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"So What's The Difference..."

"...between rap and hip hop? It's simple. It's like sayin' you love somebody and bein' in love with somebody. Rap is only a word."

Brown Sugar

Trying to be creative, and through the course of various convos & emails, the idea hit me...

"Tell'em about the first cuts you remember."

Real easy.

The what?

Doug E. Fresh - "The Show"

The where & when?

Christmas @ my paternal grandparents' house, roughly 1980 something.

The why?

Because we literally played the shit out of it back to back to back to...well you get the point, in typical little kid fashion. See, my grandad owned a lil juke joint & my uncle DJ'ed. So, he would always make us kids tapes of the latest songs. And hearing this joint blare from the opening horns & announcer-style kids, we were hooked. Now, of course, we all know about Slick Rick's wordplay and story telling abilities. But back then, it was all about his ability to be funny...and Dougie's ability to beatbox like nobody's business.

Eric B. & Rakim - "My Melody"

I remember riding bikes with a few friends and we were headed to a new park. And these dudes set up some of those huge Peavey speakers with Paid In Full to be heard from two streets away. It was some old Pied Piper shit because all you had to do was follow The God MC's voice and you were there. But, when we got there, for me it was like time & everything else froze or zoned itself out...with the combination of Rakim's firm voice and Eric B's scratches, no other sounds or sights even registered really. I recollect standing there listening just in awe...

"Just when you think you know hip hop it surprises you and reminds you why you fell in love with it in the first place."

And it's funny how things connect, because as I was coming up with thoughts and memories, Buxone125 sent me this link that was relevant to today's post. I remember in late 80's, my cousin Big David from Chi came down to the country to visit. On that Friday when they came, he kept buggin the shit out of my Uncle Buddy to take him to the tape store to cop some goddamn tape. My dude got that tape and didn't share it with nobody...son put on his Walkman and was straight noddin to the beat on our grandma's living room couch for like four or five hours straight. Yo! MTV Raps was still in it's infancy and I went home that night to catch the second or third episode...and I recognized the group and the video they were premering was what Dave had been rockin to all that day.

What was it?

"So you're a philosopher?"


BDP - "My Philosophy"

And respect due to Buxonefor shootin in this clip.

Last episode of YO! MTV Raps Freestyle (Video)

There's always my MC Shan tape for the school janitor's, Scottie Mac, Whodini tape in second grade...dubbing the first Fat Boys tape...hearing "Son Of Byford" and my sister and I creating our own version...listening to Yo! Bumrush The Show for the first time after church one Sunday...when N.W.A. & Eazy-E were all they were playing at the first "real" parties we went to...all of it has made me hip-hop for life no matter how I grow, change or my life progresses.

So I asked Dally to hit me off with some true old-school, early, rollerskating on Saturday's, the park on Sunday's type classics. As usual, he never fails. So check out the Stray Shots & enjoy.

" hip hop. I loved you, I still do...and I always will."


John Gotty™

Edit - Click your happy ass over to The Land Of C for a dose of

Peanut Butter Wolf - My Vinyl Weighs A Ton

Foreign Legion - Kidnapper Van: Beats To Rock While Bike Stealin'

Hard As Hell - The Best Of Hardcore Rap

Bangers & Mash (A Collection Of UK HipHop Classics - From The Old To The New)

...and just way more that could ever be listed.

And if you want some movies to entertain you while you enjoy the MLK holiday, visit I'm dl'ing The Ringer now.

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Our Requests

• Mob Style - Game Of Death or any other album

• Animal Pharm - Pharmaceuticals

• DJ Ayres and JD - Houston for Dummies + Houston Rocks It [Bomus CD mixed
By DJ Eleven]

• Any older Poor Righteous Teachers albums

• Mission: - One

• Burt Bacharach Album w/ Dre production

Stray Shots

Keep checking in because we'll be continually updating this section with some newer mixtapes that have dropped and other contributions.

The Best of Kurtis Blow

Mantronix The Album (1985)

LL Cool J - Radio (1985)

Just Ice - Back To The Old School (1986) PW is dallypersonal

Ice T - Rhyme Pays (1987) PW is dally

BDP - Criminal Minded (1987) PW is hiphopfoundry

Public Enemy -Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987)

T La Rock - Lyrical King (1987) PW is chucknorris

Biz Markie - Goin' Off (1988)

Boogie Down Productions - By Any Means Neccessary (1988)

Ultramagnetic MC's - Critical Beatdown (1988)

Marley Marl - In Control, Vol. 1 (1988)

MC Lyte - Lyte AS A Rock (1988)

Big Daddy Kane - Long Live The Kane (1988)

EPMD - Strickly Business (1988) PW is dally

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Road To The Riches (1989)

Lord Finesse - Return of the Funky Man

Leaders of the New School - Future Without A Past

Emanon - The Waiting Room Props to Dzame

Suga Free - Street Gospel Props to DENEIRE

Bow Wow - Wanted

U.M.C.'s - Fruits Of Nature

Scarface - Mr. Scarface Is Back

Smoothe the Hustler - Once Upon a Time in America

John Mayer - Room For Squares Props to My Muse

John Mayer - Heavier Things

Schooly D - Greatest Hits
PW is balls and my word. Props to Trav over at Balls and My Word

Just Ice - Kool & Deadly (1988) PW is balls and my word. Props to over Wayne at WayneAndWax

Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full

Bun B - Trill (Swisha House Remix album)

And that dude Buxone125 really dropped some heat...

Various Artists - Quannum Spectrum

I Self Divine - Self Destruction

Freestyle Fellowship - Toe Jam (EP)

VA - Fantastik 4our-4ourty 4our Freestyle

El-P - El-P Meets the Mole & El-P - Sunrise Over Brooklyn (2 Albums)

Fatlip - The Loneliest Punk

Aesop Rock - Daylight EP

Daedelus - Impending Doom/Just Briefly (EP w/ MF Doom)

C-Rayz Walz - We Live-Black Samurai EP

Awol One & Daddy Kev - Slanguage

ATU - South Central Thynk Taynk

Adeem and Shalem - Transitions

People Under The Stairs - American Men Vol. 1

Sunset Leagues (Disflex6) - GUTS III

Hangar 18 - The Multi-Platinum Debut Album

Qwel & Maker - The Harvest

Cage & Friends - Childs Play Bootleg

RA The Rugged Man - American Lowlife

Mr. Lif - Enters the Colossus

Candy's .22 - Livin' La Vida Boo Hoo

Various Artists - Ropeladder 12

Insight - Targeting Zones & Insight - The Blast Radius (2 Albums)

Sabac - Sabacolypse - A Change Gon' Come

Soul Position - 8 Million Stories

Thirsten Howl III - The Best Of (1996-2006)

Pharcyde - The Peacock Series: Vol. 1
(rename to .rar)

The High & Mighty - 12th Man

Atmosphere - New, Unreleased & B-Sides

Atmosphere - New, Unreleased & B-Sides Vol. 1

Atmosphere - New, Unreleased & B-Sides Vol. 2
(rename to .rar)

Atmosphere - New, Unreleased & B-Sides Vol. 3
(rename to .rar)

Various - We Came from Beyond (LA underground + more)

Black Love Crew / Droop Capone

Pumpkinhead - Beautiful Mind

Talib Kweli - Kweli Confidential (Mixtape)

Lexicon - Youth Is Yours

Various - Army Of The Pharaohs Mixtape

Vordul - Pure Sickness

MF Doom Vs. Inhumanz - Supervillains

Soul Plasma - The Soul Affect

Sole - Selling Live Water

Saafir - One Of The Hardest

Jay-Z - Fade To Black (by Mark Ronson)

Props to Donpoppa for coding the links that Buxone125 provided

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