Video: Chill Rob G ft. R.A. The Rugged Man – Tell ‘Em
Wednesday July 15th 2015,
Filed under: Jersey? Sure!,Rap Veterans
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This new Chill Rob G track dropped last month. The four track EP is available on vinyl here. You can hear the rest of the release and get a digital version this way. Thoughts on Chill Rob’s new flow?



Ced-Gee Details His Work On Criminal Minded
Wednesday July 15th 2015,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Ced Gee Special,Great Moments In Rap,The 80's Files
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Stumbled onto this piece of gold the other night thanks to TR Love – Angus Batey’s interview with Kool Keith and Ced-Gee for the liner notes of the Roadrunner edition of Critical Beatdown! Of particular interest was Ced’s breaking down his involvement with Criminal Minded:

Ced-Gee: Me and Scott [La Rock] grew up together. I knew Scott’s whole family. With BDP’s Criminal Minded, my input was more of showing Scott how to use the sampler. When the SP-12 came out, a lot of engineers just looped. But I would take sounds and chop ’em up – even if it wasn’t a full sound I’d make it sound full. I was the first person to chop samples on the SP-12. Soon everyone was doing it. [KRS-ONE] would bring the record, I would take it, chop it, rearrange it. I did the whole album, apart from four songs. I didn’t do ‘Criminal Minded,’ ‘South Bronx,’ ‘My 9mm’ and ‘Elementary,’ but I did the rest. But I got jerked on the credit. Scott kept telling me to stay on the back of the guy who ran the label. ‘I’m telling you,’ he said, ‘he’s sheisty’. I’m like, ‘Nah, he said he got me’. And when it came out, it didn’t say ‘Produced by Ced-Gee and Boogie Down’, it said ‘Produced by Boogie Down, special thanks to Ced-Gee’. Me and Scott didn’t fall out, but it cost me money.

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Capone-N-Noreaga – Pizza
Tuesday July 14th 2015,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Large Pro For Prez,Steady Bootleggin'
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Stand-out from the new Capone-N-Noreaga album, Lessons, courtesy of a Large Professor track.



Download: A Salute To One Shot Wonders

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Some of my favorite moments in rap have been provided by crews who only ever managed to release one single (or spot on a compilation) before vanishing from the limelight. This collection of sixteen one shot winners are tracks that have stood the test of time, despite their creators never rising to the ranks of the greats.

Download: A Salute To One Shot Wonders

Track listing:
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Tragedy Khadafi feat. KRS-One and A.G. – Modern Day Gangsta
Monday July 13th 2015,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin',Tragedy Special
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First cut from Tragedy Khadafi‘s project Tabla Rasa with producer Striknine (who produced MF Grimm’s The Hunt For The Gingerbread Man) which due later this year through Class A Records/Fat Beats.



Pretty Tone Capone Is A Great Man
Friday July 10th 2015,
Filed under: Harlem Nights,Uptown Kicking It,Video Clips,Video Vault
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When Pretty Tone Capone went for delf and landed a deal with Def American subsidiary Ill Labels imprint, he unloaded the excellent ‘Case Dismissed’/’Kidnapped’ single and the slightly less amazing ‘Across 110th Street’ before Rick Rubin presumably decided he was bored with rap. Tone’s Mob Style crew were infamous for being gangsters who rapped as opposed to rappers who pretended to be gangsters, and as the ‘Case Dismissed’ video demonstrates, there’s no need to wear a shirt to court if you have enough juice.
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Stream: Squires, The Cynic, & Rapswell are​.​.​.​Pen Pals
Friday July 10th 2015,
Filed under: BK All Day,Newest Latest,Promos & Exclusives
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This Brooklyn trio remind me of that Fondle ‘Em era Siah and Yeshua DapoED. Available on digital, USB or Chopped Herring vinyl if you fux with it.



Video: Diamond D feat. Scram Jones – I Ain’t The One To Fuc Wit
Thursday July 09th 2015,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Rap Veterans,Video Clips
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Video number nine from The Diam Piece.



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rap Dynasties That Deserve A Biopic
Thursday July 09th 2015,
Filed under: Features,Great Moments In Rap,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
Written by:

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What the world clearly needs is more poorly-acted dramatizations of great rap groups.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Rap Dynasties That Deserve A Biopic



Download: A Salute To Nice & Smooth

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If you don’t enjoy the bombastic nonsense that is Greg Nice combined with the ultra relaxed musings of Smooth B then there isn’t much hope for you in life. I recommend drinking bleach, playing chicken with freight trains or challenging Just-Ice to a fist fight in order to hasten your ascent to the pearly gates/pits of hell/endless grey void that awaits you. For all the rest of you, please enjoy my favorite Nice & Smooth songs – in particular the unreleased ‘Turn It Out,’ which features the best use of Babe Ruth‘s ‘Keep Your Distance’ in some time and was re-recorded with a different beat for the Blazin’ Hot LP.

Download: A Salute To Nice & Smooth

Track listing:
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Kool G Rap’s The Giancana Story: An Oral History
Tuesday July 07th 2015,
Filed under: Features,G Rap Week,Oral Histories,The 00's Files,Web Work
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Here’s a look back at the ill-fated marriage between Kool G Rap and Rawkus Records that I put together for Red Bull Music Academy Daily:

Kool G Rap’s The Giancana Story: An Oral History



How did 2015 Rap become Elevator Muzak?

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I realized something deeply troubling today. After checking out the latest releases from Ghostface and Statik Selektah I’m convinced that we have now officially entered the Elevator Muzak era of rap music. While The Roots have been churning out tunes seemingly designed for coffee shops and cafes for the better part of the last decade, we’re now at a stage where previously reliable CRC stalwarts such as Lil’ Fame, Sean Price and Ghostface Killah are often rapping over music that lacks any sort of urgency, excitement or abrasiveness. Does this signal a change in the dynamics of the rap game where everyone over the age of thirty is rapping over stuff that Kenny G would consider vanilla and the so-called ‘underground’ fans want a soundtrack to sip pumpkin ales and chai lattes?
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No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Why Every ‘Greatest Rapper of All-Time’ Discussion Is Wrong
Thursday July 02nd 2015,
Filed under: Features,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,The Unkut Opinion,Web Work
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Does. Not. Compute.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Why Every ‘Greatest Rapper of All-Time’ Discussion Is Wrong



Missing In Action: Lazy aka Laze Mic
Thursday July 02nd 2015,
Filed under: Features,In Search Of...,Missing In Action,Rap Mysteries
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Stumbled upon this nugget of rap trivia during a follow-up interview with Dr. Butcher earlier this year – the brief story of a New York MC named Lazy who was carving out quite the name for himself on the street level in the late nineties before some he vanished from the music game altogether. These are the only four examples of his work I could find, but apparently he was at his best when freestyling or battling. I’d be interested to hear some of his appearances on The Stretch Armstrong Show if anyone has them.

Robbie: Any good Eric B stories?

Dr. Butcher: I remember me, him and Tito [Fearess Four] linked up and he told us he had a deal with Sony. He said, ‘I wanna sit behind the scenes, I want you and Butcher to be the faces of the label. Let me handle the business and we’ll put in motion.’ In the meantime I rounded up three of the best rappers that I knew about – Joell Marquis, William Millions and Lazy. Fat Joe and everybody was trying to get Lazy at the time, he was the hottest dude in New York. Battle-wise, he was destroying everybody on the streets, no one could touch him. He was like fifteen, sixteen years old. C4, who did [Akinyele’s] ‘Put It In Your Mouth,’ was doing a lot of the tracks and putting stuff together but then Eric wasn’t coming through and he just disappeared. He stayed in contact with Lazy, I guess he felt like he had his next Rakim, he was like, ‘Yo, Eric’s promising to fly to Miami and this and that.’ Things just never manifested into anything.
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Download: A Salute To Noise

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There was a brilliant period in hip-hop and electro records where the engineers seemed determined to warp and distort the original track to near unrecognizable forms, splattering echo and gated snares on the walls of some long-forgotten underground cavern. Let’s call it the Spelunker Period. The labels often provided not so subtle clues about what we could expect, announcing ‘Zootie,’ ‘Stubb,’ ‘Burnt’ and ‘Psycho Dust’ versions of their vocal counterparts. The following are selection of abrasive, dusted drum machine and scratch experiences that demonstrate the beauty of that thing sometimes referred to as The Dope Noise.

Download: A Salute To Noise

Track listing:
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Maffew Ragazino – Summer Nine Five

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Some warm weather action from Mr. Ragazino, produced by Jimmy Dukes.

Taken from Maff’s Eight Million Stories project, dropping 1 July. Looking forward to those WTK and Marci features on this.

Track listing:
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Eight Amusing Sugar Hill Records’ Performances
Monday June 29th 2015,
Filed under: Features,Jersey? Sure!,The 80's Files,Video Vault
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If in need of mild amusement, please proceed with caution as we look back at this selection of ten dollar videos and hooky live performances.
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Video: Da Buze Bruvaz – Dos Equis
Saturday June 27th 2015,
Filed under: Conservative Rap Coalition,Newest Latest,Philly Jawns,Video Clips
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As featured on the Straight Shotz In Dirty Glassez EP, out now on Chopped Herring

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No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Boardroom Beatdowns
Friday June 26th 2015,
Filed under: Beantown,Mash Out,No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Web Work
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Baseball bats > record contracts.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Boardroom Beatdowns



Magnum Opus: The Making of Gang Starr’s ‘Mass Appeal’
Thursday June 25th 2015,
Filed under: Great Moments In Rap,In The Trenches,Video Clips
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Complex keeping it one hunned with this mini doc about the classic Guru and Premier single.



Capone-N-Noreaga feat. Tragedy Khadafi – Even If

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The War Report crew bring back Grandmaster Vic for some of that Queens blend tape magic.



Video: The Doppelgangaz – Rox Wid Her
Thursday June 25th 2015,
Filed under: New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Sharking,Video Clips
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Taken from the free Parts Unknown EP.



Are Hip-Hop Instrumental Albums A Waste of Time?
Thursday June 25th 2015,
Filed under: Rapper-Free Rap Music,The Unkut Opinion
Written by:

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This week has seen the release of Pete Rock‘s latest album, PeteStrumentals 2, the follow-up to the first edition from 2001. Unlike the original, which was spiced-up with outstanding appearances from Roc Marciano and The UN, Freddie Foxxx, Nature and CL Smooth, the new one is a beats only affair. As much as I enjoy a good hip-hop instrumental from the like of the 45 King and DJ Spinna, do I really want to listen to an hour of rhyme-free music?
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Does Record Label Interference Ever Make For Better Rap Albums?
Tuesday June 23rd 2015,
Filed under: Features,Not Your Average
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The process of recording a rap album for a record label has often been fraught with artistic compromise, clueless A&R’s and misguided promotional campaigns. While what goes on behind the scenes has often remained a mystery, the arrival of the ‘Advance Promotional Cassettes’ in the early nineties offered a glimpse into ‘what might have been’ for a number of albums. I can recall reading reviews of several albums, only for some of the tracks mentioned to have mysteriously vanished by the time the album was released. A prime example of this was Show & AG‘s Goodfellas album, which had six of the tracks from the advance copy either replaced or remixed before it hit the shelves, while the sampler tape for Mobb Deep‘s Hell On Earth was largley comprised of songs destined for other peoples releases (‘Recognize and Realize,’ ‘Live Nigga Rap’) or soundtracks.

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Download: A Salute To Slick Rick Cameos
Monday June 22nd 2015,
Filed under: Compilations,Steady Bootleggin',Zippyshare Records and Tapes
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Slick Rick The Ruler was the go-to guy for late nineties R&B remixes for a while, but it’s been his work adding his unique vocal stylings to rap tracks that have shone the brightest. From over thirty official guest spots I’ve selected the best sixteen appearances of the Rickster for another Zippyshare Records and Tapes sure shot treat.

Download: A Salute To Slick Rick Cameos

Track listing:
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