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


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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Toronto Hip Hop History with Don Carlito | Down With The Kings


Don Carlito aka B-Kool is one of the pioneers of the Toronto hip hop scene that was part of a movement that elevated rap and hip hop culture to new heights north of the border and helped put the genre on the centre stage. This former Juno award reflects on the early days of the Toronto hip hop scene, his music and what to expect from him coming down the pipe next on this special edition of Down With The Kings!

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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Max TV Industry Launch Party | The Audman Media

Max TV Launch

MaximumFM.ca launches  a new platform under the brand MaxNow.TV. MaxTV is a new outlet for Canadian artists to release music and other creative content which will be available to Canadians coast to coast and around the world 24/7 on their smart phones, tablets, computers and other IPTV devices. Max TV will have 6 separate branded channels of which 4 are music video channels. Hip Hop, Dance, Pop and Soul while 2 other channels airing special events, concerts, movies, series and documentaries.
Along with playing music videos, MaxTV will also create and develop it’s own programming some of which are inspired by MaximumFM.ca’s current on air programming and developing them for TV.

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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#KoolKim #HaasG #TheUMC’s #BlueCheese #OneToGrowOn #DWTK #TheAudmanMedia #OldSchool #GoldenEra #HipHop #BackInTheDay #ClassicHipHop #MaximumFMHipHop #WhereHipHopLegendsHangOut

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My Top 8 Phife Dawg Lyrics!


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)

Daddy-O Clears Air on Rakim Comments | Down With The Kings

Daddy & Rakim


The internet recently caught fire after Daddy-O of the legendary hip hop group, Stetsasonic made controversial and critical comments against another hip hop legend, Rakim when he appeared as a guest on Sway In The Morning.

Daddy-O said, “Rakim told the biggest lie in Hip-Hop. [On ‘I Know You Got Soul’], he said, ‘It ain’t where you’re from, it’s where you’re at.

Die hard fans of the “God MC” weren’t happy about the attack and immediately went into a fury challenging the ten second sound bite suggesting that Daddy-O was “trying to make a comeback” or “looking for attention” plus a collection of other comments.

Daddy-O stopped by Down With The Kings to talk about the situation.

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