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Unkut 40.oz 2015

Shouts to Robbie @ unkut.com for his compilation of 40 favourite’s from 2015. If you got caught up and missed a whole bunch of shit, then this is a good indication of what the year looked like. There’s a couple meh joints in there but who’s got time to argue with another man’s opinion. Track listing and download link below.

01 ‘Day 13’ – Dr. Yen Lo
02 ‘Metal Beard’ – Sean Price feat. Vic Spencer
03 ‘Synergy’ – Jadakiss feat. Styles P
04 ‘Even If’ – Capone-N-Noreaga feat. Tragedy Khadafi
05 ‘The Watch’ – Willie The Kid feat. Royce Da 5’9
06 ‘Life Time’ – Styles P
07 ‘Sweet Chick’ – Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire
08 ‘Junkyard Dogs’ – Czarface feat. Juju
09 ‘Open Fire’ – Clever 1
10 ‘Summer Nine Five’ – Maffew Ragazino
11 ‘No Filter’ – Cormega and Roc Marciano
12 ‘Revolver’ – Da Buze Brovaz feat. Tug McGraw
13 ‘God Praise’ – O.C. and Debonair P
14 ‘True G’ – LUVNY feat. Lord Tariq
15 ‘Everlasting’ – Hus Kingpin and SmooVth
16 ‘Auction’ – Puff Daddy feat. Lil’ Kim, Styles P and King Los
17 ‘The More Things Change’ – Grand Puba
18 ‘Gangsta 2K15’ – Agallah The Don feat. Hus Kingpin
19 ‘Complexion (A Zulu Love)’ – Kendrick Lamar feat. Rapsody
20 ‘We Don’t Play’ – Aim and QNC feat. Grand Puba and Sean Price
21 ‘Extradite’ – Freddie Gibbs feat. Black Thought
22 ‘Drive A Nigga Crazy’ – Rick Ross
23 ‘Pay It Forward’ – J-Live
24 ‘Lively Hood’ – DOOMSTARKS
25 ‘Grey Coupe’ – Courteous L feat. Jacardi Jacobs
26 ‘City of God’ – Rast
27 ‘QU Wordsmith’ – LEX
28 ‘H.I.T.H.’ – The Doppelgangaz
29 ‘Rooted’ – Scarface feat. Papa Reu
30 ‘B.L.O.W.’ – A.G.
31 ‘Circadian Rhythm’ – DUS feat. Eloh Kush
32 ‘Revory (Wraith)’ – Raekwon feat. Ghostface Killah and Rick Ross
33 ‘Sophia Yo’ – Large Pro
34 ‘Sasquatch In a UFO’ – Your Old Droog
35 ‘Glisten’ – R.A.W. (Problemz & DJ Skizz) feat. Lil Fame
36 ‘Clutch’ – Erick Sermon feat. Method Man and Redman
37 ‘Worldwide’ – Method Man feat. Hanz On, Uncle Murda, Chedda Bang
38 ‘Cocaina’ – Milano
39 ‘The Documentary 2’ – The Game
40 ‘Pointy Shoes’ – Ray West and Kool Keith

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Overproof Pete – Same As It Ever Was

Track I recorded back in 2013 that never made the cut on the Kold Heat album.
Beat by Sean B.

5 Recent Body Baggin Guest Appearances….

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.

What the Fuck Friday?! 


If you follow this rap shit like I follow this rap shit then you’ve probably heard the question posed before but here it goes again, what the fuck is C.L. Smooth actually rapping about?!

Don’t for a second get it twisted, this album is a masterpiece of intricate sampling and layers the likes of which you’ll never see again in this day and age what with sample clearances and all. Pete Rock’s luscious use of multiple records per song is a masterclass for any person with a keen ear for beats and breaks, I just don’t quite get what C.L. Is rapping about on most of these songs, take album opener Return To Mecca for example;

Start Em in Harlem with the motto, the Apollo boogie to me, I’ll swallow hollow when ya follow. Stable like a turntable, lyrics I cradle, no fable, label or one, my tongue around your navel…

He continues;

..Now I sink you to the link that’ll make you think, yous too large to shrink, I need a drink..

And he continues to continue on in much the same fashion over the rest of the album. Im not being picky here either, when C.L. puts it all together it sounds amazing over the top of what the Chocolate Boy Wonder has provided him but I’m just not getting it.

Even the magnificent They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) doesn’t really seem to be about what we’ve all thought it was about for all these years, the loss of Pete’s cousin and Heavy D backup dancer Trouble T-Roy. I’m of the opinion that when those horns come in you forget everything else and just fall into the feeling of the record.

I’m not dissing this album at all, I’m just trying to understand it, it’s incredible to the ear but when you start peeling away the lyrical layers it leaves me wondering and Grand Puba’s ghostwriting for Pete is obvious particularly on the freestyle that leads in to For Pete’s Sake. PR sounds almost like he’s doing a Grand Puba impersonation without the same vocal tone.

I’m probably looking to deep into it. All of the above aside, Mecca & The Soul Brother is an amazing listen and one well worth revisiting if you get a minute. Everything meshes together to create such a complete album that you get lost in its dense production… But, and it could be a big but for those that disagree, next time you’re listening to it listen to the lyrics and feel free to tell me I’m wrong.

Unintentional Duos: Big Pun & Nore

Has anyone else ever noticed how truly dope the late great Punisher’s collab’s with Noreaga were? Hip Hop has produced some amazing duos but while Pun has always been associated more with Fat Joe and Nore with Capone and Tragedy, it’s the collaboration’s between these two Puerto Rock hardbodies that’ve got me fuxin’ with the internets here tonight. These are a few i have in my own collection but a simple YouTube search will turn up even more. Walk with me now…

Big Punisher ft Noreaga – You Came Up

This Rockwilder produced gem was the third single from Pun’s 1998 debut album Capital Punishment. Pun reps the BX while Nore holds down Queens over some funky horns. There’s a video out there for this but i prefer the album version.

Noreaga & Big Pun – Thug Brothers

This is from Funk Flex’s 60 Minutes of Funk Volume 3. If you don’t have your own copy of it there exits a better version on YouTube that i couldn’t embed for some reason. Nore puts in a gold medal performance on this, at no point being outshone by Pun.

Royal Flush ft Big Pun & Noreaga – Clap Yo Hands

I own this 12″ and i fuckin love it, it’s also quiet a rare track from what i’m led to believe. The Punisher slaughters this joint sampled from The Metres Handclapping Song, it’s as simple as that. It rivals his appearance on Beatnuts’ Off The Books. Flush and Nore let ya know Queens is in the house also but they had to work for it after Pun.

Pete Rock ft Big Pun, Noreaga and Common – Verbal Murder

Pete Rock’s solo debut was packed with memorable guest-spots and this ranks among them highly. Why Common is on here i don’t know but it’s never been more evident that there will never be another Pun or Nore, both amazing characters in their own right. I never listen as far as Common because there’s no need.

Kid Capri ft Noreaga & Big Pun – Block Party

Mix-tape king Kid Capri put out an album at the end of the 90’s that featured just about every (living) major rapper of the era but it wasn’t really that good. This is an exception though. Nore’s flow is almost anti-pun’s in that he leaves so much breath in the beat while Pun fills every single measure of a bar with syllables, except for when he’s snorting the breath back into his lungs. I fuck with Nore on this though.

DJ Clue ft Cam’Ron, Big Pun, Noreaga, Canibus – Fantastic 4

It was the end of the 90’s on Clue’s The Professional and Pun and Nore were playing rap’s odd couple again. Book-ended by two impressive performances from Cam’ and Can’ it’s Pun and Nore (getting head in the whip in any street) for my money on this shit. The beat gets on my nerve after a while but the constant darts will keep you entertained.

 

 

Happy Easter from NATAS

RUN ROYAL EXCLUSIVE – “98:Foundation” (Trailer)

In the late 2000’s Bias B approached Heata regarding an idea to make a local documentary about the release of his Beeswax LP from 1998. Together with Discourse they formed a film crew and began interviewing people regarding the early years and development of Australian Hip Hop pre the 2000’s.
As more people were interviewed, the team started to realise that the project was bigger than just the story of one album. And so, the film took a different direction.This here is a Trailer cut from their interviews over time with original stock footage.

We feel that “98:Foundation” is a very important story to tell, not just for those who were around in the early days, but also for future generations to understand and respect the architects. This project has not been completed, with ideas waiting to be developed and funded towards a full length Doco feature. The trailer is just an example of what it could be with many more people yet to be interviewed and filmed.
With the assistance and hard work of people such as B Wiv (Daniel Cowan), Josh Davis & Trem One, the “98” trailer stands ready for future development. The burning question is….”would any one want to see this made into a full length Film?” So where to from here……

Pioneers With Girls Names

Tracie and Kerry… Two bad-ass dudes that’ve been done their thing, with feminine names.

Enjoy ya Friday yo!

Get Ready For Combat…

I remember years back receiving a textual transmission from my friend and esteemed colleague Proof telling me to check out this blog he’d just discovered called Daily Mathematics. I’d never heard about the blog of which he spoke and in the following text he proceeded to tell me that it was written by a hip hop music attorney and lawyer who wrote these amazing stories about his time within the industry, needless to say i was intrigued. That evening i went to my future wife’s computer and typed Daily Mathematics into its search engine and spent the remainder of the evening glued to the incredible and often hilarious stories on the screen. I stuck with Daily Math for a while, Combat’s insider tales about everyone from Dame Dash to Easy Moe Bee had me hooked, his stories were crack for a confessed rap addict such as myself.

I’ll try not to sound like a Wikipedia entry here but Combat Jack was born Reggie Osse a native New Yorker (Brooklyn to be exact) of Haitian decent. After receiving degree’s from Cornell and Georgetown Law he interned at Def Jam in 1989 where he’d work sample clearances for 3rd Bass’ Cactus Album. From there his credits are endless, after brokering Jay-Z’s first ever deal with Payday Records he’d go on to work with everyone from Bad Boy and Rockerfella to Capone-N-Noreaga and RA The Rugged Man. He also worked as a managing editor at The Source for a minute as well as a very brief stint with MTV, he was hugely involved behind the scenes of a lot of the most popular records of the 90’s. He retired from the music industry unsatisfied and disheartened by its constant fuckery in the early 2000’s.

He started blogging about his time within the industry under the alias of Combat Jack following his retirement and fast gained a following in hip hop blogging’s formative years of 05/06, translating that following on to an online radio show and then on to a prominent hip hop podcast. His broadcast alongside team member and prominent NY sneakerhead Premium Pete is going from strength to strength and has been a weekly must listen for a few years now. The show is an intrinsic look at hip hop and New York culture and i consider it one of the most important documentations we have of hip hop at this point in time. I was a little concerned when Dallas Penn retired from the team last year but the show didn’t miss a beat and has only gotten better in my books.

The guest list over the years is endless, if they were involved in East Coast hip hop anytime from the mid 80’s on then they’ve probably been on the Combat Jack podcast. Recent episodes with Lord Finesse, Freddie Foxxx, Jermaine Dupri, Chuck D, Kane, Cormega and Ice-T have been stellar, jam packed with history, stories and a literal tonne of amazing content. Not to mention episodes with Clark Kent, Bobbito Garcia, photographer Glen Friedman, Spike Lee, the infamous first Dame Dash episode and the episode where Havoc of Mobb Deep said he wrote those tweets about his man Prodigy and that a publicist told him to say he left his phone at a gas station, he continues on essentially calling P a bitch.

No matter how little i know about some of the guests i’m constantly intrigued and usually enthralled by most of the discussions. Like it, follow it, rate it, stream it, listen to it and enjoy it. Go back through the archives and discover something about someone you might know nothing about. The Combat Jack Show is available over at iTunes and Soundcloud and also streams off their website below.

http://thecombatjackshow.com/

 

Keep It Thorough!

Unless it’s The Godfather II, i’m not much for sequels.

In the sport that is rap music i’ve come to the conclusion that sequels are what rappers do in a vain attempt at reclaiming some form of past glory in an era where music sales are at an all time low, one last moment in an otherwise dimming spotlight. Fat Joe, CNN, Red & Meth, Jay-Z and far too many others have all dropped sub-par sequels to one of their classic recordings. Off the top, the only sequels that i can think of that worked were Raekwon’s OB4CL2 and Prodigy’s HNIC2 and in saying that, i don’t think Cuban Links 2 was exactly what everyone hyped it to be, it was good but a classic?! Nas’ Stillmatic probably deserves a mention also but only time can define a classic so we’ll wait and see…

Now, to the contrary. The possibility of a sequel to Cormega and Tragedy’s timeless track “They Forced My Hand” pricked my ears up when i caught this video last night, the reason for that being that in 2014 i don’t think either QB veteran has been sharper with their pen. Tragedy’s been dropping heatrock after heatrock in the lead up to Magnum Opus and you already know how dope Mega Philosophy is from earlier this year. A Mega and Trag collab is always a welcome thing in whatever form but a sequel to “They Forced My Hand”, if handled by the right producer, could be a very good look for two incredibly sharp MC’s known for reflective and emotive music.

Til then let’s just keep our fingers crossed and hope that Ghost never drops that Supreme Clientele 2 he’s been promising for the past couple years. I’d hate to see another album’s legacy tarnished by a shoddy, inconsistent follow-up.

Here’s “They Forced My Hand” for those that don’t know what the fuck it is that i been talkin ’bout.

 

Excuse me Doug E. Fresh you’re on!

Happy Friday to you all. I recently discovered this footage of the S-N double O-P (D-O double G-Y D-O double G ya see) performing Slick Rick and Doug E Fresh’s classic “Ladi Dadi” live with Doug E. Fresh himself. Check out Snoop breaking down what it is to be a fan of this here rap shit before inviting The Worlds Greatest Entertainer to the stage, it’s a great way to kick off a Friday!

 

NAMEBRAND “Whips”

Why muthafuckaz gotta sing in tha god damn hook!!!

Oh..and ya man got a 5D too? Impressive. Tell him to buy a fuckin’ tripod!

Slaughterhouse – Y’all Ready Know

 

It’s not that i don’t like Slaughterhouse, it’s just that i don’t really like Slaughterhouse. They’re not as great as the sum of their parts and by that i mean that individually they all achieve, and in some cases excel behind the mic but collectively they just don’t mesh. Half way through this clip i started looking at a Pharcyde 12″ i had next to me and thinking that that Drop remix by The Beatminerz is fucking dope! See nothing here really works for me, Preem’s production sounds like a well mixed outtake from his Beats That Collected Dust series and i then have to wait until the end to hear one MC really kill it (Crooked I – just in case you can’t be bothered hanging around until the end). I’m not on some “oh woe is me” shit here either, but tell me you don’t think the same when you hear Preemo’s cuts, it pains me to say it..

I’m not hating though, i’m happy to see Preem getting some of that Shady/Interscope money and it’s also nice to see Marshall finally cutting Royce in on a piece of his lucrative pie after all these years!

 

Out of courtesy i included that Beatminerz remix of Drop i mentioned earlier. It’s dope and it saves you having to hunt down the 12″ roughly two minutes through the above clip.