Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Shameless eBay plug

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Fresh 98

Who remembers Fresh 98? It was in East London almost ten years ago to the day. My memories are: seeing other hip hoppers on the tube all going to Fresh, waiting in a queue for ages on a hot sweltering day, a security guard who looked like Queen Latifah getting riled every 20 seconds, the bloke in front of me being given free tickets to get in while I had to stump up my £20, meeting some of the Fat Lace crew for the first time, seeing The Ruf again for the first time in ages, badly wanting to buy a Mos Def t-shirt as it was based on the Run DMC logo, b-boy crews from all over Europe busting moves randomly, witnessing the sheer awesomeness of MC Supernatural, Tony Vegas in a little room performing to a small appreciative crowd, having to peg it out of the event to get the last train home and missing Busy Bee's performance.
Where you there? Do you remember who else was on the bill?

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

B-boy Jedi's!

Here's a flyer from a club night organised by one of the hardest working men in uk hip hop, PRONE. Admiral Ackbar's busting some nice moves while the Sith and the Rebel Alliance look on in unity.
He did a similar one for a Breaks night in Reading but with LEGO. I'll try digging that one out.

Friday, 22 August 2008

"Legends of Style" Exhibit (30 August)

Another one for your diaries on 30th August (see DMC event post below). This is the "Legends of Style" Exhibit which features many old school writers such as STAY HIGH 149, SNAKE 1, RIFF 170, BUTCH 2, PART TDS, PESO 131, NIC 707, CHAIN 3, NOC 167, T KID 170, MIN ONE, DUSTER UA & TACK FBA.
It also features DJ Kay Slay (formerly DEZ as featured in Style Wars) and The Fearless Four!
It's being held at:
Alphabeta 70 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
feat. legendary NYC subway graffiti artists of the 70's & 80's.
Opening: 7pm - 12am. Exhibit runs through to Sept. 26, 2008.

Sounds like a unmissable event, although I unfortunately can't attend as I'm washing my hair that night. And I live 3500 miles away.
Anyhoo, for more info speak to Joshua Ivory by phone: 914.882.1166 or email:
Tell 'em I sent ya and he'll throw in a box of special edition SEEN-flavoured Gummi Bears. Yum.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Strange Album Posters

Has anyone ever heard of this guy?

A mouse? That ain't nothing to be bragging about, son.

How did the record company think that this face would shift units?



"I'm comin' up, so you better get this party started".

Don't think my old dear's got a rifle stashed at her place, no.

And here's a couple of Star Wars-themed 'motivational' posters.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Marley Marl Is One Hell Of A Man

You old school heads might enjoy this bit of digging from Marley Marl. I never knew the original source of Biz's "Something For The Radio" and it was quite a surprise when I was sent this.

Props to Mark Harris.

Saturday, 16 August 2008

The 2008 DMC USA Finals (Aug 30)

I don't really check for the DMC events anything like I used to. Probably mid-nineties when the team events started was when I began to drift although I'm not entirely sure why my interest waned as these were exciting times for turntablism.
Beginning back in 1985 in London, the event's first winner was Radio London's/Dave Pearce's dj, Roger Johnson. It was strictly a mixing-only affair and it wasn't until the following year that DJ Cheese tore the place apart and set about making the civilised crowd go nuts with his 'shoe' antics causing a disgruntled runner-up, Holland's Orlando Voorn to snatch the mic from the events MC and founder Tony Prince and exclaim, "What is this, a Mixing Competition or a Scratching Competition?"
From there we've seen such luminaries as Cash Money, Germany's DJ David (with his b-boy moves), Q-Bert, Mixmaster Mike and DJ Apollo as The Rock Steady DJs (and returning the following year as The Dream Team, Cutmaster Swift, DJ Craze, The Scratch Perverts, A-TRAK, DJ NOIZE, and of course the UK's own, Chad Jackson.
The purpose (and title) of this particular blog post is to show you the talents of one particular dj. Competing this month in the USA Finals is a boy by the name of DJ A-Kidd. I say boy because he isn't yet a man - in fact he is only 7 years old. And if that's not a kick in the b*lls to ya, his dad, DJ J.P. Gunnz is competing at the same event!
Check out a demo from the little guy below.

And these two, DJ Sara (8) and DJ Ryusei (6) from Japan have got skills!

Some Electro Classics

About time I laid some treats for y'all. Here some songs that really have that X Factor when we talk about real old hip hop. Was 1985 a good year for electro??

Freestyle - Don't Stop The Rock (1985)

A1-Don't Stop The Rock
B1-Don't Stop The Rock (Instrumental)


Quite possibly my favourite electro song. Before I owned a copy on vinyl I had to make do with the version on Electro 10 as it was mixed on top of DJ Born Supreme Allah.

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NYC Cutter - Dj Cuttin' (1985)

A1-Dj Cuttin'


This was Marley Marl, wasn't it? Whatever, it was a super-tough track for me in 1985. It's just those claps that get me.

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MCA & Burzootie - Drum Machine (1985)

A1-Drum Machine
B1-Drum Machine (Psycho Dust Version)


Before the Beastie Boys got better-known, MCA was getting down with Burzootie to produce this nice bit of wax. Arthur Baker had a finger in this pie, too.

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Fresh 3 Mc's - Fresh (1983)

B1-Fresh (Instrumental)


"F-R-E-S-H, fresh, fresh, fresh, yo that's fresh!" Who doesn't remember this simple little chorus?

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Word Of Mouth - King Kut (1985)

A1-King Kut
B1-King Kut (New Remix)
B2-King Kut (Bonus Beats)


Competing with Don't Stop The Rock as my all-time favourite, this track needs no introduction.

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Lil Jazzy Jay & Cool Supreme - B Boys Style (1985)

A1- B Boys Style (Vocal)
B1- B Boys Style (Instrumental)


This just reminds me of summer. Its such a great song!

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Thursday, 14 August 2008

Phat Friday (15 August)

It's Friday......... so here's my three Phat Friday songs for you to mull over, wherever you be. This triplet is a bit of a nice selection even if I don't mind saying so myself.


- Gang Starr - "'Jazz Thing'" -

No doubt about it, this is a classic in the true sense of the word. I remember first hearing this on Westwood's Capital Rap show and it was such a monumental record it got a rewind by Tim. In fact he didn't so much rewind it as just play it again straight after it ended!
I just love the simplicity of Premier's scratches which match Guru's rhymes and the groove perfectly.
Unfortunately this song didn't appear on Step In The Arena which came out at the same time. It is available however on the Mo' Better Blues soundtrack as well as Gang Starr's Greatest Hits album.


1982 - Futura 2000 -"'The Escapades Of Futura 2000'" -

With production from The Clash this record shows just how close early hip hop and punk rock were in the beginning of the 1980's. Many people don't like Futura's flow but I disagree. He talks about his viewpoint of the burgeoning New York graffiti scene and to dismiss this record just because he was a writer who can't rap is a disservice to the man. The Clash execute a great old school hip hop break-sounding rhythm and add a nice bassline.
Apologies as this is the dub version - I couldn't locate the vocal mix but you get the idea.


- Isaac Hayes - 'Hung Up On My Baby' -

As a tribute to Isaac Hayes who unfortunately passed away this week I thought it fitting to include a record which is not only a classic break but also a top tune in it's own right.
Taken from the soundtrack of (Three)Tough Guys, this is some sweet funky soul used to absolute perfection by The Geto Boys on 'Mind's Playing Tricks On Me'.

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Richie Rich Kiss FM Electro Show (1985) *UPDATED LINK*

This mp3 is a show from 1985 featuring Richie Rich on the wheels of steel. It was broadcast on Kiss FM when they were still a pirate station on 94FM.

128kbps, 42.9MB, 46mins 57secs

And this is from another Kiss FM dj, Colin Faver (b. 1951) from the same year when he used to deal in hip hop before changing to 'abstract dance'. He can be found these days over on Solar Radio

Friday, 8 August 2008

Phat Friday (08 August)

It's Friday......... so here's my three Phat Friday songs for you to mull over, wherever you be.


- ED O.G. & The Bulldogs - "'I Got To Have It'" -

This is a nice smooth jazzy track that has that great loop that draws you in throughout it.


- DJ Jeff -"'Change The Scratch'" -

Another one from Volume 2 of the Return Of The DJ series, this features a simple style of scratching but Jeff is on point.


- In Search Of Orchestra - 'Phenomena Theme' -

I heard this again recently and this just rocks! This is the longer version than on the UB&B series and much better for it.

Listen to the groove.

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Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Old School Book Review

As the years pass by, reflections on the early years of hip hop in literature have started to become commonplace in your local book shop. From the creator of Wild Style, we have Charlie Ahearn's offering, Yes Yes Y'all, which is a seriously good read littered with copious amounts of photos of many ghetto celebrities of yesteryear as well as rare flyers of jams back in the day. The accounts are taken from interviews with people such as KK Rockwell, Lisa Lee, DJ Breakout, Bam, Afrika Islam, Henry Chalfont, Frosty Freeze (RIP), Lovebug Starski and many, many more.

The Birth of Graffiti by Jon Naar is a great book for real graffiti heads. This is a follow up to his previous The Faith of Graffiti (1974) which bypasses the usual route of books of this style whereas there are is no emphasis on big burners, masterpieces or any of the main 'stars' of graffiti. Instead Naar focuses on the early days of NYC writing (most of the photos were surplus to his original book so are from the same era) and presents the reader with shots of New York in the early Seventies and lets you breathe in and just soak up the decay and beauty of the city in fine detail.

Just out recently is Grandmaster Flash's The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats - A Memoir which "offers a firsthand look at the early days of the hip hop revolution and documents his own musical journey, detailing his rise to stardom, financial disaster and cocaine addiction, and redemption with the love of family and friends".

Also available is Back in the Days by Jamel Shabazz, The Breaks: Stylin' and Profilin' 1982-1990 by Janette Beckman, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-hop Generation by Jeff Chang and Hip Hop Files: Photographs 1979-1984 by Martha Cooper to name just some.

I'd love to what books you've read, good or bad. Or are you waiting in anticipation of a particular figure to drop his autobiography?
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