About

As well as gathering Rap radio themed posts from sites, blogs and communities from all over the web, Random Rap Radio is all about recapturing and recreating the raw excitement of tuning in to the radio, scrambling for a blank tape and pressing play and record. It’s all about mapping and documenting the history of Rap on the radio and preserving the musical momentos of the time for the people that lived through it [and for those too young to have been born], with a long-term goal of creating a progressive on-line library and constantly expanding archive.

For a generation, recording music off the radio onto cassette was as universal as updating your profile is today, regardless of the musical background. We want to highlight the significance of tuning in, and the importance and influence it had on the listeners during the 80s and 90s. We’ll be taking your requests, we’ll feature DJ sets, interviews, studio sessions, weather reports, world famous freestyles, jingles and station id’s, dubplates that had a shelflife of months, ads for the latest movie blockbusters and all manner of incidental snapshots from the world of Rap radio.

We’ll feature the period between the first Rap radio shows which influenced and energised a generation [1979 – Mr Magic on WHBI in NY], concentrating on seminal shows from the so-called golden era of Rap, Marley Marl, Afrika Islam and the World Famous Supreme Team, DJ Red Alert, the Awesome2 and Chuck Chillout in New York. We’ll also do our best to address US Rap radio shows outside of NY ; Greg Mack, Prince Ice, Sway & Tech, Lady B, Go Go Dave & J The Sultan. As we’re based in London, we’ll also be spotlighting the significance, the character, the energy and the humour of British presenters like 279, Big Ted, Shortee Blitz, Richie Rich, Max LX & Dave VJ and of course Mike Allen & Tim Westwood. For those outside of London that recall the era, we’ll also be sharing Bus Diss [Stu Allen] and Out To Distress shows [Leaky Fresh & Owen D] out of Manchester too. Some of these legends are sadly no longer with us, and as none of us are getting any younger, this is another reason to celebrate the sounds of a time passed, while we still can.

The aim is to preserve and recount by remastering and digitising material from obsessively hoarded archives, and to inspire others to do the same; the talent, the music that the DJs played, and to highlight the relevance of the presenters and their cultural importance, in terms of broadcasting the revolutionary sounds of black America not only in big cities across the US, but also to a European listenership. RRR may be revisionist in our preferred playlists of the time, but because the sounds were colourful and exciting in comparison to the advertising revenue based programming of today, it shouldnt be difficult to understand why we still get amped off this dusty shit. Modern life lends itself to constant upgrades; TVs, phones, fashion, and of course music.  The performances captured on these cassettes that have survived house moves, births, deaths and marriages, simply offer up souvenirs of the time. The momentary nature of radio is one reason why patiently and methodically digging through shoe-box loads of old chrome and ferric 60 and 90 minute tapes can offer up some real gems. Artists would drop into the studios to promote their latest release, and as the presenters teased the audience with forthcoming releases on white label [and even on tape], the MCs would naturally end up freestyling, and for those fleeting moments, Rap and Hip Hop music were in their purist form. Rap radio was alot more fun back then, it was a weekly thing, it was something you set your social life to, it was ‘just on in the background’, but most importantly, Rap radio was the soundtrack of a generation.

If you wanna request something or you’d like a tape we’ve previewed in a higher quality WAV eg, get in touch. If you have cassettes that you dont know what to do with, if you have corrections or additional information about DJs or shows that we haven’t mentioned, or if you have info on the any of the shows listed below, get in touch.

randomrapradio@gmail.com

US & Worldwide…

Afrika Islam & Donald-D – Zulu Beat Show – WHBI NYC
Awesome2 [Special K & Teddy Ted] – WHBI/ WNWK NYC
Chuck Chillout – WRKS [Kiss FM] & WBLS NYC
Clark Kent – WKCR ‘The ”We Can Do This” Show’ with Pete Nice/ WBLS & Various NYC
C.M. Famalam Radio Show – Cucumber Slice & Stak Chedda [Bobbito & Lord Sear] WKCR
Colby Colb – Power 99 FM Philly
Dee Nasty – Radio Nova Paris
DJ Rob One, EMZ & Gone One – Fly I.D. Show KCSN Cali
Dr Dre & T-Money Operating Room – WBAU NYC
Funkmaster Flex [DJ Underground Bandit] – WQHT/ WRKS NYC
Ghetto Style DJs – WJHM? Miami
Go Go Dave & J The Sultan – 95.3 WHRB Boston [Dave Mays & Jon Schecter, ex-Editor in Chief at The Source Magazine]
Greg Mack – KDAY LA
Halftime – WNYU NYC
Hank Love & DNA – WNWK NYC
Kid Capri – WBLS NYC
Kool DJ Red Alert – WRKS 98.7 Kiss FM/ WBLS/ WQHT HOT97 NYC
Lady B – WUSL FM Philly
Lady B – WHAT AM Philly
Marley Marl – Rap Attack [w/ Kevy Kev and Chilly Q] – WBLS/ In Control [w/ Pete Rock] – WBLS/ Future Flavas [w/ Pete Rock] – WQHT HOT97 NYC
Martin Moore & DJ Mayhem [Club 89/New York Live] – WNYU NYC
Mixmaster Mike [Mike Nutter] – WDAS Philly
Mr Magic – WHBI [Disco Showcase]/ WBLS [Rap Attack] NYC
Nasty Nes – KFOX Seattle
P-Fine – WNYU NYC
Pete Nice and Richie Rich – WKCR NYC
Prince Ice – KMEL San Francisco
Ron Nelson Fantastic Voyage show – CKLN Toronto
Silver D – WBLS NYC
DJ Stretch Armstrong Show with Bobbito & Lord Sear – WKCR NYC/ HOT97
Sweet G – Magical Touch WHBI
Takagi Kan – Major Force Tokyo
Underground Railroad – WBAI NYC
Vandy C – WNYE NYC
We Came From Beyond show- WXLU NYC
Wildman Steve & DJ Riz – WBAU NYC
World Famous Supreme Team [Se’ Divine the Mastermind & Justice Allah the Superstar] – WHBI NYC

UK…

Chad Jackson – Piccadilly Radio Manchester
Dave Pearce & RJ Scratch – Fresh Start to the Week GLR Greater London Radio
Delroy Briscoe – Sky Community Radio London
DJ 279 with Big Ted – Choice FM London
Dr Strange – ICR Inner City Radio/ Lethal FM Leeds
Jeff Young – Big Beat [Friday nights Radio One] London
Leaky Fresh & Owen D – Out to Distress Rap Show – Manchester
Mark Ross – WNK London
Max LX and Dave VJ – Kiss FM [Wednesday nights] London
Mike Allen – Capital Radio Hip-Hop Show [1984 – 1987] London
Mike Allen – National Fresh [Syndicated versions of the Capital show 1986 – 1987] London
Richie Richs Rap Academy – Kiss 100 FM London
Roger Johnson – Powernite FM London
Spinmasters [808 State] – Sunset 102 FM Manchester
Stu Allan – Piccadilly Radio Manchester
Stu Allan – Bus Diss [Key 103 FM] Manchester
Steve Wren ‘Rap Attack’ – Choice FM London
Tim Westwood – LWR [1984 – 1985] London
Tim Westwood – KISS FM [1985 – 1987] London
Tim Westwood – Capital Rap Show [1987 – 1994] London
Tim Westwood – Radio One 1st Show – 12 October 1994 UK Nationwide
Triston B [Roadblock – 3 hour Sunday afternoon show on BBC Radio Bristol] Bristol

Pioneers/ Influences…

Diamond 2 [Chep Nunez/ Charlie Dee Diaz / Omar Santana] – WNWK NYC
Hotmix5 – WBMX NYC
Latin Rascals – WKTU NYC
Shep Pettibone – WKTU NYC
Cameron Paul – KMEL San Francisco
Jeff Mills [The Wizard] – WJLB Detroit
Jeff Mills [The Wizard Minimixes] – WDRQ Detroit

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