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 2003, El Da Sensei stopped by our Rogers Park studios to promote his first solo album “Relax, Relate, Release” since his departure from legendary group Artifacts. I have so much respect for guys like El. He’s been doing his thing for over 20 years and never compromised along the way. He also has one of my favorite, most recognizable voices of any MC. When you hear him you immediately think dope, independent Hip-Hop.
I seldom remember details about the hundreds of guests who have blessed us with an interview over the years, but I do remember one thing about this particular night. At the time, I was still only 20 years old and trying to figure out a lot of things about myself. I often felt that as a host of THHP, my abilities weren’t up to par with that of my peers. I was always second guessing myself and things I did on the show. I was doing a lot of growing up on the radio.
The next night there was a show at The Chase Cafe. I ran into Cap D and I remember he told me he thought I did a good job with the El Da Sensei interview. That was a big deal to me because Cap is a legend and just a great dude overall. Hearing that from him gave me a lot of confidence going forward, and I always will appreciate that.
Cap D is now working for the NBA’s most exciting team, The Golden State Warriors as General Counsel.
Peace to Eves’s Dan Marino throwback.