for sale on iTunes, but you cab try before you buy with the streaming link below. “Ain’t Nothin'” with Boldy James is my pick of the litter so far.
Stream: The ARE – Here, My Dear
Just stumbled across this debut release from the Rappers I Know blog’s new label, which is the latest instrumental project dealing with the breakdown of his relationship with his daughter’s mother, based around the Marvin Gaye album of the same name, from former K-Otix’s producer The ARE, who’s previously blessed us with Manipulated Marauders and Dem Damb Jacksons.
Marco Polo feat. Organized Konfusion – 3-O-Clock
First release from Marco Polo’s PA 2: The Director’s Cut, which reunites Prince Po and Pharoahe Monch for the first time since the “Now and Then” remix. Look out for the video of this soon, shot by The Doppelgangaz.
J-Zone – Peter Pan Syndrome 7 Song Sampler
J-Zone releases his new album next month, so here’s a sample of seven of the tracks. “Jackin’ For Basquiats” is my shit, obviously.
Album sampler song reference key:
Milano Constantine – What Type Of Shit You Want
While certain sections of the rap internets don’t seem to hold ‘Lano in particularly high regard, I will rep for his abilities any day of the week, particularly when paired with the P Brothers on the beats. Taken from the Alfa Romeo mixtape, which you can stream over at Milano’s Soundcloud. I’m pretty sure I posted this last year but shit happens.
Omniscence – Sharp Objects [Album Snippets]
Quality new vinyl release that should coincide with the interests of CRC members:
The brand new EP from NC’s Omniscence. 10 tracks on limited wax (150 copies on blue swirl vinyl / 150 copies on purple vinyl) produced and mixed by Debonair P. Shipping now.
Minnesota – Diamond District
Not sure what this is from, but Brian Beck From Wisconsin tipped me off about it the other day. Did Diamond D produce this or is he just in that photo at random? Either way, that loop is the business.
Tony Touch feat. M.O.P – You Know You Love This
My pick from the new Tony Touch album, The Piecemaker 3: Return of the 50 MC’s. Sadly there’s no Diaz Brothers track on here though.
Big Twins feat. Big Noyd – Hood On The Map
Big Twins has dropped a new album, and in exciting news for die-hard QB Rap fanatics, he has a Big Noyd feature! Cop On The Grill here.
Terumasa Hino – Unity
A new project dropped today from Terumasa Hino and DJ Honda:
Terumasa Hino was born in 1942 in Tokyo City. He moved to New York in 1975 and worked with a who’s who of jazz. In 1989 Hino became the first Japanese artist to sign with the legendary esteemed American jazz label BLUE NOTE. Throughout the years Hino’s success in Japan and his career has been likened to that of Miles Davis; as they both experimented with jazz/rock fusion and also played the same instrument; the trumpet. In the past few years Terumasa Hino has teamed up with legendary hip-hop icon, dj honda and formed a new sound of fusion blending heavy beats and scratching.
iTunes link for the album
Prodigy and Alchemist feat. Roc Marciano – Death Sentence
Here’s the Roc Marcy feature from the new P and ALC album, Albert Einstein.
Tony Touch feat. Action Bronson and Kool G Rap – It’s A Queens Thing
More Tony Touch action, as Action Bronson and Kool G Rap get down over a Statik Selektah track.
Tony Touch ft. Raekwon, JD Era, Ghostface Killah & RZA – Unorthodox
First single from Tony Touch’s Piecemaker 3: The Return Of The 50 MC’s, produced by Toca and Psycho Les. Kinda wish RZA didn’t rap on this though.
AZ – We Movin’
Business as usual for AZ, with Statik Selectah on the track. Taken from Doe Or Die 2.
7 G.E.M.S. (Tragic Allies & Tragedy Khadafi) – Dem Get Murda
Tragedy has teamed up with Tragic Allies (Purpose, Estee Nack and Code Nine) to form 7 G.E.M.S. The Golden Era Music Sciences album is out now through Ill Adrenaline Records with vinyl due next month.
Two More TJ Swan Demos Unearthed
Back in 2010 I received a recording of a TJ Swan demo recorded from Tim Westwood‘s show in 1988 titled “Mellow Love”, although someone claiming to be affiliated with Swan then contacted me and demand that I remove the track on the grounds that: “This was a practice session. Swan wrote and sang the song to get a feel for it”. He also claimed that a bunch of TJ Swan music was about to drop, but three years later we’re still waiting.
In the meantime, Rap Blog Godd noz recently blessed me with a few more cuts which may have been intended for Have No Fear Swan Is Here. or are simply more “practice sessions”. The first track, “Sensitive Love” features Swan flexing his microphone techniques and busting some rhymes, while “Love Is Blind” is more of an uptempo number on the Al. B Sure tip. Was Marley Marl involved with these tracks? Are they finished LP cuts or just demos? Sadly, there’s also no sign of the lost Big Daddy Kane/MC Shan cameos that I hoped for…
Hannibal Stax and Marco Polo – B.K.L.Y.N.
New album cut from Hannibal Stax and Marco Polo‘s Seize The Day album, which dropped today and is an excellent example on Non-Progressive Rap done right. File under the ever-expanding Brooklyn Anthem category.
Havoc feat. Styles P & Raekwon – Favorite Rap Stars
Posting this just because Havoc used a loop instead of those keyboard beats he was stuck on for a while, not to mention it fills the Hoody Rap quota for the month with the Raekwon and Styles P spots. Hav’s new solo LP, 13, is out tomorrow on Nature Sounds.
Milano Constantine – Global Warming
Milano just released the full version of “Global Warming”, a snippet of which appeared on his Hurt Locker mixtape from a few years back.
R.A. The Rugged Man – Definition of A Rap Flow
Holy fuck. R.A. just took Fast Rap to the next level.
Tragedy and Craig G – Live At The In Control Show 
Here’s some Rap Radio gold courtesy of my man’s Will C:
“Tragedy the Intelligent Hoodlum back to back with Craig G live on arguably the greatest rap radio show of all time. This is the Marley Marl In Control Rap Show on 107.5 WBLS from what appears to be April or May 1989. Seeing as Trag Invasion is one of my favorite songs off of Tragedy’s debut LP, it’s cool to hear him kicking those rhymes over Craig’s Take The Bait beat. Another lost slice of the good stuff!”
Fla Fla [Sparrow] and Debonair P – Timeless EP Snippets
Some new vinyl at a decent price for a change…
Snippets taken from the new EP from Fla Fla of Sparrow the Movement, responsible for indie classics such as “Rhyme Impotence”, “Physics” etc. The Timeless EP is available on limited vinyl (150x clear red, 150x clear green) via Six2Six records. All songs produced and mixed by Debonair P. Vinyl can be ordered below for $22 plus postage.