Archive for the 'Vintage' Category

Video: Big Daddy Kane Live at Tramps Circa 1999

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

DJ Eclipse once again opens up his vaults and shares some rare performance footage. In this clip we have Big Daddy Kane tearing down the infamous NYC venue Tramps back in ’99 for a Prince Paul show. I saw Kane perform live once about 5 years ago and it was a transformative experience. Hands down one of the greatest live performers Rap has ever seen and when you watch this you’ll understand why. He does (most of) his verse from “The Symphony”, “Ain’t No Half Steppin”, and “Young Gifted And Black”.

Previously: Watch Jay Z Freestyle with Big Daddy Kane on Rap City in 1990

Watch Cam’ron’s First Interview with MTV

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Genius has been working with MTV to unearth some visual gems from their extensive vaults of content and today we get a real treat. Here’s Killa’s first ever sit-down with the network, back in 1998 during the Confessions of Fire era. He speaks on getting kicked out of school in Texas, rapping for Biggie after an introduction from Ma$e, inking his deal with Lance “Un” Rivera, working the mixtape circuit, mailing reels to Silkk The Shocker for the “Horse & Carriage (Remix)”, teaching his mom to rap for “Me, My Moms & Jimmy” and much more.

Spotted: FADER

UPDATED: Cam’s mom disputes her son’s account and says she laid that verse in 45 minutes. (via Miss Info)

She also says he has a verse on Cam’s upcoming final album:

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Watch Jay Z Freestyle with Big Daddy Kane on Rap City in 1990

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

You may have seen this before, but a proper Youtube has been elusive. Until now. As noted on the video description, host Prime didn’t even ask the big homie his name! This begs the question though: was dropping that Das Efx inspired flow the greatest career decision in modern Rap history?

Courtesy of MMMVintage and CratesofJR.

Spotted: ego trip via Miss Info

Previously: Jay-Z & Jaz-O – So Whatcha Sayin Freestyle (Circa 1989)

Vintage Video: Talib Kweli And Friends at Fat Beats Circa 1998

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

DJ Eclipse continues to drop vintage gems. Here’s footage of a fresh faced Talib Kweli participating in a cypher at the NYC Fat Beats location in 1998. Joining him in the session are L-Fudge, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Skam2 & A.L. Skills. Kweli spits a verse that that contains lines that would eventually end up on tracks such as the Beatles influenced “Lonely People”, and Black Star’s “Twice Inna Lifetime”. I’m pretty sure I see my man DJ Peter Parker standing on the sidelines.

Eclipse explains:

In 1998 both L-Fudge and Shabaam Sahdeeq released 12″ singles on Rawkus Records. Rawkus had been around for a minute, but it was with this era of releases that they really started making some noise (along with Company Flow, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Sir Menelik, The High & Mighty and others). Here’s footage from the Fat Beats NYC in-store celebrating the release of these two singles. Like most FB in-stores, it was never limited to just the advertised artists. In this clip you’ll see L-Fudge, Talib Kweli, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Skam2? & A.L. Skills all performing. Shout out to Max Glazer on the wheels although he’s unseen.

Previously: Common Freestyle at Fat Beats Circa 1997 | Kanye West Freestyles at Fat Beats Opening (Extended)

Vintage Video: Common Freestyle at Fat Beats Circa 1997

Friday, August 8th, 2014

DJ Eclipse does it again with some more rare footage from the glory days of Fat Beats. In this clip with have Common, days before the release of One Day It’ll All Make Sense, spitting over DJ Premier’s “You Know My Steez” instrumental with NYC underground legend Lord Sear.

Some context from Eclipse:

Here’s a clip from Common’s Fat Beats NYC in-store for “One Day It’ll All Make Sense”. The in-store was actually a few days before the album was released so we only had his single for sale that day. We were also pushing No I.D.’s “The Black Album” (w/Dug Infinite) which had come out early that week. This Common album was the last time that No I.D. and Com would do an album together until 2011. Like most in-stores at Fat Beats it was never limited to just the artist who’s in-store it was. Many times other artists would pop in and perform and on this day Lord Sear (Stretch & Bobbito/Shade 45) had stopped by and got on the mic with Common. Shout out to Mista Sinista from the X-Men/X-Ecutioners who not only did all the scratches on Common’s earlier albums, but was present this day to provide the music. In fact, his album “X-Pressions” with the rest of The X-Ecutioners had dropped earlier that week as well.

Hit the jump for a bonus: Common calling into #NW3RADIO with Dharmic X to talk about performing in front of Jay-Z at Tramps back in 1996, his Dilla tribute on the new album, working with up-and-comers like Vince Staples and Dreezy and more.

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Vintage Video: Kanye West Freestyles at Fat Beats Opening (Extended)

Friday, July 25th, 2014

After sharing that gem of a clip of a 19-year old Kanye flowing at the opening of the iconic Fat Beats vinyl outlet a couple of weeks ago, DJ Eclipse today leaks an extended version of the clip (via 2DBZ) that also features bars from Al Tariq, Butter Lee & Black Attack.


Some context:

I’m sure most of you have seen the Kanye clip from the grand opening of Fat Beats by now. Like I had mentioned before there were so many dope artists performing that day. Here’s the extended clip that the Kanye footage came from along with some back story. Al Tariq from the Beatnuts came through that day and brought some of his people with him. His people being Butter Lee from Rawcotiks, Black Attack and Kanye West. Both Rawcotiks and Black Attack were featured on Tariq’s “God Connections” album which came out on Correct Records in ’96. Another artist that was on Correct Records was Grav who was from Chicago and put out an album called “Down To Earth” (also in ’96). Not only was Tariq featured on that album as well, but it would also feature the first appearance of Kanye West on the mic on a song called “Line For Line” (which he also produced along with half the album). In addition to that connection, Kanye was a student of No I.D. & Dug Infinite who were producers that had been working with Common (Sense). Common was signed to Relativity Records as was the Beatnuts. So when Kanye started making trips to New York to “make it” in the music biz one of his first stops was at Relativity Records. There was a person who worked at Relativity named Peter Kang who was heavily involved with the Beatnuts and also took an early interest in Kanye West and started managing him. So whenever he would have the Beatnuts out and about he would bring around Kanye. And that’s how Kanye ended up at Fat Beats that day. Happy 20th anniversary Fat Beats!

I wonder what else Eclipse has in the stash?

Previously: Kanye Covers GQ’s August Issue

Vintage Video: Kanye West Freestyles at Fat Beats Opening Circa 1996

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Wow. DJ Eclipse just liberated this footage of a young19 year-old Kanye spitting at the grand opening of the old Fat Beats store on 6th Avenue in the West Village. Eclipse gave Complex some context:

“The original location of Fat Beats launched on July 14, 1994 which means FB just turned 20 years old! Business was doing so well 2 years in that Joseph Abajian decided to move the store from it’s small 9th St. basement space into a 2nd floor location on 6th Avenue. August 1996 (day?) was the grand opening of the 406 6th Avenue location. It was also the beginnings of our independent movement which had recently started bubbling about a year before. Yesterday I started converting old Hi8 video tapes to DVD and came across some interesting footage from that day. Now we had a lot of the usual suspects in the place that day such as ILL BILL, Arsonists, Lord Finesse, Adagio, Breeze Brewin, A.L. Skills, Percee P, J-Live, Mr. Live, Chino XL, Al Tariq, Black Attack, Xzibit, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Rawcotiks, Ak Skills, Rob Swift, Roc Raida, DJ Spinna and many, many more. But what took me by surprise was the appearance of this 19-year-old kid who at that time nobody knew. At least in NYC.”

Fat Beats famously closed its NY and LA retail locations in 2010, but lives on as an online store and indie label. Previously: Kanye on a Failed Reality Show Pilot

Video: Big L & Big Pun Freestyle in 1998 (Unreleased)

Friday, May 30th, 2014

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What we have here is some previously unreleased footage of Big L, who would have celebrated his 40th birthday today, participating in a friendly cypher with none other than the late Big Pun and Charlie Hustle. That’s right, two of the all time greats spitting a couple of their iconic verses in each other’s company. Mr. Coleman spits a portion of his “98 Freestyle” and Pun returns the favor with some bars that would eventually end up on “Super Lyrical”.

And that’s not all, hit the jump for an additional clip of L, in the studio with producer Ron Browz, reciting some bars from “Size ‘Em Up”.

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Vintage Video: Nas x Tony Touch Live @ The Fever, Circa 1993

Monday, June 24th, 2013

More legendary footage from Toca. It’s 1993, Illmatic is fresh on the streets and your boy Nas is rocking the Fever with one leg up on his sweatpants and a bottle of bubbly in his hand. He does “One Love” and “NY State of Mind”, then brings out AZ for “Life’s A Bitch”. The clip ends with a rousing performance of “The World Is Yours”. Historic shit right here.

Previously: Nas Travels to Hennessy Headquarters | Wu-Tang x Tony Touch Live @ The Fever, Circa 1993

Vintage Video: The Beatnuts & Big Pun Perform @ The Rocksteady 20th Anniversary

Friday, May 24th, 2013

In this latest #50DaysToThe50MCs webisode from Tony Touch, we see Pun and The ‘Nuts performing “Off The Books” at the Rocksteady 20th Anniversary celebration back in 1996. Check out Pun’s energy while performing, he was a big dude but your man was light on his feet. Also includes footage of the legendary Crazy Legs doing his thing.

Previously: ODB & Busta Rhymes Freestyle Circa 1994