Stream: K-Def and The 45 King – Back To The Beat Album
Tuesday October 07th 2014,
Filed under: 45 Kings,Jersey? Sure!,Non-Rapper Dudes,Steady Bootleggin',Streaming-Only
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Two of New Jersey’s finest beatsmiths, The 45 King and K-Def, have teamed-up for this new instrumental project. Orange vinyl is available here. Spotted at GRNDGD.



Contest: Win A Redefinition Tape and Vinyl Pack
Monday August 18th 2014,
Filed under: Art of Facts,Competitions,Jersey? Sure!,Not Your Average
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To celebrate new releases from K-Def and The Artifacts, Redefinition Records is offering the following three prize packs to US residents:

One Grand Prize:
K-Def’s Tape One (Cassette + Digital)
K-Def’s One Man Band (Vinyl)
Artifacts’s upcoming single APB (Vinyl, Cassette and Digital)
El Da Sensei‘s Try Again EP (Cassette and Vinyl)

Two Runners Up:
K-Def’s Tape One (Cassette + Digital Link)

To win, email the answers to the following questions here:

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Video: The 45 King – Boiler Room Session
Friday July 25th 2014,
Filed under: 45 Kings,DJ Mixes,Flavor Unit Special,Jersey? Sure!
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Class is in session. All hail the King.



Video: 45 King – Making The Beat with Large Professor Pt. 1
Tuesday July 08th 2014,
Filed under: 45 Kings,Flavor Unit Special,Jersey? Sure!,Large Pro For Prez
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Still waiting for the final edit of the 45 King Boiler Room session since I missed the live broadcast.

“You known for the horns, man!”
“We don’t wanna hear strings from the 45 King!”



DJ King Shameek – The Unkut Interview
Tuesday June 24th 2014,
Filed under: Interviews,Jersey? Sure!,The 80's Files,The 90's Files,Video Clips
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Having returned to the music game five years ago after an extended hiatus, DJ King Shameek is back rocking clubs on a regular basis in New Jersey and beyond, but you most likely first saw him do his thing with Twin Hype for their dance floor classic “Do It To The Crowd.” Shameek took some time out of his schedule to talk about his roots as a DJ and early production techniques, King Sun vs. Ice Cube and his involvement with the mysterious diss record “The Truth” in 1999, which may have inspired 50 Cent‘s “How To Rob.”

Robbie: What made you want to take deejaying seriously?

DJ King Shameek: I was living in California at the time – I’m originally from New Jersey – but my uncle was at a legendary club in Newark, NJ called The Zanibar, so every time he used to come to California he would always bring a couple of records and give me some stuff, and I would see photographs of him deejaying. That’s when I really started trying to persue it a little more, get turntables and stuff like that. This is when they didn’t even have a mixer with a cross-fader yet. I was getting these microphone mixers that just had the faders up and down, so I would just sit there with a left and a right, putting one up and then putting the other one down! It was hilarious if you think about it now. I was always collecting records and I inherited records from my parents – they brought me up on a lotta Motown stuff and some Spanish stuff here and there. I was preparing myself in my adolescent years, toying around with my father’s record player, trying to scratch on them! [laughs] I would try to do that when he wasn’t watching. I ended up leaving California in ’87. Before that I was just doing a few gigs by being featured here and there, it wasn’t until I came here that I started producing and deejaying professionally.
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Video: 45 King Plays His Demo Beats on 45
Monday June 23rd 2014,
Filed under: 45 Kings,DJ Mixes,Flavor Unit Special,Jersey? Sure!,Video Clips
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Pretty much self-explanatory, from a series of twelve 7 inch singles that will be released over two months. Note the 45 King slip mats courtesy of BBP.



A Tribute To Father Shaheed of PRT

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DJ Father Shaheed of Poor Righteous Teachers was killed in an accident while riding his motorbike on 26 May, 2014. After releasing “Time To Say Peace” on the independent North Side Records in 1989, Wise Intelligent, Culture Freedom and Father Shaheed (who was going by the handle of Devine on the original pressing), they were picked up by Profile Records, who re-issued the single with a remix and followed up with the Holy Intellect LP the following year. This contained what turned-out to be their breakout single – “Rock This Funky Joint.” Offering perhaps the rawest 5% rhetoric of the era over addictive rhythms, PRT made quite an impression and quickly gained a loyal fanbase. Their manager at the time, Kevon Glickman, who I interviewed in 2007, had this to say:
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No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Redman = Peter Pan

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Looking for the fountain of rap youth…

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Redman = Peter Pan



The 45 King feat. Supreme – Go Head Up [1990]

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Some hidden New Jersey rap gold, taken from The 45 King‘s The Lost Breakbeats – Test Press LP. Don’t call it Fast Rap though, that’s not a valid genre.



Video: The 45 King – Making The Beat with Chill Rob G and Lakim Shabazz, Pt. 3
Wednesday April 09th 2014,
Filed under: Flavor Unit Special,Jersey? Sure!,Rap Veterans,Video Clips
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I can’t enough of this stuff, as Lakim and The Chill One kick more quality rhymes for Flavor Unit aficionados.



Video: The 45 King – Making The Beat with Chill Rob G and Lakim Shabazz, Pt. 2
Sunday March 30th 2014,
Filed under: 45 Kings,Flavor Unit Special,Jersey? Sure!,Video Clips
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The second half of this mini Flavor Unit reunion sees Double J drop some rhymes with Rob and Lak. Dope by demand.



Video: DUS feat. Roc Marciano – Casino [Dallas Penn Edition]
Thursday February 27th 2014,
Filed under: Jersey? Sure!,Magazine Vaults,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Video Clips
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Here’s a 2013 Roc feature that crept under my Rap Radar. Dallas says:

NJ based producer DUS put out this track Casino last year with vocals by Roc Marciano. Did y’all hear it? I hadn’t, but when I came across the song I did what I love to do and created a fanboy video clip using some of the most hardbosy scenes from the movie also named Casino.



Latee and The 45 King – Tim Westwood Session [1990]

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Latee dropping his verses from “Wake Up”, “Puttin’ On The Hits” and “This Cut’s Got Flavor” while 45 King flips a break beat on Tim Westwood‘s show? Count me in. Thanks to Palmer Stallings for finding digging this out of the tape stash.



Download: Retch – Polo Sporting Goods

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Some grimey New Jersey material from a kid named Retch, who is also a member of the H’z duo with Da$h. Produced by Thelonious Martin.


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Video: Skitzo – Turncoat Syndicate
Monday September 30th 2013,
Filed under: Hoody Rap Ain't Dead,Jersey? Sure!,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Video Clips
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I had a few beers at a local dive bar with this New Jersey MC last time I was out there, where I witnessed the most morbidly obese white girls I’ve ever seen collected in one room in my entire life. Skitzo has been working the battle rap circuit for years so it’s good to see he’s focusing on making songs now. This new cut is produced by Tom Delay Beats.



Gee Rock – Strait Outta Jerzee LP [1993]
Wednesday September 11th 2013,
Filed under: Albums,Collectables,Hoody Rap Ain't Dead,Jersey? Sure!,The 90's Files
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Some limited-edition vinyl that won’t break the bank:

20 years ago, in 1993, Gee Rock & Da CND Coalition released they’re lone LP on a wildly limited number of cassettes which have rarely, if ever, been seen. Now Heavy Jewelz brings it back to Brick City with this 12 track fast moving funky LP on vinyl for the first time, never to be repressed. 100 copies were pressed on caramel colored vinyl which sold out right away but you can still get one in a double pack with a black copy of which only 200 were pressed.

Order the vinyl or grab a digital copy.



Unkut TV: Episode 15 – An Afternoon With The Doppelgangaz
Tuesday July 30th 2013,
Filed under: In The Trenches,Jersey? Sure!,Live From NY,Rap Hands,Unkut TV
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We caught up with Matter Ov Fact, EP and Tropicana Josh of The Doppelgangaz one fine afternoon while they were shooting the video for “On The Rag”. Important issues discussed include picking up sweaty hipster girls, getting to second base in Europe, the legendary ‘Crackin’ beverage, velvet cloaks and a bunch of stuff that our legal team insisted we cut out.



Nothing Sweet About Sugar Hill Tax Evasion
Sunday June 23rd 2013,
Filed under: Art of Facts,Jersey? Sure!,Jokes On You,Weekend Warriors
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Those pesky Robinson’s are up to their own tricks, this time on some tax fraud business from all those royalties they stole from Flash and ‘em.

Sugar Hill Records’ tax issues latest chapter in Englewood hip-hop family’s rocky history



Video: Papoose At Summer Jam 20 Is The New BDP Vs. PM Dawn
Monday June 03rd 2013,
Filed under: BK All Day,Great Moments In Rap,Jersey? Sure!,Video Clips
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The master of the over-sized fitted played like KRS-One and Kenny Parker when Kendrick Lamar let his crew sneak on stage and perform this track to a confused audience. Watch in amazement as Papoose encourages a stunned crowd to shout “Free Remy” before walking off to the sound of a million crickets chirping. Pap run this town!



Ten Great Flavor Unit Songs

Got a major Flavor Unit interview ready to drop soon, so I’m going in extra deep (pause) on their extensive catalog. Here are ten of sure shots from the greatest collection of MC’s that New Jersey ever produced.

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