Cole James Cash Feat. Kacey Parker, Kese Soprano and M-Credible – Kacey Parker
Third single from the BBW – A Pornographic Opera album. Homeboy made songs about his favorite big gals on film, now he’s rolling with one in real life. Bless you, internets.
“This is my prized track, I actually got the woman to do the introduction for the song and be on my album cover. This picture for her single was taken right in front of me. Kacey catapulted herself to Greatest BBW Of all time when she agreed to collaborate for my album. I am forever in her debt, hopefully she takes travelers checks”
Video: Your Old Droog – Just Rhymin’ With Skizz, Episode One
Good to see this fellow sporting a sensible polo shirt and a haircut you can set your watch to.
Ten Album Tracks From The 90’s That Deserved To Be Singles
A selection of tracks worthy of twelve inch status on the grounds of how great they are. The fact that I don’t own proper instrumental versions of any of these kills me a little bit inside every day.
Video: Action Bronson – Easy Rider
“I heard your bitch still wears Ecko.” Good to see Action putting that VICE paper to good use.
Challace feat. Boldy James and Big Noyd – Let You Go
Killa Kidz graduate Challace enlists Bold-Faced James and Rapper Noyd for this cut from the forthcoming Paybakzdagetbak mixtape, produced by King Benny.
Him Lo – ELO-HIM
Heard this on the new Chopped Herring mix and thought it deserved it’s own post. Him Lo explains:
“I made it bout 8 yrz ago… Done alotta deep research n studying since then so some of my viewz have changed..”
Regardless, the flow on this is exceptional and I fux with it. It’s also a million times more listenable than Ras Kass‘ “Nature of A Threat.”
Video: Ed OG – 2 Turntables and a Microphone
Pete Rock produced lead single from Ed’s next LP, After All These Years, dropping 9 September.
Domingo – The Unkut Interview
Domingo‘s latest album, Same Game, New Rules dropped this week, featuring a mixture of veteran MC’s (AZ, Kool G Rap, KRS-One) and new jacks (Chris Rivers, Kon Boogie, Joey Fattz), so I took some time out to discuss some of the highs and lows of his long career in the music game, and found out some amusing trivia about some LL Cool J and G Rap songs in the process.
Robbie: What sparked you off to start making beats?
Domingo: My uncle used to go to radio personality college and he started deejaying for a radio station in Chicago as an intern and then became a radio personality there. He would send me cassettes back of him deejaying and I was always fascinated. When he finally came back home to Brooklyn, he threw his equipment in the basement of my grandma’s house where I was living and he would DJ down there and play the drums. My uncle was very multi-talented, I would just sit there and watch him. I always remember him playing “King Tim” and then he played “Rapper’s Delight” and Kurtis Blow. When “Rapper’s Delight” came out, that’s when I was hooked. One day I started deejaying and then it transcended into me wanting to do demos and write my little raps and do battles in the street. I did my demos with two tape decks, back and forth how it used to get done, then I went on to four tracks.
What was it like growing up in East New York back then?
East New York was homicide central, like Jeru said. I grew up with Jeru, Lil’ Dap – childhood friends. A good friend of mine, his nickname is Froggy, and he’s like family to me. We always say that we “graduated.” We were lucky to live to 21. I could take you to the cemetery and show you a row of all my friends who are dead. East New York was a very rough neighborhood, man. Early childhood memories is gunshots, trains running past my house – the L train, cos my house is right near the corner on Sheppard Avenue. Growing up with my friends – my friends are still my friends to this day! And the fact that one of my good friends named Edison, who I grew up with, if it wasn’t for him putting me in his father’s Chevy Caprice Classic and telling me, “Domingo – this is you all the way! Let’s go see Marley at ‘BLS, he’s looking for people.” If he didn’t drag me there, I would’ve never met Marley.
Download: DJ Statik aka Mr Sonny James – Fly Fishing, Vol. 2 Mix
Here is the second installment of the Chopped Herring Records mix series, compiling a year and a half of limited-edition vinyl releases. You can grab a cassette version from their site, with artwork by KEO aka Lord Skotch.
Contest: Win A Redefinition Tape and Vinyl Pack
To celebrate new releases from K-Def and The Artifacts, Redefinition Records is offering the following three prize packs to US residents:
One Grand Prize:
K-Def’s Tape One (Cassette + Digital)
K-Def’s One Man Band (Vinyl)
Artifacts’s upcoming single APB (Vinyl, Cassette and Digital)
El Da Sensei‘s Try Again EP (Cassette and Vinyl)
Two Runners Up:
K-Def’s Tape One (Cassette + Digital Link)
To win, email the answers to the following questions here:
Video: Domingo Feat. M.O.P and GP100 – We Put It Down
Domingo‘s new album, Same Game, Different Rules is out on Tuesday. Be on the look-out for my extensive interview with the man to drop then.
Download: Sparkle Motion – Mega Blends Mixtape
DJ Yoda and TOBES thought it would be a good idea to blend 80’s pop with the beats from “Cold Gettin’ Dumb,” “Marley Scratch” and more. Grandmaster Vic and Ron G so proud right now.
Diamond D feat. Pete Rock – Only Way 2 Go
Second release from The Diam Piece. Will Black Rob steal the show on the LP as he did on Cormega‘s new album? Odds point to yes.
Download: Debonair P – Debonair Blends 11 [1990-1992 Megamix]
The eleventh volume of Debonair P‘s blend mixes has just dropped, this time covering the first two years of the 90’s. You can download or cop a bundle of CD’s from his Gentleman’s Relief site, which includes the exclusive Hydra Beats megamix.
Ten 90’s B-Side Deep Cuts
The good thing about actual singles was that it was possible to keep track of b-sides and such. These mp3 folders are far too confusing for old folks, so I’ve been told.
EPMD - “Brothers From Brentwood, L.I.”
Sermon’s rapping fell off seriously after the third album, but this beat and Greg Nice hook can’t be denied.
UNKT vs UPNT Soundclash – RZA & Prince Paul Productions [Gravediggaz Tribute]
Twenty years ago today, The Gravediggaz release ‘6 Feet Deep’ / ‘Niggamortis,’ and in tribute both myself and UpNorthTrips selected our top ten beats from both Prince Paul and RZA and gave them to The Vinylcologist to mix for us. Check the picks and vote for the best below…
Byron Crawford – Kanye West: Superstar Book Review
Returning with his forth book (fifth if count the Writin’ Dirty anthology, which was just a collection of Bol’s XXL posts so I don’t), Byron Crawford blesses us with another highly entertaining and surprisingly informative summary of Kanye West, the artist and fairly fucked-up human. What’s great about Kanye West: Superstar is the attention to detail in regards to Bol’s theories on why Kanye has acted increasingly bat-shit crazy over the course of his career. I won’t give away the game at this stage, but it’s pretty water tight from where I stand. The book also documents the way in which Bol and Kanye have had a major impact on each others careers up to this point, from the legendary “Ban Kanye From The Grammys” movement (which I’m proud to say I was involved in as a contributor to the site), jokingly suggesting that his readers “hunt and kill” Kanye’s late mother (before her untimely demise) and a litany of jokes relating to Ray J‘s “package” (nullus) and how many black guys that the Kardashian sisters have “gotten off.”
Stream: Doo Wop – Mixtapes Not Dead, Pt. 2
Doo Wop with a quick follow-up to his Mixtape Not Dead tape, with a mix of new tracks and exclusive freestyles.