So I just came back from hanging out with my pregnant wifey on Chestnut Street. I had to whup on her in pool and bowling today. She may be pregnant but she talks ish like crazy. And am I seeing things or are there even more people downtown begging and they’re not even homeless? When is that stimulus money coming to the regular people in the city? Anyway, we took a little time to pick up some old records I had been storing at my uncle’s house in Southwest Philly. I totally forgot what I had over there so I spilled some records out of a crate to take a couple of pictures (below). I can’t believe I still have Spoonie Gee, Original Concept and that Geto Boys album that was re-released under Rick Rubin’s label. Of course, wifey went nuts when she saw MC Lyte’s Lyte as a Rock and her favorite Gangstarr album, Step in the Arena. Looking at all of these records and just being in my uncle’s basement (which is literally filled with thousands of old records that Pete Rock would kill for) reminded me of how I used to lug records around all the time in old milk crates. They were heavy as hell. No wonder why there are so many fat kids out there today. But seriously, I remember trotting from Sound of Market to Funk-O Mart to Sound of Upper Darby searching through the racks for discount records. That was how I originally found Main Source’s Looking at the Front Door 12” single by accident back in the summer of ’90. And imagine paying $2.99 or $3.99 for a full album? Sometimes, if I could peel a low price sticker off of one record, I would stick it onto another record that I wanted. Funk-O-Mart was notorious for not giving an eff especially when I used to come in super early before all the DJ’s came in. By that time, they had a little security on the door because people used to try to sneak out with those large albums under their jackets. Did you ever see what happens to thieves in the back room?
Those 1997 issues may be just around the corner. But I’m not sure if/when I’ll post them. Honestly, I’m getting a little tired of scanning for 2 to 3 hours just to get 4 or 5 comments after 300 plus downloads. So we’ll see what happens after the next issue or two.