Many music fans wake up Thursday mornings and immediately reach for their “throwback” jams. As a hip-hop fan that loves to dig around in the “old school” bin, I was more than happy to find a relic of my favorite group from their earliest beginnings.
Earlier this week, Dope Folks Records announced the upcoming re-release of Philadelphia MC Lord Aaqil’s EP “Check it Out,” all the way back from 1993. Only 300 copies of the Golden Era record will be available for purchase, but if you don’t happen to be lucky enough to grab a copy, YouTube has a never-ending replay button.
Lord Aaqil released a never-before-seen music video for “Check it Out,” but Okayplayer noticed a few faces in the background that should catch hip-hop fans’ attention.
Yes, that fresh-faced, Whoopi Goldberg-dreaded, purple plaid-wearing kid on the drums is none other than ?uestlove of The Roots, before the South Philly boys dropped the “Square” from their name. Bobbing their heads at his side are Roots lyricists Black Thought and former partner Malik B, nabbing their first video treatment years before Jimmy Fallon, their debut album “Organix,” and before ?uestlove could achieve the monstrous afro he has today.
“Check It Out” has all the old-school hip-hop flavor that we love about the early 90s. Jump on this video while the views are still low and you can brag to your friends that you’ve seen the roots of The Roots (it had to be said).