A couple of ill shows n the next couple of week at Bar None Vancouver. The first is Pete Rock & CL Smooth performing their masterpiece Mecca & The Soul Brother in its entirety! A week after that we have Questlove here for a RBMA Q&A and DJ set. Tickets for Pete Rock & CL can be copped HERE, and Questlove tickets HERE.
This is a nice find. Video of this Jive Records showcase has been floating around for years but only in clips.This is the extended version with 37 plus minutes of footage! In order of appearance are Steady B, Boogie Down Productions, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, and Kool Moe Dee.
I just spent a week in Austin at the SXSW music conference/festival/party. This song was the talk of the conference when Young Guru debuted it a party that him and Just Blaze were playing. The illest MC of today gets the illest MC ever (in my opinion) to jump on the remix of his next single. New verses from K. Dot too. While we are on the topic of SXSW, hit my Instagram HERE for the flicks. That Prince x A Tribe Called Quest show can't be topped. It's all downhill for me from here as far as concerts go.
Fantastic, clear live footage of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
in Germany, circa 1983. Here they are performing "The Message." This is the same year Run-DMC's "Sucker MC's" came out which signalled a changing of the guard in rap style, fashion, and music. GMF and company would slowly fade from the hip-hop spotlight, but would return as old school hip-hop would experience a renaissance years later. The Bronx sextet was rightly inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Flash's DJ career also took an upswing as he regularly tours to highly appreciative audiences.
I've never seen a video for this Juice Crew classic until now. The odd thing is the Pop-Up Video-like text mentioning Shan as producer of Snow's "Informer," which wasn't released until 1992. Enjoy this short and sweet Queensbridge clip.
"Marley, can we hear your funky fresh scratchin', again?"