Flavor Flav [MC DJ Flavor] – Party in my Pants [Unreleased]

 

Before Public Enemy released a single, before they created Yo!, before the viking hats, before Rush Management, before they were inducted in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, and before they were even called Public Enemy, they were part of a rag-tag soundsystem of friends called Spectrum City. SC, starting in a youth centre in the 70s as a bunch of like-minded Rap fans that were learning how to DJ, made it to radio in the pursuit of nothing more than having fun and keeping themselves entertained.

Spectrum City business card

One of the things I enjoy most about listening through old tapes and old vintage radio shows is the unexpected discoveries of antiquities like this. This clip, from WBAU outta Long Island, NY, as well as the WBAU clips on this YT playlist, are unreleased, unheard and unavailable to anyone that wasnt tuning in to these shows regularly at the time, 1981 [Remember these broadcasts precede the first Public Enemy releases under their original moniker Spectrum City, which was 3 years later as the artist formerly known as MC Chuckie D explains in this clip].

MC Flavor [Flav] expounds his opinions regarding females. Sadly, he’s a tad misogynistic with lines like ‘Lets talk about the ugly ones that think they look good, their face is so ugly it looks like it was bashed up by wood’.

It’s unbelievably and disgustingly sexist, but thoroughly entertaining, and catchy as all hell. It was gaffled from a Youtube clip of WBAU material, not from my personal collection this time. I just wanted to highlight what PE were doing in their embryonic days on this iconic radio show.

The ‘Party in my Pants’ sample is from this

These shows were generously shared on YT, and to most might be ‘out-dated like the running man’ but they serve as the ‘Dawn of the Def’, a snapshot of Def Jam before DJ RR had stepped inside NYU dorm room #712. They are priceless artifacts that feature the raw talent that of the DJs, producers & artists, and all involved in creating one of the most important and iconic groups in Rap history; The Bomb Squad, Doctor Dre’s Operating Room, the Mr Bill Show [Bill Stephney], the Townhouse 3 [Son of Bazerk] and of course, the MC Flavor Show [ Flavor Flavs own regular late night platform].

Paradise the Architect Flyer Collection

This post is dedicated to the memory of Lumumba [Professor X] Carson and Rafael Avery aka Shirt King Kasheme.

Yes, you’ll recognise the names of pioneering DJs Red Alert, Chuck Chillout, Mr Magic and jams promoted by Kiss FM on these flyers, but this throwback into time is fundamentally a celebration of earlier times. A trip down memory lane for all those who never profiled nor posed, for the people that simply found themselves embedded in one of the most exciting times in music history. These two clips feature one of the most well known and important curators of Hip Hop, Paradise the Architect. Paradise Gray as a Producer, was behind the boards on one of the earliest Rap groups that created a movement and a community, alerting a wide-eyed global audience to social-political issues during the period known as the golden era of Hip Hop. The group was the X-Clan. Paradise was also the promoter, Manager and ‘Your Host’ of arguably the most famous Hip Hop Club in history, the Latin Quarter in Manhattan. Like some of us that had the prescience to preserve their personal artifacts and what have become the building blocks of Hip Hop, Paradise kept all the flyers that did the rounds back in the late 70s and 80s, and not only the ones that he featured on with his crew the Brothers 3.

Paradise has shared 2 short clips, offering a brief synopsis of the faces that featured on some of the oldest flyers remaining today. There are photos and flyers for partys and shows for pioneers like the Cold Crush Brothers, Kool Herc, Melle Mel, Jazzy Jay, Clark Kent, Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC and so many other great innovators. Public Enemys FIRST gig as a Def Jam recording artist is featured. You’ll see flyers for venues like the Ecstasy Garage, the Audubon Ballroom & Harlem World [NOT just a Mase song you sissy]. There’s also documentation of iconic figures from Hollywood such as Chris Rock, and even Tracy Morgans Father Jimmy Morgan from RnB group TUFF.

Shirt Kings & Paradise Gray

If you want to hear some wild recollections about the LQ like when a stick-up kid tried to snatch Jam-Master Jays fat gold chain, and how security guard Robocop pulled out a sword in attempt to quell a 2 hour ruckus, you should tune in to this interview with Paradise.

Huge respect goes to Paradise and to [Disco] Dave Hamilton from The Source Magazine.

You can also catch the Mighty Shirt Kings on this DJ Red Alert show from Summer 89

Mr. Magic Disco Showcase WHBI – 10 October 1981

Get the full scratch over at Will Cs spot, but this is just a gem, and were adding to the archives because anyone that has ever listened to Rap radio should experience this recording.

Magic is amped after being on a movie set [Filming of one of the Wildstyle Amphitheatre performances] a nice little interview with MC Rock Lovely, and some really great music. There’s also a WHBI Promo by someone by the name of Jerry D [or somethin similar].

Huge shouts to Will C for sharing this gem.