Posts Tagged ‘philadelphia’

Sutpen’s Jungle Video – Dieselboy, J Messinian, MC Foxy – Philadelphia, July 2000

Posted by: Yameen on August 25th, 2012 in Thangs

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As I continue the spelunking of my vast DV tape archive I came upon some footage of classic Philly jungle / drum and bass party, Sutpen’s Jungle from back in 2000.

The party was thrown by Goodie Goodie Productions, and this particular joint features Diselboy, MC Foxy, Bryan Gee, DJ Kane, MC Dub2, J.Messinian and MC Fats.

Check the two video embeds below:

The Roots “Do You Want More” 1995 Album Release Show Photos

Posted by: Yameen on December 12th, 2011 in Thangs

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Now here’s a treat. Philadelphia photographer, Dominic DiGiorgio has shared these classic black and white photographs with us featuring The Roots at the Do You Want More?!!!??! album release party at Tower Records on South Street in Philly, 1995.

If you’re interested in using or reproducing the photos, please contact Dominic for high-res, non-watermarked versions.

Jedi Mind Tricks & Louis Logic Live – 1999

Posted by: Yameen on October 25th, 2011 in Thangs

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Going through more DV tapes, came up on this jawn. Jedi Mind Tricks (Jus Allah, Vinnie Paz) and Louis Logic live in a warehouse in North Philly, 1999. Vinnie freestyles & Louis performs “Punchline”. Check for the high-res Vimeo joint after the Youtube video below:

» Higher resolution version hosted at Vimeo

Yameen Pixel Art Persona for Firefox Web Browser

Posted by: Yameen on March 18th, 2010 in Never Knows Encore

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I just noticed Firefox 3.6 and higher lets you re-skin the browser using “Personas” to give it a unique, personalized look. I thought it would be dope to make a Yameen one featuring some of the pixel art we’ve been working on. Check it out (click for a larger view):

That’s me on the wheels of steel playin the dope rooftop party!

This is a Philly-themed persona featuring the famous Rocky statue (as featured in the movie) and the LOVE Park sign.

Make sure you have Firefox 3.6 or higher installed (for Mac, PC or Linux). Then, click the link below to set the persona:


Cue Records Pic for the Heck of It, 2004

Posted by: Yameen on December 29th, 2009 in Thangs

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Found this pic of Cue Records in my Polaroid archives. Summer 2004. BAM!

Footwork Illadelph

Posted by: Yameen on July 30th, 2009 in Thangs

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I’m working on a new album cover and was trying to hunt down photos of the front facade of Bobbito’s Footwork Illadelph store. This was the cornerstone spot for indie hiphop in Philly during the mid 90′s: Heads would roll through, talk, there would be shows and of course records and gear to buy. But in 2009, finding pictures of the store online was turning into a true challenge. So I went to the source – Mr. Bobbito Garcia himself – and asked if he had any flicks. He dug up this great pic below with “Big Rich” Medina sitting on the stoup:


There was only one other photo I could find, courtesy of my homegirl Stef Tataz. Peep:


So there you go. Hope they come in handy. Felt like I needed to chronicle them somewhere.

See also:
Miscellaneous Footwork Illadelph flyers courtesy dubplatestyles on Myspace.
A sort of working version of footworkilladelph.com from 1999 at Archive.org

RIP Theron Shelton

Posted by: Yameen on March 15th, 2009 in Thangs

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Theron Shelton, drummer of the Philadelphia-based band, The Blue Method passed away suddenly this week and the news hit me pretty hard. I grew up with Theron’s brother and would always be amazed at how well Theron played the drums at such a young age. As he got older, he got doper, and I can honestly say he was the best drummer I have ever known. He was also a person you could genuinely not say a single bad thing about. He lived and breathed music. He was absolutely passionate about it.

A talented and brilliant musician, brother, son and much much more. Theron, you will be sorely missed.

Please be sure to check out the amazing music Theron was able to bless us with by visiting his band’s website and MySpace pages below.

Rest in peace, Theron.

The Blue Method Myspace

The Blue Method



Captain Sky (I Chewz You)

Posted by: Yameen on December 17th, 2008 in Thangs

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I received this album cover and email today from my homeboy Richie Dees back in Philly. Here’s his email:

Forgot I had this album. It features the smash hits “Tootsie Rock”, “Let Me Come Inside” and my personal favorite “Bubble Gum (I Chewz You)”. Its on TEC Records out of Philly which was located on the S.E. corner of 13th and Spruce streets in the heart of the Gayborhood.

Captain Sky is actually Chicago-born bass player Daryl Cameron who under the Captain Sky banner lead a group of revolving artists beginning in 1979.

Titles under Cameron’s belt include Pop Goes The Captain, The Adventures Of Captain Sky, 1980′s Concerned Party No. 1 [featured above in picture] and The Return Of Captain Sky in 1981.

That oft-sampled “Super Sperm” vocal clip in hiphop (Method Man, Redman, Sugar Hill Gang)? Yea, that’s Captain Sky:

Captain Sky on Soul Train? Oh yea, we got you:

Cream and Sugar:

The good news is Captain Sky is well represented online, as I managed to find his Wikipeida page, his Discogs.com profile, and this great background on Captain Sky.

How the movie Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow fits into all of this, I am not sure. But thanks to RIchie Dees for sending in the pic.

Rap Snacks: You Got BBD (Chips) All On Your Bedroom Wall

Posted by: Yameen on November 30th, 2008 in Thangs

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I’m on a Philly potato chip roll, apparently, following up on my entry last week about Chumpies.

This week I found a bag of RAP SNACKS featuring Bell Biv DeVoe on the cover. The chip flavor? “Back at the Ranch”!

Rap Snacks, like Chumpies before it, was started in Philadelphia. Created by James Lindsay in 1994 according to Wikipedia, the company is currently headquartered out of Greensboro, North Carolina. In 2007, Lil Romeo bought the company for an undisclosed sum.

Philadelphia still represents heavily on the company’s website, with the Philly skyline draped in plain view and pictures of Allen Iverson sprinkled throughout.

Here’s a scan of the back of the packaging, with a little description about BBD and record stores in Philly, Baltimore, DC and Los Angeles where to pick the album up.

Be sure to check out this dope photo gallery of the various Rap Snacks covers. And here’s a great article with Lindsay discussing the company’s genesis, and how Poor Righteous Teachers fits into the equation!

Chumpies: The Original Philadelphia Potato Chip

Posted by: Yameen on November 18th, 2008 in Thangs

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I was browsing through some old things around the crib, and oh snap! — look what I found: A bag of Chumpies!

Chumpies is a brand of potato chips started in Philadelphia in 1991. They were still around when I left Philadelphia and you could pick them up in bodegas and the like. They were fairly common and I took them for granted as a Philly thang (in other words, I assumed they were available nationwide which is not quite the case).

Chumpies, aside from having the flyest graphics on a bag of chips ever (not to mention the dopest name ever), were also positively-inspired: each bag has anti-drug messages, as well as no pork byproducts (non-cipher, kid). You should definitely check for them in your local markets.

UPDATE: I scanned the back of the bag in too, but the shiny packaging didn’t take well to the scanner, making it rather unreadable. But I wanted to transcribe the literature on the back of the product as well. It’s represented below:

Home Boys (H-Boys)

This product is an acknowledgement of our American urban experience, and culture. This experience can be found in the term “Home Boys”.

Many youth today are unaware that this term has been used in our community for over 25 years. And many of our “Home Boys” have gone on to become the pride of their neighborhood.

A lot of the time we weren’t the best kids on the block, but many of us went on to become Doctors, Lawyers, Judges, Ministers, and even Police. We salute the “Home Boys” of the past and dedicate ourselves to taking back the corner of today, from the dealers of drugs. We have to make the corners drug free again.

Also, be sure to check out my latest article about Rap Sancks, another Philly-born potato chip brand.