Shuffering and Shnacking

Hijacker Hall of Fame Member George Wright Caught in Portugal

One of the more interesting commercial jet hijackers in US history has been caught after being on the run for 41 years. George Wright, who escaped from a New Jersey prison in 1970 where he was serving time for murder, famously hijacked a Delta jet while dressed as a priest, concealing a gun in a cut-out bible he was carrying.

Wright and his fellow hijackers later made several FBI agents dress in Speedos while they delivered a suitcase full of cash to the jet to ensure the cops didn’t have any weapons. Wright previously had stolen the warden’s car when to escape prison, moved to Detroit where he worked as a male mode and joined the Black Liberation Army. Wright and friends also chain smoked weed on the hijacked plane, including in the cockpit, as they flew to Algeria. Kinda puts DB Cooper to shame if you ask me.

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Primitive Early Rap Records

I’ve been fascinated with records from the first couple years of rap for about 10 years now, which was when I first became aware of them, around 2000 I think. The first 12″ I got that really set me off was The Younger Generation’s ‘We Rap More Mellow‘ from 1979, where they were rapping over a modified version of the ‘Every Way But Loose‘ beat, which was a disco record I really liked.

After hearing that record I collected ‘disco rap’ records pretty heavily, until about 2006 maybe, when I decided to sell most of what I had accumulated for space reasons. What I kept fell into two categories: incredibly great, such as Busy Bee’s 1981 masterpiece ‘School Days‘, or incredibly weird, such as CC Crew’s ‘CC Crew Rap’, which you can hear below. Girls that can’t rap and guys that can’t play make for really interesting records, to my ears at least. The three records below are a few of my favorite weird early rap moments on record.

 

Pookey BlowGet Up (And Go To School) – Tri State (1981)

 

CC CrewCC Crew Rap – Golden Flamingo (1980)

 

M.C. Chocolate StarThe Pop – Chocolate Star (1982)

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2012 Apocalypse: At least we’ll have pr0n

I am not entirely convinced this isn’t a joke or a publicity stunt but according to the LA Weekly, the San Fernando Valley based adult film company Pink Visual is building a massive underground bunker so they can survive the end of days and continue their film production business despite there being no longer a market for it. The bunker will be able to hold over 1,000 people, includes multiple bars and, of course, state of the art pr0n production facilities.

From a another article on LA based CBS2’s site:

“Our goal is nothing less than to survive the apocalypse to come in comfort and luxury,” said Pink Visual spokesman Quentin Boyer, “whether that catastrophe takes the form of fireballs flung earthward by an all-seeing deity, extended torrential rainfall, Biblical rapture, an earthquake-driven mega-tsunami, radioactive flesh-eating zombies, or some combination of the above.”

The studio’s website will also be maintained and updated throughout any potential disaster “even if those websites are only available on the bunker’s self-contained local network by that time,” Boyer added.

Seems like a solid alternative for those contemplating joining one of the many fundamentalist groups based in Utah or Colorado. Why live in the woods eating SPAM when you could spend the rest of your life in a subterranean hedonist community. This also had be wondering what type of shit people with real money are coming up with. What do you build if you believe the end of the world is imminent and have totally unlimited financial resources?

UK police open fake ‘Hip Hop Shop’ to catch thugs


Kinda surprised this never happened in the US (or has it?). Not sure you if you could make it work here now though. If a new independent record store specializing in hip hop opened on my block, it would have to be the cops running it. No way anyone is getting into that business in 2011 except the police.

From the article:

A total of 37 armed criminals and drug dealers, including 30 gang members, have been jailed for a total of more than 400 years following the ‘sting’ operation in the shop, called Boombox, in Edmonton, north London.

Codenamed Operation Peyzac, the £500,000 operation involved undercover officers kitting out as a fully-operating rap and hip hop music store, with a private back room which was used to carry out deals with drug and gun sellers, and the store was wired with CCTV and recording equipment…

…On one occasion they captured a man on CCTV selling undercover police four guns. He had travelled to the shop on a busy bus with the loaded weapons hidden in a plastic bag…

…As well as guns and drugs, police also uncovered swords, knives, a stun gun and CS gas during the swoops, and one gun was found hidden in compost.

 

via The Daily Mail

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My Top 3 Nick Ashford (1942-2011) Songs



Ashford & Simpson – “Bourgie Bourgie” 1977 – Classic disco and one of my favorite Ashford and Simpson compositions. This was a big Larry Levan cut.



Marlena Shaw – “California Soul” 1969 – Written in ’68 by Ashford & Simpson and originally performed by The 5th Dimension, the Marlena Shaw version is the recording I am most partial to. I remember the day, about 10 years ago, when I finally found a copy of this record vividly.



Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – “Who’s Gonna Take The Blame” 1970 – Great semi-late period Miracles cut with Funk Brothers backing them. Their next single, “Tears of a Clown”, was a much bigger hit but I prefer this to their other work from the period. The slow vibe and string accents are just classic. You might recognize the intro as being the key ingredient from Capone N Noreaga’s “Live on Live Long”.

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