Indy Hip Hop World

"A setback is just a setup for a comeback." --from Bebe Moore Campbell's "72 Hour Hold"

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Hip Hop Tribute to Virginia Tech

"Rain Rain Go Away" was produced by Jin (you might remember him from the movie 2 Fast 2 Furious). Simply put, the song is nice.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Upon your request ... the Hip Hop Show Playlist

I host a hip hop radio show on WMCO. I've been hosting for about 3 years. It is creatively called "The Hip Hop Show". I have a lot of fun with it. But I rarely get much feedback from the show. However, the I have consistently received feedback from guys who apparently listen from the nearby correctional facility. They just like hearing the music. So we have that in common.

A recent letter from the guys focused on one particular show: Saturday, March 31, 2007. I don't remember anything special about the show, but they were convinced that lyrically, that show was incredibly strong!

Since some of the hip hop that I play on my show needs to be edited, I have to put it into a computer database. As a result, I can go into the database and retrieve the playlist from any given day; though I've seldom had occasion to do that. So, that is what I have done.

"The Hip Hop Show" Playlist from Saturday, March 31, 2007
9 p.m.
Roots-Dip Clip
Wax Tailor-The Games You Play f/Voice
4 Hero-Awakening
BusDriver-Less Yes's. More No's
Ghostface-Street Opera
El P-Habeas Corpses
Little Brother-Whatever
Jedi Mind Tricks-Suicide
Clipse-We Got It For Cheap
K-Os-Electrik Heat
Loer Velocity-Nuth'n
Gabriel Teodros-East Afrika
Strange Fruit Project & Erykah Badu-Get Live

10 p.m.
Lady Sov-Ch Ching
Amy Winehouse-You Know I'm No Good
Lily Allen-Knockem Out
The Streets-Prangin Out
Lady Sovereign-Love Me or Hate Me
Amy Winehouse-Rehab
El P-Smithereens
Atmosphere-Panic Attack
rjd2-Final Frontier
Fort Minor-Feel Like Home
Colossus-Brotha's Tryin' To Be
Audio Bullys-Keep On Moving

11 p.m.
Old School Hip Hop Classic: Whodini-Friends
Blackalicious-Black Diamonds & Pearls
x144&SPS-To Self
Subtitle-Pill Pop
Pigeon John-Money Back Guarantee
Zion I & The Grouch-Trains and Planes
X144 & SPS-Last Voice
Jedi Mind Tricks-Put' Em in the Grave
RZA-Cameo Afro
Mos Def-True Magic
BusDriver-Casting Agents and Cowgirls
J Dilla-Let's Take It Back

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

What your ears don't hear

This is just a quick little post about the hottest of the hotness right now. This is what your ears don't hear on the saturated radio dial. But it's what I do as a service to the community ... it is truly my pleasure!

I was caught off guard by Lifesavas! "Gutterfly" is incredible! It is likeable all the way through. The lyrics are woven in the storytelling kinda way that I like and the beats are quite nice. What I need is a radio friendly version, but it does not exist and I get the impression that there won't be one. And guess what, I don't have the time to do the copious edits on this one, but I like it. It just won't get any airtime on WMCO. Here's what you will like about "Gutterfly," it includes guest spots by the legendary George Clinton, Butterfly from Digable Planets, Fishbone, dead prez, Smif 'n' Wessun and more. Even the cover art is cool ... don't you think?

The next thing that is jumpin off is iCon the Mic King! Woooo whoooo yeah. I am still in the process of digesting this one, but it is a keeper - "Mike and the Fat Man".

So start your week off right and get your music tight ... and stay true to your old school hip hop self, kfox

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Hip Hop Calendar for C-Town!

...that would be Cleveland!

~Hip Hop Meets Jazz~
On Saturday, April 21, 2007
@ Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road
Doors open @ 10 p.m.; showtime @ 11 p.m.
F/Bill Ransom, Sekou Sundiata, and DJ Mister Rourke
Tix are $25 ... call 216.987.4400
**as a part of the Tri-C Jazz Fest

On Sunday, April 29, 2007
@ the Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights
@ 9 p.m.
Tix are $12 ... call 216.241.5555

On Friday, May 4, 2007
@ the Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road
@ 9 p.m.
Tix are $15 ... call 216.383.1124

~HIP HOP PERFORMANCE w/Bone Thugs N Harmony~
On Tuesday, May 8, 2007
@ the House of Blues, 308 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland
@ 8 p.m.
Tix begin @ $26.50 ... call 216.241.5555

~HIP HOP PERFORMANCE w/Solillaquists of Sound~
On Wednesday, May 9, 2007
@ the Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights
@ 9 p.m.
Tix are $7 ... call 216.241.5555

So hip hoppers, be about it and show some love! kfox.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Need more time to listen

Checkin out some new music in my favorite genre ... though I must admit that I have not given some of these a full listen:

Brother Ali "The Undisputed Truth" - I began listening to this one at work, but then I left it at work when I really wanted to listen to it at home ... so the jury is still out on this one.

J Dilla "Ruff Draft" - I've listened to several tracks and it's good (I know that's a cop out, but it'll have to suffice for now).

Stephen Marley "Mind Control" - I love, love, love the title cut; also contains tracks w/Mos Def as well as Damien "Junior Gong" Marley; this one is awesome from front to back; oh, "The Traffic Jam" is crazy cool-great beat!

Other notables:
Gabriel Tedros
Cadence Weapon

New disks that I don't have (but if I had them, would I make the time to listen to them ... ? Heck yeah!):
Talib Kweli

Movin forward and ah ain't lookin back, kfox!

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

A New Month, A New #1

It's been about 30 days since I last posted the WMCO Hip Hop Charts. some folks have staying power ... the charts tend to look drastically different after six weeks. My favs are BusDriver, Ghostface and Wax Tailor.


Om: Hip Hop Volume 1

Moments In Movement


I'll Sleep When You're Dead


True Magic

Future Classic

More Fish

Hope and Sorrow

Do what you do hip hoppers, but keep it legal! --kfox

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