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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Napoleon Da Legend - Mass Incarceration



By Ralo

The urban lifestyle has always been a hive of activity in the world of hip-hop culture. First there is the visually arresting images of graffiti, then there is the hypnotic rotation of turntables. You can't forget the acrobatic display of b-boys or the oral expression of MCing.

The lyricist or the MC has long been the center of attention in the sub-culture of underground hip-hop. There are often many questions about who is the best lyricist or who can beat who in a battle. The topic of discussion also centers on who's new record is wack, and who's new record is heat, or which newcomers sound good and shows promise.  Lyrics, delivery and production all play key roles in judging the quality of underground hip-hop. Noncommercial rap has always had more poetic value than its corporate under produced counterpart.


This week we focus our attention on one of the main issues plaguing the black community, mass incarceration. After President Linden Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act and The Civil Rights Act in the late 1960's, we have seen the explosion of black male incarceration. This is what author Michelle Alexander refers to as the New Jim Crow in her book of the same title. Most black men that are currently in prison are there for non-violent offenses. Over the years mandatory minimum sentencing laws have herded an exceptional amount of black men into prison slavery. Most of the nations prisons are privately owned for profit businesses that lock up black men for no other reason but to make money. Lots of these prisons are publicly traded on The Stock Market. This is 21st century slavery.

Napoleon Da Legend tackles this issue in his very timely "Mass Incarceration".


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Video Premiere: Your Old Droog's "42 (Forty Deuce)"

Wasn't what i expected, the producer easily flips a simple sample from Nu Shooz's 'I Cant Wait' track. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

VISUAL CAFFEINE-episode56- AKBAR


Peace and bliss planet rockers!

The award winning Visual Caffeine is back! Off The Corner is proud present this monthly program that has become something of an instant classic. It presents the fascinating history of Hip-Hop culture, as well a peek inside the world of  present day underground Hip-Hop.

To bring in the new year we build with AKBAR. He shares with us his story of migrating from yhe Bronx to Chicago and then back to the Bronx. He also stresses the importance of eating healthy. We also touch on the fact that he is a writer (Graffiti Artist). Sit back and enjoy yhe positive vibes!
Interview by John Robinson

 
VISUAL CAFFEINE-episode56- AKBAR from SEN ONE6 UZN on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

BLACK WOMAN MUSIC VIDEO CAPPADONNA


By Ralo

The urban lifestyle has always been a hive of activity in the world of hip-hop culture. First there is the visually arresting images of graffiti, then there is the hypnotic rotation of turntables. You can't forget the acrobatic display of b-boys or the oral expression of MCing.

The lyricist or the MC has long been the center of attention in the sub-culture of underground hip-hop. There are often many questions about who is the best lyricist or who can beat who in a battle. The topic of discussion also centers on who's new record is wack, and who's new record is heat, or which newcomers sound good and shows promise.  Lyrics, delivery and production all play key roles in judging the quality of underground hip-hop. Noncommercial rap has always had more poetic value than its corporate under produced counterpart.


This week our spotlight is on Wu Tangs' Cappadonna, who struck ouy on his won in 1998 with his debut album The Pillage. He followed that three years later with his sophomore album entitled The Yin And The Yang. He has since done seven full length albums. Number seven is a sequel album called The Pillage 2. The most recent song and video is Black Woman.

  

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Free Show Honoring Easy Mo Bee


TONIGHT Thursday November 5th: Come out to a show honouring legendary producer Easy Mo Bee.

The Grammy Award winning producer has done tracks for some of the biggest acts in Rap, R&B and Jazz Music. In the last twenty years he has done production for Notorious B.I.G., Craig Mack, The Gza, Big Daddy Kane, Public Enemy, Slick Rick, Heavy D And The Boyz, Das EFX, L.L. Cool J, Lost Boyz and many more. His most exceptional production credit to date was Doo Bop- the last full-length album from legendary Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis.

Tonight's show at Meridian 23, will feature Easy Mo Bee himself on the wheels along with Kenny Parker. Live instrumentation will be provided by Swiss Chris on drums and a host of other musicians. Doors open at 9PM. Come out to salute a true legend.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

VISUAL CAFFEINE-episode 53-CYMARSHALL LAW



Peace and bliss planet rockers!

The award winning Visual Caffeine is back! Off The Corner is proud present this monthly program that has become something of an instant classic. It presents the fascinating history of Hip-Hop culture, as well a peek inside the world of  present day underground Hip-Hop.

This month we feature CYMARSHALL LAW. This MC has evolved into a force on the mic. From the UK to NJ- CYMARSHALL LAW does this Hip Hop thing to the fullest. We get the science on how he and his brother-SKIT SLAM aka BLACK BELT POEMS- make albums from 2 different continents! New Jersey is in the house!!

Sit back and enjoy!

VISUAL CAFFEINE-episode 53-CYMARSHALL LAW from SEN ONE6 UZN on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Public Enemy "Mine Again"


By Ralo

The urban lifestyle has always been a hive of activity in the world of hip-hop culture. First there is the visually arresting images of graffiti, then there is the hypnotic rotation of turntables. You can't forget the acrobatic display of b-boys or the oral expression of MCing.

The lyricist or the MC has long been the center of attention in the sub-culture of underground hip-hop. There are often many questions about who is the best lyricist or who can beat who in a battle. The topic of discussion also centers on who's new record is wack, and who's new record is heat, or which newcomers sound good and shows promise.  Lyrics, delivery and production all play key roles in judging the quality of underground hip-hop. Noncommercial rap has always had more poetic value than its corporate under produced counterpart.

This week our spotlight is on Long Islands' own, Public Enemy. There is no need to wax poetic about the history of Raps' most important group. They have duration in the business that is almost unmatched. Since 1987 Public Enemy has been leading the way in the sub-genre of conscious Rap. Now, in 2015 Public Enemy is back with their 16th, yes 16th album, entitled Man Plans God Laughs The latest video from the project is called Mine Again. Centred in Africa, Mine Again delivers the  hard hitting message PE is known for.


Saturday, September 5, 2015

VISUAL CAFFEINE-episode52- THIRSTIN HOWL the 3rd


Peace and bliss planet rockers!

The award winning Visual Caffeine is back! Off The Corner is proud present this monthly program that has become something of an instant classic. It presents the fascinating history of Hip-Hop culture, as well a peek inside the world of  present day underground Hip-Hop.

Join us as we build with THIRSTIN HOWL the 3rd as he shares his knowledge on being an entrepreneur as well as an MC with 20+ experience in the Hip Hop music scene. 

Class is in session!


PEACE!!

  VISUAL CAFFEINE-episode52- THIRSTIN HOWL the 3rd from SEN ONE6 UZN on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Visual Caffeine: Episode 51- PH Forever



Peace and bliss planet rockers!




The award winning Visual Caffeine is back! Off The Corner is proud present this monthly program that has become something of an instant classic. It presents the fascinating history of Hip-Hop culture, as well a peek inside the world of  present day underground Hip-Hop.
 
This month we bring you a tribute to a legend in true school Hip Hop- our brother PH. Broadcasting from Park Slope Brooklyn, we speak to Poison Pen and GMS about PH and his contributions to their lives.
Also we have some MC's spittin in the park- BUGZ, MONEY BAGZ, ACCESS IMMORTAL, J BUDDAHS, JOHN ROBINSON and POISON PEN all rock in the MS 51 park (PH went to school there).
We thought this was the best way to tell his story- with a cypher in Park Slope!

If you want to contribute to the family of PH: bitly.com/fundforph
 
 

Monday, May 4, 2015

VISUAL CAFFEINE-Episode 48-Shabaam Sahdeeq


Peace and bliss planet rockers!



The award winning Visual Caffeine is back! Off The Corner is proud present this monthly program that has become something of an instant classic. It presents the fascinating history of Hip-Hop culture, as well a peek inside the world of  present day underground Hip-Hop.
 
We were blissed to be able to build with the one, the only----SHABAAM SAHDEEQ. Make sure to catch the very informative interview of Shabaam Sahdeeq by our host John Roninson. They build on Shabaam's music as well as his artwork. After the interview, Shabaam Sahdeeq, John Robinson and Doc Strange get busy on the mic. Music mixed by DJ 2FAST.

Special shout out to: Frixan- Oustem- Slovo Magazine and Guerilla Republik
Thanks to our International support as well:
Ukraine-Bulgaria-Russia-Holland-Australia-New Zealand-Italy-Tanzania-Switzerland-France-Alaska-Colombia-Brazil-Malaysia-United Kingdom-Netherlands-Romania-Germany-Indonesia-United States and everyone else!!
 
 
 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

VISUAL CAFFEINE-Episode47-Something For The Writers


Peace and bliss planet rockers!


The award winning Visual Caffeine is back! Off The Corner is proud present this monthly program that has become something of an instant classic. It presents the fascinating history of Hip-Hop culture, as well a peek inside the world of  present day underground Hip-Hop.
 
We decided this month to pay homage to the Hip Hop element of Writing (wrongly known by the name Graffiti) with some music to tear up your black books up to.
To all the scribes of Hip Hop Hieroglyphics we honor and respect you!! Dedicated to: IZ THE WIZ- KASE 2- DONDI- STAY HIGH 149 and all our fallen comrades in this movement.

Featuring:
1. Q-Tip-"Let's Ride"
2. Black Star-"Definition"
3. Nas- "Made You Look"
4. Company Flow- "End to End BURNERS"
5. Lootpack- "Whenimondamic"
6.Shabaam Sahdeeq- "Freaky Flow"
7. Gza- "Shadowboxin"
8. Meyhem Lauren- "Got the Fever"
9. Artifacts-"C'mon Wit Da Git Down"
10. Pack FM- "Click Clack & Spray"

Special shout out to: OUSTEM ONE UZN Holland- FRIXAN UZN Ukraine and Guerrilla Republik!

  VISUAL CAFFEINE-episode47-Something for the Writers from SEN ONE6 UZN on Vimeo.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Diamond D "Superman"


 By Ralo

The urban lifestyle has always been a hive of activity in the world of hip-hop culture. First there is the visually arresting images of graffiti, then there is the hypnotic rotation of turntables. You can't forget the acrobatic display of b-boys or the oral expression of MCing.

The lyricist or the MC has long been the center of attention in the sub-culture of underground hip-hop. There are often many questions about who is the best lyricist or who can beat who in a battle. The topic of discussion also centers on who's new record is wack, and who's new record is heat, or which newcomers sound good and shows promise.  Lyrics, delivery and production all play key roles in judging the quality of underground hip-hop. Noncommercial rap has always had more poetic value than its corporate under produced counterpart.

This week our spot light is on veteran producer/ MC Diamond D- who by his own admission, is "by far the best producer on the mic". Diamond D's first full length project was 1992s' Stunts, Blunts And Hip-Hop, which is revered as an all time classic in underground Hip-Hop circles.  He followed that with Hatred, Passions And Infidelity in 1997. He has done production for a countless number of artists including Lord Finesse, Brand Nubian, Cypress Hill, KRS-ONE and The Fugees. He has done seven albums to date and is back with his latest single Superman, from his most recent endeavor The Diam Piece.

Superman was produced by turntablist DJ Scratch of EPMD fame, the video was directed by producer/ director, Nick Burnz and Amond Jackson.



  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Visual Caffeine Episode 45:Visionaries



Peace and bliss planet rockers!

The award winning Visual Caffeine is back! Off The Corner is proud present this monthly program that has become something of an instant classic. It presents the fascinating history of Hip-Hop culture, as well a peek inside the world of  present day underground Hip-Hop.

This show features SPIRITCHILD. He is an inspiration to us all. From mentoring youth to ripping the microphone- he is Hip Hop. Watch as he breaks down his positive activities around the world and spins for us as well. Hosted by John Robinson, this episode will have you pressing rewind!

1."Everywhere"- John Robinson and Chief
2. "It's JAY ARE"- John Robinson and J Rawls
3. "Miles and Trane"- John Robinson and PVD
4. "Thinker Girl"- John Robinson and Ray West
5. "Powers of Nine Ether"- Scienz of Life
6. "Vinyl is Forever"- John Robinson and PVD feat. Shabaam Sahdeeq and El da Sensei
7. "Circulate"-John Robinson and ID 4 WINDZ
8. "Outta Control"- John Robinson and DOOM
9. "Know You"- John Robinson and J Rawls feat. ID 4 WINDZ

  VISUAL CAFFEINE-episode45-VISIONARIES from SEN ONE6 UZN on Vimeo.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Dres "Propagation" (Official Video)

Dres "Propagation" (Official Video)

By Ralo

The urban lifestyle has always been a hive of activity in the world of hip-hop culture. First there is the visually arresting images of graffiti, then there is the hypnotic rotation of turntables. You can't forget the acrobatic display of b-boys or the oral expression of MCing.

The lyricist or the MC has long been the center of attention in the sub-culture of underground hip-hop. There are often many questions about who is the best lyricist or who can beat who in a battle. The topic of discussion also centers on who's new record is wack, and who's new record is heat, or which newcomers sound good and shows promise.  Lyrics, delivery and production all play key roles in judging the quality of underground hip-hop. Noncommercial rap has always had more poetic value than its corporate under produced counterpart.

This week we have the latest from Dres of Black Sheep. Dres was originally signed Mercury/ Polygram records back in the early 90's. His first album Wolf In Sheeps Clothing put Black Sheep in the forefront of the Native Tounges Family- which included De La Soul, Camp Lo, The jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah and A Tribe Called Quest.

A Wolf In Sheeps Clothing featured some of the groups classic hits like, The Choice Is Yours, Stroblite Honey and Similak Child. Dres was known for lyrically pushing the envelope. He once said "I like to say on record what people are thinking in their heads, but can't say in polite company".

They returned in 1994 with their second full-length effort Non-Fiction. Due to weak promotion from the label, the album did not get the attention it deserved, and basically went unnoticed.

Dres is back with his latest single and video Propagation- on it he has a candid discussion with his son about the pitfalls of life. He tells his son "I have you walk in front of me, because you were born to lead. This is the sort of record Hip-Hop needs now. All of what's heard on commercial radio programs listeners towards failure. This record programs children towards success and doing the right thing. The video has a very heart-felt ending that definitely drives home the  point. 


Sunday, January 11, 2015

VISUAL CAFFEINE-Episode 44-Napolean Da Legend




 
Peace and bliss planet rockers!

The award winning Visual Caffeine is back! Off The Corner is proud present this monthly program that has become something of an instant classic. It presents the fascinating history of Hip-Hop culture, as well a peek inside the world of  present day underground Hip-Hop.
 
A new year brings some changes here at VISUAL CAFFEINE.
Our new host is John Robinson! He's been dropping science on the Hip Hop scene for 20+ years. Now we are blissed to have him bring his flavor to our show.

We also have DJ 2Fast. He's representing Newark NJ and the Universal Zulu Nation/Lost Tribes Zulus.

To kick this new format off, we have Napoleon Da Legend He gives us a dope interview and then rocks the spot with DJ Crazy Bazarro.
Special shout out to Doc Strange-Sara Ripp -Dj Bazarro -ZK Rekae- Sheba- Kev- Veranda and Lady Elix.

Enjoy!!

VISUAL CAFFEINE-episode 44-Napolean Da Legend from SEN ONE6 UZN on Vimeo.

Friday, January 9, 2015

WuTang Clan - ODB and GZA Never Before Seen Footage Freestyle 1991

WuTang Clan - ODB and GZA Never Before Seen Footage Freestyle 1991

Monday, November 3, 2014

Visual Caffeine Episode 43: Hip-Hop Our-Story Month


The already well established Visual Caffeine is back! Off The Corner is proud present this monthly program that has become something of an instant classic. It presents the fascinating history of Hip-Hop culture, as well a peek inside the world of present day underground Hip-Hop.

November is Hip Hop Our-Story month. We celebrate the birth of The Universal Zulu Nation and Hip Hop Culture. This year marks 40 years of the culture and 41 years of The Universal Zulu Nation.

Celebrate with pride!

Music:
1. Fat Boys-"Stick 'em"
2. BDP- "The Bridge Is Over"
3. Jungle Brothers- "Straight Out The Jungle"
4. Biz Markie- "Goin Off"
5. KRS ONE- "Step Into A World"
6. Audio Two- "Top Billin"
7. Lords of the Underground- "Chief Rocka"
8. James Brown- "Super Bad"
9. Afrika Bambaataa- "Planet Rock"

PEACE!!

  VISUAL CAFFEINE-episode43-HIP HOP OUR-STORY MONTH from SEN ONE6 UZN on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Visual Caffiene Episode 42: Listen And Learn

 
Peace and bliss planet rockers!

The award winning Visual Caffeine is back! Off The Corner is proud present this monthly program that has become something of an instant classic. It presents the fascinating history of Hip-Hop culture, as well a peek inside the world of  present day underground Hip-Hop.
 
The leaves are falling and it's getting cooler outside-so VISUAL CAFFEINE brings the heat for you in the form of PUBLIC ENEMY!!

Here are the tracks featured in this episode:
1. "Louder Than A Bomb"
2. "Black Steel In The Hour of Chaos"
3. "Bring That Beat Back"
4. "Don't Believe The Hype"
5. "Night Of The Living Baseheads"
6. "Night Train" feat. CL SMOOTH
7. "Can't Truss It"
8. "Crayola" YEA BOYEEEEEEE!!

VISUAL CAFFEINE-episode42-LISTEN and LEARN from SEN ONE6 UZN on Vimeo.

 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Diamond District "First Step"



An important chapter in the history of DC Hip-Hop would have to include Diamond District. The Washington DC super group is comprised of state veterans Oddisee, Uptown XO and yU The 78er.

The group was founded by rapper/producer Oddisee, who has a long list of production & collaboration credits with the likes of Freeway, Talib Kweli, Siagon, Little Brother, Trek Life, Charles Hamilton, Jazzy Jeff, Buckshot, Royce The 5"9', Nikki Jean, Muhsinah, J-Live, lil fame of M.O.P., Skyzoo, and many more. Oddisee's soulful, haunting samples over bass-heavy beat breaks create the perfect instrumentals for him, X.O. & yU to match with their street savvy, politically conscious lyrics.

Their debut album was 2009's In The Ruff, they are back with a brand new joint and video First Step.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

EMC Freestyle



By Ralo

Super group EMC has been doing radio runs to promote their new six song EP Turning Point that was released last week on May 20th. Master Ace, WordsWorth, PunchLine and Strickland have been to every relevant underground Rap show online, on satellite and terrestrial radio.

All four are known for their lyrical dexterity and all of them have had large followings for years. Master Ace, of course, got his name known as a member of the legendary Juice Crew under famed New York radio DJ Marly Marl. The Juice Crew got recognized on New Yorks' WBLS on Mr. Magics' Rap Attack as far back as the 1980's. The Juice Crew was even named after Mr. Magic who was also known as Sir Juice at the time.

PunchLine and WordsWorth got their start in a two man crew known simply as Punch And Words. They went on to do The Lyricist Lounge Show on MTV- with WordsWorth playing a major part in the entire production of the program. The Show featured special guest appearances by everyone from Slick Rick to Erykah Badu. Punch and Words along with Master Ace met Milwaukee MC Strickland on tour years ago and decided to do the super group "thing".

This video is footage of EMC on Statik Selektahs' Showoff Radio. The highlight of the freestyle session is the impromptu-off the dome verse from WordsWorth.

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