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Audio Session: Fokis & RP w/ King Sun – Pass Dat (single)

“Pass Dat” featuring King Sun is the second official single off of Fokis’ upcoming Vintage Album, produced by HipHipHeredia (Fokis’s older brother). It’s alway interesting to hear an old school cat spit it when you haven’t heard them in a while. True Grownheadz remember King Sun from back in the day: he had that kind of monotone Rakim-flow on songs like Hey Love, Be Black and a personal fav of mine (I even rocked it at a few parties), hip house song On The Club Tip.

I actually have a King Sun story, and what better place to use it?

My senior year at Hampton University saw its share of rappers loitering around campus. Now, maybe down in Georgia at Morehouse and Spellman, they’re used to that but at Hampton in ’92, we weren’t. At one point, Flavor Flav was known to roam the yard in a big green mask. Rumor was he was going to to enroll in the music department.

Anyway, me and the crew were hangin’ out near the dorms when a tall dude flanked by a couple of guys crossed the street in front of some girls. His boy said loud enough for everybody in the DMV to hear, “A-YO KING SUN, when we gotta be at the soundcheck?”

We looked, the girls looked and we all shared a collective moment of “Oh….And?”

(from Fokis’s people)
The Vintage Album is scheduled for release this summer and features Hip-Hop legends Kurtis Blow, DMC, Grandmaster Caz, Brand Nubian, Kool G. Rap, Spoonie Gee, King T, MC Eiht, Mic Geronimo, N.O.R.E. and more. Created with two purposes in mind, Vintage was intended as a salute to Hip-Hop’s pioneers and to re-create the sound and feel of the early 80’s through the mid 90’s.

“Pass Dat” has been made available as a pay what you can download via Bandcamp. Pay nothing or pay something, the choice is yours.



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Does Jesus Need A Beat?

Breaking Bread with Kurtis Blow

by Ben Westoff for the Village Voice

You’d be wise to bring earplugs to Kurtis Blow’s Hip Hop Church. At the Harlem outpost’s recent fifth-anniversary celebratory service, a full band (including a DJ) backs a parade of MCs and singers, with rap’s first superstar himself on the drums, diamond stud in his left ear, still looking youthful in his natty black suit and black Timberlands. “It was either these or my Air Force Ones,” he explains. “God is not mad at ya! He’s concerned about what’s in your heart, not on your back.”blow1

Balancing his secular past with his spiritual present, nowadays Blow spends his time leading New York City hip-hop tours, recording gospel-rap albums, and helping run his mini-empire of raucous, nondenominational Christian sanctuaries. Besides the services held at Greater Hood Memorial AME Zion Church on West 146th Street, his parishes in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Oakland also host weekly gatherings, with branches in Seattle and Dallas allegedly on the way.

Showtime duties for the recently licensed pastor, born Curtis Walker, run from preacher man to soundman, from DJ to MC. He doesn’t rap tonight, but a young albino minister named Tykym Stallings gives the crowd its collection plate’s worth by spitting about 400 straight bars over beats from such folks as Jay-Z and Kanye West. Catching his breath, he then leads the call to worship and throws in a couple of Bible-themed jokes: “You know the reason I stay up until the morning? Because He-brews.” (Blow dutifully provides a rimshot.)

photo via hiphopconnection


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