You know what time it is. Be there!
I'm sharing the turntables with the funkiest crew in Phoenix and we are coming to burn the house down! Come check out yours truly and the Phoenix Funkeros at Rip's Bar on Wednesday night. All vinyl. Cheap drinks. No cover! How can you say no?
It was around 1999 that I saw Phase 2 "The Roxy" 12" on vinyl. The cover (pictured above) had a super old school grimey NYC flavor to it. I thought to myself, "I will not stop digging until I find this record". It wasn't until several years later that I finally got my hands on a copy, I think I found it in New York but can't quite remember. Fast forward to 2013 and I'm in New York hanging out at the crib of the homie J-Blast and I see a poster (pictured below) of one of the earliest, if not the first, hip hop tours to hit Europe called, "NEW YORK CITY RAP". The line-up on this tour alone sent me into minor shock.
Fast forward (once again) to 2017 and I'm in New York hanging out with the homie J-Blast again and we're walking around the lower east side and J runs into one of his homies on the street. After their greetings, J turns to me and says, "Darrell, I want you to meet Phase 2". "WHAT?!", I shout! I was shook for a second. He shook my hand and all I could think about was ,"How can I hang out with this guy for awhile" so I just said, "Hey, you guys hungry? Let's get some food, my treat". They agreed and we went around the corner to 2nd Ave & St. Nicks to my favorite burger spot called Paul's Burger Joint. We sat and ate and of course I mentioned the "Roxy" record to him and Phase told me all about his rap career as well as him being a dancer, graffiti artist, b-boy, flier king, man this guy has done it all! The crazy thing is that at the time I only knew him to be an MC. It wasn't until I told several homies that I hung out with him that they schooled me on what a legend he is and how rare this meeting was. John (J-Blast) later told me that Phase 2 thought I was a cool dude and enjoyed our conversation and that he was making some artwork for me. Sadly, I never received it, but I'm happy I got to hang out with a legend of our hip-hop culture & one of the illest flier kings and graffiti artists in the world. Thank You Phase 2!
Even I was too young to go check out U.T.F.O. in concert back when they were huge, but was fortunate enough to catch Mix Master Ice rip up the turntables back in July in 2018 at the Crotona Park Jam held in the Bronx. It was an honor to see this legend in action after all these years.
I was honored to be asked to come back to rock another set at the annual Phoenix Bike Company Bike Show. I shared the stage with the Phoenix Funkeros and the Crates Records crew. It was a beautiful crowd and the energy was great.
|All photos courtesy of Tianne Pitz. Thanks T!|