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: http://www.thafoundation.com/tski.htm
Here's a 6 minute snippet from the tape 'Harlem World M.C. throw down 1982'. Too bad it ends rather suddenly.