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…
Video: Food Warriors – Nostrand Avenue
Season finale of Raf and Dallas’ quest for the best food near the train station.
Video: Food Warriors – 59th Street, Columbus Circle
Has Midtown got any got spots to chow down? Will the IC’s dine on swine or take the ‘healthy option’?
Video: Food Warriors – 125th Street
Shout out to your boy with the parrot on his shoulder as the IC’s continue to explore Harlem spots to grab grub from.
Video: Food Warriors – 145th Street
Dallas drops bars while Rafi keeps it CRC all day with his tucked shirt steez as the IC’s investigate grub up in Harlem.
Cassette Culture with Stretch Armstrong: DJ Red Alert, 98.7 Kiss FM, 6.13.87
DJ Stretch Armstrong breaks down his favorite old rap radio tapes in this new column he’s writing at Cuepoint, a new collection of long-form music articles curated by Jon “Shecyk Green” Shecter of The Source/Game Records fame. Since many of my fondest memories of first hearing rap revolving around Red Alert and Chuck Chillout tapes, hearing tape rips like this are always guaranteed to slightly defrost my cold, frosty heart.
Cassette Culture with Stretch Armstrong: DJ Red Alert, 98.7 Kiss FM, 6.13.87
Cole James Cash Feat. Kacey Parker, Kese Soprano and M-Credible – Kacey Parker
Third single from the BBW – A Pornographic Opera album. Homeboy made songs about his favorite big gals on film, now he’s rolling with one in real life. Bless you, internets.
“This is my prized track, I actually got the woman to do the introduction for the song and be on my album cover. This picture for her single was taken right in front of me. Kacey catapulted herself to Greatest BBW Of all time when she agreed to collaborate for my album. I am forever in her debt, hopefully she takes travelers checks”
Byron Crawford – Kanye West: Superstar Book Review
Returning with his forth book (fifth if count the Writin’ Dirty anthology, which was just a collection of Bol’s XXL posts so I don’t), Byron Crawford blesses us with another highly entertaining and surprisingly informative summary of Kanye West, the artist and fairly fucked-up human. What’s great about Kanye West: Superstar is the attention to detail in regards to Bol’s theories on why Kanye has acted increasingly bat-shit crazy over the course of his career. I won’t give away the game at this stage, but it’s pretty water tight from where I stand. The book also documents the way in which Bol and Kanye have had a major impact on each others careers up to this point, from the legendary “Ban Kanye From The Grammys” movement (which I’m proud to say I was involved in as a contributor to the site), jokingly suggesting that his readers “hunt and kill” Kanye’s late mother (before her untimely demise) and a litany of jokes relating to Ray J‘s “package” (nullus) and how many black guys that the Kardashian sisters have “gotten off.”
Alchemix – The Unkut Remix [Minus Actual Mixing]
After checking out the Up North Trips mix with their picks for the best Alan The Chemist beats from the past ten years, I couldn’t resist responding with my own personal selections from the past decade of work from the house of ALC.
Update: Mixed version can be found here, thanks to United Crates.
Stream: Alchemix – 10 Years of Alchemist (2004-2014)
Can’t say I agree with all of these choices but this is a great mix regardless. Might have to compile my own list in response…
Ev Boogie sez:
Today marks the 10th Anniversary of Alchemist’s debut solo, 1st Infantry. To celebrate A-L-C’s decade of dope, we put together ten years worth of Alc bangers, from 2004- 20134. For each year, we picked one of our favorite Alc joints (not easy to do) and put together our own, Alchemix. Mixed by United Crates.
The Combat Jack Show – The Freddie Foxxx Episode
Freddie Foxxx chops it up with Combat Jack, recalling the story about his battle against Kane that he shared with Unkut back in 2009 and some stories about his days rolling with Eric B.
Download: Fat Lace Show 009
Missed this when it dropped last month, but nevertheless this is an essential mix of obscure 80’s and 90’s rap courtesy of Drew Huge and Dan Large.
The Combat Jack Show: The D-Nice Episode
“D-Nice, the beatbox/I only wear Nikes not Adidas or Reeboks!” Grab a bottle, this oughta be good…
Who is more Renaissance Man than Mr. Derrick Jones? The Human TR-808 gives his most descriptive interview ever. He walks us step by step to the moment of Scott La Rock’s death, and how it affected his relationship with KRS-One. He shares how, after he blew up as a solo artist, everything dried up and he became homeless, broke and depressed. Then rebirth. Web designer, photography, one of the world’s preeminent DJ’s. From peddling drugs to DJing for the President. We’ve heard many stories about one’s journey from the bottom to the top, but if this one doesn’t inspire you, you’re already dead. I know ya’ll keep telling us weekly how the latest episode be your top 5. You need to readjust that list again.
Download: #Illmatic20 (Tribute Mixtape)
Rap Bloggah Gahds connect like Voltron to give you a new spin on all this Illmatic nostalgia. I recommend the Timeless Truth and Mr. Motherfuckin eXquire tracks in particular.
Video: 45 King – Making The Beat Show feat. Lakim Shabazz and Chill Rob G
45 King and Double J host two of their fellow original Flavor Unit legends for a landmark new episode, which features some dope new rhymes from both the guests.
Is This The Lowest Point In Dipset History?
Miss Info (aka Queen of the Rap Internets) reported on this basketball game between members of The Diplomats and some of the roster of Fool’s Gold Records. This isn’t exactly surprising considering that Cam’Ron and A-Trak are recording a project together (not to mention that A-Trak’s song with JR Writer, Hell Rell, & 40 Cal in 2007 wasn’t too shabby at all), but the idea of the former Kufi Slapper Jim Jones sharing the court with the likes of Nick Catchdubs is the rap equivalent of finding out that there’s no Easter Bunny or that Kanye didn’t write “Jesus Walks.”
Spotted: Brief Breakdown Of All The Black Lives Sean Combs Has Destroyed
The homie Cole James Cash just put me onto this thread over at The Coli, where dude by the name of gator_king reminds of us of Puffy’s numerous crimes against humanity:
The Combat Jack Show: The Jessica Rosenblum Episode
Dallas talks Pologate, and the crew chop it up with legendary rap party promoter Jessica Rosenblum.
Video: Him-Lo – Sneakers
First drop from The Combat Jack Show presents… Foamposites and Fingergunns mixtape, for those of you still young enough to wear athletic shoes.
These Professional Rap Ghostwriters Will Destroy Us All, Or So They Claim
It’s recently come to my attention that a new thirst bucket company by the name of Precision Writtens is outchea harassing every second rapper on the internets to employ their services to create the ultimate rapper dude by committee. Here’s the approach they took when they pitched their “services” to $amhill:
PW Talent Agent, Tyrone Bowman: “Ive been listening to a few of your tracks and think you got a tight sound. I’m with Precision Writtens and we write very intricate rap verses for artists. You can listen to some sample verses on our website to get a sense of what we mean by intricate. I know we can help you blow up big, easy. Take a look and let us know what you think fam. Peace”
Re-Up: Counterstrike – The Unkut Mixtape Hosted By DJ Doo Wop
Just realized that the link for this was dead so the ten year anniversary of Unkut seems like a good time to re-up this 2010 release that I put together with strictly exclusive CRC-style tracks. Might be time for a part two come to think of it…
Download or stream almost an hour of non-progressive rap below.
Download: Counterstrike – The Unkut Mixtape Hosted By DJ Doo Wop
Video: The Sesame Street Gang Perform The Symphony
I would have cast Kane as The Count personally, but otherwise this is good times.