The ABU & Disco Scratch Summer Madness!
Well, we've both talked about it, chewed the fat and given you hints but now both myself (Repo) and Waxer can finally give you the whole damn skinny on the event of the summer.
The date is Saturday June 22nd, the event is Summer Madness where you will find yourself maxing and relaxing in the company of other like-minded members of the whole Ageing B-Boys and Disco Scratch fraternity.
You need no reminding of how exactly it is that we roll. We put on no airs or graces and refuse to take the whole hip hop mindset as seriously as we may have once done as an angry young African Medallian-wearing teenager.
Just like the evening surely will be at Summer Madness, the mood is mellow now and all we want to do is kick back and chill with a cool bottle, can or glass of our favourite tipple, chinwag and listen to some great, classic hip hop and cot-damn funky breaks.
Whilst there you will be chatting to people that previously you may have only communicated with in the Disco Scratch chatroom but now you can see what they are like in person!
Pull up a chair, discuss the finer points of nodding your head on the up or downbeat with JimCee and Bit; discover just what goes into preparing the finest cookies with LG's Biscuit Roulette; ask Mrs Waxer in person if it is actually a diploma or a degree? The sky really is the limit, folks.
We have purposefully decided NOT to call this event a jam because we are not booking any acts to perform. However due to the spontaneity of this culture we love (not live, c'mon unless you're Westwood) then if anyone feels like dropping some lyrical outpourings on the mic then, just like Aviva Insurance, we got your back.
We have plans for you all to get interactive up in here should you wish to. Two activities that are designed to keep you steppin', brother man, are Rap Karaoke and Scratch-aoke. Get on the microphone as the liquid refreshment is the key to unlock that patter you've kept locked in your dome for 20 years and unleash it over a familiar beat.
Drop that famous scratch you've practiced so many times over your favourite tune. Scratch like Eric B and win a prize!
Summer Madness will also bring to you something that Waxer and myself feel is almost unheard of, especially around hip hop circles.
This is an effort to get family together. The Disco Scratch Thursday Night Wives are cordially invited, nay, begged to attend this gathering. And not only that but if you have kids then WE WANT THE SHORTIES!
Yes, we are proud to give you a special event that will give your kids the opportunity to shine and be a part of the day. For two hours the music selection will be provided by the dj's of tomorrow. Your cherished offspring can play 4 or 5 tunes each and get a taste of what being behind the wheels of steel with a booming system is like. Don't have vinyl? We have Traktor. We got your tunes. We taking care of bidness, yo.
The sun will shine. And what else do we need to keep the funk flowing? This party needs a Hip Hop Pub Quiz, you say? Way ahead of you, tough guy. Like the J-Beez, we got it like that. Teams of 4 are needed here - however Whirlwind D is in a team of one, possibly bound and gagged to let everyone else in with a chance. Drop the knowledge and prove to your missus that all those years of reading vinyl run-out grooves have certainly not been in vain.
With the sun beating down on your baseball hat, we're sure the need for grub will be most anticipated along with your bring-your-own-beer. A BBQ with the sweetest meat this side of The Real Roxanne will be handled by a team of hip hop honeys to provide you with a mouth-watering selection of chicken, burgers, sausages and ribs.
And of course a Bouncy Castle and Water Slide for the little 'uns and a Hot Tub for the mums and dads.
The whole thing kicks off at 2pm with the booming system toned down to a chilled-level at midnight where we can carry on until the small hours.
The venue is in a large, spacious house with ample parking in a quiet lane situated in the South-East of England.
This is not only a family affair but a modest one, too. We are keeping the numbers down to 40 adults.
Tickets are £10 each and a Family Ticket is available at £30. A one adult/one child option is also available at £15.
(The above Paypal button has cut-off the information on the Single Ticket option. It should read: Single Ticket (One Adult or One Child).
The last date to purchase, should there still be tickets available, will be Friday May 31st. Don't sleep on this.
This is a non-profit event and should any profit be made it will go straight back into the kitty to buy booze! How you like them apples?
Saturday, 23 October 2010
It was meant to be a surprise. It was going to be the big New Year present to everyone.
But just like a kid with a spanky-new 50 pence piece clutched in his sweaty hand given to him from his Gran or even Def J, he just couldn't save it.
But that's good news as we can all feast our peepers on this absolutely lush logo which has been exclusively designed for Waxer's Disco Scratch site by master craftsman, Duce.
Not only is it the rebranded DS website logo but it will also adorn all DS projects from now on which is no bad thing.
Speaking of Disco Scratch, the latest show is available for download from the site and it's a flippin' corker.
This week Wax concentrated on the DJ as the main focal subject and dished out a load of classics such as King Kut, Girls Love The Way He Spins, The Manipulator, My DJ (Pump It Up Some) and so much more.
There just HAS to be a part 2 because there are so many more cuts that can be included in that list; although most of my personal favourites were played which made me grin like a special kid eating a 'large' 99 on a hot day.
And a track was even dedicated to yours truly; Kid Frost - Terminator, which is undoubtedly in my top 5 records of all time.
Get over to Disco Scratch and get your copy here.
Friday, 22 October 2010
I watched this the other night (thanks, SCENES).
This video below is the full version of the Japanese crew, Ichigeki's showcase from the Battle Of The Year 2005.
It is regarded as the best performance and to this day has not been surpassed by any crew since.
Also, read this idiot's take on the 'fad' of b-boying.
Download Planet B-Boy here:
Cico and the rest of the Vagabonds crew
And The B-Boy Championships 2010 have come to a close.
This year's winners were the Vagabonds from France.
B-Boy Cico set a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive hand spins (1990’s) in front of an 8,000 strong crowd.
For any that missed all the action, Channel 4 will be airing a six-part series, ‘Sony Ericsson World B-Boy Series’ from Sunday, 7th November.
The full story available here.
Images on Flickr: http://bit.ly/dw8Wrx
B-Boy Championships Website: http://www.bboychampionships.com/
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Superfly Productions Causing Eruptions......
Some more history.
Around 1996 after the dust had truly settled after JUICE (see here) I embarked on a new venture, Superfly Productions.
This would be a series of cassettes with mostly my own stuff and other classic and obscure hip hop, funk and comedy skits on them.
Let me think what else was on that label......
Eric B & Rakim - The Lost Interview - This was a phone interview, complete and unedited, between Eric and HHC journalist, Malu Halasa. Interspersed at random points (although random's the wrong word) were rare remixes of Eric & Ra's tracks.
Delirious - This was an audio of Eddie Murphy's masterpiece concert from 1982. I think I chucked some DJ Noize performances on the back of this.
Cheesy Beats - A rather lame title in retrospect but this was one of my favourite tapes I ever did. It was a collection of great funk tracks and breaks interweaved with some of my favourite film snippets.
I'll be putting this up soon for download.
DJ Slam & His Adventures In The Old Skool - Yes, I spelled it "skool". Oh dear. DJ Slam was yet another non-de-plume and I think was short-lived. Basically this tape was a collection of b-boy breaks cut and scratched by me, er, or rather DJ Slam.
As I remember there was a concerted effort to get things a bit more streamlined and soon I devised a regular newsletter entitled 'On & On Like Popcorn'. This would've been around 1998 when I got my first PC.
Jeez, then I used to mess around with E-Jay Hip Hop. I'm glad I haven't got any of THOSE efforts knocking around ;0)
Original Zephyr tag!
I was in touch with the legendary writer, ZEPHYR around this time and was all set to start selling some of his products such as Tee's and custom skateboard decks. Unfortunately this never transpired but I got some cool stickers off him as well as his tag.
Oh, and keep it under your Kangol but there never was a On The DL Volume 1. This was done in order to hype sales. I told everyone that due to demand all the copies of Volume 1 had been sold and weren't to be re-pressed, therefore it'd be in your own best interests to grab Volume 2 lest it goes the same way.
Didn't work, though. Ballbags.
I've split all tracks into separate MP3's and uploaded as one ZIP file. Go and get it NOW!
One of many copies of the original cassette inlay - thanks to my local library's colour copy machine and bewildered old lady librarian
Download On The DL Volume 2 here
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
We're ready to roll on the second show.
Yes, due to the phenomenal demand from all the listeners of the debut podcast we're back again.
Massive thanks to everyone that contacted me or left a comment about the first one.
I've included some listeners' requests in this show as well as plenty of classic hip hop and electro joints.
There's a smooth break in this month's Funk Trunk courtesy of a listener's request - we're talking 'Kiss In The Car' here ;0)
A lounge cover version of a gangsta track, retro ads and even a strange record featuring your very own Jimmy Savile.
What's not to like?!
Tracklisting below but cover your eyes if you want a surprise...keep your eyes on the prize...while I hypnotize... I tell no lies....er...er...when I go to McDonalds I like large fries....my favourite Main Source joint is Snake Eyes....er....erm.....at Christmas I enjoy mince pies...... you get the picture.
Double Dee & Steinski - Lesson 2 (1986)
Public Enemy - Burn Hollywood Burn (1990)
Man Parrish Featuring Freeze Force - Boogie Down (Bronx) (1984)
Davy DMX - The DMX Will Rock (1985)
Bobby's Boys - Bobby Can't Dance (1987)
MC Shan - I Pioneered This (1988)
3-V - Heart Of The Beat (1984)
Comedy Skits - Chris Rock / Eddie Murphy
Comedy Skits - Chris Rock / Eddie Murphy
Original Concept - Can You Feel It? (1986)
N.Y.C. Cutter - D.J. Cuttin (1985)
Stetsasonic - Just Say Stet (1985)
Stetsasonic - Just Say Stet (1985)
Jimmy Savile - Jingle Jangle
(The Funk Trunk) Love Unlimited Orchestra - Strange Games & Things (1976)
Richard Cheese - Gin & Juice (2004)
Bomb The Bass - Beat Dat (Freestyle Scratch Mix) (1988)
Listen to it direct here
Or download it here to your chosen media listening device.
If you want to get involved in future shows or have any requests then drop me a line.
If you have Skype I can record you directly and you can appear on the next show due to the wonders of technology. Just think of a track you like and (if I have it!) a reason of why you like it then we're good to go.
Friday, 8 October 2010
You can listen again to the show by clicking here.
We announced the 3 The Hard Way conglomerate and played some wicked classics. We also had a bit of a Blankety Blank compo which is still running until 9pm next Thursday.
For the chance of winning some rare 7"s (details here) have a listen to the audio below and think of a suitable answer. There is no right or wrong answer, just the one which makes us wee ourselves the most. Some entries have come in already and the bar has been raised so get your thinking caps on.
"Westwood's status is certainly not what it once was, in fact where as once he was hooked up with legends like Marley Marl on his radio show, now he has to make do with __________________ instead."
Send your answers here. You may enter as many times as you wish.
As you may have heard on my man Waxer's Disco Scratch Radio Show on Thursday, the joining of the 3 biggest names in UK Hip Hop websites has taken place and we can now reveal to you that we are jointly known as 3 The Hard Way.
Primarily the reason for this is to produce the legendary Xmas Jam that we've been banging on about for ages.
The jam will be held on Saturday December 11th in an unconfirmed venue somewhere in the West Midlands. There will be acts performing, various dj's (including yourselves!), prize giveaways - the presentation of the King Of The Biscuits competition winners t-shirts amongst other things, Rapaoke and other pure dopeness.
I will be producing an A5 pamphlet as a special souvenir of the event and possibly an exclusive mix cd will be given away, too.
Tickets to the event will soon be available from Websta's site and are priced at only a tenner each.
Remember this is an endeavour of love and by no means for the money. Any money will go straight back into 3 The Hard Way. Hell, if we have enough left over it'll go behind the bar so that everyone can have a free brewski or two on us!
Heroes Of UK Hip Hop
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
MC Lyte, 2010
MC Lyte, 1988
I recently discovered that MC Lyte is actually one hell of a hottie.
She turned up on my Twitter page the other day and her profile pic caught my eye when I clicked to enlarge it and get a better look.
Having not really checked her since her appearance in the Self Destruction video back in '89 I was pleasantly surprised to learn that she has accrued fine wine status and is indeed improving with age.
Far be it for me to brandish the word 'milf' on anyone, I could certainly understand if she was to be awarded this status by any less-than-savoury types. I mean, look at the difference between the two pictures taken 22 YEARS APART.
Hubba, hubba, my Eyes Are certainly On This as I wonder how Paper-Thin her smashing blouse must be. I imagine to myself that maybe I could even introduce her to Mrs Repo as MC Lyte Likes Swingin'.
I'm picturing the scene now, I ask her Can You Dig It? But she won't give it up and I tell her that I Cram To Understand her but she refuses to engage in any discussion.
Undeterred I ask her nicely to Take It Off but she tells me to Shut The Eff Up which I take unkindly to as I thought we were going to Cha Cha Cha. She looks surprised as she claims to have Never Heard Nothin' and makes a beeline for the door.
I tell her, baby just Stop, Look and Listen and explain how fine she lookin and all. I attempt some sweet talk and instead just blurt out Let Me Adem like I got a bad case of Tourette's and I go and try to Put It On her which is the last straw for Lyte as she decks me.
As she walks away she calls out that the least I could've done was buy her a drink first, maybe a Cappucino or something.
And then she's gone, leaving me to nurse my wounds and I carefully bandage my Ruffneck.
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
All roads lead to Freestyle FM this Thursday as usual as Waxer presents his Disco Scratch Radio Show.
Special guest this week is yours truly as together we present 2 hours of Golden Age hip hop classics.
Catch it live at 9pm (UK time) or get the download afterwards.
Guaranteed dy-no-mite show. Expect to hear some Juice Crew, Eric B & Rakim, Ice T, De La and lots more.
Wha' Golden Age?