Stream: Chairman Mao’s Across 135th Street – Enjoy Rap Music (And Beats)
The Chairman has a new radio show for Red Bull Music Academy, where he drops some musical gems that slipped under my CRC rap radar.
DJ King Shameek – The Unkut Interview
Having returned to the music game five years ago after an extended hiatus, DJ King Shameek is back rocking clubs on a regular basis in New Jersey and beyond, but you most likely first saw him do his thing with Twin Hype for their dance floor classic “Do It To The Crowd.” Shameek took some time out of his schedule to talk about his roots as a DJ and early production techniques, King Sun vs. Ice Cube and his involvement with the mysterious diss record “The Truth” in 1999, which may have inspired 50 Cent‘s “How To Rob.”
Robbie: What made you want to take deejaying seriously?
DJ King Shameek: I was living in California at the time – I’m originally from New Jersey – but my uncle was at a legendary club in Newark, NJ called The Zanibar, so every time he used to come to California he would always bring a couple of records and give me some stuff, and I would see photographs of him deejaying. That’s when I really started trying to persue it a little more, get turntables and stuff like that. This is when they didn’t even have a mixer with a cross-fader yet. I was getting these microphone mixers that just had the faders up and down, so I would just sit there with a left and a right, putting one up and then putting the other one down! It was hilarious if you think about it now. I was always collecting records and I inherited records from my parents – they brought me up on a lotta Motown stuff and some Spanish stuff here and there. I was preparing myself in my adolescent years, toying around with my father’s record player, trying to scratch on them! [laughs] I would try to do that when he wasn’t watching. I ended up leaving California in ’87. Before that I was just doing a few gigs by being featured here and there, it wasn’t until I came here that I started producing and deejaying professionally.
Video: 45 King Plays His Demo Beats on 45
Pretty much self-explanatory, from a series of twelve 7 inch singles that will be released over two months. Note the 45 King slip mats courtesy of BBP.
Stream: Lord Finesse – The SP-1200 Project Samplers
For fans of 90′s era Lord Finesse beats (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) the Slice of Spice crew have compiled a vinyl package to “keep the crowd listening.”
Finesse dug deep into his floppy disk and DAT tape archives to help bring us a monster 25 tracks of unreleased and previously unavailable SP1200 heat. After Finesse hooked-up the E-mu Systems SP1200 and Akai S950 to transfer and sequence these tracks, we had Eddie Sancho mix then, and Tony Dawsey master them.
You can pre-order here.
Below are the samplers from the various volumes, plus three full-length tracks as downloads:
Ka feat. Roc Marciano – Fall Of The Bronze [New Iron]
Ka just dropped a new EP with Preservation titled 1200 B.C., which you can cop for $5 here. It previews a new Metal Clergy track with Roc Marciano, which fades out halfway so we can assume that the full version is being saved for the next project.
Mikey D and Devastating Tito – Got’m Say’n Hey [Produced by Large Professor]
Mikey D and Devastating Tito [Fearless Four] have just teamed-up over a catchy Large Pro production for some of that good old back-and-forth rhyme routine action.
Mikey D and Tito also kicked some rhymes for 45 King‘s Making The Beat show the other week:
Announcement: Counterstrike 2 – A Decade of Unkut Mixtape
To celebrate ten years of Unkut Dot Com, I reached out to a number of rappers and producers that I fux with to lace me with an exclusive for the sequel to 2010′s Counterstrike tape. With the help of Discourse from Crate Cartel on the mix, the finished 50 minute mixtape is finally ready to drop next week.
In other news, the official Conservative Rap Coalition HQ site is also ready to preview.
Counterstrike 2 – A Decade of Dope track listing:
AWAR feat. Roc Marciano – Broad Daylight
Tales of ill-gotten gains over a Vanderslice and Green Steez soundtrack.
Illa Ghee – 90
World premier of the stand-out cut from BK trooper Illa Ghee‘s third LP, Social Graffiti, which is due 8 July. Driven by a breezy Large Professor head nodder, Ghee drops slang technology buttery enough to cover a jumbo bucket of popcorn, slyly informing us that, “Life’s a bitch – better yet a Kardashian.”
Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell (DJ Scratch Remix)
Outstanding remix of “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” from DJ Scratch‘s Scratchmatic project, dropping 4 July at his Scratch Vision site. Loud drums stay winning.
Download: DJ Shred One – Sample Soul Mix
Ideal mix for the weekend as DJ Shred One blends origianl soul samples with the songs that flipped them for Sample Soul: A Tribute Mix to Soul Music of the ’60s & ’70s Through Hip Hop Beats, courtesy of the URB Mixtape Series.
Download: Fat Lace Show 009
Missed this when it dropped last month, but nevertheless this is an essential mix of obscure 80′s and 90′s rap courtesy of Drew Huge and Dan Large.
$amhill – Project Misery
At long last, some new $amhill material for you Bronx rap aficionados, produced by Jean Duvall. This just might be the strongest performance I’ve heard from $amhill yet…
MarQ Spekt and Blockhead – SumOfItsParts
A snack from the new MarQ Spekt project with Blockhead, titled JustPlayWitIt.
What Should Be The Next CRC Clothing Range?
Dan Greenpeace of Fat Lace repping the CRC in Burj Khalifia.
We’re currently developing a range of t-shirts for all the collar-resistant of you out there to coincide with the release of Counterstrike 2: A Decade of Dope in the coming weeks, but the streets keep asking for more of those fine Conservative Rap Coalition garments. Let us know in the poll below what kind of CRC finery you would eff with and they shall be brought into existence. You can vote for as many items as like.
The Unkut Guide To The New Music Seminar Battle For World Supremacy
Tommy Boy Records founder Tom Silverman started the New Music Seminar in 1980 as a music industry networking event, and in 1985 introduced the MC and Beatbox Battle for World Supremacy (the beatboxing was replaced by DJ’s the following year), which would provide a fertile showcase for both new and established rappers and DJ’s to make a name for themselves. The following is a selection of memories from some of the rapper dudes who either competed or were in attendance.
Download: Price Styles – Masterpiece Theater: The Mixtape Vol. 1
CRC-Approved Boston MC Price Stylez has unleashed his first mixtape, going over a mixture of classic and recent beats courtesy of Dee Jay Element. Shout out to the homie Mal Moe.
Video: Ruc Da Jackel feat. Blaq Poet – Catch Your Drift
New clip from former Killa Kid Ruc Da Jackel as he recruits QB legend Blaq Poet to bless the booth.