Video: Apollo Brown feat. Roc Marciano – Lonely & Cold
Bonus points for the Le Coq Sportif reference, although Marciano apparently wasn’t able to make it to the video shoot on some ol’ LL-missing-the-“Rampage”-clip type shit. Taken from the Thirty Eight LP.
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.
Video: Big Twins and Pryvet Peepsho – Complex
Big Twins Gambino gets his Google on while discussing the ups and downs of the Mobb Deep and Infamous Mobb fall-outs. Produced by Tony AG.
Video: DJ Skizz feat. Roc Marciano, AG, OC, & Godfather Pt. III – Light Years
Rap Game Superfriends (if you ignore Mad Skillz’ old crew), from last year’s BQE LP.
Video: J-Love – The Fakeness
The lesson from this video? Never to get J-Love to sign your CD’s…
Video: Ka & Preservation – Still Heir
First video from the 1200 BC EP is business as usual from the rapping fireman – b&w visuals and low-key rap hands.
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.
DJ King Shameek – The Unkut Interview
Having returned to the music game five years ago after an extended hiatus, DJ King Shameek is back rocking clubs on a regular basis in New Jersey and beyond, but you most likely first saw him do his thing with Twin Hype for their dance floor classic “Do It To The Crowd.” Shameek took some time out of his schedule to talk about his roots as a DJ and early production techniques, King Sun vs. Ice Cube and his involvement with the mysterious diss record “The Truth” in 1999, which may have inspired 50 Cent‘s “How To Rob.”
Robbie: What made you want to take deejaying seriously?
DJ King Shameek: I was living in California at the time – I’m originally from New Jersey – but my uncle was at a legendary club in Newark, NJ called The Zanibar, so every time he used to come to California he would always bring a couple of records and give me some stuff, and I would see photographs of him deejaying. That’s when I really started trying to persue it a little more, get turntables and stuff like that. This is when they didn’t even have a mixer with a cross-fader yet. I was getting these microphone mixers that just had the faders up and down, so I would just sit there with a left and a right, putting one up and then putting the other one down! It was hilarious if you think about it now. I was always collecting records and I inherited records from my parents – they brought me up on a lotta Motown stuff and some Spanish stuff here and there. I was preparing myself in my adolescent years, toying around with my father’s record player, trying to scratch on them! [laughs] I would try to do that when he wasn’t watching. I ended up leaving California in ’87. Before that I was just doing a few gigs by being featured here and there, it wasn’t until I came here that I started producing and deejaying professionally.
Video: 45 King Plays His Demo Beats on 45
Pretty much self-explanatory, from a series of twelve 7 inch singles that will be released over two months. Note the 45 King slip mats courtesy of BBP.
Video: Ruc Da Jackel feat. Blaq Poet – Catch Your Drift
New clip from former Killa Kid Ruc Da Jackel as he recruits QB legend Blaq Poet to bless the booth.
Video: D.I.T.C Ent. – South Bronx
This is an expanded version of Showbiz & AG‘s last team-up with DJ Premier from the Mugshot Music: Preloaded album, adding on verses from A-Bless, Tashane and Majestic Gage.
Video: Crate Diggers – Tim Westwood’s Vinyl Collection
Clearly need to send Mr. Westwood a properly fitted Conservative Rap Coalition polo in the near future.
A Tribute To Father Shaheed of PRT
DJ Father Shaheed of Poor Righteous Teachers was killed in an accident while riding his motorbike on 26 May, 2014. After releasing “Time To Say Peace” on the independent North Side Records in 1989, Wise Intelligent, Culture Freedom and Father Shaheed (who was going by the handle of Devine on the original pressing), they were picked up by Profile Records, who re-issued the single with a remix and followed up with the Holy Intellect LP the following year. This contained what turned-out to be their breakout single – “Rock This Funky Joint.” Offering perhaps the rawest 5% rhetoric of the era over addictive rhythms, PRT made quite an impression and quickly gained a loyal fanbase. Their manager at the time, Kevon Glickman, who I interviewed in 2007, had this to say:
Video: DJ Premier feat. AG – Bars In The Booth
The Giant pays a visit to Premier’s lab for some Bronx bars.
Video: R.A. The Rugged Man – Definition Of A Rap Flow (Albee 3000)
Good to see someone finally doing The Wop correctly. Only thing that could have made this clip better would have been a Robbie Rap Handz cameo.
Video: Innocent? – Aggravated
BK resident Innocent? has been blessed with a superb Fantom of the Beat (aka Haas G) beat and a suitably low-budget video in preparation for the Love it or Hate it LP.
The Legion Drop A New Album, Video and Remix
Bronx trio The Legion have just dropped The Lost Tapes LP, which is a mixture of new and unreleased material, as well as a few b-sides (such as the incredible “Freestyle Demolition”) and remixes. Here’s the Confidence remix of “Stero” and the video for the new single, “For New.”
“For You” Video and track listing:
Video: Mobb Deep feat. Big Noyd – Itinerary
Second release from DJ Jean Maron‘s True School project reunites Hav and P with Rapper Noyd.
Video: Mic Handz feat. Lil’ Fame – Don’t Get Stomped
Some of that good old Punch Your Moms In The Face Rap, with the obligatory Fizzy Womack feature. Produced by Aaron “Freedom” Lyles.