Sunday, 12 June 2016

ABU Mix on Guided Minds Show - Tomorrow


I was fortunate enough to be asked by Guided Minds Hip Hop Show's head honcho, Steve B if I would like to produce a mix for one of his radio shows.
So I did.

It's a Style Wars-themed medley of tunes and memories from the classic doc and you can hear it exclusively tomorrow night (Monday 13th June) between 8pm and 10pm on http://www.purple-radio.co.uk

See you there!

Rockmaster Reepz, The Right Royal Ruffian 

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Hip Hop Artifacts - TROY Blog





Some nice photos courtesy of Philflava's T.R.O.Y. blog.


Bam - And Ya Say, Goddamn!




I've kept a long silence on this particular subject (much like the higher tiers of the UZN) for fear of personal reprisals (again) and also because I wanted to see if anyone came forward to corroborate these claims.
However as this event is continually snowballing into a whole shitstorm then I feel it is the right time to speak my piece.

For anyone who has not been following this groundbreaking news let me explain.

On March 29th 2016 a video (in two parts) was uploaded to Youtube by The Star Chamber which contained an interview between Troi Torain aka STAR ("the most objective voice in media today") and the 50-year old former NYS Democratic Committeeman and also ex-Universal Zulu Nation member, Ronald Savage.
This video contained detailed stories of acts of sexual abuse between Ronald himself and UZN founder, Afrika Bambaataa back when he was one of his "crate boys" at only 14 years old in the early 1980s.
From this one video other people have come forward to give their own video confessions of abuse by Bambaataa:

#1 Shavonne (not real name) (video)
#2 Hassan Campbell, 39 (video)
#3 Poppy, 39 (video)
#4 Troy, 51 (video)
#5 Unidentified Hispanic Guy, 50 (video)


Bribes were allegedly offered to some of these victims by members of the UZN in return for their silence.
Bam's former bodyguard, Shamsideen Shariyf Ali Bey has supported the claims and has said that the abuse of young children may run "into the hundreds".
Initially the UZN dismissed all claims as "rumors, slander and outright lies". Lately the Zulu Nation have since distanced themselves and removed Bambaataa as leader in a "significant" restructuring of the organisation.
Sadly it seems due to a law called the "statute of limitations" which exists in New York, it means that time has run out on any legal proceedings which may have taken place.
It is important to note that so far all of these incidents are all alleged to have happened and no official court orders have been filed. In short, it's one word against another.

Interestingly, Star talked to someone from the UK who was involved in an incident ("Man Claims Afrika Bambaataa Bit His Penis!"). However as the alleged events took place outside of Britain and the 'abused' was over the age of consent in New York state then I doubt these particular claims can come to anything.

Now. A couple of years ago the ABU Facebook Group (version 1.1) came to a crashing halt after some members of the UK UZN accused ABU's members of dissing their founder, Afrika Bambaataa.
The comments were not remarkably out of the ordinary for the ABU group. Humourous, near-the-knuckle banter that was prompted from a particular post remarking on Bam's sexuality in an extremely juvenile and British schoolboy fashion. Funny? Yes. Wrong? Possibly. But nothing that would be taken to these extreme reprisals if it were a discussion held down the pub.
"History has shown that high powered organizations will use any means necessary to cover-up for the bad behavior of its leaders, and in some cases, their creation may be based on this kind of behavior in the first place"
(Source quote here)
What people were speaking of was based on years of rumours and hearsay that could easily be found via Google. An open secret, if you will. Yet the zealousness of the UK chapter came down on ABU and demanded that we cease, desist and apologise.
After personal attacks to myself and two close friends of mine I decided that enough was enough and sadly closed down the group based on the actions of these purveyors of peace, love and unity.
Fast forward to June 2016 and the UK UZN are suspiciously quiet (save for a brief statement). The previous amount of venom and anger are noticeably absent considering the same comments and accusations (even moreso) are being bandied about in public forums.
Some good friends and I went through a truly shit time and it would be nice if at least just one person who publicly commented against us back then were to hold up their hands and make amends.

All I can say is, watch this space.

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Ageing B-Boy, Reepz.

Further links:

The Hip-Hop Vatican: Afrika Bambaataa & Betrayal Pt. 1
http://www.bishopchronicles.com/podcast/2016/5/15/42-the-hip-hop-vatian-afrika-bambaataa-betrayal

aka Iriscience
https://medium.com/@therealrakaa/my-path-an-open-letter-to-the-true-amazulu-worldwide-bf5a930fb743#.5rsiybgk9

Saturday, 28 May 2016

ABU Show #60 May 2016 Wild Pitch Records Special DOWNLOAD



The show last Thursday (26th) was a success and is now available to download here:

https://hearthis.at/repo136/60-abu-show-may-2016-wild-pitch-special/

Thanks to everyone that tuned in.

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01  Monk Higgins & the Specialties - One Man Band (Plays All Alone) (Dance to the Disco Sax, 1974)
02  The Police - Voices Inside My Head (Zenyatta Mondatta, 1980)
03  Chill Rob G - Let The Words Flow (Ride the Rhythm, 1989)
04  O.C. - Time's Up (Word…Life, 1994)
05  Main Source - Looking at The Front Door (Uncut) (Breaking Atoms, Japanese Reissue 2006)
06  Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth - Just A Little Something (Funky Technician, 1990)
07  UMC's - Blue Cheese (Fruits of Nature, 1991)
08  Chill Rob G - The Power (1989)
09  The Apples - The Power (2009)
10  Gang Starr - Positivity (Remix) (No More Mr. Nice Guy, 1989)
11  Gang Starr - Words I Manifest (No More Mr. Nice Guy, 1989)
12  Hard Knocks - Hands Of A Stranger (School of Hard Knocks, 1992)
13  The Coup - Funk (Kill My Landlord, 1993)
14  Jamose - The Rhymthologist (1989)
15  Gwen McCrae - 90% of Me Is You (Gwen McCrae, 1974)
16  Main Source - Just Hangin Out (Our Hood) (Breaking Atoms, 1991)
17  Les DeMerle - A Day In The Life (Spectrum, 1968)
18  Ultramagnetic MCs - Raise It Up (The Four Horsemen, 1993)
19  James Brown - Bring It Up (Sings Raw Soul, 1967)
20  Gang Starr - The Lesson (No More Mr. Nice Guy, 1989)
21  Jamose - Dance to the Megablast (1989)
22  Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth - Funky Technician (Funky Technician, 1990)
23  Latee - This Cut's Got Flavor (1987)
24  Main Ingredient - Magic Shoes (Tasteful Soul, 1971)
25  Kool & The Gang - N.T. (Live at PJ's, 1971)
26  Main Source - Fakin The Funk (White Men Can't Jump OST, 1992)
27  Gang Starr - DJ Premier In Deep Concentration (No More Mr. Nice Guy, 1989)
28  Bill Cosby - Ursalena (Hooray for the Salvation Army Band!, 1968)
29  Vicki Anderson - I Want To Be In The Land Of Milk & Honey (1969)
30  Ultramagnetic MCs - One, Two, One, Two (The Four Horsemen, 1993)
31  Hard Knocks - Thoughts Of A Negro (School of Hard Knocks, 1992)
32  Main Source - Live At The Barbecue (Breaking Atoms, 1991)




Wednesday, 25 May 2016

ABU Podcast May 2016 Show #60


This Thursday is an extended (i.e. two hours, like it used to be!) ABU Podcast with a special Wild Pitch Records Retrospective.
Same bat time, same bat channel.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

No Half Steppin' - May 2016


TONITE!

No Chrome tonight as he's off on holiday but instead the special guest DJ is Leroy who - when not curating the John Peel vinyl archives - guest spots on The Hip Hop Sessions with DJ Just-1 on Future Radio.
Be there from 8pm 'til late tonight.

Monday, 16 May 2016

DJ Supreme 'Supreme Legacy V1.5'


Apologies for the tardiness as the record in question has already been available for around 3 weeks.
However, I have checked and there are still some in stock.
This is a truly heavy and solidly UK-sounding piece of hip hop power from ex-Hijack crew member, DJ Supreme.
I've been playing the video for a number of days now and it has the capability to still make the hairs on your neck stand up. From the opening bars to the single's b-side track - Bring The Terror (featuring Q-Bert) which glides into the main song, the A-side 'RIP' you can feel the intense rawness that brings back the reason why you loved hip hop in the first place.
Featuring Son Of Noise's Curoc, DJs Mada and Renegade, this is a fantastic record.
My only qualm with it is that it should be on a 12".



Buy the 45 from Supreme's website here: https://djsupremeuk.ecwid.com/#!/Supreme-Legacy-V1-5-7-Vinyl/p/65085150/category=12156008

Check out Supreme on his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/djsupremeuk/


"Wild Style" Then and Now: A Photographic Retrospective


Double Trouble's infamous 'Stoop'


The Ampitheater has sadly seen better days


Connie's Superette Bodega at 148th Street & Brook Ave


This is a great series of photographs depicting (mostly) scenes from the iconic Wild Style movie circa 1982/3 and then the same scenes but as they are now in contemporary New York.

Big shout to Dayle for spotting these.
More shots at http://au.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/10/wild-style-now-and-then-photos/
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