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. . . What’s Upper? . . . Nasty News . . . Issue #776 . . . July 3, 2017 . . . What’s Upper? . . .


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JAY-Z 4:44 ALBUM REVIEW by: DJ 3rd Degree

June 30, 2017 marked the return of Jay Z, one of the rap game’s greatest MC’s, and his new album 4:44. Considering the majority of music released in this genre in the past year, the rap world felt a shift. Aside from Kendrick Lamar, the main stream has not seen the likes of work that Jay just put out. Released exclusively on Tidal and for Sprint customers, Jay’s album is his 13th studio release and entirely produced by No I.D. Having one producer on an album is rare these days as most artists utilize the talents of numerous producers on their albums. This highlights one of the shifts I mentioned above.
Let’s dive in and explore the album.

Track 1: Kill Jay Z.
To open an album with a song with this title would be daunting for most. Jay isn’t like most though. Over a beautifully constructed beat, Jay talks about how people talk about him in the public and social media worlds. One of the key lines on this song is, “F… running with everyone is what you saying, but if everyone is crazy, that means you’re the one that’s insane”. This is a nice track with which to open the Jay Z show episode 13.
Track 2: The Story of O.J.
This song, of all the ones on the album, is probably the darkest one.
No I.D. samples the great vocalist Nina Simone’s “Four Women”, with her voice saying “My skin is black”. Jay talks about how black America is still dealing with the war on the culture by white America. This is a wonderfully produced track and it allows Jay to speak deeply while the racism in our country is still burning. This is a strongly written track by J and is really one of the best ones on the album.
Track 3: Smile
This track, featuring
Gloria Carter, opens with a quick sample of the great Stevie Wonder’s “Love is in need of love today”. On this track, Jay is a lyricist for adults, not kids. He writes, “a loss ain’t a loss, it’s a lesson.” True indeed! This song is a lot about taking life into your own hands and making dreams come true — your dreams, not someone else’s dreams.
Track 4: Caught Their Eyes ft. Frank Ocean
No I.D.’s production reaches new bouncing heights on this track. This song has a playful fun vibe to it but Jay isn’t playing games with anyone here. Jay does not write for those unable to open their minds to deep lyrics. I think this song highlights some of Hova’s strong lyrical styles and, he does not disappoint the listeners.
Track 5: 4:44
The title track is next. The opening begins with a sample from “
Hannah Williams and the Affirmations' "Late Nights and Heart Breaks". A beautiful vocal then gets rocked with some boom bap drums that Jay jumps all over. This track has numerical significance for Jay and his family. This is the first album for J in 4 years. His birthday is on the 4th of December while Beyonce’s birthday is September 4th and her Mother’s birthday on January 4th. And former President Obama was America’s 44th president. Quite a lot of significance there.
Track 6: Family Feud
The Clark Sister’s song “Hey Ya” opens track 6 with some off beat drums finding its way on the track. Jay goes in about him and Queen B being two billionaires, which is better than just one.
Track 7: Bam ft. Damian Marley
Using a very well known dancehall sample from
Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam”, this song is a chance for Hovato to let everyone know that he still runs the rap game and takes no prisoners.
Track 8: Moonlight
No I.D. does a beautiful job sampling The Fugees “Fu-Gee-La” on this beat. Real heads will recognize it but the average listener will not readily know this song uses that sample. I think Jay is referring to a lot of the new-school rappers on this song. You really hear him talking about how they all have similar flows and he can’t tell any of them apart. For our Los Angeles readers, he shouts out Calabasas on this one.
Track 9: Marcy Me
This song is a recognition of where Jay grew up and went from
Shawn Carter to Jay Z. No I.D. does another wonderful job with the construction of this track, using Quarteto 1111’s “odo O Mundo E Ninguem” and speeding it up.
Track 10: Legacy
This song opens with a sample of Jay’s kid saying “Daddy, what’s a will?”. This song ends the album in a wonderful way, with Jay talking about how to take care of you and yours. Sampling
Donny Hathaway’s “Someday we’ll all be free” gives this track such a wonderful soulful feeling.

This album is well produced and very well written.
It’s not something commercial radio will probably embrace
but true Hip Hop heads should for sure
Go Get It!

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

Back on the new music tip as
the summer starts to heat up!

Got a brand new track for ya this week that is for sure going to blaze up your eardrums and have turntables burning!

An artist from New Jersey is ready to take the industry by storm. He goes by the name JOMO (LBE Entertainment), and his track “I’m So Ole School” is a BANGER.
JOMO has an extensive resume filled with dope performances and exclusive song placements in films and TV shows.
“I’m So Ole School” just goes in right away with a dope flute loop then the bass and drums grab you while JOMO does it again, flossing hard over the track.

Check out the dope video for the song here:


This is a hot track and I encourage you to
go grab it for your playlists!

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

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RAP ATTACK's OG outta Iowa, DJ Commando has officially launched his new online radio station KNHB. Download his mobile app- KNHB Radio IA or listen live online at http://www.knhbradio.com.

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Albert Johnson (November 2, 1974 – June 20, 2017), better known by his stage name Prodigy, was an American rapper who,
together with
Havoc, formed the Hip Hop duo Mobb Deep.

Mobb Deep is one of those rap groups that will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who love this art form. Why?
Because they were real, and they brought that realness to their music.

Prodigy came from musical lineage. His grandfather and great-uncle were prominent jazz musicians from the be-bop era. His father was part of the doo-wop group
The Chanters. His mother was part of The Crystals. And his great-great-great grandfather founded Morehouse College, a prominent black college in Georgia.

In 1995, Mobb Deep started their journey and hit us with a classic album titled “The Infamous”. Even at their young age, both Prodigy and Havoc showed how lethal they were with their lyrical skills. Tracks like “Survival Of The Fittest” and “Shook Ones” made us understand that this duo was going to be a force to be reckoned with for a long-time. And they have been that force.

When we lose someone like Prodigy, it hurts.
It hurts because he died too soon.
He had more to give us. We will always be rocking his joints,
maybe now louder than we used to.

Our heartfelt condolences to his family,
his partner in rhyme Havoc and to all of his friends.

Thank you for the music!

May you rest in peace, forever!

DJ 3rd Degree, Nes and the Rap Attack DJ crew salute you!

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Bay Area's Lunacie has signed a Distribution Deal with UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP!
Congrats to
Five Star Music Group.

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Benny Boom
did a good job telling the story. I thought switching between the interview and actual events was a good technique.
It was a nice way to segue between different aspects of
Pac's life.
Camera angles and real-life footage re-enactments were dope. They matched archived Pac video footage with the movie (wardrobe, scripts, set, etc), especially the MGM hotel scene.

Had some funny parts that made the crowd chuckle a bit.

Demetrius Shipp did an awesome job portraying Pac — even down to the way Pac moved his neck while he talked and the way Pac bounced and walked on stage when he performed.

Casting was dope. The chick that played Jada was dope. It was cool seeing the actual people like
Money B (Salute, Mon! Dante Malik).

The movie showed elements of stuff I didn't think about, which was eye-opening. I just wonder how they got those details — was it told by someone who was actually there or were those elements added for theatrical purposes. Either way, it was good.

I was sitting next to my wife's best friend's son, who's 20. He was rapping along with the tracks played during the movie. Kinda funny and sad at the same time cause I used to play these records at the clubs and radio back then. Back when Pac was with
DU, back when Pac got signed to Interscope, and back when Pac moved to Death Row. Who would've thought the power of Hip-Hop would lead to a movie 20+ years later.

"They can incarcerate your body but not your mind..." (or something like that).
As told by
Afeni to Pac during the movie.

by: Dennis Blaze
San Diego's Jam'n 95.7

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Raymond T & Nes

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D-Tragic & Sir-T

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Urban Network Panel

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Urban Network
Various Pix

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Narcotic, Andye, Nes & OSP (Syrka Records)

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The High Children

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Nes, The High Children & DJ 3rd Degree (Nes, Jayson, Tim, Jamal)

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Tiara Asia (Krayzie Bone’s daughter) & Nes

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Nes & BeatDatTrakk

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Congrats! to Ice Cube who got his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on June 12, 2017!

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Macola Records is BACK!

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The original West coast record label that launched a grip of West coast Hip Hop 12”s & albums back in the early 80's is back!
2017 West Coast Rap Pioneer
DJ Flash recently purchased the Legendary Los Angeles Old School "Macola Record Co." label. Macola was the first to manufacture & distribute well-known artists like Eazy E., Uncle Jams Army, King T., Ice T, Timex Social Club, NWA, Egyptian Lover, Unknown DJ, Sir Mix-A-Lot and many others.
Macola is currently in negotiations with
INgrooves to handle vinyl and CD reissues. Electro Hip Hop innovater Rich Cason's Greatest Hits is set to be the first release on the newly revamped Macola Label. Release date is slated for July 1, 2017.

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Kritta, Nasty-Nes & DJ 3rd Degree at the Peace & Kindness Festival.

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(above) Kritta was in the WRSU building at New Jersey's Rutgers University over the weekend paying respects to Ahsan The Golden Child!

continued his hustle at WPRB, Princeton University
with DJ Phil Jackson. (below)

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Look who’s “Diggin in The Crates!” - none other than Chicago's DJ 3rd Rail from WNUR!

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Nasty Nes and 3rd Rail

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DJ’s Surge, 3rd Rail and Nasty Nes

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DJ 3rd Rail, DJ 3rd Degree and Nasty Nes

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DJ 3rd Rail and DJ 3rd Degree

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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

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
(click for more, click to get back)

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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,
(click to get back)


Happy Birthday!

to NJ’s
DJ Yoshi, celebrating on Monday, July 3rd,


YSL & Butch Johnson, both celebrating
on Tuesday, July 4th!

(God Bless & Isa Mahal)

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