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 (?).
Legendary New York live rap promoter Peter Oasis, who founded LiveNDirect with Zvi Edelman, shares some of his memories of his long career as a party supplier…
Robbie: What was the first show you ever promoted?
Peter Oasis: Fifteen years ago, the first rap shows that I ever promoted were Dutchmin, who were on Dolo Records. My first show was Dutchmin and another crew called Kukoo and Da Baga Bonez, who ran with Mista Sinista. After that I hooked-up with Joe at Fat Beats and we put together a showcase for the record shop. At the time there were underground shows, but there weren’t mega underground shows, and this one show that we did featured all the Fat Beats artists that they were distributing and selling at the store on 9th street at the time. Company Flow, The X-Men, J-Live – he’s awesome, he’s one of my favourites – The Cracker Jax, Rob Swift‘s group. That was the first 12″ that Fat Beats ever put out on their label. From that show I made relationships with a lot of those acts, and as I moved-up and started booking bigger names I took a lot of those acts and had them open up for bigger shows. For instance, Non-Phixion came back and they rocked at Tramps with Run-DMC and Large Professor. I still have an allegiance and a real loyalty to a lot of those acts – those were the first acts I knew, way before anything. We all started out together. (more…)
It was a big night for non-progressive rap fans in New York, with the first Mobb Deep show in over three years popping-off live and direct next to Times Square. Would Capone sneak in and attempt to hit Prodigy with a bar stool, Keith Murray style? Or would a live rendition of ‘Shook Ones’ lead to a number of drunken brawls in the crowd? The third, and most likely scenario of course, was that none of the above would happen and it would be a uneventful rap concert in the ‘New’ New York, where even the corniest white rap fan could dance around like a moron with no fear of getting smacked upside the head by a less happy-go-lucky audience member. (more…)
Turns out not all free rap show’s suck. The other night Lord Finesse blessed us with an encore performance that was nothing short of unfuckwittable. Figuring that the Funkyman would do a quick 15 minutes set and maybe spin some records and bounce, it turned out that he delivered an hour of lyrical gems – and then jumped on the decks for another two! Following DJ Boogie Blind’s valiant but largely failed attempt to spark a breaking session, Finesse ambled onto the stage and proceeded to school all those in attendance as to how to rap. Unleashing his formidable catalog of punchline anthems without the need for a hypeman or weed carrier, L.F. also proceeded to snap on the crowd (“Why you wanna film my shoes and shit? Are you Peter Parker or something, working for the Feds?”), son new-jacks (“I’m a grown man. How am I gonna start wearing tight pants and crying over some girl?”) and crack jokes with his DJ (“Oh now she’s blowing kisses at you? Make your mind up, girl!”). (more…)