Bomb Hip Hop owner Dave Paul Interrogated by The Secret Service
Total Recall or Total Bullshit? Editorials on Aaaarnald
Is Arnold the New Ronald? by DJ Prank
California Uber Alles by Munkifunk
The Irony of Everything Political is Unbelievable by Fresh Joyce
Hip Hop Slam News by Billy Jam
Bay Area DJ Profile #009: 8-Ball
E-40: Fifteen Years in tha Game & Going Stronger Than Ever by DJ Killahoe
Cool New DJ Toys including One That Looks Like Shing02: DnZ Reports
New Shop Item: Alien Army / The End
TOTAL RECALL OR TOTAL BULLSHIT?
The Unhappy Minority Editorialize on Arnold
IS ARNOLD THE NEW RONALD?
by DJ Prank
Holy shit! Just when you thought that 2003 - the year that made America look like a right
load of twats for not stopping Dubya and his war - couldn't get anymore bizarre - along
comes another surreal slap in the face - the election of that guy, that bad actor guy
with the funny accent from Kindergarden Cop (Stop whining!) But it's
true. (Come on. Don't bullshit me!) Arnaaald, the joke we love to sample and laugh
at and make our prank calls with is now in charge of one of the largest economies in the
US... In a cruel twist of fate the tables have been turned. The prank is now on us. (You
must be very proud of yourself). I didn't think it could happen... or rather I was
in denial...thinking that history wouldn't repeat itself. Would it? We couldnt get another
bad movie actor turned republican elected as guv of Cali... especially one with no background
in politics or qualifications for the job... But history really does repeat itself and
in an almost clockwork fashion, recalling what happened two decades or three decades ago.
Deja' fuckin vu alright or Total Recall! - regressing three decades back
to when Ronald was the guv of Cali (up until '75) or back to two decades ago when he was
prez (into the 80's). Which means that if this repeat pattern continues Arnaaaald will
next be president of the USA. Oh shit! If you thought such Reaganism's as "We begin
bombing in five minutes" were bad, can you imagine Arnold as prez blindly taking
the USA into some future bullshit war - all the while paraphrasing his own old macho movie
quotes? Shit he was already quoting his own movies during the campaign for guv... next
stop the white house. "But he can't be president. He's not born in this country"
- you meakly protest. (You idiot!) Arnold can do what he wants. He is a super
hero... just like he is in the movies... for real... and as he continues to paraphrase
his own movies, soon the lines between reality and super-hero-movie land will be completely
blurred.. My fellow Americans we are in for a bumpy but interesting ride... Arnaald will
do and get whatever he wants... including becoming president, thanks to good buddies like
Dubya (with whom he recently had a highly-publicized private meeting), and another republican
buddy Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) who conveniently began pushing to change the rules allowing
foreign-born citizens to become prez... Arnaaald is here to stay and we can't do shit
about it, except maybe watch his old movies to get an idea of what he is going to say
next. (You are mine now… you belong to ME!)
NOTE: Since the upset of election day DJ Prank has not been able
to sleep... and this sleep-deprived state has caused him to hear voices in his head…
all of them Arnold movie soundbites.
CALIFORNIA UBER ALLES
"Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey-cage."
--- H.L. Menken, Sucker Free City --- G. Dubya and his gang of Neocons continued their
grab for power as they stole yet another election, forcing Gray Davis out of office and
installing Arnold Schwarzenegger as the new governor of California. It is now three days
after the now historic Recall Electon and I am still in a stupor trying to understand
how 2,650,613 morons were duped into thinking that electing a third-rate actor to head
of state was a good idea. My only conclusion is that I grossly underestimated the "idiot
factor" embedded within our golden state. If this is indeed the case, then we reallly
are doomed, and California would be better off burning up and falling into the ocean.
Hell, if Jesus woke up after 3 days and found Herr Schwarzenegger in charge, he would
have personally smited those fools who wasted their votes, and then turned them all into
lepers. My only consolation is that the SF Bay Area voted a resounding NO on all this
bullshit with 80% of the city's electorate telling Arnold to go fuck himself. CA... All
THE IRONY OF EVERYTHING POLITICAL IS UNBELIEVABLE
by Fresh Joyce
At a time when Californians could not feel that things could get worse, they reached
out for a hero and got, well, The Arnold. The morning after the recall/election I remember
checking the results by county, red for yes on the recall and Arnold, and blue for no
and not-Arnold. Disheartened by the tiny island of blue for Bay Area counties surrounded
by a whole lot of red, I couldnt help but think--as I still do now--what this would
bode for the near future, namely, the presidential elections almost exactly a year from
now. The very real possibility that the reach of Dictator Bush will now be able to extend
even farther looms prominently in my mind.
The irony of everything political is unbelievable. While some of my peers with university
degrees toil at Starbucks (!) or receive unemployment checks, a person with absolutely
no applicable skills has, with the help of scripted one-liners, landed a six-figure-salaried
job. It just goes to show that the Old Boys Club is still going strong.
On the positive tip, despite the lengthening shadows of Big Brother I feel a growing solidarity
amongst those who have found that the current sociopolitical climate has galvanized them
to focus on defending and promoting their rights here at home, and not against some imaginary
weapons of mass destruction. Does that constitute a violation of the Patriot Act?
HIP HOP SLAM NEWS
by Billy Jam
DJ Quest is busy recording and DJ'ing both as a solo artist and with his group
Live Human (feat. Quest, bassist Andrew Kushin, and percussionist
Albert Mathias) - who later this month will be off to Japan to do some
shows (thanks to Shing02). On that and all upcoming tours Quest will be using Breakseven
- the brand new break record that he and co-producers - Mathias and Kushin tailored specifically
for their shows. This record will be pressed up and released in the coming months. Meanwhile,
DJ Quest has given duplicate copies of the test pressings of Breakseven
to several DJs, who will be recording songs utilizing only this record (questDJ@aol.com).
After all of the DJs have completed their tracks, Quest will assemble them into an album.
For more information on all things Live Human visit www.livehuman.net.
The Return of the DJ Tour date in San Francisco (Oct 22 @ MILK) willl have
a ton of DJs inc. DJ Quest, T-Rock, Shortfuse, Pone & Snayk Eyez, Dave Paul, AlesOne,
Teeko, Spair, Platurn, Finger Bangerz, King One, and Ross Hogg... DJ Q-Bert
will be doing his first solo Bay Area performance in five years when he plays the big
Hallofest near Kelly's Mission Rock in San Francisco on October 31st... The Scratch
Tour rolls through San Francisco on Nov. 7th with a lineup that includes Mixmaster
Mike, Jazzy Jay, Z-Trip, and the X-ecutioners
Italy's premier DJ crew, Alien Army, are about to release their anticipated album
The End in the USA on BOMB Hip Hop Slam (a combo of the two Bay Area
DJ-oriented record labels). The CD (only $8.98) can now be purchased at
this site (scroll down a bit)... Hieroglyphics have just dropped their anticipated
new album and are touring to support it... Lyrics Born also has his new album...
Boots Riley of The Coup recently finished up work in an
Oakland studio producing an album with Stickman of Dead Prez fame. Meanwhile
Boots tells us that we can expect a new Coup album in 2004... Oakland's multi-talented
Goldie the Poet is busy doing screenings around the Bay Area of his new "Docu-Film"
Heavy In The Game, which traces the devastation of rock cocaine (crack)
on communities like the East Bay city of Oakland, CA. (www.heavyinthegame.com)
Paris is back with his politically charged new album, Sonic Jihad, which
addresses such pertinent issues as the Bush administration's war on terror, the
origins of AIDs, police brutality, and the state of hip hop today. Album guests include
Dead Prez, Public Enemy, Kam, and Capelton. What Would You Do is
the first single off the album which was released in both CD and double vinyl formats.
www.guerrillafunk.com In a similar vein is
the new five-star pro-peace compilation What About Us (Hard Knock Records)
which boasts eighteen politically powerful tracks from The Frontline, Blackalicious,
Zion I, Abstract Tribe Unique, Spearhead, Non Prophets, Cool Nutz f/Bosco, Rico Pabon,
Bukue One, Raashan, The Piper and many more including a wonderful segment with Hard
Knock Radio's Davey D interviewing Barbara Lee. The
compilation will be available at the Hip Hop Slam Shop in the coming weeks. For more info:
Hip Hop Slam Staff News: Fresh Joyce, whose editorial on Arnold's election is
in the opening segment of this NEWS, is back working at Hip Hop Slam after a break for
studies. As well as writing she is working hard on various graphic design projects and
also setting up the brand new auxilary website that Hip Hop Slam will be launching
in the new year: details to follow...... Dutch Hip Hop Slam member DJ Sniper will
soon be returning from the Netherlands to the USA to visit his second home (the Bay Area)...
DnZ's "Top five dopest things" are Life, Skratching, Newportz, Femalez,
and Dirt Style records. Read these and lots more about DnZ in his brand new bio posted
on the Hip Hop Slam Staff page.
DJ Shadow did an impromptu performance, Oct 15th, at MILK during the Quannum/Wax
Poetics party... Jazzy Jeff - in San Francisco recently - headed over to QBert's
for an impromptu session at the Octagon. Other DJs in the mix included Teeko...
Skratchpad happens the first Weds of every month at SubLounge and has open
tables (bring your own needles and records). For more info on this cool skratch nite:
Every second Saturday at the Shattuck DownLow in Berkeley is a Angel Magik
with superdope DJs Icewater and Engine Room each spinning a nice mix ranging
from deep-dancehall to older and current Top 40 rap/hip hop. A recent night's set by Icewater's
included Quarterbackin' by E-40 f/ The Clipse, Gotta Get Mine by
MC Breed f/ 2pac, and Can't Stop, Won't Stop by Young Guns. www.jonathanmack.com
If you already have such essentials as the Ego Trip Book of Rap Lists and Yes
Yes Ye'all in your hip hop print library a good book to add is Classic Material:
The Hip-Hop Album Guide (ECW Press: $15.98), which the publishers say "covers
more than sixty definitive albums" (inc. Rhyme Pays (Ice T) Step
In The Arena (Gang Starr), and '93 Til Infinity (Souls of Mischief)
and "features a collection of forty unique entries by America's foremost hiphop journalists"
(inc. Jeff Chang, David Toop, Joesph "Jazzbo" Patel, Hua Hsu, Billy Jam,
Reginald Dennis, and Serena Kim). Munkifunk, who calls the
book "an intelligent discussion about hiphop" bought it online at Sandbox Automatic
where he got an autographed copy by Oliver Wang and Dante Ross, plus a free
copy of the "Unofficial Mix-CD" by DJ O-Dub (editor Wang's DJ name).
NEW RELEASE JUST IN SHOP
Artist: Alien Army
Title: The End
Catalog #: BHH2062
The End - the stunning second album from Italian hip hop DJ supergroup Alien
Army, and the first available outside of Europe, has already drawn comparisions
to both D-Styles' Phantazmegorea and QBert's
Wave Twisters. And no wonder since like those two Invisibl Skratch Piklz
famed DJs, the six-member Alien Army also possess a powerfully unique strong song structure
approach to turntalbism: something often absent from the "skratch" music genre.
"What sets Alien Army apart from even some of the best hip hop scratch DJs of today,
even many of their fellow DMC or ITF champs, is that they make good head-nodding hip hop
music that is universally appealing," said Billy Jam of Hip Hop Slam Records, who
has featured Alien Army's music on several of the criticaly acclaimed compilations released
on his US label including Global Turntables and Scratch Attack: the LP
which also featured QBert and Steinski. Dave Paul of
BOMB Hip Hop, who pioneered the current turntablist craze with his infamous Return
of the DJ series, agrees that Alien Army are a most unique DJ collective. "They
are not just amazing scratch DJs but more importantly quality producers who make hip hop
songs, complete with choruses and hooks. The kind of tracks that you keep hitting the
repeat button on. But what's really amazing about Alien Army is that they create all this
great music on just turntables!"
Featuring the DJ/producers Zak, Skizo, Inesha,
MicroMetz, Type10, and Tayone, Alien
Army have been together for the past seven years. In that time they have become national
DJ heroes in their native Italy: winning hands down twelve national DJ battle titles (DMC
and ITF) and releasing the first all scratch album in Italy (Orgasmi Meccanici,
1998). They have also become mainstays on Italian radio and Television with regular appearances
on MTV Europe. Additionally their expansive discography includes a slew
of 12" singles, battle records, and mix-CDs. DJ Skizo, the groups founding member,
says that "The End" is what they are most proud of after spending the past year-plus
honing it to perfection. For proof check out such instantly likable tracks as the sinister
"Destroy" (already a hit single in Italy), the spooky mood-induced "Daily
Nightmares" and the track that features US guest DJ Radar, "The
Terrible Invasion Pt. 1." "Our goal with this album," said DJ Skizo, "Was
to combine the ultimate frontiers of the so called scratch music, passing through electronic,
electro, abstract hip-hop and downtempo."
02. Magnetikal Chemistry
03. We Keep Things Rollin Thru
04. Thronic Harmonic
05. Tales From the Dark Side Pt. 2
06. Sorry Wrong Number
07. The Classic
08. Daily Nightmares
10. 40 Degrees of Revolution
11. Help Me I'm Falling
13. Let You All Know
14. Fresh Confidence
15. The Terrible Invasion Pt. 1 feat. DJ Radar
16. Phrases In My Mind
BAY AREA DJ PROFILE #009: 8-Ball
DJ Name: 8-Ball
Hometown: San Francisco
Trademark saying or philosophy: You've got to practice your craft
and do so on regular basis....get into a routine of practicing on a daily basis. When
I was battling I used to practice all the time....sometimes from sundown to sun up....I
would lose track of all time.
DJ Crews: Sounds In Effect, Sound In Motion, Tsunami Sound, Invisibl Skratch Piklz
How would describe the music you spin? 80's Hip Hop and HiNRG
Discography: includes Shiggar Fraggar Vol. 3 and contributions to the Turntables
by the Bay and Scratch Attack series and also the Thud Rumble VHS.
DJ battle history: won 1992 West Coast DMC and 1993 NMS/Superman
First record you bought: Theme from Star Wars on a seven inch single
Most influential record in your life? First battle record by D-Styles with the
test tone on it.
When did you first DJ? Oh...way back in early eighties...whenever Toni Basil ("Oh
Mickey") first came out ('81) coz I was trying to mix that with "Designer Music"
by Lipps Inc.
What made you want to be a DJ? I like mixes and I wanted to be able to do that.
Most memorable performance? The 1992 DMC West Coast Finals
How do you transport your records to gigs? By car.
Do you play CDs ever at gigs? Sometimes...if I am doing a wedding or a corporate
gig....I am still a mobile DJ.
In your opinion who is the best DJ of all time? Hmmm..it would be either QBert
or Shortkut. QBert because of his influence on skratch music and Shortkut because of his
beat creating....both great DJs but both very different styles.
Best way for folks to find out more about you: Email me at Cls8saiyan@aol.com
OUTSMART THE ELROYS:
Forty Belanfonte Really is The King of The Bay
by DJ Killahoe
E-40 DISCOGRAPHY (only solo — does not include Click/MVP or other collaborations;
not all full-length releases):
"Mr. Flamboyant" (1991)
"The Mailman" (1994)
"In A Major Way" (1995)
"The Hall Of Game" (1996)
"The Element of Surprise" (1998)
"Charlie Hustle: The Blueprint of A Self-Made Millionaire" (1999)
"Loyalty & Betrayal" (2000)
"Grit & Grind" (2002)
"Breakin' News" (2003)
"Straight out tha ghetto. They call me E-4-O. Still hungry. Still rappin' like
I'm still po'."
E40 Belafonte... The Innovator. The King of the Bay's Breakin'
News is the Vallejo (aka Valley Jo, Califoolya) rap legend's best album in years and
marks a return to his roots. In fact it is the most well rounded album of the rapper's
illustrious fifteen year career as both a solo artist and member of family crew The
Click. On this (his eight solo full-length release) the slang-pioneer (who recently
pulbished his own slanguage dictionary) delivers seventeen new tracks that cover a well-balanced
mix of styles and tempos. While most drug-dealer-to-pop-star success story makers are
quick to shun their illicit pasts E-4-O does just the opposite, warmly embracing
and celebrating his. Much as he did on such earlier releases as his 1994 album The
Mailman, where he was pictured on the cover cooking up some ya yo (rock cocaine),
on Breakin' News cleverly phrased references and metaphors to his pre-rap career abound.
Man. I'm a legend. They call me E-4-0. Ex D-boy. Used to push that blow. or
I graduated from YaYo college....that's where I learnt my knowlege he reminisces on
the bouncy, bass-driven, street-anthem Married To The Ave, while a similar ghetto-player,
street-hustling theme ("I got it all...weed, hop, speed") is echoed on I
Got Dat Work.
Of course slanging is only one of the numerous topics tackled by the always astute and
sociologically observant emcee. In Breakin' News' opening title track E40 addresses
the serious issue of obesity among African Americans ("the leading cause of death
among black folk"), noting how historically it all began with the plantation
owners' habit of feeding their black slaves fattening, starch-heavy leftovers. And the
large MC also shares his own fight with staying healthy: Get in shape before it's late/
I'm at 320 now but I used to weigh 358....turn that fat into muscle. Music piracy
is annother topic close to home for the rapper who has witnessed entire albums of his
being digitally stolen bootlegged as cheap CDs at flea markets even prior to their official
release dates, making him understandable very guarded about allowing advances of his new
CDs available. Even still the new album track Gasoline (feat. Turf Talk and Doonie
of Rick Rock's new rap group The Federation) somehow got copied and popped
up on a bootleg vinyl release three months before this album's release.
"You know I came in Top Ten on the Soundscan. I probably would have came in
But them bootleggers and that Internet shit be fuckin' off a nigga."
The slow heartfelt I Hope You Get this Kite, which E40 dedicates to "all
the incarcerated soldiers across America" is an open letter to the incarcerated
including those who support him by buying his music through mail-order. In return E40
offers genuinely appreciative and warm words of encouragement and support (got your back
like a masseuse....tomorrow I 'm gonna shoot you some pictures coz they mean everything).
Meanwhile Forty's trademark quick wit includes the ultimate putdown "Boy you're
the opposite of cold. Your lyrics stick out like a turd in a punch bowl" Ever
the clever wordsmith, E40 continually drops smart and memorable lyrics like these from
the funk-fueled, dancefloor pleaser If If Was A 5th:
"I'm lookin' at the ladies. I'm thinking if she was a car she would be a Mercedes.
I'm thinking if she was Pat Benatar I'd could take her back to the '80's.
Hit me with your best shot girl I'm off this Baileys."
Northern Califoolya features some the best from the West including the Bay Area's
B-Legit, EA-Ski, Keek Da Sneek, San Quinn, Messy Marv, and James "Stomp"
Bailey. On the dirty south anthemic Anybody Can Get It E40 Belafonte is joined
by an all star cast that includes Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz, Bone Crusher,
and David Banner. On the much mellower, sultry neo soul-rap love ballad Show
& Prove, sweet soulful Bay Area R&B vocalist Goapele offers the perfect
balance to E40's delivery. One Night Stand, the album's first single, features
infamous "drama king" DJ KaySlay while the current single, Quarterbackin,
features duo The Clipse. In this song 40 explains that the term Quarterbackin has
nothing to do with "football" but rather it is slang for "hustling....gritting
and grinding." Other slanguage terms introduced on Breakin' News by the man, who
literally wrote the book or rather dictionary on slangauge, include the latest word for
police. Formerly referred to as "po po" the latest slanguage term for cop is
"elroy." For more info on E40 visit: www.e-40.com
DON'T BE HATIN' JUST CUZ I LIKE LIL DJ TOYS
Yo wuddup to all da DJ's who like to collect bullshit DJ toy's and wut not... I got some
bullshit DJ toys. And as my boy Jamie Kennedy in Malibu's Most Wanted
would say "Don't Be Hatin!". So check it out DJs and collectors. Here's an overview
of some pretty cool new DJ themed toys that I stumbled across at Toys
'R' Us, especially the Skribble's Spinheads.
Each and every figure has a music type all its' own. Dzak gets down
with hip-hop beats. Like all Spinheads, his head works just like a computer game joystick:
Overlay your own mixes on top of an original looped rhythm! DZak has 4 ill lyricals: "Naw,
chill wit' dat", "Type Gangsta", "Flossin", or "Make it
hot" -- There are 2 scratch F/X that are activated when his head is twisted - a DJ
style "Scratch" or Warp".
Hey look, it's DJ Relm...Just kidding....sorrda. n-e-wayz Mod is a rude
boy that grooves to pulsating Ska rhythms. Like all Spinheads, his head works just like
a computer game joystick: Overlay your own mixes on top of an original looped rhythm!
Mod has 4 ill lyricals: He says "Skankin", "Pick it up, Pick it up",
"Move out rude boy" or "Simmer down". There are 2 scratch F/X that
are activated when his head is twisted - "Paradiddle" or "Cat?s Meow".
Troi is a punk rocker all the way! His head works just like a computer game joystick:
Overlay your own mixes on top of an original looped rhythm! Troi has 4 ill lyricals: "Troi-oi-oi",
"Punk Rock", "2-3-Go", and "Twisted" - each activated when
his head is tilted. There are 2 scratch F/X that are activated when his head is twisted
- a "guitar riff" and a guitar strum?
Drum & Bass is the sound that you will hear when playing with Moxy. Like all
Spinheads, his head works just like a computer game joystick: Overlay your own mixes on
top of an original looped rhythm! Moxy has 4 ill lyricals: "Hear the DJ get wicked",
"Cybertronic", "3-2-1", or "The beat controls your mind".
There are 2 scratch F/X that are activated when his head is twisted - "Charge Up"
Reggae is Rya's favorite style. Like all Spinheads, her head works just like a
computer game joystick: Overlay your own mixes on top of an original looped rhythm! Rya
has 4 ill lyricals: She says: "Representin", "Inna di lights", "Ragga
dis Bwoy" and "I an Iree mon". There are 2 scratch F/X that are activated
when her head is twisted - either a "Reverse Scratch" or an "Echo"
Adel loves to dance to the hot rhythms of house music. Her head works just like
a computer game joystick: Overlay your own mixes on top of an original looped rhythm!
Adel has 4 ill lyricals: "I got sumthin for ya", "I know you didn't?",
"Ya wanna dance wit' me", or "I can't stop baby" - each activated
when her head is tilted. There are 2 scratch F/X that are activated when her head is twisted
- "Electric Glass" or "Whiplash".
DJ Skribble MC's over all the hot music action as you try to become the ultimate
Master of the Mix! The Vinylizer is the ultimate mixing board for any DJ Skribble's Spinheads
figure. Check this out: it's got 9 original hot music tracks, 9 wild scratch F/X and Skribs
has recorded 6 ill lyricals to keep the action going. You can mix, transform, and crossfade
like a real DJ. When you plug any Spinhead's figure into one of the "turntables"
different styles of music can be mixed and remixed. Accessory jacks allow Phat Rides and
CD or MP3 players to be connected with ease.
Hey looks like Shing02 has a new ride.....oops, did I say that? Now wid this ride
your able to hook it up to your boombox or your mom or wut not through the headphone jak
and hear it through the car and the lights blink to the bass. the figure also comes out
but im not sure if he does anything or not.
Wanna battle? Miniture style? If so check out the DJ Battle Mix and battle against your
friends on the mixing decks! Create various sounds by scratching either of the two mixing
decks or by using the cross-fader between the two decks. Between the 2 players you build
up a pattern of sounds and moves, but the trick is that you have to remember and repeat
each others moves before you can go on to the next level. The winner is the player that
can remember the most moves in the right order and they get to have a freestyle session
on the mixing decks. in freestyle they get to create their own sounds with a couple of
different background beats to help. Requires 3 x AA batteries, Not included.
So if you want ya'll can go and check them out and waste money (ranging from about $10
to $30 each) you should be spending on records and porn. so peace out beyooch'z!!!