The Third Unheard
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The Third Unheard
Long before Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons were folding each other's underwear and fighting over the top bunk at NYU, Tony "Mr. Magic" Pearson—a record-store owner from Connecticut—had already been rapping and recording hip-hop songs, starting about as early as he could have back in 1979. Third Unheard is as old-school as New Haven and Bridgeport could get—not old-school like green Cross Color jeans, but old-school like eight-track tapes and stars who were DJs, not MCs. This isn't the kind of record people who listen to Power 106 would like—no catchy three-line hooks or artists rapping about money, bitches and Cristal. Instead, it's the kind of record people who work at Power 106—guys with gray hair and a 401k—would like: 13 chilly songs, half of them disco-inspired and the rest rapped over early breaks and beats. "Get Up (and Go to School)" features Mr. Magic's 12-year-old nephew, Pookie Blow, who raps about getting ready for class in between 30-second kazoo solos; the Rappermatical 5 ride the funk train over a bare-bones bass and piano "Party People"; everything crashes into everything else on "Showdown Rehearsal Live" when Starchild and 2nd Showdown Crew pass the mic around the room and give everybody a turn. It may have taken 25 years for Mr. Magic to finally get his hand in your pocket, but it's cool—let him cop a feel. (Charlie Rose)
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