Month: July 2017

Lyrics you always got wrong: Wiggaz Unreleased Extract

Quite early on when I was doing the first draft of Wiggaz With Attitude, I hit on what I thought was a great wheeze. The type of thing that would be funny, make great content for the book and also involve other people actually doing some writing on my behalf, which is always good.

I sent out a quick internet survey to my friends via email, Facebook and the Diggers With Gratitude forum, one of the few sanctums of sanity left when it comes to online discussion of hip-hop. What lyrics, I asked, did you always get wrong? Continue reading →

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The Tape That Tape Made #4: Tribe From the Northside

I’m keeping it Trenton this week, with a tape I picked up online a few years ago. I already knew what I was buying, but even if I hadn’t I’d be lured in by the cover, the group’s name, and tracks with names like ‘Knowledge is Power’ and ‘Asalamalakum’.

Tribe from the Northside tape cover Continue reading →

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Trenton Makes, The World Takes: Tony D bonus

Shortly after posting my Tony D interview the other day, I remembered that my man PQuest had just issued a dope limited run T-shirt. It captures the time when Naughty By Nature were acccused of jacking a beat from Tony D’s 1989 instrumental compilation Music Makes You Move. They – allegedly – used it for a little known and deeply obscure song called ‘O.P.P’ which no-one ever heard anything about ever again. As Tony told me, he didn’t have much of a leg to stand on legally, considering his own laissez faire attitude towards the samples he’d used.

Anyway, PQuest is a huge Tony D fan, and these tees are not only fantastically niche in a way it’s hard not to love, they’re green (the best colour for rap tees) and, best of all, each one sold makes a contribution to Tony’s widow and two children.

Cop them here – do your bit for Tony’s family and, at the same time, commemorate a small piece of hip-hop folklore. We hope this grows into a thing – coming soon, the Fat Lace Big Daddy Kane AIDS rumour tee.

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Trenton Where We Live: Tony D interview

Hip-hop heroes seem to be dropping like flies recently. I prefer them when they’re droppin’ funky verses. I spoke to Trenton, New Jersey producer and rapper Tony D not very long before he died, in an interview for Hip-Hop Connection. I spoke to YZ and Wise Intelligent in the same week and it was nice to join the dots between the three, even after a lot of not always smooth history.

Tony D reading a newspaper

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The Tape That Tape Made #3: Double Dip – Marchitect & 2 of a Kind

Let’s nerd out on some uncheap stuff here. Marchitect’s ‘Dead in Your Tracks’ is a dope 1994 indie staple, beloved of the people who think the mid 90’s rap records that sold 11 copies are the golden age. Regardless, this is still a nice, rarely seen killer. Even rarerererer is the cassingle, which has a hitherto unshared, unposted tape-only track called ‘Corners of the mind’. I mean, it’s only okay, isn’t it? But someone out there will love this, and perhaps also the unflattering picture of Marchitect on the tape cover. Continue reading →

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Crap Graf: ‘Bone, Thugs & Disharmony’ by Wally Duchamp

I Fucked Mrs Bones crap graf

This Crap Graf was submitted by a young reader called Jimmy Clarke. He’s a gentleman known as a frequenter of public lavatories for strange amounts of time. Way too long for a number one, a bit too long for a number two, and possibly even longer than you need for a Frankie Goes to Hollywood*. We’re not sure what he’s up to in there, but it has helped him develop a curate’s eye for lavatorial art, and this is very much a curate’s egg. Continue reading →

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