iMiXWHATiLiKE! particularly off the hook this week as we had Dr. Hate and the legendary Dj RBI in the studio for a discussion of and tribute to DC hip-hop history! This was definitely a part one of many as one hour is simply not enough time to even scratch the surface but we did feature Head-Roc, Oddisee, Asheru, Team Demolition, Kev Brown, Dj Roddy Rod, Maimouna Youssef, The Cornel West Theory, The Els, Akil Nadir (rest in peace!), Kokayi, Opus Akoben, Godsilla, Diamond District, yU and more!
Walter, did you hear the show? Did you hear the content of the music we played or what was said about the music? For all that time spent here im surprised you would quote Wilson against us, which is kind of funny given the work of those involved in the show itself. In fact, what we did in this program was actually respond to the challenge of Wilson and showed some of the unbowed forms of the art, the kind Wilson certainly supported. Wilson spoke of the danger in letting others take over your art. This show was a tribute, a testament to the liberated form. I don’t think this was just some run-of-the-mill discussion of rap music or some distraction from real issues. But even if it was as you describe that would make one in more than 6 years of solo programming. Again, having only one hour a week means that many issues will get left un/under-addressed. And then there are so many factors your kind of criticism doesn’t account for like scheduling, availability, timeliness, the fact that you cannot (through no fault of your own) possibly have any idea who we reach out to, what they say or whether they even respond in time for a show, or the fact that there aren’t many people involved in the operation and it occurs around every other aspect of life. BTW, you asked why no mention of Dhoruba but did not acknowledge that we did mention Kevin Rashid Johnson. What does that mean?
Thanks again for listening (did you this week though?) and for sharing.
What?! No mention of the police assault on Dhoruba Bin Wahad. Sometimes you cats devote too much time on “hip hop”. Africom is intensifying on the continent, that I’m sure you are aware of. Amos Wilson talked about the over emphasis of rap pertaining to Afrikan youth, & that often times it serves as a distraction. Don’t get me wrong, Ive been a supporter since the Jazz & Justice days, hipped me to many books that I ran out & purchased. I just think that imixwhatilike, being one of the very radical programs should stay more on point.