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We kick off the show this week with half an hour of old school classics and ever feature a rare demo recording by Nine.

After that, we keep it moving with great modern hip-hop in the same vein. Head nodding beats, intelligent rhymes, and a boom-bap aesthetic. That’s how we do every week on Word is Bond Rap Radio.

This is episode 310 of the show. You can stream all of the previous episodes on Mixcloud and cop free downloads here.

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Busy Bee – Making Cash Money
Crash Crew – We Are Known Emcees (We Turn Parties Out)
Roxanne Shante – Queen of Rox
Masterdon Committee – Paid the Cost to be the Boss
The Cold Crush Brothers – Fresh, Fly, Wild, & Bold
Fearless Four – Problems of the World Today
Stetsasonic – Just Say Stet
Nine – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Mighty Rhino ft D-Sisive & Prince Po – Resplendent
M.Sea – Vowels
Junia T ft Kemikal – Sky is Falling
Skeleton Krew – Buggin’
Branded Moore ft Exit Only – Dumb
Lee Magor ft Jeru the Damaja – The Beast
Cashus King – You Are What . . .
iLLism – Open Letter
Ruste Juxx – Bottom to the Top Go Stetsa
A.I.P. – Real Talk
Pawz One & Robin Da Landlord – Sucker Punch
Shinobi Stalin, WordChemist, DJ Stranger, & Marz Mello – Agents Of IPA
VVS Verbal & Es-K ft Sadat X & Craig G – Then 2 Now
The Age of L.U.N.A. – Hate
Napoleon Da Legend & DJ Doom – Condolences
DOGG4OUSE – Do You Think About Me
Crash Silverback & Max Muthaphukin’ Stax – Wolfgang
Swamp Thing – Big Bang
Crimeapple – Siegfried
Dessa – Shrimp
Doberman – Let’s Get to This
Dweller & Jonny Capicola ft Lord Willin – Dazed and Bemuzzed
Grime Lords – Violent Violins
O.C. – Feelin’ Free
Senica Da Misfit – Conflicted
The Village – Reign

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Hip-Hop DJs Advancing Technology

Hip Hop DJs and the Evolution of Technology: Cultural Exchange, Innovation, and Democratization by Andre Sirois

This was a fascinating read about the importance of hip-hop DJs in advancing and developing technology. Sirois aka DJ food stamp has done his research and it shows on every single page.

Here are some of the things I took note of while reading it.

The First Mixers

“Around 1990 Vestax release the PMC-05 TRIX battle mixer. [This] made Trix the first DJ to have a signature mixer, which included his signature on the faceplate, and it marked the first major instance of a DJ’s design concept being executed in a product.”

I was surprised that it took that long for a signature mixture to appear.

“In 1971, the first DJ-specific mixer (nicknamed “Rosie”) was custom designed by Alex Rosner for Francis Grasso to use at the Haven Club; it’s basis features reflected the needs of Grasso’s mixing technique. Later that year, the Bozack CMA-10-2DL rotary club mixer became the first commercially available DJ mixer. By the mid-1970s, manufacturers began recognizing and dveloping mixers for mobile DJs as well, most notably the Clubman line of mixers manufactured by Meteor Light & Sound, CO, and the GLi380 and 3880.”

Authenticity

I love this passage about the importance of being authentic and how one could build up credibility in hip-hop culture.

Sarah Thornton “subcultural capital” – one’s authenticity and credibility with the hierarchic of a subculture. Within hip-hop; DJ culture, subcultural capital is amassed in a variety of ways, including being skillful with turntables and a mixer, having a unique style, naming and popularizing new DJ techniques, winning DJ battles, touring with notable musical acts, owning and collecting rare records, producing tracks, making records or mixtapes, DJing at large venues, and so forth.

In hip-hop, we refer this as “paying your dues.” You need to demonstrate that you have put in work, you have invested the time and effort into the craft, and that you have something to show for it, whether than be accolades or co-signs.

You Can’t Be a DJ Without Gear

According to Thornton, it involves objects (for instance records, mixers, and turntables) and knowledge (how to manipulate those technologies with the hands). Within a creative network like hip-hop DJ culture, subcultural capital creates hierarchy and difference and adds value to the recorded music and DJ product industries.”

Know the Music

“In knowing, owning, and playing the music, ” Thornton writes, “DJs, in particular, are sometimes positioned as the masters of the scene.” That is, within music scenes or subcultures, DJs often have the most credibility and subcultural capital, and are at the top of the scene’s hierachy.

Grandmaster Flash Had the Clout

Grandmaster Flash was a well-established name in the early days of hip-hop culture.  When rap music was first recorded and released commercially, he was signed simply because of the clout he possessed. Unfortunately . . .

Flash did not perform on the records or get songwriting credit. Instead, Sugar Hill Records used Grandmaster Flash solely as a brand to authenticate and sell records to hip-hop fans. Flash’s name was used for its brand equity because he was the most popular DJ at the time, and in the 1970s the DJ was the main celebrity in hip-hop culture.

How the 12″ Record Became Standard

This is a fascinating story about how the 12″ vinyl record became the standard format for rap music due to a mistake in the early 1970s.

Tom Moulton needed to release a single but he had run out of 7″ blanks to press the song on.  He was “in a rush to get his remix to DJs [so] he adjusted the gain and EQ for the song and cut it on a 10” disc. He said, “So , it was by accident . .. But for the next song we cut, we went for the 12″ format instead of the 10″ . . . That was the birth of the 12′ single.”

People quickly followed suit.

In 1976, Salsoul Records decided to meet the standards and produced the first commercial vinyl 12″ maxi single “Ten Per Cent” by Double Exposure. Shortly thereafter, the 12′ single became a commercial format used by record labels and made popular by DJs and club-goers.

This was a fascinating read. It was great to see a scholar work about hip-hop deejays and how influential they have been in helping create and shape DJ culture. Without the hip-hop DJ, we wouldn’t have much of the technology we now take for granted. Even other genres of music owe us a debt.

The book also covers how the Technic 1200s became the standard turntable, how digital vinyl systems came into creation and popular use, and it features quotes and stories from some of the best deejays in the genre. Every hip-hop DJ should read this.

My List of 2018 Reads – coming soon!

Oneida Blackhawks Fundraiser Event

The Oneida Blackhawks are a hockey team made up of 11-13 year-olds from Oneida Nation of the Thames. This community is just southwest of London, Ontario, Canada.

They will represent their community in a battle of the best of the best during March Break in Missausaga as they compete in the Little NHL tournament.

This group of young men have been competing for about seven years for this specific event and are currently in the Peewee Division. They won the ‘B’ Championships two years ago in the Novice Division and are hoping to bring home the Peewee Trophy this year.

Let’s help make this a successful fundraising event for these boys to attend this years LNHL in style!

This event features some great performances from some of London’s hip-hop community including; Labeled Minority, Lola, Traffimatics, Kiv, Solyd Roy, and Mad Hattr. 

Hosted by Sunshine and featuring the talents of DJ Chase March, with appearances from DJ ml and other special guests, this is sure to be a great show.

There are plenty of giveaways, prize draws, and raffles as well.

I hope to see you there!

WHAT: Oneida Blackhawks Fundraiser Event
WHEN: Saturday March 3, 2018
WHERE: Old East Bar and Grill – 765 Dundas Street, London, ON.
EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/161216921337696/
TICKETS: $2
SHOW: 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Word is Bond Rap Radio’s 300th Episode Celebration

We had a lot of fun on the radio Monday night celebrating the 300th Episode of Word is Bond Rap Radio.

DJ Hullewud, of Break North Radio, kicked off the celebrations with a special intro and a mixset perfectly tailored to the celebration. Brewza and Solyd Roy performed songs and freestyles, and I even jumped in on the cypher.

We played some trivia live in the studio and had a bunch of callers on the line playing along, including TJ Edwards and Sankdafied. It was such a success that Hullewud and I are planning a second games night for the show. Stay tuned for that.

Daddy J made the trip all the way from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to kick it with us. I got my start in radio on his program, DOPEfm, about eleven years ago. It was great having him there for the 300th episode of my own show.

Download this episode or press play to check out the program and celebrate #WIB300 with us!

DJ Hullewud Intro and Mixset

House of Pain – Word is Bond
Gangstarr – You Know My Steez
Poor Righteous Teachers – Shakiyla
Redman – Rated R
Black Moon – Sh%@ is Real
Brand Nubian – Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down
Ice T – My Word is Bond

DJ Chase March

Nas – One Love
Run-DMC – Rock Box
Beatnuts – Off Tha Books
Cypress Hill – Insane in the Brain
Doberman – Morals and Mantras

Live Performances

Solyd Roy, Brewza, and Chase March – Freestyle
Brewza – King

DJ Chase March

Apathy – The Order
Craig G – #IdoMe
Animal Nation & Sly Business – Headphones, Drum Machines, Beats
Akil the MC ft Wordsworth – Words

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Word is Bond Rap Radio Celebrates 300 Episodes

It has been a great journey and there is no end in sight. I’ve come a long way since the very first episode of Word is Bond Rap Radio back in March of 2012. It’s hard to believe that this week’s episode will be the 300th one for the show.

We are celebrating it in a big way at Radio Western tomorrow night. There will be live performances, trivia, mixsets, and of course, real hip-hop music and talk.

I am thankful for this platform and have taken full advantage of all of its opportunities. I have grown as a DJ and it is easy to see over the past six years of programs how far I have come. I have always felt comfortable as a host and doing interviews and documentary segments. And look forward to another 300 episodes.

Come celebrate with us tomorrow at the station or wherever you are!

WHAT: Word is Bond Rap Radio’s 300th Episode Celebration
WHEN: Monday February 19, 2018
TIME: 11:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
WHERE: Radio Western. Room 250 UCC. Western University. London, ON. Canada
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1462224777239799/

Best of 2017 Mixset

2017 was a great year for Word is Bond Rap Radio.

We had plenty of in-depth interviews with legends and underground hip-hop heads.

We spun some amazing music week in and week out.

We counted down the Top 17 Albums of 2017.

And now we say goodbye in style with two hours of some of our favourite tracks from last year.

Skillz – 2017 Wrap Up
Maestro ft Skyzoo – Designated Driver
Jazz Spastiks – Midnight Mode
MC Eiht and DJ Premier – Got That
Alpha Faktion – System Shutdown
Superior ft Blu and Edo.G – Make the World Go Round
M-Dot ft Krumb Snatcha – Nomads
Word Burglar – If It Rhymes It’s Real
Gift of Gab, RA The Rugged Man, and A.F.R.O. – Freedom From Flowing
Defari – I’m Here
Evidence – Throw It All Away
Tone Chop and Frost Gamble ft Kool G Rap – Walk the Walk
King Magnetic ft Masta Ace, and Slug – Alone
Kool Krys ft Nilla – Knockout
Local-Mu12 ft Sadat X, Torae, and Foki – Never Had
Notion ft Cee – Something Inside
DJ Premier ft ASAP Ferg – Our Streets
Dres – Patience
Venom ft Rah Digga – Ruff and Tuff
Sareem Poems & Terem – Walk and Talk
Koss ft Torae – And You Don’t Stop
Chan Hays ft Homeboy Sandman, John Robinson, and Ghettosocks – The Shoes
Dan-e-o ft Thrust, Maestro, Moka Only, Big Kish, Eternia – League of Legends (Rock Out Remix)
Jovan – Premium Rush
Def3 – Fill Your Soul
Beneficience – Hostile Lifestyle
Da Dysfunkshunal Familee ft Greg Nice – She’s My
WarPorn Industries – Keep Your Distance
Wu-Tang Clan – People Say
Traffimatics ft Mad Hattr with DJ Chase March – Y’allreadyknow
Tempomental – Blow Up
Skillz – Murda Gram

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Cancer Benefit Hip-Hop Show (Saturday)

Come out an support a good cause on Saturday January 13th as some of London, Ontario’s best come together to raise some money to battle cancer. This one is for Danny Gable’s dad, who has been battling the horrible disease for 3 years and has been a warrior. Let’s show him that were all behind him in this battle and help put a dent in cancer.

Performances by

Mad Hattr, Tempomental, Traffimatics, Triip (of Labeled Minority), IG, Yung RL, Johnny Bars, Fate, and special guest G Premacy.

DJ Chase March on the 1s and 2s all night long.

I hope to see you there.

WHAT: F*&k Cancer 4
WHEN: Saturday January 13, 2018
WHERE: Gordy’s Brewhouse. 1631 Oxford St. E. London, ON.
DOORS: 9:00 p.m.
TICKETS: $10
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1765931290116070/

13th Annual Xmas Wrap (Biggest Rap Show of the Year)

Toolshed, Top Billin’ Entertainment, Break North Radio, and Radio Western present:

The 13th Annual Xmas Wrap

This is always the best hip-hop show of the year and a London tradition. It’s bigger than ever before with a ton of performances, special guests, and a live to air broadcast on the radio.

Toolshed (Timbuktu, Chokeules, and Psybo) will be reuniting and live on stage for the first time in years. Tim and Choke will also have their brand new Swamp Thing album and merchandise ready for you to pick up.

Thesis Sahib will be dropping brand new music.

Sum-01 is releasing her new mixtape.

Kiv will be performing and I will be backing him up on the 1s and 2s.

All this, and much, much more. You won’t want to miss it.

Live To Air

If you can’t make it to the event, tune in to 94.9FM Radio Western from 10pm-2am to hear it live. You can also stream it at www.radiowestern.ca/stream

HOST

He’s not just a voice on the radio, Tyler Hetherington (The Consignment Show) will be holding it down as the host for the night.

DJs

Music provided by DJ Hullewud (Break North Radio, Sons Of Boombap, Dreamsters Union), Joe Tunes (Animal Street Records), and DJ Chase March (Word Is Bond Rap Radio, Sons Of Boombap).

Info

WHAT: The 13th Annual Xmas Wrap
WHEN: Saturday December 23, 2017
WHERE: Call The Office. 216 York Street, London, Ontario
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1880988232215606/
DOORS: 9:00 p.m.
TICKETS: $10 at the door

I hope to see you there!

Word is Bond Rap Radio – Christmas Rappin’

It’s time to celebrate Christmas with two hours of great hip-hop music mixed live on the radio.

We start off with the classic “Christmas Rappin'” by Kurtis Blow and ask the question, “Why isn’t this song in popular culture?” Why isn’t it heard right alongside Mariah Carey or Wham? Why are there people who don’t know this song? Or “Christmas in Hollis” by Run-DMC?

Both of these songs are Christmas classics with a lot of appeal. I wonder why they haven’t crossed over.

What say you? Why don’t we hear Christmas rap songs on regular radio, in the shopping malls, and everywhere we go this time of year. We really should!

Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’
George Strombo and Legends – Christmas Rappin
Run-DMC – Christmas in Hollis
Shade Cobian – Roastin’
SYG and Kayne Martin – Christmas Cheer
Ugly Duckling – Last Minute Shopping
Encyclopedia Brown – Christmastime is Here
Mega Ran ft Writers Guild – Humbug
Christmas Day Collective – Christmas Ruckus
MC Paul Barman (prod Mark Ronson) – Happy Holidays
Gracious Bears – Bear Humbug
Scribbling Idiots – Jingle Bell Knock
LA Symphony – Chirstmas Song
Grumpy Olde Men – You’re a Mean One
Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K. – Christmas Wrapping
Word Salad ft Mad Hattr – Your Present’s Here
Atmosphere – If I Was Santa Claus
Monty – All I Want for Christmas
Blu & Exile – Christmas Missed Us
Planet Asia – Gift Rap Medallions
Torae – A Christmas Story
Nickii Chatts – Gift Wrap
favormusik – Ever Since You
Bop Alloy – Hottest Christmas on Record
Little Thoughts ft Jurassic 5 – Holla
Kev Brown – Snowfall
Pace Won – Christmas Eve
DJ Frane – Christmas at the Iceberg
Bop Alloy – Spent
Outkast – Player’s Ball
Josh Augustin – Every Christmas Card I Write
Page One x Theory Hazit – We Three Kings
Sweet T – Let the Jingle Bells Rock

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All Women’s Voices with Intelligenz

Every December, Radio Western broadcasts 24 hours of programming focusing on “All Women’s Voices.”

I love female-fronted hip-hop and always contribute a show for this special day. This year, we have Intelligenz telling you about her life and artistry in her own words. After all, it is all women’s voices day, that is why I am conspicuously absent from the microphone. But she tells a great story and we feature some of her amazing music. You are going to want to press play and hear how this young lady lives us to her name.

Intelligenz – Welcome to the Grind
MC Lyte – Paper Thin (clip)
Monie Love – It’s a Shame (clip)
MC Lyte ft Lil Mama – Ball (clip)
MC Smooth – Smooth & Legit (clip)
Yo-Yo – You Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo (clip)
Lady of Rage – Afro Puffs (clip)
Intelligenz – Running
Slick Rick – Children’s Story (clip)
Intelligenz – Round of Applause
Slick Rick – Mona Lisa (clip)
Eric B & Rakim – Don’t Sweat the Technique (clip)
Twista – Overnight Celebrity (clip)
Redman and Method Man – Da Rockwilder (clip)
De La Soul – Me, Myself, and I (clip)
O.C. – Times Up (clip)
Intelligenz – I’m a Movement
Intelligenz – Making It
Intelligenz – If You Ever Doubted
Jewelzz Patrick ft Intelligenz – Levitating

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