No doubt, Clinton is the ultimate referee...although his contract game was great.
All those groups signed to every label? He created the blueprint for hip hop business wise.
5-6 different label deals with the SAME 20 people.....in 20 different "Time-Zones" & whatnot ?!?
The GREAT referee , indeed
in reference to the late Brandon Tartikoff's ( former head of NBC ) comment to REGGIE
*seepart II of Reggie's inner-view for full-disclosure*
FOLEY : HA .....
I actually haven't ,Reg ......
For me , it's like reading music vs. being able to "hear it "
I don't wanna fuck up ,what's not Broken !
It's the check and balance to make sure you don't get in your own way.
"Money , Power & Respect" are illusions to begin with. Fame & Shit ....being "Popular" etc etc.
but , At the end of the day....99.9% of the time , it IS !
( Depending on the Artist in question )Reggie : But I"m talking to YOU right now.
YOU KNOW I DON'T CARE ABOUT DAT SHIT !
Reggie Hudlin : Those things may happen as a result, but it's about not being afraid to do the obvious thing. Think of all the great art that would NOT have happened if people didn't do the obvious. I mean, isn't Coltrane doing "My Favorite Things" obvious?
Us ? or ' Trane ?
Reggie : Exactly! Not that I know how HE felt about it, but what if some "Positive Nuisance" like me was there with him back in the day, and suggested he cover that song. Trane may have made the gas face, then figured out how to make it his, and did. Or maybe he did it himself.
Maybe he said, "I'mma do a pop tune", and did it his way.
Either way, Thank the Lord for that gift!
But, about NOT giving a damn.... about the OBVIOUS
Whenever anyone has the courage to cover a tune , They're SUPPOSED to make it their own
What's da point ?!?!?
A "Self-Worth" without it ?
That kinda shit , can KILL a person when it happens to 'em.
but you can't run away from success. That is also betraying your talent.
Instead of ....whether or not an artist will / won't do the obvious
The MOST obvious thing is..... to NOT honor the "Gift" , by throwing it all away ....I think .
Reggie : Nothing worse than that.
Whew..... cause , Art is ALWAYS gonna be "SUBJECTIVE"
So, just paint , Do yo' Art & let other's examine it or "NOT"
but, trying to figure out what MF's will like... etc etc ?
Nah, I'm good...Haha !
* Fun Fact: The Wizard of Oz flopped at the box office originally *
Photo: MGM Studios
Reggie : Hey, that's why I'm preaching so hard. I"m a sufferer as well !
But, to someone else ?
A kat like "Paul McCartney" is only as brilliant as HE feels himself to be
And, we prolly see more into his gift of simplicity , than I'm sure HE does...
"Popular" is only what MOST folks are into. ( see "Hip-Hop / Rap" music today )
If Jazz-Fusion was popular ?
Folks wouldn't have taken stabs at "George Benson" for the ability to get dat loot !
cause, I know it comes from a "Supportive Place"
You KNOW what I can do ( that's prolly why U want more for me )
BUT, MUSIC itself has NEVER been a "chore" for me
I've never taken her ( Music ) so serious ...where I needed to let her breathe ...
or to step back & examine where WE are
I - LOVE - HER !!
NOW & FOREVER
Hear Me !!
That's like trying to keep a "Lie" goin ?!?
( That's waaaaaaaaay too much work )
You would have to Write , Direct & Star in this "LIE"And....before long ? EXPOSURE !
The TRUTH will come to light
photo : Mark Montgomery
I think , that's why it's sooooooo much easier to just..... BEReggie : Fine, I done said it. Seed planted. Moving on.... FOLEY : Uh huh....hahaha U KNOW me & you always "Philoso-fying" & Shit !!
Right ?!? Hahaha !
How would you describe your spiritual beliefs?
Did you grow up going to church ?
FOLEY : Well, with My being a "Spiritual" Person ??
That kinda puts the "Blind Faith" belief system in a different space huh ?
My Grandmother made us go with her when I was a kid ....
( when we stayed with her on weekends, sometimes )
but, my Mom let me & my sister think for ourselves.....primarily
I'M VERY SPIRITUAL.... Not religious.....I do not practice any organized religion
Reggie Hudlin : Why
don't you live in
Well, I don't have to .....NOWbut, if I was trying to be all up in shit & wanting "Big City" Life...and trying to be "Seen" etc etc ?
I would...I suppose...
But, I've been poised to have gotten thru ALL of THAT shit
it's a matter of phone calls now....
I like "Small Towns" & friendly atmospheres.
The "Hustle" of a HUGE metropolis.... burns me out, just thinkin about that shit
"It's "REAL !!!! " ----- method man
FOLEY : I haven't cooked a meal since .....
shit I can't remember....Lotta Restaurants & shit
but , I really need to quit eating Sugar of ALL KINDS !
I live to eat dumb shit, sometimes ( who doesn't ? )
I'm getting MUCH BETTER about it
But, I Haven't had meat in a lil over a year....so.....
Reggie Hudlin : What is your relationship like with your father?
FOLEY : Ha haha !!
Damn , that was very "Baba Wawa" (Barbara Walters)
It was Fine...no issues at all
But , that's great that you were able to maintain a cool vibe with Pops.
My Mother & Father made sure WE didn't have to deal with that
( which was incredibly "Mature" on their parts )
So, I lucked out there...as well
Reggie : What is the instrument you wish you could play?
FOLEY : Sax or Harmonica ?
Time to put dem funky-ass "Either / Or's" on ya: FOLEY : Aiiiiight , now....
Rolling Stones or U2 ?
FOLEY : Neither ......
And you don't like PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE), MYSTERIOUS WAYS, STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR?
Prince's "The Cross" takes the curiosity out of wanting to hear more U2.
The only song that I*Really* liked by U2 was "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
Photo : Tim Owens
Another "OHIO" PLAYA....
Aretha or Mahalia?
FOLEY : BOTH....
Just because Mahalia was there 1st.... that cannot take away from Aretha's output !
Def Jam or Death Row?
FOLEY : BOTH ...for different reasons
So ....that would make his contribution just as important as anyone else's
FOLEY : Well, then I'd have to go with "Def Jam" maybe ....
(had to get you for that one)
FOLEY : Oh Shit ......payback's a mufucka....haha
They're one in the same to me !!
Really ....cause, without the racial issues that STILL to this day
determines what U hear from Black folks ,
George Clinton wouldn't have needed that diversion to begin with !
they did have distinctive sounds...less so as it went on, but in the beginning.
Which is your cup of tea?
Look , if "Prince" had neutered himself & not put "Bambi" or "The Cross" on those records...we'd still be having the same dispute about what's in a "Name" vs. the "Racism" that created this problem
Reggie : Okay.... but let's boil it down to body of work again.
FOLEY : Apples & Apples....
That's like calling Eminem's music "White Rap"
But, HE gets a "Fair" shake at crossing over ?!?
*For "OBVIOUS" reasons*
Cause, in All Fairness.....Em is Clever
But, He's no more clever than "Weird Al"
( but, that don't make him "Rakim" or "Busta Rhymes" )
IF "Weird Al" would've came with the "Bomb Squad" ?
HE would've been "the Great White Hype" !!
Aiiiiight , take "Living Color" for instance .....
Mick Jagger ( himself ) walked them into Sony
and, they STILL got Drama ?!?!?!
"BLACK ROCK ?!?"
( THA FUCK ?!?!? )
I guess "Bo Diddley" was Smooth jazz ?!?
The TRUE Father of "Rock & roll "
( at least ONE if Three )Uh, CHUCK BERRY & LITTLE RICHARD.....??
Kid Creole & the Coconuts or The
FOLEY : Kid Creole !!
"Welcome to the Lifeboat Party time"
"I'll Neva Be.....I'll neva Be , like Endicott !!!! "
Motown or Stax ? (one last bit of payback agin)
FOLEY : Whew......STAX !!
The had more to live up to & they had more
freedom to be...Gritty
NOBODY was Fuckin' with Berry Gordy
Then.... or NOW
GODFATHER or GOODFELLAS?
FOLEY : "Godfather" ...it was the
pre-cursor to anything after it
Reggie : Yes indeed....
Redd Foxx or Robin Harris?
FOLEY : REDD FOXX !!!! No Redd ? No Robin .....
The Dramatics or the Delfonics?
FOLEY : The
Shit.... "L.J. Reynolds" & "Ron Banks" ?!?
I loved those groups that had 2-3 lead singers !! "The Whispers" "The Temps" "The Spinners" "The O'Jays"
And, what's bizarre about the Whispers is "Scotty & Walt" are twins ....
and, So Are their VOICES ?!?!?!
You literally couldn't tell which one was in ya Ear !
John Barry or Elmer Bernstein?
FOLEY : Aaron Copland.... *he he he*
Reggie Hudlin : Imma let that one slide, for cleverness.....
FOLEY : He he he.... Are you kiddin ?
"Billy the kid" ?
"Open Prairie" ?
James Bond theme or the Magnificent Seven theme?
FOLEY : Neither ......
"Captain Kangaroo" theme ( for the String arrangement , alone )
Biggie or Tupac?
FOLEY : Tupac schooled biggie on flow ....right
but, Biggie's trks. banged Much harder !!!
"Ready to Die" ? w/ "Machine Gun Funk" ?? Pac's "I get around" still bangs hard , tho !
Bob Marley or Curtis Mayfield?
FOLEY : CURTIS !!!!
Just for the uplifting of folks thru his lyrics.... ALONE !
( not to mention the music )
honorable nod to JB's : "Say it Loud"
I've always felt "Bob Marley" was the islands answer to Curtis
FOLEY :SLY was on the same shit ,actually..... tho his message was more universal but, it was just as.... if not MORE important ...I think He tried to talk to "EVERY" HUMAN BEING within' the sound of his voice !
"There's a Midget Standing TALL , and the Giant beside him ...about to Fall " ------ Sylvester Stewart '69
Comic Books or Video Games? FOLEY : Comic Books...
Half of the journey is created in one's mind, when they READ .....
That's why Movies "Suck" , when compared to the "Book" it came from !
"Perception is.....9/10'ths of the Law"
Ha hahaha !
PART "THREE" ?
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