6/6/19

Kaleber - Rather Be ft. Shea O.D.

Some Caribbean flavor from the Wyandanch MC.

Bolaji - In Demand Demo

Known for releasing a coveted "fast-rap" single on Zakia Records, as well as his work with the High Council collective, Bolaji is an interesting character from Long Island hip-hop history to say the least. He came out on Eric B & Rakim's first label, sounded almost like a cross between Ra and Big Daddy Kane, grew up around Freddie Foxx (who one of his sisters dated for a time) in North Babylon, and was rediscovered after some 20 years thanks in part to Dope Folks Records, which has issued several EPs worth of previously unreleased material from the MC.

At least some of this music, it seems, was originally intended for an album called In Demand. In a 2010 interview, Bolaji told Jesse Serwer: "We recorded a whole album with 12 songs at Chung King Studios, which was going to be called In Demand. [Zakia] spent some money. I can’t say we were totally jerked because if we told [Zakia owner] Robert Hill, 'We need some bread, when are we going to start seeing some money?' he would just dig in his pocket and break us off. I can’t say that I didn’t get nothing. Over the two years we was running with him, he was giving us money. I’m sure we were entitled to more. I should have appointed somebody that knew better. I took the contract to a lawyer that wasn’t an entertainment lawyer. I didn’t know the difference between entertainment lawyers versus criminal lawyers versus paralegals. I was so excited to be getting to where I was going as a rapper that I let the important things get by. But that forced me to to learn how this business really works. So, we didn’t release anything else off that album because while we were waiting, he closed up shop."

In addition to being able to hear a number of these tracks on the Dope Folks records, you can now stream or download what appears to be the original In Demand demo, a six-track tape clocking in at nearly 30 minutes, which was posted to Soundcloud by user Hidingplaceplce. Speaking of Soundcloud, you can also find some newer music from Bolaji here.

5/2/19

Uncle John - Cold Fish

A cross-island collaboartion to write home about, Cold Fish teams Freeport's Uncle John with Holbrook's Fony Wallace aka Fony47.

The last/first we heard from Fony was on Christ Kenneth's The Abomination of Desolation. Cold Fish presents a similiar afterhours-type atmosphere, but seen through an entirely different lens.

Uncle John has been flooding the net since the early days of this site, but this is definitely a new look for the MC, especially when you compare it with his Lyrical Assassin series, the latest installment of which was produced by FarmaBeats.

Pure, uncut scaly, fresh out the icebox; hopefully, Cold Fish is the first of many collaborations from these two artists.

4/26/19

The Def Squad Freestyles Vol. 1

Redman
EPMD
Erick Sermon
Parish Smith
Keith Murray
Tommy Gunn (RIP)
Jamal

1990~2007

Radio DJs: Lady B, Sway & King Tech, Funkmaster Flex, Stretch & Bobbito...

WiFi OG - Serato Sample Mix 4-19-19

WiFi OG aka DJ Prince, of Mobile Kitchen,

selector for Yahdcast, Ode to Vinyl, et al.

Live Serato mix,

17+ minutes upped April 19.

Mind the Disrupt,

his latest LP, up April 22.

4/4/19

AWOL Da Mindwriter - "Return of the Death Egg"

AWOL Da Mindwriter, of Great Neck, calls himself "a hardcore hip-hop/nerd-core artist, songrwiter." That explains the Sega shirt and references to obscure Dreamcast games you might hear in some of his songs. The latest, however, "Return of the Death Egg" is more about murder. It's the first single off Insert Coin: The Sampler, which is produced entirely by The Dopplegangaz and scheduled for release April 20.

4/3/19

Nox - "Minimal Friends" ft. AllOne

What's better than having no friends? Arguably, having mad friends. But what's better than having no friends or mad friends? Definitely, having a select few really good friends.

Here, Farmingdale (by way of Blue Point) rapper Nox calls on his friend AllOne to wax poetic about and around the topic.

"How many of us have them?"

Blaq Kush - Kushan Sundaze Vols. 10-1

Regular visitors should remember Blaq Kush from his work as 1/3 of Ubvn Architects NYC, and that clique is steadily killing everything and everybody, but the die-hards know Kush's solo work goes back even further. In fact, roughly around the same time the crew starting getting attention here, Blaq Kush also put out a series of bugged out music videos called Kushen Sundaze. Another collaborative effort — this one with Kush's Outer Galactic Marauder Faction — the series has a completely different aesthetic than what you might be used to from Urbvn, but is dope in its own right, so enjoy.