Video: The 45 King – Making The Beat with Chill Rob G and Lakim Shabazz, Pt. 3
Wednesday April 09th 2014,
Filed under: Flavor Unit Special,Jersey? Sure!,Rap Veterans,Video Clips
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I can’t enough of this stuff, as Lakim and The Chill One kick more quality rhymes for Flavor Unit aficionados.



Pharoahe Monch feat. Black Thought – Rapid Eye Movement
Tuesday April 08th 2014,
Filed under: New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin'
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Monch and Thought get their rappity rap on over a Marco Polo beat. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is out on 15 April.



The Unkut Guide To Nas Singing

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Nas luhs to rap. But he also luhs to sing hooks. Having declared that he was the “first nigga to sing a hook on some TJ Swan shit” on “Nastradumus”, it’s only right that his crooning efforts are rated using the Unkut TJ Swan Rating System (c) during this scientific study of his efforts to make like the rap game Keith Sweat over the years.
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ASAP Ferg Live Show Review – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Monday April 07th 2014,
Filed under: Features,Harlem Nights,In The Trenches,Is It Live Or Is It Memorex?
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Photo: Michelle Grace Hunder

Following the always entertaining festivities surrounding the Carbon festival (which I’m under strict orders never to speak of publicly), heading to the A$AP Ferg show at the Corner Hotel seemed like the perfect way to cap off a week-long bender. The venue was filled with excitable kids eagerly throwing-up ‘bows to the sounds of the local androgynous “It’s a Trap” Lady known as Mafia, before the curtains were drawn to prepare for the main event.
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Killa Sha – Cash [Audible Doctor Remix]
Tuesday April 01st 2014,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Killa Sha Special
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Here’s the first drop from The Shepard LP, the Audible Doctor remix of “Cash.” From what I’ve heard of the other songs this album is could be even better than GOD Walk On Water.



CRC-Approved Rap: March 2014 Edition

Had a request the other day for a weekly round-up of Unkut rap recommendations, but since I’m lucky if there’s one good new song every seven days, it makes more sense to turn it into a monthly round-up of Conservative Rap Coalition approved tunes.

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Hard White feat. Chinxdrugz and Cau2g – H-Dub-Riot [2006]
Tuesday April 01st 2014,
Filed under: Far Rock Don't Eff Around,Sid Roams Special,Steady Bootleggin'
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I had high hopes for the Hard White crew. With strong Sid Roams production and some quality anti-social content, I even went as far as asking “Are Hard White The New NWA?” – clearly ridiculous statement but an indication that I was fucking with their music pretty heavy. Sadly their capo Un Pachino was lost in the system shortly afterwards, so that was pretty much it, but recently one of their affiliates Chinx Drugz has been making some noise so I thought it would be a good time to revisit one of his early cameos. Notice that he wasn’t deemed worthy to be mentioned in the cover artwork back in 2006 so the dude has clearly been putting in some work since then.



In Memory of Killa Sha, Four Years On
Monday March 31st 2014,
Filed under: Features,Killa Queens,Killa Sha Special,Rest In Peace
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Today would have been Sha Lumi The Great‘s birthday, if he hadn’t been taken from the physical in January 2010. I’ll be premiering the first release from his second album, The Shepard, later today, but in the meantime let’s take a minute to reminisce about his time on this small planet…

Killa Sha – The Unkut Interview

Remembering Killa Sha, Part 1

Remembering Killa Sha, Part 2

DJ Phantom Discusses Killa Sha’s Career

Ten Classic Killa Sha Solo Shots



Video: Diamond D feat. Pharoahe Monch – Rap Life
Monday March 31st 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Newest Latest,Rap Veterans,Video Clips
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First single from Diamond D‘s The Diam Piece LP finds Monch kicking that good old rappity rap shit.



Video: The 45 King – Making The Beat with Chill Rob G and Lakim Shabazz, Pt. 2
Sunday March 30th 2014,
Filed under: 45 Kings,Flavor Unit Special,Jersey? Sure!,Video Clips
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The second half of this mini Flavor Unit reunion sees Double J drop some rhymes with Rob and Lak. Dope by demand.



Photo: Showbiz Lamping, Before Rap
Friday March 28th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Photos,Rap Veterans
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So much greatness going on in this pic. Discuss amongst yourselves.



Foul Monday – The Unkut Interview
Thursday March 27th 2014,
Filed under: Interviews,Killa Queens,Steady Bootleggin',Thun Language
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After enduring a number of false starts in the music game, QB MC Foul Monday is preparing his debut album title I Hate Fucking Mondays with a number of local and European producers. Having worked with Killa Sha and Ron Artest in the past, Foul has witnessed a lot of Queensbridge rap history, and he took a minute out to explain the finer points of that thun language with me.

Robbie: What inspired you to take rapping seriously?

Foul Monday: It was actually two different forces – one that made me start rhyming, and one that wanted me to start making music. I met Starvin B in the eighth grade – he’s Irish and Indonesian, so you can imagine what that package looks like rapping! At the time he was one of the best rappers in our school, so I was kinda inspired to be that. I’m thinking, “If this kid can do it, I can do it.” As fate would have it, he was transferred over to my class and we became good friends and he helped me find an identity with this rapping stuff. When you start out, you emulate, you steal, but he helped me find my own voice. As far as wanting to make music? That came from Killa Sha and the Killa Kidz. Those were my friends from the neighborhood, at that point they were already doing music and pressing up vinyls. Making music wasn’t realistic goal until I saw them doing it, so I just strived to get better and better until folks started acknowledging me for my talent.
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Video: The Doppelgangaz – Live Rugged
Wednesday March 26th 2014,
Filed under: New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Sharking,Video Clips
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One of my picks of the new Peace Kehd litter gets a video clip. Shopping trolley pimping.



McGruff feat. Mob Style, Loon and Meebo – Bow Down

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Following the mixed blessings that were McGruff‘s deal with Uptown, where Heavy D tried to Sean “Puffy” Combs’ Herb’s sound for something smoother, with decidedly mixed results, the Crime Dog took it back the gutter with this self-released 1998 single featuring the mighty Mob Style, Loon and Meebo over a gritty piano loop. “They thought it was over? Own label!”



Mobb Deep feat. Big Noyd – The Bridge ’94

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After twenty long years, the CDQ version of Mobb Deep’s contribution to the long tradition of “The Bridge” remakes has finally been released into the wild. I’m declaring today an international holiday to celebrate – skip work, grab a few 40′s and go and brake some car windows in honor of this historic occasion.