Posts Tagged ‘bronx’

KRS-One & Channel Live – Mad Izm (Live 3/2/18)

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Watching KRS-One live is an experience unlike no other. Possibly the greatest hip-hop live show you’ll ever see. The energy, the connection, the catalog, the wisdom and the presence is in a league of its own. If you forgot just how great this man is, please go see him live if he is coming to your town. He hasn’t lost anything and will probably remind you that he is one of the best, if not these best rapper of all-time too. Stay tuned for the KRS-One tribute on Take It Personal coming in April –Philaflava

Ya Rock and Ya Don’t Stop: Forty Years of Hip Hop

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

(Special Guests: Coke La Rock, Cindy Campbell, Clark Kent & Timmy Tim.)

Obviously the birth of a culture is a process with many pioneers, not a single moment. However, if you had to point to a single mythical birthday for this music we call hip hop, this would probably have to be it. It all started back on August 11th, 1973 at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the West Bronx when a six foot five muscular sixteen year old named Clive Campbell had already become a DJ named Kool Herc. He had decided to help his kid sister Cindy Campbell throw a back to school party so that she could get some money for new school clothes from the boutiques down on Delancey Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Little did anyone know the party that they threw would inadvertently spark a global culture and become the most pervasive and popular music the world has ever known. So let’s take it back. Way back, back into time.


R.I.P. Tim Dog (Video Retrospective)

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Last night I was driving to my girl’s house when I heard the sad news that Tim Dog had died at age 46 due to complications of diabetes. Today we commemorate the life of one of the Bronx’s most uncompromising MCs with a music video retrospective, starting of course with the song that launched his solo career, “Fuck Compton.” If only for the sake of bringing things full circle, we’ll finish up with another diss track, 2012’s “Hi-Jackin The Throne,” an attack on Jay-Z and Kanye West that went mostly unnoticed.


Kool Keith – Total Orgasm Mixtape

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Yet another example of an old rapper aging gracefully, Kool Keith will be turning 49 in October. This tape, mixed by DJ Junkaz Lou, dropped in January of 2012, but has gone mostly unnoticed until now. (At least, I hadn’t seen it until recently.) It’s 16 tracks combined into one 52-minute mix, which can be streamed for free or purchased for $1. The nine songs produced by Keith himself are some of the best on here, with my personal favorites being tracks 8 and 9, “Slam Dunk” and “Total Orgasm.”

Since this tape came out, Keith has also released his umpteenth solo album Love & Danger and spit some show-stopping verses on Red Apples 45‘s LUV NY project. He’s definitely had a few missteps over the course of his career, but you have to admit, a guy who’s almost 50 putting out this many dope tracks in one year really belies the notion that rap is only a young man’s game. It’s also comforting to know that Mr. Thornton hasn’t become any less eccentric in his old age. Quite the opposite in fact.

One last note: back in April, Keith claimed that Love & Danger would probably be his last album. On the other hand, as unclebengi pointed out to me, a recent interview with Red Apples 45 co-owner Ray West, the producer behind LUV NY, revealed that he and Keith “recorded maybe like thirty songs.” Here’s hoping those see the light of day.

-Samuel Diamond

Random VLS Drops: 2for5 – Playin’ The Strip (2002)

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Bronx duo, Ace Lover and Oktober, released 2 singles in 2002, before releasing their debut album “Broke Minds Think Alike” in 2004 on Cajo! Records.


01. Playin’ The Strip
02. Whatz Ya Naim?! (Riding The Train)
03. Thah Fowndation
04. Playin’ The Strip (Instrumental)
05. Whatz Ya Naim! (Instrumental)
06. Thah Fowndation (Instrumental)

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