You may not know the name Chuck Brown, or if you do you may think that's what Peppermint Patty calls "good ol' Charlie Brown," but in reality the man born Charles Louis Brown on August 22nd, 1936 in Gaston, North Carolina is "The Godfather of Go-Go" and the driving force behind the sound as it rose to popularity in the Washington, D.C. area in the 1970's. Brown went through a lot of trials to get to that point though. He didn't have a father figure growing up, moved to the D.C. area when he was 6, never finished high school and wound up living on the street by 15.
Things went downhill from there as he wound up spending eight years in prison on what he maintains was self-defense, but nonetheless his conviction for death of a man unintentionally sparked his career as a musician, as he wound up trading cigarettes for a guitar in prison. That decision taught him a skill that he would benefit from for the rest of his life, and Brown lived to be 75 years old. He was not an immediate success, as he worked odd jobs as a bricklayer and sparring partner at gyms for a while, but in the 1970's his musical talent made him and The Soul Searchers a success.
Without knowing it Brown and his band laid the foundation for a generation of hip-hop samples to come, and "Ashley's Roachclip" is one of my favorites because of the diverse number of parts of it that has been used, each distinct from the others but all incredibly funky. Here is the original for you to cast an ear upon before we present the contenders for "Who Sampled It Better?"
There are OVER THREE HUNDRED songs which sample "Ashley's Roachclip" so we may have to do this again at some point down the road. For now though here are four songs for your consideration, and at the end of this post you'll be able to vote for your winner of WSIB.
C75: New York rapper and comedian Ju Muny recently released his album 'Unorthodox' and the second single off it is called 'Heart Pain'. It features UK artist Cuban Pete and fellow NY artist Mavz. The video was put together by rapper/filmmaker Struggle Da Preacher.
Dean: The Co Defendants are back at again with there 2nd single "Penny In My Pocket" off there upcoming self titled album "CO DEFENDANTS". The Western Mass duo friends since little kids making music together is nothing new for these two.
Burgeoning Rapper Boland Looks to Jay Electronica for Inspiration on New Pentagon Single
M.S.: Entering the fifth week of burgeoning rapper Boland's No Days Off new music release campaign, he literally goes in for the kill - with lyrics and flows being the weapon of choice. With aspirations to become one of the best up-and-coming lyricists in the game, Boland looked no further than the enigmatic savant-like emcee Jay Electronica for creative inspiration.
M.S.: Alex Hatzey is an emerging rapper who goes by the name Nu Davinci, because his words are a paintbrush and every day is the canvas. His genre of music can best be described as “Trap Hippie” -- a combination of the hustle of those surrounded by poverty with the happiness of those who believe anything is possible.
PR: Broward Rapper Pe$o Pete Soundcloud Hacked As He Nears 1 Million Plays
OO: Broward Hip-Hop Artist PE$O PETE’s SoundCloud account has recently been compromised; quite hilarious I might add. Initially believed to be a move to garner attention, PE$O has spoken out on the issue via a video posted on his Facebook. "The hacking [expletive]... not a joke... I'm not doing it for clout or publicity… I have that... If you think I'm doing this [expletive] on purpose you're either stupid and have bricks for a brain... or mustard... something in your brain that's not a brain"
He goes on to further explain the ridiculousness of deleting several years of music stating "I have 2 years of growth on my page... You think I'm going to take that down? Go get your brain scanned". Independently, PE$O PETE has amassed an incredible 750,000 plays organically. His most notable works, “ON ICE” and “MIAMI VICE” were on the cusp of reaching 100k; respectively, are no longer on his page.
For the young rapper, this could not have happened at a worst time considering he is 1 month away from away from releasing a collaborative effort with the up and coming producer meltycanon; entitled the MeltyPete EP. The producer, Meltycanon has worked with acts like Father, and most recently Lil Yatchy; also had to naught to say when approached.
Hopefully, he has made changes to his account to avoid this happening in the future. We reached out to his manager who says the MeltyPete EP will still be releasing early October. “My whole team is working to get this [expletive] figured out… we’re talking with SoundCloud … I have clout…you can’t stop me”, the artist concluded. Situations like these can make or break an artist; keep a lookout to see what happens next!
ZI: Hail up family! I hope all of you are doing well as there have been so many dramatic changes happening across the world. I pray that these words find you in the spirit of calm and peace. All of these changes social and otherwise have provided vast inspiration to pull from..and I feel blessed that music has chosen me to channel her energy. Thus, I have more slaps for you to enjoy, as well as shows where we can vibe together.
In October we'll be in the Southwest w/ Wake Self, Colorado with Lyrics Born and we wrap up the month with a special performance with Lespecial at their annual Halloween Party Extravaganza, Lespectacle!
9/26 - Humboldt State University - Arcata, CA
10/08 - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV w/ Wake Self
10/11 - Orpheum Theater - Flagstaff, AZ w/ Wake Self
10/12 - Juggernaut Music - Galup, NM w/ Wake Self
10/13 - Meow Wolf - Santa Fe, NM w/ Wake Self
10/14 - Taos Mesa Brewery - Taos, NM w/ Wake Self
10/19 - Aggie Theatre - Fort Collins, CO
10/20 - Cervantes Other Side - Denver, CO w/ Lyrics Born
10/21 - Animas City Theatre - Durango, CO
10/31 - Lespectacle @ Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY w/ Lespecial
Hope to see everyone out at these shows.
New dates are being added all the time, so check in at https://zionicrew.com/pages/tour for all current dates and ticket links.
I wanted to get back to basics in my approach to my creative process..so I paired up with the Bay Area legend Rick Lee and Goder Magazine to create Street Legends Vol 2. Some of you may remember Vol 1 released in 2006. The new mixtape features Bay Area royalty Mac Dre, the Jacka, & Too Short as well as lifelong collaborators Eligh, Deuce Eclipse, Codany Holiday and Martian Luther amongst others. It's a mash up of the past, the present and the future and drops Sept 29th!!
Last year, while on tour with Slightly Stoopid as ZGE (Zion I, Grouch, Eligh) DJ Fresh and I started our collaborative project "The Tonite Show". It's been a unique experience creating as Fresh encouraged me from the jump to "just create from your gut Zoom." I'm excited for y'all to hear the project as it's filled with the raw spirit of beats and rhymes that hardens back to my introduction to the culture. The Tonite Show drops Oct 20th.
DM360: Apathy and O.C.’s collaborative LP may be brimming with slick talk, crazy wordplay, and raw beats, but the duo dials it back considerably on “Globetrotters” to deliver a personal anthem to life on the road.
YO: DMV artist Yung Outlandish releases the music video to his remix of "The Race" by Tay-K where he is seen rapping his verses in a Mercedes C63 and getting lit with his friends. As the song goes through his verses he shouts out "hold up by the way free that boy Tay-K" as the video shots go back and forth from the house party to the rooftop shots in the C63. The music video is directed by Olivia Moseley.