Friday, October 12, 2007

Friday Funk: Chief Rocka



SOME KEY HIGHLIGHTS ABOUT LORDS OF THE UNDERGROUND'S "CHIEF ROCKA" VIDEO AND SONG:

*The song samples “Twine Time” by Alvin Cash and “Born to be Blue” by Jack Bruce
*Marley Marl was the song’s producer, along with K-def, who went on to appear in the group Real Live.
*Old School artist Busy Bee was known as Chief Rocka Busy Bee
*Cameo appearance in the video: Redman. Both Red and the Lords hail from Brick City aka Newark, NJ
*To this day, the only CD that I’ve had to buy twice due to the first one being “worn out” was the album this song appears on Here Come the Lords
*One half of the MCs, Doitall, appears in the final scene from the final episode of The Sopranos, Made In America. He is credited as “African American Male #1, who enters the diner where Tony Soprano and his family are dining. Theories abound that he might have shot Tony.
*The peak position of the album Here Come the Lords was #66 on April 17, 1993
*1993 Hip Hop Fashion: Carhart Hoodies, unbuckled belts, fisherman vests, army jackets, and of course…unlaced Tims.
*The breakers appearing in the video include the legendary Crazy Legs of the Rock Steady Crew, Ken Swift of Rock Steady, and Quickstep of Full Circle.
*The trio met while undergrads at North Carolina’s Shaw University.
*The song was #1 on Billboard’s Rap Singles and #55 on the overall Hot 100 Singles.
*The “boom shocka locka” line originally appeared in a House of Pain song by the same name.
*DJ Lord Jazz was originally from Cleveland and now is based in Paris.
*The Commish saw LOUTG perform at CU’s Glenn Miller ballroom in the mid-90s. Honestly, Doitall and Mr Funke played off eachother as well as any duo I’ve ever seen.
*Opening act: Fu-Schnickens
*Rahzel does a crazy beat box version of the song’s bass line
*The actual cut “chief rocka” comes from a previous song, “Here Comes the Lords.” Marley flips it with Mr Funke: Aiyyo, Marley! Aiyyo whassup knocka? Do you hear these suckas tryin to clock the Lord Chief Rocka?
*”What goes up, must come down”- the first line from Blood, Sweat, & Tears’ 1969 release “Spinning Wheel”

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Fresh Marcus said...

Nice job on this and the Whodini post, son.

Drove by the Atlanta Civic Center, site of the BET Hip-Hop Awards, last night to see what was crackin', and then came home to see that the first story on the local ATL news was that TI was rolled up by the feds in the hours before the show.

One.

Fresh Marcus

10:01 AM  
Blogger Travis said...

I always kind of thought they didn't age all that well, but I pulled out "Here Come The Lords" this weekend and it still sounds good.

Nice post

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rap fans are so fickle; i thought these guys had a chance to be the next EPMD.

by the way, that Ti stuff is just dumb.

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