Options Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam: Playlist from January 4, 2019 Options

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Options January 4, 2019: Put the Needle On The Best of 2018 Part III

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments New Approx. start time
PTNOTRremixProject  2018 News Headlines In One Minute (The Children)   Options     2019    *    
Atmosphere  Graffiti   Options Mi Vida Local  Rhymesayers Entertainment  2018  Atmosphere, the veteran Midwest hip-hop duo of emcee "Slug" Sean Daley and producer "Ant" (Anthony Davis), dropped their eight studio album in a two-decade plus career; Mi Vida Local 2LP (also on CD). Formed back in 1996 in Minneapolis Slug and Ant are as surprised as anyone that they are still making music all these years; all of which they take in stride. Since becoming a father Slug became a purveyor of "dad rap" which is among the categories to fie Mi Vida Local under. Note there's an accompanying video for this song on YouTube    0:01:16 (Pop‑up)
DJ Quest + DJ ALF  Are You A Philosopher (PT 2 WFMU Summer 2018 exclusive session)   Options   WFMU   2018  Not released, but an exclusive to WFMU this amazing collaboration between PTNOTR family member DJ ALF with frequent show guest DJ Quest is one of three that they joined creative forces on for WFMU for the Summer 2018 series. All three are in the WFMU library on the monthly PTNTOTR compilation series of new hip-hop.    0:05:00 (Pop‑up)
PRhyme (Royce Da 5'9" & DJ Premier)  Rock It   Options PRhyme 2  Prhyme Records  2018  The anticipated second release from duo PRhyme; producer DJ Premier of Gang Starr and countless other collaborators + Detroit rap figure Royce Da 5'9" Their first PRhyme was in 2014. Impressive about this is that it reminds us of how consistently relevant DJ Premier remains. Three decades into a long illustrious and influential career DJ Premier is still going strong and doing inspired collaborations with so many different artists. In this case the full length collaboration in which does not stick to one tired formula but explores new areas in his production. 17-track, 52 minute album guests included Dave East, Roc Marciano, Rapsody, Big K.R.I.T., and CeeLo Green.    0:10:11 (Pop‑up)
The Custodian Of Records   Hood Gospel   Options     2018  New Jersey’s own endlessly talented who you can follow on soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/the-custodian-of-records or band camp https://thecustodianofrecords.bandcamp.com/album/lousy-new-years-blizzard-single where his latest 7” / digital DL is “Lousy New Year’s”    0:13:56 (Pop‑up)
RAST (AKA Misterman Cheers)  I Lost My Mind And Found God   Options I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings  Dope Folks Records  2018  Recent show guest (on phone) RAST / now known as Misterman Cheers released his powerful album “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” as digital release and limited vinyl via the Dope Folks label. As discussed in his interview on WFMU back in the 90’s he was part of the New York Graffiti crew RFC (Running From Cops). These days he has ventured beyond just rapping and hip-hop into singing and more rock sounding material. Previous releases include “ACROSS WEST 3RD STREET" & "STORY OF A LEGEND"    0:16:13 (Pop‑up)
aCatCalledFRITZ   Mustafa In The Sky With Diamonds (feat. Sach of The Nonce)   Options VERTICAL IRIS    2018  A Cat Called FRITZ Mustafa In The Sky With Diamonds feat. Sach Illpages (of The Nonce) VERTICAL IRIS French producer A Cat Called FRITZ teams up with Sach (check out animated video on YT for this)    0:20:25 (Pop‑up)
Black Thought & 9th Wonder  9th Vs. Thought   Options Streams of Thought vol 1    2018  At the very end of 2017 Black Thought teased what was to come in 2018 when the emcee, 25 years in hip-hop, made news with his head-turning freestyle on Funkmaster Flex’s show. In 2018 the emcee who first came to fame as a member of The Roots, who has not dropped a solo album in a while, released two incredible albums; “Streams of Thought Vol 1” with 9th Wonder and Khrysis and “Streams of Thought Vol 2” with Salaam Remi. Both are amazing with songs such as “Twofifteen” with 9th Wonder off Vol 1 on which Black Thought drops such memorable lines as “back when Burning Man was Blacks in Birmingham.” Meanwhile among the many great tracks on Vol 2 is of “Streams of Thought Vol 2” is “Fentanyl” that examines the leading cause of drug overdoses in the USA as per CDC in 2018.    0:22:57 (Pop‑up)
Marlowe (L'Orange + Solemn Brigham)  Lost Arts   Options Marlowe  Mello Music Group   2018  Featuring two previous show guests Seattle based producer L’Orange and his old school pal from back in North Carolina, emcee talent Solemn Brigham are together known as Marlowe and as such released this amazing self-titled debut via Mello On the 2017 Mello Music release by L’Orange, The Ordinary Man, Solemn Brigham first appeared with Chuuwee on the track “Plastic Fame” As noted here before Marlowe instrumental version was recently posted online as a free download    0:25:46 (Pop‑up)
Cut Chemist  Metalstorm (eat. Edan & Mr. Lif)   Options Die Cut    2018  Longtime LA hip-hop producer/DJ Cut Chemist (Jurassic, Ozomatli, DJ Shadow collaborator) dropped his second official solo full-length album Die Cut - the long awatied follow up to his 2006 solo debut “The Audience’s Listening.” Die Cut transcended hip-hop with electronic stuff as well as hip-hop. Other standout album tracks include the uptempo, scratch laced “Work My Mind” featuring Chali 2na and Hymnal.    0:28:06 (Pop‑up)
MC Paul Barman  (((meat n bone))) (prod. Questlove)   Options (((echo chamber)))  Mello Music Group   2018  Almost a decade later wordsmith MC Paul Barman returned with this album -which he premiered on WFMU during the WFMU Record Fair out of Brooklyn last Spring when he was a guest on this show. As he noted then a lot of the material was stuff recorded over the years that he had been compiling for this release via Mello Music.    0:30:19 (Pop‑up)
Double Dee & Steinski  Lesson 4 (The Beat) feat ADA   Options     2018  Again previous show guests Double Dee and Steinski and ADA who premiered this amazing sequel to Lesson 3 from decades ago-Show it was premiered here on Oct 26th found in WFMU archives Double Dee and Steinski on phone + Monica Lynch in studio    0:36:33 (Pop‑up)
Double Dee & Steinski  This Music (feat ADA)   Options     2018  bonus new track from legendary cut and paste hip-hop duo Double Dee & Steinski featuring ADA that was also premiered here on WFMU along with Lesson 4    0:47:45 (Pop‑up)
Prof   Light Work   Options Pookie Baby  Rhymesayers Entertainment  2018  Minneapolis, Minnesota rapper/singer and wild n crazy guy Prof, making music for past 18 years and signed to Rhymesters for past five, dropped Pookie Baby in 2018 featuring great songs like this one and the tribute to his hometown “Minneapolis”    0:51:04 (Pop‑up)
Tall Black Guy   Fly Cadillac   Options     2018  Yet another talented artist from Detroit Terrel Wallace (aka Tall Black Guy) is a soulful hip-hop producer with lots of fans including many fellow artists. As noted on his Soundcloud page: “2011-2018 has seen TBG's first vinyl releases with bstrd boots, First Word Records, Ubiquity Records and his own imprint Tall Black Guy Productions (TBGP). Plus projects with artists like: 80s Babies, The Primeridian, Malice & Mario Sweet, Maylee Todd, Temika Moore, Teri Tobin, Skyzoo, The Colman Brothers, Little Dragon, The Foreign Exchange, Sola Rosa, Rainy Milo, Georgia Anne Muldrow and TBO.” https://soundcloud.com/tallblackguyproductions    0:54:34 (Pop‑up)
Chuuwee X Imaginary Other   Black Galaga   Options The Tip Of A Tab    2018  Favorite on this show past few years is Sacramento rapper, currently based in SoCal, Chuuwee who had another busy year in 2018 recording with various artists including Trizz (AmeriKKa’s Most Blunted 3”) and and Imaginary Other (The Tip Of A Tab).Over past few weeks I put him and (recently released from prison) old school SacTown rapper X-Raided in touch with one another. Hopefully these two generations of Sacramento rap talent will collaborate in some capacity in 2019.    0:57:00 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  6:54pm Tall Paul:

Yo Bill, what up Dublin in the house first on the list.
Avatar 6:58pm spidermank:

eyup Billy, Tall Paul and all. happy nowness
  6:59pm Tall Paul:

Happy New year to ya Bill and everyone on the comments wishing ya'll a great one
  7:00pm Jocelyn:

Happy new year Everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm chris:

hey, Billy Jam, Tall Paul, spidey, Jocelyn, 'erebuddy. Happy new year!
Avatar 7:01pm TheRapperWithNoName:

smoke something, drink something!
  7:03pm celeste:

already great
out of the gate
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:04pm chris:

i think my son would say all the rap i like is "dad rap" haha
Avatar 7:07pm spidermank:

wotta fallafals for
  7:08pm Tall Paul:

Can't beat that scratchin with 2 of HipHop's finest Quest n Alf. Love the beat it's a real Mac Dre. Thanks Bill
  7:10pm chresti:

Hello! We’re on our way back to LA!
Avatar 7:11pm spidermank:

well summed up Taul Paul . ALF and DJ Quest slappin juiicy bits , Billy Jams got da shit
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:14pm chris:

hope you had a great stay in da bay, chresti!
  7:18pm chresti:

Did not want to leave, Chris!
Avatar 7:20pm jake6573:

this is the best song i ever heard
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hoping 2019 brings you good health and success, Billy Jam. Glad that 2018 is behind us now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:21pm common:

Yes! Been listenin to that since you played it, billy. So fucking good!
Avatar 7:24pm spidermank:

fuckin luvin da "dad rap" .. nod to chris
  7:30pm StudioB:

Final part of 2018 in review. Show dedicated to DJ ALF. Studio engineer - Bronwyn B "Love Is Only Sleeping" on WFMU late Sat/early Sun 3-6am EST) - Mr Fine Wine Downtown Soulville next + then @ 9pm-12 Daniel Blumin + 12-3am Inflatable Squirrel Carcass ...Welcome to Friday Nights on WFMU in 2019
Avatar 7:33pm thedunkel:

!!!!!!!!!! YES !!!!!!!!!!!!
Avatar 7:44pm spidermank:

fuckin A
  7:46pm StudioB:

shout out to Ken from Hyde Park, common, jake6573, NGH, chris, spidermank, thedunkel, chresti, Tall Paul, Jocelyn, celeste, RWNN
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:46pm listener 126464:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:48pm Smilty69:

What a sweet mix!
  7:50pm Tall Paul:

Yo Bill, your killing it. Really loving this beat
  7:50pm StudioB:

shout out to listener 126464 and Smilty69 and all the great hip-hop artists sharing their music with us
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:54pm Berd:

Thank you DJ Billy Jam. Feel much better. How does he do it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:55pm chris:

love it. cheers, Billy Jam, all.
  7:55pm chresti:

Thanks Billy!
  7:56pm Tall Paul:

Yo Bill, thanks for dropping the jewels the last hour. Wishing everyone a cool weekend. Catch ya next time
Avatar 7:56pm spidermank:

balls now under the side board - you blew em off Billy. i wish it was still 2018 --music was great then
  7:57pm chresti:

Hey studio B’
Avatar 7:57pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Billy
  7:57pm chresti:

Avatar 7:58pm Billy Jam:

thank YOU + a good 2019 for us all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm listener james from westwood:

This loop! Now I want to play Galaga something fierce!
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