Run DMC’s Adidas

Earlier this week I got to spend some time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. It was my first time go and the place was absolutely filled with historic artifacts. I could have spent a day or two there, but sadly only had a few hours in which to see what I could see. I took lots and lots of pictures and will share some of them with you all over the next week or two.

In one of the side areas was a small tribute to 80s rap, filled with iconic items from that era. Here are three items that belonged to Run DMC.

That’s DMC’s Adidas, glasses, and a giant gold chain belonging to DJ Jam Master Jay.

“Got black, got white, white with black stripes, the ones I like to wear when I rock THE MIC.”

The Only Entry in the Genre of Housewife Rap: General Hospi-Tale

general-hospitale

What happens when a local radio talent and the producer of Blondie’s “Rapture” get together? One of the most embarrassingly amazing novelty rap songs ever recorded. “General Hospi-Tale”. The song, a rap parody about the ABC soap “General Hospital”, was released by the studio group “The Afternoon Delights” in 1981. The song enjoyed moderate success on the radio. It peaked at number 23 on the R&B charts and number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but by the time they finally released the song as an EP, the novelty had worn off and it fizzled.

I am pretty sure my Mom liked this song. She was a big fan of GH back in the 1980s, before she switch to AmC. If you have not heard this before you are in for a real treat:

STNG: Data Raps About His Cat Spot (Dan Bull Star Trek remix)

Felis Cattus is your taxonomic nomenclature,
an endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature
Your visual, olfactory and auditory senses
contribute to your hunting skills, and natural defenses.
I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations,
a singular development of cat communications
that obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
for a rhythmic stroking of your fur, to demonstrate affection.
A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents;
you would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
And when not being utilized to aide in locomotion,
it often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.
The complex levels of behaviour you display
connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array.
And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.

[via] Dan Bull