Friday, July 29, 2011

More Summer...

Have a good weekend

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Breakadawn - Vaughn Harper of The Quiet Storm talks Mr. Magic (08.11.84)

What happens when the Rap Attack ends? Vaughn Harper grabs the mic for the Quiet Storm, of course. Here's a quick clip of Vaughn's signature baritone tipping his hat to Mr. Magic and Marley Marl. This one's from August 11th, 1984.

Alright so I just typed that out and realized it may not make any sense. I think I should stop assuming people know what I'm talking about when I rant. For those unfamiliar, The Quiet Storm is a show that would follow Mr. Magic's Rap Attack on WBLS 107.5 FM in NYC.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dear Summer...

Fun House Disco Ad From 1983 - Run-DMC, Kurtis Blow, New Edition

Fun House Ad (1983) -

Friday night, May the 20th at the Fun House Disco, on 26th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues in New York City, It's the funk, the pump... a reggae party starring Kurtis Blow, Visual, Sweet G, Stargaze, Warp 9, and Run-DMC, along with special guest performances by the "Planet Rock" performer, "Candy Girl" guys and a surprise "Pass the Dutchie" performance. Remember this date - Friday, May 20th at the Fun House Disco.

This sounds like a memorable show at the legendary Funhouse venue. Mr. Magic is the voice on the ad. What's up with the references to Afrika Bambaataa, New Edition and Musical Youth without saying their actual stage names?? The Planet Rock performer? The Candy Girl guys? Anybody know what the deal is with that?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Percee P & SLD on Stretch and Bobbito - 1996

From the same tape as the last Stretch and Bobbito post (01.18.96 and 02.22.96), the legendary Percee P and S.L.D. drop by and trade lines over Royal Flush's "Movin On Ya Weak Production." Some of this audio is on Youtube, but I've strung together some additional interesting moments from the show, including Stretch and Bobbito not knowing SLD's name (I'm pretty sure twice), Bobbito discussing inverted panties, and more.

Stretch and Bobbito - Percee P and SLD Bits and Pieces (01.18.96 and 02.22.96) -

Stretch and Bobbito - Percee P and SLD Rhyming (01.18.96 and 02.22.96) -

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fresh Produce Celebrates 5th Anniversary! Video Ad By Will C. - Turquoise Jeep!

Shouts to Trees and Nife! Fresh Produce, the infamous monthly hip hop and reggae party held at Downtown Crossing’s Good Life bar, turns 5 years old this July. To celebrate, they're throwing an epic two-part bash on Saturdays July 23 and 30th. Fresh Produce has seen the likes of many stars bless the turntables for their monthly party, from a then up-and-coming Mayer Hawthorne, to legends like Prince Paul and Maseo of De La Soul. This time around, they welcome Dam Funk and the hilarious Turquoise Jeep crew.

I was asked to put together a video advertisement for this two-part celebration and had some fun with it. They left the choice of music up to me. That's always fun on my end, but sometimes I'm nervous the direction I go in will be too left field. In other words, I wasn't sure if the synth-heavy, 80s-commercial-esque, Roland 808 / Oberheim DMX-laced beat I put together would fly. Did they run with it? Find out by clicking on the video.

If you're not familiar with Turquoise Jeep, they're some funny dudes. I had a chance to catch up on their videos when I was putting the ad together. Not much info is out there on them, not even a Wikipedia page. Here's a couple joints I enjoyed!

Stretch & Bobbito Discuss Hot 97 Show and Percee P - 01.18.96 or 02.22.96

This is a great Stretch and Bobbito clip from either January 18th or February 22nd, 1996. Here, the two discuss how Stretch is keeping his show at Hot 97 different from the WKCR show. Classic chemistry between the two. Here's a piece of the conversation,

Stretch: I'm trying not to make it redundant musically.

Bobbito: There's more than enough good stuff to play.

Stretch: Of course... the foolishness hasn't even begun.

Bobbito: Oh nah, it's mild right now. It's like a mild soap right now. We haven't gotten abrasive yet... right now it's like Dove.

Then, at the exact same time, they each reference Percee P in two different ways...

Stretch: Like Percee P! // Bobbito: Speaking of sulfuric acid, I'm lethal, soon as my words reach you, (trails off slowly...)

Stretch: Gullllllllll

Check out the audio! Percee P arrives at the station during their conversation and Stretch starts ragging on his goggles.

Stretch and Bobbito Discuss Hot 97, Percee P - 01.18.96 or 92.22.96

By the way, the tape date discrepancy is because the tape was labeled with each date. I don't remember which side was what.