A showcase featuring Juice Crew Members Big Daddy Kane, MC Shan, Roxanne Shantè, Kool G Rap, Craig G, Tragedy, and Cold Chillin' Records co-founder Tyrone "Fly Ty" Williams is coming to New York's Apollo Theatre on November 20. According to Apollo Theatre archivist Brad San Martin he unearthed several Cold Chillin' video tapes shot in 1988 that were intended for a home video release chronicling the then upstart label and its soon to be stars. "The master tapes were destroyed in a fire and all that survived were a few VHS safety copies," Martin said.
"On November 20 at the Apollo we are celebrating the discovery of these tapes, the legacy of Cold Chillin' Records, and the contributions of the label's founder, Tyrone "Fly Ty" Williams. We will be screening selections from the tapes, hosting conversations with Williams along with many of the original participants and the video's original director Ralph McDaniels (of Video Music Box fame). The showcase will conclude with a short performance by Big Daddy Kane, Shanté, MC Shan, Marl, and more. The event is hosted by Lyricist Lounge's Ant Marshall."
Juice Crew producer and Cold Chillin' Records co-founder DJ Marley Marl was recently honored with the "I Am Hip-Hop" award at the 2023 BET Awards. In his acceptance speech, Marley said that it all started as a dream in Queensbridge projects. "My window faced Manhattan so that's all that I could look at and wonder what's happening with them lights over there," the Mama Said Knock You Out producer remembered.
Mr. Magic's Rap Attack producer and co-creator Tyrone "Fly Ty" Williams was recently honored by his alma mater Howard University. Ty made history and helped rap music become the powerhouse that it became in the mid 80's as co-creator of Mr. Magic's Rap Attack. The show, which aired on New York's WBLS, became a breeding ground for record company A&R personnel, as Magic and Tyrone would broadcast music from unsigned artists, prompting listeners to visit record stores looking for music that wasn't commercially available. Tapes of The Rap Attack show traveled around the country and later the world, creating a cult following.
After managing artists and producing records released by Roxanne Shantè, Biz Markie and Craig G on Philadelphia's Pop Art Records, Tyrone, Mr. Magic, and Marley Marl decided to form their own label Cold Chillin' Records. Cold Chillin' eventually entered into a distribution deal with Warner Brothers, releasing music by MC Shan, Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Marley Marl, Roxanne Shanté and a pre-Wu-Tang Genius.
Tickets to the Apollo Showcase can be purchased here.