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On August 8th, in 1933: The man who told the ladies ‘I Gotcha!’ The one who told them to: ‘Give here, don’t say nothing, just give it here, never should’ve promised to me’…Joe Tex was born in Rogers, Texas, hence the TEX in his performance name (Joseph Arrington Jr. AKA Yusuf Hazziez). If you’re familiar with the Ice Cube movie All About the Benjamins, Mike Epps sings that line in the store when he’s stealing for the elderly women. Joe Tex has some major funk tracks. Don’t sleep on him.
On August 8th, in 1962, the Treacherous Three Emcee, the Man who put Busy Bee to rest in the classic battle at HARLEM WORLD, and essentially transformed the battle rap style that cats still use today (Pre 8 Mile-see Stylewars, Wildstyle, Beat Street-in that order)-Kool Moe Dee was born in Trenton, New Jersey. He’s considered one of the best lyricists of his time, LL Cool J’s nemesis. Moe Dee is a pioneer that was ahead of his time. He talked about risqué topics like STDs on ‘Go See the Doctor’. Pay homage, peep some of his highlights below.
On August 8th, in 1970, Psychedelic Rock and Blues singer Janis Joplin purchased a headstone for one of her greatest musical influences-The Late Great Bessie Smith (the same woman Latifah played in the movie Bessie). The Headstone was placed on Ms. Smith’s grave at the Mont Lawn Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bessie passed away in 1937 because she was refused admission to a Whites only hospital. #MAGA…
On August 8th, in 1975, Nat Adderley’s brother, David Axelrod produced, Miles Davis’ sax man, and Coltrane’s hard bop counterpart-Cannonball Adderley (Julian Edwin Adderley-center) passed away in Gary, Indiana. He was 46. Cannonball has produced and worked with many in the Jazz realm: Yusef Lateef, Joe Zawinul, George Duke and Bill Evans to name a few. He also recorded for several labels: Blue Note, Prestige, Capitol, and Fantasy. He’s been heavily sampled by numerous Golden Era Hip Hop groups. S.O. to Cannonball for providing us with his wonderful musicianship.
On August 8th, in 1988, N.W.A. (Dr Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy E, DJ Yella, MC Ren, D.O.C. & Arabian Prince) released a Hip Hop Classic: Straight Outta Compton on Eazy’s & Jerry’s label Ruthless Records. The group brought police brutality against the Black and Brown population to the front doors of many American households (FTP), and changed the scope of Hip Hop altogether forever by speaking on topics in a way that was explicit and direct, in your face rhymes. Much like the Blues musicians before them, this album was selected by the Library of Congress to be placed in the National Recording Registry because it was so "culturally, historically, and artistically significant."
On August 8th, in 1992: Montreal, Canada concert goers attending the Faith No More, Metallica & Guns N’ Roses show rioted! The riot occurred because Axl Rose, the lead singer for G N’ R, refused to sing. He said his throat wasn’t feeling right so the band had to leave the stage early. On top of that, Metallica’s James Hetfield was injured by pyrotechnics during their set and they also had to end early. Shortly after, disgruntled fans went ballistic. They looted, vandalized and turned cars over, smashed windows of businesses on the strip near the stadium and set random fires. Rock on wit’cha bad selves!
Honorable Mention: On August 8th, in 1949, Stylistics vocalist Airrion Love (center) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One of his group’s greatest hits was: Hurry Up This Way Again.