I TWEET- THEREFORE I AM

So on a day where you really haven’t done anything more important than to take a crap, do you tweet about that? Well, that’s what I tweeted about and here’s the pic of me tweeting in the john right after flushing to prove it (I know, I know… I got about as much couth as that girl spitting out the sunroof through her missing tooth that Doom raps about). Anyway, my current fascination with the Twitter craze is not gonna last for long, I can see that already. I’ll get back to posting up some old azz music in a minute.

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I AM NOW OFFICIALLY A TWIT

Yes, I am now on Twitter– why, I have no idea. Actually I know exactly why- because everybody else who’s anybody else is on Twitter and I am a brainwashed follower. Really, though, WTF is this Twitter schitt all about, anyway? WHY is it the thing to do right now? I got on it for about ten minutes and felt nothing except an incredible urge to go do something else. I guess that’s the idea, though… go do something else- then tweet about it. Okay, but for real GTFOOHWTBS. Whatever… I’m on it so at least I know I’m cool. Anybody out there want to fill me in on why Twitter is the bomb diggy get at me in the comments or better yet just tweet me (pause) – http://twitter.com/PhillMostChill (I totally do not understand any of this schitt).

UPDATE: I added a Twitter widget or whatever you call it to this blog… you’ll find it on the sidebar to the left at the very bottom. I honestly don’t think it’s gonna get used too much, but who knows… maybe I’ll catch the Twitter bug at some point.

NBA PLAYOFFS

Any NBA hoops fans out there checkin’ in at THAT REAL SCHITT? Probably not many, if any. Well, although NFL football is my number one passion as a sports fan, I follow teh pro basketball pretty tough too. Playoffs start today, and I got Cleveland and Lebron James to win it all this year. Why? Well, because I love the cohesion of this team right now… these dudes are TOGETHER (I actually thought about changing my pick because they’ve been going overboard with the clowning around on the bench- kinda juvenille and not the right look for a champion- but f*** it, they’re having fun and that swagger may actually help them when schitt gets tight). The Lakers will be hard to beat with Bynum back, but I dunno… I just like the Cavs, man. And as great as Kobe is, I like Lebron over him at this point in their careers. It would be a great matchup in the finals anyway you look at it (I don’t think David Stern would have it any other way). Darkhorses- watch out for those Nuggets out west. I’d like to see Atlanta shock somebody in the east… I think it’s possible in the 2nd round. Ultimately, though… Cavs over Lakers in seven (homecourt will make the difference).

YOU CAN’T ALWAYS SEE THE SUN BUT IT’S ALWAYS HERE

A long time in the making, but it looks like the Fusion Unltd. lp on ABB Records that’s been rumored for years and years and years is finally gonna materialize. And it also looks like it’s gonna be pretty damn fuego if the video is any indication. Feel good Hip Hop for 2009… we can use a little warmth (‘specially here in Philly, it’s April and it’s chilly as f**k right now).

IN REMEMBRANCE

Just want to pay my respects to one of the more underrated legends of the Hip Hop game who tragically passed away last week, Trenton’s Tony D. I used to listen to Tony get on the wheels on WPRB and spin “originals” back in the early 90’s- you know, the old records that well known Hip Hop samples originated from. I don’t know if he was the first person to do it but he was definitely the first person I ever heard playing stuff like that. Definitely an influence on stuff that I would end up doing a few years later. We actually had the same legal representation / management back in those days and also did a show or two together- this was when I was doing my Baritone Tiplove thing and he was doing the Crusaders For Real Hip Hop. Don’t know why we didn’t get together and build like we should have, since Tony always repped THAT REAL SCHITT the way it’s supposed to be repped and made Hip Hop music the way it’s supposed to be made IMHO.
Me and Tony reconnected a little bit in recent years, and I last talked to him when he called me up a few months ago, asking my advice on how he should go about putting out some of his many unreleased productions. It’s times like this when you can’t help but think things like, “damn, I wish I woulda told homeboy how much respect I have for all of his contributions to Hip Hop when we had that last phone convo”, or “I wish I’d have gotten a flick when we deejayed at that record show together a couple years ago.” Life is short, people… don’t waste those moments. My condolences to his wife and family, and respect to Tony D. REST IN POWER.

TROY L. SMITH: GODFATHER OF THE OLD SCHOOL TAPES

This is probably something that I’ve said before (maybe even tens of times before), but f— it, I’m gonna say it again- most people who use the term “Hip Hop” don’t really know what it means. Even dudes who think they are the most hardcore real Hip Hop characters who keep a Jansport perched on their shoulder blades 24-7 and the Raekwon purple tape pumpin’ in their Sony Walkman on the reg.
Now please, don’t get all aggy with me over that statement- I’m not trying to pull a more-Hip Hop-than-thou move on y’all (although maybe I am, but that’s not my point). I’m not the leading authority on all things Hip Hop, not by a longshot. Somebody like a Li’l Rodney C might tell me that I don’t really know what Hip Hop means, either! It’s all about perspective.
But my whole point is that those old school live jam tapes from the 70’s into the early 80’s are the TRUEST definition of what Hip Hop is. That era is where the term originated and EVERYTHING that has come after is the offspring of those rough, raw cassette tapes that captured the pioneers rocking parties in the playgrounds, skating rinks, high schools, community centers etc. of NYC, sometimes doing it for no more than a love of the art, neighborhood fame and “pizza money”. (I could go on and on to the break of dawn on this subject, but I’ll control myself).
I had a handful of these tapes since way back in the early 80’s (and coulda had many more if I’d have known at the time that they would be such important pieces of history- of course I was thinking of no such schitt back then), then copped a lot more during the 90’s and early 2000’s thanks to people like Gregory Moore, Ran-Dee, Kev-Ski, Grandmaster Caz and others. But with all due respect going out to those folks, my dude Troy L. Smith from Harlem is the undisputed G.O.A.T. when it comes to the old school tapes. Right now the brother owns well over 200 joints and the collection is steadily growing thanks to what has to be a relentless effort to obtain these diamonds (if you know like I know, it is NOT easy getting these tapes some 30 or so years after the fact).
Not only that, but Troy is killin’ ’em with his many interviews with sooooo many cats that time has unfortunately forgotten, like the Master Ice of the Jazzy 5, Coke La Rock and Barry B-Stro of the Crash Crew just to name a few (if you have never experienced Jay-Quan‘s Foundation site, featuring a plethora of incredibly illuminating interviews conducted by both Jay and Troy, you are truly sleeping so wake up and get over there as soon as you’re done over here if you have any interest at all about the real origins of Hip Hop music). I’m just gonna cut to the chase and say it like this- Troy, your contributions to preserving the history of Hip Hop are much appreciated here at THAT REAL SCHITT.
BTW, Troy has been dropping tons of his latest tapes free of charge over at the Old School Hip Hop forum (I told you about that a couple of posts ago) and he’s been so kind as to allow THAT REAL SCHITT to carry the links as well. So download to your heart’s content and do the cool thing by saying thanks to Troy in the comments for sharing these gifts with the world. A shout also goes out to Peace Won over at OSHH for taking the time to up all these joints for Troy. The meaning of Hip Hop… congratulations, you now have it.

177 – AFRIKA ISLAM, JAZZY JAY, RED ALERT, COSMIC FORCE, KID VICIOUS & SOULSONIC 1977
192 – SIDE A – DJ ROCKIN’ ROB’S BIRTHDAY
192 – SIDE B – DJ ROCKIN’ ROB’S BIRTHDAY
221 – GRANDMASTER FLASH & THE FURIOUS 4 – BRONX SCIENCE, 1978
222 – FUNK MACHINE 1979
223 – GRANDMASTER FLASH & THE FURIOUS 5, MERCEDES LADIES, FANTASTIC 5, FUNKY 4 – T-CONNECTION
224 – SIDE A – GRANDMASTER CAZ
224 – SIDE B – SOULSONIC FORCE 1979
226 – JDL HOMECOMING 2004
228 – ZULU NATION ANNIVERSARY FEATURING BIZ MARKIE & KRS-ONE 1991

In a word… wow. Don’t forget to thank Troy in the comments for this one, my people.