Here’s the second part of that SOULMAN “2001 SPACED ODDITIES” tape-slash-cd that I dropped on y’all a couple weeks or so ago. As you can see in the pics above, the cover art for my mix was based on a promo album that Radio Shack hit their customers off with back in the days (hence the “that realistic schitt” title of the first post). I’m sure most dudes who have gotten their fingers even a little bit dusty have seen this lp in the dollar crates a few times… kinda cool, has a little groove (a cover of the “2001” theme) that I set part one of the mix off with. Trust me, the Soulman CD and / or tape is a whole lot rarer than the Realistic promo lp… I assume everybody in America who bought a transistor radio back in the 70s got one of those records.
SOULMAN – 2001 Spaced Oddities side B (RE-UPPED)
Back to the old school, y’all. While going through some of my old school tapes last week to find some ill schitt to bless y’all with, I came across one I didn’t even know I had. Audubon Ballroom, 1981 (probably not the same show as the one advertised in the flyer shown here, though). Members of the Fantastic Five, Busy Bee and Grandmaster Caz all get loose on this one over beats like Say It Loud I’m Black And I’m Proud, Heartbeat, Catch A Groove, Bounce Rock Skate Roll, etc. Plus we hear some stuff getting played that some cats who weren’t around back then might not expect to hear at an old school hip hop jam, like the Whispers‘ “It’s A Love Thing” and even the sugar-sweet bubblegum of Chee Chee and Peppy‘s “I Know I’m In Love”.
But the part I REALLY dig on this tape is where the Original Kev (aka Kevie Kev aka Waterbed Kev of the L Brothers, Fantastic Romantic Five, Fantastic Freaks, Furious Five and Furious Lovers– you did know he was down with those last two as well, right?) rhymes right over top of the Sugarhill Gang‘s “8th Wonder” and flips the words, turning into a Weird Al Yankovic-style parody. For instance, the Gang’s line “and baby dolls and all you daddy-o’s / you better get ready to move your toes” is transformed into “and baby dolls and all you pregnant hoes / you better get ready for maternity clothes“! Now, I used to hear brothers in the streets sayin’ some of these rhymes back in the days, but I never heard any of this on an actual live jam tape. And come to find I’ve had this schitt for yeeeeeeears. Whoa.
BTW, interesting ancedote about Kev in the recently released Wildstyle The Sampler book by Charlie Ahearn (required real schitt reading, of course) where Charlie tells how he was with the Fantastic right before they headed out for the big Sugarhill Convention at the Armory back in 1981, and Kev sticks his pistol in his pants on some “i wish somebody would try to test me tonight” schitt. Funny how it was just as real in the field way back then- maybe even more so- yet the emcees of that era didn’t feel the need to glorify their harsh realities anywhere near as much as they do today. And they say, children… what does it all mean?
BTW, a big middle finger salute to Blogger for illin’ out and making me have to rewrite the 2nd half of this post all over again. Luckily I’m a professional and remembered everything almost word for word after losing the schitt. BOO.
New video for Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators’ “If This Ain’t Love”. OMG I love this schitt. This song is real special to me because I first heard it during a very bad time, one of the worst times in my life. It actually kinda helped get me through that difficult period, on some “the sun’s gonna come back out” type schitt. And guess what? The sun came back out. It always does (no matter what Harvey Scales might say). Glad to see that they did the song justice with a real nice vid. NICOLE WILLIS IS PRESIDENT.