For Those Who Can't Sleep On Hip Hop

Ludacris constantly rips the mic on the freestyle tip. Did you really think he wouldn’t add his special touch to “Truffle Butter?”…C’mon…

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Emcee Shirt expresses his destain for a certain pop sensation on this brash boom bap attack appropriately titled, “I Don’t Like Lorde.”

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The Insomniac staff are HUGE KRS-One fans, but even we never heard of “Late Night,” recorded around 1993. DJ Kenny Parker dug up a practice session of the track(which was originally intended for “Return Of The Boom Bap”). Sooooo DOPE!!!

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During the early to mid-nineties, a radio scene that once introduced the world to a sound rich in culture and sonic diversity, began to consistently become increasingly predictable by hashing out a short stack of selections from a stable of well-funded corporations. This homogenization was counteracted by a small, but impactful group of pioneers who chose to revive the tradition of breaking the uncharted and inspiring from beneath the surface. This uplifting approach to Hip Hop radio, absent of the typical politics that seemed inherent within the medium, was a product of programs such as Kevin Keith and The Dirty Dozen on WNWK, Hardcore RIghteousness with Kwame Vear on WHCR, and Thermal Soundwaves with C. Truth Born on WHCS. These, and a few others, brought an alternative perspective and sound to New York airwaves.

Kev Lawrence (left) and C. Truth Born (right) courtesy of www.thermalsoundwaves.com Kev Lawrence (left) and C. Truth Born (right) courtesy of www.thermalsoundwaves.com

Two decades later, C. Truth’s program maintains its integrity as “The Natural Alternative to Fast Food Radio.” Having moved over to WHCR years ago, Thermal Soundwaves also gained an additional host, Kev Lawrence. Every Monday night from midnight to 3 am, the two Hip Hop knights hold court in Harlem by dishing out a thought-provoking discussion, entertaining and insightful interviews and quality Hip Hop music.

Their latest venture includes a compilation entitled, “Taken: Timeless Beat Jackers” featuring a slew of talented emcees. Check out their music via BandCamp and the radio vets’ legendary show on on WHCR live starting at midnight on Monday late night (Tuesday early morning) via the airwaves or online here.

 

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Mississauga rapper, John River, possesses the energy, delivery and SKILLS to go the distance. Look out for his upcoming mixtape “The Storm.” With all the talent coming from Canada lately, we were thinking about hangin’ out there for awhile…but no…way, WAAAY too cold.

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