Sunday, September 14, 2003
Stylus 'n 'em were part of the opening act for a dead prez performance at U. of MD on Friday the 12th, so, being the supportive pal and all-around-good-guy that I am, I headed to campus to check out the show.

As I made my way around the venue, and ran into folks from the circle of friends and associates we've known for years, the overriding sense seemed to be that we were all just a little too old and jaded to be there. Here was all this revolutionary energy as these babies partied for their right to fight, and for my part, all I felt was cynicism about the hopelessness of their touching, but at the end, probably pointless, idealism.

While waiting for a table at Jasper's with Pimp Daddy and Stylus after the show, sorting through the stack of pamphlets and flyers I'd been handed that night (a rally featuring Ralph Nader! workshops on the prison industrial complex, AIDS & Africa, and reparations! an ACLU racial profiling survival kit!-- all proof that nothing has changed... and with all the paper wasted here, where are the tree-huggers and their protests?), I tried to pinpoint the moment when my focus changed from changing the world (and chasing booty) to just paying the bills (and chasing booty)... but it really didn't matter when it happened, just that it did.

Oh well; at least it's proof that those who identify with this "grown folks' hip-hop" thing are in a different place than the today's zygotes, and shouldn't be treated as the same market.

Get a job, you hippies, work 60 hour weeks with barely two weeks of vacation all year, scrape by while paying your mortgage, car note, and student loans, then let's see if you're still kicking all this "save the world" stuff.

Anyways... this week, Book swung by the studio, but couldn't get in (sorry 'bout that, dawg); Stylus did make it through for the second hour... Here's what went down:

9/13/03--Hour 1


World Famous Supreme Team- World Famous

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo- Poison

Biz Markie- Something For The Radio

Wu-Tang Clan- Uzi (Pinky Ring)

Pete Rock & Cl Smooth- The Creator (Remix)

Dead Prez- Radio Freq

Mobb Deep f/ Big Noyd- Double Shots

Jaydee- FTP

Main Source- Fakin' The Funk

Kev Brown f/ Odd-I-See & Cy Young- Nitefall

Roots- Concerto Of The Desperado

Blackstar- Definition

Ol' Dirty Bastard- Brooklyn Zoo

De La Soul- Much More

Infinite Loop- Choke Up

Artifacts- Wrong Side Of The Tracks

Smif-N-Wesun- Wrekonize (Remix)

Kardinal Offishal- U R Ghetto

Pharoahe Monch- Got You

9/13/03--Hour 2

Median- Title Unknown


Asheru- BMIG

Beatnuts- No Equal

Ras Kass- Golden Child

Jurassic 5- Twelve

Rasco- We Get Live

All City- Priceless

Common f/ De La Soul- Getting' Down At The Ampitheater

Slum Village- One

Little Brother- So Fabulous

Pharcyde- Westcyde 242


Nappy Roots- Roun The Globe

Mark Ronson f/ Ghostface Killa & Nate Dogg- Ooh Wee

Chris Lowe- Midnight Blue

House Of Pain- Jump Around (Pete Rock Remix)

Will-I-Am- Ev Rehbadee

Break/ Outro

While on campus, I stopped by WMUC, the beloved 10-watt FM bohemoth where, 12 years ago this Friday, The Soul Controller Mixshow was born. PMD, who inherited our timeslot when we took the show off-the-air at the beginning of 2000, was trying to justify dedicating the episode to John Ritter, but not to Johnny Cash. In his opinion, John Ritter was hip-hop because watching "Three's Company" re-runs is a shared experience that the entire hip-hop generation has taken part in at one time or another. In contrast, nobody in the hip-hop world has any real connection to Cash: no emcee references him or his work in their songs; no beatmaker has identified him as one his or her influences... It'd only take one person to prove PMD wrong, and proving him wrong is important to me, so I need someone to come forward and tell us how influential Johnny Cash is to your life as a hip-hopper... Anyone?

Big plans in the works for the 12th Anniversary this week, so make sure you catch it!!!

(uh, guys... we do have something planned, right? anything? oh, boy... this could get ugly...)


- ed


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