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Now I’m in the Limelight

…cause I rhyme tight.

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1 ms october   ~  Jul 14, 2009 1:20 pm

tex is more interesting than i thought possible.
funny that he said he likes the limelight.
guess he likes lunches, brunches, interviews by the pool.

were you into biggie alex?

2 RagingTartabull   ~  Jul 14, 2009 1:32 pm

I remember back in Texas when Teixeira used to eat sardines for dinner

3 Mattpat11   ~  Jul 14, 2009 1:50 pm

I can't be the only one that read this post and was slightly horrified at the prospect of Mark Teixeira rapping.

4 thelarmis   ~  Jul 14, 2009 2:09 pm

[1] yes, i'm glad he's not as stoic as i thought he'd be!

[3] i'm horrified by ANYONE rapping. blech.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 14, 2009 2:23 pm

4) LOL.

Ms. O, Yeah, I'm a Biggie fan. Not a fanatic but always loved his voice and his flow. "Now honey's play me close like butter play toast." LOL "The Ten Crack Commandments" and "Kick in the Door" from the second record were my tracks.

6 thelarmis   ~  Jul 14, 2009 2:34 pm

[5] : )

and thanks for that post on Thurman! i really wish i could be there to hear Marty speak about him.

7 thelarmis   ~  Jul 14, 2009 2:40 pm

[5] btw, i hope you get to sit in the Todd Drew Memorial seats next Sunday. i'm not positive, but something tells me he'd be thrilled to be at the Old Timer's Game with Marsha. if anyone deserves the honor of sitting there next weekend, it's you Alex. hope you get to go! : )

8 ms october   ~  Jul 14, 2009 2:42 pm

[3] [4] defnitely can't see tex trying to mc. swisher though, yes.

[5] yeah biggie's voice and flow were definitely unique. yeah i like kick in the door too and i got a story to tell.

i think your cut for the golden age is like '94 or so, so just wondered what your feelings were on big.

9 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 14, 2009 2:53 pm

Eh, looking back I'd say the Golden Age is really 85-96. Okay, maybe 95-96 weren't as boss as the late 80s/early 90s but there were some good records coming out. 94 was a good year--Nas, Biggie, Jeru, Beatnuts, Kurious Jorge, OC, Snoop.

Marsha Drew actually moved out of the city so I'm not sure who has those seats. I do know that she plans of keeping the seats next year and beyond and will sell most of them. I'll keep you guys posted if she ever makes some of them available for sale.

10 thelarmis   ~  Jul 14, 2009 2:54 pm

[9] thanks for the 411 on Marsha. i hope she's hangin' in there...

11 ms october   ~  Jul 14, 2009 3:10 pm

[9] [10] yeah thanks for letting us know about marsha. please let her know we are still thinking about her and of course missing todd unless that is too upsetting.

yeah 94 had some good albums.
there was starting to be a shift after that with the wu solo albums, mobb deep, jay;etc

12 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 14, 2009 3:17 pm

Yeah, it started getting murky and sinister, really in 93 with The Chronic and Black Moon and Wu.

I will let Marsha know, indeed. She is a special lady. I had the chance to have lunch with her before she left town and it was a treat. Man, is Todd ever missed around these parts, huh?

13 thelarmis   ~  Jul 14, 2009 3:25 pm

[11] yeah, in '94, TestAmenT released "Low", which is an *amazing* album! and folks thought Metal was dead... : )

[12] yeah man, i miss Todd dearly and think of him regularly. : (

14 thelarmis   ~  Jul 14, 2009 3:28 pm

also, in '94, on the other end of the spectrum - excellent NYC Jazz drummer Carl Allen released his fantastic album "The Pursuer". it's in the vein of the classy Jazz Messengers albums Art Blakey released. i was fortunate to see Carl's band live, touring this album, at Penn State. what a treat! : )

15 RagingTartabull   ~  Jul 14, 2009 3:31 pm

I definitely agree that hip-hop really begins to turn around '93 or so. You went from the brief peak of Native Tongues right into a time where albums like "36 Chambers" and "Illmatic" began to take over. That's the stuff that I grew up on so that's just fine by me, but it is interesting to look back on.

I mean can you imagine something like Wu's first album blowing up today? Thing sounds like it was recorded in a basement in Richmond Hill.

16 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 14, 2009 3:55 pm

I love the grungy sound of that first Wu record, such a nice compliment to the smoothness of Dre's Chronic. Such a raw, freaky record. Wonderfully atmospheric beats, great rhymes.

Hey 14) I remember a guy who played vibes back in the early 90s, Stephen something or other maybe. I saw him play once and he was terrific. Know who I mean?

17 thelarmis   ~  Jul 14, 2009 4:06 pm

[16] Stefon Harris? he may be of more recent vintage...

18 ms october   ~  Jul 14, 2009 4:07 pm

yeah wu's first record was jut raw as hell.
i think ragingt hits the shift from the native tongue style to that rawer style.
i also liked them both. i liked up to about reasonable doubt before the radio conglomeration style became too prevalent in 98 or so

19 thelarmis   ~  Jul 14, 2009 4:09 pm

[16] btw, Carl Allen wrote most of the music on The Pursuer. when i got to meet him, i asked on what instrument he composed this wonderful music. he replied, The Vibes. wow. cool!!!

20 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 14, 2009 4:54 pm

Stefon Harris. That's the dude. Is he still around?

Yeah, the shift in 93 was intense. I loved De La's third album that came out that year but it tanked and it was as if the "scene" had already passed them. And that was the year of Tribe's third record too, and the first Pharcyde record which is still tons o fun.

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