Posts Tagged ‘radio’

The Pharcdye – 1993 Freestyle

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

As long as I’m on another mini Pharcyde kick, DJ Step One hit me with this Pharcyde freestyle over the weekend.

This time it’s an 8 minute freestyle session from the Kiss FM Rap Show. The sound is a little rough, but what do you expect from an almost 20 year old tape recording?



Natural Elements – 90.1 WUSB Promo (Shadybrook)

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Another exceptionally dope NE radio promo, this time with L-Swift and Mr.Voodoo on the mic and Charlemagne behind the boards, I assume.

Download this gem right here. (more…)

Radio Shows?

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Here at TROY many of our contributors were at one time or another the hosts/DJs of college radio shows. Naturally, we’re fans of mix shows, even if their overall popularity/influence has waned a bit in the era of Tumblr, mediafire, podcasts, and iTunes playlists. But nothing really competes with the spontaneity and rawness of a well-executed hip hop radio show. So, if you have a radio show/podcast  that can be streamed on the internet or downloaded and played, tell us about it in the comments section. In the meantime, check out Nitty Gritty Radio, a throwback-centered show that we heard about via Twitter.

The Kool Keith Takeover (SiriusXM)

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Yesterday Kool Keith Thornton took over SiriusXM’s old school hip hop channel, Backspin, for 2 hours, playing his favorite songs and adding a little commentary. Could this be Howard Stern’s possible replacement? I wouldn’t mind it. Tracklisting and download link after the jump. –Philaflava


Stretch And Bobbito Month: Setting It Off

Friday, October 1st, 2010

From today until the last day of October, we’ll be presenting you with as much Stretch and Bobbito related material as possible. And hopefully a bunch of ill gems you haven’t heard yet.

From the artists who got their first breaks on WKCR to Fondle ‘Em, one of the prototypes of the independent hip hop label model. From the success of Fat Beats and Sandboxautomatic, partially or even largely due to heavy promotion on the show, to Footworks, books, magazine columns, worldwide notoriety and so on and so on…
It all stemmed from this show.
Before we hit you with some of that homemade flan with the extra caramel, take some time to go back through some of our older Stretch and Bobbito related posts:
Plus, peep:
And/or join the TROY forum to help us finish plotting out the show’s history and help with tape rips.
Okay, party people, when you’re done with all of that, what better way to start this month off than with an ill promo that’s been recently released in high quality? The following two joints were taken from the recently dropped “OC – Ozone Originals” from No Sleep Recordings.
OC – Stretch And Bobbito Promo [DJ Eclipse production] 1993
And here’s another banger:
OC – Outsiders [Buckwild production] 1993

Up North Tip: Cold Front Record Release Party (1991), CKLN 88.1 FM Radio Rarities

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

A while back I wrote the first entry in my Canadian hip-hop series, which focused primarily on the Cold Front Rap Compilation of ’91. This is a little late, but to accompany that piece on one of the finest compilations ever crafted, here are two videos from the record release party. Courtesy of our homie Andyman187:

As detailed by Andyman, in his original blog entry:

This is something special for my Toronto headz! Here we have the Cold Front Record Release Party at Live At The BBQ featuring interviews with Executive Producer John Bronski and various groups involved in the project. You also get an ill freestyle cypha with DJ X on the wheels dropping beats for Toronto's finest out in the parking lot of Much Music. Featured Emcee's include Base Poet, Thrust & 10-Kay repping KGB, Sonya Live, Maestro Fresh Wes, T Soul, Kish, Motion, as well as former Maestro Manger and Canadian Idol judge Farley Flex stepping out and kicking some lyrics which had the crowd going crazy!

Note: The first video has the interviews and some performances, the second has the freestyles. Please, do yourself a favo(u)r and peep these treats. The freestyles capture the essence of what rap performances are all about, and possess the socially interactive and congregational aspect of hip-hop that is often absent and sorely missed on wax. When have you last seen an artist kick a funky fresh freestyle to commemorate the release of his or her record?

While everyone rips the mic on their turn, I’d also like to say that I’m a sucker for talented female emcees, and damn, these Canadian sisters are doing their thing here. Imagine, women being respected for their artistry by fans and executives–males and females alike–without having to succumb to bullshit pressures about their appearances and exploiting their bodies. If you don’t love that, you don’t love hip-hop.

While watching the second video, and parts of the first, I realized an element that has deteriorated in hip-hop: the live performance. I’m not exactly sure what it is–maybe it’s the better technology and equipment of today, maybe its the lack of sampled beats with producers opting more for synthesizer-driven grooves–but the instrumentals are almost too overwhelming on stage, especially the bass (gone are the days of smooth and melodic basslines, with the ushering in of those new buzzing electronic basses… Don’t get me started on dubstep) and the artist has to shout his or her lyrics instead of articulating properly. This especially hinders the experience when watching recorded versions of live performances, which should in itself be rewarding as well. Of course, this is not always true, and as ThomasV has shown us with many of his posts, artists can still pull off great live performances.

Also, while you’re here, we have another selection of goodies for your collections. Hip-hop junkies, especially those interested in Canadian hip-hop, will appreciate these gems. Also from Andyman’s blog:

I’ve also included some rarities ripped from CKLN 88.1 Fm (a Canadian college radio station) courtesy of my man Neogeo!

CKLN 88.1 FM – Radio Rarities

1. Crime Master Divine – Open Duck Season
2. K-Force – Freestyle
3. KGB – Ready To Attack (Demo)

4. KGB – Street Legal (Demo)

5. Motion, Thrust & Michie Mee – Black On Black

6. Rumble & Strong – Crazy Jam

7. Sweet Ebony – Different Touch

8. Sweet Ebony & Groovey D – ?

Again, props to Andyman187 for the videos and rarities/demos. He has a lot of other great stuff on his blog, Rekordz On Wheelz, so be sure to check out his site and show him some love and support. Enjoy!

— Teddy C.D.

DJ Rob One – The Fly ID Show 12.11.1997 Featuring Guru

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Here’s a show from DJ Rob One’s “The Fly ID Show” recorded on December 11, 1997 with special guest Guru. Guru is there promoting the then up-coming Gang Starr album “Moment of Truth”. Guru talks with DJ Rob One for about 50 Min. It’s sad when you hear what he is talking about. After, DJ Rob One mixes for the rest of the show.

R.I.P. Guru / R.I.P. DJ Rob One
— Thomas V

Sway & Tech – The Mix Tape (DJ Revolution) 1996

Friday, March 12th, 2010

This is an independent Wake Up Show release from 1996 by Sway & King that features three mixes from DJ Revolution. Revolution used to be the mix radio show music director at 92.3 The Beat and is now the resident DJ of the Wake Up Show. These mixes earned him a regular spot after he was contacted by King Tech. Rev has done just about everything you can think of with records. Spun’em, scratched’em, juggled’em, sampled’em, collected’em, produced’em, sold’em, distributed’em, promoted’em, and so on.
Hip Hop vs Rap ’96 is one of the best dj track that I’ve heard! DJ Revolution compiles all the original vocals that KRS-One used when he did his tribute track in ’93.

— Thomas V

Mapping Out The Stretch And Bobbito Show (Demos: Juggaknots, Kool Keith, etc..)

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

We’ve finally decided to give this a go. It will be tough, no doubt. But if everybody who has any little bit of knowledge at all about the WKCR legacy, would add on and build with us, it is possible that we can map out the show’s entire history.

We’ve got people who are willing to rip your tapes to mp3 and mail them back to you. The Big Sleep has set up a “Stretch And Bobbito” blog to archive and keep the list of shows, dates, and guests, all together in one place.

Here’s a few treats that have surfaced since we started this mission:

Juggaknots – Genuine (demo?)

MF Doom – Gas Drawls (demo)

Rampage – Mad Niggas (demo)

LL Cool J – ?? Unreleased Unknown demo

Organized Konfusion – Why (OG Buckwild demo version)

Showtime – I Walk The Line (demo)

Aiello Wilson – 80 Proof (demo)

Kool Keith – Time Is Now (unreleased demo)[best quality on the internet]

Nas – The Life We Chose (DJ Eli Remix)

This is only a sampler of all the freshness that has surfaced so far.

Peace and thanks to everyone who has helped contribute so far, I hope I’m not forgetting anyone. Leave a comment if I forgot you:
The Big Sleep, aleph, Digital Stimulation, Andyman187, dj step one, RELM, jamo609, Howfresh, dirtywaters, serch4beatz, recogthereal, boogs, sen, sloppyseconds, Skeptic, Ho1ogramz, djkingflow, Dat_Triflin_Ass_Dude, megafresh, dubs, tuttsifruttsi, Kwestionmark, pradadon, Duddy, Roy Johnson

Most of those links are to really good cassette rip blogs you might want to check out.

Peace to Stretch and Bobbito.
Stretch may be coming through with a full, almost completely accurate, list of all the show dates and guests, soon. Hopefully some show rips, too. Stay tuned.


?uestlove “The Lesson Sample Mix” (2005)

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

I picked up this file off some torrent site a few years ago and since then, it’s been in regular rotation on my iPod. I’m not normally into sample mixes, but for some reason this one has a special place for me that I’ve never been able to explain. It is taken from the radio and there are a couple station drops, but it doesn’t interfere with the quality of ?uestlove’s mix.

01. Arc Choir – “Jesus Walks” (Mapleshade) (Kanye West – “Jesus Walks” (Roc-A-Fella))

02. Nu Birth – “You’re What I’m All About” (?) (Biggie Smalls – “Player Anthem (X-Ray))

03. The Whatnaughts – “I’ll Erase Away Your Pain” (Priority) (Kanye West – “Late” (Roc-A-Fella))

04. Main Ingredient – “Let Me Prove My Love To You” (RCA) (Alicia Keys – “You Don’t Know My Name” (J Records))

05. Silvia Striplin – “You Can’t Turn Me Away” (Charly) (Junior M.A.F.I.A. – “Get Money” (X-Ray))

06. The Temptations – “I Don’t Know What It Is, But It Sure Is Funky” (Motown) (Common – “The Corner” (Geffen))

07. Honey Cone – “Innocent Till Proven Guilty” (Fantasy) (Common – “Testify” (Geffen))

08. DJ Rogers – “Faithful To The End” (RCA) (Common – “Faithful” (Geffen))

09. Luchi DeJesus – “Round About Midnight” (?) (KRS ONE – “A Friend” (Jive))

10. Dynasty – “Adventures In The World Of Music” (Solar/Sequal) (Camp-Lo – “Luchini” (Profile))

11. Willie Mitchell – “Grovin'” (Hi) (GZA – “Liquid Swords” (Geffen))

12. Wendy Renay – “After The Laughter Come Tears” (Stax/Altanta) (Wu Tang Clan – “Tearz” (Loud))

13. The Charmels – “I’ll Never Grow Old” (Stax/Altanta) (Wu Tang Clan – “Cream” (RCA))

14. Dione Warwick – “You’re Gonna Need Me” (Invictions) (Usher – “Throwback” (Arista))

15. Billy Cobham – “Heather” (Wounded Bird) (Souls of Mischief – “93 Till Infinity” (Jive))

16. Beherd Wright – “Halboglabotribin'” (BMG) (Snoop Dogg – “Gz & Hustlaz” (Death Row))

17. Jack Bruce – “Born 2 Be Blue” (Atco) (Smith N Wesssun – “Buck Town” (?))

18. Aretha Franklin – “Call Me” (Rhino/Atlanta) (Slum Village – “Selfish” (Capitol))

19. Quincy Jones – “Summer In The City” (A&M) (Pharcyde – “Passin Me By” (Delicious Vinyl))

20. Joe Simons – “Before The Nite’s Over” (?) (Outkast – “So Fresh & So Clean” (Arista))

21. Peabo Bryson – “Born 2 Love” (Unknown) (Nas – “2nd Childhood” (Sony))

22. The Chi-Lites – “That’s How Long I Love You” (Unknown) (Jay Z – “Dec 4” (Roc-A-Fella))

23. Abdel Halim-Hefes – “Khasiaraya-Gar” (EMI Arabia) (Jay Z – “Big Pimpin'” (Roc-A-Fella))

24. Labi Siffre – “I Got The” (Mr Bongo) (Eminem – “My Name Is” (Aftermath)/Jay Z – “The Streets Is Watching” (Roc-A-Fella))

25. Samuel Johnson – “My Music” (Columbia) (Jadakiss – “We’re Gonna Make It” (Ruff Ryders/Interscope))

26. Milt Jackson – “Olinga” (CTI) (Tribe Called Quest – “Award Tour” (Jive))

27. War – “Magic Mountain” (Rhino) (De La Soul – “Potholes In My Lawn” (Tommy Boy))

28. Ahmad Jamal – “Swahililand” (20th Century) (De La Soul – “Stakes Is High” (Tommy Boy))

39. Gap Mangione – “Diana In The Autumn Wind” (GRC) (Slum Village – “Fall In Love” (Capitol)/Jaylib – “Official” (Stones Throw))

40. David McCallum – “The Edge” (Capitol) (Dr Dre – “Next Episode” (Aftermath))

41. Creative Source – “I Can’t See Myself Without You” (Sussex/Polydor) (Freeway – “What We Do” (Unknown))

42. Average White Band – “Love Your Life” (Rhino) (Tribe Called Quest – “Check The Rhyme” (Jive))

43. Funkadelic – “Let’s Take It To The People” (Westbound) (Tribe Called Quest – “Everything Is Fair” (Jive))

44. Ronnie Foster – “Mystic Brew” (Blue Note) (Tribe Called Quest – “Electric Relaxation” (Jive))

45. The Chi-Lites – “Are You My Woman?” (Brunswick/Eugene) (Beyonce – “Crazy In Love” (Columbia))

46. The Meters – “Oh Calcutta!” (Josie) (Amerie – “One Thing” (Sony))

47. McCoy Tyner – “Impressions” (Milestone/OJC) (Black Sheep – “The Choice Is Yours” (Mercury))

49. Nirvana – “Indiana” (White) (The Roots – “Dynamite” (Geffen))