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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:

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

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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

King Britt, Rich Medina Named Cultural Ambassadors to Philly

Posted by: Yameen on February 11th, 2009 in Thangs

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Just caught word Philadelphia-based musical luminaries King Britt and my homeboy Big Rich Medina were awarded the titles of Creative Ambassadors to the City by the Philadelphia Tourism Bureau the other week, much to their delighted surprise. I don’t know Britt, but am a huge fan of his music. But I’ve known Big Rich for yeeeears, going “all the way back” to the Footwork Illadelph days where he was co-owner, I believe, with Bobbito Garcia of the Philly store on my old block, 3rd and Market (wotup, Rich!?).

Check out the video Rich posted on YouTube:

Also presented with awards were Bahamdia, Stacey Wilson, Taayib Smith of Two One Five Magazine, SetFree Richardson of Undercrwn and more.

Congrats to all. And big ups to the Philly Tourism Bureau for looking out for Philly artists that have been putting it down for years.