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Tomorrow the 26th November marks the official kick off for the Kings Konekted-Corrupted Citizens LP trilogy of terror. We’re launching the release in 3 key parts with bits n pieces littered in between over the next couple of months, so please keep Unkut Recordings bookmarked on all media forms for updates regularly.
Pt.1 excitingly commences tomorrow with both the CD pre sale, by itself & in a LTD CD & T-Shirt pre sale pack and the launch of the first video to accompany the release.
The CD will continue to sell throughout the campaign. Many heads get caught sleepin’ on the humble CD these days with the recent love for black plastic, but best believe you don’t wanna sleep on this CD…
Like all good hard to obtain triple threats in any collection, each format brings something different to the next, in this case, the CD is packed with goodies from the 16 track deep audio to the incredible photography, illustration & design courtesy of Josh Davis, Sam Hillcoat and April77 respectively, throughout the packaging, including a 20 page booklet containing all track lyrics.
The CD/Tee pack is limited. We’ll be running limited quantities of each merch design dropping in conjunction with each audio format. The first flavour is in theme with the title track.
Pre orders for the 1st pack will run from THURSDAY 26th NOVEMBER – SUNDAY 29th NOVEMBER.
NO NEED TO PANIC, that’s 4 days and nights to lock in your pack with selected size. After Sunday, we will pull the CD / Tee pre order from the site. That style T-Shirt will then only be available from supporting stores in limited sizes.
All Corrupted Citizens Pre Orders will ship week commencing 14th December. CD’s will hit supporting stores & outlets 21stDecember.
Tomorrow night the first big visual component will also unfold.
The clip for the track “Value Of Adaption” will unveil across the globe at 8pm AEDT. Set aside an hour and tune in for youtube links to get a glimpse of this 5 minute plus banger. Unkut Recs award winning visual squadron have taken this one well beyond, so please do take the time to pop the corn, chill the brews, and press repeat…
Digi, Tape & Wax to follow to complete the cipher, but when the shits pure dope, only a little at a time…
On behalf of all involved in the entire project, we thank you for your support in advance and hope you enjoy the ride.
**above press release courtesy of Unkut Recordings**
Large Professor’s shelved 1996 album The LP could arguably be considered the original Detox. Recorded back in the mid 90’s The LP was to be Large Pro’s highly anticipated solo debut following the break up of Main Source. Shelved by Geffen until a “promo only” release saw the light of day in 2002, it wasn’t until 2009 after Large had regained rights to The LP that we saw the official 18 track version.
Though being shelved, The LP did yield the amazing jump-off single The Mad Scientist. If you’re like me you probably love Extra P’s use of Galt MacDermot’s Space (later used more prominently for Busta Rhymes’ Woo-Haa) for an intro before sampling and filtering the bass line from David Matthews’ Dune Part II… All that aside, i always wondered why Large dropped his first verse twice on the same track and I was blessed to be enlightened courtesy of NPR’s Microphone Check podcast earlier this week.
In the interview with host Ali Shaheed Mohammed (Tribe’s DJ – obviously) The Live Guy With Glasses stated that it was his exclamation point. He spat the verse at the start of The Mad Scientist and again at the end to really get his point across, to add “that exclamation point” to the end of the song. Large was “feeling some kinda ways” about his then current situation which he’d briefly addressed around the same time on Tribe’s Keep It Rollin off Midnight Marauders… Point taken. I suppose.
Far be it from me to question the Live Guy’s motives. Click the link and check out Large Pro’s “exclamation point” for yourself. It’s a great song and so indicative of that 90’s sound.
I was first introduced to the sounds of Pelako through a friend who brought the ‘Green And Gold’ CD over to a place I was living at about a decade ago. It wasn’t until recently when I scored myself a copy that I had the opportunity to enjoy it to it’s full extent. That was about a month ago, its barely left the whip since and has supplied the perfect soundtrack to many crate diggin’ escapades already.
Green And Gold is a less known release from Victorian rapper/producer/deejay/digga Pelako AKA Tetro Gigolo. Written and produced entirely by Pelako, ‘Green And Gold’ is a true DIY album. As a bonus to the 17 tracks of diggin’ anthems, blaze songs, story tellers, funkdafied beats and chill skits ‘Green And Gold’ comes with a second disc jam packed with $2 digs mixed to your delight.
I could go on and on but to give you a better idea of what Pelako and Green And Gold is all about, here’s some words taken from the liner notes;
“Green n Gold was created after many countless hours watching test cricket, drinking and smoking and going to garage sales in the off season and sleeping on the three seater. After realizing that nothing was getting done, I decided to finally have a go at that hip hop album. Obviously MPC heavy, it is a vein attempt to re-coup some of the funds spent on stupid amounts of records.
The album is all sorts of programming, I tried to turn the quantize off most of the time, so some of the beats are loose. You sample anything with the MPC, and you’ll soon learn what good production is all about. This project is far from it. With no budget (I also quit my day job) my mate The Barman gave me the option of recording at his new studio, as long as he was bent 86% of the recording time. It is our first attempt at an album length, vocal and MPC based recording. I refer to him when I call out “We’ve got the Midas Touch” as I would give him absolute shit samples and he got them to a state of play. The Barman deserves a lot of credit to the finality of this project and future shizzy. The final edit is seventeen tracks of samples, MPC drum breaks, extended skits with Pelako vocals, toasting everything from getting money to not having any. Nothing is really resolved except: you don’t get out unless you put in, from a filthy sack to underground thugs. This is what is happening to all these cats in OZ Hip Hop. They are finally seeing some money. Many front on it, I encourage it. Get your FOLD RIGHT!!! If you are going to sell the project just make sure your getting scrilla. Go for gold!!! There is no sell out when bootlegging is rife.
Pelako the Tetro Gigolo is the alias I use to keep my green grocers anonymous. It’s a Melbourne thing. Those in Richmond will know what I’m on about. Sort of EURO. To obtain the role of Tetro Gigolo I started the project with one vice; which is most obvious through out the whole project. Most OZ hip hop has a huge reference to booze, but to keep above board I stored the booze until the final cut. With-out that hang over, I got the focus for finishing each track, and had the patience for the repetitiveness sequence programming. The cons of such heavy puff, is breath. But Tet G was steady rollin’. When you are hooked on an MPC, you tend to become a hermit, so by the time it came to pen the lyrics, I tossed up stuff that was all observed close to home. Weed talk, footy stuff, getting money, underworld stuff, record collecting, old school references. There is only so much you can rock a topic so I threw in skits and beats to break it up. Like a intermission to pack another. The intro and outro are deceptors, got you thinking it’s some North of the Yarra Hippie Rap. It’s more a calling sign to make sure your blazed.
It is Victorian and Librel based, with references to Kennet the Great, as heard in Green and Gold (Grown and Country). Fuck it, business first!!! But Green and Gold is reference to everyone who is asking themselves how are they getting money, and who are they doing it for? I know heaps of Vic cats getting scrilla from being famous graff artists. This is what it is about. Let’s floss these fools with all this money to burn. Fuck it, it’s owed to Victoria. Our Old School should get it first, and as an unknown there is no money in this shit. So why do it? Green or Gold, Crown or Country? I was never good at graff, I played footy, I didn’t break dance, I collected records and since I heard crews like AKA, DWC, Formulators, Mama’s Funk, and Prowla, I wanted to get this shit done. I threw out the TV and wrote raps about what I want from money and how others get it and what I have to do to get my fold right. Green and Gold is that document.”
Check the diggin’ anthem ‘GOLD RUSH’ below and ask yourself; are you doing it for the Green or Gold? Crown or Country?
The Great Dot X is never outshone by anyone but Shabaam and Thirstin Howl do their thing on this!
For this round of DSTT I put forward a track from a German record I picked up for $2 at a fair earlier in the year. It’s a strange record, a real mash Jazz, funk and some really open sounds of keys etc with varying tempos. Everything I want in a record to sample really. Some tracks have some German spoken word laid over the instrumentation . I’d love to get a translation of what he’s saying, that shit sounds serious.
Great use of the track from all producers. This segment was never intended to be a competition of who can make the best beat from the sample, that’s is a very subjective question in itself and we don’t want that shit here. It’s intention is about listening to where the sample takes the producer and how their creativity gets them to the end result, if they use a whole loop or just a few notes of the melody. Thinking outside the box and putting forward a sample or a style of music to sample that’s out of someone’s comfort zone brings forward creativity in my opinion. Utilizing the skills and techniques to bring out your sound and letting the public see if they can pick it. This gives the public the opportunity to seek out some of the producers previous works also if they haven’t heard of them.
The sample probably wasn’t out of everyone’s comfort zone this round but it’s been fucking awesome to see what parts people chopped and looped and how creative everyone was. Thanks to all involved in the round.
Have a crack at guessing who made which beat during the week and I’ll reveal them Friday.
The poll tool on this host is fucking waksauce. If anyone has any better 3rd party suggestion that will work better please let me know in the comments!
Here is the official LP trailer for Kings Konekted’s highly anticipated forthcoming LP entitled “Corrupted Citizens”, out thru the mighty Unkut Recordings. More info to come…but stick this in ya ear & eye holes until then! Deadly!!!
For the uninitiated Sauce Money was a childhood friend of Jay-Z and an early affiliate of Rocafella Records, appearing most notably on the DJ Premier produced Bring It On off Hov’s debut Reasonable Doubt. Sauce Money also appeared on Big Daddy Kane’s 1994 album Daddy’s Home, on the posse cut Show N Prove which also featured a young Jay-Z, Shyheim and Ol Dirty. He dropped a solo album in 2000 called Middle Finger U which wasn’t too bad, I remember the 12″ off it was produced by Preemo.
All of that aside, Sauce Money found his greatest success in the music industry as a pen-for-hire during the 90’s and early 2000’s. One of his most notable credits was penning for the artist and label head formerly known as Puff Daddy on his 1997 tribute to Biggie, The Police sampling, I’ll Be Missing You. Knowing that you required another MC to pen a tribute to a person you were supposedly close with (Puff and BIG) doesn’t sit well with me but then again Puffy’s never pretended or hid from the fact that he’s not the most adept rap writer on the planet, remember.. “Don’t worry if I write rhymes, I write checks..”
Regardless, Sauce scored a Grammy for penning Puff’s apparently heartfelt sentiment and – from all reports – continues to get paid well off of his work for Bad Boy and the Roc. As a side note, I’ll Be Missing You is ranked by Billboard as one the top 100 selling singles of all time with sales in excess of 8 million
Track I recorded back in 2013 that never made the cut on the Kold Heat album.
Beat by Sean B.
A good guest appearance seems to be few and far between these days. Maybe I’m not listening hard enough, no doubt I’ve probably been sleeping on releases but when a market is so flooded with singles, mixtapes and convoluted crossover cunts doing wak compilation type albums I either couldn’t be fucked catching it or I just go back to my staples. I’m all for change with production techniques, equipment, and sound and open to new artists and all that but there just doesn’t seem to be many ‘above the clouds’ or ‘verbal intercourse’ guest tracks of late?
It’s all so disposable. Too much invested trying to get industry placements from producers, weak attempts at getting vets on track that simply fall short..Simple lazy bars and weak attempts at albums. Where are the dudes coming up on guest spots, where’s the competitiveness between label mates? the list goes on….
Enough of me talking shit on the industry. Here’s 5 body bagging guest spots that I’ve caught from the last 5 or so years that have made the track or put the main artist/s back in their place.
Ghostface – In the Park ft. Black Thought
Ghost set it off nice and had some nice references in there and all but Black Thought took the meat off the rack with this. His delivery was hard as hell and his verse had that extra level of reference tied in painting the picture better. Ghost should have taken Action’s advice after this session, but you don’t wanna come at the god like that. One of the stand out track off this album in my opinion.
A$AP Nast – Trillmatic ft. Method Mad
Another one of those Harlem hipsters looking get a bit of shine by enlisting Mr. Mef. I’ve never been a huge fan of Method Man but when he’s on point he’s on point and this is a perfect example of putting young dudes in check. I don’t think Nast has put out a song since haha.
Evidence – Fame ft. Roc Marciano, Prodigy .
Classic album. Solid assists from Ev and Marc, they set it up and P corner pocketed that bitch. Still get amped on this verse with P giving his delivery a little more push and change up.
Statik Selektah – Carry On ft. Joey Bada$$, Freddie Gibbs.
Freddie Kane pretty much blacks out on every guest verse he does most recently, burning young boy Josef who stayed shooting the shit with his bars and sounding a little struggled for breath, Freddie came with that water whipping cracked out automatic flow that everyone knows him for. I won’t bother listening to whatever album this is from unless someone puts it in my system for me. Dudes hate on me for saying it but I swear this Statik cunt brings out an album with every season! Whatever happened to quality over quantity? It aint all bad and this being one of those exceptions but a lot of his beats sounds like some talentless jacking over drum breaks, or he’s trying to emulate a another producers or sound. I respect the hustle if you use your muscle and I don’t see it all here.
Run The Jewels – Close Your Eyes ft. Zack de la Rocha
The ones more of a case of the guest making the track as Killer Mike goes hard a fuck. Being a massive RATM fan and not hearing anything from the front man in so long, my opinion towards this is slightly skewed. As repetitive as the hook is it works and his verse is on point. That dude is such a good writer he needs a album with the right beats put behind him. I read somewhere in an interview that el-p is working with him again on RTJ3 which should be something to look forward to. Do yourself a number and get both the albums if you haven’t already.
Jedi Mind Tricks – Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story ft. R.A. The Rugged Man
I know its old but I couldn’t go past mentioning R.A’s verse on this as I was listening to it the other week. It raises hairs on the back of my neck. Stoupe’s production is so haunting with RA’s war tales. No surprise, Vinnie gets bodied a few times on this album as he has on his previous works. I’m not a huge fan of JMT so it’s easy for me to say. He’s goes alright on this joint though. It’s worth a look for this and Ill Bills verse on Heavy Metal Kings.
Can’t think of anything else right now but feel free to link us up some more of recent in the comments.
Rest in Peace Bottles!
The first of many interviews from a recent trip to Melbourne, Australia. We took some time out of our hangover to take a studio tour and have a conversation with Melbourne MC/Producer, Dazed. Cheers!
I was recently diggin’ through an old shoebox of all sorts and come across a few gems. One being this flyer for Lazy Grey and Ken Oath’s ‘Have A Beer‘ film clip screening at Rics Cafe a decade plus some years ago.
Before social media it was community radio, word of mouth and flyers like this one at your local record store that brought heads together from all sides of the city.
For locals ‘Have A Beer’ and the entire Lazy Grey ‘On Or Off Tap’ release became a drinking anthem for Rivercity crews in the park after dark getting street educated.
Most will agree that it was during this time (98-02) that today’s local Hip-Hop scenes foundations were established. But for most that attended, nights like this are now just a few sketchy memories refered to as ‘the good ol’ days’.
And on that note..