Peace world. Wil Infamous here with a very personal and special Episode 83 (Hour 1) “I wish my Brother Rob was here”. My older Brother Rob was the first person to introduce me to Hip-Hop music at a very young age. I remember when I was 6 years old (and afraid of the dark) my father would try to convince me every night to go to bed with the light off. One night he tried to convince me to sleep without my lights and said “why don’t you put on the radio to help you fall asleep?”. I said yes and the first song we found playing on the radio was Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five “The Message”. Now my brother would BUMP that track when picking me up from daycare so it was very familiar to me and in a weird way looking back, soothing. My Dad turned off the light, closed the door and I fell a sleep that night (for the first time in the dark) listening to Melle Mel spit fire and it was literally a lullaby for me. THAT in a nutshell was how strong of an influence musically my Brother Rob was in my life. Rob had the illest shell toes, flyest cars, was a neighborhood DJ and did some tagging on the side for fun using the name “Rizz”. Needless to say…in my eyes growing up, he was the MOTHERFUCKIN’ MAN! As I got older we started drifting apart and by the time I got in my mid-twenties our relationship was basically nonexistent. Years went by like that and in late August of 2016 I got a call from my Mother saying my Brother Rob passed away in Florida. After the shock, I got off the phone with my Mom the first thoughts that I had were not the bad times but the good times, and with those good times came the memories of all the music we would listen to from Guns N Roses to Brand Nubian. I miss my Brother and will always have the regret of not mending our relationship before it was too late. But with this music and this playlist of Episode 83 (Hour 1) I hope my Brother will hear it and in his ultra-cool voice say “this shit is funky!”. Every track on this playlist is a direct memory of Rob and the Hip-Hop we would listen to. The first piece of vinyl I ever owned was Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew with the A Side: The Show and the B Side: La Di Da Di. Rob gave me the record because when we listened to The Show I recognized the Inspector Gadget sample and he thought that was awesome and wanted me to have the 12”. That was the type of dude he was for me growing up. I can’t thank him enough with giving me the foundation on which I stand now musically.
Well, enough blah blah. Let’s get into some amazing memories for me growing up and some neck crackin’ Hip Hop here on Nitty Gritty Radio…as per ushe.
I love you, Rizz. This is for one’s for you….
The Message - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Sucker MC's - Run-D.M.C.
A Fly Girl - Boogie Boys
Veronica - Bad Boys (Featuring K Love)
The Show (feat. Slick Rick) - Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
The New Style - Beastie Boys
Top Billin' - Audio Two
Dana Dane With Fame - Dana Dane
Pickin' Boogers - Biz Markie
Criminal Minded - Boogie Down Productions
How Ya - Kool Moe Dee
I Get The Job Done - Big Daddy Kane
Greatest Man Alive - Greatest Man Alive
Funky For You - Nice & Smooth
Love's Gonna Get 'Cha (Material Love)(7"Radio Edit) - Boogie Down Productions
The Grande Finale - The D.O.C.
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