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
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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?



Cole James Cash Discusses Making The BBW Album
Thursday October 09th 2014,
Filed under: Def Dames,Features,Interviews
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Cole James Cash proves that being a homeless, recovering drug addict who wears a mask is no obstacle to making rap albums and hanging with XXXL XXX gals.

Robbie: Tell me about the BBW album?

Cole James Cash: I was trying to make the shit sound romantic, as ridiculous as it sounds. I was trying to bring a theme of romance, which is why you hear a lot of soft and very melodic type samples.

Were there many BBW porn stars that you wanted involved on the album that refused?

Not so much refused as ignored. [laughs] When we did the song named after Karla Lane, that’s when Kacey Parker was like, ‘I would like a song!’ That’s when she threw her support completely behind it. Everything from being on the cover to doing the intro. She went out of her way yo help me and she didn’t have to. I asked Sophia Rose and she straight ignored every email I sent.
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Hus Kingpin – Playoffs

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Roc Marciano is on the beat for this new Hus Kingpin track.

via Noisey.



Download: The Dr. Butcher Production Collection

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Dr. Butcher, who you may remember as the guy who did all the scratching on Kool G Rap‘s second album (as well as rapping at the end of ‘Jive Talk’), has also contributed a number of wonderfully brooding soundtracks for MF Grimm, Akinyele and G Rap to unleash speech over. Here are fifteen of my favorites.

Download: The Dr. Butcher Production Collection

Track list:
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Download: Debonair P – Debonair Blends 12 [1992-1994 Hip Hop Megamix]

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Debonair P goes deep once again, this time focusing on 92-94 and unearthing a few tracks I’d never heard before. Stream, download or cop the CD.



Stream: K-Def and The 45 King – Back To The Beat Album
Tuesday October 07th 2014,
Filed under: 45 Kings,Jersey? Sure!,Non-Rapper Dudes,Steady Bootleggin',Streaming-Only
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Two of New Jersey’s finest beatsmiths, The 45 King and K-Def, have teamed-up for this new instrumental project. Orange vinyl is available here. Spotted at GRNDGD.



Download: Drasar Monumental – Broadcast #3 Mix
Tuesday October 07th 2014,
Filed under: DJ Mixes,Free Ninety-Nine,Samplers,Steady Bootleggin'
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Drasar Monumental aka SHAMZ has dropped this mix to promote the third installment of his Good Morning Vietnam albums with MF Grimm. You can catch snippets and pre-order he vinyl over here.

Download: Drasar Monumental – Broadcast #3 Mix

Track list:
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Download: Cole James Cash – BBW A Pornographic Opera Album

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The latest release on CRC Records “tells the saga of various Big Beautiful pornographic actresses and their stories narrated by various rappers. Backed by melodic production and storytelling dedicated to all of the best and beautiful big girls who fornicate on film.”

I’ll be posting an interview with Cole James Cash discussing how he put this album together, but in the meantime, stream or download this dedication to chubby chicas.

Back cover:
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Is MC Serch fronting about discovering Nas?
Sunday October 05th 2014,
Filed under: Great Moments In Rap,The 90's Files
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Here’s a little something from the Unkut archives with producer T-Ray discussing how MC Serch became involved with Nas‘ career when he started out in the music business. There seem to be some major discrepancies between some of the key details when compared to Serch’s version of events…

T-Ray: MC Serch tried to claim a lot of times that he found Nas. He had just come out on ‘Live At The BBQ,’ but when I was producing MC Serch I was doing a song called ‘Back To The Grill Again.’ It was just MC Serch with Chubb Rock, and the track was just so fuckin’ happy – at that time, happy tracks were kinda cool, but that track was really happy – and I liked darker tracks, but Serch wanted to use that track so I was cool with it. But then when I heard Serch and Chubb Rock I said, ‘Damn, both of these guys kinda have passed their prime, I need some new blood on here. Someone who’s more street.’ So I called up every unknown MC at the time, including Percee-P, including Nas, including Akinyele and a few others, like maybe four or five others. The original version of ‘Back To The Grill Again’ had maybe eight rappers on it. I told ‘em, ‘Whoever does the best is gonna get on the record.’ So we did a whole version with Akinyele and everybody on it, and Nas just destroyed it! So Nas, in a sense, won the position and he got on the record. It was literally a recording battle.
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Master Ace – Howard Park [1987 Demo]
Thursday October 02nd 2014,
Filed under: Demo Week,Marley Marl Special,Tape Vaults,The 80's Files
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After that ‘My Melody’ remix sent me down the radio rip rabbit hole, I also stumbled onto this 1987 demo from Masta Ace from the same episode. Great work as always, Will C.



Eric B & Rakim – My Melody [Unreleased Marley Marl Remix]

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Once again proving my theory that 1986 was the best year for rap, the good folks at ego trip just uncovered this rap relic over at Mark McDonald’s Soundcloud page.

Will C. also posted this mix back in 2011, although I can’t tell if the ‘Art of Love’ sample that comes in at the 0:54 second mark is blended in or part of the track.



Non-Rapper Dudes Series – Akili Walker Interview
Thursday October 02nd 2014,
Filed under: Features,Interviews,Non-Rapper Dudes,Not Your Average,The 80's Files
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The always under-appreciated role of the engineer, both in the studio and on tour, is always a fascinating one. Akili Walker, who has worked with everyone from hip-hop production legend Larry Smith to James Brown, Eddie Kendricks, Kurtis Blow, Prince, George Clinton and LL Cool J, took some time out after the release of his new book, Turn The Horns On, to recall some of his best memories behind the boards.

Robbie: Where about did you grow up?

Akili Walker: I grew up in Freeport, Long Island, right next to Chuck D and Flavor Flav. We were like a mile from each other, they grew up in Roosevelt, but they’re a little younger than I was.

Are you a recording engineer by trade?

I’m an audio engineer, I switch between the studio and on the road. I was a musician at an early age – I was a drummer when I was thirteen. I won the ‘Battle of the Bands’ with my band and we was in the Musicians Union of New York at the age of thirteen. My father was an audiophile, he loved music and he had a large jazz collection and an expensive stereo. My drumming career ended when I was sixteen. I stopped drumming to join the hippy generation and do drugs.
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Stream: Diamond D – The Diam Piece Album

Empire Music have posted the new Diamond album on their YouTube channel for your enjoyment. Here’s a re-up of D-Squizzy’s track-by-track breakdown of the album here while you listen. Available now on CD and digital.

Diamond D: It’s more or less a production LP, about two and a half years it took. A lot of tracks I didn’t even use. I had about 27 tracks but I only used 18. Some of the artists I was in the studio with, and others – because of their touring schedule and my touring schedule – I just sent them music and they sent me the session back. If the track that I give them has a sample in it that’s giving it direction then they’ll follow that. If there is no sample or concept at the beginning I just let the MC’s paint their own pictures and try to figure out how can make it connect. I use a lot more live instrumentation now. I still chop and manipulate samples, but my sound just sounds bigger now. Just using better equipment so the sample frequencies are better.

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Video: Tragedy, Cormega and Royal Flush Live At Webster Hall

Lat night’s Saigon and Illa Ghee show was apparently this is the first time that ‘They Forced My Hand’ has been performed live.



Eddie Cheeba – Swim In A Drought
Tuesday September 30th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Hoody Rap Ain't Dead,Steady Bootleggin'
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A P Brothers sure shot featuring Eddie Cheeba from the BX. This isn’t the full version but it’ll do for now.



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
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Another mystery solved.

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



That Shit I Don’t Like: Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star Album
Monday September 29th 2014,
Filed under: Albums,Features,The Unkut Opinion
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The Rawkus era, so fondly remembered by misty-eyed hip-hop forum regulars as some kind of third golden era, left me largely nonplussed at the time and with the steady passage of time passing us by, many of those records haven’t aged well at all. I was all about Hydra Entertainment and Tru Criminal, personally, but I did have an unfortunate run-in with the horrendously overrated Black Star LP after a buddy of mine who worked in a record store recommended it to me while I was ordering second-hand Big Noyd singles. After the records arrived in the mail and I threw on the Mos Def and Talib Kweli album, which certainly looked the business courtesy of Brent Rollins sharp artwork. I was then subjected to what can only be described as the most disappointing album purchase since I copped the first Arabian Prince album.

Let me break it down the issues I have with this record, one at a time:

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Stream: Cut Chemist – Mix By Jimmy
Monday September 29th 2014,
Filed under: Crates,DJ Mixes,Steady Bootleggin',The 80's Files
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This shit is incredible.

Cut Chemist sez:

“Take a peak into the exclusive material from hip hop pioneer DJ Afrika Bambaataa. ‘Mix By Jimmy’ features recordings Bambaataa had pressed to acetate for spinning live at shows in the late 70’s and early 80’s. This mix includes entirely unreleased material along with demo versions of hits like ‘Looking For The Perfect Beat,’ ‘Renegades of Funk’ and ‘Planet Rock.’ Listen and take a trip through the deepest part of the most important music collection of our time.”

Thanks to egotripland for the tip.



Video: Ruc Da Jakel aka Mr. QB feat. Tragedy Khadafi – QB’s Own
Sunday September 28th 2014,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Tragedy Special,Video Clips
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New joint from Roc Da Jakel‘s I Am Queensbridge project, featuring Tragedy.



CRC/Burn Garments – 24 Hour Sale
Sunday September 28th 2014,
Filed under: Announcements,Counter Strike - The Unkut Mixtape,Run Ya Garments
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All current stock reduced to $30 for t-shirts and $55 for sweatshirts for the next 24 hours. Free shipping and a copy of the Counterstrike 2 CD with every order.

CRC/Burn Garments – 24 Hour Sale