June 17th 1994 (ESPN’s 30 for 30)

June 17th, 1994 is the latest film in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series directed by Brett Morgen.  It chronicles the events of that iconic day in American history particularly O.J. Simpson & A.C. Cowlings chase up the 405 freeway in the Ford Bronco.

The film also touches on all the other historic sports events of that day including the 1994 FIFA Wold Cup tipping off in Chicago, Manhattans parade to celebrate the Stanley Cup for Mark Messier and the New York Rangers, Arnold Palmer playing his final hole in the U.S. Open, the impending MLB strike which would later deprive fans of a World Series and a pivotal Game 5 in the NBA Finals between the Houston Rockets & The New York Knicks.

Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Paul Mighty Remix)

My brother Paul Mighty from the Kinda Dusty camp just blessed me with this gem. The funny thing is many would call it taboo to remix such a classic but this is proper homage b! Light up, relax and enjoy.

Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Paul Mighty Remix)

Zoo York Mixtape

Growing up, Skateboarding and Hip-Hop went hand in hand.  From 95-98 you could catch a young Rev skating with a backpack full of mixtapes, paint markers, Krylon cans and a boombox/walkman damn near everyday.  So in 1998 when the Zoo York Mixtape hit the streets I was immediately blown away.  The film was extremely creative in the way it interwove east coast street skating with rare footage of some of Hip-Hops finest freestyling on WKCR’s 89.9 Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito radio show from the early 90’s. 

Looking back, this is the definition of nostalgia to people like me who skated and were fans of Hip-Hop.  Some highlights from the film include Ghostface spitting his verse from Criminology right off a loose sheet of paper, a very dope DJ Roc Raida set at the end, plus the always entertaining Harold Hunter.

Shout out to the Coliseum, Eastern Boarder & Concrete Wave

R.I.P. Roc Raida

R.I.P. Harold Hunter

Pete Rock & C. L. Smooth – They Reminisce Over You

When they reminisce over you my Rob.

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Classic track from Pete Rock & CL Smooth, I use to just listen to this track for its dopeness now it has deeper meaning. I never thought how much losing a good friend can eat at you sometimes but now I know. I don’t want to get emotional and shit but on this day I’m going to blow back and reminisce.Pete Rock & C. L. Smooth – They Reminisce Over You

Artifacts – Wrong Side Of Da Tracks

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Here is a track I will never forget, its from the group Artifacts and the song is Wrong Side Of Da Tracks. The beat is a bass filled smooth melody that is as rugged as hell but still maintains its smoothness. Artifacts was El Da Sensei and Tame One both from Newark, this track was there homage to graffiti which in my opinion is a damn good tribute. When I first started rapping this would be one of the beats everyone jumped on, T.O.D. and I filled notebooks to this shit right here. Download Artifacts – Wrong Side Of Da Tracks

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Jeru The Damaja – Come Clean

“When da east is in the house you should come up quick”

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1994 deserves just as much respect as ‘95 in my opinion, the music was a lil darker but still as dope. This is my older brothers shit once again, I can think back looking at the cover in amazement. I put on the DJ Premier laced track “Come Clean” and almost broke my neck! I must have played that track 40 times while dubbing it on tape with the tissue paper in the top holes (thats how we made tapes back in 95, Lex know!). Then when the video emerged it was over, the water torture scene!! C’mon! peep this classic HHTT ‘94 bee Yo Charles, this ones for you. I must also note the impact of The Sun Rises in the East at the time, the shit was revolutionary and some of Jeru’s best work ever.Jeru The Damaja – Come Clean

Nine – Whutcha Want

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Before DMX came with his signature gritty sound, in 95 (the glorious year) a mc named Nine dropped Wutcha Want? I can still remember watching rap city being hypnotized by the melodic beat and gruffy flow. This is classic New York champion hoodie, army fatigue, timberland music right here. Shot in New York the video is a time capsule to ’95, the chick pushing the jeep while nine spits, to the homies huddled in the hood, i love it. I cant stress enough why 1995 was so glorious, Lex, Rev and I all grew up in one of the most exciting era’s in hip hop, HHTT is 1995 period! Whutcha Want?

Whutcha Want – Nine

DIARY OF A MADMAN-GRAVEDIGGAZ

 

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THE PRELUDE TO THE 36 CHAMBERS. THIS IS WHEN AN ERA OF HIP HOP WAS BEING CONCIEVED AND WOULD ULTIMATELY GIVE BIRTH TO THE LEGENDARY WU TANG CLAN. THIS WAS RZA IN HIS RAWEST UNREFINED FORM WITH UNIQUE BEATS AND INSANELY  UNORTHODOX FLOW. WITH THEIR DARK RHYMES AND FRESH BEATS THE GRAVEDIGGAZ BROUGHT SOMETHING NEW TO THE RAP GAME THE HAD YET TO BE DONE BEFORE. RELEASED IN 1994 WAS THEIR DEBUT ALBUM SIX FEET DEEP. WITH THE SUICIDE PACK RELEASED IN 1995 GRAVEDIGGAZ INFLUENCED MY YOUNG LIFE IN PREPARATION FOR THE BIGGEST AND BROADEST WAVE THAT HIP HOP HAD EVER SEEN.

ENJOY A FEW OF MY OTHER GRAVEDIGGAZ FAVORITES…

Legends Of The Fall

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Legends of the fall is a movie which stars Brad Pitt (Tristan), Anthony Hopkins (Col. Ludlow) and Aidan Quinn (Alfred). The Movie spans the decade before WWI through Prohibition and into the 1930’s. The film revolves around the Ludlow family of Montana, its truly an incredible journey of family altogether. When I first saw this movie I was taken back at first by the cinematography, I mean its ridiculous how the scenery speaks to you. What I also noticed was Brad Pitt’s character Tristan, Tristan was pretty much the center of everything. I’m not gonna let too much about this great flick out but I do want to touch on the ending. This is in my top 5 greatest movie endings of all time, in the final scene a father steps up for his son, then a son steps up for his father and finally a brother who was forgotten returns to step up for both.
Hopefully this epic scene will inspire you to watch this classic.