Around the way girl status J-Lo gives the assist for the intro on this joint, which barely gets cut off which we all know is the exception to the rule with In Living Colour videos. Too bad she calls it Straightenin Out.
This clip gives us another fine example of 90’s fashion. Pete Rock has the grandfather chic going on with his pants up above his belly button and tucked in button-up, but I can’t front on the hat. CL, well…I don’t even know what to say except that was actually considered cool at this point.
What I’m most impressed(bored) by is how Pete Rock kicks the intro to the song almost exactly how it was on record. Improvisation is clearly not his strong point.
Finally, I might catch a lot of hate for this comment, but does anyone ACTUALLY like CL Smooth as a rapper? I listen back and I have no clue WTF he is talking about.
Ok, it’s time for me to Stan out for a minute. Grand Puba was my fricking idol when this record came out, and not just because Reel to Reel is an amazing album with a great lead-off single. His whole steez was just too tight. Here he is crushing a 1992 Polo jacket in Grape Jordan V colours matched up with a plaid visor(they were hot, eff your opinion) and the recently-reissued Air Revaderchi. I remember my mom’s boyfriend at the time used to rock Girbaud jeans and I would gank his to wear out sometimes because I always saw Puba wearing them. I basically based my whole style in the early 90’s off of what Grand Puba wore in videos or talked about on record, he was a definite style icon for the early 90’s.
Anyways, enjoy this proper performance of 360(What Goes Around) on In Living Color. Tommy Davidson clearly likes Grand Puba more than he did Redman.
What a fuckin’ entrance! Lets his 2 sets of dancers warm up the crowd with some hype dance routines, then just waltz’ing in there like we were making him wait or something. Big Daddy Kane is too damn smooth. No way silk suits are going to make a comeback in rap fashion but it’s still dope to see that this was once totally acceptable for a rapper to kit themselves out in purple silk with an open shirt. As usual it looks like some lip sync fuckery, but you can’t front on the random Arsenio in the crowd shot at the beginning. Once again, big up to Sean on the footage.
Part 2 of 5 of the infamous Raekwon in front of the O.B.F.C.L. wall ad. Here, Rae speaks on his previous life problems and how happy he is to be in the rap game and successful. I don’t think it’s possible for him to not use obscure, crazy analogies when trying to make a point. “I ain’t tryna mix drinks”? Dude is on some shit.
This is one of those interviews that we always talked about at themeaningofdope like a mythical creature or an old friend we hadn’t seen in years. We knew it existed, but had no idea when or how we would see it again. BAM! Here it is.
The infamous Raekwon in front of the ad for his album interview, finally. This is part 1 of 5 and Rae is basically breaking down why each clan member had their own style and they never expected or asked anyone to change to fit the group dynamic.
Was anyone fucking with Rae and Ghost in terms of gear at this point? Those dudes always had the crispy ‘Lo pieces in mad colours, the Snow Beach is obviously what everyone remembers but Rae is not exactly slacking right here. That almost looks like a Polo Sport crewneck, but it’s hard to tell.
Let me just get this out of the way. I don’t give a rat’s ass, flying fuck, or otherwise that this video is already on youtube. This song and this particular performance hold enough weight that this could be posted on every blog, facebook page, twitter feed, vimeo, vimby, youtube, whatever and it won’t be boring or played out.
This song is a complete classic from start to finish, and this performance on the Arsenio Hall show(which co-incidentally, Phife gets more props than) doesn’t disappoint. Everyone comes with super high energy and distinct examples of 90’s rap fashion at it’s finest.
Busta rocking the ill “where’s waldo” look, and Phife straight New Yorking ‘em with the white/red uptowns and Dream Team jersey. I have to play favourites here though, since Milo is wearing a Too Black Guys tee again. These guys repped hard for our city’s finest at that time and it’s something that I’ll never forget. I’m sure my man Adrian won’t either.
Whoa, hold up..so there’s a movie about Chris Wallace’s life coming out this week cosigned by his camp and it looks to be pretty thorough. I’ll definitely go see it, hopefully with JC and the rest of the crew and am definitely looking forward to it.
However, what I really want to see is documentary footage and actual recordings of his career and more videos like this, not a feature film even though I know I’m probably going to really like it.
Regardless, to contribute to the overall excitement and do our own tribute to the man and his life, we’ve decided to open the floodgates on the rare and probably unseen or little-known footage that we have of B.I.G. doing the damn thing everyday this week.
Some may argue that this was actually B.I.G.’s biggest track despite not appearing on any album, it definitely got everybody talking about him and built up that reputation in the streets that helped him sell so many copies of his debut release, Ready To Die.
From the same Nike visor and Sergio Tacchini track suit performance as before, here’s a young and hungry Christopher Wallace blasting out his underground ode to R & B bitches, ‘Dreams’. When I first heard this I was doubled over with laughter at the Xscape, Sade, Chaka Khan references, shit the whole song is pure comedy and was completely untouched territory at the time. Considering how thorough this is, I can’t see anyone covering it and doing it justice. Why would you try?
Busta Rhymes’ tailor must have been paid well from about 1991-2002, since it sure looks like the work of the same guy who did these matching jumpsuits that the dungeon dragon and co. are wearing in this clip.
Can you imagine going to check your tailor to get fitted with 3 of your close friends for matching outfits with a contrasting colour stripe? Like, can I please wear the ultimate urban kimono? Oh, and can you make sure all my boys are wearing it when we perform on tv? It’s crazy how different rap fashion is from this period until now, but the clothing is just a sidenote in this particular video.
I have seen countless Party Machine episodes and never have I seen an artist or group NOT lip-sync their performance.
I wonder if Busta Bus, Charlie Brown and Dinco refused since they prided themselves on having one of the most electric and dialed-in stage shows in rap at the time? I wouldn’t be surprised, but either way it’s a treat to have actual vocals and backups on this show since their lip-syncing can almost ruin some other great perfomances that they had on there during the short period that this show was on the air.
I just ripped my Future Without A Past CD, so when I get my act together later I will update this post with a zip file for download.