Fun Fact About Chris Malo: One of my apartments can be seen in the intro of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
I had been meaning to post this for a while, and the Ni**as in Philly remix video below reminded me to do it.
I had an apartment in Philly at 18th and Wallace and at some point I was told or realized that you could actually see it in the intro of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. (Click the screengrab below to see the intro.)
The giveaway is the eagle you can see in the background painted on the Roberto Clemente playground wall.
The interesting thing is that despite the theme song which says:
“In West Philadelphia, born and raised/ On the playground is where I spent most of my days…”
is actually in North Philadelphia.
The small rec center used to be one of the most notorious dope spots in the city. They served out of the building and there was a long line of addicts waiting to be served. Security was guys in long leather trench coats, packing shottys underneath. You could score works from the grandmothers that sat on their stoops around the park.
And the remix that inspired this post: