Low Budget is STILL REAL! (c) Kenn Starr. The infamous DJ RODDYROD is back with the re-release of his album Cuba After Market (1.5), which was a favorite of mine last year after Muhsinah visited us in studio. The video was shot in DC by the homie Gadget of Digital Hustle Films and edited by RODDYROD's own collective, Humble Monarch. If you've got quick wits, you can catch appearances from Kev Brown, Muhsinah, J-$crilla, and K-Beta at the end of the video. Shouts to Kenny Fresh who premiered the joint, and according to him - Cuba After Market 1.5 is coming soon!
If you missed out, no worries. May 12th was the date - merely a week ago - and we packed the studio with a plethora of musicians hailing from the DC metro area. I'll run down the list right quick: PHZ-Sicks, Jabari, Lyriciss, Judah, Wordsmith, Experience of Team Demolition, Kokayi, X.O., K-Beta, The Paxtons, Pro'Verb, AP, Benji, Toney, AB The Producer, J-$crilla, E-Major, Eddie, DJ Impulse, Incwell; just to name a few (we also got Providence's Theo to call in!) Most importantly, we hosted our first live band in-studio - the best hip-hop band in DC, The ELs, featuring names like Zo! and Slimkat78. The Funkadelic Freestyles team was in full force, featuring Jay Promo, King Carter, DJ Jerome Baker III, Unkle Scooty, and myself. We signed off until August and again, I'd like to publicly thank all our listeners for their support. Please continue to spread the word about the best hip-hop college radio show on the airwaves: Funkadelic Freestyles. We'll be back in mid-August with the same time slot, Tuesday nights from 8-10pm EST. Down below, pick up the first two hours of the semester finale via podcast and check for parts 3 and 4 of the cypher footage on Tuesday.
PODCAST: FF 040 - The Spring 09 Semester Finale Pt. 1 [featuring DJ Jerome Baker III, PHZ-Sicks Interview, Jabari Interview, Eddie Interview w/ DJ Impulse & E-Major]
PODCAST: FF 040 - The Spring 09 Semester Finale Pt. 2 [featuring DJ Impulse, Experience from Team Demolition Interview, Inner Loop Records Interview w/ Overok, K-Beta, J-$crilla, & Nfinit, The ELs Cypher Round 1 (feat. K-Beta, X.O., Lyriciss, The Paxtons, David, E-Major, PHZ-Sicks, Toney, Hu$$le, Incwell, & Wordsmith)]
What ELSE are you gonna do this Friday night? The Funkadelic Freestyles team has one more gig before August - and it's this one. Featuring the new TNT crew: jben.ok as Marv Albert, Jay Promo as Doug Collins (or maybe Jeff Van Gundy), King Carter as Kenny Smith, and Unkle Scooty as Craig Sager.
It's true - tonight is the semester finale of the radio show and our statement show. We've worked hard all semester to raise the bar for college radio and change the way people listen to radio in general. Some of you remember our memorable election night special; for others, you may have just started tuning in. I'm trying to make tonight even more legendary, and I'll need y'all help. Please tell your friends, your brother, your mother, your boo, whatever. We're all about reaching the masses tonight.
Per usual, I'll be holding it down at WRGW with Jay Promo, King Carter, Unkle Scooty, & DJ Jerome Baker III. Rome will be controlling the tables until 10:30pm, when Asheru and The ELs show up to take over the studio. Throughout the night, expect appearances from Southeast Slim, Judah, Overok, J-$crilla, K-Beta, X.O., Oddisee, Kokayi, Lyriciss, Pro'Verb, Wordsmith, and many more. Jabari, Theo, and most likely ten other special guests will call in. I've got a year-in-review highlight reel. I can't really tell you what else will happen, because I'm honestly not sure. Tune in for a unique experience! [Shouts to Overok for the flyer]
FF 040: The Spring 09 Semester Finale
Hosted by jben.ok, Jay Promo, King Carter, & Unkle Scooty
With DJ Jerome Baker III
And an especially long guest list
WRGW Radio @ The George Washington University
LIVE on GWRADIO.COM and campus channel 22
Last Saturday evening, a very special event took place at our studios here at GWU in Washington, DC. I invited Von Pea, Donwill, & Ilyas of the rap group Tanya Morgan to join us for an impromptu interview while in town to promote their new album, Brooklynati. While TM was across town grabbing some mambo sauce, Kenn Starr and Oddisee made their own special guest appearances (Kenn Starr's first) and let loose with Jay Promo and King Carter on today's current hip-hop topics. Once TM showed up, we talked a little bit about how Brooklynati came together and then - I threw on De La Soul's (& Dilla's) "Much More" instrumental to egg on the rappers. Watch and learn aspiring artists - these guys know how to do it. Not only is the entire cypher captured on video (thanks to Gadget from Digital Hustle Films), you can hear the entire interview AND cypher on the podcast below. And head over to Real Mango Juice to check out the wonderful pictures Gabby took. Get ready for tomorrow night! FF Semester Finale is about to be in full effect...
All the way back in 2008 *gasp* I posted a mixtape from the Colorado producer Kid Hum when he was still an unknown. Perhaps he may still be relatively unheard of in regards to the masses, but along with Rock The Dub's khal, he's hoping to change his small status. He's linked up with a plethora of talented emcees - including Braille, whose song "10 Years" is one of my favorite hip-hop records to date. Anyway, enjoy this free project and stay on the lookout for Kid Hum. Big shouts to khal.
Here's a brand new track from VA's PHZ-Sicks - "She Was Fly" - a song that was sent to me by the Amsterdam-based producer Full Crate back in February. There was a really dope video that went with it, but barely any vocals on the record itself...so the homie PHZ-Sicks felt inspired and did his thing! Congrats to PHZ-Sicks for winning a contest on EZ Street's website (pick up the song that won the contest below), and applaud this man - he's really stepped up his artistic abilities!
Last January, we welcomed 1/3 of Tanya Morgan (Donwill) in-studio for a special inauguration interview. Today, we've got the whole group. They'll be at Liv tonight for a free listening party (and free Red Stripe!), but first Donwill, Von Pea, and Ilyas will drop by GWU for a special edition (SE) interview regarding their new album Brooklynati. Jerome Baker III has to handle his J-O-B, so I'll be holding down the jams with Jay Promo, King Carter, and Akhil. And rumor is there will be a special appearance by Kenn Starr. Tune in today at 4:30pm EST or catch the podcast next week. Cop Brooklynati this Tuesday May 12th!
FF Special Edition
Hosted by jben.ok, Jay Promo, King Carter, & Akhil
With Unkle Scooty
And special guest Kenn Starr
If you woke up at 10am EST like I did this morning, you experienced quite the day. First, the pictures of Cassie's breasts popped up on the internetz, then Manny Ramirez got suspended for doping, and last but not least, Wale appeared on ESPN2's First Take. (Oh, and Relapse leaked. It's pretty good, too). I missed the 10am airing so I Tivo'ed the 12pm rebroadcast, but it was rudely interrupted by that Manny crap. Anyway, the video has finally emerged at elitaste, thanks to the assistant that keeps shit together, David. Peace!
The good folks over at Audible Treats just sent along this exclusive off Tanya Morgan's new album Brooklynati - "Morgan Blu" feat California's new golden boy, your girl's favorite color Blu. The fellas of TM have earned some great praise lately, including features on MSNBC.com and in 215Mag. As far as this particular collaboration goes, Ilyas had this to say:
"I used to write for Vapors Magazine and I had to interview Blu. I had just heard his album (Below The Heavens) while we were on tour and was blown away. Before and after the interview we chopped it up a bit on some personal shit. I holla'd at him later about the collab and he was down. At the time I had no idea that this collaboration would end up being on Brooklynati, but I'm certainly happy it is."
Von Pea is on the beat, and Tanya Morgan's Brooklynati is set to hit stores on May 12th. Check out a virtual tour of Brooklynati here, and don't forget to download TM's first single off the LP, "So Damn Down," below.