UK FRESH 19 JULY 1986 – Live from Wembley Arena Featuring Dr Dre & World Class Wreckin’ Cru/ Word of Mouth & DJ Cheese/Steady B/Captain Rock/Sir Mix-A-Lot/Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde/ Lovebug Starski with Brucie B/ Grandmaster Flash/Just-Ice/ Real Roxanne/Mantronik & Afrika Bambaataa.

As far as we are aware, these old broadcasts have never been shared in their entirety on the web in the past. These are ALL OF THE ‘UK FRESH 86’ PERFORMANCES that were broadcast by Mike Allen on Capital Radio over the course of the 1986 August Bank Holiday weekend.

And tell ya kids, this was Dr Dre, 3 decades ago !!!
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Tapes of Dre & World Class Wreckin Crew UK Fresh 1986

If you are from outside of the UK, this may be the first time youve heard of the UK Fresh 86 shows. These were at Wembley Arena [NB: ARENA Rap in the UK in 1986] and were billed as ‘The event of the decade’. Following the Fresh Fest template on offer in the US from the previous year, and with only 16000 people witnessing what became a pivotal performance of iconic 80s artists, this has arguably become the largest and most important LIVE event in old school UK Hip Hop history. These recordings are all that seem to be available, at least, they are all that Mike Allen broadcast as far as we know….

Household name Dr Dre, performed alongside [fellow NWA member DJ] Yella and the rest of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, as did park jam pioneers Grandmaster Flash, Lovebug Starski & Brucie B. Bambaataa and the Family also played as did the legendary Mantronix with MC Tee! One of the most incredible DJs to walk the planet, the ‘master of the crossfader’ Cutmaster DJ Cheese, scratched his way through his set along with KMC and MC Original G, the unsung heroes from the Word of Mouth crew as did pioneering space age sounds of Captain Rock. Tickets were available for both an afternoon and an evening show, but so many kids in the UK were affected by it as the festival energised future generations with its impact. It also made British fans aware that Rap and Hip-Hop wasnt just blastin outta boxes in New York, with Sir Mix-A-Lot from Seattle and World Class representing LA.

The World Class performance is polished and Dre is tight on the cut. Sir Mix-A-Lot drops his novelty track and retains credibility with b-side bangers. Mantronik gets busy on the version excursion, triggering drum machine pads in addition to whats on the decks. Steady B is outta breath at times and Roxanne is impatient while Howie Tee enjoys his time behind the wheels. But all of the performances are to old school Hip Hop entertainment. And of course, the whistle posse was in full effect at this party.

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The Bambaataa performance is reminiscent of a school disco, it’s a classic show, it’s an alluring and appealing snapshot of the period, but be warned, it was 86, and it sounds insanely amateur at times. Especially when Bam and the Soulsonic Force take the stage. Maybe Bam was busy during rehearsals…it’s clunky in its arrangement, the sound is all over the place, the levels are waaay off and if you have a keen ear, or affection for these classics, you’ll barely recognise some of the keyboard riffs and synth licks.

HUMUNGANOID propers to Mark Devlin for helping out with this incredible collection of recordings. It’s a compilation of pause tape recordings, but the majority of the segues are intact. As ever, massive respect to Simmo for keeping the spirit of Allen’s Army preserved. You can find loads of info and images from the event, and alot more about a British broadcasting hero; Mike Allen, over at http://www.mikeallencapitalradio.com/

1 –

Word of Mouth & DJ Cheese
Intro
King Kut [Version]
Trouble Funk – Pump Me Up Scratch Session
Run DMC – Peter Piper Scratch Session
Chic – Good Times Scratch Session
Doug E Fresh – The Show Scratch Session

MC Boob [Steady B] & DJ Grand Dragon
Intro
Do The Fila And The Peewee Dance

Captain Rock
Intro
Cosmic Blast
Mic Break

Sir Mix-A-Lot
Square Dance Rap
Fast Rap Session

Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde
Genius Rap
A.M. / P.M.
Butt Naked
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2 –

Lovebug Starski & Brucie B
Eighth Wonder Intro
Saturday Night
Say What You Wanna Say
House Rocker
Amityville [The House On The Hill]

Captain Rock
Capt. Rock To The Future Shock
The Return Of Capt. Rock
Mic Break

Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five
Superappin
U Know What Time It Is
The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel [Version]
Freedom
MS. Thang

Just-Ice DMX & Mantronik
Latoya
Put That Record Back On [Version]
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3 –

World Class Wreckin’ Cru
B.S.
Mission Possible
Juice

The Real Roxanne & The Hitman Howie Tee
Intro
Bang Zoom!
Untitled
Freestyle
Romeo

Mantronik & MC Tee [Not Tricky Tee as Mike mentions LOL]
Fresh is the Word
Needle to the Groove
Hardcore Hip Hop

Sir Mix-A-Lot
My Studio
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4 –

Word of Mouth & DJ Cheese
Intro
Untitled [Live drum machine]
Coast to Coast

Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five
Fastest Man Alive
Style
The Message
Zodiac sign routine

World Class Wreckin’ Cru
World Class [Version]
Surgery
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5 –

The Real Roxanne
Bang Zoom Let’s Go
Untitled
Mic Break

Sir Mix-A-Lot
My Studio
Square Dance Rap [Version]

Afrika Bambaataa & Family [Prince Ikey Cee/ Mr Biggs/ GLOBE/ Shango]…
Intro & Scratch Session
Bambaataa’s Theme / Assault On Precinct 13 [Version]
Planet Rock [Version]
Looking for the Perfect Beat

World’s Famous Supreme Team – W-H-B-I 105-POINT-9 F-M

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35 YEARS AGO, this month, the World’s Famous Supreme Team were an entry point for shedloads of us British and Irish kids, birthing a culture and a lifetime of interest, let’s face it, WFST [and my favourite electronic pioneers, Trevor Horn and The Art Of Noise] were the sound of Buffalo Gals !

Duck Rock was released in Jan 1983, alongside the Special Party Mix with Malcolm McLaren! and the World Famous Supreme Team radio show. On the promotional video for Duck Rock, Malcolm McLaren facetiously referred to Trevor Horn as ‘A modern producer who’s been producing alot of catastrophies/ a beady little fella’, but the whole concept wouldnt have gone anywhere without Trevors’ vision. And the WORLD FAMOUS werent just about See Divine, Just Allah with their conscious on-air personas and their catchy tunes. Watch this vid for the Duck Rock Mini-LP track D’ya like Scratchin’ / Buffalo Gals very closely and remember that the box, the sleeve and the backdrops for the vid of Duck Rock were designed and created by graffiti legends Keith Haring and Dondi White, the station they were on, WHBI 105.9, and their call signs are right there, on the box. Crazy Legs from Rock Steady even makes an appearance on the back of the sleeve FFS !

These gems are why RRR does what it does. We celebrate the influence of Rap and Hip-Hop on the airwaves.

DONDI BUFFALO GALS

These are nuggets of info that influenced a generation. RRR dont wanna forget that, or the music, no matter how long ago it was. Yeh of course Malcolm was a conduit, as he tapped into somethin he wanted to profit of, but he unquestionably had a vision of bringing these incredible talents to a world subjected to the ‘bland, boring, redundant sounds of the modern world’. Malcolm McLaren changed the lifes of so many of us here in the UK and Ireland.

Why DID more Hip Hop to TDK ?

Why DID more Hip Hop to TDK ? Probably because early adopters and standard bearers of cool like the Chrome Angelz were co-signing them, and us kiddies jumped on that brandwagon!
MIKE ALLEN TDK CALENDAR 1988 Full wmark
Mike TDK Pride
Pride and TCA are some of my favourite graff writers, and unquestionably the finest artists from the UK. Prides’ work for TDK way back in 87 for this TDK calendar from 1988 remains an incredible piece of work.
MIKE ALLEN TDK CALENDAR 1988 TCA Close-Up Pride wmark
It’s the piece that has been widely used for anything to do with Mike Allen when he was doing promotion for his Capital Radio Rap/ Hip-Hop Show AKA Allen’s Army on Manoeuvres. Just thought some of ya might enjoy seein it again in its original form…
MIKE ALLEN TDK CALENDAR 1988 of the Chrome Angels wmark

What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito on NPR – Review

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DJ Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia, two legends from the Rap radio game have returned to splash the airwaves, this time, on NPR with a brand new show by the name of What’s Good. This first episode is an interesting, imaginative and unsurprisingly amusing conversation with Dave Chappelle and Donnell Rawlings, two incredibly funny comedians.

Listening to the opening few minutes of the show is alarming, but simply due to structure. Hearing them behaving seriously, even as they preface the show with station acknowledgements is jarring, simply cos they don’t burst into laughter. It sets the tone for a great opening episode. These new epiosdes are not live, they’re pre-recorded, yet they are still the same goofball pals when the shows broadcast. It’s a show where listeners will hear discussions, exchanges and cultured conversations with stimulating people, ‘about art, music, politics, sports and a whole lot more’.

The Samsung shows they did last year were evidently extemporaneous, they featured the same organic ad-hoc flex that was so popular during the WKCR days. But that was two decades and change ago. On What’s Good, don’t expect freestyles from some bummy MC you heard a demo from in 95 !!

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In the trailer for the show, they make note that they will be parlaying with ‘cultural influencers, movers and shakers’, yet that’s exactly what they are themselves. This alone has RRR ‘bugging lovely’, considering the kinda guests that might feature in the future. Cross ya fingers they sit down with some of those Samsung guests again ! Forthcoming NPR guests already include the legendary musician Stevie Wonder, Chance the Rapper, Eddie Huang, RTJ and Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. These two are movie-makers, these two are authors and music consultants, DJs and parents, and partly because of their knowledge and history, this show a truly enjoyable listen. For those that only remember the pair from their bugged out days on WKCR, some buggin is evident, and as you may have predicted, the show is on NPR, therefore it’s grown, cultured, and dare we call em this without expecting to receive hella snaps, but it’s sophisticated. The warmth of their individual characters is evident throughout the convos with Donnell and Dave, and their passion for all things positive follows the same trend.

Real talk, a fair percentage of older WKCR listeners must admit that some of the most entertaining sections of the 4 hour shows that aired between 1990 – 1998 were aired between 4-5am, commonly known as crunchtime [kiddies]. This was the part of the night were no music was played, just studio guests and callers gettin castigated, joked and snapped on, sometimes with enough comedic posture that they had the people at home cryin with laughter. So it’s beautiful to hear them again, and it’s a great format for the pair, just breakin bread with good folk. Thankfully, they break bread in the most astute, down-to-earth and refreshing way, as you should expect. It’s grown folk talk from an intelligent Hip-Hop viewpoint. And cmon, how many Rap radio legends use the word extemporaneously ? Harrrdy harr !!!

This first episode is hopefully the first of many, halalulu !

If you haven’t watched the movie mapping their time on the award winning show on WKCR, sort your life out. It can be watched on Netflix in 190 countries, and you can also get involved here.