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]

Pimp C Phone Interview HOT107.9 WHTA – July 2007

The vocal sample source on ‘Dont Try to Play With Me’, from Buns 4th and final episode in the Trill series, The Epilogue, was lifted by producer Big E and Bun via a phone convo Chad Butler, bka Pimp C made to ATL radio station HOT107.9 during the Summer of 2007. It followed an article in Florida based Ozone magazine that same month. In the article it was clear who and what he was getting at, ‘the cowards and liars’ in the industry. Pimp becomes super-duty animated on air, making his views on the ‘cartoon characters’ and unhealthy frontery in Rap very clear to the listeners. Pimp didnt name names of the Rappin Sugar Sausages [Gay Rappers] but he definitely perpetuated gossip regarding the artists that were included in the piece by naming Russell Simmons, Young Joc and others. He plucked the presenters cards for namin T.I. as a one-hit wonder too, highlighting how easy it is to be mis-quoted in the media.

Listen back to this iconic and prolific Rapper talk about how we ‘need to get back to the positive subject matters like social commentary, and generally staying away from talking about ‘negative things’. Sadly, Pimp died from sleep apnea complications less than 6 months after this interview.

Renaissance Man Bun continues to bless his audience with emphatically honest music, with ‘cosmopolitan and individual’ points of view and in terms of co-opting our culture, he refuses to settle for what Hip-Hop and Rap have become. Support your own, pick up the new album from your usual suppliers. He’s also blessed the airwaves on a number of podcasts and interviews recently, get involved.