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.
For the run up to the release of his new project The Piecemaker 3: Return Of The 50 MCs on July 9th, Tony Touch will be dropping a new video gem every day for the next 50 days for a new series called #50DaysToThe50MCs. For the first installment, he liberates some footage of ODB and Busta exchanging bars at the storied Gavin Convention back in ’94. #VeryRare
Here’s a recently unearthed clip of ‘Pac greeting Buckshot, Dru Ha and other members of Duck Down prior to the sessions for the unreleased One Nation LP that they recorded back in 1996. Originally conceptualized as a display of unity between the East Coast and the West Coast, the project was shelved after ‘Pac’s murder. Many of the songs have leaked over the years, but a rumored commercial release of the album never came to pass.
This footage was released by director Gobi M. Rahimi, who documented ‘Pac’s last days as his personal videographer and is attempting to release a documentary called 7 Dayz that will tell the story of the Rapper’s final week alive. Hit the jump to check out another clip of ‘Pac in the booth recording for One Nation and watch the 7 Dayz trailer. If you would like to contribute to the production of the film, hit up Gobi’s Kickstarter page to make a donation.
Everything about this video is just incredible. The 21 year old Mr. Smith’s demeanor. The cords on his sunglasses. The way he delivers his verse. Westwood’s haircut. The outtakes at the end. Oh the outtakes. Watching the first half of this clip you would think he spit that freestyle in one take, but as you’ll see, that was hardly the case.
The setting: San Francisco radio station KMEL’s annual Summer Jam concert circa 1995.
Biggie is trying to perform, but it’s so hot that Big Kap’s records are literally melting as he tries to spin. As Kap told FADER in their Biggie Icon issue:
I’m throwing the records and it’s like, alright, cool we’re going through it. But it’s so hot the heat is actually warping the records. The records is melting! So the records are warping right before me and it’s just like woooommp. And Big looking at me. We had this thing like, every time you make a mistake on stage during the show, you get fined $100. So during the show, Big heard the first womp, and he was like “A hundred dollars!” The record is crumbling up right before my eyes. Then it’s getting bad and Cease is like, “Two hundred dollars!” And then Big, he just stopped everything and was like, “Yo! What the fuck is going on?!” I’m looking and my records look like a piece of bacon back there. Big is tight! He had a water bottle, he threw the water bottle at me, and just walks off the stage
Ha ha ha. Classic shit. It’s especially funny since Big knew what was going on and they laughed it off when they got back to the hotel.
Just in time for BBQ season, a continuous mix of NYC club classics from the early eighties. Also a dope tool for lazy DJs to use at the beginning or end of a night. Look for Open Bar Classics Vol 2: 90s R&B to drop next.
Our friend Combat Jack, real name Reggie Osse, recounted stories to Complex from his 20 year career as an entertainment lawyer who’s worked with the likes of Public Enemy, LL Cool J, and the Beastie Boys, as well as representing Jay-Z and Missy Elliot at one point.
Back on June 29th the good folks at Boundless NY had the esteemed DJ Clark Kent stop by for one of their invitation only listening sessions. Clark did what he does on the turntables, putting it down for an hour and 15 minutes, spinning a wide range of R&B, Soul and rap classics and a nice helping of some newer stuff for good measure. When he was finished, DJ Teddy King kept it going for another hour. So it’s with great pleasure that we offer up this momentus mix as a single mp3 download for your continued listening pleasure.
In addition to the mix, Clark also sat for a revealing interview with Kellen Dengler in which he discusses many of the defining moments in his long and storied career as a DJ, tastemaker and producer. You can check out part 1 of the interview below in which Clark speaks on growing up in a household full of music and how he grew to love and cherish records as a fan of music and collector. He also relates the story of the very first record he ever saved up to buy.