LL Cool J – Soul Survivor [Unreleased Original Version]

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After speaking to Dr. Butcher again the other week, he revealed that he’d located a copy of the song he produced for LL Cool J in 1993, which went on to be remixed by QDIII and included on his fifth album, and generously agreed to allow me to share it with the world.

Dr. Butcher: I produced a song called ‘The Soul Survivor’ for him on the 14 Shots To The Dome album, with C4. Me and C4 – the guy who did [Akinyele’s] ‘Put It In Your Mouth’ – were production partners. I was going to C4’s house one day to work on some music, and LL was shooting his first video from that album on Farmer’s Boulevard, and C4 lived on Farmers Boulevard at the time. I got off the bus and saw him and I was like, ‘Yo! What’s up!’ We was always real cool, whenever he had time he would always come see me, but he had been so busy we hadn’t seen each other in a while. So he’s asking, ‘Where you going?’ and I’m like ‘To my production partner’s house right down the street’. When we originally did the track, we sampled JDL from the Cold Crush Brothers saying, ‘The L baby, baby, the L baby, baby!’That was the first song I ever produced, I didn’t know how to use machines at the time. We had just got an Ensoniq and was learning what to do. It was rough around the edges. As soon as he heard the track he just sat down, got a pen and pad and wrote the song right on the spot. He was like, ‘Yo, we’re goin’ to the studio tomorrow, gimme your information.’ So I had to go get attorney’s and set-up publishing companies and we were in the studio the next day, recording. It happened that fast.
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Cold Crush 4 and Treacherous 3 at Harlem World, 1981
Thursday November 06th 2014,
Filed under: Crates,Harlem Nights,Is It Live Or Is It Memorex?,Tape Vaults,The 80's Files
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Every now and then it’s good to throw on a tape of rap of old school rap at it’s finest, and without a doubt two of the sharpest crews to ever do it where those led by Grandmaster Caz and Kool Moe Dee. These four snippets from Troy L. Smith‘s crates are a fine reminder of just how advanced KMD was in his prime (check for shots fired at Melle Mel) and the amusing banter of weary performers after a long night celebrating Easy-AD‘s birthday.
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Positive K – Supreme Alphabet [2001]
Wednesday October 29th 2014,
Filed under: BK All Day,Crates,Not Your Average,Steady Bootleggin'
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Here’s a late entry into Pos K‘s discography where he calls in a solid from Jesse West to freak a trusted Bob James break and get belligerent on all the herbs, suckers and chumps out there on the alphabetical slaughter tip.



Puffy Dee = The OG Iggy Azalea?
Monday October 20th 2014,
Filed under: Crates,Def Dames,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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When the Tuff City head honcho mentioned that this was the most slept-on release from the label I had to track down a copy. Having previously explained to Fat Lace that “she was white girl living uptown. I thought her rhymes were brilliant but she predated video unfortunately,” Mr. Fuch’s expanded on the topic when I interviewed him in 2013.

Aaron Fuchs: The most overlooked record in my catalogue is this record called ‘Joe Blow’ by Puffy Dee. She was really difficult to work with and she had a real mousy voice – until somebody tells me that that record isn’t good I’ll think it’s brilliant. It was a real beats and rhymes record – Pumpkin on drum machine. It came out around the same time as the Disco Four ‘School Days’ when he went through a very spare period.

I haven’t seen a photo of Puffy Dunster, but based on the comment about her not benefiting from having a video, it’s safe to assume she was a bit of a looker. ‘Joe Blow’ is certainly an amusing curio over a quality Pumpkin track, while the a-side ‘Young, Single and Free’ is a literally unlistenable attempt at the rap game Minnie Mouse to croon.


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Stream: Cut Chemist – Mix By Jimmy
Monday September 29th 2014,
Filed under: Crates,DJ Mixes,Steady Bootleggin',The 80's Files
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This shit is incredible.

Cut Chemist sez:

“Take a peak into the exclusive material from hip hop pioneer DJ Afrika Bambaataa. ‘Mix By Jimmy’ features recordings Bambaataa had pressed to acetate for spinning live at shows in the late 70’s and early 80’s. This mix includes entirely unreleased material along with demo versions of hits like ‘Looking For The Perfect Beat,’ ‘Renegades of Funk’ and ‘Planet Rock.’ Listen and take a trip through the deepest part of the most important music collection of our time.”

Thanks to egotripland for the tip.



Stream: DJ Sheep – Spring Breakz, Episode II
Saturday September 27th 2014,
Filed under: Crates,DJ Mixes,Down Under Blunders,Not Your Average,Steady Bootleggin'
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Sheep sez:

“Dramatic soul, Soundtracks, Library Records, Blaxploitation Radio spots, Cartoons, a GANG of samples, Drum Breaks, Super Mario Reggae, Video Game Music, Bongos, Latin, Cassette and VHS rips, Jazz, James Last, Dirty Disco, Glam Rock, Pinky Violence, Duck Funk, a RAER cassette recording of Australian rock group Spectrum and, if all that wasn’t enough, there’s a demo version of EPMD’s Rampage, a RAER 80’s TV skit by Biz Markie, a bunch of scratching and your usual dose of doubles and skills flexed!”



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