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I highly recommend that anyone and everyone check this lil’ project out at http://fresh.wwradio.net/. I could go on & on about how much I love this project/concept/Godsend, but I’ll let Dj Bee (@djbeeonline) take care of that part because I can’t say it any better than he already has:

FRESH RADIO…while I(DJ Bee) was doing research of this name for this station, I found a few with the same.  Trust me ..this is not the same.  Dj Boz, the creator of Wrld Wide Radio, turned his station into a media company instead of just an Urban Internet Radio Station.

The idea is to have several formats under Wrld Wide Radio.  Dj Boz, Dj E and myself, fellow dj’s and long time friends, came up with a concept for a station for music that we like. Good music.  No GREAT MUSIC.  We came up with the name Fresh Radio with a meaning of a fresh format and the word Fresh meant in the Hip-Hop culture.

Recent changes to terrestrial radio stations that I’m still employed by also helped this decision.

THE FORMAT…being on FM (terrestrial) radio for more than 12 years, I’m sure your tired of the songs that played and how often they play.  Normally the people that program these stations have no clue what the public wants to hear when they site in their office talking on the phone talking to other program directors who doesn’t have a clue as well.  Then never go out to the clubs to hear what people like or answer the phones, texts, emails from listeners.

Well that’s what I do for a living.  The problem is..the music sucks.  So we created this station for music heads and Hip-Hop lovers.  In rotation will be Classic 80′s and 90′s Hip-Hop with some early 2000 classics sprinkled in. Classic 80′s and 90′s R&B but not the generic songs that Urban AC stations play.

It’s so much music that has been created! Underground/Progressive Hip-Hop (From Dilla to ATCQ to Rah Digga to Eternia) as well as forward Soul Music(Neo-Soul-not a real genre) but music from Jill Scott to Colin Monroe to Nneka to Yahzarah!

This is just the rotation.  The return of The 5th Element of Hip-Hop M-F 9p est turntablism and underground/progressive Hip-Hop lives on Fresh Radio.  Mixes from all the Skratch*Makaniks*Crew and Djs from all over the world and in your backyard will run daily as well.  Soul, Funk, House, even Go-Go music will be presented to you by great Djs and Turntablist.

FRESH RADIO est. 10.10.10. –Fresh Out The Box!

by DEREK L. JOHN @ NPR

Now, here’s a little story I’ve got to tell

About a record label you know so well

It started way back in history

With Rick and Russell in an NYU dormitory


You know the little story of Def Jam Recordings, started way back in history byRick Rubin and Russell Simmons. What you may not know, unless you lived outside of New York (like me), is how instrumental it was in bringing hip-hop to the masses. A new glossy coffee-table book, Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label, reveals that aspect of the label’s legacy in vivid detail.

I grew up amid the Great Plains, and hip-hop always felt like my ticket out; for a while, it seemed I marched to the beat of a different Def Jam record every week. The smuggled tapes from a friend’s older brother, the after-school ritual of Yo! MTV Raps — this was my salvation. Everyone talks about The Beastie Boys (and where would they be without Def Jam?), but the white boys of 3rd Bass were my heroes. Songs from The Cactus Album like “The Gas Face” and “Brooklyn-Queens” were my personal anthems. Or remember the bedtime stories of the eyepatch-wearing Slick Rick? Sick.

Looking back, I’m struck by how often Def Jam tracks were lurking in the background. LL Cool J‘s “Around the Way Girl” (on cassette single, no less) got me hyped for my first junior-high dance. In college, when I was working a crappy restaurant job, we used to blast DMX’s “Ruff Ryder Anthem” as we closed down the kitchen. More recently, Ghostface Killah‘s FishScale was the killer soundtrack for my daily subway commute in Brooklyn. (Yes, I eventually got a real ticket out.)

Of course, this was also the label that gave us Jay-ZKanye West and countless other game-changers. The genius of Def Jam lay in its ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still sell tons of records. Club bangers like Sisqo’s “Thong Song” could share shelf space with political flamethrowers likePublic Enemy. This Def Jam mix is by no means definitive, but it reflects my experiences with a label that will always be, as Nice & Smooth once put it, for “Hip-Hop Junkies.”

Check out the mix HERE: (Warning: the songs in this mix may contain language not suitable for all audiences.)

Artists In This Mix

3rd Bass • Beanie Sigel • The Beastie Boys • Boss • Cam’ron • Diplomats • DMX • Downtown Science • EPMD • Erick Sermon • Fabolous • Foxy Brown • Freeway • Ghostface Killah • Hollis Crew • Ja Rule • Jay-Z • Kanye West • LL Cool J • Ludacris • Method Man • Montell Jordan • Musiq Soulchild • Nas • Ne-Yo • Nice and Smooth • Nikki D • Onyx • Oran “Juice” Jones • Public Enemy • Redman • Rihanna • The Roots • Scarface • Sisqo • Slick Rick • T-La Rock • The-Dream • Warren G

Derek L. John is a producer for Studio 360 and WNYC

Comic books and hip-hop have so much mutual love, they should really just get a room already. Rappers like 50 Cent and Wu-Tang Clan regularly drop references to Spider-ManBatman and other superheroes into their rhymes. Jean GraeMF Doom and DJ Green Lantern are just some of the hip-hop artists who have taken names inspired by comic book characters. And we’re pretty sure Kreayshawn was on the West Coast Avengers at one point during the late ’80s.

Occasionally, the melding of hip-hop and comics leads to greatness, like the KRS-One andKyle Baker collaboration “Break the Chain” or MF Grimm‘s “Sentences.” Most of the time, though, comics that try to inject a hip-hop edge into four-color scenarios end up being embarrassing failures. Here are some those failures, featuring some of the biggest rappers in the game.

“Fame: 50 Cent”

The comic book imprint Bluewater Productions has made a mint hacking out cheaply produced comics based on celebrities and public figures. (Perhaps you’ve heard about its Sarah Palin and Justin Bieber comics?)

Ok, gimme a moment to recover. I think I just threw up in my mouth on that one.

The recently released “Fame: 50 Cent” is yet another quickie bio-comic that reads like a Wikipedia entry drawn by a 15-year-old DeviantArt member. The panel where 50 Cent drinks his own Vitamin Water is one of the few where you can tell what is going on in the story.

Don’t worry, Curtis Jackson is in good company–Bluewater also has comic book bios in the works for Selena Gomez and Black Eyed Peas. At long last we’ll get the real story behind Taboo‘s role as Vega in “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.”

It’s okay. You can admit you went out and rented that stinker.

“Onyx: Fight!”

Before Marvel Comics became one of the biggest names in entertainment, it would basically give any celebrity who walked in the door their own comic book series. Thus, the Marvel Musicline, which gave us oddball one-off comics like the Neil Gaiman-penned “Last Temptation ofAlice Cooper” and the amazing Billy Ray Cyrus graphic novel where the mulleted country crooner travels back to medieval times.

Onyx, best known for their 1993 “Rock N’ Jock” favorite “Slam,” also got a graphic novel for reasons lost to time. (Maybe Stan Lee was a big Sticky Fingaz fan?) Set in the far-flung year of 1999, “Onyx: Fight” casts Sticky, Fredro Starr and Sonsee as mercenaries who take on evil bootleggers and aliens in a post-apocalyptic New York City.

What should be an awesomely dumb comic is bogged down by heavy-handed messages (the bootleggers steal music and artists) and overly stylized, confusing artwork. The tagline asked, “What do you do when you are rappers in post-atomic holocaust New York? Fight!”

They forgot to add, “fade into obscurity.”

“Punisher/Eminem: Kill You”

For 2009’s RelapseEminem teamed up with Marvel’s gun-toting vigilante for a little of the ol’ ultra-violence. The “story” finds The Punisher trying to rescue Eminem from Barracuda, a mercenary hired to assassinate Slim Shady by the fictional Parents Music Council.

In typical comic book fashion, Eminem and The Punisher get into a fight about five seconds into meeting each other before getting captured by Barracuda and taken out to sea for some reason. Luckily, Eminem takes out Barracuda with a chainsaw he gets from a friendly ice fisherman who also happens to be a huge fan. (Seriously.)

Stiffly drawn and incredibly dumb, “Punisher/Eminem: Kill You” is a self-indulgent mess. Though it does feature a scene where Punisher mows down Eminem’s entourage with two giant machine guns while Em runs away like a little baby.

This thing is a “tough read” lol.

“Rock N’ Roll Comics: Vanilla Ice”

Um, does anything really need to be said about this?

Revolutionary Comics made headlines in the late ’80s and early ’90s with its “unauthorized and proud of it” comic book biographies of everyone from New Kids on the Block to Guns N’ Roses. Multiple lawsuits ensued, and the company folded in 1994 following the death of its founderTodd Loren. (Loren’s murder, possibly at the hands of same man who gunned down Gianni Versace, is still unsolved.)

All of which is a hell of a lot more interesting than the Vanilla Ice biography they published in 1991, featuring Rob Van Winkle in front of what appears to beIceman from X-Men.

While “Rock N’ Roll Comics” holds a unique place in comic book history (Bluewater Productions recently reprinted several issues), the only place the Vanilla Ice issue belongs is next to “Cool As Ice” and the “Ninja Rap” cassette single in the dollar bins at Comic-Con.

Dum-Dum-Dum-Da-Da-Dum-Dum…

“The Nine Rings of Wu-Tang”

Released around the same time as its mediocre PlayStation fighting game, Image’s “Nine Rings of Wu-Tang” comic book series was another marketing misfire from the venerable hip-hop collective.

Penned by the writer of “Witchblade,” “Nine Rings” tossed the Wu-Tang members into a generic fantasy setting that had little to do with the group’s music and already comic book-friendly persona.

Simply put, the writers missed the boat. They had enough material to go with basing one off the group’s member’s individual lives, especially Ol’ Dirty, but chose to go with a boring ass, fantasy spin.

Bad move.

It’s a shame that a group so steeped in comic book knowledge ended up with a series that resembles the sort of dreck Rob Liefeld cranked out throughout the ’90s.

“Kid ‘n Play”

Yeah, that Kid-n-Play.

Based on Kid ‘n Play‘s short-lived Saturday morning cartoon, Marvel’s comic book series found Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin getting into even more wacky adventures that further softened the duo’s raunchy “House Party” image.

This thing made Will Smith’s “Fresh Prince” persona look like Malcolm “X”.

After a handful of stories that ran the gamut from insanely bland to just plain insane (in one issue they fight robots and drive a car called the “rapmobile”), Marvel threw in the towel and had Play meet WolverineGhost Rider and a bevy of other characters in the final issue thanks to a soft-drink & pizza-induced nightmare.

Clearly this should be the premise of the inevitable “House Party” reboot. Who wouldn’t get behind a Stan Lee cameo as “elderly neighbor annoyed by Kid ‘n Play’s loud music?”

 

Source: Nick Nadel @ MTV