Monday, February 27, 2017

Book : No Half Steppin' + Claude “Paradise” Gray Interview

"No Half Steppin’ — An Oral and Pictorial History of New York City Club the Latin Quarter and the Birth of Hip-Hop’s Golden Era is 212 pages with over 175 color photographs and flyers from the greatest period in hip-hop history. Oral history by participants Special K and Teddy Tedd, KRS-One, MC Shan, Eric B., Daddy-O, Fab 5 Freddy, Just-Ice, Positive K, DJ Clark Kent, Kid, Dana Dane, TR Love, MC Serch, Chuck D, Grand Puba, Sadat X, Pete Nice, Prince Paul, Kurtis Blow, Mike Gee, Daddy-O, Wise, Ced Gee, Big Daddy Kane, Queen Latifah, Kool G Rap, and many many more."

"Claude “Paradise” Gray was raised in the South Bronx. He was cofounder of the X Clan, whose 1990 album To the East, Blackwards is an Afrocentric and socio-politically conscious Golden Era hip-hop classic. Prior to that, he was host and entertainment manager for the Manhattan nightclub the Latin Quarter where he was a key figure in transforming it into an historical hip-hop venue. Paradise is also a noted writer, photographer, and hip-hop historian/archivist, as confirmed with this book, No Half Steppin', where his personal collection of photographs and memories—paired with an oral history from some of the club's most famous patrons—tell the story of the most important incubator of talent for the Golden Era of hip-hop."

02-Just-Ice f/KRS-One, “Going Way Back”
03-James Brown, “Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose”
04-Just Four, “Girls of the World”
05-Tracy Morgan David Letterman Interview
06-Gang Starr, “JFK 2 LAX”
07-4 By Four, “Come Over”
09-Emskee ~ Awesome Two Promo (WNWK 105.9FM) ~ Radio Promos EP Teaneck NJ
10-LL Cool J freestyle @ After Midnight in Philly (1985)
11-Unknown, “Motion in the Ocean”
12-The Best Of DEBO
13-Kool Moe Dee, “How Ya Like Me Now - Longer Version”
14-LL Cool J, “Jack The Ripper”
15-The UNTOLD story of KRS One Battling Melle Mel at the Latin Quarter NYC
16-James Brown, “Funky Drummer”
17-Ultramagnetic MC’s, “Ego Trippin’ (Original 12 Version)”
18-Stetsasonic, “Go Stetsa I”
19-Cutmaster Dc, “Brooklyn’s In The House”
20-Eric B. & Rakim, “Paid In Full”
21-Heather Hunter, “I Want It All Night Long”
22-DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble”
23-DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince-LIVE @ Union Square, NYC, 1987 Rap & Hip-Hop 128kbps
24-Schoolly D, “P.S.K. ‘What Does It Mean’?”
25-Schoolly D, “Gucci Time”
26-Schoolly-D at The Latin Quarter - Old School Hip-Hop 1986
27-Boogie Down Productions, “The Bridge Is Over”
28-Boogie Down Productions, “Super Hoe”
29-KRS-One f/Mad Lion, “Wannabemceez”
30-Tony Touch f/KRS-One, Kool G. Rap, & Big Daddy Kane, “Class of ’87”
31-X-Clan, “Foreplay”
32-X-Clan, “Fire & Earth (100% Natural)
33-Hardcore, “Take It From The Top”
34-Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, “The Robbery And The Chase”
35-Chubb Rock w/Hitman Howie Tee, “Caught Up (Remix)”
36-Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo f/Big Daddy Kane & Biz Markie, “Erase Racism”
37-X-Clan, “A Day Of Outrage, Operation Snatchback”
38-X-Clan, “A Day Of Outrage, Operation Snatchback”
39-Hip Hop Against Apartheid, “Ndodemnyama (Free South Africa)”
40-The Life of the Mind with Dr. Goddess: Paradise Gray’s Hip Hop History Part 2 of 2

Order your Book on Wax Poetics or Amazon 

Props to The Cipher Show 

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