DJ Red Alert Goes Berserk Full 3 Hour Show – 98.7 Kiss FM April 1989

DJ Red Alert - ZULU

This is an extremely rare full 3 Hour DJ Red Alert Goes Berserk show from 25 years ago this week, one of the legendary Saturday night mastermixes on 98.7 Kiss FM from April 1989. Its Kool DJ Red Alert with co-presenters Diane King and Jeff Foxx. When the pioneers talk about the golden area of Rap on the radio, Mr Magic and Kool DJ Red Alert are arguably the first names on peoples lips. Take a nostalgic aural trip back a quarter of a century, to one of the most iconic DJs and shows in the ancestry of Hip-Hop and Rap on the airwaves.

DJ Red Alert - WRKS Kiss FM 22 April 1989 Tape 1

DJ Red Alert - WRKS Kiss FM 22 April 1989 Tape 2

As well as archetypal Rap classics from the Jungle Brothers, the Juice Crew, MC Sugar Ray & Stranger D, Chubb Rock and alot more great music, keep an ear out for the plentiful Kiss FM & Red Alert ‘station identification’ drops from Chris Rock, Super DJ Clark Kent, the Shirt Kings, the Violators crew and Black Rock N Ron. And ads for Coors Light, White Castle as well as a McDonalds Scrabble Competition, who knew the two would go hand in hand ?!  Harlems own led the way with an animated on-air persona and an added authenticity and passion to play the sound of an aspirational late-80s New York. The Propmaster gave dozens of the artists we know today a first rung on the ladder. On this tape, Q-Tip appears alongside Reds nephews Mike Gee & Afrika and cousin Sammy B on the JBs ‘In Time’. Putting people on was a standard, but not restricted to his family.

Apologies in advance, both tapes have been remastered and compressed to sound punchier, but they are 25 years old and both were a bit wacky in terms of quality to begin with. There are accidental record button moments, the bugged out sounds of the tape chewing, more than once, but thankfully it all sounds exactly the same way it did 25 years ago. Make a statement and play this out the window on a sunny afternoon, alternatively, play it at any club, disco, lounge, house basement or block party, car stereo, stoop, or at any other social gathering.

Nerd-note: Red Alert talks about clubbing in London with the Jungle Brothers, 45 King, Shante, Kane and others over the Easter period in the weeks previous to this broadcast. Evidently, this was the period when the JBs and others were doing shows in the UK, and when Simon Harris presented and recorded the Hustlers Convention LP with DJ Mark the 45 King etc.

Huge props to the Propmaster.

Photos and cutting from a Hannah Ford interview and article in Soul Underground magazine from the same month.

Photo Courtesy of Oliver Lim ©

Red Alert - Soul Underground Article

Paradise the Architect Flyer Collection

This post is dedicated to the memory of Lumumba [Professor X] Carson and Rafael Avery aka Shirt King Kasheme.

Yes, you’ll recognise the names of pioneering DJs Red Alert, Chuck Chillout, Mr Magic and jams promoted by Kiss FM on these flyers, but this throwback into time is fundamentally a celebration of earlier times. A trip down memory lane for all those who never profiled nor posed, for the people that simply found themselves embedded in one of the most exciting times in music history. These two clips feature one of the most well known and important curators of Hip Hop, Paradise the Architect. Paradise Gray as a Producer, was behind the boards on one of the earliest Rap groups that created a movement and a community, alerting a wide-eyed global audience to social-political issues during the period known as the golden era of Hip Hop. The group was the X-Clan. Paradise was also the promoter, Manager and ‘Your Host’ of arguably the most famous Hip Hop Club in history, the Latin Quarter in Manhattan. Like some of us that had the prescience to preserve their personal artifacts and what have become the building blocks of Hip Hop, Paradise kept all the flyers that did the rounds back in the late 70s and 80s, and not only the ones that he featured on with his crew the Brothers 3.

Paradise has shared 2 short clips, offering a brief synopsis of the faces that featured on some of the oldest flyers remaining today. There are photos and flyers for partys and shows for pioneers like the Cold Crush Brothers, Kool Herc, Melle Mel, Jazzy Jay, Clark Kent, Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC and so many other great innovators. Public Enemys FIRST gig as a Def Jam recording artist is featured. You’ll see flyers for venues like the Ecstasy Garage, the Audubon Ballroom & Harlem World [NOT just a Mase song you sissy]. There’s also documentation of iconic figures from Hollywood such as Chris Rock, and even Tracy Morgans Father Jimmy Morgan from RnB group TUFF.

Shirt Kings & Paradise Gray

If you want to hear some wild recollections about the LQ like when a stick-up kid tried to snatch Jam-Master Jays fat gold chain, and how security guard Robocop pulled out a sword in attempt to quell a 2 hour ruckus, you should tune in to this interview with Paradise.

Huge respect goes to Paradise and to [Disco] Dave Hamilton from The Source Magazine.

You can also catch the Mighty Shirt Kings on this DJ Red Alert show from Summer 89