This year, Basementalism will celebrates 10 years of airtime. What started out as a small CU student-ran hip-hop radio show on KVCU 1190 AM in Boulder has turned into the must-stop show for hip-hop artists traveling through Colorado, and one of the only consistent radio shows (KGNU’s Eclipse show is the other) to feature and nurture home-grown hip-hop talent.
“Basementalism was one of 1190's original shows,” says longtime host Judgemental. “Every Saturday you can expect the best three hours of hip hop radio in the country, straight up.”
Each Saturday from 4 to 7pm, DJs B Money, Cysko Rokwel, Penz, Discord and an assortment of guest DJs, both local and national, contribute head-banging, hour-long mixes of unadulterated hip-hop. Hip-Hop luminaries such as Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, The Coup, Pharoahe Monch, Dilated Peoples, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, and countless others have passed through the station’s doors to talk about their latest projects. Plus local artists get constant love and support on the show.
“We sponsor almost every single hip hop show that comes through town, we put local cats on as openers and we play local music that won't get played anywhere else,” Judge says. “We have a complete open-door policy. And for the hip-hop fans we give away between 10-30 tickets to shows every week and we have a detailed events section on our website letting people know what shows are coming through town and when.”
And in the midst of it all, no one is getting paid to run the show. All of its participants are in it for the love, even though Judge admits it would be nice to get a little greenback.
“Personally I always wanted to see if we could take the show itself to a bigger audience,” he says. “Not like New York’s Star and Bucwild or anything but maybe moving to a station where we could be on more than once a week and maybe even get paid for the work we do. I know KS107.5 probably isn't trying to put us on like that since they just canned The Mixtape Show but we've had conversations about packaging ourselves as a commodity for something like Sirius or XM possibly, but it's pretty much just been conversations at this point. But if any radio station out there feels like hiring me, I’m very much looking for work.”
So, do you feel like you’ve been missing out on some great hip-hop radio the last ten years? Don’t fret, you can stream past shows here. Support your local hip-hop radio.
Hip-Hop artists are supporting Barack Obama
Adding to the ranks hip-hoppers like Common and will.i.am, who support Barack Obama in his bid for the Oval Ofice, Jay-Z and Russell Simmons have officially endorsed the senator. This week, the Jigga man called for change in an automated phone message hoping to get the folks in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island.
"Bring your friends and families make sure your voices are heard for change," Jay-Z said. "It's time for change. It's time for Barack Obama."
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons also stated in a press release to the Associated Press that he was putting his weight behind Obama, even though John Edwards was his boy and even did yoga with him.
"Obama has built an unprecedented national movement of people from all ethnic, racial, political, social and economic backgrounds," Simmons said in a statement.
Other rappers getting Obama’s back include Jin, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep), Rhymefest, Talib Kweli, and Mos Def. Rappers 50 Cent and Lupe Fiasco have been backing Hilary Clinton, but it seems more so that they just want to go against the grain.
50 Cent, Fat Joe beef continues to roast
For awhile the Fat Joe/50 Cent beef from several years ago was quiet. But after a fight last weekend in North Carolina between Joe and rapper 50 Cent affiliate Papoose, the beef is fresh for cooking. Joe blames 50 for spreading a photo-shopped image of the overweight rapper with eye and nose injuries. Papoose says that he worked Joe’s chin and then got jumped by nine bodyguards, while Joe says that it was four versus four and Papoose got a beating so bad that he apologized to Joe afterwards. Joey Crack is concentrating on releasing his new album, Elephant in the Room, on March 11. To make things a bit more interesting, 50 Cent announced that he’ll be releasing his new mixtape, Elephant on the Beach.
And he’ll be dropping it "at the same time Fat Joe's punk ass is trying to sell an independent CD that nobody wants," 50 said on his blog at thisis50.com, where you’ll also be able to download it for free.
Juvenile’s daughter murdered
Last weekend, 17-year old Anthony Tyrone Terrell allegedly shot and killed his mother Joy Deleston, 39, and her two daughters Jelani, 4, and Micaiah, 11. The four-year old girl, Jelani, was the daughter of New Orleans rapper Juvenile. The victims’ bodies were found in their Lawrenceville, Georgia home last Thursday and Terrell was arrested on Friday.
"It really shocked him and devastated him to the point where I've never seen him before," Aubrey Francis, Juvenile’s manager, told the Associated Press. "Right now he is relaxing and trying to grasp everything of what has happened."
Terrell is charged with three counts of murder and three counts of aggravated assault, but a motive for the killings has yet to be released.
Flame Our World: Redeemed If any of you have any preconceived notions about how Christian hip-hop sounds nowadays, Flame is guaranteed to change your mind. He has a style, flow, and a lyrical prowess that’s all his own and could stand next to any emcee in the game right now. The beats on the album aren’t half bad either.
Layzie Bone Thugz Nation The results of most Bone Thugs-n-Harmony solo efforts have varied from wack to merely mediocre. But Layzie Bone’s latest album is a solid effort that stays true to the Bone Thugs sound. It helps that Krayzie Bone, Mo Thugs Soldiers, Wishbone, and others are featured throughout the project.
Rakim Live, Lost, & Found If you’ve never seen Rakim live in concert, you’re truly missing out on a classically raw hip-hop experience. It’s a performance that will make you fall in love with hip-hop all over again. What’s the next best thing? Rakim’s live album. It features all of his hit songs plus four previously unreleased joints.