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Monday, March 15, 2010

Old School Mondays:: R.I.P. T-Bone Wolk Edition

Who is Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, you ask? Well he was mostly widely known as being a longtime member of Hall & Oates' backing band, but he was a busy musician who worked with a number of other artists, both in-studio, and in live settings. Unfortunately, T-Bone passed away a few weeks ago due to a heart attack, which was crushing news for both Hall and Oates, and really anyone who, like myself, had come to know T-Bone by watching Live From Darryl's House.

Our love for the H&O; here at the hill has been well-documented (by us), but how can even we tie in the passing of their bass player to old school hip hop? Well, it's rather simple, as the link is right in T-Bone's own bio:

"For those of you don't know, T-Bone Wolk is that guy with "the hat" who, among other activities, has been playing bass guitar with Daryl Hall and John Oates since 1981. He originally got the gig after playing bass on the first gold rap record, "These Are The Breaks", by Kurtis Blow in early 1981."

There you have it, a sad bit of awesomeness, but awesomeness all the same. I don't think we've ever posted The Breaks before, and so even though it is a somber occasion, it still seems like a perfect time to put it up. So here it is, along with a couple other jams from Kurtis' first album: Rappin' Blow (Part 2) which is essentially The Breaks part 2, which I don't think I've ever heard before, and Blow's Message-esque Hard Times. Enjoy, and R.I.P. T-Bone.

MP3:: Kurtis Blow - The Breaks

MP3:: Kurtis Blow - Rappin' Blow (Part 2)

MP3:: Kurtis Blow - Hard Times

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Old School Mondays:: Christmas Rappin'

Perhaps you've heard this already, but Christmas is on Friday. I hope you're ready. I got my annual watching of Christmas Vacation in last night, so I'm ready to get my Xmas on. And what better way to do that then with an Christmas-themed OSM?

I thought I'd done one of these before, but a search of the hill turned up no such thing. Which makes sense, because if I had, I'd certainly have known there was a Juice Crew Xmas posse cut and that Audio Two's first single was called Christmas Rhyme. Seriously though, Cold Chillin' Christmas is awesome, it flips the same organ sample that Heav D used for Don't Curse and there's not one, but two BDK verses. Shante and Shan are also fun to hear again, but no one beats Kane on a posse cut ("now once again let your hands applause, with this contribution to Santa Claus. To Frosty, to Rudolph, etcetera, etcetera, just remember these rhymes that we said to ya" That's gold! Perhaps even frankincense!) - that's just a scientifically proven fact. Audio Two's Christmas Rhyme is a little odd, sounding rather dated (it is from 1985 in fairness) with some odd R&B; Christmas Carol snippets thrown in for good measure, but it's the Audio Two, so it's still solid.

I wanted to ensure there were plenty of Xmas goodies in this post, so there's also the Kurtis Blow's classic Christmas Rappin' ("don't cha give me all that jive about things you wrote before I's alive, cause this ain't 1823, it ain't even 1970!" word Kurtis, way to not date yourself!), accompanied by a live video of it down below from British TV, which is a must-watch. There's also a solid Christmas jam from one of my favorite female MC's, Sweet Tee, and perhaps one of the most bitter Christmas songs ever, the infamous Santa Rap from the Treacherous 3 that is featured in Beat Street. Of course the video for that is down below, and it's also an absolute must-watch as Kool Moe Dee, sans wrap around shades, plays the role of a rather bitter Santa, and young Doug E. Fresh makes a nonsensical beatbox appearance.

Merry old school xmas!

MP3:: The Juice Crew - Cold Chillin' Christmas

MP3:: Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rappin'

MP3:: Sweet Tee - Let The Jingle Bells Rock

MP3:: Treacherous 3 - Xmas Rap f. Doug E. Fresh

MP3:: Audio Two - Christmas Rhyme

VIDEO::Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rapping (live on TOTP jan'80)

VIDEO:: Beat Street Santa's Christmas Xmas Rap

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