DJ Stitches – The Unkut Interview
The story of Charlie Rock aka DJ Stitches is a classic example of how brutal the music industry can be. As a founding member of De La Soul, only himself discarded once they signed their first record deal, he went on to score a contract with Mercury Records for his next group – Class A Felony – only to have the album stuck in limbo for two years after his MC was brutally murdered in a bungled robbery attempt. Having also been involved with records for Uptown and Ilacoin, Stitches shared a number of behind-the-scenes incidents during his extended tour of duty in the rap world, and revealed some untold Long Island hip-hop history.
Robbie: What inspired you become a DJ originally?
DJ Stitches: I’m from South Jamaica, Queens – Southside. The hip-hop scene in Queens – 1978, 1979 – I seen some DJ’s, and my cousin from The Bronx, Mixmaster TC and the Soul City Crew, he used to let me mess around on his turntables. I mighta been like eleven or twelve. Me and my cousin Blinky kinda had the bug since then, and I migrated to Long Island in ninth grade and then came to North Amityville.
Conservative Rap Coalition Polo Re-Up
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As part of Unkut Dot Com’s 10th anniversary celebrations and due to a number of requests, we’ve decided to do a small re-up on the world famous Conservative Rap Coalition polo shirts for $50 each, which is a saving of $5 from the original price. For those of you who fux with Unkut but don’t mess with collars, there will be a range of t-shirts available later this year, but for everybody else, this is a second chance to rep some official rap blog martorial elegance and be the envy of your friends and foes.
Radio Stream: The Unkut Guide To The Best and Worst 80′s Rap Ballads
The good folk over at PBS 106.7 FM invited me down to do a guest spot on Richie 1250‘s Stone Love program for Valentine’s Day, where I unleashed what I consider to be some of the best and worst examples of the dreaded 80′s rap ballad on unsuspecting listeners.
Diamond D – The Unkut Interview
Growing up in Forest Projects in the South Bronx, DJ Diamond D embarked on a career as a local DJ before teaming-up with childhood friend Master Rob to form the Ultimate Force crew and release the “I’m Not Playing” single on Strong City. Following on from yesterdays detailed breakdown of his first solo album, we discussed his formative years as a music fan, his loyalty to those he grew-up with and some of his lesser known musical contributions beyond his work with the D.I.T.C. crew.
Robbie: How old were you when you first deejayed publicly?
Diamond D: First time I deejayed in public I was around 13, 14 in my projects at the jams outside. There were two DJ’s in my neighborhood – DJ Supreme and DJ Hutch. They would come outside and basically provide the soundtrack to our lives, through hip-hop. At some point, from me pestering them, they let me get on their set. To me that was the biggest deal, to be able to get on the turntables in your projects and feel the love of the people that were in the projects, basically.
A Double Dose of Black Rob
BR has popped up with two new appearances this week. The first one is taken from his next album, Genuine Article, and sounds like it’s a left over from his stint at Duck Down based on the fact it contains Sean Price and Tek features and particularly sparse Easy Moe Bee beat.
Track By Track: Diamond D Breaks Down The Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop Album
Today marks ten years since I started Unkut Dot Com, and what better way to celebrate than to sit down with the original “Best Producer On The Mic” himself, Diamond D. Originally scheduled to take place in late 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of his classic debut album, Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop, it wasn’t until last week that it finally happened. We began by discussing his timeless debut, track-by-track:
Diamond D: I’mma keep it a hunned with you, I only wanted twelve songs on there. But you’ve gotta remember in the early 90′s it wasn’t uncommon for an album to have 18, 19 songs. You look at Pete Rock‘s album, Mecca and the Soul Brother. You look at De La Soul‘s first album. If it had been up to me it wouldn’t have been 21 songs on that album. But Chemistry was just like, “We gonna just roll the dice and throw all the shit on there.” I can’t say which ones I would have left off, but I can tell you I ain’t want all 21 on there! But it seems like it’s good that they did that, because I never put out an album with them again.
Twenty Rap Albums To Be Buried With
I’ve had a few requests of late to break-down my list of personal favorite rap albums, so to set off this tenth anniversary week of Unkut Dot Com, here are the twenty tapes I’d like to be buried with, or take to a desert island with a crate of AA batteries for the Walkman.
Six Under-Appreciated Guest Raps
Posse cuts are a well-worn topic of discussion on the proverbial rap stoop, but spare a thought for those guest shots on other people’s albums, many of which seem to slip through the liner notes. Here are six cameos that spring to mind…
Pre-Order: 93 til Infinity Souls Super Bundle
The latest collectible from Get On Down is this Souls of Mischief ’93 Til Infinity bundle includes a Hiero Light Box, a music box, gatefold 2XLP, a t-shirt and eleven bonus tracks. Unfortunately there’s no sign of the instrumentals, which I copped on double vinyl from the Hiero site years ago and allowed me to enjoy the production goodness of this album minus the high-pitched rapping.
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: Willie The Kid and Bronze Nazareth – The Guilt
The Kid refuses to slow down as he continues to supply us with that work. This is from The Living Daylights project with Bronze Nazareth, which drops 11 Feb.
Video: The Food Warriors – 207th Street
Dallas and Rafi investigate the best place to catch a feed near the 207th Street (Inwood) A train station New York City.