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In keeping with a tradition I haven’t been keeping, here is another in Yo!’s line of Live Friday performances in studio. For all intents and purposes this is an acapella version up until about he 2 minute mark. I just found out while on wikipedia, that their new album drops next Tuesday the 20th. I swear I didn’t plan posting this to coincide with the album release. I merely needed to get on the internweb to find something interesting to post about these guys. I think the whole purpose of this performance was for B-Real to annoy the shit out of me every time he says “Understand”
We’re back at it! It only took a year to get this new post together, but the cab driver who stole Kaewonder’s laptop and external could have put this post up in the summer if he wanted to. Let’s not dwell on the bs though. Here’s our third installment of what we consider to be the best remixes of the golden age of hip-hop. As always there are sure to be songs missing or songs that you might not feel deserve to be mentioned. If so, put us on blast. Let us know in the comments what songs you’d like to see in the next version(which hopefully won’t take a year) and why. Posts like this are all about personal opinion and the Air Max Thuns have been known to hold some strong opinions when it comes to rap music. Without any further delays, allow us to present v1.2 of We Re-Invented The Remix.
Our girl Dee Barnes gets some face time with 3 of rap’s brightest stars in the 1990’s in this segment about the meaning behind their nom(s) de plume. Personally my favourite moments in this clip are Dee’s excited look on her face when imagining that there might be a sex story behind Mc Hammer’s name, and her realizing that K-Solo’s acronym for his name is in fact “Def”.
This one goes out to a select few, one of whom I have no idea how to get in touch with so let me just put it all out there. I was trying really hard to be a rapper and the first dude I met who was nice with the spit was this cat Duane Hope who went to school with my homie, Rain. Duane’s older brother had been rapping for a while and he played the mentor role for all of us. Saturdays used to be filled with rhyme sessions at my house, so many funny memories of the early days of me rapping and saying all kinds of shit I didn’t do.
Duane went on to attend Woburn in Scarborough(he lived in deep Scarborough anyways) and I remember the big hip-hop related news from his first week was that he went to school with one of the guys from MVP.
For those of you who don’t know MVP, here’s the little bit of history I have on them. They were one of the original groups out of Toronto in the early 90’s and also affiliated with the crew later formed and known as Monolith. C-Mo, LC, and Wio-K were definitely ahead of their time in terms of lyrics,approach and originality. In case you’re new to this, but that name Wio-K sounds familiar..you heard him on Kardinal’s ‘Ol Time Killin’ a few years back and his new song is getting decent run on Much Vibe these days.
This performance is of a song I’ve never heard outside of here, not even on a demo battle on the Powermove or Masterplan shows. From what I can tell, it’s called “Who’s Got The Juice” but if anyone else knows for sure, please post up in the comments. Big up to Big C, Wio-K, Hardkore aka Kory Deez, Nish Raawks, San Cear, Snidely Whiplash, Planet Pea, Sweets Watson, Heller, Rain and Duane Hope and his brother Dex(wherever you guys are?)..I know all of you will appreciate this rare footage.
that ain’t the shit you was playing a few minutes ago..
The last clip from the Snoop on Arsenio performance, and Snoop goes in with one of his potent verses from Doggystyle. Going at Eazy-E on national TV and doing it with so much charisma. Arsenio cussing out his band leader is basically my favourite part of this clip, though.
Below, we have a little bonus for you. A certain lil(extremely lil!) Bow Wow rocking the mic at the end of the show. Remember, the skit on Snoop’s album? I guess they were tight at this point. I actually give Bow Wow way more props than his musical career merits just off the strength of him being such a cool little kid in this clip and rocking the the fucking stage like it was no thing.
(Be…let my ghetto photoshop job live, ok? lol)
This post started by accident. I was over at Kaewonder’s crib prepping for our debut this weekend under our new moniker, the Air Max Thuns and wanted to get a couple vinyl rips going for him to throw up on the site. After we listened to a couple joints, Kae had the brilliant idea that we go in on some remix shit. What started as 2-3 records suddenly became 8-9 and we just decided to go all the way with this and pop this remix thing off correctly. This is Volume 1, and trust that there will be more to come.
This is our version of what a dope remix is about. Obviously, we left off your favourite, it’s impossible to please everyone with 1 post of 13 songs. Tell us in the comments what those missing joints are for you. This was us going through a few crates and picking the first things that really jumped out at us, so the selection criteria was really only “is this dope?” and then it made the cut. I wrote/picked the odd numbers, and Kaewonder has the even joints.
If you’re in Toronto, catch the 2 of us getting our fingers dusty on some serious vinyl-only dj shit at 751 as the pre-party for the annual Manifesto Festival.
When this clip entered our office we were all blown away by the rarity of this brand that no one east of Portland, Oregon had really heard about. Mix in the fact that Craig G drops some science as the sponsored rapper in the clip and it started to take on legendary status.
We had only scratched the surface on what, in a hot hip hop minute has restructured our entire thought process behind Michael Jordan, Rob Strasser (Nike VP) and your new favourite vintage sneaker brand, Van Grack. The sneaker conspiracy so juicy we traded both of our unopened copies of Sir Ibu’s, The Piece Maker to bring it to you first.
First off, press the play button and let this amazing commercial, shot during the golden age of rap endorsements play. Craig G, 1989’s version of a Jadakiss or Nature was cold ripping the game. A mean freestyle rapper who parlayed just that into two legendary singles both produced by Marley Marl, Droppin Science and The Symphony. Interestingly enough Craig signed a deal with Van Grack a from the West even though most of his fan support was in the tri state area.
Now to the nitty gritty. Van Grack had been building an empire for years prior to the below seedy series of event in 1988. A huge women’s collection and contemporary shoes program for the ‘yuppy’ had pushed Van Grack to huge selling years. Think Ewing brand from 90-93. Van Grack had one problem – the athletic shoe market. They had not found a way to break Nike’s stronghold on what had become the most lucrative slice of the footwear market, basketball sneakers.
From a far Nike looked like a well oiled machine, with record sales numbers in both there apparel and footwear divisions. Design, Marketing and Athletic scouting were all making the right moves at the right time, but trouble was a brewing in the highest ranks. Rob Strasser – former VP for Nike had become disgruntled with the way Phil Knight was running the show. Behind Knight’s back, Rob struck a deal with Peter Moore – owner of Van Grack to form a new hip hop/basketball division under the Van Grack banner. The two had courted Mike’s agent David Falk for month’s on a possible contract, and as a last bid invited MJ and Falk for a game of 9 hole and number crunching on the day that Mike was to unveil the Jordan III to the world.
What makes this so amazing is the fact that not only was an upstart company trying to steal Mike away from Nike, but during the release of if not the most, one of the most sought after and legendary shoes ever created.
Obviously Mike didn’t take the bait, he walked out on the proposed deal to make him a Van Grack endorsed athlete. Arriving 3 hours late for his press conference in LA for the Jordan III. The video above is probably the clothing and hip hop composite that would have gone along with MJ’s own Van Grack gear. Could there possibly be prototype Jordan Van Grack samples in the back of Rob Strasser or Peter Moore’s garage?
Big ups to House on the footage.
I definitely lost my mind when I first saw this on Arsenio and caught it just in time to press record. This is at the height of Snoop’s promo for the Doggystyle album and he was on top of the world. Look at the swagger. Gone is the nervous, skinny dude from the Deep Cover and Nuthin’ But a G Thing videos, and in his place is the slow-flowing dude known as Snoop Doggy Dogg.
The first thing that absolutely blew my wig back was that he is rocking a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey. This is of course during the period when hockey jerseys were standard rap apparel, but no one fucked with the leafs. Not even me! I could give a shit about hockey, but the fact that Snoop was rocking our home team was some ill shit. I guess the Crip connection might have had something to do with it in retrospect.
Peep your boy Dr. Dre on the cuts, sick shit. I had to include this link to bring additional light to Dre’s skills on the ones and twos ever since I dl’d it from our boys at ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac. It’s an old ass Dre mixtape called U Got Ganked and it is straight fire.
I have more to come from this Arsenio episode with Snoop, so stay tuned. Big up House since he’ll be into this more than anyone else.
Ok, a couple quick Kris Parker vids for everyone. First one, he goes off with a couple quick verses. One I recognize but the other I don’t think ever made it to wax.
Now, the second video is interesting because he’s talking about a Criminal Minded movie funded by HBO somewhat based off his life. Ummm, pretty sure that never came out! Yet another hip-hop related shelved project that I wonder if they even shot a single scene for.
It also opens with a little clip of him in concert with Biz beatboxing. This is from the somewhat legendary battle of BDP vs Rumble and Strong(a Toronto rap/ragga crew from the late 80’s-early 90’s) or so I can tell. I was def too young to hit shows when that went down sadly.
Both these videos are pre-Temple of Hip-Hop Kris when I was still super amped on his shit. Below are 2 joints from Return of the Boom-Bap that I used to play heavy in the walkman. Yeah, JC I could have posted singles but c’mon mang. This is the meaningofdope, album cuts all day.