A Day In The Life…

raekwon release

Raekwon featuring Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa – ‘Kiss The Ring’

If Hip-Hop had a victory lap then I took that joint yesterday. I finished my day job in Manhattan and then met up with Chocolate Snowflake at the Whole Foods in Chelsea. Tuesday night used to be our ‘date night’ where we would go to a movie for free thanks to her Optimum Rewards card while we smuggled food into the theatre. I had to break our date though in order to put myself in position to be part of rap music history. Raekwon’s album release party at Santos Party House was the most talked about event I can remember in a while. The vibe at the EMI rooftop listening session was so dope that you knew everybody that didn’t make the cut wanted a taste of this concert.

The scene was something that reminded me of the Tunnel in its heyday. The energy I meant to say. Back when rappers used to hang out to show love and just chill hard. And when the groupies and rap fans came out in Full Force. Speaking of Full Force, Kangol Kid was in the building too. It’s impossible to put into words what I felt being at this show and I write down my feelings as if my life depended on it. The show wasn’t just Raekwon. It wasn’t just Raekwon and Ghost either. It was Raekwon, Ghost and Cappadonna. It was the rawest elements of the Purple Tape, on stage, on the microphone. In a phrase, it was Hip-Hop.


more pix @ VillageSlum

From the Only Built For Cuban Linx show(I call the new album ‘The Deuce’ in homage to the karate movies I used to watch on 42nd Street when I was a teenager) I still had a tank full of Hip-Hop energy I needed to burn off. I checked my watch and it was just the right time that the Roots would be putting their spaceship into the upper atmosphere so I motivated over to the Highline Ballroom to take flight with the most legendary hard working. Shouts to ShamzOKP for making sure I get on the spaceship before takeoff.

The Roots change genres in the Jam Session like a street hustler switches white tees. The music went from rock to rap to jazz to reggae to almost house and then to gospel before coming back into the roots of the Roots. There is no band that can navigate any genre of music like the Roots. It isn’t simply Quest on the drums or Black Thought on the microphone. The entire band is a collection of vertiable virtuosos who band and flex but never break. Actually they do breakbeats. O-Ski Love on the bass is becoming my favorite player of recently. He is one funky white. Study the bassline on this joint. Sonn is nice with his.

The Roots featuring Chrissette Michelle and Wale – ‘Rising Up’

The thing I love about the Roots shows at the Highline Ballroom is that they have featured up and coming musical talent to complement their outstanding musicianship. Keep an eye and an ear out for DANA J. HAWKINS. Dude is affectionately called the son of ?uestlove but during this Jam Session he picked up the bassline and spelled O-Ski Love for a few. From Raekwon to the Roots crew the beat doesn’t stop. Hip-Hop is growing older and wiser and still teaching the truth to the young Black youth. The white youth too. But y’all already knew that.


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  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    What up Dallas…

    Damn, Rae & Roots in the same day? That’s a big goddamn win! Rae brings the energy, the attitude and the classics; The Roots bring everything else, including one of the greatest live shows I’ve ever seen.

    It’s ironic (and disappointing) that The Roots play more in NYC than here in Philly but they get love up there so it’s all good. Ghostface comes to town Oct. 3 and you can be damn sure that I’ll be there nodding my head and rhyming along with Tony Starks.

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    dp, whaddup!

    Pierzy!-probably late with that, though.

    So, I guess it’s safe to say that Method Man has been de-throned as Wu’s spokesperson….

  • Silly Chilly Willy

    What’s good, Dallas ! You’re one lucky dude!

    Can anyone remind me what was sampled on that Rae joint? Sounds like a Elton John somethin, I’m probably wrong.

    That Roots joint was my fav off Rising Down, along with Lost Desire. They have the best live game evar !

  • these posts are racist

    Wow. Great drop…i’m jealous man.

  • General

    What up DP?

    Dammit, woulda loved to seen that Rae show…

    I’ve seen The Roots live and they are an ill group. Live instruments bringin that real hip hop, it is a site to see…

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    Damn DP I need a ride up in that spaceship and see the galaxies with you dawg! Good post!

  • P. Harris

    dayum, that’s the kind of show I aspire to go too… roots and rae, ghost, and cappadon… dayum…

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    That’s NY for ya. You sleep, you miss out.

    Co-sign The Tunnel. A lot of hip hop memories in that spot.

  • OG Matt Herbz

    Aw man, homey… For a minute I thought you were gonna say you flipped a Good Will Hunting and blew the concert for a date with this woman. Glad to see you had your priorities straight. I mean, spending time with a special female trumps 99% of rap acts–but if she couldn’t come with, then she can stay home keeping the bed warm.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

  • giantstepp

    DP, Kangol Kid was in UTFO, not Full Force. Learn your history son. And get off the roots nuts…shit getting sickening now. Tupac and G-Unit stans seem tame compared to the way you ride Roots dick.

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      Full Force produced for UTFO giantstepp.

  • Worley

    You lucky bastid.

  • Jhon da Analyst

    I call on all Wu-Heads worldwide to support Rae on this release. Let muhfuckas know who always has run this real rap shit. $10 at Best Buy and Target!! If this shit don’t sell, we all to blame. Fuck it, I got mine. Or u can continue to listen to Gucci Mang, Weezy, and Jeezy. Fuck outta here!!

    • BIGNAT

      10 psssh i had to pay 15 them shits was sold out at all the wholesale stores like target bestbuy

  • Dallas Penn

    Watch what you say asswad. You have penis on the front of your brain. You always use that in your comments. You a mayonnaise boy?

    People with penis on the front of their brain are the first to request a dick on their forehead. Leave the fuckhat faggotry alone.

    Even though your parents are divorced your gheyness makes your dad cry

  • http://www.xxlmag.com crisis

    damn dp
    you go in hard


    hey giantstepp check out the roots album. they make alot of really good music. they the hardest working band in show biz ness hahahhaa. good drop dp