9.30.08: FF 019 - R.E.U.B.

Today is a HUGE day for hip-hop. New releases from Murs, Termanology, Madlib, T.I., and others will cause loyal fans to shell out their hard-earned cash at the record store (er...actually, Best Buy). To celebrate the grand ole 30th of September, I thought we'd bring in a special guest from our neighboring state of Virginia. Ladies and gentleman,VA's own R.E.U.B. (pronounced Rube) will be joining us live in-studio for another edition of Funkadelic Freestyles tonight on WRGW Radio. 

Please take some time to get to know R.E.U.B. with the links provided below. Tonight's interview will be featured exclusively on elitaste.com, so look for the text sometime tomorrow. And yes, the first hour of tonight's show will be chock-full of brand new music, including material from Kid Sister, B.o.B., Dela, and Mos Def

FF 019
Hosted by jben.ok
Featuring musical guest R.E.U.B.
8pm - 10pm EST
WRGW Radio @ The George Washington University
LIVE on gwradio.com and campus channel 22

VIDEO: Torae - Switch

It's been universally stated lately that music videos, especially in hip-hop, have made a resounding comeback. There are a few reasons as to how/why (Rik Cordero, Rik Cordero...Rik Cordero), but let's just say rappers are getting more inventive with their imagery. Case in point: this new one from NY's Torae, who released a classically slept-on album almost a year ago. This song, "Switch (produced by Black Milk)," is from that album, Daily Conversation. Go cop!

9.27.08: Trouble The Water

This afternoon I headed out to the E Street Cinema here in Washington, DC to catch a showing of Trouble The Water, the new documentary film from directors Tia Lessin and Carl Deal. The film incorporates home video footage of Hurricane Katrina - shot on the 9th Ward in the midst of the storm - provided by Kimberly Rivers Roberts and her husband Scott, who were among the many survivors who battled Katrina because they could not evacuate. Tia and Carl met Kim and Scott two weeks after the storm and followed them around with their documentary camera crew for nearly two months. The footage is incredibly emotional and disturbingly raw; you often have to remind yourself that these people are real and that there are thousands of others who went through the same ordeal. 

So real, in fact, that Tia, Carl, Kim, and Scott surprised the audience after the film by showing up for a Q&A. They expressed the need to spread the word about Trouble The Water, especially since the film is dealing with a VERY limited release. The aim of the filmmakers is not to make money for their own purposes; it is to help the American people understand that the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans are far from over. Please PLEASE support this movie by going to see it near you, and if it's not near you, make a trip out of your comfort zone, just like Kim and Scott, to find a theater showing the film. All the links below will give you the information you need. There's also a bonus link featuring the music of Kim, a.k.a. Black Kold Madina, whose aspiring music career becomes a small sub-plot in the documentary.

VIDEO: Consequence @ College Park x Disperse

I'm really maaaaaad I missed this show. It was such a busy week last week (FF 017 w/ Phonte & Zo!, Phonte @ Bus Boys & Poets, FF 018, Red Bull Big Tune) that I didn't have enough time to make it up to College Park for Wale, Clipse, Consequence, & Southeast Slim. Check for appearances from Wale, Young Chris, & Rik Cordero

Oh, and a really well-done video by Rik that I saw the other night on MTVJams. "Disperse (feat. GLC & Really Doe)" by Consequence. 

VIDEO: Janelle Monae - Many Moons

*Stares in awe* She is so cool. And cute. Buy her EP. I'm on my brain-washed android right now.

VIDEO: The ELs Live @ Club Liv 9.13.08 Pt. 1

After two agonizing weeks of failing at uploading these videos, I open my YouTube account today and there's Part 1. If you don't know about The ELs *sigh*, y'all better get familiar! Featuring Asheru on the mic and Zo! playing the keys for his official birthday party. Stay tuned for parts 2-4. 

RECAP: Red Bull Big Tune DC 9.24.08

[Disclaimer: All pictures taken on my iPhone. Better quality pics coming soon.]

Last night at the 930 Club in DC, Red Bull hosted another regional edition of their popular Big Tune series, which pits 12 producers against each other and lets the crowd decide who deserves to be the champion. The winner of the DC battle heads to New York in December for the national finals. If he wins that, he gets to produce a track for the artist of their choice from this list: Nas, Common, Talib Kweli, & The Game. Wale and Nottz headlined the event as the resident DC/MD/VA emcee and producer, respectively. Let's get down to business and detail the round-by-round results.

Round 1: Alright, I'd show you who went up against each other in the 1st round, but my notes/memory do not extend that far, lol. But here are the original 12 producers, in no particular order: Oddisee (Low Budget), K Murdock (Panacea), J Laine (ill DC drummer/producer), Mark Henry (DC), Israel Music (no idea), Algorhythm (DMV), J.E.C. (again, nothing), J-Wheels (working w/ Edgar Allen Floe), Young Slim (this dude was great), Leron Chambers (nah, no idea), Remont (sleeper pick), Best Kept Secret (DC, think Wale all day). 

Round 2: Okay, here's who went against who in Rd. 2. 
Algorhythm vs. Mark Henry
Young Slim vs. K Murdock
Remont vs. Best Kept Secret

Round 3:
Algorhythm vs. Remont (Remont was brought back by the crowd)
K Murdock vs. Best Kept Secret (one of the best battles all night, it went into a bonus round)

Algorhythm vs. Best Kept Secret 
(this one also went into a bonus round, and I'd argue that B.K.S. were the rightful winners, but I guess the crowd disagreed. Man, even Wale was cheering for B.K.S., lol)

Algorhythm (good luck in NY, homie!)

NOTES: The first amigo I saw last night was X.O.; first I interrupted his Red Bull interview and then I used my media pass to get him backstage to see his old friend Wale...I also ran into Kenn Starr, who was there to support his Low Budget cohort Oddisee. Kenn told me he's got an album down the pipeline with sought-after producer Black Milk, so I made him promise me a studio appearance...I spoke to K Murdock as well, and for all you Panacea fans, the new album is coming soon. They've got a new label, a new outlook, new everythang. Shout out to Raw P, who made a rare public appearance (Kyle said it! lol)...I had to make a visit to the green room to say whaddup to the homie Wale. It was good to see Jay Promo again, and I should also mention that I met Kingpin Slim for the first time and he is NICE on the mic. Wale performed a few joints, including Nike Boots and W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E....We linked up with Nottz management at the end of the night, so cross your fingers for an in-studio sometime soon...And last, but not least, a huge thank you goes out to the entire Red Bull team. In particular: Lameen, Laura, and Victor. Of course I have to give a shout out to Vitamin D and Jonathan Moore, who started the whole thing in Seattle a few years back....One last thing, Jake One was also in the house. Look for his album White Van Music on October 6th....

Mark Henry vs. Oddisee in Rd. 1

Wale on stage during his performance (shouts to Vic and Laura for the view)

Wale with the crowd


From last night's show (9.23.08):

7:59pm Madlib - What It Do (feat. Talib Kweli)
8:07pm Malik Yusef - Promised Land (feat. Adam Levine & Kanye West)
8:09pm Statik Selektah - To The Top [Stick 2 The Script] (feat. Cassidy, Saigon, & Termanology)
8:17pm Robin Thicke - Magic (Mark Ronson Remix feat. Wale & Mary J Blige)
8:21pm Busta Rhymes - Arab Money (feat. Ron Browz)
8:24pm T.I. - On Top of the World (feat. B.o.B. & Ludacris)
8:30pm Black Milk - Give The Drummer Sum
8:34pm Kidz In The Hall - The Pledge (feat. Sean P & Buckshot)
8:38pm Murs - Times Is Now (feat. Snoop Dogg & Latoiya Williams)
8:48pm Lupe Fiasco - Paris, Tokyo (Remix feat. Pharrell, Q-Tip, & Sarah Green)
8:52pm J The S - Another Round (feat. B.o.B.)
8:56pm Blue Sky Black Death x Jean Grae - Shadows Forever
9:06pm EMP - Tear The Club Up [DC Block]
9:10pm X.O. - FF Radio Cipher 9.9.08 [DC Block]
9:28pm Kev Brown - Beats N Rhymes (feat. Phonte & Oddisee) [DC Block]
9:31pm J-Live - The Upgrade (feat. Oddisee & Posdnous) [DC Block]
9:36pm Wale - I Will [DC Block]
9:54pm Robert Glasper - Maiden Voyage/Everything In Its Right Place

MP3: B.o.B. - Generation Lost

Yeah, he's becoming one of my new favorite artists. This beat will make you all melancholy and shit. This leaked last night, but I don't care if I'm late. Okay, enough with the meaningless statements... Check for B.o.B. performing live with Talib Kweli & David Banner at the 930 Club in DC  on October 20th.

9.23.08: FF 018

The man in the picture above is not a rapper, nor does he have anything to do with hip-hop. His name is Troy Anthony Davis and as of 4pm today he was supposed to be executed in the state of Georgia for a crime he did not likely commit. At 5pm EST, he was offered a stay of execution, so for the time being, his execution has been suspended. Tonight we will spend a considerable amount of time discussing Mr. Davis' case, the justice department, and the state of Georgia. I will be joined by members of GWU's Black Student Union who will weigh in on the news story that only just recently made the news (the crime occurred in 1989).

On a lighter note, we've always got a ton of new music to play. Tune in tonight from 8-10pm for music from Madlib, Black Milk, Termanology, EMP, and more. All the info is below; spread the word!

FF 018
Hosted by jben.ok
8-10pm EST
WRGW Radio @ The George Washington University
LIVE on gwradio.com and campus channel 22

MP3: EMP - Tear The Club Up

First off, I just want to thank everyone for downloading the Phonte/Zo! podcast. We had a tremendous response and a couple critical "ups" (2dopeboyz, Smoking Section) that will hopefully lead to more fans and a larger following. 

Now with that aside, I was at the Phonte concert tonight and toward the end I got a text from the homie Southeast Slim. A few minutes later, my email was blessed with a brand new EMP (Slim and crew) track off their upcoming mixtape, Volume 5. These dudes are hard-workers, so you can best believe this new one is a banger. On a related note, do not forget that Slim will be performing alongside Wale, Clipse, and Consequence this Thursday night at the University of Maryland College Park.

PODCAST: Phonte & Zo on FF 9.21.08

The official podcast from last night, although the last 20 minutes was unfortunately lost in the matrix. While you will miss out on the sound-off segment we had at the end of the interview, there's just under an hour of fantastic conversation on all sorts of topics. We covered the 80's EP and how it got off the ground, the new Foreign Exchange record, and all the info on Zo!'s emergence as a solo artist. Feel free to stream (coming soon), download, and/or share. Termanology and Statik Selektah later this week!

9.21.08: FF 017 - Phonte & Zo!

It's not a Tuesday, but that's okay. Funkadelic Freestyles will air a special edition tonight, on a Sunday, because we figured you might like your lineup. All afternoon and into the evening: NFL football. 10pm: A new episode of Entourage. 10:30pm: The first half hour of True Blood? And at 11pm you can switch over to your computer for Phonte of Little Brother and Zo! (aka Zo! & Tigallo) for an exclusive one-hour in-studio interview. 

We'll talk about Phonte and Zo!'s refreshing summer project, Zo! & Tigallo Love The 80's. We'll get all the info regarding Phonte's next release, with producer Nicolay as The Foreign Exchange, and perhaps ask when might we expect a new Little Brother record. Zo! has a quite few things he's working on as well, so we'll get on the topics of Detroit emcee Asylum 7 and Zo!'s special appearance on October's Foreign Exchange release.

All the info is below, in case you're a first time listener and don't know how to access the stream. If you're on campus, flip over from HBO to channel 22 for the live broadcast. Also, feel free to call in (202) 994-WRGW.

FF 017 (Special Edition)
Hosted by jben.ok & Vex Blizzy
Featuring musical guests Phonte of Little Brother & Zo!
11pm - 12am EST
WRGW Radio @ The George Washington University
LIVE on gwradio.com and campus channel 22

9.20.08: The PUMA Archive @ The PUMA Store Georgetown

A little reminder in case you haven't come across the flier yet: Tonight the PUMA Store in Georgetown (1237 Wisconsin Ave NW DC) will be hosting The PUMA Archive, featuring live performances from Africa Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force, Kurtis Blow, and live hip-hop band The Players. Since The Players are playing (ha ha), I'm sure they'll bring along a lot of great DC artists along with the evening's host, Grap Luva. If you RSVP before you get there, you get complimentary beverages all night! Good luck getting to the bar, though; the place will be packed.

MP3: Malik Yusef - Promised Land (feat. Adam Levine & Kanye West)

Off Senator Barack Obama's Yes We Can official campaign CD. While I'd probably only eff with about half the songs (see tracklist via link), I think this might be a valid opportunity for me to contribute. By the way, the song sounds like it was left off Late Registration, which is a good thing - Kanye doesn't use autotune. Enjoy, and click the link to learn about more ways you can be involved in the Obama campaign.

MP3: Murs - Time Is Now (feat. Snoop Dogg & Latoiya Williams)

It's about time this joint dropped. I was just thinking about pushing more promo for Murs' major label debut, Murs For President, which is out on Warner Bros. on September 30th. As he mentioned in our Rock The Bells interview, Murs linked up with Cali legends DJ Quik, and evidenced here, Snoop Dogg. This "premiered" on Pitchfork (oh, c'mon!) earlier tonight, and I found a decent quality rip over at Shake and Meka's spot. Thanks, y'all.

MP3: Wale - I Will

Nothing much to say about this one, other than the fact he mentions the Marky situation. Interesting, because I totally slept on the whole ordeal until about 2 weeks ago when my new amigo Dylan-Michael enlightened me. There's a good message in this song; pay attention to the lyrics. (But how can you not, it's Wale!) More on Marky to come....

MP3: T.I. - On Top Of The World (feat. Ludacris & B.o.B.)

I'm certainly taking a gamble by posting this, but B.o.B. spoke so glowingly of it when I saw him in Boston I had no other choice. Yes, it's fire and no, I don't think Kanye produced it. Let's keep this one short and hit the previous down low if you want more from B.o.B. UPDATE: Inspired by modi, I'm trying a traffic experiment. If it can work for him, will it work for me?!

MP3: Statik Selektah -For The City (feat. M.O.P. & Jadakiss)

Alright, so true story: I just stepped out the library and ran around the block a few times; I just got a confirmation that Statik Selektah and Termanology will be joining us live in-studio at some point next week. And after I got the news, Statik sent me this new joint off his sophomore album, featuring M.O.P. and Jadakiss. But since Statik sent me the clean, I'ma pay my respect and jack eskay's explicit link. Statik Selektah's Stick 2 The Script is in stores October 21st.

PODCAST: Southeast Slim on FF 9.16.08

In case you didn't tune in last night, or you're like me and you like to save every episode of every show, I spent about an hour transferring and ish to get the Southeast Slim interview up on the site. It was a superb show; we covered the usual: being super-independent, Wale, how he got started...y'all know. I also included a separate file of just the freestyle, and take my advice: you do NOT want to miss Slim's flow over Trick Daddy's "Tuck Ya Ice." Enjoy!

9.16.08: FF 016 - Southeast Slim

It's a Tuesday! We're back for another new episode of Funkadelic Freestyles as we approach the biggest hip-hop week DC has seen in quite some time. (I'll update the full concert schedule tonight after the show) Joining us tonight live in-studio will be DC emcee/producer Southeast Slim, who is most well-known for producing Wale's first hit single, "Dig Dug." Slim is a friend of the show, so it's great to finally get him in with us.

It's been a busy few days for the hip-hop blogs, so you can bet that we'll be playing all the new joints. Just a sampling of the artists in the playlist so far: DJ Revolution, Termanology, J&J, Che Grand, B.o.B., and a brand new FF artist, R.E.U.B. We'll see what Slim brings along with him; even if its nothing, we're guaranteed a freestyle or two. Tune in from 8-10pm EST and look for the podcast tomorrow. Also, do us a favor by visiting us on Facebook...all the links are below.

FF 016
Hosted by jben.ok & Vex Blizzy
Featuring musical guest Southeast Slim
8-10pm EST
WRGW Radio @ The George Washington University
LIVE on gwradio.com and campus channel 22

VIDEO: Johnson & Jonson - J&J

Quick lesson: Johnson & Jonson are actually Blu & Mainframe. Now that we've got that outta the way, let's talk a little bit about this promo video and their album coming out on September 23rd. The scrolling titles for this joint really pulled me in, and the simplicity of the flick insures that I'll be copping in a week. But if you're still not sure you want to spend your hard-earned money, (damn, the economy is something else) tune into Funkadelic Freestyles tonight because I'll be playing multiple records off Powders & Oils, that LP that I've been vaguely referencing throughout this whole post.

VIDEO: The Foreign Exchange - Sincere (feat. Yahzarah)

Although I'd like Funkadelic Freestyles to be known exclusively for that "new-new," ever since I started throwing up those classic podcasts I've started to accept the fact that I can't stay away from the throwback joints. Case in point: This Foreign Exchange video off their first album, Connected, that I almost forgot was existence. As I was heading to class today with their new single, "Daykeeper," blasting in my iPod, I started to imagine a visually-pleasing music video to accompany the song. Perhaps I'll suggest it to Tay, but then again, their budget isn't seeing Kanye's. 

Oh, by the way: Phonte and Zo! will be live in-studio next Sunday night (9/21) at 11pm EST for an exclusive interview. I'm geeked; are you?

VIDEO: Wale - Live At GWU

I'm not quite sure who captured these videos of Wale and U.C.B. at GWU's very own Fall Fest last weekend, but it's great to have them. Spotted over at elitaste (where else?) and if you've got some extra time on your hands you might want to read this post about Wale meeting Jerry Seinfeld (he listened to Mixtape About Nothing "quite a few times"). "W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E." is above and "The Artistic Integrity" is below.

9.13.08: Zo!'s Birthday Party @ Club Liv

Tonight! Zo!'s 30th Birthday Extravaganza features live hip-hop band The ELs (oh, you never got acquainted? click the link below) and special guests. It's all going down at Club Liv starting at 9pm on U and 11th right here in Washington, DC. Proper ID (21 plus) and an unknown amount of money will get you in for this very special night.

MP3: Peedi Crakk - More Towels

Remember when everyone thought Peedi Crakk (then Peedi Peedi) was going to join The Roots? Even if you don't recall the rumors, how about his grimy-yet-refreshing verse on Game Theory? Anyway, Peedi's back with a new single called "More Towels," and for his sake, I hope it gets a ton of club play (it has the potential). Off his new album A Night In The Life, in stores soon from label-on-the-rise Amalgam Digital. 

DOWNLOAD: Big Pooh - Rapper's Delight Mixtape

Not the album, just the mixtape. Nonetheless, this project from one half of Little Brother (mixed by DJ Warrior) is quite the prelude to (Rapper?) Big Pooh's second solo LP. With guest spots from Joe Scudda, Chaundon, Talib Kweli, and Bishop Lamont, plus production from Nottz, J Dilla, and Illmind, y'all don't wanna pass up this one. Thanks to URB, you can download and view the tracklist below.

01 Rapper’s Delight f. Chaundon (prod. Nottz)
02 Reality Check f. Big Dho, D. Black & Mykestro (prod. Khrysis)
03 Respect It f. Illa J & Bishop Lamont (prod. J. Dilla)
04 Hands Up f. Chaundon & Roc C (prod. Khrysis)
05 Text Me (Tha Bizness Alllstar Remix) w/ Talib Kweli, Parker Brothaz & Naledge (prod. Tha Bizness)
06 Oh Yeah f. Roscoe Umali & Stylistic Jones (prod. Focus…)
07 Roll Call f. Jozeemo, Chaundon & Joe Scudda (prod. The Co-Op)
08 Dusty f. O-Dash (prod. Nick Speed)
09 Crazy (prod. Khrysis)
10 Geez Like Deez f. Quan (prod. Illmind)
11 Regular Nigga w/ Ab Soul
12 Plastic Cups f. Chaundon & Joe Scudda (prod. J. Dilla)
13 Money f. Frank (of Frank-N-Dank) & O-Dash (prod. Young RJ)
14 Dumb It Down
15 On The Real f. E. Ness & Jozeemo (prod. Khrysis)

INTERVIEW/MP3: B.o.B. - I'll Be In The Sky

So I woke up this morning and saw this new track from B.o.B. and finally kicked myself. I've been holding on to this interview I did with B.o.B. nearly 2 months ago at Rock The Bells Boston because I just wasn't sure what to do with it. Well, since this track is fire and I think y'all need to know a little more about the Atlanta rapper, here's the interview plus the new song.

Funkadelic Freestyles at Rock The Bells Boston, we’ve got a very special guest with us today. What’s your name?

My name is Bob. And you can call me B.o.B., Bobby Ray, you can call me Bobby…I don’t know! It’s Bob, whatever; I’m from the 12th dimension and I’m here to stir things up in the music scene, change some things up a bit. (Laughs)

Alright, with all those names…let’s get down to B.o.B. What does it mean?

See, you have to break it down because with a person like me, coming to this earth, I’ve been confused by a number of things which is why so many different types of aliases have come from my name. First off, I’ll say Bob. It’s plain, blank, no spaces, no periods. Bobby Ray is my government birth name and that connects me to certain types of relationships I have with people. Then you have B.o.B. B.o.B. is such an interesting character because he has so many different meanings: Business over bullshit, brains over bullets, bullets over bullets, brain one blunt, brain one beer, balla on a budget, fast like a bullet out a barrel…it’s all kinds of things, it’s just crazy!

You got everything covered. Now, how’d you get invited to join Rock The Bells?

It’s crazy because…to be honest, I have no idea. One day [my manager] was like, “hey, we got invited on the Rock The Bells tour,” and I was like, “cool, let’s do it.” And now I’m here in Boston; it’s my first time here but it seems to be cool.

Well, that’s my next question. Boston is quite different than your hometown of Atlanta. What it’s like being on your first big tour?

This is my first tour, period. It’s surprising because a lot of people that come to these events are a lot more diverse than I would’ve expected. When I was performing “Haterz Everywhere,” I was in a lot of clubs in Atlanta and coming here people are a lot more friendly, which is sad to say. (Laughs) They’re a lot more open and accepting to the music, and I’m like, “cool, this is great!” I’m enjoying myself.

When is the full album coming out?

We’re going through this thing right now in that I’m so different, that the label still really has to catch onto [the whole idea]. They haven’t pushed that button yet, but until then just enjoy the mixtapes and features. Also, make sure you get the T.I. album Paper Trail, I’m on that album. The song’s called “Sitting On Top Of The World” with possibly Ludacris or Kanye West, [Editor's Note: It will feature Ludacris, might be produced by Kanye] one of the two. I also wrote a John Legend hook on the album. I got a couple good looks, so…

Can we expect any other big collaborations in the future?

Ludacris, T-Pain, and I’ll be on the DJ Drama Grand Hustle mixtape. I’m affiliated with Grand Hustle now. It’s official people!


New addition to the site: logged playlists from each week's radio show. Here's what we played this week (9.9.08):

8:00pm Elzhi - Motown 25 (feat. Royce Da 5'9")
8:04pm Statik Selektah - Mr. Popularity (feat. Consequence)
8:09pm Solange - Fuck The Industry (Remix feat. Wale)
8:17pm Che Grand - City On Fire
8:22pm Illa J - R U Listenin' (feat. Guilty Simpson)
8:30pm tREBLEFREE - Change Gonna Come (feat. ILWIL)
8:34pm Dumhi - Sun Exercises (feat. Che Grand)
8:40pm The Foreign Exchange - Daykeeper (feat. Muhsinah)
8:52pm X.O. - Rid'n (Remix feat. Wale)
9:00pm FF 015 X.O. Interview + Exclusives
9:56pm Panacea - Voyagers

VIDEO: Q-Tip - Gettin' Up x Live @ The Knitting Factory

Here's another one of those "wowwwww" moments. Above is the first single, "Gettin' Up"  off Q-Tip's newest solo effort, Live At The Renaissance. GREAT video. Extremely poor quality (I hope you stole this joint, OS!), but incredibly tight concept. And below...I mean wow. If I had known this was going to go down last night at The Knitting Factory (G.O.O.D. Music Showcase: Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Consequence...AND Kanye West, Q-Tip, plus Termanology) I would have skipped the FF season premiere and hopped on a train to NYC. Enjoy folks...these moments are rare nowadays. 

VIDEO: Termanology - How We Rock (feat. Bun B)

No, I'm not posting the "studio" version of Kanye's new single. (As others have remarked, there's absolutely no way that it's the final MIXED version) Anyway, it seems I'm on a Termanology kick lately, so why not throw up the official video for "How We Rock," the first single of his Politics As Usual LP due out at the end of the month. 

PODCAST: X.O. on FF 9.9.08

From last night's season premiere, the interview with X.O. and crew in its entirety. If you don't have time to listen to the whole thing, make sure you download the cipher (14 minutes long!). Spread the word!!!

9.9.08: FF 015 - X.O.

Ladies and gentlemen, that time has come. Funkadelic Freestyles goes back on air tonight at 8pm EST with the season premiere and the fifteenth show since I took over last January. Joining me tonight will be my occasional guest co-host, Vex Blizzy, along with our first musical guest of the new school year, DC hip-hop artist X.O.  You can listen live at gwradio.com, but all that info is below.

Why X.O. for the first show back? Over the summer, the rapper from Uptown dropped an incredibly thorough mixtape called The Takeover Pt. 2, and got his old-friend (and ours too!) Wale to jump on the remix to his single "Rid'n." It didn't hurt that X.O. happens to be a member of DC's Low Budget, a team of emcees and producers who pride themselves on solid, independent hip-hop. In case you forgot, we had a Low Budget concert last April here at GWU featuring Oddisee, Kev Brown, & Kenn Starr. (Oddisee produced much of The Takeover Pt. 2)

In addition to having X.O. with us  in-studio tonight, I'll be playing a collection of new joints from Reks, Wale, Illa J, Elzhi, Southeast Slim, & The Foreign Exchange. And no worries, X.O. promised to bring along some exclusives as well. Below I've included that Rid'n remix (plus the original) and a link that will send you to DCtoBC.com to download the full tape (don't think I ain't notice what y'all been doing!)

FF 015
Hosted by jben,ok & Vex Blizzy
Featuring musical guest X.O.
8-10pm EST
WRGW Radio @ The George Washington University
LIVE on gwradio.com and campus channel 22