Branded Moore Takes Over Word is Bond

Branded Moore takes over Word is Bond Rap Radio to celebrate the release of his new album with DJ Over, “Low Fidelity Broadcast”

We play tunes from the project, premiere a few tracks from the vaults that no one has ever heard before, take a live caller, and have an in-depth discussion about all things hip-hop.

It’s always fun to hang out with this guy. And if you ever get a chance to see him perform, do yourself a favour and catch one of his shows. He has an incredible stage presence and energy and puts on one of the best live shows I have ever seen.

“Low Fidelity Broadcast” is out now wherever you get your music.

Neek the Exotic ft Bumpy Knuckles – O.G. Season
Cayoz – No Love Lost
Pearl Harba – Overtime
Double XX Posse – Not Gonna Be Able to Do It
Brand Nubian – Drop the Bomb
Branded Moore & DJ Over – IDGAF
Kyle Kanevil ft Branded Moore, Exit Only, A-Fos, Shanktooth – Mind of a Menace
Branded Moore & DJ Over ft Jordel Downz – Go Gettas
Branded Moore & DJ Over – It’s a Demo
Branded Moore – Moore’s House
Branded Moore – The MC
The People – Not Listening
Sankdafied ft Branded Moore – Easy
Mullet N Steps – Open Letter
Ngajuana ft Branded Moore – Primative
Tragedy & BP ft Apathy, and DJ Stitches – Mastermind
PR DepARTment ft Scottie Royal – RX
Moses Rockwell – Pants!
Blaq Poet – Declare War
Del the Funky Homosapien – Mr. Dobalina
Gangstarr – Skills

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Hip-Hop Has a Birthday? (Know Your History)

August 11th, 1973 is considered to be the birth of hip-hop culture. In this edition of Know Your History, we get to the bottom of how that can be.

This was part of Radio Western’s Word Up 2018, the first annual day-long celebration of hip-hop music and culture.

This is Episode 78 of Know Your History and features music by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, an interview with the first hip-hop promoter (it isn’t who you think) and a song by Akala that gets us thinking about how far back this genre of music actually goes.

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The Mars March Show

My daughter came with me to the radio station last night, just to hang out. But when we got there, it was eerily silent. The computer was not broadcasting the show that comes on before mine. Instead, there was the dreaded thing that sometimes happens in radio – dead air.

I quickly threw on a CD and began to set up my gear. I had planned to start Word is Bond Rap Radio a bit early.  But Mars March has a better idea. She asked if she could play some of her music. I needed time to set up so it seemed like a great idea.

She absolutely loved having the chance to be a radio DJ and spin some pop punk music. She didn’t even let something like losing her voice prevent her from doing the show.

I hope you enjoy the very first episode of The Mars March Show!

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Enjoy! This may be the only episode ever. Or it may be the start of something new. Who knows? All I know is that I am proud of her for this!

Celebrating Hip-Hop’s Birthday on the Radio

94.9 CHRW Radio Western and Break North Radio Present: Word Up! A 24 Hour Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture.

This is huge. We have never dedicated an entire day to hip-hop before on Radio Western. But what better day to do it than August 11th, the official birthday of hip-hop.

There will be mixshows by live DJs, interview segments, Know Your History episodes, trivia, special guests, and much more.

This is bound to be a great day. And the best of all, it’s free. Just tune in your radio or stream in online. Celebrate hip-hop with us tomorrow.

You can catch me from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., and then again at 12:00 noon, and finally at 3:30 p.m.

I will be looking closely at why August 11th is considered hip-hop’s birthday, why the Cold Crush Brothers never got their due, exploring the very first rap song recorded (it’s not what you think – and it’s not that one either), and looking at the four elements of hip-hop in depth.

DJ Hullewud will be on at his regular time 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight with Break North Radio. 

And Tyler Hetherington returns to the airwaves to kick it all off tonight at midnight.

Here is what the schedule looks like.

Don’t miss it!

WHAT: Word Up! 24 Hour Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture
WHEN: Saturday August 11, 2018
WHERE: Radio Western – 94.9 fm and radiowestern.ca
EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1075653689257620/
SHOW: 12:00 midnight (Friday night) to 12:00 midnight (Saturday night)
HASHTAGS: #WordUp2018 #WordUp949

Every Show Needs a DJ (WIB Rap Radio)

One of the lyrics in a song I played this week says, “Every show needs a DJ” and I couldn’t agree more. That’s why you get two hours of music mixed live on the radio every week here on Word is Bond Rap Radio. And hire a DJ if you are putting on a rap concert. You need one!

Lee Reed – The New Steal
Rifree ft Jabba the Kut – Beauty in Every Sky
Solar C ft Bes Kept – Open Trails
Dizz1 ft MED & Jimetta Rose – Hard to Breathe
Just Taylor – D3
Kool G Rap & 38 Spesh – The Meeting
Chris ORrick ft Fashawn – Bottom Feeders
Awaxx of The Rhythm Writers – Terminally Local
2Pac ft Scarface – Smile
A.G. – Magical World
J Scienide & Bozack Morris – Capeesh
Realio Sparkzwell ft C Rayz Walz – Bite on this Olive
TSP – Verbal Combat
Solomon Childs – Statik Bars
Beat Rabbi ft Deepspace5 – Return of the Real Hard Beats
Napoleon Da Legend – Gigantic Egos
MikeAll ft NoMC and Trcay Soman – Mic Issues
Ambition – Get Down (We Can)
Tongue Helmet – the unknown
Buck-N-Nice – Leader
Beastie Boys – Here’s a Little Something For Ya
Ill Seer – Lampin in Lambton
LEX – Phase Out (The Bullsh*t)
Malcolm Jay – Colours
ullnevano & MANHE – Time Wasted
Del & Amp Live – Gravy Train
Exit Only – Comic
Lee Reed – The Cost of Tacos
M.Sea – Lucid Dreams
TNV (That New Vessel) – Baggage Claim
INI – Think Twice
Cquel – Respect the Elements
The Roots – Break You Off

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Port Gratiot Trail

Just across the border of Sarnia, Ontario is the small community of Port Gratiot. I decided to explore the nature preserve and walking trail because I like exploring new places to run and thought doing so in a different country would be a nice change of pace.

The trail had regular distance markings along it, which was really nice.

And it boarded several small ponds. There were also playground structures and open fields for children to enjoy.

Kettlewell Pond is a great place to enjoy nature. It allows for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing and is easily accessible via the paved trail.

There are several docks around the perimeter of the pond as well.

This run was beautiful but the trail itself is a little short. It continues alongside a street a little further back but does not go into the woods as I would have hoped. Instead, that area is fenced off for the nature reserve.

Want to explore other hiking or nature trails?

Visit the photographic tour archive to look at dozens and dozens of posts just like this one. I hope to see you out on the trails this summer.

Maybe Too Much (on WIB Rap Radio)

I know someone who called our college radio station, “Radio Roulette – you never know what you are going to get.” It’s an apt description of what we do at Radio Western.

Last week, I had a listener text in to the station who had been listening to the station for 24 hours straight. She told me that she enjoyed the first part of the show but had to turn the station off when the music got too explicit for her (both in message and language content)

I still feel bad about chasing away a listener. I like to play positive hip-hop but every now and then I play some offensive stuff. It’s the nature of the genre.

Did I go too far this week? Was it too much? What do you think?

Ozay Moore – P.T.P.I.
Dan-e-o ft Illa J – Spit
Black Milk – Could It Be
The Hoodies – Take It
Gangstarr – DWYCK (Amerigo Gazaway Remix)
D-sisive ft Adam Bomb – Tell Me Different
MC Paul Barman – (((99.99999)))
Eternia & Moss ft Rah Digga and Lady of Rage – The BBQ Remix
2Mex ft Murs and Ariano – Rollercoaster
Tempomental – Down to Earth
Acetik & Philthy Pro – Figure
Euphrates – Spiderhole
Mister Cleen – Copyright Criminal
DL Incognito ft Caliph – Grey Hairs
Audio Two – When the 2 Be on the Mic
Rustee Juxx & Jake Palumbo ft Ras Kass – Wake Up
Redman – YA
The Red Giants – Trying
Apollo Brown & Locksmith – Between the Raindrops
Buckshot and 9th Wonder – Ready (Brand New Day)
Jay-Z – Song Cry
Mobb Deep ft Melissa J – That’s the Thing
MC Eiht – Def Wish III
Sudden Movement – Art of War
Classified – Damn Right
Primal Winds – Smokin’ Aces
Addict Flow – Alright
The Mighty Rhino – Sons of the Boulevard
Evidence – 10,000 Hours
TapesOne2 – What I Want
Skyzoo – The Purpose
Ngajuana ft Bobbi Reid – No Lies (Remix)

The start of the podcast today isn’t the start of the show.  It starts at 3:55. I normally edit this out of the podcast version. Oops, sorry!

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The Third Doctor Returns

Doctor Who – Heralds of Destruction

The Third Doctor is no longer exiled on Earth. The TARDIS works and he is ready to go on an adventure, but before he can, a strange spaceship crashes and begins what looks to be a full-scale invasion.

Fortunately for the Doctor, his previous incarnation shows up  to help him battle this new foe. And just like the television series, UNIT is right there fighting alongside them. It feels like a natural continuation of the television series. The humour, action, and adventure are all there. And it just feels right.

This graphic novel has some great Easter Eggs for Doctor Who fans both new and old. It ties into the original series as well as the new incarnation by making references to the Tenth Doctor.

Unfortunately, this was the only mini-series produced for this incarnation of the Doctor. It was a great read and I would have loved to have seen more.

My List of 2018 Reads – a detailed personal reading log

DOPEfm Meet Word is Bond (Hip-Hop Podcast)

I got my start on radio ten years ago with Daddy J on a show called DOPEfm. The show is still going strong Saturday nights in Hamilton, ON, Canada on 93.3 CFMU.

Daddy J paid the Forest City a special visit last week and it was great to have him co-host the show with me.

If you missed it, press play and enjoy the podcast. And make sure you share it on social media. We appreciate the support.

Von Pea and the Other Guys – Talent
Afu-Ra _ Whirlwind Thru Cities
Large Professor – The Rap Game
Jon Corbin – On Tonight
Tre-L – Travel Alone
Blueprint – Don’t Look Back
Apathy ft Oh No and Kappa Gamma – Charlie Brown
Coops – That Jazz
Chef Borges – Just Chillin’
Gangstarr – Full Clip
Blackastan & Stu Bangas – Zone Out
The Red Giants – The Move
Cappadonna – Forever Hip-Hop
The Mighty Rhino – How Ya Like That
Sareem Poems & Ess Be ft Finale – Shallow
Conscious ft Krs-One – No Weakness
Quadrival – Got it Good
Baba Brinkman – Zombie
Danielson & Asun Eastwood – Underbelly
Die-rek – Remember the Good
Farm Fresh – 8 Bells
Bumpy Knuckles & Nottz – Motivation
Buck 65 – That’s the Way Love Dies
Moses Rockwell– Wait
Traffimatics – Freestyle
Chan Hays – Go Ahead
Blackalicious – The Sun
Black Thought & 9th Wonder ft Styles P – Making a Murderer

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Sankdafied and Traffimatics (Live on Word is Bond)

I’ve gotten a little bit behind on the podcasting of the radio show, and for that I apologize.

I liked the idea of podcasting the show as quickly as possible after the live show. I had been trying to get the new shows posted by Wednesday of each week but that hasn’t been working so well. It’s hard to stay on top of everything (life, family, work, school, exercise, etc) and be as timely as I wanted to be with the posting.

So, I think I will be going back to my old schedule. I plan to release the podcasts on Monday mornings, one week after the original show has aired. Today’s show is Part 2 from the extended show I did two weeks ago and it features an interview with Sankdafied and a live in-studio performance from Traffimatics.

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Apollo Brown & Locksmith – No Question
PRhyme – Courtesy
Asheru – Make Magic
Cquel – Memory Lane
MarQ Spekt & Blockhead – The Truest
Sankdafied – Common
MC Paul Barman – Youngman Speaks on (((race)))
Bumpy Knuckles & Nottz – New Enemy
Blueprint ft Slug & Wordsworth – Night Writers
Marlowe – Lost Arts
Traffimatics – Freestyle (live)
Akala – Find No Enemy
38 Spesh, NOREm Vado, Benny the Butcher – Binoculars
Purpose and BBZ Darney – House on the Hill
Pro Status – Reflections
Primal Winds – Buckle Bunnies
Brother Ali – Forest Whittaker
Common – 1-9-9-9
Kadyelle – Road to Nowhere
Gravediggaz – Nowhere to run, Nowhere to hide
Murs – Powerful
Traffimatics ft Mad Hattr & Chase March – Y’allreadyknow
Mobb Deep – Temperature’s Rising
A Tribe Called Quest – Peace, Prosperity, & Paper
John Creazy ft Benny – Best Friends
Artson ft Malcolm Ali – The Drum
Backburner – Eclipse
Statik Selectah ft 2 Chains and Wiz Kalifa – Man of the Hour
Wu-Tang Clan – Lesson Learned
Senica Da Misfit – Low Self Esteem
Career Crooks – Least Important Most Important

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