Category Archives: throwback
This is quite possibly my favorite white girl rap. The track is a perfect blend of hip hop, pop, new wave and jazz. Blondie not only takes the cake as one of the most influential American New Wave bands, but Debbie Harry was too cold with her blond tresses and punk fashion. I live!
This video is filled with fun facts (according to WIKIPEDIA)…like:
1. The music video debuted in 1981 and was the first rap video ever broadcast on MTV.
2. The location is set in the East Village of Manhattan (My hood, yo).
3. The “Man from Mars” or “voodoo god”, dressed in a white suit and top hat is dancer William Barnes. He also choreographed the piece.
4. “The final shot is a one-take scene of Debbie Harry dancing along the street, passing by graffiti artists, Uncle Sam, a Native American and a goat. Fab Five Freddy and graffiti artists Lee Quinones and Jean-Michel Basquiat make cameo appearances. Basquiat was hired when Grandmaster Flash did not show for the filming…”
I always found it funny that Basquiat played a DJ in the video and not an artist.
Everything about this track and video is perfection!
SOME TRIVIA…via WIKIPEDIA
*The beat is sampled from Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” (see video below)
*Everyone told Janet (Miss Jackson if you’re nasty) that Joni Mitchell wouldn’t approve the sample, so Janet called her personally and played the song for her. Days later, Joni said Yes!
*While Joni Mitchell was on tour in 1998, she added elements of Q-TIP’s rap into her performance of “Big Yellow Taxi” (Wow).
*Although the track is credited to Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Janet Jackson – hip hop collective The Ummah (composed of Q-Tip, J Dilla, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad) state they actually produced the track…(which I definitely believe *staring at my nails).
*The video for “Got Til It’s Gone” was directed by one of my all-time favorite directors, Mark Romanek. The video is inspired by
the amazing portraiture work of Malick SidibÃ© and tells the story of South Africans having a good time in the 60′s/70′s during Apartheid.
This is still the jam!
I love this video!!! Rough 3-D and Radiohead make for the perfect visual!
Green Day was The Sh*t…or The Dookie. Such a trio of cuties that made bomb classic music!
I sometimes forget how these dudes inspired some of our most talked about newcomers in music today. This track is a classic.
I made this video in August of 2006, to spread the word about me and Oscar’s party…which would be the very first of its kind…a party dedicated to the 90′s.
It was homegrown and started solely as a place to have fun and be accepted. We never knew it would become as popular and sought after as it did…
Peep the flyer that Oscar made.
Here are some photos from the very first 1992 Party…
Missy is a boss! This was and is still the jam.