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Crusaders for Real Hip-Hop – Strictly 609 rare & unreleased EP

Not everyone knows the Crusaders for Real Hip-Hop. While Tony D was an underground hero for many of us, he never broke the mainstream, and this posse album dropped with little fanfare. I remember copping it based on the cover and group name, before I even realised it was a Tony D project. It remains a pretty obscure piece, albeit with some absolute gems on it. I was wearing my OG Crusaders promo T-shirt out in Dubai last year and Stretch Armstrong, seeing the Profile Records logo on it, told me he’d never heard of them.

Now is a good time to get familiar. Our man PQuest, who did the recent OPP was Adam’s Nightmare T-shirt we repped here and has put out some great reissues from the likes of Blaque Spurm and Funk Family – you can cop what remains of the goodness here – has been working behind the scenes to source some unreleased Crusaders material, and is about to drop a two volume vinyl project, all produced by Tony D. You can pre-order the first part now, and the first 70 orders get a free postcard. Strictly limited, cop before it’s too late.

Posted by drewhuge in Audio, General, Rest In Peace

At The Party

Apologies for the silence on the blog for the last week. I’ve just been finishing off all the stuff around the Wiggaz book launch and, along with my man Dan Greenpeace, making moves for our hip-hop memorabilia project. There’ll be a home page coming in the next week or two with more details on that. And I also found time to have a couple of days off and eat my own body weight in confit duck and boquerones. Lots of classic interviews, audio etc. coming up in the next few weeks and, if you’re in the area, this is the spot to be at on Thursday…

wiggaz launch party poster

 

Posted by drewhuge in General, Wiggaz: The Book

Jay-Z – 4:44 Review

I don’t get asked to write about Jay-Z much – what with me not owning a single record of his. I realise he’s extremely talented but for me it has always been a voice thing. I love some rappers with thin careers but amazing voices, while Jay’s just rubs me the wrong way. I like the odd track, but not enough to spend actual money.

Two other things to take into consideration. 1) I’m all for a good boast, of course, it’s the core of rap, but Jay’s habit of explaining his boasts and patting himself on the back with a little chuckle at his own cleverness is a bit self-congratulatory. 2) ‘Ain’t No Nigga’ is my least favorite song by any artist in the last 25 years.

Anyway, shout out to the kind folk at The Guardian for asking me to do this – I have once again broken my own rule of not responding to below-the-line comments in all of two minutes.

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Why self-publish?

Open book

Getting a book published isn’t easy. Especially if, like me, you last had one out 13 years ago and didn’t really capitalise on that. The vast majority of major publishers won’t let you approach them directly. You have to have an agent to even address them. Trying to get an agent with one book idea to your name isn’t easy either. Got a huge social media following? That’s a help. In fact, you can have no idea/a shit idea and not be able to write and get a sweet book deal with a big twitter/instagram/YouTube following. That’s not bitterness – I understand the publisher’s point of view here. Every book is a punt for them, and if they can tap into an existing audience, that’s as close as it gets to a guarantee. This is why Justin Quirk’s brilliant novel Suburbs remains unpublished but Zoella has a (ghostwritten) novel out. Continue reading →

Posted by drewhuge in General, Self-Publishing, Wiggaz: The Book