Posts Tagged ‘slick rick’

Evolution Of The B-Boy

Friday, November 22nd, 2013


Longtime Philaflava member and T.R.O.Y. blog affiliate Mark 563 drops his debut, Evolution Of The B-Boy series. These are high quality contour-cut stickers featuring the first 4 illustrations from Mark 563. They feature Eazy-E, LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane & Slick Rick (between 3.5” and 3.8” tall). They’re going to go with the quickness, so make sure you support the homie and grab yourself the first of many in the series.

Cop series 1 for just $10 right here.

Stussy x Yo! MTV Raps Collabo

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Stussy and MTV team up to present these classic shirts featuring original artist imagery along with Stussy styling. The Stussy x Yo! MTV Raps Collection features Ice T, De La Soul, Gang Starr, Slick Rick, Digital Underground, Queen Latifah, Brand Nubian, Eric B. & Rakim and MC Lyte. $36 a pop tho. DAMN! –Philaflava


Red Bull Music Academy “Five Out Of Five” Lecture Series

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

According to the RBMA website:
The Red Bull Music Academy pays tribute to hip hop, arguably the most influential youth culture of our time – right where it all began. Over the course of five days, five classic albums from five boroughs are revisited via workshops and public talks in each respective borough. At night, the artists re-create their seminal work for a special concert, bridging the gap from old to new school. The five albums are: ‘The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick’ (1988), Black Moon’s ‘Enta Da Stage’ (1993), ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ (1993), ‘The Infamous’ by Mobb Deep (1995), and Dipset’s ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ (2003). Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan – stand up!


Each of these videos are pretty long (an hour+ to two hours), but certainly worth the watch. So far I’ve only had the time to watch the Slick Rick and Wu-Tang/Raekwon lectures, but both have been very in-depth and extremely informative as the artists break down their albums.

Thanks to Step One for the original link. RBMA has these all on lock-down, so I’m unable to embed them.

Lecture: Slick Rick (RBMA World Tour 2011)


Lecture: Black Moon (RBMA World Tour 2011)


Lecture: Wu-Tang Clan (RBMA World Tour 2011)


Lecture: Mobb Deep (RBMA World Tour 2011)


Lecture: The Diplomats (RBMA World Tour 2011)


Mark 563’s Sketches & Illustrations Update

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
It’s been a minute since we presented you Mark 563’s sketches and illustrations.
Well, he came back with few new ones, a really dope work as usual.
Hope you will like it as well as appreciate Mark 563’s amazing work.
Check out all of his dope work on
Also you can check it via T.R.O.Y. Blog by clicking here.
**click on picture to get it in a full size.


Mark 563’s Hip Hop Portrait Sketches: East Coast

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Mark 563 is a DJ, a graphic designer, he is also into amateur photography, but he also dabble into illustrations.

He is also a proud owner of one of the greatest vinyl collection i have ever seen.
Stay tunned after this one, cause soon after we will show you some more of his great work.
Enjoy and pleas leave the feedback, thanks.

** Click on the image to see it in a bigger resolution.

— Markshot

S.O.U.L. Samples

Monday, June 15th, 2009

S.O.U.L. is an obscure early 70s funk group that released some of the absolute dopest tracks from that era. They recorded two albums in between the years of 1971 and 1973: “What Is It” and “Can You Feel It”. From what I can gather, they disbanded shortly after the release of their second album, so unfortunately, their entire catalog contains less than 20 tracks. Producers that have sampled S.O.U.L. include Pete Rock, Marley Marl, The Large Professor, The Jungle Brothers, MF Doom, etc.

S.O.U.L. – Samples
1. S.O.U.L. – Burning Spear
2. Organized Konfusion – Releasing Hypnotical Gases
3. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Go With The Flow
4. S.O.U.L. – Soul
5. Slick Rick – A Letter
6. Jungle Brothers – In Dayz 2 Come
7. Main Source – Fakin’ The Funk
8. S.O.U.L. – Piece Of Mind
9. Craig G – What You’re Used To
10. Main Source – Peace Is Not The Word To Play
11. S.O.U.L. – Message From A Black Man
12. MF Doom – Sarsaparilla (Instrumental)


S.O.U.L. – Burning Spear

S.O.U.L. – Soul

S.O.U.L. – Piece Of Mind

S.O.U.L. – Message From A Black Man

–Roy Johnson

Fifty Remixes You Need To Hear (1-10)

Monday, January 5th, 2009

This is a RAP NERD VOLTRON in full effect, duns amd dun-ettes. The entire T.R.O.Y. regular staff (Admiral, Blockhead, Philaflava, Roy Johnson, Schenactady Fan, Thun, ThomasV, Verge) put our heads together to come up with a list of Fifty Remixes that YOU need to hear as soon as humanly possible! Take note that this is not a list of the “best” remixes ever (though many are contenders) or even our very “favorites,” (though some qualify) but simply a list of fifty great remixes (interpreted somewhat loosely to include songs that are essentially remakes or sequels) that we think you’ll enjoy. We tried to leave out extremely obvious picks (“Scenario” 7 MCs Remix, “I Got’Cha Opin”, and the like) but we also kept the list fairly accessible and mostly confined to crews that were signed and put out actual albums. We’ll be bringing you ten picks every morning this week, so join the T.R.O.Y. Movement and spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, Digg, the message boards and blogs you frequent, text messages, and what have you. Enjoy, and be sure to leave some (hopefully not hateful) feedback.
1. Eric B. & Rakim “Microphone Fiend” (45 King Remix)

2. Leaders Of The New School “International Zone Coaster” (SD50s Remix)

This one is a pure adrenaline rush, and it’s easily one of our favorite L.O.N.S. tracks. Produced by Dante Ross of the SD50s.
3. Slick Rick “It’s A Boy” (Large Pro Remix)

Quite possibly the dopest remix that the Large Professor has ever produced, and that’s saying something. Extra P utilized an incredible Cal Tjader sample for this one. Check out out 2CD set of Cal Tjader samples.

4. Artifacts “Ultimate” (Showbiz Remix)

5. De La Soul “Breakadawn” (De La Remix)

A slammin’ remix that doesn’t get mentioned too often. While it’s hard to outdo the original, this one definitely comes close. That “Dawn Brings Smoke” beat is outstanding.
6. 3rd Bass “Product Of The Environment” (Marley Marl Remix)

7. Organized Konfusion “Stress” (Extra P Remix)

8. Das Efx “Microphone Master” (Domecracker Remix)

9. Da King & I “Tears” (Darp Vibe)

10. MOP “Rugged Neva Smoove” (Premier Remix)

Here are all 10 of them in one file:

Tune in tomorrow morning for selections 11-20.

Ghostface Killah "The Sun"

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

LISTEN – Ghostface Killah ft. Raekwon, Slick Rick, RZA “The Sun”

Read The Lyrics

Circa 2001, Ghostface’s output was dominated by inspired metaphorical whimsy. Excised from the U.S. retail version of Bulletproof Wallets, “The Sun,” (featuring RZA, Raekwon, and Slick Rick) boasts happily insistent sampled horns (sometimes misattributed to The Stylistics or Sonny & Cher) that cleverly mirror the levity and profundity cohabiting in the verses. Ghost honors the life-giving, inspirational qualities of earth’s closest star through secular ode (noting the sun’s kiss as “scrumptious” and “nutritious”), religious incantation (citing “This Little Light of Mine,” a gospel children’s song turned Civil Rights anthem), and a hilariously botched science lesson.

The song takes a turn towards genius, however, when the self-described Muslim (with Five Percenter sympathies) personifies the sun as the truest street warrior who “could never be pussy,” reliably coming out of hiding even at gunpoint. The normally stoic Rakewon then complicates this concept by cheerfully relating his nephew’s enthusiasm for the sun, suggesting that sunshine is best enjoyed following study and refinement, but couching the advice in familiar fatherly terms that still hearken back to NOI/NGE street ministry (“probably if you clean up and read a little”). Ghost’s sense that shining divinity is perceivable in “pictures and scriptures” but also within one’s immutable self is bolstered by Raekwon’s assertion that “you always see one in a building.”
In these utterances, the mundane transforms into the heavenly, and the similarities between the Five Percenter conflation of “Sun” and “Son” (claimed by KRS-One and other to have its origins in a Christian subversion of ancient Egyptian Cosmology) and Protestant (as well as Islamic mystic) notions of an inner transcendent light are rendered momentarily apparent. Ghost and Rae deftly utilize a mixture of Christian and Five Percenter concept to describe a “mentor” figure who is “one in a million,” and demands uplift (“makes me wanna climb, take a bite out of shine”) but can also be associated with the promise and purity of childhood – the Son/Sun of man, the “understanding,” the stars, the “best part,” etc. A future messianic figure, for sure, but far from a vaporous angelic being, more like your brother or firstborn son.
Slick Rick and RZA continue in a similar manner, with the former theorizing the sun as a gateway to the heavens as well as a complement to domestic bliss and the latter paraphrasing (in a stupefying show of eclecticism I might add) both the Lost-Found Lessons and the lyrics to “The Candy Man” to illustrate his sense of the Sun/Son as the architect of a universal order (exemplified by the water cycle). Thus, while “The Sun” sits squarely within a tradition of rap artists (Sunz Of Man, King Sun, etc.) and rap songs that make reference to the word’s symbolic associations (think the Roy Ayers sampling “Wake Up [Reprise In The Sunshine]” by Brand Nubian or Funkdoobiest’s “Rock On”), as well as a broader Black musical legacy that makes use of celestial motifs, it is also notable for its strangeness and brilliance.
And it remains a worthwhile listen some years later. — Thun