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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/

2017 Highlights from WIB Rap Radio

2017 was a pretty good year for Word is Bond Rap Radio. 

I had the chance to interview some of my favourite hip-hop musicians. Legends that I have been listening to since the 1980s and 90s.

I also had some great conversations with underground heads, local talent, and up-and-comers.

So without further ado, here is the 2017 Highlights show with real hip-hop music and talk.

PMD ft Erick Sermon – Real is Gone
PMD ft Ace Brav & RJ da Realst– Gimme the Mic
Intelligenz – Round of Applause
Napoleon Da Legend – Black Privilege 2
O.C. – Good Man
Tanya Morgan – Ahead of You
Lessondary – Art of Saying No
Zo the Jerk and Frost Gamble ft Guilty Simpson – My Negus
Gensu Dean and Wise Intelligent – Ever So Lightly
Gensu Dean and Wise Intelligent – Amen
Nolan the Ninja ft Royce Da 5’9″ – Calisthenics
Substantial – The Sub Way
Tone Chop and Frost Gamble – Bing Stories
E-Turn and SPS ft Qwel – One Day At a Time
Hattr, Cee, Notion, & Exit Only – Eya

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Word is Bond’s Top 17 of 2017

We countdown the Top 17 Albums of 2017 in this edition of Word is Bond Rap Radio. We highlight two tracks for each album and look back at the year that was.

What were your favourite albums? Do you agree with this list? Let us know if we slept on anything.

Brother Ali – Own Light
Brother Ali – Can’t Take That Away
Chan Hays ft Supastition, Ambition, and One Be Lo – Never Knew
Chan Hays ft Ghettosocks, Guilty Simpson, Ras Kass, and Tachichi – Gotta Love It
Primal Winds – On the Grind
Primal Winds – Concrete Jungle
The Shield Enforcers ft Casual – Hold Me
The Shield Enforcers – Prove It
Career Crooks – Diamond Cutter Sutra
Career Crooks ft DJ Manipulator – Corrupt Novelist
Hex One – Leave It All Behind
Hex One ft Skyzoo – Peep the Steez
Es ft Gov’nah – I Can’t Relate
Es – Growth
Apathy and O.C. – The Broadcast
Apathy and O.C. – Globetrotters
Gensu Dean and Wise Intelligent – G.O.D.
Gensu Dean and Wise Intelligent – Black Fear
Dan-e-o ft Mathematik and Deuce Deuce – Rap Essentials
Dan-e-o ft Fraction and Cable – 20 Years Later
Verbal Kent and Superior – As Far As A Fair Fight
Verbal Kent and Superior – For the Love
PMD ft Erick Sermon – The Real is Gone
PMD ft RJ Da Realist, Nocturnal, and Agallah – You Know Who Da Best
LS Camp ft Aria, Lyric, and Rockwiella – Out of Control
LS Camp ft Masta Ace – Too Black
DJ Format and Abdominal – Behind the Scenes
DJ Format and Abdominal – Still Hungry
Amerigo Gazaway – Sugar By The Pound
Amerigo Gazaway – I Was Made to Love Her
Blu and Exile ft Aloe Blacc – Things We Say
Blu and Exile ft Lyric Jones – Constellations
Koss ft Ruste Juxx – How I Get Down
Koss ft Keith Murray – This is Now

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Top 17 Albums of 2017

I started this tradition back in 2009 with the top 9 albums of that year. Every year since then I have had to add an album to this list.

I listened to a couple albums a lot this year that didn’t make the list because they were actually released at the end of last year and I just wasn’t aware of them at the time.

I love these year end lists because it is a great way to discover music that you might otherwise not stumble upon. So take  in my list and let me know if I have slept on anything you think I should check out.

17. Brother Ali – All The Beauty In This Whole Life

I love Brother Ali. This isn’t his best album, in my humble opinion but it still works. Brother Ali has a great voice and you can always feel his passion for the music.

16. Chan Hays – Here

This is the debut project from Chan Hays. He enlists the help of some heavyweights to provide the lyrics over his dope production. Edo.G. Erick Sermon, Saukrates, Ghettosock, Ras Kass, Pharoah Monche, Skyzoo, Homeboy Sandman and more sound great over his beats.

15. Primal Winds – T Dot Stand Up

I featured on of the tracks from this album on my special appearance for the Gripple Effect Mixshow. I love being able to beat juggle one of their songs that pays tribute to hip-hop DJs.  Primordial Emcee and Iron Wind really impress with the rhymes on this album. And not one to rest on their laurels, they released a second project this year too.

14. The Shield Enforcers – Crash Course

Pro The Leader and Masta Of Ceremoniez are The Shield Enforcers. Backed up by beats from Skarekrow, they enlist the help of Chino XL, Casual, Tash, and Craig G. They even sampled a Beatles song. I’m not sure how they got away with it, but it really works and will have your head nodding for sure.

13. Career Crooks – Good Luck With That

Zilla Rocca and Small Professor join forces to form Career Crooks, a concept album that tells some great stories over the classic boom-bap aesthetic that we all love. There are a couple posse cuts on this project that really stand out as well.

12. Hex One – Words Worth A Thousand Pictures

Words really can paint a picture, and Hex One knows how to deliver lyrics that do just that. The production features plenty of samples from drum breaks to vocals to piano and sax riffs. It bumps and has been in heavy rotation since its release.

11. Es – We Are Only Getting Older

Es reflects on being a grown man in an industry that has always seemed to be focused on youth. He is a proud family man, doesn’t feel the need to use profanity, and crafts songs with meaning. There is a song entitled Hashtag Lyrics matter and you can even order a T-shirt with the saying on it.

10. Apathy and O.C. – Perestroika

Apathy and O.C. make a great team in Perestroika. Their goal was  to comment on the cold war being waged on the rap industry. Both Apathy and O.C. rhyme on this album while Apathy also holds down most of the production. But Canada’s own Moss and  Illinformed of The Four Owls also contribute tracks.

9. Gensu Dean & Wise Intelligent – Game of Death

Gensu Dean handles the production for Wise Intelligent, who spits real lyrics that will have your head nodding while you actually think about what is said. It’s a dope project from the veteran spitter and production master.

8. Dan-e-o – Dear Hip-Hop: 20 Years Later

Dan-e-o dropped a Canadian hip-hop classic with his song “Dear Hip Hop” twenty years ago. This year, he celebrated that with an anniversary album, a reworking of the track, and he enlists some of the country’s best emcees to help him out including Thrust, Maestro Fresh Wes, Moka Only, Big Kish, Eternia, Nish Raawks, Choclair, Frankenstein, Grimace Love, Mathematik, Fraction, and Cable.

7. Verbal Kent & Superior – Half My Life

Superior provides the beats for Verbal Kent in Half My Life. The title shows how long Verbal Kent has been doing music. He has paid his dues and it is clear to see that he is a veteran in the game.

6. PMD – Business Mentality

P.M.D. continues to produce amazing hip-hop music decades after his debut with the legendary group, E.P.M.D. This project features production by PMD, Agallah, and Snowgoons and even includes a guest appearance from Erick Sermon. And that is just a teaser because they will be reuniting with a new project dropping next year.

5. LS Camp – Back To The Basics (The Boom Bap)

This album lives up to its title. It feels like a throwback to the old school, boom bap aesthetic that made me fall in love with hip-hop with the first place. The group is comprised of emcee / producer D*Rock aka The Heatmizer, Mike Malik, and DJ Boomer.

4. DJ Format and Abdominal – Still Hungry

DJ Format’s uptempo boom bap fit Abdominal’s lyrics, flow, and delivery perfectly. This is a great project that was followed up by a remixed album later in the year. Surprisingly both albums are amazing.

3. Amerigo Gazaway – A Common Wonder

Amerigo Gazaway took Common tracks and verses, mashed them up with the smooth sounds of Stevie Wonder and created a project that is truly remarkable. It feels like these two artists collaborated on these tracks. They feel smooth and organic. I absolutely love this album.

2. Blu and Exile – In the Beginning: Before the Heavens

Ten years after their iconic album, Blu and Exile release a companion album with tracks that were recorded in 2007 and didn’t make the album. These aren’t throwaway tracks either. It’s hard to imagine why these songs weren’t released before now.

1. Koss – Born to Live

DJ Koss enlisted some heavyweights to provide the lyrics over his boom-bap production. The project features Torae, Masta Ace, Large Pro, Craig G, Marley Marl, Blaq Poet, J-Live, Keith Murray, Ruste Juxx and K-Def. Every single track on this project bangs. It definitely deserves top billing this year.

Did I Miss Anything? 

What are your favourite albums of 2017? Please leave a comment below or hit me up on social media. Happy New Year!

Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide

Hip-Hop Regional Guide - Volume One

Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide: Volume One – East Coast and West Coast by Mickey Hess

Place is an important aspect when it comes to music. Nashville is known as the home to country music and is celebrated by many singers. New Orleans is held in high esteem when it comes to jazz. Many artists strive to put their city on the map. And it gets even more specific in hip-hop music and culture. Neighbourhoods are celebrated. This series of books does its best to highlight those scenes and the artists that helped popularize them.

Hess talks about something that I have rarely though much about – the immigration of artists to specific areas. For example, Gangstarr is one of New York’s most celebrated groups, however, Guru hails from Boston and DJ Premier is from Houston.

Here are some further examples; Kanye West was born in Atlanta but clearly reps Chicago, Eminem was born in Missouri bu he carries Detroit, Shock G spent his early years in New York but claims the Bay Area, 2Pac was born in New York, raised in Baltimore, and repped West Coast till he died, Too Short moved to Altanta, then back to the Bay area, MF Doom was born in Great Britain not Long Island, Monie Love moved from the UK to Philly, Ice-T grew up in New Jersey before moving to LA, and Krs-One reps hard for the Bronx but was actually born in Brooklyn.

The history covered in this book is impressive. I highly recommend it for any hip-hop fan.

Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide: Volume Two – Midwest, Dirty South, and Beyond by Mickey Hess

The second volume in this series deals with the other areas of the United States of America. It covers some of the first radio DJs and how the scene started in Chicago.

Hess writes about one of the earliest hip hop DJs in Chicago . . .

“DJ Casper (born Terry Marshall), a radio DJ from NY, offered the first rap song in Chicago on AVI records in 1980, “Casper’s Groovy Ghost Show.” Next, DJ Groove became the first homegrown Chicagoan to bring DJing and MCing together with his “Super Shock Body Rock.”

I had also never heard of Dr. Jokenstein . . .

“Dr. Jokenstein, a rhyming radio DJ. Roderick G. “Rod” King was given the name Dr. Jokenstein by George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic. Thousands of listeners would tune in to hear “Dr. Jockenstein, operating on your mind” on his Roll Call show. He emphasized how everyone would want to call in an partake in this form of call-and-response. Jockenstein recalled, “I had letters from Southwestern Bell to change the time I was doing the Roll Call show because I was tying up their switchboard.

Every day there was a formal routine that hypnotized the youth of St. Louis: Dr Jokenstein would say, “Here we go on the ra-di-o, I’m the DJ Jock in ster-e-o. We’re gonna have a good time. On the Roll Call line.” Then Jockenstein would ask his callers: “Hey, what’s your name? What’s your sign? Give me that No. 1 school. Your favourite teacher with the golden rule. Your favourite station in the nation. From there the show turned in to much more. Soon enough, people were calling in Monday through Friday who had made up their own rhymes and transformed the show into a place for freestyle.

Many of the early rap groups from St. Louis were first heard on the program: Kid Robb, Kid Smooth, King Odie and the Golden Boys, for example. Jockenstein is remembered as the man who introduced the city of St. Louis to rap music and is often compared to New York’s Mr. Magic.”

I also like the section about the importance of football and the role marching bands played in developing the musical stylings of Pharrel Williams and even Missy Elliot.

These two books were a great read for anyone interested in hip-hop music and culture.

My List of 2017 Reads – my personal reading log

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!

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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Women in Hip-Hop Concert (Saturday)

Every March 8th, on International Women’s Day, I dedicate the entire night of radio programming to the Women in Hip-Hop. Next year will be the 8th annual spectacular.

This is the first time I have had the pleasure of providing the music for a live event in the same vein. I hope to see you at this event. Let’s celebrate the female MCs we have in the area and enjoy a great night of live hip-hop music.

I hope to see you there.

DWG Entertainment and Axel Rosa Productions present . . .

Eyeda Sophia

With special guests

Lola & Xentury

and featuring . . .

Sunshyne
Vicky Visser
Heather Lynn
Laura Ledger

Advokat
N.W.B

WHEN: Saturday December 9, 2017
WHERE: Old East Bar and Grill – 765 Dundas Street, London, ON.
HOSTS: DWG Ent. & Axel Rosa Productions
EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/307615419718190/
TICKETS: $10 (no cover for the ladies)
SHOW: 9:00 p.m.

WIB Rap Radio – Boom Session

Word is Bond Rap Radio presents the Boom Session, two hours of great hip-hop music mixed live on 94.9 fm Radio Western.

We start out with a song that is sparking a bit of controversy. I would love to know what you think of it. Please leave a comment below with your thoughts.

Enjoy the show!

Joyner Lucas – I’m Not Racist
Krumbsnatcha & LS Def – Million Dollar Nature
Young RJ ft Pete Rock and Boldy James – Wait Up
Solo for Dolo dt El Da Sensei – Boom Session
Drag Yard ft Dro Pesci, M3 The Menace, Shatike & Shabaam Sahdeeq – NY Giants II
Chan Hays ft Supastition and One Be Lo – Never Knew
Ice Grill ft Eto – Bad Vibes
Philly Moves – Old as F*ck (Mad Hattr remix)
Sharky – Enduring Freedom
Derty Mac – Nonsense
Ezri – On & On
Touch – The Monkey King
Blazin – Stages
Hex One – Where I’ll Go
Verbal Kent and Superior – For the Love
The Last American B-Boy ft Rock – BBoy Rock
Factor Chandelier & Open Mike Eagle – Dozer II
LS Camp – That’s All
KXNG Crooked – Homewrecker
PMD – Good to Go
DJ Format and Abdominal – Forged From Hardship (Dutty Moonshine Big Band Remix)
Eric B & Rakim – Don’t Sweat the Technique
Hip Club Groove – Rugged Operator
Nice & Smooth – Sometimes I Rhyme Slow
Jon Glass ft Pat Liban, Reks, and Terminology – Everything’s Been Changed
Venom ft Rah Digga – Ruff and Tuff
Scales Empire – Bright Lights Big City
Configa ft Craig G – From the Soul
Tabesh & Syras ft Ruste Juxx – Deadlock
Lucid Music – Another Day

Bonus Episode Tomorrow

All Women’s Voices Special – Wednesday December 6th at 4:00 a.m.

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WIB Rap Radio – Under the Weather

I was feeling a little under the weather Monday night, but that wasn’t going to stop me from bringing you another live edition of Word is Bond Rap Radio.

I was supposed to have a guest calling in, but maybe it’s good that he didn’t. You can tell that I didn’t have much of a voice to do an in-depth interview this week. So, I hit you with two hours of great music mixed live on the radio featuring these great tracks . . .

Moon Crickets – Rapocalypse
Evidence – Jim Dean
Jon Glass ft Rapper Big Pooh – Walk With Me
Agallah ft Edo.G – Synthetic Thugs
Blakface ft Planet Asia – Less Talking
Maestro Fresh Wes ft Ivani Santilli – Tomorrow Never Promised
Chan Hays ft Skyzoo – Running
Blu & Exile – PArty of Two
David Begun ft Fugees and Bob Marley – Lost One Love
Hex One – Leave It All Behind
K-os – Rise Like the Sun (Headrush Mix)
Lucid Music – Warning
Amerigo Gazaway ft Common and Stevie Wonder – Sugar By The Pound
Run-DMC – My Adidas
Big Daddy Kane – Young Black and Gifted
Gangstarr – Rite Where You Stand
Rakim – When I Be on Tha Mic
Lyrical Mind ft Chase March – I Wanna Know
PMD – One
Dres – Patience
M-Dot prod by Jon Glass – Price of Love
Shad – Koko B Ware
Med, Blu, and Madlib – Even Though
The Outsiders – Goner
INF & Edd Bundy – The One
Polymathematics – The State
Es Nine Ft Supastition – Outside Lookin In
Cipher – Dues
Mic Boyd – I Get Around
Career Crooks – Newlywed

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Fortunato on WIB Rap Radio

Fortunato is the special guest for this edition of Word is Bond Rap Radio.

We provide you with real hip-hop music and talk every single week on your radio dial, internet stream, and podcast.

In this episode, we play brand new music from Grand Analog featuring Posdnous of De La Soul, the new not-quite title track from Lucid Music’s new project, and an exclusive track from the man himself, Fortunato.

Let us know you are listening with a like, share, or repost.

Thanks!

Verbal Kent and Superior – Classic Sh*t
Grand Analog ft Posdnous – Mutations
J Shiltz and Royce Birth – The Outsiders
Primal Winds ft Fortunato – The Stakes
Alpha Faktion – The Lineage
LS Camp ft El Da Sensei – Body Guard
Zagnif Nori – Boilemakers
Hex One – Flava For Ya Mind
Edo.G – Left Behind
Fortunato – Plain to See
PMD ft Erick Sermon – The Real is Gone
Lucid Music – Except Us
OC from NC ft Boog Brown – Turning Point
The Nicest – Triffling
A Tribe Called Quest – Dis Generation
A.N.D. – True & Living
E-Turn – The Get Back
Fortunato – What I Got to Say
Fortunato ft Ghettosocks and Tachichi – Closer Look
Fortunato – Prove Them Wrong
Branded Moore ft Exit Only – DumDums
Pharcyde – Otha Fish
Common – The Corner
Nas – One Time 4 Ya Mind
2pac – Life Goes On
MC Eiht – Streiht Up Menace

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Hip-Hop Radio Putting Up Numbers

Last week’s edition of Word is Bond Rap Radio was a lot of fun. I had an exclusive interview with The Legendary PMD and the show has put up some pretty impressive numbers.

It’s is charting in 5 different places on Mixcloud and is even in the Top 10 of two of them.

  • 7th in the “Interview” chart
  • 8th in the “College Radio” chart
  • 34th in “Underground Hip Hop” chart
  • 39th in “Old School Hip Hop” chart
  • 84th in “Hip-Hop/Rap” chart

I have good company in 3 of the charts as well.

DJ Hullewud’s show Break North Radio came in just ahead of me.

And his show put up great numbers as well.

  • 6th in the “College Radio” chart
  • 20th in “Underground Hip Hop” chart
  • 27th in “Old School Hip Hop” chart
  • 50th in “Hip-Hop/Rap” chart

Podcasts

You can check for the podcasts of both of these shows every week . . .

or you can listen to the shows live on the radio, streaming at chrwradio.ca, Rogers Digital Cable Channel 943, and on the Tune In App.

Live Radio

Word is Bond Rap Radio is on Monday nights / Tuesday mornings from 12:00 midnight to 2:00 a.m.

Break North Radio is on Saturday nights from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight.

Thanks for supporting campus and community radio and helping keep hip-hop music alive and well on the airwaves.

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.