Master P f/ JT The Bigga Figga & San Quinn - “Playa Haterz” (No Limit, 1994)
20 Years Ago I Heard The Perfect Rap Song
Kiese Laymon on The Coup’s “Not Yet Free”
Prince Paul’s World Famous Illout Show Archives
Prince Paul’s short lived and slightly bugged XM show is finally available online.
Bubba Sparxxx on Schoolyard Rap Battles, Overcoming Addiction and Country-Hip Hop Fusion
Jesse Thorn interviews Bubba Sparxxx.
2$ Fabo - We Amongst U (Mixtape, 2013)
Watch Bankhead take they styles back.
Youtube user Carloscda40 has a gang of ’80s Philly tapes on deck: Jazzy Jeff & Ice Cee, Cash Money & Cool Breeze, Cash Money & Marvelous, Spinbad & Force Five, Master Vic & The Super MC’s. Very important early history on what is perhaps hip hop’s most underrated city.
Grandmasters of Funk & Kid Destroy - Live (Cassette, 198?)
Completely skull shattering old school dub of the legendary Germantown, Philadelphia crew Grandmasters of Funk - Cosmic Kev, Parry P, Gary O and Grand Tone - rocking with graffiti writer Estro aka Kid Destroy. According to Jazzy Jeff Estro “would play parties using three Roland 808 drum machines, two Roland 303′s providing the bass lines, a Speak ‘n’ Spell to provide some lyrics and a Merlin,” some or all of which is presumably what’s causing the whole distorto cacophony going on here. Click through for part 2.
(Fun fact the late Grand Tone had a daughter and she grew to become the greatest American radio DJ of today, Diamond Kuts.)
chikiuno said: tha flow came from the widwest bruhhh wut r u even talmbout?
That flow sorta kinda came from several places all at once and the lineage is fascinating but the death of an actual human being is probably not the best time to rekindle an argument over the ownership of a rap style, especially given that most or all participants have long since squashed it. I chose the word “godfather” for a reason - it’s suggests influence but not creation. If Infamous wasn’t the sole innovator of that style he was absolutely one of just a few.
I’d like to write something in depth about the origins of chopping and tongue rolling and tongue twisting and rap triplets and all of that one day but today is not that day. I’m going to to play Chapter 1: The End loudly from front to back again instead. Then I’m going to get on an airplane and not think about rap music at all for ten whole days.
Three 6 Mafia (Lord Infamous) - “Anyone Out There” (Hypnotize Minds, 1997)