Thursday, November 10, 2011

D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik's Hip Hop History Fact 8 of 30!!!

Today we're gonna talk about the PIONEERS!! The West Coast Sound is Popularized by the Likes of Groups such as N.W.A., SNOOP DOGG, CYPRESS HILL, KING TEE, ICE T, TOO $HORT & Numerous others. However, West Coast Hip Hop wouldn't come to exist as a genre without the Likes of 2 Very Important Rappers. Disco Daddy & Captain Rapp!! Who are they, you may ask... Well these 2 Gentlemen have the Lone Distinction of being having the 1st Recorded West Coast Rap Song in the History of the Culture with a Song called "Gigolo Rapp"

Captain Rapp was the first commercially released West Coast rapper and old school west coast hip-hop artist, along with his former rapping partner, Disco Daddy. The rap duo met at Magic Johnson's birthday party in 1980, and soonafter released 1981's "The Gigolo Rapp," under the name Disco Daddy & Captain Rapp. The people who gave Disco Daddy & Captain Rapp the chance to record "Gigolo Rapp" were Duffy and Jerry Hooks, who had a small indie label called the Rappers Rapp Disco Record Company. Captain Rapp would later release solo material and received notable local airplay and attention in 1983, with the release of "Bad Times (I Can't Stand It)." The track was featured on local L.A. radio stations like KJLH and KGFJ. The song was also a precursor to reality rap and gangsta rap, because it contained realistic portrayals of life on the streets, and the 'bad times' African American youth were encountering.

Without this contribution, it's not certain that West Coast Hip Hop wouldn't exist it definitely laid a solid foundation for the Region to make sure their Voice heard. So that is why We're taking the time to pay homage and salute Disco Daddy & Captain Rapp West Coast Pioneers!! My Name is D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik a.k.a FOLLOWTHEHAT and this is My Hip Hop History Fact!! Happy Hip Hop History Month!! #KNOWYOURHISTORY #RESPECTTHECULTURE!!! #FOLLOWTHEHAT!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik's Hip Hop History Fact 7 of 30!!!

Today's post is dedicated to an Incredible MC, Awesome Showman, Consummate Entertainer & Overall Good Person. Today we're paying respect to the Life & Times of Dwight Arrington Myers a.k.a. MC HEAVY D!!! Born in Jamaica on May 24, 1967, His Family moved to Mount Vernon, New York when He was 8 years Old

Heavy D & the Boyz were the first group signed to Uptown Records; their debut, Living Large, was released in 1987. The album was a commercial success, though Big Tyme was a breakthrough that included four hits. Bandmate & Long Time Friend Troy "Trouble T. Roy" Dixon died at age 22 in a fall on July 15, 1990, in Indianapolis. Dixon's passing led to a tribute on the follow-up platinum album, Peaceful Journey. Pete Rock & CL Smooth created a tribute to Trouble T. Roy called "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" which is regarded as a hip-hop classic.

As a Musician, Heavy D was like no other!!!

Mr. Big Stuff

We Got Our Own Thang

Somebody For Me

Gyrlz, They Love Me

Money Earnin' Mount Vernon

Don't You Know

The Overweight Lover's In The House


Is It Good To You

Now That We Found Love

Don't Curse


I Miss You

Who's The Man?


You Can't See What I Can See

Black Coffee

Got Me Waiting

Nuttin' But Love

Keep It Comin

Big Daddy

Candy Rain (REMIX)

Long Distance Girlfriend

Heavy D - Long Distance Girlfriend

Heavy D was & will always be regarded as one of the Best that Ever did it!!! He was an all around Friend to all in the Music Industry that He met and made a fact to never forget a Face!! There aren't many like Him in this Business and the Careers of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, JoDeCi, Soul 4 Real, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Monifah. just to name a few can attest to that Fact!! He personified the best of what this Culture was about while offering a brief yet powerful glimpse of it's Glorious & Abundant future. I grew up as a Fan and ended up knowing Him as a Friend!! I will certainly miss Him!! His name was Dwight Arrington Myers the WORLD knew Him as MC HEAVY D!!! REST IN POWER - (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011). My Name is D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik a.k.a FOLLOWTHEHAT and this is My Hip Hop History Fact!! Happy Hip Hop History Month!! #KNOWYOURHISTORY #RESPECTTHECULTURE!!! #FOLLOWTHEHAT!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik's Hip Hop History Fact 6 of 30!!!

Today's Hip Hop History Fact deals with Foundations or Cornerstones if you will. I wanted to highlight How a Single Piece of Music could cause a Spark that ignites an Entire movement. It is been said and is well documented that New Orleans, LA is the Birthplace of Jazz Music a Music that is tried & true to New Orleans. It has a Style that is all it's own. When it comes to Hip Hop, New Orleans has a Sound that is Uniquely its own. It is called Bounce Music & it is Very Southern, Very reminiscent of Mardi Gras, Very Louisana!!! What You probably don't know is that the Foundation of this Incredible Sound actually comes from New York City but it's not Planet Rock or anything like that. It comes from a Group by the Name of The Showboys and the Song is called "DRAG RAP"!! This song and shortly after "Brown's Beat" by Paul Cameron are greatly influential in N.O. Bounce Production!!!

The Showboys are a two-man rap group from Queens, New York, composed of Orville “Bugs Can Can” Hall and Phil “Triggaman”. They recorded several singles for Profile Records in the mid-80’s, including a song called “Drag Rap (Triggaman)” in which a twisted tale of revenge-seeking gangsters unfolded over a richly syncopated beat.

To give You an idea of just how underrated and influential this One Piece of Music is here is a list of some of the songs that sample "DRAG RAP(Triggaman)"

2 Blakk - "2nd Line Jump"
2 Blakk - "Let It Be Known"
2 Blakk - "Represent 4 Life"
2-Sweet - "Where My Old Man At"
2-Sweet - "Do The 2-Sweet
5th Ward Weebie - "5th Ward Weebie Pt. 2"
7th Ward Souljah - "Put It Up On The Wall"
7L & Esoteric - "No Shots"
39 Posse - "Ask Them Hoes"
Arkansas Boyz - "Trick Cut Yo Head Off"
A.S.P. - "Outro (In The House Groove)"
B.G. - "True Story"
Black Menace - "Goin Off Pt. 2"
Charlie Hanseen - "I Can´t Focus" feat. Pimp Dogg
Cheeky Blakk - "Bicht Get Off Me"
Cheeky Blakk - "Lemme Get That Outcha"
Cheeky Blakk - "Represent"
Cheeky Blakk - "Roll Call"
Cheeky Blakk - "Shake That Ass"
Da 9er´s - "Everyday Weed Head"
Da Real Choppa - "Get Out The Way" feat. Lil Wayne
Da Sha Ra - "Early In The Morning"
Da Sha ra - "Early N Tha Morning"
Da Sha Ra - "Bootin Up"
David Banner - "Like A Pimp"
DJ Duck - "Buss It Open"
Dj Jimi - "Where They At"
DJ Jubille - "It´s On"
DJ Jubilee - "Stop Pause (Do The Jubilee)"
DJ Jubilee - "Westbank Showdown"
DJ Jubilee - "The City"
DJ Mouche - "Fuck Dem Niggas Fuck Dem Hoes"
DJ Mouche - "Silly"
DJ Money Fresh - "Hustla Hustla"
Edward J - "Eastside To The Westside"
Everlasting Hit Man - "Bounce Baby Bounce"
Fila Phil - "Da Hustla"
Fila Phil - "For Real Mack Daddy"
Flesh & Blood - "On The Map"
FM - "Gimme What You Got"
Gregory D - "Get Bucked"
Gregory D - "S.W.A.C."
Hypnotize Camp Posse - "We Bout To Ride"
Ice Mike - "Mary Jane"
Jake One ft. Young Buck - "Dead Wrong"
Joe Blakk - "Where You From"
Josephine Youngunz - "Turn It Up"
Juvenile - "Race For The Money"
Kilo - "The Ward Song"
Kingpin Skinny Pimp - "Shake Ya Money Maker"
Lil Chuckee - "Where´s Wayne" Ft. Nicki Minaj, Gudda Gudda, Lil Twist & Jae Millz
Lil Flip & Mr. Capone-E - "Where I Stay"
Lil Goldie - "Bounce For Lil Goldie"
Lil Slim - "Bounce Slide Ride"
Lil Slim - "Bitches Ain´t Shit"
Lil Slim - "Intro (The Game Is Cold)"
Lil Slim - "Where Your Ward At"
MC Nero - "Do Da Nero Bounce"
MC Spud - "Undertaker"
MC T Tucker & DJ Irv - "Where Dey At"
Mia X - "Da Payback"
Mobo Click - "Brand New Funk"
Mobo Click - "Foolishness"
Mobo Click - "Ya"
Mobo Click - "Tru Nigga"
Mobo Click - "A Lil Something Something"
Mobo Click - "Soldier"
P.M.W. - "Big Man"
Partners N Crime - "So Attracted"
Partners-N-Crime - "Gucci"
Pimp Daddy - "One Girl"
Pimp Dogg - "Ya´ll Can´t Fade Me"
Pimp Dogg - "Set Up Bitch"
Pimp Dogg - "Run Down"
Pimp Dogg - "9th Ward Nigga"
Pimp Dogg - "Rooka Tooka"
Pimp Dogg - "Commercial"
Pimp Dogg - "Ike Them Hoes"
Project Pat - "This Ain´t A Game"
Red Money - "II Much Red Intro"
Shorty Mac - "Gankin Bitches"
Souljas Of Sorrow - "Souljas Of Sorrow (Interlude)"
South Coast Party Boyz - "Everybody Has 2 Party"
South Coast Party Boyz - "Uptown Twerkers / Downtown Twerkers"
South Coast Party Boyz - "The Twerk"
South Coast Party Boyz - "Diamond Rows"
Sporty-T - "Follow Me"
Sporty-T - "Go Get Em"
Sporty-T - "Let Cha Know"
Sporty-T - "Meet Me At The Bar"
Sporty-T - "Sporty 96"
Tear Da Club Up Thugs - "Push Em Off"
UNLV - "Another Bitch"
UNLV - "Boom Get Chopped"
UNLV - "Eddie Bo"
UTP - "Nolia Clap"
10th Ward Buck - "Faster Faster"
DJ Jubilee - "Stop Pause"
Lil Goldie - "Act A Donkey On A Dick"
Sissy Nooby - "Loopy"
Z. Blakk - "Second Line Jump"

Unfortunately, the group fell victim to the shady business practices of Profile, and they have never received the money due them for the many records sold in the South and the licensing fees paid to use the sample. In fact, they were unaware of the song’s runaway success in the South, only becoming aware of the situation when they received a phone call from a promoter in Memphis who “acted like he found Elvis alive.” the bad experience with Profile, the Showboys are honored that their record has played such a central role in the development of the local New Orleans style.

In short "DRAG RAP(Triggaman) by The Showboys is to N.O. Bounce what Trans-Europe Express by Kraftwerk is to Hip Hop! Simple without this Song the N.O. Bounce Sound doesn't exist. For some of the Younger (in Age & Knowledge of the Culture) readers think of it this way. Without this Piece of music, Mannie Fresh doesn't get His Group UNLV on. Which means there's NO Cash Money Millionaires, which means there's NO Hot Boys(B.G., Turk,, Lil Wayne, Juvenile), No Big Tymers(Mannie Fresh & Birdman), which means there's NO Young Money, which means there's NO Drake, NO Nicki Minaj, NO Cory Gunz. Which goes back to My Earlier point about Lineage and how it's closely related & almost necessary it is to Hip Hop Culture. All because of a 6 Minute Song by a Rap Group from Queens, New York.

So while I can't collect royalty checks for Bugs Can Can & Triggaman, I can take the time to acknowledge their Contribution to the Culture and let You know that You are appreciated. My Name is D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik a.k.a FOLLOWTHEHAT and this is My Hip Hop History Fact!! Happy Hip Hop History Month!! #KNOWYOURHISTORY #RESPECTTHECULTURE!!! #FOLLOWTHEHAT!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik's Hip Hop History Fact 5 of 30!!!

Today I'm gonna take the time to focus on a Subject that is all too often overlooked in HIP HOP Culture but without it, the Culture would not Exist. I'm speaking about the Female MC and in particular a Woman by the Name of Wendy Clark. For those that aren't familiar with Wendy Clark, You may know Her as LADY B. What You probably don't know is that She is The 1st Female Rapper recording as a Solo Artist in the History of Hip Hop

Born and Raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wendy Clark is truly a Hip Hop Pioneer, becoming the 1st Female Rapper to record as a Solo Artist. She transitioned Her Rap Stardom for a Career in Radio in the Philadelphia area. Her pioneering radio show “Street Beat” was one of the first radio shows in the world to prominently feature rap music. Her sheer presence at events secures total Hip-Hop credibility. Almost by herself, Lady B introduced rap music to Philadelphia. While at Power 99fm she had to fight to play groups like Public Enemy. They were considered too controversial and too political for the radio at that time.” Armed with the popularity of Public Enemy and the push of Def Jam and Russell Simmons, Lady B finally convinced Power 99 to concede. Her loyal audience loves her. Lady B is a fighter and we need more fighters on the radio. On her Radio show on 103.9 WPHI, she spotlighted local artists by interviewing them on her show and playing their music. She would also find diamonds in the rough. Independent local records that pleased her ear would actually find themselves in rotation. To win in radio, you have to stay ahead of the game. If nothing else, Lady B is a winner!

Here is LADY B's Only Single "To The Beat Ya'll" released in 1979

Here is a Documentary on Philly Hip Hop Starring Lady B

Lady B is now broadcasting for the premiere satellite radio entity –Sirius Satellite Radio. Lady B received the prestigious Philly Urban Legend Award in 2002 as a pioneer in Rap Music, the World Renowned Entertainment," Role Model of Excellence Award, two Lifetime Achievement Awards (including the Douglass”Jocko”Henderson award) and is also listed in VIBE magazine’s History of Hip-Hop as “Maybe the most influential female in hip-hop radio history” With a "Can't Stop... Won't Stop" Attitude that is synonymous with The Culture, Lady B can now be heard weekday from 3-7pm on “The Basement Party,” banging classic Hip-Hop and R&B! This is why Today We're celebrating Lady B, Hip Hop Pioneer, Pillar of Strength, Part of the Backbone of Our Culture. It's kind of interesting what One Person can do when You just possess a "Never Say Die" mentality. This is D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik a.k.a. FOLLOWTHEHAT and this is My Hip Hop History Fact!! Happy Hip Hop History Month!!! #KNOWYOURHISTORY!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011



Talking to Strangers

Nerve asks deeply personal questions to people we just met.

D.R.E.S. Tha BEATnik

What do you do for a living? I am an MC, human beat-boxer, and live-concert host.

Has that ever got you laid?
As a matter of fact, it has.

Do tell.
The craziest story I have took place in Xxxxxx, XX. I was actually at a club as a resident, and the nightclub put us up in a house as opposed to a hotel. So one of the nights I get done with my set, and one these ladies kept flirting, and flirting, and flirting. I'm like cool, whatever, I'm working, I'm doing my shit. So I get done about three o'clock in the morning. I get in the house about five, and like all the lights were off — but they were on when we left. I was like, oh shit, somebody broke into the house. So I'm turning the lights on and checking what's going on and I go in my bedroom and there is this young lady, naked, in my bed waiting with candles! I'm like what the hell?

Did you know her?
No, I did not know her. I'm like yeah, no, this is work, this is a black man in an Xxxxx land and I'm American; shit can happen. I don't want to be Michael Fay, that's all I'm saying. So I'm like, "You gotta go." She said no and just dropped to her knees and started blowing me right there in the middle of the room. And I'm like maybe...

Maybe you can stay.
Maybe you can stay for a second. And then I'm like, you know, maybe I can get in, get off, get done. So I'm like, the least I can do is buy you breakfast or something. And she's like, ugh, no no, and got up, put her clothes on, and left. I was like, before you leave at least take some of this: I tried to give her some mouthwash. At first she tried to refuse it, but I was like no, you need to take this. So she took a few swigs, gargled, and spit, 'cause I don't need a Tiger Woods walking around in Xxxxx as the result of a blowjob.

Did you ever find out where she came from?
It turns out someone who didn't like her had sent the girl to my place to try to get me "caught up," so it got nipped in the bud and a few days later I found out who.

What do you like in a lady?
Above all, intelligence, a sense of humor. After that it gets physical. I love long hair, a beautiful face — size or body type does not matter to me. I'm attracted to faces and hair. I'm not a booty man, but after that I'm into titties. Ds are better; I like to motor boat.

Do you have a weakness? Is there something where you are like, "Oh fuck, I'm going to fall for this one."

A woman who loves the Philadelphia Eagles, that's it. I'm from Philly originally. If she can name a player pre-Randall Cunningham — if she was like, "Bill Bergey was the shit" — I would be like, fuck, you know about Bill Bergey? Shit, oh oh oh. My knees would get weak and all of a sudden I would be like, I don't know what we are doing, but I have to fuck you right now. Who cares if we are in public.

Have you ever hard especially good dates or bad dates?
Not ones I'm about to indulge. Let's just say Seattle, Washington, is a great city.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik's Hip Hop History Fact 4 of 30!!!

Today we'll highlight One of the Most Important Instruments in Creating and Crafting this Culture of Hip Hop. It has been heralded as the "the most important musical instrument of the last two-and-a-half decades." Fans of the Culture have tried to stray away from it but It simply isn't Hip Hop without it!!! I'm speaking about the Turntable. And today We'll be speaking about the TECHNICS SL-1200 DIRECT DRIVE TURNTABLE.

The Technics SL-1200 are a series of turntables manufactured since October 1972 by Matsushita under the brand name of Technics. S means "Stereo", L means "Player". Originally released as a high fidelity consumer record player, it quickly became adopted among radio and club disc jockeys.

Check Out the Breakdown of the Ingredients of the Direct Drive Motor
  1. Power Supply
    First the power will be converted from 220V (*) to 30V AC.
  2. Power regulation
    After that it's regulated down again to a steady 21V DC by this separate Regulator. It's mounted with conductive paste to the chassis so it directs all heat that is created in this process away from the electrics.

    The 21V is used for the Stroboscope, Popup Light (official name : Stylus Illuminator), Turntable Drive processor IC101 and the pitch control circuits around IC302.

    From this 21V also a 9.4v stream is created to feed the other electronics (mainly the pitch circuits around IC301 and the separate fader panel).
  3. Control Section: Strobe, Pitch, Play/Stop
    The leads that leave the mainboard are connected to the Main Controls of the SL1200 and take care of Play and Stop function, the Strobe Light and the Speed Selector function.
  4. Stylus Illuminator
    The 2 wires that go into the chassis go to the Popup Light (Stylus Illuminator) and supply it's power. Be careful : the plug that connects these wires to the mainboard is located near the Power Regulator circuits at the back-end of the circuit board.
  1. Pitch Control
    Feeds the setting of the Pitch Fader back to the Drive Control IC and supplies the 0% LED with power.
  2. Direct Drive Coils
    Direct Drive gives you more torque at a continuous level in comparison to belt driven systems. In this center unit are the coils that measure the position of the Platter and also the coils that drive the Platter. All calculations are done in the 3 ICs of the SL1200.
  3. Pitch Control IC301
    Makes calculations to translate the setting of the Pitch Fader to a certain change in rotation speed of the Platter.
  4. Pitch Lock IC302
    Makes the calculations with the Quartz Clock to assure you a steady pitch.
  5. Control IC201
    These are actually the brains of your SL1200, from this IC all electronics are controlled and operated.
  6. Turntable Drive IC101
    If IC201 equals the brains, IC101 must be the heart of the turntable as it controls the electronic fields that make the Platter rotate.
    Via 3 detection coils the IC measures the positions of the Platter, in reaction to this, the 3 drive coils are triggered to create torque on the Platter.

Check Out The Technics 1200 Go Mainstream with Grandmixer DST & Herbie Hancock performing "ROCKIT" at the GRAMMYS

While it is possible to tell the year (and the month) when the SL-1200 was manufactured from the serial number on the back or bottom of the turntable. SL-1200 serial numbers are in two different formats, depending on the date of manufacture. It isn't exactly possible to determine the decade in which the SL-1200 in question was manufactured, as the serial number contains only the last digit of the year. If the year digit is 8, the turntable may have been manufactured in 1978, 1988, 1998 or 2008. If the year digit is 0, the turntable may have been manufactured in 1980, 1990 or 2000. One rule of thumb is that old-format serial numbers belong to SL-1200s manufactured during the 1970s and 1980s, while new-format serial numbers belong to SL-1200s manufactured during the 1990s and beyond.

Old-format serial number: NHOJF20765 (SL-1200 manufactured 1982) The first digit shows the year when the turntable was manufactured. These serial numbers contain no indication of the month of manufacture. It should be noted that serial numbers in this format contain no letters following digits.

New-format serial number: GE4FB001154 (SL-1200MK2 manufactured June 2004) The first digit shows the year when the turntable was manufactured, while the month of manufacture is indicated by the letter following it. Months are coded as letters between A and L inclusive; A indicates January, B indicates February, and so on, so F indicates June.

Since its release in 1978, SL-1200MK2 and its successors have been the most common turntable for DJing and scratching. The MK2 presented several improvements, including to the motor and casing. Since 1972, more than 3 million units have been sold. It is widely regarded as one of the most durable and reliable turntables ever produced.

Then on November 1 2010, the Unthinkable happened...
Panasonic reactive statement - Production of analogue turntables has ceased
Panasonic has confirmed that it ceased the production of its Technics-branded analogue turntables this autumn. After more than 35 years as a leading manufacturer of analogue turntables, Panasonic has regretfully taken the decision to leave this market. However, Panasonic will continue to sell headphones under the Technics brand. We are sure that retailers and consumers will understand that our product range has to reflect the accelerating transformation of the entire audio market from analogue to digital. In addition, the number of component suppliers serving the analogue market has dwindled in recent years and we brought forward the decision to leave the market rather than risk being unable to fulfill future orders because of a lack of parts. Panasonic employees who have been working on the analogue turntable range have been redeployed elsewhere within Panasonic - many of them continuing to work in Panasonic´s Audio Video Business Unit.

What simply was created to play Records turned out to be a Formidable Instrument that changed the landscape of not just Music but the World!! The Turntable is a Legitimate instrument. All over the World The Turntable outsells the Guitar as the #1 Instrument of Choice!! Which is why Today we Pay Homage to The Turntable a Vital Instrument to the Advancement of the Culture of Hip Hop!!! My name is D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik and this is My Hip Hop History Fact #KNOWYOURCULTURE!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik's Hip Hop History Fact 3 of 30!!!

I'm a Firm believer of Family and Legacy and no where else outside of The Family does this become prevalent than in Hip Hop so for Today were gonna concentrate on Lineage.

The West Coast based LIKWIT CREW is one of the Most Respected Hip Hop Families in the History of the Genre

With Founding Father KING TEE












This Family Tree has many branches and is still growing and while there are many other Family Trees throughout Hip Hop History, this particular Tree has Roots that have sustained and weathered the Storm for more than 20 Years!! So Salute to The Likwit Crew & all of Your Fans for creating a Legacy of Quality music that is hard to overlook or surpass!! This is D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik a.k.a. FOLLOWTHEHAT and this is My Hip Hop History Fact!! Happy Hip Hop History Month!!! #KNOWYOURHISTORY!!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

New Balance ‘2011 New York City Marathon’ 574

So if You know Me You know that I am a Huge NEW BALANCE Head!!!

However I'm a Size 13 which is not always an Easy Size to find. Which leads Me to the Internet and literally trolling around trying to find the latest & dopest NB's. My Top Preference is of Course the NB 574 Shoe!!! It's Comfortable and Stylish!!

Upon My searches I found this Shoe... In honor of the 2011 New York City Marathon NEW BALANCE Offers this Shoe...

New Balance presents an exclusive colorway of their classic 574 running shoe to commemorate the upcoming New York City Marathon, going down on November 6th, 2011. The sneaker comes in a black/yellow colorway with white outer sole. Make sure to check out the race this weekend if you are around.

Take a Look at all that goes into the NYC Marathon!!! It's Amazing!!!

STAY TUNED for More Dope Kicks, Flicks & Pics right here on the BEATnik Chronicles!!! #FOLLOWTHEHAT

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik's Hip Hop History Fact 2 of 30!!!

D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik's Hip Hop History Fact 2 of 30: The Year 1979 is and will always be regarded as a Pivotal Year in the History of Hip Hop widely because of this little known fact.

"King Tim III (Personality Jock)" is a song by NYC's Own The Fatback Band from the Disco Album "XII".

Released on July 25, 1979, several weeks before "Rapper's Delight" (which is widely regarded as the first commercially released hip hop song), this song is often cited as the beginning of recorded hip hop. The title refers to vocalist Tim Washington.

The Fatback Band or Fatback was the concept of Bill Curtis, an experienced session drummer, inspired to merge the "fatback" jazz beat of New Orleans into a funk band. In addition to Curtis, the band's initial line-up included guitarist Johnny King, bassist Johnny Flippin, trumpet player George Williams, saxophonist Earl Shelton, flautist George Adams, and keyboardist Gerry Thomas. The band specialized in playing "street funk". The group also later included conga player Wayne Woolford, vocalists Jayne and Gerry, Deborah Cooper saxophonist Fred Demerey, guitarist Louis Wright and George Victory.

The song was originally the B-Side of the 7-inch single, with the A-Side "You're My Candy Sweet" a mid-tempo disco song. However, 'Candy Sweet' stalled at #67 after 4-weeks on the R&B chart and was replaced the following week with "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" on the chart. It peaked at #26 on the R&B chart and stayed on for 11 weeks.

Here is a Live Performance of King Tim III performed by The Fatback Band at The Capital Center in Landover, MD in 1980

Without this Record & Rapper's Delight by the Sugarhill Gang respectively The doors would never have been able to be open to Your Favorite Rapper's Favorite Rapper's Favorite Rapper this early in the Culture. Keep in mind that this is just a Short 6 Years almost to the Day after DJ Kool Herc played the 1st Hip Hop Jam at 1520 Sedgwick Ave in the Boogie Down Bronx. Salute to You, Fatback Band for helping to break down the door and thus allowing This Culture become more sustainable & influential. This is D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik a.k.a. FOLLOWTHEHAT and this is My Hip Hop History Fact!! Happy Hip Hop History Month!!! #KNOWYOURHISTORY!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik's HIP HOP HISTORY FACT 1 of 30!!!

HAPPY HIP HOP HISTORY MONTH GOOD PEOPLE!!! For the Next 30 Days I'm gonna try to Post a Historical Fact about this Culture that I know & love called HIP HOP!!! PEACE to The UNIVERSAL ZULU NATION!!! #FOLLOWTHEHAT!!!

D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik's Hip Hop History Fact 1 of 30: George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in downtown Brooklyn could very well be considered Hip Hop High School. With Alums such as
Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr. aka Busta Rhymes

Earl Simmons aka DMX

Shawn Corey Carter, aka Jay-Z

Christopher George Latore Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G.

it's kind of hard to imagine being able to eat Lunch in Peace with these Guys Battling almost Everyday in the Cafeteria!! If You got a HS that can boast more influential Hip Hop Greats feel free to Post!! This is D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik a.k.a. FOLLOWTHEHAT and this is My Hip Hop History Fact!! Happy Hip Hop History Month!!! #KNOWYOURHISTORY!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

FOLLOWTHEHAT (ATL) - 10/21 FANTASTIC FRIDAYS at @MJQ_Concourse w/ @DJFudge, @DJMajestik & @DRESthaBEATnik RT!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik x x A3C Interview

Watch this to get a better understanding of why You need to #FOLLOWTHEHAT!!! D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik droppin Jewels at the A3C Hip Hop Festival!! S/O to!!!

Wm40A: Hip-Hop Minus The_BS...: D.R.E.S. Tha Beatnik: Host of A3C Interview [VIDEO...: LEAVE A COMMENT!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The BLACK STAR ATL Concert Postponed till 10/26

LADIES & GENTLEMEN.... Yes It is Official!!! The BLACK STAR Concert scheduled to take place in ATL has in fact been Postponed until October 26th, 2011. Factions on both sides have cited one another for the cause of the cancellation. Speculation of the TROY DAVIS Execution have also been cited as the Reason for the Postponement. All I can say is that ATL has been and was More than Ready for MOS DEF & TALIB KWELI to make their Voices heard on This Issue as well as Celebrating their Classic Album "MOS DEF & TALIB KWELI are BLACK STAR" Live on Stage!!! MOS DEF & TALIB KWELI will be Appearing on The COLBERT REPORT on COMEDY CENTRAL on 10/5 to Speak about the Situation and Set the Record Straight!!!
ALL TICKETS for the 9/28 Show WILL BE HONORED for the 10/26 Show!!! TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW!!! Please Read the Press Release and Spread the Word!!! In the Meantime, Here's some Gems to help You get through Your Day!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


ATL's ONLY BACKYARD MOVIE NIGHT is back in Full Swing!!! BEATS, BREWS & VIEWS!! EVERY THURSDAY & SUNDAY Starting 5/15/11 and Running until LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2011 We will be screening a Movie, with Guest DJ's Creating a Great Vibe & Serving Refreshing Beer and Liquor. Hosted by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik!!! The only thing that's Missing is YOU!! Listed below is Our Schedule for 2011 Hope to see You & Your Friends out at the Movies!!

Beats, Brews & Views 2011: Movie Line Up


05/15/11 - Sunday/ Natural Born Killers
05/19/11 - Thursday/ Blazing Saddles
05/22/11 - Sunday/ The Harder They Come
05/26/11 - Thursday/ Katt Williams: Pimp Chronicles Pt. 1
05/29/11 - Sunday/ Paid In Full

06/02/11 - Thursday/ Law Abiding Citizen
06/05/11 - Sunday/ Get Him To The Greek
06/09/11 - Thursday/ This Is Spinal Tap
06/12/11 - Sunday/ Kevin Hart: Seriously, Funny
06/16/11 - Thursday/ Coming to America
06/19/11 - Sunday/ Die Hard with a Vengeance
06/23/11 - Thursday/ Old School
06/26/11 - Sunday/ Shottas
06/30/11 - Thursday/ Chris Rock: Never Scared

07/03/11 - Sunday/ Harlem Nights
07/07/11 - Thursday/ Training Day
07/10/11 - Sunday/ Step Brothers
07/14/11 - Thursday/ Dazed & Confused
07/17/11 - Sunday/ Martin Lawrence: “U So Crazy!!
07/21/11 - Thursday/ Belly
07/24/11 - Sunday/ Reservoir Dogs
07/28/11 - Thursday/ Wedding Crashers

08/04/11 - Thursday/ Eddie Murphy: Raw
08/07/11 - Sunday/ Love Jones
08/11/11 - Thursday/ Friday
08/14/11 - Sunday/ Fight Club
08/18/11 - Thursday/ Waterboy
08/21/11 - Sunday/ Original Kings Of Comedy
08/25/11 - Thursday/ Purple Rain
08/28/11 - Sunday/ Training Day

09/01/11 - Thursday/ Boogie Nights
09/04/11 - Sunday/ New Jack City

******* NOTE LABOR DAY IS 9-05-2011









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