Download: DJ Statik aka Mr Sonny James – Fly Fishing, Vol. 2 Mix
Monday August 18th 2014,
Filed under: Blend Tapes,DJ Mixes,Mix Tapes,Steady Bootleggin'
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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.

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

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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



Contest: Win A Redefinition Tape and Vinyl Pack
Monday August 18th 2014,
Filed under: Art of Facts,Competitions,Jersey? Sure!,Not Your Average
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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:

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Video: Domingo Feat. M.O.P and GP100 – We Put It Down
Monday August 18th 2014,
Filed under: BK All Day,Hoody Rap Ain't Dead,Mash Out,Video Clips
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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
Thursday August 14th 2014,
Filed under: Blend Tapes,DJ Mixes,London Blokes,Mix Tapes,Steady Bootleggin'
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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.

Track list:
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Diamond D feat. Pete Rock – Only Way 2 Go
Thursday August 14th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin'
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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]

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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
Tuesday August 12th 2014,
Filed under: Listicles,Not Your Average,Steady Bootleggin',The 90's Files
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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.
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UNKT vs UPNT Soundclash – RZA & Prince Paul Productions [Gravediggaz Tribute]

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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…

Unkut Picks:

UpNorthTrips Picks:
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Byron Crawford – Kanye West: Superstar Book Review
Friday August 08th 2014,
Filed under: Books,Internets,Reviews
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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.”
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Stream: Doo Wop – Mixtapes Not Dead, Pt. 2

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Doo Wop with a quick follow-up to his Mixtape Not Dead tape, with a mix of new tracks and exclusive freestyles.

Track list:
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Rob Unkut discussing Nas’ Illmatic at the Melbourne International Film Festival

I repped the Conservative Rap Coalition position on the importance of the Illmatic album in front of an audience at The Forum yesterday. Stream below.

Unkut speaks about Nas’ Illmatic at the Melbourne International Film Festival



Video: Spesh feat. Kool G Rap – The Meeting
Wednesday August 06th 2014,
Filed under: G Rap Week,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Video Clips
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G Rap just directed the video to this feature he did a few months ago. Apart from the Conservative Rap Coalition violation that is Spesh‘s bedazzled t-shirt, this is good stuff.



Stream: DJ Sheep – Winter Bluntz Three
Wednesday August 06th 2014,
Filed under: DJ Mixes,Down Under Blunders,Steady Bootleggin',Streaming-Only
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The final chapter in Sheep’s trilogy of mixes, this edition features:

“Drum breaks off live 1970′s concert cassettes, kids TV show stuff, libraries, a lot of Australian, Japanese, African, Czech, Polish, Thai, Chinese, Russian, Greek, French, WORLD stuff, a touch of latin, some stems, edits, a few raer acapellas, a live crooklyn dodgers j-pop blend, jazz, hip-hop jawns, soundtracks, b-boy breaks, a beat from the Bulletproof homie Matty Fresh, some 45s, private press stuff, some 90′s wall of fame classics, soul, disco, reggae, console music, blaxploitation radio advertisements, drum breaks of all-sorts, and it goes on and on…”

You can buy digital versions of all three over here.



Video: Meyhem Lauren and Buckwild – Silk Shirts and Yellow Gold
Wednesday August 06th 2014,
Filed under: Conservative Rap Coalition,Killa Queens,Outdoorsmen,Video Clips
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Laurenovich unleashes a video for his project with Buckwild, which you can now cop on double vinyl. Directed by Oz Perla.



Spoonie Gee – The Unkut Interview
Wednesday August 06th 2014,
Filed under: Features,Harlem Nights,Interviews,Rap Veterans,The 80's Files
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Thanks to Will and Aaron from Tuff City records, I had the chance to speak to pioneering Harlem rapper Spoonie Gee last week, who set the standard for street tales and slick talk on his earlier work for Enjoy and Sugarhill before he enjoyed a late 80′s comeback with Marley Marl and Teddy Riley providing the cutting edge beats. After enduring some rocky times for most of the 90′s, he’s currently in the process of recording one last project before he retires from music for good.

Robbie: Being from Harlem, in the early days before records, did you have to travel to see shows?

Spoonie Gee: I went to The Bronx, that’s the first place I saw Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five. First time I seen him, I think it was P.A.L on Webster Avenue. I used to go see the Funky 4 + 1, Fantastic Five.

How had you heard about them?

I heard a tape of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Four MC’s at the time, this was before Raheim joined them.
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Video: Tragedy Khadafi feat. Starvin B and Royal Flush – Lazarus Pit

This ticks all the boxes for CRC approval:

- Trag and Royal Flush raps
- Non-progressive lyrical content
- Low budget video
- Classic loop



Clever-1 feat. Him Lo – Shattah Proof English

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That Old Gold proves why it’s the reigning champion of rap beers once again. Produced by Gos’illa with cuts by Jay Ski.



Stream: DJ Sheep – Winter Bluntz Two
Saturday August 02nd 2014,
Filed under: DJ Mixes,Down Under Blunders,Steady Bootleggin',Streaming-Only
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More breaks for you to space-out to as the Southern Hemisphere enters it’s final month of cold weather – although considering the lack of snow in most areas it really isn’t anything to complian about.



Stream: Pete Rock – James Brown Tribute Mix
Saturday August 02nd 2014,
Filed under: DJ Mixes,Steady Bootleggin',Streaming-Only
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Considering both the influence that James Brown has had on Pete Rock’s career, and Mr. Rock’s tale of meeting the great man as a child, it’s only right that he pays musical tribute with this collection of rap tracks that sampled the Godfather of Soul:

“I met James Brown when I was seven years old. My mom took me to a concert in Mt. Vernon, New York. He came and performed and me and my younger brother met him. My younger brother was six and I was seven and we met James Brown. It was crazy! When we met him I think he passed something on to me. I wasn’t the same after I met him.”