Stream: Tragedy Khadafi – Pre Magnum Opus LP
Wednesday December 17th 2014,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Speaker Smashers,Steady Bootleggin',Tragedy Special
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Spotify has the new Tragedy album available for your streaming pleasure, serving as a prelude to the Magnum Opus LP next year. You can get it through iTunes here if that’s more your bag.



Tragedy Khadafi – Running
Tuesday November 25th 2014,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin',Trag Invasion
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New Tragedy Khadafi, from the Pre-Magnum Opus LP, due December 16th.



The Mighty V.I.C. – The Unkut Interview
Tuesday November 18th 2014,
Filed under: Features,Interviews,Killa Queens,Non-Rapper Dudes,Not Your Average
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Not sure how my extended interview with The Mighty V.I.C. from 2008 slipped through the cracks, but after using a couple of parts of it I never got around to transcribing the entire three hours that we spoke over a couple of days while Vic ran errands. As before, the full version will be in the Unkut book, but here’s an edited version which covers the major points in his career. V.I.C. discusses how he began interning as a recording engineer at Power Play in the late 80’s, before joining The Beatnuts and working with Godfather Don under the Groove Merchantz banner and later recruiting Mike Heron to create the Ghetto Pros.

Robbie: How did you get started in music?

V.I.C: I started deejaying when I was fifteen years old. I was at the local bagel shop and one of the local kids who worked at the bagel shop showed me a mixer. I was in the tenth grade and I remember being home, sick at the time, and the guy came over after school – and after he was done at the bagel shop – and showed me how to DJ. From there, I found out you can actually go to school for engineering. I was like, ‘You can go to school to edit?’ So I did that a short time after. I went to an engineering school in the city, which I learned zero from, and I started interning at Power Play. That’s where I met Ivan ‘Doc’ Rodriguez, I met Norty Cotto, Patrick Adams – the guy that used to play on all those Eric B. & Rakim albums. At that time there were guys like Just-Ice recording there, you had KRS-One, you had EPMD. Hurby Luvbug used to record there too, Salt ‘N Pepa, Dana Dane, Kid ‘N Play.
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Download: A Salute To The Mighty V.I.C
Thursday November 13th 2014,
Filed under: Compilations,Free Ninety-Nine,Killa Queens,Steady Bootleggin',Unkut Originals
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Photo: Alexander Richter

The Mighty V.I.C. has been a part of some great production teams over the years, as part of The Beatnuts, Groove Merchantz with Godfather Don and Ghetto Pros with Mike Heron, in addition to his own solo work as a producer and engineer. I recently uncovered an extensive interview I did with him which was left over from the short profile that ran in Hip-Hop Connection in December 2008. I’ll be dropping that in the next week or so, but in the meantime it inspired me to revisit some of his best moments behind the boards so far.

Download: A Salute To The Mighty V.I.C

Track list:
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DJ JS-1 feat. AG, Sadat X & Neek the Exotic – Sample Abusers

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Here’s the premiere of the new DJ JS-1 track which makes clever use of a Larry David quote to form the hook. Why has it taken this long to incorporate the genius of Curb into rap songs? Talk about a sure-fire way to gain instant Conservative Rap Coalition approval! Taken from JS-1’s latest LP, It Is What It Isn’t, which is now available from UGHH.



Tragedy Khadafi – Free Thinkers 2
Thursday October 23rd 2014,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin',Tragedy Special
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New Trag track, taken from off Pre-Magnum Opus dropping Nov 24th. Produced by Audible Doctor.



Download: The Dr. Butcher Production Collection

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Dr. Butcher, who you may remember as the guy who did all the scratching on Kool G Rap‘s second album (as well as rapping at the end of ‘Jive Talk’), has also contributed a number of wonderfully brooding soundtracks for MF Grimm, Akinyele and G Rap to unleash speech over. Here are fifteen of my favorites.

Download: The Dr. Butcher Production Collection

Track list:
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Video: Tragedy, Cormega and Royal Flush Live At Webster Hall

Lat night’s Saigon and Illa Ghee show was apparently this is the first time that ‘They Forced My Hand’ has been performed live.



Video: Ruc Da Jakel aka Mr. QB feat. Tragedy Khadafi – QB’s Own
Sunday September 28th 2014,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Tragedy Special,Video Clips
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New joint from Roc Da Jakel‘s I Am Queensbridge project, featuring Tragedy.



Capone-N-Noreaga feat. Nature and Cormega – Rap Rushmore
Wednesday September 10th 2014,
Filed under: Hoody Rap Ain't Dead,Killa Queens,Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin'
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That cover is priceless. Hazardis Soundz on the beat.

Spotted at Nah Right.



Video: Psycho Les feat. Royal Flush, Tragedy Khadafi and Illa Ghee – Thunder Bells Teaser

This is the definition of Conservative Rap Coalition-approved rap. All four of these gentlemen do themselves proud with their vocal performances here.



Video: Action Bronson – Easy Rider
Thursday August 21st 2014,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Outdoorsmen,Video Clips
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“I heard your bitch still wears Ecko.” Good to see Action putting that VICE paper to good use.



Challace feat. Boldy James and Big Noyd – Let You Go
Thursday August 21st 2014,
Filed under: Hoody Rap Ain't Dead,Killa Queens,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin'
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Killa Kidz graduate Challace enlists Bold-Faced James and Rapper Noyd for this cut from the forthcoming Paybakzdagetbak mixtape, produced by King Benny.



Video: Meyhem Lauren and Buckwild – Silk Shirts and Yellow Gold
Wednesday August 06th 2014,
Filed under: Conservative Rap Coalition,Killa Queens,Outdoorsmen,Video Clips
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Laurenovich unleashes a video for his project with Buckwild, which you can now cop on double vinyl. Directed by Oz Perla.



Video: Tragedy Khadafi feat. Starvin B and Royal Flush – Lazarus Pit

This ticks all the boxes for CRC approval:

– Trag and Royal Flush raps
– Non-progressive lyrical content
– Low budget video
– Classic loop



Video: Big Twins and Pryvet Peepsho – Complex
Tuesday July 15th 2014,
Filed under: Hoody Rap Ain't Dead,Killa Queens,Thun Language,Video Clips
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Big Twins Gambino gets his Google on while discussing the ups and downs of the Mobb Deep and Infamous Mobb fall-outs. Produced by Tony AG.



Video: J-Love – The Fakeness
Tuesday July 08th 2014,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Outdoorsmen,Video Clips
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The lesson from this video? Never to get J-Love to sign your CD’s…



Video: Ruc Da Jackel feat. Blaq Poet – Catch Your Drift

New clip from former Killa Kid Ruc Da Jackel as he recruits QB legend Blaq Poet to bless the booth.



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: G-Unit Is Still A Wash

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Can Curtis Still Cut The Mustard In 2014 Or Nah?

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: G-Unit Is Still A Wash



Meyhem Lauren – Silk Pyramids Album Review
Tuesday May 27th 2014,
Filed under: Albums,Killa Queens,Outdoorsmen,Reviews
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Meyhem has just delivered the first of several collaborative projects with a single producer (next up is his DJ Muggs project), which thankfully proves to be a trimmed-down affair in light of his “everything and the kitchen sink” debut album, Self Induced Illness. His following two projects benefited from more focus, and having Buckwild at the helm for the whole of Silk Pyramids certainly pays off.
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