• Old School

    2 Live Crew – Before Luke

    As I slowly convert my old LP’s to digital format, I continue to unearth some gems from my younger days. I bought the 12″ single “What I Like” b/w “The Revelation” by the 2 Live Crew back in 1985. This…

  • Old School,  R&B

    Go-Go with Kurt and Trouble Funk

    It’s 1982 in Washington D.C tonight as Trouble Funk mixes their homemade brand of go-go music with the freshest master rappin’ styles of the day courtesy of Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force. Their 1982 release, ‘Drop the Bomb’…

  • Funk,  Old School

    Cameosis

    It’s late, and there was a slight internet outage in the House of Ickmusic… that, and a killer season finale of ’24’. So not a lot of commentary. Cameo was the first band I went and saw multiple times. My…

  • Old School

    bad boy from philly

    Well here I am riffing off of someone else’s blog post again, but I just got done reading Christopher Porter’s post on a new book called Rakim Told Me, which delves into 21 different classic old school rap albums, including,…

  • Old School

    Old School 87

    G-Unit, The Game, Lil Jon, Lil Dik-Dik, blah blah. I don’t know, I guess I’m getting old, but give me the pioneers of hip hop any day over those thugs. Today I take you back to the old school to…

  • Old School

    And you Don’t Stop with Afrikaa

    Boing Boing had a cool post today about a web site full of late 70’s/ early 80’s hip hop fliers, which prompted me to immediately head for my record collection and pull out a 1985 12″ Afrika Bambataa single, “Funk…

  • Funk,  Old School

    Old School Saturday

    It’s time to take you back to 1985. I was a 15 yr old snot nosed little kid and I loved the 80’s R&B / Soul of the time (thanks to Prince opening up my mind and expanding my love…

  • Hip Hop,  Old School

    Talkin all that Jazz

    And so tonight we go back to 1988, whence Stetsasonic released ‘In Full Gear’ (and just by looking at the album cover above, wouldn’t you agree that, wow, yes, they are in full gear?), and the best track on the…

  • Hip Hop,  Old School

    Goin Way Way Back

    Reminiscing about back in the mid 80’s when I was a naive little white boy coming of age. I’d listen to the nightly “hot mix” on WLUM (Milwaukee), where I was introduced to some very cool music. Like this hot…