Thursday, December 31, 2009

Fun With Rap Letters

Before...


















And After...




































Torres is PISSED!

Special thanks to whoever made this poster. Nick, was it you?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Station W-O-L-F

Who knew there was a video for Super-Wolf's Super-Wolf Can Do It (Sugar Hill Records, 1980)? Apparently 17,300 people, as this already has a ton of views. This is news to me! Good news.... good, good, even amazing news.

Okay I'm already over it.


I respect how he chose the 10 minute long version for the video instead of the 6:30 "short" version.

... And Them Too!

I've been on a little Jeopardy kick lately. Watching television that requires thinking almost makes me feel productive. To be honest though, I mostly view to witness the awkward things humans say and do. Here's Alex Trebec in the groove:

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Ho, Ho




















What Christmas would be complete without a little Rudy Ray Moore (aka Dolemite)? My main man Nostalgic, the producer behind Alternate Earth and the title cut from my album Evil in the Mirror, has whipped up a dope beat using Jive Jungle from the Dolemite soundtrack.

Nostalgic- "Dolo Might"-


Like a knucklehead, I felt compelled to throw dialogue from the movie over the beat.

Here's where Jive Jungle appears in the film:


Good news- I learned how to make a youtube video play from a specific starting point, so less work for you. What I really mean is I finally fought the laziness and typed "embed youtube video starting from time" in my google sidebar. One minute later, I was a whiz kid.























Here's the track Merry Christmas Baby, from the album This Ain't No White Christmas, pictured at the top of this post:

Rudy Ray Moore- "Merry Christmas Baby"-



So there you have it, the two "Ho"s missing from my previous post. Happy Holidays!

Special thanks to Nostalgic!

Ho























Yesterday morning I was surprised to see there was a copy of the Winter Warnerland compilation CD on my chair. This is the holiday disc that contains the elusive Cold Chillin' Christmas posse cut featuring Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shante, M.C. Shan and Fly Ty. I think I read somewhere that this is the only posse cut that features M.C. Shan and Big Daddy Kane together.

Cold Chillin Christmas-
























Here's a paragraph from the CD liner notes:

"The rappers from Cold Chillin' got together at Marley's house to lay down this dope number featuring Big Daddy Kane, whose debut album Long Live the Kane has been Top Ten for months; M.C. Shan, who's back with I Pioneered This from his Born To Be Wild LP; and Roxanne Shante, 'Loosey' of Rick James' Loosey's Rap track. Cold Chillin' Christmas also includes the rappin' debut of Fly Ty (a.k.a. Tyrone Williams, chairman of Cold Chillin' Records."

On some real nerd stuff, I'm thinking Fly Ty's rapping debut was on Pumpkin's Here Comes that Beat! as part of the Profile All-Stars.

















More importantly, Winter Warnerland contains various Pee-Wee Herman interludes:

Pee-Wee Herman- Christmas Medley-



Pee-Wee Herman- Don't Drink and Drive, Duh!-


Pee-Wee Herman- Pee-Wee Willbury ID-

























It took me all day to finally find out that it was Papa D who left the CD on my chair. I should have known... he is the king of holiday hip hop. A week back he got me listening to his Profile Christmas Rap compilation cassette, something he breaks out every year in December and plays in his car all month. In the words of Main Flow on Street Pay, "What up, Papa Diesel?!"





















I figured a lot of blogs will throw up the Cold Chillin' Christmas track if they haven't already, as a lot of people have been discovering it lately. So here's a little bonus audio of DJ Red Alert and Mr. Magic together on Hot 97 during a Christmas 1993 broadcast. Here, the two former radio rivals are giving each other much props:

Red: Y'all better tape this... this goes down in history!

Magic: Absolutely!

Red: Mr. Magic and Red Alert, together.
Magic: On the same radio station!

Red: At the same time!



















Hot 97- Christmas 1993- Mr. Magic and Red Alert-


Red Alert also explains to Magic how they first met, which is a little fuzzy at first for Sir Juice. Awkarrrrd..? You be the judge!



Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Jack.. et Off!


Here's an awful remake in the works. I think everybody knows that, so I won't rant about an 80s classic. What really got me (immaturely) rolling was 1:04 in where Jackie Chan says "Jack-et off!"

Maybe it's all in my head... as a kid I obviously didn't find a way to make "wax off" dirty. I was innocent. But out of all sneaky methods Miyagi could be using to teach Will Smith's son, it's putting a jacket on and off. Some genius in writing found a way to pay homage to the wack off technique and switched it to jack off. Nay, this can't only be my corrupted imagination.

I'm ashamed for posting this.

PUBLISH!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Potholes In My Blog Exclusive: Intelligent Hoodlum – Black and Proud (Will C. Mix)




















I wanted to have some fun and drop an exclusive for the boys over at Potholes in my Blog, so I decided to put together a remix of Intelligent’s Hoodlum (a.k.a. Tragedy)’s 1990 single, Black and Proud.

Download the remix, peep the video, and check out their post HERE























I am personally a huge fan of Tragedy’s first album. If you aren’t up on it, I urge you to check it out! His first two albums (Intelligent Hoodlum and Saga of a Hoodlum) were reissued as a double CD fairly recently.

With my limited skills in video editing, I tried to make this exclusive as “behind-the-scenes” as possible. The free download is the finished remix, while the video helps illustrate what went into the production and arrangement of the chopped samples.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Strange Day...



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Friday, November 20, 2009

Yo, Get My Posse... Get... My...


Had to post this! Look at Magic making sure he gets his camera time! Classic!

Act Natural

Here's an Incredible video that I just recently caught on youtube. Looks like it was recently added, too. Thanks to Skratchworx for uploading this!



My personal highlight is the interview piece where Marley Marl is mentioning how Shante's Mom was making her do laundry during their attempts to record "Roxanne's Revenge."


Also we get some footage of a young Queen Latifah who is about to drop her debut record, "Princess of the Posse." What's up with 45 King's awkward hand gesture at 4:05? I can picture the people filming saying "act natural, like we're not even here."

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Will C. Nominated for New Act of the Year at 2009 Boston Music Awards! Please Vote!






What's going on everybody? I admit, my last Simoniz post was perhaps my laziest ever. With that being said, I figured now was a great time to announce that I have been nominated for New Act of the Year at the 2009 Boston Music Awards! Okay, so maybe this isn't the most opportune time to announce this, but bare with me. If you can find a moment to cast a vote in favor of me, it would be very much appreciated. This is the link to the voting pages- VOTE

Thanks for taking a moment to check out this post! While you're over there, please support the homie Esoteric, who has been nominated in 3 categories, Act of the Year, Album of the Year, and Hip Hop Act of the Year.

I promise, I'll return with some more traditional posts in the near future. GuLlllllllLL

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wax, Buff, and...

Do You Like To Draw Famous People?


















Do you like to draw famous people? We do! Here's President John Kennedy and rapper, Havoc, of Mobb Deep. Readers, send us your celebrity drawing and we may publish it in the future.

Amazing newspaper clipping.

(Courtesy of Traffic Warehouse- Nick Sinista, Jay Tracy, Jimson- What up!)

Friday, October 30, 2009

"Saving Seamus Ryan" Release Parties Recap!

















(above: photo by Chris Hunter- Rhode Island)

I can't keep up with Eso, he's updating his site constantly these days. He already posted a recap of the Saving Seamus Ryan release parties in Rhode Island and Mass, but I figured I'd share some pictures from the event as well. By the way, the parties were a blast! Everyone killed it! Thanks to all the people who came out and supported.

It was good to finally see my man Blacastan perform live. Check out his new mixtape The Master Builder. It'll wet your appetite for his Brick debut right around the corner. Apathy put on a great show in Boston, and the headliners were in full effect...

(above: photo courtesy of Performer.com- Boston)

















7L, Esoteric and Beyonder united for something special, performing selections ranging from the Soul Purpose days all the way up to the present. Eso performed a condensed rendition of Saving Seamus Ryan, complete with cameo appearances from Qwill (Hold On) and Benny Macko (Blacastan). It was quite the show.


I gotta of course say thank you to Eso for having me on the bill for both events, and definitely have to send a shout out to Beyonder for holding it down on the tables for my sets. He was killing it! At the end of Be Yourself Syndrome, Raheem and I just fell back and let him cut for mad long... he was in the zone. Which reminds me, I can't forget to give a shout out to Raheem Jamal and thank him for holding it down with me at all these shows. Do NOT sleep on Boombox / Project Move / Electric! It's truly a pleasure to be rocking on stage with him.






















(above: Raheem Jamal, myself - Rhode Island- photo by Chris Hunter)


(below: Beyonder - photo courtesy Performer.com)






















I was also thoroughly impressed that Beyonder didn't miss a beat when somebody handed him a beer on stage directly in the middle of hyping for Word Association with 7L & Esoteric. Anybody who knows that track has to know how important not missing a word is. Besides that, there were just a lot of great moments from each night. I think my personal highlight during my set was performing Losers and getting some great crown interaction / participation. There's nothing better than a good crowd. I'm regretting not filming this one (I seem to never use my video camera), but here's a couple more pictures...






















































(above: top two photos courtesty Performer.com, third photo by Matt Conley- Boston)

(below: photos by Chris Hunter- Rhode Island)
















































Enjoy your Halloween, be safe!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Reminder- Tonight: "Saving Seamus Ryan Release Party @ Middle East in Cambridge, MA (10.28.09)























A friendly reminder about the "Saving Seamus Ryan" Massachusetts release party tonight (10.28.09) @ The Middle East in Cambridge. Featuring performances by 7L & Esoteric, Apathy, Will C. with Raheem Jamal, and Blacastan. See you there!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"Saving Seamus Ryan" Release Party in Rhode Island This Friday (10.23.09)























First off, happy birthday to KARMA!

Come through to wish him a belated happy birthday this Friday (10.23.09) for the Saving Seamus Ryan Rhode Island release party, featuring performances by 7L & Esoteric, Will C. (me) with Raheem Jamal, and Blacastan, with musical hosts The Bladerunners!

I'm going to debut a new song there called Origins. It has nothing to do with the X-Men or Species II.

The Massachusetts release party will be the following Wednesday (10.28.09) in Cambridge @ The Middle East, and will feature 7L & Esoteric, Apathy, Blacastan, and Will C. with Raheem Jamal. See you there!























Pictured below is the brand new / limited 7L & Esoteric fitted cap, which will be exclusively sold at the Saving Seamus Ryan release parties. For more info, go to esoterichiphop.com


































Tuesday, October 20, 2009

But More Importantly...

















Is this a young Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm)? I got linked to this image (above) when I google image searched him, and it's set off a couple of debates in my circle as to whether it's him or not. Time to bring in the big guns.

Rapido!



















(above: Chuck D and Terminator X /// below: Rick Rubin- not originally from the documentary, but used)



















I've never seen this documentary before, so I gotta thank "The Original 808 Beats" for putting it on the net. In his own words:

This documentary was aired in the U.K around 1990/1991. The full show is around 55 minutes long, and goes in the correct sequence, Parts 1 through to 6.

Gotta love (or hate) the intro rap by the suit. Does any of it rhyme?


The documentary features Afrika Bambaataa, Mr. Biggs, Jazzy Jay, Quincy Jones, The Last Poets, Red Alert, Sylvia Robinson (Sugar Hill Records), Fab 5 Freddy, Funky Four + 1 More, LL Cool J, Run-DMC, The Beastie Boys, Keith Haring, Mare 134, The Rock Steady Crew, Eric B & Rakim, Public Enemy, KRS-One, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, NWA, Ice Cube, Young MC, De La Soul, Two Live Crew, and Gangstarr. Double-click the youtube video to bring up a new window and find the rest (parts 2-6).

Some highlights and wtf moments for me...

wtf * Cueing to Master Gee when Sylvia is talking about meeting Big Bank Hank (in part 2).

highlight * Crazy legs laughing at the Prince / James Brown comparison (part 3).

highlight * Chuck D- "That's why I like to put noise in my music. I consider it an alarm for black America." (part 4... I think).

highlight * Two Live Crew on the Geraldo Show (part 6).

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ba-Dop-Boom-Bang























Picking up where we left off with the last post, here's another Rap Attack "Rapping with the Stars" segment, this time from about 2 years later with Grandmaster Flash. The interview sees he and Magic talking about Grandmaster Flash (the group's) new record, Ba-Dop-Boom-Bang, with Flash explaining their change in musical direction as a result of working with a new producer, Larry Smith.

09.06.1987- Grandmaster Flash Rap Attack Interview 1-


Although he is inquiring about the new album, you can tell Magic is hoping the original lineup of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five will get back together. He in fact puts Flash on the spot when he straight up asks if they will, leading to a fun, albeit awkward interview. When all was said and done, I believe this would be Flash's last album before reuniting with the original Furious Five to release their On The Strength record.























09.06.1987- Grandmaster Flash Rap Attack Interview 2-



I'm a fan of U Know What Time It Is, the track they're premiering during this interview. I especially like the Extended version Flash did for the single release.

Grandmaster Flash- U Know What Time It Is (Extended Scratch)-
























The album itself has some uh... tough moments.

Grandmaster Flash- Underarms-



Grandmaster Flash- Big Black Caddy-
























I was also going to post the music video with all the the crazy cartoon stuff going on, but it looks like Elektra is policing youtube quite well these days. Damn. I did find this though, from The Source.



I have to apologize if this post is written terribly. I'm sick as a dog and a little out of it.