Jadakiss feat. Styles P – Synergy
Thursday November 19th 2015,
Filed under: New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin'
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Over a Just Blaze beat, Jada and P provide a spiritual successor to ‘We Gonna Make It.’

Searching For Subliminals – A masterclass in paranoia
Friday October 30th 2015,
Filed under: Features,Not Your Average,Rap Mysteries,Rap Veterans,The 80's Files
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The sad truth is that there are legions of unpaid interns working for ‘culture’ websites whose prime objective is to scour the lyrics of Drake/Kanye/Jay-Z for anything even vaguely resembling a subliminal diss. While a lot of late eighties rap could be relied on for rival MCs to straight-up call out the competition by name, there were times when politics and/or the possibility of series violence between crews and neighborhoods meant that these shots had to be a little more subtle.

The unfortunate side-effect of this development meant that over-zealous fans now had the opportunity to concoct intricate fantasy scenarios about lyrical beefs that never actually existed. I remember a friend of mine attempting to convince me that MF Doom and Ghostface were waging a serious campaign of subliminal warfare against each other on the grounds of who owned the right to model themselves after a comic strip identity. While the theory was obviously shot to shit when they later began working together, it goes to show that a conspiracy can be constructed about anything if you want to find it badly enough.

Street Smartz feat. Sadat X – How It Used To Be
Wednesday October 21st 2015,
Filed under: New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Rap Veterans,Video Clips
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As far as Get Off My Lawn Rap goes, this does the trick. Produced by Jay.En.P and directed by T.D. Hoople.

Download: A Salute To Ice-T

Ice-T and Darlene

When I first went to high school, I remember I’d memorized the entire intro to Rhyme Pays and would recite it to pretty girls for reasons which now escape me. Let’s just say it was a simpler time. Ice-T‘s first four albums combined humor, slick talk and social commentary in a way which set him apart from the competition and allowed fans to overlook that fucked-up ponytail. Here’s a collection of remixes, b-sides and essential album cuts from everyone’s favorite Law & Order: SVU detective.

Download: A Salute To Ice-T

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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?

Stream: Shabaam Sahdeeq – Modern Artillery EP
Tuesday October 13th 2015,
Filed under: EP's,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin',World Premier
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Here’s the world premier stream of the latest EP from veteran rapper dude Shabaam Sahdeeq, released through Dutch/Swedish label Elite Fleet Records. Available through digital retailers today, with a limited-edition tape version out on the 17th for Cassette Store Day and vinyl still to come.

Donald D – The Unkut Interview
Tuesday October 06th 2015,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Features,Interviews,Rap Veterans,The 80's Files
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Donald D

Microphone King Donald D has had a long and varied career, spanning back to the park jam era, onto the downtown club scene, radio and then records, both as a member of The B-Boys and as a soloist with the Rhyme Syndicate. Now residing in Italy, Donald took some time out to detail some of his experiences during the formative days of the culture.

Robbie: How were you first introduced to hip-hop?

Donald D: Going to the parties, watching Kool Herc in the parks and Afrika Bambaataa in the parks. That was my first experience seeing these DJs out in the park.

You were living in the Bronx at the time?

Kool Herc used to play at a park called 129, which is not far from where I lived. Then I would go to Bronx River Center and watch Afrika Bambaataa throw down outside. All of this took place in the South Bronx, where it all started.

How old were you at that time?

You’re talking about junior high school when I was seeing these guys play. At the time we was going to a local place all the kids would call The Boy’s Club. We would go there basically to play basketball, swim. I had other friends who would become hip-hop legends and superstars, so you’re talking about at that time Easy AD, who became a member of the Cold Crush Brothers; you had Lil’ Rodney Cee and Jazzy Jeff who were part of the Funky Four; you had Master Rob and Waterbed Kev who became part of the Fantastic Five. There were a lot of these guys who were at the time unknown who became legends in hip-hop. We all would be playing basketball together as kids [chuckles].

Download: A Salute To Old School Throwbacks


There’s nothing like pretending to rap like it’s 1985 (or better yet, 1977) well after the fact, or recruiting some veteran MC’s to kick some old styles. While some of these attempts have fallen flat (Ugly Duckling and People Under The Stairs being two examples that spring to mind), others have made an entire career out of it (J-5). So break out your Lee jeans, mockneck sweater and Puma suedes for this faux trip down memory lane. Special shout out to Dr. Butcher‘s old school style freestyle at the end of Kool G Rap and DJ Polo‘s ‘Jive Talk‘ and the first verse of The Arsonists’Rhyme Time Travel.’

Download: A Salute To Old School Throwbacks

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Video: Erick Sermon feat. Method Man and Redman – Clutch
Monday September 28th 2015,
Filed under: Newest Latest,Rap Veterans,Video Clips
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Where Keith Murray at?

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Too Smooth, Too Soon


Big Daddy Kane is one of the best to ever do it, and can still tear a stage up to this day. So why did his solo recording career end in the ninwties?

No Country For (Old) Rap Men: Too Smooth, Too Soon

Aim & QNC feat. Grand Puba and Sean Price – We Don’t Play
Tuesday September 15th 2015,
Filed under: Newest Latest,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin'
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Puba in particular sounds outstanding on this. Available for pre-order here.

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.

Stream: PF Cuttin – Sean P Tribute Mix
Wednesday August 26th 2015,
Filed under: BK All Day,DJ Mixes,Rap Veterans,Rest In Peace
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If you’re in the New York area, be sure to grab tickets to the Sean Price Memorial Show at S.O.B.’s this Thursday, hosted by Combat Jack and Dallas Penn. In the meantime, here’s a two hour radio mix of rare and unreleased Sean P music from his friend and DJ, PF Cuttin.

PF Cuttin sez:

I purposely waited for the album & mixtape to drop before putting this up, there were alot of tributes but NONE can ever compare to mines. Heres the 2hr Tribute I did, no Tracklisting, Enjoy the music for what it is. If you take this mix and try to sell it in any way shape or form, you will get sued! I miss you P. Love u brother

A Tribute To Sean Price – CRC Icon

Photo: Alexander Richter

Sean Price exemplified everything that the Conservative Rap Coalition stands for. He was a fan of self-depricating humor, blocking people on Twitter for the slightest of infractions and refused to catch buses since they’re basically for old people. He was also one of the few MC’s who managed to improve with age. As much as I enjoyed the music of Heltah Skeltah, I can’t quote a line from either of their first two albums from memory. Sean P solo, however, was a cot-damn quotable machine. I saw him perform twice, and both times he delivered a strong, no gimmick display of great rapping. The first time in Melbourne, backed by PF Cuttin, and then at S.O.B.’s in 2013 for the Statik Selektah album launch. Later that evening Dallas Penn introduced me to Mr. Price, who appreciated my firm, man-style handshake and kept it moving, just as it’s supposed to be.

J-Live – Red and The Kid
Tuesday August 04th 2015,
Filed under: Rap Veterans,Rooftop Like It's 88,Steady Bootleggin'
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Best J-Live song since ‘The Day I Fell Off,’ thanks to his well-advised channeling of Greg N-I-C-E.1

  1. This came out at the start of the year but I only just caught it by accident.[back]

Q Ball and Curt Cazal feat. M.O.P. – At The Same Time
Tuesday August 04th 2015,
Filed under: Newest Latest,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin',Strong Island
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QNC have a new single out on Ill Adrenaline, available on seven inch.

Mikey D – Back To The Future
Monday August 03rd 2015,
Filed under: Newest Latest,Old Moufs,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin'
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New Mikey D’Struction music. Laurelton Ave Posse stand up!

R.A.W. – Herbal Intercourse
Monday August 03rd 2015,
Filed under: New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin',Stoner Rap
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Right Amount of Wrong, which is a group consisting of Problemz and DJ Skizz, have just dropped this track from their new EP, available now.

Stream: Lord Tariq – Uptown Suite Tape


New Ray West/LUVNY tape with the two tracks featuring Lord Tariq. Available digitally from Bandcamp or on blue plastic.

Video: Hostyle – Who Am I
Tuesday July 21st 2015,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Rap Veterans,Screwball Week
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Just got put onto this by the homie Konny Kon. Produced by QB Rap P, it’s sounds as if the One-Eyed Maniac may have suffered a minor stroke since I don’t recall him having a speech impediment last time he rapped. Or maybe he just drank a lot before he recorded this. Either way, it’s great to hear from the former Screwball soldier again.

Video: Ghostface Claps Back At Action Bronson
Monday July 20th 2015,
Filed under: Rap Veterans,Video Clips,Wu-Tang Is For The Children
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Ouch. Let’s give them four minutes each over ‘Impeach’ to settle this.

Video: Chill Rob G ft. R.A. The Rugged Man – Tell ‘Em
Wednesday July 15th 2015,
Filed under: Jersey? Sure!,Rap Veterans
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This new Chill Rob G track dropped last month. The four track EP is available on vinyl here. You can hear the rest of the release and get a digital version this way. Thoughts on Chill Rob’s new flow?

Video: Diamond D feat. Scram Jones – I Ain’t The One To Fuc Wit
Thursday July 09th 2015,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Rap Veterans,Video Clips
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Video number nine from The Diam Piece.

Capone-N-Noreaga feat. Tragedy Khadafi – Even If


The War Report crew bring back Grandmaster Vic for some of that Queens blend tape magic.

Video: Grand Daddy I.U – My Neck of the Woods
Tuesday June 16th 2015,
Filed under: Rap Veterans,Strong Island,Video Clips
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P.I.M.P is available now.