Saturday, July 29, 2006

Burn Hollywood Burn

Hip hop and film have been together since 1982 when Charlie Ahern made 'Wild Style' the classic hip hop film that brought all the elements together and featured some big names. This same year Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant made the New York documentary on Graffiti, 'Style Wars'. The next year saw the Rock Steady Crew get used in a part on 'Flashdance' although this definately brought breakin to a wider audience. This same year also saw probably the most unknown hip hop documentary ever made, 'Breakin & Enterin'. This was all about west coast hip hop and had alot of footage shot at the 'Radiotron' and featured the 'Radio Crew' which had members in the crew such as the Egyptian Lover, Chris 'The Glove' Taylor and a young as fuck Ice T who used to be the club emcee as well as getting down on the lino too. By now the movie industry were catching on and decided to make a more Hollywood type of this 'fad' and released 'Beat Street' in 1984. This movie gets dissed for biting Wild Style and trying to cash in on the culture, although thats true, it was still a good film and got so many of todays artists and fans into hip hop that you can't help but love it.

Just after this the absolute crap, 'Body Rock' was unleashed on the unwanting world. The main star was Lorenzo Lamas who later made his fame cruising around on his Harley boning bitches and catching bounty's on 'Renagade'. If you haven't seen this one consider yourself lucky. 1984 also saw Ice T dressed like a freak in 'Breakin' which was straight away followed up by 'Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo' both were successful to a certain degree but won't find their way into my dvd collection any time soon. Actually Turbo and Ozone who were made famous by these films were also in 'Breakin & Enterin' I mentioned earlier.

1985 came and went and left behind one of my personal favourites, 'Krush Groove'. The story loosely based on Def Jam. It has Kurtis Blow, Run DMC, Sheila E, a young LL bustin in doing 'I Cant Live Without My Radio' and The Disco 3 who became the Fat Boys a year earlier. In '87 the Fat Boys returned to the big screen again to star in 'Disorderlies'. In '88 Run DMC got paid to try to act in 'Tougher Than Leather'. This also stars the Beastie Boys and a Slick Rick cameo and is pretty average. The classic 'I'm Gonna Git You Sucka' also came out which was in no way a 'hip hop' film but did have Boogie Down Productions in it at the end performing 'Jack Of Spades' that was also on the soundtrack. The big movie to come out this year was the legendary gang flick, 'Colors' that obviously had Ice T's 'Squeeze The Trigger' and of couse 'Colors' in the movie and also had a bit of a hip hop roster on the soundtrack including a track by DJ Muggs former group the 7A3. Not really on topic but this was also the year that the Fat Boys were on the soundtrack for one of the 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' movies with 'Are You Ready For Freddy' that also had a video with the Fat Boys in the Elm Street house with Robert 'Freddy Kruger' Englund.

I can't recall much happenning in '89 except that Melle Mel did the theme song for 'Police Academy 6' with the dope 'Whats The Matter With Your World' thats on 'Posse' records, Run DMC got on the 'Ghost Busters 2' soundtrack and Public Enemy probably did the most popular hip hop track to a soundtrack ever with 'Fight The Power' for Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing'. The over rated 'House Party' came out in 1990 starring those Kid N Play toys. The only other film that had anything to do with hip hop that I can think of right now is the dope 'King Of New York' which stars Christopher Walkin in the best role I have ever seen him play, Larry Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes and Steve Buscemi. The movie doesn't have anything to do with hip hop but does have a couple of dope Schoolly tracks in it like 'Am I Black Enough' and 'Saturday Night'. This was directed by Abel Ferrara who hand picked Schoolly to score the movie and has worked with him since teaching Schoolly to direct. Schoolly D also recorded a track called 'King Of New York' for his 'How A Black Man Feels' album and dropped a video for it that had Fishburne do the "King Of New York" line inbetween verses. The 'King Of New York' dvd has a half hour interview with Schoolly on it that is worth a watch by any fan of his.

Boogie Down Productions, D Nice recorded 'Glory' for the movie with the same name and Ice T got back in on the title soundtracks thing with 'Dick Tracy'. In 1990 Tone Loc also got a little acting cameo along side Andrew Dice Clay in 'The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane' and also in 'Return Of Superfly' that also had a dope soundtrack.

1991 saw hip hop film jump to a new level with Digital Underground having a cameo in 'Nothing But Trouble', Ice T starred in 'Ricochet' with Denzel Washington before acting as a controversial cop in 'New Jack City' after getting in shit over 'Cop Killer'. Ice also did the main theme song with 'New Jack Hustler'. Ice Cube made his film debut in John Singleton's 'Boyz N Tha Hood' along side Larry Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr as well as (at the time) Street Knowledge artists Yo-Yo and T Bone. '91 also saw Vanilla Ice release 'Cool As Ice', but you didn't need to know that did you? Tupac got his start in '92 with 'Juice' and Ice T and Cube hooked up for the boring 'Trespass' that has one of the best hip hop soundtracks ever with artists like AMG, Mix-A-Lot, Lord Finnesse and Penthouse Players Clique all on it amongst plenty of others.'91 was also the year that Dr Dre's brother in law, Warren G introduced a young Snoop Rock (Snoop Doggy Dogg) to Dre and found themselves in the studio the next day recording the title track to Laurence Fishburne's 'Deep Cover'. '92 was also the year of the classic 'CB4' that starred Chris Rock a few rappers at the beginning and a huge role for Eddies brother, Charlie Murphy as 'Gusto', who has recently got a bit of fame for his roles in the 'Chappelle Show' and in my opinion is funnier than his brother has been since around '90. Charlie Murphy also produced and wrote a little fo a group called 'K9 Posse' who released a couple of albums in the late '80's, early '90's.

In '93, the funniest hip hop movie ever, 'Fear Of A Black Hat' came out and even released a soundtrack of all the tracks they did in the film. The only hip hop murder mystery I have ever seen came out this year too with 'Who's The Man' that mainly starred 'Yo! MTV Raps' duo Doctor Dre and Ed Lover but also had dozens of artists showing up for three second roles like Bushwick Bill who's entire role was being thrown out of a bar. It also featured B Real, Run DMC and of course Ice T as well as heaps of others. This year the Hughs brothers classic 'Menace II Society' came out and starred a few rappers like MC Eiht, Poohman, Yo-Yo, Saafir and Too Short. The soundtrack to this film is also up there with the best ever and features the DJ Quik diss to Everlast with 'Cant Fuck Wit A Nigga'. 'Posse' also came out with a hip hop soundtrack and starred Tone Loc.

Everlast had a role in 'Judgement Night' that had a hip hop/metal soundtrack mixing artists of the two genres in each and every track Tupac returned to the big screen with the successful 'Above The Rim' in '94. 'Gunmen' also came out this year with artists like Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Eric B and Rakim, Doctor Dre & Ed Lover and Kid Frost all starring on it and having a track each on the soundtrack except Dre & Ed Lover with the Kid Frost track being the theme song to it. Eazy E also had a track on 'Beverly Hills Cop 3' in '94 with the dope 'Luv 4 Dem Gangstaz' which is a fuckin crazy track.

'New Jersey Drive' came out in '95 and I may be alone in this but I hated this movie, I heard the word 'bounce' more times in this than 'fuck' in 'Full Metal Jacket'. A couple of horrorish films came out in '95 too with 'Tales From The Hood' and 'The Fear' that had Esham do the main track along with a video. Spike Lee's Clockers had rappers like Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr in it and I can't forget the documentary 'The Show' that had alot of Slick Rick footage on it. The longest name for a hip hop film or probably any for that matter was the 1996 'Dont Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood' that also had a nice soundtrack.'96 also saw 'Original Gangstas' come out featuring Dru Down, Shyheim, Scarface and Bushwick Bill.

By now I'm sure I've missed out dozens of films I should have mentioned and if I go any further it's only gonna get worse with all the films that came in the late 90's and early 2000's. It got ridiculous around this time and only got worse with Ice T making more movies than tracks, Snoop got more roles than Pacino and Ice Cube, who featured on Public Enemy's 'Burn Hollywood Burn' going Hollywood with 'Are We There Yet?'. Underground ghetto flicks came around every other week with Master P getting in on the action with movies like 'Im Bout It' and 'I Got The Hook Up', Dark Room Familia's Sir Dyno was in 'Down Time, alot of Houstons underground artists like SPM and Lil Troy acted in the Z grade 'H Town M.O.B. One of the new hip hop films I actually did like was 'Hustle & Flow', the acting was sick, the story was dope and everything inbetween was also enjoyable, infact it was me watching it last night for the third or fourth time that made me think back to all the good and wack hip hop films or films with hip hop artists in it and post this up. I didn't even touch on films like 'The Wash', 'Block Party', 'Fly By Night' and the list goes on and on, and on......

LL Cool J 'I Can't Live Without My Radio' scene from 'Krush Groove' (1985)

Youtube Music Video's:
Eric B & Rakim - Know The Ledge
(From: 'Juice')
Boo Yaa Tribe ft Faith No More - Another Body Murdered
(From: 'Judgement Night')
Ice-T & Ice Cube - Trespass
(From: 'Trespass')
Ice T - Colors
(From: 'Colors')
Fat Boys - Are You Ready For Freddy?
(From: 'A Nightmare On Elm Street 4')
Esham - Morty's Theme
(From: 'The Fear')
Spice 1 - Trigga Gots No Heart
(From: 'Menace II Society')

Paris - Street Soldier
(from 'Street Fighter')
Eazy E - Luv 4 Dem Gangstaz
(from 'Beverly Hills Cop 3')
Boo Yaa Tribe ft Faith No More - Another Body Murdered
(from 'Judgement Night')
Ice T and Ice Cube - Trespass
(from 'Trespass')
Big Daddy Kane - Gunman
(from 'Gunmen'

From: 'The Source' May 91

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Boo Yaa Tribe & Yukmouth in Adelaide

Tuesday 25th July @ Kings Head
Yukmouth (Luniz) & Ganxsta Ridd (Boo Yaa Tribe)
Record Breakers, Pretty Black & Monsta Ganja (Regime)
DJ Nustylez (Digital Underground) & DJ Aztec

Ganxsta Ridd and Monsta O of the notorious Boo Yaa Tribe along with Oakland's Yukmouth (Luniz) plus Pretty Black of the Regime put on a free show in Adelaide on Tuesday night thanks to Affiliated Enterprises. Digital Underground's DJ Nu-Stylez also returned to Adelaide to join the line up.

Ganxsta Ridd and Monsta O hit the stage and delievered a gangsta as fuck set with alot of energy. Ridd, sporting Blood red and throwing up B's utilized his stage presence and commanding approach to the fullest ensuring it was a set to remember. Pretty Black of the Regime got his Thizzle on to some classic Mac Dre and then a bit of shit started when Pretty Black lost his grill and got in an arguement with some guys in the crowd, at one point it looked like the show might of been cut short but thankfully he got it back and the show went on.

When Yukmouth came on he dropped the famous "I Got 5 On It" almost instantly. Yuk didn't lack any motivation and delivered a sick peformance of various tracks that I wont be forgetting in any hurry. At the end of the night Boo Yaa and Yukmouth/Pretty Black all got on stage together before bringing the show to a close.

All in all it was a great night with some mad west coast hip hop, the venue was small with mad sound quality and being at the front I got a sick view of the whole show, I got hit in the face with Yuk's bottle of Moet a couple of times but it was worth it cause we got some flicks (click them to enlarge) to chuck up on the blog and got to see a crazy show for free thanks to Affiliated!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

South Park Coalition

If you've been sleeping on this crew from Houston, Texas then it's time to wake up. I guarantee that if you're into real underground hip hop then you will love pretty much every album that these guys have dropped. The leader and founder is the lyrical wizard, K Rino. Other members include the notorious psycho thug Ganksta Nip, Dope E aka Murdoq (The Terrorists), Murder One, AC Chill (R.I.P.), Grimm of Dope House fame, Bam (Killa Klan), Street Military (Killa Klan), Point Blank The Bull, PSK 13, The lyrical lion Klondike Kat and many more.

(AC Chill R.I.P.)

Although we love to post mp3's (never full albums) as we feel they help promote the artists to potential fans. Out of respect to the SPC who are totally against any file sharing, we have just linked a track directly from their official website to give you a taste of what you might be missing. The track which is called 'The Session' (also known as 'How Could It Be', is a K Rino solo track that was meant to go on a compilation but I'm not quite sure what happened with it in the end of the day? Remember this is not K Rino's best track ever but is still incredible none the less.

(K Rino)

Here are just a few releases that have recently dropped or will soon drop that are/will be well worth checking out. My advice would be, if you have some spare cash, to go to the SPC website (check the links) and order yourself a copy of a K Rino album to get yourself started as I'm sure the features on his albums will get you hooked to the other artists. Of course by this point you will probably be ordering K Rino's other solo albums because his music speaks for itself as one of hip hop's all time greatest lyricists.
K Rino - The Session

Friday, July 21, 2006

Suave House

I thought I'd post up a little dedication to a sick little southern label of the 90's, Suave House Records. They didn't have the huge roster and catalogue of labels like Rap-A-Lot but you can't fault the quality of albums that were released over their golden years of around '93 to '99.

You can't start this post without putting up a track by Eightball & MJG, after all these are the two guys that started Suave House with a young Tony Draper who was the C.E.O. They released 'Comin Out Hard' in '93 before dropping 'On The Outside Looking In' '94, 'On Top Of The World' '95 which was distributed through 'Relativity'. Draper then got the call to sign Suave House with 'Universal' in a 15 million dollar deal. Eightball & MJG then released a solo album each with 'Lost' and 'No More Glory' before releasing 'In Our Lifetime Vol 1' before leaving the label they helped start.

In '95 rappers 'Thorough' and 'Mr Mike' brought out the album 'Anotha Day, Anotha Balla' under the group name 'South Circle'. This was produced by Tony Draper and was a pretty decent success. Apparently the two are currently working on a second album. Mr Mike released his first solo album on Suave House not long after 'Anotha Day, Anotha Balla' came out titled 'Wicked Ways' that was a pretty crazy album that featured Ice Cube on the title track.

Suave House was definately a label who signed nobodies who would go on to a successful career, Tela is no exception. His debut on Suave House, 'Piece Of Mind' sold 500,000 copies which led to interest by Rap-A-Lot C.E.O. Lil' J. One way or another Tela left Draper's Suave House and signed for Rap-A-Lot. Crime Boss got his start featuring on Eightball & MJG's 'On The Outside Looking In' album before getting signed himself and releasing 'All In The Game' in '95 and 'Conflicts & Confusion in '97 before dropping 'Still At Large' on 'Crime Lab' in '97. Suave House also released a couple of compilations, one being 'Off Da Chain Vol 1' and the other simply titled 'Suave House (The Album Of The Year)' which also featured 'Nola' and 'The Fedz' on it.

Anyway, that was a very brief rundown on the southern label that has since reissued it's catalogue under the label name 'Draper Inc' for some reason and has also done what way too many labels are now doing, re-releasing old classic albums screwed and chopped.


Eightball & MJG - Break'em Off
South Circle - Unsolved Mysteries
Mr Mike Ft. Ice Cube - Wicked Wayz
Tela Ft. Crime Boss & Mr Mike - Strange
Crime Boss - Warning