When my teacher told me that Schoolly D was going to be coming into class, I thought it was pretty awesome and funny. I had only heard of him because of PSK and by the word on the street that Ice T had stolen his whole deal.
Last Tuesday, Schoolly and some friends (including Umar from Street Fatigues) visited our class. Schoolly grew up at 52nd & Parkside, and started playing guitar in a family band before he was 10yrs old. He’s talented, personable, and hilarious. Top moment of the day…
Nate: “How would you describe your relation to so-called Gangsta Rap?”
Schoolly: “I’m the father.”
Modesty may not be in the top 4 words to describe him. Among other things lately, he’s been busy working on a new album. You may know him also from Aqua Teen Hunger Force as he wrote the theme, most of the score, and the character Shake was loosely based on him.
Hearing him talk about hip hop was a privilege. He still tries to do it “the old way.” Recording, writing, and producing in-house as well as putting things out first on his own label. It’s not made for mass consumption. He told the kids in class about how important it was to be yourself artistically-don’t try to fit into a box that people (even you) think will sell before what you really care about.
I got to talk to him for a couple minutes after class. I honestly wish I had brought my camera. He’s a legend.