Big Noyd – The Unkut Interview
The longest serving member of the Mobb Deep crew not named Havoc or Prodigy is Big Noyd, who was along for the ride through all of the highs and lows that the music industry had to throw at them, as well as surviving his fair share of challenging experiences as a soloist. Currently living in North Carolina, Rapper Noyd is currently working on his fourth official solo album with his old QB buddy Ron Artest aka Metta World Peace, and he took some time out to speak in detail about his long career in the rap game.
Robbie: How did it all start for you?
Big Noyd: We all were friends first, before rap. I used to be up in Queensbridge, then I moved to Brooklyn to stay with my aunts for a couple of years. Before I left, we used to listen to rap but we wasn’t really doing it. When I came back to visit on the weekend, Scarface Twin [Gambino] was like, “Yo, Havoc and Prodigy are in the studio. They signed with 4th & Broadway and they working on a rap album.” I was like, “Get the fuck outta here! Wow…cool.” I went there just to hang out in the studio and they were working on “Stomp ‘Em Out” and I was rhyming in there, I liked the beat. I was just doing what I liked to do, my own little rhyme, and then they heard it and they were like, “Yo, repeat that rhyme again! That’s perfect for this song we working on.” I was like, “Well if anything I’ll write a new verse.” Cos this verse was on something I was working on just for myself at the time – no record companies or anything like that – I had to be about fourteen years old. They were like, “Can you write another one? It won’t take that much time?” I write faster now, but back then it took me about an hour. I laid down the sixteen bars and it was perfect – history begin.
LEX feat. Meyhem Lauren – Laurenovich
Artwork by Wry (TCK).
The new single from LEX features Meyhem Lauren over a Buck beat, with DJ Young C on the cuts. LEX is offering the digital version of his H.A.S.H?!: How About Some Hardcore?! for half price to Unkut readers if you use the promo code UNKUT before 31 March: here.
No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Old To The New
The Mobb and Nas look back at their glory days, but what lies ahead for these QB legends?
No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Old To The New
What To Expect From Mobb Deep’s 1994 Infamous Sessions CD
Mobb Deep are dropping a new album on 1 April, and as a bonus are including a CD called The 1994 Infamous Sessions, which will finally bless Thun Rap aficionados with high quality versions of the numerous 8th generation tape dubs floating around the internets. Until the real thing drops, I’ve pieced together a preview of the majority of the songs to whet your appetites, plus a few of the lost demo cuts that didn’t make it.
Download: Kamakaze – Head On Promo Tape 
Thanks to The T.R.O.Y. Blog you can finally hear the unreleased Kamakaze album that the late KL and Kyron recorded with Marley Marl for Warner Bros. around ’94/’95. Special mention goes out to Poet for saying “Fuck the Juice Crew, we got some new niggas!” on “House ‘O Hitz Crew.”
Video: Prodigy and Alchemist – IMDKV
Spiked Bat P delivers the official video for my pick from the Albert Einstein LP. Not quite on the level of the Unkut TV version in Prospect Park, but what can do?
Video: DJ Skizz feat. Big Twins – Poison
Everyone’s favorite gravel-voiced QB trooper heads to LA for the clip from this stand-out last year’s BQE album from DJ Skizz.
LEX feat. Timeless Truth – Straight Queens Action
Unkut regular LEX connects with Timeless Truth for this new cut from his H.A.S.H?!: How About Some Hardcore?! album due next month.
Video: Illa Ghee feat. Lil’ Fame – Salute The General
Ghee and Fizzy take Hoody Rap into the great outdoors for this DJ Skizz produced effort.
NPR Microphone Check – Marley Marl Interview
Picture: Photo Rob
Stumbled across this NPR interview with Marley Marl from last year, conducted by ATQC’s Ali Shaheed and Frannie Kelley. Covers the usual ground but contains some gems as well, such as the fact that A Tribe Called Quest is Marley’s favorite hip-hop group. Also provides yet another variation on the story about how his drum sounds were used on “The Bridge Is Over”, which KRS-One told me was made by jacking the drums from the “Eric B. Is President” 12″.
Video: J-Zone – Crib Issues
Here’s the second MS Paint style video from the excellent Peter Pan Theory LP, as Zone explains why it’s always better to smash at your own spot for the home-field advantage and lack of cats.
Cormega feat. Raekwon – Honorable
Large Pro named this song for Mega via Twitter. Like a 27″ zenith, I seen it.
J-Love feat. Sean Price and Lil Fame – NY Barbarians
J-Love recruits some Brooklyn brawlers for this cut from one of the five albums he’s planning to drop 19 November.
Nutso feat. Problem and Bad Lucc – Phuk It!
Nutso puts out a lot of effin’ music these days. Reef throws him a flip that you may recall from EPMD‘s “Chill”, while that Problem guy minus the “Z” not from Black Attack jumps into the fray.
Video: Endemic feat. Tragedy Khadafi, Ruste Juxx and Afu Ra – High Society
UK producer Endemic recruits Trag, Ruste and Afu for this solid entry into the Hoody Rap Ain’t Dead genre. Taken from the Terminal Illness 2 LP, due late November.
Tragedy Khadafi – Drop A Gem On Em Freestyle
Another drop from J-Ronin‘s Freestyle Files Vol. 2, as the Foul Mahdi lets off over some classic Havoc heat.
Video: Big Twins – That Paper
The latest installment of Twins’ current video series, “That Paper” sports a beat from Rheezo as your mans keeps that QB Rap torch burning.
Video: Reap The Naturaw – The Wild Wild
Large Professor kills this beat for Queens native Reap The Naturaw. Cuts by DJ Grazzhoppa.