12:48am Feb 15th...My man Tony Rotton aka Blak Twang hit me with the message "Tim Dog dead for real??!!" A minute on Google confirmed it all. It's sad. Rest In Peace Tim Dog. While I'm up I feel like I should write a little something about my memories of the man that had the killer verse on the Ultramagnetic MC's classic 'Chourus Line'. It's a record I remember well. I'm pretty sure I first heard it on Westwood's Capital Rap Show and I'm also pretty sure that I bought my copy from Reds Records in Brixton. Tim came in HARD on that song...."AHHH ISSSHT!!!!" I can remember dissecting the whole tune virtually line by line with my boy Taiweed. Back then we'd talk about every dope hip hop release and give them all our own critical beatdown. I can remember dj Pogo cuttin' the hell out of 2 copies almost every time he was on turntables, radio or club. He'd do double-ups of the James Brown grunt on there and totally destroy that shit! I remember lending my copy to my boy T Hakeem and him giving it back months later with food filled fingerprints on it!!! I can remember Max and Dave releasing the 'Dope Jams' compilation album and featuring it on the line up of dope jams! I can even remember rhyming at Notting Hill carnival and spitting some combustible flow pattern, and having DJ Jay (Trouble Rap) come up to me after to tell me how dope I was and that I sounded like Tim Dog on Chorus Line! Those were great days I tell you. Great. A few years later I was settled into my gig co-hosting Choice FM's flagship hip hop show 'Friday Night Flava' with dj 279. One of his scheduled guests that particular Friday night was none other than Tim Dog himself. This was probably around 94/95 because 'I Get Wrecked' with KRS1 had finished doing the rounds. He came into the studio and was surprisingly cool and humble for a man that almost singlehandedly started the East Coast/West Coast beef! He was pretty funny too and to be honest seemed a million miles away from the Bronx N***a he was on those classic tracks even though he was promoting the Snoop Dogg diss 'B***h Wid A Perm'. I guess a few days after that meeting I found out that he was due to do a few shows too while he was out in Europe and UK dj legend Cutmaster Swift was lined up to spin for him. The crazy part was that Tim Dog had no copies of his own records to perform with so I was asked to loan my personal copies of Tim Dog's records to Tim Dog for his tour! How dope is that!
"Whoooo, hot damn I'm great. I'm on the Chorus Line...."
I really, really thought I'd take this blogging thing more seriously. I had dreams of detailing my whole hip hop life online in words, pictures and sound. But... I lied to myself! Well not exactly lied, but I definitely convinced myself I'd be posting way more stuff than I actually have. The comments and feedback so far has been positive and for that I'm thankful. I guess it means there are a few folks out there that give a sheeeet about what a hip hop head like me is rambling on about!!! So a big Thank You to y'all that have stopped by and blessed me with a comment or two. Well, I'm back on it for a minute now. Why? I'll tell you why. The other day while I was giving my music room a bit of reorganisation, a cassette tape hit me right in my forehead! I flung it into the cassette deck and what did I hear coming back at me in full Dolby noise reduced quality? 'Break The Connection', a 1990 bedroom demo recording I did of a verse that I ended up using on PD3's 'Breaking The Silence'. I put it together with a pause button loop of the outro from K-Solo's 'Fugitive' (I didn't have the Grover Washington original back then!) and rhymed my ass off for 60 odd seconds! Listening to it now, I still marvel at my wordplay and flow. If only Rakim knew how close he came to getting dethroned by me!! Basically, it was a diss aimed at Hip Hop Connection magazine. I'd won the 1990 DMC UK Rap Competition in March of that year and didn't get featured in the mag until 4 months later. I had no idea about 'lead times' and all that other publishing nonsense. I won a national rapping competition so interview me and print it! They didn't! So I was mad and did what any self respecting rapper does and dissed them. It's full of subliminal shots and sly metaphors. I'm pretty proud of it. My crew at the time was Black Gold and we were gonna do a full track dissing the hell outta the magazine but alas, that never made it to the 4 track recorder! Grab it and have a listen... 'Break The Connection' 1990 Bedroom Demo
Yo! It's been more than a little while since I was a 'Chubby Kid' thanks to diabetes and my 2 kids, but never mind all that real life stuff, I'm about to go back in time for '1 NIGHT ONLY' with my man, the Super Rockin' Shortee Blitz!
SUPA DUPA FLY has pulled out al the stops to make hip hop's biggest reunion happen!
We are going to get busy at Plan B in Brixton on Saturday July 7th.
If you ever listened to our show on Kiss 100 from 99 - 08 then you know how the Chubby Kids used to get down...
STRICTLY HIP HOP!!!!
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