[VIDEO] ISAAC – GET ON DOWN

Viewing Chicago based artist Isaac’s latest video, Get on Down, I wondered how many would be receptive to this cross fusion of rock and hip hop. But then, who really gives a f.. it’s a pretty enjoyable track with some identify and flavor to it that you often won’t find. Isaac took a chance, so I ask you take a chance on checking the video out above.

– @WeekendGabe

[Podcast] The Morning Rush [5.24.15] w/ Odeisel, Emmanuel Camacho & Justin Kaufmann

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 11.43.34 PMThe Morning Rush is hosted by Weekend Gabe and airs every Sunday morning between 7a and 9a. on Wluw, 88.7fm

This week’s show celebrates the Dilated People’s The Platform and Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP’s that both turned 15 years old this weekend. Planetill.Com’s Odeisel and Gabe discuss both albums and their importance.

MMA amateur fighter Emmanuel Camacho talks about his upcoming fight in Hammond, Indiana part of the United Combat League taking place this coming Friday.

WGN’s Justin Kaufmann checks it to talk about Huffy Bikes, and his new show, The Download that airs weeknights between 7p and 11p on 720 AM.

Classic jams from Dilated Peoples, Eminem, Notorious Big, Anita Baker, War and A Tribe Called Quest.

[Podcast] The Hip Hop Project [5.23.15] with J. Slikk

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This week’s show features Chicago producer J. Slikk and new mixes from Scend and Slot-A!

The Hip Hop Project has been on air since 1995 and is one of America’s longest running hip hop radio mixshows. Be sure to tune in every Saturday night to catch DJ Scend & Slot-A from 10p-12a CST on 88.7 FM if you’re in Chicago and/or www.wluw.org worldwide.

#TBT THHP LOOKS BACK ON 20 YEARS BY COSMROKS (PART 18)

L to R: Sev Seveer, Cosm Roks, Mr. Echoes, Lumba, Meta Mo

L to R: Sev Seveer, Cosm Roks, Mr. Echoes, Lumba, Meta Mo

To celebrate 20 years of The Hip Hop Project we look back on some of the best moments from the longest running mix show in the country. By CosmRoks (The Voice of The Hip Hop Project, 1998-2010)

In 1998, I was a High School Sophomore when I started working on The Hip-Hop Project. At that time my taste in Hip-Hop  really started to expand as I met other kids in school. I first met Roper around the time Eminem got “Unsigned Hype” in The Source. Like any other Hip-Hop kids of my era and those before it, trading tapes was huge. It’s how your world expanded. You would learn about new underground MC’s and you could put your peers up on artists you liked. One of the groups I loved the moment I was introduced to underground Hip-Hop was Rubberoom.

I first remember hearing Rubberoom when The Molemen dropped the “Taste Of Chicago” 12″. Shortly there after there was Mixx Massacre’s “5 Fingers of Death” Mixtape. I played that tape until it damn near melted. Then, of course, there was “White Hot Razors”. Rubberoom, to me, was Chicago Hip-Hop personified.

When I first started volunteering at WLUW, the single “Smoke” was getting tons of airplay, and it remains a classic to this day. All the songs mentioned above created a momentum leading up to one of the most anticipated albums in Chicago Hip-Hop history: Rubberoom’s “Architechnology”. Again, I was new to the scene but I recall the entire Hip-Hop community rallying around this album and supporting it. This was clearly a big deal. Aside from the signature Opus production, the album featured over a dozen local DJ’s. They even had their pictures in the liner notes. I don’t recall a group showing love to DJ’s Norm, Massacre, Rude, etc. I remember going to Gramaphone as a youngster and seeing those guys like celebrities. I recently found the extremely dope flyer (designed by Stizo) promoting the “Architechnology” album. We all had it on our graf books, walls, and notebooks in school. The album ended up being critically acclaimed, and eventually cemented itself as a Chicago classic.

Years went by, and Lumba and Meta Mo eventually parted ways having only recorded two studio albums as Rubberoom. But in 2011, they reunited for their “Rebooted” Mixtape and we were lucky enough to have them on the show for the first time in well over a decade. Mr. Echoes brought them in, as he had been a friend of the show over the years through his work with The Opus, Earatik Statik, Thawfor etc.That night was a great show, we played a ton of old Rubberoom joints, and talked about the group’s history. I always felt that we missed many great opportunities (for whatever reason) to interview the “big” artists like Common, Kanye, etc. but getting the chance to sit down with Rubberoom was a night I will always remember. Chicago’s Hip-Hop scene would not be the same without their contributions.