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

The Legendary PMD on WIB Rap Radio

I have been a fan of this man for as long as I can remember. EPMD is one of the best hip-hop groups to ever do it. It was an absolute pleasure to have him on the show last night.

PMD drops a lot of knowledge in this in-depth and exclusive appearance on Word is Bond Rap Radio.

This is a must listen. And make sure you cop his new album, Business Mentality.

Bless!

EPMD – So Wat Cha Saying
Lone Catalyst ft Greg Nice – Rhymes
Noveliss ft Clear Soul Forces – Swordplay
LS Camp – Out of Control
Amerigo Gazaway – For Once In My Lifetime
Luke Christopher – The Lights
DJ Format and Abdominal – Still Hungry (Henkel Rremix)
EPMD – You Gots To Chill
David Strickland ft EPMD and Saukrates – Armed and Dangerous
PMD ft Erick Sermon – The Real is Gone
EPMD – The Joint
PMD – Trans
EPMD – Headbanger
Dan-e-o – Spit
Pawz One – B.O.M.B.S.
Lil Neekz – Stricktly Bizness
Touch – An Abbott on the Keys
Blu & Exile – Stress off the Chest
One Be Lo – Propaganda
Ngajuana – For the Moment
Group Home – Supa Star
Brown Bag All Stars ft Tash – 11 Steps

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Heads Up with Sankdafied on WIB Rap Radio

Sankdafied came by Radio Western this week to leak a few tracks from his forthcoming album Atoms and Evolution.

I subjected him to a game of Heads Up, the Ellen smartphone app that had us trying to guess clues in her hip-hop category. And of course, I played two hours of great underground hip-hop.

Enjoy the show!

Hex One – Yes Yes Yall
Edo.G ft The Bulldogs – It Is
6 Bronx Zoo – Take Columbus Day Off the Calendar
David Begun ft Fugees and Bob Marley – Take It Easy Shankin
Soundminds – Don’t Touch That Dial
Hanz On – Straight Business
Zoetic Minds – You Don’t Want Me Around
Hex One ft Skyzoo – Peep the Steez
The Cheeba Hawk Consortion ft Dres – Better Yourself
Sankdafied – On My Own
Sankdafied – Detained
Sankdafied ft Chase March – Back at the Spot
DJ Premier ft Asap Ferg – Our Streets
Fortunato – Keep It Humble
Notion ft Cee and Myer Clarity – Hurt
AZ – Rather Unique
Brother Ali – Forest Whitaker
Dilated Peoples – You Can’t Hide, You Can’t Run
Skrewtape – Sell It for Two
Ras Kass – Kill the Messenger
Planet Asia ft Chace Infinite, Innate, and Bumps – Tha Movement
Wu-Tang Clan – It’s Yours
GZA – Pencil
Method Man – Meth Vs Chef
Rapsody – Nobody

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Word is Bond Rap Radio – Halloween Night!

I just got off of the radio a few minutes ago. I kicked off Halloween the second it started with my midnight show. Normally, I don’t get the podcast up this quickly, but I wanted you to be able to rock it for your Halloween celebration.

So enjoy the show and . . .

Have a Safe, Happy Halloween!

Dana Dane – Nightmares
Geto Boys – Minds Playing Tricks on Me
Big Pun – Leatherface
Snowgoos ft Sicknature and Sean Strange – We Won’t Die
Kanye West ft Nicki Minaj, Jay Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver – Monster
Bad Meets Evil – Scary Movie
Swollen Members – Bad Dreams
Onyx and Dope D.O.D. ft Snak the Ripper – Pscho Path
Frost Gamble and Tragedy Khadafi – Organic Thoughts
Supastition ft Cymarshall Law, Supastition, Braille, and Eternia – The Reaper
Lords of the Underground – Psycho
Method Man and Redman – Cereal Killer
Unknown Mizery – Never Died
Whodini – Haunted House of Rock
DMX – Frankenstein
Eminem – Monster
A.O.D. – Lady Death
Sir Diggy ft Rock & AG Da Coroner – The Nightmare
Swamp Thing ft Ghettosocks – The Damned
Outkast – Dracula’s Wedding
Mission 5 – Celery Stalks
Sindakit – Haunted Pt 2
Swamp Thing – The House of Wax
Fat Boys – Are you Ready for Freddy?
Zoetic Minds – Monster
Snowgoons ft Chino XL, Fredro Starr, Jamal Grinnage, Diabolic, Justin Tyme – Team Death Match
Swollen Members ft Snak the Ripper – Fear
DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince – Nightmare on My Street

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Connecting with a Legend – O.C. on WIB Rap Radio

I have been a fan of O.C. ever since I first heard him on a radio mix show back in 1994. I can’t tell you how excited I was to get the chance to kick it with him live on the radio this week.

It was hard choosing the nine O.C. tracks I could fit into the show. His catalogue of released material is huge and speaks for itself.

I was surprised to find out that he writes every single day. There must be hundreds of tracks that we haven’t heard. Yet.

O.C. truly is a legend and he’s a cool, down-to-earth guy. It was a pleasure having him on the program. We talk about hip-hop history, longevity, his affiliation with D.I.T.C., Demigodz, and Hieroglyphics, and of course, spin tons of great music.

Enjoy the show!

O.C. ft Big L – Dangerous
Dan-e-o ft Choclair, Frankenstein, and Grimace Love – Dear Hip Hop (The 2nd Letter)
Lil Neeks & El Bandito – Jurassic Nation
Chan Hays ft Homeboy Sandman, Ghettosocks, and John Robinson – The Shoes
Def 3 ft JFB – Prowl
LS Camp – Back to the Basics
Cymarshall Law – Cory Law
Organized Konfusion ft O.C. – Fudge Pudge
O.C. – Time’s Up
DJ JS-1 ft O.C. – Turn the Tables
Apathy and O.C. – The Broadcast
O.C. – Good Man
Saukrates ft O.C. and Masta Ace – Rollin’
Apollo Brown and O.C. – Prove Me Wrong
O.C. – Ma Dukes

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WIB Rap Radio – Napoleon Da Legend

We have a special guest on our phone lines this week, Napoleon Da Legend. You have heard his music on this show several times, and now you get to hear him talk about his music and hard hitting issues.

We talk about white privilege and the other types of  advantages that people have and might not even be aware of. We also talk about innovation and experimentation in music. It’s not always the best idea to stick to tried and true rules of hip-hop. As he says, “I know what automatically works right now” but he doesn’t just do that. He says, “I want to still be an artist that advances the music and tries.” The message here is that life is too short to conform.

Napoleon the Legend breaks it down even further, “Every great major artist that people put in their Top 10, has something totally brand new about what they did in one shape, form, or the other.

We had a great conversation that will inspire you and if you weren’t a fan before, I am sure you will be won over now. And of course, I spin tons of great new music, and sprinkle in a few underground jams from years past.

Press play and enjoy the show!

Blu & Exile – On The Radio
Son of Same ft Masta Ace & Large Pro – Come a Long Way
Prolific ft Es & Chase March – The Beginning
Awful P & Conflikt – No Time
PMD ft Ace Brav and Leek – Belly of the Beast
Hex One ft Skyzoo – Peep the Steeze
Moka Only – Right There
Koss ft Keith Murray – This is Now
RSXGLD – I Believe
Napoleon Da Legend – Black Privilege 2
Nieve and SoulChef ft Napoleon Da Legend – Which Side
DJ Dister ft Napoleon Da Legend – The Future
Dan-e-o – 20 Years Later
E.O.C. – Poetical Playground
Wu-Tang Clan – Frozen
Grezzer – Lonely Path
Tempomental ft Oh Kg – Dying Days
Bru Lei – True Love
Notion ft Ghettosocks, Maestro, and DJ Grouch – Welcome to Toronto
Prem Rock & Fresh Kils – Ether (Raistlin’s Rendezvous)
Starvin B – Iron workers
Camp Lo ft De La Soul – B-side to Hollywood
Slaine vs Termanology – Blink of an Eye
Cipha – Rock Rock On
Murs – Yesterday & Today
2Pac – Ain’t Hard 2 Find

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WIB Rap Radio – Dead Homiez

We’ve lost way too many emcees over the years. I had the idea to pay tribute to them in a special edition of Word is Bond Rap Radio.

My idea was start off the show with Ice Cube’s “Dead Homiez” and then play tracks exclusively from rappers who have passed away.

This is a show I have wanted to do for quite some time now. I just haven’t had the time. So when Xplizitsouljah asked to do a guest mix on the show and if I had any ideas for the show, I gave him this idea and he ran with it.

Let’s celebrate the music that these amazing artists have left us with. Thanks for the memories. Rest in Peace!

Ice Cube – Dead Homiez
UGK – Hi Life
Makavelli – Hail Mary
Gangstarr – In Memory Of
Prodigy (Mobb Deep) – H.N.I.C.
The Notorious B.I.G. – Warning
Gangstarr – Eulogy
Kris Kross – Live and Die for Hip-Hop
Eazy E – Boyz in The Hood
Gravediggaz – Dangerous Mindz
Big L – Put It On
D12 – Fight Music
The Notorious B.I.G. – Kick in the Door
Big Pun – You Ain’t a Killer
Mobb Deep – Hell on Earth
O.D.B. – Brooklyn Zoo
2Pac ft Daz, Kurupt, Method Man, and Redman – Got My Mind Made Up
Slum Village ft Dwele – Tainted Love
Jay Dee (J Dilla) – Won’t Do
O.D.B. – Pop Shots
Guru – Hustli’ Daze
Heavy D and The Boyz – Black Coffee
Run-DMC – Run’s House
2Pac – I Wonder If Heave Got a Ghetto
Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
Lost Boyz – Music Makes Me High
King Reign – I Rap
DJ Scott La Rock and D-Nice – Scott Made Me Funky
A Tribe Called Quest – Bugging Out
Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five – Sign of the Times
Krs-One – Hip-Hop Speaks From Heaven

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Kung-Fu Vampire, Locksmith, and Friends (FRIDAY in London, ON)

DWG Entertaiment along with Axel Rosa present  . . .

Kung-Fu Vampire and Locksmith

with special guests

Noise and Fortunato

DJ Chase March on the 1’s and 2’s

Local Support by

Tempomental
Labeled Minority
Lola
Stopwatch
Solyd Roy

Kung Fu Vampire is an American rapper from San Jose, California and the vocalist of the musical group of the same name. He has nationally toured with Twiztid, Tech N9ne, Locksmith, ICP, Brotha Lynch Hung, Wrekonize and more. In addition, KFV has collaborated with musicians such as Blue Note Records Jazz legend, Trumpeter Eddie Gale, Hopsin, Brother J of X Clan, Cougnut, Whitney Peyton and Spice 1.

Lock Smith released a series of mixtapes from 2010 to 2013. His first official album A Thousand Cuts was released April 15, 2014. Previously, Locksmith has collaborated with Funk Volume’s Hopsin and Jarren Benton, as well as, Futuristic and Apathy. His second album Lofty Goals, was released on June 30, 2015. The album features Jarren Benton, Futuristic,Chris Webby and others. Locksmith released his 3rd album “Olive Branch” on March 31, 2017.

WHEN: Friday October 6, 2017
WHERE: Old East Bar and Grill – 765 Dundas Street, London, ON.
HOSTS: Danny G and Axel Rosa
EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1929928007276775/
TICKETS: $20
SHOW: 9:00 p.m.

WIB Rap Radio – Falling (RIP Tom Petty)

Tom Petty passed away Monday night and I wanted to pay tribute to him by kicking off the show with the Teenage Fan Club / De La Soul song that sampled his iconic hit “Free Falling.” After that I get into two hours of great hip-hop music mixed live on the radio. And close off the show with two of his greatest hits.

Rest in Peace, Tom Petty.

Your music will live on and continue to inspire us.

Teenage Fan Club and De La Soul – Falling
Dillon and Diamond D – Feast
IT – The Way the Horns Blow
Late for Dinner – Other Side
Open Mike Eagle ft Has-Lo – 95 Radios
Adam Bomb – Furthermore
PMD ft Erick Sermon (EPMD) – The Real is Gone
Sleeper Dox – Westmount Gang Sh*t
Da Dysfunkshunal Familee – She’s My
Teenburger – Mass Hypnosis
Jezi – Catch a Vibe
LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
Raw Fusion – Funkintoyoear
Locksmith – Agenda
Baba Brinkman – Dylan
Kyprios – Carousel
Large Professor – Ijuswannachill
2Pac – Me Against the World
Fortunato – Plain to See
Tempomental – I Know
Brady Watt – Roots Around My Ribcage
John Robinson and PVD – Choose Your Words Wisely
Superior ft Verbal Kent – Mastermind
The Alchemist and Red Bull Academy – Members De Gang
Prince Paul, Chubb Rock, Wordsworth, and MF Doom – People, Places, Things
Tom Petty – I Won’t Back Down
Tom Petty – Free Falling

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My Top 5 Hip-Hop Podcasts

In honour of National Podcast Day, I thought I would share with you my favourite hip-hop podcasts.

1. Break North Radio

DJ Hullewud starts off every show with a classic record that has been sampled by several notable hip-hop acts. He spins great underground hip-hop for the first hour of the show, and then gets into about thirty minutes of tracks that sampled the first song. It’s my favourite show and required listening.

You can catch him live on the radio Saturday nights on 94.9 CHRW or catch the podcast the next day on his Mixcloud page.

2. The Real Hip Hop Show

DJ Modesty brings you  the best in underground and independent hip-hop. He plays classic boom bap flavoured joints, tracks from the golden years, and even has artist interviews. This show never disappoints.

3. No Ideas Original Radio Show

DJ Enyoutee delivers great music, has artists interviews, and represents that real hip-hop.

4. Gee-O Podcast

Gee-O spins great hip-hop tunes and updates his Mixcloud often.

Live from Echo Base Podcast

I don’t have a lot of info to share about this one. But I know that I enjoy listening to it and I think you will too.

What are your favourite podcasts?

Please leave a comment below with great hip-hop mixshow podcasts. I’d love to discover new ones.

Hip-Hop Anonymous is For Everyone (Friday)

Friday night, DWG Ent presents the All-Ages Edition of Hip-Hop Anonymous.

It’s a rap concert featuring live performances by some of the best artists in the city and surrounding area. Traffimatics is headlining the event and y’allready know, he puts on a great live show.

Also on the bill is Stewie, who was just recently on an episode of Word is Bond Rap Radio, 

Oh KG, who has been on the show multiple times,

Jennings, Solyd Roy, Ronning, Kleneslate, KIV, Sears, and Brewza will be rocking the stage.

Plus, ADD will bless us with a beat showcase and a possible chance for anyone in attendance to get on the stage for a cypher.

And of course, DJ Chase March will be on the 1s and 2s all night long.

It’s going to be a great night. I hope to see you there.

WHEN: Thursday August 17, 2017
WHERE: Old East Bar and Grill – 765 Dundas Street, London, ON.
EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/117916468937159/
TICKETS: $10
SHOW: 8:00 p.m.

Word is Bond Exclusive – Tone Chop and Frost Gamble

Tone Chop and Frost Gamble call into Word is Bond Rap Radio to talk about their new album “Respect is Earned Not Given” and premiere some of the tracks. The project drops on Friday, so if you like what you hear, go cop it.

We also are giving away tickets to Hip-Hop Anonymous in London, ON. Canada on Friday. To win, simply like our Facebook page and share the event page and a podcast post for your chance to win. The winner will be announced Wednesday. Good luck!

Koss ft Blaq Poet – The Realness
Mother Tareka – The First Elephant (John P Remix)
Cee & Myer Clairty – What We Want
Teenburger – Keep Running
Blu & Exile – Constellations
Bruse Wane – Empire State
Glasshouse Prods by Muse the Rockwell – Free Written
Rapsody – Chrome (Like Ooh)
Midaz the Beast – 411
Alchemist ft Cool Connexion – Monnaie

Tone Chop and Frost Gamble Interview

featuring these tracks . . .
– Walk the Walk (ft Kool G Rap)
– Bing Stories
– Passion
– It’s Hip-Hop
– Krs-One & Marley Marl – Hip-Hop Lives (I Come Back)
– Guillotine Chop (ft White Rhino & Planet Asia)
– Leave It Alone (ft Ruste Juxx & Nobi)

AdELA ft Kool G Rap – Main Attraction
Juiceboxxx – Freaking Out
Common ft Kanye West – Go
Nas – You’re Da Man
Lil Neeks – Universal
The People – Bed Bugs
Funky Pandas (Jeru & Psycho Les) – Dope Dealer
Anoyd – Name Brand Water
Traffimatics ft Mad Hattr and DJ Chase March – Yallready Know

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Enter Our Ticket Give Away – London, Ontario, Canada show (via Facebook)

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Stewie visits Word is Bond Rap Radio

Local emcee, Stewie joined me at Radio Western Monday night to talk about the cool shows he’ll be playing at over the next few weeks, to world premiere his song “Why They So Serious” on the radio, and to kick a few freestyle rhymes.

We talk about horror movies, the melding of rock and rap, take some questions via text message, and give away tickets to a lucky caller. And of course, I come correct on the 1s and 2s with some dope new hip-hop and underground classics.

So press play and enjoy the show, and we hope to see you out at the concerts we mention.

Abhi the Nomad – Mama Bling
Grieves ft Slug – Astronauts
Marco Polo ft Masta Ace, Posdnous, and Dion – Glory (Finish Hard)
Koss ft Keith Murray – This is Now
Big Sporxx ft Theo 3 – Light Work
Moka Only – Featuring Drake
Group Home – Living Proof
O.D.B. – Brooklyn Zoo
Heiroglyphics – Make Your Move
Prophets of Rage – Hail to the Chief
Teenburger – The Weirding Way
Awol & Factor – Stand Up
MInk ft Abstract Rude and Jobe – Momsabop
The Beatnuts ft Big Pun – Off Tha Books
Lute – Juggin’
Stewie – Why They So Serious
D Stroy – The Art of Getting Mine
D.O. Gibson – We Did It
Dan-e-o ft Thrust, Big Kishm Eternia, Moka Only, and Maestro – League of Legends
Stewie – Freestyle
deM AtlaS – World Laughs @ U
Tempomental ft Mad Hattr – I’ve Been Feeling

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Oh KG and Labeled Minority Live on Word is Bond

Word is Bond Rap Radio has a few world premieres for you on today’s show. First up, Oh Kg stops by the studio to drop his new single. Then we have the long-awaited Ngajuana track “Murder in Reverse.” In it, Ngajuana tells a story in rhyme from top to bottom. He then reverses the direction and tells the story from bottom to top. It’s mindblowing track that left us all speechless.

Labeled Minority also talk about the big things they have on the horizon, kick a live freestyle cipher on the air, and give away some concert tickets.

It was a fun show. If you missed it live, or just want to catch it again, press play and enjoy!

Black Moon – I Gotcha Open
The Artifacts – Wrong Side of the Tracks
PMD – Slow Ya Roll
Dysfunkshunal Familee – Get Live
Tone Chop & Frost Gamble – In the Streets
Inspectah Deck and Caper – Dangerous Men
LX Beats ft Chino XL, T.Rads, and Big G’s – Autumn Bars
Mike Delorean ft Ali Vegas – Mac in the Engine
Oh Kg – What a Day
Ngajuana – Murder in Reverse
Labeled Minority – Get Up & Go
Labeled Minority and Chase March – Cypher Freestyle
Daniel Son & Falconcrest – Pink Death
Soul King – Barbershop Music
Evidence – To Be Continued
Jay-Z – Moment of Clarity
Amerigo Gazaway ft Common and Stevie Wonder – Living for the Chi-City
More or Les and Recordface – End of the World
Biz Markie – Just a Friend
Awkword – Heather Heyer
Cymarshall Law – A Different Cloth
Windchill – 2nd Wind
MF Doom – Notebook 03

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150 Tracks for Canada 150 (The Rap Up)

I played 150 Canadian hip-hop tracks to celebrate Canada 150 last month. This is the fourth and final installment of that series. All in all, we featured ten hours of homegrown hip-hop. This extended episode features a half hour of First Nation artists, over three hours of great music, and wraps everything up in a big way with “Ice Cold Buck Fifty” by More or Les.

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Thanks for listening!

Classified – Oh . . . Canada
Kish ft Sadat X – Clutch Pop
Split Personality – Don’t Stop Hip-Hop
Dragon Fli Empire – Mission Statement
Mitchmatic – A Night Lost
The Extremities ft Ghettosocks – Dial Tones
Brassmunk – One 2 Many Problems
Grand Analog ft Shad – The Great Rhyme Dropper
Canadian Winter – Get the Show on the Road
Astro Bee – Break of Snooze
Rob the Viking ft Son Doobie – Reinstated
Ambition, Timbuktu, and Uncle Fester – Davids and Goliaths
Atherton – No Threat
God Made Me Funky ft Thrust – Way to Live
Backburner – In Tha Place
Def 3 ft Shad and Skratch Bastid – The Truth
Mad Hattr – Rapstar
Adam Trap ft Kryme Wonder – It’s Over
Kool Krys ft Bix – Nika
City Natives – Groundwork
Party Brass – What You Celebrating
Winnipeg’s Most – Prepped for War
JB the 1st Lady – Come With Me
T Rhyme – Start Over
Team Rez Official – Lonely
Miss Christie Lee – Experience
A Tribe Called Red – How I Feel
The 20/20 Project – Full Circle
Frankenstein – Rain is Gone
Concrete Mob – Boiling Point
Infinite – Gotta Get Mine
Anonymous Twist – Stepped On
Fritz the Cat – Play Doubt
Graphidi Logik – Can I Get a Yo
Fresk Sho – Patience
Down to Erf – Learn to Earn
Class of 93 – Soul Runner
City Real – Hard Times
Nefarius – Pondering
Premrock and Fresh Kils – Like This
Muneshine and Vinyl Frontiers -Larger Than Life
DJ Hullewud and Exit Only – Nine and a half
Chokeules – Murder Monday
Pengeah – Magic Word
Shad – Keep Shining
2Rude ft Saukrates and Pharoah Monche – Innovations
Maestro ft Chuck D – Salute
Kay the Aquanaut ft Ceshi – Must Say
Dream Warriors – Here Today Gone Tomorrow
D-sisive – West Coast
Reema Major – Let There Be Light
Ultra Magnus and DJ Slam – Thirst Trap
Organized Rhyme – Warm & Easy (Remix)
Tara Chase – The Northside
More or Les – Ice Cold Bucky Fifty

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Hip-Hop Formed in Clay in an Amazing Way

What is Hip-Hop? by Eric Morse and Anny Yi

This book is incredible for so many reasons. It celebrates hip-hop in a way that shows respect for the art and culture. It not only pays tribute to some of the pioneers of the art form, but it does so in a way that is quite entertaining to both young and old.

Eric Morse breaks down the history of hip-hop by recapping some of the artists and innovations we have seen over the past forty years.

In the beginning,
there was a beat
Two records spinning,
and the crowd got on its feet.

It might be hard to believe but that is the essence of hip-hop right there. It started with the DJ and the goal was to simply get people to dance. It moved to huge heights after that simple start and it’s nice to see that we are at a point in time where we can look back and celebrate those humble beginnings and see where we’ve come.

Anny Yi’s art really put a smile on my face. She beautifully captures the essence of hip-hop in her sculpted clay-art dioramas.

I love this spread. LL Cool J is dressed in his old school gear with the iconic radio from his album of the same name on the ground beside him. The background brings to life the visuals we saw from one of his biggest hits, “Mama Said Knock You Out.” The mama is question, his grandma, is even in the scene.

Of course, we have over forty years of history to cover and a typical picture book can only begin to scratch the surface. But some of the stories and legends that don’t get told are represented in the inside cover.

If I was reading this to children, I would tell them stories about Rick Rubin’s brilliant production and how it captured the true sound of hip-hop as heard on the stage. I would tell them about the business savvy of Russell Simmons, and how MC Lyte and Lauryn Hill can rock the mic like no one else.

My only criticism of the book has to do the rhyme scheme. I mentioned this in the last picture book I reviewed. It’s okay for a picture book to not rhyme every single line. Also, this is a book about hip-hop, so I think the rhymes should reflect what is heard on stage and in the records. So the A-B-A-B rhyme scheme that starts off the book seems wrong. Thankfully, it did move into the more familiar A-A-B-B rhyme scheme quickly.

There is one small error in the book, the author seemed to attribute a Queen Latifah song to Krs-One. I understand the sentiment. They both preached unity, but only one of them spelled it U.N.I.T.Y.

It ends with a prediction of the future that remains true to the past.

By now the culture’s spread
to every corner of the globe
. . .
But hip-hop remains, deep down at its heart
a unique expression, and urban form of art.

Make sure you pick up a copy of What is Hip-Hop?

when it drops on September 5th

It will be available wherever you buy books.

My List of 2017 Reads – novels, comics, memoirs, and more.

Eclipsing All Other Mixshows (WIB Rap Radio)

The moon tried to black out the sun and everyone looked towards the sky to witness the total solar eclipse this week.

That same night on Word is Bond Rap Radio I did my best to eclipse all other playlists and podcasts with two hours of underground hip-hop mixed live on the radio.

Records passed in front of each other, like the moon and the sun. They played together to create transitions and blends. It might not have been as visually stunning as the celestial event but it wass audibly pleasing and it’s just as worthy of your time.

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K-Def and The Artifacts – Left in My Dust
Oh No ft Casual – Sun Raise Son
Apathy and O.C. – Soviet Official
Rational ft Pigeon John and Mr. J Medeiros – Dream On
Def 3 – S.O.S.
Digital Underground – Same Song
Redman – Put It Down
Dirty Circus ft Shad – Into the Sun
Phife Dawg – Thought U Wuz Nice
Special Ed – Think About It
Eminem – Without Me
Amerigo Gazaway – Bad Girl
Cquel – Free My Soul
David Strickland ft EPMD and Saukrates – Armed and Dangerous
Unknown Hollamoor – Dog Off Chains
Lee Reed – Same Old Same
Young Black Teenagers – Soul Wide Open
Prozack Turner ft Brother Ali – High Enough
Brother Ali – Writer’s Block
Grieves – Gutz
Kool Krys ft Nilla – Knockout
Branded Moore ft Mad Hattr – Life I Lead
Moka Only ft Pharcyde – Picture Clear
Unknown Prophets ft Slug – Never
Atmosphere – January on Lake Street
Main Source – Snake Eyes
Mega Ran ft Homeboy Sandman – Faculty Lounge
Sareem Poems and Terem – Walk and Talk

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DJing the London Stop of The Not Guilty Tour

The Not Guilty Tour comes to London this Thursday in what is sure to be an amazing show of live hip-hop performances. You won’t want to miss it.

The concert will be hosted by Shawn the Genesis and DJ Chase March will be on the 1s and 2s all night long.

Marmel Ent (Vision, Singafrass, and Suspect) will be headlining with special guest Snapz Kush. 

Tour Support provided by Diztrikt Apolo, Resin, and Seen B.

Opening up we have Antoine Rouge, Dabs, Jennings, Oh KG, Big Rems, Codey, and Johnny Bars.

WHEN: Thursday August 17, 2017
WHERE: Old East Bar and Grill – 765 Dundas Street, London, ON.
EVENT PAGE:  https://www.facebook.com/events/153638818523518/
SHOW: 8:00 p.m.

Can Word is Bond Rap Radio Ever Be Loud Enough?

Can Word is Bond Rap Radio ever be loud enough?

I highly doubt it.

I know that I like to turn up the volume when I am mixing live in the studio. I hope you pump this podcast equally loud (or louder) when you press play.

Enjoy and let me know that you checked it out via social media with the hashtag, #WIBRapRadio

Fashawn – Fashawn
Lone Catalyst – Dynomite
Bravo and Sundman ft Rasco – Aged and Laced
PremRock and Fresh Kils – Ether
Tanya Morgan – VPND
Mountain Brothers – Things to Do
Cap City – Chocolate City
M-Dot – True Lies
Ice Cube – Jackin for Beats
Unknown Hollamoor – Miss Steak
Nas – Just Another Day in the Projects
Billy Ray ft Sadat X – Cut the Check
J Shiltz – Put in Work
Ghetto Concept – Krazy Mixed Up World
Cyanide Spit and Ngajuana – Stuck Fear
PhonopHoniC – Told US
Public Enemy – Nothing is Quick in the Desert
Luv Jones ft Jermiside – Summer Again
Cquel – Funny Style
Cymarshall Law – Beats and Rhymes
Low Technology – Tone Def
Mr. Muthaf&8king eXquire – Bebop and Rocksteady
PR Dean Business – Co-Defendants
Labeled Minority – Get Up & Go
Verb T & Ill Informed – Somebody Has to Pay
Enzo – The Odyssey
Mardoch ft Lil Dap – Everyday
DJ Tom Select – Unstable Ammunition
Stress the MC – Alive
Relic aka Rel McCoy – Loud Enuff
Run-DMC – Hollis Crew (Krush Groove 2)

Off Genre Bonus Track:

OK Go – This Too Shall Pass

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Tanya Morgan Live on WIB Rap Radio (via The Come Up Show)

I was the guest host on  The Come Up Show this weekend. I’ve been trying to get the gentlemen from Tanya Morgan on my radio show for a long time now. It worked out perfectly that they could join me on a Saturday afternoon for an in-depth interview.

I was the guest host on  The Come Up Show this weekend. I’ve been trying to get the gentlemen from Tanya Morgan on my radio show for a long time now. It worked out perfectly that they could join me on a Saturday afternoon for an in-depth interview.

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Bill Ray – Ain’t F&*king With That
Ultra Magnus and DJ Slam – Thirst Trap
Solitair – Easy to Slip
Cyanide Spit – Midnight Walking
DJ Format and Abdominal – Behind the Scenes
The Dirty Sample – Our Music
Def 3 ft Del, Moka Only, and The Gaff – Small World
Kool Krys – Kyrsia’s Disappearing Act
Tanya Morgan – Trunk Sh*t
Tanya Morgan – Dirty Stay Out
Lessondary – The Art of Saying No
Outkast – B.O.B.
Kay the Aquanaut ft Ceshi – Must Say
Evidence – Throw It All Away
Shad – It Ain’t Over
Es – Bright Lights
Kyle Kanevil – Too Much on My Mind
Cquel – Crash Course
Saukrates ft Kardinal Offishall, Marvel– Hate Runs Deep 2017
DJ Shadow ft Nas – Systematic
Traumatic – Fly Bars
Big Sproxx & Adam Bomb – Lemme Tell ‘Em
Run-DMC – Come on Everybody

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Wind & Waves Eco Festival (Rap Concert Today)

This weekend the Wind & Waves Eco Outdoor Festival is happening in Bayfield, Ontario, Canada. There is a wakeboard competition with some of the best riders in North America competing and plenty of concerts and activities to do as well.

London, Ontario hip-hop collective, Dreamsters Union, will be bringing their energetic live show to the festivities. The Nicest will also be blessing the stage with dope rhymes delivered over boom-bap beats. Chase March, along with Joey Allen will be rocking the wheels of steel as the deejays for this great afternoon of hip-hop.

We hope to see you there!

WHEN: Sunday August 6, 2017
WHERE: 35957-D Bayfield River Rd. Bayfield, Ontario, Canada
EVENT PAGE: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/wind-waves-outdoor-eco-festival-tickets-35679199446
SHOW: Rap concert starts at 5:00
TICKETS: $15 + tax