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:

kendrick-lamar-x-leveled-magazine-by-ben-miller-9

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:

oldport

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:

Will Smith TV Guide

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

nasdamianhightimes

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:

O.C.

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:

D&D Studios

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



No Country For Old (Rap) Men – A Better Season Tomorrow?
Monday December 22nd 2014,
Filed under: No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work,Wu-Tang Is For The Children
Written by:

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Who made the best Drunk Uncle Rap for 2014?

No Country For Old (Rap) Men – A Better Season Tomorrow?



The RZA – The Unkut Interview
Friday December 19th 2014,
Filed under: Features,Interviews,Web Work,Wu-Tang Is For The Children
Written by:

RZA Ol Dirty

The mastermind responsible for the mighty Wu-Tang has finally reunited with the original crew to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a new album and a new approach. The RZA has been more focused on the film world in recent years, but it seemed like the perfect time to talk about his founding days and what lead up to him creating the infamous Wu-Tang sound, which reminded the rap world of it’s humble beginnings in the basement during a time when everything was getting a little too polished.

Robbie: What sparked you off to want to start making music?

RZA: My cousin, the GZA, had took me to a block party. I probably was 8 years-old, and the DJ was deejaying and somebody had grabbed the microphone and was saying some lyrics like, ‘Dip, dip, dive. so-socialize/Clean out your ears and you open your eyes.’ I started repeatin’ that, and a year later the GZA – he’s three or four years older than me – he started making his little rhymes, him and his homeboys were trying to make their little DJ set, and I would watch them. At the age of nine, the first rap record comes on the radio – Sugarhill Gang. When that happened I knew that’s what I was gonna do, I knew that I’m gonna have my voice on the radio, because they proved to me that it was possible.
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No Country For Old (Rap) Men: A Brief History of Posse Cuts
Monday December 01st 2014,
Filed under: No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

YoungerBroPosse1876

Craig Mack messed it up for everybody…

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: A Brief History of Posse Cuts



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Sorry M.O.P, I’m Finally Tapping Out
Friday November 21st 2014,
Filed under: Mash Out,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Shit I Don't Like,Web Work
Written by:

NSD165MTS

I wrote this shedding a river of ice-cold thug tears.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Sorry M.O.P, I’m Finally Tapping Out



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Worst People Associated With Hip-Hop

Volcano Crater

My latest shit-list of people who deserve to be shoved into an active volcano.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Worst People Associated With Hip-Hop



Angie Stone aka Angie B [The Sequence] – The Unkut Interview
Wednesday October 22nd 2014,
Filed under: Def Dames,Interviews,Not Your Average,The 80's Files,Web Work
Written by:

the-sequence_thelavalizard

It’s taken me ten years to interview a female rapper on these pages, which either means this marks the onset of ‘progressive’ thinking in my old age or I’m a natural born rap misogynist. Either way, during the limited window of time I had to talk with Angie we kicked it about her days in The Sequence and she shared an eye-opening story about her involvement with The Roxy.

Angie Stone – The Unkut Interview

Video of The Sequence performing ‘Simon Says’ on the Job Man Caravan show:
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The Triumphs and Tragedies of Larry Smith

Larry Smith

Please head over to Medium where you can read my first piece for Cue Point, a collection of long-form music features curated by Jonathon Shecter aka Shecky Green.

The Triumphs and Tragedies of Larry Smith

‘Best of Larry Smith’ playlist:
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No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Who are the most likeable characters in rap?
Friday October 10th 2014,
Filed under: Features,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Not Your Average,Web Work
Written by:

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Here’s a list of rapper dudes that I have absolutely no complaints about.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Who are the most likeable characters in rap?



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Why Is Live Rap Such A Let-Down?
Tuesday September 30th 2014,
Filed under: Is It Live Or Is It Memorex?,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

Wu_Tang_Clan_on_Stage

Another mystery solved.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Why Is Live Rap Such A Let-Down?



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: A Brief History of Porn Rap
Monday September 15th 2014,
Filed under: Def Dames,Features,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

djpolo

Coolio‘s back but there’s no sign of DJ Crazy Toones. Speaking of which, why is Wikipedia telling me that the MADD Circle made an album this year and then broke-up again?

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: A Brief History of Porn Rap



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Thin Line Between Imitation and Biting

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Weighing in on the usual complaints about Action and Droog…

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Thin Line Between Imitation and Biting



No Country For Old (Rap) Men – Why Criminal Minded and Critical Beatdown Are Both The Greatest Rap Album Ever Made

ultramagneticmcs88

The penny finally dropped as to why I couldn’t pick between my two favorite rap albums…

No Country For Old (Rap) Men – Why Criminal Minded and Critical Beatdown Are Both The Greatest Rap Album Ever Made



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: How Droog, Rast and Two DJ’s From Nottingham Brought NY Back

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Cue my annual token “positive” article aka shameless jocking aka got a little gassed.

No Country For (Old) Rap Men: How Droog, Rast and Two DJ’s From Nottingham Brought NY Back



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

camron-killa-season

It was all good just a year ago…

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



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Worst of Cheque Cashed Rap
Friday July 04th 2014,
Filed under: Douche Hammers,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Sizzle-chest,Web Work
Written by:

ty2-1024x1024

Looking at some of the most painful Payola Raps in recent memory…

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Worst of Cheques Cashed Rap



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rap Game Scooby Droog

SantaBigfoot

So many rap dummies, so little time…

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rap Game Scooby Droog



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: G-Unit Is Still A Wash

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Can Curtis Still Cut The Mustard In 2014 Or Nah?

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: G-Unit Is Still A Wash



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Did We Expect Too Much From Hip-Hop?

tohh2

There’s a lot of talk about what rap should and shouldn’t have done, but why does it having to do anything beyond being great?

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Did We Expect Too Much From Hip-Hop?