Rob Unkut discussing Nas’ Illmatic at the Melbourne International Film Festival

I repped the Conservative Rap Coalition position on the importance of the Illmatic album in front of an audience at The Forum yesterday. Stream below.

Unkut speaks about Nas’ Illmatic at the Melbourne International Film Festival



Tape Box: Grand Master Flash and the Furious 5 Live At T- Connection, 1979

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Yet another sure shot from Troy Smith‘s old school tape collection, this excerpt captures Melle Mel, Cowboy and ‘em ripping over the “7 Minutes of Funk” break.
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Unkut TV: Episode 23 – AG Live In Melbourne, 2014

The Giant performs “Soul Clap,” “Next Level,” “You Know Now,” “Spit,” “Full Scale” and an accapella before an enthusiastic Australian crowd.



ASAP Ferg Live Show Review – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Monday April 07th 2014,
Filed under: Features,Harlem Nights,In The Trenches,Is It Live Or Is It Memorex?
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Photo: Michelle Grace Hunder

Following the always entertaining festivities surrounding the Carbon festival (which I’m under strict orders never to speak of publicly), heading to the A$AP Ferg show at the Corner Hotel seemed like the perfect way to cap off a week-long bender. The venue was filled with excitable kids eagerly throwing-up ‘bows to the sounds of the local androgynous “It’s a Trap” Lady known as Mafia, before the curtains were drawn to prepare for the main event.
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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.



Live Review: Run The Jewels, Danny Brown and Earl Sweatshirt @ The Palace, Melbourne

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Clearly not a picture of last night’s show.

In the interest of “music journalism” I forced myself to attend a rap show last night featuring rappers I don’t really listen to on a regular basis, but don’t really have any huge level of hate for either, which is about as good as it’s going to get until Nice & Smooth decide to tour these shores. After enjoying a few rounds of boilermakers and weed with some associates, we wandered into the venue the very moment that El-P and Killer Mike hit the stage.
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Event: Acclaim Issue #31 Launch Party feat. The Underachievers
Wednesday December 04th 2013,
Filed under: Announcements,Booze!,Down Under Blunders,Is It Live Or Is It Memorex?
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If you’re in Melbourne on 14 December, swing past the laucnh party for the new issue of Acclaim mag where I’ll be stunting in a CRC polo, creeping out interns and aiming for my usual “World’s Drunkest Man” award, while checking out if these Underachievers characters qualify for New Rap That Doesn’t Suck status. RSVP here.



Video: Joe Fatal Live at CBGB’s, 1992
Friday October 25th 2013,
Filed under: Crates,Is It Live Or Is It Memorex?,The 90's Files,VHS Vaults,Video Vault
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Some rare footage of Joe Fatal’s brief rapping career, at a showcase that also included Artifacts, YAGGFU Front, Total Pack, Hard 2 Obtain and Legion of D.U.M.E. I had to emancipate this from the original account since they deaded embedding. You can catch footage of the other performances over there.



KRS-One – Criminal Minded Practice Sessions

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Holy shit…Kenny Parker finally got around to ripping some of those old tapes of KRS-One rapping over breakbeats courtesy of DJ Scott La Rock and Kool DJ Red Alert , as he told us about back in 2006. While there was no sign of the one with the dog barking over Kris’ verse, there’s an incredible ‘La Di Da Di’ style track which I’ve never heard before that will make your year. Shouts out to the Frozen Files crew over at East Village Radio for making this happen.



Unkut TV: Episode 21 – DJ Quik and Kurupt Live At The Laundry, 2013

DJ Quik and Kurupt came into town, so I wandered past to relive some 90’s LA rap action. The highlight of course was Quik beatboxing “New York, New York” for Kurupt, and his generous dispensing of booze to the front row while performing “Tonite”.



Unkut TV: Episode 19 – The Doppelgangaz Live At S.O.B.’s

The Doppelgangaz brought some Shark Life to S.O.B.’s on Monday 24 June, 2013 as part of a showcase that included Fred The Godson show. Features a cameo from DJ Kay Slay aka DEZ and his Straight Stuntin‘ girls, as well as the ever-lovely Bambie-Rose. Songs performed include “Sun Shine”, “Like What Like Me” and “Oh Well”.



Unkut TV: Episode 17 – Masta Ace, Live In Boston
Friday August 23rd 2013,
Filed under: Beantown,BK All Day,Is It Live Or Is It Memorex?,Unkut TV
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Highlights of Masta Ace, Stricklin and Marco Polo performing at the Middle East in Boston on 22 June 2013, featuring “Crooklyn”, “The Symphony”, “Lil’ Young” with Ed OG, “Nostalgia” and “Born To Roll/Jeep-Ass Niguh”.



Video: Brand Nubian – Live In 1990
Tuesday August 20th 2013,
Filed under: Is It Live Or Is It Memorex?,Live From NY,The 90's Files,Video Vault
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Apparently this Elektra Records showcase was filmed by Video Music Box (which I posted some of back when it dropped in 2012), and is notable for a number of reasons, not least a live performance of Brand Nubian‘s “The Devil”, which eventually appeared on one of those limited-edition vinyl releases from One Leg-Up, and make no bones in ice cream about calling out cracker-ass crackers. Also appreciated is the “I ain’t white” chant and the general disinterest of the knuckleheads at the front of the crowd who are either working as security or just stunting too hard to actually face the performance.



Kool Keith Fires Back At Unkut?

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Just noticed this comment from Lair dating back to February, where he points out, “I think Keith recorded a diss track just for you off of this article”, linking to a song that dropped a mere 12 days after I expressed my bitter disappointment at Ultramagnetic MC’s Critical Beatdown tour.

While the cover image bares a striking resemblance to the venue I attended, the rhymes don’t really confirm that it has anything to do with my review, unless you consider “You heard the track accurate, that’s what I’m about” to be a rationale for his lip-syncing during the show in question, and “Laugh online…LOL…they stuck!” to be a subliminal aimed at Unkut HQ.

Hold up! On closer inspection, “Caught up in the zone like people with long cords on they phone/they can’t think out the box, so they won’t stay in the box” pretty much sums up everything that the Conservative Rap Coalition is about. Did Poppa Large (pause) just ether me?



Video: 3rd Bass Reunion Show

I’ve never been a huge fan of these guys, but they did help KMD get on so I’m willing to cut them some slack. This recent reunion show certainly doesn’t seem to do them any favors, basically resembling what would happen if a guy who owned the local pizza store and his accountant decided to put on a rap show.



Unkut TV: Episode 7 – Kool G Rap and DJ Polo Live In Philly, 2013

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Photo: richdirection

When I heard that Kool G Rap was performing in Philadelphia last Saturday night, you know I was getting there no matter what, especially considering how often I’ve argued that he’s the greatest MC of all-time. Just so happens that this performance was also the first time that G had performed with DJ Polo in seventeen years, and I got to capture it all on camera. Here’s footage of KGR performing “The Realest”, “Take ‘Em To War”, “Road To The Riches”, “Ill Street Blues”, “Fast Life” and “The Symphony”.
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Unkut TV: Episode 6 – Statik Selektah Album Launch At S.O.B.’s

Highlights from the S.O.B.’s Extended Play launch, featuring Sean Price, Buckshot, Black Thought and Bun B. Sorry Pro Era crew and Termanology, you guys didn’t make the final cut.



Unkut TV: Episode 4 – Gunplay on Combat Jack and Combat Jack on The Artie Lang Show

Backstage at The Combat Jack TV Show and The Artie Lang Show, featuring Premium Pete, A-King, Gunplay, Combat Jack, Matt Razz and Dallas Penn. Eff your TV!



Unkut TV: Episode 3 – Big Daddy Kane Live At Herbert Von Park, Brooklyn

Highlight’s of the Big Daddy Kane park jam, including performances of “Set It Off”, “The Symphony”, “Wrath of Kane”, “Raw”, “Ain’t No Half Steppin'” and a cameo from Dres. Kane lived up to his reputation as live performer and kept the old heads hyped. Shouts to Dallas Penn for rolling through with me despite near exhaustion status.



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rap Won In Red Hook

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Here’s my written report to accompany the video that Dallas shot about the Rakim show…

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rap Won In Red Hook