Ice T King T & Rhyme Syndicate Freestyle Session – Feb 1989 [REMASTERED]

Rhyme Syndicate session on Capital Radio - February 1989

During 1988, Ice-T played the rear [ayoo] on his self-produced compilation ‘Rhyme Syndicate Comin’ Through’. The album was a platform to promo new artists on his roster. He wasnt a legendary movie or TV star at this juncture. On the album, he played the wall and allowed old school B-Boy Donald D, and a host of sick new Rappers to shine; Bango, Domination [Kid Jazz/ Kid Scratch], TDF and more. Aside from Low Profile, Everlast and Ice himself, only a few of the names went on to do big things within the industry, sadly not enough for our liking.

In a similar fashion, on this Capital Rap Show session plucked from a ferric tape from 28 years ago, Ice drops a so-called ‘freestyle’ which later became the Iceberg track from the same LP. He then gives top-billing to the MC’s he was on tour with. Syndicate members Bango, Hen-Gee alongside his Brother [and Ice’s DJ] Evil-E, as well the ‘impressario, majestic’ King T.

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The verses on this are great, it’s that simple, Evil E cuts up a few beats live in the studio, alongside host Tim Westwood and one of the coolest white boys in history, Dave Funkenklein. Some rhymes you’ll recognise, and some RRR have never heard before or since owning this tape. Bango, is gnarly, describing himself as the ‘life taker and trouble maker’ but it’s legendary Compton rapper King T that takes the crown on this short clip, in our opinion. Bub.

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The original tape sounded like it was recorded in the back of an Uber, but RRR have attempted to chunk it up a touch. It was paused a number of times, and again, we’ve done our best to keep it fluid [A crispy copy of this has been on the wants list for a long stroke] !

As ever, huge propers to all involved. Arguably, we wouldnt be here today, if people like Ice T and Tim Westwood hadnt paved the way.

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Ice T remains to be a perfect example of how to stay true to your roots. He’s a family man and a TV star in 2017, but hopefully [in terms of the birth and growth of Hip-Hop and growin up in the hood], his Final Level podcast is one of the finest and most comprehensive on the web.

Boogie Down Productions & KRS1 – Nah Go Commercial [Unreleased 1989 track]

This one is for the KRS completists…

As well the live set, Tim used to play rough versions of forthcoming albums off tape, and this is one of those tracks that never made it to the finished Ghetto Music LP. An unreleased track from, as Tim describes them, the ‘ALMIGHTY Boogie Down Productions crew’ with a cut called ‘Nah Go Commercial’….This just makes reminds me that the majority of the 2017 generation of MCs and Rappers chump themselves.

‘I’ll never crossover with the lyrics I write, or the realistic music I make.

Cos the crossover crowd wanna dream all day, while the ghetto crowd must stay awake.

But it always happens, someone starts Rappin and they wrap up they minds with glamour.

But KRS stays real, instead of eatin caviar, me eat red snapper’

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Boogie Down Productions – Live from London 13 July 1989 [Capital Radio]

Boogie Down Productions, one of the few Rap outfits since the Cold Crush to have such a polished live show, that they could release a live album. This performance is evidence of that. RRR are all about bringin these gems back to life. For the old school crew and the new jacks. Weve left a shard of Pete Tong from the same tape at the beginning [for gigglesnshits], and before the audio of the show, there’s the original ad for the show, from the week before.

At one point, KRS says ‘Were doin this for Capital Radio, they have this on cassette, so you may hear this style one day’. That was 28 years ago today, you are welcome. And of course, HUMUNGANOID propers to Tim Westwood for havin the passion and belief to put these jams on in the first instance.

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This is post-Scott La Rock BDP; the KRS & D-Nice BDP, Ms. Melodie/ Harmony and Rebekah BDP. Live in London, performing a grip of their hits, as well as a bunch of songs from their ‘forthcoming’ LP Ghetto Music. This was broadcast on 21 July 1989 on Tim Westwoods’ Capital Rap Show as part of the Capital Radio Continental Airlines music festival. For Hip-Hop [and Go-Go] outfits wanting to cater to a more substantial crowd than the usual sweat-soaked hotboxes, the Town and Country Club was THE venue of choice during the late Eighties. The show was the LIVEST Rap set that RRR have ever attended, and weve seen a few, trust. It’s never been shared in the past, anywhere, aside from the 3 tracks which were available on the 1991 release Live Hardcore Worldwide; Up To Date, Why Is That & Stop The Violence. So, sit back and jam the box to this old school classic set !

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BDP ticket 13 July 1989

Marley Marl – Unreleased

Marley Marl’s In Control Volume 1 was such an iconic release, introducing the talents of the Juice Crew members like Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace & Kool G Rap amongst others to a world of new listeners. But when Volume 2 was released in 1991, there was something amiss. I remember hearing it in my mates car for the 1st time that year, and thinking back to the Tim Westwood plays on the Capital Rap Show in London, from 2 years previous. Where was the cut with Marley rhyming over the ‘Im Your Puppet’ break? What had happened to this track and that track? It seems that a few things had been omitted from the finished 1991 Cold Chillin alblum, things that I knew I’d heard, things that we knew we had on a D90 in the glove compartment.

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The track No Bullshit is a true gem cos Marley rhymes throughout the entire track, somethin he didnt do that often. And the odd thing about No Bullshit is that, in comparison to the version that ended up on the alblum, the original unreleased mix murders the finished version. As Marlon says himself, the ‘beat thats smooth’ makes it an entirely different song, and even if some of the lyrics are mostly the same, some of them are kinda malicious, and didnt appear on the finished LP, and possibly for good reason.

Marley, intriguingly cusses Mr Magic, the same person that put him on in the industry and made him his right hand man on the Rap Attack. Maybe guilt was the motivation for the switch up and thats why this version never made it #justsayin Maybe the hyped up sound on the finished No BS was just more appropriate in 91. Have a close listen to what Marley says about ‘Business & pleasure’ and how Magic mighta got the two mixed up, its the only segment of the 2 versions that feature alternate lyrics. The flow on this version is controlled, smooth and confident, compared to faster needier rhyming on the Vol2 version, where he almost sounds like he’s gettin his flare on.

There were 10 cuts on Vol1, and 20 cuts on Vol2 [including a few skit bits]. Maybe there was an issue with the ‘Im Your Puppet’ sample from the 1966 James & Bobby Purify classic, who knows. On the 1991 version made available to the public, Marley even teases us with a shard of that track before switching up the pace to around 115 bpm, cos it’d been ‘jacked already’.

The 2 other bangers by the self-appointed Super-Producer are by a little known Rapper by the name of Rapataire, called They Cant Get With Me, who incidentally had another unreleased cut called Hip-Hop Science. The other is an uptempo track also from 1989, recorded off a Clark Kent In Control broadcast [with bonus De La Soul], by a group referring to themselves as Unit3. Very little is known about them.

The questions remain, how many more of these gems are gathering dust on reels, in shoe-boxes or behind radiators ?

Marley, just bless us with some more Hot Chillin already !