Non-Rapper Dudes Series – Joe Mansfield
Starting out as a promising young DJ and producer in Boston, Joe Mansfield was responsible for the first Ed OG album and was heavily involved in Scientifik‘s tragically short career, while also producing some amazing white label remizes with DJ Shame and Sean C. as the Vinyl Reanimators. He also started Traffic Entertainment and Get On Down, while amassing an incredible collection of drum machines, some of which featured in his first book, titled Beat Box – A Drum Machine Obsession. I had the chance to pick his brain last Friday on all things drum computer…
Robbie: How did you start working with Ed OG?
Joe Mansfield: I was doing beats at the time, trying to find MC’s that were willing to rhyme over some of my tracks. A friend of Ed’s, this guy Money 1, was someone I working with and he happened to live nearby me. He brought Ed by my basement studio one day and we kinda clicked. I started making tracks for him and through that process we came up with his whole first album, pretty much.
So the Awesome Two were involved more in an A&R kind of role?
Yeah, they were more executive producers – Ted was Ed’s cousin. We would record tracks at my studio – well, my basement. It wasn’t a real studio, it was pretty primative. On the weekends, Ed would go up to New York and bring ‘em to his cousins to check out, so they shopped the tracks to labels and got the record deal. I did the beats and they handled the financial end of that record. The backbone of everything was done in my basement and then I would go up to Powerplay with my sequencer and my sampler and just dump everything down there.
Beat Box – A Drum Machine Obsession Book Review
During my road trip to Boston in June to visit the Get On Down HQ, I happened apon an incredible collection of drum machines, which I filmed for my nausea-inducing video set to MCA & Burtoozie’s “Drum Machine”. The reason that this world-beating collection of rhythm machines were on display was for a book titled Beat Box – A Drum Machine Obsession, which features a portion of Traffic Entertainment founder and noted Beantown beat maker Joe Mansfield’s personal collection.
Terror Green – The 1995 Demo EP Snippets
Having become a one of the most requested demos ever played on the Stretch and Bobbito show, Terror Green‘s “45 Stitches” now has an animated video and a vinyl pressing, along with three other tracks. Sounding a lot like Jemini The Gifted Child, this is some of that good old BK ’95 indy action to catch a flashback to. Cop the vinyl here, courtesy of the good people over at Heavy Jewelz.
’45 Stitches’ video:
CRC Polo’s Have Shipped!
At long last, the Mom’s Basement Activity Pack‘s have been shipped out, while the tape/zine only packs will go out tomorrow. The Executive Class zine and Mom’s Basement Pause Tape are now sold out, but there may be a second small run of polo’s due to a lot of requests. Stay tuned.
KRS-One – Criminal Minded Practice Sessions
Wednesday October 23rd 2013,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers
,Great Moments In Rap
,In Search Of...
,In The Trenches
,Is It Live Or Is It Memorex?
,The 80's Files
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Holy shit…Kenny Parker finally got around to ripping some of those old tapes of KRS-One rapping over breakbeats courtesy of DJ Scott La Rock and Kool DJ Red Alert , as he told us about back in 2006. While there was no sign of the one with the dog barking over Kris’ verse, there’s an incredible ‘La Di Da Di’ style track which I’ve never heard before that will make your year. Shouts out to the Frozen Files crew over at East Village Radio for making this happen.
CRC Polos, Zine and Tape Orders Closing This Weekend!
Meet the team of under-age workers who will be producing your packs in an 1890′s style workhouse.
Regular service will resume shortly, but in the meantime if you’ve been saving up your loose change to order the Mom’s Basement Activity Pack, order’s will be closing off Sunday night and going into production Monday. Don’t miss out for the chance to own the first ever Rap Blog Polo in the history of the internets, the premier issue of Executive Class magazine or the lo-fi delights of the Mom’s Basement Pause Tape tribute to Kool DJ Red Alert and Chuck Chillout…
Can’t afford a CRC polo? Cop an Executive Class zine and tape instead.
Just blown all your cash on GTA V or a hooker? Never fear. For those of you who aren’t quite ready to take the plunge and join the elite group that are Conservative Rap Coalition polo owners, we are now going back on the claim of “will not separate” and offering the joys of Executive Class Volume 1 and the Mom’s Basement Pause Tape for the more affordable price of $5 each, plus postage.
Executive Class / Mom’s Basement Pause Tape Packs without the polo:
14KT feat. Roc Marciano – Live From Pimpstead
Dope new Marcberg action, available as a bonus 45 if your order 14KT‘s new album. Spotted at Smoking Section.
Gee Rock – Strait Outta Jerzee LP 
Some limited-edition vinyl that won’t break the bank:
20 years ago, in 1993, Gee Rock & Da CND Coalition released they’re lone LP on a wildly limited number of cassettes which have rarely, if ever, been seen. Now Heavy Jewelz brings it back to Brick City with this 12 track fast moving funky LP on vinyl for the first time, never to be repressed. 100 copies were pressed on caramel colored vinyl which sold out right away but you can still get one in a double pack with a black copy of which only 200 were pressed.
Order the vinyl or grab a digital copy.
Pre-Order: The Mom’s Basement Activity Pack – CRC Polo, Zine and Pause Tape
A mere three years since I first discussed doing some Unkut.com t-shirts, and the first Mom’s Basement Activity Pack is finally complete. This is a limited-edition pack of only 100 editions, being offered for pre-order for the next two weeks only, with your pack being shipped the week beginning 7 October, 2013.
This glorious package contains the following essential items:
1. The official Conservative Rap Coalition embroided polo, made from TrueDry mesh [160gsm, 60% Cotton, 40% Polyester], available in the classic set of “stormy” colors.
2. Mom’s Basement Pause Tape, Volume One – a 60-minute cassette tape featuring promos, skits and exclusives from my personal collection of recordings from Kool DJ Red Alert and DJ Chuck Chillout Kiss-FM shows, plus some extra stuff stolen from the internets.
3. A 32-page b&w zine called Executive Class, Volume One, featuring classic comment section wars, removed content and exclusives from the Unkut archives.
4. A personal letter of thanks from myself for supporting the CRC cause and possibly helping me escape from the basement for another month before the end of the year.
Now is your chance to stand-up and be counted as a CRC trooper, and reject the folly of “streetwear” with this official tissue, pioneering advance in Rap Blog fashion. All of this can be yours for only $65, and will not be sold separately or reprinted.
Introducing The New Conservative Rap Coalition Logo
Official CRC polo’s will be available this week as part of the exclusive Mom’s Basement Activity Pack…it’s a new dawn of reactionary rap listening! The Neo Con Rap Country Club is getting closer. Before long, we will be able to enjoy non-progressive rap over Jameson without a non-collared t-shirt or pair of short pants in sight. Peace to Theotis Jones for his fine work for the cause.
Video: J-Zone In the Studio – Limitations and Mistakes
Zone explains his policy where if his MPC doesn’t boot-up he just uses older equipment, before introducing us to his two new “girlfriends” and getting dumb on the drums.
Unkut TV: Episode 16 – DJ 7L Shows Us Around Get On Down
During our road trip to Boston, we dropped past the offices of re-issue specialists Get On Down to check out some of their best collector’s editions with DJ 7L.
Limited-Edition Looking For The Perfect Beat Poster And Trailer
UK-based filmmaker Pritt Kalsi has been working on his Looking For The Perfect Beat documentary for as long as I can remember. We’ve been teased with snippets of footage in the past, but he’s going to reveal the official trailer between 6-10 pm UK time today (1 pm to 5 pm NYC time..and 4 am to 8 am Australian!) at his site. He’s also released a limited edition print of the poster, which will go towards completing the film, and can be purchased here.
Update: Trailer below…
R.A. The Rugged Man – It’s Gone
Legends Never Die is now available on cassette, complete with this track as a bonus cut…