There are so many things to listen to and see these days and so many ways to do it. Roku, streaming Netflix, YouTube, iTunes, streaming alternative radio from San Francisco via SomaFM (I like the Groove Salad myself) and SO much more.
As mind-blowing as all that is the thing that excites me is being able to find classic audio and video clips like this episode of Soul Train from the 80′s with appearances from Run DMC and Dazz. In the same episode, a boy named Jesse made a “wish” with a then relatively small organization called, “Make a Wish Foundation” to dance on Soul Train. Jesse was 9 and had luekemia and this boy could bust a move. Needless to say, I pressed “keep until I delete” on my Tivo so I can watch this again and again.
Here’s a video of the interview Run DMC did on Soul Train.
After watching this episode, it got me thinking about the Beastie Boys and A Tribe Called Quest. That sent me looking for a good Beastie Boys tune to listen to. I chose High Plains Drifter.
One of the things I love about Hip Hop is the storytelling aspect and how the artists weave so many associations into one song. This video demonstrates visually how many tie-ins you can cram into one song. I used to listen to all these songs over and over again trying to figure out all the references and innuendos.
All this “trippin’” down memory lane reminded me of how my brothers and I used to dance to Yo MTV Raps and how one of my brothers was dedicated enough to get cardboard, lay it out in the driveway and practice break dancing moves…yes, to Run DMC and maybe even Grand Master Flash if I remember correctly.
My brothers and I had a lot of fun growing up thanks to music and still to this day we enjoy listening to old-school rap and hip hop at family reunions. I am especially entertained as I watch the looks on people’s faces when I tell them that.
Have a great week and stay galvanized!