This shit go way back like a Uni marker In Tha Park by Ghostface Killah (Ft. Black Thought) 2

Uni Paint Markers were (and still are) very popular for graffiti

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Fatback
With the different color records they had back in the days
In Tha Park by Ghostface Killah (Ft. Black Thought) 2

The Fatback Band, later known just as Fatback, is a funk and disco band popular in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. They played on “King Tim III (Personality Jock)”, the song often said to be the first rap single ever. As for the colors, let the world’s most reliable encyclopedia tell the tale:

During the 1980s there was a trend for releasing singles on coloured vinyl—sometimes with large inserts that could be used as posters

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Kick the ball with Krown Rulers out of Camden In Tha Park by Ghostface Killah (Ft. Black Thought) 2

80s rap duo the Krown Rulers were from Camden, New Jersey, but their first songs (the underground classics “Kick The Ball” and “B-Boy Document”) came out on a joint EP with Philly’s Tuff Crew. So they got love from Illadelph.

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Tuff Crew In Tha Park by Ghostface Killah (Ft. Black Thought) 2

The Tuff Crew, composed of Ice Dog, L. A. Kid, Monty G, Tone Love, and DJ Too Tuff, is a hip hop group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dubbed “Philly’s first Rap Supergroup”. They released their first single in 1986 and released records until 1991. Hear their biggest hit, “My Parta Town”, here

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Everybody banging "Sucker MC's" in '83 In Tha Park by Ghostface Killah (Ft. Black Thought) 2

Run-DMC’s song “Sucker MCs” was actually the b-side of their 1983 single “It’s Like That”/“Sucker MCs”. Hear it here

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MC Breeze In Tha Park by Ghostface Killah (Ft. Black Thought) 2

Joey “MC Breeze” Ellis is a Philly rap pioneer. His song “DISCOMBOBULATORBUBALATOR” was the first rap song to be banned from the radio in 1985. The reason was that it made fun of Chinese people. The more things change…

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Lady B In Tha Park by Ghostface Killah (Ft. Black Thought) 2

Wendy “Lady B” Clark is a Philly artist who was the first female rapper to release a solo single. She is now a DJ

Check out her 1979 single, “To the Beat Y'all” here

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Cash Money In Tha Park by Ghostface Killah (Ft. Black Thought) 2

Jerome “DJ Cash Money” Hewlett is a legendary Philly-based DJ who was a contemporary of Jazzy Jeff. He was the first inductee into the DJ Hall of Fame and won the Supermen DJ Battle at the same New Music Seminar in 1987 that Thought references above

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So I sat by the window, heard the DJ cut
"Impeach the Pres", "Apache", and "Just Begun"
Otis Redding, "Tramp"
In Tha Park by Ghostface Killah (Ft. Black Thought) 2

Ghost reaches way back to the park jam days by calling out some early favorites used by DJ’s at the beginning of rap. The drum (and, in one case, saxophone) breaks on these songs would form the backbone of countless hip-hop tunes:

“Impeach the President” by the Honeydrippers

“Apache” by The Incredible Bongo Band

“It’s Just Begun” by the Jimmy Castor Bunch

“Tramp” by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas

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Christmas cheers
Dipset's here
Ballin' every day
Ballin' On Xmas by Jim Jones (Ft. J.R. Writer & Stack Bundles)

[a la “Jingle Bells”]

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