Stream: Prince Paul – It’s Not The Size of Your Mix, It’s How You Use It Mixtape
Friday April 03rd 2015,
Filed under: DJ Mixes,Steady Bootleggin',Strong Island
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This three part mix from evil genius Prince Paul is the ideal accompaniment to eating fish this Good Friday or drinking copious amounts of Whiskey Sour’s (or a combination of both).


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Deconstructing The Classics: Eric B. & Rakim – Follow The Leader
Monday March 16th 2015,
Filed under: Deconstructing The Classics,Features,Strong Island,The 80's Files
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Despite being one of the greatest rappers to ever enter a recording studio, Rakim‘s four albums with Eric B. were pretty patchy, mainly due to the abundance of filler and sub par scratch showcases. This wasn’t such a big deal on Paid In Full, since every with vocals was amazing and 1987 rap LP’s usually consisted of a few strong singles and plenty of filler, but this formula really didn’t cut it by the time Follow The Leader dropped in ’88. I’m not sure if anyone noticed at the time though, because the first three tracks are so powerful that you’ve already been won over before you even get to the second side of the album, much like NWA’s Straight Outta Compton.
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Grand Daddy I.U. feat. Don Black – Against The Grain
Monday February 09th 2015,
Filed under: Conservative Rap Coalition,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Strong Island
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The new album from Grand Daddy I.U., P.I.M.P. Paper Is My Priority, drops on 17 February, with the cover dedicated to his late street mentor, Easy Rick, who passed away in 2010. Not sure if this is a bonus track since it doesn’t appear on the track listing below, but enjoy regardless.

Track listing:
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The Booze Hound Files: Grand Daddy I.U.
Wednesday February 04th 2015,
Filed under: Art of Facts,In The Trenches,Rap Veterans,Strong Island,The Booze Hound Files
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Here’s a heart-warming tale of drinking too much from Grand Daddy I.U. from the interview I conducted with him in the carpark of a bar in Long Island, circa 2013. Living proof that doctor’s don’t know shit a lot of the time, and that drinking non-alcoholic beer really is a fate worse than death itself.

Robbie: Any good drinking stories?

Grand Daddy I.U.: Back in the days I used to drink Bacardi Dark. I must’ve been an alcoholic, cos I would go to sleep drinking that shit and wake up drinking that shit. One day my stomach was feeling so fuckin’ crazy I thought I had to shit or something. I’m sitting on the toilet and ain’t shit coming out – I start throwing up, throwing up – the shit started becoming yellow! I didn’t eat no shit that was yellow! Come to find out it was my stomach lining. This shit became so painful I called my moms, ‘I don’t know what this shit is, but you gotta come get me!’ She came and got me, the whole time I keep throwing up.
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Grand Daddy I.U. feat. Biz Markie – I Ain’t Got No Money [1992]
Wednesday February 04th 2015,
Filed under: Crates,Rap Veterans,Strong Island
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A few years back Grand Daddy I.U. released an EP of his early work (this time with the right production credits) on the appropriately titled Cold Stealin’ label. As a bonus, he included this shelved track he recorded in 1992 with Biz Markie on the hook, which contains gems such as “For that you get a smack, while I’m sticking my one-eyed jack in your ass crack.” The perfect compliment to I.U.’s classic ‘Girl In The Mall.’
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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



Video: Diamond D feat. Grand Daddy I.U. – The Game
Monday January 26th 2015,
Filed under: Rap Veterans,Strong Island,Video Clips
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One of the best tracks from The Diam Piece gets a video, directed by Pritt Kalsi.



Video: Bars in the Booth, Session 6 – Bumpy Knuckles
Wednesday November 26th 2014,
Filed under: Rap Veterans,Strong Island,Tough Guys,Video Clips
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Freddie Foxxx over a quality DJ Premier track.



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.



Eric B & Rakim – My Melody [Unreleased Marley Marl Remix]

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Once again proving my theory that 1986 was the best year for rap, the good folks at ego trip just uncovered this rap relic over at Mark McDonald’s Soundcloud page.

Will C. also posted this mix back in 2011, although I can’t tell if the ‘Art of Love’ sample that comes in at the 0:54 second mark is blended in or part of the track.



Ten EPMD Deep Cuts
Tuesday September 09th 2014,
Filed under: Features,Not Your Average,Strong Island,The 80's Files,The 90's Files
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Erick and Parrish made some dollars, then “someone” robbed P’s crib and E Double “fell” out of a window. We’re all familiar with their many hit singles, but here are a selection of worthy album tracks from the seven group albums, plus a couple from when they went for “delf.”
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Ricky Dubs feat. Knowledge The Pirate and Roc Marciano – Shot A Man
Wednesday August 27th 2014,
Filed under: Marcberg Season,Steady Bootleggin',Strong Island
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New Marcy and Pirate feature, taken from The Señor Dubs Ep.



Video: Apollo Brown feat. Roc Marciano – Lonely & Cold
Monday July 28th 2014,
Filed under: Marcberg Season,Strong Island,Video Clips
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Bonus points for the Le Coq Sportif reference, although Marciano apparently wasn’t able to make it to the video shoot on some ol’ LL-missing-the-“Rampage”-clip type shit. Taken from the Thirty Eight LP.



Your Old Droog – Free Turkey

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Seen in the Soundcloud comments:

“Don’t you guys think this droog is somewhat using the same sample type of Nas’ One Love?”



Busta Rhymes feat. Eminem – Calm Down

Who’d thunk it? Scoop DeVille flips the intro horns from “Jump Around” for Bussa Bus and Slim Shady to get unleash speech over. File under: Surprisingly enjoyable.



Apollo Brown feat. Roc Marciano – Shotguns In Hell
Thursday June 26th 2014,
Filed under: Marcberg Season,Steady Bootleggin',Strong Island
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This is the other Marcy feature from Apollo Brown‘s Thirty Eight LP.



The Combat Jack Show – The Freddie Foxxx Episode

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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.



Video: R.A. The Rugged Man – Definition Of A Rap Flow (Albee 3000)
Wednesday June 04th 2014,
Filed under: Cracker Rap,Rap Veterans,Strong Island,Video Clips
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Good to see someone finally doing The Wop correctly. Only thing that could have made this clip better would have been a Robbie Rap Handz cameo.



Dino Brave [The UN] – The Unkut Interview
Tuesday May 13th 2014,
Filed under: Features,Interviews,Marcberg Season,Strong Island
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As a founding member of The UN with Roc Marciano, Dino Brave has experienced a lot of Long Island rap history first hand. Inspired by the Spectrum City crew coming up (which would later evolve into Public Enemy), Brave had his time in the spotlight cut short thanks to bad timing in the crumbling music industry. But with the recent re-release of UN Or U Out, a new generation of rap fanatics are getting the chance to hear Brave, Laku, Mike Raw and Roc Marciano in action once again.

Robbie: How did everything start for you?

Dino Brave: It was kinda handed down to me, man. A lotta people in the family did music. My older brothers played instruments – they played guitar, they played the drums, made beats, keyboard players – all sorts of things. I grew-up with production studios in my house! I got into deejaying, it was the cheapest equipment I could get my hands on, putting two record players together and a mixer. I started deejaying around seven, touching official turntables. I was doing pretty everything that I wanted to do with the turntable, that I seen the great’s doing – it was boring for me at that point. So I decided to pick up the mic at thirteen. I heard “My Melody” and that made me want to write my first rap. I went to school with it, dude’s used to bang beats on the table and stuff like that. I kicked the rhyme, and my cousin who I was in school with loved it. He was like, “Run with it,” so I ran with it. I kept writing, did talent shows coming up and just start making tapes after school. I went to school with dude’s from The UN, so they were those guys at the lunch table, beating on the tables and making rhymes.

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This Is What Roc Marciano’s Debut LP Originally Looked Like

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Schott Free just blessed his Instagram with the track listing for an early version of Roc Marciano’s debut solo project, back when it was intended to drop on SRC Records. As you can see, only a portion of these tracks made the final version (albeit with some changes to the names and spellings). Here’s what Schott had to say about it:
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UN Or U Out Tape Re-Issue Announced
Thursday February 27th 2014,
Filed under: Announcements,Collectables,Reissues,Strong Island
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The debut album from The U.N. (Dino Brave, Mike Raw, Laku and Roc Marciano) is getting a re-release in April with two bonus tracks. Since most of you no doubt copped this when it first dropped, the good news is Fat Beats are pressing a tape version for ten bones. Frozen Files played “4 The Luv” last November, and “UN Da House” is from the World Domination mixtape (which deserves a vinyl release of it’s own since that was arguably better than official LP).

The U.N. – “UN Da House”
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Video: Roc Marciano feat. Freeway and Knowledge The Pirate – Didn’t Know

Freeway goes in on this stand-out from the Marci Beacoup LP.



DJ Stitches – The Unkut Interview

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The story of Charlie Rock aka DJ Stitches is a classic example of how brutal the music industry can be. As a founding member of De La Soul, only himself discarded once they signed their first record deal, he went on to score a contract with Mercury Records for his next group – Class A Felony – only to have the album stuck in limbo for two years after his MC was brutally murdered in a bungled robbery attempt. Having also been involved with records for Uptown and Ilacoin, Stitches shared a number of behind-the-scenes incidents during his extended tour of duty in the rap world, and revealed some untold Long Island hip-hop history.

Robbie: What inspired you become a DJ originally?

DJ Stitches: I’m from South Jamaica, Queens – Southside. The hip-hop scene in Queens – 1978, 1979 – I seen some DJ’s, and my cousin from The Bronx, Mixmaster TC and the Soul City Crew, he used to let me mess around on his turntables. I mighta been like eleven or twelve. Me and my cousin Blinky kinda had the bug since then, and I migrated to Long Island in ninth grade and then came to North Amityville.
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Video: Roc Marciano feat. Knowledge The Pirate – Slingers
Friday January 31st 2014,
Filed under: Marcberg Season,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Strong Island,Video Clips
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Clip for this Pimpire Strike Back track with The Pirate. Vinyl for this album is dropping on the 18 Feb and can be pre-ordered over here.



Agallah feat. Roc Marciano – Blaze of Glory

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Taken from the 8 Off / ALC Past & Present EP dropping 1 Jan.