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.
Some of the best stories in hip-hop come from the local talent that never made the step into the record game. Queens native Geechie Dan shares some memories about his experiences as a local MC and hanging out with a young LL Cool J and Mikey D in his prime.
Robbie: When did you start out?
Geechie Dan: I started rhyming around 14 years old, back in 1983. I was a sophomore going into Junior High School, into the eleventh grade. By that time i was already listening to Zulu Beats on WHBI, I was listening to World Famous Supreme Team show, I was listening to Mr. Magic. I found a station on the FM dial – 90.3. I couldn’t get in stereo, but I got it in mono. I was flipping through the dial and I came across a hip-hop station, a college radio station called WBAU – Adelphi University. The disc jockey at that time was Bill Stephany, who was one of the producers for Public Enemy and started Stepsun Records. What attracted me to listening to him was he used to play the whole beat – he used to play the breakbeats. Back on my old Cold Crush 4 tapes and my Zulu Nation tapes, Funky 4 tapes and those Harlem World tapes, T-Connect tapes – they used to play the breaks, but they used to cut the breaks up. He was playing the whole record of that break on his show. He was playing the whole record of ‘Impech The President’, the whole record of ‘Substitution’. I’m like, ‘Damn! This is how the whole song sounds!’ So I started listening to him, and as time went on, from the tapes that I had – like I said,the Zulu Nation tapes, Cold Crush tapes, Harlem World tapes, T-Connection – I started emulating the way they used to rhyme. So I was rhyming in my basement, listening to the radio station and listening to my tapes. So I was taping his show and then l’d go back and rhymed off of the break beat that he was playing the whole song to. Emulating Grandmaster Caz and Kool Moe Dee and Tito from the Fearless 4 and L.A. Sunshine – that was one of my favourite artist’s back then. Zulu Nation – MC G.L.O.B.E and Pow Wow and Donald D. (more…)
Typically grouchy Rev. Run, a silent Darryl Mac and the always articulate Jam-Master Jay try their best to tolerate the moronic questions and blatant abuse of the term “keep it real” from the bubble-head hosts of The Big Breakfast. Hopefully the Son of Kurtis Blow got some bacon or at least a hummer after the show. Thanks to crate digga for the footage.