Him Lo feat. Clever One – Gran Torino

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New Him Lo burner from his new ten track solo project, Complimentary Snacks, which is being premiered right here on Unkut Dot Com on 1 September. Produced by DJ Rocksteady, co-produced by Him Lo.



Download: A Salute To Duke Bootee

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Perhaps best known for providing Melle Mel with the beat to “The Message” while working as a Sugarhill Records session player, Duke Bootee went on to unleash a series of DMX/Linn Drum driven speaker smashers for Profile and his own Beauty and the Beat imprint, as well as his own solo album. When combined with a great scratch DJ and some effective Shout Rap (Word of Mouth‘s “King Kut”) or the hardcore b-boy stance of one-time Rammellzee rhyme partner and a razor sharp Latin Rascals edit (K-Rob‘s “I’m A Homeboy”), the trademark Duke sound was unstoppable. Here’s a collection of his production and vocal work, including that time that Bootee was recruited to record a guest rap in Ewok…

Download: A Salute To Duke Bootee

Track listing:
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Ten Album Tracks From The 90′s That Deserved To Be Singles
Monday August 25th 2014,
Filed under: Features,Listicles,Not Your Average,Steady Bootleggin',The 90's Files
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A selection of tracks worthy of twelve inch status on the grounds of how great they are. The fact that I don’t own proper instrumental versions of any of these kills me a little bit inside every day.

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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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Download: Debonair P – Debonair Blends 11 [1990-1992 Megamix]

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The eleventh volume of Debonair P‘s blend mixes has just dropped, this time covering the first two years of the 90′s. You can download or cop a bundle of CD’s from his Gentleman’s Relief site, which includes the exclusive Hydra Beats megamix.



Ten 90′s B-Side Deep Cuts
Tuesday August 12th 2014,
Filed under: Listicles,Not Your Average,Steady Bootleggin',The 90's Files
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The good thing about actual singles was that it was possible to keep track of b-sides and such. These mp3 folders are far too confusing for old folks, so I’ve been told.

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Sermon’s rapping fell off seriously after the third album, but this beat and Greg Nice hook can’t be denied.
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UNKT vs UPNT Soundclash – RZA & Prince Paul Productions [Gravediggaz Tribute]

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Twenty years ago today, The Gravediggaz release ’6 Feet Deep’ / ‘Niggamortis,’ and in tribute both myself and UpNorthTrips selected our top ten beats from both Prince Paul and RZA and gave them to The Vinylcologist to mix for us. Check the picks and vote for the best below…

Unkut Picks:

UpNorthTrips Picks:
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The Science: What Is The GOAT Rap Beer?
Wednesday July 30th 2014,
Filed under: Booze!,Face Off,Features,Not Your Average,The Science,Unkut Originals
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Ever wondered what the most popular beer in rap is? For scientific purposes, I assigned my crack team of weed carriers to compile the drinking habits of 76 78 rapper dudes based on lyrics from actual tracks (and ignoring the dozens of paid St. Ides advertisements) to establish which brand is the undisputed king of beers. While the result is certainly no surprise, you can examine the data below and enjoy the wonders of the Interactive GOAT Rap Beer Pie Chart (c) CRC. Next level, yo. Except if you’re on your celly, in which case you won’t see jack, Jack. The genius of the pie chart means that I can keep adding entries as they’re suggested, which automatically makes this whole thing a million times more useful than Rap Dummy.

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Download: MC Eiht – The CRC Collection

It goes without saying that the first three Compton’s Most Wanted albums are an essential part of any Conservative Rap Coalition members collection, but just in case you’ve neglected MC Eiht‘s extensive feature work and b-sides, I’ve assembled a collection of eighteen more pieces of Eiht hype that will please the ears of East-Coast Elitist’s everywhere.

Download: MC Eiht – The CRC Collection



AZ – Red Magic

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“Been a beast since the Octopus breakbeats.” AZ continues to maintain his CRC-approved status – he’s been rapping exactly the same way for twenty years, just the way we like it. He really needs to bless this UK 80′s R&B banger one of these days though…



Download: Counterstrike 2 – A Decade of Unkut Mixtape

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To celebrate ten years of cold gettin’ dumb on you crumbs, Unkut Dot Com is proud to present over 50 minutes of new, exclusive Conservative Rap Coalition approved rap, plus a few bonus snippets from some of my favourite interview moments. With contributions from veterans such as Grand Daddy IU, Chubb Rock and Craig G, as well as new favourites like Willie The Kid, Him-Lo and Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire. With original beats from producers such as K-Def, Ahmed, Marco Polo and Confidence, this mixtape also brings the first new material from K-Otix and Real Live (K-Def and Larry-O) in years. Counterstrike 2 has been mixed by Crate Cartel‘s Discourse, with the artwork designed by Flick of BURN Crew.

Download: Counterstrike 2 – A Decade of Unkut Mixtape

Free CD version now available with every purchase of our new range of t-shirts and crewneck sweaters.

You can still grab 2010′s Counterstrike from here, by the way,

Back cover/track listing:

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Illa Ghee – 90

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World premier of the stand-out cut from BK trooper Illa Ghee‘s third LP, Social Graffiti, which is due 8 July. Driven by a breezy Large Professor head nodder, Ghee drops slang technology buttery enough to cover a jumbo bucket of popcorn, slyly informing us that, “Life’s a bitch – better yet a Kardashian.”



The Unkut Guide To The New Music Seminar Battle For World Supremacy

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Tommy Boy Records founder Tom Silverman started the New Music Seminar in 1980 as a music industry networking event, and in 1985 introduced the MC and Beatbox Battle for World Supremacy (the beatboxing was replaced by DJ’s the following year), which would provide a fertile showcase for both new and established rappers and DJ’s to make a name for themselves. The following is a selection of memories from some of the rapper dudes who either competed or were in attendance.

Role Call:
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Him-Lo – The Unkut Interview
Wednesday May 28th 2014,
Filed under: 'Lo End Theory,Features,Interviews,Not Your Average,Philly Jawns
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Him-Lo has been dropping music on these here internets for the past couple of years, but it wasn’t until his Horsepower mixtape that I really paid attention. Turns out this Philly Lo-Lifer has been deep in this here shit since the golden era of Philadelphia hip-hop, and his brand of non-progressive, anti-social rap is just what the city needs right now.

Robbie: How did you get started?

Him-Lo: We’ve been rhyming for a long time, ever since we were teenagers. We were part of a few different crews before we cut it down to just me and Clever OneThe Buze Bruvaz. We were also in a group called Bermuda Triangle at one point with a few other members, we grew up with them also. Clever One, that’s my brother, and those other dudes we were at grammar school with, so we’ve been rhyming for a long time. Matter of fact, when we started rhyming the game was completely different. Now everybody’s rhyming. We would go somewhere and when people found out we were doing this they were excited, “Oh, you rap? Kick a rap for us!” It was so different at the time. So we were doing it at a young age, and I’m 40 now. We were so heavy into hip-hop at such an early age – not just the rapping, all aspects of it – we grew up as graffiti writers, battling people and breakdancing, deejaying, doing everything. That’s why even at this age now we still do it, just for fun. It’s what we do, we can’t really shake it!
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Five Great Rap Rip-Offs
Wednesday May 21st 2014,
Filed under: Biters In The City,Features,Listicles,Not Your Average
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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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Stream: Cole James Cash – Saigon LP

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Cole James Cash has just dropped a new instrumental project themed around all Vietnamese-based musical samples. He also provided a detailed explanation of each track exclusively for Unkut below the break…

Track by track breakdown:

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AG – The Unkut Interview
Friday May 16th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Features,Interviews,Not Your Average,Rap Veterans
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Andre The Giant has been holding down Bronx tradition ever since he first got his starting shot on Lord Finesse’s “Back To Back Rhyming” and “Keep It Flowin’” from the Funky Technician LP. From there he formed Showbiz & AG and ushered in the birth of the Diggin’ In The Crates crew. Twenty four years later he continues to rep the crew, as he and Show complete work on a new album. AG took some time out while touring to speak on his connection to The Bronx, inspiration, winning recognition from his peers and the memory of Party Arty in this refreshingly honest conversation.

Robbie: Do you remember the moment you decided you wanted to pursue rap seriously?

AG: I remember exactly when! I always played around with it, because my older brother LB was always into the culture. He’s a clothes designer now, and a great graffiti artist. He used to MC too, so I used to have to do what he did. He cultivated me – he kinda forced it on me at first – but I took to it cos I was pretty good at it. I just would play around, but the moment I heard “My Melody” the first time in a park jam it was in 23 Park, in Forest projects in The Bronx. It was right before the summer of me going to high school, and the Five Percenters – the Nation of the Gods and the Earths – were in the same park, away from the crowd cos it was a big park jam, on the other side of the gate in a huge cipher. I didn’t know what it was, but I was attracted to the cipher at the time. I was just trying to figure out what they were doing. It looked so on point, they were disciplined, you could tell they knew what they were talking about.

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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



Download: Big Twins and DJ Woool – TG1 Mixtape
Monday May 05th 2014,
Filed under: Not Your Average
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New Big Twins tape with a couple of Sid Roams contributions. Check out the third track for Twins’ honest assesment of the recent turmoils in the Mobb family.

Download: Big Twins and DJ Woool – TG1 Mixtape

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This Is What Roc Marciano’s Debut LP Originally Looked Like

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Schott Free just blessed his Instagram with the track listing for an early version of Roc Marciano’s debut solo project, back when it was intended to drop on SRC Records. As you can see, only a portion of these tracks made the final version (albeit with some changes to the names and spellings). Here’s what Schott had to say about it:
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