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


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:!/Supreme-Legacy-V1-5-7-Vinyl/p/65085150/category=12156008

Check out Supreme on his Facebook page

"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

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The Making of A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders Album Cover
Quest fans lookee here.
Fantastic article on the making of the Midnight Marauders iconic album cover.

N.b. Don't nobody mention this to Prince Paul though.


Last week I guested on The Hip Hop Sessions radio show with JUST-1 and we delivered a 2-hour tribute to Phife Dawg and A Tribe Called Quest.
It was an absolute pleasure to play some of my favourite records over the last 25+ years and I hope you enjoy/ed it.
Two hours of Tribe cuts plus a few breaks that were used throughout their back catalogue, too

The actual stream is here if you prefer it like that.

We took it in turns to play a small selection of Quest records each.
Here's the way it went down......

The Hip Hop Sessions - PHIFE TRIBUTE SHOW
Tuesday 05 April 2016

Check The Rhime (instrumental)

01 Push It Along
02 Eugene McDaniels - Jagger The Dagger
03 Electric Relaxation
04 Infamous Date Rape
05 Roy Ayers - Feel Like Making Love
06 Keep It Rolling

 07 Earth, Wind & Fire - Brazillian Rhyme
08 Bonita Applebum (Why Remix)
09 We Can Get Down
10 Kool & The Gang - Who's Gonna Take The Weight
11 Pubic Enemy (remix)

Jazz Re-Recording (instrumental)

 12 Jazz (We've Got)
13 Can I Kick It?
14 Diamond D - Pain And Strife
15 Grant Green - Down Here On The Ground
16 1nce Again
17 Stepping It Up

 18 Cal Tjader - Aquarius
19 Description On A Fool
20 Lou Donaldson - Pot Belly
21 If The Papes Come (Remix)
22 The Hop

Midnight (Instrumental)

 23 The Chase Pt 2
24 Gary Bartz - Gentle Smiles
25 Butter
26 Find A Way
27 Scenario
28 Lyrics To Go
29 Bill Cosby - Martin's Funeral

 30 Buggin' Out
31 Award Tour
32 Oh My God
33 Check the Rhime
34 Reuben Wilson's - Inner City Blues

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Raising Of The Bridge

Ladies and gents, it seems that something quite exciting is happening in the rap world.

We are all veterans of the infamous 'Bridge Wars' between MC Shan and Boogie Down Productions, yes? Well, MC Shan has never really put that particular beef to bed and instead has been brooding on it over the last (almost) 30 years.

In an interview with UGS Radio, Shan explains that he is hungry to continue their feud which began in 1985 with the track, 'The Bridge' which was produced by Marley Marl where Shan was misinterpreted as saying that Queensbridge was where hip hop began:
You love to hear the story, again and again,
Of how it all got started way back when,
The monument is right in your face,
Sit and listen for a while to the name of the place,
The Bridge,
This of course started off a whole creative period of dis/answer-back records (which wasn't exclusively between BDP and Shan) and provided an unforgettable era during hip hop's Golden Age.
The funny thing is though that this whole beef began over the fact that an early record (12:41 'Success Is The Word') involving KRS and Scott La Rock was dissed by Mister Magic. They then released 'South Bronx' which was aimed primarily at Magic.

Recently though on this UGS Radio segment you can hear Shan continuing his bitterness and shoots some prepared lyrics at Kris:

Not surprisingly, KRS heard this and has recently delivered a great response, 'S.H.A.N. Still Huggin' A Nut', below:

Now, I don't know about you but this just injected a much-needed shot into the arm of rap and I for one cannot wait to hear Shan's response. The kid in me is secretly hoping that the old Juice Crew come out of semi-retirement and bring their skills to the battle.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Adult Rappers Documentary

Adult Rappers - Trailer from Fandependent Films on Vimeo.

This indie-doc, Adult Rappers (2015), is a real eye-opener into the behind-the-scenes of guys who we mostly think of as having it all in the world of hip hop really are just like you and me. And maybe even doing worse than some of us.
All the artists here speak candidly about their early lives coming into the scene, influences, first songs..etc.. then begin chatting about what life is when they are on the road - which can sometimes be just playing to only four people at a club. Most of them have regular day jobs and do their music as a sideline or a hobby.
We see people such as RA The Rugged Man, Master Ace, Jarobi as well as others many maybe not as recognisable happily speaking to the camera and above all they all come across as just normal people.

J-Zone's experiences are particularly sobering where he talks of being in front of an audience; the total whom can be counted on one hand, and vows there and then that he will never go onstage again.

A lot of questions are raised regarding the validity of the profession especially when the culture is mostly seen as something for the younger generation. Evidence (of Dilated Peoples) asks, "You can keep rappin' but how long is someone else gonna pay attention?". Food for thought, indeed.

If you want to see the full doc then click here as it won't embed on the blog.

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