CRC/Burn Garments – 24 Hour Sale
Sunday September 28th 2014,
Filed under: Announcements,Counter Strike - The Unkut Mixtape,Run Ya Garments
Written by:

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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



Stream: Conservative Rap Coalition Radio – Saturday 27 September, 2014
Sunday September 28th 2014,
Filed under: Conservative Rap Coalition,Radio...Suckas Never Play Me,Streaming-Only
Written by:

70sonyradio

I had to tear myself away from Budvar and BBQ last night to play two hours of great rap on the radio. The results can be savored below.

Stream: Conservative Rap Coalition Radio – Saturday 27 September, 2014

Track listing:
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Stream: DJ Sheep – Spring Breakz, Episode II
Saturday September 27th 2014,
Filed under: Crates,DJ Mixes,Down Under Blunders,Not Your Average,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

Sheep sez:

“Dramatic soul, Soundtracks, Library Records, Blaxploitation Radio spots, Cartoons, a GANG of samples, Drum Breaks, Super Mario Reggae, Video Game Music, Bongos, Latin, Cassette and VHS rips, Jazz, James Last, Dirty Disco, Glam Rock, Pinky Violence, Duck Funk, a RAER cassette recording of Australian rock group Spectrum and, if all that wasn’t enough, there’s a demo version of EPMD’s Rampage, a RAER 80’s TV skit by Biz Markie, a bunch of scratching and your usual dose of doubles and skills flexed!”



Clever One – 1-2, 1-2

Clever One smashes the ‘Mountain’ break to pieces for this track from his next project, The Dirty Dozen. Produced by DJ Rocksteady.



Why Can’t Ice Cube Keep Any Rap Friends?

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When it comes to burning bridges, O’Shea Jackson may be the most accomplished hip-hop artist in the history of the music. It seems as if everyone who has ever had even the slightest involvement with him on a professional level has either gone on to record a diss song about him or made a series of angry Facebook posts filled with furious anger. Is Ice Cube really the “modern day Jerry Heller” as his former musical partner Sir Jinx insisted during a now deleted series of venomous status updates which implied that Cube continued to exploit musicians and actors working in his movies all in the name of pinching pennies?
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Your Old Droog – Secondhand Gunsmoke (Gunsmoke Cologne) [Superblack Remix]
Friday September 19th 2014,
Filed under: Freestyle Fridays,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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J-Zone on drums and Sacha Jenkins on guitar for the Superblack remix of Droog‘s “Secondhand Gunsmoke.” Cue complaints below.



Cassette Culture with Stretch Armstrong: DJ Red Alert, 98.7 Kiss FM, 6.13.87
Wednesday September 17th 2014,
Filed under: Internets,Radio...Suckas Never Play Me,Tape Vaults,The 80's Files
Written by:

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DJ Stretch Armstrong breaks down his favorite old rap radio tapes in this new column he’s writing at Cuepoint, a new collection of long-form music articles curated by Jon “Shecyk Green” Shecter of The Source/Game Records fame. Since many of my fondest memories of first hearing rap revolving around Red Alert and Chuck Chillout tapes, hearing tape rips like this are always guaranteed to slightly defrost my cold, frosty heart.

Cassette Culture with Stretch Armstrong: DJ Red Alert, 98.7 Kiss FM, 6.13.87



Searching For The Akafella – The Akinyele Video Collection

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Inspired by this Martorialist Akineyele Deep Cuts compilation, I began to revisit some of Akafella’s later work, and it turns out that it’s a lot more entertaining now that the bitter taste of disappointment of him abandoning the genius of songs like “Exercise” and “Outta State” for endless variations of songs about poon have since been blotted out by years of excessive liquor consumption.

You may have read a few years back that Ak opened a strip club in Las Vegas called Lollypops and claimed to have clocked $5 million in the first week. According to some comment section gossip, which I always take as fact, “Last I knew he owns a strip club on Queens Blvd. in Queens, NY. He got he start due to a an accident he had years ago & won the lawsuit.” This was followed up by another blog of questionable validity posting this:

“Akinyele made up the story that LolliPop’s strip club made $5-Million in one week for press. His planned worked, but the dude who put up the money is pissed because Akinyele didn’t mention his name in the press. How the fuck can LolliPop’s make $ 5-Million in a week? The place is as big as a cupboard. Dude kicked Akinyele, out of the club and banned him from the spot. He ripped up the contract between him and Akinyele, but Akinyele is going to fight him in court. They did have an agreement between them.”

Back in 2008, Ak told AHH that he’s been in the game for a long time:

“Akinyele: Aww man. My first club I started in probably 1995. I got introduced to that whole game by a friend of mine. I did it first just for fun. Just thinking, “Hey I can probably get girls to come in here and dance,” and I did it for straight up p****y. Then I realized it was a business.”

As for his film work, of Aktapuss: The Sexcom, Amazon customer W. Curtis Mcdonald Jr. wrote:

“This movie was’nt even worth the postage…A few scene with some tight Sistas is the only reason I did’nt throw it out of the window !!!!”

According to this story from last month, Akinyele Adams can now be found working as the general manager of Disco Rick‘s infamous King of Diamonds strip club. Sadly, the reality show that was talked about a few years back never came to fruition…
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Stream: DJ Sheep – Spring Breakz #1
Tuesday September 16th 2014,
Filed under: DJ Mixes,Down Under Blunders,Drop Bears,Steady Bootleggin',Streaming-Only
Written by:

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Brisbane’s resident collector or Raer Drop Bears, DJ Sheep, is at it again with another eclectic mix or breaks and raps.



Video: The Alchemist – Shut The Fuck Up
Tuesday September 16th 2014,
Filed under: Alan The Chemist,Rapper-Free Rap Music,Video Clips
Written by:

Roffle Harris at this video. Rapper’s Best Friend 3 drops 30 September. Video directed by Jason Goldwatch.



Stream: DJ Doo Wop – Coolout 2014 Part 2, Back To School
Monday September 15th 2014,
Filed under: Mix Tapes,Sanging,Steady Bootleggin',Streaming-Only,Uptown Kicking It
Written by:

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The Bouncemaster Doo Wop delivers a slick blend of rap and R&B jiggnorance for this new Coolout installment. You can cop the download here for $10.



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: A Brief History of Porn Rap
Monday September 15th 2014,
Filed under: Def Dames,Features,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

djpolo

Coolio‘s back but there’s no sign of DJ Crazy Toones. Speaking of which, why is Wikipedia telling me that the MADD Circle made an album this year and then broke-up again?

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: A Brief History of Porn Rap



Large Professor Feat. G-Wiz – In The Scrolls

Paul Sea returns with this tribute to the legacy of Nas‘ first album, with a track from the next Large Professor project, RE: Living Legend.



Capone-N-Noreaga feat. Nature and Cormega – Rap Rushmore
Wednesday September 10th 2014,
Filed under: Hoody Rap Ain't Dead,Killa Queens,Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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That cover is priceless. Hazardis Soundz on the beat.

Spotted at Nah Right.



Bobby Simmons [Stetsasonic] – The Unkut Interview, Part Two
Wednesday September 10th 2014,
Filed under: BK All Day,Features,Interviews,Not Your Average,The 80's Files,The 90's Files
Written by:

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Continuing my discussion with Stetsasonic drummer Bobby Simmons, we discuss touring, Flavor Flav ethering Prince, the rivalry with EPMD, beef with WreckX N Effect and vaulted tracks.

Robbie: Touring must have been essential back then.

Bobby Simmons: The best tour I’ve ever done was that Run-DMC Run’s House tour. Every night I would sit on the side of the stage and I couldn’t wait to watch Run and them’s show. Run and them were just amazing to watch. When you watch Krush Groove and you saw Jam-Master Jay cut that “Run! Run!” You were like, “Oh shoot! They getting ready to do something!” It was really that kind of intensity in the air, waiting for Run to come on, and DMC just standing there with his arm’s folded. You just couldn’t wait to see Run walk out! Then when he came out, Run really controlled you with what he said. You didn’t see that in the movie. You didn’t get to see people take their Adidas sneakers off and put it in the air. When I saw that, I said, “This is it. It’s finished.” Who in the world can get everyone in Madison Square Garden to take off their sneakers and put them in the air? All you saw was different colored Adidas in the air. It was amazing to see that command. It was beautiful.
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Ten EPMD Deep Cuts
Tuesday September 09th 2014,
Filed under: Features,Not Your Average,Strong Island,The 80's Files,The 90's Files
Written by:

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Erick and Parrish made some dollars, then “someone” robbed P’s crib and E Double “fell” out of a window. We’re all familiar with their many hit singles, but here are a selection of worthy album tracks from the seven group albums, plus a couple from when they went for “delf.”
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Track By Track: Diamond D Breaks Down The Diam Piece Album
Friday September 05th 2014,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Features,Interviews,Promos & Exclusives,Track-By-Track
Written by:

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Diamond D is releasing his latest project, The Diam Piece, on 30 September so I caught up with him to find out the stories behind each track and get a little bit of insight into the process of constructing a production project with so many guests.

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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Bobby Simmons [Stetsasonic] – The Unkut Interview, Part One
Thursday September 04th 2014,
Filed under: BK All Day,Features,Interviews,Non-Rapper Dudes,Not Your Average,The 80's Files
Written by:

bobbysimmons

Bobby Simmons is best known as a member of Stetsasonic, the original “Hip-Hop Band,” but during an extensive conversation with him last week he also shared some classic memories about Melle Mel trolling new rappers in the late 80’s, a two-year stint as a DJ at the Latin Quarters and the escapades of Eric B. and Rakim‘s main muscle, the original 50 Cent. This is part one of a three part interview, so get comfortable…

Robbie: Did you study drumming at school?

Bobby Simmons: I self-taught myself drums, I was six years-old. My brother was in the music business too, he was a session guitarist for groups like Sister Sledge and Dan Hartman in the mid-70’s, so I kinda self-taught myself listening to a lotta the records that he would play and trying to figure out the drum – what does what. The first record that I actually learned how to play – that took me from when I was six to when I was seven – was the Ohio Players. The drummer, Diamond, I was so fascinated how he played drums on ‘Skin Tight’ and ‘Fire,’ I wanted to learn to play how he played. The drum sounds were heavy, the snare was fat, the kick was fat, and Diamond used to do all this fast foot [work] on the pedal.

From there I played in my brothers local band and just kept myself active doing that. Deejaying also helped me how to play drums too, cos in the early 80’s it helped me how to blend timings and beats, with the disco records and the Chuck Brown records and the James Brown records helped me keep great timing. Knowing how to keep timing and knowing what the kick and snare and the hi-hat do, I self-taught myself. I kinda wish I was taught and went to schooling to read for it, but my father took me to drumming school and I never went back. It was taking too long! “I wanna get to this part!” [laughs]
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Video: M.O.P – 187
Wednesday September 03rd 2014,
Filed under: BK All Day,Hoody Rap Ain't Dead,Mash Out,Newest Latest,Rap Veterans
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This could be the line of the year in reference to popping pills:
“The whole place emotional/wake up, find out somebody Frank Ocean’d you”



Your Old Droog feat. Prodigy – Hoodie Weather
Tuesday September 02nd 2014,
Filed under: New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Newest Latest,Rap Veterans,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Marco Polo produced this new cut from that Coney Island dude and Snowboard P.

Spotted at Ego Trip.