For a coupla years now I've been after my pal Rob Wortman to digitize his priceless cassette collection of self-recorded events and other oxide oddities. While out in Cali this past January I was able to paw over some of his archive and I insisted he help me find some of the very early Bay Area hip hop shows that he had told me about back when I began blogging for WFMU, and which had whet my appetite considerably.
Today I'll start with part one of my favorite of the things I transferred: A very tasty Darryl C and the Crash Crew show at the Stone in San Francisco on May 25th, 1984. In order to keep the files at full quality, I decided to create a point in the middle to break the show into two portions, but there'll be a tiny overlap section at the top of the next part, two weeks from now.
I had a ball listening to this gig, the show is so theatrical and elaborate; I think this document gives a nice idea of the flavor of a rap show in those earlier days. Not being an expert on Darryl C and Crash Crew I did run across a nice interview with a member of the Crew here. Without further ado, here's part one. Word.