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 #735 . . . August 29, 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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DJ 3
rd Degree’s
Fire Pick of the Week
August 29 - September 4, 2016

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Personally, I have never really felt a lot of rappers coming out of England.
There have been a few that I’ve gotten down to, such as
Monie Love, Dizzie Rascal, Wiley, Tinie Tempah and Roots Manuva.
This week though, I found a female rapper from the British Isles
by the name of
Kate Tempest (Lax Records).
Kate is a poet, rapper and playwright who has been rapping
since she was 16. She is getting ready to drop a brand new album
titled “Let Them Eat Chaos” on October 7, 2016.
The first single—“Don’t Fall In”—really caught my attention.
As a poet, she has a way with wordplay and over a sinister beat,
she rips all over this track, rocking you for just under 3 minutes.
Looking at her, she’s very unassuming.
However, I guarantee that this joint is a banger!
Go grab this one, NOW!!

Peace!! – DJ 3rd Degree...

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Rap Attack was in the KCSB house on the “Word On The Streets” radio show (8/24/2016)!
(above, l-r):
Antnee Mac, Nasty-Nes, D-Tragic & DJ 3rd Degree!

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Hall of Famer Harry Fujiwara, known to WWE fans as Mr. Fuji, has passed away. (R.I.P.)

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West Coast HIP HOP OG'z Reppin at LA's RADIOTRON

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(l-r): Arabian Prince, Mark Luv, DJ Battle Cat & DJ KittKatt

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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!

#FBF 1988
(click for more, click to get back)

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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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Happy Birthday! this week

DJ RIP, celebrating on Sunday, August 28th,

to Harris “Mah Neesh ma” Francis,
celebrating on Tuesday, August 30th


to DJ Splif in NY celebrating on
Wednesday, August 31st.

(God Bless & Isa Mahal)