Hip-Hop's TRUE VOICE for college rap radio, internet rap shows AND mixtape dj's since 1985!

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. . . What’s Upper? . . . Nasty News . . . Issue #720 . . . May 16, 2016 . . . What’s Upper? . . .

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When I hear the name Ciphurphace, I think of Korean Kim Chee & I think of one of this year’s dopest emcee, Ciphurphace!

Straight outta AZ & now living in NJ, here's Ciphurphace (left) spreading his Hip Hop love & single, “Reflections” with
Ahsan The Golden Child at Rutger's WRSU radio.

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De La Soul is DEAD?

May 13, 2016 (Friday the 13th) marks the 25th Anniversary of the De La Soul is Dead album. This album was released on May 13, 1991.

To celebrate it's 25th Anniversary, we've assembled memorials in NYC at two locations that are very meaningful to the creation of this historic album.

The first location is 298 Elizabeth Street where Russell Simmons, our former manager, had his Rush Management office. That’s where the album title
De La Soul Is Dead came to life. The second location is at 37th Street & 8th Avenue. This is where Calliope Recording Studios once thrived and where most of the Dead album was mixed & recorded.

Please visit the memorial website we’ve created and re-live this album with us. Sign our memorial, then listen to the album on the site. Let us know that Hip Hop will not be not forgotten!

Be a part of the legacy.
DLS . . . Remain In Peace.

There’s an unreleased song produced by Posdnous from the “
Dead” sessions of 1991. You can get the song here: http://www.delasoulisdead.com
In case you missed it. “
For Your Pain & Suffering EP” (Released 4/29/2016) http://smarturl.it/dls_sc
Trainwreck” off the “and the Anonymous Nobody” album (Released 5/6/2016)
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/dls_train_itunes
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/dls_train_spotify
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/dls_train_gplay
Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/dls_train_apple
The new album “and the Anonymous Nobody” by De La Soul will be available for pre-order on iTunes 5/20/2016.

Universal Zulu Nation Announces Leadership Changes

The statement implies that founder and Hip Hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa,
accused of sexually assaulting multiple young men, has stepped down from his leadership position.
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Date: 6th May 2016
The Universal Zulu Nation wishes to announce that it is currently under new leadership by the International and Regional U.S. Zulu Leaders. This will involve a significant restructure and will feature an in-depth re-assessment of how the organization will function to better serve our communities. As part of this restructure ALL accused parties and those accused of covering up the current allegations of child molestation have been removed and have stepped down from their current positions.
Over the coming months there will be significant changes to the organization in terms of roles, structure and establishing the policies any organization of our size should have in place. There shall also be a new move to work towards providing support for victims of abuse, rape and molestation and working more closely on other social issues existing in communities such as drug addiction, alcoholism and mental health.
We are saddened by current events. Not only because of the trial by social media of which we have been subjected to as an organization, but because until now the previous leaders and founders have been ineffective at being able to respond in a way which our members and associates deserve of us. Especially when our good work spreading the Zulu message has empowered communities worldwide. We would like to offer our sincere apologies for this.
As an organization we are in a very difficult position because we are being asked to condemn one of our founders based on testimony through social media alone. We cannot do this. We also cannot dismiss the comments of parties asserting they have been harmed. We have a duty to search for truth. We also need to be mindful that if these allegations are true that victims discussing this in a public forum has not come easily. We the Universal Zulu Nation wish to extend great sympathy to anyone affected by such issues. We know that respect and compassion need to be at the forefront of how we deal with such topics in the future, this has been a lesson in learning for us.

The public is asking for justice and we would welcome constructive suggestions on how that could be effectuated properly. At the moment it is unclear on how best to proceed, we would like to know how the claimants would like to take the matters further towards some form of resolution where the truth can be established. We can not legally speak on behalf of the parties in question in regard to the current allegations. Individuals must speak up for themselves & advice from their legal teams should be sought.
Our restructure is a positive step towards organizational change for our worldwide family of members and the great community programs they continually run which spread the message of Peace, Love, Unity and Having Fun.
To communicate with us during this time of transition please email us at info@universalzulunation.global
International and Regional US Zulu Leaders
Universal Zulu Nation

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We Can’t Afford To Wait:
Hip Hop Moving Beyond the Period of Silence

by Kuttin Kandi

For more than a month there has been a long silence in regards to the allegations against Hip Hop icon, legend, pioneer “Godfather of Hip HopAfrika Bambaataa. Whether the silence is due to shock and/or denial, the neutrality and “on the fence” stance of not wanting to pick sides, the trauma it is causing for many survivors, or the intimidating and bullying threats by perpetrators and enablers; the silence has been frustrating and painful. The depths of the silence speaks volumes to how deep and how real rape culture surrounds all of us. There has been quite a few folks within Hip Hop starting to speak up. Although it’s been powerful and needed; it is still a slow dragging month. Regardless of the reality of this silence --- we cannot afford to wait for that silence to break. We need to continue breaking it till there’s nothing else left to break.

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Who is DJ Kuttin Kandi?

DR. DJ Kuttin Kandi
is a self-proclaimed Professor aka "A People's DJ Scholar" who was born and raised in Queens, NY. She is widely regarded as one of the most legendary and accomplished female DJs in the world. In addition to being a Writer, Spoken Word Poet, Theater Performer, Educator, Hip Hop Feminist and Community Organizer, Kandi is a member of DJ team champions 5th Platoon. She’s a co-founder and DJ for the Hip Hop group Anomolies, co-founder of the famed NYC monthly open mic nights “Guerrilla Words,” and co-founder of the coalition R.E.A.C.Hip-Hop (Representing Education, Activism & Community through Hip Hop). DJ’ing for over 15 years, Kandi has competed in over 20 DJ competitions, including ITF and Vibe. She is the 1998 NY Source Magazine DJ Champion and has been the only female DJ to make it to the DMC USA FINALs.

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Cue Shalimar's track ”A Nite To Remember" — this best sums up my latest trip home this past weekend to the 206 Seattle!

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I've got lots of GREAT new memories . . .

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making a cameo in both
Kid Sensation's aka Xola Malik & King Khazm's new video,

reuniting with my
KCMU Rap Attack posse on their "CAN U DIG IT" podcast show (Supreme, TopSpin & Robert Brewer aka Forrest Gump),

hangin' with my
206 Zulu Nation family at their headquarters in Washington Hall,

meeting new artist
LUCE (with whom I'll soon be working!),

being a guest on
Miguel Rockwell & Joe Hawkin's podcast show "The Biggest,"

reuniting with my fellow
Roosevelt Roughriders, Seva, Lilli & Gary,

chillin’ with my
MMA homie James Gregory,

eating (!) at my favorite spots
Taco Time, Dicks, 13 Coins & Four Seas,

celebrating our Filipino heritage with my
Kuya Liza, Godson Nico,
Elgie, Mark, Pete & Jean

AND to top it all off,
"The Fresh Dressed Jam
hosting this
SOLD-OUT event with my potnah in Hip Hop fo' life,
The Shockmaster Glen Boyd!

I felt transported back to 1980 when I made my debut on Seattle’s
1250 KFOX
& now 36 years later, I’m reunited with my loyal KFOX fans!

Much love & props to Jazmyn, Aaron, Margo & Karin for making this happen.
If I left out your name, it's cause there’re too many to thank,
but I don't forget faces! 
What an honor . . . I'm feeling blessed
to still be alive to experience more of GOD's unconditional blessings.

Thank you Seattle!  

t's going DOWN! See you there.
Friday, June 3, 2016 - Crowne Plaza Hotel San Diego 12noon-1:30pm

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Friday, June 3, 2016 - Crowne Plaza Hotel San Diego 12noon-1:30pm

Panel 6: Decks, BPMs and Playlists/Focus on the DJs

Nasty Nes, CEO, RapAttackLives.com
Corey “CL” Llewellyn, Founder/Digiwaxx Media
DJ Amen, Young California DJs/Real 92.3 LA/106-KMEL, San Francisco
DJ Caesar, Co-H, WeekendWork Radio Show, Shade 45, Sirius XM
DJ Jam, 95.7 KISS-FM San Diego; Snoop Dogg’s Cadillac Music/Dash Radio
Kevin M. Netters, “Big Daddy The DJ” President, VirDiKo
Brian B-Hen, Hollywood’s Champion of New Sound
Raymond T, Slacker Radio, San D

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#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 to

DJ Truly oDd! celebrating on Tuesday, May 17th


to Seattle’s own Shockmaster Glen Boyd!

celebrating on Wednesday, May 18th.

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