DJ Eclipse & Check The Technique – Paid In Full 30th Anniversary Mix (Do The Knowledge Vol. 1)

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Eric B. & Rakim’s Paid In Full album (originally released July 7, 1987), author Brian Coleman has teamed up with renowned DJ and radio personality DJ ECLIPSE to bring the world a new concept – a podcast using original interview tapes, blended with music including the tracks discussed in the interviews as well as the original music sampled to make those tracks. The interview in question, featured as the centerpiece of this new DJ Eclipse mix, was conducted by Coleman with the legendary MC Rakim in the early 2000s, and appeared in Coleman’s first two books, Rakim Told Me and Check the Technique [Volume 1]: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies. Coleman’s most recent book, Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies, was released in 2014. For more information, visit www.GoodRoadGoods.com.

The Halftime Show finale…

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Last call of the nite, so to speak, after 18 years. Shouts to DJ Eclipse and the whole Halftime for keeping me entertained and up-to-date on all the latest joints. Ya’ll be missed. Catch the stream below @ 10:30pm tonite

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“Last night was the end of an incredible journey. Although I’ll still be doing my Rap Is Outta Control show on Sirius XM, Halftime was the baby of the family that is now grown up and moving out of the house. I did all I could do there and thought it was time to officially make it part of NYC radio history. I am sad, however, that the state of radio in NYC is where it’s at. Outside of Jay Smooth I’m not sure if there are any remaining Hip Hop shows on the FM dial.

The 90’s were so important to us not only for the radio shows we grew up on and the type of music being made, but for the vibe and relationships that existed between artists, stores, labels….people. It really was a feeling in the air that doesn’t exist anymore (R.I.P. Fat Beats). Sure, there’s still good music being made which I play every week on RIOC, but there’s something about the aura that just isn’t there.

Much, much love to the Awesome Two, Red Alert, Marley Marl, Kevy Kev, Clark Kent, Pete Rock, Mr. Magic and a handful of others that laid the blueprint for us in the 80s.

Thanks to Stretch and Bobbito for being the first ones in NYC to allow me to get on their airwaves and start making a name for myself. And thanks to DJ Riz who I started Halftime with (along with Lynn Gonzalez) who used to let me tag along with him to BAU and once in a blue moon get on the wheels and mess around.

And to my Halftime crew past and prese….past, thank you all for seeing my vision of how a show should sound in NYC and adding your input to make it what it was. Riz, Lynn, Petey, Marz, Skizz, Navani, Soe, Zoo and our extended fam who held us down on numerous occasions, D-Stroy, Torae, JS-1, Ready Cee, Boogie Blind, PF Cuttin, Evil Dee, DP-One, Boo, Suce, Mr. Len and Photo Rob”

DJ Eclipse announces the end of ‘The Halftime Show’…

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It’s definitely feeling like the end of era. I actually started listening to 89.1FM’s hip-hop show when Meyhem & Sunset were up there, then later on DJ Riz and Eclipse took over. This was all during the 90’s when Stretch and Bobbito were up on 89TEK9 giving me plenty of sleepless Thursday nites-Friday mornings. *sigh* As the saying goes ‘all good things must come to an end’…

In E’s words:

It’s been a great journey, but after 18 years I’ve decided to give The Halftime Show on 89.1FM an ending. March 2, 2016 will be the 18th anniversary of the show as well as the last show. We will have a big blowout show as we do every anniversary with a few producers, a ton of MCs and a DJ or two.

Thanks to all the artists that have come through over the years, guest hosts and DJs that have held me down while I was on tour and to the folks up at WNYU who continued to provide us with an outlet to play good music even after our time should have run out.

Special thanks to DJ Riz and Lynn Gonzalez who started the show with me 18 years ago and to all the staff that have contributed to the show throughout the years. Skizz, Petey Cologne, Marz One, Navani, Big Zoo, Soe, Naveen and anyone else that helped out in any way I thank you for your contributions and hope the listeners have enjoyed what we had to say/play.

Fat Beats ’96 footage (Video)

Another one of those old footages of the NY Fat Beats store, this one at the original location on E.9th street.

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Today (July 14, 2015) marks the 21st anniversary since the opening of the first Fat Beats location at 323 E. 9th St. (which later went on to become Bobbito’s Footwork). Here’s some old footage I came across of the basement store with some of the earliest staff. Ryan Sikorski, Neal Santos, Ricardo (who didn’t work there, but ended up co-founding the Amsterdam store with Ryan), Mark Kotlinski (88HipHop.com), DJ Hiro (R.I.P.) and some bonus footage of Mista Sinista (X-Men) practicing while Hiro observes. And even though the owner Joseph Abajian isn’t in this clip he represents with a phone call to the store at the end of the clip. It’s a cool look at what was out and what we were carrying back then as you see the titles of vinyl that lined the walls. Especially for those that never got a chance to make it to the OG location. The stores may all be gone, but the company still lives on. http://www.fatbeats.com