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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Just dropped a new piece at the new CRC HQ breaking down the science of multiple collar garment renaissance.
Just dropped a new piece at the new CRC HQ breaking down the science of multiple collar garment renaissance.
Head on over to The Conservative Rap Coalition Tumblr for our rap magazine archives, Great Rap Promo Items, a bunch of classic photos of Syndicate Queen Darlene and other pictorial greatness. It’s been around for a minute but it’s being updated more regularly now that I saved-up enough money from my paper route to get a working scanner.
We’ve gone to see the elephant. Sevens Clash is a compendium of serialized reports from our travels.
Volume One is dedicated to Kingston, Jamaica, where we recently spent one week documenting music, art, sports and street life.
Check out their feature about Record Shopping At Rockers International as a good starting point.
I seem to be having a bad run of pissing-off Double-O and Naledge from Kidz In The Hall in recent years. First I accused them of the crime of Hipster Rap, to which they responded on an UGHH.com video, and now it seems that I’ve thrown them under the bus again in my latest guest post for XXL:
I’m assuming ‘lol’ is some kind of code for ‘we’re going to get our bodyguard to put you in a yoke when we find you’, although that may be considered bad karma since the same thing happened to Double-O at that nightclub in Tempe, AZ back in 2008. Since I’ll be living in a cardboard box somewhere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, I’m sure the money I might make from any resulting lawsuit will come in handy for when I need to buy myself a couple of Ghetto Big Macs.
The people demanded it. And I answered…
Noah Callahan-Bever, the current E-I-C over at Complex just opened the vaults from his past life as a freelance writer, sharing a couple of outstanding pieces he did on Paul Juice back in 2002. I copped the XXL issue when it dropped, but seem to have misplaced my copy somewhere in my magazine graveyard so it was great to read this one again. The Large and Nas cover feature for Mass Appeal I missed altogether. Salute!
Large Professor Interview [XXL, March 2002]
Nas & Large Professor Cover Story [Mass Appeal, September 2002]
Not sure how I missed the debut last week, but I just caught the second episode of The Combat Jack Radio Show with Dallas Penn on PNC Radio, and I think it’s safe to say we’ve got a keeper on our hands.
Great feature on Son Of Bazerk in the Village Voice by esteemed Unkut associate Phillip “Beer Baron” Mlynar:
Dave Tompkins wrote a great piece remembering his friend Rammellzee recently:
Phone conversation with myself and Rammellzee (first voice), from October, 19th, 2007:
“You like oysters, boss?”
“I’ve got a spot over here for you. We can watch the boats sink.”
“I’ll let you hold the bomb.”
“Do you know anyone at the Smithsonian Institute?”
“Working on that one.”
“You need to talk to someone in the Department of Space.”
“The Andromeda Galaxy is going to be here in 5 million years. It will consume this galaxy.”
“This means something to me.”
“It’s sending a master blaster radio cloud ahead of itself.”
“That one will be here in 10,000 years.”
“I know it’s a little far off, but you might want to take a look at it.”
“And finish my book before it happens?”
While you’re there, order his book How To Wreck A Nice Beach. I finally did.
Spotted at The Home Office blog.
Everybody hearts Kanye….except for some jerk from Unkut.
Even though it’s well-known that The RZA doesn’t actually run his Twitter account, that hasn’t stopped some razor-sharp news hound reporting the ‘scoop’ that work has begun on Genius’ Liquid Swords 2.
Here’s RZA’s confirmation from when he was interviewed in July 2009:
I’ve noticed that you’re a big Twitterer…
Me? I Twitter a lot? No, it’s not me. [Laughing] Hey, don’t believe everything you Twit! It’s not my page. But I’m an artist – so it’s probably someone running that shit. Don’t believe everything you Twit, yo!
That’s not to say there’s no truth to the announcement, I’m just sayin’ though…
A post I just read on a forum called Hip-Hop Utopia seems kinda familiar for some reason….
Take that, tinyURL!
I didn’t pay much attention to XXL’s Top 100 Best Hip-Hop Websites when I initially saw it in list form, but now that they’ve posted a version with descriptions of each site I thought I’d cast a quick glance over it. In the two minutes it took an intern to skim through Unkut Dot Com, here’s what they reported:
Aging East Coast elitists take heart—some of the finest hip-hop blogs still cater to your demographic (even if the radio doesn’t). Unkut serves up comprehensive interviews from veterans like Freddie Foxx, Masta Ace and T La Rock and appeals to rap nerds everywhere, with hyperanalytical discussion of hip-hop’s past (“Which rappers wasted dope beats?”)
East Coast elitists? Guilty as charged. Comprehensive interviews? Check. What exactly is a ‘rap nerd’ though? Anybody who remembers a song that’s over two years old? Or does just knowing who Lakim Shabazz is make you a hip-hop geek these days?
^ This looks effin’ epic…..
Dallas Penn and eskay let the people know that Unkut Dot Com is in their personal Top 5, which holds a lot more weight with me than where I got placed on the ‘official’ VYBE [sic] list. Maybe it had something to do with my comments that I’d “rather be in Hustler” after they “threw me a bone” and ranked Unkut #19 in the “30 Best Music Web Spots” list from 2007….
Drew Huge wrote a great piece about fallen soldier Tony D for The Guardian.
Hilarious review of the new Slim Shady record by Combat Jack.
Hip-Hop Connection Digital launches April 15. Preview it here.
Peter Divito tracks down Charlie Brown from LONS to talk about the old days and current projects.
Will C. delivers ‘7 Day of Rap Attack’ at his new blog.
Combat Jack on Run-DMC.
Angus Batey examines the Making of 3 Feet High and Rising.
I been in this game for months, now I’m an A.D.D. animal
It’s rules to this shit, I wrote me a manual
A step by step booklet for you to get
your Twitter game on track, don’t Wale yourself Jack
Rule nombre uno: let everyone know
every efin’ thing you do, cause you know
Hundreds of followers breed jealousy ‘specially
if that update fucked up, suck your teeth up
Number two: never let em know your next move
Twitterati hate silence but heart text violence
Eat a dick hipster rappers (uh-huh)
I done typed mad updates while driving state to state
Number three: never trust no-bo-dy
Your moms’ll follow ya Tweets, that’s type corny
PR’s spam ya shit, for that fast buck
try to game a dame to tear that ass up
Number four: know you heard this before
Name-dropping is frontin’, shit’s a straight bore
Number five: never Tweet about biz in the street
I don’t care if it sounds tough, someone’ll call ya bluff
Number six: that god damn phone credit, dead it
If you’re not on unlimited browsing then forget it,
Seven: this rule is so underrated
Keep your blog and Twitter account completely seperated
Updates and posts don’t mix like two dicks and no bitch
Find yourself in serious shit
Number eight: never reveal your plans to you-know-who
Them cats that follow your feed can start blogs too
Number nine shoulda been number one to me
If you’re drunk out your mind stay off the updates homey (uh-huh)
If Twitters think you lyin’, they ain’t buyin’
They be sittin on your RSS, waitin to text more mess
Number ten: a strong word called obsession
Twitter will get you hit by a bus at the intersection
Tap out the Crackberry while you crossing the street
Facebook lost, that dame shit can’t even compete, uhh
Doo-Wop – ‘Ten Tape Commandments’
Here we go again. After XXLmag.com removed almost every trace of the Ron Mexico Vs. Trick Trick incident from the site (except this), they saw fit to censor Byron Crawford‘s latest drop, in what can only be on the advice from some ‘legal eagle’. As per usual, Google cache has come to the rescue…
Lost Post: Ether These Fruits, Trick Trick
Some stuff to check out over the weekend:
Philaflava talk to AZ
Cop the latest DJ Premier mix at Nah Right.
Read my new video games column over at The -Minus World.
EPMD prepare We Mean Business album.
Dallas made a couple of videos featuring him bugging out at the Statik Selectah/Joell Ortiz session.
Footage of G Rap performing ‘Ill Street Blues’ on Uptown Comedy Club:
It’s fair to say that the internets have not been kind to rappers. While DJ’s and producers have been able to use the new avenues to their advantage, most MC’s just end-up playing themselves when they get online. It all started with message boards, where ‘underground’ rap dudes trying to kill time until Fat Beats opened up would attempt to defend their reputations against anyone who posted about how shitty their latest 12″ was. This always ended with the said rap dude getting PWND pretty badly, making me wonder why they even bothered. Come to think of it, I seem to remember one of the dudes from Cannibal Ox getting snuffed by someone from a message board related dust-up. Call me old fashioned, but I preferred it when rappers just made records and lef tthe extra commentary to the shout outs on the back of the album. We’ve just listened to you flap your gums for 40 plus minutes already, no one needs to read you blog about it (other than hardcore Stans). Having endured painful blog entries from Lupe and Joe Buddens, to name just two – it’s fair to say that MC’s suck at blogging. As for emotional rants on MySpace pages? The less said on that topic, the better.
Not that I want to stereotype all lyricists as being retarded at writing online – both Prodigy and Bun B have produced some quality keyboard insanity, but for the most part it seems that only people who don’t get the chance to say their piece on record that are capable of making worthwhile posts. Stretch Armstrong and Just Blaze = good. Phonte and Naledge = not so much.
“I started OkayPlayer because my partner, Angela Nissel, was desperately tryin’ to talk me out of gettin’ a jeep, without havin’ a license first. Back then, rappers bought vehicles and just had their boys drive. I thought, ‘Okay, Biggie had an SUV and had Lil’ Cease drive it. So I’m gonna put down money, get an SUV, and get one o’ my boys a suit. And that’ll be my car.’ And she was like, ‘This is the stupidest thing I ever heard, Ahmir!’
“Basically, Angela said, ‘You should invest in your future. If you’re gonna squander 11,000 dollars, at least put your future behind it.’ She told me we needed our own website where it’s built every day, with good graphics, where we can communicate with our fans.
“As they were buildin’ the site, I was in turn goin’ on every website just lookin’ for how we could stand out. How could we be different? And whenever I went to the black websites, I didn’t learn anything different. All I learned about Lauryn Hill was that she lo-o-o-ves reggae. The most I learned from the Tribe Called Quest website was that it had a recipe for Tip’s Famous Spaghetti Sauce. Meanwhile, the Beastie Boys were leakin’ new material to their fans every week; Courtney Love would be arguin’ with and talkin’ to fans on everyone else’s site, and Michael Stipe was communicatin’ on a weekly basis on REM’s site.”
So it cost him 11 grand to make a message board and some site pages? That’s the old site too. I shudder to imagine what they dropped on the upgraded version. I mean, it has Flash and junk. Shit must’ve cost like a quarter mil, minimum. No wonder The Roots are always touring. I would’ve gone for the jeep, personally. Especially since he was going to get a weed carrier to drive him around!
In internets time, a day is a week, a week is a month and a month is a year. So allow me to introduce some ancient links from the stone age that was April 2008:
Noz communicated with Rammellzee (aka the other masked villain) way back in April.
Oh Word discovered what happens when Good Satire Attacks.
A whole 20 hours ago, Rafi, Dallas and Cas busted out with this:
So it turns out that this marks the 400th post for Unkut Dot Com, as well as four years deep in this blogging mambajahambo.1 I can’t take all the credit though – I only penned 385 of those shits. Thanks also to Keir, Idris, silent minority, Kool Kim, Pawel and Bill. But back to me…I’ve also contributed important work for pioneering projects such as Ban Kanye From The Grammys (Kanye’s Gayest Quotes and Kanye West Vs. Diamond D), as well as the world renown Salute To Weed Carriers and guest drops over at Oh Word, XXL Mag and Soul Sides.
Although the immediate response that you get from blogging is always good value, as a life-long magazine junkie it was only a matter of time until I dipped my beak in the print game. After Modern Fix gave me a start by publishing my Blaq Poet piece, I’ve gone on to write for a few other mags over the last two years, but it all came full-circle when Hip-Hop Connection – the longest running rap magazine in the world – contacted me to write a feature on Hydra Entertainment, which was also the topic of one of my very first posts. To cut a long story short, I’ve been feverishly putting more stuff together for them over the past few months, and the latest issue inludes my Pete Rock interview as the cover feature, as well as the first part of my conversation with Keith Shocklee (The Bomb Squad) and a no-holds barred session with DJ Johnny Juice and Son of Bazerk.
Thanks to the ever-vigilant Dallas Penn, I was reminded of Elliott Wilson’s 24 For 24 blog marathon which he had promised via email a week ago. I’d requested that he attempt to refrain from any mention of that guy who hangs out on yachts, and – to his credit – the XXL Mag honch lasted seven posts without any reference to you-know-who. I’ve also added extra points for a great story about the time he was ducking The Legion after shitting on the second Black Sheep album.
Anyone that’s been reading Unkut for the last couple of years will be familiar with my appreciation of Tragedy‘s work, so it ain’t no mystery that I was quick to check out the new interview with the gawd over at XXL.
Just for the fuck of it, here’s five random Khadafi joints:
Tragedy – “Neva Die Alone Part 2″