Label: Easy Street Records - 4-ESA-9904,True Urban Recordings - none • Format: Cassette Album • Country: US • Genre: Hip Hop •
I am telling you, people were losing their minds over this schitt! By the time I was done, everybody was saying I had a monster on my hands. I got a copy out to Butterfly FX - Asura - Life² people at Tin Apple Management and they were floored, just like everybody else.
Well, uh… not so fast. Biz Markie sampling lawsuits were making T.A.C. - 41 Down* - The Lonely Position Of Neutral nervous as hell for a minute. Unfortunately, that minute of shakiness came right as our negotiations with labels were going down and the red hot offers got lukewarm reeeeeeal fast. Labels got very hesitant when they realized just how many samples were being used- it was a litigation nightmare waiting to happen.
He tells me right on the spot that he can get me a contract with either Warner Brothers or indy dance label Easy Street Records in NYC, no doubt about it. We mix a few songs and schitt is sounding good. This schitt was recorded in my house on cassettes, you gotta use that SSL magic to make it sound the best you can, the hell with variety! That was bad omen 1.
Everything was done and ready to go- master tape, artwork, everything. Weeks went by, then the weeks turned into months. Soon wasand I could sense that the sound of Hip Hop was changing. The Bomb Squad-esque production sound that I was using was about to be usurped by what people like Dr.
Dre and Pete Rock were doing, and I saw it coming. So after awhile I was getting worried about this schitt. The time for this type of thing had passed. The great Kid Capristrictly on the strength of liking the music, was rocking this schitt real hard for weeks. Over in the UK I think the record was best received… we were like up to 3 on some chart over there, I forget all the A Luv Song - Baritone Tiplove - Livin Foul on that.
The one with the crazy face with the tongue hanging out? I threw that schitt away! We went in the studio to record it, but I had other plans- I wanted to do a whole new EP that sounded more up to date, more like the sound that was popular in Hip Hop at that moment. I guess Easy Street was not impressed with my new direction because they shelved the record and never put it out. That was the end of Baritone Tip, unfortunately… I had no desire to continue with the funny-slash-foul rap schitt.
If there ever was a time for it, it had definitely passed by then. I still have good memories of that era and am still proud of the creativity as I was able to bring forth with BT. Bottom line, it was just fun to do those two crazy azz characters! I still enjoy listening to that stuff and reminiscing about it all, and am very grateful and pleased to know that there are some folks out here today, sixteen years later, who enjoy the stuff I made way back when. And as I have explained in previous posts, my old school Portastudio recording set up was not good for punch-ins, meaning that if I erred while A Luv Song - Baritone Tiplove - Livin Foul a verse I had to go back and do the whole thing over.
Good question. I never had any intention of doing any live performances as Baritone Tip, but once Es Bleibt Bei Dem Versuch - Various - DEAD Vol 3. signed with Easy Street we had to try to promote the record. So I thought about doing all kinds of schitt- lip syncing while wearing big rubber masks or full-fledged cartoon character costumes actually was considered for a minute.
So I enlisted my man Soulson to do the Tiplove part and I did the Baritone part and we did a few shows, but everybody who was familiar with the record could tell that something was not sounding right. Uptown was loving it! Easy Street had no intentions of letting me go, so nothing ever came of it, unfortunately. The Baritone style sounds pretty silly and foolish today, but try to imagine the climate back when I was doing this… you had Biz, Slick Rick, The Beasties, Humpty Humpetc… humorous schitt was a big part of hip hop back then.
Although the BT stuff was under-underground, it still definitely got heard by some people. Which A Luv Song - Baritone Tiplove - Livin Foul made me wonder… nobody usually comes to you about samples unless you have a hit and they know that you made some money.
So just how many copies did Baritone Tip really sell??? By the time he was done sequencing the album my man was so apalled by the subject matter and probably just agitated by the whole sound of this schitt that he could barely contain his displeasure and was probably very happy to see me and my filthy music exit from his home.
I think his parrot liked it, though. It was meant to be very un-PC but not hateful, just funny. Still, even back in those days I knew it would be a bad move to put out a song like that. Probably the best thing that came out of the whole BT experience is that through me drawing a series of comic strips for the one-sheets promoting the record you can check a few samples hereherehere and here I got to work as a cartoonist for Rap Sheet magazine, which led to me writing the World Of Beats column.
To be continued Langston Bukowski - Leftovers Isaac Hayes …. I guess I need an editor. And all of it. The Soulman is giving the world away for real. This is the raw art right here. Free for all. The world is yours!!! Cartoon character costumes? Thanks for the comments, one and all. When I copped the cassette of the album, I was blown away. A Luv Song - Baritone Tiplove - Livin Foul more of this under-appreciated and unheard ish, Phill!
I went to my doctor the other day suffering from Hip Hop depression…. Great Story Phil. I was completely unaware of you until getting the recent LP from DWG… then checked out your BT stuff… A Luv Song - Baritone Tiplove - Livin Foul love your style man, hopefully you'll get the chance to release some more old joints! Thanks, Martin. Definitely will be more stuff coming out as long as people want it, and luckily right now it looks like they do. BTW, I don't know what the hell happened to the text on this post… looks like everything after the first paragraph shrunk down to miniature size and I can't edit it back to regular size.
Is Blogger somehow trying to save money by using smaller text for long ass posts like this one? Oh well… get your magnifying glasses on, I guess.
I just discovered Phill Most today from a post on some site about Straight, No Chaser - Oscar Peterson - Live At The Northsea Jazz Festival, The Hague, Holland, 1980 best albums of the year so far and someone mentioned All Cuts Recorded Raw so naturally I checked youtube for a sampling and here I am looking for any info I can find!
Listened to some BT songs too and am absolutely blown away I've never heard you before and I'm a fairly big old school fan. Gotta get any Phill Most material I can now.
You gained a new fan! Hello Machiventa- better late than never, glad you discovered me. More will definitely be coming, so keep A Luv Song - Baritone Tiplove - Livin Foul eye open like Harmon Bethea. I'm not dead yet! But those f ing sites just die very soon, is it possible to reupload this material or somewhere else could I find your Baritone Tiplove tracks? Thanks for the interest, famalam. You are commenting using your WordPress.
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Notify me of new posts via email. Nah… I loved being creative and using my imagination to make some do-it-yourself Hip Hop music, but I was NOT gonna quit my job to follow that dream.
It was important to me but not THAT damn important. I still wanted to get my schitt out there, though, just to see how it would be received. Very influential to what I was about to do next. After hearing how dope that record was, I decided to dead the positive schitt even though that was still the guy I really was and just get buckwild with the content of my songs.
By that was not my style at all, but Baritone Tiplove… yo, these fictional characters would be perfect vehicles for this lewd and lascivious new material I had planned. So I started putting the whole idea into motion.
Samples, samples and more samples, coming at you from all directions. I was just trying to make some dope noise and could mostly give a damn less about melody or musicality or any of that schitt. All of those samples melded together without a lot of tinkering and the rhymes flowed without much thought at all. I was just totally having fun with it. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Phill, Killing it!
Great great read. Loved it! Looks like I missed both vinyl packages!! Yo Phil Most Chill you are the man!
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