I met Guru that night, not for the first time…but one of the few times I did. I was recording footage which I have in the archives somewhere…
Excerpt from NY TIMES:
* COMMON, GANG STARR, TALIB KWELI, FLOETRY, Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd Street, Manhattan, (212) 777-6800. Common’s most recent album, ”Electric Circus” (MCA), was hit and miss; it’s now clear that he should leave the singing to the singers. But live, he remains one of hip-hop’s most exciting performers, leading his band through long, loping phrases while hardly pausing for breath. He is to be joined by the traditionalist duo Gang Starr, the long-winded Talib Kweli and the sing-rapping act Floetry; it should be a great show. Sunday at 6:45
I remember I met ODB this day. He had just come down off stage and was all nasty stank sweaty. He was really tall and standing on the other side of this table I was next to. I was standing on a chair because I’m a ‘lil shorty. He looked over at me, grabbed my arm from across the table–lifted me up with one arm as I stepped on top of the table over to his side. I had a promotional Wu Tang bath size (facial size) towel hanging from my jeans. He snatched it from me, wiped all his sweat off with it and gave it back to me and said, “(slurp)…Take some of that back with you, kid (slurp)…” and that was it. I don’t even remember what my reaction was. I think I just stood there part disgusted, part perplexed and part in awe that I had ODB’s sweat on my promo towel. But also low key kinda mad because it was a really cool towel lol. I never knew what happened to that towel, I tried to hold on to it as long as I could. But as you know, the life when you’re wilin’ and young…shit happens. I still have a similar promo item Kardinal Offishal towel from the same time though. But I’ll be forever wondering about that ODB towel!