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It’s Cayoz on Word is Bond Rap Radio!

Cayoz hails from Oceanside, California and is not be confused with the Canadian emcee K-os, although both rappers pronounce their name “Chaos.”

If you are a regular listener of this show, you will have heard this man before. He makes great songs and even has a few Canadian connections. It was nice to finally kick it with him and talk about music and life.

Nine ft Sadat X – It’s Going Down
Lord Finese – Soul Plan
Rock ft M.O.P. – Fax Machine
Atmosphere – Make It All Better
More or Les – Skill of Gymnastics, Kill of Karate
Blueprint – Be Like Water
Black Sheep – We Can All Share
Cayoz – Salute the DJ
Cayoz ft Pheonix Pagliacci – Fire & Ice
Senica Da Misfit ft Cayoz – Last Breath
Wordburglar – Living Between Wednesdays
Tongue Helmet – Listen Close
The Mighty Rhino ft Jesse Dangerously – Basically Jesus
Psybo – Hello Ello
Career Crooks – Clock’s Ticking
Noveliss – 5 A.M. in Shibuya
Sankdafied ft Speak EZ – Life
Run-DMC – Is It Live?
Dilated Peoples – Clockwork
Artson ft Quese IMC – Right Now
Breaking Wreckords – Evacuation
Ato-Mik – Thesis

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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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Port Gratiot Trail

Just across the border of Sarnia, Ontario is the small community of Port Gratiot. I decided to explore the nature preserve and walking trail because I like exploring new places to run and thought doing so in a different country would be a nice change of pace.

The trail had regular distance markings along it, which was really nice.

And it boarded several small ponds. There were also playground structures and open fields for children to enjoy.

Kettlewell Pond is a great place to enjoy nature. It allows for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing and is easily accessible via the paved trail.

There are several docks around the perimeter of the pond as well.

This run was beautiful but the trail itself is a little short. It continues alongside a street a little further back but does not go into the woods as I would have hoped. Instead, that area is fenced off for the nature reserve.

Want to explore other hiking or nature trails?

Visit the photographic tour archive to look at dozens and dozens of posts just like this one. I hope to see you out on the trails this summer.

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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Kevin Couldn’t Save Television

Kevin Probably Saves the World is the kind of television show that we really need more of.

It’s a unique hour-long drama that is fully of charm and humour. It has elements of fantasy and spirituality in every episode that could be a little off-putting to some people. Maybe that is the reason we won’t be getting a second season of it. However, if you get a chance to see the first (and now only) season of it, I think you will fall in love with it like I did.

It starts out with Kevin, being extremely down on his luck. After a suicide attempt, he moves back to his hometown and in with his widowed twin sister. There he meets a person that no one else can see. She claims that Kevin is one of thirty-six righteous beings and he has a duty to find the others and save the world. She is there to protect him and make sure he can complete his mission.

The interesting thing about the show is that his guardian angel had to leave heaven to help him in this mission and she can never return. As Kevin becomes a more angelic person, she starts to become more human.

Upon learning of this series, I immediately drew connections to Joan of Arcadia. Jason Ritter, who plays Kevin, was also in that series. It was about a teenage girl who was regularly visited by God and given special missions to complete. Each mission had huge impacts for both Joan and the people her deeds touched. The same thing happens with this series. And Kevin is finding redemption and becoming a better person.

The final episode actually brought tears to me eyes. I really hope this series gets a longer run than Joan of Arcadia, which only lasted two seasons. The show is amazing and I probably haven’t done it justice in this post.

I was really looking forward to a second season of Kevin Saves the World (Probably). Unfortunately, the show has not been picked up and we are left with only the first outing of a series that should have continued for a few more years. Maybe it is my fault for not posting about this sooner. If you love something, you need to support it and let people know. This is the day and age we live in. Maybe we could have saved Kevin. Maybe he could have saved television.  Maybe.

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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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
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MLNY
Nos Insidious
OB1

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

Tempomental

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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!

Running Trails and Skateparks

Running Trail Tours

I love finding new places to run. I often take my camera along with me and stop every few minutes to snap a picture. This way I can present you with a photographic story that captures the scenery of my run. This page is a table of contents for these Photographic Tours. Hopefully, you will discover a new trail to explore.

Skatepark Tours

There are some amazing skateboard parks just waiting to be discovered. I love coming across a new one. Every time I do, I document it here. Hopefully, you will find a new park to skate in the process.

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Be active and have fun!