It's that time of year again! New York is the state, Bronx is the city, Crotona Park is the place. Christie-Z over at Tools Of War is steady on her hustle with keeping the culture of Dj'ing alive. There is an all-star line-up as usual and you can expect the park to be full of legends from the past and present. I'll be back soon with a re-cap but until then, see you in New York!
2017 Crotona Park Jams
July 13: DJ Cash Money, GrandWizzard Theoodore,
July 20: DJs Rockin' Rob, GrandMaster Caz, Hollywood and DJ Looie Loo
July 27: DJ Jazzy Jay, DJ Cheese, DJ Jazzy Joyce and Chuck City
Every Thursday in July from 4pm-8pm
Crotona Park - enter at Charlotte St & Crotona Park East Bronx NYC.
2 or 5 train to 174th.
Free! All Ages!
Some years back I was in New York and took a Hush Tour. http://www.hushtours.com/ For those that don't know, Hush Tours are NYC hip-hop tours. They take you to places like Sedgwick & Cedar, Harlem World, Hollis Queens, LL Cool J's childhood home, JMJ's studio, lots of major iconic locations of hip hop history. These tours are always hosted by a famous hip-hop icon/historian. So don't be surprised if you get to tour New York with Kurtis Blow, Rahiem from the Furious Five, Grandmaster Caz, Red Alert, Kool Herc, or Roxanne Shante as your guide. I had already taken the Harlem/Bronx tour and was looking forward to the tour of Queens. The host for Queens was no other than JDL from the Cold Crush Brothers. On this particular day there was some mechanical issues with the tour bus and we were not able to proceed. JDL apologized to no end and insisted we just hop on the train and go tour 5 Pointz. http://adventures-of-darrell-d.blogspot.com/2015/11/five-points-queensny.html Anyway, since it was only 3 of us on the tour that day, not including JDL, we agreed and actually had a great time. J wanted to make sure we were good and offered us food and drink. I told him what I really wanted was for him to sign my Cold Crush Brothers record, but I left it back at my hotel not knowing I would be hanging out with him that day. I asked if I could meet up with him the following day and he not only agreed but told me he would meet me anywhere in New York. The next day he came to my part of town on the upper west side of Manhattan and we chilled at this pizza spot. JDL bought me lunch and I got to pick his brain about old school New York rap. Man did this dude had some crazy stories and most of them I can't repeat but it was a great experience.
It's pretty hard to find a vinyl collector who only collects vinyl. In fact, you might find several different collections among those who dig for "black gold". I have been known to rock lunch boxes, pez dispensers, trading cards, shelltoes, comic books, you name it, but that's another post. Today, it's all about Dj Drunk Jeff. This O.G. has been in the game pretty much as long as the game has been around. He took some time from his busy schedule as a husband, father, & beer connoisseur to let us check out some other things he collects in addition to records.
Drunk Jeff - Sisters Love "Give Me Your Love", it's got a huge break in the middle of the song. Ray Bryant "Up Above The Rock", it's a funky jazz song with a huge break. Carlos Malcolm "Bustin Outta The Ghetto", it's on AJP label, Ahmad Jamal productions.
DD - You're a Dj and vinyl collector, why did you get into collecting things outside of records?
DJ - I didn't set out to collect anything in particular. Some things I had to have like the Public Enemy action figures and the Boba Fett figure. The Amy Winehouse bobble head fell in my lap and so did the Outkast Jones soda. Some stuff takes me back to being a kid. I had all of the Star Wars stuff and the G.I. Joes from day one. To have some of this stuff today takes me back. Anything Hip-Hop is worth collecting and I have to have it. I don't seek out toys. I see stuff on social media or hear about what's coming out and i'll jump on it, like the P.E. dolls. I saw the P.E. watch advertised on social media. They were limited and signed by Chuck D. The Star Wars At-At is an O.G. that I tracked down. I worked with a guy who knew a guy who was a pop culture dealer. This guy tracks things down and sells them. G.I. Joes, Transformers, Star Wars, you name it, this guys finds it. He would even find broken or incomplete pieces and put them together. This dude had some crazy stuff.
DD - Your movie posters are dope! What's the story with those?
DJ - I got a decent collection of movies. I used to have a lot more but I got rid of a lot of stuff. I got some crazy blaxploitation joints, B-movies, horror flicks. I've never seen Jurassic Park in my life but I can tell you about all the classic stuff, so when I came across the posters, I jumped at the chance to own them.
DD - What are some movies people may be surprised are in your collection?
DJ - Nekromantik , which is a German film from 1987 about a dude who cleans up dead bodies. He brings one home and his girlfriend falls in love with it, that whole sleeping with the dead thing.
DD - (Laughing)Man, I think it's time for me to go!
DJ - Other then the Star Wars, my other posters are O.G.s.
DD - I'm still looking for that Dolemite record. Where did you find your copy?
DJ - I found it in Bakersfielf at a bookstore called Tommy's who had a massive amount of records. I paid one dollar for it. Years later I went to see him perform with Blowfly at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix. During his set, while in the middle of a song, he spotted the record, stopped singing, autographed it while everyone watched, then proceeded to finish the song. That was pretty dope.
DD - That Herb Alpert piece is crazy! Where did you find that?!
DJ - I was in Oceanside at an antiques store. They had just bought a record collection of 5000. I got there early and didn't find much, just a small stack. As I'm paying, I see a pole off in the distance with stuff hanging from it & saw the Herb Alpert thermometer. I asked the guy running the place was he selling it and how much? He said that it had been hanging there forever and that he would sell it for $20. SOLD! A lot of people want this piece.
DD - You seem to find a lot of cool beverages.
DJ - Those liquor bottles were all found by chance. I have a lot of them. I got the Thelonious Monk bottle from Total Wines the first time I went there. That was the dopest thing I've ever seen on a bottle.
DD - You're always in a fresh pair of kicks. You collect sneakers too?
DJ - I'm not really a sneaker collector. I have a lot
of Jordans but nothing crazy. The Hieros are pretty collectable. I've only worn them a few times.
DD - It seems like everybody is buying cassettes again. Where do you find them?
DJ - 95% of all my tapes are from thrift stores. The others are mixtapes from my friends and a few I bought.