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Celebrating the rich and on-going history of hip-hop music and culture.

Rocking Buffalo Saturday (Free Hip-Hop Show)

Chuckie Campbell & The Black Den are back and coming to Casa Di Francesca’s to rock the house, matching some of your best local talent with internationally touring acts making their way across the border. There’s no better place to be if you’re a hip hop head Saturday June 16th!

Local Buffalo, NY Acts:

Rap & Destroy
The League (Program & Mostro)
Green Giant (Frigid Giant & Cee Gee)
G Premacy

International Canadian Acts:

Es (Mississauga, ON)
Tempomental (Woodstock, ON)
Labeled Minority (London, ON)
DJ Chase March (London , ON)

Show Program with Artist Bios – pdf

Chuckie Campbell plays with a live band and it is an amazing thing to see.

WHAT: Free Hip Hop Show – Chuckie Campbell & The Black Den (Buffalo, NY)
WHEN: Saturday June 16, 2018
WHERE: Casa Di Francesca’s. 2022 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210
EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1001054643403116/
DOORS: 8:00 p.m.
SHOW: 9:00 p.m.

This will be my first time performing in another country. If you are in, or near, Buffalo, please come out to this great hip-hop show. I hope to see you there!

WIB Rap Radio Delivers That Feeling!

You know you can count on Word is Bond Rap Radio to bring you the best in underground hip-hop music with DJ Chase March.

We didn’t have a guest on the show this week, so we just blessed you with two hours of tunes. Let us know if we delivered that feeling.

Enjoy!

Del & Amp Live – Gravy Train
O.C. – The Chosen One
5.1.nine.0.2. ft Al Tuck – Back Home
Shift from that 902 – Fast Forward
The Quarter Inch Kings ft Fish – It Ain’t Right
Lyle Omolayo ft Dana from Upstairs – Underground Railroad
Phoniks & Raashan Ahmad – ft Slim Kid III – That Feeling
Primal Winds – Fistful of Dollars
Chokeules – Sole People
Nomad Hip-Hop – I Have No Friends
Mountain Brothers – The Adventures of Average Joe
Homeboy Sandman – Speak Truth
Nice & Smooth – Doin’ Our Own Thang
Grey Yard ft Shirt – Whole World
Prophets of Rage – Hail to the Chief
Cee ft Ras Kass & Bekah – Don’t Mind Me
GZA – Animal Planet
Fredro Starr ft Conway the machine, Jay Nice & Makem Pay – Invasion of the Body Catchers
Blueprint ft Has Lo – Hoop Dreaming
Huey Briss & Nikobeats – Strings of Life
Diztrikt Apollo – This is Hip-Hop
Crashsilverback & Max Muthaphukin’ Stax – Talk About It
J-Bru – I’ve Been Waitin’
Bangerville – Do For Self
Dan-e-o – Mic Surgery
OC from NC – No Return
Ngajuana – Whose Face Is This
Murs & 9th Wonder – I’m Free
Kemp ft El Gant & El Da Sensei – El=mc2
Bishop Nehru – The Game of Life
A.G. & John Robinson – Science of the Pyramids

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I Thought I Told You (WIB Rap Radio)

Nothing but two hours of great music in the latest edition of Word is Bond Rap Radio.

In fact, I got so into the mix and what I was doing Tuesday night, that I forgot to break for the 11:30 commercials and spun uninterrupted classics for an hour.

I Thought I Told You (Episode 317) features these songs . . .

Illvis Freshly – Bombshells
Sharky & Ivason Black – Demons
Artson ft MC Redcloud – Focused
Pharoahe Monch – Losing My Mind
Father Focus Confucious – Nobody
Die-Rek – U Ain’t Gotta Know
Shift from tha 902 – Me Vs You
Wise Boyz Noize – Chip Clip
Black Thought & 9th Wonder – 9th Vs Thought
Young RJ ft Proof – Thought I Told You
Bucket Hat Jack ft Casa Blanca – 5 Takes
Abdominal ft Chali 2na – Balance Both (Imperial Remix)
Def 3 ft Ramon Fernanddez – El Fin Del Mundo
DJ Jazzy Jeff ft The Trinity – Child of God
Animal Nation – Drinking in Stereo (Remix)
Falconcrest ft Sleep Sinatra – Live at the Sands
Poor Righteous Teachers – Word Iz Life
Branded Moore – 123
Acetik & Philthy Pro ft B Dubb – Remember the Good
Ngajuana ft Ladyface and Mad Hattr – Can’t Come Down
Blacastan & Marvalyss – Mechanical Movement
Blueprint – Two-headed Monster
Gavlyn & DJ Hoppa – Thankful
Bahamadia – Special Forces
Mobb Deep – Win or Lose
LL Cool J – Dangerous
Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minded
Purpose & BBZ Darney – You Said
Napoleon Da Legend & DJ Doom ft General Steele – Devil & God
Common – Black Maybe
Gift of Gab – The Ride of Your Life
Sencie Da Misfit – Last Breath
Soulbrotha – Moment der Wahrheit

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Rap Music Needs More Anthologies

The Anthology of Rap by Adam Bradley and Andrew Dubois (editors)

Rap is poetry. The way emcees put together words and deliver them can be magical. This book tries to highlight that be stripping everything else away except for the words on a page. The editors let the words speak for themselves as well. There are no annotations and  nothing to help interpret any given line.

There are a few essays about different eras and times in the history of the art form, however. There are also brief introductions to each act before their rhymes are laid out in front of us on the page.

This was a nice read and I will be writing one or two more posts about it in the near future. Here are a few things I took away from my dive into the book.

First Political Rap

“The first rap record to be explicitly political both in its lyrical content and in its method of production and distribution, “How We Gonna Make the Black Nation Rise?,” released in 1980 on Clappers Records, is an example of a song practicing what it preaches.

The Collective Effort is a group of MCs that includes both male and female members that urges “their listeners to consider the disjunction between good time music and the actual times from which it derives. The lyrics, against their ironic sonic backdrop, diagnose the danger of becoming “pacified” to the point to living death and outline a litany of social problems”

Female Ghostwriters

“The women from Sequence wrote their own rhymes; in fact, they often wrote rhymes for their label mates. Cheryl Cook was especially active as a ghostwriter, penning verses for “8th Wonder,” “Apache,” and “Livin in the Fast Lane by the Sugarhill Gang.”

First Rapper with X-rated Content

Spoonie Gee, apparently holds this title. It quickly becomes apparent when reading through the lyrics here.

First Speed Rap

Spoonie Gee was an original member of Treacherous Three. When he decided to go solo, Special K joined the group. Their first release, which features Spoonie Gee, “came forth with a song that contains more syllables per line than any rap of it’s time.” This was for “The New Rap Language.”

No Braggadocio 

Chuck D got his start as a radio DJ. He definitely is one of hip-hop’s great voices, but did you know, “he used none of the cliched familiar, conventional braggadocio emceeisms! He never even talked about being the best, and he never criticized another emcee. He never even compared himself to another emcee.” That is really cool and hard to do.

My List of 2018 Reads – my annual reading log with links to each title

Sareem Poems Live on WIB Rap Radio

Sareem Poems has been putting it down for 20 years. From his group, LA Symphony, to his work with various producers, to his solo tracks, he has been putting in work for a long time now.

It was a honour being able to chat with him this week live on the radio. We have world premiere joints from his forthcoming album “Mind Over Matter” produced entirely by Ess Be. And we have a great discussion about hip-hop, youth outreach work, and much more.

Press play, download it and take it with you, and bump this loud. Enjoy!

Skeptika ft SPNDA, Reks, and Relentless – The Hour of Death
Chris Orrick ft Bruce Wain – Stories
Sleep ft Ceschi and Onry Ozzborn – Substances
Chuckie Campbell – The Streets
Primal Winds ft Fortunato – Mexican Stand Off
Apollo Brown and Locksmith – Litmus
Muneshine – Lower Level
Cquel – Slow Down
Sareem Poems & Terem – Walk and Talk
LA Symphony – Timeless
Sareem Poems & Ess Be – Eyedentity
Sareem Poems & Ess Be ft Sean C. Johnson – Way Up There
Sareem Poems & Terem ft Chris Orrick (Red Pill) – Breathe
Special Ed – Ready to Attack
Classified ft Anjule – Changes
Drake – Duppy Freestyle
Wiser ft Diztrikt Apollo – Writer’s Block
Big Sproxx & Adam Bomb – Lemme Tell ‘Em
The Quarter Inch Kings ft Five Steez – Get Props
Touch – The Jade Emperor
Wu-Tang Clan – Frozen
Wordsworth & J Soul – Satellite
Traffimatics – Freestyle (live)
Constant Deviants – Candle

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The High Road Tour Hits Toronto (Friday)

Come join TempoMentalChuckie Campbell & The Black Den Band,Labeled Minority and DJ Chase March as we hit the road to get you musically high. It’s the High Road Tour, brought to you by DWG Entertainment. This Friday, we will be in Toronto!

Hosted by JDon

Special Guests:

Dre Specz
Xentury
Ngajuana

Local support:

JDon
Ruby Red
Steve Ink
Tommy Gunnz

Here’s a taste of what you can expect . . .

Tempomental

Chuckie Campbell

Labeled Minority

WHAT: High Road Tour (Toronto, ON)
WHEN: Friday June 1, 2018
WHERE: Smiling Buddha 961 College St. Toronto (College and Dovercourt)
EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/182272029066500/
TICKETS: $10
DOORS: 8:00 p.m.
SHOW: 9:00 p.m.

We hope to see you there!

Traffimatics Kicking It Live (WIB Rap Radio)

Traffimatics came through Word is Bond Rap Radio Tuesday night to kick it live on the airwaves.

He is always hungry to get on the mic and kick some rhymes. He threw down several freestyles, performed tracks live, and even took requests.

And of course, I spun two hours of great hip-hop music.

If you enjoy the show, please let us know you are listening. Share it on your social media feeds and use the hashtag #WIBRapRadio.

Batfunk – You Don’t Stop
Eric B & Rakim – Don’t Sweat the Technique
Showbiz & AG – Means Nothing 2 Me
Tha Alkaholiks ft Keith Murray – Off The Wall
Marlowe (L’Orange and Solemn Brigham) – Lost Arts
Beneficience – Hostile Lifestyle
LS Camp – Out of Control
Cut Chemist ft Edan & Mr. Lif – Metalstorm
Traffimatics, Mad Hattr, and Chase MarchY’allready Know
Trafiimatics and Chase March – Freestyle
Sankdafied – Common
Mark Jordan – Wouldn’t Change a Thing
Blueprint – Health is Wealth
Nilla ft Rel McCoy – Skydive
Zaze – State of Mind
Static ft Noah 23 – I’ll Never
Whatshisface – F*ck Up
Notion ft Cee, The Mighty Rhino, and Digital Junkie – Back to Life
The Red Giants – Last Nights
Derty Mac ft Traffimatics – Unfriend Me
Traffimatics – Drinks in the Air (Live)
Traffimatics – Freestyle
El Gant – Truth Hurts
Pupils of the Clock – Complexly Lethargic
Senica Da Misfit – John Legend
The Notorious B.I.G. – Things Done Changed
A Tribe Called Quest – Jazz (We’ve Got)
Funkdoobiest – Lost in Thought
Traffimatics (prod by AdD)– Fade Away
Traffimatics – Apocalyptic (Live)

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High Road Tour Comes to Brantford

Come join TempoMentalChuckie Campbell & The Black Den Band,Labeled Minority and DJ Chase March as we hit the road to get you musically high. It’s the High Road Tour, brought to you by DWG Entertainment.

With Local Openers

Capital E
ES
MLNY
Nos Insidious
OB1

Here’s a taste of what you can expect . . .

Tempomental

Es

MLNY

WHAT: High Road Tour (London, ON)
WHEN: Sunday May 20, 2018
WHERE: Club Scorpio. 20 Dalhousie Street, Brantford, ON.
EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/556163741420951/
TICKETS: $10
DOORS: 9:00 p.m.
SHOW: 9:30 p.m.

I hope to see you there!

High Road Tour Comes to Woodstock

Come join TempoMentalChuckie Campbell & The Black Den Band,Labeled Minority and DJ Chase March as we hit the road to get you musically high. It’s the High Road Tour, brought to you by DWG Entertainment.

Tonight, we are in Woodstock, Ontario

With Local Openers

Androo Joseph
Diztrikt Apolo
D.Watson
Filthy Tarantino
KIV
Sears
Traffimatics

Here is a little taste of what you can expect tonight . . .

Tempomental

Traffimatics

KIV

WHAT: High Road Tour (Woodstock, ON)
WHEN: Saturday May 18, 2018
WHERE: Nutty’s Bar & Billiards. 972 Dundas St, Woodstock, ON.
EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/599097587111172/
TICKETS: $10
DOORS: 8:00 p.m.
SHOW: 9:00 p.m.

I hope to see you there!

High Road Tour Comes to Oshawa

Come join TempoMentalChuckie Campbell & The Black Den Band,Labeled Minority and DJ Chase March as we hit the road to get you musically high. It’s the High Road Tour, brought to you by DWG Entertainment.

Tonight we will be in Oshawa,

with Local Openers

Ambition
Billy Marks
Devil’s Puppet
Dubble R
Empress Shizzy
Kurtesy
Mack Money
Milestone

Here’s a small taste of what you can expect tonight.

Tempomental

Chuckie Campbell

Lola (of Labeled Minority)

WHAT: High Road Tour (Oshawa, ON)
WHEN: Friday May 18, 2018
WHERE: The Diezel Room. 59 King St E, Oshawa, ON
EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/240450776521563/
TICKETS: $15
SHOW: 9:00 p.m.

I hope to see you there!