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:

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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
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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:

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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
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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.

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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:

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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
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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
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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
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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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Download: Clever 1 – The Dirty Dozen Album

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Halloween is here, and so is another Conservative Rap Coalition Records sure-shot! This time the other half of Da Buze Brovaz, Clever 1, delivers twelve slabs of Philly heat produced by DJ Rocksteady. Throw your L’s up and don’t turn nothing down but the collar.

Download: Clever 1 – The Dirty Dozen

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Download: Milano – The Believers Album [2002]
Thursday October 30th 2014,
Filed under: Albums,Harlem Nights,World Premier
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Milano is finally releasing his vaulted 2002 album The Believers on CD and iTunes, featuring an impressive production team consisting of DJ Premier, Showbiz, Lord Finesse, Buckwild, Emile, Ahmed, T-Ray and Molecules from The Legion. For those who can’t wait for the official tissue, Milano has blessed me with a copy to share with the loyal Unkut Dot Com readers. Tell ’em!

*Update: The album is getting an official release so Milano requested that I remove the link. Please cop the official version when it drops.*

Back cover:

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Download: Cole James Cash – BBW A Pornographic Opera Album

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The latest release on CRC Records “tells the saga of various Big Beautiful pornographic actresses and their stories narrated by various rappers. Backed by melodic production and storytelling dedicated to all of the best and beautiful big girls who fornicate on film.”

I’ll be posting an interview with Cole James Cash discussing how he put this album together, but in the meantime, stream or download this dedication to chubby chicas.

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Stream: Diamond D – The Diam Piece Album

Empire Music have posted the new Diamond album on their YouTube channel for your enjoyment. Here’s a re-up of D-Squizzy’s track-by-track breakdown of the album here while you listen. Available now on CD and digital.

Diamond D: It’s more or less a production LP, about two and a half years it took. A lot of tracks I didn’t even use. I had about 27 tracks but I only used 18. Some of the artists I was in the studio with, and others – because of their touring schedule and my touring schedule – I just sent them music and they sent me the session back. If the track that I give them has a sample in it that’s giving it direction then they’ll follow that. If there is no sample or concept at the beginning I just let the MC’s paint their own pictures and try to figure out how can make it connect. I use a lot more live instrumentation now. I still chop and manipulate samples, but my sound just sounds bigger now. Just using better equipment so the sample frequencies are better.

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That Shit I Don’t Like: Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star Album
Monday September 29th 2014,
Filed under: Albums,Features,The Unkut Opinion
Written by:

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The Rawkus era, so fondly remembered by misty-eyed hip-hop forum regulars as some kind of third golden era, left me largely nonplussed at the time and with the steady passage of time passing us by, many of those records haven’t aged well at all. I was all about Hydra Entertainment and Tru Criminal, personally, but I did have an unfortunate run-in with the horrendously overrated Black Star LP after a buddy of mine who worked in a record store recommended it to me while I was ordering second-hand Big Noyd singles. After the records arrived in the mail and I threw on the Mos Def and Talib Kweli album, which certainly looked the business courtesy of Brent Rollins sharp artwork. I was then subjected to what can only be described as the most disappointing album purchase since I copped the first Arabian Prince album.

Let me break it down the issues I have with this record, one at a time:

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