My man David Dallas debuted in the NZ Top 40 this week with his killer single "Indulge Me" from the forthcoming album "Something Awesome". Congrats Dave and the Dirty Management Staff! And thanks to everyone buying and requesting the single!
One day in 1988 my Dad took me into town. On our trip we visited a record store and on the shelf was a 12" Vinyl single by D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince called "Parents Just Don't Understand". I think the track was number one on the weekly countdown or something because I had seen the video a lot. I begged my Dad to buy me this record. I must have been a good kid that week (or my begging was extra irritating that day) because he caved in to my pleas, copped the single for me and I was the happiest kid out! I remember that being the second record I ever owned, the first being a K-Tel electro compilation which had a fold out poster of breakdance moves and included the jam "Space Cowboy" by the Jonzun Crew. My folks bought me that one too. I used to drag my little lino out on to the frontyard and mimic moves I saw on "Fame" and shit (I was like 5 or 6 yrs old). But I digress...
On the flip side of "Parents Just Don't Understand" is the track "Live At Union Square (November 1986)". On this track D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince rock the crowd at a live jam and Jeff unveals his astounding rendition of the 'Transformer Scratch' (using the breakdown from Herman Kelly & Life's "Dance To The Drummer's Beat"). This single moment in recorded history was the catalyst for me becoming a D.J. I was amazed by the sounds that Jeff was creating and without a video or anyone around to explain to me how it was done, I was completely mystified and mesmerised by it. It sounded like magic. Like a robot. I was captivated! Eventually I was able to work it all out and even replicate his performance but the wonderment and exhiliration I feel when I hear this record never fades. Take a listen, enjoy and experience the brilliance that is D.J. Jazzy Jeff...live... in 1986! (the real excitement begins around the 2:55 mark)...
And as a bonus here's Jeff & Will doin' their thing quite a few years later (nobody really does 'G' rated rap music anymore, sad):
Daves latest single "Indulge Me" is a fantastic song. Definitely a hit in my opinion. Smooth, funky, soulful, lyrical and danceable... a rare combination! I'd really like to see David crack the NZ Top40 with this track, certainly deserves it! But he needs your help with that. This track only cost $1.79 to buy from: iTunes Vodafone Amplifier
A friend of mine posed the question recently "who is your celebrity crush?" and my mind went blank. Sure there are tonnes of beautiful celebrity women out there but none of the current crop stood out in my mind. It is a very different story for the crushes of my youth. As a hormonal teenager there were a number of famous women who etched a permanent mark on my brain. I decided to compile a shortlist of my celeb crushes from the 90's [in no particular order]. I know all these women are still longing to meet such a nice young man as myself... and they all still look like this and none of them are married.
Lisa Bonet - I grew up with The Cosby Show and Denise always had sex appeal, long before I knew what that was.
Brandy - I wanted to be down so bad (see what I did there? ;). I think Brandy is same age as me so that played a big part in the attraction.
En Vogue - These were the hottest girl in the world at one point. The "Givin Him Something He Can Feel" video is gone from youtube, but my lord you MUST seek it out.
Hillary Banks (Karyn Parsons) - The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air was such a great show. I had the mean crush on Hillary, who cares about her airheaded richgirl-ness.
Lela Rochon - Peep her in Eddie Murphy's Boomerang. She stole the show from right up under Halle Berry and Robin Givens. Awesome.
Special mentions must be made for Stacey Dash (whom I think looks even better this decade than last), Rosie Perez in Do The Right Thing, any video by reggae queen Patra and the young newbie Tyra Banks before she turned into a stark raving mad television drag queen.
The world of Twitter has really eaten into my blogging efforts. Things that I used to save for blog posts now become spontaneous "tweets" (I hate that abbreviation, anybody got a better one?). I think it's the immediacy of it that appeals to me. I like getting instant replies and seeing the view counts go up on my twitpics. If you are still lagging and dont know what the hell Im on about... go here, start your own and follow me too.
Don't worry, Im still blogging. I love this thing. But I like Twitter too. Cheers.
PNC is prepping his latest album for a June release. This is the first leak from the album to give you a feel for where he's at. Track is mean.. Im biased though, I produced the track and I even dropped some cuts on this one!
Inked a single deal for the UK with 3 Beat/All Around The World today. That means my single "Everything" (ft. Vince Harder) will see an actual release date in the UK! I will report more on progress as we formulate the plan and execute things. For now though I just need you all to read this aloud with me: