I started my blog about a year ago. And because these are the last days of 2009, I want to finish this year with a ‘countdown’ by looking back at 3 posts from the past year that where special to me.
The first is the Whiz Kid’s House Tape that I posted in 2 parts (in February and March). This is special to me because it is one of my favorite tapes. Listening to this tape makes me both happy and sad at the same time.
It makes me happy because to me this is hip hop in its purest form. Raw and creative. Whiz kid is showing some incredible skills, especially when you keep in mind that this is a tape from 1981.
But it also makes me sad, knowing that Whiz Kid died in the late 80’s, apparently from a brain tumor and that there is hardly any information on Whiz Kid on the web. The fact that there are generations of hip hop fans and DJ’s that probably have never heard of him, makes me want to share this tape on every blog, just to tell people ‘listen, learn and don’t forget’.
For those who want to know some more about Whiz Kid, here is a quote from MC Lucky on the OSHH forum about the way Whiz started his ‘dj career’:
"Originally Harold (Whiz Kid) didn't even want to dj...he just did it in the house. Ironically me (MC Lucky) and his brother Mike (Mike G) had another dj who is the brother of the late Pumpkin. We finally convinced Harold G (as he was known) to join us, we dropped the other dj, and became DJ Whiz Kid and the High Powered MCs. I lived in Twin Parks (183 & Prospect) so I would bring Harold and Mike around and we started playing music in the projects. Later we added Cisco who used to hang out with Charlie Chase and we became the High Powered 3 MCs. After doing a lot of block stuff we started doing the T-Connection with Herc and that's when Whiz Kid really blew up."
For those of you who missed the original blog posts: here are the 2 parts of the house tape:
Part 1: http://www.zshare.net/audio/559324565e60b6b8/
Part 2: http://www.zshare.net/audio/566249048bd51ce3/
Cut it up Whiz!