8/7/18

Knowledge The Pirate - "Ahoy"

Knowledge the Pirate has at long last released his much-anticipated debut album, Flintlock. A 15-track manifesto that's equal parts sinister and scintillating, the album is out now on mp3 or wav via Knowledge's own Treasure Chest Ent. A limited run of cassettes sold out very quickly, but look out for a 2LP release coming soon on Tuff Kong.

To celebrate the release, here's some more gold from Knowledge's buried treasures, this one off DJ S&S's 1999 mixtape, Harlem World Order. Props to Gusty Wingers at Philaflava for unearthing it.

8/5/18

True Life - Cocaine Crack (You Might Not Make It Back)


Something of a novelty record, "Cocaine Crack (You Might Not Make It Back" appears to be the only single released by Hempstead group True Life and one of only two records records from their label Top Shelf, "Connoisseur of Fine Music."

Released in 1986, it lists Eric Sadler (later of Bomb Squad fame) as a producer, though he (or someone claiming to be him on Discogs, which would be very weird) claims he was only in the studio and not involved in the making of the record. Sadler also tells us that listed songwriter W. Blunt II was "a police officer trying to make a statement record."

From the same Discogs comments section, we learn that Blunt's full name was William Charles Blunt aka Duce and that another listed songwriter, J. Eatman, went on to become Da Bandit, one half of a duo that put out an EP on Tuff City some eight years later. The other two songwriters, presumably pictured above, don't have any other readily identifiable credits, but with a little bit of poking around on Discogs, we find that Blunt was also credited on the other Top Shelf release, Silhouettes / Cream Tea, which came out the following year.

...And this is why Discogs is the best thing on the internet. Of course, respect due to Ingo Zoerntlein aka MC ZRock, a German YouTuber with a channel dedicated almost exlcusively to anti-drug raps.

8/3/18

Theravada on NTS

Theravada's madness begins at 31:54.
VILDHJARTA - SHADOW
PAUL HARES - CYCLONE PT 5
RBCHMBRS - LAVENDERS*
FRITS WENTINK x DJ BORING - CHAD BROTHERS
ESTEE NACK x SADHUGOLD - DIFFERENCES
DFNS x OLASGEUN - WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM*
YUNGMORPHEUS x THERAVADA - SELF EFFICACY*
THERAVADA - PRESSURE FEAT. ANKHLEJOHN (PROD. FREDDYMOE)*
THERAVADA - TAX*
THERAVADA - OSTRICH FREESTYLE*
SIR EU x RBCHMBRS - LAMB*
(*) denotes unreleased content

7/9/18

Horror City - "Vibin'" prod. by Pete Rock (Premiere)

Horror City frontman Superstar has adopted the collective's name as his own and sent over a brand new Pete Rock-produced single and accompanying artwork to mark the occasion.

Long Island Rap Blog, having eaten through one free Soundcloud account, is proud to premiere said single as the first upload to our new Soundcloud account, @LongIslandHipHop.

You, being all about referring to things like songs and blog posts as "content," recognize that this is some dope original content, follow everybody involved and enjoy thoroughly.


7/6/18

Rakim Performs New Song & Reworks Classics @ NPR

Perfoming a set including the new Luke Cage song "King's Paradise" as well as "Paid In Full" and "Know the Ledge (Juice)", Rakim is joined by Adrian Younge (keys), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (bass), Jack Waterson (guitar), David Henderson (drums), Loren Oden (vocals), Saudia Mills (vocals), Angela Munoz (vocals), Stephanie Yu (violin), Bryan Hernandez-Luch (violin), DeAndre Shaifer (trumpet) , Jordan Pettay (saxophone), Joi Gilliam (vocalist) and Christone "Kingfish" Ingram (guitar).

6/16/18

ShoZae - Coffy

Shozae and Grandmilly's long-anticipated Adventureland album drops later this summer on Stones Throw. Look for that, as well as an interview with the duo, coming soon. In the meantime, here's something in the way of a funky followup to Sho's Beneath the Mantle Volume 1.

6/6/18

Oxygen & Paul Nice - Body Language

5/14/18

Rome Streetz - Noise Kandy

This EP starts with a hard beat.

Then the first two lines are: "Fuck a nine-to-five, to survive, dunny, we moving yay / Rolling money folded like my name Daniel Dumile."

Then you freak the fuck out, punch a hole through the wall, grab your neighbor by the throat (through the wall), and choke the chump to sleep.

Then you listen to the rest of the EP.

Akari - Dreamgarden

Is Akari the Barry White of hip-hop?

OR ... is Barry White the Akari of soul?

That's The N$64,000 Question.

Don't be a Lazyboy.

Download this one.

4/24/18

Horror City - "Current Affairs"


Horror City's Superstar's unorthodox style somtimes carries all the way over to his actual method of putting out new material. Case in point: he dropped this video by posting it to Facebook and a link to it in the comments section of a post on this website. I had to reactivate my Facebook account just to get the embed code. At any rate, a new album's coming from him this summer, so look out for that.