Diamond D Reveals The Diam Piece Album Cover Art
Diamond just threw me the artwork for his next LP, which is due to drop in April and has a number of features from big name rapper dudes, the one that I’m the most excited about being Black Rob…
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.
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.
Video: Illa Ghee feat. Lil’ Fame – Salute The General
Ghee and Fizzy take Hoody Rap into the great outdoors for this DJ Skizz produced effort.
Photo Essay: The Many Faces of Ghostface In Couples Therapy
GFK’s current squeeze judges lesbians while he catches forty winks.
It turns out that Ghostface being on a reality TV show is the greatest thing since 3-6 Mafia tried to open a restaurant with Big Pussy and Elliot Spitzer‘s hoo-er. In the second episode, Pretty Toney discovers some troubling news about his broad…
Jigmastas – The Resurge
Kriminal and DJ Spinna are back at it with their first new music in five years. I’ve been a fan of the J.I.G.’s since day dot, so this is one rap reunion that means something to me.
NPR Microphone Check – Marley Marl Interview
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″.
Video: Cappadonna – Winter Warz
Nothing says, “OK guys, I give up!” like recording the video to your most acclaimed verse 18 years later. That being said, someone throws an old TV on the ground!
Video: Royal Flush – Grand Capo Album Preview
Royal Flush – who hasn’t missed a step in terms of that buttery Flushing, Queens delivery since he dropped the amazing Ghetto Millionaire in 1997 – is finally dropping a new album next month called Grand Capo. Shit sounds correct based off of this video, especially the first track…
Latee and The 45 King – Tim Westwood Session 
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.
Video: Money Boss Inc. – Blam Blam
Even though this P Brothers song dropped in 2006, it’s still great enough to warrant a video eight years later. Also note that Eddie Cheeba and Trey Bag have changed their name back from Boss Money Gangsters to Money Boss Inc. and have removed the outro and all references to Nottingham in this version.
Download: The Alchemist x Agallah – The Past and Present Album
Set off 2014 correctly with this new collection of old and new ALC/Crookie Monster tracks for your Benzi box.
The LOX – Nostalgia Freestyle
“Everybody skateborders, I’m about to explode!” BURN.
Yonker’s finest give Pusha-T‘s beat a touch-up, which a darn sight more enjoyable than their redundant remake of Brand Nubian‘s “Love Me Or Leave Me Alone” on the new iTunes EP.
Method Man – Trillmatic [ASAP-Free Edit]
Shouts to Indoe from Rugged Ones for providing me with an ASAP-free version of this outstanding Method Man verse.
Update: Here’s an edited version of the video as well…