Aaron Fuchs discusses working with Pumpkin, addresses the UltramagneticBasement Tapes controvery, names his three favorite Tuff City records and reflects and how the music histroy books will view his legacy.
Tuff City Records founder Aaron Fuchs discusses starting the label in the early 80′s, his history as a music critic and the story behind some of the first records he released in the first part of this in-depth interview.
Holy shit…Kenny Parker finally got around to ripping some of those old tapes of KRS-One rapping over breakbeats courtesy of DJ Scott La Rock and Kool DJ Red Alert , as he told us about back in 2006. While there was no sign of the one with the dog barking over Kris’ verse, there’s an incredible ‘La Di Da Di’ style track which I’ve never heard before that will make your year. Shouts out to the Frozen Files crew over at East Village Radio for making this happen.
The first two parts of Pritt Kalasi‘s Memories of Paul McKasty are available to watch over at his site:
“This is by all means not the definitive documentary or story of Paul C McKasty. The Legendary producer from Queens NYC who had his life cut short aged only 24 years old. This is a film put together from a footage I had accumulated from 2000 to April 2013.”
Having already conquered the theme songs of Hill Street Blues, Nightcourt, Magnum, P.I., Facts of Life, Gimme A Break and now The Golden Girls, it’s fair to say that Cam’ron still has dozens of 80′s themes that require his unique talents to bring them into the present day. Here are ten contenders: (more…)
“Kane goes deep with his history, what he thinks about Mr. Cee, how he produced the majority of ‘Long Live The Kane’ with no credits, how Doug E Fresh taught him how to rock the crowd, how some cats from The Juice Crew wasn’t fuxin with him, how he really wanted to battle KRS-One, what Madonna smells like, how he shopped a young Jay Z with no success, why he started wearing purple silks and such…”
Despite having a voice that can shatter glass and sends packs of stray dogs running for the hills, Milk Dee has built an entire career on the back of one song, which he then managed to sample or reference in every single thing since. Unlike most unfortunate 80′s rappers on indy labels, Milk’s dad owned the label that he and his brother Giz were signed to, alongside their sister MC Lyte. As a result, Milk was able to do a remix to 50 Cent‘s “I Get Money” where he listed all the high profile rappers who have written him checks for using samples of “Top Billin’” while wearing exactly the same outfit he sported in 1988. A true CRC role-model. (more…)
Sure, “You’re Gonna Get Yours”, “my Hooptie” and “Cars” did their thing, but for me, the finest piece of aspirational rap about luxury vehicles was from Jay Bok The City Ace, who succeeded in informing me about the wonders of Masurati‘s, which I had previously never heard of and still haven’t added to my non-existent collection of fine automobiles. Nevertheless, as soon as the script to my Weed Carriers Gone Wild script is sold to the producers of The Hangover Parts 1, 2 and 3, I’ll be sure to rush to the nearest dealership so that I can live the Jay Bok dream and harm the body of anyone who dares look too much. (more…)
Continuing my conversation with MC Chill, he explains how he led his Cleveland crew to have an impact on several years of the New Music Seminar MC Battle For World Supremacy, despite never winning a title, and life after rap.
Robbie: Was “Nightmare On Chill Street” your last record?
MC Chill: I was working on a new album, and that certainly wasn’t the song that I was expecting to drop as a single, it was kind of a filler, but Fever were like, “We need to drop something from you right now”. At that point, Sutra got sued for some kind of piracy and folded, and I started working on a deal with 4th & Broadway, but at that time the music was changing, and I wasn’t anybody’s gangster rapper so the deal never happened.
Cleveland made a big impact on the NMS MC battles. What can you tell me about that?
They were all outta my crew. I started a crew called The Final Conflict, and since I was the only cat in Cleveland that had been out on the air and had a deal, I started trying to help out other cats from the city. By then, we’ve got a full-fledged hip-hop scene in Cleveland, so there was a lotta different crews, but my crew was dominant. At that time I also had a radio show on WBAK called The Rappers Delight Show, kinda like Mr. Magic’s Rap Attack, but I was the host of the show. My cats were in and out of the radio station, and we did lots of local shows. The major difference between my crew and anybody else’s crew is that we were fierce freestyle rappers. At one stage we had the most dangerous freestyle rappers ever assembled in a crew. You had Bango, you had Serge and another kid, Dale. They were all in my crew! Everybody battled everybody, everyday. We even had a female in the crew – Laurie D. She ended up being MC 350 and got hooked up with Scarface in Houston. She was part of the Face Mob. Not only did we have MC’s, we had dancers. This kid Todd Sams, who we called Todd-Ski, he ended up being the choreographer for Usher, and then later Chris Brown. We were totally dominant in the area. This one kid, they called him Smooth, he was like the father of freestyle battle rapping. He taught Bango how to freestyle. I actually named Bango “The B-Boy Outlaw”. (more…)
As the first rapper from Cleveland signed to a New York label, MC Chill made history not only as a recording artist but later as the leader of a crew of local battle MC’s who had a major impact on the New Music Seminar in the late 80′s. From the days where it actually was about “where you’re from”, MC Chill brought his own signature sound to the streets of NY and gave the locals a run for their money.
Robbie: How did you first get your appetite to grab the mic?
MC Chill: When I first heard “Rapper’s Delight”, I thought it was a guy I knew that was on the mic, he was a DJ. I became friends with this guy kid who became DJ Finesse, and he was from Queens. He used to make these tapes of all the good songs that weren’t being played over the air, like the Crash Crew and the Funky 4+1, Spoonie Gee and the Treacherous Three. I just really got down like that and was saying rhymes soon after that.
What the scene in Cleveland like back then?
When I started, it was one major crew, that was the crew I was down with. We were called The Bomb Squad. It was two DJ’s – this one kid named Cochise and the other kid, Kid Finesse. We had about three other MC’s – myself, Wayney G, and this young lady, who we called The Mellow Ice T at the time. Finesse and Cochise both rhymed they were DJ’s and they rapped. From us going on the radio, we kinda started the hip-hop scene in Cleveland. We were the first cats on Cleveland radio – one of the first supreme rap crews in the city. Sometime after that, I started doing some solo stuff and ended up getting a record deal out of New York. (more…)
More Philly action, this time with a three part feature on the local scene that ran on local TV, featuring Schoolly D in his prime, sporting a fresh Fila jumpsuit and block haircut, DJ Code Money, radio legend Lady B, Yvette Money, Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Price and more. Continues below… (more…)