Ill Street Grooves
Music, Culture, and Edu-tainment
Ill Street Grooves At the Movies pt. 1
May 14, 2013 12:15 PM PDT
Been a long time people, but we're back to posting up eps.... we've had some changes since we last posted: Ill Street is now on for 3 hrs. on the 1st Saturdays of the month @ WPFW (9pm-12am) and we've since started a weekly web show on WLVS (ListenVision.com) on Thursdays (3pm-4pm) called "Cut Convention: Ill Street Edition"...
With that said, here's a new ep from 5/4/2013 @ WPFW ft. DJ RBI along with Prochi and Tamra aka DJ Intense on the mics. We scheduled an interview with up & coming hiphop & sports filmmaker Lamar McPerson, which in turn inspired a bit of movie soundtrack-related tunes to grace the playlist.
In addition we plunged knee-deep into a plethora of new & recent bangers for your listening pleasure, as well as invited Words Beats & Life INC DJ students to take us into the next wave of underground sound with a brief yet powerful DUBstep/TRAP set a lil later in the show.
Enjoy part 1....
1) Rick James - Mary Jane
3) Muggsy Malone - Black America
14) Method Man - The Riddler (Batman Forever)
17) Pete Rock & CL Smooth - One In A Million (Poetic Justice)
18) Wu-Tang Clan - Diesel (Soul In The Hole)
October 25, 2012 09:15 PM PDT
On October 15, 2012 Ill Street Grooves paid homage to a producer from the DMV region, the late Kleph Dollaz (a.k.a. Darrel Durand) of Petersburg, VA. Formerly of the 90's hip hop act, Ill Biskits (once-signed to Atlantic Records), the MC/producer went on to work with acts such as NYC's Black Moon, Sean Price, Sadat X, and CA's own Rasco. He also continued to rep VA, joining forces with Richmond's Bear-One to form the Kontrol Freakz production crew and additionally collaborated with the likes of Lonnie B and Shawn Chappelle (Supafriendz), amongst many others. Sadly, he passed away in late August 2012. The Ill Street fam worked with Kleph last year and we're saddened by his transition to the next life. The homie Bear-One called in from Philly to help us reflect and to say a few words about his longtime friend.
The XO Experience
October 23, 2012 08:42 AM PDT
Prelude to a Def Jam (part 2) | 6.11.12
June 11, 2012 02:39 PM PDT
Last month the music world lost yet another iconic figure; Adam Yauch, more commonly known as MCA, of the Beastie Boys. Due to his untimely passing the Def Jam 25 Year Celebration in DC was rescheduled for June 16th. With less than a week away the crew from Ill Street continued to celebrate this occasion with another episode dedicated to the greatest hip-hop record label....EVER!
Prelude to a Def Jam | 4.30.12
May 01, 2012 09:20 PM PDT
On a cool spring night in the nation's capital the crew from Ill Street was visited by our good friend Munch (from Groove Gumbo), who slid by to rap about the upcoming Def Jam 25 Year Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 12th @ the Historic Lincoln Theatre in DC. Joining in on the conversation were the lovely and talented Maimouna Youssef, and our big brother Asheru. Plus, our good friend Sub Z hit us up with some info about some upcoming shows with his band Theo Bleu, as well as his martial arts training and fitness classes that he currently teaches.
Food for Thought | 4.23.12
April 24, 2012 06:02 AM PDT
Not only is Ill Street Grooves known to be on point with music, artists and culture.....but with food too! The owners (and brothers) from Inspire BBQ located in the Atlas District of DC stopped by to drop some knowledge about the importance of community and empowerment, drop some opportunity offers for local area youth, and drop off some food for the crew to sample and enjoy (words can't describe how damn good it tasted). Plus, our sister Triple Threat sat in to further discuss the book Koontown Killing Kaper and her roll in producing the highly-acclaimed soundtrack. And to kick things off, comedian, actress and impersonator Sylvia Traymore stopped by to giveaway tickets to her upcoming show at the Riot Act in DC. Holding things down on the 1's and 2's was DJ RBI.
Mello D & The Radio | 4.9.12
April 10, 2012 07:37 AM PDT
On the eve of the opening of the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, DC the crew from Ill Street decided to pay their own tribute to more contemporary DC/MD/VA artists, both past and present, who have stayed true to their art despite their level of notoriety, monetary success or current trends by others. One such artist from the area, Mello D (from Mello D & The Rados), joined us in the studio to rap with us about staying true to his art, how a strong legacy of music from the DC has influenced his work, and the great amount of success he's been able to achieve as an independent artist. Plus, DJ 2-Tone Jones was on the decks pulling out gems by local artists from the past 10 years.
Hieroglyphics Crew (part 4) | 3.26.12
March 27, 2012 01:14 AM PDT
Due to the overwhelming response of the fans (and gracious humility of our guests), we here on Ill Street extended our 3-part Hieroglyphics Crew dedication series to a 4th WEEK! The homie Tajai (from Souls of Mischief) called back in along with one of his partners in rhyme, Phesto Dee. They spoke about their move to become independent artists and what drove that decision, their mission behind the Hiero Imperium Record label, and new releases from the crew. Before and after the interview DJ RBI mixed together an ill set featuring some of the most recent bangers from the Hiero Crew!
Hieroglyphics Crew (pt.3) | 3.19.12
March 26, 2012 10:58 PM PDT
Ill street returns with the third installment of our Hieroglyphics Crew series. This episode features interviews with the mighty Tajai (from Souls of Mischief) and super lyricist Casual. Both of them spoke with us about the crew's departure from Jive records, the influences the crew had on and recieved from Oakland culture, and the story behind the legendary battle between Hiero and the Hobo Junction w/Saafir. And as always DJ's RBI and 2-Tone Jones laced the airwaves with classic cuts from the crew's catalog around the time they went independent.
Hieroglyphics Crew (part 1) | 3.5.12
March 16, 2012 10:08 AM PDT
The crew from Ill Street is pleased to present a 3-part series dedicated to one of the illest, groundbreaking crews ever in Hip-Hop, the Hieroglyphics Crew. At a time when Hip-Hop was depicted by the infectious boom-bap originating from the streets of New York and controversial/"in your face" content pouring out of the west coast, the Hieroglyphics helped lead the way of breaking the mold and coming out with a more humble, yet artistic approach to the genre. On part 1 of our series we had A-Plus (from Souls of Mischief) call in to break down the origins of the crew and how they perceive their role in the overall leniage of Hip-Hop. Plus, DJ's RBI & 2-Tone Jones trade off on the turntables with a collection of gems from the earlier part of the Hiero catalog.
In the beginning there were 2 turntables and a microphone. Those tools, coupled with a bag of spray cans, some linoleum and youthful expression, eventually gave birth to a movement. Today this movement is moving slower than ever due to the heavy traffic of mainstream media and narrowing paths of creativity that many choose to take. But fortunately there is still a lane available that allows this movement and its travelers to continue moving forward at a steady pace. That lane is Ill Street Grooves. Here on Ill Street we’re all about this movement we call Hip-Hop. We celebrate all aspects of it from the producer to the listener, the bomber to the art buyer, the needle to the groove and the major label artist all the way down to the local MC. Not only do we explore the direction music is currently heading in, but we also map it back to its roots in Funk, Reggae, Soul, Rock and Jazz. And every night on Ill Street is like a block party featuring performances and interviews with a wide range of artists, guest DJ sets, live music jam sessions, on-the-spot ciphers, and more. Every Monday night ease on down Ill Street from 10-11pm on 89.3fm WPFW in DC (or www.wpfw.org for a live feed online) and let us take you for a ride, or else…….you may end up in that damn traffic!
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