Rich and I have about a 20 year history together. As friends first but over the years we've strengthened our working relationship by doing various parties together like Tastytreats, Jump n' Funk, HOME, Lil' Ricky's Rib Shack, most recently, The Roots Picnic Afterparty and many more. I've also held his door down for him at APT in NYC for his event, Lil' Ricky's Rib Shack for a while but only after many years of coming as a fan.
I think part of why I've always loved Lil' Ricky's/APT so much is because of it's parallel vibe to Tastytreats/Fluid. It was special. It's longevity spanned more than a decade, weekly. It's unapologetic freedom of not having to play top 40 music all night. Neither venue really had a "sign". It was the kind of place that if you knew, you knew!
I asked Rich a few questions about what the party, the venue and it's legacy is all about. Check it out below. Then check us out this Friday, June 29th, for our 5th Friday residency at Silk City in Philadelphia. We teamed up to bring Lil' Ricky's Rib Shack to Philly. You can find Rich spinning a 4 hour set and me on the dance floor.
Flygirrl: Tell the folks what Lil Ricky's Rib Shack is all about.
Rich: LiL Ricky’s Rib Shack is all about open minded music appreciation and providing the dance community with a space to celebrate their relationship with the DJ, other dancers, and the remainder of the club community.
F: APT. What did that venue mean to you?
RM: APT means a hell of a lot to me because despite having been a working DJ in NYC for years prior, LRRS was the DJ residency that gave me my own weekly platform and changed my career forever.
F: How did Lil' Ricky's Rib Shack effect New York nightlife?
RM: We were a bit of an oasis in the desert to a degree. There were of course many clubs that were alive and well in NYC at the time, but none had APT’s decorum from design to management to the talent that was booked there on a daily basis for 10 years.
F: Who was your favorite guest DJ at Lil' Ricky's Rib Shack?
RM: Shit...that’s a tough one...there were so many incredible moments there...but I would have to say the night Yasiin Bey and Q-Tip came and both freestyled impromptu for a good 45 minutes and then Q-Tip joined me on the wheels for the night, unplanned. It was spontaneous, electric, and definitely a night to remember for many people.
F: What are 5 songs in your rotation at the moment?
Thundercat - Oh Sheeeit it’s X
Black Thought - TeoFifteen
Moody Man - Pitch Black City Reunion
Nas - Cop Shot The Kid
Josh Milan - Thinking About Your Body
The countdown is on to our 4th Annual Philly Loves Dilla night! Saturday night, we gather on Dilla's 42nd birthday and the 10th anniversary of his passing. No better way to honor him than to gather and soak in all he's left us musically. DJ's Mike Nyce, Jay Ski and Mr Sonny James are spinning 3 for 3 on 4 turntables all night! With a tribute video and live and exhibited Dilla artwork by Flygirrl, Ameerah K Art, Son Art, JRuggs and Oronde Kairi Johnson. Some prints available and a portion of all proceeds will benefit The J Dilla Foundation. Doors at 9pm, $10 at the door. See you on the dance floor!
Enjoy this Dilla For Life mix by DJ Mike Nyce to get warmed up for Saturday and pass it on....
Music Soulchild, Raheem DeVaughn and V live
On April 6th 2015, it marked 2 years since the legendary nightclub Fluid closed its doors. It also marked the last night we hosted our legendary Tastytreats party. Incase you didn't know, myself, Ahmir, Questlove Thompson of The Roots, our host, Yameen Allworld and resident Dj Mike Nyce hosted a party called Tastytreats every Saturday night for 13 years at Filo's at then at Fluid nightclub! Whoa, right?
Fast forward to today. Silk City hits me up to take a date at the venue. Ironically, they mention a Tastytreats reunion of sorts. I couldn't think of a better idea, let's do it!
On Friday, May 15, we invite you to a one night Tastytreats experience. Dj's Mike Nyce and Questlove, Yameen on the mic, me on the dance floor..... And did I mention there will be Jawn T-Shirts for sale?!? AND we're celebrating Yameen's birthday!
We're pretty excited. We'll see you on the dance floor, get there early!! Doors open at 9pm. Tell a friend, they will thank you :)