HIP HOP SLAM DOT COM IS BACK FROM ITS SUMMER
HIATUS WITH A NEW ALBUM AND A SPECIAL RADIO BROADCAST!
an extended summer hiatus Hip Hop Slam Dot Com is pleased
to be back
with the first in a new series of NEWS updates.
This first one will be a brief one
to bring you up to speed on the latest bits
and pieces of news from Hip Hop Slam.
HIP HOP SLAM RECORDS
First up we are hyped about the brand new release on the Hip
Hop Slam record label: the debut solo release from talented
producer Dawgisht (of DJs of Mass Destruction
and Freelancers Un1ted fame) who has dropped
this long overdue collection of funky instrumental grooves. Titled
this 31 track CD, which captures some of the super-producer's
greatest tracks (a few of them familar to fans of the DJs of Mass
Destruction's controversial album WAR
(if it feels good, do it!) and is, as one fan
described it, "the perfect soundtrack to zone out to such
otherwise boring chores as washing dishes." It is also good
to bump while washing the car, watering the garden, and (while
certainly not a chore :) making love!
For more information on this CD, including how to buy it, go
to the SHOP.
HIP HOP SLAM RADIO
On Saturday afternoon, October 2nd (same time
as the San Francisco Love Parade) Hip
Hop Slam will do a special four-hour, interactive radio
broadcast as part of the NPR (neighborhood public
radio) project out of San Francsico's Mission District. The four-week
NPR project is part of the ongoing "The Way We Work"
exhibit at San Francisco's Southern Exposure Gallery.
Hip Hop Slam's radio broadcast will feature many live DJs on
the ones and twos including the Mission District's DJ
Quest, 2Fresh, 8-Ball,
Liver, Zara, Dave Paul,
DJ Dank, and Doc Martin. Also
expect a gang of DJs from the San Francisco Love Parade to
stop by and get on the decks and/or mic. Producer/beat-master
Dawgisht will be performing, on the Amiga
1200, live selections from his new album (see previous story).
There will be screenings (on laptop) of the politically-charged
WAR (if it feels good, do it!) film short produced
by Hip Hop Slam's Nausea Grl which premiered
at the recent Oakland Hip Hop Film Festival.
Meanwhile "The DJ" — a photo exhibit
by Hip Hop Slam's Timi D… — will
be on display for this day only. There will also be a scanner
hooked into the sound board, illegally picking up and re-broadcasting
signals from the surrounding Mission District's airwaves. "How
to make your own pirate radio station" info will be available
Southern Exposure Gallery is located at 401
Alabama St. (at 17th) in the Mission District of SF. Admission
is free. Tune into 88.9FM in the San Francisco area from 1PM to
5PM (Pacific Standard Time) or online (tentatively) at www.conceptualart.org/npr.
Screenings of the WAR film short will be at 2PM, 3PM, and 4PM
(it runs for about five minutes). The live call-in NPR studio
number is (415) 863-3079
CHUCK JOHNSON: R.I.P.
Hip Hop Slam offers its sincerest sympathies
to the relatives and friends of Chuck Johnson
who passed on, due to heart complications, in July. Chuck Johnson
was a good friend of black music and culture, especially in the
Oakland, CA area where his pioneering television station SoulBeat
was legendary since it went on the air — playing music videos
round the clock years before the advent of MTV, BET, the
Hip Hop Slam broadcast its television show on SoulBeat back in
1993 when it produced one full season of four hour weekly shows.
The shows which were live broadcasts (Saturday afternoons from
2PM- 6PM) were always fun and Mister Johnson gave us more freedom
than any other television station owner ever would have. Guests
on Hip Hop Slam TV for that memorable
season included KRS-One, Mixmaster Mike, The Pharcyde,
Ultramagnetic MCs, Too $hort, The Coup, E40 & the Click, Biz
Markie, Fat Joe, Souls of Mischief, DJ Apollo, Del, Erick Sermon,
Saafir, Raw Fusion, Black Moon, Justin Warfield, Dru Down, the
Luniz, Jamalski, and many many more.
Rest in peace Chuck Johnson. And you were right when you said
you and SoulBeat would be missed when you went away!