Footwork Illadelph

I’m working on a new album cover and was trying to hunt down photos of the front facade of Bobbito’s Footwork Illadelph store. This was the cornerstone spot for indie hiphop in Philly during the mid 90’s: Heads would roll through, talk, there would be shows and of course records and gear to buy. But in 2009, finding pictures of the store online was turning into a true challenge. So I went to the source – Mr. Bobbito Garcia himself – and asked if he had any flicks. He dug up this great pic below with “Big Rich” Medina sitting on the stoup:


There was only one other photo I could find, courtesy of my homegirl Stef Tataz. Peep:


So there you go. Hope they come in handy. Felt like I needed to chronicle them somewhere.

See also:
Miscellaneous Footwork Illadelph flyers courtesy dubplatestyles on Myspace.
A sort of working version of from 1999 at

3 comments for “Footwork Illadelph

  1. July 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    First one is dope.

    Second one reminds me of Paul’s Boutique, even though the angles are different.

  2. dees
    September 2, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    i remember going to footwerks with meech and buying the organized konfusion “bring it on” remix white label. it cost me nine beans but i had to have it.

  3. larry lewis
    September 22, 2017 at 3:38 am

    I used to cop mix tapes and cds from this spot would be packed on some sunday’s for emcees to freestyle.. I remember this one woman Steph who worked there.. chick could spit. This place and Old City Ironworks were the reasons why I moved to the Chocolate Works.. #fondestofmemories

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