Pretty Tone Capone Is A Great Man
Friday July 10th 2015,
Filed under: Harlem Nights,Uptown Kicking It,Video Clips,Video Vault
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When Pretty Tone Capone went for delf and landed a deal with Def American subsidiary Ill Labels imprint, he unloaded the excellent ‘Case Dismissed’/’Kidnapped’ single and the slightly less amazing ‘Across 110th Street’ before Rick Rubin presumably decided he was bored with rap. Tone’s Mob Style crew were infamous for being gangsters who rapped as opposed to rappers who pretended to be gangsters, and as the ‘Case Dismissed’ video demonstrates, there’s no need to wear a shirt to court if you have enough juice.

Black Rob – The Unkut Interview, Volume Two
Monday April 13th 2015,
Filed under: Harlem Nights,Interviews,Not Your Average,Uptown Kicking It
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Back in 2013, I got to chat to Black Rob for ten minutes as he was on his way to the studio. This time around I tried not to repeat the same questions, but unfortunately I caught him as he was trying to catch some food. Guess some things just aren’t meant to work out, huh? Regardless, you can catch Black Rob’s new LP, Genuine Article, is out 21 April.

Robbie: Were Spoonie Gee and Doug E. Fresh a big influence on you when you were a kid?

Black Rob: Hell yeah! Parties, break-outs – the whole shit! Doug E. Fresh was definitely slamming, man. I already wanted to my thing, but it gave me some inspiration to tbe best that I could be.

What was it like growing in Harlem?

It was different, man. A lotta kids was doing what they had to do, playing around and not doing music, so I came in there doing music. I used to have the parties jumping, little freestyles and all that stuff. Hear that shit out the window. I used to be the number one guy, but I was too young to really comprehend what I was going through, cos I was just stretching out. But I was nice though! [laughs]

Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew – La Di Da Di [Live from the Funhouse, 1986]

From the collection of J – Blast, Operator Emz edit.

Great trolling from Doug at the start of this.

Spotted at ego trip.

Stream: DJ Doo Wop – Coolout 2014 Part 2, Back To School
Monday September 15th 2014,
Filed under: Mix Tapes,Sanging,Steady Bootleggin',Streaming-Only,Uptown Kicking It
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dj doo wop coolout part 2

The Bouncemaster Doo Wop delivers a slick blend of rap and R&B jiggnorance for this new Coolout installment. You can cop the download here for $10.

Stream: Doo Wop – Mixtapes Not Dead, Pt. 2


Doo Wop with a quick follow-up to his Mixtape Not Dead tape, with a mix of new tracks and exclusive freestyles.

Track list:

Download: DJ Doo Wop – Mixtapes Not Dead Mixtape
Friday July 18th 2014,
Filed under: Free Ninety-Nine,Mix Tapes,Steady Bootleggin',Uptown Kicking It
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DJ Doo Wop is back on his mixtape shit.

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No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Cam'(W)ron(g)?


It was all good just a year ago…

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Cam'(W)ron(g)?

Frank The Butcher and DJ7L – Bad Boy: Original Samples Mix
Saturday July 05th 2014,
Filed under: Beantown,DJ Mixes,Steady Bootleggin',Uptown Kicking It
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Another sure-shot from this Boston duo. Please address DJ7L as “the Greek god” from now on.

Video: RAST – Bad Dope [DJ Treats Version]

An old Cypress Hill classic gets a welcome update from ya boy RAST RFC and a DJ Treats fan-vid.

Doo Wop & Don Blaq – Gotti and Preme
Friday June 27th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin',Uptown Kicking It
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These Wop and Blaq leaks are sounding effin’ great, as they bring it over Onyx‘s “Last Dayz” instrumental.

Memories of Big L


Just read this wonderfully comprehensive feature on Big L over at Complex, titled Casualty of the Game: The Big L Story, and was inspired to collate a few stories of my own from past interviews. T-Ray, Peter Oasis, Milano and AG all share some memories involving The Devil’s Son…

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Wacky World of Rap Peace Treaties


Nas has escaped the kufi category at last, but does this mean he should make a track with Cam’Ron to celebrate?

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Wacky World of Rap Peace Treaties

A Double Dose of Black Rob
Wednesday February 12th 2014,
Filed under: Newest Latest,Not Your Average,Rap Veterans,Streaming-Only,Uptown Kicking It
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BR has popped up with two new appearances this week. The first one is taken from his next album, Genuine Article, and sounds like it’s a left over from his stint at Duck Down based on the fact it contains Sean Price and Tek features and particularly sparse Easy Moe Bee beat.

McGruff – Creep [1996]
Thursday January 09th 2014,
Filed under: Crates,Harlem Nights,Steady Bootleggin',Uptown Kicking It
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Here’s some promo-only b-side action intended for McGruff‘s underwhelming Destined To Be album, courtesy of a vinyl rip from The Martorialist’s comment section, which reveals that Isaac Hayes was a hater on a certain level, since he deaded this from retail release.

Ten TV and Movie Themes That Cam’ron Needs To Rap Over Right Now
Wednesday October 02nd 2013,
Filed under: Crates,Dad Rap,Features,Harlem Nights,The 80's Files,Uptown Kicking It
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Having already conquered the theme songs of Hill Street Blues, Nightcourt, Magnum, P.I., Facts of Life, Gimme A Break and now The Golden Girls, it’s fair to say that Cam’ron still has dozens of 80’s themes that require his unique talents to bring them into the present day. Here are ten contenders:

Download: Cam’ron – Ghetto Heaven Vol. 1


Rapping over 80’s sit-com themes? Check. Hilarious skits? Check. Effed-up Roy Ayres remake? Check. No sign of former weed carriers such as Vado? Check. It’s like it’s 2001 all over again.

Download Mixtape

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Milano Constantine – What Type Of Shit You Want


While certain sections of the rap internets don’t seem to hold ‘Lano in particularly high regard, I will rep for his abilities any day of the week, particularly when paired with the P Brothers on the beats. Taken from the Alfa Romeo mixtape, which you can stream over at Milano’s Soundcloud. I’m pretty sure I posted this last year but shit happens.

Milano Constantine – Suthebys


Here’a a cut from Milano‘s next mixtape, Alfa Romeo, which is dropping in a minute.

Milano Constantine – The Unkut Interview
Tuesday May 07th 2013,
Filed under: Features,Harlem Nights,Interviews,Not Your Average,Uptown Kicking It
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Having cut his teeth working with the Diggin’ In The Crates crew at the beginning of his career, Milano Constantine went on to sign a deal with Warner Bros. but was let go before the project was released. Thanks to a handful of independent singles, four mixtapes and notable guest spots with The Beatnuts and the P Brothers, Milano has continued to rep that classic Uptown style with his witty wordplay and vocabulary spill. Following an extended leave of absence, ‘Lano is set to return the rap game with three new projects. He took a little time out to speak about how he came up, working with Big Pun, Showbiz and T-Ray and how the late Party Arty taught him his most valuable lesson as an MC.

Robbie: What are you working on at the moment?

Milano Constantine: I’ve got the Alfa Romeo mixtape. It’s a vintage feel, I’ve got some unreleased, uncut raw stuff from the lab on there, and some new stuff that I’ve been working on. I had to take time off, but I feel very blessed, and now is time for me to go back into it with full force. Now I’m just feeling more comfortable with everything, you can’t put forth any good material if you have to get your life situated, everything has to go in line correctly. This is a great time in my life, I just had a daughter. My mother is in good health – she was really sick. You’ve gotta take care of your family first and music will come secondary. I wanted to reach out to y’all guys for always keeping that platform for me. God bless you guys always keeping me alive. I thank you guys for that.

Milano Constantine – Global Warming
Friday May 03rd 2013,
Filed under: Steady Bootleggin',Streaming-Only,Uptown Kicking It
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Milano just released the full version of “Global Warming”, a snippet of which appeared on his Hurt Locker mixtape from a few years back.

Video: Vado – In The Air
Wednesday May 01st 2013,
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New Drum Free Rap which ironically uses a loop from former Genesis drummer Phil Collins. I see what you did there, Vado!

Milano Constantine – Fishin’ Rough


Here’s a track from Milano‘s next mixtape, Alpha Romeo, which is dropping in the near future. Also finally got to interview the man recently, so look-out for the interview here in the next couple of weeks.

Black Rob – The Unkut Mini Interview, Part One
Thursday February 28th 2013,
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When I caught Black Rob on a patchy phone line this evening, he was in the studio recording new material for Life Story 2, and as a result was only able to spare ten minutes. Nevertheless, I was able to fill in a couple of the blanks in regards to his history in the rap game and future plans.

Robbie: How old were you when you started rhyming?

Black Rob: About eleven? Twelve? Around that time. What inspired me was what was going on around me – the music! When I heard that, I wanted to be in.

Did you have a group back then or were you always a soloist?

I was in a rap group when I was like 22, 23. We was called Schizophrenics. It was me, my man Alto and my man Godzilla.

Kool Moe Dee and DJ Dano Bee – Tape 225 [1978]

Spotted at grandgood, here’s a gem from Troy L. Smith‘s archives. Kool Moe Dee was no effin’ joke in his prime.

Video: Milano Constantine – What Kind of Shit Is This [Snippet]

This is without a doubt the best rap video you will see this year. Maybe in your entire life. Produced by P Brothers, from Milano‘s forth-coming Boulevard Author LP.