Radio Rap Pt. 3 [1989]

October 8, 2017 – 4:12 pm

Radio Rap Pt. 2 Side A

This was the last in a series of three “Radio Rap” tapes that were recorded around 1989 of Power 99’s “Street Beat” show. Jeff Mills (“homeboy is really def!”) is featured. Great stuff on here, including Krown Rulers, Masters of Ceremony, and T La Rock.

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(See more in the DJ Flush Collection.)

Radio Rap Pt. 2 [1989]

October 4, 2017 – 6:08 pm

Radio Rap Pt. 2 Side A

This was the second in a series of three “Radio Rap” tapes that were recorded around 1989. Side A features some tracks from Power 99 but may end with some Jeff Mills, Detroit techno legend that was also a dope hip-hop DJ. Side B features 16-minutes of Philly legend DJ Cash Money with Lady B on Power 99’s Street Beat followed by a few more gems.

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(See more in the DJ Flush Collection.)

Radio Rap Pt. 1 [1989]

October 3, 2017 – 1:43 pm

This was the first in a series of three “Radio Rap” tapes that were recorded around 1989 when Lady B’s Street Beat on Power 99 (Philadelphia) moved to Saturday (the show also ended that year). There are some bits of Lady B’s airbreaks between tracks.

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(See more in the DJ Flush Collection.)

Wall-to-Wall Sound and Video & Listening Booth In-Store Promo Tape: June 1989

October 3, 2017 – 11:59 am

Wall-to-Wall Sound and Video and its sister store Listening Booth operated in the mid-Atlantic States as music and electronic stores in the 1980s. Wall-to-Wall had a particularly great logo. Wall-to-Wall filed for their trademark in 1981 and filed for bankruptcy in July 1990.

This tape is in the Flush collection because during his college years, Greg worked in a Wall-to-Wall Sound and Video at the mall in Pleasantville, NJ, a town on the Jersey shore not far from Atlantic City.

While most of this collection involves radio tapes of hip-hop or house music, this is an interesting one to start off with because it’s a little different from the rest. There’s something terribly charming about the overly enunciated style of the announcer discussing the new album from Kool Moe Dee, “a platinum rap star known for such hits as ‘Wild, Wild West’ and ‘Go See the Doctor.'”

Supplemental reading: the “I Worked At Listening Booth, Wall To Wall Sound & Video, & Beakys” Facebook group.

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(See more in the DJ Flush Collection.)

Introducing the DJ Flush Collection

September 27, 2017 – 4:39 pm

I’ve mentioned my cousin DJ Flush before — he’s the one person I most credit with getting me into hip-hop when I was still in elementary school. He’s about six years older than me and growing up, I idolized his vinyl and cassette collection. If I came home from a visit to his house with a new dub, I was set for the next six months.

Recently, I talked to Flush about getting his entire cassette collection digitized and online. It captures a segment in time of Philadelphia hip-hop radio during 1980s where amazing DJs would blend hip-hop and electro. Most tapes are from Power 99 (WUSL) or WDAS and feature assorted DJs ranging from Lady B to Jeff Mills to Cash Money to Jazzy Jeff. Some tapes are just favorite songs recorded off the radio, some are full DJ sets. Most are labeled with just numbers, so each one is a new surprise.

I will be posting tapes as I rip them. Initially they will likely not contain track listings, but I may go back and add them over time (feel free to contribute via the comments). I’ll include whatever information I can derive from listening to the tape (and bugging Flush for info).

Stay tuned… first tape coming soon!