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An Ausumn Evening with Mighty Mike McGee and Friends
October 15, 2015 :: The WISE Hall :: Vancouver, B.C.

Tickets: http://mightymikemcgeeausumn.brownpapertickets.com/

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From the Summer of Jamla series off of Rapsody’s Gangsta Grillz mixtape, ‘She Got Game’ hosted by DJ Drama.

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Pete Rock & C. L. Smooth – “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”
This is one of the most important songs ever to come out of my youth. It confirmed everything I thought I knew about good hip-hop at 16. Kool Moe Dee (a hip-hop hero of mine) had a pretty famous report card for rappers. He graded on a variety of categories and subjects and valued thematic lyrics. He rewarded storytelling, regarding it as one of the most important elements for the growth, entry and acceptance of hip-hop in mainstream music. This tracked nailed all of that.

I think Moe Dee would give this song high marks—it is regarded as one of the best hip-hop tracks of the 1990’s—and certainly my favorite old school track. It’s a complete biography and memorial for Trouble T-Roy and told very well over some the best hip-hop sampling and production ever, created by the legendary Pete Rock. It was the first hip-hop track that made me feel emotionally invested in the lyrics and the music. In my opinion, it was the first beautiful rap song. It has made me cry several times.

The title’s acronym T.R.O.Y. is in memorial for rapper and dancer Trouble T-Roy, a much beloved member of The Boyz in Heavy D’s crew. T-Troy died suddenly after falling off a stage during a concert rehearsal in 1990. I remember hearing about it. Probably the first rapper I ever heard about dying. I was 14. He was shouted out on a large number of early 90’s hip-hop albums after that.

I am 38 years old now. I reminisce a lot. I am so grateful for hip-hop and I am especially grateful for this song.