Here’s the long overdue conclusion to the Geechie Dan interview (from six months back), where he talks about hanging out with battle legend Mikey D, his involvement with WBAU radio, the ups and downs of LL Cool J‘s career and trying to get a deal and missing his chance to become a professional MC due in part to the lure of the street battling scene.
So why did Mikey D have a record going at LL and accuse him of biting his style with the Kangols?
Geechie Dan: When Todd was in our neighborhood, he was wearing fisherman hats and tight jogging suits and headbands. When he was hanging with Mikey D, I definitely think he took some of his style. The way how he rhymed, and his image? I think he borrowed a little of that, ‘cos Mikey D always had Kangols. He had every color Kangol back then. Red Kangols, sky blue, black.
And Mikey was the number one street MC back then?
Mike was the number one guy back then. From ‘83 to ‘87, ‘88 – Mikey D was the man. Mikey Destruction, they labeled him as such. He was on a lotta underground tapes. His level of rhyming was right up there with LL. I met him in front of Pop & Kim’s, we drunk about six 40’s that night, he just get rappin’. I was like, “Yo, you remind me of Todd!” He was like, “I know Todd. I gave him the LL name.” He was like “I taught him” this and “he took my style” that. He was making up rhymes about him on the spot. The more he was drinking, the better he rhymes! I’ve never come across an MC that gets better the more they drink! (more…)
More Food Rap action from Phillip “Millitainment” Mlynar:
Roc Marciano’s Reloaded is here! It’s a brilliant record, a shoe-in for top-spot on any sane end-of-year album poll, and, just like its predecessor Marcberg, it brims with references to food and fine dining. (It has also inexplicably made Roc Marcy somewhat trendy for a brief moment, but we’re sure the normal order of the Internet will be restored the next time Kendrick Lamar sharts on a song or something.) So just like 2010′s worldwide viral phenomenon post, The Unkut Guide To Marcberg Food References, here’s a rummage through Roc Marcy’s Reloaded pantry. Now go ‘head and blacken that tipalia! (more…)
While talking to Prince Paul and his son, Pforreal, last week, I couldn’t resist asking Paul Snr. some questions about his days as the DJ for Stetsasonic. When P had to leave early to sort out some traffic tickets, I took the opportunity to kick it with the Prop Master about his history in the music game.
Robbie: When did you start deejaying?
Prince Paul: I was around 10 or 11 years old. I’ve collected records ever since I was little. When kids were buying toys, I was buying 45′s, so my appeal to music has always been at a young age. One day I go to a park and I see a DJ, speakers stacked up, a microphone with an echo chamber and I’m like, ‘Oh my god!’ I was stuck. I was like, ‘This is nuts! This is crazy! These songs are so loud!’ Now it’s a dime-a-dozen, you can do it all on your computer. Back then you had to seek those things out. Maybe once a week you could find a party that you could ride your bike to. Once I saw that I as hooked. I was like, ‘Yo, that’s what I want to do’. I could never get the equipment, but I would piece stuff together from stuff I had in the house. I just emulated what I saw and practiced and practiced until I was good enough to actually spin in front of people. Once I found out I was pretty decent, then I was like, ‘Now I’mma go and try and battle people’. (more…)
After checking out the Negroes On Ice LP a couple of times, I thought it might be worth talking to Prince Paul and his son, DJ Pforreal in an attempt to try and figure out why on earth anyone would want to release a rap comedy album in this day and age…
Robbie: Did both of you put the story for Negroes On Ice together?
DJ Pforreal: Me and my dad have the same sense of humor so it was somewhat easy putting the project together. It was no thinking really behind it.
Prince Paul: You could tell the whole record was really no thinking behind it! [laughs] It goes from brain to mouth! There’s no filter in between. To answer your question, the basic gist of the story is just us sitting down together and coming up with, ‘OK, and then what happened? Alright, he’s running! And then what happens?’ It was fun, it was definitely both our senses of humor. (more…)