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The Movies & DJ Red Alert

by Travis on December 18, 2006

Travis’ Holiday Drinking Tip #1: Never play drinking games with hard alcohol. The results never end good. We won’t even get into that story.

I have to admit, I’m kind of running low on mojo and ideas on future topics to cover. I had a list of things I wrote out in July, when this blog started taking off, about what kind of series and things I wanted to cover. Well that list is kind of at an end. I only have so much in my vault and only so many “sources”, that coupled with the rise of some really great blogs, my ideas and albums that I have to share has been greatly reduced. I had a “Philly Hip-Hop/Hill-Top Hustlers” series lined up, but a bunch of Steady and Schoolly albums got posted up on the internet before I got the chance to start the series. I think it’s great that these things are covered, it just makes it more challenging coming up with fresh things. I said at the beginning I was going to try to avoid posting up any albums that have been posted up on the net in the past 2-3 months, so it makes things challenging to say the least. I might have missed somethings a couple of times, but most of the time I’ve held off on things that have been posted in recent weeks.

No worries, I’m not pulling the plug on the blog or anything. I just need some kind of rejuvenation and hopefully this upcoming week long break might just be what I need. I also need to get with the other contributors (whoever wants to remain) and try to drum up some ideas. I still have one series lined up (which I kind of screwed myself a bit by covering requests) that hopefully will come by the end of the year. I have some ideas for weekly topics (reviews, new artist features, interviews hopefully) that I hope to incorporate into the blog at the start of the new year. If any of you were around when we broke this into two blogs for a short while, (Wake Your Daughter Up & Wake Your Step-Daughter Up) we covered the more modern aspects of Hip Hop on I might end up incorporating some of those ideas into this blog. I just want to keep things interesting and unique.

If anyone has ideas/or things they would like to see, feel free to drop a comment in either the comment sections, the cbox, or rip me off an email. (And no discographies, everyone and their dogs does those, there are more than enough out there)

Year End Lists
I have an unhealthy obsession with year end lists for some damn reason. We’ll be dropping ours shortly, so stay tuned for that. You’ll get our group effort along with my always opinionated ass on why I thought this was only a so-so year in the world of Hip Hop.

Coooooooool DJ Red Alert

DJ Red Alert KISS 5-14-91
1. Do It – Jamalski (?)
2. 45 King
3. Give The People – EPMD
4. O.P.P – Naughty By Nature
5. – Stetsasonic
6. Demo (Diamond D & Fat Joe)
7. No Delayin’ – Nice & Smooth
8. KRS-One In Studio
9. KRS-One Freestyle
10. The Jam – Shabba Ranks & KRS-One
11. Soul II Soul/Sweet Tee blend
12. Pop Goes The Weasel – 3rd Bass
13. Homey Don’t Play That – Terminator X featuring Bonnie N’ Clyde

First and foremost, I have to give huge props to Steve aka DJ Raider for sending a bunch of Red Alert shows my direction. Yes, I’ll be sharing them with you all over the next few days. I know I already did a radio series, but I was pissed because I didn’t have any of my Red Alert radio tapes converted.

I have a special place in my memories when it comes to Red Alert. It was his shows that I first got my greedy little hands on when I was younger, so he’s always been my favorite radio jock. His shows always have the best guests, the best mixes, and the best exclusives.

The man is a legend, pure and simple. Not only is he reverened in the hip hop circles, he is also recognized in the popular culture as well. He has been inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, named an honary ambassador in the United Nations for his works in field of music and been named as one of the 50 most influential people in music by Rolling Stone magazine.

Red’s been around since day one, attending the parties of Kool Herc, hitting up places such as The Tunnel, The Roxy, and Latin Quarters and seeing Grandmaster Flash and others spin up in the place. It wasn’t before to long that Red was DJing his own parties and soon become the “offical DJ” for Afrika Bambaata and the Zulu nation. Red would go on to become one of the first Hip Hop radio DJ’s for KISS FM in New York before moving on to WBLS. He’s also been apart of the massive BDP crew, DJ’d for Sparky Dee during the whole “Roxanne, Roxanne” era and done several albums and mixes.

More Red Alert KISS & WBLS shows in the coming days…..

***Thanks to WC for the link****

1. Chaka Khan – (Krush Groove) Can’t Stop The Street (5:10)
2. LL Cool J – I Can’t Live Without My Radio (4:25)
3. Kurtis Blow – If I Ruled The World (6:19)
4. Fat Boys – All You Can Eat (3:27)
5. Debbie Harry – Feel The Spin (4:01)
6. Sheila E. – Holly Rock (4:57)
7. Beastie Boys – She’s On It (3:32)
8. Gap Band – Love Triangle (4:47)
9. Force MD’s – Tender Love (3:55)
10. Fat Boys, Run-D.M.C., Sheila E. & Kurtis Blow – Krush Groovin’ (5:05)

Another “classic” from back in the day. It’s been a looooong ass time since I’ve seen this, but you should all know the plot. It’s based on “Def Jam’s” early days with some added plots and twists (Russell & Run trying to nail Shelia E???). It kind of read like a who’s who of hip hop music at the time, with Fat Boys, Force MD’s, LL, the Beasties, Kurtis Blow and other hip hop & R&B artists making apperances throughout the movie. Who can forget LL’s radio scene? It also is filmed in some historic spots like “The Fever” and the Marble Hill projects.

“Tender Love” still takes me back to after school dances back in Jr. High, wanting to ask that “special girl” to dance during the next slow song, wearing your white shoes, because the black light made the glow real cool. The rest of the soundtrack actually gets better as it ages, either that, everything now just sound like crap and this sounds good compared to that stuff. I don’t remember “She’s On It”
being a single, but I know damn well there was a video for it. It had them at the beach chasing women around and something to do with blowing themselves up at the end. Typical corny shit from that time period, but I loved anything the Beasties did (one day I’ll post up a picture of myself with the thick fake gold cable and the VW logo)

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