Throwback Raps: Kutfather – Hard Core b/w Transmission

I picked this up some months ago when I was up in LA for the Beat Swap Meet. Though funny enough, I didn’t pick it up from any vendor from LA but from DJ Inform, whose collection is pretty damn on-point. Anyway, I celebrate whenever I can grab my hands on vinyl from SD artists.

“Hard Core” b/w “Transmission” dropped in 2001 (according to Discogs; the actual cover and the label don’t have a date) on Certified Records, which I’m guessing was DJ Fingaz’s label (he’s credited as Executive Producer even though he didn’t make either beat and his other vinyl releases share the same label). The beats were both produced by Jake One, frequent collaborator to Kutfather.

On “Hard Core”, Jake One does a pretty solid impression of a DJ Premier banger while Kutfather weirdly sounds like ’90s Canibus. (Am I tripping? I gotta be tripping…) On “Transmission” (after the jump), Jake One busts out a calmer DJ Premier type of beat* while Kutfather defecates on continuous loops and sneaks in a reference to Tela by way of Suave House Records.

*All due respect to Jake One. He’s clearly become an excellent producer with his own style. But hey, a lot of artists start out by mimicking someone else before they grow into their own style. Even Marvin Gaye. Read more of this post

Throwback Raps: Kutfather – Neva Scared b/w Thoughts I Generate


Kutfather “Neva Scared

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Kutfather “Thoughts I Generate

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Kutfather made a run in the mid-to-late ’90s when indie labels were blowing up all over the country. Although much of his work was with Battleaxe Records, “Neva Scared” b/w “Thoughts I Generate” was released on a smaller label, Conception Records, back in 1998. I think both tracks are produced by Jake One, who Kutfather was working with a lot at the time (apparently, he had moved to Seattle for awhile and linked with Jake One in that short time). Overall, both are pretty satisfying displays of braggadocio, though I give it to the B-side for the brooding sample and the scratched hook (I wonder if Kutfather can rhyme and scratch at the same time, a la J-Live).

Alternate sleeve after the jump. Read more of this post