Filed under: Bronx Bombers,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Track seven from The Preface EP. Grab the whole thing here.
Track seven from The Preface EP. Grab the whole thing here.
Here’s a great remix of this vintage Funkyman track by DJ Muro, which was pressed in very limited numbers on 10-inch vinyl over at Slice-Of-Spice. No idea if this will see a regular single release at some stage, these collector’s editions are getting rather difficult to keep track of these days.
This is the world premier of the debut solo release from The Almighty $amhill, who delivers The Preface for you to chew on while he completes work on his first album. With beats from Preservation (Mos Def), RTNC (Timeless Truth), Superstar Dave Dar (Luv NY) as well as some self-produced tracks, the EP offers $am’s brutally honest views on broads, dames and lames. This is that unkut, raw New York rap that lives and breathes the mean streets of The Bronx.
This clip looks like it was shot on an old flip phone at somebody’s wedding, but I’ve always got time for Lord Tariq music. Produced by Charlemagne.
Proof that more rapper need to wear suits with gold chains. Kool Keith, Ced Gee, TR Love and DJ Moe Love rip shit at Dingwalls Camden Lock, London back in April, 1990. Great work Timmy!
The Giant and Ray West put the internets on blast. “Your blogs is wack, you be leavng out important facts”.
The first time I attempted to interview Sadat X happened to be the day before he was headed to jail, so it’s fair to say that he wasn’t exactly thrilled to be spending his final hours of freedom taking on the phone to some jag-off such as myself. It turned out to be of of the weakest interviews I’ve ever conducted, but regardless, six years later I gave it another shot. This time around, the results were a little better on the eve of the release of his new album Love, Hell and Right on 682 Records.
Robbie: When did you first get the bug to become an MC?
Sadat X: I was born in the Bronx and I stayed there until I was nine or ten, and went to New Rochelle, which is about ten minutes away. My family still lived in The Bronx, so I was exposed to hip-hop in it’s barest form – when they were still doin’ parties outside in the parks, and putting the plug in the lamp posts, so I wanted to be an MC since I first saw it when I was ten or eleven.
Who were the MC’s at those park jams?
I used to see DJ Theodore and Breakout crew, Bambatta, Kool Herc. I seen the Jazzy 5 MC’s, the Cold Crush Brothers, Busy Bee, KK Rockwell, DST, Grand Wizard Theodore – I seen all of ‘em.
There goes another in year in rap. As Weirdo Rap and EDM Rap takes hold of the youf, it’s getting a little more difficult to pick-out 40 great examples of non-progressive rap that Mitt Romney would approve of. Neo-Con Hip-Hop to some. East-Coast Elitist music to others. We are the Conservative Rap Coalition, and we are legion. Sit back, grab a beer (or something stronger), and let this tape transport you back to a time when rap didn’t suck as much, and when drums mattered, loops were important and rapping about how awesome you were was still cutting-edge.
Best track from the new Dot X LP Love, Hell or Right, featuring A.G. over a Showbiz track.
‘Cules, Chucky Smash and Cee-Low return with more Bronx flavor from the vaults as they flip the loop you might recall from Mobb Deep‘s “Still Shinin’”, which seems fair considering that the sample Havoc and Prodigy rock for “The Realest” was used by The Legion first…
Both this and “Street Truth” were recorded at D&D Studios in 1995 and are available on iTunes now and 7-inch vinyl soon.
Something new from The Bronx’s $amhill. Superstar Dave Dar on production.
Like death and taxes, you can always rely on Doo Wop to come correct. Here he re-connects with the Bounce Squad for some of that Uptown flavor.
The Giant joins Beneficence for this video from the Concrete Soul LP. DJ Kaos (The Artifacts) provides the cuts, while 6th Sense laces the beat something lovely.
Think there isn’t much money in selling old rap records these days? You’re just doing it wrong – Ultramagnetic MC’s acetates are the future! ‘CHILLING w/ Chuck Chill out’ by
Ocean Ultra Magnetic went for over $2,800 in 2010, despite the fact that a bootleg taken off a tape recording of Chuck’s KISS FM show was also released on 10″. This past September, another Dick Charles Recordings acetate appeared, this time fetching just over $3,200! Labeled as ‘Simple Metaphore’ by Ultramegnetic MC’s feat. Kool Keith, T.R. Love and with ‘MC’s Ultra – Remix’ on the b-side.
Here’s hoping that a fifteen minute version of ‘Bait’ appears, as well as ‘Mentally Mad Pt.2′ or any of the seemingly endless alternative versions of ‘MC Champion’ in the near future.
The following clips go to prove that there is no such thing as too much ’80′s Ultramagnetic…
One of the most original MC’s to emerge from the Boogie-Down Bronx in recent times is $amhill, who made his official debut on the P Brothers The Gas LP in 2008, as well as various tracks I’ve posted here and an appearance on the Counterstrike mix. Most recently he began working with Ralph McDaniels [host of Video Music Box], who directed ‘Poetic Justice’ last year. Following a difficult couple of years, $amhill kicks it with Unkut Dot Com as he prepares to release his first two solo project, The Preface and The $amhill Story, later this year.
Robbie: Can you break down the science of your name, The Almighty $amhill?
$amhill: The word ‘Sam Hill’ is another termanology for ‘hell’. Like, ‘What in the Sam Hill is going on?’ I don’t use that name as a representation of hell, because I’m no representation of Satan or hell at all – I use the name as a representation of the hell that I’ve experienced in my life on this earth. I put ‘The Almighty’ before it because that’s a direct representation of God. I put the dollar sign for the ‘S’ because money is the root of all evil. That’s why I made myself The Almighty $amhill – money is the root of everything that’s going wrong on this earth. Everything!