October 18, 2011

HipHop’s Fallen Soldiers (part II)

 

REST IN PEACE…

 

Last week I started a series of articles called HipHop’s Fallen Soldiers in which I paid respects to important HipHop artists who’s deaths may not have gotten the attention they deserved. You can read part one here. This week I will continue with some more MC’s that have made serious contributions to the culture of Hiphop before leaving us too early.
KILLA SHA
a.k.a PRINCE A.D. (passed away January 2010)
Prince A.D. was a good friend of mine but the truth is SHA was good friends with almost everybody. He was one of those likeable characters in the game who made everyone seem like family. A Queensbridge M.C. to the fullest, He rolled heavy with Tragedy and Marley Marl for years and been rhyming since the 80′s Golden era. Sha was always in the cut, he DJ’d for Mobb Deep, worked frequently with Large Professor and in the 90′s during my Crustified Dibbs days I actually produced some tracks for Sha and his group Killa Kidz – that’s how I first met him. He passed away from diabetes related complications.
Article at The Troy Blog

MARKEY FRESH,
Passed Away May 15th, 2010
As a kid I used to record his promos off the Rap Attack and keep them in heavy rotation in my tape deck.
Markey was the original Flavor unit MC. With his solid, hardcore style mixed with one of my all time favorite 45 King beats his joint “The Mack of Rap” been an anthem for me for decades. I used to see Markey around a couple parties in the early 90′s and I always showed him love – I even mentioned him 2:32 into my joint “On The Block”. He once told Noah at WFMU that R.A. the Rugged Man was the only mo’fucka out there still giving him props. It’s a Damn Shame. He passed away after suffering a stroke.
Unkut’s Article
Fat Lace’s Article
Unkut’s Interview with Markey Fresh

BUFFY from FAT BOYS
(June 10, 1967 – December 10, 1995)
Darren Robinson a.k.a. Buffy the Human Beatbox is a true pioneer and one of the main artists responsible for popularizing the art of Beatboxing in HipHop. By his mid-teens he was a superstar and world wide sensation selling millions of records all across the globe. Sadly, Buffy ended up dying of a heart attack at 28 years old. At the time of his death his career and popularity had begun to fizzle down and it was shameful how little coverage HipHop magazines and mainstream media gave him. It’s another case of an artist – who if he had passed away a few years earlier, closer to his peak in popularity – he would’ve been remembered by so many more as the iconic HipHop figure he is.. R.I.P Buffy.

EYEDEA
Micheal Larsen (November 9, 1981 – October 16, 2010)
I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t up on Eyedea and the whole rhymesayers movement at first. I used to mistakingly associate that whole scene with little white girls in college that don’t listen to ‘Real HipHop’ – but then I got my eyes opened up when I linked with Kevin Beacham, Slug from Atmosphere and the people who run Rhymesayers. I found that it was a label of true HipHop fanatics who respect and love the culture. I didn’t get put on to Eyedea until a short time before he passed though; I was overseas and a reporter asked me what I thought of him and when I said I wasn’t really up on his music the reporter showed me the below clip. I was impressed that Eyedea could freestyle his ass off and it definitely opened me up to his skills. He def held it down. He reportedly died of an accidental drug overdose at his mothers house.
Star Tribune Article

BRANDON MITCHELL a.k.a. B-Doggs from Wrecks-N-Effect
(1971 – August 8th, 1990)
Wrecks-N-Effect was one of the key HipHop groups bringing the New Jack Swing sound to the forefront of music in the late 80s and early 90′s. Their wordplay was simple and fun and their beats thumped, with Brandon’s half-brother/musical genius Teddy Riley on the boards. The Harlem based group made some dope party bangers and also pulled off a Platinum album in the process. They also flipped Mtume’s JUICY FRUIT and named the song JUICY here .. and that was Five years before Biggie and Puff flipped the same sample and used the same song title. While having an argument over a woman Mitchell was shot and killed at age 20.

- (HipHop’s Fallen Soldiers part III – Coming Soon) –

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Eyedea didn’t die, he’s busy teaching God how to rap.

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Eyedea was something else, man. I can see why you’d think that about rhymesayers, but Eyedea is about as dope as it gets

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where the fuck is Big L????

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he is naming artist who didnt get the nobody knows about, hes talked about how dope he thinks L is alot of times, read the start of part one, hes not going to mention the likes of L Pac Big Pun …more of other dope guys who slipped under the radar

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I dunno about Sha though… he might have been a good dude and all but his skills are highly suspect… I saw him bust the same “off the dome” on different occasions, then bust it again on G4, being interviewed about how he’s a freestyle “master”… cmon son. RIP though

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yeah cmon son I know all about that, that was my first exposure to Sha and I can stand here and rap that whole record from memory. but thanks to RA I did a little digging and found a few Sha gems that I’m thinking outweigh whatever fake “off-the-dome” shenanegans he was involved in at the end of his life.

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Good, informative article. Another person you could mention for the next part of the article is Party Arty- he was the emcee with the really gruff voice on Big L’s song ‘Da Graveyard’. There are a few of his rap battles up on youtube as well….. he was a monster.

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Deejay Xelcior [ Facebook ]

October 19, 2011 at 8:40 am

I agree with ALK about Big-L. These guys get little recognition in comparison. Everyone gonna be sayin’ what about Dilla? next, LOL. @ Wordlife, in my humble opinion Killah Sha was an incredible Emcee, who never sold out with some corny lame ass beats. “Come On” for example is a phenomenal tune which sits in my favourite stack of vinyl. RIP all the fallen soldiers. Respects for taking the initiative Rugged Man, Peace out!

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what about big proof?? so so under rated, one of the best freestyler ever,

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