Uploaded on Jan 8, 2011
This is a never-before-seen video of the Guido MCs live at L'Amour East in Queens New York Circa 1987.
With the help of club promoter/impresario extraordinaire Bobby Goodrich, the Guido MCs began their ascent into Guido history as the first white, Italian-American rap artists of all time.
Bobby Goodrich gave complete carte blanche to the Guido MCs at one of the clubs he promoted called AVANTI in Bayside, New York.
This invaluable exposure enabled the Guido MCs to ultimately become a cult "Guido" favorite of the '80s.
The Guido MCs consisted of brothers Matt "Matty The Horse" Saladino and Frank "Frankie Flash" Saladino from Flushing Queens, New York.
The Guido MCs wrote "The Guido Rap" and "Bensonhurst 86th Street". In the mid to late 1980's when black rap was popular, the young Italian-American population was heavily into the club scene where money was no object. While the African-Americans were rapping about hard times, the Guido MCs wrote songs about the easy life they experienced with the help of daddy's money and personal connections.
Life for the Guidos was all about the club scene, fancy cars and fast women.
The Guido MCs were so ahead of their time that they were ignored by the entire music industry. Every record label turned them down, telling them that they could not be signed because they were white.
The Guido MCs gave their record out for free to all of the DJ record pools in the tri- state area and New Jersey. They quickly became a cult favorite and developed a following that generated so much interest that record distributors began calling for the record.
The Guido Rap/Bensonhurst 86th Street record began selling in Nobody Beats The Wiz and Sam Goody's, the most popular record stores in the 1980's.
The Guido MCs began performing the entire tri-state club circuit over and over again, entertaining their huge Italian-American following. They were huge on the Jersey Shore at about the same Snookie was crawling around in diapers. They were regulars on the most famous Jersey Shore radio show at the time, WJRZ with John Garabo.
As the music scene changed, so did the Guido MCs, changing their names to The Wise Guys. The Wise Guys however, never saw the same success that Guido MCs enjoyed. Matt The Horse changed his name to Rif Raf, introducing a fun song called "Go Loco" and then changed his name again to MIGHTY where he wrote and produced "Let's Do It Again" which was distributed nationwide.
MIGHTY was interviewed on The Rosie O'Donnell Show where he performed his song live in front of an audience of over 7 million people.
Although this was a tremendous feat, with free downloading becoming popular at the time, MIGHTY lost his record contract with Phat cat Cat Records.
Matt and Frank Saladino could never top being the first white, Italian-American rap artists in history and then again, no one could ever take that away from them either!
This makes The Guido MCs the undisputed pioneers in Guido history!
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