Let Ren Down – Thoughts On The Straight Outta Compton Movie
Tuesday September 01st 2015,
Filed under: Film,LA LA Big City Of Dreams,Reviews,The Unkut Opinion
Written by:

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I really wanted to like Straight Outta Compton, and in many ways, I did. But in many other, more important ways, I did not. The fundamental problem with any biopic that’s produced by the people it’s telling the story about is that you’re getting an incredibly sanitized, white-washed version of events which goes to extreme length’s to paint it’s protagonists as flawless saints who can do no wrong. According to this film, N.W.A. were all innocent, perfect human beings who were the victims of the evil, calculated machinations of Jerry Heller, Brian Turner and Suge Knight.

Does anyone really believe that Dr. Dre is just a guy who wants to make great music and was in no way complicit with any of the fuckery that took place at Death Row? Or that Ice Cube is simply a hard working, talented writer who’s all about a fair shake in the music business? The same guy who has fallen out with almost everyone he has ever worked with or managed? At times I felt like I was watching a rap version of a Hallmark ‘Movie of the Week.’ For a film about ‘the world’s most dangerous group,’ Straight Outta Compton is disturbingly lacking in grit.
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No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Albums That Fell Tragically Short of Their Potential
Thursday August 27th 2015,
Filed under: Albums,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

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Those times when I got played for my $22 at the vinyl import spot…salutes to P_gotsachill for the idea.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Albums That Fell Tragically Short of Their Potential



Video: Cole James Cash feat. Spit Gemz and Chris Rivers – Akuma VS Gouken
Wednesday August 12th 2015,
Filed under: Video Clips,Video Games
Written by:

I posted this by accident the other day with the Soundcloud but apparently it’s now authorized because reasons.



Dr. Dre Conquers R&B With His Final Album
Monday August 10th 2015,
Filed under: Albums,LA LA Big City Of Dreams,Reviews,Web Work
Written by:

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Dre’s retirement party soundtrack is a great soul album with some bonus rapping…

Dr. Dre Conquers R&B With His Final Album



Video: The Wiresons
Tuesday July 28th 2015,
Filed under: TV,Video Clips
Written by:

Casimir sez:

Theme from Season 3 of The Wire. Clips from ONLY Season 3 of The Simpsons.



Download: The Dopplgangaz – Parts Unknown EP
Wednesday June 17th 2015,
Filed under: EP's,Free Ninety-Nine,Sharking,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Matter Ov Fact and EP are back with a free EP of new material. Some of the beats are leaning towards a more ‘modern’ sound but the raps are still that classic Shark Nation deviates flow.



Large Pro – Re: Living Album Review

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The fifth solo album from The Live Guy With Glasses finds L.P. in a reflective mood, as he revisits cherished musical memories from his childhood (‘Dreams Don’t Die’), salutes the achievements of Nas (‘In The Scrolls’) and demands respect for his generation of rapper dudes (‘New Train Ole Route’). It’s a short album that doesn’t outstay its welcome, managing to feel like his most focused and cohesive project since The LP. Where as Main Source and Professor @ Large both offered some stand-out tracks, they felt more like collections of songs rather than the fully-realized long-player that Breaking Atoms was in terms of pacing and covering a wide range of topics.
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That Shit I Don’t Like: Lyricist Lounge, Volume 1

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My old drinking buddy Phillip Mlynar penned Lyricist Lounge: An Oral History this week, which reminded me of just how disappointing the actual album dedicated to that place was. As a record buyer during that period, I fondly recall that period in the mid to late 90’s when MF Doom, Juggaknots, Jigmastas and Scaramanga were releasing some cutting-edge music. But I also remember that, as it’s always been, 85% of the singles released during the ‘indy rap renaissance’ were either generic, corny Backpack Rap or weirdo Company Flow type nonsense. When the Lyricist Lounge, Volume 1 album in 1998, there was a fair amount of hype behind it and in what would turn out to be one of my more regrettable purchasing decisions I decided to shell-out for the 4 LP edition only having heard the breezily enjoyable ‘Body Rock’ single with Mos Def, Tash and Q-Tip.
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Download: Hus Kingpin and SmooVth – Splash Brothers EP

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Some new Conservative Rap Coalition approved music from the Hempstead’s hardest working duo.



Czarface 2, Dr. Yen Lo and Box Cutter Brothers album reviews
Wednesday May 20th 2015,
Filed under: Albums,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Reviews
Written by:

1728

Thank fuck. It’s taken five months, but 2015 has finally delivered not one, not two, but three great rap albums in the space of a week. I’m in such a state of shock that I had to cop a bottle of Jameson and break my own anti-review policy to give these releases some light.

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Raekwon – F.I.L.A. Track-By-Track Review
Wednesday April 22nd 2015,
Filed under: Albums,Reviews,Staten aka Shaolin,Wu-Tang Is For The Children
Written by:

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Raekwon’s long-awaited new album is here, after what seems like years of hype. Is it that official tissue or some old punk smoove shit?

01. ‘Intro’

Faux British accent customs agent informs The Chef he needs a new passport. Gripping stuff.

02. ‘4 In The Morning’ (feat. Ghostface Killah)

A perfectly serviceable RAGU track.

03. ‘I Got Money’ (feat. ASAP Rocky)

Beat sounds like a poor man’s Scott Scorch re-heat, but without all that sweet, sweet yayo.
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Juggaknots – Ol Faithful [1993 Demo]
Wednesday April 22nd 2015,
Filed under: Crates,Demo Week,EP's,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Some vintage Breeze Brewin’, taken from the Baby Pictures EP, available from Chopped Herring.



Kartoon Korner: Operation Doomsday and MM Food Sample Footage
Wednesday April 22nd 2015,
Filed under: Tape Vaults,TV,VHS Vaults,Video Vault
Written by:

spider14

You Toober Eddie Frank has pieced together the original footage which MF Doom used to create the memorable Operation: Doomsday and MM Food skits. Comic nerds and fans of poorly drawn animation, unite!
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Pre-Order: Tim Dog Demos 45
Friday April 17th 2015,
Filed under: Announcements,Bronx Bombers,Collectables,Vinyl Singles
Written by:

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TR Love is releasing a 7″ with two early Tim Dog demos through Black Pegasus. There’s a snippet at the end of the video. Pre-orders will begin at 10am UK time today.
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Stream: Young Zee – Musical Meltdown CD and Tape Snippets
Monday April 06th 2015,
Filed under: Albums,Announcements,Jersey? Sure!,Tape Vaults
Written by:

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Young Zee of the Outsidaz is finally getting an official release of his shelved 1996 album on cassette and CD through Gentleman’s Relief Records on 28 April (with liner notes from dedicated Outsidaz disciple Werner), having previously been issued over a couple of EP’s by Dope Folks Records.



Download: Ol’ Dirty Bastard – ODB-Sides

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United Crates has put together a superb collection of Ason Unique deep cuts and freestyles to mark the recent 20th anniversary of the Return To The 36 Chambers album. A timely reminder that Wu-Tang is for the children.

Download: Ol’ Dirty Bastard – ODB-Sides

Track listing:
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Download: Doo Wop and Lord Tariq – The Lost Tapes
Friday March 27th 2015,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Mix Tapes,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Before the official album drops later this year, here’s a collection of some Wop and Tariq loosies from the past.

Download: Doo Wop and Lord Tariq – The Lost Tapes

Streaming:
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No Country For Old (Rap) Men: To Review A Butterfly
Friday March 20th 2015,
Filed under: Albums,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Reviews,The Unkut Opinion,Web Work
Written by:

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The new web editor over at Acclaim asked for me to write about the new Kendrick Lamar album. I attempted to keep an open mind as best I could.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: To Review A Butterfly



Stream: Action Bronson – Back To The Future Mixtape
Monday March 16th 2015,
Filed under: Flushing's Finest,Mix Tapes,Outdoorsmen,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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United Crates has assembled some of the Outdoorsman’s older work to mark four years since Dr. Lecter dropped. Who knew that this Flushing, Queens rapper dude would turn out to be the Hipster Music Mafia’s pin-up boy? Regardless, dude can rap and ‘Shiraz’ is still my shit.

Track listing:
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Mixtape: DJ Dee-Ville – All Hail The King Mixtape
Monday March 09th 2015,
Filed under: Mix Tapes,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin',The 80's Files
Written by:

13z1ic0

This is a collection of King Sun winners from a couple of years ago, which is still as relevant as ever.

Track listing:
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Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow – Renegades of Rhythm Show Review

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The prospect of getting a guided audio tour through Afrika Bambaataa‘s record collection by two lifelong music geeks is appealing to even the most cursory of music fans, if the jam-packed crowd that squeezed into Melbourne’s Forum Theater on Friday night is anything to go by. It certainly didn’t hurt that it was helmed by music festival darlings Shadow and Cut Chemist, which made the whole thing easier to digest for those in the audience who haven’t memorised Bam’s original Blues and Soul list of his favorite breaks.
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No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rap TV Shows That Need To Happen
Friday March 06th 2015,
Filed under: No Country For Old (Rap) Men,TV,Web Work
Written by:

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Some ideas for VH-1’s next ratings period…

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rap TV Shows That Need To Happen



Download: Agallah Don Bishop – Don Status Mixtape
Thursday February 19th 2015,
Filed under: Free Ninety-Nine,Mix Tapes,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Agafella still got that work.



Video: JVC Force Perform Strong Island On TV
Saturday January 31st 2015,
Filed under: Strong Island,TV,Video Vault
Written by:

AJ Rok and B-Luv perform their most requested record in front of their dancers and some kind of green screen backdrop on a mystery TV broadcast. Is it public access television? Did Kool DJ Red Alert have a TV show at some stage that time has forgotten? Regardless, AJ reps the CRC with his sensible cableknit



Stream: New Omniscence and K-Hill EP’s
Tuesday December 23rd 2014,
Filed under: EP's,Not Your Average,Steady Bootleggin',Streaming-Only
Written by:

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A couple of new releases from Debonair P‘s Gentleman’s Relief Records, featuring the talents of Omniscence and K-Hill, who were featured on the Counterstrike 2 album. Check the snippets below and order the vinyl, tape or digital versions here.
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