On a sweltering summer afternoon in Manhattan, H. Stax talks about growing-up in East NY, the Gang Starr Foundation, memorable touring incidents, his memories of GURU, working with Marco Polo and the fate of his first crew, Fabidden Fruit.
We caught up with Matter Ov Fact, EP and Tropicana Josh of The Doppelgangaz one fine afternoon while they were shooting the video for “On The Rag”. Important issues discussed include picking up sweaty hipster girls, getting to second base in Europe, the legendary ‘Crackin’ beverage, velvet cloaks and a bunch of stuff that our legal team insisted we cut out.
On my “to do” list for this trip was to make a video about the original Albee Square Mall, which was in downtown Brooklyn from 1977-2008. The good people at Blu Cheez were able to lend out their star performer and NY historian for this important project. Check below for six minutes of genius. (more…)
Here’s footage of the Boilerroom TV cipher session filmed at Foul Monday‘s apartment in Queensbridge from my first day in NY. DJ Mathematics was on the decks and let the crew (Mike Delorean, Foul Monday, Ruc, AG Flow, Lil Cash and more) rock over classic beats and newer stuff to showcase all sorts of styles, while ya boy Robbie “Rap Hands” gets drunk in the background. More below… (more…)
When I heard that Kool G Rap was performing in Philadelphia last Saturday night, you know I was getting there no matter what, especially considering how often I’ve argued that he’s the greatest MC of all-time. Just so happens that this performance was also the first time that G had performed with DJ Polo in seventeen years, and I got to capture it all on camera. Here’s footage of KGR performing “The Realest”, “Take ‘Em To War”, “Road To The Riches”, “Ill Street Blues”, “Fast Life” and “The Symphony”. (more…)
Highlight’s of the Big Daddy Kane park jam, including performances of “Set It Off”, “The Symphony”, “Wrath of Kane”, “Raw”, “Ain’t No Half Steppin'” and a cameo from Dres. Kane lived up to his reputation as live performer and kept the old heads hyped. Shouts to Dallas Penn for rolling through with me despite near exhaustion status.
Me and the homie Dallas Penn caught Rakim Allah doing a free show in Brooklyn as part of the Summer Concert series in New York. I’ll be posting my written review later, but in the meantime you can witness me forgetting how to perform The Wop and doing some serious Rap Hands in between the God MC rapping.
Glad to see this one didn’t get shut-down by Foxy’s people:
“Foxy did this. Foxy did that.” There’s been mad talk about the Ill Na Na since like forever, and while ya’ll keep staying with your face in her puss, I guarantee you ain’t ever hear Foxy talk in first person like this. From her pops bouncing when she was 4 years old, to dating Haitian Jack at 14, her and Jay Z moving from the bench to the studio to the top, getting sucker punched with the deafness, her relationship with Nicki Minaj, that bid in jail.. I put money on it that this is the realest shit she ever spoke.
As KRS-One once said: “We’re not done…we’re not done”. After Paypal tried to hate on the Conservative Rap Coalition movement by freezing our account on the grounds that we’re not a “registered charity”, I had to flip the script on the whole operation. Never fear valued members, everything is back on track and we are well on the way to hitting our target in terms of new recruits. If you’ve been a long time reader of the site, it’s time to pony up before I start posting pictures of Kanye and Kim shopping for baby leather kilts. (more…)
Ever since I returned to Mom’s Basement seven months ago, I’ve been concentrating on delivering a new interview every week and going all out to provide a voice to the rappers, DJ’s and producers that the rest of the world has forgotten about, plus talk a little shit along the way. The time has come, however, for me to leave the basement for a minute and return to the streets of New York IRL (In Real Life) to hunt down some leads and shoot some video.
That means that it’s time for all of you Conservative Rap Coalition members reach deep into your Carhartt pockets and contribute to the cause. I’m been able to get my plane ticket money together after picking-up an extra paper route, but that’s not going to cover my Metro Card’s money, hot dogs, Swedish Fish or 40 Oz’s of Ballentine beer. Your hard-earned dollars will be put towards funding one or more of the following projects: (more…)