This past weekend author, journalist and political commentator Bakari Kitwana swung through the Bay Area and gave a keynote speech at the Hip Hop 4 Change conference held at Mills College in Oakland. His speech was insightful as he explained to the capacity crowd that a lot rests on their shoulders and that they will have to step their game up and to be keenly aware that they are under the gun by politicians and other outside forces who feel they are fair game to taken advantage of and be politically exploited.
We sat down w/ Hip Hop cultural pioneer Fab % Freddy to talk about the early punk and rap scenes in New York City in the late 70s and early 80s and how the two cultures merged together
We sat down w/ Houston rapper Chamillionaire and spoke to him about a variety of topics ranging from the Indy Rap scene, to his stints at Silicon Valley and the role Hi-Tech can play in Hip Hop on a business tip. We also spoke to him about his new album 'Venom' and his picks for the best rappers of all-time to emerge from Texas..
We continue our conversation with DJ Paradise about the rise and fall of the Latin Quarter nightclub. here we focus on the battle between KRS and Mele-Mel. We also talk about the LQ’s long history and how the Golden Era of rap got ushered in via the club.
The Latin Quarter or the 'LQ' as it was affectionately called will always have a pivotal place in Hip Hop history. According to DJ Paradise of X-Clan who managed the club during it's hey day in the mid 80s, the LQ was more important than the Apollo because all the record executives, industry taste makers and label reps frequented the club.
It wasn't unheard of for an artist to go down to the LQ on a Friday, kick off a great performance and have a record deal by that Monday.
The LQ was also the place that bore witness to many people's first performances including MC Hammer who's chilly reception inspired him to go back, blow up and come back to take on NY in the song 'Turn this Mutha Out'.
It bore witness to one of Public Enemy's first performances where Mele-Mel rattled Chuck D's nerves by screaming from the floor' get them off the stage, they aren't Hip Hop. A year later Mel became one of their biggest supporters.
The LQ bore witness to a young MC Serch who made name fo...
Meet Anita Tijoux-Hip Hop Artist from Chile
by Davey D
We caught up with Chilean born emcee Anita Tijoux who made lots of waves during SXSW 2010. It was her first trip to the US as she celebrated the release of her new album 1977. The title represents the year she was born along the pioneering days of Hip Hop in the Bronx. Anita who is an astute student of Hip Hop music and culture noted that its important to reference and pay tribute to the foundation. Anita through her flows, subject matter and study of other emcees has managed to do just that-pay homage.
We started off our interview by getting an update on the situation in Chile. She explained that many people in her country are suspicious after the 8.8 earthquake and they fear another shoe is going to drop. Many believe that the shaking was man-made-caused by HARP... Others are saying, the earth-shaking so violently was God's way of saying get rid of the president and the fascist regime he represents...Anita noted that wh...
In 2007 there was a International tribunal that looked into all the allegations about the actions and negligence that took place in the aftermath of the leveees being broken.. The most riveting testamonies came around the areas of police brutality and killings.. The massacre on the Danzinger bridge was especially troubling... Here is the testimony from the brother of a mentally challenged man Ronald Madison who was shot and killed when people fleeing the floods attempted to cross the Danzinger bridge and were met by police.. Another man James Brissette was also killed and 4 other people wounded.. Romell Madison a local dentist gives heartwrenching accounts of what happened. King Downing of the ACLU is the lawyer questioning Romell
As we wind up Black History Month.. Here are some inspiring cuts that should hopefully get you to reflect and be inspired.. Enjoy the flavas...
This is pt 2 of our weekly show on ALL day Play Radio...
23-Mystic 'Beautiful Resistence'
24-Dessa 'The Chacone'
25- Kellie Maze 'Third Eye'
26-Maria Isa 'Street Politics w/ Killa Capone
27-Sunspot Jones 'Magic Box For Me'
28-Word Burgular 'Rhyme With I'm
29-Word Bugular 'The Route'
30-Dessa 'Children's Work'
We continue our conversation about what is going on in haiti w/ Bay Area journalist JR.. he explains in deeper detail the political situation there. he talks about the policies being used gainst Haiti and how both white and Black elite Americans are exploiting Haitians. He talks about the way Wyclef is being received. he lays out some of the Haitian leaders on the ground we should look out for...
JR also offers up sound solutions on how to continue building