Naughty By Nature – Hip Hop Hooray (12″)

by Sonny   ·  1 year ago  
1993 Tommy Boy U.S. Pressing

Shout out to @wax33rpm for hosting this year’s #baseballvinylchallenge2 – our contribution was to challenge folks to feature a walk-off song they would play after hitting the game winning HR. This was a no brainer for us, as Primo Rick’s Kirk Gibson banger got overruled by The Kid, aka Ken Griffey Jr, and his famous walk-up song – “Hip Hop Hooray,” by Naughty By Nature. 
Before the NBA became synonymous with Hip-Hop, there was a hall-of-fame center-fielder playing in Seattle, who made baseball look and feel cool. Griffey Jr. brought all the swag – from wearing his hat backwards, to his gold-glove defense, and that silky smooth home-run swing. He’s the reason I became a Seattle Mariners fan (still am today), even though I grew up in L.A. 🤷🏻‍♂️ – I was at his jersey retirement ceremony a few years back and it was one of the best sports-related moments of my life. Also, shout out to the @seattlemariners for being one of the first franchises to introduce batters with a walk-up song. Even though the challenge called for a “walk-off” song – it’s all the same to me because anytime Junior came to the plate, chances were that ball was leaving the yard. Salute to “The Kid” for being one of the greatest to ever do it 👏🏼 #letthekidsplay#sodomojo#truetotheblue

K-os – B-Boy Stance (12”)

by Sonny   ·  1 year ago  
2004 Astralwerks U.S. Pressing

Congrats to all the Toronto/Canadian folks out there for dethroning the champs and getting that first chip. May I suggest “B-Boy Stance” as your official celebration anthem for the parade. Before Kawhi – there was T-Mac, Vinsanity, Bosh, and DeRozan. Well before Aubrey, aka Drake, there was Kevin aka Kdash. K-os is a cat that was 💯 ahead of his time as an indie hiphop artist who has the lyrical, singing, and musical chops to hang with anybody. I remember when he dropped “Heaven Only Knows,” – shit blew my mind 🤯. This dude was rapping and singing (I mean really singing though). He’s from the north and has been reppin since day one – so shout out and salute to @kostelevision⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Raphael Saadiq – The Way I See It (LP)

by Sonny   ·  1 year ago  
2008 Columbia U.S. Pressing

Pulled this one off the new Fox Crate Wall to give it another couple spins. @raphael_saadiq is about to drop a new album – so it made me wanna go back and give this personal favorite LP another listen. This album was dropped during the vintage soul/funk/Motown sound revival era – and to me, it was the best of the bunch. As a fellow producer myself, I’m a sucker for when other producers get busy on their own records. That’s the case with The Way I See It. #recordoftheday#thewayiseeit#ohgirl#100yarddash

Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson – Anthology.Messages (2xLP)

by Sonny   ·  1 year ago  
2005 U.K. Pressing

Rick recently grabbed this record via @fatbeats and he refers to Track A1 – “The Bottle,” as one of those dark themed bangers that really gets a party going. Brian Jackson’s production chops are paired well with Mr. Heron’s message and word-play. That Fender Rhodes piano sounds silky-smooth as usual. Go watch the music video for “The Bottle,” and you’ll be cooler, and more woke, for it.  #thebottle#gilscottheron#brianjackson

TFC Podcast: EP09 – Digging Adventures 1.0

by Sonny   ·  1 year ago  

Sonny and Rick return home from their recent podcast tour, and talk about their recent digging adventures up in Oakland and the ATL. Rick swoons over his finds at Criminal Records in Atlanta, while Sonny proves he’ll go to great lengths to get a quick dig in – no matter who he’s with. They also get into their respective wax organization methods, and take a moment to acknowledge the set’s newly installed Fox Crate Wall.

Featuring:

The Heptones, Amerigo Gazaway, Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill, Junior Brammer, Lighter Shade of Brown, Counting Crows, Living Legends, Flying Lotus, Dr. Dre, Craig Mack, High Fidelity, Gregory Isaacs, Raphael Saadiq, Ozomatli, Mos Def, Incubus, Bag Raiders, Billy Stewart, Gil Scot Heron, Brian Jackson