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Check out this awesome remix by Cookin Soul of Eazy E’s Luv 4 Dem Gangsta’z track.


Roger Troutman (November 29, 1951 — April 25, 1999) was the lead singer of the band Zapp who helped spearhead the Funk movement and heavily influenced West Coast hip hop due to the scene’s heavy sampling of his music over the years. Troutman was well known for his use of the talkbox, a device that is connected to an instrument (frequently a keyboard) to create different vocal effects. Roger used a custom-made talkbox—the Electro Harmonix “Golden Throat,” as well as a Yamaha DX100 FM synthesizer. As both lead singer of Zapp and in his subsequent solo releases, he scored a bevy of funk and R&B hits throughout the 1980s.


King Chip - Brand New Hoes

After Pigeons and Planes premiered his new collaboration, “So Slow,” from Anderson .Paak and Blended Babies forthcoming The Anderson .Paak EP, Chip returns with “Brand New Hoes” which was premiered by Complex. King Chip’s Clevefornia is coming soon and his forthcoming single will feature a guest appearance from Fredo Santana.


Watch D’Angelo’s first TV-interview in over a decade on The Tavis Smiley Show.


kurtis blow

When was the last time ya’ll heard this song (if ever)? A classic oldschool dopeness from Harlem’s own, mr. Kurtis Blow, the man who has the first certified gold record rap song in history (The Breaks, from his debut album in 1980) and a man whose name is one of the most recognizable in Hip-Hop culture, with a track called Got To Dance from Party Time? EP. I think I heard it some time ago but I really heard it just recently and listened to it on repeat like crazy.

One for the kids, youngsters and teenagers out there – Don’t listen to the sh*tty bullsh*t they spin on MTV and other video-music channels and radios these days, it’s all a bunch of crap with extremely materialistic unintelligent backgrounds which basically teach you how to be an idiot and a loyal servant to the system know what I’m sayin’? Go back to the roots ’cause THE REAL, raw, intelligent, honest and original rap music with dynamite soul is right there. Go back to the oldschool and don’t support the bullsh*t they serve today, trust me. Invest your money and time on the real stuff. Peace

Party Time? EP is released on Mercury in 1983.

Produced by J.B. Moore and Robert Ford, Jr.




5 years ago, we lost NYC record store/Hip-Hop mecca Fat Beats.

Watch this tribute video ft. Homeboy Sandman, Moses Rockwell & P.SO The Earth Tone King.



Brooklyn emcees Your Old Droog and Problemz were special guests recently on Rap Is Outta Control to discuss their latest projects in 2015. Droog is a Coney Island native that gained major recognition in 2014. He’s since dropped multiple EPs with production from DJ Skizz, RTNC and Marco Polo. His latest being The Nicest.

Problemz is a veteran from the 90s group Missin’ Linx with Black Attack and Al Tariq and just released his new group project R.A.W. (Right Amount of Wrong) with DJ Skizz.


dj eclipse

DJ Eclipse:

Here’s the first ever episode of The Halftime Show. Riz and I stepped to Lynn Gonzalez who at that time had the Wednesday night slot and asked her if she wanted to join forces. After some initial hesitation she agreed and thus The Halftime Show was born. Unfortunately Lynn wasn’t able to make the first show, but in her place was T.O. Sweet who had his own show on WNYU. Listening back the show was definitely a little rough around the edges, but we made it work. Riz spun the first half of the show and I spun the 2nd half (70:33).

We had A-Butta and L-Swift of Natural Elements as our guests (92:44) which led to a couple dope freestyle sessions (96:16 & 104:25). Mr. Len from Company Flow was hanging out with us in the studio as well. This was before Serato and CDJs so every time we had to play an exclusive we would have to stop the mix to throw on the dat. A lot of the music played represented what was also going on at Fat Beats at the time. The good ol’ days.

The Halftime Show w/DJ Riz & DJ Eclipse 89.1 WNYU March 4, 1998 (1st Show) by Itsdjeclipse on Mixcloud



The mix features tracks from Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Gang Starr, Redman, RUN DMC, Roy Ayers Ubiquity and more.

DJ Spinbad:

Live set from the Boom At Noon on Hot 97. 60 minutes and I played 75 songs/acapellas/instrumentals, all mixed live on 1 1/2 hours sleep and straight off the plane from Hong Kong. If you’ve ever seen the DJ room at Hot 97 you know this was no easy feat! Big shout to DJ Big Ben and Megan Ryte!

DJ Spinbad Live On Hot 97 NYC 8/21/15 by Dj Spinbad on Mixcloud


Damon Wayans breakfast club interview: Talks In Living Color and more!

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