Great One-Shot Wonders
Tuesday September 02nd 2014,
Filed under: Crates,Features,Listicles,Not Your Average,Speaker Smashers,The 80's Files
Written by:

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These aren’t one hit wonders, since none of these records were technically “hits” in the traditional sense. This is more of a collection of rappers who only got one chance to shine before they got a steady city job with a pension or dangled in record company hell for all eternity.
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Ten Essential 80’s Rap B-Sides
Sunday August 31st 2014,
Filed under: Crates,Features,Listicles,Not Your Average
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These are ten essential 80’s b-sides, from the time when the 12″ single truly reigned supreme. “La Di Da Di” isn’t included as it’s basically a double A-side single for all intents and purposes. Technically “Ego Trippin'” also started out as a b-side on the second pressing of “To Give You Love,” but those are so scarce it barely warrents a mention.

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Stream: DJ Sheep – Winter Bluntz Mix
Wednesday July 16th 2014,
Filed under: Crates,DJ Mixes,Down Under Blunders,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Resident Brisbane serial pest DJ Sheep unleashed his extensive crates of RAER’s for some cold weather music.



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…



Download: DJ Shred One – Sample Soul Mix
Saturday June 14th 2014,
Filed under: Crates,DJ Mixes,Free Ninety-Nine,Mix Tapes,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Ideal mix for the weekend as DJ Shred One blends origianl soul samples with the songs that flipped them for Sample Soul: A Tribute Mix to Soul Music of the ’60s & ’70s Through Hip Hop Beats, courtesy of the URB Mixtape Series.

Track list:
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Video: Crate Diggers – Tim Westwood’s Vinyl Collection
Wednesday June 04th 2014,
Filed under: Crates,London Blokes,Non-Rapper Dudes,Video Clips
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Clearly need to send Mr. Westwood a properly fitted Conservative Rap Coalition polo in the near future.



A Salute To James Brown – The Godfather of Hip-Hop
Tuesday June 03rd 2014,
Filed under: Crates,Features,Great Moments In Rap,The 70's Files,Unkut Originals
Written by:

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While the rap world falls over itself in the never-ending J. Dilla circle jerk, today would have marked James Brown’s 81st year if he was still with us. Considering just how hard he worked during his life, it’s amazing that he lived until 73 – a lesser man may have perished mid-splits. According to his long-suffering friend Bobby Byrd, JB and Tina Turner once shared a stage at the Five Four Ballroom in LA where they spent the entire night attempting to outdo each other by jumping off the piano into the splits and whatnot! Yet the only mention of JB I’ve seen on the rap internets has been egotripland posting couple of JB tribute mixes courtesy of DJ Scratch and J. Period. So let us take a minute to recognize and realize just why James Brown is the alpha and omega of this hip-hop shit….
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A Tribe Called Quest – Future Flavas Exclusive [1998]

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M.Will just threw this my way:

“So I was LEFT ALONE IN THE FUTURE FLAVAS CONTROL ROOM.. And I found this, among others. I HOPE MY DAD DOESN’T GET MAD lol.

Check out this exclusive HOT 97 Future Flavas edition with special Guests ATCQ promoting their last album “THE LOVE MOVEMENT” 1998!

Features QTip, Phife, Jarobi, Ali Shaheed, Marley Marl and Pete Rock blessing some cuts off the album as well as mixing some J DILLA! And an EXCLUSIVE freestyle by QTIP!”



Read: Elbow To Elbow – Tales From the Roosevelt Hotel Record Convention
Wednesday May 14th 2014,
Filed under: Crates,Great Moments In Rap,The 90's Files
Written by:

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Remember my Pete Rock interview where he complained about Prince Be reserving all the good records?

Record dealer John Carraro reflects on introducing old music to the likes of Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Large Professor, Buckwild, Diamond D, Prince Be, Mr. Walt, and DJ Clark Kent, among others.

Read: Elbow To Elbow – Tales From the Roosevelt Hotel Record Convention

via Wax Poetics.



Download: DITC – Remix Project LP
Tuesday May 13th 2014,
Filed under: Albums,Crates,Free Ninety-Nine,Remixes,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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For the three of you who missed this last week…courtesy of the DITC site.

Download: DITC – Remix Project LP

Track listing:
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Download: AG feat. Ghetto Dwellas – Return To 1999 LP

Just got off the phone with Andre The Giant from D.I.T.C. after what is easily a top five Unkut interview, where he mentioned that he’s just emancipated the vaulted Ghetto Dwellas LP from 1999 for free download over at his new site.

*Updated with new link to full-length version of the album courtesy of OnkelMichael via FreezyPazzy*

Download: AG feat. Ghetto Dwellas – Return To 1999 LP

Track listing:
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The 45 King feat. Supreme – Go Head Up [1990]

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Some hidden New Jersey rap gold, taken from The 45 King‘s The Lost Breakbeats – Test Press LP. Don’t call it Fast Rap though, that’s not a valid genre.



Vote Or Die: Who Flipped The Payback The Nicest?
Thursday March 13th 2014,
Filed under: Crates,Feedback,Not Your Average,Steady Bootleggin',Vote Or Die
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James Brown, for all intents and purposes, created rap. It’s therefore no surprise that he’s also supplied some of the most enduring breaks and loops of all time, my personal favorite being “The Payback.” Of the hundreds of uses of this super tight testament to revenge, here are nine that really stood out for me, plus a wildcard pick from Miami just to keep things interesting. This also marks the return of the ‘Vote Or Die’ section of Unkut, in dedication to the time that Puffy called future presidential hopeful Barack Obama “kid” during his MTV coverage of the 2004 elections.
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MF Doom on The Stretch Armstrong Show, April 24, 1997

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As is usually the way, it appears that MF Doom was inspired by Stretch Armstrong‘s beat selection for this 1997 rhyme session to go home and chop-up Kool G Rap‘s “Truly Yours” drums for the recorded version of “Go With The Flow.” Peace to Megalon, who may now actually be homeless after dedicating a song to said dude’s without a permanent address.

Thanks to Dirty Waters.



What To Expect From Mobb Deep’s 1994 Infamous Sessions CD
Thursday March 06th 2014,
Filed under: Crates,Killa Queens,Not Your Average,Steady Bootleggin',Tape Vaults
Written by:

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Mobb Deep are dropping a new album on 1 April, and as a bonus are including a CD called The 1994 Infamous Sessions, which will finally bless Thun Rap aficionados with high quality versions of the numerous 8th generation tape dubs floating around the internets. Until the real thing drops, I’ve pieced together a preview of the majority of the songs to whet your appetites, plus a few of the lost demo cuts that didn’t make it.
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Stream: D.I.T.C. – Rare Breaks, Stack 3
Wednesday March 05th 2014,
Filed under: Crates,DJ Mixes,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Showbiz has blessed us with the third installment of his Rare Breaks series. If you copped the first two CD’s you know this shit is essential listening.



Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick – La Di Da Di [Live At The Polo Grounds]

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Now that my entire vinyl collection has been reunited at the CRC HQ, I can get back to the time-honored tradition of ripping vinyl again. To set it off, here’s a live recording of the “La Di Da Di” from the Polo Grounds at some time in the 80’s. It cuts off before the big payoff but it’s worth a spin just to hear the reaction of the crowd, who proceed to loose their shit at various points.



Download: Kamakaze – Head On Promo Tape [1995]

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Thanks to The T.R.O.Y. Blog you can finally hear the unreleased Kamakaze album that the late KL and Kyron recorded with Marley Marl for Warner Bros. around ’94/’95. Special mention goes out to Poet for saying “Fuck the Juice Crew, we got some new niggas!” on “House ‘O Hitz Crew.”
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Twenty Rap Albums To Be Buried With

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I’ve had a few requests of late to break-down my list of personal favorite rap albums, so to set off this tenth anniversary week of Unkut Dot Com, here are the twenty tapes I’d like to be buried with, or take to a desert island with a crate of AA batteries for the Walkman.
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Timeless Classics Or Only Classics For Their Time?
Monday February 03rd 2014,
Filed under: Albums,Crates,Face Off,Features,Listicles,The 80's Files,The Unkut Opinion
Written by:

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Every now and then, one of these rap websites puts together a list along the lines of “The 30 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of 1993″ and such, which in theory isn’t something I should have an issue with. The reason I mention it is that a decent proportion of these albums – most of which are widely regarded as “classic” and important records – don’t exactly inspire me to dig them out of the shelves and throw them onto the turntable (or, if I’m feeling lazy, navigate to the folder on my hard drive). Is this simply due to the fact that I played that shit to death back when it was released? Or is it more of a case that some music outlives its usefulness?

Take De La Soul’s much discussed 3 Feet High And Rising, for example. While there’s no doubting the impact and originality that Prince Paul and Plugs 1, 2 and 3 brought to the table, I can confidently state that I have no intention to ever listen to that record in it’s entirety in the foreseeable future. That’s likely more of a reflection of my preference for anti-social rap with loud drums than anything else, but it’s an issue worth considering. Let’s take a look at the 1989’s greatest hip-hop albums according to ego trip‘s Book of Rap Lists for example:
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