Foul Play hardly needs an introduction to the hardcore hiphop fan. However, very little information and material has been made available to the public. Hailing from Tacoma (near Seattle) Washington, Foul Play is made up by rappers Tommy Gun (aka Messiah) and Hooligan, with beats by Mario. They were later joined by rapper Young Have Not. Also, cuts on the tracks were made by Seattle’s DJ B-Mello.
Foul Play was signed to Wild Pitch in the mid nineties, but their material got shelved when the label folded.
Foul Play was closely affiliated with Heltah Skeltah; Roc is featured on the ‘Boo Yah’ hook and also makes an appearance on the Doo Wop freestyle (which many are mistaking for a Boo Yah demo cut).
After the issues with Wild Pitch, Foul Play reformed as Black Caesar and got a deal with Tommy Boy Records. “What’s Going On” was featured on the Nothing To Lose soundtrack. They also recorded a self titled album. However, this music is far from the original material which can best be described as R&B-esq beats with decent rhymes.
I have very little information on what these guys are up to now, but I do know that Tommy Gun has managed to pave a successful career in video production.
The T.R.O.Y. Blog is now happy to share the complete Wild Pitch demo; 11 cuts in total including 4 interludes. Note that the Black Cloud version on Wild Pitch Blends has got a slightly different beat than the one on the demo. There is also an alternative version of Nightfall with different lyrics to the one on the demo and the drums don’t sound as rugged. This version first surfaced on Cocaine Blunts.
Big thanks to DJ Eclipse for sharing the material and Tommy Gun for giving his blessing for us sharing this to the public.
FOUL PLAY – THE WILD PITCH DEMO