50 Years of Toronto Basketball History | Hoops Talk Nation Podcast

It’s Canada Day here north of the border and as we celebrate my home country’s 150th birthday, I thought this would make for the perfect opportunity to share a recent interview I conducted with a good buddy of mine Lance Winn.
Lance is in the sports broadcasting business and much like myself grew up in Toronto loving the game of basketball.  It’s important to understand that in the early days of the sport, it’s popularity was nowhere what it is today.  There definitely were pockets scattered throughout the city where people gathered to play or watch and because camera phones didn’t exist, if you missed the action all you had to rely on was the stories of those who witnessed it first hand.
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 I talk to Lance about a DVD series that he produced called, “Hang Time: 50 Years of Toronto Basketball” which tells the story of these games that so many of us weren’t on hand to see for ourselves.  It reintroduces the legends and stories behind the rise of the city’s most popular sport, bringing together generations of Toronto’s basketball community to celebrate and appreciate those who paved the way for today’s successes. It was a great convo and an absolute pleasure to spend some time chatting about an era of basketball that served as a spark to a game that has captured a nation.
To order a copy of: “Hang Time: 50 Years of Toronto Basketball”

DJ Chilly Chill on Ice Cube, Lench Mob & West Coast Hip Hop | Down With The Kings

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The man who produced many of the hits off Ice Cube‘s solo debut album “Amerikkka’s Most Wanted” DJ Chilly Chill stops by the next edition of Down With The Kings on Maximum FM Hip Hop.

Chilly breaks down the history of The Lench Mob, new projects on the horizon and describes his experiences as the only DJ for female rapper Yo-Yo. All that and more on #DWTK.

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YZ, Pioneer of Conscious Hip Hop | Down With The Kings

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YZ is a product of the Golden Age of hip hop and is considered by many to be a pioneer in the realm of conscious rap for his socially intelligent lyrics combined with street loyal razor sharp hip hop beats. “Thinking of Master Plan” was released in the early 90’s and fans to this day are anxious to hear what the New Jersey born rapper has on his mind.

YZ stops by “Down With The Kings” and touches on his early days in the hip hop game, his top 5 MC’s and new projects on the horizon.

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The Incomparable Wordsworth | Down With The Kings

 

1471471498261(1)Brooklyn-born rapper and former Lyricist Lounge All-Star Wordsworth joins  The Audman on Down With The Kings courtesy of Maximum FM Hip Hop.

 

Words touches on his successful solo career as well as his work with EMC and Punch & Words. He also speaks to the importance of building a legacy and his upcoming solo projects.

 

#DownWithTheKings can be heard exclusively every Wednesday night at 11pmEST on Maximum FM Hip Hop

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A Mature Bone Crusher is Still Neva Scared | Down With The Kings

Bone Crusher released his debut album AttenCHUN! in 2003 which spawned spawned the mega smash single “Never Scared”. It garnered immediate success and was even used as the theme for the 2003 Atlanta Braves of the MLB

Fast forward a few years and a much more mature and reflective Bone Crusher has emerged on the scene along with his wife, Story Tellah to form the musical duo Project 143. – love & life struggles joy

Project 143” which is a project about Love… It’s a love story about their past, their pain, winning and where they want to go in the future. The music from “Project 143″ is a funk/soulful type sound which portrays an “intelligence” type of sound. Bone still has that energetic sound/delivery in his music and from what I can see they are definitely winning.

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Super Producer Easy Mo Bee | Down With The Kings

Legendary super producer Easy Mo Bee has worked with, is a hip hop/R&B record producer, known for production work for late 80’s artists such as Big Daddy Kane and Miles Davis, as well as his affiliation with Bad Boy Records in its early years and his heavy production involvement in The Notorious B.I.G.’s debut album Ready to Die. He also produced two songs for 2Pac’s album Me Against The World. He talks about all that and more on Down With The Kings…

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DJ King Shameek Still Doing It To The Crowd | Down With The Kings

 

Legendary DJ/producer, King Shameek has been doing it to the crowd for more than two decades. The New Jersey native first came to prominence in 1989 as the DJ for Twin Hype (Do It To The Crowd & For Those Who Like To Groove), and later appeared on records with classic artists such as Naughty By Nature, T La Rock, King Sun, Lisette Melendez among others. The veteran DJ rolls through Down With The Kings to reflect back on his impressive production credits, his time with Twin Hype and the current state of hip hop.

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Kicking it with Kool Kim | Down With The Kings

When The UMC’s hit the scene in 1991, they introduced a lighthearted approach to the hip hop landscape that people either gravitated to or thought was corny.  The New York-based rap duo, comprised of members Hass G and Kool Kim considered their style and music “ahead of their time”.  They released two albums during their brief career, the self-titled debut album was released in 1991 and they followed up with “Unleashed” in 1994.

Kool Kim kicks it on Down With The Kings to share some of the challenges that he and his partner Hass went through back in the day,  give fans an update on what he’s been up to and the current state of The UMC’s.

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My Top 8 Phife Dawg Lyrics!

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It’s been just over a week and the hip hop universe is still reeling from the tragic news of the passing of Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest due to complications from diabetes.  Phife’s health had been a constant issue for him over the years. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1990 and had a kidney transplant in 2008 to deal with the disease.  I had the good opportunity to connect with The Five Foot Assassin when he was in Toronto for a Big Ticket performance in 2015 and he struck me as a real humble dude that made time for people regardless who they were or what they were about.  It’s a trait that I personally value and perhaps that’s why it resonated with me the way it did.  The seemingly never ending stream of tributes that have poured in through social media have helped me to reflect and remember on his music and lyrical genius that made him such a special pioneer in the industry.

So in no particular order, here’s my offering to the man who “never half stepped because he’s not a half stepper”

1.“Yo, microphone check one, two, what is this? / The five foot assassin with the roughneck business” (“Buggin’ Out,” The Low End Theory, 1991)

2. “Now here’s a funky introduction of how nice I am / Tell your mother, tell your father, send a telegram” (“Check the Rhime,” The Low End Theory, 1991)

3. “I like ‘em brown, yellow, Puerto Rican or Haitian / Name is Phife Dawg from the Zulu Nation” (“Electric Relaxation,” Midnight Marauders, 1993)

4. “Can I kick it? / To my Tribe that flows in layers / Right now, Phife is a poem-sayer” (“Can I Kick It?,” People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, 1990)

5. Competition dem try fe come side way / But competition they must come straight way” (“Jazz (We’ve Got),” The Low End Theory, 1991)

6 . “I’m not your average MC with the Joe Schmoe flow / If you don’t know me by now, you’ll never know” (“We Can Get Down,” Midnight Marauders, 1993)

7. “Trini gladiator, anti-hesitator, / Shaheed, push the fader, from here to Grenada. Mr. Energetic. Who me, sound pathetic? When’s the last time you heard a funky diabetic?” (Oh My God,’ Midnight Marauders 1993)

8. “You see, my aura’s positive, I don’t promote no junk, / See, I’m far from a bully and I ain’t a punk. /Extremity in rhythm, yeah that’s what you heard, So just clean out your ears and just check the word.” ‘Check the Rhime,’ The Low End Theory (1991)

Monie Love Is In The Middle | Down With The Kings

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UK born hip hop artist Monie Love stops by the program and talks about her career in the industry industry and also touches her journey to North America as a young teenager to pursue a hip hop career,   She’ll also discuss the signficance of the smash hit Ladies First done in collaboration with Queen Latifah.

Down With The Kings can be heard exclusively every Wednesday night at 11pmEST on Maximum FM Hip Hop

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