Sunday, November 12, 2017

Archiving my radio tapes on

I started this blog 8 years ago (december 2009) and shared hundres of tapes. But other priorities and the take down procedures on several file sharing sites resulted in many broken links.
The hip hop radio archive is aiming to build a more sustainable environment for early hip hop radio tapes and i'm sharing my radio tapes with this great initiative. 
Hope other collectors are doing the same.
So feel free to browse on my blog for tapes (there is still for GB's findable) but definitly also go to

Dutch @ gmail .  com

Added 2017/12/26: it seems that the combination of http and https links becomes a security problem. I deleted all the posts with http links and changed the website url from http to https. From the 250 blog posts only about 50 remained. Please check for my radio tapes (work in progress).

Added 2020/06/21: some of the file share servers like mediafire are still active but i have no idea if it's save to use or that you could be affected with malware. That the reason why i deleted some of the links but not all. So downloading at your own riks :-) But best to go to hiophopradioarchive!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

My favorite 80's hip hop radio tapes for the summer vacation

I selected some tapes of classic radio shows and mixes for my summer vacation, but why not share them :-)
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Jazzy Jay and Bam, Kid Capri, Marley Marl and Chuck Chillout, The Latin Rascals, Afrika Islam and Donald D, Mr Magic and more. Enjoy the summer!

Friday, June 10, 2016

The DNA of hip hop: 20 classic live tapes from 1977 - 1980

Don't know where to start with collecting or listening to old school hip hop tapes? How about these 20 tapes from the early days: 1977 till 1980.
Funky 4, Crash Crew, Whiz Kid, Mean Gene, Grandmaster Flash, Bam, Donald D, Master Flowers, Caz and more.
This is the DNA of hip hop
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and added some Mercedes Ladies <link removed>

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Classic UK hip hop radio: 2GB of Tim Westwood tapes, mostly pre 1990

I posted several Tim Westwood mixes in the post '130 UK old school hip hop radio mixes', but for those who cann't get enough of his Capital Radio Shows: here is more then 2GB of tapes, mostly pre 1990

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Dr Dre tapes download mania: Rodium Mix Tapes, live at Skateland, KDAY mixes, The Operating Room and more

The early Dr Dre mixes are timeless gems. Here is my collection including lots of Rodium Mix tapes, KDAY mixes and more.<link removed>If you have some other early Dre tapes you like share: let me know at

Monday, April 27, 2015

4 GB of hip hop radio history: Mr Magic and Marley Marl

I got some requests to re-up the Mr Magic tapes. So here they are to <link removed>
It contains many great shows with Marley Marl. It's a lot: 4 GB, dozens of shows, so take your time :-)
And if this is to much old school for you, then at least listen to this gem: a mister Magic Disco Showcase from 1981 <link removed>
Magic is talking about the making of the movie Wild Style. This is hip hop history!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Some classic Latin Rascal mixes on KISS FM (re-ups)

DJ please, pick up your phone, i'm on the request line.... Here are some classic Latin Rascal KISS FM tapes. <link removed>

A bunch of Kid Capri tapes 1988 - 1990 (re-up)

It's the Kid Capri... More tapes then you can handle :-) <link removed>

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Live in Philly tapes

Some Philly tapes: West Philly feat Jazzy Jeff, Cash Money, Grandmaster Nell + Spinbad with Force Five Productions 1985 (78 minutes) Masterdon and the Def Committee- Live in Philly 1985 (15 minutes) LL Cool J at LL Cool J's B'day Lan, Philly 1987 (5 minutes) COSMIC KEV featuring PARRY P - MLK High School, Philadelphia 1983 (12 minutes) Onedrive: download

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

More Zulu Beat shows: The DJ Grazzhoppa collection (re-up)

I recently re-upped some Africa Islam Zulu Beat Shows. Jamie made a comment regarding the DJ Grazzhopa collection, so i added those on onedrive. Can't have enough of these classic radio shows :-)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Some KDAY hip hop tapes

Back by popular demand: some KDAY Hip hop tapes. Dr Dre, Traffic Jam and more. On onedrive

Zulu Beat Shows: re-ups

Back by popular demand: some Zulu Beat Show tapes on onedrive

Friday, November 21, 2014

130 UK old school hip hop radio mixes: Mike Allen, Westwood, Richie Rich and more

Re-up to enjoy the weekend! Uploaded a lot (1.7 GB) of UK pirate radio mixes, several Radio London tapes and shows from Tim Westwood, Richie Rich and Mike Allen. Including the Paul Hardcastle 19 vs Whiz kid play that beat scratch mix. Enjoy! <link removed>

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Ton of Chuck Chillout tapes!

Chuck Chillout on Kiss FM, a lot of shows from 1984 till 1990. Enjoy! <link removed>

crash crew & bambaataa & whiz kid @ t-connection, 1980


Master Flowers BrooklynPark Jam,1979

A 'must have' old school tape. Download

Masterdon and the Def Committee- Live in Philly, 1985


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Masterdon & Def Committee Live At Harlemworld, 1982


Cold Crush Brothers & Fantastic 5 mc's with a Touch of Class mc's - live @ the ecstacy garage 1980


Fearless 4, Fantastic 5, Cold Crush 4, Treacherous 3, and Spoonie G 1982 @ Harlem World (45 min)


World Famous Supreme Team: classic hip hop radio shows

Re-up from some classic World Famous Supreme Team radio shows <link removed>

A bunch of HOT 97 tapes

Evil Dee, DJ Premier, Funkmaster Flex and more. Download

Mean Gene and Grand Wizard Theodore @ Third Avenue Ballroom

A classic old school hip hop tape from Mean Gene and Grand Wizard Theodore, dated 1977. Download

Some of my favorite old school hip hop radiomixes from the 80's

Re-up of 12 of my favorite mixes from Chuck Chillout, Latin Rascals, Tony Humpries and others.<link removed>

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Pete Rock on WBLS

UPDATED LINK! 5 shows from 1989, more then 5 hours of old school hip hop radio with Pete Rock on WBLS! Download Got a request for a re-up? Check the 13/12/15 post. Enjoy! Dutch

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

WORLD FAMOUS SUPREME TEAM - 6 shows from 1982 and 1983 (re-ups)

Old school hip hop radio at its finest: the World Famous Supreme Team. Re-up of 6 (parts of) radioshows from 1982 and 1983. Total time: 220 minutes. <link removed>

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A bunch of Marley Marl radio tapes (1984 - 1989)

Uploaded a bunch of Marley Marl radio tapes from 1984 - 1989. Enjoy! ----------------> Download on Skydrive, copy/past the url in your browser:://

Saturday, April 9, 2011

UK Fresh 1986: 3 hours of UK hip hop history

UK Fresh 86, broadcasted on the Mike Allen Capital Rap Show. 3 hours, including: Just Ice, Grandmaster Flash & Furious 5, Real Roxanne, Busy B, Sir Mixalot, DJ Cheese and Word of Mouth, Mantronix, Captain Rock, World Class Wreckin Crew and many more.

Check my re-up:

Monday, February 28, 2011

Another early 80's article about rap music: "Music Makers: Not What You Say, But How You Say It"

Another early article about rap music, this time from The Associated Press. It's dated August 28, 1981.

Music Makers: Not What You Say, But How You Say It

Hey, baby, have you heard? The word is the rap and the rap is the word. It's a party kind of music, a tres hip thing, Any number can play, and you don't have to sing.
All right, it's admittedly a crude effort. But in rap music it's not so much what you say as how you say it, and with the right rapper and a good get-down disco rhythm track, there's a fair chance even Mother Goose could make it to the Top 40 these days.

There are rap records on almost every subject and, apparently, a market for almost every rap. Although rap music -- basically rhymes that are spoken, not sung, over a bare-bones dance beat -- typically is played anywhere people gather to dance, at least one radio station, Cleveland's WDMT-FM, features rap to rev up by every morning in a "Toothbrush Beat" spot.
All 120,000 copies in the first pressing of Kurtis Blow's "Christmas Rap" sold out within a week last December. New York comedian Russ Mason's strings-backed "Prep Rap" ("We don't wear designer jeans. While they fit rather well, they look like hell. We get khakis from L.L. Bean.") earned him a spot on Tom Snyder's "Tomorrow" show.
For the occasion, Mason says he wore an alligator shirt, khaki pants and Topsiders, "but I committed a grave faux pas by wearing socks."
A soap-opera inspired rap, "General Hospi-Tale" by Afternoon Delight, is a popular new entry, Teena Marie's "Square Biz" is a certified hit, and Record World magazine's resident rap authority, Nelson George, says that somewhere in his collection is a "Jewish Rap" by Steve Goodman and the Kosher Five.
And then there are the big commercial successes. "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugar Hill Gang, which was credited with launching the rap rage when it came out two years ago, has sold 2.5 million copies domestically, and untold millions more overseas.
Kurtis Blow's "The Breaks," became the second 12-inch single to be certified gold, after the Donna Summer-Barbara Streisand smash "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)." And rap went white and mainstream in a big way with the 1.4 million-selling, No. 1 Blondie tune, "Rapture," Deborah Harry and Chris Stein's tribute to the form and the black New York-area disc jockeys who developed it by delivering their rhymed patter over instrumental tracks from disco hits.

One of the interesting things about rap music is that it's become a musical meeting ground for two traditional enemies: disco and new wave rock.
Miss Harry, for example, recently released a rap-laced solo album, "KooKoo," produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic fame. And Britain's The Clash rapped out socio-political commentary in "The Magnificent Seven" from the "Sandinista" LP.
"This is like street music to them," says Record World's George of the attraction of new-wavers to rap. "If they feel it's genuine black street stuff, they're willing to accept it."
Although accomplished rappers -- mostly DJs who go by such flashy sounding stage names as Kurtis Blow (blow being a slang term for cocaine), Grandmaster Flash and Deejay Hollywood -- make their rapid-fire delivery sound spontaneous, raps require as much if not more work than regular songs.

"You have to get a concept," says the Sugar Hill Gang's Master Gee, an 18-year-old whose given name is Guy O'Brien.
"Then after you get the best possible concept you start forming it into the lyrics which are the rhymes. Then when you have the most possible material and cleverness you apply it to a musical track. You edit, polish up different things with production staff and when push comes to shove you have a record."
O'Brien, who developed his craft working as a mobile disc jockey, was brought together with fellow Gang members Mike Wright (Wonder Mike) and Hank Jackson (Big Bank Hank) by Sylvia and Joe Robinson of Sugar Hill Records, an Englewood-based independent that has become the big name in rap records.
The Robinsons came up with the idea of using not one but all three talented rappers over the instrumental track from the Chic disco hit, "Good Times" for "Rapper's Delight."
"We didn't know each other until the night we made the record," O'Brien says. "We just applied what we learned on the streets."

Thursday, February 17, 2011

NY Times, 1981: 'Rapping is probably familiar to most New Yorkers as an intrusive noise on the subway or in the park'

Another early article about rap music, this time from the New York Times. It's dated March 13, 1981. A lot has changed in 30 years.


By Robert Palmer

RAPPING, a kind of rhythmic versifying with skeletal instrumental or unrecorded accompaniment, began in Harlem, the South Bronx and other black communities in the New York area. A white rock group, Blondie, has carried the rapping style into the national Top 10 with the hit single, ''Rapture,'' but the champion rappers are the Sugar Hill Gang, Grand Master Flash and the Fabulous Five, and other groups that have sold large quantities of records but seldom perform for white audiences.
Rapping moved downtown for a night on Wednesday when the Ritz presented a cavalcade of rappers. The Sugar Hill Gang, whose ''Rapper's Delight'' was one of the first rap hits, headlined the show. The three men who do most of the group's rapping took turns declaiming rhymed couplets and chimed in as a unison chorus on key phrases while a tight band laid down funk rhythms that were heavily accented on the first beat of each measure. The band also accompanied Sequence, three women in glittering costumes whose raps were as fast and funny as those of the men.

Grand Master Flash and an assistant accompanied the Fabulous Five with a virtuoso performance on two turntables; Flash constructed bass and drum parts by repeatedly playing the first few bars of records by Queen & Chic; he created extravagent special effects by stopping records with his hand while they were playing, while they were spinning, a technique that resulted in a regular, percussive skidding sound. ''What you've just beared witness to is seven men and two turntables,'' one of the group's rappers told the predominantly white, enthusiastic crowd. ''Think about it.''

The Funky 4 Plus 1 provided even more food for thought. The group's five rappers chanted in crisp unison and traded phrases in a kind of whiplash call and response. They were able to inject some personality, and some new rhymes and couplets, into what has already become a fairly standardized idiom, and they were as disciplined as a crack drill team. Their lone disk jockey provided minimal accompanyment by repeating bass figures and drum parts from various funk and disco records. Basically, the Funky 4 Plus 1 provide a kind of rhythmic noise. Melody and harmony have no place in their music, which rides on an irrestible dance beat and various cross rhythms.
The evening featured several surprise guests, including Andy Hernandez from Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, who rapped over the instrumental track of his latest recording, the delightful ''Me No Pop I.'' The Coconuts, who are Mr. Hernandez's associates in the group Kid Creole and the Coconuts, also performed a short set of their own and demonstrated conclusively that they are not spectacular dancers.

Rapping is probably familiar to most New Yorkers as an intrusive noise on the subway or in the park - the noise that comes out of blaring cassette players and portable radios. But as the Ritz show demonstrated, rapping has a much broader appeal than one might have anticipated. It's an intriguing test of the performer's verbal ingenuity and rhythmic exactitude, and its fine.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Earliest article about rap music? 'Recording the Rap: Jive Talk at the Top of the Charts', The Washington Post, 08-31-80

This blog is all about preservation of old school hip hop culture. Besides radio and live tapes, you find some movies and also a bunch of flyers. I think it's nice to post 1 or more newspaper articles from back in the days too. So in stead of mp3, lot's of text. Please let me know if you find this interesting enough.

The next article is from the Washington Post and it's the oldest one that's about rap music i came across. If someone has an earlier article (not a hit chart or a general piece that only briefly mentions a rap artist), please let me know!

Recording the Rap: Jive Talk at the Top of the Charts
By Leah Y. Latimer

"The rap is hot. It is the newest craze among the 14-to-21-year-olds, the record-buying majority who are putting rap records on the national charts and making money for the nightclub disc-jockeys capitalizing on a bit of New York City party culture. Rap records are big among young adults too, those in the 21-35 age range who bop into the disco on Friday night ready for good music and fast talk.
Rapping started in New York clubs about five years ago when deejays began trying to outdo each other -- while spinning the most popular instrumental tracks -- by talking over them, always in outlandish rhymes that slid off the lips in syllabic precision, always in perfect time to the beat. Now the competition is in the recording studios, where deejays are putting their raps on tape for play on radios and in discos across the country.
Kurtis Blow, a 20-year-old New York nightclub deejay who floats from club to club, is the best rapper around, according to recent sales. "The Breaks," his seven-minute humorous lament about life's ups and downs, is the second 12-inch extended-play disc to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. (The first was the Donna Summer/Barbra Streisand teamup on "Enough Is Enough.")
"The Breaks" rose fast through the black-oriented single charts, hitting No. 1 in Billboard two weeks ago and currently at the top spot in Record World. And more: "The Breaks," on Polygram's Mercury label, is also No. 4 on Billboard's Disco Top 60. It's even bubbling under the Hot 100 at 101. "It's premature to say it's a crossover," Polygram/Mercury Records president Bob Sherwood says, "although it has in Miami and, of all places, San Diego."
Locally, Waxie Maxie reports that in a single week one of its outlets moved about 35 copies of "The Breaks" after its April release. That's the kind of popularity that got Blow booked into the Capital Centre last night, along with another rap group, the Sugarhill Gang.
Not bad -- considering that, according to his publicist at Mercury Reocrds, Blow "is not doing much that any other deejay in the clubs isn't doing." "He's just got that flair," the publicist says of the Harlem native who is also majoring in communications and speech at Brooklyn college.

Guy O'Brien of the Sugarhill Gang outlines the essential elements of a good rap: In addition to a distinct speaking voice, a good beat and some slick verbal gymnastics, O'Brien says, you need: one or more characters; a good, short story line; and lyrics that make the listener sing along and follow the rapper's instructions. "Rapper's Delight," the initial rap single by the three-man Sugarhill Gang, has it all.
Each rapper introduces himself, not forgetting the qualifications that makes him the "baddest brother." Then, once the listener feels like he and the rapper are old friends, the rapper can make the listener do anything:
Now you're feelin' the highs and you're feelin' the lows
The beat starts getting into your toes.
You start popping your fingers and stamping your feet
And moving your body while you're sitting in your seat
And then JAM -- You start doing the freak
I said JAM/Right outa your seat
And then you throw your hands high in the air
You're rocking to the rhythm
Shake your derriere
You're rocking to the beat without a care
With the sure-shot MCs for the affair.
From "Rapper's Delight" -- lyric copyright 1980, Sugarhill Records Ltd.

The first rap record sneaked into stores in September of 1979. Sylvia Robinson, president of Platinum Records, says she realized the commercial profitability of the rap after first hearing a typical New York nightclub "rap session." She recruited three deejays in their teens and early 20s -- Henry Jackson, O'Brien and Michael Wright -- and formed the Sugarhill Gang.
The group took the musical track from a top-10 hit by Chic called "Good Times" and "We threw down most violently on it," Jackson says, meaning that they rapped over the music. But the recording was not ad-libbed: It was carefully scripted, while maintaining the spontaneity of a line at a singles bar. "Rapper's Delight" went triple platinum in less than a year.
Meanwhile, Blow had been trying to convince Mercury Records' Sherwood to record a rap with a theme for the 1979 Christmas season.
"Sugarhill was almost a deterrent," Sherwood said. "I was a doubter, worried about a copycat situation." Bill Haywood, Mercury's vice president for special markets, convinced Sherwood to let Blow record "Christmas Rapping." The 12-inch disc sold 100,000 copies during December -- but sales continued well past the holiday season. It peaked in June with sales of 350,000. Sherwood became a believer.
And the rap is still adding new names to the pop charts. Besides Blow and the Sugarhill Gang, Sequence, Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five are less successful but popular rap groups with their first releases on Platinum Record's Sugarhill Label. Blow Fly, Crash Crew, Zooloo Nation, the Treacherous Three, Fat Back Band and King Tim, III, and Star Child have recorded less well-known rap records on small, independent labels such as Enjoy and Weird World.

"There's a difference between the Sugarhill Gang and other rappers," says "Big Hank" Jackson, 23, of his group. "They are stuck in a trend where they can only be an opening act. But now we have a band and we can sing."
Jackson may have been referring to Blow. At the Capital Centre and at a concert set for Madison Square Garden on Sept. 19, Blow's act involves setting up a disc jockey on stage who plays records on a portable stereo connected to the house sound system. Blow then raps over the pre-recorded instrumental music, looking like the winner in a high school talent show. Studio musicians were used to record "The Breaks."
"It costs as much to break [introduce] a gimmick artist as it does to break a legitimate act," says Sherwood, who points out that Mercury Records is concerned with developing Blow as a "total artist." In the meantime Sherwood is worried that signing other rap artists to record on Mercury might "dilute" Blow's style. He compares it to having two Donna Summers on the same label.
Blow, whose voice is the rich and animated deejay type you hear on the radio (and can never quite imagine belongs to a real person), is widening his repertoire. His next album, to be released at the end of September, will contain a love ballad, a rock rap, a western rap, a typical funk rap and even an inspirational rap.
Sherwood thinks Blow can make it as a singer. "We're very leery of gimmicks," Sherwood says. "Who can tell? Rapping could last for 10 years. On the other hand, we're thinking about a total career situation."
Both Blow and the Sugarhill Gang acknowledge that the rap may be just another passing fad. But for now, there are the money and connections that can help them down other paths. Jackson wants to get advanced degrees in oceanography. O'Brien is interested in producing records. Blow wants to make movies.
"Rapping got us to where we are now, but that doesn't mean we're gonna stay here," Jackson says. The Sugarhill Gang is already trying an artistic detour with its recent release, the 12-inch "Hot, Hot Summer Days." "We sing and then rap for about 16 bars," Jackson says, "and then sing, and then rap some more."
Blow, who studied voice and dance at New York's High School for the Performing Arts, is reluctant to talk about his plans and fears that his ideas may be stolen. "Sugarhill was first and they capitalized on what we originated," Blow says, referring to "Rapper's Delight," which hit the stores three months ahead of his "Christmas Rapping." But, he adds charitably, "at least they opened up the door for me."
They certainly did. Blow's publicist, Ken Reynolds, says, "Do you know all the people out there who are great singers and never get to cut a single? Here Blow is, talking on a groove, and now he's making an album."

Sunday, November 7, 2010

DJ Diablo is sharing his collection of NY and UK old school hip hop radio tapes

Once in a while, you feel like hitting a goldmine. Maybe you got that feeling when you first visited my blog :-)
I feld it this weekend when i recieved an email from DJ Diablo: he wants to share his tape collection from 1983 - 1989 on my blog. More then 100 UK and NY radio tapes, from LWR and Solar mixes to Zulu Beat Show material i never heard before.
I'm going to make several posts in the next weeks, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thinking about changing the focus of this blog

Till now my focus regarding this blog was on building the biggest collection of old school live and radio tapes on the web. Not sure it can live up to that, but I have the feeling that it’s time to focus on preservation of the current online collection instead of adding new ones.

I think I have uploaded about half of my collection and this blog became a nice time capsule of hip hop history. At this moment the most requests I get regarding uploading tapes are about re-ups or additional shows from Mike Allen, Mr. Magic, etc.. Because my time is limited I think it’s better to preserve the current online collection then to add a 24th Mike Allen tape or 33th Mr Magic tape. Of course there will be reasons to add new tapes, f.e. when someone thinks an essential tape is missing or another collector want to add tapes to this blog. But I will focus my time and energy on ‘maintenance’. By doing that, this blog will not become a ‘file not found’ graveyard and current and new visitors will find more then enough tapes to start a personal collection and, by doing that, preserve a piece of history themselves. Hopefully that also will motivate some to digitize and share personal tape collections. And if that will be the start of a complete ‘mike allen’ or ‘mr magic’ collection, then that would be great! But it’s not a goal that I pursue.

To all regular visitors, especially the ones who have contributed to this blog in any way: if you have an opinion regarding this: feel free to share it in the comment section.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The L Brothers live at 123 Park, 1979

This is old school for real! So don't mind the static and enjoy this great tape that was shared by Memoryman.
The L Brothers (also known as the 'Love Brothers'), where formed by 3 brothers Livingston: DJ Mean Gene, DJ Cordio and DJ Grand Wizard Theodore Livingston, together with MC Smiley, Master Rob, the Original Kevie Kev and Busy Bee Starski. In 1979 they changed their name in The Fantastic Five.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Latin Rascals - Big Apple Production Vol. 2, 1984

Classic mix from The Latin Rascals (re-up). Released in 1984. Tracklist includes:

Davy DMX - One For The Treble (Fresh)
Kurtis Blow - The Breaks
Cheryl Lynn - Encore
Art Of Noise, The - Beatbox Diversion 10
Malcolm McLaren - Hobo (Scratch)
CD III - Get Tough
Herbie Hancock - Rock-It
Malcolm McLaren - Buffalo Gals
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force - Looking For The Perfect Beat
G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid - Play That Beat Mr. DJ
Man Parrish - Hip Hop Bebop
Sharon Redd - Beat The Street
Bell & James - Livin' It Up (Friday Night)
Trammps, The - Disco
Julius Brown - Party
Shannon - Let The Music Play
Break Machine - Street Dance
Culture Club - Miss Me Blind
C-Bank - One More Shot
John Rocca - I Want It To Be Real
Hashim - Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)
Addams Family Theme
Loleatta Holloway - Crash Goes Love
Eddie B. & Oscar T. - Where's The Beef?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

THE KINGS OF THE TAPE EDIT - The Latin Rascals Special (85 minutes)

The German Radioshow Buschfunk made some great NY radio specials. The next tape is all about the Latin Rascals. It was broadcasted on the 5th of december 2007. Most material will sound familiar if you listened to other Rascal tapes on this blog.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

New York wake up and take care of your hip hop heritage in the digital age before it's too late

The death of Mr Magic was for many a moment to reminisce about the time they where introduced to hip hop. Taping Mr Magic, Afrika Islam, The World Famous Supreme Team and other shows. Or about the joy of getting your hands on a copy of a Grandmaster Flash, Zulu Nation or Treacherous 3 blockparty. Those tapes traveled around the world. Spreading the news about the birth of a new music (and culture!) form called hip hop.

Many of those who decided to search the web the last week, trying to find some Mr Magic shows, landed on my blog or youtube channel. I think that most of them hadn’t heard a show for many years.

At first, it felt good that there where so many visitors on my site. But then I realized that there is something fundamentally wrong!
Why are sites, like the in their post about the death of Mr Magic, pointing to my site for those who want to listen to a show?

I have never been to New York (although I’m hoping to run the NY marathon one day) or even the US. Sure, I can feel hip hop running through my blood when I hear Flash or Whiz kid on the wheels of steal. But how is it possible that there are almost no live and radio shows online? And how about the fact that the probably largest online old school tape collection is managed by an hip hop loving 'volunteer' from a small European country?

Why do ‘old school headz’ talk about the tapes in their basements without taking action before it’s too late? And why is there so little interest in the early days of hip hop, besides when one of the founders dies?

Is there hope? Yes of course. I see tapemasters like Troy L Smith and Johnnie Freeze sharing pieces of their huge collections and many, like me, are thankful for that. I see some forums where hip hop fans meet and hip hop artists can be spotted here ‘in the wild’. But I think that’s not enough. It’s like a small family, sharing memories around the campfire.

However, that is not the way you should preserve your heritage. Look around and you see many initiatives to build digital online collections for cultural reasons. Libraries are doing it, Museums are doing it and even Google is doing it.

Sure, there will be some (legal) obstacles. But they can be overcome and this is not about making money! This is about preventing that an essential part of our hip hop culture is lost forever.
New York wake up! Tapemasters, radio stations, hip hop ‘industry’ and archive and internet experts join forces.
Build an online campfire, let people share there tapes and stories, restore old footage from radio stations and let old folks (like me) reminisce about ‘the good old days’ while the younger generations can discover the energy and the creativity that founded this art form.


Friday, October 2, 2009

Tribute to Mr Magic (RIP): disco showcase 1981

Mr Magic, one of the most important voices of hip hop, died today from a heart attack. To honer him, here is my all time favorite snippet from a 1981 show. Hip hop history!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Tribute to the World's Famous Supreme Team Show

Because Se'Divine joined us at the oshh forum, i made a small tribute this evening to the World's Famous Supreme Team Show. Used only standard pc software so don't be too critical, just feel the fibe!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

What's your favorite old school radio jock?

Nice to see so many of you entering the poll. For a long time it was a close race but in the end Red Alert won the most votes. So the next upload will be a show of him.
But because 'world famous', westwood, mike allen and Magic and Marley Marl joined a sec0nd place, just behind Red, i will upload something of them too :-)


Wednesday, December 31, 2008

What are you looking for?

I can upload only stuff i have, but it's interesting to know what visitors (like you) are looking for. So i started with a poll. If this works, i can take the results into account when uploading in the future.
Of course, you can also use the chat box :-)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry xmas everybody and enjoy the true old school spirit!

Uploaded and linked more then 100 radio tapes and live shows in the last couple of days. Can't maintain this speed in the future but wanted a solide base for starters :-).
I hope you all enjoy it. If you have some tapes to share or want to trade: drop me a mail.

For now: merry xmas with your loved ones and enjoy the true spirit of the old school hip hop under the xmas tree :-)