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I’ve been seeing a lot of hate round the web for this and I gotta say, I disagree in a massive way.   Aside from the fact that I’m a huge Mos Def fan, I’m even more of a fan of imagination and raising kids right.  A ton of you might see this as Dante tryin to pick up a cheque, which may be true, I can’t really speak for him.  But I know I can speak as an uncle to 3 baby girls and I know that Yo Gabba Gabba has gone out of their way to bring an eclectic group of incredible talent to the kids of today and hopefully inspire them to do something positive and creative.

Just like how Sesame Street and the Muppet Show were my first exposure to Buddy Rich and Paul Simon, Yo Gabba Gabba have exposed this new generation of kids to Biz Markie, Rahzel and Mos Def as opposed to the other nonsense they could be pimping out.

So quit hating and see the big picture.

More Mos in the mainstream.  Less Flo Rida.  That’s my word.


Kane is by far one of the most requested MC’s people always suggest, no demand, we cover. And we couldn’t be more thrilled that Kane blessed us with an interview.

We initially planned to talk to Kane about recording his classic 1988 debut, “Long Live The Kane” but it quickly dawned on me that we should make the most of our time with Kane, so instead of setting up a future interview to discuss his other classic album “It’s a Big Daddy Thing”, let’s just knock it all out at once.

Thankfully the most influential and finest rapper of all time was in for the trip down memory lane. Needless to say we couldn’t wait to hear Kane talk about creating some of the genre’s most defining songs. I know, neither can you, so I’ll skip the overview of Kane’s career and let him tell you in his own words. – Alex (via NWSO)

Ladies, I present to you, your Wednesday night warm-up.


The first night kicks off tonight April 22nd. Im actually paying homage to one of the best parties in Toronto also called Shuffle. The music covers all spectrums except for death metal, classical and country. But hip hop, funk, soul, 80’s, reggae, house and electro are all covered.

If you don’t know about copa, it absolutely, has the coolest secret entrance to a bar ever. The bar is under Famous Larry’s pizza store in the Zhongxiao/Dunhua area, and you have to push the Fanta button on the coke machine to open the door to the bar. Yeah, thats what i just said, you push the Fanta button, the coke machine swings open and then you walk downstairs into the bar. Its really effin cool.

There are going to be open decks, meaning you can bring down your ipod, some cds or some records to play and you can be the DJ for a couple minutes. All in all, it should be a really fun time. This first party will also be the last for Billy Miller. He’s the owner of copa and he’s gonna be taking off for an extended period of time, so if you are in the area, come say bye to the coolest bar owner ever.

Some joints you might hear tonight

Shuffle b*tch Shuffle

The time period of 88-94 is often referred to as the ‘Golden Era’ of Hip Hop. That is when some of the arguably best music was put out for the genre. Most of the style and swag that a lot of the new schoolers rock now is a direct by product of that 80’s consumerism and gaudiness. This was the era when cash ruled, thick gold chains and 4 finger rings were the go to items for any rapper. Cell phones were the size of house bricks. Adidas shell tops or puma clydes were standard footwear, of course with fat laces. Cazals, kangols and Cross Colors eventually led way to Timberland boots and hoodies. The east coast definitely had things on lock.

Now I could go on and on about how much I love this era of music, how all I want to listen to and DJ is music from this era, how music today sucks compared to artists back then, etc, etc… But that would just have me sounding like an old man.

Fans of hip hop are often referred to as heads. Older fans are, older heads. ‘No Country for Old Men’ was an oscar winning hit. Hence the theme for our Thursday posts is…No country for old heads. Check in every Thursday for some old school, 80’s-90’s laced flavor.

To start it off we’re gonna go waaaay back. Here’s a clip of Grandmaster Flash rocking in his kitchen with Fab 5 Freddy from the movie ‘Wildstyle’

And for your ipod: ‘The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the wheels of steel’
Flash runs through a bunch of records. Genre mashing, before Serato was even a thought.

The heavy hitters of the mighty Juice Crew. Big Daddy Kane, Kool G. Rap and DJ Polo, Masta Ace and Craig G on one of the greatest posse cuts of all time, ‘Symphony’

And the clown prince of rap aka the Human Beatbox, Biz Markie. ‘Make the music with your mouth biz’

‘that category, period, end of story’

btw. 9 days til the party. Get your name in on that list.

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September 2020