WBLS presents a special Salute to Hip-Hop, featuring some of the most legendary groups, emcees, and producers in the history of the music, including Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, Chubb Rock, Marley Marl, and DJ Scratch.
BIG DADDY KANE
Known by many names, including Dark Gable, Black Caesar, and King Asiatic Nobody's Equal, the baritone-voiced, stylishly dressed emcee Big Daddy Kane was the first one to bring the "playa" element to hip-hop. Along with Bobby Brown and Michael Jordan, he put dark skin back on the map. With several Gold albums to his credit, Kane has enjoyed a long career, including the releases Long Live the Kane (1988, featuring "Ain't No Half Steppin'" and "Raw"), It's a Big Daddy Thing (1989, featuring "Smooth Operator," "Warm it Up, Kane," and "I Get the Job Done"), and Taste of Chocolate (1990, featuring "Hard Being The Kane" and "All Of Me," a duet with the late legendary Barry White).
Hip-hop group EMPD was one of the hottest underground outfits on the East Coast in the '80s and '90s. The letters in the band's name are an acronym for "Erick and Parrish Making Dollars," referencing the band members Erick Sermon ("E" a.k.a. E Double) and Parrish Smith ("PMD" a.k.a. Mic Doc). The group has released seven albums, all of which somehow incorporate the word "business" into the title. Continuing in that tradition, the group's next release, There's No Business Like Showbusiness, is scheduled to drop in 2012.
Famous for a dexterous flow belying his formidable stature, Chubb Rock first broke through onto the hip-hop scene with his 1991 sophomore release The One. Three singles from the album, "Treat 'em Right," "Just the Two of Us," and "The Chubbster," peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rap Single chart. His subsequent releases in the '90s included I Gotta Get Mine Yo (1992) and The Mind (1997). Although his musical output was minimal early in the new millennium, he recently has released several new projects, including his 2009 album Bridging the Gap.
One of old-school rap's first (and finest) super-producers, Marley Marl organized under his Cold Chillin' Records banner an incredible roster of crucial rappers, including his cousin MC Shan, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, Kool G Rap, and Master Ace. His pioneering use of sampling techniques has often been credited with increasing rap's accessibility. Besides his countless outside productions, his own production discography includes In Control, Vol. 1 (1988), In Control, Vol. 2 (1991), Re-Entry (2001), Hip-Hop Lives with KRS-One (2007), and Operation: Take Back Hip-Hop with Craig G (2008).
For over two decades, DJ Scratch has been everyone's favorite DJ's favorite DJ. Acknowledged as one of the greatest DJs of all time and honored in The Source Magazine as a Hip-Hop Icon, he is recognized and respected as one of the finest exhibition, tour, and club DJs in the world. Also an award-winning producer, he has three Grammy nominations and over 40 Gold and Platinum records to his name, working with giants of the industry like Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, and 50 Cent.
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