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The Past is the Future – Sons of Boombap Mixtape

SOB - The Past is the Future (cover)

The Sons of Boombap Present “The Past is the Future” Double-Length Mixtape

I am very proud to be part of this new hip-hop collective that is bringing back the boombap style of hip-hop. For our first release, we have crafted a double-disc mixtape featuring talented emcees, deejays, and producers from all over the world. It is available as a pay-what-you-can or free download.

Cop it and support the movement!

This project was mixed by Digital Junkie, G-Spot, and myself, Chase March.

DIGITAL JUNKIE (Section)

01. Bullies on the Beat (SHARKY, ILLTONE, CABLE) PROD- KNOW It
02. Bars Remix (MICROPHONE MISFITZ)
03. Wrong Side of the Tracks (SHARKY, LAKES)
04. Verbal Target (APPLIED SCIENCE ft. DEPHCHYLD)
05. Messiah Complex (GHOST OF THE MACHINE, WEAPON E.S.P.) PROD- DJ PROOF
06. Take Notes (CABLE, MLNY) PROD- MLNY Take
07. Crazy 8 (THE MIGHTY RHINO, NOTION, ULTRA MAGNUS, DONNY YONDER, SHARKY, ILLTONE, FACTION, CABLE) PROD- MISTER E, CUTS- FRACTION
08. Eya (NOTION, MADHATTR, CEE, EXIT ONLY) PROD- MADHATTR
09. Rock Harder (ES) PROD- JEE
10. Above the Clouds (CABLE, OSKEPTICAL, EXIT ONLY)
11. Watermelon & Vodka (JUX CAIN)
12. Ante Up (THE MIGHTY RHINO, BRANDED MOORE, EXIT ONLY)
13. S.O.B. Story (SHARKY, FRACTION)

CHASE MARCH (Section 1)

15. Bacon Wrapped Sausages (SHARKY) prod – MARK JORDAN
16. Not What I’m About (BRANDED MOORE)
17. Grumpy Old Men (CABLE, SHARKY)
18. The Guard (ZOETIC MINDS)
19. MC’S Act Like They Don’t Know (BRANDED MOORE)
20. Really Real (SHARKY, NOTION) prod – NOTION
21. F*%k You, Pay Me (APPLIED SCIENCE)
22. Line Em Up (THE MIGHTY RHINO)

G-SPOT (Section)

23. Brainstorm (NOTION, SHARKY, CEE) prod – EON
24. Flava in Your Ear (CABLE, SUBSTANCE, LAKES)
25. Far Away (SUBSTANCE) prod – BIG BEN
26. 94 (PHIL BLOUNT ft C-JITTA)
27. Offbeat (STEVE BE ft KING APOPCALYPSE)
28. Kick in the Door (BRANDED MOORE, SHARKY, CABLE)
30. Something (SHARKY, DONNY YONDER) prod- RSONAL DA BEATCHEF
31. Old School (CABLE, ILLTONE, SHARKY) PROD- PRO LOGIC
32. Examine the Facts (FREE ILL ft VIKTOR SHADE) CUTS- ILL TABLE MANNERS
33. Quit Frontin (ADAM WALSH) prod- JUS BEATS
34. 2 Ill (SHARKY, ILLTONE) prod- ILL MAJESTIC
35. Boombappers (ILLTONE, SUBSTANCE, SHARKY, CABLE) prod- KLUBBA LANG BEATS
36. Times Up (FRACTION, THE MIGHTY RHINO, SHARKY)

CHASE MARCH (Section 2)

37. Boom Blah (JUKEBOX VERBAL)
38. Resurrection (IRONIC)
39. Flashbacks (MLNY ft FILTHY TARANTINO) prod – EQ
40. Castles on a Cloud (L.E.O.) prod – XPLICIT
41. #EVENIHATEUS (SHARKY, CABLE) prod – SHADE COBAIN
42. Living Proof (AGE, EXIT ONLY)
43. Souls Rebelz Remix (MICROPHONE MISFITZ)
44. Takeover (SHARKY, OSKEPTICAL, CABLE, SUBSTANCE) prod- KLUBBA LANG BEATS

Disc 1

Disc 2

Download this project for free or pay-what-you-can from our Bandcamp Page

https://thesonsofboombap.bandcamp.com/

Sons of Boombap Mixtape Release Party

Sons of Boombap are on a mission to smash the stage with the same energy and passion that made you fall in love with hip hop in the first place.

DWG and the SOB Collective proudly presents…

SOB - The Past is the Future (cover)

“THE PAST IS THE FUTURE”

Double Mixtape Release Party!!!

The absolute best in old-school, boombap hip hop all night long.

Come have a couple drinks and help us celebrate the culture that we all love.

Music provided by

DJ Hullewud
Chase March

Live performaces by

Moore & Exit Only
Es
the Original SOB’s (Sharky, Cable, Fraction, Illtone)
and more.

WHERE

Martini Bar
645 Richmond St
London, Ontario, Canada
Above the Mongolian Grill

WHEN

Friday August 12, 2016
starting at 9:00 p.m.

Facebook Event Page

https://www.facebook.com/events/270836043283008/

MIXTAPE

The mixtape will be available on The Sons of Boombap Bandcamp Page.

Support real hip-hip!

I hope to see you there!

DJ Chase March on The Come Up Show

WIB takes over The Come Up Show (1)

I am pleased to announce that I will be the guest-host and deejay tomorrow on The Come Up Show from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on 94.9 CHRW.

I am usually on late-night  with my show “Word is Bond Rap Radio” on the same station. It is nice to have an earlier time slot for once. If you are not a night owl, you can finally hear me spin live.

Please call in to the station to say, “What’s up?” at (519) 661-3600 when you are listening. You can also text that number.

I plan on playing nothing but Canadian hip-hop music tomorrow. If you have a request, call, text, or hit me up on social media.

I’m looking forward to rocking for you in the day-time / early evening.

Listening Options

Use the hashtag #WIBRapRadio

Because I Can Tour (TONIGHT)

Because I Can Tour

I just got added to this bill and will be holding it down on the 1s and 2s as the official deejay for the night.

I know that it’s super-last-minute, but it would be good to see you out!

Because I Can Tour Live TONIGHT!

310 Sports Bar in Brantford, Ontario, Canada

O-Beast AKA Da Phats is headlining his 2nd tour to promote his upcoming albums#MeMyselfAndI & #IdentityCrises He will be performing all new unreleased music plus some of his classics.

Tickets are $5 and available at the door. Show starts at 10:00 p.m.

DJ Chase March

Opening Artist:
Maloney
Villain
Sean White
Sindakit
D-Bams
Stickie Jay
Nos Insidious

See you there! 

DJs Run It and Run With It

Playing With Something that Runs

Playing With Something That Runs by Mark J. Butler

This book focuses on DJ and laptop performers in the EDM (electronic dance music) realm. I thought it was worth exploring even though that isn’t really my genre of music. I was sure there would be tie-ins to hip-hop and what I do as a DJ. I was right.

Recorded Music is Its Own Thing

Hip-hop music spread and became popular due to recordings (singles and albums.) They sounded different from the live performances too. The author talks about this in relation to rock music.

“rock spread and became popular through recordings . . . [and] is essentially dependent on recording technology for its inception and dissemination . . . rock embraces a host of performance styles, but most have some basis in African American popular music, are rooted in song, and paradigmatically exist as recorded music.”

Hip-hop started with deejays taking breaks from existing sound recordings and extending them. When hip-hop started to get recorded, it wasn’t simply a live performance being recorded. It became its own thing.

“recordings have conventionally been understood as ‘snapshots of live performances’ [but] records were conceived of as goals rather than by-products of artistic endeavors.”

The Third Record

When a deejay mixes two records together, he is essentially creating a third record. When two songs match up perfectly in time, they create new song or sound that had never been heard before. The deejay essentially creates a new song that has been labelled “the third record.”

Butler explains it this way, “this combination of texts produced something that did not exist in material form.”

Borders Dissolve and Songs Become Fluid

The deejay present songs in a way to make the set something exciting and new. The mix is what is important, not just the individual songs. The whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.

“The works contained in the recordings that constitute a DJ set are rarely presented in their entirety; instead, they are truncated, altered, and combined with other works. The borders and seams of the original work dissolve; it no longer functions as a unitary, bounded entity. The stability, fixity, or permanence that is classically associated with the work slips away, and any authorial value that might have been accrued with the work is seriously weakened. At the same time, aspects of the original work’s essence remain, and its former identity is not irrelevant. These ontic elements, however, become part of new, larger entities – the third record, and ultimately the set.”

The Power of Recognition

When deejays play a snippet of something that the audience can recognize, it energizes the crowd and makes the set memorable.

The sample, which presents a brief chunk of material – often recognizable – from a preexisting recording .. . is “performance quotation” because of the highly specific way in which they point back to the unique ‘aura’ of the original recording.”

Time Constraints 

“Perhaps the most obvious and global constraint of improvised musical creativity is the requirement that it proceed inexorably forward through time. . .  Steve Lacy, quoted by Borgo, highlights this limitation: ‘In fifteen seconds, the difference between composition and improvisation is that in composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in fifteen seconds, while in improvisation, you have fifteen seconds.”

Timing is essential for deejays. We have to take the record as it spins and mold it or form it so that it meshes with the song before it and the song that comes next. This is a constraint that helps foster creativity in the DJ set. I love how improvisational all of this is. But improvisation takes practice and experience. It’s a challenge that I enjoy trying to overcome every time I get behind the turntables.

More to Come

I enjoyed reading this book and learned a thing or two about my craft. I have more notes too that I’d love to share. Stay tuned for a follow-up post soon!

 

DJing an “Insane” Show Tomorrow

ICP in Sarnia

I’m DJing the Insane Clown Posse concert at Station Music Hall in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada tomorrow. This should be a huge show. Hope to see you out!

North 2 West Promotions Presents

INSANE CLOWN POSSE RETURN TO CANADA

For years they have not been allowed in Canada, and finally, its the return of ICP..

Hosted By Bradie Whetham

DJ Chase March on the 1’s an 2’s

with local support

+LAST BREED
+MARMEL ENT with Mercy Gang
+WYCKED TRUTH
+ O-Beast

Special appearance by :

FenyxFyre “as seen on AMC’s FreakShow” and MaddGuyver (StrangeOrDanger Thrillshow)
This Thrill Show will take place inbetween performers

tickets online at : https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/15375/

Advance | $35
Door | $40

You can now get tickets at :

In London :

Grooves : 353 Clarence St London ON N6A3M4
Canada. (519) 640-6714

O-Beast

In Sarnia :

Cheeky Monkey : 130 Christina St N, Sarnia ON N7T 5T6, Canada +1 (519) 332-0978

Picker’s Alley : 430 Exmouth St, Sarnia ON N7T 5N9, Canada. +1 (519) 344-7740

The Station Music Hall : 505 Campbell St, Sarnia, ON N7T 2J1 +1 (519) 383-0006

In Chatham :

Tony’s One Shoppe 83 Center St, 519-351-4885

The Vinyl Room 325 Queen St, N7M 2H7 519-351-2727.

Each store has limited tickets, so get yours before they are gone.

Also don’t forget to hit up WYCKED Truth for tickets, they will sell quick.

O-Beast in London
Suspect in Cambridge
Last Breed Oshawa

VIP Meet & Greet | www.hatchetgear.com

Door 8:30PM
19+ Plus Event
The Station Music Hall
505 Campbell Street, Sarnia Ontario

VIP Meet an Greet will take place at The Station Music Hall
@ 7:00, so make sure you bring your VIP print out, or tickets.

OFFICIAL TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT:

“Attention all Canadian juggalos and juggalettes — we’ve got some great news. Untouchable Detroit rap duo Insane Clown Posse are embarking on a massive Canadian tour.

That’s right, it’s time to stock up on face paint and Faygo, because the dynamic duo of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope will bring their music (and worldwide movement) to various venues around the country.

The trek kicks off at Quebec’s previously announced Amnesia Rockfest on June 24, and continues with shows throughout our great land before concluding in Victoria on July 17.

This is the first time ICP have brought their mythical Dark Carnival to Canada in over a decade, so this news is undoubtedly cause for celebration.!” – Exclaim.ca

Catch Me DJing Every Night This Weekend

Tonight – Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton

Sunday – Insane Clown Posse Concert in Sarnia, ON

Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton

Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton

Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton goes down tomorrow night in my home town of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

It takes place at the Touchdown Pub right near the football stadium that is the home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

I am excited to be deejaying this event and hope you can make it out.

Here are the details . . .

“Hip Hop Anonymous” is coming to Hamilton, Ontario on June 25th

Hosted By DWG ENT and Fresher Entertainment

FREE LIVE CYPHER
BEAT SHOWCASE
LIVE HIPHOP
GOOD FOOD ALL NIGHT

Featuring Performances by:

PB $tyl$
King Kimbit
Rowz
Scrapgang
JR
Lyrical Mind
Buck Zero
Bobby Fresh

With a Special Beat Showcase & Cypher By:

Jinx Beatz

Music By:

DJ Chase March

10$ Cover
19+
Food Served ALL NIGHT

Catch Me DJing Every Night This Weekend

Friday – So You Think You Can DJ at Martini Bar in London, ON.

Saturday – Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton

Sunday – Insane Clown Posse Concert in Sarnia, ON

A DJ Showcase You Won’t Want to Miss

So You Think You Can DJ

Here is the press release about the super-cool DJ showcase event going on tomorrow night that I cam proud to be part of.

DJ Arctic currently holds down a residency at this bar but has opened up the night to showcase some of the great DJ talent we have in this city. I am honoured to be kicking off the night. Come early to catch my set!

Turn Turbo Fridayz Presents…..

The ultimate DJ lineup live and direct at the Martini bar on 645 Richmond Street, London, Ontario Canada on June 24th 2016.

Lineup:

Chase March -9:00-9:30
Wiskaz – 9:30-10:00
DJ Starchild – 10:00-10:30
DJ Milla – 10:30-11:00
DJ Hullewud – 11:00-11:30
Mark the Mechanic – 11:30-12:00
Bnutz – 12:00-12:30
Gripski – 12:30-1:00
Arctic – 1:00-1:30
Divinyl – 1:30-2:00

Bnutz – is a madman on the ones and twos watch out for this performance as he has previously competed in the red bull threestyle competition in london and knows how to hold it down like the gravity of a true star. he didnt earn the name Bnutz for no reason. Be sure to check him tear the roof off.

Gripski – the cut magician is going to destroy the evening im sure as he comes out to spin pure fire. He has been involved with the scene for over a decade from PHC to Londerground this Toronto native has made a name for himself in london.

Hullewud – Not much is needed to be said as possibly the most notorious DJ in london makes his way to the stage. with accalaids to long to mention he has made the scene what it is today and has shaped the london landscape for over 2 decades.

Wiskaz – Pioneer of the londerground battle scene and long time battle DJ Wiskaz is coming out to tear it down with his precise cuts and 90s jams.

Arcitc – Turn Turbo Fridayz creator and martini bar resident DJ is coming out to make an impact on the scene for all the DJs out there that need to learn how to do it right.

Starchild – The first person to bring the scratch to London. What more needs to be said other than that alone. his long accredited career includes radio dj for over a decade, club dj, and host of many infamous events. from meeting jam master jay to maestro fresh wes this man has literally built the scene by taking the first shovel full of dirt out of the underground.

Mark the Mechanic – long time dj (redbull threestyle) and scratch master Mark the Mechanic returns to the Martini bar to rip it up on the ones and twos. trust me you dont want to miss out on his unique songs selection and precision scratches.

DJ Milla – DMC champ DJ Milla is coming out to show everyone what it takes to be a champ. D & B will be his focus as he breaks the richter scale and moves the earth this night.

Chase March – No doubt about it thee most hardest working DJ I have ever seen in the radio biz. There isnt an idea this man hasnt come up with first when it comes to promotion.

Divinyl – Straight off the streets of Byron is the one any only Divinyl. I seen this long time freind of mine start from the very beginning in his bedroom and now hes has come so far it blows my mind how much he has accomplished with DJin.

19+
no cover

Facebook Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/261367264235489/

Hope to see you there!

Also, I am deejaying Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Come back tomorrow for more details!

Paying Tribute to Muhammad Ali on Word is Bond Rap Radio

I had to pay tribute to Muhammad Ali on the radio program last week. Without him, I don’t think we would have hip-hop music and culture. He was a forefather of the art-form. He rapped before anyone knew what rapping was. He had a braggadocio flow that emcees still try to emulate. He is mentioned in countless songs as well. I start off the show with a few of them.

Rest in Peace, Muhammad Ali! You will never be forgotten!

Press play and enjoy the show!

Muhammad Ali – clip
LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
Common – The Game
Gangstarr – DWYCK
Fugees – Ready or Not
Craig G – This Man (That Ain’t Cool)
Sa-Roc – Eye of the Phoenix
Zoetic Minds – Like This Son
The Sunchild – One Love
Moore & Exit Only – Write 2 Know
Gigi – Extravagant
Cold Lo – Ravenous Wolves
D-sisive – The Stranded
db Sota – The Road to Brooklyn
Apathy – Blow Ya Head Off
Relic – Not Alone
Complex Theory – Long Road
Lincoln Marshall – Tombstones
Moka Only – Right
Seek the Northerner – One of a Kind
Jeff Spec – I Put a Spell on You
Aspects ft Raekwon – Wulocks
Stargate – Dimension
Cymarshall Law and Mr. Joeker – My Soul
The Polish Ambassador ft Mr. Lif – Lost and Found
Jon Corbin – A New Direction for Jon Corbin
Pro Era – Tres Passing
Wycked Truth ft Tempomental – Behind the Mask
Phoniks and Rashan Ahmad – Manuscripts
Beneficience – The Block
Dex Amor and Goldenbeats – What Do Ai Say

Remember you can listen to the program in a variety of ways. We encourage interaction as well. Hit us up on social media and let us know you’ve checked out the show. We appreciate it!

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Introducing . . . Sons of Boombap (World-Wide Hip-Hop Collective)

Sons of Boombap Header

What is the Sons Of Boombap (S.O.B.)???

S.O.B. is a newly formed collective of close to 50 artists, mc’s, producers, DJ’s, scene builder and heads across the globe, with the shared goal of preserving old-school, boom-bap, hip-hop music.

It was founded by Sharky with a tonne of help from Cable and in just a few weeks time we now have reached 4 continents and continue to grow at an exhilarating pace. The best part is that everyone is incredibly dope!!!

Don’t believe me…check the roster! (In no particular order)

Sharky
Cable
Fraction
Illtone
Prologic
Know-it
Branded Moore
Exit Only
Substance
Es
Lakes
Oskeptical
Age
Notion
Cee
Dynamic
Jux Cain
Mighty Rhino
Ultra Magnus
Madhattr
L.E.O.
Sennes Gregory
Jukebox Verbal
Donny Yonder
MLNY
Definition
Weapon ESP
Applied Science
Dopey Zeigler
Sevven
Otis Mensah
WEARELABRATS
Kingz Of Vocals
King Kimbit
Ahlee Ahlee

Producers/DJ’s/Scene Builders

Klubba Lang
Phadetoven
Spencer Jones Armstrong
Digital Junkie
Tyler Hetherington
Chase March
Cali Spit Club Robert Harris

…less than 2 weeks.

This is just the beginning of the S.O.B. movement.

#‎THEPASTISNOWTHEFUTURE‬ August 2016

‪#‎SOB

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Hip Hop Anonymous – It’s Gonna Be Live!

HHA May 14

It’s going down tomorrow night at Gordy’s Brewhouse in London, Ontario, Canada.

Cquel and Abstract Artform will be making their way from Saskatchewan to the Forest City for this great night of hip-hop.

Local favourites Mad Hattr and Tempomental are also on the bill, along with some other great acts. Tempomental usually brings Nick Easton with him to rock the stage with a live flute and saxophone. Their performances are always off the hook.

I am really looking forward to deejaying this show and holding it down all night on the wheels of steel.

WHERE – Gordy’s Brewhouse. 1631 Oxford St. E. London, ON.
WHEN – 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
HOW MUCH – $5

Visit the Facebook Event Page for more info.

I hope to see you out!

Celebrating 4 Years of Word is Bond Rap Radio

WIB 4th Banner

Tonight, we celebrate the 4th Anniversary of Word is Bond Rap Radio.

It’s hard to believe that I started this show four years ago. I have had some great times on the airwaves, produced dozen of documentaries about hip-hop, interviewed close to 100 musicians, had live performances, and spun a lot of great music.

We are having a party at the radio station to celebrate this milestone. If you live anywhere near London, Ontario, Canada, please come by CHRW at Western University to kick it with me live on the air. You are invited to perform a song, jump in on a cypher, and spin a few tracks.

BRING – your beats or tunes on a USB

TUNE IN LIVE – if you can’t make it out, listen to the radio  or stream it worldwide.

PHONE IN – (519) 661-3600 I will put you on the air to give your shout-outs and well-wishes.

Listen to Word is Bond Rap Radio

Follow The Word is Bond on Facebook and Twitter and myself on Instagram.

Follow CHRW on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Hashtag – #WIBRapRadio

Women in Hip-Hop 6 TONIGHT!

WIHH 6We are celebrating International Women’s Day in a big way tonight.

It’s our 6th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular. 

An entire overnight of radio programming dedicated to hip-hop’s better half.

We have all sorts of great content lined up for you tonight.

We have an exclusive interview with the one and only, Michie Mee. She was the first rap artist out of Canada, the first one to get a record deal, and a true pioneer of the form.

We also have interviews with Eternia, Adria Kain, Keep Rocking You, DJ Mel Boogie, and Tre-L.

We have an amazing guest DJ that will be spinning female-fronted hip-hop as well, DJ T-jr. 

We have a spotlight on the second year rap music was recorded and all of the female voices you could hear that year. Throwing it back to 1980 with this special edition of Know Your History. 

And of course, we have a roundtable discussion featuring some very talented women; Jae the Lyoness, Chris Jay, and DJ T-jr. 

You won’t want to miss this!

LISTEN LIVE – Midnight through 7am EST TONIGHT on CFMU 93.3 fm in Hamilton.

  • On your radio dial in the Hamilton, Ontario area 93.3 FM
  • with the Tune In App
  • with the CFMU online stream
  • by phone, just dial 716-274-2506 and listen to the show LIVE or ON DEMAND
  • and you can find CFMU on select digital cable providers as well

and share online using the hashtags #WIHH6 , #IWD , and #IWD2016

Thank you for listening, sharing, and interacting!

Scratching with The Champ

Last month, I had the honour of spinning with some amazing DJs at a private scratch session.

Chase March, T-Jr, Gamma Krush

Here I am with DJ T-jr, and Gamma Krush.

DJ Scratch Session

And the man in the blue shirt, our gracious host, was non other than the DMC World Champion, DJ Vekked.

DJ Team-work

We all rocked vinyl battle records and scratched for hours.

DMC Champ DJ Vekked

Gotta love the champ’s shirt, “Real DJs talk with their hands.”

Multiple DJ rigs

There are DJ communities that regularly hold these type of scratch sessions. It was the first one I ever attended, but it definitely won’t be the last.

Here is DJ Vekked’s award winning routine from last year!

I am still in awe of what he did in this video and the fact that I got to kick it with him live for an afternoon and see him work his turntable magic in person.

Know Your History – The Huge Influence of Rakim

WIB RakimRakim is one of hip-hop’s finest talents. He revolutionized the game with his unique wordplay and multi-syllabic style.

His influence expands well beyond hip-hop as well.

You can hear his voice sampled on dozens and dozens of hip-hop classics. He inspired musicians in pop music and beyond.

I wish I had the time to transcribe this episode like I used to do on the regular. Once again, I am sorry. You’ll just have to press play to hear all the knowledge dropped in this episode.

Press play to be educated and entertained. That’s the goal of this series. And this episode hits hard!

Download KYH Episode 33 – The Huge Influence of Rakim for free or stream it with the player below.

Birthday Beat Down TONIGHT!

Danny Gable B-day Bash

Tonight, we will be celebrating Danny Gable‘s birthday in true hip-hop style. He does a lot for the local music scene and promotes shows that enrich the culture. Let’s wish him all the best by attending this amazing event.

Not only do we have a lot of great rap performances lined up, we also have a scratch battle between two amazing deejays; DJ Arctic and DJ Wiskaz. I will be judging the contest.

I will also be scratching and mixing some great hip-hop tunes all night long.

Arctic, Wiskaz, and I will take turns spinning the music for all of the rappers on the bill. There is a lot of great talent lined up including Ngajuana, Jux Cain, Nick Easton, Mad Hattr, Tempomental, Kiv, Traffimatics, Last Sesh, Nickii Chatts, Audible Prophets, Androo Josef, FAxZ, and more.

We may even have a few other DJs in the house.

It all goes down at Gordy’s Brewhouse on 1631 Oxford Street East in London, ON.

Visit the Facebook Event page for more information. 

This is a show you won’t want to miss!

Jam Master Jay and National DJ Day – The 1, 2 Punch

Today is the day that Jam Master Jay was gifted to the world.

Unfortunately, he is no longer with us, but we celebrate in his absence. For all that he did for hip-hop, for how he has inspired countless DJs, and for how he could rock a party.

Here is a video showing his skills on the turntables, right alongside another legend, Grand Master Flash.

And yesterday was National DJ Day.

National DJ Day

It’s fitting that these two days follow each other. It’s the 1,2 Punch!

Here is some more of Jam Master Jay kicking off a concert the way a DJ should!

I was fortunate enough to see Run-DMC live once and it was amazing. This was before I had any way to recording the performance though. Wish I could relive it again.

Rest in Peace, JMJ!

Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide

Classic Material - Hip-Hop Album Guide

Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide edited by Oliver Wang

This book contains intelligent writing on over 60 classic hip-hop albums from 20 different music journalists and experts. It spans 20 years of hip-hop history and does so in a very respectful way.

Main Source “Breaking Atoms”

It was cool to find out that “Snake Eyes” on this album featured five different samples running throughout the track including “an Ike Turner piano vamp, a Johnnie Taylor bassline, and  Jesse Anderson flute melody.”

The book covers sampling at the legal troubles that some hip-hop musicians got into because of it. It’s sad to say, but an album like this would be very hard to do in a day and age where samples need to be bought and cleared.

Layering Samples

Pete Rock’s “particular gift has been in his layering, his ability to juggle any number of different elements – a bassline twiddle here, a keyboard tinkle there, not to mention horns. Pete Rock’s signature sound of this era was his horns.”

It was so great to hear samples layered on top of each other in uniquely creative ways. Hopefully this isn’t just a remnant of old records and something we will be able to get back into in the near future.

An Obscure Album that Revolutionized Music

I enjoyed the piece on Freestyle Fellowship’s “To Whom It May Concern…” especially considering that Myka 9 is still making music fifteen years later. He was even featured in my Top 15 of 2015 albums.

Best Hype-Man Ever?

Could it be Keith “Cowboy” Wiggins of Grand Master Flash and The Furious Five fame? Jeff Chang thinks so.

I might argue that Branded Moore, a local emcee, Flava Flav, and Freaky Tah could be added to this list.

Ice Cube’s Death Certificate

Allen Gordon says this album “was a conceptual work that attempted to kill the ‘nigga’ mentality his early work reflected in order to give birth to a new culturally and community-minded ‘Black man.'”

What a great perspective on one of my all-time favouirte albums.

You Played Yourself

Ice T made himself “an elder statesmen, many miles in front of the guns-blazing stereotype he ushered in. Ice was light-years ahead, fearless in his beliefs.”

Here I want to draw a comparison to Jeru’s record of the same title. Both tracks are an “indictment of move-fakers trying to profit from chaos”

2pac’s Gift

“…his ability to lay his soul bare – contradictions, fears, psychosis, and all. What makes these albums classic is not the sound of his beats and rhymes, but the ferocity of his honesty and the thumping of his heart.

I couldn’t agree more. This book is chopped full of great writing about some of my favourite hip-hop albums and about a few albums I might just have to dust off and play again.

My List of 2016 Reads – my constantly updated reading log

Top 15 Albums of 2015

I started this tradition in 2009. I came up with the Top 9 Albums that year and have been adding an album to list every year.

For some reason though, I only posted that list last year on The Word is Bond and not here on Silent Cacophony.

So here is this year’s list. Please add your choices or thoughts in the comment section below. Thanks!

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15. Joey Bada$$ – B4.Da.$$

He has dropped a few mixtapes, but this was his first album and it definitely lives up to the hype. The record has the aesthetic of the 90s boom-bap that I love, while at the same time, commenting on problems in the modern age, and intelligent lyrics.

John Robinson and Chief

14. John Robinson & Chief – We The Prolific

John Robinson has been dropping albums for years. The last few years have seen him drop projects produced entirely by one producer. This is the latest in the series and features beats by Chief.

Myka 9 and Factor

13. Myka 9 and Factor – Famous Future Time Travel 

Factor is a Canadian producer who got to work with one of the pioneers of West Coast hip-hop, Myka 9. This album gets a little weird, but it really works. I have played several tracks this year on Word is Bond Rap Radio.

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12. Moss – Marching to the Sound of My Own Drum

One of Canada’s biggest names in hip-hop is a name you might not even know. He has produced tracks for some very big name artists and been featured on some classic albums. This year, he dropped his debut producer album and it is fire.

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11.Random aka Mega Ran – RNDM

Fresh Kils produced one of the tracks on this album. He’s featured a few times in this list. Random also has a great Christmas album you should check for.

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10. Wordsworth and Donel Smokes – New Beginning 

Wordsworth dropped two albums this year, one with his super-group EMC, and this one with producer Donel Smokes. I have always loved his wordplay and freestyling ability. The lead single F.U. is really good and I spun it regularly this year.

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9. Tempomental – Involution 

I love supporting local hip-hop. I have seen Tempomental perform several times this year and have been quite impressed with his live show. His new album doesn’t disappoint either.

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8. Semi Hendrix – Breakfast At Banksy’s

Ras Kass is one of the most consistent emcees in the game. He has been dropping smart hip-hop for over 20 years now and shows no signs of slowing down. I really love the song on this project that samples the M*A*S*H* theme. It’s brilliant.

Apollo Brown - Grandeur

7. Apollo Brown – Grandeur

Apollo Brown is one of the best beatsmiths hip-hop has ever seen. He is on par with the likes of DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and the RZA. This is his producer album featuring tracks by some very talented emcees.

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6. Lee Reed – The Butcher, The Banker, The Bitumen Tanker

Lee Reed is a veteran in the scene. His intelligent hip-hop is refreshing in a world of dumb-downed lyrics, and catch beats. I got to interview him on the radio show this year too. Very cool guy and this is a great album.

Zoetic Minds

5. Zoetic Minds – Zoetic Minds

I discovered this album completely by accident one day. And it blew me away. The artists noticed that I played their music on the show and reached out to me. We had an amazing interview on the air as well.

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4. Taylor Swift – 1989

Taylor Swift evoked the music from the year she was born in a really authentic way. This record sounds like it could have been released in 1989. I used to love listening to Tiffany back then. This has the same aesthetic to it.

The packaging is amazing as well. There are Polaroid style photos and tons of extras in the deluxe edition.

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3. Backburner – Eclipse

Backburner is a huge crew consisting of close to 20 rappers and producers including Chokeules, Savilion, and Timbuktu (of Swamp Thing), Fresh Kils, Uncle Fester, and Ghettosocks (of The Extremities), Thesis Sahib and many more.

Each member has put out successful albums either solo or part of their individual rap groups. This Wu-Tang style album hits a lot of high marks. My personal favourite track is In Tha Place and Thesis Sahib’s verse absolutely blows me away. It was my most spun record this year.

Blackalicious

2. Blackalicious – Imani: Vol. 1

Severely under-rated, Blackalicious have been dropping quality music since the mid 1990s. Lead emcee Gift of Gab revolutionized alphabet tracks with his 1999 anthem A to G. This new album is funky, lyrical, and a head-nodder.

Relic 13th Floor

#1. Relic and Fresh Kils – The 13th Floor

Relic is one of Canada’s best kept secrets. Fresh Kils is one of the most amazing producers this country has ever seen. Together they have crafted the best album of the year. I highly recommend this one.

That’s the list.

What were your favourites this year?

Catch Me DJing Friday at The APK

TheTakeOverTour

The Takeover Tour hits London, Ontario this Friday.

Come out to The APK on 347 Clarence for a great night of hip-hop music.

Featuring live performances by Marmel Entertainment, Northern Minded, O-Beast, Ritt ThemeThe T-Ridaz, Stewie, and MLNY aka Maloney.

I am DJing and co-hosting the event, alongside Brad Shank.

See the Facebook Event Page for more details

It’s bound to be a great night.

Hope to see you out!