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GHETTOHEAT® HOTNESS: HICKSON

REMEMBER WHEN?

REMEMBER WHEN…it was all-good in the hood up in Harlem?

You were too young to realize you were poor wit’ problems:

“I WANNA GO BACK…WAY BACK…BACK INTO TIME….”

Mock-neck pullovers - plaid polyesters from AJ Lester’s

Florsheim’s suede British Walkers—leather Playboys

Rocked them wit’ ya corduroy suit

Guns we toted were water toys

Wasn’t concerned wit’ gettin’ loot!

Just havin’ fun in the sun….

“LAST NIGHT CHANGED IT A-L-L! I REALLY HAD A BALL!”

…Wasn’t drinkin’ Cristal

“HOT PEAS-N-BUTTER, COME-AND-GET-YA-SUPPER!”

Outside playin’: “Run, catch and kiss”

Ev’rybody was mad cool - didn’t have time to dis

“Eric B. Is President”—and you don’t s-t-o-p!

Doin’ “the wop” on ya skates at The Rooftop

Brucie B. chopped it up on the one-and-two’s - scratchin’ hip-hop

It was all-good: “Um Tang! Um Tang!”—DJ Hollywood

145th and Eighth Ave.

A “Willie Burger” - a ghetto-sweet “half-n-half”

We bugged, snapped and laughed!

The after-hour spot: The S & S

Car rims: “B.B.S.” Yes!

Doug E. Fresh did the human-beat box to “The Show”

“A-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-E, YO! AIIIGHT!”

Livin’ large at The Uptown Garage

Honeys wore “Bubble Gum Jeans” extra tight

High-top kicks wit’ slouchy socks

So blessed—yes!

“W…B…L…S!”: Chief Rocker Frankie Crocker

Before 8 o’clock played “In The Mood” before endin’ show:

“THERE-I-GO! THERE-I-GO! T-H-E-R-E I GO…”

Life in the 70s: nice and slow….

Gurrls wore “mushrooms” before “doobies”

Bushy Afro puffs - trainin’ bras they stuffed

Colored jellies wit’ belly shirts and patchwork skirts

Playin’ in the park - didn’t mind the dirt

WHAT A DAY!

Mr. Chick and La Roque Bay

African dance troupe jumped and swayed:

“FUNGA ALAFIA, AH-SHAY AH-SHAY!”

Yeah, that was tight - hung out ‘til streetlights came on at night

It was the joint! Outta sight! “DYN-O-M-I-T-E!”

“GOOD TIMES. …THESE…ARE…THE…GOOD…TIMES!”

Wasn’t hatin’ or droppin’ dime

Lemon-lime snow cones on Lenox

Atari - Channel 11’s: “PIX-PIX-PIX-PIX-PIX!”

“I WANNA GO BACK”: Bring back a few things

My four-finger gold nugget ring

Before the ice: bling-bling!

Life was smooth - life was great

Doin’ “The Snake” goin’ to Steak-n-Take

McDonald’s banana milk shakes

Roast beef at Mammy-Jammy’s!

“Easy like Sunday morning” without the whammys

Damn…I was young gettin’ hassled by bouncers at The Castle:

“IT’S THE K-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-D CAPRI!”

Doin’ his thing!

Wrecks-n-Effects and The New Jack Swing

“The Fila” dance at Latin Quarters

Snatched ya Lee patch off ya high-water jeans

“P. S. K: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?”

“40-below” Timbs - army jacket—olive-green

“WAY BACK!”: Friday nights watchin’ “Hot Tracks”

Le Chic did “The Freak” and we were gettin’ down!

Two-piece short set from Appletown

Ev’rythin’ was c-o-o-l

Butter Crunch cookies for lunch at school

Wasn’t walkin’ like gangsters or bangers lookin’ mean

Just doin’ “The Robot” right on the scene

The Jackson Five: “Dancing Machine”

Doin’ “The Bump” - goin’ in the closet to dry-hump

Lumps in my throat when it’s time to go home

The funky-funky-funky-fresh block party

DJ Luv-Bug Starski scratchin’ at The Dome

Playin’ all day in the GHETTOHEAT®!

Slingin’ skully tops in the gritty street

Diddy-boppin’ to the sure-shot beat!

Easter Sunday: “Time to get f-l-y!”

No crack or ecstasy—wasn’t gettin’ high

Hop the train—Forty deuce: “Yo, home slice, Times Square!”

Black Power Afro pick in ya nappy-ass hair!

Flick-it-up - grab some lunch:

Nathan’s franks wit’ fries and fruit punch

Just mad fun—yo, a bunch!

Saturday mornin’ karate movies eatin’ Cap’n Crunch

Fred Flintstone wit’ his pal, Gazoo

Pac Man - Asteroids - Donkey Kong, too

Nehi soda—favorite flavor: “Sky Blue”

I-thought-I-was-the-kid-wearin’-Underoos!

“BACK IN TIME”: O-o-o-o-o-o-h…

Two-dollar movies at The Roosevelt

Next door to Blimpie: “A number ‘three’ wit’ cheese, please!”

Felt like life couldn’t get any better

Rockin’ ya gauchos and ya cowl-neck sweater

…I wanna re-live those days over and over again

YO, MY CURFEW WAS AT TEN!

What were you doin’ back then?

REMEMBER WHEN?

HICKSON is CEO of GHETTOHEAT®. Born in Harlem, New York, he remains a true Harlemite. Graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1998, receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications, HICKSON attended college full-time and freelanced as a fashion stylist—also becoming a backstage wardrobe coordinator for supermodel, Naomi Campbell. For five years, HICKSON was in charge of coordinating her fast, intricate outfit changes at major fashion shows, until becoming fully involved in the creative process of runway shows, later freelancing as a production coordinator for a leading special events/fashion show production company; producing avant-garde shows worldwide.

His grandfather’s death and 9/11 quickly changed HICKSON’s life, soon writing GHETTOHEAT® while dealing with struggles. Poverty, pressure and passion drove him into becoming a self-made “Hip-Hopreneur”—HICKSON creating his multimedia company, GHETTOHEAT® on June 4th, 2003, focusing on self-publishing, marketing, distributing and selling his works. Determination also forced HICKSON to publish other creative artists, where he’s always seeking new talent. HICKSON’s vision is to continue producing great quality works, his favorite subjects being his people, the inner-city voices of Ghetto-America. HICKSON’s next release is SKATE ON!—his first novel.

Contact HICKSON at HICKSON@GHETTOHEAT.COM

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