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.



The U.N. – Unreleased [1999]

A Frozen Files radio exclusive from last month, this is destined for the UN Or U Out re-release next year with a few other cuts that only did the rounds on bootlegs.



Video: Grand Daddy I.U. – Sasquatch Feet

A new sure shot from the I Dot U Dot. That hook is just too ill…



Grand Daddy I.U. – P.I.M.P. Freestyle
Saturday November 23rd 2013,
Filed under: Freestyle Fridays,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin',Strong Island
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Something new from the Grand Daddy I.U. while he finishes work on the Paper Is My Priority LP.



Forgotten Rap Skits: Mr. Hood
Tuesday November 19th 2013,
Filed under: Features,Skits,Steady Bootleggin',Strong Island,The 90's Files
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KMD‘s Mr. Hood album was something else when it first hit the streets. Set out like some Sesame St. style concept LP that threw Ansaar teachings, light-hearted skirt chasing and De La Soul-infused coded lyrics into a blender over some of the most diverse sample sources of the day (everything from blues to Bert and Ernie) made for a compelling and rather unique experience. Special mention for the genius that was “Plumbskinz”, a b-side cut that expanded on the “Peachfuzz” concept and remains as one of the dopest dedications to broads ever set to a beat. The skits dealing with local knucklehead Mr. Hood were one of the many highlights, filled with quotable’s that still come off over two decades later, as both Subroc and Onyx The Birthstone Kid dealt with this character in their own ways. Some dude recently felt compelled to recreate the barbershop scene in classic lo-fi YouTube glory…
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Grand Daddy I.U. – The Unkut Video Interview, Part 3

For the final part of this interview shot in Strong Island, The I Dot U Dot rags on bar patrons and his brother in between explaining about a bar room brawl against Treach and Tupac, the inspiration behind his first album cover and touring antics with Kool G Rap.



Video: Roc Marciano – The Sacrifice
Friday November 08th 2013,
Filed under: Marcberg Season,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Strong Island,Video Clips
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Marcberg madness continues with an official clip for this Madlib-produced The Pimpire Strikes Back cut. Speaking of, I need to go and film a bunch of hookers working the corner for the Unkut TV “Ice Cream Man” video this weekend.



Grand Daddy I.U. – The Unkut Video Interview, Part 2

I.U. is joined by his brother DJ Kay Cee as he discusses the making of Smooth Assassin, why he changed his style up for Lead Pipe, record label problems and why shit went bad with Treach from Naughty By Nature.



Six Dope Pre-Marcberg Roc Marciano Tracks
Tuesday November 05th 2013,
Filed under: Features,Listicles,Marcberg Season,Strong Island
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While you’re enjoying the sounds of Pimpire Strike Back, I thought I’d run through six of his finest moments before the undisputed classic Marcberg album dropped in 2010.

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Download: Roc Marciano – The Pimpire Strikes Back

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Here’s a new tape from Marciano to prepare for the release of Marci Beaucoup on 12 November through Man Bites Dog records. Beats from Madlib, Evidence, Arch Druids, Lord Finesse and Alchemist. The CD version is available when you cop a shirt.

Track listing:
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Grand Daddy IU – The Unkut Video Interview, Part One
Monday November 04th 2013,
Filed under: Interviews,Live From NY,Rap Veterans,Strong Island,Unkut TV
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Grand Daddy IU breaks down how he started out rapping, meeting Biz Markie, getting kicked out of school and being compared to Rakim.