35th Anniversary of the Belfast City Breakers [BCB’s] and Tribute to John Madden – 4 August 2018

For ANYONE involved with, or even for those with a just passing interest in Irish subcultures of graffiti, street-art, dancing and bboy themes, this is the event to be at ! There’s less than a month to go to cop yer tickets for the biggest Irish BBoy event this year, Saturday 4th August is the date, and the Oh Yeah Venue in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast is the setting.

The evenings event is simply an overdue tribute to the Maddens, and just an importantly, to thank, show some respect, and to acknowledge the extended family of individuals who were not only members of the BCB, but were the organisers of all the events, the gigs, the fundraising, dance schools, workshops, music festivals, TV promotions and much much more since those early days. There’s rarely a reference to the pioneers like Aidy McLaughlin, Steve McFall, Boo, Paddy G or Gaffo when we talk about the BCB, but without these heads, we wouldnt be here today !


On the night, we’ll be celebrating 35 years of the Belfast City Breakers; The enthusiastic and energetic crew of dancers, rappers, beatboxers and graffiti writers that bonded over Hip-Hop music in the early 80s in Belfast and just as importantly, we will celebrate and honour the life of inspirational artist and BBoy champion John Madden of local legends the Madden Twins.



I can confidently say that if it wasn’t for their kindness, their cool, their dance moves and their generally positive spirit, I wouldnt have been involved in a culture that pays me to this day. I clearly recall them both being such an inspiration. As with any youth culture, you find like-minds and you follow your heart and the path it leads ya down. If it wasnt for John and William Madden, I have no clue what path I wouldve found growing up in Belfast. All we wanted to do was pop, lock, spin, show off our outlines in our black books, talk about the latest tracks we could Rap along to, graffiti we’d seen and whatever else we were hooked on. The Maddens, Anto Lynn, Keith Connolly, Micky Rooney, Sherry & Savo from the Antrim Road, Micky Leith & Dee McIlroy from the Grosvenor and myself just hung out together as if Hip-Hop was our deity. We werent from the same parts of town, but that was neither here nor there. As teenagers that attended Protestant schools, myself and a couple of mates didn’t know any Catholic kids, and didn’t really understand what the religious fuss was about. Remember, it was a very isolated time, we weren’t meant to be hanging out with kids from the other side of the religious divide. But collectively, we all broke the mould. All those faces and names were pivotal in my early awareness of how nonsensical the political situation was in Northern Ireland, even at 14. And they paved the way for many more than just me.

On the night, we’ll be in the company an original member of the BCB, DJ Sconey [the first bboy I ever witnessed using a prop during his dance routines: The prop was a chair and it was used for his trademark windmill move]. Sconey will drop a set of ultra rare breaks, there will be a super-duty dance performance from Manchester BBoy mosse the Bad Taste Cru, as well a DJ Set from Colin Elemental from Dundalks’ the Just Fresh DJs.

And as well as the soundtrack to our youth being blasted by the DJs, we’ll hear a head-meltin old school drum machine session courtesy of Ableton authorities Sleeping Soul [Imagine an Egyptian Lover live set, with more balls than an afternoon at Wimbledon]: Michael Leith & Stevie Overend are two widely recognised and admired local musicians that utilise the old school electro sound we grew up with, and improve on it by updating it with modern tech. Expect a minimum of 2 drum machines, 5 synths and hundreds of electro classics to keep yer ears and feet entertained !! Yer eyes will be suitably entertained by visuals being kindly provided by another old pal, Laverys’ favourite female DJ, Louise Renfrew. DJ Jelly from the Bad Taste Cru will be settin off proceedings behind the decks and Carricks’ own First Class MC will host the night.

Get yourself over to https://www.tickettailor.com/events/togetherinpiecesinteractivecic/180719/ as we cant guarantee entry on the door, on the night.

By Craig Leckie & Aidy McLaughlin

DJ Stretch Armstrong Show Feat Bobbito WKCR 1991 – Easy Mo Bee Interview [REMASTERED] 90 MINUTES

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Here’s some more previously unheard* Stretch & Bobbito Show from 1991. This is a full 90 minute tape, tweaked and remastered to make that compressed FM vibe, sound as bumpin as poss. Filled with treats from the time, all expertly mixed, blended and cut the f**k up by one of the finest DJs on the planet. DJ Stretch Armstrong takes doubles of virtually every tune, perfectly and succinctly tearin em all up, while Kurious and Bobbito go ‘live to five’ with studio guests Percee P and legendary producer Easy Mo Bee [who appears on this recording]. The recording is courtesy of Steve [Weevie] Covello, much more vintage Rap radio action can be found amongst Weevies’ deep archives here.

Trumungous shouts to Weevie for the jones…

Gangstarr – Who’s Gonna Take the Weight
Chubb Rock – Organizer
Double XX Posse – Executive Class
Master Ace – Movin On
Kool G Rap – Bad to the Bone
EPMD – Im Mad
Stetsasonic – Hip Hop Band
Mic Break & Shouts w/ Kurious & Bobbito
Bolaji – Massive Material
991 Volts ‎– Champion Of Love Scratch And Hip-Hop Mix
Funkmaster Flex & Nine Double M – F.A.L.L.I.N.
Leaders Of The New School – Where Do We Go From Here?
Run DMC – Together Forever [Krush Groove 4]
Lakim Shabazz – Need Some Lovin’

Big Daddy Kane – Mr Pitiful
Lifers Group – Real Deal
Mic Break w/ Bobbito & Easy Moe Bee Interview
Gangstarr – Take a Rest
? – Assalamualaikum
Stepin Strong – Rhymes Different From The Others
Mic Break & Shouts & Bobbito
? – Bust How I Handle It
Public Enemy – Rebel/ LL – Mama Said Blend
LL – Mama Said Knock You Out
Rappin Is Fundamental – Rapping Is Fundamental [Original Version]
Three Times Dope – I Ain’t Try’n 2 Hear It

* Well, as far as we know, it’s been unheard by the masses since broadcast !


Westwood – Capital Rap Show 29 January 1988 [Feat Demon Boyz Session]

Here’s another one of those dusty old Capital Rap Shows with a 3 track session intact. This time from the Demon Boyz. That’s boyz, with a zed. It isnt the best quality but the rest of the content makes up for that.


DL here https://hiphopradioarchive.org/show/181

If you dont get goosebumps when Tim drops the Heavy D promo before describing Strong Island as ‘the biggest selling record in the street’ you probably shouldnt be here.

It’s a single sided tape from this week 30 years ago, Westwood drops classic tracks, and he’s also keen for listeners to watch his TV show Night Network. He plays the Demon Boyz session, and refers to Chuck New as ‘The unacknowledged genius of Rap’. He’s HEAVY on the patter with classic lines like Full effectiveness/ Dancefloor Justice/ No left turn, no right turn, straight ahead to the t.o.p.’ CLASSIC Westwood ! He also describes tunes as ‘King Size Acetates’ and describes himself as ‘Safer than a suicide’ !?!

He plays the wrong tune at the very start of the show, then he says that he will be hosting his last segment with Chris Forbes on All Right All Night the following week. The funny thing about this is that he mentions performing at Live to London from Cinderella Rockerfellas, which was a Peter Stringfellow club in Central London. And he says that he wont be doing any more All Right All Night because he wants to ‘concentrate on the Friday night Capital Rap Show’. Thank christ he did ! He offers shouts to London Posse members MC Rodie Rok [Rodney P] & DJ Biznizz at the end too.

Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince – New Kids on the Block [Accidental spin]
Boogie Down Productions – My Philosophy
Mic Break
Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince – New Kids on the Block
Mic Break [First mention of the Cold Chillin Tour]
Mantronix – Join Me Please [Home Boys – Make Some Noise]
Mic Break [Night Network]
Demon Boyz Session [Untitled/ Lyrical Culture/ Untitled]
Biz Markie – Vapors
Biz is Goin Off
Professor Griff ID
Heavy D & The Boys ID
JVC Force – Strong Island
Mic Break
Version Excursion Competition
Lyn Collins – Think
Roxanne Shante – Go On Girl
Rob Base – It Takes Two
MC Rodie Rok/ DJ Biznizz shout


Funkmaster Flex 90’s SPECIAL MIX – HOT97 4 July 2007

‘We are not 90’s snobs. We wanna enlighten and let you live’…

During the 2017 Christmas period, on his annual venture into the old school, DJ Funkmaster Flex was grindin heavy, droppin vintage classics alongside Propmaster Kool DJ Red Alert, Chuck Chillout and others. But on 4th July 2007, the legendary DJ [PKA DJ Underground Bandit], leaned into the HOT97 all-mix weekend, in his inimatable and unequalled style, with a 90’s set to end all 90’s sets. Here is an edited version of the full 5 hours, featuring the finest moments. This one is more entertaining than ALL the others put togtether in our opinion…

He unapologetically opens the set, claiming ‘Alotta vinyl up here, the CD and Serato’s on vacation tonight‘. And for tight on-air sets with shedloads of batshit crazy charisma [and endless jokes], this is possibly Flex at his livest…

‘I did not come up here to play Hammer and Young MC’…

With Mister Cee, Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg on the assist, Flex talks constant funny styles, recalling the restaurant spots, the car kits, the MCs, producers and DJs [Shouts to Wildman Steve, Stretch & Bobbito, Eclipse, Riz, Martin Moore, Mayhem]. He also talks about the tales of the decade [‘Shout out to the dude that Gangstarr beat up at Chrysalis’]. Flex flashbacks to the language of the time too, as well as the fashions, the 24 hour bodegas, buyin up boxes of records, the hood spots, the promo stickers and all manner of 90’s nostalgia. ‘Sneakers wasn’t in style back then!’…

The full 5 hours can heard via https://www.mixcloud.com/oldschooltapes/

Rest in Peace to Dave ‘Doctor Funkenklein’, as ever, humunganicious propers to Mr & Mrs Shrapnel and anyone that had the ‘Alfa Romeo with the funny back’ !

Rakim – In The Ghetto
Brand Nubian – Step To The Rear
Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Mecca and the Soul Brother
Tim Dog – Fuck Compton
Diamond D – Freestyle [Yo That’s that shit]
Chubb Rock – Treat Em Rigt
Kings of Swing – Nod Your Head To This
EPMD – Give The People
EPMD – Headbanger [Ft Redman & K-Solo]
LL Cool J – Around The Way Girl
Main Source – Large Professor
Gang Starr – Words I Manifest
LL Cool J – Eat Em Up L [Chill]
Black Sheep – Flavor of the Month
Brand Nubian – All For One
Main Source – Live at the BBQ [Ft Nas, Joe Fatal & Akinyele]
Scarface – Mr. Scarface
The UMC’s – Blue Cheese
Ultramagnetic MC’s – Poppa Large
Double X Posse – Not Gonna Be Able To Do It
Digital Underground – The Humpty Dance
Queen Latifah – U.N.I.T.Y
Queen Latifah – Just Another Day
Diamond D – Sally Got a One Track Mind
Gang Starr – Check The Technique
Gang Starr – Step In The Arena
A Tribe Called Quest – Footprints
KRS-One – Outta Here
D-Nice – Call Me D-Nice
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? [Remix]
Brand Nubian – To The Right
Brand Nubian – Slow Down
Boogie Down Productions – Love’s Gonna Get’Cha
Public Enemy – Anti Nigger Machine
Public Enemy – Brothers Gonna Work it Out
Organized Konfusion – Walk Into The Sun [Remix]
Fat Joe – Flow Joe
Gangstarr – Now Youre Mine
Das EFX – Kaught In Da Ak (Remix)
Apache – Gangsta Bitch
The UMC’s – One To Grow On
Cypress Hill – Insane In The Brain

Zhigge – Toss It Up
Tha Alkaholiks – Make Room
Masta Ace – Jeep Ass Nigguh (Wack ass Remix]
Gang Starr – Take it Personal
Common – Resurrection 95
Doo Wop – Bounce
Main Source – Looking At My Front Door
Main Source – Fakin The Funk
Ice Cube – Amerikkka’s Most Wanted
Special Ed – Let’s Move It
Jeru The Damaja – D Original
Nas – Halftime
Nas – The World Is Yours
Nas – One Love
Nas – Represent
Jeru The Damaja – One Day
Jeru The Damaja – Come Clean
Black Moon – Who Got Da Props?
Smif-N-Wessun – Bucktown
Black Moon – Ack Like U Want It
Black Moon – How Many Mc’s
Black Moon – I Got Cha Opin
Boot Camp Clik – Headz Ain’t Ready
Smif-N-Wessun – Sound Bwoy Bureill
Redman – It’s like That
Wu Tang Clan – After The Laughter Comes Tears [Instrumental]
Wu Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck
Wu Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M
Wu Tang Clan – Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nothing To Fuck Wit
Mobb Deep – Shook Ones Pt 2
Mobb Deep – Survival Of The Fittest
GZA – Liquid Swords
Smoothe Da Hustler – Broken Language
M.O.P – How About Some Hardcore?
Common – Resurrection 95 [beat playing in the background]