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

Tim Westwood – Who Stole my 2Pac Promo ?

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Sometime in the mid-late 90s, Tim Westwood played at a dance, it was on his birthday, and he was grindin. He couldve been partyin elsewhere but he was puttin in that work. The jam was at Hallam University in Sheffield.

Unfortunately he had 2 records stolen from the booth by ‘some thick-set white kid’ [while he was playing Punjabi MC]. Soon after that night, he was back on air, and he was maddened about his shit gettin ganked, and spent a fair amount of the show that night protesting about how his promo of Pac had been boosted.

Tim got his records pinched at a dance in Sheffield, but he only realised when he got back to London. And the bizarre thing is, he was happy to drive straight back to Sheffield to ‘ask’ for his joints back. And trust, he was planning on ‘listening to 50 CENTS all the way’ as you’ll discover from the clip.

Large ups to the thick-set white kid who had some testes to try it on, and to Mr Westwood of course, but the question remains, did Tim ever get his joints back?

Westwood Capital Rap Show – 11 December 1993

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This tape is another doozy from Mr Lawsons mighty archives. No freestyles or interviews but with all the good music, it shouldnt disappoint. There are a few adverts that might imbue a chuckle or two too. And there’s an almost comical promo from The Squadron right at the end of the tape [I think they were the crew of interns and assistants who helped out on the show, answering phones etc]. And if you are from South London, and blunts were a part of your life in 93, Tims’ mention of Johnny One Stop Blunts in Clapham/ Brixton will take you right back, if you can remember that far haha….

Snoop – Pump Pump
Snoop – Serial Killa Feat DOC, RBX, Dogg Pound
Cypress Hill ‘Smell the smoke’ ID
Mic Break
KRS 100 Guns ID
KRS – Sound of the Police Remix
KRS 95.8 ID
Shyheim – On & On Primo Mix
Nas – It Aint Hard To Tell
Snoop – Gin & Juice
Snoop – La Di Da Di
Domino – AFD
Mic Break
Ads:
Vauxhall Astra
Radio Times
Reject Shop
Father [MC] Gig
De La Soul ID
KRs – Hip-Hop vs Rap
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo ID
YG’z – Itchy Trigger Finger
Wu – C.R.E.A.M.
Little Meeky & Daddy Meeky Ya Fool Again ID
Ice Cube – Cave Bitch
Ice Cube – Ghetto Bird
Mic Break
Ads:
Johnny One Stop Blunts
Tooheys
Sega Thunderhawk Flight Sim
Reject Shop
Father [MC] Gig
Jodeci ID
Jodeci & Redman – You Got It
Jodeci – Gimme All You Got
Mic Break
Ads:
Chris Rea
Borland Software
Doctor Fox/ Kit-Kat
Sega Thunderhawk Flight Sim
Shabba Ranks – Shine & Criss
Mad Cobra – Find And Kill
Bounty Killer – Kill Fi Fun
Bounty Killer – ???
Pan Head – Proud
Risto Benji – Too Much Pirate
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Tony Curtis – Weak
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Capleton – Bad So
Mic Break
Ads:
Vauxhall Astra
Pink Lady
Visit Holland
Father [MC] Gig
Queen Latifah ID
Queen Latifah & Heavy D, KRS-One, Treach – Rough
Mad Cobra ID
Squadron Westwood Promo