Power 99’s Radioactive Top 5 of 1992: January 2, 1993

September 14, 2017 – 12:46 pm

Colby Colb and DJ Ran team up for the Top 5 of 1992, which aired on Power 99 on January 2, 1993 at 1:30am.

This was recorded over two sides, but has been combined here (hence the slight break in “Deep Cover”). Love the call-ins and how Colb keeps referring to Snoop as “Snoopy Doggy Dogg.”

Track Listing

  • Scenario (Remix) (feat. A Tribe Called Quest)… Leaders of the New School
  • Wicked… Ice Cube
  • Mic Checka… Das EFX
  • Deep Cover (feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg)… Dr. Dre
  • Dwyck (feat. Nice & Smooth)… Gang Starr

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Power 99’s Thunderstorm: February 2, 1990

July 5, 2017 – 6:59 pm

Here’s some well-mixed hip-hop from Philly’s Power 99 (WUSL) Thunderstrom with Don “Mystic” Mack on February 2, 1990. A few nice rarities from Dizzy Dee, and The Lady Supreme in the mix. Lots of female emcees featured!

Track Listing

  • You Ain’t Down… ? (in progress)
  • How Ya Like Me Done… Kool Moe Dee
  • Jinglin’ Baby… L.L. Cool J
  • Stop That Train… Chubb Rock
  • As Bad as I Wanna Be… Dizzy Dee
  • L.L. Cool J drop
  • Doin’ It Like This… The Lady Supreme
  • Legalized Dope… Vicious Beat Posse

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105.3 WDAS Rap Digest with Mimi Brown, Early 1989

February 25, 2017 – 12:00 pm


I was surprised to come across this gem from Philly’s WDAS 105.3 FM in early 1989 (I’m guessing this is an episode of the “Rap Digest,” but I’m not 100% sure). I usually listened to DAS for classic soul, but when they did hip-hop, they did it well.

Parrish Smith from EPMD calls in on a snowy winter day to discuss a show with Superlover Cee & Casanova Rud the following night in Philly, EPMD’s travels in that country called Africa, and the upcoming album. They say to expect the album (which has five complete cuts so far) in May. They ended up beating that date, releasing the album on April 1, 1989.

Track list after the jump.


Surf-Sations: An Audio Shore Experience

December 7, 2016 – 8:43 pm

I picked this tape up during one of many childhood visits to either North Wildwood or Cape May, NJ. It’s recorded at Sunset Beach at Cape May Point and was released by “The Royal River Company,” which was based in Medford Lakes, next door to my hometown. It’s like most other recordings of the beach: waves and seagulls.

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Roxanne Mix (Power 99), etc.

June 30, 2016 – 10:57 pm

Roxanne Mix

If I were to try and define an origin story for my musical interests, this tape would be right at the beginning of it.

My aunt used to cut my hair. And when I would visit her house for a haircut, I’d also hang out with my cousin Greg, who’s about six years my senior. It was him that introduced me to hip-hop, scratching, the magic of Philly MCs, and breaking. While I never attempted a windmill, I did latch onto hip-hop music from the moment he first played it for me. This tape was one he gave to me when I was maybe 9 or 10 years old and it was my sole hip-hop possession until I purchased Fat Boys and L.L. Cool J vinyl with my own money. The one song that stuck with me most was UTFO’s “Roxanne, Roxanne.” I even went so far as to use the instrumental for an anti-drug rap I performed with friends for an elementary school “Say No to Drugs” project (“Coke, nose candy, dust, it’s all the same, / If you use it… you’re insane!”).

The first side features a 24-minute Roxanne mix that aired on Power 99 (WUSL) in Philadelphia. I love it for its simplicity — from the basic scratches over the dub version of Sparky D’s “Sparky’s Turn (Roxanne You’re Through),” to the heavily echoed Lady B “oh my goodness!” at the end of “The Real Roxanne,” to the dope electro-tinged “Do the Roxanne (Dance)” by Dr. Rocx & Co.. It closes out with a super-rare live Disco C Roxanne rhyme over Sparky D’s instrumental. The flip side has a couple more Roxannes as well as UTFO’s “Bite It” which I loved for the beatboxing Gremlin. Just for fun, there’s some “Pac Man Fever” and Billy Idol as well.

I’m glad to finally get this tape digitized because it’s one of those that got to the point it would get eaten by my tape deck every other time I played it. Now it’s safe.

Side A

  • Sparky’s Turn (Roxanne You’re Through) (Dub)… Sparky Dee
  • The Real Roxanne… The Real Roxanne
  • Do the Roxanne (Dance)… Dr. Rocx & Co.
  • Roxanne freestyle… Disco C

Side B

  • Roxanne, Roxanne… U.T.F.O
  • Roxanne’s Revenge (Street Version)… Roxanne Shanté
  • Roxanne’s Revenge (Radio)… Roxanne Shanté
  • Pac Man Fever… Buckner & Garcia
  • White Wedding… Billy Idol
  • Bite It… U.T.F.O

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