MF Grimm – The Unkut Interview, Part 2
Thursday January 24th 2013,
Filed under: Features,Interviews,Not Your Average,Rap Veterans,Uptown Kicking It
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Concluding my discussion with Percy Carey, he talks about battling DMX, missing out on his spot on “Live At The BBQ”, working with Kool G Rap and the continuing process of recovery from his injuries.

Robbie: It seems like there were two separate leagues of MC’s. Guys like Mikey D didn’t care about making records because they were so focused on street respect for battling. Is that how you felt?

MF Grimm: That’s exactly how I felt. At the time, people I was with and things of that nature, money wasn’t an issue. It was a street rep. You wanted to be known for that. “Don’t go against him! Don’t waste your time!” I bring up DMX, because he came to me. We were at a Def Jam Christmas party, and he wanted to battle me. His boys were from the street, and my boys were from the street, and they all knew each other. They were just talking about it, “I don’t think your boy is better than my boy!” “What?” So it just started that way. I wasn’t even in the mood that day, but I had to. Far as I’m concerned, I destroyed him. I like X. Then he turned around and battled Jay-Z, that’s the way it was.

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.

MF Grimm – The Unkut Interview, Part 1


MF Grimm has survived many trials and tribulations during his life and career, having barley survived multiple gunshot wounds which left him in a wheelchair for the past twenty years, missing out on his spot on “Live At The BBQ” after a run-in with a taxi driver and having the master reels of his first album stolen from a recording studio. Returning to music after an extended hiatus, Grimm spoke to me about his new project Good Morning Vietnam, developing his rhyme style, rolling with King Sun, forging his reputation as a serious battle MC in his younger days and the importance of the New Music Seminar Battle For World Supremacy.

Robbie: It must be exciting to release some new music.

MF Grimm: This time around with Drasar Monumental, I feel like I’m just starting my career now, working with him. I’ve never been able to work hands-on with a producer like I’m working with him. It’s more than music, we get along like brothers. It’s not about profit margin, it’s about making quality songs and music. I have so much to learn that it’s fun to be around him, we’re both students of the game. Every song we did was created on the spot, was written that same day.

What else are you doing these days?

I’m currently the president of a multi-media company called Arch Enemy Entertainment. We work with USA Today, which goes out to 11.9 million people, so I’m in film and television. I’m responsible for a lot of writers, illustrators and animators. Music is something which I can only do when I make time for it. I started working with them in 2008 in marketing, and I made president in 2011.

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.

The Faculty feat. Da Bounce Squad – The Cook Up
Tuesday August 21st 2012,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin',Uptown Kicking It
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The Faculty enlist Da Bounce Squad for some old fashioned Bronx Bomber action, taken from the Hard Lessons album, available through iTunes.

Video: DJ Doo Wop Freestyle @ Ted Smooth’s Old School Jam in Harlem
Monday August 13th 2012,
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“After niggas cut Biz Mark’s face I kept a couple of box cutters in the bottom of my crate”

^ Say word?

The Bouncemaster goes in at Ted Smooth‘s latest old school jam in Harlem.

Pete Rock and Smif-N-Wessun feat. Black Rob – (I’m A) Stand Up Guy

On first listen, the beats on this album sound like ‘meh’. Colour me unsurprised.

Pete Rock and Smif-N-Wessun feat. Black Rob - ‘(I’m A) Stand Up Guy’

Download: Doo Wop & The Bounce Squad – It’s Always Sunny In New York City Mixtape
Thursday June 02nd 2011,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Mix Tapes,Steady Bootleggin',Uptown Kicking It
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Here’s a collection of the previously released Bounce Squad joints from Doo Wop and Snaggapuss plus a bunch of quality guests, with a few new bits and pieces for good measure.

Doo Wop & The Bounce Squad - It’s Always Sunny In New York City


Bounce Squad feat. Black Rob – Live At The State Building

Doo Wop & Snaggapuss recruit B.R. to unleash speech over the classic ‘J.Beez Comin’ Through’ instro.

Bounce Squad feat. Black Rob - ‘Live At The State Building’

Will Vill – Operation Reacquisition
Wednesday March 02nd 2011,
Filed under: Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin',Uptown Kicking It
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New Will Vill, produced by Chaze from Grim Team.

Will Vill - ‘Operation Reacquisition’

New Big L Album Due In November
Wednesday October 13th 2010,
Filed under: Announcements,Great Moments In Rap,Rest In Peace,Uptown Kicking It
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A new collection of unreleased Big L material, titled Return of the Devil’s Son, is due next month:

‘This album is supported 100% by the Big L family.” Said Big L’s older brother Donald Phinazee “I’ve been talking about this album for the last six years and it means everything to me. This is an original Big L album and I’m excited to put my brother out. This album will show where he should have been and where he was about to go. It’s going on 12 years since he’s been gone. He would have been that one; this project will show where he should have been at’.

Return of the Devil’s Son on Distrolord/SMC Recordings will be available online and in stores November 23, 2010.

Track listing:

Download: Smiley The Ghetto Child – Rap CPR Mixtape

No leaks, no bullshit. Just 51 minutes of Bronx-bred hardcore rap from Smiley The Ghetto Child over beats from Chaze, DJ Premier, Ski Beatz, E-Blaze and more. Hosted by DJ Doo Wop, where else but Unkut Dot Com are you going to catch this first?

Download: Smiley The Ghetto Child – Rap CPR Mixtape

Streaming: Smiley The Ghetto Child – Rap CPR Mixtape

Track listing:

Video: DZILLA feat. The Diaz Brothers – I Told Y’All

Old school cameo alert!

Doo Wop & T.O.N.Y. – We Got Gunz (Solar Diss)

I heard a snippet of this last night so I had to hit Doo Wop for the full version. As you might remember, Wop was GURU’s show DJ for a few tours, so had first-hand experience with the fuckery surrounding Solar, and on this song he let’s us know the science on this snake in no uncertain terms over the classic Gangstarr beat. He’s joined by T.O.N.Y. from Minnesota, “who actually sparked the idea”, according to the Bounce Master. I’ve got a feeling we’ll be hearing some more tracks with this theme in the near future…

Doo Wop & T.O.N.Y. - ‘We Got Gunz’ [Solar Diss]

Mixtape: DJ Ron G – Mix #9

Ron G & Apache

I don’t mess with modern R&B but how can you front on the way that The Youngest In Charge did it back then? Anyone can make blends and mash-ups these days thanks to the wonders of software, but what’s fucking with what dude was doing with two turntables, a mic and a four track? Not a cot-damn thing, that’s what.

DJ Ron G – Mix #9

Respect due to whoever uploaded this…

Black Rob – In The Building
Wednesday December 16th 2009,
Filed under: Steady Bootleggin',Uptown Kicking It
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More vintage Banco off the Bet On Black tape.

Black Rob-‘In The Building’

Video: The Faculty – Yes You May [Remix] Tribute
Wednesday November 25th 2009,
Filed under: Rest In Peace,Uptown Kicking It,Video Clips
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Thanks to DJ Mike Nice for putting me onto this.

Six Black Rob Cameos

Winding-up our week of Robbie O coverage, here are some of his finest features on other people’s records…

Five Black Rob Videos
Wednesday July 29th 2009,
Filed under: Black Rob Week,Not Your Average,Uptown Kicking It,Video Clips
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Pretty standard stuff, although the ‘Whoa’ video is always worth a shot. Who’s idea was that Red Baron hat though?

‘You Don’t Know Me’

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)