Over the next few weeks we’re going in heavy on the classic Kung Fu flicks and those who collect them. Now you might be asking yourself what does collecting Kung Fu flicks on VHS have to do with Hot Peas & Butta right? Well it has everything to do with it! Hot Peas & Butta is all about nostalgia, it’s spinning Funk & Soul 45s, watching Soul Train, riding your Green Machine up and down the block for hours, knowing that Fred Williamson is the baddest motherf*cker to ever walk the streets of Harlem with James Brown playing as his Soundtrack and of course it’s catching double features on 42nd Street or watching Master Killer aka 36th Chambers of Shaolin on Saturday afternoon UHF stations.
There are some people that are heavily connected within a circle yet not connected in the typical fashion of what others are. For years we had been hearing the name Big Channing also known as DJ Chan but could never place the face with the mystery that surrounded the name. One thing was for sure, he knew everyone and everyone knew him yet his name doesn’t appear in the credits of your favorite 90’s Hip Hop records but he’s laced some of those same DJ’s and Producers with gems that make up their Kung Fu VHS stash. Years later we found out that he was a source for supplying people like DJ Cash Money with some of his flicks, has direct ties to the King of Diggin, DJ Muro, has done trades with Lord Finesse and is good friends with yet another VHS collector, Biz Markie. Although he’s not an internationally known DJ, his record collection is just as deep and rare as his VHS stash of Kung Fu films and as with our other guests he was “diggin” before it was the popular thing to do.
We've been getting alot of rain here on the East Coast these past few weeks but that's not stopping us from staying in a good mood here in the office with the amount of great 45's that have been coming out as of late. We're really looking forward to Summer which is right around the corner, traveling and of course those family BBQ's that brings everyone together. So if your itching for Summer to get here as much as we are then press play and get lost for 3:17 while you enjoy Central Lines "Walking Into Sunshine".
This weekend while in Las Vegas I had the honor of meeting and chatting with for an extended period of time two beautiful women that starred in some of Hollywood's best movies, Lana Woods aka Plenty o' Toole from James Bond's Diamonds Are Forever and Ms. Gloria Hendry who not only starred in the James Bond film Live and Let Die but also in several of my favorite Blaxploitation films including Black Caesar and Black Belt Jones. Ms. Hendry and myself spent a great deal of time discussing the Blaxploitation genre, what it was like working on those films and also how Hot Peas & Butta pays homage to the genre which absolutly loved all the visuals and pictures that I showed her. These are true women of Hollywood with class, unlike this new crop of broads always in and out of the tabloids, spotlight, rehab and yes, even prison.
This Friday the Dojo Soundz fam continue they're monthly Soul Flexin' all vinyl night party consisting of Hip Hop, Funk, Soul and Rare Grooves. Each month the theme of the party changes with this latest installment being labeled as the Afro Sheen edition. Bring your dancing shoes because DJ's Charlie Rock, Question and Marsellus Wallace go in deep with the grooves.
Skeme Richards will be in Europe this weekend doing a party rocking set in Genova Italy as part of the Feel The Beat! festival. He'll be rocking alongside DJ Leva57 who holds Hip Hop down in a major way all across Italy and beyond.
What started out as another update to the Funky Little Boxes series quickly became a spotlight of Ms. Paola Puente’s collection, who has more than her fair share of 45 boxes in all shapes, sizes, colors and themes. Not only a collector of these neat carrying cases, she also has a very sizeable collection or records to fill them as well. Do we consider Paola a 45 Queen? We do indeed give her that Hot Peas & Butta seal of approval. A collector of many things (which we’ll spotlight later in an upcoming series) but for now lets take a peek at some of the gems which she owns.
It's been a minute since we've featured a mix from our good friend DJ Bluewater but we're happy that he's turned out another gem for your listening pleasure. Listen People is the title and it's filled full of heavy funky soul joints to satisfy your ear drums from beginning to end. Enjoy!
This weekend Skeme Richards will be heading out to Las Vegas as he continues his tour of DJing for the Red Bull BC One events around the globe. Afterwards he will be spinning an all 45 set and and dropping quarters in his favorite arcade machines at our go to spot in Vegas, Insert Coins.
Well it's seems the hype of spinning 45's and all of it's themed parties has somewhat leveled out. Although we love that the format has gained it's fair share of attention these days we can't help to equate this oversaturation to the days after Bruce Lee passed away and directors started looking for anyone that slightly resembled him in attempts to cash in on his popularity. Much props to those that started before it's "pop" status and to those that started because of it being the in thing we salute you with this video of "Bruce Lee His Last Days, His Last Nights".