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Issue #715
April 11, 2016

! ? What’s Upper ? !

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Manny Pacquiao defeats Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision for the
WBC International Welterweight Title.

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(l-r) Dr Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren,
Eazy-E's mom Mrs Wright and DJ Yella

inducted into the

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Who is DJ Frresh?

OG Hip Hop heads outta Portland will remember DJ Frresh & his iconic Hip Hop show on KBOO radio back in 1999 called "Da Fresh Connection" with co-hosts (R.I.P.) Tim "Superman" Warren & Philip Bethume. A few years later he took his show cross-town to KPSU with co-host DJ Dubee.
By 2009, Frresh moved back home to the Windy City, Chicago where he continues to play the freshest new Hip Hop tracks.

On another note, can you guess what DJ Frresh's favorite cartoon is? "The Flintstones!”
Fave movie? "Menace  II Society.” And when asked who will be the next
POTUS, his reply?
"Hilary Clinton!"

Hear DJ Frresh live online, weekdays from 2pm-6pm (cst) on:

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(left), the actor who played Bruce Leroy and DJ Luvva J (KAOS) (right) together in Olympia, WA at the 30th Anniversary screening of the now classic 80's flick, “The Last Dragon.”

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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:

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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 Brian Samson celebrating this Tuesday, April 12th
Ty-C Campbell celebrating on Friday, April 15.

This Thursday, April 14, I will be 12 Years Sober!!!

(R.I.P.) Big Juan of Boston's Kreators

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