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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Doug E. Fresh And Slick Rick "The Show" 30 Years Later

As a teenager my weekend ritual was tuning in to the commercial R&B stations in New York to hear the latest in independent Rap Music. We only got Rap Music for a few hours on the weekend on the radio in New York back then. You had to be in front of the radio ready to "tape" the newest independent releases. I was the person that would fall asleep with headphones on in the bed with the boom box trying to record the world premiers.

In 1985 stand-outs in the independent Rap scene included Brooklyns' Bad Boys Featuring K love on Starlite Records, which featured a replayed parody of The Inspector Gadget theme from the animated television series- produced For Bad Boys by Tony D. The Bad Boys single came complete with a music video (rare for 1985) directed by New Yorks' Dr Dre of Yo MTV Raps fame. This single a video played a key role in the development of the music video in Rap Music. Turn It Up by Kool Moe Dee on Sugarhill Records was also in heavy rotation on the weekend mix shows. This was his first single as a solo act and helped launch his career as a solo artist.

One hot August night in 1985 I was in front of the radio hoping to record something new for my most recent pause-edit mixtape. I heard the intro to The Show by Doug E. Fresh And Slick Rick and was completely blown away. Doug E. Fresh had previous hits with records like The Original Human Beat Box on Vintertainment Records, but this was like nothing I had heard up to that point.

The record starts with Chill Will and Barry B scratching "Oh my god" from The Cold Crush Brothers Punk Rock Rap and "Fresh" from Change The Beat by Beside. The track was produced by a 15 year old Teddy Reilly and featured the shaker sound that was used heavily in subsequent tracks produced by Herby Love Bug. The track also featured the same Inspector Gadget theme used by Bad Boys months earlier.

Needless to say The Show is revered as one of the most outstanding classics in the history of recorded Rap Music. Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick still continue to travel and perform, and audiences still can't seem to get enough of The Show.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Slick Rick celebrates his 25th year anniversary of 'Children's Story' from his debut album 'The Great Adventures of Slick Rick'

Slick Rick-Childrens Story-The Great Adventures of Slick Rick

This is one of those songs that the crowd always raps along with whenever I play it at a party. Slick Rick's storytelling was truly a gift, with his smooth delivery and accent, he was among the Hip Hop elite when his debut album dropped. Though the video he has for the song doesn't do much justice, by the time it was released the song was already cemented as one of Hip Hops best ever.
knock 'em out da box Rick. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

1988 - Classic Hip Hop Albums Celebrating Their 25th Anniversary

When i think of 1988 i think about me getting my license and graduating from high school and being suckered into joining the Army (If i ever run into that recruitment officer i just might slap the shit outta him for selling me false dreams lol ), yeah im ranting and telling my age right now, but 1988 also marked a significant time period in my life that blew my mind. Ask some of my closest friends and they will tell you the times where they used to hang out at my house while i djed for hours and hours. After a while they would either leave, or fall asleep but when they returned or woke up, i was still on those Gemini turntables having fun, cutting up "Im the King of Rock" by Run DMC to "Funky Beat" by Whodini .The music was pure, fresh and raw, and each artist didn't sound like the next one, they all had distinctive flows, styles and the music production was on point. So here we are, 25 years later, and this year these artists celebrated their 25th anniversary milestone debuts. 

So here are the 15 most memorable albums of 1988 in no particular order. I am sure you will agree that the talent of each of these artists reach beyond levels that can never ever ever ever ever be duplicated. 

    The Golden Era of Hip Hop..........  

Monday, July 16, 2012

Busta Rhymes: Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest.

By Ralo

For music fans in New York City the summer is a time for an exceptional amount of outdoor and even indoor concerts. New York residents can find live performances from every genre of music imaginable, in every borough of the city. Summer concerts can also be found through out the suburbs of Long Island and Upstate New York as well. For fans of urban music there is Central Park Summer Stage, Black August, Afro Punk Fest and plenty more.

For the last eight years, showcasing non-commercial Hip-Hop acts has been the focal point of The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. The organizers have found a formula that resonates with underground Hip-Hop fans. This annual event has been a home to artists and DJ's like DJ Premier, DJ Evil Dee, Nitty Scott, Jeru The Damaja, De la Soul, Atribe Called Quest, Skyzoo and many more. The event has always been hosted by "Uncle" Ralph McDaniels of the now thirty year old Video Music Box. What host could represent the borough of Brooklyn better?

This years performance was made special by it's headline act, Busta Rhymes. The first thing to appreciate about Bustas' performance was the way he opened his show by  performing the crowd motivating "Jump, Jump", which drew a very excited reaction from the audience. Busta showed his deep commitment to doing a monumental performance by adding respected Hip-Hop luminaries to his peformance. Lil Fame of M.O.P. joined Busta on stage to do a very energetic version of "Ante Up". Buck Shot of Black Moon touched the mic to do his classics, "How Many M.C.'s" and "Don't Front". The CoCoa Brovaz, Tek  And Steele joined Buck Shot on stage to do even more Boot Camp Classics. As if that wasn't enough Busta brought the legendary Slick Rick on stage to do what can be considered a Hip-Hop fable, "Childrens' Story".

Apart from doing a string of his own hits, Busta reached a critical point in his performance when he reunited the members of Leaders Of The New School, Dinco D and Charlie Brown.They did their crowd pleasing classic "Case Of The P.T.A." This was the first time Leaders Of The New School performed on stage together in nineteen years. Busta went a step further to bring A Tribe Called Quest on stage to do the groundbreaking "Scenario", which generated very rowdy reaction from crowd.

In the final analysis Bustas' 2012 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival performance was equally as good as the legendary past performances of Q-Tip and De La Soul. It will be the topic of discussion for years.



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