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].

Westwood Capital Rap Show – 24 March 1990

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This one is a unique yet perfectly representative Capital Rap Show from 24 years ago courtesy of Dave Smith.

Public Enemy & 3rd Bass are up in the Capital studios.

Flav rhymes over Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya Man as it plays on-air and then gets involved with Serch in a round of mother jokes, Tim gets nervous. Chuck is exhausted, he leaves after some real talk with Tim. Serch hangs out in the studio and proceeds to get loose with Tim after everyone else leaves. Sadly no freestyles, just Serch with a jones for the jabber. The tunes are good too: EPMD, Paris, 45 King Remix of David Bowies’ Fame and a cheeky Ultra demo. It’s only an hour long but it’s another one to grow on.

Dave Pearce – A Fresh Start to the Week [Feat Public Enemy live in London] 28 December 1987

Long before Dangerous Dave Pearce was rockin at 140 BPM, he was amongst the royalty of Rap radio on the airwaves of London town back in the 80s. Listening back to Dave and his DJ Roger Johnson scratch and mix their way through some of the most energising Hip-Hop from late 1987 is a blessing, thanks to Ruse One and Arjan/ Dutch, so trumungous propage to them for this gem of a show [which RRR have edited and remastered for your listening pleasure].

87 Def Jam Tour

The corny drops are fun, the tracks are classics and the general feel is goosebump inducing. The playlist [avail on the Soundcloud] is great, but the broadcast of arguably the most historic live Rap ever [thanks to its insertion as the opener to Public Enemys Nation of Millions LP] allows us to hear virtually the entire show again in all its deafening, whistle underlying glory [RRR urges that the ‘whistle-posse’ is one 80s trend that does NOT require a comeback].

Bobcat, Cut Creator & LL Cool J were the headline act with Eric B & Rakim in support of them, but its odd to think back to a time when PE werent second, or even first choice for top billing for a Def Jam Tour, it was November 1987 after all. Regardless, their position as the biggest Rap group ever is unquestionable listening back through these seminal tracks. The energy is evident on stage at Londons Hammersmith Odeon, Chuck referring to London as the ‘capital of Hip-Hop world’. Flavor Flav as usual is hopped up on Hip-Hop goofballs sprinting from one side of the stage to the other droppin mad throwback terminology like ‘Cold Medina’ in his quintessential white sweatshirt. The iconic ‘Yall Wanna hear that beat right/If Y’all Really Like to Rock the Funky Beats’ lines are here amongst many many more chunks utilised on the Nation of Millions LP. Even Flavor doing his ‘god damn dance’ much to the pre-staged hindrance of Chuck and Griff is here with Chuck dropping rhymes from Terminator X to the Edge of Panic over a Paul McKasty Dub !!

For more Dave Pearce check out here or listen to Gilles Peterson explaining how the clubbing information of the day was shared, pre-Twitter. http://goo.gl/7ExuK

For the full insight behind the evidently exhausting Tour, check the full ‘First London Invasion Tour 1987’ below.