Saturday, 29 June 2013

King Sun - Mythological Rapper, 5%er, Zulu King, Battle Rapper & Hip-Hop Originator (Rare Tracks & Interviews)

King Sun - Mythological Rapper, 5%er, Zulu King, Battle Rapper & Hip-Hop Originator 
(Rare Tracks & Interviews)

Although the Bronx was responsible for the 70's Foundation Park Jams, in the late 1980' Queens Hip-Hop artists seemed to seemed to be dominating a size-able chunk of the Hip-Hop landscape. Countering this was a slew of Boogie Down Bronxters like T-La Rock, B-Boy Records - B.D.P. (Boogie Down Productions), Dark Tall & Handsome, The Almighty Kay Gee (The Cold Crush Brothers), some came from original Zulu Nation member Jazzy J's Strong City imprint Bizzy B, Ultimate Force (Diamond D's 1st group) Freddy Foxx, and an artist called King Sun.

King Sun - D. Moët
Zakia Records era Press Shot

King Sun alongside his DJ D. Moët, was put on by Brooklyn super star DJ Cutmaster D.C., and got the duo signed to Zakia Records, the same label that signed Eric B & Rakim.  King Sun - D. Moët's single Hey Love was a slowed down electro Cutmaster D.C. production and lyric heavy Mythological Rapper cemented their signing to major London based record label Profile, then home to Run DMC, Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Special Ed, Sweet Tee, Dana Dane and several others.

Hip-Hop's In The House - Cut Master DC, Just-Ice, Dj Mix Master Ice (U.T.F.O.), Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, Dave Funkenklein, Steady B, D-Moet, King Sun, & others circa ’90 from here

King Sun D Moët - Mythological Rapper

The Original Gods on the Mic: Rakim Allah, King Sun Born & foundation Italian B-Boy NextOne at The Zulu Nation Anniversary

King Sun XL Album (1989)

King Sun's 1st album on Profile XL featured Hey Love and several B-Boy classics, with King Sun Born kicking 5% knowledge and battle raps over production by Sun himself, The Hollywood Impact,The DJ Mark The 45 King and the support of a major label gained him new underground attention.

King Sun - On The Club Tip (Video)
Repping the 5% Nation in the Club

King Sun XL Album back

King Sun talks about the late X-Clan Member Professor X & early touring days

King Sun, DJ King Shameek & Def Jam/Rush Management CEO Russell Simmons

King Sun & The Hollywood Impact 
King Sun recorded much of his music in New Jersey with New Jersey based super crew The Hollywood Impact which featured Producers, DJs & Dancers - Style, Dj King Shameek, Twin Hype, Brian Stroh, Tiny Rock, Just  2, Choice Brothers from the back of the Twin Hype 12" Do It To The Crowd also on Profile. 

Twin Hype feat. DJ King Shameek - For Those Who Like To Groove
King Sun Cameo & DJ King Shameek cutting the f**k up!

King Sun's 2nd Album Righteous But Ruthless (1990)

King Sun's 2nd Album Righteous But Ruthless came out in 1990 in the centre of the Conscious Afrocentric Hip-Hop era, and is one of the strongest albums of that movement, and stood up along side groups like Public Enemy, X-Clan, Tragedy, Def Jef, Boogie Down Productions, Paris, Brand Nubian, YZ, Two Kings and A Cypher, and Poor Righteous Teachers. The album had solid production courtesy of super producer Tony D & New Jersey based crew The Hollywood Impact and production & ill cuts by Dj King Shameek. The album is much more knowledge led than XL, with Sun taking heads with lyrical swords, still with his unique story telling, repping New York to the hilt, battling wack MC's draped in 5% Wisdom. Poor Righteous Teachers feature as guests on the track The Gods Are Taking Heads, unusual in that time as "guest spots" were rare back then. 

King Sun - Be Black
King Sun pumping Afrocentric teaching and bringing it to the many MC's and Hip-Hoppers who jumped over night onto the Conscious band wagon as a fashion, with his song Be Black, which is not unlike the 1960's  commentary in Gil Scott Heron's song Brother

King Sun Big Shots (Funk Master Flex Remix)
An excellent example of King Sun's story telling rap style about the rise and fall of a New York Drug Lord remixed by then A&R DJ Funk Master Flex

After his second album he parted ways with Profile Records, but recorded several songs like the DJ Jazzy J produced Mr. Policeman, and recorded the Strictly Ghetto E.P. for Cold Chillin' Records in 1994. Unfortunately by that time the rot had set in at the once legendary label and it was not well promoted, Gza, then known as The Genius, Tragedy, Grand Daddy I.U. and many of the later Juice Crew members also suffered career woes at the label.

King Sun - Mr Policeman (rare demo tape)

King Sun Iron Hand Clan Interview
Discusses his association to original Wu-Tang members Rza - Prince Rakeem, Gza - Genius & Old Dirty Bastard - A-Son in Iron Hand Clan.

King Sun - Once Upon A Time (Cold Chillin' 1994)
From the Strictly Ghetto E.P.

Not only a monster with the bars but physically a massive dude and well known for not shy to get it on, Sun has has had his fair share of beefs. As the story goes, King Sun, post-Profile was shopping demos to get a new deal. Ice Cube then Ceo of his Lench Mob Records received a Demo that from King Sun. In 1992, Ice Cube released Wicked, which King Sun believed was a bite of his Wicked hook from his Demo. The stories of King Sun trying to get at a Cube show in New York are l
egendary, and ended up on his the Ice Cube Diss - Suck No Dick. Cypress Hill also mentioned that episode in their No Rest For The Wicked Ice Cube Diss which was countered by Ice Cube and Westside Connection's Cypress Hill Diss King of the Hill.

Beef to the back, East Coast West Coast Unity
Bobby Brown?, friend, WC (Westside Connection), King Sun & Ma$e?

King Sun (Sun Dullah)& DJ Doo Wop - New York Love (All Eyez On Sun) [2PAC DISS]

The East Coast/West Coast Beef brought King Sun with the heat and recorded 2 early dis records, but like fellow Bronx MC Tim Dog, who dissed N.W.A. DJ Quik and others, its all in Rap and has spent a lot of time on the "Left Coast".

King Sun on his dissing of 2Pac:"Ok, I was the first to respond with a diss record towards Tupac when he first dissed Tribe Called Quest at the Source Awards in '94. Since Tupac appeared on "California" wit Dre, I felt the need to respond wit "Califony" and derived the hook from the Die Hard movie when Bruce Willis was a cop from NY and had beef in Cali. Every time he killed an adversary his reply was "Yippie Kay Ya Mother Fucker."

The beat was produced by DJ Mark the 45 King and was cut up by Funk Master Flex in D&D Studios in Midtown Manhattan. Shout outs to Doug and Dave. I then allowed Doo Wop to put the song on his mixtape to generate a buzz. Tupac and I discussed the dis song after having Ice-T play it for Pac. We laughed together over the phone and Pac new it was nothing personal, but I had to rep NY to the fullest. Shout outs to Ice-T, who's like my older cousin from the Left Coast who has always held me down, to WC Crazy Toons, DJ Aladdin, DJ Pooh, Evil E and Hen G and Shawny Shawn.

Rest in peace Pac. Our love goes out to Mrs. Shakur. Tell BIG I said "Hold some equality for me and Lady Heron and be at the door with Jesus so we can get in!"

"Doo Wop played his record with King Sun on his critically acclaimed Summer Jam '96 mixtape. Doo Wop also goes at 2Pac & The Dogg Pound at the end of the tape. Notice how the mixtape only features East Coast artists. This was around the time of Hit' Em Up. According to DJ King Shameek, King Sun had also recorded another diss record titled "Don't Know How To A.C.T." directed at Westside Connection" - From CroatianRapper youtube

King Sun - Don't Know How To A.C.T. (2Pac/Westside Connection diss)  
Sun goes in breaking down the So-Called "East Coast/West Coast Beef"

In the late 1990's Sun dropped several singles one with with Ice-T, and the others that ended up becoming the Say No More album in 1999, on his own Black Claw label. The album featured production from Louis Vega and cuts from DJ King Shameek. 

King Sun - Spittin Fire
Cuts by DJ King Shameek

King Sun - Funk Flex Freestyle
from Funk Master Flex 60 Mins of Funk 3

Zulu Nation - Rock Steady
Melle Mel, Busy Bee, King Sun, Kool Herc, Q-Unique, Crazy Legs and others

King Sun is a regular at the Annual Zulu Nation Anniversary Jams in New York, and is always down to battle!


BATTLE: King Sun & D.A. Smart VS Omar & Hazardous at the Zulu Nation 20th Anniversary 1994

King Sun Speaks Wisdom at Urban Underground


podcast from The Breaks: Jammaster James & Smooth E.  King Sun's interview begins @ 1hr:30min mark
from here

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