So the legendary Roots crew will be playing House of Blues on December 26th. I for one am totally pumped. Go here for tickets : http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=77169
You have not lived till you have seen The Roots!
I honestly can’t think of a better Hip Hop song on the radio right now. Every other song out there feels stale by comparison. Help support Bigg Dee and buy “Ordinary” on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ordinary-single/id574697568 . His new album Fashionably Late is out next month. I’m hoping to have him and the Chef Boyz on Dot Rat radio before they take off on tour.
So I grew up across the street from a very proud family with roots in Nova Scotia. Not only are they proud of their roots but they are very proud Americans. Given their background in military service and service to our city I consider them to be some of the biggest Patriots in Dorchester. All of this seemed to trace back to the patriarch of the family who taught every one of his many sons how to play the pipes and instilled a fierce love of country .
So with our proximity, pipe practice became a daily occurrence in my house. I have to admit it added a lot of charm to our neighborhood. I used to hang out with one of the boys during my younger years and he let me take a shot at the practice pipe one day….complete failure I might add….not an easy instrument to play. My aunts would often stop by to hang out on the back porch with cups of coffee and listen for hours at a time. We learned all about Scottish culture from the Highland games to haggis from this family. They all seem to have this massive appreciation for Jazz, Hip Hop, Metal, Punk and even Classical music.
So I’m watching the tree lighting at the Common the other night and the they start going through the story of how Nova Scotia sends us a Christmas tree every year to say thanks for our help after the Halifax Explosion. I found it incredible that close to 100 years later they still try to say thanks. All of a sudden the Squid Percussion Group from Nova Scotia takes the stage and just blows my mind. These guys fuse their traditions with some urban American flavor….
As you can imagine, these guys made me feel like I was sitting at home at Ma’s house again. Tip of the cap to the MacMasters, you all are the essence of our neighborhood and some of Dorchester’s finest!
Also a big salute to the good folks of Nova Scotia…you are as loyal as they come!
So someone decided to start posting Wikipedia articles to YouTube. Not really a bad thing, especially when you may have a number of users who may be blind and need the audio feed. All good right? Whats up with the computer generated voices though? They couldn’t spring a few bucks to have Mike Rowe do the audio? Probably not possible with the amount of content they have. I suppose it’s pretty cool to be significant enough for Wikipedia to enshrine your story….but does your story have to be told by your Tom Tom?
Here’s a wiki article on a fellow Dot Rat…. Kay Hanley. She would probably get a kick out of this.
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That’s right….this guy feels a bit like Sean John this morning….well minus the 400 million dollars. I wouldn’t even care if the roof blew off my house because my boy Bigg Dee is sporting a Dot Rat “DMC” shirt in his latest video with Chris Classiqk.
Now I know not every reader on my site is a fan of hip hop. I happen to love it…probably because of growing up in a diverse neighborhood. I was exposed to it at a very young age and can remember tuning into NYC radio stations with my cousins tubeset radio back in the early 80′s. Back then there wasn’t a station in Boston that played hip hip. I remember being floored by what I was hearing…it was amazing to me that someone could rhyme, string it into a story and hold the beat. Within those first few years it’s all you started to hear in the halls of the public schools around Dorchester. I think it’s one of the great American art forms that should be held in the same regard as Jazz or Blues. If you disagree….try doing it yourself. It’s as if you’re trying an instrument for the first time. All the credit for the founding of Hip Hop goes to DJ Kool Herc…
Recently a student at Boston University by the name of Lee Feiner did a documentary called “The Zone”. In this doc he takes a peek at athletes, professionals and artists and how they tap into this place in their conscious where they are able to excel at their craft. To apply some science to it is very interesting…..here is Bigg Dee and the Chef Boyz in their segment of that documentary.
Keep your eyes open for Bigg Dee’s newest album ”Fashionably Late” which should be released very soon. Check out his pages below and make sure you support a fellow Dot Rat!
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Now how am I supposed to take DreamRyde seriously? Purple? Really? Everyone knows the only guy that can pull that sh*t off is Prince. You got the lead singer in purple panty hose pulled up to her ribcage just waiving purple knuckle all over the room. Then you got this rapper dude rocking a purple dragon shirt dry humping the mic stand trying to be all aggressive and sh*t with his dream hands. Then for extra effect he throws in the occasional 2 handed dream crotch maneuver.
For a second I’m like…”are those people dancing?”. Yup, the guy and gal up front where just feeling the knuckle/crotch magic.
Now this is the type of band I would expect to see at Cathay Pacific while chasing a scorpion bowl high on a Tuesday night. I think if they just tighten up that stage presence and lose the purple gear they would be alright….there is skill there. Maybe the rapper just can’t let go of his past…