Filed under: Steady Bootleggin',T La Rock Special,Tape Vaults
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Throwing big words around has become a trend in recent years, as new jack rappers – lacking in flow, breath control and any kind of style in general – attempt to distract listeners. It wasn’t always that way though. There was a time when T La Rock and the Treacherous Three made a name for themselves as dope MC’s with the most advanced vocabularies in the game. While many of their contemporaries were satisfied kicking that same old shit, T La brought brag-rap to previously unheard-of heights through his combination of brainiac wordplay and staunch, confident delivery that was equally adept at rocking crowds as it was keeping fingers on the rewind button of the boombox.
To set-off this T La Rock special, I’ve got a few snippets of the “Lyrical King” putting it down live on stage in Long Island, and a performance on the Red Alert show. Both are from 1985, collected by Tapemaster One for his essential When Hip Hop Was An Art… CD’s from a few years back. You’ll notice that a few of these rhymes eventually turned-up on “Breaking Bells” a couple of years later. Raw rap at it’s finest.
T La Rock w/ DJ Louie Lou – On the Kool DJ Red Alert Show (When Hip Hop Was An Art… Volume 1)
T La Rock w/ DJ Louie Lou – Live In Hempstead, L.I. [Part 1] (When Hip Hop Was An Art… Volume 2)
T La Rock w/ Greg Nice – Live In Hempstead, L.I. [Part 2] (When Hip Hop Was An Art… Volume 2)
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