Stream: Ultramagnetic MC’s Live On WNYU’s Club 89 [February 13th, 1989]


Grand Good came through in the clutch with this one – twenty minutes of the Ultra crew rapping on the radio. Wonder whatever happened to that Ced-Gee compilation that was meant to drop on Next Plateau?

Afrika Islam – The Unkut Interview

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Rising up through the ranks from the ‘Son of Bambattaa’ to the DJ at The Roxy and launching the Zulu Beat radio show on WHBI, Afrika Islam went on to release the very fist cut and paste record, help found the Rhyme Syndicate and produce the majority of Ice-T’s first four albums after moving to LA in what has certainly been an action-packed career. He took a little time out to reminisce before he headed over to Ice’s house to watch the latest episode of SVU.

Robbie: How did you first get exposed to the culture?

Afrika Islam: I was a member of the Zulu King b-boys, under Afrika Bambaataa. That’s how I came into the culture, from the floor up. Being a member of the Zulu Kings I went out to battle other b-boy crews across the city, representing the Zulu Nation. From there, my second step was becoming a Zulu Nation DJ – the first line – which would have been myself and Jazzy Jay and Red Alert and DXT. I was under Afrika Bambaataa – we all were – but I was very close to Afrika Bambaataa. Then I got named ‘The Son of Bambaataa’ because I was always under him and his teachings and what was going on in the Zulu Nation at the same time in hip-hop. That’s my roots of hip-hop – I was there as a DJ.

There must have been a lot of competition to make it into that first line of Zulu DJs?

My technique I took from those that were creating the techniques – Grandmaster Flash and Grand Wizard Theodore. That’s primarily where the technique we used came from, but being that I was with Afrika Bambaataa the main thing was learning all those records, because he was definitely the ‘Master of Records.’ Learning all those records was honestly what everything was about. Having all those records, the repertoire, most of these other DJs only had the ability to….even though they were technically incredible and the pioneers of what modern-day DJing is – Flash and Theodore – the repertoire of the records was the soundtrack to New York City. That was the soundtrack to hip-hop.

The Zulu Beat Radio Show: An Oral History
Tuesday September 29th 2015,
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Here’s a little something I put together for Red Bull detailing the story of the legendary Zulu Beat radio show on WHBI, as told by Afrika Islam and Donald D.

Zulu Nation Radio: A Tribute

Stream: Abstract Radio #10 feat. Pete Rock and Large Professor

Shouts to ego trip for this classic cover which I’ve destroyed with my Extra Abstract Photoshop skills.

Here’s last Friday’s episode of Abstract Radio, where Large and Pete join Tip in the studio to rap, play classic funk records and call up D’Angelo and Andre 3000. Grab it before it gets C&D’d.

The Smell of Music Episode 6: Steamy Pile of Wu


I was recently asked to select the four worst Wu-Tang affiliate tracks I could find to discuss on The Smell of Music podcast. You can hear the results below.

Download TSOM Episode 6: Steamy Pile of Wu

Radio Robheem


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…

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

Soundwave Tapedeck 10

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,
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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,
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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

Track listing:

Stream: CRC Radio – Episodes 5, 6 and 7


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


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


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,
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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,
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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


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


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)


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


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


“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


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

The Combat Jack Show: The Russell Simmons Episode


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


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.