Rock Dis Funky Joint by Poor Righteous Teachers

 

Continuing my three part series on the story behind some 90’s classics, we are going to take a look at one of my favorite groups, Poor Righteous Teachers.  You can’t tell this story without mentioning Tony D. (R.I.P. I’m saying this too frequently nowadays) Tony D an Italian American, was THE producer to go to in Trenton, NJ.  He produced YZ as well as Poor Righteous Teachers.  Wise Intelligent, Culture Freedom, and Father Shaheed were a three man crew  that were all members of The Nation of Gods and Earths, but lets be clear, despite their hit Time to Say Peace, these guys were ass kickers.  They got into fights at their shows and became infamous on the local tour circuit and they rolled pretty deep.  Like for instance, when Diversity Records wouldn’t relaese their reels after trying to get PRT to wait a year to drop their album, They showed up at at Tim Baker’s house about 20 to 30 project kids deep and ripped the screen door off  and after that, Tim stuck his hands out the front door with the reels in his hand.  These guys even jumped on their producer of the track we’re going to talk about now, Rock Dis Funky Joint, Tony D.  Like I said, ass kickers.

Tony D sampled War’s Slipping Into Darkness for this classic and according to Wise what we hear was nailed on the first take.  The stops and everything.  He already had the rhyme written so he just slid into the track.  War sued PRT for the usage of this sample, and that was the beginning of their education in the music industry.  They had to pay 50% of the penalty and their record label Profile Records and Tony D had to pay the other half.  PRT felt as though it wasn’t their job to clear the sample  they felt Tony D should have submitted it.  According to Wise the Poor part of their name was absolutely correct and they thought it was seriously unfair so they jumped on Tony for not submitting it to Profile.  Tony swears that he did and presumed that Profile handled it.  They got back together a year later and worked together again but this classic was probably their biggest hit. No pun intended. Enjoy.    

Ya Man,

Professor Mike Jordan

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~ by Professor Mike on June 24, 2010.

3 Responses to “Rock Dis Funky Joint by Poor Righteous Teachers”

  1. This record was brilliant and Tony D was a beast in regards to digging heat and mining hits.

  2. This group and song and album is like some of the most sentmental art that i own. My big brother gave me hip hop (i grew up on calypso and reggae) and PRT was the first thing we ever agreed on. He was like “you like this” and i was like “yeah its fresh” and he laughed. That is one of my fondest rap memories. About a year ago I got the chance to meet Wise at a poetry spot in Baltimore and I was like Starstruck. I had a chance to get on the mic and when he told me i was nice … it was …. well you can imagine.

  3. HOMEGROWN TRENTONIAN XCELL BY SHOWING THAT EVEN THOSE WHOM DON’T OWN A BROOKS BROTHER SUIT OR A BENTLEY KAN HOLD THE ATTENTION OF THE MASSES WITH EDUTAINMENT! I, ONE FEEL THAT URBAN THEOLOGY SHOULD BE AN ELEKTIVE WITHIN THE MAINSTREAM POPULAR KIRRIKULUM!

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