Twenty Rap Albums To Be Buried With
I’ve had a few requests of late to break-down my list of personal favorite rap albums, so to set off this tenth anniversary week of Unkut Dot Com, here are the twenty tapes I’d like to be buried with, or take to a desert island with a crate of AA batteries for the Walkman.
Live Review: Run The Jewels, Danny Brown and Earl Sweatshirt @ The Palace, Melbourne
Clearly not a picture of last night’s show.
In the interest of “music journalism” I forced myself to attend a rap show last night featuring rappers I don’t really listen to on a regular basis, but don’t really have any huge level of hate for either, which is about as good as it’s going to get until Nice & Smooth decide to tour these shores. After enjoying a few rounds of boilermakers and weed with some associates, we wandered into the venue the very moment that El-P and Killer Mike hit the stage.
Download: Him-Lo Da Inappropriate – Horsepower Mixtape
Turns out Philly can still churn-out some quality, CRC-approved rap, as this mixtape from Him-Lo demonstrates. The homie Dallas Penn holds it down on hosting duties, and there’s a song which uses “Nautilus,” which is always a good sign. Also, “On A String” just might be the best previously unused 80′s R&B flip in a long time.
Download: Him-Lo Da Inapproprite – Horsepower Mixtape
Six Under-Appreciated Guest Raps
Posse cuts are a well-worn topic of discussion on the proverbial rap stoop, but spare a thought for those guest shots on other people’s albums, many of which seem to slip through the liner notes. Here are six cameos that spring to mind…
Stream: The ARE – Here, My Dear
Just stumbled across this debut release from the Rappers I Know blog’s new label, which is the latest instrumental project dealing with the breakdown of his relationship with his daughter’s mother, based around the Marvin Gaye album of the same name, from former K-Otix’s producer The ARE, who’s previously blessed us with Manipulated Marauders and Dem Damb Jacksons.
Pre-Order: 93 til Infinity Souls Super Bundle
The latest collectible from Get On Down is this Souls of Mischief ’93 Til Infinity bundle includes a Hiero Light Box, a music box, gatefold 2XLP, a t-shirt and eleven bonus tracks. Unfortunately there’s no sign of the instrumentals, which I copped on double vinyl from the Hiero site years ago and allowed me to enjoy the production goodness of this album minus the high-pitched rapping.
Willie The Kid and Bronze Nazarath feat. Roc Marciano – Avalon
Brian Ferry so proud right now. The Living Daylights drops 11 February, which just happens to be the 10 year anniversary of Unkut Dot Com…
Timeless Classics Or Only Classics For Their Time?
Every now and then, one of these rap websites puts together a list along the lines of “The 30 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of 1993″ and such, which in theory isn’t something I should have an issue with. The reason I mention it is that a decent proportion of these albums – most of which are widely regarded as “classic” and important records – don’t exactly inspire me to dig them out of the shelves and throw them onto the turntable (or, if I’m feeling lazy, navigate to the folder on my hard drive). Is this simply due to the fact that I played that shit to death back when it was released? Or is it more of a case that some music outlives its usefulness?
Take De La Soul’s much discussed 3 Feet High And Rising, for example. While there’s no doubting the impact and originality that Prince Paul and Plugs 1, 2 and 3 brought to the table, I can confidently state that I have no intention to ever listen to that record in it’s entirety in the foreseeable future. That’s likely more of a reflection of my preference for anti-social rap with loud drums than anything else, but it’s an issue worth considering. Let’s take a look at the 1989′s greatest hip-hop albums according to ego trip‘s Book of Rap Lists for example:
Video: Prodigy and Alchemist – IMDKV
Spiked Bat P delivers the official video for my pick from the Albert Einstein LP. Not quite on the level of the Unkut TV version in Prospect Park, but what can do?
Non-Rapper Dudes Series – Spencer Bellamy Interview
After coming up with Howie Tee as DJ and then producer, Spencer Bellamy started East Flatbush Project and released a series of quality records on his own 10/30 Uproar label at the beginning of the mid 90′s independent hip-hop vinyl movement. Best known for being the man responsible for the legendary “Tried By 12″ instrumental, Spencer talks about the ups and downs of his experiences in the rap game.
Robbie: Can you tell me about how you started off with Howie Tee?
Spencer Bellamy: He used to have a crew called Count Disco. We were a local crew – myself, his brother and Howie would DJ – and then he had the MC’s, the Sureshot 4 MC’s, so they would do their routines. I hooked-up with him when I was around eleven years old. We played together for a few years and then we just became cool. After he cut-out of deejaying and went more into the production side of it, I would just watch what he would do. I was kinda like an apprentice, so to speak. From there, I tried my hand at production.
Video: The 45 King Discusses His Heart Attack Recovery
45 King is back home and trying to stay off the Newports. Salutes!
Video: DJ Skizz feat. Big Twins – Poison
Everyone’s favorite gravel-voiced QB trooper heads to LA for the clip from this stand-out last year’s BQE album from DJ Skizz.
Video: Roc Marciano feat. Knowledge The Pirate – Slingers
Clip for this Pimpire Strike Back track with The Pirate. Vinyl for this album is dropping on the 18 Feb and can be pre-ordered over here.