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:

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

Spotted at Ego Trip.



Video: Timeless Truth – Out of the Loop

Catch the crew at Webster Hall on 3 September. Taken from the Dominican Diner EP.



Great One-Shot Wonders
Tuesday September 02nd 2014,
Filed under: Crates,Features,Listicles,Not Your Average,Speaker Smashers,The 80's Files
Written by:

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These aren’t one hit wonders, since none of these records were technically “hits” in the traditional sense. This is more of a collection of rappers who only got one chance to shine before they got a steady city job with a pension or dangled in record company hell for all eternity.
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Video: Psycho Les feat. Royal Flush, Tragedy Khadafi and Illa Ghee – Thunder Bells Teaser

This is the definition of Conservative Rap Coalition-approved rap. All four of these gentlemen do themselves proud with their vocal performances here.



Download: Him Lo Da Inappropriate – Complimentary Snacks Album

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The Conservative Rap Coalition is proud to present the new Him Lo Da Inappropriate album, Complimentary Snacks, hitting you in the face with a broken beer bottle on some non-progressive, anti-social beats and raps type shit. You’re either with us or against us.

Download: Him Lo Da Inappropriate – Complimentary Snacks Album

Back cover:
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Ten Essential 80’s Rap B-Sides
Sunday August 31st 2014,
Filed under: Crates,Features,Listicles,Not Your Average
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These are ten essential 80’s b-sides, from the time when the 12″ single truly reigned supreme. “La Di Da Di” isn’t included as it’s basically a double A-side single for all intents and purposes. Technically “Ego Trippin'” also started out as a b-side on the second pressing of “To Give You Love,” but those are so scarce it barely warrents a mention.

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No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Thin Line Between Imitation and Biting

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Weighing in on the usual complaints about Action and Droog…

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Thin Line Between Imitation and Biting



Timeless Truth – Strange Fruit Freestyle

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Timeless Truth go in over Pete Rock‘s “Strange Fruit” instrumental. Catch them at Webster Hall on 3 September with Your Old Droog and Rast RFC.



Him Lo feat. Clever One – Gran Torino

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New Him Lo burner from his new ten track solo project, Complimentary Snacks, which is being premiered right here on Unkut Dot Com on 1 September. Produced by DJ Rocksteady, co-produced by Him Lo.



Ricky Dubs feat. Knowledge The Pirate and Roc Marciano – Shot A Man
Wednesday August 27th 2014,
Filed under: Marcberg Season,Steady Bootleggin',Strong Island
Written by:

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New Marcy and Pirate feature, taken from The Señor Dubs Ep.



Download: A Salute To Duke Bootee

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Perhaps best known for providing Melle Mel with the beat to “The Message” while working as a Sugarhill Records session player, Duke Bootee went on to unleash a series of DMX/Linn Drum driven speaker smashers for Profile and his own Beauty and the Beat imprint, as well as his own solo album. When combined with a great scratch DJ and some effective Shout Rap (Word of Mouth‘s “King Kut”) or the hardcore b-boy stance of one-time Rammellzee rhyme partner and a razor sharp Latin Rascals edit (K-Rob‘s “I’m A Homeboy”), the trademark Duke sound was unstoppable. Here’s a collection of his production and vocal work, including that time that Bootee was recruited to record a guest rap in Ewok…

Download: A Salute To Duke Bootee

Track listing:
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Cole James Cash Feat. Kacey Parker, Kese Soprano and M-Credible – Kacey Parker
Wednesday August 27th 2014,
Filed under: Def Dames,Internets,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Third single from the BBW – A Pornographic Opera album. Homeboy made songs about his favorite big gals on film, now he’s rolling with one in real life. Bless you, internets.

Cole sez:

“This is my prized track, I actually got the woman to do the introduction for the song and be on my album cover. This picture for her single was taken right in front of me. Kacey catapulted herself to Greatest BBW Of all time when she agreed to collaborate for my album. I am forever in her debt, hopefully she takes travelers checks”