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.
The clear highlight of the reunion show was this timeless interaction between Bobbito Garcia and Rickey Powell during a 1993 episode of The Stretch Armstrong Show. I couldn’t resist but upload it to YouTube for prosperity posterity.
Amazing footage of Ladies Love Cool James rocking a school gym. “Mommy, what’s a super sperm?”
Youtube user Kodiak Starr writes: “LL Cool J at age 17 and DJ Cut Creator perform live. 1985, Colby College, Waterville Maine. 5 months before Radio was released. My dad tried to get RUN DMC, but could not afford them, so Def Jam told him he should bring up LL Cool J”.
You can also catch a painful rendition of “Memories” at the 19 minute mark.
“There’s been an out-break of bad cocaine. If anybody in the house got any cocaine, bring it up. We got a lab downtown”. This sounded like an old party tape until they started rapping over Black Rob’s “Woah” beat. Still great. Another sure-shot from Troy L Smith’s YouTube account.
If you’re in NY on Jan 20 you need to go to this show, which is basically the same line-up that a Conservative Rap Coalition concert would be. Tickets are under $20 if you cop them from here.
Celebrate and respeckanize the legacy of where Polo Ralph Lauren has taken their style from. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this brand hasn’t used the urban market’s influence to remain relevant (and rich).
Uncle Ralph McDaniels did pioneering work by being the first music program to cover a major hip-hop concert for his Video Music Box show in 1985. Here’s an edited version of what went down, including a press conference freestyle session from Whodini and Run-DMC, a typically modest Mister Magic talking about ho he broke every act there, some anti-graff commercials, the Furious Five‘s pre-show warm-up routine and a whole bunch of rapping from Whodini, Run-DMC, and the Fat Boys.
Although this looks like it was filmed on Dick Tracey‘s bionic wristwatch, this is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. The debut performance of the ‘Juice Crew All-Stars World Tour 1988′ at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, backed by five DJ’s at once – DJ Chilly Q, DJ Polo, Mr. Cee,Cool V and Marley Marl – and featuring members of the Juice Crew (even MC Glamorous) dropping rhymes. I’m assuming that Kane’s live version of “Wrath of Kane” was from this show, but it’s not included here. I would give my right arm to have a complete, high quality version of this incredible piece of rap history…
Introducing a new Unkut video series – DJ Sheep‘s VHS Vault, Episode 1:
MCA, King Ad-Rock, Mike D and DJ Hurricane make an unruly appearance on Japanese TV during their glory years at Def Jam. Thanks to the wonders of live broadcasting, we get to witness a cameo appearance from Ricky Powell (aka The Rickster) involving a bed, a chick in a tight dress and an ice cream. So many classic scenes and bonus lines including ‘Fondle my balls with your fingers’ and ‘With your oriental pussy you can suck my dick’
Uncle Ralph McDaniel‘s Video Music Box broadcast this live showcase of the JIVE/RCA rap roster at what looks like a school prom if those tuxedo’s in the front row are anything to go by. Steady B rocks his standard ‘beeper on the hat’ style while DJ Tat Money goes in, KRS previews cuts from By All Means Necessary with DJ Doc backing him up, Will Smith brings out Ready Rock C and his dancers and Kool Moe Dee sports a cow hide jacket (?).