Paradise Grey remembers Latin Quarter with PMD, O.C., & DJ Eclipse

Claude “Paradise” Gray joined DJ Eclipse up at Rap Is Outta Control to talk about his history as the host and entertainment manager for Manhattan’s night club, Latin Quarter. He played a major role in booking much of the talent as far as who’s who in Hip Hop and turning Latin Quarter into an historical Hip Hop venue in its four-year span, from 1985 to 1989. Raised in the South Bronx, Paradise was also a writer, photographer, and Hip Hop historian, and co-founded the influential, Afrocentric Hip Hop group X-Clan. He recently released a book called No Half Steppin’ which includes his personal collection of photographs and memories, along with an oral history from some of the Latin Quarter’s most famous patrons. The book contains 212 pages with over 175 color photographs and flyers from Hip Hop’s golden era. Oral history participants include KRS-One, MC Shan, Awesome 2, Fab 5 Freddy, Just-Ice, DJ Clark Kent, MC Serch, Chuck D, Prince Paul, Kurtis Blow, Big Daddy Kane, Queen Latifah, Kool G Rap, and many others. In this video interview with DJ Eclipse, Paradise is joined by legendary emcees PMD and O.C. who share their memories about the iconic Latin Quarter. Check out the video interview and purchase the book No Half Steppin’.

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