I'm heavy with the D, Trouble T Roy Keep Watch by Wu-Tang Clan (Ft. Nathaniel)

Heavy with the D might refer to selling dope or could just be Meth bragging about how well endowed he is. It’s also a play on the name of rapper Heavy D who died in 2011.

Troy Dixon aka Trouble T. Roy was one of Heavy’s dancers. He died in 1990 but has been immortalised by Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s “They Reminisce Over You”.

Heavy D & The Boyz. Hev is at the back, Troy is on the right.

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[Verse 1: Noreaga] Nothin' by N.O.R.E. (Ft. Pharrell Williams)

The lyrics and flow of Nore’s opening lines are loosely based on “J Beez Comin' Through” by the Jungle Brothers:

Uncle Sam, Mike G, Baby Bam
Road manager (yeah), this joint is slamming
Five thousand booming watts
Sound system state of the art
Travel lightly, clothes packed neatly
Strapped with the Baby Bam Baby Bam beat, see

Chris Lighty is the manager mentioned in both songs. He road managed the JBs in the 80s and later signed Nore to his Violator management company.

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The name of this routine is called "Live At Union Square" The Bridge Is Over by Boogie Down Productions

Union Square was one of the most popular Hip Hop clubs in late 80s New York, along with Latin Quarters.

In this interview, KRS One’s brother (and BDP member) Kenny Parker describes the memorable debut performance of “The Bridge Is Over” which really did take place at Union Square.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HDPSQcM4Jw#t=591

Check out the full interview for more BDP jewels…

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So it was taking your check money and going to the Colosseum. OTL #55: MC Serch & KEO Excerpt #4 by Outside the Lines With Rap Genius (Ft. Blake "KEO" Lethem, Julia Hannafin, MC Serch & SameOldShawn)

The Colosseum Mall in Jamaica, Queens is an important location in Hip Hop history. Like Brooklyn’s famous Albee Square Mall it was a popular spot for 80s Hip Hop heads to cop the latest gear and hang out. Fashion pioneers Eddie’s Gold Teeth and Shirt Kings were both based there.

A young Serch posing with the Shirt Kings crew. He wrote the foreword for their recent book.

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Paradise made sure and Lumumba would make sure that if you got there early he would slide you in. OTL #55: MC Serch & KEO Excerpt #4 by Outside the Lines With Rap Genius (Ft. Blake "KEO" Lethem, Julia Hannafin, MC Serch & SameOldShawn)

That’s Paradise Gray, who booked and hosted the shows at Latin Quarters, and Lumumba Carson aka Professor X The Overseer. Together they formed the group X Clan with emcee Brother J and DJ Sugar Shaft, dropping the landmark album To The East, Blackwards in 1990.

3rd Bass and X Clan have an interesting history. Lumumba managed Pete Nice early in his career and Paradise knew Serch from the LQ days. But that didn’t stop X Clan dissing them on songs like “A Day Of Outrage”:

In the first place, 3rd Bass I’m at home
Waiting for the pitch so I can chrome your dome

and “In the Ways of the Scales”:

I see a cave boy and he try to play black
Give a Gas Face and you’re bound to get slapped

Pete Nice later sampled Professor X’s vocals on his solo cut “The Sleeper” and there was some online back and forth between Serch and Paradise a few years ago.

Professor X sadly died from meningitis in 2006.

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The old jazz dudes were like "yo, they're stealing our records". And that's when Stetsa made that response record. OTL #55: MC Serch & KEO Excerpt #1 by Outside the Lines With Rap Genius (Ft. Blake "KEO" Lethem, Julia Hannafin, MC Serch & SameOldShawn) 1

Hip Hop caught a lot of flak in the 80s for sampling other people’s music. One of the best rebuttals came from Brooklyn crew Stetsasonic in 1988. After jazz musician James Mtume (of “Juicy Fruit” fame) called sampling lazy and uncreative, Stet responded with “Talkin' All That Jazz”.

The song defends Hip Hop as an artform and demonstrates just how creative the music can be by blending sampled drums with a replayed bassline and live keys. Even Lonnie Liston Smith (who made the original song) liked it.

Side Note: Two people from this record later worked with Serch on “The Gas Face”. Stetsasonic DJ Prince Paul produced it and Don Newkirk, who played keys on “Jazz”, did the introductions.

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Party people in the place to be, KRS-One attack
You got dropped off MCA cause the rhymes you wrote was wack
South Bronx by Boogie Down Productions 1

MC Shan began his recording career with a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it major label deal on MCA. He released one single — the well-intentioned but cheesy “Feed The World” — and was dropped from the label.

According to Shan:

…they didn’t know what hip-hop was about at MCA. They didn’t know how to market it, so that relationship kinda soured between me and MCA, so we just started going independent.

Considering how corny “Feed The World” was, and how banging his next two songs were (“Marley Marl Scratch” and “The Bridge”), leaving MCA was a good look for Shan. And he appeared on MCA again anyway — rapping on Marley Marl’s “He Cuts So Fresh”.

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Two cent for a case, gimme St. Ide's brew St. Ides Commercial by Wu-Tang Clan

Malt liquor is cheap but it’s not $0.02 a case! This is really a shout-out to two of Method Man’s deceased friends, 2 Cent and Kase.

Ernest Sayon aka Kase lived in the same Park Hill neighbourhood as Meth but was killed by the police. He’s mentioned in songs like “What The Blood Clot” and “The Heart Gently Weeps”. He’s also one of the names dropped by Heems in “New York City Cops”.

Contrary to internet opinion, 2 Cent and Kase aren’t the same person (although they’re often mentioned together). Hear 2 Cent being shouted out on songs like “PLO Style” and Cappadonna’s “Growth And Development”.

Both names are written prominently on walls in the video for “Can It Be All So Simple”.

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Bob you'll get your dough, Mase is my witness Vibes and Stuff by A Tribe Called Quest

This is legendary engineer Bob Power, whose skills behind the boards helped shape the distinctive sound of The Low End Theory (and other Tribe albums).

Power had worked on Hip Hop records before — like this banger from 1986 — but Tip was the first rapper to start shouting him out on songs.

We’re guessing “Mase” is Maseo from De La and not the guy who got his jaw broken by Ghostface Killah.

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Mathematically putting it down, scientists of sound Seasons Change by Quasimoto

If anyone deserves the title scientist of sound, it’s Madlib, one of the most experimental producers in Hip Hop. But this isn’t just boasting — it’s also a nod to the song “Heaven At Once” by Kool and the Gang, which goes:

Well you see we are scientists of sound, we’re mathematically putting it down

This is another example of Quas giving props to his musical influences. Although Kool and the Gang are remembered more for their pop hits, their early jazz/funk records have been heavily sampled in Hip Hop and are still highly sought after.

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