Thursday, 17 May 2012

HIP HOP CLASSICS - Kool G Rap and DJ Polo - 'Ill Street Blues'

Kool G Rap and DJ Polo - 'Ill Street Blues' (1992)

I recently read in Shortlist magazine that this song is one of Huey Morgan's (of the Fun Lovin' Criminals) favourite Rap songs. It also stated that he was frustrated that he couldn't play it on his BBC6 music radio show because of it's content, as it's about a hit man! Something I was blissfully unaware of after all these years....I'd never last one minute on the mean streets of Surrey Heath, if I failed to catch on that it was about a Mafia hit, it's so obvious now listening to the lyrics!

The New York duo's classic is also one my all time favourites, I just love the piano and horn loop taken from, the equally excellent 'Get Out of My Life, Woman' by Blue Note Jazz maestro, Joe Williams (available for your listening pleasure at the bottom of this post). So, if it's good enough for me then it's good enough for Huey.
Kool G Rap and DJ Polo....Camilla Parker-Bowles' favourite Rap crew

Joe Williams - 'Get Out of My Life, Woman' (1966)

It also reminds me of a time when fellow blogger, Sfw and I went to a FLC concert in Bristol years back, where this track was blaring out over the soundsystem prior to the gig, it was just amazing to hear it loud. We decided to make a night of it and treated ourselves to a night at the Travelodge, that way we could enjoy pre and post concert refreshments. When all was said and done, we piled back to our room and just crashed out. I, however was disturbed in the middle of the night by a knock at the door. Startled and pulling the sheet up slightly over my neck, I ignored it in the hope that Sfw would get it but looking over at his bed he was nowhere to be seen. The knock came again and I reluctantly went to answer it's call only to be confronted by an equally bewildered Sfw standing outside in the corridor in only his Y fronts. He had apparently been looking for the toilet.

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20 May 2012 at 11:06

I'd have to say, if I had to pick my favourite style of rap and hip hop it would probably be the stuff that was coming out in the late 80s and early 90s like this. Great sampling and on point rapping. Always makes me chuckle hearing about life as a gangsta!