Remember that time that Brand Nubian brought Mount Rushmore to the projects?
Tuesday February 24th 2015,
Filed under: Features,Party and Bullshit,The 90's Files
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File under ‘Attempted Club Bangers That May Never Have Actually Been Played In A Club’, much like Rockwilder‘s remix of ‘Thick’ for D.I.T.C. It appears that Puba wasn’t trying to hear that rapping-on-top-of-a-building shit and filmed his part in a bar, although it’s more likely that he just slept-in on the day of the shoot. One can only imagine that Loon was contractually obliged to provide the hook due to the Arista connection, since I’m pretty sure he literally phoned in his contribution from a payphone.
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Rap Mysteries: The Lost Track From the Liquid Swords Advance Cassette
Monday February 23rd 2015,
Filed under: Rap Mysteries,The 90's Files,Wu-Tang Is For The Children
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Just saw this advertised on Facebook. Does anybody know what the final track titled ‘Unexplained’ is? I’ve read elsewhere that this was the alternative name for ‘Swordsman,’ but since that’s listed as well it must be a totally different song…



Magazine Vaults: The Time I Accidently Annoyed Keith Shocklee
Monday February 23rd 2015,
Filed under: Features,Magazine Vaults,Print Work
Written by:

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Quite possibly the highlight of my brief print magazine career was when Hip Hop Connection ran my interviews with DJ Johnny Juice/Son of Bazerk and Keith Shocklee side by side in issue #221. As you can read above, the Bomb Squad co-founder didn’t appreciate the presentation. The best thing about the incident was the fact that it helped bring the ‘Bite Back’ page out of retirement after years in the wilderness. Salad days, indeed.



Rhymefest just became the third rapper to win an Oscar and a Grammy
Monday February 23rd 2015,
Filed under: Announcements,Award Tour
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While Eminem was the first rapper dude to take home both awards, the fact that Rhymefest is a fairly obscure Chicago MC best known these days for having written Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Walks’ is impressive. Thanks to being the co-writer of ‘Glory’ from the Selma soundtrack, ‘Fest (real name Che Smith) now has a second trophy to sit on his shelf.

In recognition of dude getting recognition for his pen game up, here are the only Rhymefest songs I know from his pre-Mark Ronson days:

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Just-Ice – Going Way Back Dub Plate
Friday February 20th 2015,
Filed under: BK All Day,Rap Veterans
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The Original Gangster of Hip-Hop remade his classic ode to rap history for the Deadly Dragon Sound System last December. I wonder if he’d do a version for the Conservative Rap Coalition if we asked very nicely?



Download: Agallah Don Bishop – Don Status Mixtape
Thursday February 19th 2015,
Filed under: Free Ninety-Nine,Mix Tapes,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Agafella still got that work.



Flavor Flav – Party In My Pants [Early 80’s demo]
Wednesday February 18th 2015,
Filed under: Not Your Average
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Flavor Flav

A few months ago Random Rap Radio dug up an early MC DJ Flavor tape from the Spectrum City era when Terminator X was still calling himself DJ Mellow Dee. The hook for this record is nothing short of incredible.



Him-Lo – Wu Lo

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‘I don’t care what you faggots say, you need to have a drink before I slap you in your faggot face.’



Tape-Only Treats: 5ive-0 Posse – To The Max
Tuesday February 17th 2015,
Filed under: BK All Day,Features,Steady Bootleggin',Tape Vaults,The 80's Files
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The original 5ive-0 Posse, not to be confused with the weak 5ive-0 crew from 1994, dropped an entertaining LP in 1989 on Sue Records which dealt with the concerns of a rapper and a DJ who just happened to work for the New York City Police Department. Making it clear that they weren’t soft just because they were the fuzz (cutting in the Jungle Brothers ‘Shot and killed by an off duty jake’ line as a warning to anyone who stepped to them), while boasting of being able to ‘carry all the guns that I want and be legal.’ In case you were concerned that the duo were walking around like a couple of cowboys, we’re reminded that they never ever got a civilian complaint. Prince Rashaad and DJ Brother Lee-Luv broke down their statement of intent on the back cover:

“During the day to protect and serve, during the night to create and project an image that Police Officers are human and can be down to earth like anybody else.”

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Video: Trailer for the Mr. Wave documentary
Tuesday February 17th 2015,
Filed under: Announcements,Video Clips
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WAVE: A True Story In Hip Hop is clearly a film that Mr. Wave had made about himself rather than an impartial documentary, but it looks like it will have some rare footage worth checking out.



Eleven Years of Unkut Dot Com
Friday February 13th 2015,
Filed under: Conservative Rap Coalition,Features,Unkut Retrospective
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This week marked the eleventh year of this website/weblog/blog/web page/national treasure/institution/boom-bap graveyard. As is our want, rather than celebrate the achievements that Unkut Dot Com and the mighty Conservative Rap Coalition have achieved, I’d like to focus on pouring out a little liquor for all the great things that are no longer with us:
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Killa Sha’s The Shepard LP Gets A New Release Date
Friday February 13th 2015,
Filed under: Announcements,Killa Queens,Rest In Peace
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After a number of delays, the latest release date for Sha Lumi‘s posthumous second album is 1 April 2015. Considering that I’ve heard the entire thing at this point I can attest that it does actually exist and that it’s dope. Fingers crossed we can get an official copy in April.

01. Intro
02. ‘Full Command’ feat. G.O.D 3, Foul Monday, Ruc and Tragedy Khadafi [Produced By Shroom]
03. ‘Black N Understanding’ [Produced By DJ Rated R]
05. ‘Give It Up’ [Produced By Carnage]
06. ‘Pressure Up’ Feat. Tragedy Khadafi [Produced By Nick Speed]
07. Interlude
08. ‘Stop Hating’ [Produced By Shroom]
09. ‘Tell Me’ [Produced By Carnage]
10. ‘1712’ [Produced By Jewelz Polar]
11. ‘Work It Out’ [Produced By ThoroTracks]
12. ‘Keep The Faith’ [Produced By DJ Steady]
13. ‘Cash’ Remix [Produced By Audible Doctor]
14. ‘Pressure Up’ Remix [Produced By: DJ Phantom]



The Unkut Guide To Greg Nice’s Human Beatbox Career
Thursday February 12th 2015,
Filed under: Bronx Bombers,Features,The 80's Files,The Unkut Guide
Written by:

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There once was a time when the human beatbox was an entertaining addition to 80’s rap songs, rather than something that you could do on into an iPad on your late night talk show. One of the unsung practitioners of this humble talent was Greg Nice, who lent his vocal percussive skills to no less than three crews before he teamed-up with Smooth B to make history. As revealed in my interview with CJ Moore, Greg Nice was down with the Nasty Comedians crew, which was originally Greg and Cool Nate-T. Their first single was released on Home Boys Only Records in 1985, the same label that CJ’s Small’s Chosen Few 12″ appeared on. As it turns out, the guy who owned HBO Records was Larry Davis, who would later rise to worldwide fame after he shot six cops in self-defense when they raided his sisters apartment in the Bronx.
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Meyhem Lauren – Fly Counterparts
Thursday February 12th 2015,
Filed under: Conservative Rap Coalition,Grown Man Rap,Killa Queens
Written by:

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Meyhem Lauren and Icerocks have teamed up for a new EP, More Cashmere, which you can grab on vinyl over at Chopped Herring. You can preview the rest of this extended play here.



Cassette Culture with Stretch Armstrong: The Latin Rascals, Dec. 1985, Kiss-FM NYC
Thursday February 12th 2015,
Filed under: Crates,DJ Mixes,Radio...Suckas Never Play Me,Tape Vaults
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Stretch Armstrong recently dropped the latest article in his always enjoyable Cassette Culture series over at Cuepoint, providing an essential retrospective of the art of tape editing, while also providing a recording of a classic Latin Rascals mix from 1985. The shit these dudes were doing with reels of tape and a razor blade was incredible.

Cassette Culture with Stretch Armstrong: The Latin Rascals, Dec. 1985, Kiss-FM NYC



GZA – The Mexican

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The GZA has remade Babe Ruth‘s breakbeat classic ‘The Mexican’ with Tom Morello. While it’s no ‘Prisoners of War‘ or ‘Go To Work’, it’ll do. As a bonus, if you live in Canada you can book Babe Ruth to come and play this and ‘Keep Your Distance’ at your 40th birthday party.



Da Buze Brovaz – Rugby

Carl Winslow
Screen cap spotted at UB Massive

Him-Lo and Clever 1 keep on keeping on with that Punch You In The Face And Take Your Coat Rap.



Def Dames: Frick ‘N Frack
Tuesday February 10th 2015,
Filed under: Def Dames,Features,In Search Of...,Steady Bootleggin',The 80's Files
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If you were a rap fan outside of the USA in 1987, it was in your best interest to collect the Street Sounds Electro/Hip-Hop albums, which were compilations of an often eclectic mix of current singles, mixed together by a selection of UK DJ’s. The one that really stood out for me was Hip Hop 18, which was mixed by a fellow named R.J. Scratch [Roger Johnson] and was a particularly mixed bag of great, obscure and just plain weird rap tracks from New York. I was eventually able to find copies of ‘You Know How To Reach Us’ and ‘We Have Risin”, but the two Marley Marl produced tunes on this volume remained out of reach. As it turns out, what would have been Frick ‘N Frack’s second single was never actually released, only existing on a couple of acetates. This was annoying since it means there was no way to hear the complete, unmixed versions of these tracks – until now. Turns out that Frick ‘N Frack have uploaded some of their old songs to iTunes for those of us who have waited for 28 years to hear the last minute of ‘Who’s On Mine.’ From the preview it sounds like they’ve been dubbed off cassette from when they were played on WBLS, but for 99 cents each I guess it’s worth taking a gamble.

UPDATE: The iTunes version is just a recording of the version on the Street Sounds compilation that cuts off when the Kings Of Pressure comes in. Guess we’ll be waiting another 28 years until Marley presses it up on Hot Chillin’
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Grand Daddy I.U. feat. Don Black – Against The Grain
Monday February 09th 2015,
Filed under: Conservative Rap Coalition,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Strong Island
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The new album from Grand Daddy I.U., P.I.M.P. Paper Is My Priority, drops on 17 February, with the cover dedicated to his late street mentor, Easy Rick, who passed away in 2010. Not sure if this is a bonus track since it doesn’t appear on the track listing below, but enjoy regardless.

Track listing:
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General Steele and Mic Handz – Frontline
Saturday February 07th 2015,
Filed under: BK All Day,Marcberg Season,Newest Latest,Steady Bootleggin'
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Beat by Roc Marciano.



Big Pun – Beware [J-Force Revisit]
Friday February 06th 2015,
Filed under: Remixes,Staten aka Shaolin,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by:

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Big Moon Dog left this tiny planet fifteen years ago today. J-Force has revisited ‘Beware’ to remind us how nice dude was on mic devices.



No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Predicting Future Kanye West Collaborations With Aging Rockers
Friday February 06th 2015,
Filed under: Not Your Average
Written by:

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Following Sir Paul’s awkward connect with Ye and RiRi,  I predict some future uncomfortable collaborations.

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Predicting Future Kanye West Collaborations With Aging Rockers



Video: K-Hill & Debonair P – Whenever I Write
Thursday February 05th 2015,
Filed under: Conservative Rap Coalition,New Rap That Doesn't Suck,Video Clips
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The new video from K-Hill, who appeared on Counterstrike 2 with Ominscence. His new EP with Debonair P is available on vinyl here.



Puffy Dee Revealed?
Thursday February 05th 2015,
Filed under: Art of Facts,Def Dames,The 80's Files
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Another rap mystery case file can be closed, as we finally have photographic proof of what Puffy Dee looked like, courtesy of Fat Lace. In case you missed it, here’s her infamous Pumpkin produced b-side:



Download: The Effin’ Clean Rap Radio Re-recordings compilation
Wednesday February 04th 2015,
Filed under: Compilations,Radio...Suckas Never Play Me,Steady Bootleggin',Unkut Originals
Written by:

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Adding gunshots, sirens and rewinds to remove swears from rap records is all well and good, but you’ve got to respect the effort made by certain rappers who went to the trouble of re-writing and re-recording their lyrics in order to cater to radio guidelines. Some of my personal favorites include Tim Dog‘s ‘Forget Compton,’ (not re-recorded but hilariously re-edited) Willie Dee‘s ‘Bald Head Gals’ and King Tee‘s ‘Played Like A Piano’ (which sports a remixed beat and numerous mentions of the fact that it’s a clean radio version), while who can forget Showbiz switching up “Hoes give me head on the escalator” for “Girls smile at me on an escalator”? Hold ya head everyone who was gifted the first Wu-Tang tape clean version with three songs removed.

Download: The Effin’ Clean Rap Radio Re-recordings compilation

Track listing:
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