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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Killa Sha – My Environment
Thursday May 01st 2014,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Killa Sha Special,Not Your Average,Rest In Peace
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This is the second release from The Shepard LP, produced by Ju Ju of The Beatnuts. Grab it over at iTunes if you want that official tissue.



The UMC’s – Tried To Tell Ya

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Kool Kim aka NYOIL has reunited with Haas G aka Fantom to deliver the first UMC’s track in over twenty years.



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.



CRC-Approved Rap: March 2014 Edition

Had a request the other day for a weekly round-up of Unkut rap recommendations, but since I’m lucky if there’s one good new song every seven days, it makes more sense to turn it into a monthly round-up of Conservative Rap Coalition approved tunes.

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Sean Price & Illa Ghee – Dave Winfield
Monday March 24th 2014,
Filed under: BK All Day,Mix Tapes,Not Your Average,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin'
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New Sean P and Illa Ghee, from the MM. Rick Sorry I’m Late mixtape, hosted by Redman and available here.



Big Noyd – The Unkut Interview

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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.
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Vote Or Die: Who Flipped The Payback The Nicest?
Thursday March 13th 2014,
Filed under: Crates,Feedback,Not Your Average,Steady Bootleggin',Vote Or Die
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James Brown, for all intents and purposes, created rap. It’s therefore no surprise that he’s also supplied some of the most enduring breaks and loops of all time, my personal favorite being “The Payback.” Of the hundreds of uses of this super tight testament to revenge, here are nine that really stood out for me, plus a wildcard pick from Miami just to keep things interesting. This also marks the return of the ‘Vote Or Die’ section of Unkut, in dedication to the time that Puffy called future presidential hopeful Barack Obama “kid” during his MTV coverage of the 2004 elections.
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These Professional Rap Ghostwriters Will Destroy Us All, Or So They Claim
Wednesday March 12th 2014,
Filed under: Features,Internets,Jokes On You,Not Your Average,Sizzle-chest
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It’s recently come to my attention that a new thirst bucket company by the name of Precision Writtens is outchea harassing every second rapper on the internets to employ their services to create the ultimate rapper dude by committee. Here’s the approach they took when they pitched their “services” to $amhill:

PW Talent Agent, Tyrone Bowman: “Ive been listening to a few of your tracks and think you got a tight sound. I’m with Precision Writtens and we write very intricate rap verses for artists. You can listen to some sample verses on our website to get a sense of what we mean by intricate. I know we can help you blow up big, easy. Take a look and let us know what you think fam. Peace”

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