The U.N. – Unreleased 
A Frozen Files radio exclusive from last month, this is destined for the UN Or U Out re-release next year with a few other cuts that only did the rounds on bootlegs.
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:
A Look At Seven Veteran Rap Bloggahs First Posts
A decade ago, the magic of the Blogger platform allowed many an aspiring rap message board warrior step into the big leagues and pull themselves up by their bootstraps to become the media big dogs that they are today. The characters covered here have risen to the ranks of published authors, college professors, internets celebrities, Tumblr cult leaders and even presidents of important international movements. Let’s take a look back at some early rap blog gawds…
Boogie Down Productions – Duck Down [Alternative Version]
More BDP action with this vinyl rip from Rob Pursey of Southern Hospitality. Apparently the UK pressing of the “Duck Down” 12″ features an alternative version of the Pal Joey produced track, despite being labeled as the “LP Version”. Sporting a looser deliver from KRS, an extra bassline and an extra verse going at X-Clan, which would later end-up as part of “Build and Destroy”, from the same LP. Was there some kind of fuck up and an early demo version of “Duck Down” was pressed up for the British audience, or did the Jive UK office just prefer this version? Regardless, it’s more greatness from the third best BDP album, and therefore essential listening.
Video: Joe Fatal Live at CBGB’s, 1992
Some rare footage of Joe Fatal’s brief rapping career, at a showcase that also included Artifacts, YAGGFU Front, Total Pack, Hard 2 Obtain and Legion of D.U.M.E. I had to emancipate this from the original account since they deaded embedding. You can catch footage of the other performances over there.
Video: Molecules and Showbiz – Revenge
This vintage Japanese-only D.I.T.C. exclusive from ’95 finally gets a video and vinyl release as part of The Legion‘s Lost Tapes EP on Ill Adrenaline records.
Ten TV and Movie Themes That Cam’ron Needs To Rap Over Right Now
Having already conquered the theme songs of Hill Street Blues, Nightcourt, Magnum, P.I., Facts of Life, Gimme A Break and now The Golden Girls, it’s fair to say that Cam’ron still has dozens of 80′s themes that require his unique talents to bring them into the present day. Here are ten contenders:
Lost MC Shan Remix Alert
I found this the other night on an old radio tape, and thankfully it’s already been liberated onto YouTube to save me five minutes of my valuable time. It’s basically an alternative version/remix of MC Shan‘s “Another One To Get Jealous Of” that was played on WBLS. Good times, indeed.
By the way, Shan also made a cartoon recently:
Download: Looking For Rich Harrison
We don’t really fux with R&B here at the Conservative Rap Coalition, but here are twelve reasons why Rich Harrison needs to resume chopping up old 45′s for folks to sing over instead of all that Eurotrash mess that seems to be running things. Nullus on posting Beyonce songs though.
Download: Looking For Rich Harrison
Eminem – Berzerk
Many an afternoon, I sit alone in a a four-cornered room staring at candles, wondering, “Why hasn’t anyone made a decent rap version of Billy Squier‘s ‘The Stroke’ yet?”. Turns out that Rick Rubin was saving it so he could follow up his Billy Squier Break Beats For A-List Rap Stars series which began with Jay-Z‘s “99 Problems”. The bad news is that Eminem refuses to make a song that doesn’t have a really shitty hook that involves either himself or some emo broad singing. The good news is that this doesn’t sound like Linken Park. Nevertheless, I’m happy to support any rap that uses abrasive guitar stabs and encourages Rubin to put some shoes on and stop sleeping on leather couches. Also….cowbell.
Six Essential Grand Puba Videos
Grand Puba was one of the best to ever do it at his peak, despite seeming to operate on cruise control for his solo projects in comparison to the work he put into the Masters of Ceremony and Brand Nubian albums. Here are six videos of the Puba Maxwell repping to the fullest.
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…
The Only Rap About Cars That Matters
Sure, “You’re Gonna Get Yours”, “my Hooptie” and “Cars” did their thing, but for me, the finest piece of aspirational rap about luxury vehicles was from Jay Bok The City Ace, who succeeded in informing me about the wonders of Masurati‘s, which I had previously never heard of and still haven’t added to my non-existent collection of fine automobiles. Nevertheless, as soon as the script to my Weed Carriers Gone Wild script is sold to the producers of The Hangover Parts 1, 2 and 3, I’ll be sure to rush to the nearest dealership so that I can live the Jay Bok dream and harm the body of anyone who dares look too much.
Video: Degrassi Unscripted – The Drake Episode
Aubrey hangs out with his mom’s, sneaks his grand mother chocolate in between giving her daps, shows us his CD and shoe collection, drives his 2004 Acura, reads out some pretty creepy fan mail from a guy called Jason, shares some footage of his starring role in a local production of Les Miserables and pulls out his collection of tear-stained rhyme books. Bless his cotton socks!
Shouts to Grand Daddy IU for digging this up.