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Kane is by far one of the most requested MC’s people always suggest, no demand, we cover. And we couldn’t be more thrilled that Kane blessed us with an interview.

We initially planned to talk to Kane about recording his classic 1988 debut, “Long Live The Kane” but it quickly dawned on me that we should make the most of our time with Kane, so instead of setting up a future interview to discuss his other classic album “It’s a Big Daddy Thing”, let’s just knock it all out at once.

Thankfully the most influential and finest rapper of all time was in for the trip down memory lane. Needless to say we couldn’t wait to hear Kane talk about creating some of the genre’s most defining songs. I know, neither can you, so I’ll skip the overview of Kane’s career and let him tell you in his own words. – Alex (via NWSO)

The time period of 88-94 is often referred to as the ‘Golden Era’ of Hip Hop. That is when some of the arguably best music was put out for the genre. Most of the style and swag that a lot of the new schoolers rock now is a direct by product of that 80’s consumerism and gaudiness. This was the era when cash ruled, thick gold chains and 4 finger rings were the go to items for any rapper. Cell phones were the size of house bricks. Adidas shell tops or puma clydes were standard footwear, of course with fat laces. Cazals, kangols and Cross Colors eventually led way to Timberland boots and hoodies. The east coast definitely had things on lock.

Now I could go on and on about how much I love this era of music, how all I want to listen to and DJ is music from this era, how music today sucks compared to artists back then, etc, etc… But that would just have me sounding like an old man.

Fans of hip hop are often referred to as heads. Older fans are, older heads. ‘No Country for Old Men’ was an oscar winning hit. Hence the theme for our Thursday posts is…No country for old heads. Check in every Thursday for some old school, 80’s-90’s laced flavor.

To start it off we’re gonna go waaaay back. Here’s a clip of Grandmaster Flash rocking in his kitchen with Fab 5 Freddy from the movie ‘Wildstyle’

And for your ipod: ‘The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the wheels of steel’
Flash runs through a bunch of records. Genre mashing, before Serato was even a thought.

The heavy hitters of the mighty Juice Crew. Big Daddy Kane, Kool G. Rap and DJ Polo, Masta Ace and Craig G on one of the greatest posse cuts of all time, ‘Symphony’

And the clown prince of rap aka the Human Beatbox, Biz Markie. ‘Make the music with your mouth biz’

‘that category, period, end of story’

btw. 9 days til the party. Get your name in on that list.

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October 2020