Re-Up: Counterstrike – The Unkut Mixtape Hosted By DJ Doo Wop

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Just realized that the link for this was dead so the ten year anniversary of Unkut seems like a good time to re-up this 2010 release that I put together with strictly exclusive CRC-style tracks. Might be time for a part two come to think of it…

Download or stream almost an hour of non-progressive rap below.

Back cover:
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Download: Unkut.com Presents – Forgotten Remixes
Thursday January 16th 2014,
Filed under: Free Ninety-Nine,Not Your Average,Remixes,Steady Bootleggin',Unkut Originals
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Here are sixteen remixes, bootlegs and demo versions that you need in your life. I would write a blurb for each one but putting this shit together took longer than expected so I’ll let the music speak for itself.

Download: Unkut.com Presents – Forgotten Remixes

Tracks listing:
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Introducing The New Conservative Rap Coalition Logo
Monday September 09th 2013,
Filed under: Announcements,Collectables,Conservative Rap Coalition,Unkut Originals
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Official CRC polo’s will be available this week as part of the exclusive Mom’s Basement Activity Pack…it’s a new dawn of reactionary rap listening! The Neo Con Rap Country Club is getting closer. Before long, we will be able to enjoy non-progressive rap over Jameson without a non-collared t-shirt or pair of short pants in sight. Peace to Theotis Jones for his fine work for the cause.



Video: Prodigy and Alchemist – IMDKV [Unkut TV Edition]

This is the story of a bat-shit crazy Tai Chi dude and a guy trying to listen to music on his phone while wearing shorts and smoking a cigarette, one sunny summer day in Prospect Park, set to the first track from Prodigy and Alchemist‘s outstanding “IMDKV” from the Albert Einstein album. I sense an MTV Video award in my future…



Is All New Rap Drug Music?
Monday April 29th 2013,
Filed under: Shots Fired,The Unkut Opinion,Unkut Gets Emo,Unkut Originals
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What with the current influx of Molly Rap, Acid Rap, Loud Rap, Lean Rap, Yayo Rap, Bath Salts Rap and whatever the fuck else these characters are getting bent off, it seems like we’ve returned to the Slow Rap era that Cypress Hill heralded in the early nineties. Does that mean that we need to get twisted on the appropriate substance to fully enjoy much of this new rap? I’m pretty sure you need ingest heroic quantities of codeine to fully enjoy this new DOOM song with Clams Casino, “Bookends”:
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No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Remembering Record Labels and Rap Radio
Thursday March 28th 2013,
Filed under: No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Not Your Average,Unkut Originals,Web Work
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The game has changed. I attempt to analyse the development.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Remembering Record Labels and Rap Radio



The Conservative Rap Coalition – 2013 Agenda


Logo designed by Tony Bones / The Home Office.

Much has happened since our last meeting. Those of you who couldn’t afford the original Platinum membership packs have requested other options to show your support, and the landscape has shifted somewhat. Hipster Rap ate itself in a blur of day-glo, but new enemies have emerged in it’s wake. Now is not the time to rest on our laurels and pat ourselves on the back for a job well done, for the war rages on. Here are some of the major issues facing the CRC in 2013:
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Mikey D Apologizes To LL Cool J and Melle Mel

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Queens battle MC veteran Mikey D hit up Unkut HQ the other day to make the following announcement:

Mikey D: All through the years, since the 80’s, with [LL] Cool J, each interview that I have the topic of the conversation is always about me and him. Although we went through what we went through, me looking back as a grown man, technically he didn’t do anything to me that was wrong. He did everything that he was supposed to do! But I got caught-up in people’s misery. You know how they say “misery needs company”, so by me still drinking 40 oz’s and still trying to hold on to being the “baddest MC in the neighborhood” title – and you’ve got these miserable people in your ears all the time, hating on him for what he’s doing? Of course I fell into that. I’m going to keep it real and say to him that I apologize for any form of disrespect. I can’t fault a man for my failures. After I left the beer and all of the negative people alone, that’s when I started seeing clearly. Melle Mel also, what happened happened at the New Music Seminar, that was 25 years ago. Let’s get over it. I want to apologize to both of them as a man, because we are all under the same umbrella. Let’s get it poppin’!

Mikey’s new crew Elements of Hip-Hop consists of Mikey D on the mic, DJ Mercury (who worked with Professor X) and Philly DJ legend Grand Wizard Rasheen. Calm Before The Storm drops April 2, with Day of Destruction following later in the year.



Nobody’s Smiling – The Unkut Guide To Entirely Humorless Rappers
Monday February 11th 2013,
Filed under: The Unkut Guide,Unkut Originals
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Many cynical rap fans complain that today’s new rapper dudes are bufoonish clowns and a disgrace to hip-hop, but perhaps we should be more appreciative of these attempts to inject a little humor into the post-Fat Boys rap landscape. Here are eight rapper’s who are no joke:
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Weekend Throwback – Unkut Ignorance Mixtape

Re-up of the mixtape I posted in 2008:

This is a vinyl mix of great ignorant rap songs which I put together with DJ J-Red in 2002. Sure to upset anybody within earshot. Includes classics such as Willie D‘s ‘Baldhead Hoes’, Convict‘s ‘Wash Ya Ass’ and Bustdown‘s ‘Pissing Razor Blades’.



Does Rakim’s Break The Wrath In Half Exist?

As Rakim tells it in the above video with RA The Rugged Man (who looks ‘like a teenage girl on her first date’ according to the YouTube comments ), he agreed to remove his four lines aimed at Big Daddy Kane from the first version of ‘Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em’ after Ant Live played like Sir IBU on some ‘I’m The Peacemaker’ shit.

Dr. Butcher, who used to DJ for Kool G Rap, offered this version of events:

Rakim, from what I understand – I didn’t hear it – but I know he had made a record called ‘Cut The Kane In Half’, and it was gonna be a diss record for Big Daddy Kane but he didn’t put it out. But if you listen to his rhymes, he says little slick stuff on the Follow The Leader album that was directed at Kane. Because there was a lot of stuff goin’ on about how was better and who was the best. Rakim was pretty quiet, he never talked about. Kane was a little more verbal about it. They never really made it publicly known, but he definitely was gonna do something.

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What Was The First Rap Record You Ever Copped?
Thursday August 23rd 2012,
Filed under: Unkut Originals,Unkut Retrospective
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Towards the end of 1987 I had amassed a decent collection of rap albums dubbed TDK’s, which was all well and good but hardly official since I didn’t actually own any records. My birthday was coming up and ‘my old Earth’ somehow managed to figure out that what I really needed was a 12″ single of the new Public Enemy. She handed me a gift-wrapped copy of ‘You’re Gonna Get Yours’, and I spent the rest of the day trying to find how many guns I could spot on the front cover and listening to the ‘Terminator X Gettaway Version’ over and over. I already had the album on tape, and it took me a while to realise that the song on the B-side was some Newest Latest material.

Eventually I threw it on the family record player, and once that series of opening horn hits unleashed the ear-splitting drone of ‘Rebel Without A Pause’ I stood there in awe… My mother was less enthusiastic: ‘It’s a bit repetitive, isn’t it?’. I ignored her, transfixed by the voice of power and the drums of death. This was like nothing I’d ever heard before. The next week I took the record over to play to the dudes who had first started dubbing me tapes on the other side of town. The record had the same effect on them, and some of the older kids asked if they could borrow it to tape that week. Not even a teenager at the time, having high school kids want to borrow my record seemed like an esteemed badge of honor, and I was more than happy to oblige.

Amazingly, they actually returned the record to me a few weeks later…



Download: ESG Unkut Compilation

Over 200 tracks have plundered the bounty of the tripped-out musical voyage that the Scroggins sisters took way back in 1981, so I’ve chosen the 24 finest uses of the ‘UFO’ break for this compilation.
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New Blog: No Country For (Old) Rap Men

The crew over at Acclaim magazine (who I have been writing for since 2007) have just given me a weekly spot at their new site. To start things off, I offered my take on the Lord Finesse lawsuit against Teen Wolf:

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40 Years of Hip-Hop Tape Culture
Tuesday July 17th 2012,
Filed under: Features,Mix Tapes,Print Work,Unkut Originals,Unkut Retrospective
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Mix tapes can be a whole lot more than a bunch of songs you record for a chick you’re trying to impress by revealing your “sensitive side”. In the world of hip-hop, they have proven to be one of the most important tools in spreading the sound of a native New York subculture into a worldwide phenomenon. Allow me to break it down for you, decade by decade.
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