Hip-Hop's TRUE VOICE for college rap radio, internet rap shows AND mixtape dj's since 1985!

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. . . What’s Upper? . . . Nasty News . . . Issue #734 . . . August 22, 2016 . . . What’s Upper? . . .

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It is with deep sadness that I am letting you know that my dog, "Mogwai" passed away on Monday night, August 22, 2016.
Mogwai, who's 13 years old, had the equivalent of congestive heart failure. He just got out of the hospital & was slowly recuperating at home.
It would be a blessing if you can continue to help me raise $2500.00 to cover Mogwai's medical expenses & now cremation costs. 
$5.00 or $10.00 or $20.00—any amount is appreciated.
I know with your help, I will reach my goal.

Here's the GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/2ku6c4k

Thank you in advance especially to those that have contributed already.
Some of you might think, well, he's just a pet. But Mogwai is my best friend, through high times and low, who helped me by just being there with unconditional love when I suffered my own heart attack. I love him so much & I will miss him.
R.I.P.) . . . Nes Rodriguez

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Conor McGregor earns a majority decision win over Nate Diaz in the main event at #UFC 202.

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During my past 36 years in the biz, I've been interviewed many times over &
I never get tired of sharing my story!
Recently, I did one of the
BEST interviews ever in "The Biggest" podcast show,
hosted by
Miguel Rockwell & Joe Hawkins!

You'll hear how I learned to DJ, who taught me and how I became an on-air radio personality. How I met Mix-A-Lot, my first encounter with Mix at the Boys club with Ed Locke (we were the only 2 Asians in the bldg), who started NASTYMIX Records and where the name NASTYMIX came from.

How I still feel so bad (yes, to this day) about getting kicked out of Seattle Prep high school — I reveal what I did & why it was so wrong — and about losing my mom to cancer when I was 18.

How I got to be on Eazy-E's "Radio," my history with Jerry Heller & The World Class Wrekin Cru, my history at 1250 KFOX in 1980 and the FreshTracks show intro from The Emerald Street Boys to Sir Mix-A-Lot.

Why I got fired at KFOX, how KCMU Rap Attack started in 1988 on the condition that Shockmaster Glen Boyd would be my co-host and the birth of KUBE 93's HotMix on Sat night with NUMBER ONE ratings.

Plus you'll hear rare recordings of me on KFOX & KCMU and two original Quick mixes I did featuring Sir Mix-A-Lot, Eazy-E & NWA and yes, allllllllllllll pre-Serato!

A solid 90 minutes with Seattle's Original
MasterMixer &
Crazy Pinoy . . . And MORE!

DJ 3
rd Degree’s
Fire Pick of the Week
August 22-28, 2016

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Got another hot pick for you this week!

What do you get when you sample a classic rap song, flip the sample and have a rapper flow effortlessly through the song? You have this week’s Fire Pick of the week —
“Roc House” by
Rocwell (IMO Entertainment).

Rocwell uses Run DMC’s classic “Run’s House” for the base of this song. The sample flip really drives the track and Rocwell goes in hard on it. This is one to add to any DJ playlist. I’d recommend this to anyone, even for the average, non-DJ listener!
Go get this one folks!

Peace!! – DJ 3rd Degree...

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Celebrating the 20
th Anniversary of one of Philly's
Hip Hop icon
Bahamadia's album “Kollage” are
(left to right)
Phil Jackson (WPRB-NJ) and Bahamadia.

Art of Rap Tour 2016
Los Angeles, CA July 22, 2016
by DJ 3rd Degree

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Ice T’s rap tour took its second trip around the country and the L.A. stop
was one of many that left the fans ecstatic.

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Held at the world-famous
Hollywood Palladium, the show was hosted by the one and only Chief Rocker Busy Bee. Music began promptly at 7pm and was kicked off by young up-and-coming L.A. rapper, Tre Capital. Tre raps in the style of Big Sean and had the place lit during his set. Music was trap style like Future. The sparse crowd seemed to like what Tre did.
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Busy Bee, who hosted the show, came out between acts, telling jokes and livening up the growing crowd. Next up on stage the legendary Kurtis Blow! He started his set with my personal favorite of his, AJ Scratch. He then went on to run thru his hits such as The Breaks and Basketball. One of the highlights of this set was Kurtis, who’s in his late 50’s, dancing and doing spins with his break dance crew — it was dope!

Mobb Deep rocked the stage next. Taking us through many of their well-known songs, Havoc and Prodigy did not disappoint. They started with Survival of the Fittest, then rocked songs like Temperature Rising, Eye for an Eye, Got It Twisted, and of course, Shook Ones Pt. II. An amazing set, Mobb brought that 90’s boom bap, hard!
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Following Mobb Deep was the original gangster, Ice T. The crowd rocked together with Ice through his hits like 6 In The Morning, I’m Your Pusher, Sex, Colors and New Jack Hustler. Then he blessed the crowd by bringing out the legend, Kool Keith from Ultramagnetic M.C.’s. Keith rocked a solo song and the crowd was super into it. Great surprise for L.A. to have Dr. Octagon come out. Ice also brought a local rapper from Watts, CA, named Feddy (sic) and he did a joint titled Throwing Up The W. Straight, west coast style.

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was next up to rock the stage. Erick and Parish still sound like it’s 1988. They rocked all their hit songs like Strictly Business, You Got’s To Chill and Crossover. When Erick Sermon did his song Music, he had the crowd singing along. These two never disappoint.
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Last but for sure not least, it was Public Enemy’s turn. Chuck D., Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, The S1W’s and DJ Lord sure know how to put on a stage show. With their band blasting thru their set with songs like Welcome to the Terrordome, Prophets of Rage, Night of The Living Baseheads, We Got Game and more, PE was for sure in full e.f.f.e.c.t.!! This group is still the leader of the rap revolution.
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In total, I was highly impressed with the show. High-level rhyme skills were on display all night long. They are still rolling thru the U.S. so, if they are coming to a town near you, go check it!

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1. of, relating to, or characteristic of people or human beings.
"the human body"
anthropomorphic, anthropoid, humanoid, hominid
"in human form” of or characteristic of people as opposed to God or animals or machines, especially in being susceptible to weaknesses.
"they are only human, and therefore mistakes do occur"
synonyms:mortal, flesh and blood
More of or characteristic of people's better qualities, such as kindness or sensitivity.


1. freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.
"you can while away an hour or two in peace and seclusion"
Tranquility, calm, restfulness, peace and quiet, peacefulness, quiet, quietness;
2. More freedom from or the cessation of war or violence.
"the Straits were to be open to warships in time of peace"
synonyms: law and order, lawfulness, order, peacefulness, peaceableness, harmony, nonviolence;
formal concord
"we pray for peace"

‘So, what ever happened to peace?’ Rakim asked back in the 80’s.
It is now mid-2016. A year filled with the deaths of icons, rap music feeling tainted and a political storm like no other. Republicans against Democrats. Whites versus Blacks. Sounds like a broken record. We have been here before. Heck, we haven’t left this place since the 60’s. Racial tensions abound across this nation. The media drives it, networks telling their own narratives,
sometimes without facts, often with misconstrued facts.
Who do you believe? Who can you believe? Who can we trust?

These days it seems hard to trust our media outlets, politicians, doctors, etc. These are people we’ve been taught to trust because they’re experts in their fields. Therefore, you need to put your trust in them. But day after day, we see evidence of these people misleading us, being untrustworthy and/or outright lying to us.

What we need
is proper dialogue, fueled not by emotions but by rational-thinking, educated people. People who are from all walks of life, rich/poor, old/young, etc. What we need is to
stop the hate, stop the negative energy, sit down and work out our differences. We need to restructure this country’s government. We need to get rid of those who are not competent in their job duties, or those who make promises they don’t keep. In a normal, everyday job, if you don’t do the work properly, you get written up. You go on a disciplinary plan which, if your actions are not corrected, will lead to you losing your job.
Why doesn’t that happen to people in prominent lines of work?
Teachers who don’t do their jobs properly should not be allowed to teach. Doctors or policemen/women who are not mentally sound should not be in those roles. Why? Because lives depend on them. It is time for us to stand up and make these decisions. People are losing their lives out on the streets. Our government spends too much on military and war.
For what? For oil? Power? When will we say enough is enough?

We all want to live our lives in a peaceful manner.
We want our children to grow up in a world free of hate and violence. We say these things but do we really want these things? When you really want something, don’t you do whatever it takes to get it?
Don’t you think we deserve peace? I do!

All lives matter.
We are ALL humans.
I know you cannot disagree or argue that point with me. And, being that we are ALL humans, we should try and treat each other as we would want others to treat us. Some people don’t love themselves; therefore, they cannot love others.
Trust that God has made you a good human. Love yourself.
This way, you can love others too as much as you love yourself.

We have 5 months left in 2016.

Maybe we can put some positive effort and energy out there
to make our communities a better place to live.
Plant a tree. Feed some homeless people.
Do a random act of kindness.
Teach someone something positive.
Positive actions bring positive results.
Much love and PEACE!
DJ 3rd Degree


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#FBF 1988
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KCMU RAP ATTACK #FBF 1988: I found this on You Tube — a rare recording of two of my very first RAP ATTACK radio shows aired in 1988. The first link is about 37 min long & you can hear my MasterMix around 10min 30 sec into it. Both aired on 90.3FM KCMU, 28 years ago. I was fired from KFOX in April of 1988 as the station was sold & they made it clear to me that the new KFOX would NOT play RAP/Hip Hop anymore. KCMU, based on the UW campus, offered me a Sunday night slot around July of 1988 to keep KFOX FRESHTRACKS on the air. I accepted the offer, went from AM to FM in 3 months & renamed my show KCMU RAP ATTACK. I wanted this show to sound just as good as if you're listening to a Casey Kasem American Top 40 show or any professional sounding show you'd hear on commercial radio. I didn't want to just yell on a mic & say my name in a mix or during the show so I invested $$$ in getting Professional Custom Voice Over Drops. I also made my own Drops & the rest is Seattle Hip Hop HISTORY!
Here it is from 1988 (28 years ago) yours truly,
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(God Bless & Isa Mahal)