Pre-Order: Tim Dog Demos 45
Friday April 17th 2015,
Filed under: Announcements,Bronx Bombers,Collectables,Vinyl Singles
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TR Love is releasing a 7″ with two early Tim Dog demos through Black Pegasus. There’s a snippet at the end of the video. Pre-orders will begin at 10am UK time today.
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Download: Doo Wop and Lord Tariq – The Lost Tapes
Friday March 27th 2015,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Mix Tapes,Steady Bootleggin'
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Before the official album drops later this year, here’s a collection of some Wop and Tariq loosies from the past.

Download: Doo Wop and Lord Tariq – The Lost Tapes

Streaming:
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How might rap have evolved without the record business?
Thursday March 26th 2015,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Features,Not Your Average,The 80's Files
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After transcribing my video interview with Tuff City founder Aaron Fuchs recently, I came across this intriguing quote:

Aaron Fuchs: The Bronx and Harlem were worlds apart cultural by the time the 70’s happened, because Harlem’s a community and The Bronx was burnt-out, but they were geographically very close to each other. You had hip-hop evolve like a weed, like top seed and bang! The Harlem record guys take over. You had Spoonie Gee, who was really an R&B guy who was rapping instead of singing. You had this truncating of what hip-hop was into the constraints of the Harlem record business. These couple of [Cold Crush Brothers] records actually reflect what hip-hop was before it was a record business. This crazy, formless, sprawling kind of music. You wonder sometimes would would have happened to hip-hop had The Bronx had not been so close to Harlem and was so quickly engulfed by the vastly deeper traditions of Harlem.

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Strong City Released Four Videos?
Wednesday March 11th 2015,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,The 80's Files,Video Clips,Video Vault
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Four of Jazzy Jay‘s Strong City groups released an album during the Uni Records distribution deal – Ice Cream Tee, Busy Bee, Don Baron and Nu Sounds. I vaguely remember owning the Mackin’ album at some stage but not really enjoying anything off it, and listening back now it’s clear that these guys were totally run-of-the-mill. Still, considering their modest talents they did well to have two videos shot, get Afrika Bambaataa to chant the hook, rent some colorful suits and still have enough left over to hire some hawt cheerleaders and video skeezers. ‘Condition Red’ is a slightly better track if you enjoy distorted phone crank callers, otherwise notable for being Skeff Anslem‘s first production credit.
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Video: Diamond D – Superman
Friday March 06th 2015,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Video Clips
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Salutes to DJ Scratch for keeping those drums loud.



The Unkut Guide To Greg Nice’s Human Beatbox Career
Thursday February 12th 2015,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Features,The 80's Files,The Unkut Guide
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There once was a time when the human beatbox was an entertaining addition to 80’s rap songs, rather than something that you could do on into an iPad on your late night talk show. One of the unsung practitioners of this humble talent was Greg Nice, who lent his vocal percussive skills to no less than three crews before he teamed-up with Smooth B to make history. As revealed in my interview with CJ Moore, Greg Nice was down with the Nasty Comedians crew, which was originally Greg and Cool Nate-T. Their first single was released on Home Boys Only Records in 1985, the same label that CJ’s Small’s Chosen Few 12″ appeared on. As it turns out, the guy who owned HBO Records was Larry Davis, who would later rise to worldwide fame after he shot six cops in self-defense when they raided his sisters apartment in the Bronx.
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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.



Video: $amhill – The Benches
Monday December 29th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Video Clips
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Here’s a track from $amhill‘s debut album, The $amhill Story. Video directed by Lewis Parker.



Stream: Boogie Down Productions – Live In London [1990]

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DJ Kenny Parker has shared this recording of a Boogie Down Productions show at Brixton Academy, 1990. Highlights include the freestyle session where KRS kicks some rhymes that would appear on later albums. Also, it’s my birthday today so I’m off to drink some RAER whiskey and whatnot.



Al’ Tariq aka Fashion – The Unkut Interview, Part Two

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Continuing my interview with Kool-Ass Fash, we discuss him leaving The Beatnuts, meeting Kanye West, forming Missin’ Linx, getting beat-jacked by Dr. Dre and his ill-fated experience signing with Dante Ross.

Robbie: At what stage did you decide to do a solo album?

Al’ Tariq: While we were out on tour doing The Beatnuts joint, we were doing a show close to home at a school, maybe in Long Island or some shit, being on stage and then somebody started heckling us. Talking shit, ‘Yo, you fuckin’ aargh!’ I finally look and it’s Juju. Then he comes and hops on stage and joins in on one of our songs and shit. I was so mad, and I could never understand why Les and Peter Kang didn’t get mad with this dude. I had a few serious run-ins with him.
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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
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'
Written by:

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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
Written by:

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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'
Written by:

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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'
Written by:

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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
Written by:

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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
Written by:

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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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