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Take It Personal Podcast (Ep 6: Philly Hip-Hop Tribtue)

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Episode 6 is our longest one yet and for good reason. This isn’t your typical Philly hip-hop show, this is the official Philly hip-hop tribute show. Chock-full of Illadelph classics, along with our special tour guides Vinnie Paz, Maylay Sparks, Baby Blak, CHOPS, Todd Wolfe and MarQ Spekt to help navigate you through the two one fifth. Unlike the ewoks, our episode VI won’t disappoint. So whether you’re from Philly, know of Philly or even like Philly, you can’t front on our music. We’re more than just cheese steaks, soft pretzels and Rocky Balboa, we’re home of some of the greatest musicians ever. If you’re a fan of Schoolly D, Steady B, 100x, Bahamadia, Freeway, Tuff Crew or The Roots — we got you!

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(R.F.D.) Random Friday Downloads

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Thanks to J-Preme and everyone on the T.R.O.Y. forum for the links. This is just a little something to hold you over for the weekend. 1994 represent, represent!

A1       Forreal (Street Version)
A2       Forreal (Radio Remix)
A3       Forreal (Instrumental)
B1       Me And My Squad
B2       Checkin Down The Menu
B3       Checkin Down The Menu (Instrumental)


A1       In Tha “Q” (Radio Edit)
A2       In Tha “Q” (Instrumental)
B1       In Tha “Q” (Street Mix)
B2       Interlude
B3       Don’t Wet Dat (Radio Edit)


A1       Shawn
A2       Shawn (Radio Edit)
B1       Shawn (Accapella)
B2       3,000 Long
B3       3,000 Long (Accamental)



Schoolly D On The Good Road

Monday, October 7th, 2013


Certified Dope got you stuck in back-to-school clothing mode even though you’re damn near 35? Or maybe you’re just looking to get a head start on your holiday shopping. One way or another, the good folks at Good Road Goods have got you covered. Their officially licensed, fashion-fit tees celebrate the art of iconagraphy, capturing era-defining moments through classic photos like Linn Stevens’ portrait of Schoolly D and DJ Code Money, which some might remember from the back cover of Saturday Night! – The Album. To mark the occasion of this latest release, Good Road sat down with Schoolly himself to ask a few questions about the specifics of this 1986 West Philly photoshoot.

Not quite that old school? Then check out the B+ Los Angeles 1996 shirt featuring Method Man rocking a riotous West Coast crowd up close and personal. Brought to us by Brian Coleman, author of “Rakim Told Me: Hip-Hop Facts Straight From the Original Artists,” each of these post-streetwear garments will run you $28, but it goes to a good cause, namely Face to Face Germantown (for the Schoolly shirt) or the Ciné Institute (for the Meth).

For a closer look at the entire collection, visit

Schoolly D Instrumentals 101

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Alright yo, sit the fuck down, class is in session, bitch!

Widely acknowledged as the original gangsta rapper, Schoolly D is best known for his wildly humorous, pornographically sexual and wantonly violent lyrics. Still, despite all the attention his words have received over the years, few people recognize just how great of a musician he truly is. In exploring Schoolly’s catalogue and researching his place in hip-hop history, I’ve found that his rhymes have almost always overshadowed his beats (all of which he either produced or co-produced). I understand why they’re overlooked, but it’s ironic for several reasons:

1) His first single included a five and a half minute song that wasn’t an instrumental version of another cut but was still almost entirely rap-less. 2) As I said before and please correct me if I’m wrong, but aside from remixes and maybe a few DJ-showcase tracks, he produced or co-produced every song that ever appeared on one of his albums, which is basically unheard of for anyone, let alone someone who’s been making music for nearly 30 years. 3) To put it bluntly, his beats are fucking dope… I mean all of them… incredibly so… and while his rhymes could conceivably be dismissed as overly simple (especially if you’re a dumb motherfucker), his beats are often pretty damn complex.

Usually danceable, sometimes cinematic, always uniquely funky, Schoolly D’s production has evolved over time, setting trends and adapting to changes in the hip-hop soundscape. Even between his first two singles, Gangster Boogie / Maniac and P.S.K. What Does it Mean? / Gucci Time, there is a huge difference in styles. While the first is very much indebted to the whole Bambaataa electro-funk sound of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, the second — though released only a year later, in 1985 — is already looking ahead to the boom-bap sound typically associated with the so-called golden era of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Jump ahead another year to 1986’s Saturday Night and Schoolly’s experimenting with polyrhythmic syncopation. Fast-forward to 1989’s Living In The Jungle / Gucci Again and 1990’s King of New York, and although he’s still within the lane he’d built for himself years earlier, he’s now beginning to foreshadow the dusty minimalism that would rise to popularity around 93/94.

One could argue that Schoolly D’s production was simply ahead of its time. I’m willing to take that a step further and say that by being simultaneously ahead of its time and of its time, his production represents an unacknowledged link in the chain connecting hip-hop’s various eras. I put this compilation together in hopes of bringing listeners to a better appreciation and understanding of Schoolly D, the producer; because though I’m not one for making lists, as far as I’m concerned, he’s definitely one of the Top 10 hip-hop producers of all time… Top 3 when it comes to rapper/producers.

Now go do your homework. (Bump this motherfucker, read all that shit if you haven’t already, and leave a comment letting us know what you think, ho.)

1. Maniac
2. Parkside 5-2
3. Saturday Night
4. Housing the Joint
5. Smoke Some Kill
6. Mr. Big Dick
7. No More Rock N’ Roll
8. Treacherous
9. Pussy Ain’t Nothin’
10. Livin’ in the Jungle
11. Gucci Again
12. King of New York
13. Original Gangster
14. Where’d You Get That Funk From?
15. Another Sign
16. Nigger Entertainment
17. Can You Feel It
18. Do It, Do It

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-Samuel Diamond

Schoolly D Videography

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

“I Don’t Like Rock N’ Roll” from Schoolly D (1986)

“No More Rock N’ Roll” from Smoke Some Kill (1988)

Seven more after the jump.

Rap City: No, Not the BET Show

Monday, June 11th, 2012

This 1988 documentary about the Philadelphia hip-hop scene originally aired on PBS channel 12 WHYY-TV. Co-Produced by filmmakers Glen Holsten and Lisa Marie Russo, it features Illadelph rap pioneers Lady B, Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Schoolly D, DJ Code Money, Yvette Money and super-producer Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo. The doc resurfaced as a three-part video on Youtube in December 2010, was presented by ego trip at a March 2011 screening at Maysles Cinema in Harlem, and was shown again in August 2011 at L’Etage as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. The latter screening was followed by a pretty comical and informative Q&A session with Holsten and the film’s stars, a rarely seen video of which is embedded below along with parts 2 & 3 of the doc. (more…)

Philly Retrospective Series Vol. 27-29

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Moving long distance is a ton of work. It’s exhausting. It’s over! I hope nobody forgot about the last part of my Philly Retrospective series here. Today I present volumes 27-29, which for now is the ‘conclusion’ of this collection. I’m in a place at the moment where I can’t get away with playing alot of hip hop, but at least I can share with others. Here’s to listening to what you want, whenever the heck you want.

Volume 27

01 (5:23) Skeem Circle – Ruff Rhymes Raw (Pittsburgh) 1999
02 (1:08) Illegal Bastardz – Soon To Blow 1998
03 (1:44) Jam & Dkc – Am I Cool (Part 1) 1996
04 (4:49) Serious – Eyes On The Prize 1997
05 (3:52) Ruggedness Madd Drama – Checkin Down The Menu (Remix) 1995
06 (4:03) Bad Newz – Rusty Knife Style 1994
07 (4:31) P.n.b. – Dirty Money 1997
08 (4:02) Grand Agent – Logic 1998
09 (3:35) Jedi Mind Tricks – Trinity 1999
10 (3:48) Black Opz – The Warning (Bonus Cut) 2001
11 (3:51) All In The Family – Repazent All Day (Remix) 1998
12 (3:29) Doublespeek – Trial By Stone (Ft. Arch Leon & Yan) 1996
13 (3:51) Imm – That’s What’s Up (Philly Anthem) 1999
14 (5:01) Deezil Money – My Word 1998
15 (4:27) Too Def Connection – Lyrical Cypha 1996
16 (4:41) Rebel Union – I’m All Black 1995
17 (5:20) D1 – Ripp’n Heads (Pittsburgh) 1994
18 (4:28) Chase & Destroy – That’s Cool 1993
19 (5:28) Urban Assault – Let It Rip 1993


West Philly f/Chill Moody, Tone Trump & Schoolly D

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Over a decade ago Schoolly D dropped Funk ‘n Pussy, his last solo album. Since then Schoolly has been caking off the Cartoon Network with his involvement in Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Word is he made more money within the first few years of voice-over work than he has in his entire rap career. The real O.G. of gangsta rap is back, just not all that gangsta these days. And why would he be after making that all that Ted Turner money?

West Philly is a collaborative effort between Schoolly D, Chill Moody, Tone Trump and is produced by Philly’s own Joe Logic. Check out the video below. –Philaflava

The T.R.O.Y. Blog Presents Funk-O-Rama V8

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
**dirt_dog on the covers.

01. The Next School – Funk University
02. Tony D – Droppin’ Funky Verses
03. X-Clan – Funk Liberation
04. Kings Of Swing – Funky Breakdown
05. Jus Def / X-Town Posse – Funky On The Freestyle
06. Smooth Ice – Trunk Of Funk
07. Schoolly D – Where’d You Get That Funk From
08. C.P.O. – This Beat Is Funky
09. Poison Clan – Fire Up This Funk (Listen Mix)
10. Juvenile Committee – U Gotta Funk
11. Audio Two – Make It Funky
12. Stezo – Jimmy’s Gettin’ Funky

The T.R.O.Y. Blog Presents Funk-O-Rama V6

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Installment 6. A lot more to come.
**dirt_dog on the covers.

01. Crusaders For Real Hip Hop – Funky Uptown
02. Kings Of Swing – 2 Minutes Of Funk
03. Justice System – Justice Funkin’
04. The College Boyz – Funky Quartet
05. Stezo – Freak The Funk
06. Schoolly D – Godfather Of Funk
07. Raw Fusion – Funkintoyoear
08. Ultramagnetic MC’s – Funk Radio
09. Edan – Funky Rhyming
10. Edo. G & Da Bulldogs – Funky Style
11. Freddie Foxxx – Funk In Yo Brain
12. Little Shawn – Funky, Funky Rhymes
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