Got An Ill-Mind

As promised, more exclusive footage from the recent F*CK WHAT YOU HEARD showcase at NYC’s Tammany Hall.

Maffew Ragazino, with the help of Sha Banga, give the crowd a brief synopsis on how life at that next level is. Although Maff’s set was cut short due to time constraints, duke definitely sold us on his agile stage tactics by engaging the crowd, no matter the angle. Dude is, without question, on some true school MC shit.


Plus! The new Brownsville, BK anthem…

“Where I’m From”

Full versions of both joints are available on Maff’s Rare Gems: The Collection.

Big ups Maff and Sha Beezy.

I Wanna Rock Right Now

Ragazino Senior‘s new single has been ringing off on daytime FM receivers across the tri-state area thanks to DJ Enuff and DJ Quiz on Hot 97. Proof that genuine, unvarnished irony does exist – the song’s symbolic title refers to sir Maffew as an outcast of sorts (though it can be taken as the guy being in a class all by himself). The warm weather number, doing one of the finest Rob Base flips you’ll ever hear, will appear on his upcoming album in conjunction with Boundless NY and Peter Rosenberg, entitled M.A.F.F.E.W..

We bring to you some exclusive footage of Maff and C.I.C.O. prez Sha Banga doing a bit of the joint live at the recent F*CK WHAT YOU HEARD showcase at Tammany Hall in NYC.

“Black Sheep” Live at FWYH, NYC

In case you haven’t, play & download the single for your listening pleasure.

Maffew Ragazino “Black Sheep” (Produced by Harry Fraud)

Cause If You Don’t, The Block Will Hug Me

Boldy James is, in short, another example as to why Detroit has shot up to the top of my list of cities that swell with great rap drinking water. I won’t front, I only started to hear about/pay attention to duke around two weeks ago, but I was immediately drawn to his delivery (I’ll call it “lazy confidence”) and the perfect compliment to which that is his stoutly pronounced technical sensibility in verse structure. Basically, the dude isn’t just some “Young” or “Lil” cat going nowhere fast over really slow and heavy beats; Boldy can rap.

His two-part mixtape, Trapper’s Alley (Pros And Cons), just dropped and it is an ill journey. Futuristic dope boy music with an undercurrent of a lesson to be learned.

Take a moment… (download Trapper’s Alley)

Visuals off the mixtape:

“Concrete Connie”

“I Sold Dope All My Life”


Sheik With The Scarred Cheek

Shabaam Sahdeeq revisits the days of Rawkus, his time inside, and recording “5 Star Generals” at DJ Spinna‘s house with a young Marshall Mathers. I definitely remember a time when it wasn’t so strange to catch “Arabian Knights” on Hot 97 a few times a week. Directed by Media Gasface.

As a bonus…here’s the aforementioned banger that put him on the map:

“Arabian Knights” (Produced by Nick Wiz)

Peep The Paradoxical

The God Bzar holds down Episode 5.0 of the TCK Krew Podcast for doley this time around. We assume that Nasty Vaz went on a rare cheesesteak mission, somewhere, out there. Well, Bzar does the crew nothing short of a good look with his turntable mannerisms and selection of late-90’s-to-mid-2000’s rugged hip hop shit. And hey, the God apparently gets his knowledge on through the vital act of reading too…yes, this means he’s got some book reviews for the listeners. Honestly, I didn’t expect anything more from a book entitled Decoded.

The TCK Krew Podcast: Episode 5.0

I Saw The Thunder And Heard The Lightning

They got Gil Scott now? Damn. Another legendary talent has gone forth to unravel the mortal coil. Although physically, he may no longer remain, it is surely evident that his socio-political message has been immortalized in the make up of millions for decades now, and will continue to be passed on to the following generations (no matter if THEY like it or not). Before rap, he was one of THE original MC’s, a ravenous truth speaker. His words were a new science, fused together by the dead tears of those who fell to immeasurable odds and the unescapable sight of society’s sickly grin as it watched the simple slaughter continue by the day. They hated to see him with a mic in his grasp, as it immediately became a threat of unfathomable proportions to their agenda.

Gil Scott-Heron “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”

Gil Scott-Heron “Or Down You Fall”

Gil Scott-Heron “Home Is Where The Hatred Is”

The man had a mean team with him too. Brian Jackson, Hubert Laws, and Pretty Purdie, to name a few.

Before The Blueprint, and even much of the classic Wu catalog, at a time when such a thing was not so en vogue, there stood a sped-up vocal sample that I could never put down from wanting to repeat all-day (though not so easy to sing). It was on KMD‘s “What A Niggy Know? (Remix)” (such a fucking great record for so many reasons), and at first, I swore it was some old female soul songstress. Come to find out, thanks to my man Commander Black, that my favorite vocal sample of all time came from Gil Scott’s “Pieces Of A Man,” the heartbreakingly beautiful title track from his 1971 classic. I think I need to bless you with some audio.

Gil Scott-Heron “Pieces Of A Man”

KMD “What A Niggy Know (Remix)” (Feat. MF Grimm)

Rest In Power Gil Scott-Heron.

Renegade Rampage

Kid Hood was one of those cats who came and went far too quickly – to the point where dude is now a 90’s rap folk legend. What’s both sad and funny is the fact that many people know duke’s relentless wordsmithage from the set-off of Tribe‘s “Scenario Remix,” and (most likely) hundreds of thousands more know his one line from the cuts on Biggie‘s “Gimme The Loot” (“I’m a bad, bad man!”), yet it is safe to say that 99% of these people would not be able to put a name to those bars. (Let’s also not forget the cuts on The Juggaknots’ “Troubleman”)

The following is the type of aficionado historian shit that makes our week. On some late night campfire steez. The premise is that of how “Drop The Bomb,” the only other song to publicly surface containing Kid Hood vocals (via Stretch & Bobbito), came to be. The recent discovery was the fact that this demo joint started as just bare verses on a cassette, posthumously welded together to a beat. Oh, but it gets deeper. Dr. Frankenstein, in this case, was played by a young El-Producto (or El-P of (pre) Company Flow/Def Jux fame). Click the following link for El’s own walk down memory lane on how it all went down. It’s story-time kiddies!

Big up GrandGood.

“Drop The Bomb (Demo)” (Produced by El-P)

As you will read, the vocals are not quite “on”…but it clearly does not matter as the shit is so fuckin’ dirty. Raw, as each bar is precious.

Rest In Power Kid Hood.

I Take It Back To Walkmans And Tape Decks

Action Bronson gets the Mash Out assist from Brownsville OG, Lil Fame (yes, of M.O.P.) for the newest number to leak off of Bronson’s album with Statik Selektah, Well Done (July 5).

Action Bronson “Time For Some” (Feat. Lil Fame, Produced by Statik Selektah)

Hoes Is Like Personal Slaves

Roc Marciano and Danny Brown make something out of nothing. I pretty much can’t stand this beat and hate the hook…but it’s worth posting/a listen for the oddball combination of the two dope MC’s.

Sir Ahh “Fresh” (Feat. Roc Marciano, Danny Brown, Marv Won)

P.S. Yeah that was crazy biased and not very “journalistic” of me…so call it a “review” then.

Them James Brown Kicks

Peedi Crakk gets candid for a second…sorta. As simple as the premise is for this short video, being asked to list off his 3 most beloved things in life, it’s the way the answers are laid out that makes it a winner.

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