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. . . What’s Upper? . . . Nasty News . . . Issue #782 . . . August 14, 2017 . . . What’s Upper? . . .

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The West Coast Hip Hop world has lost another soldier — Frank Vidal.
He was a very solid friend and a lot of people are really going to miss him. Triple O.G.
May You Rest In Peace.
#LoudRecords #SRC #WestCoastLegend #KernCountyOG #Bakersfield #CaliKings

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(L-R) Frank Vidal, the late Roger & DJ Icy Ice

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Hip Hop celebrated it's 44th birthday on August 11
& Google showed it



It's no secret.
Thanks to breaking the Top 5 on the
Rap Attack National Top 30 chart,
The High Children & Kritta will be guests on the
Sway In the Morning show (SIRIUS)
airing Friday, August 18 at 7am PST/10am EST!

Be Sure to Tune In!


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DJ 3
rd Degree’s
Fire Pick of the Week
Weeks of August 7 & 14, 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!

Fresh for your turntable platters comes a joint from a newly formed Doomtree Records supergroup. Calling themselves Shredders, MC’s P.O.S. and Sims team up with beat makers Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger. Their first single off their just-released EP is called “Cult 45” — it is a Fire-Starter!
Rocking at 105 beats-per-minute, this track has you bobbing right off the top. I’ve always talked about MC’s who can do verbal gymnastics over dope beats and P.O.S. and Sims Do Not Disappoint.
High voltage all the way thru, this foursome does not let us down. This track proves their formation will bring more incredible music.

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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Legendary San Diego DJ from KCR radio and original member of Nasty-Nes’ Rap Attack Lives conference call panel, Mike Soul aka Michael Onz & I digging in Chicago. Vato Locos for life. We go back over 20 years and over those 2 decades I've made not only friends but people who are family to me. He did in San Diego what I and many other DJ's did in our cities. We played great Hip Hop on our radio shows.
I always look forward to connecting with him. We drove around Chicago listening to this past week’s "Dedicated" show and he gave the thumbs up approval.
Thank you my brother for being who you are.
DJ 3rd Rail (WNUR-Chicago)

THE KIDD CREOLE, formerly of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, is in custody for the murder of a homeless man in Midtown East Manhattan. The 57 year old, also known as Nathaniel Glover, was taken into custody in the Bronx.
Police say Glover got into a street dispute with a homeless man, a level 2 sex offender. During the fight the homeless man was stabbed & was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Glover currently works in the area as a security guard & is facing a charge of second degree murder.
The Kidd Creole is best known in the Hip Hop music world as part of the 80’s Furious Five and for their masterpiece hit single "The Message”.
They were the first Hip Hop group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"It's like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder how I keep from goin' under"...

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Dedication to
Fresh Kid Ice of 2 Live Crew

Christopher Wong Won (May 29, 1964 – July 13, 2017), better known by his stage name Fresh Kid Ice, was born in the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. At 12, he moved to Brooklyn, New York and attended school in the city. After high school, he enlisted and spent 4 years in the Air Force. That took him to Riverside, CA in the early 80’s, where he met Amazing Vee and Mr. Mixx. Together, they formed the group 2 Live Crew.
In 1984, 2 Live Crew established their own label,
Fresh Beat Records, and recorded their first 12” single. The A side was “The Revelation” while the B side was “What Is This”. Both were electro-rap records that became successful in Miami, Florida. That success led the group, minus Amazing Vee, to move to Miami and perform.
During 1986,
Brother Marquis joined the group and they recorded what would become some of the most amazing music to come out of Miami’s growing hip-hop community. Songs like “Throw That D” and “Ghetto Bass” not only helped popularize the Miami bass sound but it started Luke Skyywalker Records and the group’s run into stardom.
Fresh Kid Ice is known as one of Hip Hop culture’s first Asian rappers.
The group has numerous smash hits and will always be remembered for being the first group to ever have the government label their music ‘obscene’.
He passed away suddenly this past July 13
th and will be sorely missed.

Our heartfelt condolences to his family 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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by Nasty-Nes
In the early 80's there were two Asians that were well known in Hip Hop — me,
Nasty-Nes (NASTYMIX Records/Sir Mix-A-Lot) & Fresh Kid Ice (The 2 Live Crew). I remember being on the road with Mix-A-Lot & fans would see me & think I was Fresh Kid Ice! Well, as the saying goes “We All Look Alike” right? LOL Wrong! Same thing happened with Fresh Kid Ice.
As Mix-A-Lot's DJ, I was fortunate to perform at several shows in Miami with The 2 Live Crew.
Luke & I were good friends but it was great getting to know a fellow Asian aka “The Chinaman”, a rarity in the early era of Hip Hop.
I would run into Fresh Kid Ice at various music conferences, like the
Jack The Rapper conference in Atlanta, and our relationship grew stronger.

The last time I saw him was about a year ago in Long Beach at the Freestyle Show on the
Queen Mary.
Hard to believe that almost 30 years had passed since we first met.
Around 1985, I remember playing “Throw That D” on Seattle's
KFOX Radio.
I had to edit the track but the request lines were ringing off the hook for that single.
For Fresh Kid Ice and The 2 Live Crew, the rest is history.
He was only 53 when he passed.
(R.I.P.) Christopher Wong Won aka Fresh Kid Ice.

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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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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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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!

Kritta 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 that
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. ALL our shows are archived on this site at Rap Attack Show.

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The Force behind The Rap Attack show.
(L-R): 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.

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!

King Shameek (Twin Hype),
celebrating on Monday, August 14th,

to both
Arnold “E-ROCK” Noche & DJ D-Tragic (KCSB-CA), celebrating on Tuesday, August 15th,


L.A. “Lisa Lisa” Nevins, celebrating on Friday, August 18th.

(God Bless & Isa Mahal)