Past The Margin: A Decade of Unkut Interviews (Book)

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When Robbie Ettelson started the music blog in 2004 to fill-in time during the night shift as a printer, he had no idea it would lead him to working as music journalist for print magazines in the US, UK, Italy, France, Germany and Japan. Over the course of the following decade, Robbie conducted over 180 phone interviews with rappers, DJ's, producers, musicians and journalists.

Past The Margin: A Decade of Unkut Interviews is a collection of long-form interviews with those who were there for the key milestones in the development of rap. It features thirty conversations with members of pioneering groups such as Public Enemy, De La Soul, Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Boogie Down Productions and The Beatnuts, as well as legendary soloists such as LL Cool J, Schoolly-D and Just-Ice. Plus exclusive sessions with three of the key members of the Sugar Hill Records house band, who were responsible for hits such as Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five's 'The Message'.

'What could someone from another continent know about this thing born of the urban immigrant experience within the city which never sleeps? Apparently everything. Unkut was the student of rap that Hip-Hop always needed. An insufferable purist with an acute sense of detail and memory. This collection is more than just some of the best interviews over the past ten years but more like a landmark document from an era in music, art and culture we will never again witness. This is a cultural document for you to learn who and what influenced the most influential genre of music ever.' - Dallas Penn

The book 505 page book contains 30 in-depth interviews from Hip-Hop legends, MCs and producers, plus an additional 30 pages of legendary stories uncovered in other interviews. 


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