It’s Tajai from Souls of Mischief checking in again. I actually got a couple quick PG stories for y’all. Here goes…

We were in Northampton, Massachusetts for one of the first shows we had on the De La Soul/Tribe Called Quest Bulhoone Mind State/Midnight Marauders tour (which we used to call “Award Tour”).

It was our first big tour and the vibe was all love. We were just excited to be out with such heavy hitters all the way on the other side of the country. Tribe and De La had their own soundmen with them, and all of their homies, plus, they also had buses.

I just remember feeling like their get-down was really official.

We showed up early for sound check (of course we get the shitty sound check time because we’re rookies). Most of these venues could care less about hip-hop, and have sound engineers who are more rock-oriented and think all we want is loud bass and mics so loud they almost feedback.

But this soundman was different and A-Plus, being the politician that he is, quickly befriended him like, “Peace. I’m A-Plus, what’s your name”

“Hey, I’m Mock,” he said in his thick northeastern accent.

"Wow," A-Plus said into his microphone (mind you all of this is going on over the PA system to the entire club). “That’s an interesting fu$%ing name. I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody named Mock.”

“Wow, it seems like a pretty common name,” the guy responds.

They go back and forth for a while with A-Plus commenting on how unique Mock’s name is and how he’s meeting new people and learning new stuff all the time.

Finally, A-Plus asks the guy, “Hey, Mock, how do you spell that?”

The dude says, “M-A-R-K.”

His accent was so thick we thought the guy’s name was Mock.