In Part 2 of SCKNOWS: BJ The Chicago Kid, Scolla (SCKNOWS/The RLES Society) and BJ discuss his day to day activities, the legacy he hopes to leave, his family and his word of advice to others. We also caught a hilarious story from BJ's manager, Steve about how he tried to walk his blind grandmother into a wall when he was 11 yrs old.
PR: Fat Boys "Pizza Box" Deluxe Reissue on July 10th
* Oft-overlooked hip-hop / pop pioneers get deluxe treatment for their classic, Kurtis Blow-produced 1984 debut, with bonus songs, radio interviews and extensive liner notes booklet *
Fat Boys “Pizza Box” deluxe edition features (label: Original Fat Boys)
- Single-CD and liner notes booklet packaged in a unique, limited-edition cardboard mini pizza box
- Audio remastered for the first time since original 1984 album release
- Three bonus music tracks (“Reality,” “International Love” and “All You Can Eat”)
- Four bonus radio interviews from DJ Mr. Magic’s famed “Rapp Attack” show on New York’s WBLS, plus a Fat Boys “Rapp Attack” radio promo
- Extensive liner notes by reissue producer Noah Uman, featuring rare photos and interviews with group members, manager Charles Stettler, album producer Kurtis Blow and session musician Davy D
- Fat Boys sticker
Although unjustly overlooked by many music fans and historians, Brooklyn’s Fat Boys – MCs Prince Markie Dee and Kool Rock Ski, with the late beatbox pioneer Buff Love The Human Beat Box – were one of the most popular and high-profile hip-hop groups of the early 1980s. Years before Biz Markie took over as the clown prince of rap and the Ultramagnetic MCs and De La Soul made the world safe to bug out, The Fat Boys were paving the way for fun in the game (with skills to back up the frivolity).
As producer and rap legend Kurtis Blow states simply in the package’s liner notes: “They were incredible.”
Their accomplishments in those early days of hip-hop on wax should not be forgotten: the first group to record beatboxing on wax; part of the first corporate-sponsored rap concert (“Fresh Fest”); a featured and memorable appearance in the 1985 film “Krush Groove”; rotation on the newly-minted MTV network before many other of their rap peers; and one of the first rap groups to travel to Europe. As a result, they sold hefty numbers of records and continued to balloon throughout the decade.
The group’s East New York beginnings were humble. They practiced in school lunchrooms and rhymed at parties and on street corners, having fun more than anything else. They didn’t fit the mold of most pop stars of the day, as a result of their looks and size, so their original dreams of success were just that: dreams. But after a winning the May 23, 1983 “Tin Pan Apple After Dark Dance & Rap Contest” at Radio City Music Hall, they were quickly catapulted into stardom.
Their first single, “Reality,” under the name Disco 3, was released in late 1983 and went largely unnoticed. Undeterred and determined for the group to get the attention they deserved, their innovative management team of Charles Stettler and Lynda West decided to bring in one of the hottest names in rap to produce them: Kurtis Blow.
The first single under their new name, “Fat Boys,” became an instant hit in early 1984. Shortly afterwards, Blow enlisted his music team to assemble what became the group’s debut album. Larry Smith (Run-DMC’s producer and arranger for their first two albums), Davy D[MX], Don Blackman, and other session players laid the raw backbeat for the three boys from Brooklyn to rock the house.
Aside from a heavy dose of humor, what separated their debut album from other rap records at the time was the pure rawness of the songs, which gave them a hardcore edge. Songs like “Stick ‘Em,” “Fat Boys,” “The Place To Be” & “Human Beat Box” show their energy and boisterousness in full bloom.
As Kurtis Blow recalls in the collection’s liners: “Their legacy is that they were fun – they should be remembered as being a positive, upbeat and inclusive part of hip-hop that made people feel good inside.”
Aside from three additional remastered songs which were not included on the original seven-track LP, the added jewels to this re-issue are four Mr. Magic WBLS “Rapp Attack” radio interviews. The growth of the group can be heard firsthand, from an early interview in 1983 to a conversation after the full-length’s success, later in 1984. The unlisted 15th track is also a piece of lost audio history, with Mr. Magic announcing the Disco 3 as the winners of the “Tin Pan Apple After Dark Dance & Rap Contest,” where the group won their record deal.
This deluxe reissue serves up the group’s classic debut with the deluxe treatment it deserves, fully remastered after 28 years with all the necessary ingredients... ALL YOU CAN EAT!
Video: Lyriciss - "The Agenda" (dir. Chop N Shoot Films)
Watch the new music video from Lyriciss "The Agenda". Filmed in DC at the US Capitol, Lyriciss speaks on his personal "agenda" of not being held down by the harmful and oppressive "agenda" of the powers that be. "The Agenda," produced by Grussle, can be found on Lyriciss' recently released The Balance EP: Money.
Video: "Black Belt Theatre" w/ Planet Asia (Trailer 2)
Grammy nominated rapper Planet Asia tackles his first leading role in "Black Belt Theatre" a new full length comedy produced by Wandering Worx Films and directed by Hayden Baptiste. The film also stars television actors William "Sleepy" Stewart (True Justice, Reelz Channel) and Sage Brocklebank (Psych, USA Network). The soundtrack for "Black Belt Theatre" is available on Itunes and features Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Ras Kass, OhNo and others.
PR: DMX Kicks Off "Undisputed: Weigh In" Tour June 1st
Ruff Ryder legend and world-renowned performer DMX will hit the road this summer to support his upcoming comeback album Undisputed, releasing this fall on Seven Arts/Bloodline Records. The first leg of the tour will kick off June 1st in Cincinnati, OH with additional tour legs to be announced soon. The promo tour will mark X's return to most markets after several years and the dog is anxious to get back into these regions and in front of his fans.
"It's been a long time since I've had the chance to go out and touch the fans. They've consistently supported through the ups and downs," exclaims DMX. "I'm anxious to get back in front of them and return the favor, keeping the focus on incredible music and memorable live shows."
"We are excited to get back on the road with the "Undisputed: Weigh In" promo tour this summer," adds DMX manager Jason Fowler. "With X getting the chance to be in front of his fans day in and day out, this project has been a long time coming and the DOG is definitely back. We're looking at 30-40 cities across the US on the promo run with a full US tour planned in the fall to coincide with the Undisputed album release."
The first release from the Undisputed album is the club-ready, adrenaline-fueled "I Don't Dance," produced by JR Rotem and featuring Cleveland spit-fire rapper and longtime DMX admirer MGK. "I Don't Dance" will be serviced to radio in the coming weeks and a music video directed by John Colombo will soon follow. DMX is working closely with longtime friends and collaborators Swizz Beats and Dame Grease on the full-length album.
LISTEN TO "I DON'T DANCE" HERE
DMX, a Grammy Awards nominee and American Music Awards winner, recently wrapped VH-1 reality show Couples Therapy. His success with past albums like ...And Then There Was X (which featured the top-ten hit single "Party Up" and was certified platinum six times) made him the only musical artist in history to release five consecutive albums (his entire album catalog at the time) that debuted at number one on the Billboard charts.
MORE TOUR DATES INCLUDING A US TOUR IN THE FALL WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
THE DOG IS BACK!
"UNDISPUTED: WEIGH IN" TOUR DATES (FIRST LEG):
June 1 Cincinnati, OH Inner Circle June 2 Minneapolis, MN Epic Event Center June 8 Albany, NY Northern Lights June 9 Detroit, MI Date With Nas June 10 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts June 14 Norfolk, VA The Norva June 15 Raleigh, NC Starbar June 16 Jamaica, NY Amazura June 21 Hyannis, MA Pufferbellies June 22 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall June 24 Allentown, PA Croc Rock June 30 Honolulu, HI Blaisdell Hall July 6 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live July 8 Orlando, FL Firestone July 10 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
MP3: IAME f/ Solillaquists of Sound - "Carlin List"
One year ago today, IAME (Sandpeople/Oldominion) released his 4th solo album, Lame - a title inspired by a common misprint of his name and his general sentiment towards popular culture. Although the Portland emcee has been busy this year releasing 2 new albums (The Deaf Kid Mixtape, Lame$tream), touring, and running his own Heaven Noise Recordings label, he wanted to celebrate Lame today by giving away one last song from the album. "Carlin List" features Solillaquists of Sound and was produced by Smoke M2D6 (Oldominion). For those of you unfamiliar with Solillaquists of Sound, they are an Orlando based hip hop group who make incredible music and have recently released a brand new album titled The 4th Wall (Part 1). Check them out at www.solilla.com .
Free Download: "Carlin List" ft. Solillaquists of Sound