Ever wondered what AG kept in his fridge? “If you didn’t know before then ya know now….”
Any DVD which includes grainy camcorder footage of the legendary Lord Finesse vs Percee-P face-off achieves instant “must own” status in my book. The main feature, however, plays second fiddle to this timeless slice of Pelon rap history, and is not quite as satisfying. SBX! (BBP, 2005) is a strange brew that is equal parts documentary and musical (?!), as Andre The Giant and the Ghetto Dwellers perform tracks from the soundtrack while going about their daily operations. In other words, it’s a long-form music video. The acting recalls the amusingly amateurish performances in Wild Style, and basically follows the crew heading to a radio interview with rap brainiac/noted journalist Dave Thompkins.
The Batman t-shirts let us know that it’s line for line in ’89.
Fast-forward to 2003 and the fellas decided to coordinate the wears on some Killa Bee shit.
Along the way, we witness a rematch between the Funkyman and the Rhyme Inspector, which is impressive thanks to an invigorated Finesse taking his delivery back to his pre-Awakening standard (before he adopted his more relaxed “macked-out” flow) and the ever-reliable Perc, and we also get to catch one of the classic Diamond D/Fat Joe promos from the Kool DJ Red Alert show while in Show‘s ride.
“This is Show, yo! From the BX, yo!”
Disappointingly, Show maintains his disdain for the spotlight and only features in a small role in front of the camera, although he does supply some beats. Truth be told, Party Arty and D-Flow are an acquired taste, and have dominated recent projects such as Show’s Street Talk album a lot more than many of us would have liked. But then again, most of the original team are off doing their own thing, so that’s how it is these days. At least Party has stopped doing that “grimy” vocal style.
GD is for the childrens.
Another highlight is the interview with DJ Mike Smooth at the film’s premier. Now a successful player in the real estate game, Mike drops jewels on the current state of hip-hop and his early days working with “the brother with a fade and a half-moon”. The photography of the South Bronx that features throughout the film is superb, and the whole thing is put together nicely, but I was expecting a little more from this project. Nevertheless, this is well worth picking up, if just to witness two lyrical legends putting it down like only they can.
Review copy supplied courtesy of Shogun Distribution.
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