Download: Lunchroom Battles Mixtape
Tuesday September 11th 2012,
Filed under: Crates,Freestyles,Great Moments In Rap,Mix Tapes,Steady Bootleggin',Tape Vaults
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Corona, Queens resident gudtyme has just dropped his Lunchroom Battles collection with vintage material such as Nas and Akinyele dropping ‘BBQ’ verses, ‘Kid Wizard’ aka Rakim with Biz Markie, STET on the radio, Big Daddy Kane kicking dirty Xmas raps and more. This is certified dope material. gudtyme explains it all at his blog.

Lunchtime Battles mixtape

Track listing:

Milano Constantine, D-Flow & Gage – Barburyn Freestyle
Saturday September 08th 2012,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Freestyles,Steady Bootleggin'
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Three’s company over the ‘4,5,6’ beat. Courtesy of No Idea’s Original radio.

Video: Lord Finesse – LOTUG Diss Freestyle (Rocksteady Jam 1992)

Here’s some rare footage of my favorite live ethering ever, as the Underboss dismantles Lords of the Underground‘s Mr. Funkee in classic BX tradition. Courtesy of brollinHH in the comments section of my original post.

Nas and Akinyele – Lunchroom Battles (1991)
Wednesday July 18th 2012,
Filed under: Freestyles,Great Moments In Rap,Steady Bootleggin',Tape Vaults
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Uploaded by gudtyme:

In the summer of 1991, i was chilling at my boys crib @djwishbone. He was making a mixtape. This was a gem from that day. Akinyele and Nas doing their”Live at the BBQ” routine. Luckily i still have this copy.

Fuck yeah.

Neek The Exotic & Satchel Page – Rap Is Outta Control Freestyle

Been off the air for a minute since my modem blew-up last week so I’m playing catch-up… just caught DJ Eclipse‘s Dec. 5 edition of the Rap Is Outta Control radio show, which featured the one and only Neek The Exotic playing rough mixes of three cuts from his new album due next year, as well as this dope freestyle session over Grand Daddy I.U./Marco Polo‘s ‘Hard To Kill’ beat.

Neek The Exotic & Satchel Page – Rap Is Outta Control Freestyle

Here’s something I wrote about Neek for Canada’s Pound magazine a couple of years ago:

Neek reminds me of a thinking man’s NORE, bringing the same kind of belligerent attitude but exchanging Swizz Beats/Neptunes ‘Tunnel bangers’ for crunchy Large Pro beats. Ever since his super- amped Yo!MTV Raps performance of ‘Fakin’ The Funk’ with Xtra P, Neek has been snapping ‘backs ‘ necks’ with a series of highly entertaining indy 12″s sporting bugged-out titles such as ‘Rip ‘Em Flip ‘Em’ and ‘Money, Thugs’. Whether it was the fact that he uttered the line ‘I keep it moving like Soul II Soul’ on two different songs on his album with little concern, or his boast of being willing to ‘straight piss on bitches”, Neek never fails to endear himself to the listener. His quotables are seemingly endless, whether he’s reminding us that ‘Me and rap stick together like hookers and patent leather’ or hipping us to the fact that ‘I skate on niggas like the Icecapades’. It’s hard to pin down what exactly sets this Wastelandz resident apart from the pack, but N.E.E.K.’s combination of excitable ‘Shout Rap’ delivery, unique timing and occasionally ignorant content over banging tracks is a good combination in any situation.

“Rap Is Outta Control” 12/5/10 Playlist and Download links:

Video: Sean Price & Maffew Ragazino @ The Combat Jack Show

Combat Jack is on a roll right now, having recently penned this superb True Stories Behind 25 Rap Classics for Complex as well as hosting his always entertaining show on PNC Radio (which also features my semi-regular Weed Carrier Report) with Dallas Penn and NY Delight. This week’s episode featured Super DJ Clark Kent, Maffew Ragazino and Sean P in the studio, which added an extra Brooknam flavor to proceedings.

The Combat Jack Show, 1 October, 2010

Bonus: Audio of just the rapping.

Diaz Bros – Shade 45 Freestyle
Tuesday January 05th 2010,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Freestyles,Newest Latest,Speaker Smashers,Steady Bootleggin'
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Doo Wop murders this shit…

Diaz Bros - ‘Shade 45 Freestyle’

Big shout out to Legend. Stay frosty!

Black Rob & Shyne on Stretch Armstrong’s XL Radio (Sept. 24, 2000)

Black Rob Week continues with B.R. and Shyne going in on Stretch’s old Hot 97 show, before they both got sent off for separate up north trips.

Black Rob & Shyne on Stretch Armstrong’s XL Radio (Sept. 24, 2000)

Common Sense & Brand New Heavies – 35 Minute Freestyle Session (1997)
Tuesday June 16th 2009,
Filed under: Crates,Freestyles,Promos & Exclusives,Steady Bootleggin',Tape Vaults
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Before Com was making shitty club music and movies, he was a ‘rhyme animal’. Here we catch him blacking-out on Max and Dave‘s The Kiss-FM Rap Show in the UK, joined by British MC legend Tony Rotten of Blak Twang over a live jam session courtesy of the mighty Brand New Heavies.

“Last time I was in London, people seen me drunk…”

Common, Blak Twang & Brand New Heavies KISS-FM Session Part 1

Common, Blak Twang & Brand New Heavies KISS-FM Session Part 2

Another crate digga sure-shot.

Black Thought, Common, Pharoahe Monch & Absolute – Live At The Stretch Armstrong Show (1997)
Wednesday June 10th 2009,
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Were you unfortunate enough to cop the supremely underwhelming Lyricist Lounge Vol. 1 LP when it came out? You might recall that the highlight was a recording of a Stretch Armstrong Show freestyle session which assembled Pharoahe Monch, Black Thought, Common and Absolute (House of Reps) for a brain-melting display of verbal destruction. At the end it’s announced that this is actually a new group called The Incredible Force – and nothing was ever spoken of the matter again. A few months afterwards, rumors started to circulate of another super-group called the Psychic Friends, consisting of a similar line-up but replacing the lesser-known Absolute with Jeru The Damaja. I never heard anything result from that combo either, but it’s safe to say that based on what was displayed here, the Psychic Friends could have been fuckin’ incredible if they’d recorded an album. Looks like we’ll have to settle on these guys for now.

Black Thought, Common, Pharoahe Monch & Absolute - ‘Live At The Stretch Armstrong Show’

The Unkut Guide To: Top Choice Clique

As the seeds of New York hip-hop began to spread in the mid-80’s, nearby cities such as Philadelphia and Boston were quick to adapt their own unique take on the original recipe. While most people didn’t have the Bean on their rap radar until they heard Ed OG’s ‘I’ve Got To Have It’ (or former Mass. resident GURU from Gangstarr), groups like The Almighty RSO and TDS Mob were already crafting their own brand of hardcore rap, while the Boston Goes Def compilation was an early milestone for local talent. Top Choice Clique (consisting of lead MC Jawn P, MC/DJ Force and DJ Gemini) were an important part of this early movement. They were drawn together through a shared interest in the Lecco’s Lemma radio show, as Force recalls, “I was in a group called Jambox Three, and I had met DJ Gemini. At that time there was another person who was in the original line-up of Top Choice – a beatbox by the name of Andy F. They knew Jawn P, and I guess they were feeling the way I dropped lyrics, and they told me about him and we got together and started vibing. Originally Top Choice Clique was meant to be like the Juice Crew from New York, kinda like a bunch of groups and MC’s under one umbrella. I was a soloist, Jawn and Gemini were called Double Def, there was Andy F the beatbox and we had MC Ace, another MC. Somehow it just ended up coming down to just three of us.”

KRS-One – 15 Minute Funkmaster Flex Freestyle (1996)

Just to remind myself just how well Kris can put it down on a good day, I dug-out this old tape of his appearance on Hot 97 to promote the I Got Next LP. With Flex cutting up every classic break you can think of and KRS dropping verses and off-the-head action for fifteen minutes, you’d be hard pressed to deny his status as the Greatest Rapper of All Time.

KRS-One – ’15 Minute Funkmaster Flex Freestyle’ (1996)

Re-Jack City: Jay-Z On Westwood, 1996

By special request, a re-up of The Jaz’ old pal hawking his wares over in ol’ London town.

Jay-Z Interview and Freestyle on Tim Westwood’s Radio One Rap Show, 1996

Sha Lumi On Freestyle 101
Tuesday January 27th 2009,
Filed under: Freestyles,Killa Queens,Large Pro For Prez,Tragedy Special,Video Clips
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“Fat girls – we got the donuts!”

Imam THUG Special

You first caught him on The War Report, but it was when Imam THUG teamed-up with Tragedy for the Iron Sheiks material that he really made rap fiends take notice. In the words of our British chums, dude is “straight bonkers”. The “Alluminati” joint in particular is some bugged-out slice of conspiracy-theory madness. combined with religious iconography and bizarre historical references – nothing less than mentalist brilliance. As Trag predicted, “1999 – numb refined/Internet Web control ya whole mind”…and who am I to argue?

Any self-respecting Bridge resident has been involved in at least one remake of MC Shan‘s anthem, right? Imam has done two! I’ve already discussed ‘The Bridge 08′, but the recreation of said landmark for the Y2k version is one of the all-time greatest tracks ever, as Marley adds some music from Scarface and brutal guitar stabs to proceedings. As for the infamous Tony Toca appearance, what more can be said than, “Where that Henny at? Where that weed at?”.

A couple of years ago Imam connected with the P Brothers for “Across The Planet”, and recently recorded a track with another Notts resident (and Unkut Dot Com regular) ED209 called “Karma 360″ (which is available as a limited-edition vinyl pressing here), proving that Queensbridge USA and Nottingham, England make for a good combination like whiskey with a beer chaser.

Imam THUG @ MySpace

ED209 feat. Imam THUG - ‘Karma 360′

The P Brothers feat. Imam THUG - ‘Across The Planet’

Iron Sheiks - ‘Allumanatti’

Iron Sheiks - ‘The Bridge 2000′

Iron Sheiks - ‘Tony Touch Freestyle’

Nas Demo and 96 Radio Interview

Thought I might balance out all the shittin’ on Nas last week. Both versions of “Ain’t Hard To Tell” are incredible, and the demo version ain’t too shabby either. Plus I brought back the Nas / De La Soul interview from 1996 with Tim Westwood that I posted a couple of years back…a lot of comedy on here. Little Homey big up’s an early Jay-Z song, comments on the Biggie cover artwork bite and demonstrates why interviews and blunts aren’t always a “good combination”.

Nas - “Nas Will Prevail” (“Ain’t Hard To Tell” demo)

Nas & De La Soul on Tim Westwood’s Capitol Rap Show, 1996.

Good Combination – Royal Flush Part 2
Thursday December 06th 2007,
Filed under: Freestyles,Killa Queens,Steady Bootleggin'
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Following on from Rudy’s finest solo shots, here is some of his better work with other dudes. It’s amazing what a Flush verse and a Buckwild remix can do for an otherwise mediocre record from an otherwise unexceptional indy rapper, as Lace Da Boom‘s “Cut That Weak Shit” is given a much-needed makeover. Big Pun, NORE and Flush over The Meters’ “Hand Clapping Song”? That’s white-label gold right there. Big Ran, who happens to be Royal Flush‘s brother, only provides the hook for “No Love” but also receives top billing on the song. Go figure. “Queens Represent” is another “never made retail” cut from the Ghetto Millionaire sessions, as the Wastelandz crew all get a piece of the action, while Tommy Tee recruits a solid team for “No Holds Barred” (although it would have made more of an impression if F.T. had rapped and made Matt Fingez do the chorus instead). Rounding off proceedings is the Big L and Flush freestyle, which is sometimes labeled as “Flamboyant 2″ although it’s clearly just some mixtape shit.

Rap City Gets All Indy On That Ass
Wednesday July 18th 2007,
Filed under: Classic Ignorance,Freestyles,Video Clips
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Some douche visits Fat Beats to yell out shit like “Real vinyl, people!” and “Get Your learn on people!”, plus talk to an unimpressed DJ Eclipse:

This fuckin’ guy then proceeds to put on this shitty beat and scratch that shit while Wackrobatik tries to kick a rap over the noise:

Tony Bones Interview
Monday February 26th 2007,
Filed under: Freestyles,Interviews,Steady Bootleggin'
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“…three drinks later she was damn near Pam Grier maybe my imagination or the black and tan beer.” - Tony Bones on “Splashin Over Monica”

Hailing from Edmonton, North London, but calling New York home since before he was a teenager, Tony Bones has made noise in the rap game both as an underground vocalist and as graphic designer, and for those of you who don’t know much about this guy, here’s your chance to catch-up. I actually spoke with him late last year after I mistakenly referred to him as a white guy, and more recently Keir built with Tony about his exploits, so I’ve combined the best parts of both interviews into some kind of super-mega-Q&A-type extravaganza and all that good stuff. Bones is also responsible for the dope new Unkut Dot Com logo that we’re currently sporting.

Keir: What is your earliest recollection of hip hop out there?

My first encounter with hip hop was seeing Sugarhill Gang perform on Top of the Pops and I hated it. That may have been because I heard ‘Ant Rap’ by Adam & The Ants first which was horrid. I was more into what my older brother was into like The Jam, Elvis Costello, Madness, The Clash, The Specials, The Beat. That and what my dad played like Roy Ayres, Heatwave, Bob James, Lee Morgan, WAR, Cymande, all that stuff.

When did you come to the US?

We first came in October of ’83. I was about to turn 12. My family basically moved here to the US for a change of scenery. My parents are pretty outgoing like that. I absolutely hated it at first, it was like a different planet…

What was it like fitting into American culture at that age?

I remember being asked to say this or that. At a certain point I decided to disguise the way I spoke to avoid the hassle. Eventually I got used to the change and settled in. Having an older brother who was a nutter and nice with his hands didn’t hurt either.

The Real Milano – Reppin’ For The Slums
Thursday November 09th 2006,
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Here’s some Milano joints to follow-up that post from the other day. “Show ‘Em Freestyle” is an ill bio running down Milano’s moves in the rap game, while his classic tag-team with Pun, “Where You At?” dropped on the DITC album. “Deal With The Feeling” is arrogant nonchalance over a slick Show composition, while “Done In Vein” is a Lord Finesse-blessed piece on some “can’t hold me back” shit. Keep your eyes peeled for the much-delayed Boulevard Author album on Beatdown.

Milano - Show ‘Em Freestyle

Big Pun & Milano - Where Ya At? [DITC‘s Worldwide, Tommy Boy, 2000]

Milano - Deal With The Feeling [twelve inch, DITC/Fat Beats, 2000]

Milano - Done In Vein [Show‘s Street Talk, Lumberjack, 2005]

Milano - Warrior’s Drum [Spanish Harlem mixtape]