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I've always been a music fan, even before my years playing high-quality hip hop over the FM airwaves. Enjoy these articles and features that honors the past, celebrates the present, and boldly looks towards the future.

Peace & Blessings!

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CELEBRATE  HIP HOP  HISTORY: 1989

Since its birth in 1973, hip hop culture has had a big influence on many aspects of the world and society. Its rhymes and beats have dominated music, its lifestyle has infiltrated entertainment and fashion, and its defiance and awareness has had a deep impact on politics and business.

 

In recognition of this major achievement, the good folks at The Rub have compiled a series of mixes they call The History of Hip Hop. (Seriously, what else could you call it?) Beginning with 1979, DJ Ayers, Cosmo Baker, and DJ Eleven present the best hits of that particular year.

 

Courtesy of The Rub, Brooklyn Radio, and Mixcloud, these mixes are available for download. Click below to check out the "Hip Hop History Mix of 1989"!

Atmosphere - Arthur's Song

Dilated Peoples - Show Me The Way ft. Aloe Blacc

SoSanAntone "Everything Bout Me" ft. King Kyle Lee

Twigutta x Ether Arson - "Meal Ticket"

OCTOBER 2014.

CONGRATS to The Home Town Kid Tee Double, September 30th was named TEE DOUBLE DAY. AWESOME!

SEPTEMBER 2014.

TRIPLE THREAT!!!

If you've paid any attention to the underground hip hop scene, you already know about the consistant quality of music coming from Mello Music Group. Damn near every release from the label has been astounding! In keeping with this consistancy, MMG recently announced the return of the collective known as Ugly Heroes!

 

The trio of Verbal Kent, Red Pill, and Apollo Brown made major waves a year ago with their self-titled debut LP. Each person brings so much to the table. Both Verbal Kent and Red Pill are skilled lyricists, constructing rhymes that make you want to play close attention to what their saying. Their words are truly enhanced by the neck-snapping boom bap of Apollo Brown's beats. Each song reflects the plight of the average, unknown, hard-working person raising their families, pinching pennies, and struggling to make end meet...America's Ugly Heroes!

 

The group just dropped a new project in mid-August called, simply, the Ugly Heroes EP. Go give it a listen...but first, check out this video from the release, "Michael & Scottie & Horace"!

CELEBRATE  HIP HOP  HISTORY: 1988

Since its birth in 1973, hip hop culture has had a big influence on many aspects of the world and society. Its rhymes and beats have dominated music, its lifestyle has infiltrated entertainment and fashion, and its defiance and awareness has had a deep impact on politics and business.

 

In recognition of this major achievement, the good folks at The Rub have compiled a series of mixes they call The History of Hip Hop. (Seriously, what else could you call it?) Beginning with 1979, DJ Ayers, Cosmo Baker, and DJ Eleven present the best hits of that particular year.

 

Courtesy of The Rub, Brooklyn Radio, and Mixcloud, these mixes are available for download. Click below to check out the "Hip Hop History Mix of 1988"!

L'Orange f. Blu - "Need You" (from The Orchid Days)

Paranoid Castle - "Laugh Out Loud" (from Welcome to Success)

AUGUST 2014.

Who's in The Urban Suite this month with D MAJOR?

Monday August 18th - TWIGUTTA

 

Tuesday Aug.19th - Lil Young, the First and ONLY Hispanic signed to Swishahouse, will be Live!!

 

Friday August 22nd - 8pm to 10pm cst we will dedicate 2 hours to Tony Stacks and NEW AMERICA - Live, Music, Politics, Fashion, Art and more!


Then tune-in Tuesday through Friday 7 to 10pm cst to D MAJOR and SHERRIL METAL as they bring you R&B, NeoSoul, Reggae, Jazz, Hip Hop! @Tha1Radio... WE SPIN LOCAL MUSIC!

THE EYES HAVE IT!!!

After years of searching for a new label to call home, as well as several solo projects, Dilated Peoples is back with their new album, Directors of Photography! Evidence, Rakaa Iriscience, and DJ Babu return with fresh beats and tight lyrical flows you expect form the vets. Joining them on this release are Vince Staples, Aloe Blacc, Catero, Gangrene, Sick Jacken, and Krondon. Production on this album are held down mostly by Evidence and Babu, with additional contributions from The Alchemist, Twiz The Beat Pro, DJ Premier, Jake One, Diamond D, Oh No, Bravo, and 9th Wonder.

 

Check out the goup's website for more info, including tour dates. For now, check out the video for the album's first single, "Good As Gone"!

KP Tha Profit ft. King Danja - "Dream"

R.A. The Rugged Man ft. Amalie Bruun - "Definition Of A Rap Flow"

The Roots ft. Patty Crash - "Never"

MAY 2014.

CHECK THE BLUEPRINT!!!

If you're familiar with hip hop artist Blueprint, you know that he wears sooo many hats. He's an amazing emcee, a top-notch producer, a videographer who's constantly improving his craft, and the head of his own label (as well as being signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment). He's a member of Greenhouse Effect, as well as part of Soul Position (alongside RJD2). He has appeared on tracks featuring the likes of Eyedea & Abilities, Aesop Rock, Vast Aire, Mr. Lif, Atmosphere, and Jake One. To say that Blueprint is one talented and busy individual is an understatement.

 

On Thursday, May 22nd, Blueprint returns to SA in support of his new release, entitled Respect The Architect. If the title track is any indication, this is another banger from the wordsmith from Columbus, OH. Need proof? Watch the video, check him out at http://printmatic.net, and get your tickets to see him perform (along with Count Bass D, DJ Rare Groove, Minds of a Different Kind, and DJ Notion) at Fitzgerald's on May 22nd!!! CLICK HERE to get your tickets now!!!

 

 

CELEBRATE  HIP HOP  HISTORY: 1987

Since its birth in 1973, hip hop culture has had a big influence on many aspects of the world and society. Its rhymes and beats have dominated music, its lifestyle has infiltrated entertainment and fashion, and its defiance and awareness has had a deep impact on politics and business.

 

In recognition of this major achievement, the good folks at The Rub have compiled a series of mixes they call The History of Hip Hop. (Seriously, what else could you call it?) Beginning with 1979, DJ Ayers, Cosmo Baker, and DJ Eleven present the best hits of that particular year.

 

Courtesy of The Rub, Brooklyn Radio, and Mixcloud, these mixes are available for download. Click below to check out the "Hip Hop History Mix of 1987"!

ONE AMAZING ARTIST...GRAVES 33!

So...Sherril & I recently went to a show here in SA. It was Chisme's CD release for their latest project It's OK To Dream (which is out now, by the way), with hip hop legend Kool Keith headlining the event. R-E-L and Progeny were into performing one of their new tracks when, out of nowhere, this dude I've never seen in town before grabs the mic and starts ripping into the song. The crowd was hype, and Sherril & I just stood there in joy and amazement! That was our introduction to the artist known as Graves 33.

 

This Seattle native is no fresh-out-the-box rapper, by any means. He's shown a love and interest in music since the age of 4 when his father, guitarist Randy Hansen (best known for his work on the soundtrack to the classic film, Apocalypse Now), first gave him a pair of drumsticks. For more than a decade now, Graves has worked hard to perfect his craft: constructing beats, recording tracks, selling CD's by hand to old skeptics and new fans, and opening for some of the biggest acts in hip hop.

 

If you want to learn more about this truly phenominal emcee, check out his website. As you do that, watch the video for his latest single, "Slate Blue"!

Verbal Kent - "Body The Beat" (from Sounds of the Weapon)

Dee-1 - "Jay, 50, & Weezy" (from I Hope They Hear Me, Vol. 2)

louis logic - "Big Fish Eat Little Fish" (from Look On The Blight Side)

APRIL 2014.

STRICKLY DAN STUCKIE!!!

De La Soul are true legends in hip hop. It's been 25 years their critically-acclaimed debut 3 Feet High and Rising first hit the charts. They are the first group to use skits in their albums. They are the first group to feature remixes of tracks. Their style, their wordplay, their subject matter is innovative and influential. Well, The Plugs are back...and in a big way!

 

Pos, Dave, and Maseo showed love (on Valentine's Day, no less) by offering free downloads of THEIR ENTIRE CATALOG (pre-Grind Date) for 25 hours only! The response was overwhelming, causing the site to crash as the masses took advantage of a once-in-a lifetime opportunity! The guys just released Smell the Da.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Soul of Yancy), a 10-song mixtape that lays dope De La a capellas over beats from the late, great emcee/producer J Dilla. They're set to drop a new EP entitled Premium Soul on the Rocks (produced by DJ Premier and Pete Rock). Plus they're ready to release a new full-length project, You're Welcome, later this year.

 

Yes...the Da.I.S.Y. Age is back, suckas! Keep up with everything De La by going to www.wearedelasoul.com NOW!!!

AND NOW...  THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE!!!

This is my love letter to you, San Antonio.

There have been a lot of things to be happy about so far this year in the world of hip hop. Many artists from all aspects of SA hip hop are dropping or set to drop quality material in 2014, including Ghost Palace (Evolve x Progeny), The Silverback Project (Mad One x Tha Midax), Chisme, Mr. Composition, Kree 23, J Randle, Ray Rozel, Dead The Poets, Itzli, Third Root, Question, and so much more.

 

Big-ups to our local promotors for bringing top-notch performers to the Alamo City. Awol One, Blueprint, Slick Rick, Deltron 3030, Cypress Hill, Louis Logic, ECID, Ras Kass, Copywrite, and Awdazcate are just some of the artists that have come and will be coming to San Antonio to perform.

 

Shout-outs to the lovers and fans of hip hop in the Countdown City. Artists put their hearts and souls into their music. Promoters work hard to put together great shows to entertain the masses. But it takes YOU, the fan, to make our music scene viable and profitable. Continue your support by buying releases from local artists and attending shows put together by local promoters.

 

Finally, a big thanks to everyone who logs onto Going South Magazine or listens to The Urban Suite. As GSM prepares to celebrate its 4th year in existence, Sherril and I want to show our appreciation for your continued support. We want nothing more than to show the world all of the talent that's here in San Antonio. I've got a feeling that they're starting to pay attention now!!!

Since its birth in 1973, hip hop culture has had a big influence on many aspects of the world and society. Its rhymes and beats have dominated music, its lifestyle has infiltrated entertainment and fashion, and its defiance and awareness has had a deep impact on politics and business.

 

In recognition of this major achievement, the good folks at The Rub have compiled a series of mixes they call The History of Hip Hop. (Seriously, what else could you call it?) Beginning with 1979, DJ Ayers, Cosmo Baker, and DJ Eleven present the best hits of that particular year.

 

Courtesy of The Rub, Brooklyn Radio, and Mixcloud, these mixes are available for download. Click below to check out the "Hip Hop History Mix of 1986"!

CELEBRATE  HIP HOP  HISTORY: 1986

L'Orange f/ Billy Woods - "The End" (from The Orchid Days)

Onyx - "Whut Whut" (from #WakeDaFucUp)

      *Produced by the Snowgoons

No Bird Sing - "APOGEE" (from Definition Sickness)

MARCH 2014.

Video footage from the AWOL ONE Show 3/12/2014

When anyone discusses hip hop in San Antonio, one on the names that rolls off of their tongues should definitely be OBX. Whether as a member of Death Before Dishonor (DBDFam) or as a solo artist, this emcee is consistent for spitting hard-hitting, raw lyrics over crushing, neck-snapping beats. When you have some of the top names in the game on your joints (Skyzoo, Emilio Rojas, !llmind, Nottz and more), you must take notice.

 

This March, OBX (along with JP and DJ Techneek) is hitting up Austin's SXSW Music Festival in support of his latest project released last November, entitled Villain. With features from Fashawn, Kid Daytona, and Mayhem Lauren, this project is a beast. CLICK HERE and check it out for yourself!

CELEBRATE THE "VILLAIN"!!!

Since its birth in 1973, hip hop culture has had a big influence on many aspects of the world and society. Its rhymes and beats have dominated music, its lifestyle has infiltrated entertainment and fashion, and its defiance and awareness has had a deep impact on politics and business.

 

In recognition of this major achievement, the good folks at The Rub have compiled a series of mixes they call The History of Hip Hop. (Seriously, what else could you call it?) Beginning with 1979, DJ Ayers, Cosmo Baker, and DJ Eleven present the best hits of that particular year.

 

Courtesy of The Rub, Brooklyn Radio, and Mixcloud, these mixes are available for download. Click below to check out the "Hip Hop History Mix of 1985"!

CELEBRATE HIP HOP HISTORY: 1985

Prince Po x Oh No - "Keep Reachin" (from Animal Serum)

Malkovich - "Great Expectations" (from Great Expectations)

Joe & Box - "Boogieman and Weasel" (from Boogieman and Weasel)

FEBRUARY 2014.

A few years back, I was chilling with a few radio friends at Sam's Burger Joint waiting for the San Antonio DMC Regional DJ Competition to pop off. I was soon approached by DJ/promoter/all-around cool dude Scuba Gooding Sr. He wanted to introduce me to an artist from the RGV that had some music that I may like to feature. From that night on, I have become a true fan of emcee Evolve!!!

 

The label's name is pretty much a testament to the music he releases: Boom Bap Masterpiece!!! He always puts out quality material (two full projects plus remixes just last year). He always grabs beats from amazing producers (Akomplice, Kizersoze, Ill Fisto, and more). He's released tracks with some of the greats (Junclassic, C Rayz Walz, El Da Sensai, etc). He has a great team down with him (including DJ Myke Nice, Daddy J Fez, Mic Melt, Elo The Emcee, and more).

 

After ripping the stage opening for Ras Kass and Copywrite recently, Evolve is ready to kick 2014 into gear. He has teamed up with esteemed beatmaker Progeny (Chisme/ATP) to bring to you GHOST PALACE. The duo's collaboration, entitled Life Ain't Sweet (Run), will be hitting your ears before you know it. If you wanna keep up with what Evolve's up to, check out his FB page!!! 

BOOM BAP!!!

Celebrate  Hip Hop History: 1984

Since its birth in 1973, hip hop culture has had a big influence on many aspects of the world and society. Its rhymes and beats have dominated music, its lifestyle has infiltrated entertainment and fashion, and its defiance and awareness has had a deep impact on politics and business.

 

In recognition of this major achievement, the good folks at The Rub have compiled a series of mixes they call The History of Hip Hop. (Seriously, what else could you call it?) Beginning with 1979, DJ Ayers, Cosmo Baker, and DJ Eleven present the best hits of that particular year.

 

Courtesy of The Rub, Brooklyn Radio, and Mixcloud, these mixes are available for download. Click below to check out the "Hip Hop History Mix of 1984"!

URBAN SUITE & HIDDEN TRAXX Video Drop from PHIL G the KNOWBODY!!!

So...I still have a few people who reminisce about my time spinning tracks at my old radio home 90.1FM KSYM. My last year-and-a-half was truly an epic moment. The Urban Suite was able to move up two hours earlier, which finally gave me a chance to interview guests in the studio. 

 

When my two-hour show was done, Liese Love followed with Hidden Tracks, a show that features some truly bangin' awesomely obscure and funky underground hip hop. (That formula has not changed...YAAAYYY!!!)

 

I learned about so many new artists and dope music from Liese. One of those artists is East Coast hip hop genius Phil G the Knowbody. This emcee/producer has a work ethic that's hard to compete with, releasing fresh-out-the-oven tracks on a constant basis.

 

I was truly surprised (and honored) when Sherril informed me that Phil G put together a video mix of his music dedicated to both Liese and myself.

As expected, it definitely gets your neck snappin'...go check it out!

 

P.S. Big-ups to Liese Love and Phil G the Knowbody, keeping the essence and love of hip hop alive and well!!! Much love!!!

Since his introduction to hip hop audiences in 2007, the artist known as Grieves has emerged as a versatle emcee with great wordplay and thought-provoking subject matter. His stock has risen even higher with his collaborations with producer Budo, as well as becoming a part of Rhymesayers' roster.

 

After three critically-acclaimed LP's and sharing stages with a who's-who of independent hip hop, Grieves is ready to present to the world his new release, Winter & the Wolves. As his website states: "Tackling difficult obstacles like addiction and heartbreak, Grieves wrestles with the realization that life doesn’t get any easier as you get older. His signature combination of humor and gloom culminate to depict the struggle of a man’s inner turmoil between abandoning the dreams of his youth, and carving out a new path for himself in this world."

If you'd like to grab a copy of Grieves' new LP, pre-order here!!!

Swamp Thing - "Elephant Man" feat. Ghettosocks

"Elephant Man" describes the story of Swamp Thing's dissent into madness and cult status. The infamous Firedogs join forces with Ghettosocks to detail their fall from the heights of rock royalty to the depths of skid row. Check out the visuals for "Elephant Man" featuring Ghettosocks- the new video from Swamp Thing's (@SwampThingRaps) latest album Firedogs. Video by DeanofDanger & Boom Shoal. Album now available from Urbnet. (CLICK HERE)

* IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH *

Paris - "The Devil Made Me Do It"

X Clan - "Fire & Earth"

Kam Moye - "Black Enough?"

JANUARY 2014.

"Secret Handshakes" by HOMEWORK

Video treatment by Carlos Velasquez

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