HIP HOP SLAM
SCRATCH ATTACK NEWS
DJ News From Round Tha Globe by Billy
DJ Prop vs. DJ MIA by DJ Munkifunk
Hip Hop Slam/Scratch Attack Memorial Day BBQReport
French Government Targets Graffiti by Reiko Underwater
UK DJ Report by Mr. Trick in London
Hip Hop Slam News including Radio Play and Scenes
& Zines Exhibit
DnZ's Random Record Reviews
(Ugly Duckling, Bukshot, Ngobility, and OM's Golden
Bay Area DJ Profile: DJ Quest (#002 in new series)
In Da Club by DJ Killahoe
X-Raided's Letter From Lockdown (first in a new
New Additions to the HipHopSlam.com Shop
DJ NEWS FROM ROUND THA GLOBE
by Billy Jam
Our mainman Bachir in France reports that the results
of the recent French DMC finals are: DJ Gero won
for the 6min battle. DJ Pfel (from Coups de Cross) won
the battle of world supremacy. And Coup de Cross won for
the best French DJ team. Look for Bachir's French DJ report in
the next HipHopSlam.com NEWS update.
In the recent Italian ITF Finals DJ Metz of Alien Army
took the ITF title, for the third year. Meanwhile Alien Army fans
can look forward to the long awaited release of the Italian super
DJ group's debut album, The End, in Europe soon and soonafter
in the USA. Note that Hip Hop Slam, in association with
BOMB Hip Hop, will be jointly releasing this much anticipated
turntablist album in North America.
The topical release by San Francisco's Wide Hive under the group
name Variable Unit features such guests as DJ Quest
& Azeem: Album (CD/LP) title is HANDBOOK FOR THE
APOCALYPSE, A HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE THROUGH THE CONFLICT (www.widehive.com)
Cuts D-Fined is the name of the talented Scottish female
skratch duo who have just released their self-titled mix-CD. Comprised
of DJ Phicks (Fiona) and D-Play (Laura), these two
Glasgow DJs who teamed up two years ago when still in their teens,
have managed to recod a refreshing debut mix CD that strikes a
real nice balance between old school styled megamixes interspersed
with some nice scratch routines. Their recommended debut mix CD
is most likely the first of many exciting releases from these
two talented young women skratch artists. (email@example.com)
Meanwhile Bay Area female skratch duo Deeandroid and Cellskiii
along with DJs Winston and Amerriica, have officially
kicked off their monthly skratch nite Skratchpad
@ Sublounge at 628 22nd Street (near 3rd Ave) in San Frandisko.
Happening the first Weds of each month Skratchpad follows respectfully
in the footsteps of the legendary pioneering Frisco DJ nite "Beat
Lounge" (Note: originally called "Many Styles")
from back in the day at Deco (run by Apollo with help from others
inc. Shortkut) with its similarly themed open turntables
for skratch heads to get busy on. On the main floor is funk, soul,
hip hop plus an open bgirl/bboy circle. While the basement is
where skratch DJs will find the open turntables. Just bring your
own records & needles. Next Skratchpad is July 2nd. More info:
Training #2 Materialized by The Phonosycograph Disk
and Focus is the title of the hard-to-find but worth-the-search
7" battle record by these two DJs/producers (www.DJDisk.com,
Note that DJ Quest will soon be collaborating with Focus
to record another 7" battle record.
Yoga Frog tells us that television viewers in Hawaii can
now check out the wacky Skratchy Seal Show Wednesdays @
10:30PM on KIKU TV, Channel 9 with QBert and YogaFrog making
occasional cameos. In related news, look for the brand new QBert
DIY Vol. 2 DVD, about to drop real soon. www.djqbert.com
Vestax has now put out a portable turntable named the
Handy Trax that can run on batterys or by AC, it has a
built in amp, line out/in, plays 33, 45 or 78 and will also operate
sideways if you wanna get all rockstar on it. Retail price: about
Talented Rochester NY, producers/DJs Chuck Wagun and
Brasby, collectively known as Discolobos, have a cool-ass
CD out called Profiles that is available, along with other
info on the East Coast talents, at their website (www.discolobos.com)
The UK's DJ Format delivers a tight ass mix of funky
as fuck breaks and classic hip hop joints on his recommended CD
Average White Bloke. More artist info: firstname.lastname@example.org
DJ Ngobility from the Finger Bangerz has just dropped
a new battle record called Battle Scar Breaks (BeatKO Records).
G-wrex and Replay, a.k.a The Moloists from
the Finger Bangerz are also dropping a mix CD called Used
Soul with a blend of turntableism and urban music. Look for
it to hit the stores in May.
Bay Area DJ Riddim, who spins at various spots including
his weekly at Lion Rock (Oasis in Oakland on Weds.), is
one busy man. Beside being a busy DJ and avid 7" collector
Riddim spends most of his time running Funky Riddim Record,
the independent record store that he owns and runs in Berkeley,
CA. (2328 Bowditch). In its third year and boasting an impressive
mix of hip hop (including a nice selection of the latest DJ battle
records), funk, and reggae records, plus videos and various other
hip hop accessories Funky Riddim is a rarity in these tough economic
times: a surviving lil indie record store. So be sure to support
the store and underground music next time you are in Berkeley.
(510-548-RIDM / www.funkyriddims.com)
Meanwhile based on the three advance tracks from the Finger Bangerz'
debut album (Virus) that we played on the soon to air Hip
Hop Slam/Scratch Attack specials for both WFMU and
Turntable Radio, the Bangerz album, which will drop in
December, is going to be a landmark skratch album. For info on
all of above: www.fingerbangerz.com
Two of the Bay Area's most talented DJs (DJ Pone & DJ
Spair) recently teamed up to share their unabashed love of
such nineties classic pop hits as Skee-lo's I Wish, PM
Dawn's Set Adrift on Memory Bliss, and Color Me
Badd's I wanna sex you up in the form of their new
mix CD Hits from the 90's. Pone also appears on another new Bay
Area CD, Tell Me What You Want from the reggae band Dub FX that
he also DJs with. For more info on either of these new CDs email
DJ Prop vs. DJ MIA
by DJ Munkifunk
When was the last time you caught a DJ cutting it up live on
television? I mean really cutting it up...not just waving their
hands in the air, singing backup for some crooning gangsta...yeah,
that's what I thought. It's an ironic reversal of turntables for
the DJ. That mythic being who was once the backbone of hiphop
has now been reduced to something less than a dancing jukebox.
And what for? To give some wack MC a little street credibility?
Yo...here's a clue...we can SEE that YOUR DJ AIN'T DOING SHIT!
Especially when the needle isn't even on the goddamn record! Fools
better recognize that this type of shit won't fly with the real
heads. We like our wax, and we fondle them often. That's why I'm
going to give props to both Blackstar, and Busta Rhymes
who both performed recently on the critically acclaimed (Dave)
Chappelle Show. Both the aforementioned acts featured DJs
that actually scratched! In fact, if you catch a rerun of Blackstar's
performance, you'll notice in a close-up shot of their DJ, that
he's using a copy of Super Duper Duck Breaks to drum out
an ill beat for Mos Def and Talib Kweli to rhyme
over. If only more DJs could get the chance to represent the culture
like this...then I could write less bullshit rants...and concentrate
on more substantial topics...like how King George and his Court
of Thieves used our taxpayer money to blow up Iraq, and then hired
VP DICK Cheney's old Texas company, Halliburton Co.,
to put out the fires and take charge of the "operation/distribution"
of that country's oil. That contract is worth up to $7 billion
for Bush's Texas Cronies. And this is the same company
that built that detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for $9.7
million. Bling-bling indeed, motherfucker!!!
Hip Hop Slammer DJ Munkifunk, who
as well as being a contributor to the Scratch Attack radio/CD
sessions, is also closely assisting Billy Jam with the
(almost done) DJ QBert book. To reach Munkifunk email:
FRENCH MAGAZINES BANNED FROM PUBLISHING PICTURES
OF GRAFFITI: FRANCE's NEW "INNER SECURITY" CAUSES CONCERN
by Gloria a.k.a. Reiko Underwater
Paris, France May 30, 2003
I think we're in troubles over here. Just to let you know that
France is not the ideal place right now. Our home secretary, Nicolas
Sarkozy, is developing a project of laws for inner security
system. Pure repression & exclusion. Who can say where are
the borders? Everyday something new is happening. More power for
the police. More police in the streets. Trying to avoid the amount
of violence. Cleaning the city. Making Paris more "bourgeois".
Even the media is getting closely monitored. And nobody seems
to care, or to know. They are cleaning the poverty off the city.
The hip hop culture is one of the first targets of this inner
security. One of its discipline: the street art so called graffiti,
right? French magazines are getting censored as well. No more
graffiti pictures are allowed in the magazines. Censored. It's
an incitation to commit an offence: " Destruction, degradation,
deterioration of goods belonging to others". But nobody seems
to really care. They're working with "discretion". Reassuring
the mass, manipulating medias. The list of prohibitions is just
growing everyday. I still dare to believe that art, culture and
free expression are still synonymous of our culture, as we were
always an example of freedom,
tolerance, and cultural mixes....ok peace
aka Reiko Underwater, who can be reached at email@example.com,
describes her Paris based company, Tsunami-Addiction, as
a platform for independent music in France, from lo-fi electronic
music, independent hiphop, to lo-fi rock. "We're embracing
all kind of music, not only hip hop. we're more into defending
the independent scene as well as a social phenomenon.....and...
trying to break the borders between sounds and culture."
BAY AREA DJ PROFILE #002: DJ Quest
Name: DJ QUEST
Trademark Saying: "You Sleep, You Slip!"
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
DJ Crews: Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters / Space Travelers
/ Live Human
What Music do you spin? I love playing things that have
breaks...really pumped hip hop shit...that's got a lot of energy.
I love playing electro.
QUESTOGRAPHY: featured on various albums including ones
by Sacred Hoop, Peanut Butter Wolf, Blackalicious, Handsome Boy
Modeling School, Mi Selecta compilation, Kubiq, the Future
Primitive Sound Collective's 12" (Black Hole)
& Urban Revolutions comp, and the recent Variable
Unit comp. Also Quest is on BPST's Hamster Breaks Volume
1, Space Travelers' Hamster Breaks 3 1/2, The Dark
Ages BPSH 1996 mix-tape, Hip Hop Slam w/ Billy Jam
mixtapes from 1995/96, Live Human Featuring DJ Quest 12"
from 1997, Improvisessions Live Human 12" 1997, Cue's
Hip Hop Shop Volume 1 (w/ Live Human & Space Travelers),
1998, Attack Of The Killer Cuts mix-tape, 1998 Space
Traveling 101 mix-tape, 1998, Etchings of the Upper Dynamic
Frequencies LP (w/ JWicked), 1999, Monostereosis: the new
victrola method Live Human, 1999, Orange Bush 12"
1999, Elefish Jellyphant Live Human, 2000 Elephant's
Bliss 12" Live Human, 2000, Cue's Hip Hop Shop Volume
2 (w/ DJ Cue), 2000, Turntables By The Bay Volume 1 (with
Eddie Def), 2001 Built To Last Bullet Proof Space Travelers,
2001, Questside DJ Quest, 2001, Live Human Live
(COD) 2002, Mutation Mann mix CD 2003.
QUEST DJ BATTLE HISTORY 1991-96: 1991: Sound & Sight,
1991: Manor Music, 1992: Club Inn, 1992: DJ Extravaganza, 1992:
DJ Trixx Off, 1992/93: Dynamic Sound & Lighting, 1992: West
Coast DMC, 1993: Communities in Harmony, 1993: West Coast DMC,
1994: New Music Seminar (Superman DJ Battle), 1994: West Coast
DMC, 1995: Club 181, 1995: Vestax (USA), 1996: Music Systems
The first record you ever bought? "La di Da di"
by Doug E. Fresh
The first record you ever owned? one by the Beatles
Most influential records in your life? "Push the
Button" by Newcleus is my favorite jam. That shit is just
so fucking dope. And just the fact that what he's talking about...computer
age...all that shit is what's happening now...and that shit is
twenty years old! It's got that electrofunk feel with some melodies.
It's sort of what inspired me to get into this type of music.
When did you first DJ? The first time I ever deejayed
was a nightmare. I deejayed this party at my middle school. It
was the last day of summer school. I had some borrowed equipment,
and busted-ass speakers. I remember I was so fucking nervous that
my hand was shaking. I couldn't even put the needle down on the
record! That's the kind of shit that just makes me want to improve.
What made you want to be a DJ? I just love music. I love
playing music. When I first got into collecting music, I didn't
even own records. I would just collect tapes of tracks I recorded
off KPOO. I started compiling different types of music for my
own listening pleasure. When I saw Beatstreet, and those
old movies, that shit just blew my mind! I was so fascinated by
that shit! Breaking came first, and then I tried rapping and failed
at it completely. It was mostly 'cause I started DJing around
the same time and it just took over. It was just fun. It wasn't
a sport. I didn't start battling till the Nineties. I didn't give
a shit. I just wanted to do it all!
What is most memorable performance of your DJ career? Definitely
the Live Human festivals in Europe. They were huge shows...almost
like a dream. The Montreux Jazz Festival stands out as a clean
show. In reality, a lot of these underground shows had moments
that have just blown my mind as much. I might be playing with
a group, and there's people dancing, there's all this energy happening,
and the crowd just elevates with you. When that shit happens,
it leaves you high for a couple days.
How do you transport your records and/or gear to gigs?
I use my son's skateboard. I put my records on the skateboard
and I drag it. I also transport stuff on my bike. I have a Huffy
Do you play CDs ever at gigs? Nah, I'm not saying that
I never will, but the type of DJing that I do is not about playing
In your opinion who is best DJ of all time? DJ Quest.
To some point, I just got to give myself credit. Only I know what
I've gone through. I see DJs come up and go all the time. Although
I never really broke through, I'm still here. Besides me, there's
definitely Cash Money. The reason why I like Cash Money so much
is because he was out doing the DMCs in '86-'87. Now in 2003,
he's still got all his skills. He's still on top of his game.
He can produce. He's got titles. Not to mention the fact that
he's super funky and he's still doing it. The longevity of a person
being here doing something is worth more than having 3 DMC titles
for a couple years or whatever...
Best website or way for folks to find out more about you?
In Da Club: Non-Skratch Bay Area DJs
by DJ Killahoe
For the past few weeks myself and some diehard Yay Area niteclubbers
have been hittin' the town in style, sipping on tha gin'n'juice.
suckin on that sticky Cali green, and stopping by numerous San
Francisco and East Bay clubs to enjoy every strain of DJ music,
from hip hop and reggae to every type of electronic music. Along
the way we noted that the San Fran doormen (generally speaking)
are a pretty cool bunch, certainly sporting a lot less attitude
than the bruisers at yer typical Manhattan nite club. But we also
found that the typical SF club tends to charge more than they
adverstise ahead of time and also to often close a bit earlier
than they advertise. But that aside we were really impressed with
was how amazing the musically diverse range of Bay Area DJs spinning
around town were. DJs that rocked our world recently included
Riddim & Jah Yzer at the weekly Weds nite club Lion
Rock at Oasis in Oakland (fuckin' killer reggae and
a cool ass vibe right in downtown Oakland), Wisdom and
Rueben at Tunnel Top on a Tuesday (reggae and all
flavas of great Latin dance), DJ Blackstone at End Up
(funk fueled deep house and beyond), Philip Sherburne at
Dalva (wide range of cool ass fuckin beats from dub to
electro to hip hop and beyond), Joey Mazzola at 1015
Folsom who impressed the trance/house crowd by scratching
off of the Dirt Style classic Bionic Booger Breaks,
Franky Boissy @ Remedy at DNA who played
real nice house music. Other cool ass DJs that impressed me with
their hypnotic electronic dance music sets included the Brasstax
crew (including such DJs as Goldilox and Tung)
who are currently building a thirty foot boombox (see flyer) for
their trip to this August's Burning Man (www.burningman.com).
To help fund this huge undertaking they are having a benefit in
San Fran on Sat, June 21st from 10PM-5AM called Boombox Vs.
Burning Man. For more information: www.TheBrasstax.com
UK DJ Report
by Mr. Trick (Turntable Radio)
Summer is approaching, and as ever things are hotting up nicely
on the turntablist calendar. The DMCs continue apace, with
2Tall, Blakey, Scarfade, Itchy, Muzzell
and Daredevil among others already through to the UK Final.
Without question this year's contest will be one of the most wide
open yet - with no clear favourite any one of 5 or 6 people
could take it. With the event also being a fine reason for the
tablist community of the UK to hang out together, this year's
final is gonna be a night to remember, no question.
Needlework - the UK's first dedicated turntablist night
- is also growing and developing more than we could have hoped
for. Vestax are now on board as product sponsors, allowing
us to pick and choose the equipment used. The night will also
now feature showcases of new product, along with "challenges"
set to some of the nation's finest; they will be given a new or
innovative piece of tablist equipment and challenged to showcase
a set that uses that kit to the fullest - the
idea being that this will assist in the innovation and development
of the tablist artform as well as providing something original
and interesting to check out. In addition to the regular monthly
night, the Needlework team are also putting together not one but
two special one-off events; an all-day invite-only skratch BBQ
(to allow our more Northern cousins to travel down and rep for
the day) and a longer club night to be held at our sister venue
the Ruby-Lo - replete with a bigger name DJ and more madness
Music-wise, the UK is turning out some of its finest tunes yet.
Anyone missed Timestretch, Benjamin and Nerve's Panic
track? If you did, you're missing out; its one of the hottest
tablist tracks of the year so far. Also the Turning The Tables
LP is coming along great. For those who missed the previous word
on this, it is an album that aims to showcase the finest of the
UK's turntablist talent. Some sick tracks are already in the bag
from the likes of 2Tall, Short-e, Timestretch, Scarfade,
Mista Ed, Wristmaster and more. The real highlight
though, is a 14-strong posse cut produced by DJ 2Tall. Proud?
Dammit we wept like children when we heard it!
So for now, much goes on... and with the Allies coming
over to host the World Beatdown Final, the Vestax Championships
just round the corner and a proposed Needlework UK tour in the
pipeline, shit is only gonna get
hotter as the year draws on. More news next time yo... peace!
UK DJ reporter Mr. Trick hosts the
influential Resonance FM, London, England turntalbist radio
program Turntable Radio. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
HIP HOP SLAM BBQ / SCRATCH ATTACK RADIO
On the sunny and hot Memorial Day, 2003, May 26 Hip Hop Slam
threw a big BBQ/Scratch Attack session at its longtime
Oakland space. The BBQ was hella fun with many drunken & danked-out,
cool muthafolkers in tha house and also out in the back garden.
The special Hip Hop Slam/Scratch Attack radio sessions
recorded inside in the living room were for upcoming summer 2003
episodes of Re:Mixology for WFMU and Turntable
Radio for Resonance FM (London England with Mr.
Trick). Details on when these will broadcast on the radio
and online will follow in the coming weeks. Main radio show producer
DJ Pone noted that these sessions were being recorded with
the exact same turntable setup in the very same living room at
Hip Hop Slam where seven to nine years previously the five
Shiggar Fraggar Shows with the Invisibl Skratch
Piklz and the two Pirate Fuckin Radio shows with the
Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters had all being recorded. And
the vibrancy as the DJs got busy on this Memorial Day, 2003, captured
that same exciting energy as those legendary mid-1990's turntablist
orchestartions had. For this session the DJ's rockin' the decks
and or contributing somehow to the mix included the aforementioned
Pone, Stoic, Shing02, A-1, Platurn,
Spair, Cutso, Teeko, Billy Jam, Impereal,
DnZ, Cat Five, T-Rock, DJ Minus-1,
and the Finger Bangerz. Also in the house or in the garden
that day were a ton of other folks including O-Dub, DJ Ryan,
, Timer & his girlfriend, Fresh Joyce, Tim, Munkifunk,
dawgisht, O'nell, Albert Mathias (Live Human), Joshanda Sanders
(SF Chronilel), Veronica (WBAI), Mike Mechanic (EastBay Express),
Dave Paul (BOMB hip hop), Evelyn & Carlos Mena, Rani, DJ Kitty,
Matthew Afrika, Albert (KALX), Carlos Mena, Balanceman.
To see photos from the BBQ/DJ session click
HIP HOP SLAM NEWS
by DJ Dank
The Richmond Art Scenes and Zines exhibit was real
cool sporting tons of local Bay Area album covers including several
Hip Hop Slam cover art pieces
Meanwhile the latest Hip Hop Slam releases are getting
played at select radio stations across the country including
KUSF, KZSU, KFJC, & KPFA (peace DJ Sep)
in the Bay Area and at such stations as KZUU, Pullman WA (thanks
Nate T. Prudhon) and KGLT in Bozeman, Montana where
Scratch Attack Vol. 3 is in the top 20 this week
Whadup Eammon Bryers! KALX, Berkeley is another
one of the stations playing the musically diverse Amoeba Music
Compilation Vol. IV.
Now as for all of the many radio stations that we sent out the
new Amoeba Music Compilaiton Vol. IV compilation to but
who still havent added it or played even one of the 39 musically
diverse tracks off it, please stop whining about how you are so
down for the underground and hate the major label crap when your
playlists ignore this amazing all independent artist release as
you kiss up to the majors. Biaaatch!
THE RANDOM RECORD REVIEW
Golden Gate Breaks, put out by the
Bay Area's own OM Records, is a mix CD of breaks (and
its not hip-hop but electronic breaks, so open your minds if you
are locked into only one type of music) from artists on the OM
label. With originals and remixs by producers such as Boswick
Gates who has done some pretty dope break remixes this year
already, DJ Abstract who did the remix for Ming &
FS' "Freak", and Gershoni
& Tello who have this dope song I like called Evolution.
With twelve tracks clocking in at just over 70 minutes this is
a dope ass CD coming out of the Bay's break scene. If you like
any kind of electronica or breaks or just tryng to expand your
taste in music then get this and support the Bay Area music scene
cuz this will make you just wanna get up and bust-a-move. 8 outta
DJ Ngobility from the Finger Bangerz has just dropped
a new battle record called "Battle Scar Breaks"
(BeatKO Records). While the beats on this record, in my
opinion, are nothing to go wild about (sorta' a cross between
some lil' Jon shit and some Dre and Neptunes), the samples he
has collected on the scratch sentences are good to come up with
some quality DJ routines. So on a scale of 1-10 I have to give
it a 5 due to it's lack of beats but balanced out by its good
scratch sentences. (www.fingerbangerz.com)
"They Still Don't Love Me" (MobStyle Music)
by Bukshot out of Louisville, KY. This album features
rappers such as Brotha Lynch Hung, Haystak, Gansta Blac,
and X-Raided. This CD also comes with a bonus CD with unreleased
song with Bubba Sparxxx and Big V of Nappy Roots,
and a song produced by Jazze Pha called "Ready
Or Not." The bonus disk is an Enhanced CD featuring video
footage of Buk and his homies just chillin' in the parking lot
and getting in trouble with the local 5-0. If you're as gangsta
and hardcore as me and will beat down any sucka DJ or person then
you'll like this G-riding, drive-by'ing, and kill-a-hoe style
CD. But if you're a kid from the suburbs then keep your ass away
from it and the hood...Peace out Bitchz. 6 outta 10 just cuz of
the bonus CD. (www.mobstylemusic.com)
On "Taste The Secret" (Emperor Norton Records)
Ugly Duckling take the hip hop listener on a creative and
humorous hip-hop journey back to when they first met at their
old minimum-wage job at Meat Shake. Lots of good head-nodding
underground type hip hop tracks on this latest release by tha
Ducklings. I particularly like this CD because of their fun skits
and cuz I really like a lot of the beats. You should at least
check out this CD. I'll give it a 6 1/2 outta 10. (www.EmperorNorton.com)
All reviews are the opinion
of Hip Hop Slam's #1 critic DnZ (email@example.com)
who tells it like he sees/hears it. You may agree or disagree
with him but if you disagree don't bother to write us. Instead
start your own hip hop website, write your own review, and then
send us a link to your site.
X-Raided's Letter from Lockdown: Which Man is
by Anerae Brown (a.k.a. X-Raided)
Written: May 22 / Received: June 5
Salutations, my friend.
Indeed, I've also noticed the delay with which my letters exit
the prison and get to you and others I write. Lately I've even
taken to writing the date of which I place my letters in the "mailbox"
on the envelopes below my address. I keep from being angered and
frustrated by remembering to see the irony of it all: These people,
having reduced all of us (inmates) to a level, in their minds
of sub-human, often fail to realize the impact of their ineffective
execution of their "jobs." (On the inmates, that is.)
It has been my experience that my life is viewed, via my mail,
like some sort of "reality entertainment." Some idiotic
(prison) officers, not realizing that I view it as a childish
disrespect (unintentional, but disrespect nonetheless), will actually
comment on the subject of one of my letters, photographs, or a
phone call they monitored: "So, Brown, what do you think
about..." they'll ask, as if I don't understand the question's
genesis. Regardless, I get a laugh out of it when I realize that
certain aspects of my life are more interesting and exciting then
these "free" men. It's pathetic. Really.
Rapper Anarae "X-Raided"
Brown is an old friend of Billy Jam's and has been communicating
with him since he was first incarerated a decade ago. Brown, who
is currently in lockdown until July, is imprisoned in Corcorcan
State Prison, California, where he has another twenty years of
time to serve on his sentence. This short excerpt from his most
recent letter to Billy is the first in a new series on this site.
HIP HOP SLAM SHOP ADDITIONS
New additions to the Hip Hop
Slam Shop include DJ
Dank's Biggest Bong Hits which features the best of
West Coast early 1990's hip hop/rap dank (weed) anthems: a time
when the sticky green was widely and loudly praised in rhyme.
Included on DJ Dank's well put together 22-track mix CD (songs
interspersed with skits from THC-inspired movies) are Tha Alkaholiks'
Mary Jane, Luniz' I Got 5 On It (Remix),
Total Devastation's Many Clouds of Smoke, RBL
Posse's Don't Gimme No Bammer Weed, and The Pharcyde's
Pack The Pipe plus some lesser known chronic-raps such
as Young "D" Boyz' Mr. Chronic, C-Funk's
Smoke Tru, and Mac Dre I Need An Eight. The
liner notes of this limited edition CD in the Hip Hop History
Series contain some interesting info on weed and hip hop and
on the laws surrounding dank's legality.
DJ Marz's Brain Language
the rare 1999 13-track mix CD on which
the sometime Bullet Proof Space Traveler DJ drops some
amazing shit that boldly displays his diversity and love of all
things musical: from tripped out twisted hip hop to gangsta and
way beyond, is another cool new addition to the shop this week.
Besides the Space Travelers and his busy solo career the
ever prolific DJ Marz has recorded/performed with the likes of
Sacred Hoop, Latryx, 99th Demention, and punk rock legends
Also just added to the shop are some copies of the out-of-print
legendary Shiggar Fraggar
Show Vol. 5! CD featuring DJs Mixmaster Mike, QBert,
Apollo, Shortkut, Disk, and emcee UB all recorded live
in May 1996 with Billy Jam at Hip Hop Slam in Oakland
CA, as one of the one hundred "Pirate Fuckin Radio Shows"
- released originally on cassette by the Invisibl Skratch Piklz
and then later on this remastered CD by Hip Hop Slam.
Another new shop item is the first Live
Human (feat. DJ Quest, Andrew Kushin, & Albert
Mathias) full-length Monostereosis
which is available in both CD and 2/LP formats. Fans of DJ Quest,
who already have such solo mixes of his as Questside and
Mutation Mann should be sure to add this and all other
Live Human titles to their collections. Note that Monostereosis
was originally released in the UK on Fat Cat Records
in 1999. And this version, featuring the bonus DJ Quest long megamix
Monstersaurus, was released in 2000 in the USA on Hip Hop