Tuesday, September 30, 2003
While I'm sure Synergy
was off-the-chain as usual, I spent last Saturday on the road, driving to South Carolina, just across the Savannah River from the Godfather of Soul's hometown. As is the norm for my recent road trips, the XM radio
came along for the trip, and even though I couldn't find an internet connection, a cable box, or a decent cell signal anywhere ("Can you hear me now? No...") I did get to take in a buncha the wonderful content on the system. When by myself, I'd usually listen to The Flow
, The Rhyme
, or The City
, but since Mommy was along for the trip, I had to respect her low tolerance for rap. I still managed to find many goodies-- check Soul Street
(shout to Bobby Bennett), The Groove
, or Chrome
As for our own XM thing, at midnight on Friday and Saturday, we ran the 12th Anniversary jont, featuring T-Dawg and DJ Ragz
. T-Dawg did an 80's set, with Ragz steppin to the 90's like Yo-Yo. And CTRL-V...
B-Boy Posse- Summer Kicks
Mikey D & The Posse- Comin' In The House
Finesse & TLC- The Ultimate Choice
Beastie Boys- Rock Hard
Roxanne Shante- I'm Fly Shante
Queen Latifah- Wrath Of My Madness
Big Daddy Kane- Smooth Operator
Marley Marl f/ MC Shan- Marley Marl Scratch
The Brothers- You Can't Win
King Rad & King Stevo- Get Smart
DBL Crew- Bust It
Too Poetic- God Made Me Funky
Unique- Pure Dynamite
MC Tee- Fresh Is The Word
Vandy C & Bill Blast f/ Doctor Ice & T-Funk- V The Viper
Lovebug Starski- Live At The Disco Fever Part I
Schooly D- Saturday Night
Krown Rulers- 32nd Street Down
Super Lover Cee & Cassanova Rud- Gets No Deeper
Technolo-G- Now Dance
Cut Master D.C.- Brooklyn's In The House (Remix)
De La Soul- Double Huey Skit
MC Mike & DJ Mazy Maze- My Mercedes
Original Flava- Grip The Mic Tight
Freshco- 4 At A Time
Charizma- Devotion '93
De La Soul- Supaemcees
Large Professor- Mad Scientist
Heather B- All Glocks Down
Mic Geronimo- Wherever U Are (Remix)
Big L- Street Struck
Nas- The World Is Yours (Remix)
Troubleneck Brothers- Back To The Hip-Hop
Brick City Kids- Brick City Kids
Black Attack- Verbal Attack
Pete Rock & CL Smooth- Get On The Mic (Remix)
A Tribe Called Quest- Oh My God
Channel Live- Mad Izm (Remix)
Alkaholiks- Daam! (Remix)
OGC & Heltah Skeltah- Lefleur Leflah Eshkoshka
Crooklyn Dodgers- Crooklyn
Crooklyn Dodgers- Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers
XM love aside, spending 20 hours in a car with Ma Dukes is a special kinda torture, so we're defnitely gonna file that experience along with the other painful September '03 episodes, and then we're putting the pain in a little box, and tossing it in the Potomac. The only horoscope I read all year, the wonderful "if today is your birthday" jont, says that I "follow the golden rule in October" and end up in a good place. I'd normally pay it very little mind, but the same piece said I'd be obsessing over a summertime relationship; that was done ad nauseum-- y'all know, y'all were there (no mention that the relationship would be over when the obsessing started-- the stars apparently have a wicked sense of humor). Then, back in April, the ex's birthday 'scope promised her an "outstanding and memorable" July and August; during those two months, she found a day job, made big moves on her side hustle, and found my replacement. Hardly a scientific analysis, but I'm just saying that's a little too much accuracy for it all to be just a fluke (right?); but if it is, I'll know by All Saints' Day.
Wrapping up the last of this month's business, I asked someone-- anyone-- to find a hip-hop artist that referenced the late Johnny Cash in a song, in order to prove to Contributing Producer PMD that he had some relevance to the hip-hop world. Alert reader and Remote Soul Controller DJ Mister Elite writes in that no less of a hip-hop icon than Diggin' In The Crates member Diamond D threw in a line about Johnny Cash on one of the tracks on the classic "Stunts, Blunts, and Hip-Hop" album. So there, P.
Thursday, September 25, 2003
Synergy has moved to the last SATURDAY of the month. So, if you were all set to hit The Sanctuary
tomorrow and party with Stylus and our wonderful, cult-like circle of friends, stick it in neutral for 24 hours, and catch the jont Saturday night!
...but, uh, don't miss the soulceez 12th anniversary broadcast at midnight on xm channel 67
, either. that's important, too.
Sunday, September 21, 2003
For the second time this month, the actions of a female have dampened the mood of a birthday I'd planned on celebrating.
This time, the female is Isabel, and the celebration is the Soul Controller Mixshow's 12th Anniversary. Honey-dip's literal raining on my figurative parade knocked out power to the studio from Thursday afternoon 'til just before daybreak this morning (poetic justice for not getting caught by the last month's multi-city blackout, I'm sure...). Guests had been contacted, and plans were afoot, for the special birthday joint we'd come up with at the last minute, but without electricity, we couldn't bring the goodness to you dear folks out there.
But, as a young lady once told me in the days after she kicked me to the curb, the best way to recover from a setback like this is to get a new joint lined up, within days, if not hours (she also said to consult a preacher or therapist, but I think I can avoid going that route this time...) So, no more tears-- plan B is in effect, and we've got the anniversary show lined up for next weekend... Late, yes, but also dope, and dope is always important. I'd tell you about it, but you're best off just catching it next weekend, okay?
Stylus 'n 'em
Sunday, September 14, 2003
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:
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
Main Source- Fakin' The Funk
Kev Brown f/ Odd-I-See & Cy Young- Nitefall
Roots- Concerto Of The Desperado
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
Median- Title Unknown
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
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...)
Sunday, September 07, 2003
"I'm not crazy I'm just a little unwell/ I know right now you can't tell..."
I'm pretty sure I've never quoted Matchbox Twenty before, but if you've been by this site over the past few weeks, and have come to the conclusion that I'm bugging to the utmost of bugstivitity, this line is all I plan on offering in my defense. (By the way, Cheryl "Pepsi" Riley is on the credits of that Matchbox Twenty album, as a background vocalist-- who knew she was still working?)
That said, I think my unwellness led Book and Stylus to wanna stay away from The Incredible Sulk lurking at the studio when it was time to do this week's show ("Mr. McGhee, please don't make me angry, because I might cry or something..."). But we've been airing way too many re-runs lately, and as the director/engineer/editor, I didn't want to run yet another, so I took it upon myself to do the show without them. Left to my own devices, and considering my frame of mind, we're all lucky I didn't end up airing a two-hour loop of the chorus from Kelis' "Caught Out There."
A loud shout-out to Kev Brown for dropping through and contributing "Allways," his definitive take on the subject ("it's like you be trying to see how many hearts you can break in the smallest amount of time/ but maybe I'm/ exagerrating, but it gets aggravating/ you're talking another language and nobody's translating," amongst other lyrical gems) to the discussion. As for the rest of the show...
Black Eyed Peas f/ Macy Gray- Love Won't Wait
Double XX Posse- Not Gonna Be Able Do It
De La Soul f/ Chaka Khan- All Good?
Boogie Down Productions- Love's Gonna Get'cha
A Tribe Called Quest f/ Faith Evans & Raphael Saadiq- Stressed Out
Jaz-O- Love Is Gone
Mos Def- Ms. Fat Booty
Outkast- Ms. Jackson
Truth Enola- Ill Lovin'
Slum Village- Tainted
Opus Akoben- Forgive Me
Roots- The 'Notic
Main Source- Looking At The Front Door
Gangstarr- Ex Girl To Next Girl
Pharcyde- Passin' Me By
A Tribe Called Quest- 8 Million Stories
Mystery Beat (Isaac Hayes- Walk On By)
Break/ Kev Brown & Cy Young Interview
Kev Brown- Nitefall
Biz Markie- What Goes Around Comes Around
2Pac- Do For Love
Kev Brown- Power Bars
Break/ Kev Brown & Cy Young Interview cont'd
Kev Brown- Allways
Yaggfu Front- Left Field
Kev Brown f/ Grap Luva & Phonte- Can't Stay Away
Break/ Kev Brown & Cy Young Interview cont'd/ Outro
Geez Louise... Okay, so thus endeth my online and on-air "Lenny Kravitz after Lisa Bonet left him" impression. My Paul Laurence Dunbar Mask is due back from the shop, and will be back in service next week.
Monday, September 01, 2003
Hope you enjoyed labor day.
Happy birthday to me.