Flavor Flav – Party In My Pants [Early 80’s demo]
Wednesday February 18th 2015,
Filed under: Not Your Average
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A few months ago Random Rap Radio dug up an early MC DJ Flavor tape from the Spectrum City era when Terminator X was still calling himself DJ Mellow Dee. The hook for this record is nothing short of incredible.



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Predicting Future Kanye West Collaborations With Aging Rockers
Friday February 06th 2015,
Filed under: Not Your Average
Written by:

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Following Sir Paul’s awkward connect with Ye and RiRi,  I predict some future uncomfortable collaborations.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Predicting Future Kanye West Collaborations With Aging Rockers



Your Old Droog – Gentrify My Hood
Wednesday February 04th 2015,
Filed under: Not Your Average
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Finally, we have an entry into the Gentrification Rap genre! Interesting to note that Droog seems to share the same singing voice as the little homey as well. Produced by DJ Skizz, from the Kinison EP.



Video: Psycho Les feat. Royal Flush, Tragedy Khadafi and Illa Gee – Thunder Bells
Tuesday February 03rd 2015,
Filed under: Not Your Average
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Here’s the official video for this dope track from last year, which previously had a behind the scenes clip that was removed since it wasn’t the proper clip.



Non-Rapper Dudes Series: Freddy Fresh Interview
Thursday January 29th 2015,
Filed under: Crates,Features,Non-Rapper Dudes,Not Your Average
Written by:

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This morning I had a quick chat with DJ, producer and record collector Freddy Fresh about B-Boy Records, Breakbeat Lenny, The Rap Records book and the correct storage of 45’s. Freddy’s latest album, Play The Music, is out this March.

Robbie: How did you get involved in remixing a track for BDP’s Man and His Music album?

Freddy Fresh: That was ‘88. My first recorded work was that remix with one button pause switching and broken turntables. That was me hanging out at the offices in the South Bronx of B-Boy Records. The plaque on the Criminal Minded album – there’s a plaque between Kris and Scott – I made that plaque. If you look at the back of the album it says, ‘Freddy Fresh, thanks for the plaque.’ I got name-checked on a lot of those albums – Public Enemy thanked me, MC Lyte, Audio Two – all those guys said ‘thanks Freddy Fresh’ on their album, because I was engraving name plates and sending them out to my favorite hip-hop artists in the Bronx and Brooklyn and stuff in 1985, 6 and 7.
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Ten Examples of Kid Rap That Aren’t Embarrassing
Tuesday January 20th 2015,
Filed under: Features,Listicles,Not Your Average,The Unkut Guide,Where Are They Now?
Written by:

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Kid Rap became a fad in the early 90’s, but youngsters rapping has been going on since the beginning of hip-hop. Matter of fact, some of them had more to offer than shaved heads and shouted choruses. Tragedy and LL were sonning their peers back when they were 14 and 16, respectively. Meanwhile, Jeff from the De La Soul skits never made an album while those Quo clowns got Redman and Aaron Hall features on their album. Where’s the justice?
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Ten Rap Remixes That Are Barely Remixes But Still Win

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The following are a collection of remixes that where perhaps only an extra horn, new drums or a rearrangement of the samples differentiates them from the original version, but they’re still significantly better. You could add most of the 80’s Cold Chillin’ 12: mixes to this list, natch.

Brand Nubian – Slow Down [Pete Rock Remix]

Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Straighten It Out’ [remix]

EPMD – ‘Crossover’ [Test Pressing Remix]

Stezo – ‘Freak The Funk’ [12″ Version]
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Agallah The Don & Hus Kingpin – Gangsta 2K15

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This is the best rap song of 2015 so far.



Download: The Unkut 40 Oz. 2014
Monday December 29th 2014,
Filed under: Compilations,Features,Free Ninety-Nine,Not Your Average,Unkut Originals
Written by:

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These are the best 40 rap songs of 2014, according to the Conservative Rap Coalition. Please mail all complaints to the usual address.

Download: The Unkut 40 Oz. 2014

Track listing:

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CJ Moore [Black By Demand] – The Unkut Interview, Part Three
Wednesday December 24th 2014,
Filed under: Features,Interviews,Killa Queens,Not Your Average,The 80's Files
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Black By Demand -– Can't Get Enough-All Rappers Give Up

Concluding the three part interview with Black By Demand front man CJ Moore, he covers working with Paul C, Ultramagnetic MC’s and Super Lover Cee, the importance of engineering and chopping, getting ripped off on the ‘Rump Shaker’ single and his deep crates of unreleased material.

Robbie: What was your involvement with Super Lover Cee and Cassanova Rudd?

Super Lover Cee lived in the building behind mine. He has a group called Future Four MC’s, which was Super Lover Cee, myself, DJ Rudd and there was another DJ named Tiny Tim. We did shows around the neighbourhoods and then we disbanded. I was the guy doing the beats and the choruses and putting the track together. When I did ‘All Rapper’s Give Up,’ I had not gotten a deal just yet. He was hanging out of his window, cos he lived on the first floor, he was playing some stuff and he said, ‘Yo C, listen to this!’ I’m standing by his window and I said, ‘Let’s put it together.’ He wound up putting it together and I wound up tightening it up. When I brought him to the studio to do the session and introduced him to Paul and Mick, Paul C. didn’t want to do the session. He couldn’t hear it, he didn’t see anything pleasurable about it. He wound up doing it. As far as the entirety of the project, when he did their album Girls I Got ‘Em Locked, I did not do any of those records. But a lotta those routines we had in the Future Four? He wound up using them.
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Video: Tragedy Khadafi feat. Lil’ Fame – Stand Up [Boiler Room Performance]
Tuesday December 23rd 2014,
Filed under: Not Your Average
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Not sure where this was filmed. Is this a bar or a lounge room? Why is there a Tekken 3 machine in the background? Nevertheless, I approve of this song.



Stream: New Omniscence and K-Hill EP’s
Tuesday December 23rd 2014,
Filed under: EP's,Not Your Average,Steady Bootleggin',Streaming-Only
Written by:

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A couple of new releases from Debonair P‘s Gentleman’s Relief Records, featuring the talents of Omniscence and K-Hill, who were featured on the Counterstrike 2 album. Check the snippets below and order the vinyl, tape or digital versions here.
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CJ Moore [Black By Demand] – The Unkut Interview, Part Two
Tuesday December 16th 2014,
Filed under: Features,Interviews,Not Your Average,Rap Veterans
Written by:

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Engineer all-star CJ Moore delves into the behind the scenes events of Kool G Rap‘s Roots of Evil and the infamous Rawkus album, heading out west, working with the Live Squad and much more in the second part of this interview trilogy.

Robbie: What happened after the Akinyele sessions finished?

CJ Moore: When money started coming into play between Dr. Butcher and myself, things started getting funny. I went out to California and I teamed-up with Ed Strickland again and we was with a guy doing a project called The Reality Check – a guy named Michael HarrisHarry O. He’s the guy who funded Death Row Records. Ice Cube, Ice-T, Dub C, all those guys were involved. I produced a couple of records with Ice-T with me and him rapping back and forth. I was doing the east coast stuff, Battlecat was doing the west coast stuff. I went to Big Daddy Kane, talked to him on the phone, I said, ‘I need you to be out in California. I’m doing this project, it’s kinda merging the east coast with the west coast. Let’s talk about what it’s gonna take to get you on the project.’ He asked me who was on the project, and I explained to him. There was guy named Black Ceasar on the project, he was from Pittsburgh, real talented guy, but Kane had a problem because his name was Black Ceasar. I said, ‘But your name is Big Daddy Kane!’ ‘Yeah, aka Black Ceasar.’ I said, ‘What kind of bullshit is that?’ He couldn’t do the project because of that. I stepped to Method Man and I was trying to get to Redman and everyone was kinda busy, so the east coast/west coast thing never did the proper merge. There was so much money on the table, more than these guys have ever made. For some reason it just backed-out. I guess the whole Harry O thing might have scared people to a degree, if you know the homework on the whole Death Row situation. But we can’t get into that.

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Face-Off: Grandmaster Caz vs. Biz Markie – A Thing Named Kim
Thursday December 04th 2014,
Filed under: Face Off,Jokes On You,Not Your Average,Vote Or Die
Written by:

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Biz Markie apparently makes up all his rhymes on the spot in the studio and then learns them later – except for when he gets his pals to write songs for him. Big Daddy Kane wrote the first side of Goin’ Off, as was clearly stated on the back cover (therefore not a case of ‘ghostwriting’) and for his next LP he enlisted GMC to lend his storytelling prowess for this entertainly tasteless tale of transgender luh gone wrong.

Seeing as though Caz’s original reference track was eventually issued with a 45 King remix, we can now compare the two. Who rocked it better?
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Download: Ultramagnetic MC’s – Destroying All Germs LP [Unkut Bootleg]

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This is the ultimate rap addict dedication – the fantasy league lost Ultramagnetic album that we might have enjoyed if they’d released a follow-up to Critical Beatdown in 1990. Sure, it’s a collection of b-sides and vaulted tracks from between 1987 and 1990, but this sums up everything that makes Ultramagnetic MC’s the greatest rap crew of all time. All praise due to Ced-Gee, Kool Keith, Moe Love and TR Love – the best to ever do it. Shout out to James aka BadNewz of 100X Posse for dropping that ‘MC Champion’ verse.

Download: Ultramagnetic MC’s – Destroying All Germs LP [Unkut Bootleg]



The Source Scans: The Great White Hoax
Tuesday November 18th 2014,
Filed under: Cracker Rap,Magazine Vaults,Not Your Average,The 90's Files
Written by:

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Classic material from The Source as Reginald C. Dennis breaks down the 1991 White Rap Invasion. Please note that Lavar kid is a Conservative Rap Coalition pioneer with his sensible haircut and crisp polo shirt.



Stream: Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons Snippet Mix
Friday November 14th 2014,
Filed under: Not Your Average
Written by:

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DJ 7L has put together a sampler of material from the new Ghostface album over production from The Revelations, Lil’ Fame and The 45 King, with a numver of guest spots from AZ and Kool G Rap. You can pre-order the exclusive Get On Down deluxe edition here.



LL Cool J – Soul Survivor [Unreleased Original Version]

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After speaking to Dr. Butcher again the other week, he revealed that he’d located a copy of the song he produced for LL Cool J in 1993, which went on to be remixed by QDIII and included on his fifth album, and generously agreed to allow me to share it with the world.

Dr. Butcher: I produced a song called ‘The Soul Survivor’ for him on the 14 Shots To The Dome album, with C4. Me and C4 – the guy who did [Akinyele’s] ‘Put It In Your Mouth’ – were production partners. I was going to C4’s house one day to work on some music, and LL was shooting his first video from that album on Farmer’s Boulevard, and C4 lived on Farmers Boulevard at the time. I got off the bus and saw him and I was like, ‘Yo! What’s up!’ We was always real cool, whenever he had time he would always come see me, but he had been so busy we hadn’t seen each other in a while. So he’s asking, ‘Where you going?’ and I’m like ‘To my production partner’s house right down the street’. When we originally did the track, we sampled JDL from the Cold Crush Brothers saying, ‘The L baby, baby, the L baby, baby!’That was the first song I ever produced, I didn’t know how to use machines at the time. We had just got an Ensoniq and was learning what to do. It was rough around the edges. As soon as he heard the track he just sat down, got a pen and pad and wrote the song right on the spot. He was like, ‘Yo, we’re goin’ to the studio tomorrow, gimme your information.’ So I had to go get attorney’s and set-up publishing companies and we were in the studio the next day, recording. It happened that fast.
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Record Labels Are Stupid
Friday October 31st 2014,
Filed under: Features,Not Your Average,Shit I Don't Like
Written by:

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Remember how the music industry decided that vinyl was more trouble than it was worth and that the profit margins on tapes and CD’s were far more lucrative so they began cramming 70 minute albums onto one LP? The thing that really grinds my gears is that even when they did bother to press double vinyl, they would often neglect to include the best songs. Here are some notable examples:
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Rap Sequels That Win
Friday October 31st 2014,
Filed under: Features,Listicles,Not Your Average
Written by:

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In response to this Work of Mart, here are some more follow-ups that are worthy of the originals. Please send all complaints to the usual address.
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Positive K – Supreme Alphabet [2001]
Wednesday October 29th 2014,
Filed under: BK All Day,Crates,Not Your Average,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Here’s a late entry into Pos K‘s discography where he calls in a solid from Jesse West to freak a trusted Bob James break and get belligerent on all the herbs, suckers and chumps out there on the alphabetical slaughter tip.



Angie Stone aka Angie B [The Sequence] – The Unkut Interview
Wednesday October 22nd 2014,
Filed under: Def Dames,Interviews,Not Your Average,The 80's Files,Web Work
Written by:

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It’s taken me ten years to interview a female rapper on these pages, which either means this marks the onset of ‘progressive’ thinking in my old age or I’m a natural born rap misogynist. Either way, during the limited window of time I had to talk with Angie we kicked it about her days in The Sequence and she shared an eye-opening story about her involvement with The Roxy.

Angie Stone – The Unkut Interview

Video of The Sequence performing ‘Simon Says’ on the Job Man Caravan show:
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You Must Learn, Episode 2: Smif N Wessun – Dah Shinin’
Saturday October 18th 2014,
Filed under: Not Your Average
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Tek and Steele kick it with the You Must Learn crew and talk about the creation of their debut.



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Who are the most likeable characters in rap?
Friday October 10th 2014,
Filed under: Features,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Not Your Average,Web Work
Written by:

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Here’s a list of rapper dudes that I have absolutely no complaints about.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Who are the most likeable characters in rap?



Hus Kingpin – Playoffs

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Roc Marciano is on the beat for this new Hus Kingpin track.

via Noisey.