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


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

Video: Rakim Live At Red Hook Park, Brooklyn

Me and the homie Dallas Penn caught Rakim Allah doing a free show in Brooklyn as part of the Summer Concert series in New York. I’ll be posting my written review later, but in the meantime you can witness me forgetting how to perform The Wop and doing some serious Rap Hands in between the God MC rapping.

Video: THE LOX performing at DJ Doo Wop’s 20th Anniversary Concert
Friday May 17th 2013,
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Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch did some rapping in honor of DJ Doo Wop‘s 20th year in the game at Stage 48 in NYC 5/7/13.

Video: The Doppelgangaz – Live in Leipzig

This is a quick compilation of footage from The Doppelgangaz recent European tour. Look out for a video to “Barbiturates” next week.

Cold Crush 4 Shut Down A Heckler [Harlem World, 1992]

Some poor sap makes the mistake of heckling Grandmaster Caz and yelling out “I’ll give you a dime if you get off the stage!” The result? A verbal ass-whuppin.

Bobbito Ethering Ricky Powell On WKCR, 1993

The clear highlight of the reunion show was this timeless interaction between Bobbito Garcia and Rickey Powell during a 1993 episode of The Stretch Armstrong Show. I couldn’t resist but upload it to YouTube for prosperity posterity.

Video: AZ and DJ Doo Wop – Doe Or Die 2 Tour [Live In Poland, 2013]

AZ & DJ DOO WOP – Doe or Die II Tour… by 238BEATS

Almost 40 minutes of footage of AZ The Visualiza and DJ Doo Wop tearing-up the stage in Katowice, Poland, as part of the Doe Or Die 2 promotional tour.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Worst. Show. Ever.


I made the mistake of seeing the Ultramagnetic MC’s 25 years too late. This is what happened as a result.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Worst. Show. Ever.

Video: Kool G Rap – Talk Like Sex [Live, 1990]
Thursday January 31st 2013,
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Another classic Joe Fatal sighting as he goes to work on an blow-up doll. Apparently this was from an event called “Rappers For Voter’s Registration” in Harlem…

Spotted at ego trip.

Video: LL Cool J Live In 1985

Amazing footage of Ladies Love Cool James rocking a school gym. “Mommy, what’s a super sperm?”

Youtube user Kodiak Starr writes: “LL Cool J at age 17 and DJ Cut Creator perform live. 1985, Colby College, Waterville Maine. 5 months before Radio was released. My dad tried to get RUN DMC, but could not afford them, so Def Jam told him he should bring up LL Cool J”.

You can also catch a painful rendition of “Memories” at the 19 minute mark.

17 Minutes Of Cold Crush 4 Live
Thursday January 24th 2013,
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“There’s been an out-break of bad cocaine. If anybody in the house got any cocaine, bring it up. We got a lab downtown”. This sounded like an old party tape until they started rapping over Black Rob’s “Woah” beat. Still great. Another sure-shot from Troy L Smith’s YouTube account.

Video: Ultramagnetic MC’s Live in London [1990]

Proof that more rapper need to wear suits with gold chains. Kool Keith, Ced Gee, TR Love and DJ Moe Love rip shit at Dingwalls Camden Lock, London back in April, 1990. Great work Timmy!

Dallas Penn Dot Com Presents: The ‘Lo End Theory


If you’re in NY on Jan 20 you need to go to this show, which is basically the same line-up that a Conservative Rap Coalition concert would be. Tickets are under $20 if you cop them from here.

Celebrate and respeckanize the legacy of where Polo Ralph Lauren has taken their style from. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this brand hasn’t used the urban market’s influence to remain relevant (and rich).

Video: Fresh Fest 2 [1985]

Uncle Ralph McDaniels did pioneering work by being the first music program to cover a major hip-hop concert for his Video Music Box show in 1985. Here’s an edited version of what went down, including a press conference freestyle session from Whodini and Run-DMC, a typically modest Mister Magic talking about ho he broke every act there, some anti-graff commercials, the Furious Five‘s pre-show warm-up routine and a whole bunch of rapping from Whodini, Run-DMC, and the Fat Boys.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Sean Price and Brother Ali Live Review

^ All praise due for Mini-Sean P.

Mom let me out of the basement to see some rappers. Read all about it.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Sean Price and Brother Ali Live Review

Video: The Juice Crew All-Stars – Live At The Apollo [1988]
Thursday November 08th 2012,
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Although this looks like it was filmed on Dick Tracey‘s bionic wristwatch, this is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. The debut performance of the ‘Juice Crew All-Stars World Tour 1988’ at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, backed by five DJ’s at once – DJ Chilly Q, DJ Polo, Mr. Cee, Cool V and Marley Marl – and featuring members of the Juice Crew (even MC Glamorous) dropping rhymes. I’m assuming that Kane’s live version of “Wrath of Kane” was from this show, but it’s not included here. I would give my right arm to have a complete, high quality version of this incredible piece of rap history…

Part 1 feat. Masta Ace and Craig G:

Video: The Illest Beastie Boys Performance Of All Time

Introducing a new Unkut video series – DJ Sheep‘s VHS Vault, Episode 1:

MCA, King Ad-Rock, Mike D and DJ Hurricane make an unruly appearance on Japanese TV during their glory years at Def Jam. Thanks to the wonders of live broadcasting, we get to witness a cameo appearance from Ricky Powell (aka The Rickster) involving a bed, a chick in a tight dress and an ice cream. So many classic scenes and bonus lines including ‘Fondle my balls with your fingers’ and ‘With your oriental pussy you can suck my dick’

Easily the finest moment in their long career…

Video: Jive Records 1987 Showcase feat. Steady B, BDP, Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Kool Moe Dee
Tuesday September 04th 2012,
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Uncle Ralph McDaniel‘s Video Music Box broadcast this live showcase of the JIVE/RCA rap roster at what looks like a school prom if those tuxedo’s in the front row are anything to go by. Steady B rocks his standard ‘beeper on the hat’ style while DJ Tat Money goes in, KRS previews cuts from By All Means Necessary with DJ Doc backing him up, Will Smith brings out Ready Rock C and his dancers and Kool Moe Dee sports a cow hide jacket (?).

Non-Rapper Dudes Series – Peter Oasis Interview

Legendary New York live rap promoter Peter Oasis, who founded LiveNDirect with Zvi Edelman, shares some of his memories of his long career as a party supplier…

Robbie: What was the first show you ever promoted?

Peter Oasis: Fifteen years ago, the first rap shows that I ever promoted were Dutchmin, who were on Dolo Records. My first show was Dutchmin and another crew called Kukoo and Da Baga Bonez, who ran with Mista Sinista. After that I hooked-up with Joe at Fat Beats and we put together a showcase for the record shop. At the time there were underground shows, but there weren’t mega underground shows, and this one show that we did featured all the Fat Beats artists that they were distributing and selling at the store on 9th street at the time. Company Flow, The X-Men, J-Live – he’s awesome, he’s one of my favourites – The Cracker Jax, Rob Swift‘s group. That was the first 12″ that Fat Beats ever put out on their label. From that show I made relationships with a lot of those acts, and as I moved-up and started booking bigger names I took a lot of those acts and had them open up for bigger shows. For instance, Non-Phixion came back and they rocked at Tramps with Run-DMC and Large Professor. I still have an allegiance and a real loyalty to a lot of those acts – those were the first acts I knew, way before anything. We all started out together.

Video: Early KMD Live Performance (1990)
Tuesday September 04th 2012,
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Another video from the Hard To The Left event courtesy of DJ Iran, this time capturing a youthful Zev Love X and Onyx The Birthstone Kid on some Kausing Much Damage shit.

Video: First Leaders of the New School Performance (1990)

DJ Iran unearthed some classic Strong Island history from his archives. Thanks to crate digga for the tip.

Video: Joe Fatal Sighting!
Tuesday September 06th 2011,
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I really should have timed my New York visit a little better…how could I miss a live performance of ‘Live At The BBQ’?!

Live Show Review: Mobb Deep At Best Buy Theater

It was a big night for non-progressive rap fans in New York, with the first Mobb Deep show in over three years popping-off live and direct next to Times Square. Would Capone sneak in and attempt to hit Prodigy with a bar stool, Keith Murray style? Or would a live rendition of ‘Shook Ones’ lead to a number of drunken brawls in the crowd? The third, and most likely scenario of course, was that none of the above would happen and it would be a uneventful rap concert in the ‘New’ New York, where even the corniest white rap fan could dance around like a moron with no fear of getting smacked upside the head by a less happy-go-lucky audience member.