Monthly Archives: March 2010

DAY 90 GRAMMY CHASE: THE YEAR WAS 88′ part III

The final 7 albums rounding out the Top 15 albums of 1988 that pretty much defined “true” Hip Hop in all of its faces, from humorous, to street, to house-music, to lyricism, to dance, etc etc.

Eric B. & RakimFollow the Leader
Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock It Takes Two
Ultramagnetic MC’s – Critical Beatdown
The Jungle BrothersStraight Out The Jungle
Big Daddy KaneLong Live the Kane
MC LyteLyte as a Rock
ICE-TPower

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DAY 89 GRAMMY CHASE: THE YEAR WAS 88′ part II

Day 89, reminiscing over the Golden Years of Hip Hop…4 more classic albums that came out in 1988.

NWA – Straight Outta Compton
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper
BIZ MARKIE – Goin’ Off
BDP – By Any Means Necessary

“Ya Slippin” – One of my favorite tracks off of the BDP album


DAY 88 GRAMMY CHASE: THE YEAR WAS 88′ part 1

Day 88 is dedicated to the some of the best years of my life regarding the hip hop landscape and the impacting influences that shaped my taste and desire to be an emcee and a producer. The year was 1988, one year before Rap, or hip hop was officially recognized by the Recording Academy of the Grammys. Not that it mattered one bit, as no one or anything could have put a stop to the heavy hitting and diverse offering of hip hop that was being released that year and defining “Classic Material” in the Golden Era of the culture.

Rolling Stones Magazine indicated what they thought were the most important hip hop albums that made rap explode into the still-growing, worldwide phenomenon it is today, and I’d have to agree with nearly all 15 selected.

Any opinions, hit me up!

PUBLIC ENEMY – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
RUN-DMC – Tougher Than Leather
SLICK RICK – The Adventures of Slick Rick
EPMD – Strictly Business

Now, just think about that for a minute. In today’s market where the todays artists are forced to sound like each other. When will we ever relive a time where there was this much dopeness and diversity in one genre? WOW..part II coming.


DAY 87 GRAMMY CHASE: DOUBLE R


[Peep the originators – Pay homage]

Today’s Grammy Chase features the group Rose Royce, inspired by TV1’s Unsung series. Every episode has been a must watch. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a positive story yet, as all of the entertainment stories seem to end either tragically or the stars burn out and plummet back to earth.

Unfamiliar with Rose Royce? Maybe this album cover will refresh your mind. Maybe this opening line of the song “Car Wash” will jump-start your memory. “You may not ever get rich/But let me tell ya it’s better than diggin’ a ditch..”
The double-album and soundtrack for the movie Car Wash, performed by Rose Royce was there debut LP that reportedly sold 2 million copies and propelled the movie itself into a classic. You’ll have to watch Unsung on TV1 to find out how the group fell apart within its first 4 years or so, after selling multi-platinum. Misunderstanding, Egos and Money will do it EVERY time.

In the end, my point and interest in posting this, was the Grammy: Rose Royce is not credited with winning a Grammy, but the composer and owner of the label did. The award for Album Of Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Special went to Norman Whitfield at the 19th Annual Grammy Awards.


DAY 86 GRAMMY CHASE: SOLDIER OF LOVE

Sade just released her latest album Soldier of Love to rave review and a very warm welcome, but lets take it back to when Sade first stepped foot into the spotlight. The year was 1984 when she debuted with Smooth Operator, for which she won Best New Artist at the 28th Annunal Grammy Award Show in 85′.

Wow! I wasn’t even in high school, yet I remember every one of her songs from that album, a testament to good music being just that, GOOD music, regardless of the maturity of the content. Her material was always respectful and sincere and it seems she rediscovered the recipe for her latest contribution. Cheers to the Smooth Operator.

And dont forget about this Smooth Operator from Brooklyn.


DAY 85 GRAMMY CHASE: 2 “GOD” EMCEES NOMINATED

Day 85, feeling great and what do ya know? I’m feeling even greater after discovering that two of my favorite emcees, who’d I would never have imagined being Grammy Nominees, can actually officially list and identify themselves as “Grammy Nominated” artists. I mean, it only took 20 years or so, geeesh! But, as I always mention, a Grammy is NOT a validation of one’s true talent and contribution to music, but more so just a recognition, a HIGH recognition and acknowledgement of their craft.

No, not Kanye. No, not Nas either. No disrespect, but give the Gods some space to shine, KRS and Rakim!! 50th Grammy Awards in 2008, the song “Classic” was nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. AWESOME. But it lost out to Common and Kanye West for – “Southside”.
Enjoy your weekend.
BTW, a might shout out to Kelly Showard! word! The Chase is still on.


THROWBACK RE: NINE

Feeling like a throwback. I recently had a conversation with Professor Kush B regarding “authenticity” in hip hop and how some artists of today don’t have any knowledge of the emcees that preceded them, nor the struggle, contributions and sacrifices that many relatively unknown artist have made to BUILD this thing we call hip-hop/rap. When I say, “relatively unknown” I mean in the sense of asking the artists, “young” artists of today, about a particular rapper like say a Craig G, or a Masta Ace and I’m sure that they would have little to no information or idea about said artists. I have a loooooong list of my favorite notables of course, so aren’t as well known as others, but they impacted my taste of hip hop nonetheless. For example, I remember hearing this song WBNY back in the day, sitting in front of radio/tape deck and “tape recording” this song. Why? Because I simply thought is was dope and unique for the time. This dude preceded DMX and JaRule by the way. Not Grammy related, but Billy Drease related because I STILL love this song.

Most important quotable:
Came a long way from back in the day/ we did it for no pay, just rhyme and the hay and sleep/
Wake up, write another rhyme/ hit the park after dark, drop the beat one time/
That’s when Sh__ was real/ No phony, no bologna just a homie, mic and wheels of s
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