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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Roc and Mega connect like Voltron.
Roc and Mega connect like Voltron.
Here’s the video for the new Grand Daddy I.U. song with Sadat X. Rap veterans stand up.
Chairman Mao recently spoke with Rakim for almost two hours at the Red Bull Music Academy in New York. Here’s video of the whole thing…
Grand Daddy I.U. is back with a new track featuring Sadat X, taken from his new album, P.I.M.P. (Paper is My Priority), due late June.
Holy fuck. R.A. just took Fast Rap to the next level.
Trying to interview R.A. The Rugged Man without treading over the well-worn ground of his expulsion from Jive Records and working with Biggie Smalls was challenge I was more than willing to meet. Having experienced the major label glory days, the independent vinyl boom and having managed to not only survive but actually thrive in the YouTube era, R.A. is a perfect example of how to adapt to the ever-changing landscape that is the Rap Game. As usual, Rugged Man was able to combine hilarious stories with serious rap trivia obsessiveness and actual facts, which is a good combination, as Pos K once told us. His new album, Legends Never Die, is out now through Nature Sounds.
Robbie: What made you start rapping?
R.A. Rugged The Man: I met my boy Bub, who was a neighborhood beat boxer – Human Beatbox Bub. He was like fifteen, sixteen and I was like eleven. He was in a shopping center and I seen this kid blowing-up a shopping center window with an M-80. He was like, “C’mere kid, watch this!”. He blew off the window and we were friends ever since. He’d say, “Yo, check out this tape! It’s Whodini ‘Escape’, it’s the best album ever!” Then there’d be firehouse dances and he’d start beatboxing and those bitches would be on his dick, and I’d be like, “Yo, I can rap and you beatbox!” I was terrible, but by the time I was thirteen, I got really good and started battling a lotta kids in the neighborhood.
To be honest, I’ve found post-Prince Paul De La Soul to be hit and miss. They basically lost 90% of their sense of humor and became Mad Rappers with sometimes questionable beats. That being said, this new song has ESG‘s “UFO” on it, so it’s good money.
New Zealand’s P-Money, who’s been down since the UN album, just leaked this cut with Roc Marciano. It’s a keeper.
Following the blueprint of the first Port Authority LP, Marco Polo is releasing an complimentary mixtape of material that couldn’t be included on his second solo project for whatever reason. Here’s a vaulted Rakim track from 2009 to provide a first look at Newport Authority 2, before Port Authority 2 drops in spring.
More Dew Doo Man madness.
The duo debate important topics such as dance styles, workouts, slang, mustaches, Auto-Tune, and analog vs digital reverb.
The latest episode of TVOne‘s Unsung.This is TV done correctly.
Here’s the video that Public Enemy made to fire back at some negative coverage in The Source, as mentioned by Shecky Green in the second part of his interview. File this with the Cypress Hill songs about The Source and Rodney O‘s Fuck New York album.
Thanks to Thomas Rock for pointing this out.
Freddie Foxxx lists his extensive discography over a loop you might remember from Tragedy‘s Still Reportin’ album. Produced by Wayne Ski.
Spotted at ego trip.
Producer Dominic Owen has opened his vaults for some mid-90′s Rakim action. Act like you know.