Sunday, 22 April 2012

Tim Westwood - Capital Rap Show (1993)


Been a while since I posted a Westwood show. This tape (courtesy of Diseone) isnt dated but I'm guessing its around June/July 1993. It sounds like Tim's just been sent promo copies of Cypress Hill's 'Black Sunday' and Akinyele and Fat Joe's debut LPs as they feature heavily alongside tracks from Poor Righteous Teachers, Big Mike, The Dogg Pound and Mista Grimm (the latter two both being off the Poetic Justice OST).

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There's also the weekly Source Report which mentions that some white supremacists have been caught plotting attacks on Eazy E, Louis Farrakhan and Rodney King. Good to know that 20 years on, America is a much more racially tolerant society....

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Max LX & Dave VJ on Kiss FM (1994)


Max & Dave's Kiss FM Rap Show from September 1994. Starts off with that week's Top 20 which included Black Moon, OC, Biggie and Gravediggaz and then into a few new releases from Keith Murray and Lords Of The Underground...

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If you're wondering why 'Dre Day' is on a chart from 1994 when it came out in 92, its down to the 90s trend of UK record labels consistently fucking up the releases of Hip Hop singles. Even certified US hits like 'OPP', 'Jump Around' and 'Nuthin But A G Thang' struggled to make a dent on the UK Top 40 despite being re-released 2 or 3 times, usually because the target audience had already got the album or copped the import 12". At the time, the BBC would rarely have more than one rap record on its daytime playlist - and being the only national station it had major influence on the sales charts - so reaching a wider audience wasn't easy. Although the impact of 'urban' on the mainstream and the emergence of stations like MTV Base and 1xtra meant that the early 00s finally saw less of a gap between UK and US releases, records companies continued to drop the ball well into the 00s on potential chart hits like 'Tell Me When To Go', 'We Fly High' and 'Get Low'

Sunday, 8 April 2012

DJ P Sol - The Lord Finesse Files Vol 1 (2012)


Nice Lord Finesse mix courtesy of DJ P Sol out of NYC, featuring tracks and prodcutions by The Funky Man aswell as some blends and original samples...

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Friday, 6 April 2012

The Pharcyde - Capital Rap Show freestyle (1993)


The Pharcyde go off the dome for over 10 minutes on Tim Westwood's Capital Rap Show back in 93...

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If you're a fan make sure you check out the TROY blog for dirt_dog's Pharcyde Phriday Phun Pack compilations featuring remixes, non-album cuts and b-sides.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Jeff Young - National Fresh on Radio 1 (1990)



I got into Hip Hop and music in general back in 1988 (I was 10 years old) and before I discovered Kiss FM or Westwood's Capital Rap Show, Jeff Young was the man. In '88 he had a fairly late slot so I had to leave my parents in charge of the record button and 120 minute TDK tape. It was on this show that I first heard Public Enemy, Ice T, Chill Rob G and loads of other future classics, so salute to Jeff for playing this stuff when it was otherwise ignored on the BBC. Shout out to DiseOne from DWG for hooking me up with this tape which was part of a large stash that landed on my doormat today. Gang Starr, Main Source, Def Jef, EPMD and Schooly D on this one...


There's not much info on JY but Blues & Soul had a brief write up:
Although his successor has attained far greater heights, it was Jeff Young who paved the way for Pete Tong’s phenomenal rise to prominence at Radio One. His long-standing status as a knowledgeable and credible soul/ black music DJ in the South East stood Jeff in good stead to secure a highly influential weekend show on BBC Radio London. Although this was termed a ‘breakfast show’, its 8am start meant it was ideally timed for ravers gradually stirring following a night on the tiles. As very early house music from Chicago and New York started laying the foundations of what’s known as ‘dance music’ today, Jeff was in just the right place at the right time to be snapped up by Radio One in 1987 to host the new Friday night ‘Big Beat.’ This saw him playing music right across the black music spectrum, from Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley to Public Enemy, but his soulful roots were always evident. Jeff handed the baton to Pete Tong in 1990, and, apart from a stint on Capital Radio shortly afterwards, has kept largely behind-the-scenes roles since.