You didn’t play, you just got played out

May 26, 2008

So, first, a big WHUT UP to everybody reading this. Thanks to everyone that’s heard our music and/or come to a show. Anybody who hasn’t, hopefully we’ll catch you on the next go-round.

This being my first post, I wanna talk about something that really inspired me as a kid: the movie House Party. It came out in 1990, so I was 7 years old, and it blew my 7 year old mind. The rapping, the dancing, the girls, the partying… I wanted to be a part of that world.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the breakdown. It stars rap duo Kid and Play as… Kid and Play, two high schoolers trying to throw a dope house party while Play’s parents are out of town. Problem is, Kid’s father won’t let him go because he got in a fight with the school bully earlier that day. There’s also a love-square (yep) between Kid, Play and the 2 flyest girls in school: Sidney and Sharane. Kid decides to sneak outta the house to attend the party, and chaos ensues. His father is tracking him down, the bullies are still trying to beat his ass, he has a rap battle AND a dance battle at the party, he has to carefully decide which girl he wants to pursue… and to top it all off, two bitch ass cops fuck with everyone the whole way through. If that’s not enough, peep this excerpt from Wikipedia’s plot summary: “After that, he jumps over a fence to get away, ending up looking in a window where a fat man is having rough sex with a hooker (*1).”

Any movie where Full Force are the main antagonists is worth a look. Oh, and this film contains what might be the only (if not, certainly the greatest) anti-anal-rape rap performance of all time. For real.

I chose a couple clips to post, but you should do yourself a favor and just buy the DVD (*2). The shit is great. Me, Occmo, VV and BFP (VV’s brother) were all just at my house watching it and it never gets old.

1. The Genius of Robin Harris – This is the greatest father in movie history. In this clip he’s at the party looking for his son (Kid). Trout-mouthed heathen is by far the funniest thing you could possibly call someone. Test-tube baby is a close second though.

2. The Flyest- This is the epic dance battle of the sexes. Kid and Play versus Sidney and Sharane (played by Tisha Campbell and AJ Johnson at their absolute finest). This is why I was always winning the dance contest (*3) at every family get-together. Me and my cousins stayed doin the Kid and Play dance. And peep Martin Lawrence as the DJ.

3. Inspiration – this might be the first rap battle I ever saw in my life. The way they were addressing each other through rhyme, the way the crowd was cheering, the energy… this scene kinda made me wanna be a MC. Look out for the girl dancin real hard in the corner with the red shirt and black gloves on. She was KILLIN IT.

I could write a book about House Party. There’s so much more cool/quirky/weird/awesome shit in it, but this post is long enough already. See it.

peace out,

Hy

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*1. Nowhere in the film is it stated that the woman is a hooker. Is whoever wrote the wikipedia summary just assuming the woman was a prostitute because she was fuckin a fat guy? Come on now…
*2. While you’re at it, buy House Party 2 as well. It’s not as good, but it has some really funny parts. Kid and Play are in college and Full Force are the campus security guards. Nuff said.
*3. Usually at black family get-togethers, at some point all the kids have a dance contest. If you’re not black, you probably don’t know what I’m talking about. For my family, New Year’s Eve parties always became epic dance-offs. Try it at your next family gathering.

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