Friday, 29 June 2012
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
As I've said I could lash out at the points made during this broadcast until I'm blue in the face, but I don't really need to do so for the sake of one simple fact that everyone seems to have ignored in this matter - the misappropriation of Hip Hop.
Hip Hop is defined in the online dictionary as "a popular urban youth culture, closely associated with rap music and with the style and fashions of African-American inner-city residents". Now this is not necessarily MY definition of Hip Hop, but it is close enough for the purpose needed here. The point that I am trying to raise here is the debate title should have in fact been RAP LYRICS ON TRIAL.
I am sick and tired of people in the media (and in society) not being able to differentiate between Hip Hop and Rap. As the teacher KRS ONE rightfully told us some years ago "Rap is something you do, Hip Hop is something you live". And just because you RAP, that doesn't necessarily make you Hip Hop, in fact far from it. Hip Hop is a state of mind and a way of life. Rap is simply put a way of putting poetry to music. And Rap is a part of Hip Hop, but not exclusive to it. So all the bullshit that was aired on last evening's Youtube debate is completely irrelevant to me. I'm into Hip Hop which is, and always has, been about PEACE, UNITY, LOVE and HAVING FUN. It's NEVER (I repeat) NEVER been about b!tches, hoes, drugs, porn, guns and crime. And incidentally if a rapper wants to portray that type of image (like an actor in Hollywood plays a role) then you are the damn fool if you believe it to be true in the first place. And if you cannot understand that rap and hip hop are two separate entities and stop treating them as one, then I think I'm beyond reasoning with you.
For more information on this subject you must read the book "Misappropriation of Hip Hop" by DJ FINGERS.
Monday, 25 June 2012
Friday, 22 June 2012
Thursday, 21 June 2012
One veteran of the Bristol scene is SIR BEANS OBE, a character who both myself and BEAT DETECTIVE have known since the mid 90s. He is no stranger to putting out dope beats on vinyl, and has been a member of various UK crews including TRANSCRIPT CARRIERS, UNDIVIDED ATTENTION and PARLOUR TALK, working on production and cuts. Right now in 2012 he has a new EP project called "Pause to Discuss" dropping on limited white vinyl and featuring KELZ, JUNIOR DISPROL and BLAKTRIX. The beats are rough rugged & raw and the rhymes are on point - check it out below and and drop a comment on his Soundcloud page to order your copy on vinyl. BIG respect to SIR BEANS OBE from the DAILY DIGGERS.
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Now in 2012 NIKE have re-released the "Biz Markie" Safari, and also put together a NIKE AIR TRAINER 1 SAFARI edition for the sneaker heads out there.
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
15th June excitingly marks the launch of the first ever group show from THE CHROME ANGELZ at THE OUTSIDERS, showcasing new and unseen work from arguably Europe’s most influential graffiti crew. In addition photography and archival work will be exhibited providing audiences with a rare insight into their unique history.
The artists themselves will regroup for their debut exhibition to present new works that epitomise their long-held commitment to creating a distinctly European aesthetic by way of the style and enduring spirit of graffiti culture. Paintings, drawings and sculptural works will be on display alongside selected pieces from their archives.
The exhibition commences 14th June 2012 at THE OUTSIDERS 8 Greek Street LONDON W1. More details here
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Sunday, 10 June 2012
45 KING instrumental
KWAME - "The Rhythm"
DOUG E FRESH - "Spirit" instrumental
PUBLIC ENEMY - "Black Steel..."
MARLEY MARL - "The Man Marley Marl"
SUPER RAT - "Motorcycle Mike"
SPOONIE G - "Spoonin Rap"
TWO-TONE - "We Are Two-Tone"
MAIN SOURCE - "Bootleggin'"
POS K & MC LYTE - "I'm Not Havin It"
MADMAN SHAWN - "Walk Thru Hell"
THE PHARCYDE - "Live at Dodgers Stadium"
BLUEPRINT - "No Half Smokin'"
DAMU THE FUDGEMUNK - "When Winter Comes"
SPOX PHD - "Brilliance"
RASHEED CHAPPELL - "What I'm Here 4"
"Did somebody page Quinton??"
I'm pleased to say that Chelmsford's hall of fame is still alive and kicking some 25 years later; the concrete circle still remains and is pieced most weekends weather permitting by some well known writers, although the dilapidated buildings were demolished in the early 90s if my memory serves me correctly. Over that 25 year period I have regularly visited the Gas Works to check out the active writers as they paint, and to photo the burners and pieces on display. And I must add that I am rarely disappointed when I visit, even though I now live a good 20 miles away. Chelmsford Gas Works still oozes the vibe that it had in the early days. And of course the quality of the work is high, which was the same back in the 80s. A lot of early UK writers caught a little fame over at Chelmsford HOF, and as long as it remains it will always be highly respected and regularly hit. And even after it has gone it will certainly be fondly reminisced over by all those who have been painted and photographed there.
I have to give a humongous shout to that dude SOUL SAFARI for posting up some old flicks from Chelmsford HOF over on his SOUL SAFARI website in a piece entitled "back to the old walls" and his Flickr page HERE where you can see some 80s action at Chelmsford. It seems we all have fond memories of the gas works in the early days. Keep writing ya name...
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Monday, 4 June 2012
FAITH - "Freedom" 1973 BROWN BAG RECORDS
You may not be instantly familiar with the title of either the artist or the track title on this one but if you a keen break mix fan then you will certainly recognise the track and the beat you are about to hear. I believe FAITH are a religious rock band hailing from Indianapolis in the States, and this track is taken from their first LP. However this clip comes from a Portugese picture sleeve 45rpm single which I picked up some years ago for next to nothing price wise. I have yet to see another 45 on my travels but I do know there is a US 45rpm out there too, plus the LP does show up in rock record shops from time to time. Great chanting in the intro sets the mood for the track and the funky groove continues for the majority of the record until the drummer is finally allowed to beat the skins with as much ferocity as he dare. This is one for the beatheads, as it's great for chopping up in the sampler!
MAIN INGREDIENT - "You Can Call Me Rover" 1973 RCA RECORDS
These are some of my favourite drums, despite the fact that they are at a much slower tempo than I normally prefer. I think it may be because of the way that LARGE PROFESSOR so neatly looped them for "Hang On Kid" by NIKKI DEE on DEF JAM RECORDS in around 1991. This was always an under the radar LARGE PRO production, and great for rocking doubles so I had to buy the soul 45rpm with the drum break when I saw it. On RCA so it's a relatively easy one to pick up without costing the earth. The drums are slow but have a fantastic shuffle to them, and although EXTRA P sped them up for his NIKKI D production I'm happy to rock them at the original tempo. In fact I have even added a one minute or so clip of just the drums so you can bop your head to this.
KOOL & THE GANG - "Jungle Jazz" 1975 POLYDOR RECORDS
Wow, where do I start with this one. Suffice to say that KOOL and his GANG were one of THE funkiest bands that there ever was. Without a shadow of doubt. MR BROWN is the GODFATHER of the funk and I am a huge fan, but KOOL & THE GANG are the unmentioned funk outfit who gave us so many incredible drum breaks and absolutely killed it on a few of their early joints. I could listen to their stuff all day but I do get annoyed however when I tell my non-music colleagues that I'm into KOOL & THE GANG and they only respond with "LADIES NIGHT" and "CELEBRATION" as examples. My choice here is the 45rpm version of "Jungle Jazz" which provides us with two of the most dirtiest funkiest afrocentric drum breaks of all time. From the word go we are treated to a gritty drum loop with funky woodblocks, followed by rasping flutes and surging horns building to a frenzy at times. After three and half minutes a short horn blast indentifies the coming of the second drum break, just as dope as the first one. The title "jungle Jazz" is very apt considering the tribal mood of the song. If you haven't already got lots of early KOOL & THE GANG records in your crates then you really should have!
BIRD ROLLINS & THE NEW JERSEY BURNERS - "Do It To It" 1970 CALLA RECORDS
I had made a mental note to find this record many years ago, but over the time since then I had forgotten how good it actually was. When I spotted a slightly battered copy recently for small change, I was dubious whether it was going to be any good. But then I spotted the telltale sign of 2 dark patches within the grooves of the vinyl - this was all the confirmation I needed (just visible on the photo). The title "Do It To It" was always easy to remember, as was the red and white label, but I could never recall the artist and had given up looking for it. It had left my mind entirely, and then turned up a couple of weeks ago during a record hunting mission which didn't really bear much other fruit on the whole. But as I returned home to drop this little gem I was first struck by the fact that it is a real frantic uptempo northern soul stormer (great description eh?) but when the double breakdowns come (as identified by the two separate dark patches in the vinyl) the drums are hard and funky and take no prisoners - check it out!
????? - "?????????" ????????? RECORDS 19??
OK, I gotta keep some of these dope drums under the radar, so please don't be mad that I'm keeping this one kind of under wraps. And please don't waste your time zooming in on the photo either because I've blurred as much info as I needed to to ensure some confidentiality. All I will tell you is that I stumbled on these little 45rpm gems (I say two because I scooped doubles on the same day) by a prog rock band which are on a French label, and I'm guessing it's from the early 70s but I cannot be completely sure with the lack of a date on the label or sleeve. All I can tell you for sure is that these drums are completely off the wall and as infectious as chicken pox, even if the track itself is a little "way out there" in parts (typical of early prog rock stuff). But who dares tell me that this beat ain't the illest! (Big shout to SUPREME LA ROCK for knowing this one within two minutes of me posting it up!)