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. . . What’s Upper? . . . Nasty News . . . Issue #764 . . . April 10, 2017 . . . What’s Upper? . . .

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DJ 3
rd Degree’s
Fire Pick of the Week
Week of April 10, 2017

BACK at ya this week with another hot track for your ears!

That Boom Bap Rap, that is what Rap Attack is all about!
Bringing you that flavor this week with a brand new joint from
Zo The Jerk and Frost Gamble titled “Axe Somebody”, continuing the Boom Bap tradition!
Hailing from Detroit, Zo The Jerk has brought flavor before on the mic but this one has some extra heat to it. Canadian producer Frost Gamble lays it on with a slick usage of
Public Enemy’s “Show Em Watcha Got” horn sample, along with a Big L vocal sample during the hook, and the duo goes deep on the beat. Hard rhymes from Zo dominate the track and gets the listener engaged right from the go!
This is a can’t miss track!
Go grab it DJ’s, it will heat up your playlist!!
Well, I think that should take you thru the week!
Be safe and love one another!
Til next week . . . Peace!!
DJ 3rd Degree

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Sad news swept across
the music industry as word struck about the passing of Garnet Reid, who was found unresponsive in his Atlanta apartment. According to a family friend, Reid’s passing is being ruled as a case of natural causes, but there has yet to be an autopsy.
The former Universal Music marketing and promotions genius, Reid was a veteran with nearly 30 years experience in the game. He got his start as Director of College Promotions with Tommy Boy Records and then became the big dog National Director of Promotions at Payday/Island Records. During that time, Reid promoted future hip-hop hall of famers such as Queen Latifah and Naughty By Nature to the masses with great success.
Upon leaving Payday/Island Records, Garnet Reid became Senior VP of Rap Promotions at Universal Music Group, where he cemented his name and legacy as a guru. You have him to thank for introducing Cash Money (Lil’ Wayne,Birdman, BG, Juvie,Turk and Mannie Fresh) and Nelly to the world. In addition, Reid would leverage his position to inspire the next greats to enter the game.
In 2002, Garnet Reid went on to create his own independent imprint, Focused Inc. Working with both major and indie labels, he would provide promotion and marketing expertise for big name superstars including 50 Cent, Gucci Mane, Cam’Ron,Beyoncé, Three 6 Mafia and John Legend.
A true force in the music game, Garnet Reid’s success came from having an immensely impactful work ethic, a great spirit and a true communicative relationship with artists, executives and the fans. For those not young enough to remember, the promotions man was the first line of offense for any budding rap star’s career. When no one else in the building cared who you were outside of the A&R guy, the promo guy was your touchstone in the complex network of a major label.
No one brought such powerful energy to that position like Garnet Reid.
He and his infectious smile will be missed.

DJ Chill Will from Mi's WCBN adds:
What's up people? Gonna keep it short this week. Been a lot of good people passing a way in the last few years, and we lost another one this week — Garnet Reid, a long time mixshow promoter who was a good dude and took care of everyone, no matter your market or level in the game.
The older we get the more we better go see the doctor and take care of ourselves.
I hope this is the end for a while because we're losing too many good people at a young age.

Don't forget you can check me out in the mix Monday thru Friday from 3pm to 4pm pst, for
the Hot Mix on
http://swurvradio.com-Internet Hip Hop Radio,
and KRYC
105.9 Yuba City/Sacramento on Friday Nights

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Cleveland's DJ Kristyles formerly of The Bully Brothers radio can now be heard live every Thursday 8pm-9pm (est) on the “Bubble N' Blow” show at www.VoiceItRadio.com.

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Hip-Hop meets Jazz! That's right!
Xpression & Kenny G

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Eleven & Jason D are outta Boise, Idaho. Rap Attack's own DJ Jason D hosts an underground Hip Hop show "The Wreck" on 89.9 KRBX/RadioBoise.org. He is also a featured DJ on "The Wednesday Wreck" with DJ Kazzeo on 90.9 KHDC in Salinas, CA.

Eleven relocated from San Diego more than a decade ago and prides himself on being a Husband, Father, Teacher, Basketball Coach and MC.
E&J is his 3rd studio album.
Both the single & the album “E&J” are about to drop!

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On Friday, March 17th, Jose Gutierrez aka Luvva J went one-on-one with Seattle's Original Crazy Pinoy & the Godfather of Hip Hop, DJ Nasty-Nes on KAOS radio show “Capitol City Live.”
The one hour interview covered Nes' 37 year history on the radio, his battle with diabetes & congestive heart failure, his faith, stories of being on the road with
Sir Mix-A-Lot, his relationship with NWA & Eazy-E & MORE!
You can hear this awesome & intimate interview archived at

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(L-R): DJ 3rd Degree, Kritta, Nasty-Nes & Belinda Foster (AWJ Platinum)

will be hosting two big shows this June 2017.
It's part of our “Anti Bullying” Campaign &
we're gonna spread the word to help end bullying!
Stay tuned!
Acts to be announced soon . .

WBTV LP, a new, low power, community radio station
is now streaming at
Melo Grant from WRUV (University of Vermont) hosts a new program called The Righteous Grove,
6 to 8p.m. ET on Thursdays.

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Barring any setbacks, “All Eyez On Me” is slated to arrive in theaters on Pac’s birthday.

Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to the Morgan Creek Entertainment film that follows the life of the iconic 1990s rapper and has set it for release on June 16, on what would have been Shakur’s 46th birthday. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Recently, Benny Boom defended casting Hollywood newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. for the flick.

“I feel like I definitely got the right actor to play Tupac,” he said of Hollywood newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. “It was important to get an unknown [actor] so people can lock into him and his performance versus any sort of baggage that another actor would bring,” Douglas revealed. “This role is just too important for Hip-Hop culture to mess it up.”

Back in September, Shipp talked about portraying the late music star
and what fans should expect.

“It’s not even comparing that, because it’s 2Pac, and this is a global star and icon. This is one of the biggest biopics that will ever be done. Next to Michael Jackson, you know what I’m saying? As far as the people in the world that’s respected and loved when it comes to entertainment and as big as Pac, it’s Mike . . . 2Pac, Elvis or something like that?”

h . . . Adrian Miller

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by Jessica Weber (Co-Sign)


I don’t have to tell you all this, but since Pitchfork asked —
yes, College Radio matters.
I know,
CMJ didn’t publish a chart last week, the Music Marathon didn’t happen last year and CMJ’s direction has become a question mark . . . but, so what?
Let’s be real: CMJ’s charts provide a great snapshot of what’s happening week to week nationwide, but it’s been a minute since they’ve been THE voice of College Radio.
More importantly, the impact a station has on its community and fans doesn’t have a thing to do with whether or not a trade magazine exists.
Honestly, people have been asking whether or not radio still matters since the early 2000s when I started in the music business as a College Radio Promoter.
The answer has always been the same. Yes.
As music lovers, you already know radio isn’t the only way to hear new records anymore, and it never will be again. This is OK! These days, technology allows all media to be consumed in many different ways (thankfully!), and often with so little intention. So to all my independent radio stations out there in the world, I say this makes you stronger.
Regardless of format, listening to your local radio station is not a purely utilitarian exercise so much as a conscious choice. People are tuning in because listeners know
YOU fuel and enable music discovery.
This means you’re tied directly into an open, engaged, local and loyal audience of music consumers and fans, not to mention donors and volunteers. They are hungry to contribute and be a part of something meaningful, and support an outlet rooted in community. Work that!
That being said, and I say this with love, there’s always room to step up our game, College Radio. And to be totally clear, I’m not saying don’t report to CMJ. I’m saying do that,
and more.
Stations have to find new ways to trumpet the amazing things they're doing with bands and labels to the rest of the world, beyond charts. So, continue investing in your station’s community by building with your local record stores plus the venues and publications you love
to create a truly meaningful local network.
And most important — get to know your listeners. These are your people! Keep investing, grow awareness for your station in your market and become an essential mouthpiece for your market.
Don’t ever forget — you are a powerful amplifier. Your audience, your community and your format have a voice. And remember we need to continue working to find new and innovative ways to amplify our voices and provide more for our listeners, our community and the artists we believe in.
Jessica Weber Founder - co-sign

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The Urban Network is BACK in 2017 &
this time it’s
BACK in Los Angeles!

I am honored to be on the West Coast Board of Directors reppin' the upcoming Universal Hip Hop Museum about to be built in the Bronx, New York. The latest meeting at the JW Marriot hotel sponsored by Microsoft was a day full of reconnecting with friends & legends:
Lonzo (World Class Wrekin Kru), Arabian Prince (NWA) Kurtis Blow, Rocky Bucano, Captain Rapp, King Tee, Hen Gee (Ice-T), Scotty-D Spencer, Tomica Wright (Eazy-E), MellowMan Ace, Douglas Young, Medusa, Krayzie Bone, JRo (Tha Liks), Lisa Thomas, Tiffany Gaines, DJ Cli-N-Tel, Silky-D
& more!


  • UHHM Group

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  • Lonzo World Class Wrekin Crew
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  • King Tee
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  • Arabian Prince NWA

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  • Kurtis Blow

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  • Tomica Wright
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  • J-Ro

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  • Medusa

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"RAP ATTACK” made its debut on PowersRadio.com
with DJ's
Nasty-Nes & 3rd Degree.
RAP ATTACK” airs every Sunday from 7pm-9pm (pst) on www.powersradio.com.

ALL our shows will be archived here on RapAttackLives.com.

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The Force behind The Rap Attack show, Sunday nights on www.powersradio.com.
Arash Haile aka Ay-Rash (the BEST engineer in the 818 who makes our show sound 110% Fresh),
Nasty-Nes aka The Original Crazy Pinoy (38 years deep on the MIC & wheels) &
DJ 3rd Degree (my spiritual brother who adds a lot of Hip Hop flavor & personality to the show)!
This is my WINNING TEAM for 2017 . . .
very blessed & thankful.

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Episode 11 of "Can You Dig It!?" podcast features
Mr Supreme &
DJ TopSpin in a one-on-one exclusive interview with
Seattle's Godfather of Hip Hop radio,
DJ Nasty-Nes!

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The Biggest Podcast
(click pix to read, click to get back)

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During my past 36 years in the biz, I've been interviewed many times over &
I never get tired of sharing my story!
Recently, I did one of the
BEST interviews ever in "The Biggest" podcast show,
hosted by
Miguel Rockwell & Joe Hawkins!
You'll hear how I learned to DJ, who taught me and how I became an on-air radio personality. How I met Mix-A-Lot, my first encounter with Mix at the Boys club with Ed Locke (we were the only 2 Asians in the bldg), who started NASTYMIX Records and where the name NASTYMIX came from.
How I still feel so bad (yes, to this day) about getting kicked out of Seattle Prep high school — I reveal what I did & why it was so wrong — and about losing my mom to cancer when I was 18.
How I got to be on Eazy-E's "Radio," my history with Jerry Heller & The World Class Wrekin Cru, my history at 1250 KFOX in 1980 and the FreshTracks show intro
The Emerald Street Boys to Sir Mix-A-Lot.
Why I got fired at KFOX, how KCMU Rap Attack started in 1988 on the condition that Shockmaster Glen Boyd would be my co-host and the birth of KUBE 93's HotMix on Sat night with NUMBER ONE ratings.
Plus you'll hear rare recordings of me on KFOX & KCMU and two original Quick mixes I did featuring Sir Mix-A-Lot, Eazy-E & NWA and yes, allllllllllllll pre-Serato!
A solid 90 minutes with Seattle's Original MasterMixer & Crazy Pinoy . . . And MORE!

#FBF 1988
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KCMU RAP ATTACK #FBF 1988: I found this on You Tube — a rare recording of two of my very first RAP ATTACK radio shows aired in 1988. The first link is about 37 min long & you can hear my MasterMix around 10min 30 sec into it. Both aired on 90.3FM KCMU, 28 years ago. I was fired from KFOX in April of 1988 as the station was sold & they made it clear to me that the new KFOX would NOT play RAP/Hip Hop anymore. KCMU, based on the UW campus, offered me a Sunday night slot around July of 1988 to keep KFOX FRESHTRACKS on the air. I accepted the offer, went from AM to FM in 3 months & renamed my show KCMU RAP ATTACK. I wanted this show to sound just as good as if you're listening to a Casey Kasem American Top 40 show or any professional sounding show you'd hear on commercial radio. I didn't want to just yell on a mic & say my name in a mix or during the show so I invested $$$ in getting Professional Custom Voice Over Drops. I also made my own Drops & the rest is Seattle Hip Hop HISTORY!
Here it is from 1988 (28 years ago) yours truly,
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Happy Birthday!

Brian Samson, celebrating on Wednesday, April 12
to Ty Campbell, celebrating on Saturday, April 15.

This Friday, April 14, I’ll be celebrating 13 years of sobriety!

(God Bless & Isa Mahal)