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

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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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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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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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.

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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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Concrete Mob Comes to the Forest City

Concrete Mob exploded onto the hip-hop scene with their iconic song, “Boiling Point” that was featured on the first Rap Essentials compilation back in 1996.

The group consists of emcees; Blackjak and Deuce Deuce. They grew up as childhood friends, beat-boxing and reciting rhymes on their neighborhood streets of downtown Toronto, Canada. They quickly made a name for themselves in the Canadian hip-hop scene with their debit single and strong stage performances. They bring what they do best to the Forest City tomorrow night and it is bound to be a great show.

Also on the bill are;

Mad Hattr
Diztrikt Apolo
KZL
6BronxZoo
FastCloud

And the DJ for the night is;

Chase March

Here is a little bit of what you can expect at this show.

Brought  to you by Shyne-Time entertainment, this is sure to be a fun night.

Early Show

Make sure you get there early as the show starts at 9:30 p.m. and will be done by midnight. This isn’t one of those shows that doesn’t get started till midnight. If you are late, you will miss some amazing performances.

WHAT: Concrete Mob (London, ON)
WHEN: Friday July 20, 2018
WHERE: Black Diamond Bar & Grill. 1440 Jalna Blvd Unit 1, London, Ontario N6E 3P2
EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/272992306779088/
TICKETS: $10 (at the door)
DOORS: 9:00 p.m.
SHOW: 9:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

I hope to see you there!

Living Dangerously on the Radio (with Jesse)

I had a blast on Word is Bond Rap Radio last week. The two shows that go on before me, didn’t make it in, so I started at 7:00 p.m. and did 5 hours live.

This is the first half of that extended show and features some old school classics that have been sampled countless times. Can you identify some rap songs that have used pieces of these?

After that, I spun some great hip-hop tunes and then had an in-depth discussion with Jesse Dangerously. He tells some great stories and schools us on Canadian hip-hop history.

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Brownout – Louder Than a Bomb
Minnie Riperton – Inside My Love
Stevie Wonder – That Girl
Lyn Collins – Think About it
New Birth – Keep On Doin’ It
Bob James – Nautilus
DJ Format and Abdominal – Reflective Meditation Rhymes
Red Pill – FYA ft POS
Swamp Thing – Muddy Step
Sum-01 – Calling Me Names
The Green Seed – Make Room
Tru Trilla ft Prince AK and Flykwa – Stop Gaming
Your Old Droog – You Can Do It
Jesse Dangerously – Count to Rap Hundred
5.1.nine.0.2. ft D-sisive – All I Know
The Library Steps – Home Team
Jesse Dangerously ft Tara Holloway – Never Home
Jesse Dangerously – Rap Hundred and Three
Jesse Dangerously ft Adae B, Myka 9, & Shael Riley – Life Jacket
The Library Steps – G.I.R.L. Guide Cookies
Atmosphere – Ringo
Blu & Exile – Party of Two

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Australia’s Grey Yard on WIB Rap Radio

Last week, on Word is Bond Rap Radio, a caller requested a Grey Yard song.

Up until that point I had never heard of this Australian hip-hop duo. I played the song live on the air and was immediately impressed.

They caught wind of being on the show and messaged me the day after I podcasted it. So they went from request to guest in one week.

It was great talking to them and playing more of their music. Plus, we have two hours of great live radio for you to check out now, or anytime, through the power of online archiving.

Apollo Brown and Locksmith – Advice to My Younger Self
JorDel Downz ft Jux Cain & Young Stitch – Violins
Hezekiah, Soulpete, and Bodziers – You Know What
Teenburger – Bee Smiling
King Kold ft Freeway – Everything Depends on You
Swann – G.F.Y.
Reks & Short Fuyz – NE 617
Grey Yard – I Never Knew
Grey Yard ft Shirt – Whole World
Grey Yard – Fade to Grey
Sankdafied – Detained
Full Circle – Recognize
Broken Complex ft Intuition – Show Stealing
J. Cole – 1985 (DJ Premier Remix)
Kyo Itachi ft Chino XL – Ear Drums
The Get By ft Shad – Stereotype
BLeafs ft Masta Ace & Terminology – Been Waiting
Tone Chop & Frost Gamble – Better with Time
Words ft Vokab – Wrong Place
Young RJ ft De La Soul – Turning Me Off
Craig Mack – Don’t Worry Mack Tonite
MC Fubb ft J Shiltz – Take Notice
Sintax the Terrific and DJ Kurfu – The Shining Wire
Fashawn – Life as a Shorty
Spose – Poof
Homegrown Monsters – Out of Breath
Royce Da 5’9″ – God Speed

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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!