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.

 

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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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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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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)

Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs N Harmony

 

Krayzie Bone of the influential hip hop group, Bone Thugs N Harmony recently hung out with @TheAudman on Down With The Kings and provided some great insights into the origins of group, what it felt like to win a Grammy and some cool behind the scenes stories about Eazy-E, Biggie and Phil Collins.
All that and much more on the next edition of Down With The Kings.

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The Lasting Legacy of Kris Kross!

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“At that time, young rappers weren’t really being respected in the business. I would say humbly that we opened the doors for a lot of young rappers in the business today. Cause it’s not really a new thing now, all you see is young rappers. I think we opened the doors, at least we were one of the first to open the doors for young rappers to get that respect”

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When you reflect on musical acts in the 90’s, there definitely was no shortage of young rappers to hit the scene who left their mark on the industry. While Kris Kross may not have been the first (that honour goes to Another Bad Creation who broke out in 1988) but they definitely made the biggest splash and their lasting legacy is far reaching and still felt today. The success of acts featuring minors like Immature, Da Youngsta’s, 3-T, Lil Vicious and So For Real along with others others were somewhere along the line aided directly or indirectly by Mac Daddy & Daddy Mac and their backwards clothes fashion statement.

Kris Kross garnered a great deal of respect from the industry and by doing so shifted the spotlight towards the attention of young people and their skills. Here is just a sample some of their accomplishments:

  • Their smash hit “Jump”, which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks and certified double platinum as a single becoming the first rap song to have achieved so long a run at the top.
  • Their debut album, Totally Krossed Out was released March 31 that year and sold four million copies in the U.S
  • Toured with Michael Jackson across Europe in 1992
  • Featured in a video game titled Kris Kross: Make My Video, was released in 1992 on the Sega CD system
  • Kris Kross was the youngest rap duo to gain success, with gold and platinum albums, at 11 and 12 years old

Chris Smith AKA Daddy Mac was a guest on Down With The Kings and reflected on the legacy of Kris Kross, the passing of best friend Chris Kelly (Mac Daddy) and what is was like to tour with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

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Is NWA The Hip Hop Version of The Beatles?

The Beatles were an iconic rock group from Liverpool, England. They are frequently cited as the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in modern history, with innovative music, a cultural impact that helped define the 1960’s and an enormous influence on music that is still felt today.

If you take the millions of record sales out of the equation, Is NWA The Hip Hop Version of The Beatles?

Big Hutch AKA Cold 187um of the west coast hip hop group Above The Law definitely seems to think so.  While he was a guest on “Down With The Kings”, the godfather of the G-Funk sound expressed his heartfelt appreciation for what the mega group, NWA did for his career, “To me, they’re like my Beatles. I got the whole blue print from them. A lot of people got the rock and roll blueprint from The Beatles, to me in hip hop – they’re my Beatles”

Much like The Beatles, NWA took the direction of hip hop into new frontiers by shining a spotlight on gangster rap and hardcore hip hop and as Big Hutch said, provided a “blueprint” for others to follow.  They made their own rules, did what they want and weren’t going to let anyone tell them how to do it.  The impact of NWA is still felt to this  was going by  is still felt to this day which was evident by the recent success of the biopic smash feature length film, “Straight Outta Compton”.

In addition, Big Hutch also speaks on the current state of gangster rap, Ruthless Records and his work on the Tupac tribute album, “Until The End of Time”

Will Uncle Luke and the Story of 2 Live Crew Hit The Big Screen?

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The success of the big screen biopic, “Straight Outta Compton” has certainly struck gold and also sparked a land slide of interest in having other hip hop stories told in similar fashion.  Conversations have rumored to be floating around about having the stories of Snoop Dogg, Outkast and Tupac recounted in Hollywood style.

Since the release of the popular “The Book of Luke: My Fight for Prosperity, Truth, Justice and Liberty City”, we can now add the story of Luther Campbell AKA Uncle Luke to the growing list of hip hop biopics in discussion.  Uncle Luke reveals during an interview on Down With The Kings that there is interest in having his story told.  He told The Audman, “I’m excited for the mere fact that a lot of movie production houses are calling up now because of the success of Compton so now people want to turn this book into a movie”

Considering the controversy, court cases and success that surrounded the very racy 2 Live Crew throughout the 90’s, a recount of those events in movie form would certainly make an entertaining story.  Since Straight Outta Compton is considered the movie that started it all, the former CEO of Luke Records was asked to share his thoughts on the popular hip hop biopic. He simply said that it was a “great appetizer to my movie”.

Be sure to pick up your copy of “The Book of Luke: My Fight for Prosperity, Truth, Justice and Liberty City” anywhere books are sold.

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