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’
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.
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 !
It’s Summer 1989 in New York City, it’s hot, Propmaster Kool DJ Red Alert is rockin’ the red shorts and he could probably do with some Juicy Fruit. Boogie Down Productions’ D-Nice is manning the request line, while Ms Melodie [R.I.P.] is hanging out in the studio along with Jeff Foxx who takes care of presentation duties.
Red tears up classic after classic, and drops some truly iconic WRKS IDs and promos: Mike Tyson, Shirt Kings, Gods favourite DJ Clark Kent, the Bizzie Boys and more. Note just how tight Red Alert is on the 2s and 1s, and keep an ear out for the airplane effect. All the ads on the tape have been preserved, for good reason. Full TL on the Soundcloud.