LUVNY: The Snake Tape Review


The sounds of the streets echo around your head, traffic buzzes and horns vibrate off the buildings as people go by. That’s the journey in sonic form that producer Ray West wants you to take on the introduction to LUV NY’s latest release. On this limited tape we are blessed with vocals from members AG, Kool Keith, Kurious, Dave Dar and new recruit L-Fudge. The roster of talent is rounded out with the added class that the Bronx Bomber Lord Tariq brings. I for one am pleased to hear him bless us with dope lyrics again.

All the MC’s weave in and out of Ray’s production as if they are relaxed and comfortable, inclosed in a creative zone where each word counts for something. You won’t find wasted words, bars or flows. No track out stays it’s welcome, they flow effortlessly from one to the next, further more cementing that city vibe. One of the things I enjoy the most is how everyone is bringing their ‘A’ game but are happy to play their role and create a musical unity that must be congratulated. It’s rare to find that in the culture today. Many like to grandstand, steal the shine.

That’s not the case with LUV NY. Its a vibe of humility, a mutual respect and friendship for each other that leaves the listener with a sense of understanding. Yet again Ray’s production speaks softly, but with considered pulses of urgency rippling through your speakers. It’s evolving as any great producers music does but in subtle ways that repeated listening brings you.

LUV NY give me hope in Hip Hop. I get the impression that preservation of the culture is at the forefront but with a sense of experimentation that isn’t going to alienate anyone. All are welcome if you come with an open mind and ears. I’ve enjoyed every listen of The Snake Tape. I have listened to it on the tram, bus and walking. I’ve played it at home on the stereo with my eyes closed, emersed myself in the music letting my mind travel, opening up my 3rd eye. I guess what I’m saying is that if you choose to buy this then do it with your heart. This is how music should be.

Don’t fall for weak tinny tunes when you can bask in the sunshine that this 31 minutes of bliss can bring. I hope that as a crew they continue to come together and drop gems like this. It’s magical, hardcore and the real NYC all wrapped up in one. My one request is that Ray produces an EP with each of the above mentioned MC’s, that would make my year. Can you imagine the music that will come from those projects? I can, mind-blowing I’m sure. Red Apples 45 can do no wrong. Support the movement. Cop the download from iTunes of the tape from Fat Beats online.

Peep the interview with Ray West below:


HITMAN / Dave Dar & L-Fudge

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Redapples45 next installment in the LUVNY series comes in the form of a limited addition tape cassette .
The Snake Tape is an Ep that takes you on a journey from the south Bronx all the way uptown to Washington heights Manhattan.
Narrated by Kool Keith , AG of ditc , Kurious , Dave Dar , L Fudge and Lord Traiq .
Produced by Ray West .
Side B contains bonus material in the from of remixes by the KInG of Chill , Billy Gomez , Phil Moffa & DJ Creestal.
Plus an unreleased track from the original LUVNY recording sessions.…



BOODA FRENCH “Dreams of Brooklyn” (Ft.Carnell Cook) / “61 Grace” Produced by J57 (Brown Bag All Stars)


Do the right thing and support my brother Booda and cop one his new single. It’s a limited run of 250. It’s a perfect listening experience. I only bring you that dope shit and this qualifies in that category. Oh and its produced by my brother J57. It’s a win-win situation. Enjoy and peep the info below:

You’ll struggle to find many links between Brooklyn, New York and Ipswich, England. Except perhaps that of the music of Ipswich born MC, Booda French and Brooklyn dwelling producer, J57 (of the talented Brown Bag All Stars) who combine once again on this limited 250 piece turquoise coloured vinyl. J57, producer of artists such as Action Bronson, Soul Khan, Sene, Blame One and a host more provides the music to both sides. “Dreams Of Brooklyn”, which features the lead singer of British bands Millionaires By Morning and Pistols & Vultures, Carnell Cook, is a laid back number with Booda’s signature drawn out slurring. The b-side, a certified head nodder, is most noticeable from being the intro soundtrack to the most viewed British rap battle of all time (Mark Grist Vs Blizzard on Don’t Flop), reaching 4 million views and climbing, in which Booda reminisces on growing up in an unlikely breading ground for this 7″, Ipswich.

Available to buy online from:

Fat Beats,, HHV, Access Hip Hop, Juno, Vinylism, Jelly Sounds, Jet Set Records, Suspect-Packages, Red Eye Records


“61 Grace” is taken from the EP, “Ventolin”

“Dreams of Brooklyn” is taken from the EP, “Club 27 Reservations”

Both are available to download for free at


These 2 cats are representing that real NYC shit. Enjoy and get involved with their hustle by supporting real talent. Enjoy.

Spit Gemz & Eff Yoo rocking over one of the illest beats ever- the Necro produced “Scumbags”.
High Salute to Necro for this jewel.
Peace to eXquire & friends who also caught wreck on this joint.