After we had announced the 0 day at Fresh Island Festival‘s Kalypso stage and had an amazing time there, the morning took us to the first official day of the Hip Hop-on-the-beach fest. With numerous parties in the afternoon in Papaya and Aquarius, the vibe was well lit for the rest of the festival. Aquarius saw the Czech and Slovakian crême de la crême of their Hip Hop scene (DJ Wich, Vladimir, Kontrafakt, Majk Spirit) perform, while Papaya was on fire with the amazing Swiss Ladylicious DJs, followed by DJ Ewon from France. With both after beach parties ending at 8 and the festival doors opening at 11, everybody had enough time to get ready for the evening’s chaos. And by chaos, I mean truly amazing, energetic shows by Joey Bada$$, Statik Selektah and Danny Brown.
A super dope track I discovered on one of my Yo! MTV Raps videos, called Go On Girl by the legendary Queens female emcee Roxanne Shante.
Shante came to prominence at the age of 14 via her related answer record to U.T.F.O.’s 1984 rap hit, Roxanne, Roxanne. Shante was walking outside a New York housing project when she overheard three men discussing U.T.F.O.’s cancellation of a show they were promoting. In turn she offered them a reply record. The onlookers, DJ Mister Magic, Tyrone Williams and Marley Marl took her up on the offer.
Her version Roxanne’s Revenge mixed sassy, indignant raps with a funky backbeat. It was a massive hit, which sold over a quarter of a million copies in the New York area alone, and spawned a flood of answerback records (well over a hundred at the final count), as rappers queued to take up the challenge. U.T.F.O. replied by sueing her for using their b-side as the rhythm track.
Shante was still only 14 years old, and forced to stay away form school because of all the attention. Her arrival was cemented by further singles Have A Nice Day and Go On Girl, produced by Marley Marl, with lyrics penned by Big Daddy Kane. Her debut album saw the conscious rhymes of songs like Independent Woman (though it was written for her by a man) spliced by saucy narratives like Feeling Kinda Horny.
By 1986, Shante was being edged from the centre of the female rap stage by The Real Roxanne (Adelaida Martinez) and her turntable wizard Hitman Howie Tee. Perhaps her most infamous post-‘Roxanne’ moment came with the release of Big Mama, which would see her take out her frustrations by dissing other female rappers Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Yo Yo and Monie Love.
Go On Girl appears on Roxanne’s debut album Bad Sister released on Cold Chillin’/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records in 1989.
Producer and mixed by – Marley Marl
Bay Area legend E-A-Ski is set to release a new EP, Artist/Producer, in September. We now have the first single off the project with Wake ‘Em Up featuring Tech N9ne and fellow legend from the Oakland/San Francisco area, Too Short.
Still rapping about stuff they rapped about in their early 20s, the N9ne and Ski make sure they don’t get crossed, and if they do, they make sure to “wake ’em up” with their Berettas. Too Short finished deciphering the difference between “bitches,” “prostitutes,” and women.
Here’s another Future Flavas show from the collection. It may be the earliest show I have as Marley and Pete had just taken over Future Flavas from KRS-ONE in January of ’95. Lot of joints from their camp played like Sah-B, LOTUG, Heavy D, World Renown and Deda Baby Pa. A nice Marley remix of Brandy Baby right at the top of the show.
Crazy too because this is the episode where they played my O.C. Born 2 Live remix (12:35) and said “got mad calls last week on this joint right here, gotta hit you in your head with it one more time”. I had left a cassette of the remix for Pete at his Soul Brother Records office. Based on the hype created from this show we (Wild Pitch) decided to press promos of the remix to service to DJs.
Yesterday, Pitchfork premiered the music video for Harlem Knights by Cannibal Ox, from the group’s sophomore album Blade of the Ronin. Harlem Knights was shot on-site in Harlem and follows Vast Aire and Vordul Mega through the desolate uptown streets where they were raised. The release of this video marks the first official visual representation of Cannibal Ox since the release of Painkillers from Cannibal Ox’s critically acclaimed 2001 debut The Cold Vein.
The video is directed by Steven Tapia and the track is produced by BILL Cosmiq, who helmed the majority of the production on Blade of the Ronin, which is in stores now.
Cannibal Ox is currently abroad on the Blade of the Ronin European Tour, the group’s first European tour in nearly a decade.
Cannibal Ox will perform in Bristol, UK on July 9th; Birmingham, UK on July 10th; Glasgow on July 11th; Leeds, UK on July 12th; Brighton, UK on July 14th; London, UK on July 15th; Dour Festival in Belgium on July 17th; and Paris on July 18th.
Today we have a track I stumbled upon a day ago, with a dope beat called On & On, from underground Atlanta group Yall So Stupid. Formed by H2O, Unkle Buk, Sha Boogie, Spearhead X and Logic in 1991.
After extensive performance in Atlanta’s underground circuit, they were signed by Dallas Austin & L.A. Reid to Rowdy Records in 1992. Their debut album Van Full of Pakistans, was released on May 25, 1993. The group was released from their label that same year.
Produced by Sylvan Sargeant
Pittsburgh Steel City Hip Hop representative Zooka Joe will be dropping his long awaited debut album with Brooklyns legendary beatsmith Domingo behind the boards on August 4, 2015 thru Deranged Music. The album titled A.K.A Zooka Joe is packed with a punch of that Hip Hop that has been missing in the game for a while.
A.K.A Zooka Joe also features Chris Rivers, Nutso and the man himself Kool G Rap who is featured on the song Done Different and as usual Kool G Rap does not disappoint with Zooka Joe holding his ground on this gritty bouncing street anthem.