Download: Grandmaster Caz – The Grandest Of Them All LP [Ced-Gee Version]
Tuesday November 25th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Ced Gee Special,Compilations,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin'
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Photo: Joe Conzo

Back before rap magazines and the internet, I heard a rumor that Grandmaster Caz and Ced-Gee were working on an album together. Needless to say, my young mind was blown at the possibility of these two rap geniuses teaming-up. While we only got a couple of Tuff City singles from this meeting of minds, it turns out that they did in fact record an entire album of material together in 1992 before Aaron Fuch‘s decided that the material ‘wasn’t commercial enough,’ according to a piece that Dave Tompkins did on the ‘You Need Stitches’ single. Tuff City eventually released the vaulted material on a couple of compilations, so I thought I’d assemble it all together to paint a picture of how Caz’s 1992 LP, The Grandest Of Them All was originally intended to sound before The Mighty Maestro was recruited to remake it. ‘I’m Gonna Freak You’ deserves a special mention as being one of the most amusing sex raps ever recorded, while ‘I’m Rich’ is flossing at it’s finest. I’ve also included the earlier records they did together, just on the general principle that everything Ced touched during that period was amazing and Caz still had some gas in the tank despite being part of the old guard by this point. Bronx brilliance at it’s finest, albeit in poorly mixed, unpolished form.

Download: Grandmaster Caz – The Grandest Of Them All [Ced-Gee Version]



Video: Diamond D feat. Pete Rock – Only Way 2 Go
Tuesday November 25th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Video Clips
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Two ‘Best Producer’s On The Mic’ connect, politic, ditto.



Lord Finesse – The Unkut Interview, Part One
Wednesday November 12th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Features,Interviews,Not Your Average,Rap Veterans
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At long last, I got around to interviewing the great Lord Finesse officially. I’m also deep into completing the first proper book of Unkut interviews, so I’m saving the second half of this piece for print, along with a whole bunch of recent follow-up interviews that I’ve been doing. That being said, I didn’t want to hold back everything, so I had to drop a chunk this discussion with the Funkyman to keep your ears ringing until the print edition is released in early 2015. Lord Finesse needs no introduction, as he’s the man who built on the punchline foundations laid down by Big Daddy Kane and paved the way for the next generation of MC’s. We kicked it about his experiences with record labels, his love of the SP-1200, plans for the future and the and the infamously misunderstood Mac Miller lawsuit.

Robbie: Did you feel like you were prepared when you started making Funky Technician?

Lord Finesse: C’mon man, you can listen to that first album and it was dope, there was structure, but nobody was telling me, ‘You should do sixteen bars here, you should do sixteen bars there!’ I was rhyming forever on some of those records.

Nothing wrong with that!

[laughs] Most of that album was written while I was going to the studio or the day before. Some of it was freestyle stuff, but connecting it and doing it all together I had to write rhymes around some of the stuff and make ‘em songs. If you listen to the battle with me and Perc you’re hearing a nice amount of Funky Technician in that ‘89 battle.

So they were your stock battle rhymes?

When it’s time to make records you take ‘em and you re-craft them for the record.

Did any labels try to make you compromise your sound or image?

I didn’t even get that far. I went from Wild Pitch, which was a label with really no money and no promotion to take artists to the next level at the time, to being at a label with a lotta money. They got everything to take me to the next level, but they don’t understand who Finesse is as an artist! It’s like the popular gun that everybody’s talking about, you’ve gotta have the gun, not because you’re a shooter or you go to the gun range. You just want the gun because everybody else got the gun. Then when you get the gun, you don’t know nothing about the gun, you don’t know how to shoot it! You don’t know the mechanism’s of the gun so you kinda toss the gun to the side cos you don’t what you purchased! That’s how I feel when it comes to Giant. I’m there, but they don’t really know what they got! ‘This is the dude everybody was talking about! OK, we got him! Now what do we do with him?’
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Stream: Diamond D – The Diam Piece Album

Empire Music have posted the new Diamond album on their YouTube channel for your enjoyment. Here’s a re-up of D-Squizzy’s track-by-track breakdown of the album here while you listen. Available now on CD and digital.

Diamond D: It’s more or less a production LP, about two and a half years it took. A lot of tracks I didn’t even use. I had about 27 tracks but I only used 18. Some of the artists I was in the studio with, and others – because of their touring schedule and my touring schedule – I just sent them music and they sent me the session back. If the track that I give them has a sample in it that’s giving it direction then they’ll follow that. If there is no sample or concept at the beginning I just let the MC’s paint their own pictures and try to figure out how can make it connect. I use a lot more live instrumentation now. I still chop and manipulate samples, but my sound just sounds bigger now. Just using better equipment so the sample frequencies are better.

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Eddie Cheeba – Swim In A Drought
Tuesday September 30th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Hoody Rap Ain't Dead,Steady Bootleggin'
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A P Brothers sure shot featuring Eddie Cheeba from the BX. This isn’t the full version but it’ll do for now.



Track By Track: Diamond D Breaks Down The Diam Piece Album
Friday September 05th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Features,Interviews,Promos & Exclusives,Track-By-Track
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Diamond D is releasing his latest project, The Diam Piece, on 30 September so I caught up with him to find out the stories behind each track and get a little bit of insight into the process of constructing a production project with so many guests.

Diamond D: It’s more or less a production LP, about two and a half years it took. A lot of tracks I didn’t even use. I had about 27 tracks but I only used 18. Some of the artists I was in the studio with, and others – because of their touring schedule and my touring schedule – I just sent them music and they sent me the session back. If the track that I give them has a sample in it that’s giving it direction then they’ll follow that. If there is no sample or concept at the beginning I just let the MC’s paint their own pictures and try to figure out how can make it connect. I use a lot more live instrumentation now. I still chop and manipulate samples, but my sound just sounds bigger now. Just using better equipment so the sample frequencies are better.

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No Country For Old (Rap) Men – Why Criminal Minded and Critical Beatdown Are Both The Greatest Rap Album Ever Made

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The penny finally dropped as to why I couldn’t pick between my two favorite rap albums…

No Country For Old (Rap) Men – Why Criminal Minded and Critical Beatdown Are Both The Greatest Rap Album Ever Made



Diamond D feat. Pete Rock – Only Way 2 Go
Thursday August 14th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin'
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Second release from The Diam Piece. Will Black Rob steal the show on the LP as he did on Cormega‘s new album? Odds point to yes.



$amhill – The Benches
Saturday July 19th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Hoody Rap Ain't Dead,Steady Bootleggin'
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Produced by Chopz Da Beatz. Taken from the forthcoming Hardcore Righteousness project, featuring all Bronx-based producers and features.



Diamond D Reveals Diam Piece Track Listing
Sunday July 13th 2014,
Filed under: Announcements,Bronx Bombers,Crates
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I’ll be checking for this on the strength of new Black Rob and Grand Daddy IU features…



Video: $amhill – Alias

Salutes to CRC VP richdirection for shooting this slick visual treatment of $amhill‘s superb Counterstrike 2 contribution. Bronx keeps creating it!



Buze Brovaz feat. Sadat X – 100 Proof

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Fresh off lacing the Counterstrike 2 tape with an exclusive burner, Him-Lo has thrown me a new track with his brother Clever One and The Great Dot X, aka three seasoned gentlemen who will drink you under the table without a second thought.



Doo Wop & Don Blaq – Gotti and Preme
Friday June 27th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin',Uptown Kicking It
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These Wop and Blaq leaks are sounding effin’ great, as they bring it over Onyx‘s “Last Dayz” instrumental.



$amhill – Hustler’s Holiday
Tuesday June 24th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Hoody Rap Ain't Dead,Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin'
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Another loosie from Bronx bomber $amhill, Jean Duvall on the beat.



Stream: Lord Finesse – The SP-1200 Project Samplers

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For fans of 90’s era Lord Finesse beats (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) the Slice of Spice crew have compiled a vinyl package to “keep the crowd listening.”

Finesse dug deep into his floppy disk and DAT tape archives to help bring us a monster 25 tracks of unreleased and previously unavailable SP1200 heat. After Finesse hooked-up the E-mu Systems SP1200 and Akai S950 to transfer and sequence these tracks, we had Eddie Sancho mix then, and Tony Dawsey master them.

You can pre-order here.

Below are the samplers from the various volumes, plus three full-length tracks as downloads:
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$amhill – Project Misery

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Photo: richdirection

At long last, some new $amhill material for you Bronx rap aficionados, produced by Jean Duvall. This just might be the strongest performance I’ve heard from $amhill yet…



Video: D.I.T.C Ent. – South Bronx
Tuesday June 10th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Hoody Rap Ain't Dead,Video Clips
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This is an expanded version of Showbiz & AG‘s last team-up with DJ Premier from the Mugshot Music: Preloaded album, adding on verses from A-Bless, Tashane and Majestic Gage.



Video: DJ Premier feat. AG – Bars In The Booth
Wednesday June 04th 2014,
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The Giant pays a visit to Premier’s lab for some Bronx bars.



The Combat Jack Show: The D-Nice Episode

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“D-Nice, the beatbox/I only wear Nikes not Adidas or Reeboks!” Grab a bottle, this oughta be good…

Who is more Renaissance Man than Mr. Derrick Jones? The Human TR-808 gives his most descriptive interview ever. He walks us step by step to the moment of Scott La Rock’s death, and how it affected his relationship with KRS-One. He shares how, after he blew up as a solo artist, everything dried up and he became homeless, broke and depressed. Then rebirth. Web designer, photography, one of the world’s preeminent DJ’s. From peddling drugs to DJing for the President. We’ve heard many stories about one’s journey from the bottom to the top, but if this one doesn’t inspire you, you’re already dead. I know ya’ll keep telling us weekly how the latest episode be your top 5. You need to readjust that list again.



The Legion Drop A New Album, Video and Remix

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Bronx trio The Legion have just dropped The Lost Tapes LP, which is a mixture of new and unreleased material, as well as a few b-sides (such as the incredible “Freestyle Demolition”) and remixes. Here’s the Confidence remix of “Stero” and the video for the new single, “For New.”

“For You” Video and track listing:
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