An Ex-Con Talks to Teens

August 12, 2015 – 5:53 pm


This two cassette release from Focus on the Family (yes, James Dobson’s Focus on the Family) features Harold Morris, who is described on his Twice Pardoned site thusly:

Never before have you met anyone like Harold Morris. From growing up in South Carolina as the son of a sharecropper, to being an all-state high school athlete in three sports with numerous scholarship offers, to serving two life sentences and 9 years on death row in Georgia State Penitentiary for two crimes he did not commit, to receiving the Vice Presidential award for Humanitarian service from the Vice President of the United States, Harold Morris has seen all sides of life.

It looks like this cassette series from around 1986 was based on the same content used in the 1988 two-part film series.

Some interesting stuff here.

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UndaGround Sound Mix Show: 1994 (WXDU 88.7, DJ Samps)

July 26, 2015 – 11:04 am

The UndaGround Sound Mix Show broadcast on WXDU 88.7 out of Durham, NC. It was hosted by DJ Samps and Mike Nice and I believe David J also had some involvement with the show.

Samps is still spinning on WXDU every Friday night. He can also be found on Twitter @deejaysamps.

I remember communicating with Samps back in the day, as he was one of the few hip-hop DJs (college radio or otherwise) that was on the Internet back in ’94. He agreed to play one of my tracks and send me a recording of the show (this one), which also featured a great David J remix of a Digable Planets track and a bunch of freestyles from unsigned artists.

Track list after the jump.

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Soul Food Tape Ministry – Soul Food and the Bible – Tape 23

July 22, 2015 – 7:17 pm

Soul Food Tape Ministry - Tape 23

Picked this one up at a library book sale or something similar for next to nothing. Always on the lookout for fun obscurities or sample opportunities. Nothing terribly exciting here, though.

Not really sure the story behind the Soul Food Tape Ministry — nothing comes up in searches and the tape label has only an address. There’s no year, but I assume it’s from the mid-1990s, as there is a reference to “cyberspace,” but this is, after all, still an audio cassette.

(Pardon the hiss — it’s my policy to post unedited, raw audio.)

Diggin’ in the Crates: December 7, 2000

July 14, 2015 – 2:37 am

Diggin’ in the Crates, December 7, 2000. 91.5 caFM WMWC, Mary Washington College.

Hosts: Matt, Nene, and Andre.

Guests: Master Hurrikane, DJ Ragz, Mudd, Outspoken (RIP), and Laze. Features interviews, freestyles, and guest DJ sets.

Highlights (times may be a little bit off):

  • side 1: 15:00 – Mudd interview/performance/freestyle with Ragz (“I come cleaner than Jeru the janitor”), plus Ragz battle routine
  • side 2: 00:00 – Laze interview (“You’re the boss, buddy!”), Hurrikane interview (“I can use any kind of machine, just give me 20 or 30 minutes”), DJ Ragz interview (“Hurrikane? Yeah, don’t give that guy a microphone.”), Mudd interview
  • side 2: 40:25 – Outspoken & Mudd performance
  • side 3: 00:00 – Mudd, Laze, and Outspoken freestyles (I love this set)
  • side 3: 21:17 – a pre-Ragz version of my track “Intergalactic Pilot” (I’ve always liked this track – did production and vocals on it)
  • side 3: 24:40 – Laze interview
  • side 4: 42:40 – Closing with discussion of worst rapper ever

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Laze, Mudd, & Ragz (background)

Q102 Hip-Hop Review: May 9, 1993

July 8, 2015 – 2:27 pm

This stage of the Q102 Hip-Hop Review featured Cool B, Big Al, and Jay-Ski.

Brief interview with Positive K and, as usual, great selection from Jay (Crusaders, Bahamadia, Funk Family) and a dope demo battle in the Street Sounds Showdown. Few tracks I couldn’t figure out. Drops from Positive K, Art of Origin (Chino XL), and Da Youngsta’s and a great Mahorn’s ad by Zulu the One Man Gang.

(Dated by references to Mother’s Day, reference to the new Masta Ace track from Slaughtahouse, and a reference to the LA Lakers-Phoenix game.)

Track list after the jump.

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