Happy Birthday Run

Joey Simmons, DJ Run, Joseph Simmons, Run or Run Love, it made no difference what the name was, the first time you heard this cat, alongside the late great JMJ and the devastating mic controller DMC, you knew he meant business. In celebration of this Rap icons birthday, Random Rap Radio are sharing a couple of treats for the first time outside of the tight-lipped trade channels of tape swaps. As way of a thank you to one of the greatest [most energetic and possibly the loudest] that ever did it, we wanted to divvy up a few bits that you might not have heard before.

The live set is from an after-hours show in London during the Krush Groove Tour in 1986,  its made up of two sections of Westwood broadcasts, one from the time, and another culled from another section of the ‘8 Hour after party’. Simply hearing Run beatbox, or hearing DMC drop a rhyme about droppin a deuce in a hotel bathroom is folly enough, but some of the wide-eyed freestyle rhymes on here are beyond expectations. Also featured on the set are DJ Hurricane who rhymes his ass off, Grandmaster Dee from Whodini, LL & the Beastie Boys.

Mike Allen was the pre-cursor to Tim Westwood on Capital Radio, bringing an eccentric twist to Hip Hop airwaves way-back-when, and the Together Forever Tour ad is just a Florida based bonus.

There are true classics and lots of seriously good music on the Mike Allen tape, so check the Soundcloud for tracklisting.

Huge propage to Ev Boogie from UpNorthTrips, Complex Lee & Simmo from Mike Allen Capital Radio

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NME Run DMC - Madison Square Gardens Cover Gun Crazy

NME Run DMC - Madison Square Gardens


Run DMC Collage

Mixmaster Mike – Unidentifried Essential Mixtape 1999

The addition of a segment of Rap radio freestyle action is the reason for remastering and posting this today, and to highlight just how much of a dominant force Rap radio was in the 90’s.

Ex-Invisibl Skratch Pikl and World Champion DJ Mixmaster Mike [An American] thought it’d be a good idea to chuck in a short freestyle segment from a Westwood show [British radio] on the B-Side of this tape [around the 51 min mark], he was right. Rahzel mucks around with some inhuman Wu based beatbox business, some iconic Art of Noise beats, and generally sets the tone for a classic session in the 1FM studio with RZA, members of the Roots and DJ Hurricane.

Unidentifried Essential is undoubtedly one of the best mixtapes of all time, specifically for its insanely and impatiently inventive nature, and of course because it ignored the mixtape ‘format’. MMM created a mixtape which is all over the place in terms of music, but still has heads noddin constantly when its on.

Shouts to DJ Eclipse, Richy @ Carhartt and Picasso @ TWS.

Mixmaster Mike - Unidentifried Essential Front Cover

The inner J-Card on this is banoodles, ROCK STEADY REPRESENT !!

Mixmaster Mike - Unidentifried Essential Inside Cover