1. Tuesday, November 15, 2016

    today is Licensed to Ill’s birthday, it’s 30 

    licensed to ill

    i dont remember if i was still working at the record store or selling car radios at federated group

    but i do know that once i did start selling stereos there was no better tape to demonstrate speakers

    especially subwoofers than

    “slow and low”

    (white castle fries only come in one size).

    anniversaries like this can make some feel old. but it makes me feel grateful.

    im glad i was of age to see this record become the biggest debut ever for a trio or a group or a hip hop group or someone.

    but it was also fascinating to watch this brand of rap evolve from Run DMC to LL to this.

    and it was so obvious right away how much of an improvement it was to integrate the bells of DMC, the aggressiveness of LL with the led zeppelin and Mr Ed samples and just straight up tomfoolery to make this record

    and live: all they did was run around the stage spraying budweiser cans on each other and the fans and sliding around in their adidases.

    im so grateful i got to see their first show at the Paladium. im so glad i got to see them in college graduate to Pauls Boutique and then Check Your Head

    and what a small world that i was in Atwater Village when they were in Atwater recording Ill Communication.

    but it all started with the three bad brothers you know so well.

    and they were so so def right from the jump.

    happy birthday baby