the author and THE ILLUSTRATOR and the musician…










Looks like I’ve got yet another cottage industry going here… custom art on record sleeves. I tell you, I may not be the greatest at this or the greatest at that, but you’re gonna be hard pressed to find a dude who’s done it in MORE games than me. If interested, hit me up at philasoul@aol.com before I’m totally worn out (and before the price goes up… i’m tired).

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PAUL NICE WORLD OF BEATS WE OUT TO BEAT THE WOR-LD

Some of y’all may have heard this before, but this is a joint I did a couple years ago with one of my favorite producers, DJ Paul Nice. Unfortunately right now I don’t know if this is ever going to get an official release, so here you go (Paul already put this out on the interwebs for public perusal, so i don’t think I’m violating by posting it up here). The Poughkeepsie King did a craaaazy nice job on this beat and it was an honor for me to get on it, so I just felt this needed to be heard by whoever never heard it. And Pauly, if you’re checking this post, I hope you’re doing okay. You’re a great talent, my man.

PAUL NICE featuring PHILL MOST CHILL aka THE SOULMAN – Never Stop Diggin’

MY PRESIDENT IS BLACK, IN FACT HE’S HALF WHITE

“My President is black/in fact he’s half white/So even in a racist’s mind, he’s half right/so if you got a racist mind it’s alright/My president is black but his house is all white

Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther could walk/ Martin Luther walked so Barack Obama could run/ Barack Obama ran so all the children could fly/So I’mma spread my wings/ You could meet me in the sky”

Yeah… you went in on this one, Hov. Best Jay-Z verse ever IMO (who cares if it was recycled as some are saying). And you never thought you’d see the day when I’d drop some Young Jeezy here on THAT REAL SCHITT. Well, this is not a normal day, my people. HISTORY.

EAT IT NOW YES I MUST

This is not going to taste very good, i fear. This crow that’s been put on my platter to eat for supper… I’m not going to like this. Can somebody pass the Lawry’s at least please? Some salsa or chipotle perhaps? F–k it, I’ll eat the schitt raw. Congratulations, Cardinals… the better team won. Holy d–ksnots, the Cardinals are going to the Super Bowl. I think that’s even more amazing than a brotha going to the White House. For this one I must drop the following classic-

THE JACKSON SISTERS – Miracles (yeah, I certainly believe in ’em now)

BY THE TIME WE GET TO ARIZONA… Y’ALL IN TROUBLE

Tomorrow my beloved Philadelphia Eagles will invade University Of Phoenix Stadium to lay a colossal whuppin’ on the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game and propel themselves into the Super Bowl (where they will then proceed to pop open another huge motor oil-sized can of azz whup on whoever represents the AFC, probably the Pittsburgh Steelers but it could be the B-More Ravens instead… who cares? They’re all just cannon fodder). In honor of this inevitable happening, I am dropping a couple of different mixes of Public Enemy‘s “By The Time I Get To Arizona” and also some of my favorite versions of the classic “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”. You’ve had a nice run, Redbirds, but it’s time to return to the reality that you and your miserable fans have been living like Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day” for the last 70 years or so. The reality of FAIL. Enjoy the music, and I’ll enjoy the victory cigar tomorrow night.
BTW, the PE song is so appropriate seeing that the day after the Eagles’ victory will be the King Holiday AND the day after that will be the inauguration of my president, Barack Obama. Two things I must add- one, on Monday, to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King (and to just be a good person) I advise everyone out there who can do it to participate in a Day Of Service and volunteer your time somewhere in your community for a few hours. And two, to all the folks going to D.C. on Tuesday to get your revelry on, please keep it civil and wonderful and all that schitt. No drunken line dancing in the streets, please. This is gonna be a cool next few days.

BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX-
Dorothy Ashby

Willie Tee

Mighty Doug Haynes

Moses Dillard

Azymuth

The Gaylads (pause)

(special thanks to Willie Fugal, Reynaldo and my pals at Soulstrut for song suggestions)

PHILL MOST ON THE BATTLEFIELD

I almost let this little interview slip through the cracks… conducted by that guy Drasar Monumental over at his Hip Hop Battlefield blog back in November 2008. You know how I do, just expounding on my beliefs about rhymes, beats and life. Not a real long read, so check it out when you get a minute and then when you get a few extra minutes check out the rest of the homie’s blog, it’s quite dope. Cool schitt to download, fly schitt to read… really nice.
BTW, the pic up above (which is also shown on the Hip Hop Battlefield interview) is indeed a snapshot of ya boy Phill Most, back in my “Phantastic Philly Phill” days of 1984. First Stetson hat, first Cazals, first leather bomber. Lee jeans w/ permanent creases. Down with the Sureshot Two MC’s (me and my man MC Dazz from Bed Stuy). Those were the days, B!

I PUT HIS BRAINS ON THE SIDEWALK

Another one of those Soulman mid-nineties remixes, this one a flip of Betty Wright for Kool G Rap’s “On The Run”. Hey, ain’t nuthin’ messin’ with the “I Declare War” and “Enter The Dragon” joints, recently re-earthed from Marley Marl‘s vaults by my dudes over at DWG (holy grail… got it!). But you might find this joint kinda nice for your G Rap collection too.

KOOL G RAP – On The Run (Soulman Remix)

MID-JANUARY HEADPHONE MUSIC

King Pleasure- I’m In The Mood For Love
Milt Jackson – Enchanted Lady
Miracles – I Don’t Need No Reason
William Bell – I Forgot To Be Your Lover
Wish – Touch Me (All Night Long)
Princess – Say I’m Your #1
Aquarius – self titled lp
Rob X (aka Scratchmaster Rob) beat tape
Freddie Hubbard – all albums (R.I.P.)
Jay-Z and Ghostface Killah – American Ironman mixtape
Barbara Acklin – Please Sunrise Please / Come And See Me Baby / I Can’t Do My Thing
Timothy Wilson – My Queen Of Hearts
Sam Dees – Child Of The Streets
First Love – It’s A Mystery To Me
Troy L. Smith tape #126 – L Brothers 1978 b/w Grandmaster Caz & JDL aka the Notorious 2 1979
Jake One – White Van Music
DWG – Lungbutters cd mixed by DJ Format (damn, how’d I almost forget THAT one?)

PHILLY IS STEPPIN’ IN


Sorry, Giants fans, but the NFC divisional playoffs are over and the Eagles just kicked your azzes. Arizona is next (Arizona? Arizona??? Oh, hell to tha naw, the Cardinals ain’t got a chance of stopping us from going to Tampa). I’ll get into this more after Kurt Warner gets sent fishin’, I just wanted to do a little bit of gloating at Giants fans’ expense.
Now, I’m sure many if not most of you who are coming to this site have no interest in good ol’ American NFL football and have no idea what I am talking about. That’s okay- for you I will just drop a rare classic old school Philly Hip Hop record, this one being the first Schoolly D record, “Gangster Boogie” b/w “Maniac” from 1984. This is the ORIGINAL original pressing, not the reissue 12″ with the yellow label that somebody pressed up after Schoolly School made it with “P.S.K.” and all that (if I remember right that re had all kinds of synths and keys and schitt dubbed on top… not THAT REAL SCHITT).
I did have a scan of the OG 12″ label but, alas, it was one of the many casualties of the infamous external hard drive disaster that went down ’bout a year ago. Couldn’t find a scan online (EDIT: actually I did find it courtesy of one of the great people over at the DWG forum and you can now see it here as was my original intention), so instead just look at the above picture of living legend Brian Dawkins, hear his words echo in your head (DOMINATION! SNOT BUBBLES! CRAZY EYES!), and, if you’re a Giants’ fan, begin to weep.

SCHOOLLY D – Gangster Boogie
SCHOOLLY D – Maniac