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

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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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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.

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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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