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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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”

My Top 10 Hip Hop Movies!

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So I took in the biopic hip hop film, “Straight Outta Compton” on opening night and left feeling impressed and ready to watch the sequel.  It was well done and N.W.A. fans who have waited patiently and eagerly for the sliver screen to offer up its story of “The World’s Most Dangerous Group” will not be disappointed.  It definitely was a huge hit at the box office netting $24 million in just one day and great to see as a hip hop fan. The growth of the industry has led to more and more hip hop flics making the big screen with greater regularity.

There’s been a long string of hip hop themed flics that I have enjoyed and I thought it was fitting to offer up 10 of my personal faves.

So here they are in no particular order:

1. KRUSH GROVE (1985)

Long before Taraji P. Henson captured our attention with her role as Cookie Lyon in the smash TV show, “Empire”. Krush Grove provided a much more realistic story of the ups and downs of an urban record label.  Its the story of Rick Rubin and partner Russell Simmons and their attempt to form Krush Groove Records (aka Def Jam Records) and the acts they managed which included the likes of Run-DMC, LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys.

2. DISORDERLIES (1987)

Don`t look for any Oscar award winning performances from The Fat Boys but the this silly film is guaranteed to provide at least one chuckle or two.

3. DO THE RIGHT THING (1989)

 Spike Lee gave us a little bit of everything in this one from a powerful theme track courtesy of Public Enemy, a spirited Rosie Perez, Radio Raheem and boom boxes. This film touched on some very important issues around violent clashes between law enforcement and young men and women of color that continue today.
4. WHO’S THE MAN? (1993)

Much like Krush Groove back in the day, “Who’s The Man?” offered up some pretty dope cameos from some of the hottest hip hop artists of the time. Queen Latifah, Naughty By Nature, Run DMC, House of Pain and so many more. And the the sound track was pretty dope and still get spins to this day.
5. JUICE (1992)

You never really forget your first and the late Tupac Shakur gave us a taste of his acting skills in the role of Bishop and this memorable performance set him up for a number of great films including Gridlock`d, Poetic Justice and my film that ranks number six on my list.
6. ABOVE THE RIM (1994)

 Above the Rim is cross between hoops and hip hop and Pac did it again playing the role of dark street thug. Duane Martin gave us all a taste of his basketball skills in this one and we were blessed with another dope soundtrack.
7. HOUSE PARTY (1990)

Kid n Play showed us all how to have fun in the absence of our parents and I think part of the reason why the House Party movies as much as I did was because as a kid I had always wanted to throw a wild and crazy party but far too fearful that my Momma would knock me out if I did.
8. NEW JACK CITY (1991)

New Jack City tells the story of the impact of crack on the city of New York back in the mid-eighties. Wesley Snipes delivers delivered as masterful role as Nino Brown while Ice-T played the role of a cop long before he released the song `Cop Killer`

 

9. FRIDAY (1991)

Cube Vision which is Ice Cube`s production has a long string of hit movies but the Friday series has to be considered the best in my opinion.  The hilarity of Chris Tucker carried the film and Cube demonstrated that he could do more than serious roles in this knee slapper.  Friday to me was like an episode of Seinfeld in the hood.

 

10. 8 MILE (2002)

There was never any doubting Eminem’s lyrical skills and 8 Mile provided an opportunity for fans to get a glimpse at his humble beginnings in the Detroit area.  It was also pretty cool that Eminem became the first hip-hop artist to win an Oscar, winning Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself.”

You Can`t Play With My Yo-Yo!

 

Down With The Kings welcomes hip hop diva Yo-Yo to the program.   She has the distinction of being the first female west coast rapper to receive a Grammy nomination and maintained being a tremendous advocate for female empowerment despite her popularity and success.  She was a protege of Ice Cube and first made her appearance on “It’s a Man’s World on his 1990 album, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted`.  Cube returned the favor by appearing on “You Can’t Play with My Yo-Yo,” which was on Yo-Yo’s 1991 debut album, Make Way for the Motherlode.

She is also the founder and spokesperson for the Intelligent Black Women’s Coalition (IBWC), a call to arms to women everywhere committed to the education and survival of young black women. Its central aim is to challenge sexism within rap and to provide a space for the voice of female rappers. She has promoted the efforts of the IBWC in her music and continually encourages other women rappers to do the same. 

She founded YoYo’s School Of Hip Hop with the aim of changing the lives of youth through love, academics and performing arts, developing fearlessness, self-discipline, confidence and team work. 

This legendary hip-hop artist will reflect on her 24 year career in the game, the impact that Ice Cube has had on her career and the difference being made on the lives of young people through the Yo-Yo School of Hip-Hop.

All that and more on the next episode of Down With The Kings exclusively on Maximum FM Hip Hop

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