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. . . What’s Upper? . . . Nasty News . . . Issue #805 . . . February 12, 2018 . . . What’s Upper? . . .

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by Jay Quan
Love Bug Starski was right there
at the genesis of the subculture now known as Hip Hop, before it even had a name. With his Grandmother living only 4 blocks away from the Black Spade hotbed known as the Bronx River Projects, he made friends early with architects like
Kool D.J. D and Afrika Bambaataa. Starski was one of the first to D.J. and Emcee simultaneously, and even though he got his start right there at Bronx River, he also carried equipment and records for the late great Pete DJ Jones who played for a more mature crowd. The Grandmaster Flash, who studied Jones and was impressed with Jones’ ability to preview records via the cue button on his Clubman mixer, introduced Love Bug to Jones. Along with Keith Cowboy of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5, Love Bug is said to be one of the originators of the word “Hip Hop”. He rhythmically inserted it into his rhymes and used it as a segue, much in the style of Wonder Mike’s intro on the Sugar Hill Gangs’ “Rappers Delight”. It was Afrika Bambaataa who later used the words Hip Hop to describe the street artform, including Djing, B-Boying (breakdancing), Graffiti and Emceeing (rapping), but it was Keith Cowboy & Love Bug who are credited with the creation of the term.

Sylvia Robinson, who started the first notable rap music label Sugar Hill Records, attended a birthday party at Harlem World for one of her nieces and this was the first time that she heard rap music This is also where she formulated the idea to commit the music to record, as a way to get herself and her stable of record labels (Stang, All Platinum and Turbo) out of debt. It was the Love Bug Starski that she witnessed that night. Master Gee of the Sugar Hill Gang told me that before there was a Sugar Hill Gang, Rappers Delight or even Sugar Hill Records as a name, Starski was the first Emcee to record for Sylvia. He actually rapped to the track that would become “Freedom” by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5.

Lovebug Starsky would eventually record for Fever Records (run by Sal Abbatiello, who owned and operated the infamous Disco Fever nightclub) as well as Tayster and Epic Records.He penned the title track for the soundtrack to the failed 80’s movie “Rappin’”. Lovebug Starski’s biggest hit and signature song is “Live At The Disco Fever” produced by the late great Larry Smith. “You’ve Gotta Believe”, which he recently remade, was a big hit as well. In addition to being an early Dj/Emcee, Starski was also one of the first to deliver an energetic stage show, using the entire stage when he performed.

Love Bug was an extremely private and guarded person, who rarely gave interviews.
Rest In Peace to one of the building blocks of the Hip Hop subculture.

Show our RAP ATTACK artist
Xpression lots of LOVE

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Seattle and Bruce Lee fans, join me DJ Nasty-Nes,
March 9th at Seattle's Wing Luke Museum!

Stay tuned for more details!

"You have our Gratitude"

Wing Luke Museum of
the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

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DJ 3rd Degree’s
Fire Pick of the Week
Week of February 12, 2018

Welcome to 2018 everyone!
Thanks for continuing to support indie rap music and
Rap Attack DJ’s.

Hip Hop Collabs. We all love them and there are many examples of great collabs over the history of rap music. Run DMC and Aerosmith. Public Enemy and Anthrax.
This week we have a super collab for you. The incredible emcee
MF Doom has teamed up with the super group Czarface, which is made up of MC’s 7L, Esoteric and Wu-Tang member Inspectah Deck. Their new single coming off their upcoming album “Czarface meets Metal Face” is titled “Nautical Depth” (Get On Down Records) and it is an incredible song.
The track has the most amazing bassline that drives this song throughout. Deck goes in first, slicing and dicing thru the beat with his lyrical prowess. MF Doom comes next, doing what he does well, killing the track!
7L and Esoteric are equally amazing on this track.
I liked this song so much I played it back to back on The Coast to Coast Hip Hop Show!

You have to go get this record.
Let us know if you need it, cause we are rocking it!!

Til next week . . . Peace!!
DJ 3rd Degree

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Hit the RapAttackLives.com VIDEO PAGE
and watch these 2018 video debuts:

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The High Children
“Promo Reel 2018"

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Arash aka Shammy Dee

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"16 on the 16th
(For The Dream)"

The HEAT is ON for 2018!

and check these out!
(click here)

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welcomes two NEW reporters: Brendon Reyes from Portland's community radio, KBOO,
Eliza Craig from WIUX radio (Indiana University) in Bloomington, IN.

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Happy Birthday!

to Cali’s own Nick Huff from HardKnock.TV,
celebrating on Saturday, February 17.

(God Bless & Isa Mahal)