Alchemix – The Unkut Remix [Minus Actual Mixing]

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After checking out the Up North Trips mix with their picks for the best Alan The Chemist beats from the past ten years, I couldn’t resist responding with my own personal selections from the past decade of work from the house of ALC.

Update: Mixed version can be found here, thanks to United Crates.
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Five Great Rap Rip-Offs
Wednesday May 21st 2014,
Filed under: Biters In The City,Features,Listicles,Not Your Average
Written by:

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Here are a few examples of not-so-subtle examples of rappers wearing their influences on their sleeves. $20 says the first comment reads: “YOU FORGOT ACTION BRONSON / GHOSTFACE!”

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Timeless Classics Or Only Classics For Their Time?
Monday February 03rd 2014,
Filed under: Albums,Crates,Face Off,Features,Listicles,The 80's Files,The Unkut Opinion
Written by:

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Every now and then, one of these rap websites puts together a list along the lines of “The 30 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of 1993″ and such, which in theory isn’t something I should have an issue with. The reason I mention it is that a decent proportion of these albums – most of which are widely regarded as “classic” and important records – don’t exactly inspire me to dig them out of the shelves and throw them onto the turntable (or, if I’m feeling lazy, navigate to the folder on my hard drive). Is this simply due to the fact that I played that shit to death back when it was released? Or is it more of a case that some music outlives its usefulness?

Take De La Soul’s much discussed 3 Feet High And Rising, for example. While there’s no doubting the impact and originality that Prince Paul and Plugs 1, 2 and 3 brought to the table, I can confidently state that I have no intention to ever listen to that record in it’s entirety in the foreseeable future. That’s likely more of a reflection of my preference for anti-social rap with loud drums than anything else, but it’s an issue worth considering. Let’s take a look at the 1989′s greatest hip-hop albums according to ego trip‘s Book of Rap Lists for example:
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The Unkut 40 Oz. 2013

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The time is finally here for the CRC Top 40 for the year. The only rule is a maximum of one song per release, which is why a few people were able to sneak in two entries courtesy of a mixtape or street album. As you’ll see, much of the list is comprised of the usual suspects – we’re not called the Conservative Rap Coalition for nothing…

Download: The Unkut 40 Oz. 2013

Track listing:
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The Unkut Guide To The Top 30 Hip-Hop Producers of All Time
Sunday December 01st 2013,
Filed under: 45 Kings,Features,Listicles,Non-Rapper Dudes,The Unkut Guide
Written by:

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Since I threw out the statement that “I respect Jay Dee but he doesn’t crack my top 25″ comment earlier, it’s only right that I back it up by providing the Unkut top 30 in no particular order. Send all hate mail to the usual address.
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Six Dope Pre-Marcberg Roc Marciano Tracks
Tuesday November 05th 2013,
Filed under: Features,Listicles,Marcberg Season,Strong Island
Written by:

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While you’re enjoying the sounds of Pimpire Strike Back, I thought I’d run through six of his finest moments before the undisputed classic Marcberg album dropped in 2010.

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Fifteen Lyrics That Make Folks Feel Sad
Tuesday May 21st 2013,
Filed under: Classic Ignorance,Features,Listicles,Not Your Average,Web Work
Written by:

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This is a little somethin’ somethin’ I was asked to write for another media organization that ended up on the cutting room floor. The basic premise is “The Most Offensive Lyrics From Conscious MC’s”, but the definition of “conscious” rappers is so vague that it’s pointless. It’s also the reason why stuff like “Black Korea” and “lllegal Aliens” isn’t included. In the plus side, you only have to click this post once!
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Complex Presents: The 25 Most Violent Rap Songs of All Time
Wednesday May 15th 2013,
Filed under: Classic Ignorance,Internets,Listicles,Web Work
Written by:

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A list of great violent rap, including everything from broad beating anthems to gun clapping to cannibalism. Good times for all.

The 25 Most Violent Rap Songs of All Time



Complex Presents: 15 Horrible Songs on Classic Rap Albums
Friday May 03rd 2013,
Filed under: Albums,Features,Listicles,Project: Troll Da World,Web Work
Written by:

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My latest contribution to the fine tradition of Rap List Trolling, with a piece that’s certain to upset everybody. Which may be the point…

Complex Presents: 15 Horrible Songs on Classic Rap Albums



Complex Presents: The 15 Best Years In Def Jam History
Wednesday March 06th 2013,
Filed under: Crates,Features,Listicles,The Unkut Guide,Web Work
Written by:

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Time for another Complex list, this time around on a topic that’s close to my cold, cold heart – record label history. With 2013 marking 30 years in the business, I wrote about the best fifteen years of the iconic label, based on my highly-scientific formula of Sales x Influence x Artistic Merit x Coin Flip.

The 15 Best Years In Def Jam History



Ten Rap Ballads That Will Make You Want To Stab Yourself In The Face With A Broken Bottle
Thursday February 14th 2013,
Filed under: Features,Listicles,Sizzle-chest,The 80's Files,Unkut Gets Emo,Video Clips
Written by:

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There was once an unwritten law that said that all rap albums must contain at least one “slow jam” to attract the “female demographic”. Despite some rare exceptions (MC Shan’s “Left Me Lonely”, Kool G Rap’s “She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not” and Kid Capri’s “This Is What You Came Here For”), these love raps were shameful blights on the discographies of otherwise respectable MCs. Here are ten particularly painful examples:
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The Ten Greatest Uses Of Donald Byrd Samples In Rap
Friday February 08th 2013,
Filed under: Crates,Features,Listicles,Rest In Peace,Video Clips
Written by:

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The music world lost a giant this week, as legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd passed away at the tender age of 80. Having bridged the spectrum from be-bop to funk without missing a beat, Mr. Byrd released a massive catalog of great music, much of which provided perfect source material for classic rap tracks. In honor of the great man, here are my ten favorite uses of his work.
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Unkut Named In Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 30 Hip-Hop Websites List
Tuesday January 29th 2013,
Filed under: Don't Call It A Comeback,Internets,Listicles
Written by:

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Obviously, Unkut made the top 20, otherwise I wouldn’t even be posting this. Shouts to Alvin Aqua Blanco for recognizing that we don’t eff around over here.

Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 30 Hip-Hop Blogs & Websites



Complex Presents: The 50 Greatest Sophomore Albums In Hip-Hop History
Thursday January 10th 2013,
Filed under: Features,Listicles,Web Work
Written by:

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Inspired by oskamadison‘s suggestion in the comments section of the 50 Best Debut Albums In Hip-Hop History post, I put together a follow-up list with the Complex crew which caters more to my personal tastes.

Complex Presents: The 50 Greatest Sophomore Albums In Hip-Hop History



Complex Presents: The 50 Best Guest Verses Of All Time
Monday January 07th 2013,
Filed under: Features,Listicles,Web Work
Written by:

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Here’s another list to annoy everybody. I managed to sneak Percee-P, Lord Finesse, RA The Rugged Man, Big L, Ras Kass, Pharoahe Monch and Kool G Rap in to the chart to offset the expected Lil’ Wayne, Jay-Z and Kanye content, which is a victory of sorts.

Complex Presents: The 50 Best Guest Verses Of All Time



Complex Presents: The 50 Best Debut Albums In Rap History
Tuesday November 27th 2012,
Filed under: Albums,Listicles,Web Work
Written by:

More list action:

Complex Presents: 50 Best Debut Albums In Rap History

Here are the direct links to the blurbs I penned for all you time-poor types:
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Complex Presents – The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All-Time
Friday November 09th 2012,
Filed under: Listicles,Searching For The Perfect Beat,Web Work
Written by:

The Complex music editors recruited me to write around ninety of the blurbs for this latest ‘Top 100′ list. Direct any complaints over there.

Complex’s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All-Time



Complex.com Presents: The 23 Best Rappers Who Started As Producers
Thursday October 04th 2012,
Filed under: Features,Listicles,Web Work
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Two years after I penned The 50 Best Queensbridge Rap Songs list for Complex, they’ve invited me back into the building for another drop. As is the nature of these things, there were some editorial adjustments made in order to prevent potential lawsuits, but the fact that I managed to get Minnesotta from Money Boss Players included more than makes up for it.

The 23 Best Rappers Who Started As Producers