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

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Westwood – Notting Hill Carnival Weekend 1997 [Jay-Z & Busta Rhymes]

Tim Westwood excitedly took to the airwaves on Friday 22 August 1997 with the ‘Fat Friday’ Radio1 Rap Show. It was the opener for a long weekend of parties and a performance the following Monday that he would later refer to as the Gig of a Lifetime.

Westwood parties at Notting Hill Carnival werent simply raise-the-roof roadblocks, they were as close as the 90s generation would get to that raw energy of the park jams of the late 70s in NY.  The session in 97 wasnt just gonna be another jam, it wasnt gonna be another year of guest DJs droppin bangers alongside Westwood, 1997 was the year that the live performances started. 1997 was a year at Carnival that many Londoners would never forget.

The freestyles and conversations that took place on air that Friday night were legendary, weve upped both tapes from the RRR archives.

The first 45 minutes from the Flipmode tape features a truly iconic session from the ex-Leaders of the New School MC and his crew. It is THE classic session that gets talked about, due to DJ Scratchator on the cut, and the unapologetic and relentless ‘Flipmode rip up zip codes’ freestyle. Both Busta & Tim referring to Dash as Damion several times is just bonus shits and giggles. Jigga and Dash drop a couple of World Premieres off DAT tape from the yet to be released In My Lifetime, Jigga spits a few lines from the Primo produced Rhyme no More and Damon gets his hustle on. They talk up Sauce Money and crow-bar a couple of Christión tracks. On Side B, Mr Carter is referred to as a mustard gas, mace in the face type MC by Busta and Westwood respectively.

The Sunday sessions [Family Day] would be presented as UK Day with Fallacy, Funky DL and others on stage at the top end of Portobello Road under the Westway in Ladbroke Grove, West London. ‘Grove’, to the elders of the community, was the home of all things graffiti back in the early 80s, and therefore a command center for all things Hip-Hop in London.

The Monday would feature an unimaginable line-up; as well as Chris Goldfinger and Westwood hypin the set, Jay-Z was top-billin with Damon Dash, Lil Kim and the Rocafella street team in tow. Busta Rhymes, Rampage and the Flipmode squad were next in line. Beenie Man, Red Rat & Goofy from the Main Street Crew were also on the line-up, as well as Glamma Kid and Common [Sense] earlier on in the afternoon. EPMD were also due to perform, and for all those jumping on the disturbingly mainstream endorsed twerking bandwagon of 2013, there was a ‘bass-dance competition’ for the girls [with a ‘£100 cold cash’ prize for the winner].

Big respect to all the HMV and Aids sufferers !?!

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