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.


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


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:

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”

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


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.

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


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…

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.


Download: Roc Marciano – The Pimpire Strikes Back


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:

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.

Roc Marciano – The Specialist


Unreleased new Roc Marciano track produced by Pete Rock, as heard on DJ Premier‘s Live From Headqcourterz radio show.

Roc Marciano – Shit Hard


New Marciano, produced by Frank The Butcher & Paul Mighty, from the former’s All Is Fair project.

R.A. The Rugged Man – It’s Gone
Wednesday August 07th 2013,
Filed under: Collectables,Rap Veterans,Strong Island,Tape Vaults
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Legends Never Die is now available on cassette, complete with this track as a bonus cut…

Grand Daddy IU – My Story
Wednesday July 24th 2013,
Filed under: Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin',Strong Island
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shots fired

Somehow I missed the release of the last two I.U. albums. The most recent, Self Made Man, is available for free on his Bandcamp page, while Shots Fired, which provided this autobiographical track, is still available to buy. Be on the look-out for my video interview with him in the coming weeks…

The Combat Jack Show: The Roc Marciano Episode


Essential listening for you rap fanatics out there as Roc Marciano sits down with the Combat Jack crew…

Roc Marciano feat. Cormega – Ruff Town


Roc and Mega connect like Voltron.

Video: Grand Daddy I.U. feat. Sadat X – She Said

Here’s the video for the new Grand Daddy I.U. song with Sadat X. Rap veterans stand up.