Wednesday, March 9, 2011

T-Ski Valley live @ Harlem World M.C. throw down, 1982

Happy birthday to T-Ski Valley! I don't have much live performances from the man but at the end of this post you will find a 6 minute snippet.

For the younger hip hop fans who never heard of him, here is some more info (source: discogs): "Born March 9th, Boogie Down Bronx New, York (pisces) Tski began his musical career at the age of fourteen. It spans from rap, reggae, gospel, to urban jazz. Tski was born in the northeast Bronx, in an area called the Valley. He attended Micheal Angelo J.H.S., I.S.144 in the Bronx, where he played guitar. He graduated and went on to Evander Childs H.S. in the Bronx, where he and a buddy (Disco Prince) formed a group called the Erotic Disco Brothers. In 1978 Tski had joined Kool Herc as an M.C.(Fly Force). Later that year Tski had joined up with A.J & Busy Bee as a D.J. Upon the completion of high school, he went to work with reggae produces Brad Osborne (Clocktower Records) and Sir Coxson Dodd (Studio One Records) in putting together Grand Groove Records. His first recorded release was “Catch The Beat” Tski went on to produce groups such The Just 4 ”Girls Of The World”, Chapter Three M.C.s The. “Real Rockin Groove“.
For those who like to know more: check this interview that Troy did:

Here's a 6 minute snippet from the tape 'Harlem World M.C. throw down 1982'. Too bad it ends rather suddenly.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Early 80's article about breakdance: "DANCE: 'BREAKING' INDOORS", NY Times, 10-06-'81

This is the first article about breakdancing that i came across. It's from The New York Times, October 6, 1981.



GOOD dance can come from anywhere, even from the streets themselves. As proof, there was Saturday night's ''Graffiti Rock'' concert at the Kitchen, a program devoted to breaking, a dance form that has flourished in recent years quite literally on the sidewalks of New York.
Both on the streets and inside theaters, breaking involves two teams, known as crews, who try to outdance each other. A member of one crew gets up and dances, after which someone from the rival crew attempts one-upmanship. And as the event proceeds, choreographic in vention is combined with athletic prowess and a cheeky sense of competition.

The program pitted the Rock Steady Crew against the Swift Kids Crew, each crew consisting of five young men who had adopted what seasoned troupers might call ''stage names'' -such names, for instance, as Crazy Legs, Take One, Frosty Freeze and Ken Ski. Typically, a dancer might begin by standing tall and letting his feet dart back and forth. Suddenly, without preparation, he would fall to the floor, sometimes deftly, sometimes with a thud. Then he would try to hoist himself up again or whirl and swivel about.
There were many variations on flip-flops, shoulder stands and headstands and several dancers could even spin while standing on their heads. If breakers actually do such stuff on pavement, then breaking must require extraordinary stamina. Equally remarkable was the way breaking's structured competitiveness served to channel aggression.
D.J. Spy was disk jockey and Fab 5 Freddy provided ''rapping'' commentary above the records. There were also slide projections of subway graffiti and murals by graffiti artists. Most New Yorkers know lots about graffiti, but many probably don't know much about breaking. Therefore, even though this was not a scholarly presentation, it was a pity that the program notes said nothing about breaking's origins and very little about the dancers themselves.
However, the fact that breaking has moved from the streets into such a center as the Kitchen suggests that it has caught the eye of theatrical choreographers, and just as the waltzes and mazurkas of years past and the disco fads of only yesterday have found their way into ballet and modern dance works, so, perhaps, will breaking, too. In any case, breaking was fun to look at for its own sake.


For those who, like me are a big fan of the RSC check this vid and tape that i posted before on my blog:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Some fresh Mr. Magic tapes

The crew from BTF shared some great Mr. Magic tapes from 1986 - 1988

I think that the 87 tape is from january 1988. Chilly Q is on the one's and two's.


and while you there, also check Stetsasonic Live (1987)!