Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Takin’ it Back with the Ruler…

Man, I know I don’t do a whole lot of anything around here anymore, but I just want you to know that it’s not you…it’s me.  Actually, I lied – it is you.  HA!  Anyway, thanks to Dr. Jones for bringin’ “Take it Back Tuesdays” back into the AYCE fold.  Nothin’ better then a little Ol’ School for dat ass!!!!

So, me and Benny hit the road for a date with the Ruler himself, Slick Rick, last week in Portland.  I’m not going to give you a full review of the night’s proceedings.  One, I’m too lazy, and two, it was one weird-ass vibe going on at that shit anyway!!  (P-Town is a trippy place y’all…especially for a hip-hop show!)

Rahzel was ill.  So were the Beatnuts.  But I was there for one reason, and one reason only: I was there to catch the Kangoled Crusader himself (even if I was at least ten years late for the show).  Imagine my surprise when he strolled out on stage sans the lid though!  He “forgot his Kangol!” 

CIMG0024 Oh well, he still had about 86 pounds of dookie-chains and medallions on.  And that watch?  Them rings?  I could barely see him through the bling reflection…and that’s not even mentioning his iced-out eye patch!  This was it – I had finally made it to see the Ruler!  This is were the vibe got weirder though…

Classic after classic, there the King of Storytelling stood, spitting some of the most famous lyrics in the history of hip-hop.  But, it was like he forgot to pack his comfy shoes or something… Seriously, he just stood there, hand in pocket, giving us just what we came to see/hear.  Nothing more. 

Don’t get me wrong, I know he’s getting up there in age;  Slickslick-rick-blinged-out Rick is 44 years old y’all.  Which means I am… getting old too y’all.  Oh well, still hard to be disappointed – he’s still the fucking Ruler!!  I think the promoter musta paid the low-end of the sliding scale or something.  Like I said, he hit all the songs he had to hit, but that’s about it. 

Sadly, one of my favorite songs from his repertoire was not one of those songs.  Which seems to happen to me fairly often.  Which makes me wonder: WTF?  Do I just like songs that aren’t that good?  Maybe it’s not you after all, maybe it is me!

Naaaahhhh!  Fuck that. 

Anyway, today we take it back to 1991.  July 2nd to be exact, when Def Jam releases The Ruler’s Back.  The best song on that shit???  “I Shouldn’t Have Done It”.  I might not have got to hear it that night, but I’ll be damned if I ain’t sharin’ it with y’all!  Can I get a “La Di Da Di” from the choir?!?!

Slick Rick – I Shouldn’t Have Done It (1991)

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P.S. – As a bonus for those of you that read the whole thing, here’s the video – and trust me, it was well worth your time!  Peep:

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