All That Bombing is Makin' Me Bitch! DJ
Dank Offers an Alternative to FOX News
Baghdad Top Ten Countdown
Shock and Awe Awards 2003
Tallest DJ Awards
New Arrivals in Hip Hop Slam Shop
DJ and Hip Hop News
Interview with Charlie Ahearn about the making of Wild Style
Review of Jurassic 5 @ Red Box in Dublin Ireland by Tall Paul
Hip Hop Slam Label News
Review of Zion I record release show @ Slims in San Francisco
BOMB European Tour report by DJ T-Rock
World's Tallest DJs
DJ's Platurn and DnZ were honored at the recent
"World's Tallest DJ Awards" in Dallas, TX where
Houston Rockets baller Yao Ming bestowed the awards. At
10' 1" DnZ took the top prize with runner-up being the 9'
11" DJ Platurn who is commonly known as "Risi"
(meaning 'giant') back in his native Iceland where he is a national
hero and where his image appears on an Icelandic postage stamp.
Hip Hop Slam Shock and Awe Awards 2003
1) "Creepiest War Award" goes
to top dog George W. for shrewdly and successfully initiating
the effective "distractionary war" on the American public
2) "Props for Speaking out on the hypocrisy
of Bush's War Award" goes to Michael Moore for
his "fictitious" statements at the Oscars and also to
Davey D and all the other journalists and broadcasters
who have the balls to tell it like it is.
3) "Greatest Irony Award" goes
to Ashcroft for attempting to stamp out marijuana use at
home while the government sanctions amphetamine use ("Go"
drugs given to US troops)giving new meaning to the term:
"The War On Drugs."
4) "Go Out And Make Your Own News Award"
goes to Clear Channel for funding pro-war rallies that
they then reported on. Alternate award goes to the 18,000 protesters
who chanted outside the CNN building in Hollywood.
5) "Most Creative-but-Shortsighted form
of antiwar Protest Award" goes to the "pukers"
in San Francisco whose protest entailed them throwing up on
cue. Very effective protest but not practical if you want go to
a lot of protests in a day.
All That Bombing Is Makin Me Bitch
by DJ Dank
"I feel so stressed and frustrated about this whole war
that the only relief I can seem to get is from getting on the
turntables and scratching," said a weary looking DJ Pone
(no, not the French DJ Pone) on Day 8 of "Iraq Attack".
"And sometimes even that (scratching) isn't enough,"
admitted Pone who, at age 27, thinks that maybe he feels this
frustrated, unsettled way now during this war because he was too
young to care the same way back in '91 during that other Bush
vs. Saddam Battle. But perhaps maybe he feels this way now because
this war compared to the Gulf War, or to any other American war
even, is so obviously wrong.
The main reason why this war is not only wrong (all war, like
all murder, is wrong) but is just plain creepy is that
it is first and foremost a distractionary war: one designed to
dupe and distract the American public. Drop the old "Shock
and Awe" on their TV watching asses, if you will, so that
they (us) won't even notice Ashcroft creeping up behind and pick-pocketing
all of our civil rights. Plus it's all happening so fast that
most people don't fully comprehend how they are being quietly
robbed of their civil rights. But the simple fact is that since
September 11 the FBI and the Justice Department have radically
increased their spying on the American public. Suddenly it's now
okay to tap telephones, seize bank records, online activity reports,
bug homes and offices... all in the guise of "national security."
And when/if this current "war" ends and all the weapons
of mass destruction and bad terrorists are found and put away
do you think that things will go back to the way they were? If
so, then dream on foolio! We're getting fucked, like it or not.
Every civil right/liberty that was fought for over time is being
permanently taken back.
Just take the marijuana issue. How suddenly weed was demonized.
Suddenly there is one TV campaign telling us just how dangerous
smoking and driving is. Then another government sanctioned publicity
campaign announces that your dime bag of dank is supposedly somehow
supporting those Sept. 11th terrorists! Really? I thought chronic
was grown by hippies up in Humboldt County! No matter. And then
right during the countdown weeks to the US war on Iraq, Ashcroft
turns his boys loose early one morning to focus on the "war
on drugs"raiding pipe and bong factories. Note: all
legitimate businesses, one even run by Chong (of Cheech
and Chong fame). What the hell has getting the bongs off the street
got to do with "national security"? Absolutely nothing.
But it worked. A few days later Zebra tattoo and head shop
on Telegraph in Berkeley, out of fear, pulled every bong and pipe
in their shop and posted a "no tobacco smoking materials
sold here" sign in their window. "What's the point of
carrying a product that we cannot restock? They've closed down
all the factories. We might as well just get rid of them all now
and use the space for something else," said the owner as
several friends and staffers filled bags with the dismantled pipes
and bongs. "We will recycle the glass," he said.
KMEL: The (Bush) People's Station
But really what's most scary about all the recent rash of civil
liberty strippings is that they are being carried out with no
oversight by courts or other outside parties. On the contrary
media outlets like FOX News are cheer-leading all aspects
of the "war on terrorism" on the sidelines. Not only
that but KMEL ("The People's Station") is subject
to Bush-stamped views by its parent Clear Channel, whose
vice-chairman Tom Hicks is a past donor to Bush's political campaign,
and who has not just been monitoring what his stations play on
the air, but Clear Channel has also been organizing and paying
for a lot of those pro-war, pro-Bush rallies around the country
you've learnt about on the news on stations run by Clear Channel.
"Many of the rallies, it turns out, have been organized and
paid for by Clear Channel Inc.the country's largest radio
conglomerate, owning 1,200 stationswhich is not only reporting
on the war at the same time, but whose close links with President
Bush stretch back to his earliest, much-criticized financial dealings
as governor of Texas. The company has paid advertising costs and
for the hire of musicians for the rallies." reported Britain's
newspaper The Guardian.
(for full report: go to www.guardian.co.uk).
This Just In: Continued Budget Cuts
The Davis Administration announced today, amid concerns
of the State's deepening budget crisis, that two major state agencies
will be combined to reduce administrative costs. Effective April
1st, 2003, the California Highway Patrol and the California Department
of Fish & Game will be merged to form the new California Department
of Fish & CHiPs.
Baghdad Top Ten Countdown: March 2003
1) DJs Of Mass Destruction / "All That Bombing is
Makin Me Bitch!"
2) Azeem / "George Bush Is a Gangsta"
3) Paris / "What Would You Do?"
4) Mr. Lif / "EarthCrusher (DJ Pone Remix)"
5) Sway, Tech, Paris, Digital Underground
/ "Time 4 Peace"
6) v/a / Wartimes: Reports from the Opposition
7) Chuck D & Fine Arts Militia / "Twisted Sense
of God parts 1 & 2"
8) Consolidated / "We Gotta Have Peace"
9) Edwin Starr / "War"
10) MC Dubya B. vs. the DJs of Mass Destruction / "50
Miles of Baghdad"
Best Album of the 2003
DJ and Hip Hop News
Under the alias Mutation Mann, DJ Quest has just
released (in our opinion) the best album of the year to date!
An hour in length it is an amazing and unique type of Mix-CD meets
Scratch-CD, aptly described by its maker as "hardcore thumpin
hip-hop electro dark underground smooth breakbeat type shit with
flavor." Exactly! It is a must-have for real hip hop fans,
fans of mix-CDs, and of course skratch fanatics. Listening to
it, as we have repeatedly, proves why so many rightly consider
Quest the best (albeit underrated) DJ in the world. Apparently
the Live Human/Space Travelers DJ took all of the music
off of a ton of break records. And if you listen closely you can
trace each beat and sound back to its respective battle record.
Really nicely done too! The extremely limited run of "Mutation
Mann" CDs on the underground Reverse Techniques 2003 label
is available at a handful of select spots including here
Another mix-CD that is highly recommended is 5th Platoon
DJ Neil Armstrong's "Original 2" which will be
reviewed in our next HipHopSlam.com NEWS update by Tall Paul Lowe
DJ QBert, who has been splitting time between Daly City
and Hawaii when not traveling to do shows in spots such as Germany
and Japan, has been busy finishing up his new "training CD."
Titled Hellevator to Heaven, it will be a bonus CD packaged
with the brand new Turntable TV DVDslated for a summer
DJ 2 Tall from the U.K. just might be the next big DJ/Producer
to emerge out of the British scratch scene. He recently sent us
a 5 track demo CD including two dope tracks "The Rise"
feat. DJ Blakey and "New Dawn." E-Mail him at email@example.com,
visit his web-site: www.truesicians.com,
or check out the U.K.'s Turntable Radio to hear his music
Sir Golden Chyld has just announced that the artist formerly
known as DJ Tico before becoming DJ Teeko, and consequently
Teeko the Freeko, from this time forth shall be addressed as Teeko
the Scrank Caller since our good friend Teeko, it appears,
has been leaving a swath of crank calls to voicemails across the
415/510/408/707 and 925 area codes... but unlike most prank/crank
callers Teeko doesn't leave a voice message but instead gets behind
the decks to deliver a live turntable scratch routine for an intense
30 seconds or until he is cut off. And they are really good too.
Golden Chyld's term for what Teeko does, Scrank, is a combo
of Scratch and Crank
When Mixmaster Mike isn't doing the duties, DJ Apollo
can be found behind the turntables spinning between the at-home
Golden State Warriors games
DJ Spair reports that the San Francisco Blueprint
parties, once a month at Kelly's Mission Rock, are "good
and have been bringing a lot of cool talent to the Bay Area including
Brand Nubian and Black Sheep. Black Sheep was a
good night but not a big turnout and Mister Lawnge is no longer
a DJ. He brought a CD player. He is Dres' hype man basically,"
DnZ reports that the coldest/most memorable put down he
heard onstage at an emcee battle last month at Oakland's Black
Box was when Flo capped on Sayyadina, "You
look like you freebase with a tailpipe!"
Abbey Road Distributors are the latest casualty in the
fall of the music industry as we knew it. They join such other
fallen distributors as South West
Napster creator Shawn Fanning is going legit. He
just got hired by San Jose's Roxio Inc. as a consultant
to help revive the defunct file-swapping program as a legal, fee
based service. After a high profile heated fight with the music
industry the Redwood City based Napster finally folded to pressure
in July 2001 but was soonafter replaced by other file sharing
entities such as Kazaa
April 4th is the date of the unveiling of a Filipino Community
Mural at SF State campus in San Francisco. The Filipino artists
say the mural "reflects our history, triumphs and struggles
both here and in the Philippines." Images include militarism,
veteranos, nurses, students, families, activists, farmers, and
of course the Filipino DJ, who has made such an impact on hip
hop, especially in the Bay Area.
Traveling Radio Show Scratch Attack Keeping Busy:
Next Show On KFJC
1) Beat Sauce DJsKUSF:
Wisdom, J-Boogie, and Raw-B.
2) DJ Platurn (kneeling behind turntables) hypnotizes Pone
and Billy Jam.
3) DJ Pone and DnZ (kneeling)
Since leaving KPFA a year ago, the Hip Hop Slam traveling radio
show Scratch Attack has been keeping busy making guest
appearances on other radio stations including WFMU, Resonance
FM, VulcanRadio.com, and KUSF. On February 22nd, 2003 the Scratch
Attack DJs joined the Beat Sauce Crew (J-Boogie, Wisdom,
& Raw-B) on KUSF 90.3FM, San Francisco for a fun skratch
session that included on the ones and twos DJ Pone, DJ Platurn
and DnZ, and on the mic Billy Jam and Munkifunk.
Also in the house were dawgisht and Timi D... (who
took accompanying photos)
Last summer Scratch Attack was one of the shows featured during
the WFMU Re:Mixology series (DJ Jester's Heavily
Booted release was another show in that series). This summer
Scratch Attack will again record another WFMU special for Re:Mixology.
Details to follow
Meanwhile the 2002 special that Scratch Attack recorded for London's
Resonance FM's Turntable Radio (hosted by Mr.
Trick) was listed in a feature in the April issue of Muzik
as one the British radio station's "most memorable moments."
The next Scratch Attack special is on Saturday April 5th on KFJC
89.7FM (webcast: www.kfjc.org)
on "Rucker Park" with DJ Trinity whose show is
from Noon-3PM with 1PM til 2:30PM being the scheduled time for
the DJs. Lined up for this skratch attack are DJ Platurn
(Oakland Fader & "World's Second Tallest DJ"), DJ
Teeko the Scrank Caller (voted "California's Sexiest
Turntablist" by SOPI sorority), DnZ (T.F.S. DJz &
"World's Tallest DJ"), DJ Pone (Backspin Boyz,
'89 Skratch Gangstaz), "Sir" Golden Chyld (Finger
Banger and Honorary Native Son of San Jose), CutSo (Finger
Banger and voted "Most Sexy US DJ" by People
magazine Singapore). Also in the house and on the mic talkin hella
shit will be dawgisht, DJ Munkifunk, Billy Jam, Timer, and your
Hip Hop Slam News
Scratch Attack: the LP will be released in the
USA in the very beginning of May. In the meantime however it will
be available exclusively in Japan and also online here
and at Amoeba Music
The brand new Hip Hop Slam Productions (Hip Hop Slam sanctioned
DJ remixes for other labels/artists) series is off to a good start
with artists being remixed including Mr. Lif and The
Transplants. The Transplants track "DJ
DJ (dj remix)" was done by the ever-talented '89 Skratch
Gangstaz featuring DJ Pone and Snayk Eyez. The
remix will be released this summer in Europe and Japan: as a Transplants
12" b-side (Eurotaph) and on the Japanese version of the
Punkorama 8 double CD compilation which will also
feature the Distillers, Rancid, NOFX, Guttermouth, Bad Religion,
and Sage Francis. Meanwhile the Mr. Lif remix is of the
Def Jux artist's I, Phantom album track "Earth Crusher"and
is done by DJ Pone. It will appear on the April 18, 2CD release
Amoeba Music Compilation Vol. IValong with 38 other tracks
including ones from Da Babylonianz, Balanceman, O-Type, Winfred
E. Eye, dawgisht vs. DJ Stoic, Julie Plug, and Tad Bridenthal.
Note that there will be two free in-store record release parties/concerts
to celebrate this budget-priced, talent-packed release. Both scheduled
for Good Friday, April 18, they will be at the San Francisco Amoeba
Music at 6PM with performances from Tim'm, Aya de Leon, Joe
Quixx, The Meek, and Fabulous Disaster. And at the
Amoeba Music in Hollywood at 7PM with performances from Heather
Porcaro, Lil Miss Ju Ju B & Uncle Kenny, and Keala
C Ramos. For more information on these shows or the new compilation
This summer will be when the much anticipated release of the
debut album from Italy's Alien Army, The End, will
drop in the USA on Hip Hop Slam. We've been listening to an advance
of this album over and over and two words sum it up: Fuckin Amazing!
The whole thing including the cool-ass collaboration with US DJ
Radar are simply mind-blowing! Much more details to follow
on Alien Army in future HipHopSlam.com News.
Hip Hop Slam Shop:
The hiphopslam.com shop continues
its gradual expansion with more new titles this week including
the aforementioned new Mutation
Mann CD by DJ Quest, on vinyl Scratch
Attack: The LP, and also the limited edition CD, DJ
Drank's Greatest Malt Liquor Hits. There is an
interesting story on this early 90's collection of St. Ides Malt
Liquor rap commercials in the new XXL magazine
(DMX on cover). The 30 track CD includes the Geto Boys' "My
Malt's Playin Tricks on Me" and Ice Cube's "Jackin Fo'
Coming soon to the shop will be the 2CD, budget priced ($5.98)
Music Compilation Vol. IV and also all four CDs in
the Return of the DJ BOMB Hip Hop pioneering turntablism
Current popular releases on the site include Scratch
Attack Vol. 3 and the Digital DJ tool The
Ultimate Scratch CD which DJ Pone tested out and reports,
"It doesn't skip at all
It's all there (samples) on
It's not produced like scratch records where there
is a two second gap, it has 60 minutes of nonstop sounds like
if it were a scratch sentence. But a battle record only has about
12-15 minutes. This has 60 minutes!"
Another popular release on the site is Scratch
Attack Vol. 2 CD which has been getting
a bunch of cool reviews lately including the March/April issue
of XLR8R in which Tamara Palmer praises the
release, whose stellar lineup includes QBert, Alien Army, DJ Jester,
and D-Styles, for having "techniques, musicality, and a healthy
sense of humor." "Jokester Turntablism" is how
the March issue of Remix describes the 25-track
compilation which it rated with four-stars. Writer Kylee Swenson
notes that the fast-paced, skratch collection is also "good
for ADD types." Meanwhile the March issue of UK magazine
Muzik rate it with four stars and Will Ashon
calls it "Another volume of the most astringent, loose, unmarketable
turntablism money can buy
it's all utterly lovely and retains
the essential property of almost certainly pissing off whoever
is in the next room."
CHARLIE AHEARN INTERVIEW
by Billy Jam
Charlie Ahearn's legendary 1982 hip hop movie Wild
Style is now available on DVD so you now have no excuse not
to get off yer ass and get it and put it on your Hip Hop DVD shelf.
Same for the recently published must-have hip hop history book
Yes Yes Y'all by Charlie Ahearn and Jim Fricke (De
Capo Press). One of the most satisfying (images and text) books
ever made on the history of hip hop. Its got incredible historic
hip hop photos and pictures of old school flyers and a ton of
insightful engaging interviews. For example there's a great interview
with Pistol, one of the original graf artists, who says "Graffiti
it was like a virus. They had no way of controlling it; every
subway line was completely covered..... We had this thing called
Writer's Corner, which I helped to originate. That was a place
where you would go after school or during school, where we would
watch our work go by and compare notes and see who was doing what.
It was just a train station." The whole book is full of intriguing
offerings like this.
inspired you to make Wild Style?
Ahearn: Well I was working on a kung-fu movie called
The Deadly Art of Survival in the late 70's that was made
in Lee's neighborhood in the lower east side. And so I
was seeing all these great murals by Lee (graf artist with the
Fabulous 5 crew) all over the place and every once and
awhile he would drift by with this afro and this little scooter
he had and I would want to get him involved with this movie and
stuff. He would always disappear. He was like this mysterious
character and then later in June of 1980 when I finished the film
I was showing it in this abandoned massage parlor with a live
show, and Fab 5 Freddy wanted to meet me. He was working
with Lee on putting together a graffiti show of his work and Lee's
work in Italy and he was trying to track me down and talking about
making a movie with me and I said "Well if you can bring
Lee here then we can get started." And he brought him and
they painted this mural at this place in Times Square and that
was the first day of the cut.
How long did you spend filming Wild
It took a long time to get started because it involved just running
around and acting crazy and watching things for about a year.
And after that I felt ready to make the film. There was never
a real official script. It was just a loose thing.
Yeah. Which was part of the appeal.
Well, I did try and give them lines but they really never
said them anyways (laughs) "A to the K, A to the mutha fucking
K" was never my line. So that line was pretty much made up
by those guys, Pookie and his two buddies who I brought on to
act as stickups in that scene and I've never seen those guys before
and like I had recruited them from the night before and were out
on this rock street shooting this scene and I give this guy which
I thought was a pretty impressive little hand pistol and he says
to me "I cant use this, this is a pussy gun!" And I
go, "This is the only good thing we got over here in the
prop. department." And he goes "Wait a second."
So he reaches into his car which was parked right next to us and
he goes under his seat and pulls out this old rusty shotgun which
is obviously his weapon of choice and that's what he did the scene
with. Needless to say he never checked the action to see if anything
was in it and that was their line cuz that's what they did.
Now when you were making Wild Style did
you visualize an audience for the film?
Well what I was imagining was 42nd street attracted kids
from all five boroughs and I thought of 42nd street as being the
action scene of what was later called "Hip-Hop" and
they used to show kung-fu movies there (42nd Street/Times Square)
and they were called grind houses. They would just show 'em round
the clock. And that's what I thought I would do was rent one of
those theaters and just show it on 42nd.
And you thought the Wild Style screening
would be a one time event?
No I thought I would show it and every few months I would
bring it back, I was building the film to play hoping that kids
in high school would watch it.
Which they do today.
Yeah which is always amazing coz my son is in high school
and his friends know it.
That's what I wanted to ask you: Were
you amazed of the impact your film had on so many and all around
Yeah the first hints I had of it was in like 1982 when
I went to Berlin and on the Berlin Wall there was all these graffiti
pieces that were on the wall. And they were lifted from the movie
and I was told that it was done by these Turkish kids. That was
the first indication that I had that it was going out. And I had
a lot of other things like that that have happened to me around
the world where I saw the film sorta strike the underground toward
people that identified with the film.
Take us back in time to 1980 in New York.
Who was documenting Hip-Hop in photography or on film?
Well there was no one in the club per say. The graffiti
movement was being documented by Henry Chalfant and Martha
Cooper. They were sort of the twin towers in the graffiti
scene at that time and they didn't know each other as I didn't
know of them. We were all sort of operating simultaneously in
different sections looking at different things.
You were documenting thru photography
Yeah, what I was interested in was in the graffiti world
but it was a certain neighborhood in the South Bronx that I was
interested in because there were blocks that you can go in where
everybody went to the same junior high school and the same high
school and really it turns out that the major part of Hip-Hop
history emerges like Hip-Hop pioneers emerge from different blocks.
So it was a neighborhood thing and that was what I was really
focusing on in Wild Style. And I happened to be really lucky and
meet some guys like Grandmaster Caz, Busy Bee, (Lil)
Rodney Cee. They were just like hanging out and you could
just meet them. They were just hanging out in the street and it
was interesting that if got to certain neighborhoods you could
reach out to a whole subculture.
What brought about all the graffiti on
the New York subway in the late 70's/early 80's?
Well around 1980 New York City had gone through 4 years
of desperate financial collapse. In 1980 there was so much ruin
in New York City that the graffiti could only be seen as a gift.
It was like a bright bouquet of flowers in a ruined city. To me
it was the most important art movement in the 20th century in
this country and I still think that way about it.
But yet largely ignored by the art world
at that time.
Well its not really something the art world can control
or bottle or sell. So it never fit into what the art world ever
really needed. It has its own needs but obviously around the world
it had an impact that far outstrips other movements of similar
size in the last fifty years.
The whole New York subway system has been
graffiti free for sometime now. How long has it being that way?
Since the late 80's, so I'd say almost 15 years, its quite
a long time you have to be realistic about the culture. It would
be as if I were casting for the classic Haight-Ashbury culture
if I were in San Francisco. You have to be somewhat realistic
but the thing that's great about it is that the seeds planted
at that time spurted in every city in the world and they got a
major DJ culture, a major B-Boy culture, a graf culture in every
To me, I looked at this thing: different facets for the high
school youth culture. And to me it was a radical culture: seeing
different kinds of unguarded art in downtown Manhattan. And when
I started to hang out with DJ Grand Wizard Theodore and
I would listen to the way he used to cut records, to me this was
the most abstract form of music and the most wildly, inventive
music that I've heard in any sphere. It was art whether or not
if it was done by a high school kid didn't matter to me and so
I saw all of it as highly evolved style which I think Hip-Hop
is. It describes a reality but it does so in a very stylized type
Bomb European Tour Report
by DJ T-Rock
March 21, 2003Update from the European Bomb Hip
Hop Tour. In the midst of war and anti-American protest one
thing is still keeping us going over here, and that is the love
of Hip Hop! No matter the country, no matter the language barriers,
people still want to party. They want to have a good time and
our main goal is to give them that. We are doing our best to give
an all around good show and just for a few hours, keep their minds
off of the craziness happening in the world. Hip Hop is amazing,
it brings us all together and allows everyone in each venue we
play to share a common love for the music. Dave Paul has
been opening the show with an assortment of B-Boy music that takes
their heads back to Pop Locking and Up Rocking. Azeem is
next, killing it on the mic with party rhymes as well as anti-war
acapellas. The crowds have absolutely loved it. Next up is me,
DJ T-Rock, and I have been wack as hell!!! Na, its
been going real well. I have been rocking a 45 minute routine
mixed with scratch routines, funk music, rock music, and other
crazy noises. I have made some new fans and have enjoyed every
minute of it. Finally, Foreign Legion takes the stage.
Marc Stretch, Prozack, and DJ Design have
been blastin crowds with an hour set or more! Honestly, they have
put on one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. Their
music is very danceable, very upbeat, and full of energy. The
crowd response over here has been outstanding. Amsterdam, Berlin,
Paris, Dresden, Hannover, and Aarhus, Denmark were ridiculous!
We have all learned a lot on this tour. One thing I have learned
and a message to all who venture here in the future
Bring CDs!!! People arent checkin for them over
here. The first thing everyone always asks is, Do you have
this on Vinyl? Europe is all about 12 inches and mix tapes
and we could have sold way more product if we had more of both
over here! We have all had a great time but are looking forward
to coming home, I have used up at least 8 cassette tapes in my
camera and will be releasing a DVD of this trip and other adventures
shortly after arriving in the states (courtesy of Dave Paul and
Bomb Records). So, thats it for now, on to Switzerland and
the U.K.. Peace to everyone back home and shout out to Billy Jam,
like 3 Times Dope, The Greatest Man Alive!
ZION-I record release party
Zion-I's tour to celebrate their new album "Deep
Water Slang" (www.zionicrew.com/www.raptivism.com)
kicked off at the San Francisco club Slims on February 18th. With
a dope ass supporting lineup of The Crown City Rockers (formerly
Mission), which is a dope hip-hop band with a soulful,
funky, hip-hop groove that knows how to rock a packed ass club
and get folks jumping. Also there were DJs Vinroc of Triple
Threat DJs who only had a 15min. set before Zion-I came on
but we all know Vin can rock shit, and DJ Sake-1 (Local 1200's)
who ended the night. When I got to the front of Slims there
was a line damn near the whole block, a line for tickets and a
line to get in. I must have been in line for about a half hour
to get my ticket and get in but it was all worth it. The night
started off with the Crown City Rockers (CCR) which I think is
the dopest band I've seen in a long while. They got a dope drummer
who was fucking it up on the solo's, a bass player who was from
the looks of it playing his heart out, a funky fresh piano/keyboard
player who I was hella feeling, a backup rapper who was also on
the sampler who had some dope synths going, and the main rapper
was on point the whole set. They had all of the crowd feeling
them and jumping off the wall and shit like that coz they are
so dope. So if you ever see their name on a flyer, go check em
out. After CCR was done Vinroc was spinning his short set in which
he did his thing on the one's and two's playing all the classics.
The thing I wanted to hear from him was the track they did with
Zion-I on the new Triple Threat album (Many Styles) but they didn't
put it on. Wuddup wit dat? Once Vin was ending and it was time
for Zion-I I noticed that the whole club fucking filled up to
the point were you couldn't walk anywhere, no really I couldn't
even get my phone from my pocket without going into someone else's
or grabbing some ass. The only other time I saw Zion-I was when
I saw Zion at an emcee battle a week earlier at the Black Box
in Oakland where he was hosting it, and even then when he did
one song it was dope. Once Zion-I hit the stage everybody was
screaming and throwing hands up and shit like that. Zion-I threw
a performance that I think was the best of any group I've seen
in like two years, even better than when I saw Black Eyed Peas
two years in a row in SF. During Zion I's set they brought out
Pep Love who freestyled with Zion-I. He was dope too. They
also had Goapele who is FINE as HELL and has a voice
that is off the hook. Damn she fine! Back to the subject, these
mother fuckers rocked the crowd so hard that they had females
dancing on poles and dancing on stage. Zion-I crew also came out
with these white masks looking like some shit from Phantom of
the Opera and they busted out doing the robot. They also came
out with water guns and started spraying the crowd. They have
so much love for the hip-hop culture and those who support it:
after every song they would thank the crowd and tell them how
much they appreciated everybody coming out to see them. And the
crew was giving free shit out all nite like shirts, bags, and
the best giveaway I thought, vinyl. I only got a bag but I was
happy to get that but mostly to go to this event. Last up for
the night was DJ Sake-1 who laced everybody up with some more
hip-hop beats. Overall this was the dopest hip-hop show I've ever
been to. Everybody should go out and support all of these artists.
JURASSIC 5 in Ireland review
by Tall Paul Lowe
Wednesday 26th of March 2003 Redbox in Dublin
Support on the night: DJ Tu-Ki and DJ Format with MC Abdominal
When we arrived at the scene, you could see the queue (line)
already forming, so the gig was a sell out. What a line up! Enough
to make any pure Hip Hop head's mouth water. It is always great
to see one of our own represent and be allowed to show their creative
juices and show what they can do. And DJ Tu-Ki did just
that. He played a great mixture of tunes although it has to be
said that I was very happy not to hear any Bad Boy or Eminem for
a change it was a pure listening pleasure to hear artists like
Poor Righteous Teachers. And blowing us back in time for a taste
of funk and old school Hip Hop. Tu-Ki also gave us a demonstration
as to why he is Ireland DMC Champion with mixes that were so nicely
mixed and the beat juggling and scratching.
The crowd responded well to one of their own and it is always
nice to see the crowd respect and understand the DJ, that the
DJ is not just their to play music but to show what creativity
they have as well.
Next up to wet our appetites as the appetizer was DJ Format
and MC Abdominal. The UK's DJ Format has skills which showed
why he is so hot at the moment. New MC for all the heads to watch
out for is MC Abdominal hailing from North America. This guy is
really good and can rhyme and freestyle and have the craic (Irish
for fun) with the crowd. He is very entertaining and also from
the way he performs on stage he does this for the love.
When Format introduced Abdominal, Abdominal asked if we were
hungry and decided to cook us up some culinary delights and donned
an apron for this occasion. Meanwhile the "chef" in
the background was spinning the tracks with the likes of gravy,
chicken etc. coming from the record and also demonstrating his
own cutting and mixing skills. The show was ongoing and very entertaining
the crowd were get more and more hyped as the evening went on
and the whole crowd was very much in the party mood.
Before Format finished his set, Abdominal said that this was
the last tune, standing at the side of the stage was Cut Chemist,
all of a sudden he appeared on stage and gave Abdominal a balloon.
Abdominal inhaled the air from the helium balloon and proceeded
to rhyme at a very fast pace. The crowd responded with shouts
and whistles of appreciation.
Next up was the main course, Jurassic 5. Cut Chemist
and DJ Nu-Mark were the first up on stage to cut up the
tables and spin the tunes. One by one the rest of the crew came
on stage and did a verse of a tune to introduce themselves. When
all the crew were on stage, the place went ballistic. The party
was in full circle and everybody was in total unison with the
crew. One thing that I really love, respect, and admire about
J5 is the amount of energy, love and dedication that they put
into their routines for the crowd. About 45 minutes into the show
the MC's Charli 2na, Zaakir, Marc 7 and Akil
all left the stage. Once they were off stage, DJ's Cut Chemist
and Nu-Mark got stuck into a routine. And what a routine they
performed. Now the last time that they played in Ireleand they
had this really cool African piece which was just out of this
This time around they used various scratching techniques and
different beats. They were amazing. They used the drums and the
drum machine that they brought with them as well. The crowd was
really into this. All that I was waiting for was someone to start
breaking but the place was so tightly packed that it was not going
One of the guys standing beside me apart from been a bit pissed
(drunk) was really enjoying himself with his peoples. They were
dancing crazily apart from been bumped into and knocked back a
few times I didn't really mind. This was the whole feeling through
the crowd. One of my favorite tunes from the second album Swing
Set they actually performed so I was quite happy with this. All
of a sudden Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark were standing at the front
of stage and they put on what looked like bags, but when they
turned around it turned out to be Cut Chemist had a portable turntable
with a mixer attached to and Nu-Mark was on time and rhythm with
the portable drum machine that he was wearing.
When the guys came back on stage, it was straight back into
the party, they asked people who could remember the first Jurassic
5 album and then the Quality Control album. The place went
wild when they dropped "Quality Control". Charli 2na
wanted to find out how loud the place could really get, so when
he said Dublin everybody screamed the house down.
After a while the guys continued and then ended their show. After
much chanting from the crowd for J5 they came back on stage for
their encore. What we didn't realize was that this was the last
date of the tour and they were ending it in Ireland, just as they
had two years previously.
While they were going through their encore set they encountered
some technical difficulties: the turntables went dead and so did
the mics. They were fully apologetic about this and asked the
crowd to bear with them. The crowd did bear with them and started
chanting Ole! Ole! Charli 2na looked up with a smile on his face
and started to encourage the crowd. One thing that I really admire
about J5 is their love for their fans, before the show you will
catch mixing with the crowd chilling and having a laugh. They
will also sign autographs and pose for photos. Talking of which
I hope my photos, come out as I took a few while I was there.
Once the technical difficulties were corrected the show got back
under way. At one stage I was thinking the Redbox management had
cut the band as they usually have something on that night. But
thankfully they didn't.
During the show the crew actually did a rendition of Run DMC
"Its like that" and paid homage to the late great Jam
Master Jay. One of the tunes that they performed is "Thin
Line", which Nelly Furtado sings the hook on; the
guys performed this very well but had some difficulty in reaching
the high notes that Nelly reaches. When they performed Freedom
they asked everyone in the audience to raise their fists and sing
the lyrics with them. They then commented very briefly on the
Overall the show was a huge success, everyone had a great time
and the crew really enjoyed themselves. It finished with the whole
crew been on stage free styling and Abdominal reading out a list
of tour dates of where they had been in Europe. After the show
the crew hung around signed more autographs, posed with people
for more photos. When people are asking for autographs they handed
up the weirdest of things. Some people handed up their shoes.
Round Up of Hip Hop and Reggae in Ireland: March
by Tall Paul Lowe
All the parties happened around the same time: Paddy's weekend.
Friday the 14th Temple Bar Music Centre The Bomb 2. Special appearance
by Cutmaster Swift and 20 MC Battle Royal. Cutmaster Swift
by all reports was not that good and the night was not as good
as the previously in Jan. The MC battle was won by Grant Leech
aka MC Leech about time too as this kid has been around
for a long time doing this. So major props to him.
Also on the same night in Ri-Ra appearances by DJ Mek,
Ri-Ra and Rodney P. Rodney P didn't make the gig
and his whereabouts are still unknown so if anyone happens to
spot him ask when is he going to drop his album. The night was
a huge success with Ri-Ra and DJ Mek on the wheels. Big props
to Ri-Ra for his new "12" 25 0' Clock.
Also Saint Patrick's night was Lee Scratch Perry who played
Redbox. The gig apparently went very well. But he didn't have
any drink and wasn't allowed to have any hashish. Apparently a
member of the audience gave him a hash plant and he sung to it.
March 20: The legendary Jimmy Cliff was meant to play
but due to illness his show had to be canceled.
March 28 Sly n Robbie with Michael Rose play Dublin's
Up and Coming News
April 12 sees the return of P.E. to our fair shores playing
Vicar Street in Dublin's Thomas Street. Ticket price is EUR28.90
and they are playing with a live band.
Also performing on the night are Irelands former Creative Controle
now going by the name of Messiah J and the Xpert
due to legal reasons. They will be performing material from their
new album about to drop soon. New 12" about to drop Captain
Moonlight and production by Hazo label All City Records. This
is good as I got a listen to it last week.
And finally.....rumours are circulating about a Scary Eire
reunion tour. Will be excellent if this comes off.
Meow Mixer?: A Peek at New Scratch Technology
Billy consults with a
member of the focus group
Hip Hop Slam's Billy "Goddamn" Jam has announced
today that he, in partnership with Gemini Sound Products Co.,
will be developing the world's first turntable and mixer for cats.
The uniquely-designed turntables will not feature the classic
tonearm or cartridges of human-style tables, but simply a pair
of wires with clip-on diamond-needle tips that attach directly
to the DJ's claws. An optional second pair of wires/needles will
also be available to allow the scratching of Quadraphonic recordings.
The mixer component will feature full-surface carpeting and a
catnip-filled Gerbil Knob.
Recent focus group testing has yielded positive feedback, with
many feline DJs preferring the claw-to-vinyl feel over the more
synthetic, rubber-mouse-ish feel of the digital tables. One member
of the focus group commented, "I like to feel my victim's
pulse before I snap its neck... this is not a game, and I am not
When Jam asked whether she would soon be "rocking doubles
of Ted Nugent's Cat Scratch Fever," the focus group
member replied "Back up off me, beeyotch!"
Press Release 04.01.03