Radio Robheem

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It’s been a busy couple of days in Unkut-related rap radio. Peter Oasis hipped me to the fact that the crew over at the Hip-Hop Digest show had a discussion about my Cuepoint article on the story behind ‘The Power’ in their latest episode at the 25:30 mark.

Last night I was invited to call in to the Now, Where Were We show on WNYU hosted by Dharmic X and Peter Oasis. We chopped it up for around half an hour in two parts, which you can catch at thirty minute and one hour fifteen minute points in their archive, thanks to the powers of my magic internets phone.

Update: Here’s the Soundcloud version…
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Documentary: Revolutions On Air – The Golden Era of New York Radio 1980 – 1988

Red Bull Music Academy smashed it out the park with this one. There’s also a written feature over here.



Stream: Conservative Rap Coalition Radio, Episode 8

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Nothing but old vocoder jams for my latest trip to PBS-FM, inspired by re-reading How To Wreck A Nice Beach.

Stream: Conservative Rap Coalition Radio, Episode 8



Cassette Culture with Stretch Armstrong: The Latin Rascals, Dec. 1985, Kiss-FM NYC
Thursday February 12th 2015,
Filed under: Crates,DJ Mixes,Radio...Suckas Never Play Me,Tape Vaults
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Stretch Armstrong recently dropped the latest article in his always enjoyable Cassette Culture series over at Cuepoint, providing an essential retrospective of the art of tape editing, while also providing a recording of a classic Latin Rascals mix from 1985. The shit these dudes were doing with reels of tape and a razor blade was incredible.

Cassette Culture with Stretch Armstrong: The Latin Rascals, Dec. 1985, Kiss-FM NYC



Download: The Effin’ Clean Rap Radio Re-recordings compilation
Wednesday February 04th 2015,
Filed under: Compilations,Radio...Suckas Never Play Me,Steady Bootleggin',Unkut Originals
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Adding gunshots, sirens and rewinds to remove swears from rap records is all well and good, but you’ve got to respect the effort made by certain rappers who went to the trouble of re-writing and re-recording their lyrics in order to cater to radio guidelines. Some of my personal favorites include Tim Dog‘s ‘Forget Compton,’ (not re-recorded but hilariously re-edited) Willie Dee‘s ‘Bald Head Gals’ and King Tee‘s ‘Played Like A Piano’ (which sports a remixed beat and numerous mentions of the fact that it’s a clean radio version), while who can forget Showbiz switching up “Hoes give me head on the escalator” for “Girls smile at me on an escalator”? Hold ya head everyone who was gifted the first Wu-Tang tape clean version with three songs removed.

Download: The Effin’ Clean Rap Radio Re-recordings compilation

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Stream: CRC Radio – Episodes 5, 6 and 7

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The last week I’ve spent a lot of time filling in at the local community radio station while the regular hosts have gotten drunk in the name of our lord, Yeezus Price. Episode 5 was let down by technical issues, despite a quality playlist, while I felt I hit my stride on Episode 7. Regardless, radio was the real winner as some great rap was broadcast to the masses.

CRC Radio, Episode 5 – Philly Special

CRC Radio, Episode 6 – Top 30 of 2014

CRC Radio, Episode 7 – LA Rap Special



Stream: Conservative Rap Coalition Radio, Episode Four

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This episode’s theme? Deep cut remixes. Hence no ‘Shut ‘Em Down’ or ‘I Gotcha Opin.’

Stream: Conservative Rap Coalition Radio, Episode Four



Sugar Bear & Stezo – Capital Rap Sessions [1989]

Sugar Bear The Powerful Powerlord was responsible for the highly enjoyable 1988 single, ‘Don’t Scandalize Mine’ / ‘Ready To Penetrate’, and was also no slouch when it came to freestyling, as he demonstrated with this amusing Tim Westwood guest spot.



Stream: Conservative Rap Coalition Radio – Monday 13 October, 2014

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The third episode of CRC Radio focused on 80’s and 90’s album cuts that deserved some shine.

Stream: Conservative Rap Coalition Radio – Monday 13 October, 2014



Stream: Conservative Rap Coalition Radio – Saturday 27 September, 2014
Sunday September 28th 2014,
Filed under: Conservative Rap Coalition,Radio...Suckas Never Play Me,Streaming-Only
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I had to tear myself away from Budvar and BBQ last night to play two hours of great rap on the radio. The results can be savored below.

Stream: Conservative Rap Coalition Radio – Saturday 27 September, 2014

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Cassette Culture with Stretch Armstrong: DJ Red Alert, 98.7 Kiss FM, 6.13.87
Wednesday September 17th 2014,
Filed under: Internets,Radio...Suckas Never Play Me,Tape Vaults,The 80's Files
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DJ Stretch Armstrong breaks down his favorite old rap radio tapes in this new column he’s writing at Cuepoint, a new collection of long-form music articles curated by Jon “Shecyk Green” Shecter of The Source/Game Records fame. Since many of my fondest memories of first hearing rap revolving around Red Alert and Chuck Chillout tapes, hearing tape rips like this are always guaranteed to slightly defrost my cold, frosty heart.

Cassette Culture with Stretch Armstrong: DJ Red Alert, 98.7 Kiss FM, 6.13.87



Rob Unkut discussing Nas’ Illmatic at the Melbourne International Film Festival

I repped the Conservative Rap Coalition position on the importance of the Illmatic album in front of an audience at The Forum yesterday. Stream below.

Unkut speaks about Nas’ Illmatic at the Melbourne International Film Festival



Stream: Four Hours of Conservative Rap Coalition Radio

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The good folks at PBS-FM in Melbourne gave me a Saturday night graveyard shift to spread the CRC gospel. You can hear the results below:

Stream: Four Hours of Conservative Rap Coalition Radio



The Combat Jack Show – The Freddie Foxxx Episode

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Freddie Foxxx chops it up with Combat Jack, recalling the story about his battle against Kane that he shared with Unkut back in 2009 and some stories about his days rolling with Eric B.



Stream: Chairman Mao’s Across 135th Street – Enjoy Rap Music (And Beats)

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The Chairman has a new radio show for Red Bull Music Academy, where he drops some musical gems that slipped under my CRC rap radar.



Download: Fat Lace Show 009

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Missed this when it dropped last month, but nevertheless this is an essential mix of obscure 80’s and 90’s rap courtesy of Drew Huge and Dan Large.



The Combat Jack Show: The D-Nice Episode

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“D-Nice, the beatbox/I only wear Nikes not Adidas or Reeboks!” Grab a bottle, this oughta be good…

Who is more Renaissance Man than Mr. Derrick Jones? The Human TR-808 gives his most descriptive interview ever. He walks us step by step to the moment of Scott La Rock’s death, and how it affected his relationship with KRS-One. He shares how, after he blew up as a solo artist, everything dried up and he became homeless, broke and depressed. Then rebirth. Web designer, photography, one of the world’s preeminent DJ’s. From peddling drugs to DJing for the President. We’ve heard many stories about one’s journey from the bottom to the top, but if this one doesn’t inspire you, you’re already dead. I know ya’ll keep telling us weekly how the latest episode be your top 5. You need to readjust that list again.



The Combat Jack Show: The Jessica Rosenblum Episode

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Dallas talks Pologate, and the crew chop it up with legendary rap party promoter Jessica Rosenblum.



The Combat Jack Show: The Russell Simmons Episode

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From slinging dust to banging Australian soap stars, this is the ultimate American success story. The vintage stories start around the 30 minute mark.



MF Doom on The Stretch Armstrong Show, April 24, 1997

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As is usually the way, it appears that MF Doom was inspired by Stretch Armstrong‘s beat selection for this 1997 rhyme session to go home and chop-up Kool G Rap‘s “Truly Yours” drums for the recorded version of “Go With The Flow.” Peace to Megalon, who may now actually be homeless after dedicating a song to said dude’s without a permanent address.

Thanks to Dirty Waters.



Stream: 107.5 WBLS Marley Marl In Control Reunion Show feat. Kevy Kev, Clark Kent, & Pete Rock

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Respect to DJ Kool Scooby G for recording and editing this historic broadcast. Talk about “putting the band back together”…



Radio Stream: The Unkut Guide To The Best and Worst 80’s Rap Ballads

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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.



The Combat Jack Jack Show – The Jeff Weiss Lost Episode

Here’s a vaulted Combat Jack Show episode which talks about the “Golden Era” of Rap Blogging, if there actually was such a thing (Unkut Dot Com mention around the 37 minute mark). It’s also apparent that LA-based rap scribe Jeff Weiss is 100 miles and running from being ready for membership to the Conservative Rap Coalition with that unruly hairstyle and flannel shirt combo.



NPR Microphone Check – Marley Marl Interview

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Picture: Photo Rob

Stumbled across this NPR interview with Marley Marl from last year, conducted by ATQC’s Ali Shaheed and Frannie Kelley. Covers the usual ground but contains some gems as well, such as the fact that A Tribe Called Quest is Marley’s favorite hip-hop group. Also provides yet another variation on the story about how his drum sounds were used on “The Bridge Is Over”, which KRS-One told me was made by jacking the drums from the “Eric B. Is President” 12″.



Latee and The 45 King – Tim Westwood Session [1990]

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Latee dropping his verses from “Wake Up”, “Puttin’ On The Hits” and “This Cut’s Got Flavor” while 45 King flips a break beat on Tim Westwood‘s show? Count me in. Thanks to Palmer Stallings for finding digging this out of the tape stash.