I remember seeing a PBS special about the revolutionary Nelson Mandela when I was a teenager. I was completely in awe of his strength in the face of evil. I’m an adult now and I am still in awe of this wise, courageous warrior who did not allow himself to take on the ways and actions of our enemies. Rest In Power Nelson Mandela. Peace to Winnie Mandela and all who continue to struggle against injustice, all freedom fighters even the ones who will be called out by our enemies for not being as peaceful as our brother. Thank you for the wisdom, power and insight that you left us with Mr. Mandela
Even as KDHX continues to make news with its imminent move to Grand Center, a show from the radio station’s archives is set to celebrate a mark of its own in a week’s time. African Alert, the station’s flagship hip-hop show at the dawn of the ’90s, will be marking a 25th anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 7, with a show at the upstairs venue of 2720 Cherokee.
The night’s organizer is Ron Butts, best known as DJ G-Wiz, a documentary filmmakers and longstanding member of the local hip-hop community. As a DJ, he’s still active on the club scene today, as well as a host on 95.5 fm. His on-air roots are inextricably tied to KDHX.
African Alert was founded by Russ Giraud, who took on G-Wiz during the show’s early days. The latter would provide the live mixing on what was a three-hour show. Though some of the dates have become clouded over the years, G-Wiz remembers the essentials of that moment.
“It started on Tuesday nights, from 11 p.m. to 2 in the morning,” he says. “I’d leave the skating rink (where I deejayed) to get to the station to do my mix. And then it shifted to Friday nights, 9-midnight; I think that was about a year-and-a-half later. Three hours is how long the shows ran back then. I’ve tried my best to figure out the exact dates, but I know that Russ had it in late ’87; that’s when it started. And John Anderson was doing the show with him. Russ brought me on in 1988. Shortly after that, John stepped down, so it was me and Russ. He left in 1992, and I kept the name for another year, then changed it to Street Vibes. The music industry was changing. There wasn’t enough music to do a whole show weekly, based on that theme. I’m thinking it ended in ’92 or ’93, one of those years.”
From the start, African Alert specifically attempted to play a conscious version of hip-hop, with positive themes and lyrical content that aimed away from violent or sexist feels. It was also, quite simply, one of the few hip-hop shows of any kind on FM radio in St. Louis.
“This show was pretty instrumental to exposing St. Louis to the golden era of hip hop,” says Jim Utz of Vintage Vinyl, who describes himself as “a cheerleader” for the upcoming event. “[It] always kept things on a positive tip musically, as well as all things culturally.”
01.DROOPY EYE CREW – Strictly For Live Men 02.DANGEROUS MENTALITY FOREVER – Elohim 03.STREET CONNECT – Rollin over you 04.DA TEAM – What The Fuck 05.KESS – Against the law 06.LA RUMEUR – Nature morte 07.THE DOPPELGANGAZ – Smang Life 08.GANGSTARR – JFK 2 lax
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Le Téléphone Arabe : Le Téléphone Arabe, MC. J’ai d’abord fait des trucs sur plusieurs mixtapes, après j’ai fait pas mal de trucs avec La Rumeur, des scènes, des mixtapes … et après j’ai commencé à faire des projets tout seul : Mélodie Criminelle, Renégat, The Project… Et là, on travaille sur un nouveau truc qui va arriver en septembre 2013.
“I guess you ain’t really hungry then.”—A response from the home owner, usually a parent or grandparent, when one rejects their undesirable food options. African American Proverb: Black Parent Edition (via blackproverbs)
01. Intro by Nutso 02. Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge Beware of the stare 03. Demigodz Just can’t quit 04. Homeboy Sandman Musician 05. Jay-Z Picasso baby 06. Reks ft. Bishop Lamont Trust us 07. Mr. Probz Waves 08. Trinity ft. Ill Bill & Immortal Technique Corrupt 09. Mitch Littlez Why lie 10. Termanology ft. N.O.R.E. Judo 11. Demigodz Can’t fool me 12. Czarface Cement 3’s 13. Blame One & J57 Blame57 (Exile remix) 14. Step Brothers Hear 15. Oh No Winter sweet 16. DJ Eclipse interlude 17. 14KT Toris 18. Ayatollah We are all instruments 19. Black Milk Black sabbath 20. Black Milk Computer ugly 21. Add-2 Die 22. Ill Bill World premier 23. Lyfestile My destiny 24. Maestro Fresh Wes & Kardinal Offishall Dearly departed 25. Dag Savage Twillight 26. Def Dee ft. Kenn Starr Coke n da canine 27. Durag Dynasty Yasir Arafat 28. Wyld Bunch ft. Torae & DJ Jaz Beast ‘n 29. Price Dear nigga 30. Saheed I go on 31. Nutso Blood & bones 32. Nutso & DJ Low Cut Homicide blocks 33. Freedom Writers Wake up 34. Theo 3 interlude 35. J57 ft. Nezitiq Mute Broken moments 36. Nature Fever 37. Gangrene Bassheads 38. Chaotik Stylz Poisonous 39. Spit Gemz ft. Anthony Cruz Inkquisition 40. Termanology ft. Inspectah Deck & Maffew Ragazino You ain’t safe 41. Tony Touch ft. Prodigy Street corner 42. Prop Dylan Shock & amaze 43. Nutso & DJ Low Cut No room for snitches 44. Spectac & Amiri Da real 45. Ruste Juxx Countdown to def 46. Onyx & Mister DL We get live 47. Fredro Starr Ain’t no other king 48. Endemic ft. Tragedy Khadafi, Top Dog & Supreme NY untouchables 49. Ghostface Killah & Apollo Brown Rise of the Ghostface Killah (remix) 50. DJ Skizz ft. Shabaam Sahdeeq The come back kid 51. Blame One & J57 ft. Akie Bermiss They don’t know 52, L’Orange & Stik Figa Smoke rings 53. Eminem Don’t front 54. Tanya Morgan The day I 55. Moka Only Jar 56. Obie Trice Loot 57. Nutso ft. Problem & Bad Lucc Phuk it 58. Genghis Khan ft. Dirt Tha General Hard boiled 59. Outro Rocky / The ark
The stories coming out of the Philippines are unimaginable. Rushing water and wind tearing children away from their parents’ arms. A death toll that may be over 10,000. A city of 200,000 in which no buildings appear to have survived intact.
Please note that the Philippine Red Cross site uses PhP (the Philippine Peso) and not USD. 1 USD = 43.19 PHP.
Please consider donating through NAFCON instead. Grassroots orgs in the US are working in solidarity with orgs in the Philippines to bring relief to those who need it most.
About a year ago, I was in the in the Philippines and I ended up helping with some typhoon relief projects and it wasn’t Red Cross or the other large organizations (or the Philippine government) that made it out to the most devastated areas, but the smaller, more grassroots organizations that brought relief and rebuilding to the areas.