A-Trak on the Combat Jack Show

 

I was able to sit in on this show with Combat Jack & Dallas Penn last week.  A-Trak was the guest and was hyped to see the DJ prodigy.  A real humble guy who’s self-assuredness is evident.  The interview gives you some great insight to what his career has been like since the age of 13 and what he’s doing with Fool’s Gold.  If you listen closely, you can hear Combat Jack give me a shout out in the middle of the interview. #getreadyforcombat

 

 

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Posted on May 1st, 2012

Roc Raida Tribute (Brooklyn Bowl)

In celebration of Roc Raida, a few DJs (uhhh A-Trak, Craze, Premier, Total Eclipse) came through and rocked some amazing sets for the fallen X-Man. This vid shows higlights from the show but also some cool interviews about their feelings regarding the Roc Raida. On the DJ topic, Master of The Mix is sucks. The show was notable but mediocre last season. Amber Rose as a judge and the slew of “real world failures” DJs is horrible. Much respect to Total Eclipse on the show but everyone else can get got.

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Posted on November 21st, 2011

RIP Heavy D (Nov. 8, 2011)

I am really messed up by his passing. Heavy D inspired a whole generation with dance moves, his “didddly- dee”, and knack for making music that wide-spreading. Even my parents knew who he was. It was his line “Don’t be down with anybody, let them all be down with you” that defined my adolescence and many years after that. Prayers go to his daughter, friends, and family. Pete Rock must be devastated right now. If you are in the Bay, I am going all 90s hip-hop and R&B at Nappy Bees this weekend in honor of the Hevster.

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Posted on November 9th, 2011

Public Enemy – Def Jam Tour (Live in 1987)

This is rare live footage on the Def Jam Tour in 1987 in LOndon. Do note, this after they released their debut “Yo! Bumrush the show”. How many groups had their act together like this after their first album?

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Posted on October 12th, 2011

Raekwon talks about Nas on Cuban Linx

Although I almost didn’t post this because of the Reebok sponsorship, I did feel it was important enough for all 20 of your KTL readers to hear Rae speak on how Nas came apart of the Verbal Intercourse record. Rae speaks in only the way he knows how to, expect some nonsensical slang and “booms” to be said.

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Posted on August 25th, 2011

Happy 38th Birthday, Hip-Hop!

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In case you didn’t know, hip-hop turned 38 today.  Salute to Kool Herc. Now go do something to promote the culture.

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Posted on August 11th, 2011

Ski Beatz talks “Reasonable Doubt”

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For those of you that don’t know, Reasonable Doubt turned 15 years old on June 25th.  Crazy, huh?  Well SoulCulture did a great profile on Ski Beatz with his recollection of the making of Jay-Z’s first album.  Some really cool insight to how the project came to be.  Click here to read it. And if you haven’t already get Ski’s 24 Hour Karate School & Cocaine 80s!

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Posted on July 4th, 2011

DJ Franchise & Tim Diesel talk Tha Liks

A follow-up from our Alkaholiks Tribute mix a few weeks ago, I wanted to share with you a post-mis interview we did about the Liks with the All Day Play staff. They misspelled our names but oh well. Hope you enjoy it. IF you scroll down, you can listen/download the mix below.

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Posted on May 19th, 2011

FADER make Biggie their Icon

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Every year, FADER makes a musical artist who has made an undeniable impact on the masses their ICON for their ICON issue.  This year, they smartened up and made The Notorious BIG, more familiarly known to us as Biggie, as their choice for the cover.  The photographs and imagery is great but the gem in the issue is the write-up by Andrew Noz. Take a moment to read a really smart piece on one of hip-hop fallen legends.

 

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Posted on April 26th, 2011

Busta talks the 5 percenters

Growing up in the golden age of hip-hop, if you were a true listener to the music, you couldn’t help but be intrigued by the rhetoric that MCs were spitting about the 5 Percent Nation. It was ingrained and mentioned in many of lyrics from Wu, Brand Nubian, KMD, Leaders of the New School, Big Daddy Kane, and many others. Although, I can’t agree with all the ideology of the group, I did respect and learn from their discipline and movement to uplift the “people”. This got me to study more about Malcolm X, the talented tenth, and other black movements and apply it to my Latino upbringing and personal journey. Hearing Busta talk about the nation w/ Devi Dev (who every hip-hop dude wants to marry) reminds of that adolescent time & his past lyrical intensity.

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Posted on April 19th, 2011