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Mixing hip hop and bingo to liven up the night
Over the years, bingo has gained so much popularity that even celebrities are playing the game for charity. Actors like Russell Crowe (who used to be a bingo hall caller) and musicians like Bono (U2’s front man), have admitted to playing the game for their favorite charities. Since its invention in 1929, the game has attracted different games. From Facebook to horse racing bingo, the game has definitely influenced fashion, art, food, and even music. Recently, another variation of bingo has emerged—hip hop bingo.
Basically, playing hip hop bingo isn’t that different from the games you’ll find on CheekyBingo. On each bingo card, you’ll find 25 squares arranged in five horizontal rows, vertical columns, and one space marked “Free” in the middle. Numbers are placed on each space in the grid, which you’ll need to mark off once the DJ calls them. The only variation to this game is that you’ll have to yell “Hip Hop!” instead of “Bingo!” when you’ve formed a prescribed pattern. Then, you’re required to run up the stage and dance to the beats with the other winners. To make things more fun and unique, organizers usually include odd prizes like broomsticks wrapped in leopard print, a bronze frog statue, or a chewing gum necklace.
Those of you who listened to the Solid Steel Radio Show‘s treatments of 3 Feet High and Rising and Paul’s Boutique know what to expect. Those who haven’t need to get on that, and be ready to take in a seamless hour-long mix that is part behind-the-scenes audio-documentary, part sample archive, and all dope… or as they put it:
It’s another special show as our own DJ Moneyshot presents another classic album deconstructed for the Solid Steel 25th Anniversary. Public Enemy’s ‘It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’ is also 25 years old and to honour both occasions DJ Moneyshot shows us once again why he’s the mixtape king with the career-best offering, Solid Steel and the Hour of Chaos. Over 60 blistering minutes he takes in all the beats, breaks, samples and spoken word nuggets that made this seminal Bomb Squad production such an explosive release. Amongst the vast stack of tracks in the mix, expect words of wisdom from Louis Farrakhan, exclusive interviews with Hank Shocklee, and all the soul, rock ‘n’ roll and early rap tracks that went into making up P.E’s (if not hip-hop’s) finest album.
Full tracklist after the jump.
Listening to Roc Marciano’s recent appearance on the Combat Jack Show, I was pleasantly surprised to hear mention of the legendary 510 Studios, a Hempstead, Long Island-based recording space that was founded by Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Hank Shocklee and frequented during its day by such hip-hop luminaries as Leaders of the New School and Mobb Deep, as well as several other local artists, including Son of Bazerk, Sugar Bear, Kings of Pressure and Underground Brigade. Apparently, during this time Roc would also hang out there recording demos. I’d heard the place’s name brought up in interviews before, but after this latest reference, I decided to dig a little deeper. I was further surprised to see that despite the prestige of its founders and clientele, the studio is almost totally forgotten online. The only substantial source I could find on its history is the video below, a trailer for an “upcoming documentary” directed by Earl Holder, CEO of Peripheral Enterprises and the man behind Synthetic Substitution: The Life Story Of Melvin Bliss — not to be confused with Earle Holder, chief mastering engineer for Public Enemy and owner of Atlanta-based HDQTRZ Master Studios.
Seeing that the video was uploaded back in October 2010 and that the film still isn’t listed on IMDB (or mentioned anywhere else on the web for that matter), I wondered if it had ever been released or even finished. So I contacted Earl, who was kind enough to inform me that he had indeed “completed the documentary in April of this year, just before Public Enemy got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” All he’s waiting on now is a score, hopefully to be provided by Bomb Squad producers Eric Sadler and Paul “Omari” Shabazz. When a release date is set, we at TROY will surely be among the first to let you know, but until then the best we can do is enjoy the trailer and continue to ensure that 510 Studios’ legacy is preserved through our appreciation for the music that was created there.
One last note: though the studios have long since closed, the building itself remains standing. As a matter of fact, I work not far from there. The picture up top was taken during my lunch break.
Because it’s Friday and because it’s incredibly dope.
from DJ Cesare: My 1987 white label turntable megamix of Public Enemy’s first album ‘Yo! Bum Rush The Show.’
I know I grabbed this vinyl off of another blog several years ago, and this is only side a. Maybe Cesare will post side b too. Released as a white label promo in 1988. Drop were DJ Cesare with engineer Pete Smith. It was recorded “live” using only 2 turntables and a mixer, layering beats and scratches onto an 8 track tape machine in Gee Street Records’ basement. Thanks to Striclty Kev and Megatrip for pointing this one out.
Spotted this one in the forum the other day. I’m not usually into concerts, but it’s a really good listen. Thanks to claaa7.
Don’t call Public Enemy a nostalgia act. Yes, the long-running hip-hop group still makes albums, still tours, still gives a damn. But, more importantly, Public Enemy proved to be current at All Tomorrow’s Parties in Asbury Park, N.J. That’s a funny thing to say about a two-hour set centered on the performance of a 20-year-old classic album, Fear of a Black Planet. But, when remixed and recontextualized, those songs were just a launching pad for one of the most entertaining sets of the weekend. With never a dull moment, Chuck D and Flavor Flav ran around the stage like young kids at a punk show. Simply put, Public Enemy still brings it.
Believe me, no introduction is needed to what Public Enemy has achieved in their long and illustrious career, both culturally and musically. The famous collective of talented, hardhitting and politically-charged hip-hoppers has had their music heard all over the world, from Radio Raheem’s stereo to live shows in London.
But the members of Public Enemy have always been an odd, obscure bunch of artists with their own unique backgrounds, skills, and personalities that made them such an exciting group to listen to–and it was their strong personalities that beat us over the head for more than twenty years. We all know Chuck D., the group’s frontman, primary vocalist, leader and poet, whose commanding, charismatic voice still resonates in our ears. To this day he has maintained an extremely straight edge life style, resisting meat, alcohol and drugs–the man hasn’t even tasted coffee. Flavor Flav, the group’s hype-man and arguably most famous member (sadly), has never shyed from showing off his wild and insane antics to the world, from yelling his ass off on stage, to picking up attempted murder and domestic violence charges, to starring on weird MTV reality shows. Professor Griff, once a soldier in the army, started out as a bodyguard of sorts, working for a private security service hired by local hip-hop acts for parties and shows, where he met an aspiring DJ-for-hire by the name of Chuck D. He was (and still is) a proficient martial artist, having studied Chinese Wushu and Japanese Karate among other forms. He was later kicked out of the group for controversy surrounding his ridiculous and odious anti-semitic comments to British media outlets, but later rejoined in the mid 90’s.
But where the hell is Terminator X, you ask me? Why haven’t you written about him yet? Well, since I’m here pretending like you haven’t read the title, good question. Terminator X is and always will be the most overlooked member of Public Enemy. Period. Nevermind the track “Terminator X to the Edge of Panic,” in which Chuck D. shouts him out repeatedly over a classic turntable hook that everyone who has or hasn’t seen Friday Night Lights knows and loves. Simply put, the success, fame, and influence of Public Enemy will forever shadow the role of Terminator X as the group’s DJ, as well as the solo masterpieces he put out during the nineties. His reticent and shy personality has put him at a disadvantage over his bandmates for media glory, and unfairly so. But there is no use to complain about this–every group needs a glue guy in the background doing his damn thing without attention. All the members can’t be getting pinched and doing bids in Riker’s Island; that wouldn’t suffice, would it?
In 1991, Terminator X collaborated with various and mostly unknown artists to create his first solo album, the classic Terminator X & the Valley of the Jeep Beets. On this gem, X demonstrates not only his sublime turntabling skills–maybe the best ever through an entire album–but also his deft handling of production. The head-bobbing drums and heavy basslines on this album will simply kick your ass. Song lyrics are similar in style and theme to the politically-charged, black activism of Public Enemy, but with a wider range in artists and perspectives. Standout tracks include “Buck Whylin'” with Chuck D. and Sister Souljah (yes, that Sister Souljah–who also happens to be an author and contributor to The New Yorker), “Back to the Scene of the Bass” with The Interrogators, and “The Blues” with Andres 13, as well as my personal favorite, “Juvenile Delinquentz” by the Juvenile Delinquentz. Befitting of it’s producer and DJ, the album stands as one of the most underrated works of the 90’s.
Terminator X has carved out a place in hip-hop history as one of the greatest and most versatile DJ’s to ever operate a turntable, up there with Eric B., Preme, Flash, and Jazzy Jeff among other legendary disc-jockeys.
So what weird, otherworldly endeavours could Terminator X possibly be involved in now? What is he up to that we haven’t already seen from Public Enemy’s other members? Well according to The Guardian, he currently owns an ostrich farm. Yes, I just said ostrich farm. Flavor Flav’s bachelor show ain’t got shit on that.
1. â€œVendetta…The Big Getback”
2. “Buck Whylin'” (with Chuck D & Sister Souljah)
3. “Homey Don’t Play Dat” (with Bonnie ‘N’ Clyde]
4. “Juvenile Delinquintz” (with Juvenile Delinquentz]
5. “The Blues” (with Andreas 13)
6. “Back To The Scene Of The Bass” (with The Interrogators)
7. “Can’t Take My Style”
8. “Wanna Be Dancin'” (with Celo of The Casino Brothers)
9. “DJ Is The Selector” (with Dubmaster)
10. “Run That Go-Power Thang” (with Spacey B. Experience)
11. “No Further” (with Section 8)
12. “High Priest Of Turbulence”
13. “Ain’t Got Nuttin'” (with The Chief Groovy Loo)
“Juvenile Delinquentz” is a particularly fascinating song, told from the perspective of three black teenagers condemning the biases shown in America’s educational system. Although I don’t agree with some of the anti-school messages present, much of what is said holds serious weight. Kids are taught everything in America’s “glorious” past from American independence to the World Wars–which are important historical events–yet much of the facts behind slavery, colonialism, and African roots are missing to a people that had their roots taken from them long ago. The educational system has definitely improved, but the song is nonetheless an interesting description of what I’m sure many students must have felt not so long ago.
Yeaaaaa boiii–too much? Alright. But enjoy!
OG Style- Catch â€˜Em Slippinâ€™
Great track from a great album, he even says â€œweâ€™ve been waiting on this break for a long timeâ€. Clever. I always hears â€œwhat about the doubtersâ€ as â€œwhat about the downloadsâ€. Even before they invented them. Double clever.
De La Soul- Potholes in My Lawn
De La also use the drums in Stone Age and Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa (would have been seasonal) but here they use the piano yeah.
The Pharcyde- Ya Mama
Ghostface Killah- Mighty Healthy
Same break and some of the same lyrics as the next track.
Divine Force- Holy War
As interpolated by Ghostface (^this^). The best thing they did. Got this for 20p.
Ultramagnetic MCs- Ego Trippinâ€™
The oldest track on this? Probably. One of the best? Yes.
Frankie Cutlass- Boriquas on the Set
Fat Joe and stuff.
Biz Markie- Cool Vâ€™s Tribute to Scratching
Biz is also on De Laâ€™s Substitution sampling Stone Age. SIX DEGREES OF KEVIN BACON. Big Daddy Kaneâ€™s Just Rhyminâ€™ With Biz uses a bit of Substitution too. As does Looks Like a Job For.
Wu-Tang Clan- Clan in da Front
Rza and the Wu love this break. Because itâ€™s good.
Gang Starr- Code of the Streets
Primo with the substitution break. Also using one of my favourite scratch sounds.
Naughty By Nature- OPP (inst)
As heard in the summer of whenever. Yeah, you know how I roll.
Tony D- Adamâ€™s Nightmare
The beat that Naughty by Nature nicked. Another hip hop legend gone this year.
Public Enemy- Donâ€™t Believe the Hype
Reminds me of a 6th form ice skating trip. Oh how we laughed. PE like the break too.
Gang Starr- Dwyck
Primo again. You know the one. The lemonade one.
Prince Rakeem- Deadly Venoms
Pre-Wu Rza. You disagree with me, fuck you mister.
Def Jef- Black to the Future
Heâ€™s Def and his name is Jef. He did some alright tracks.
Nice and Smooth- Skill Trade
Just the piano again. Just little bits though.
Supreme Nyborn- Versatile Extension
Letâ€™s remix it. Booom
EMF- Rough Potential
Not that EMF but ^that^ EMF, Electro Motive Force. Incidentally I saw EMF (that EMF) supporting Boo Ya Tribe many years ago. Big boy riddims.
Schoolly D- Saturday Night
How the fluck did he get so cool. Could have also used Saturday Night Live by Masta Ace which uses large bits of the break, and has Premier on it. KEVIN BACON.
Choice MCs- This is the B-Side
Better than the A-side. Pianos and that.
Public Enemy- Brothers Gonna Work It Out (dub)
They did a track called The B-Side Wins again but this was an A-side. Weird. Could have included Miuzi Weighs a Ton too, if it would mix nice.
BTX- This Jam is Black
Super, a sprightly number from the great Select label.
DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince- Jazzyâ€™s Groove
Final track and cut short before Grover Washington Jr comes in just in case it provoked a facebook group to try to post a mix of shouty rap metal instead.
Go HERE to download the mix. SendSpace link at the bottom.