No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Pain of the Ignored Diss Record
Thursday July 30th 2015,
Filed under: Features,Forgotten Beefs,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

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Nothing worse than pouring your heart and soul into shitting on another rapper only to be greeted by deathly silence.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Pain of the Ignored Diss Record



The New Music Seminar Battle For World Supremacy: An Oral History
Friday July 24th 2015,
Filed under: Features,In The Trenches,The 80's Files,Web Work
Written by:

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The NMS Battle for World Supremacy was the place to be if you wanted make a name for yourself in the late 80s. Here are some of those involved reporting directly from the front line…

The New Music Seminar Battle For World Supremacy: An Oral History



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Drawn-Out Demise of the Diss Record
Thursday July 23rd 2015,
Filed under: Features,Internets,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

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As the WWF (World of [W]rap Fuckery) continues to flourish, I can’t help but pine for the days when rappers would make actual diss songs in between the theatrics.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Drawn-Out Demise of the Diss Record



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Sugar Hill Records – The Hit Factory That Robbed Everybody Blind

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Following the death of Joey Robinson Jnr. this week, I take a look at how his family’s legacy of great music and bad business.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Sugar Hill Records – The Hit Factory That Robbed Everybody Blind



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rap Dynasties That Deserve A Biopic
Thursday July 09th 2015,
Filed under: Features,Great Moments In Rap,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

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What the world clearly needs is more poorly-acted dramatizations of great rap groups.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rap Dynasties That Deserve A Biopic



Kool G Rap’s The Giancana Story: An Oral History
Tuesday July 07th 2015,
Filed under: Features,G Rap Week,Oral Histories,The 00's Files,Web Work
Written by:

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Here’s a look back at the ill-fated marriage between Kool G Rap and Rawkus Records that I put together for Red Bull Music Academy Daily:

Kool G Rap’s The Giancana Story: An Oral History



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Why Every ‘Greatest Rapper of All-Time’ Discussion Is Wrong
Thursday July 02nd 2015,
Filed under: Features,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,The Unkut Opinion,Web Work
Written by:

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Does. Not. Compute.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Why Every ‘Greatest Rapper of All-Time’ Discussion Is Wrong



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Boardroom Beatdowns
Friday June 26th 2015,
Filed under: Beantown,Mash Out,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

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Baseball bats > record contracts.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Boardroom Beatdowns



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rappers That Refused To Fall Off
Thursday June 18th 2015,
Filed under: No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

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Most rappers fall off after a certain time. These re the exceptions.

No Country For Old Men: Rappers That Refused To Fall Off



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: How Mentally Ill Rappers Often Make The Illest Music
Thursday June 11th 2015,
Filed under: Features,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

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Rejected titles for this piece include ‘My Mind’s Playing Tricks On Me,’ ‘Mentalists Making Magnificent Music’ and ‘Insane In The Membrane: Great Rappers With Poor Mental Health.’

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: How Mentally Ill Rappers Often Make The Illest Music



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Twelve Examples of Unholy Rap Crossovers with Rock Stars
Thursday June 04th 2015,
Filed under: Listicles,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

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AKA ‘How Run-DMC and Aerosmith fucked it up for everybody.’

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Twelve Examples of Unholy Rap Crossovers with Rock Stars



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Selective Memory of Rap Fans

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A.K.A. Where were the celebrations and think-pieces for the twentieth anniversary of To The East, Blackwards?

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Selective Memory of Rap Fans



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Fifteen Years On – Remembering The Marshall Mathers LP
Thursday May 21st 2015,
Filed under: Cracker Rap,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,The 00's Files,Web Work
Written by:

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Eminem‘s second major label album cemented him as a rap superstar. But does it still hold up in 2015?

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Fifteen Years On – Remembering The Marshall Mathers LP



The Avengers’ Age of Analog: The Power Records Story
Friday May 15th 2015,
Filed under: Crates,Features,Web Work
Written by:

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If you’re nerdy enough to collect records and comics, then the Power Records catalog would be your holy grail. In my newest Cuepoint article, I’ve researched the label responsible for some classic childhood memories and some great samples for rap records.

The Avengers’ Age of Analog: The Power Records Story

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No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rap Songs (Not) For Your Moms
Thursday May 07th 2015,
Filed under: No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work,Ya Moms
Written by:

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With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, here are a few tunes you might want to ensure don’t come up on the car stereo while your driving your the woman who brought you into this world to lunch, else she decide to remove you from the face of the planet in a lot less time – or just scold you like you still wear short pants.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rap Songs (Not) For Your Moms



Gettin’ Kinda Hectic: Snap! and Chill Rob G’s Epic ‘Power’ Struggle

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Newest latest for the good people at Cuepoint is an in-depth look at the story behind Snap! and ‘The Power,’ covering Chill Rob G‘s response, how Penny Ford was recruited to add new vocals and an unfortunate incident involving Turbo B and some drag queens in Boston.

Gettin’ Kinda Hectic: Snap! and Chill Rob G’s Epic ‘Power’ Struggle



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: A Salute To Rap Collectables
Friday April 24th 2015,
Filed under: Collectables,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

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When you need more pointless crap to clutter your basement, add this stuff.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: A Salute To Rap Collectables



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Too white for Kendrick, not white enough for Bronson?
Wednesday April 08th 2015,
Filed under: Cracker Rap,Down Under Blunders,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

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My annual attempt at writing something vaguely serious about rap writing. Normal service will resume shortly.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Too white for Kendrick, not white enough for Bronson?



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: To Review A Butterfly
Friday March 20th 2015,
Filed under: Albums,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Reviews,The Unkut Opinion,Web Work
Written by:

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The new web editor over at Acclaim asked for me to write about the new Kendrick Lamar album. I attempted to keep an open mind as best I could.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: To Review A Butterfly



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Why Executive Producers Matter (Sometimes)
Monday March 16th 2015,
Filed under: No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

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Maybe some of those mountain climbers who played electric guitars weren’t so bad after all?

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Why Executive Producers Matter (Sometimes)



Ultimate Breaks and Beats: An Oral History

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Photo: K-Prince.

This one has been cooking up for long time now, but it’s finally out of the oven and ready to throw on your plate with a side of mash – the history of the Ultimate Breaks and Beats series told by the people who put them together and some of the DJ’s and producers they went on to influence:

Ultimate Breaks and Beats: An Oral History

Shout out to Shecky Green and the design team at Cuepoint for turning it into a multimedia masterpiece and whatnot.



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rap TV Shows That Need To Happen
Friday March 06th 2015,
Filed under: No Country For Old (Rap) Men,TV,Web Work
Written by:

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Some ideas for VH-1’s next ratings period…

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rap TV Shows That Need To Happen



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Nas – Live At The Forum, Melbourne

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Last weekend I caught Nas rapping in front of an audience. Due to some kind of review embargo, this is only running now. *shrugs*

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Nas – Live At The Forum, Melbourne



O.C. – The Unkut Interview
Thursday January 22nd 2015,
Filed under: BK All Day,Features,Interviews,Rap Veterans,Web Work
Written by:

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Working through my list of D.I.T.C. members to interview (only Fat Joe, Buckwild and O.Gee remaining), I got to talk shop with O.C. recently to ask the question that’s been burning my soul slow since 1994 – why didn’t he use that Rakim sample on ‘Time’s Up’!?

O.C. – The Unkut Interview

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No Country For Old (Rap) Men – DJ Premier Closes The Doors of D&D Studios: An End Of An Era
Friday January 16th 2015,
Filed under: Features,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,The 90's Files,Web Work
Written by:

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Where I get all misty eyed for my long-forgotten youth…

No Country For Old (Rap) Men – DJ Premier Closes The Doors of D&D Studios: An End Of An Era