It’s been a busy couple of days in Unkut-related rap radio. Peter Oasis hipped me to the fact that the crew over at the Hip-Hop Digest show had a discussion about my Cuepoint article on the story behind ‘The Power’ in their latest episode at the 25:30 mark.
Last night I was invited to call in to the Now, Where Were We show on WNYU hosted by Dharmic X and Peter Oasis. We chopped it up for around half an hour in two parts, which you can catch at thirty minute and one hour fifteen minute points in their archive, thanks to the powers of my magic internets phone.
Update: Here’s the Soundcloud version…
Gettin’ Kinda Hectic: Snap! and Chill Rob G’s Epic ‘Power’ Struggle
Newest latest for the good people at Cuepoint is an in-depth look at the story behind Snap! and ‘The Power,’ covering Chill Rob G‘s response, how Penny Ford was recruited to add new vocals and an unfortunate incident involving Turbo B and some drag queens in Boston.
Gettin’ Kinda Hectic: Snap! and Chill Rob G’s Epic ‘Power’ Struggle
Rob Kelly feat. Da Villins – Jimmy Jump
Ireland’s own Conservative Rap Coalition representative Rob Kelly drops a cut from the Black Irish Rogue, due 15 July. Scooby on the beat.
Video: Mobb Deep feat. Big Noyd – Itinerary
Second release from DJ Jean Maron‘s True School project reunites Hav and P with Rapper Noyd.
CHAZE and Omar White – The Divine Train Ride Mixtape
GRIM Team representative CHAZE just dropped this ill mix of electro, boogie, soul and breaks with Omar White to enhance your next trip on the iron horse.
Video: Royal Flush feat. Nutso – Flushtown
Another single from the Grand Capo LP, with Grand Papa Tre on the beat and DJ Modesty on the cuts.
Royal Flush – Autobiography
This is the standout track from the new Royal Flush album, produced by Grand Papa Tra from Switzerland.
Video: Money Boss Inc. – Blam Blam
Even though this P Brothers song dropped in 2006, it’s still great enough to warrant a video eight years later. Also note that Eddie Cheeba and Trey Bag have changed their name back from Boss Money Gangsters to Money Boss Inc. and have removed the outro and all references to Nottingham in this version.
Sean Price and M-Phazes – Dump In The Gut
Melbourne meets Brownsville for this track from the forthcoming Land of the Crooks EP from Sean Price and M-Phazes.
The Marco Polo Newport Challenge, Part 2
Continuing our highly scientific research, Marco Polo rates two more brands against his beloved Newport and the ultimate smoke champion is announced. Also features cameo’s from Jean Grae, richdirection and various gals who were hanging out at ‘The Rub’.
Unkut On Conspiracy Worldwide Radio
“Unkut.com is a unique and more importantly necessary platform. Much like Conspiracy Worldwide Radio its visitors are devoted Rap nerds whom are passionate about preserving Hip Hop’s historical and traditional values, so it was our pleasure to invite its mastermind Robbie Ettelson on the show. We talk his role as contributing editor to Hip Hop Connection Magazine, interviewing legends, the Conservative Rap Coalition and so much more.”
You can hear me mumbling about the site and the mighty CRC at the 1 hour mark. Shout-out to Menace and Mista Montana for giving the site some shine. Other guests included Cage, Mighty Mi, Troy Ave, NORE, Krumbsnatcha and more.
Video: The Marco Polo Newport Challenge, Part 1
In an attempt to prove that not all cigarettes are created equal, I challenged Canadian-born BK rap producer Marco Polo to rate five other brands of tailor-made smokes, purchased from gals out the front of various bars in Brooklyn, all in the name of science. PA2: The Director’s Cut drops 12 November, 2013.
Rob Kelly – Jack The Ripper 2 [The Ripper Returns]
Rob Kelly is a paid-up member of the CRC and a drunken Irish hooligan with an ear for good beats. Like all good organizations, being part of the Conservative Rap Coalition automatically grants you access to the finer things in life, one of which is getting your music posted on Unkut on the condition that it doesn’t suck and is deemed suitably non-progressive.
Sean Price, Billy Danze, Maffew Ragazino and DJ Babu – Land of the Crooks
It’s been a good week for Australian producer M-Phazes, who not only got a co-production credit on the new Eminem LP but also snagged BK brawlers Sean Price, Billy Danze and Maffew Ragazino on the same track, while DJ Babu seals the deal with a def-defying display of zigga-zigga wizardry.
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Debonair P – Remixes 2 and Instrumentals LP Release
Melbourne’s own Debonair P, who’s recently dropped some quality music with Omniscence, Is dropping new remix and instrumental vinyl, which you can cop here. All the filtered bassline, crisp snare goodness you could need for your steering pleasure…
Grab a free digital version of both projects here.
Video: Endemic feat. Tragedy Khadafi, Ruste Juxx and Afu Ra – High Society
UK producer Endemic recruits Trag, Ruste and Afu for this solid entry into the Hoody Rap Ain’t Dead genre. Taken from the Terminal Illness 2 LP, due late November.
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.
Alterbeats feat. Divine & Tragedy Khadafi – 7th Dynasty
World premier of the new project from French producer Alterbeats, who has previously laced dudes such as Neek The Exotic. Taken from the Class Struggle project.
Milano Constantine – What Type Of Shit You Want
While certain sections of the rap internets don’t seem to hold ‘Lano in particularly high regard, I will rep for his abilities any day of the week, particularly when paired with the P Brothers on the beats. Taken from the Alfa Romeo mixtape, which you can stream over at Milano’s Soundcloud. I’m pretty sure I posted this last year but shit happens.
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.
Video: P-Money feat. Roc Marciano – The Professional
Here’s the clip for my pick from P-Money‘s Gratitude LP, directed by Luke Choi.
Omniscence – Sharp Objects [Album Snippets]
Quality new vinyl release that should coincide with the interests of CRC members:
The brand new EP from NC’s Omniscence. 10 tracks on limited wax (150 copies on blue swirl vinyl / 150 copies on purple vinyl) produced and mixed by Debonair P. Shipping now.
Mix: DJ Ivory – Summer in Notts
DJ Ivory of the P Brothers just dropped this mix of dope music for you to crack a beer open too and fry up some swine on the grill to. Loud drums as usual.
The Yeezus Pub Quiz
Written and hosted by Phillip “The Jogging Blogger” Mlynar.
June 18th was a monumental date in hip-hop history — it was the day when all the Yeezus reviews came out. They involved lots of great commentary on the parameters of genius and musings about just how much of a genius Kanye West is. Unfortunately, they were also all really wrong. So the Unkut braintrust decided to review Yeezus in the only scientifically accurate way possible – in the form of a pub quiz.
Terumasa Hino – Unity
A new project dropped today from Terumasa Hino and DJ Honda:
Terumasa Hino was born in 1942 in Tokyo City. He moved to New York in 1975 and worked with a who’s who of jazz. In 1989 Hino became the first Japanese artist to sign with the legendary esteemed American jazz label BLUE NOTE. Throughout the years Hino’s success in Japan and his career has been likened to that of Miles Davis; as they both experimented with jazz/rock fusion and also played the same instrument; the trumpet. In the past few years Terumasa Hino has teamed up with legendary hip-hop icon, dj honda and formed a new sound of fusion blending heavy beats and scratching.
iTunes link for the album