Tame One: One of The Best, Ever

Let me keep it simple. Tame One is one of the best emcees ever. His flow and timing are perfect; his sense of humor and swagger, classic. Here are five radio segments from his first appearance in 1991 on WKCR's Stretch Armstong & Bobbito Show (dates to come...sorry) with his then-partner El from their group The Artifacts, which I felt didn't really represent fully what Tame was capable of. But when Tame and El came up to the show as That's Them (their pre-Artifacts name), they fucked everyone's heads up. But let's be clear: Tame was the main ingredient, and always stood out as a serious up-and-comer (pause). The lyrics from these freestyles are as embedded in my memory as any RUN-DMC or Rakim lyric. Straight up.

Tame One, 1st Appearance on KCR, Part 1
Tame One, 1st Appearance on KCR, Part 2
Tame One, 1st Appearance on KCR, Part 3
Tame One, 1st Appearance on KCR, Part 4
Tame One, 1st Appearance on KCR, Part 5


illest said...

Very slept on. So are those Artifacts albums. Im sure cats who read this board know the album but most kids have no clue.

Chris said...

I flash back to fat Kangol hats, with plastic
Back when steppin on kicks in eighty-six got your ass kicked
Bombers and sheepskins, were common when I first started rhymin
Still I found time to go bombin
Me and my pals rocked Cazals with no glass
Dark flavored Clarks, Lee Denims off the ass
Back when Mr. Magic had it goin all the way on
the berf with BDP, added flavor like a crayon
Indeed MC's would represent with the skills
But now in ninety-three a lot of them can get the dillz
It seems like a little sumthin missin in the mix
But now I got a deal, so it's up to me to fix
When niggaz put me up on, with funky raps to cut on
Word is BOND, if I hear another wack rap song
I might snap and it's an actual fact
that I'ma kick it like that, cause this is strictly bout the whayback

Saint said...

Tame is the man...it's about time he got recognized...He got some recent stuff out....I support every release...big up to Tamer DEE

Anonymous said...

"and bet ya last paycheck/that when i say next/'theyre all gonna laugh at you' like Sissy Spacek"


Pony Starks said...

The new Tame stuff is bananas. Spazmatic is on heavy rotation in the house.

The All Mighty Mark Skillz said...

Yo Mr. Stretch check the check, the Wake Up Show used to play portions of the best of your shows back in the day...so i have a cassette of that Artifacts freestyle from that...

Now dig it, while your diggin for demos that never seen the light of day, here's what I wanna see if you have...Freshco and Miz I know you remember them, Sway played an unreleased demo of theirs in 1991 that never seen wax or nuttin it's called "Got to Be Real" you got that?

And also when I would go to New York - of where I am originally from, I used to wish yall would play more of the original school: Spoonie, Cold Crush and Treacherous Three but yall ain't really rock it like that when i would listen. I'm glad to see you really were into that period as well.

Mark Skillz

Phatdaddy151 said...

O.K.Peep this,remember the cat that bit Tames whole shit word for word on his own shit like tame was gonna be nevawuz boy did he play his self!!!

The Magic Chef said...

Thanks for the Tame One exclusives Stretch! Here's a little Tame One exclusive of my own, http://www.zshare.net/audio/2824277e656b90/

SAint Ides said...

I'm sorry..it posted me as anonymous at first, so.......

Yo phatdaddy151...I remember that kid who bit...Stretch recieved the album..and played the guy spitting Tame's verse....and then he played Tame right behind it!!! That was a milestone moment in the show's history. It also is a testament to Tame's wordplay and lyricism. I still have that tape somewhere in my stash...I need some Lord Sear Heat sessions posted up in here!