OUT HERE THE BIGGEDY BUM RUSH IS MAD THICK

How many of y’all remember when Das-Efx was like the hottest schitt in Hip Hop? Oh, it was only for like a minute, but Skoob and Drayz most def had the rap world firmly by the gonads for those sixty seconds in 1992. Hell, when even Ice Cube (who had previously been the hottest Hip Hop schitt himself) starts blantantly biggedy-biting your style you know you must be runnin’ things.
Unfortunately, all that “iggedy” schitt played out pretty quickly- after blowin’ up with their debut album “Dead Serious”, the sophomore release “Straight Up Sewaside” the following year failed to captivate the public’s imagination as effectively as their first lp did. I liked the second album, but other than abandoning their trademark stiggedy-style they also seemed to run out of the non-stop pop culture references that made “Dead Serious” so unique, trading them in for darker, more gangsta-inspired material (what was it with the happy rappers back in those days? seems like EVERYBODY went dark for their follow-up albums).
You could see it coming with this 12″-only b-side that came out between the first and second Das albums… straight catchin’ bodies, no more “that’s pretty sneaky sis” type schitt. I liked this joint, don’t get me wrong, but I still miggedy missed the way they did their thing initially. I had an unreleased Das joint from this era that I also wanted to post, but, unfortunately, it was yet another casualty of that fatal external hard drive disaster. Well, if I ever catch that siggedy song again I’ll be sure to piggedy put it up here in the figgedy future.

DAS EFX – Hard Like A Criminal RE-UPPED

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CELEBRATING THE PHILLY GOLDEN ERA OF HIP HOP

Look at this cover and tell me this ain’t a thing of beauty. Soon as you get a cd like this in your sweaty palms you just know it’s gonna be that dope schitt, right? And it is. My homeboys Aroe And The Soundmakers just dropped this extra decent mix cd, “The Wreckshop Vol. 1”, featuring a plethora of Philly Hip Hop sureshots from the golden era (late 80’s to early 90’s), from the classic to the rare to the practically unheard. And all them jawns is mad thorough! Stuff by folks like my peoples Robbie B & DJ Jazz, Jazzy Jeff and noted thespian The Fresh Prince, Tuff Crew, 3 Times Dope, Larry Larr, Todd 1, Schoolly School, Plush Bros, the Hilltop Hustlers dudes and even some bol named Phill Most Chill (I got three on that chumpie!). Being totally honest, I’d have to give this mix an A+ even without any Phill Most involvement. But since I’m all up on the jawn, let’s give it a A+++.
Now I know you’re looking like “dag… where the link at so I can download this???” Well, there is no download this time, gang… I know you’re not used to this, but you have to actually buy this one (it’s nice when people get paid for their hard work at least every once in a while, isn’t it?). You will get your money’s worth, though, so cop that joint. SOULMAN FIVE STAR RECOMMENDATION.

AROE AND THE SOUNDMAKERS. – THE WRECKSHOP PHILLY GOLDEN ERA VOL 1. sleeping giants records. available through www.concourserecords.com/

Okay, so this is basically an advertisement… I do that every so often. It’s a good advertisement though! Oprah rides for schitt she believes in on her show, so I do the same on my blog. Bottom line- it’s THAT REAL SCHITT, therefore it’s so necessary.

SOULMAN ON THE CHECK-IN


Yo yo… been out of commission for a minute with the dreaded influenza virus, hence the lack of real schittery on the page in the last week or two. Also had a MAJOR situation with what looks like a damaged external hard drive. Hopefully I’ll be able to find a way to restore the data, but as it stands now I lost a lot of stuff. Not everything, luckily- I still have a couple of other drives with other stuff on them (the porn collection is safe, thank God). But looks like I lost a lot of my rarer music files and almost all of my art and pictures, stuff that can’t be replaced. Alas, I also had all the pics and music files earmarked for future THAT REAL SCHITT posts on that drive. Luckily I should be able to replace most of that stuff, but it’s probably gonna be slow on this site for awhile until I’m able to get back to where I was with the real schitt material. So bear with me and we’ll see how it goes from here. Back up your schitt, kiddies… I know better, but still got caught out there.

In other news, I don’t know if there are even any NFL football fans out there checking this site, but I gotta tip my Kangol to the NEW YORK GIANTS for drinking the New England Patriots’ milkshake in the Super Bowl last Sunday. Ever since week 9 of the season I’d been saying that the Patriots are beatable… very good team, but their flaws were clearly exposed by the Colts and then magnified by teams like the Eagles, Ravens and the Giants in the regular season finale. Somehow they were always able to pull games out in the end, though. So by Super Bowl Sunday I actually had conceded that these guys were gonna go 19-0. You don’t win every game all season and then lose the one that matters more than any of ’em, do you? But somehow, the Giants just BEAT those dudes down. Physically. By the 3rd quarter I’m watching the game and saying “damn, they are whuppin’ the Pats’ azzes on the line of scrimmage, offense and defense!” Whoever wins that battle in the trenches almost always wins the game in the NFL, no matter how great your skill position players are. So I’m glad to see that my basic football philosophy- great defense beats great offense- still rings true, even in this era of rules that favor offensive production. Tom Brady looks great when he has all day to throw and receivers are wide open, but when your weapons are clamped down and you’ve got a pack of wild dogs coming to kill you on every play even the great quarterbacks become mortal reeeeeal quick. Congrats to the G-men- they earned it.

Now, back to the music related schitt- all fans of Phill Most the rap dude should go check out some tracks I did with the Bankrupt Europeans production team. They’re up on their MySpace page for a short time, so peep ’em quickly before they’re gone. I’ve spoken about my boys the Bankrupt Euros before, but I really like their style- simple but interesting with a nod to the past but still a sense of the future. That’s the best I can say it, yo… just some hot Hip Hop schitt in my opinion. We bringin’ back fast rap in 2008!

There’s another new Soulman interview that needs to be checked, too… over at the site that I personally consider to be one of the best if not THE best Hip Hop sites on the ‘net, THE FOUNDATION. It honestly is a huge honor to be included on a list of interviewees that are some of the greatest pioneers in the annals of Hip Hop. Grandmaster Caz, Busy Bee, Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, Pete DJ Jones, Spoonie Gee, T La Rock, Pebblee Poo… I mean the list goes on and on. And for me to be put in that company… man, you’re talking about some of my heroes right there! I gotta give a huge shout out to my brothers Jayquan and Troy L. Smith not only for asking me to be a part of it, but more importantly for what they are doing with that site. They are getting the REAL stories from the early history of Hip Hop and making them available to the world, straight from the mouths of the people who actually made that history. And like me, they do what they do purely for the love of the music and the culture. So if you aren’t already familiar with The Foundation you need to get over there asap and emerse yourself into the many interviews with the pioneers of rap. REQUIRED REAL SCHITT READING. And by the way, no, I’m not a pioneer of Hip Hop (although I’m not much younger than those dudes)- I am a breakbeat specialist, though, so that’s what I basically talked about with Troy. Read it for yourself and let me know how ya dig it.

And before I drag myself back to my sick bed, one last thing- recently I’ve gotten a lot of requests for drops from deejays for their radio shows and / or mix cds. A lot of y’all I either haven’t responded to or haven’t gotten the drops to you. My apologies for that… it’s just that recording drops, which may seem like a prety simple request, really can be a little bit of a headache for me due to the way my equipment is set up (too much to explain, just take my word for it). I do want to hook everybody up, so what I want to do is try to record all of them at once so I won’t have to go through the trouble over and over and over and over again. So anybody out there who has hit me up for a drop in the past as well as anybody else who’d be interested, it’s open enrollment time at THAT REAL SCHITT. Just hit me at my email, philasoul@aol.com, and give me the details on what you want me to say on the drop. I’ll wait for a couple of weeks or so and see how many requests I get, then I’ll go ahead and record them all at once and send them out. Cool? Cool. Thanks for your patience… it really is hard being me sometimes, so I appreciate the understanding.
More music is coming, have no fear. Hold tight and let me take my Mucinex for now… i’ll be back.

THE ROC BOYS GO TO NAWLINS

You probably don’t believe me, but I really do like some new music. It’s true. But whether it’s new or old, it’s just got to be THAT REAL SCHITT. And real schitt is still being made today. You’ll know this every time that Jay-Z puts out a new album, because every real schitt producer from here to Myspace is gonna grip up them Hov acapulcos and align some boom bappin’-azz beats to them.
Actually, I haven’t heard all that many remix albums for Jay’s “American Gangster” lp. There probably are hundreds of them floating around out there, but I don’t pay much attention to what’s new anymore. One did catch my ear, though… the “Real Live Gangster” joint put together by K-Def (of 90’s group Real Live / Marley Marl protege fame). I heard a lot of good words spoken about this, so I checked it out- very nice indeed. Definitely better beats than the og American Gangster lp, although still not quite hardcore real schitty for my tastes (but then again, I am kinda ridiculous with my love for the rawness, so don’t go by what I say).
I’m not gonna drop the whole album, but I will give you one of my faves- K-Def’s take on “Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)”. One of the few songs on American Gangster that really didn’t need a new beat IMO (that Menehan Street Band schitt is off the meatrack, son), but K-Def gave it a whole new feel by flippin’ one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite groups, New Orleans funk legends The Meters. Check K-Def’s joint then check the Meter’s schitt too… you really can’t go wrong either way.

THE MUSIC BUSINESS HAS VERY LITTLE TO DO WITH MUSIC

There is so much written on the internet (and elsewhere) by people who pose as Hip Hop experts but really don’t know their azz from a bucket that it’s always great to see somebody who really gets it. So I gotta give a shout out to the world famous DJ Julian Bevan who dropped some truth nuggets in the bio on his site. His Wu-Tang in-the-studio story is a classic (I thought ODB pissed on the LL Cool J plaques, though, not spat on them). But I personally loved some of my man’s views on the music biz. A few of my favorite excerpts:

“Working at Chung King, I learned a great deal about the music industry. Most important of which was just how awful and ruthless it is. I watched group after group pour their hearts into their entire album, only to have it shelved, and their careers forever frozen in contract limbo. For so many of these kids, rapping or singing was pretty much their one shot at a a decent life. Their one ticket out of poverty. And to see their dreams built up so high and then smashed to bits, simply for some record label’s tax break, was really heartbreaking. This happened more times than I can count. It really made me realize that the record label career I had been considering for a moment was definitely the wrong path. The music business has very little to do with music, and everything to do with business.”

“Towards the end of the 90s, the music began to shift, at least from my perspective. Hip Hop, that was once something cool and underground and shunned by the big clubs, became WAY too popular. The parties that were once filled with people you’d actually want to hang out with were now getting over-run with outer-borough thugs, low-level gangsters, knucklehead bridge and tunnel types, fake-ass promoters, and cheesy fucking celebrities. I’ll never forget DJing at The Tunnel and watching some stupid suburban kid standing on a speaker, with his crew of Jersey white boys, miming the lyrics to Tupac‘s “Hail Mary” like he was some kind of gansta. It was embarrassing. The genie was definitely out of the bottle. Hip Hop was now main stream, and the new Hip Hop generation was pretty fucking scary from where I stood.”

“To add insult to injury, even the music started to suck. From the late 80s thru the mid-90s, being a Hip Hop DJ was great, because you never had to play a bad song. There was so much great music. And since Hip Hop was still not quite mainstream American pop culture, your crowd still had relatively good taste. They weren’t in to top 40, they were hip hop heads. Once Hip Hop became top 40, everything changed. Everything changed because the masses, in general, have lousy fucking taste. Yet it was the masses that were now dictating what hip hop song was popular, and you only have to tunr on the radio to see what kind of results that has yielded us. There was another factor worth mentioning, and that is the great schism between mainstream Hip Hop and indie Hip Hop, also known as “underground Hip Hop” or “backpacker Hip Hop”. Prior to the late 90s, indie Hip Hop was not really even a separate genre. Indie Hip Hop was simply Hip Hop on an independent label that hadn’t quite hit it big yet. Yet it always had that potential. And it had potential for club airplay because it was still dance music as Hip Hop had always been. Then along came Wu Tang Clan. I blame Wu Tang as the root cause of the great schism for two reasons: 1) They made totally weird, original music; with unorthodox flows that bordered on freeform conspiracy rants. 2) They really wore the term “underground” as a badge of honor. They bragged about it constantly. None of those things are a bad thing, mind you, but it was their legions of inspired white boy followers that took those two elements to heart, whilst disregarding one of the founding principles of Hip Hop: IT’S PARTY MUSIC. At least it used to be. Wu-Tang, however, struck the perfect balance. They made banging fucking tracks that were truly like nothing anyone had ever heard before. On the other hand, the kids that followed in their footsteps seemingly didn’t care if anyone ever danced again. It seemed like their successors just wanted to find the craziest sample they could, and cram as many fucking words in to a sentence as possible, while bragging about being underground. My #1 example of this would be Company Flow. Maybe the schism is really their fault. They made some interesting shit, no doubt, but did anyone want to hear that shit in a club? Hells no! And from there, it was all downhill. If you wanted to stay in the bigger clubs, where women actually danced and DJs made decent money, you left the indie shit at home and you put the top 40 shit in your crate and you called your cab. And thanks to Hip Hop now being top 40, what was left in your crate was Jermaine Dupri and Jay-Z and DMX and the sleeping giant known as “dirty south” music. It didn’t help that Swizz Beats and Master P were determined to bring the tempos back down to 72 bpm either. This is right about the time I said “Fuck this, I’m done”. I had a good run, but once I stopped enjoying the music and the people, I figured the writing was on the wall.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself, dun. You can read Bev’s full bio here… good schitt.
Oh, and PS: Hip Hop Lessons- The Xmas Miracle Edition is COMING.

JAY-Z FOR PRESIDENT (THE PRE-REASONABLE DOUBT ERA)

I always thought Jay-Z was one of the nicest emcees out there, even before he hit with “Ain’t No N-Word” and the “Reasonable Doubt” lp. I’m talkin’ ’bout the Original Flavor “Can I Get Open” days…. even when son was rappin’ like the Fu-Schnicks, if you were a true rhyme connisseur like myself you could just tell that this dude was taking schitt to another level. Yeah, I know y’all real heads out there will scoff since he ended up being a multimillionaire pop rapper-slash-record industry CEO… I gotta admit that as much as I myself am a fan of ya boy Young Hov, I will probably never forgive him for influencing the greatest rapper pound-for-pound EVER, Big Daddy Kane, to change his style from total perfection to some triplin’ up the word tongue twistin’ schitt. But regardless, my n***a Jigga paid his dudes and came up through those underground ranks (I ain’t gonna re-tell homie’s life story, y’all should know it by now and if you don’t you more than likely don’t care anyway). I didn’t even know until recent years that his first record was waaaay back in 1986 with the random rap classic “HP Gets Busy” by High Potent (so just how old is this dude for real??).

I really started paying attention back in I guess 1995 or so (probably even a little earlier) when I heard this joint “What’s In A Name” on a mixtape (was it Ron G? My man S&S? I forget stuff like this all the time… if you know, hit me on the comments and refresh my failing memory). A young lady emcee that I was doing tracks for at the time asked me who I thought was the best rapper and I told her “I dunno, it might be this dude Jay-Z… you know, the dude from ‘Can I Get Open'”. She just looked at me with a perplexed grill and probably thought I was high on something.
BTW, there was another unreleased cut by Jay-Z on that mixtape that I need… if you got it and can hit me with it I would be forever in your debt (not really, but I’d be your pal at least). I have the OG cassette somewhere but I don’t feel like looking for it. I really need to go through all my 90’s mixtapes… maybe one of these decades I’ll get around to it.