Illa Ghee – The Unkut Interview
Friday July 04th 2014,
Filed under: BK All Day,In The Trenches,Interviews
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Illa Ghee was known as a Mobb Deep affiliate in the early days of his career, having appeared on Hell On Earth as General G, but his latest LP, Social Graffiti, has allowed him to free himself of any constraints and push his rhymes beyond well-worn street themes. While he was riding the subway the other night, we chopped it up about his early days and how Super Lover Cee inadvertently ended his cousin’s rap career.

What were you doing before you worked with Mobb Deep and Alchemist?

I was still rhyming, but I was more into the street life at the time. I went to school with Prodigy, they got cool with Alchemist and by the time I came home from jail Alchemist was hanging with them all the time so I started linking up with Alchemist too. My first actual CD I put together was called Body Music and most of the production on that was done by me. That was 2003.

Were you taking rhyming seriously at that stage?

I just wanted to rhyme on the radio! There was a show – Pete Rock and Marley Marl – at the time that was on the radio. That’s where most of the things I wrote were pretty much aimed at, just getting on the radio and lose my mind.
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Stream: Alchemix 2 – 10 More Years Of Alchemist (2004-2014)

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Photo: Benjamin Button

After I posted this response to Up North Trips’ Alchemix, United Crates laced a proper mixed version of my selections of Alchemist’s best beats from the past decade.

Download: Alchemix 2 – 10 More Years Of Alchemist (2004-2014)

Mixed by United Crates.

Track listing:
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Buze Brovaz feat. Sadat X – 100 Proof

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Fresh off lacing the Counterstrike 2 tape with an exclusive burner, Him-Lo has thrown me a new track with his brother Clever One and The Great Dot X, aka three seasoned gentlemen who will drink you under the table without a second thought.



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.



Download: Cole James Cash – Rap Republicans mixtape

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Cole James Cash just posted a new mix over at the new CRC HQ titled Rap Republicans, featuring remixes and blends speaking on the state of the rap nation.

Download: Cole James Cash – Rap Republicans mixtape



CRC-Approved Rap: July 2014 Edition

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Here’s that monthly round-up of six tracks that slipped through the cracks of getting posted this month but still delivered that non-progressive rap feel that we appreciate around these parts. Don’t miss out on the new CRC crew necks and tees either…
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Alchemix – The Unkut Remix [Minus Actual Mixing]

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After checking out the Up North Trips mix with their picks for the best Alan The Chemist beats from the past ten years, I couldn’t resist responding with my own personal selections from the past decade of work from the house of ALC.

Update: Mixed version can be found here, thanks to United Crates.
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Stream: Alchemix – 10 Years of Alchemist (2004-2014)
Monday June 30th 2014,
Filed under: Alan The Chemist,DJ Mixes,Internets,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Can’t say I agree with all of these choices but this is a great mix regardless. Might have to compile my own list in response…

Ev Boogie sez:

Today marks the 10th Anniversary of Alchemist’s debut solo, 1st Infantry. To celebrate A-L-C’s decade of dope, we put together ten years worth of Alc bangers, from 2004- 20134. For each year, we picked one of our favorite Alc joints (not easy to do) and put together our own, Alchemix. Mixed by United Crates.

Track listing:
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AZ – Red Magic

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“Been a beast since the Octopus breakbeats.” AZ continues to maintain his CRC-approved status – he’s been rapping exactly the same way for twenty years, just the way we like it. He really needs to bless this UK 80′s R&B banger one of these days though…



Busta Rhymes feat. Eminem – Calm Down

Who’d thunk it? Scoop DeVille flips the intro horns from “Jump Around” for Bussa Bus and Slim Shady to get unleash speech over. File under: Surprisingly enjoyable.



Run Ya Garments: New Unkut/CRC gear available
Monday June 30th 2014,
Filed under: Announcements,Conservative Rap Coalition,Run Ya Garments
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Enjoyed the abrasive, non-progressive rap sounds of the Counterstrike 2 mixtape and want a copy on CD for the shelf/car/boom box? Well fret no longer sports fans, as you can cop a jewel cased edition of it when you purchase a Conservative Rap Coalition polo, t-shirt or windcheater over at the all new Unkut/CRC Garment Renaissance store. We’re also offering free shipping worldwide, which means that all you non-collar sporting types can finally rep the mighty CRC like a trooper.



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.



Illa Ghee feat. Sean Price – Speak To ‘Em

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Another cut from Illa Ghee‘s Social Graffiti LP, which drops 8 July. Look out for my interview with Ghee next week.



Pre-Order: Brian Coleman – Check The Technique Volume 2 Book
Thursday June 26th 2014,
Filed under: Announcements,Art of Facts,Books
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The third book in Brian Coleman‘s Rakim Told Me series is dropping in October, and by all accounts Brian has stepped up his game even further on this volume. Covering the stories behind the creation of another 25 important hip-hop albums, the book ships with a special 7″ single of Smif ‘N Wessun‘s “Home Sweet Home” if you pre-order through Get On Down.

In the meantime, check the chapter list below and head over to Mr. Coleman’s Medium site to preview a couple of chapters.

Full chapters list of Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies:
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Apollo Brown feat. Roc Marciano – Shotguns In Hell
Thursday June 26th 2014,
Filed under: Marcberg Season,Steady Bootleggin',Strong Island
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This is the other Marcy feature from Apollo Brown‘s Thirty Eight LP.



Download: Counterstrike 2 – A Decade of Unkut Mixtape

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To celebrate ten years of cold gettin’ dumb on you crumbs, Unkut Dot Com is proud to present over 50 minutes of new, exclusive Conservative Rap Coalition approved rap, plus a few bonus snippets from some of my favourite interview moments. With contributions from veterans such as Grand Daddy IU, Chubb Rock and Craig G, as well as new favourites like Willie The Kid, Him-Lo and Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire. With original beats from producers such as K-Def, Ahmed, Marco Polo and Confidence, this mixtape also brings the first new material from K-Otix and Real Live (K-Def and Larry-O) in years. Counterstrike 2 has been mixed by Crate Cartel‘s Discourse, with the artwork designed by Flick of BURN Crew.

Download: Counterstrike 2 – A Decade of Unkut Mixtape

Free CD version now available with every purchase of our new range of t-shirts and crewneck sweaters.

You can still grab 2010′s Counterstrike from here, by the way,

Back cover/track listing:

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Stream: Big Rec – Doomsday Album [Produced by Diamond D]
Wednesday June 25th 2014,
Filed under: Albums,Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin',Streaming-Only
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Check the debut LP from new Diamond D discovery Big Rec from Oklahoma, produced entirely by the “Best Producer On The Mic” himself. Stand-out for me was the “NO 2 NC” which flips the same loop that Godfather Don used on “Seeds of Hate.” Cop it over at iTunes.



The Combat Jack Show – The Freddie Foxxx Episode

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Freddie Foxxx chops it up with Combat Jack, recalling the story about his battle against Kane that he shared with Unkut back in 2009 and some stories about his days rolling with Eric B.



Domingo feat. M.O.P and GP100 – We Put It Down

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No idea who GP100 is but there’s never a bad time for a new Mash Out Posse appearance. Taken from Domingo‘s forthcoming Same Game, Different Rules LP.



$amhill – Hustler’s Holiday
Tuesday June 24th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Hoody Rap Ain't Dead,Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin'
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Another loosie from Bronx bomber $amhill, Jean Duvall on the beat.