Max LX & Dave VJ – KISS FM 4 August 1993


UK Rap & Hip-Hop radio was presented by a myriad of DJs that blessed the airwaves over the years; Mike Allen, Tim Westwood, Big Ted, Richie Rich, Dave Pearce, Dan Greenpeace & Kish, Stu Allen, Leaky Fresh, 279 & Shortee Blitz, and more.

This tape comes from ex-Hardrock Soul Movement members Max LX & Dave VJ from Summer 1993. They presented a show on KISS FM in London during the 90s, it was broadcast mid-week and plugged a gap for the fiends that tuned into random Rap radio shows each week to get their fix.

This show doesnt feature any guests and has no exclusives, but that’s how it was back then, you tuned in, soaked up the vibes and you heard what you heard. Sometimes, like this tape, it was just good music. Sometimes I listen back to these shows and hear outfits I’d forgotten about, like UK artists like Unanimous Decision and Krispy 3, and it’s a guarantee that listening back, you’ll be noddin ya head to jams you’d forgotten about too, I know I did. This show is mostly made us of US acts and is a snapshot of the time. Keep an ear out for the weekly Rap report with Billboard writer Havelock Nelson, as well as a nutty sounding Hijack ID at the very end, as well as silly ads with VO’s from Harry Enfield/ Ade Edmondsen and the suitably and typically disinterested John Peel. Big shouts to Mr Lawson for the tape !!

Krispy 3 – Back It Up
Tim Dog ID
London Posse ID
Akinyele – Bags Packed
Mic Break

Nat West
Sony Tape [Harry Enfield]
Tribe Night-Out Comp

DJ Pogo Mix:
Big Daddy Kane – How U Get A Record Deal [Blend]
Cypress Hill – Insane In The Brain
Digable Planets – Where I’m From Inst / Cuts
MC Lyte – Ruffneck
BIG – Party & Bullshit [Rmx]
Diamond D – Best Kept Secret [45 King Rmx]
Jamalski ID
Mic Break
Kam – Still Got Love 4 Um
The New Test-Da-Ment – Balimbo

YOP [Ade Edmondsen/ John Peel]

Rap Report with Havelock Nelson [Billboard]
Buju Banton – Make My Day [Troopa’s Jeep Mix]
Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud – Come & Get Me While I’m Hot
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth ID
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – Death Becomes You

Chocolate Chinas Club
YOP [Ade Edmondsen/ John Peel]
Speak Out Against Racism w/ Gabrielle
Perfect Pizza

Ice Cube ID
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth ID
The Whooliganz – Put Your Handz Up
Unanimous Decision – It Ain’t Clever
Incognito – Still A Friend Of Mine
Dr. Dre – Puffin’ On Blunts…
Darkman – What’s Not Yours
Ultramagnetic MC’s – Two Brothers With Checks
Gig Guide [Onyx/ Grand Puba]
Hijack ID
Font La Roy & Darkman – Back To The Lab

Tim Westwood – Who Stole my 2Pac Promo ?

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Sometime in the mid-late 90s, Tim Westwood played at a dance, it was on his birthday, and he was grindin. He couldve been partyin elsewhere but he was puttin in that work. The jam was at Hallam University in Sheffield.

Unfortunately he had 2 records stolen from the booth by ‘some thick-set white kid’ [while he was playing Punjabi MC]. Soon after that night, he was back on air, and he was maddened about his shit gettin ganked, and spent a fair amount of the show that night protesting about how his promo of Pac had been boosted.

Tim got his records pinched at a dance in Sheffield, but he only realised when he got back to London. And the bizarre thing is, he was happy to drive straight back to Sheffield to ‘ask’ for his joints back. And trust, he was planning on ‘listening to 50 CENTS all the way’ as you’ll discover from the clip.

Large ups to the thick-set white kid who had some testes to try it on, and to Mr Westwood of course, but the question remains, did Tim ever get his joints back?

“Soundcloud do not offer any assistance in avoiding ‘copyright issue’ titles” rendering them nothing more than rapacious !

Due to the legislative maltreatment, and essentially because we have spent too long with Soundcloud, building the archives with very little evidence, RRR will need to identify a more concrete, legally admissable, and long-term platform for sharing and archiving the shows we’ve shared over the past 2 years.

We’ll be takin some time out for a while, fundamentally to concentrate on other projects, but don’t lose faith, we’ll be back, with more dusty excitement that you can tolerate.

Expect a rewind around Spring 2016, until then….

FAO – Eric Wahlforss / Alexander Ljung, this letter is an open letter to you both. Replies in the comments or directly to PS: If you help the consumer, you help your company. Currently, Soundcloud are collectively opening the door and kickin the customer down a copyright wallpapered flight of stairs.

FAO – Subscribers and regular listeners. Apologies for the lack of feed, the account has understandably been terminated due to copyright infringements [even though Soundcloud have the ability and technology to avoid the problem]. Please see below.

Soundcloud have an unusually myopic and remarkably rearward approach to their paying customers, unfortunately, RRR have experienced this recently. Sadly, they have disappointed and discouraged alot of users in the past few months due to a ‘change in their approach to the industry’ and the ‘royalty deals’ they have reached in 2015, with labels like Sony and other industry behemoths. It seems this has led to a huge amount of people leaving the service. Whether by choice, or because of SC’s disappointing lack of communication skills.

At present, Soundcloud allows it’s users to share pretty much any tracks on the platform, and if there are copyright issues, they’ll get picked up by some tech software soon after theyve been uploaded, and the user will then be informed. If the actions are repeated, they will then have a ‘strike’ against their name. 3 strikes and naturally, the account will be suspended or in the case of RRR, terminated. Unfortunately, in this case, there was no dialogue, there was no discussion yet Soundclouds inability to communicate still astounds, overwhelms and disappoints me, someone that PAYS for use of their platform. Actually, that’s past tense, ‘paid’ for is more accurate.

If there is a copyright issue with a track, Soundclouds’ software recognises which tracks are copyrighted, and those which are not, and in the case of a long mix or a radio show, the majority of the songs can be shared, yet a small amount cannot. These long files can easily be edited to avoid the copyright material, and any copyright issue, but Soundcloud have decided to avoid helping the paying customer by informing them of the specific copyrighted tracks, after the event.

Soundcloud takes the users monthly fee, then informs them of the copyright problems AFTER the process of uploading and sharing the material reaches the ‘public’ status. Regrettably, exploitation is seemingly more beneficial to their objectives.

Fundamentally, Soundcloud do not offer any assistance in avoiding ‘copyright issue’ titles BEFORE physically sharing the tracks to the web, even though the technology can spot these very avoidable titles BEFORE they have gone public. If they already have the technology, surely it could be utilised before the individual tracks go public, during the ‘save’ option, therefore avoiding the rapacious connotations and loosing thousands of paying customers, no ?

Regrettably for you Soundcloud, myself and thousands of others will no longer be making payments on the Pro Plan, but what I would like to know is, if they have the technology, why would they make their successful company look intensely greedy, by taking customers money and THEN removing their ability to share non-copyrighted material ? IMO, that’s what makes them look unprofessional.