Tim Westwood has been going in heavy on the archival action recently. He’s been uploading unreleased and never seen before footage from iconic performances like Rakim at Hammersmith, Ultramagnetic in Camden, Derek B live at the Hammersmith Palais and more…
Tims clips capture the raw excitement of the embryonic stages of the London Hip Hop youth culture in clips that feature body-popping on corners of Trafalgar Square, and under the watchful eye of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square. And as well as these, he has also added outtakes from the N-Sign Rap show. We all know about the Bizmarkie handshake debacle but what about a young Will Smith dropping more bloopers than Dennis Norden !
It’s the gift that keeps on giving, a break. Digging through vinyl bins and uncovering elusive breaks which have already been used is ALWAYS a pleasant experience, especially if you didn’t pay more than a pound. Equally, finding breaks that havent been used is also a good thing.
Uncovering a blissfully extended video version of something like this, a LEGENDARY Kool G Rap break by Billy “Golden Gloves” Joel is a champagne moment. It may only be an extra few bars of virtually clean drums, but cmon, this beautiful noise is priceless.
After pulling out the comparison reports, our thoughts of this just being a basic loop [ala Ultimate Breaks and Beats and pre-sampler style, erm, badly] have been supressed. Upon further inspection, it really just sounds like the band bringing out the “Road to the Riches” in a stripped down but nicely extended version in the first few minutes of the clip, right here, buried within the intro to Billy’s “My Life” video.
NB. Mr Piano Man had a serious Napolean complex if you read into the ‘tough guy’ in leathers look, New Yorks original state of mind having ‘little man’.
Evidently, Billy Joe Joel was too busy to release this extended version due to his penchant for hangin outta Christie Brinkley and lurking in ball-parks, ‘smoking cigarettes and looking tough’. Be warned, this is serious brain-worm, expect to be re-living those drums in yer head sometime very soon. Don’t say we never give you nothin for Christmas !
More throwbacks from a Video Music Box special featuring a Jive RCA recording artists showcase [From Jazzy Jeffs 23rd Birthday].
Steady B & Tat Money – Believe Me Das Bad
BDP – Criminal Minded
BDP – Still Number One
BDP – Stop the Violence
BDP – My Philosophy
Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince – Touch of Jazz
Jazzy Jeff – Routine
Ready Rock C – Routine
Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince – Girls of the World…
Kool Moe Dee – Go See the Doctor
Kool Moe Dee – Do You Know what time it is?
Kool Moe Dee – How Ya Like me Now?
once again, your man Jamie Funktuall comes with the goods, and in a mad entertaining way..breaking down every sample in the opener to the the greatest l.p ever.Paul’s Boutique check the insanity at 13.00.
he’s like a Funky Casey Casem up in this..and has the knowledge to way back up his dancing..our caps are doffed..also, wer’e a bit gutted we didn’t do it first, but hey, we get high.
click thru to “gluetube” to find a link to download this as an mp3.
This is required listening for those tender, gentle, fantastic romantic moments, when you need to get erm, ‘buck nutty’ with that special friend of yours. The Rickster accompanies DJ Smoke L.E.S. adding his trademark and joyously ’round the way’ ramblings…
Grooveline is a Lex Lugor produced track off the recently released Habits & Contradictions full lengther. Its by young Black Hippy, Quincy M. Hanley aka Schoolboy Q…
Sans an actual full blooded beat, its a cut with a grown-ass tale to tell, as well as employing the vocal talents of Marlena Shaw from her 1975 alblum Who Is This Bitch, Anyway?
Ive posted cos some people that claim they know Hip-Hop in 2012 think that Rap has to have a beat, and like Michael McDonald, they keep forgettin’ that Hip-Hop producers like Lexus Lugor are more than happy utilising beautiful soul music and progressin’ things along quite nicely thankyou very much.
If you don’t know about Schoolboy Q, shame on you, as his “Setbacks” Fralbum was one of the best in recent years..anyways, his new one is out in a week, so familiarise yourself, and you can say you were down…
The most “traditional” sounding song from Mac’s recent l.p, Blue Slide Park gets a simple visual…and it works.
as he says himself “if you’re hating on the kid, then you’re out of the loop”..maybe this will please some of the bitter old hating ass hip hop nerds out there..but i doubt it..
and if you, like me, were doing your nut about where those drums are from..don’t sweat it, it’s the Les McCann’s “north carolina”, as used brilliantly on Smif’nWesson’s “let’s git it on”, proof the 90’s loom large in young mac..
anyways, young Pittsburgh Miller gets a co-sign here at the balls..