Pic courtesy of Fat Lace. Back in 2006 I wondered why Schoolly-D never responded to Spoonie Gee’s ‘That’s My Style‘, included lines such as ‘Come in here from where ever you came/tryin’ to steal my style and plus my name.’ As was pointed out in the comments section, Schoolly fired back with a couple of lines at the beginning of ‘Housin’ The Joint‘ (‘You say I tried to diss you and I stole your style/but the days you was rockin’ I was still a lil’ child’), but I’ve always found… Read entire story.
Kanye West graced us with one of the best live TV performances of his career when he debuted “All Day” at the BRIT Awards last night. Wowing the audience with a flamethrowers and large crowd of London’s finest, the performance took an interesting turn when it was time for someone other than Kanye to get on the mic. Continuing his trend of on point co-signs, Kanye was joined on-stage by Allan Kingdom, who showed off some slick dance moves and delivered a killer hook. The post 8 Things You Need to Know About Allan Kingdom appeared first on Pigeons & Planes. Read entire story.
Searching through SoundCloud these days is often the same as going threw a dusty old bin of LP’s at a record store. You search and search for that perfect record to impress your friends + cat, and you often turn up with horrible bands from the 80’s you never knew existed–and in the modern sense–SoundCloud is littered with terrible Diplo covers by 12 year-olds who just bought their first copy of Garage Band. That being said, when you do find your crown jewel; it’s quite noticeable. I first stumbled upon Chloe Martini, when she first posted her cover … Read entire story.
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… Read entire story.
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: Blog Comment Sections: Once a place of hilarity and hurt feelings, the rise of social media outlets means that it’s easier to just post a comment elsewhere. Thus we can longer enjoy T-Ray and Mike Heron threatening… Read entire story.
The wolves are out. Irate rap fans everyone are calling for Aaron Fuchs‘ head on a pike following with the recent news that his publishing company Tuf America was suing singer Frank Ocean for unauthorized use of Mary J. Blige‘s “Real Love,” which he sung a portion of in the track “Super Rich Kids.” Predictably, this resulted in responses such as ?uestlove‘s tweet: “when i speak and reference the bloodsuckers of hip hop only ONE person comes to mind” despite the fact that Frank Ocean is technically an R&B singer. Aaron Fuchs seems to have provided a convenient scapegoat as the… Read entire story.
Battle rap is filled with moments that make you go, “WTF?” Sometimes, this can be indicative of a good performance. “WTF? How did he come up with that?” But often times, “WTF” alludes to some horrible, embarrassing stuff. In battles, this includes absurd punchlines, ridiculous punches, and incredible moments of brilliance and idiocy. These moments include a man urinating on himself after asking his opponent to be his boyfriend, a man acknowledging that his “penis is kinda small,” a man confusing surrogation and segregation, and a woman offering her opponent Monistat and Vagisil. These moments may also include a man who dresses as Batman to battle a blind opponent, gets naked in another battle, and dresses as… Read entire story.
The story of Charlie Rock aka DJ Stitches is a classic example of how brutal the music industry can be. As a founding member of De La Soul, only himself discarded once they signed their first record deal, he went on to score a contract with Mercury Records for his next group – Class A Felony – only to have the album stuck in limbo for two years after his MC was brutally murdered in a bungled robbery attempt. Having also been involved with records for Uptown and Ilacoin, Stitches shared a number of behind-the-scenes incidents during his extended tour of duty… Read entire story.
B-Boy Epidemic, also known as Scott Anouthai, is one of Atlanta’s foremost up-and-coming b-boys. He represents Battle Instincts Crew. The Look The design of the elbow pads is nice and sleek, with the imprint of CypherStyles at the top of the gear. The material feels comfortable – it has an Under Armour feel, keeping your elbows feeling cool. Black looks good on the gear, although it would be much nicer to have other color options. The Fit One problem I have with these elbows pads is it’s not a one size fits all – at least not … Read entire story.
“I want the old Kanye West back!” We heard it just last year when Yeezus divided the hip-hop community with its abrasive electronic production and obscene lyrics, and we heard it in 2008 when Kanye abandoned rap for 808s & Heartbreak, an album full of auto-tuned pop. Most artists, especially those who are active for many years, slowly evolve over time, incorporating new techniques and ideas, and being shaped by their life experiences and increasing age and maturity over numerous albums. Sometimes, however, the change in style is sudden and dramatic, with consecutive albums exhibiting wildly different sounds.The post The Biggest Album to Album Changes in Music History appeared first on Pigeons & Planes. Read entire story.
Growing up in Forest Projects in the South Bronx, DJ Diamond D embarked on a career as a local DJ before teaming-up with childhood friend Master Rob to form the Ultimate Force crew and release the “I’m Not Playing” single on Strong City. Following on from yesterdays detailed breakdown of his first solo album, we discussed his formative years as a music fan, his loyalty to those he grew-up with and some of his lesser known musical contributions beyond his work with the D.I.T.C. crew.Robbie: How old were you when you first deejayed publicly?Diamond D: First time… Read entire story.
Today marks ten years since I started Unkut Dot Com, and what better way to celebrate than to sit down with the original “Best Producer On The Mic” himself, Diamond D. Originally scheduled to take place in late 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of his classic debut album, Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop, it wasn’t until last week that it finally happened. We began by discussing his timeless debut, track-by-track:Diamond D: I’mma keep it a hunned with you, I only wanted twelve songs on there. But you’ve gotta remember in the early 90′s it wasn’t uncommon for an album to have 18, 19 songs. You… Read entire story.