Filed under: Flavor Unit Special,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
As one of the least prolific members of the original Flavor Unit, Markey Fresh still made quite an impression based upon his performance on “The King Is Here” alone. A brilliant slice of lo-fi theme music declaring the superiority of New Jersey’s king of the beats, this staple of Red Alert‘s Kiss-FM show exists in two incarnations. The jeep-beat ready 12″ version (complete with crafty “It’s Just Begun” horn chops) is far more commanding than the stripped down mix found on the King’s Master of the Game LP, but Markey’s lyrical dedication to the 45 rings true in both instances.
Somewhere along the line, Jive records signed “the Fresh one” to a one-off single deal, which resulted in “The Mack of Rap” 12″. While it’s hardly essential, I still have a soft-spot for the this song. You can’t really go wrong with lines like: “Business always comes before pleasure, design a rhyme like a tailor-made leather/ Gucci suit with my name on the back – Markey Fresh, I’m the mack of rap!”.
Up until the fellas at Diggers With Gratitude pleasantly suprised me with this find , I thought that I had every Flavor Unit record that ever came out (except for Double J‘s “Cannibal Town”/”Def Style”), but as it turns out, Markey Fresh dropped an EP in 1993 that I’d never heard of. Other than that, I don’t have any info on Markey, but his contributions nevertheless remain as an important part of the Unit puzzle.
DJ Mark the 45 King featuring Markey Fresh – The King Is Here (12″ version) [Tuff City, 1989)
DJ Mark the 45 King featuring Markey Fresh – The Free Style [Tuff City, 1989)
Markey Fresh – The Mack of Rap (45 King Remix) [Jive, 1989]
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