Video: Him Lo – Lo Sama Him Laden [800lb Gorilla]
This is the second video from the free Counterstrike 2: A Decade of Unkut project, featuring Him-Lo Da Inapproriate stomping through Philly, as shot and directed by CRC VP richdirection for aunqueting media. Look out for Him-Lo’s Complimentary Snacks tape, dropping here in the near future.
Unkut TV: Episode 23 – AG Live In Melbourne, 2014
The Giant performs “Soul Clap,” “Next Level,” “You Know Now,” “Spit,” “Full Scale” and an accapella before an enthusiastic Australian crowd.
Video: The Tuff City Records Story, Episode Four
The final part of my interview with Aaron Fuchs at the new Tuff City offices, which covers competing against Def Jam, his work with Funkmaster Wizard Wiz and the infamous “Crack It Up”, Freddy B and The Mighty Mic Masters and The Maximus Three, amongst others. Also features a random Bob Marley anecdote for good measure.
Unkut TV: Episode 22 – Special Ed Live In Philly
Following the Kool G Rap & DJ Polo set at Treasures in Philly, Special Ed took to the stage and performed “Think About It”, “Crooklyn”, “Come On Let’s Move It” and “I Got It Made”. Basically half of the crowd had gone outside for a smoke by the time he hit the stage, but Ed’s female fans were in full effect regardless.
Video: The Tuff City Records Story, Episode Three
Aaron Fuchs discusses working with Pumpkin, addresses the Ultramagnetic Basement Tapes controvery, names his three favorite Tuff City records and reflects and how the music histroy books will view his legacy.
Video: The Tuff City Records Story, Episode Two
Aaron Fuchs continues discussing key moments in Tuff City history, including working with Teddy Riley, Spoonie Gee, Marley Marl, DJ Hot Day and the Cold Crush Brothers.
Video: The Tuff City Records Story, Episode One
Tuff City Records founder Aaron Fuchs discusses starting the label in the early 80’s, his history as a music critic and the story behind some of the first records he released in the first part of this in-depth interview.
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.
The Marco Polo Newport Challenge, Part 2
Continuing our highly scientific research, Marco Polo rates two more brands against his beloved Newport and the ultimate smoke champion is announced. Also features cameo’s from Jean Grae, richdirection and various gals who were hanging out at ‘The Rub’.
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.
Video: The Marco Polo Newport Challenge, Part 1
In an attempt to prove that not all cigarettes are created equal, I challenged Canadian-born BK rap producer Marco Polo to rate five other brands of tailor-made smokes, purchased from gals out the front of various bars in Brooklyn, all in the name of science. PA2: The Director’s Cut drops 12 November, 2013.
Grand Daddy IU – The Unkut Video Interview, Part One
Grand Daddy IU breaks down how he started out rapping, meeting Biz Markie, getting kicked out of school and being compared to Rakim.
Video: Boldy James – You Know [Unkut TV Edition]
Outstanding track from Boldy James‘ My First Chemistry Set album, produced by the Alchemist and set to the visuals of a dive bar at 4 am, where a couple of long-haired young space cadets attempt to win the affections of an equally intoxicated red-head.
Unkut TV: Episode 21 – DJ Quik and Kurupt Live At The Laundry, 2013
DJ Quik and Kurupt came into town, so I wandered past to relive some 90’s LA rap action. The highlight of course was Quik beatboxing “New York, New York” for Kurupt, and his generous dispensing of booze to the front row while performing “Tonite”.
Unkut TV: Episode 20 – The Laurenovich Opinion
Meyhem Lauren and Ice Rocks offer their thoughts on a wide variety of topics, ranging from 24-hour wheat grass shots, fixin’ bars, ignorant behavior, classic TV shows, ratchet strippers, weapon collections, refusing to wait on line and the GOAT rap haircut. Background beats courtesy of J-Love.
Unkut TV: Episode 19 – The Doppelgangaz Live At S.O.B.’s
The Doppelgangaz brought some Shark Life to S.O.B.’s on Monday 24 June, 2013 as part of a showcase that included Fred The Godson show. Features a cameo from DJ Kay Slay aka DEZ and his Straight Stuntin‘ girls, as well as the ever-lovely Bambie-Rose. Songs performed include “Sun Shine”, “Like What Like Me” and “Oh Well”.
Unkut TV: Episode 18 – Hannibal Stax Interview
On a sweltering summer afternoon in Manhattan, H. Stax talks about growing-up in East NY, the Gang Starr Foundation, memorable touring incidents, his memories of GURU, working with Marco Polo and the fate of his first crew, Fabidden Fruit.
Unkut TV: Episode 17 – Masta Ace, Live In Boston
Highlights of Masta Ace, Stricklin and Marco Polo performing at the Middle East in Boston on 22 June 2013, featuring “Crooklyn”, “The Symphony”, “Lil’ Young” with Ed OG, “Nostalgia” and “Born To Roll/Jeep-Ass Niguh”.
Unkut TV: Episode 16 – DJ 7L Shows Us Around Get On Down
During our road trip to Boston, we dropped past the offices of re-issue specialists Get On Down to check out some of their best collector’s editions with DJ 7L.
Unkut TV: Episode 15 – An Afternoon With The Doppelgangaz
We caught up with Matter Ov Fact, EP and Tropicana Josh of The Doppelgangaz one fine afternoon while they were shooting the video for “On The Rag”. Important issues discussed include picking up sweaty hipster girls, getting to second base in Europe, the legendary ‘Crackin’ beverage, velvet cloaks and a bunch of stuff that our legal team insisted we cut out.
Unkut TV: Episode 14 – J. Force Rocks The SP-1200
J. Force has dug up two vaulted tracks featuring him rhyming over his own beats and pressed them up on limited edition pink vinyl, which you can pre-order here:
Recorded at Firehouse studios back in 1998 “Pink Chicken” has been sought after by hip hop enthusiasts and very much in demand after it leaked accidentally on the world wide web. The first 300 copies of this special 12″ single will be printed up on pink wax. It contains full vocal and instrumental versions of the original ’98 recipe and also the revamped Cadillac Respect Revisit as well. The B-side also features a track called “Hit The Untrue” that was recorded and mixed by Marley Marl at The House Of Hitz and was never heard or made available until now.
Unkut TV: Episode 13 – J-Zone Announces His New Album
J-Zone explains why he decided to return to rap, having no shame in rocking ancient hairstyles if he feels like it and breaks down the concept behind his next album.
Unkut TV: Episode 12 – The Combat Jack TV Show Season 1 Wrap
Behind the scenes of the last episode of the first season of The Combat Jack Show on Complex TV. Featuring a super-hyped Combat Jack, a sweaty Dallas Penn, a Rodd & Gunn obsessed Premium Pete, a polite but not overly interested Jadakiss, an over-worked intern and a fed-up with that Twitter fuckery Just Blaze.
Unkut TV: Episode 11 – MCA, Burzootie and an army of Drum Machines
During a visit to Get On Down records in Boston, I was shown what may be the greatest collection of drum machines in the world. It seemed appropriate to set the footage to the sounds of MCA and Burzootie‘s “Drum Machine” from 1985…
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…