This Week In Dallas Music History: Before Ben & Skin, There Was Skinny Fresh & Ruben

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Before there was "Ben & Skin," the local morning sports radio talk show on KESN-103.3 FM ESPN Dallas, there was Jeff "Skinny Fresh" Wade and Ruben Ayala, who made up Hydroponic Sound System.

And, in a 2001 issue of the Observer, former music editor Zac Crain profiled the duo, who had just release their record Routine Insanity.

In light of the Golden Age of Dallas Hip-Hop that we think we're entering, we figured it couldn't hurt to take a glance back tens years to some of the region's hip-hop roots for this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History.

In the piece, Crain mentioned that the album was a hard sell -- mostly because it was a hip-hop record made by two white guys. Hard to believe, though, seeing as they just scored a Nike commercial and placement in the Run-DMC episode of VH1's Behind The Music. And, long before the story was written, Wade was already a big part of the local hip-hop scene, having toured with House Of Pain and collaborated with Naughty By Nature.  

The rest of the article details Wade's interesting background as a DJ, hip-hop journalist, and all around fan. Hit the jump to read the whole thing.

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2 comments
PaulInDallas
PaulInDallas

Great blast from the past, but I think the 3rd page is wrong. Goes from Skin talking about DJ Baby G in Austin to the rest of "Scene and Heard". Can we get the real 3rd page?

And yes, just looking through those old ads is awesome. What up Bronco Bowl!

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

Just LOOK at those shows This is a perfect example of why people should go see music NOW! Go and support local venues, and maybe you will see Erykah Badu early on, or Outkast and Ludicris on a small club, or Sorta before Danny Balis's next wife was even born!

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