Archive for the 'Vintage' Category

Vintage Video: Kanye West at 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

Vintage Video: ODB & Busta Rhymes Freestyle Circa 1994

Monday, May 20th, 2013

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

Previously: ScHoolboy Q – Toca Tuesdays Freestyle

Vintage Video: Tupac Connects with Duck Down for One Nation LP

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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.

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Vintage Video: The Fresh Prince Interview & Freestyle w/ Tim Westwood, Circa 1989

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

“I said ‘I’m going to hell’, is that bad?”

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.

Previously: Ultramagnetic MCs Set @ Dingwalls London, Circa 1990 (Vintage Video)

Vintage Video: Ultramagnetic MCs Set @ Dingwalls London, Circa 1990

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Tim Westwood just liberated this footage of a 30 minute Ultramagnetic MC’s set at Dingwalls in London back in 1990. Classic material.

Previously: Kool Keith – Answer Phone

Vintage Video: Biggie Screams on Big Kap During a Performance

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

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.

Spotted: FADER

Statik Selektah & Lord Sear – Open Bar Classics Vol. 1: The 80′s (Mixtape)

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

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.

Tracklist & download link after the jump.

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