Daddy-O Clears Air on Rakim Comments | Down With The Kings

Daddy & Rakim

 

The internet recently caught fire after Daddy-O of the legendary hip hop group, Stetsasonic made controversial and critical comments against another hip hop legend, Rakim when he appeared as a guest on Sway In The Morning.

Daddy-O said, “Rakim told the biggest lie in Hip-Hop. [On ‘I Know You Got Soul’], he said, ‘It ain’t where you’re from, it’s where you’re at.

Die hard fans of the “God MC” weren’t happy about the attack and immediately went into a fury challenging the ten second sound bite suggesting that Daddy-O was “trying to make a comeback” or “looking for attention” plus a collection of other comments.

Daddy-O stopped by Down With The Kings to talk about the situation.

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Monie Love Is In The Middle | Down With The Kings

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UK born hip hop artist Monie Love stops by the program and talks about her career in the industry industry and also touches her journey to North America as a young teenager to pursue a hip hop career,   She’ll also discuss the signficance of the smash hit Ladies First done in collaboration with Queen Latifah.

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Behind the Scenes Blaq August Video Shoot

Behind the scenes footage of the Oshawa based hip hop group “Blaq August” video featuring Mic Boogie. The song is called “Oh My God” and was produced The Beat Giant. Video shot by Solo.

T Dot Fest 2015

The TDOt Fest 2015 was held on Sunday October 4th at Yonge & Dundas which celebrated some of Canada’s young up and coming talent making noise in the music industry today. Some of the 28 artists who rocked the mic in with their biggest hits: Multi-Platinum Canadian R&B artist Karl Wolf & his new Group BAE MuchMusic Video Award Winning Recording Artist DRU Juno Nominated Rapper and Lyricist JD Era Hip Hop Artist Gee Wunder Hip Hop Artist & Music Producer Jay Evans US Latin Billboard Chart Topper Fito Blanko!

Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs N Harmony

 

Krayzie Bone of the influential hip hop group, Bone Thugs N Harmony recently hung out with @TheAudman on Down With The Kings and provided some great insights into the origins of group, what it felt like to win a Grammy and some cool behind the scenes stories about Eazy-E, Biggie and Phil Collins.
All that and much more on the next edition of Down With The Kings.

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The Lasting Legacy of Kris Kross!

Chris Smith AKA Daddy Mac

“At that time, young rappers weren’t really being respected in the business. I would say humbly that we opened the doors for a lot of young rappers in the business today. Cause it’s not really a new thing now, all you see is young rappers. I think we opened the doors, at least we were one of the first to open the doors for young rappers to get that respect”

Chris Smith AKA Daddy Mac of Kris Kross

When you reflect on musical acts in the 90’s, there definitely was no shortage of young rappers to hit the scene who left their mark on the industry. While Kris Kross may not have been the first (that honour goes to Another Bad Creation who broke out in 1988) but they definitely made the biggest splash and their lasting legacy is far reaching and still felt today. The success of acts featuring minors like Immature, Da Youngsta’s, 3-T, Lil Vicious and So For Real along with others others were somewhere along the line aided directly or indirectly by Mac Daddy & Daddy Mac and their backwards clothes fashion statement.

Kris Kross garnered a great deal of respect from the industry and by doing so shifted the spotlight towards the attention of young people and their skills. Here is just a sample some of their accomplishments:

  • Their smash hit “Jump”, which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks and certified double platinum as a single becoming the first rap song to have achieved so long a run at the top.
  • Their debut album, Totally Krossed Out was released March 31 that year and sold four million copies in the U.S
  • Toured with Michael Jackson across Europe in 1992
  • Featured in a video game titled Kris Kross: Make My Video, was released in 1992 on the Sega CD system
  • Kris Kross was the youngest rap duo to gain success, with gold and platinum albums, at 11 and 12 years old

Chris Smith AKA Daddy Mac was a guest on Down With The Kings and reflected on the legacy of Kris Kross, the passing of best friend Chris Kelly (Mac Daddy) and what is was like to tour with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

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Is NWA The Hip Hop Version of The Beatles?

The Beatles were an iconic rock group from Liverpool, England. They are frequently cited as the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in modern history, with innovative music, a cultural impact that helped define the 1960’s and an enormous influence on music that is still felt today.

If you take the millions of record sales out of the equation, Is NWA The Hip Hop Version of The Beatles?

Big Hutch AKA Cold 187um of the west coast hip hop group Above The Law definitely seems to think so.  While he was a guest on “Down With The Kings”, the godfather of the G-Funk sound expressed his heartfelt appreciation for what the mega group, NWA did for his career, “To me, they’re like my Beatles. I got the whole blue print from them. A lot of people got the rock and roll blueprint from The Beatles, to me in hip hop – they’re my Beatles”

Much like The Beatles, NWA took the direction of hip hop into new frontiers by shining a spotlight on gangster rap and hardcore hip hop and as Big Hutch said, provided a “blueprint” for others to follow.  They made their own rules, did what they want and weren’t going to let anyone tell them how to do it.  The impact of NWA is still felt to this  was going by  is still felt to this day which was evident by the recent success of the biopic smash feature length film, “Straight Outta Compton”.

In addition, Big Hutch also speaks on the current state of gangster rap, Ruthless Records and his work on the Tupac tribute album, “Until The End of Time”

Will Uncle Luke and the Story of 2 Live Crew Hit The Big Screen?

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The success of the big screen biopic, “Straight Outta Compton” has certainly struck gold and also sparked a land slide of interest in having other hip hop stories told in similar fashion.  Conversations have rumored to be floating around about having the stories of Snoop Dogg, Outkast and Tupac recounted in Hollywood style.

Since the release of the popular “The Book of Luke: My Fight for Prosperity, Truth, Justice and Liberty City”, we can now add the story of Luther Campbell AKA Uncle Luke to the growing list of hip hop biopics in discussion.  Uncle Luke reveals during an interview on Down With The Kings that there is interest in having his story told.  He told The Audman, “I’m excited for the mere fact that a lot of movie production houses are calling up now because of the success of Compton so now people want to turn this book into a movie”

Considering the controversy, court cases and success that surrounded the very racy 2 Live Crew throughout the 90’s, a recount of those events in movie form would certainly make an entertaining story.  Since Straight Outta Compton is considered the movie that started it all, the former CEO of Luke Records was asked to share his thoughts on the popular hip hop biopic. He simply said that it was a “great appetizer to my movie”.

Be sure to pick up your copy of “The Book of Luke: My Fight for Prosperity, Truth, Justice and Liberty City” anywhere books are sold.

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Toronto rapper, THRUST on the History of Canadian Hip Hop!

 

As an artist coming out of the T-Dot, THRUST has held an important role as one of the early pioneers that helped cultivate and develop the culture of hip hop to where it is today. Long before Drake became a worldwide phenom, it was rappers like Thrust who were doing their part to shift this underground movement into mainstream.

“Toronto is a very special place in the history of hip. A lot of people don’t really know because we only caught the light obviously in the last 5-7 years with Drake’s movement. And before that we hit with the “Northern Touch”which was the first one that was on an international level. But before that, its been here since the late 70’s and 80’s because we’re one of those cities that’s super close to New York. Even me, all my hip hop, all my growth, all my whole thing is because I was always travelling to New York. How it started was people like me that had family in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan – we just be going there since we were kids and we kept hearing the music and we would bring it back on mixtapes.”

THRUST

Check out this interview with THRUST as he offers up some historical perspective on the birth of hip hop in Toronto as well as touch on the mega smash single, “Northern Touch” which he did in collaboration with Checkmate, Kardinal Offishall,  Rascalz and Choclair. Northern Touch goes down as one of the most important songs in the history of Canadian hip hop.

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Straight Outta Compton Forgot About J.J. FAD!

In the early days of Ruthless Records before N.W.A. and “Straight Outta Compton” hit the scene, Eazy-E signed a team of teenage female rappers called J.J. FAD who helped put West Coast hip-hop on the map.  Their smash single, “Supersonic,” and success as a group made them the first all female rap group to receive a Grammy nomination. Despite the success, attention and money that J.J FAD generated for Ruthless Records, their existence isn’t acknowledged anywhere in the blockbuster N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton.”

MC JB spoke out in an interview on Down With The Kings and said, “Even though there was a time restraint on the movie, it doesn’t mean that you couldn’t have takeen .5 seconds to say J.J. FAD. I think as the first one out of the gate we deserved that.”

There’s no question that Ruthless Records owes the popular female group a debt of gratitude their contributions to the success for the company and while the feelings of resentment would be completely understandable, MC JB who referred to N.W.A. as their “brothers” still had praise for the movie and thought that it was brilliantly done.

“Loved the film thought that it was brilliantly done. A little hurt that we weren’t mentioned in it especially since we were the first ones that come out and paved the way for them.  So that hurt our feelings a little bit but we understand that its a movie and its about N.W.A.”

You can keep up with with J.J FAD on both Twitter and Facebook.  MC JB can also be found on Instagram.

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