“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey
Every Thursday here on Quitetrillworldwide we are doing a throwback Thursday. We will pick a jam from the past in any genre and give you some info that you may not have known before about that artist.
MC Shan is a hip hop pioneer, he was one of the earliest emcees to represent the Queensbridge section of New York City he also has one of the most distinctive voices in hip hop. Many remember Shan as one of the few emcees to battle the mighty KRS-ONE. The battle pitted the Bronx against Queens, this was years before the media instigated eastcoast v westcoast via Biggie Smalls and Tupac. Shan and KRS-ONE battled over their borough’s claim to the creation of hip hop, a noble cause indeed. The battle is one of the most known in hip hop history and was a catalyst for both KRS and Shan’s careers. Shan made some of the dopest music in hip hop history with his DJ/super producer Marley Marl. Marley and Shan were members of the legendary Juice Crew which was a power house and one of the strongest crews in hip hop history. Juice Crew included Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Master Ace, Craig G, Roxanne Shante etc. All of these emcees were heavy in the style they used and Shan was right there with them holding his own.
Shan had hits in the early and mid 80’s but he hit his stride in 88 with the “Born to be Wild” album. It is regarded as one of the dopest complete albums of that time period. Shan dropped knowledge, he showed style he made a mark. If you were a hip hop head circa 87 – 90 there was no fast-forwarding any part of this album. Just like the title of the album the music displayed a wild and free spirit. If you’re from the golden era press play and reminisce, if you’re a youngin press play and get a time capsule of hip hop circa 88.