Just some full-length tribute shows to these fallen “Superstars”. I wanted to add Benoit too but apparently even YouTube has erased this show from existence!
No bandwagon shit, but listened to plenty Hev’ D. growing up. He was the 1st American artist to truly put on Super Cat (and Frankie Paul) and all us Indo-Caribbeans will forever be grateful for that.
When we had a class trip downtown to the ‘famous’ Eaton Centre I booked it to the record shop and picked up Big Tyme. NOBODY in my class knew who he was. I did, and I rocked that cassette everyday. I still have it.
I really hate when people post everything they could find on a recently deceased artist in the few days after they died, then go on to ignore their legacy like they did when they were actually alive (Winehouse anyone?).
But the Overweight Lover is a fave of mine, and I LIVE in the 90s on repeat in my head and in my car. Heavy is still in constant rotation and now I have 2 more mixes to add to it.
Legendary Marley Marl:
Mister Cee’s Hot 97 throwback mix (Media Fire).
For some reason The Nature Boy & his swagger have crossed paths with Hip Hop. It’s not really a surprise since Hip Hop & Wrestling pretty much became household & mainstream American exports at the same time from the late 70s and 80s ‘rebel hobby/guilty pleasure’ notoriety to the 90s BOOM and the 2000s+ Hollyweird embrace.
As a 70s baby, 80s kid, 90s teen .etc .. I also grew up with both. I’ve seen them both grow and am happily entrenched in both pop cultures. Ric Flair is essentially the personification of Big Willie Style Hip Hop. He emits braggadocio 24/7. He’s Lil Wayne, Hova and Kanye in one mountainous ego trip. So naturally Em Cees have gravitated towards the lead driver of Space Mountain. Ironically it seems the Hip Hop population now wants to BE THE MAN.
I’m so witty.
In the past 4 or so years Flair’s persona has not just spread into slick one-liners and metaphors in songs, but into full fledged anthems, tributes and yes … a dance style.