Thursday, February 03, 2005

this was a remix… part 2: the good, the bad and the ugly

asking the hard hitting questions...

Post-9/11 security has nothing on hip-hop clubs back in the day.
A typical security check starts off this old On The Go Magazine piece I called ‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.’ It’s about underdogs and how those that are ‘IN’ will try to keep the new jacks ‘OUT’ especially if it means a shift in power. The piece mixes three sections.
One section of the piece is DJ Jazzy Jeff describing his 1986 New Music Seminar DJ Battle experience as the ‘underdog’ or the ‘Girls Ain’t Nothin’ But Trouble’-guy. (Check for the cameos by Will Smith and DJ Cheese.)
One section is Lord Finesse (at the 1994 Zulu Anniversary) discussing the risks of battling a newcomer. Beware, he suggests because “you got these ill advanced motherfuckers” that can get a “whole career behind that shit.”
And the third section is a description of DJ Swamp making an impact at the 1996 DMC East Coast Finals. This was before Beck made him a rock star and when he showed and proved that he was an ‘ill advanced motherfucker.’
As different as these three hip-hoppers are, they all have that combination of strategy, skills and swagger that anyone stepping into a ‘battle’ should study.
And always heed the words on the teeth of this issues cover model.

good bad ugly 1

good bad ugly 2

good bad ugly 3

(part 1 here)