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Issue # 714
April 4, 2016

! ? What’s Upper ? !

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Villanova upsets North Carolina Tar Heels with 3-point buzzer-beater
to win its first N.C.A.A. title since 1985.
Congrats Wildcats!

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Editorial by DJ 3rd Degree

“What is a DJ if he can’t scratch? What is an MC if he can’t rap?
What is a mix-tape without a DJ host?
These are the questions!”

                      Recently, there has been a debate going on in social media between me and many of my followers regarding the term “mix-tape” and how it’s being used nowadays by rappers. They use the term to reference their newly released EP or album where usually, the rapper is rhyming over beats by producers they know or over recycled tracks from others. Nothing wrong with the latter practice, as this has been around for many years in Hip Hop culture.

                      What I, personally, find wrong with the term being used in this manner is that there is no DJ or Host to these “mix-tapes”. When I grew up within the culture and rap music of the 80’s and 90’s, any use of the term “mix-tape” referred to a collection of songs normally “blended” together with interludes and intro’s by a DJ. It was not used to refer to a rapper simply rapping over beats.

There is a history of the “mix tape” with great DJ’s that blanketed the streets in the late 80’s and early 90’s. DJ’s like DJ Whoo Kid, DJ Clue and DJ Green Lantern, to name a few, were the leaders of the mix-tapes. You would hear banging beats over exclusive flows by the day’s best, up and coming rappers. There was an entire mix-tape culture that created such great DJ’s as DJ Drama, DJ Screw, DJ Smallz and many others. Radio DJ’s like DJ Kay Slay and FunkMaster Flex also put out banging mix-tapes. I sure miss those times. Those days don’t exist anymore.

Note to all up and coming rappers:
if you put out a collection of songs without a DJ blending and hosting this collection of songs,
it is not a “mix tape” — it is either an EP or an album.

This is just my opinion!
DJ Third Degree (@DjThirdDegree)

Masta Ace, Still Chromed Out

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Masta Ace
is a legendary MC with a distinct voice and skillful rapping style. Born and raised in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York, he is an important contributor to the golden age era of Hip Hop, deemed one of our Legends and Hip Hop Pioneers
by any student of Hip Hop culture.

Ace has an extraordinary ‘rap resume’ which includes membership in the legendary Juice Crew working alongside other notable artists. Group members of The Juice Crew included Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Craig G, Kool G Rap, Mc Shan, Roxanne Shante and T.J. Swan. Ace made his first recording appearance on the classic 1988 Juice Crew cut ‘The Symphony’. Ace has successfully released four solo albums since 1990. His fifth highly anticipated album The Falling Season, which is solely produced by LA-based producer Kic Beats, is coming in Spring, 2016.

Take A Look Around (1990), Disposable Arts (2001), A Long Hot Summer (2004) The Falling Season (2016) sum up his solo gifts to the world. In 1992 Masta Ace formed a crew called ‘Masta Ace Incorporated’ and released 2 albums with all members serving a purpose. The crew included Masta Ace (providing almost all of the rapping and unique production), Lord Digga (hype man), Paula Perry (vocals), Leschea (vocals) who later became Ace’s wife and Eyceurokk (as MC Negro). SlaughtaHouse (1993) and Sittin’ on Chrome (1995) are widely considered significant contributions to the tail-end of Hip Hop’s Golden-Era (1988-1995).

Masta Ace continued his creative collabs as he later joined rappers Wordsworth, Stricklin and Punchline (who left the group in 2014) and formed eMC. Their first album The Show was released in 2008. Masta Ace also collaborated with Ed O.G and released the album Arts and Entertainment (2009). MF Doom, although not directly collaborating with Ace, gave him the blessing to use his beats for a special project. In July of 2012 Ace released a concept album called MA_DOOM: Son of Yvonne (2012) dedicated to his departed mother. Ace, is a known sportsman and will team up with Marco Polo for release of a project in 2017.

Not only is he respected as an MC/Emcee and lyricist, but on the low, Ace was taught the basics of production by the legendary DJ Premier back in 1992. Masta Ace affirms:
“everybody thinks their first beat is like the hottest thing ever, it’s your first one, you think you killed it, you think you knocked it out the park.”
Ace knew he had a long way to go and described his beat as “ok” mostly because of who the creators around him were, expressing acknowledgement to
DJ Premier, Marley Marl, Diamond D and Pete Rock. He goes on to say that somewhere in the back of his mind he intends to make another beat.

This spring’s highly anticipated album, The Falling Season, is produced entirely by Kic Beats and is a benchmark for Ace. Once he confirmed with Kic that he did not use any samples in the beats he heard, he knew Kic was the one for the job. Ace spoke very highly of Kic, explaining the difficulty most producers have making a beat without samples. He believes that Kic has mastered this art and is feeling the chemistry that they produced with The Falling Season.

The Falling Season is a walk through Ace’s high school years, from freshman to graduation. He told me in a recent interview that the album is very emotional — some tears were shed at an intimate listening party with some of his high school friends. Ace also said that some of the skits featured the sons of his high school friends.
I’m sure I speak for millions of old school heads when I say that we look forward to the release of this album.

Finally, Ace is passionate about football and is a devoted fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. Stay tuned for an upcoming take on Masta Ace’s sportsmanship
in ‘
Touchdown With TerminKNOWLEDGEE’. Ace and I will talk about his 11-year football coaching career and share some opinions on the moves that have been made in the past football season.

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Here is the 5 hour tribute to the Phife Dawg (R.I.P.) show that aired on Chicago's WNUR's “Dedicated” with DJ 3rd Rail.

Each song features Phife Dawg, either as a solo artist with
A Tribe Called Quest or as a guest on a song. This is how "Dedicated" pays tribute to a Hip Hop Legend.

Please take a minute to "share" or "tag" someone who is A Tribe Called Quest fan. This whole mix is done strictly on vinyl, no Serato, CD's or mp3’s:

Rapper Phife Dawg, a member of rap pioneers A Tribe Called Quest,
has died at the age of 45.

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News of Phife Dawg's death emerged on Twitter, where producer/broadcaster DJ Chuck Chillout posted a R.I.P. message in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Tributes have been pouring into social media as news of his death spread. The musician had been struggling with ill health and diabetes for several years and died at his home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Malik Isaac Taylor was born in 1970 in Queens, New York.
He co-founded the rap group A Tribe Called Quest in 1985 when he was 15 with his classmates Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Phife appeared on all five of their albums, acting as a punchy foil to the smooth lead M.C. Q-Tip on tracks like Check The Rhime and Scenario. He nicknamed himself the Funky Diabetic and the Five Foot Assassin, a clear reference to his height. His self-deprecating swagger became one of the band's trademarks.

Their biggest hit came in 1991 with the single Can I Kick It? The band got together recently to perform the song on Jimmy Fallon’s show to mark the 25th anniversary of their debut album ‘People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm’. Can I Kick It? was one of the band's more atypical songs - a gleeful barrage of nonsensical wordplay, based around a sample from Lou Reed's Walk On The Wild Side. Despite the song's enduring appeal, Phife was not a fan.
"It's hard for me to get into
Can I Kick It? for the simple fact that
I hated my voice back then," he told Rolling Stone.
"It was high-pitched . . . and I couldn't stand it."

Along with De La Soul and Queen Latifah, the band was part of an overall movement that challenged the macho posturing of rap in the '80s and '90s. Their socially conscious lyrics addressed issues like date rape and the use of the N-word in the track Sucker Niga, and avoided the hip-hop cliches of gunplay, gangsters and expletives. Musically, they fused jazz with hip-hop, often rapping over a drum loop and an upright bass. Complex and atmospheric, their 1991's ‘The Low End Theory’ has often been ranked among the best hip-hop albums of all time.

Disagreements between Q-Tip and Phife eventually derailed the group and in 1998 they announced that their fifth album, ‘The Love Movement’, would be their last. When the group disbanded, Phife continued to battle diabetes. Occasionally he would reunite with the group for live shows, mainly to help cover the medical costs of his type 2 diabetes (often mistakenly reported as type 1).

In 2008, Phife suffered renal failure. He received a transplant from his wife but was back on the waiting list for a kidney four years later. "It's a strain on me as far as going where I want to go, doing what I want to do," he said. "When I was on dialysis the first time, my stepson was playing basketball [and] I couldn't practice with him. I wanted to go out and run with him and things of that nature, but I didn't feel good." "It's really a sickness," he added in Beats, Rhymes & Life, Michael Rapaport's candid 2011 documentary on the group. "Like straight-up drugs. I'm just addicted to sugar."

At the time of his death, Phife was working on a solo record, ‘Muttymorphosis’, which he described as "basically my life story”. A clip from the first single, Nutshell, was released last September, but the full track has yet to surface. Last year he reflected on his career.

"It's odd in a good way. I never expected it to be this big. I just thought we were going to be celebs in the hood. Like, honestly, within 25 years, when you go to places like Australia and Japan and Amsterdam and London and Germany and these people know [the songs] word-for-word, it's crazy”.
Rapper Phife Dawg

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The impact
Malik “PhifeDawg” Taylor
made on my life

by DJ 3
rd Degree

Malik “PhifeDawg” Taylor was born on November  20, 1970 in Brooklyn, NY and died March 22, 2016 from complications related to his battles with diabetes and kidney failure.

PhifeDawg was the founding member of the legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest. The group formed as teenagers when Phife got Q-Tip to start a group called Quest, then later added Ali-Shaheed Muhammed and Jarobi. Their debut album, released April 10, 1990 on Jive Records, featured hits like “Can I Kick It”, “I Left My Wallet In El Segundo” and “Bonita Applebum”.  On September 24, 1991, the group released what some would call one of the greatest rap albums of all-time, “The Low End Theory”. This album was defining as both Phife and Q-Tip stepped up their rap game and we got to hear Busta Rhymes roar like a dungeon-dragon. The featured cuts on that album — “Buggin Out”, “Excursions”, “Jazz (We Got)”, “Check The Rhime” and “Scenario” — catapulted the group into the stratosphere. I was hooked. I was really hooked when I heard “Can I Kick It’ but the group’s third album, “Midnight Marauders”, gave me my all-time favorite song “Electric Relaxation”. The sound of that song and the delivery from Tip and Phife take me to a whole different world every time I hear it.

Phife called himself the “Five Foot Assasin” and “The Five Footer” and for me, a rapper only 5’0” became a huge influence when it came to rhyming. Rakim gave me the soul, KRS taught me to be conscious, Chuck D taught me to be political and Phife taught me to love the art and have fun.

His death at the age of 45 caught me off-guard. We knew he had been sick for a very long time with his diabetes and his two transplant surgeries. His death is my loss. I feel selfish saying that but it is true, as we will not get to hear new music or his witty and smart talks about his love for sports.

Today I got to do something very special. My Aunt, who happens to live in New York City, also happens to be friends with Malik’s Mom. I got to send her a message and share with her my thoughts on how much of a positive impact her son had on my life. I thanked her and sent her my condolences. It was special for me to do that.

Rap won’t ever be the same again. I’ve now lost two of the icons that I revered as a young kid. Jam Master Jay made me want to be a DJ. Phife made me the rapper I am today. I will always have the music he left behind and the memories of dancing to his music and watching him perform.

It has been an honor, sir — may you Rest In Peace!

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Since 1988, he's the voice you hear on “The Prop Shop” every Saturday night on WCBN radio at the
University of Michigan.

Hailing from Metro Detroit,
DJ Chill Will can claim 15 years of experience as a DJ. While he is well known for breaking some of the biggest acts in Hip Hop at Detroit's famed Saint Andrews Hall, he’s quickly establishing himself as a key Top 40/ Dance DJ as well. Able to rock any type of crowd, Chill Will has made his mark from Radio to Dance Clubs. He’s performed at sold-out shows and rocked various residencies and events like The North American International Auto Show for Scion.

Chill Will has DJ'd celebrity events and after-parties for some of the hottest acts in Hip Hop and R&B —
Wiz Khalifa, Slaughterhouse, Jadakiss, Eminem, D-12, Nas, Common, G-Unit, Rick Ross, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Ludacris, MGK and Yelawolf, just to name a few!

Recently, one of Chill Will’s biggest moments came when he was awarded a mixshow at Detroit's New
98.7 AMP Radio (WDZH) on Saturday nights. He continues to mix at WCBN FM (University of Michigan) and Holiday weekends at WJZE FM in Toledo, Ohio. With 8000 new viral followers this year, his popularity is clearly growing — the buzz is evident!

DJ Chill Will has also been featured in various magazines and newspapers. You can catch him in
The Source, Rap Pages, Hits, Gavin, CMJ, Impact, Underground Soundz, Urban Network, RapAttackLives.com, Hip Hop Weekly and the Detroit News.

It’s safe to say DJ Chill Will is heard
by almost 1 Million people every Weekend!

Follow DJ Chill Will on Twitter: https://twitter.com/chillwill734

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Artist: King Khazm
Single: disAbility

Free MP3 Download:
Watch video: https://youtu.be/bQ3vsP2CDeQ

In honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The struggle for equity and access for all people continues.
Produced by
EarDr.Umz. Cuts by DJ Gumbeaux.
Recorded at The MAD
Lab. Mixed and Mastered by Dume41 at the Legion of Dume.
For more information, please visit

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Happy "92nd" Birthday! (March 12th) to my Sifu Taky Kimura from Seattle's Jun Fan Gung-Fu Institute. Not only is he my Sifu but he’s been a father figure to me for over 40 years. His friendship, guidance & generosity in sharing Bruce Lee's philosophy & martial arts has molded me into the man I am today.

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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,


H a p p y B i r t h d a y!

to my best friend Chris Camilon on Thursday, April 7 (R.I.P.)

PEACE, LOVE & HIP-HOP UNITY (God Bless & Isa Mahal)