Monday, October 14, 2013


2Face (L-Swift and A-Butta) of NATURAL ELEMENTS @ "THE BASEMENT" on WUSB

I'm back after another hiatus.  I am going to try to be a bit more consistent going forward....This tape was from an interesting broadcast in January of 1996.  We had just got our new shift on Sunday nights after spending most of 1995 doing a 3:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. slot on Friday mornings.  That was the epitome of a graveyard shift!  Moving up to midnight on Sunday night / Monday morning meant we could finally start getting more guests, because the old slot made it almost impossible to book acts from NYC....It also meant we could try to get another deejay because our first one, Rick Smooth had to leave the show because of the awful overnight hours.  My friend Maurice had been telling me about DJ Cross Phada, who he had went to high school with, and it finally worked out that we were on the air early enough for him to finally come through...That being said, on this particular night, we tried the epic task of trying out everything for the first time. First we invited Cross Phada. Second, we scheduled 2Face from Natural Elements, Shadowz In The Dark and Crimedanch Cartel to all come through.  What happened next was utter mayhem with ridiculous technical problems trying to set to the turntables, mic up the back room and deal with all of the guests (who all showed up at the same time)!  This was an old station (at that time) and really wasn't set up for the type of show we were trying to do. Still, with the help of Charlemagne and Rick Smooth (who dropped by to hang out) we managed to hook up and patch in the turntables; getting the groups on the air starting around 1:30 a.m. Anyway, everything that can go wrong with a broadcast happened that night, including the show not being able to be recorded in the studio.  The tape I have of this freestyle I actually got from a listener, who I met after the show at a 7 Eleven, lol....Pardon the quality, but this was actually a good set, all things considered. This was the first night we met Cross Phada too....Time flies!

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