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

The Halftime Show finale…


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

Via DJ Eclipse..

“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’…


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.

Via DJ Eclipse

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 (, 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.

Squeeze Radio show (June 24th)…


Another sure-shot from Halftime Show and Squeeze Radio (DJ Eclipse & Sucio Smash) went down this past Wednesday, as various artists (and family) come thru to reminisce and pay tribute to PH a.k.a. Pumpkinhead…

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Non Phixion talks reunion…


So, here’s the scene…2,000-strong are packed into the Best Buy Theater in Times Square for Cypress Hill’s annual Haunted Hill shindig to put it in the air for one of the strongest top-to-bottom hip hop line-ups in New York City in a long, long time: Cypress Hill with Vinnie Paz, Immortal Technique, and La Coka Nostra. Vinnie kills it! Immortal tears it up, and La Coka blows the place up for 20 or so minutes. Then—unbeknownst to the heads in attendance, and just moments after emcee extraordinaire ILL BILL asks the crowd if they’ve got love for the storied and sadly defunct outfit Non Phixion (whose material LCN regularly performs)—as if shot from a cannon, all four original members of the city’s own Non Phixion explode from the wings and burst into their classic joint “Rock Stars.” Sabac Red, DJ Eclipse, Goretex, and ILL BILL are back, and apparently, it’s for real.

Long gone seems the beef with Goretex that broke the fellas up a decade or so ago, and the mighty NP are on fire as if they’d never left. They rock “The C.I.A. is Trying to Kill Me,” “Black Helicopters,” and ‘If You Got Love” with passion and fire-spitting precision, and those who know, of which there were many, are equal parts stunned and satisfied. And just as they entered the stage, they leave in a veil of semi-mystery. However, in speaking with the group members, they are in-fact all the way back and have plans for the future.

DJ Eclipse says, “This has been in the works behind the scenes for a minute, but the performance was the official start of a new beginning. We’ve been planning this show for well over a year now and hoping that the response would be what it is. The feedback is already crazy and people really seem excited to hear we’ve regrouped and they will get a chance to see us perform. As far as a new album, I think that’s somewhere in the near future, but for the immediate, we want to get back out on stage and give the people what they’ve been asking for the last 10 years.” ILL BILL added, “Next year marks the 20th anniversary of Non Phixion, so we thought it would be dope to do something in 2015 for ourselves and all the people that love what we do. Timing is everything and all four of us agree that it’s time for the return of Non Phixion. It feels great to let the cat out of the bag.”

So, now that the cat is out of the bag, it looks like one of the most beloved collectives to ever bless microphones and turntables is set to shock the system once again. Probably the most consistent thing coming from fans’ mouths after the surprise performance was that “hip hop needs this right now,” and by that, one can only surmise they were referring to Non Phixion’s uncanny ability to blend true, New York-flavored hip hop with lyrics that’ll make your head spin and keep the brain working overtime.

There’s no need to shit on much of the current crop of rap “artists” in the mix these days; Non Phixion will do that simply by doing their thing, and their history speaks for itself. Goretex interjects, “It’s very rare that a group at the height of their fame and legacy pull the plug on itself. It’s even more rare when a force reappears that’s 10 times stronger than what it once was. I’ve always compared my experience in Non Phixion to working with a highly experimental terror cell. We’ve had a never-ending supply of targets to hit, and over the years, I was able to observe the impact Non Phixion has had on a lot of people. There’s people buried in the ground holding our album, so the impact we’ve had translates to a higher power. We are guided by the source, both positive and negative. The journey has just begun.”


Wild stories from DJ Eclipse…


This past Wednesday, Rap dinosaur DJ Eclipse was the guest for Dharmic X & fam’s #NW3RADIO. They built on a variety of topics including a time when Mariah Carey introduced herself to E, thinking he was Stretch Armstrong (*DEAD*), reminiscing on the original Fat Beats & the legendary Tramps, and a time when crazy ass Necro threw a dead pigeon into the crowd (because, why not?). Listen to some hilarious history in the interview below.

Common at Fat Beats (’97 Throwback)

Another DJ Eclipse video treat…

“Here’s a clip from Common’s Fat Beats NYC in-store for “One Day It’ll All Make Sense”. The in-store was actually a few days before the album was released so we only had his single for sale that day. We were also pushing No I.D.’s “The Black Album” (w/Dug Infinite) which had come out early that week. This Common album was the last time that No I.D. and Com would do an album together until 2011. Like most in-stores at Fat Beats it was never limited to just the artist who’s in-store it was. Many times other artists would pop in and perform and on this day Lord Sear (Stretch & Bobbito/Shade 45) had stopped by and got on the mic with Common. Shout out to Mista Sinista from the X-Men/X-Ecutioners who not only did all the scratches on Common’s earlier albums, but was present this day to provide the music. In fact, his album “X-Pressions” with the rest of The X-Ecutioners had dropped earlier that week as well.”

A 19 yr. old Kanye up at Fat Beats (Video)

DJ Eclipse gives us the backstory to this…

“The original location of Fat Beats launched on July 14, 1994 which means FB just turned 20 years old! Business was doing so well 2 years in that Joseph Abajian decided to move the store from it’s small 9th St. basement space into a 2nd floor location on 6th Avenue. August 1996 (day?) was the grand opening of the 406 6th Avenue location. It was also the beginnings of our independent movement which had recently started bubbling about a year before. Yesterday I started converting old Hi8 video tapes to DVD and came across some interesting footage from that day. Now we had a lot of the usual suspects in the place that day such as ILL BILL, Arsonists, Lord Finesse, Adagio, Breeze Brewin, A.L. Skills, Percee P, J-Live, Mr. Live, Chino XL, Al Tariq, Black Attack, Xzibit, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Rawcotiks, Ak Skills, Rob Swift, Roc Raida, DJ Spinna and many, many more. But what took me by surprise was the appearance of this 19-year-old kid who at that time nobody knew. At least in NYC.” Now I’ve had this person as a guest on my radio show years later, but it’s pretty crazy to see this footage in ’96 and think “damn, this dude was in my house then?” and not even know.

Extended version:

Nonphixion breaks down their 2002 “Future Is Now” album…

Caught this, of all places, on MySpace. Didn’t know the site still existed lol..Here’s the group take on working with Pete Rock on “If You Got Love”…

Ill Bill: I’m pretty sure Pete Rock brought the SP-1200 to the studio—we recorded that song in Battery and that was a treat ’cause so many great albums were made in that studio. We didn’t talk about Pete Rock doing a verse on the song, but the part he does on the hook was always real important for me to get that and have him do it. He was with it. I envisioned his voice saying that in my head and once it was done it sounded even better than I had envisioned it sounding like.

Goretex: Working with Pete Rock was definitely another good memory. At this point we were being very picky for the better of the album—we weren’t just trying to pick people who were hot. We were being very specific, even down to the music that was being sampled. Pete played us a lot of beats and, I’ll be honest with you, I’m definitely not a “yes man” and if I’m not feeling it, I’m not gonna put on a mask and say it’s ill just because Pete Rock did it. He played a lot of beats that were great but just weren’t for us—they just didn’t have that thing that really fit the Non Phixion vibe. We didn’t want to break his balls and annoy him and ask him for a hundred beats, but we explained that we’d know the vibe when we heard it. Eventually then he sent us the beat that became “If You Got Love” and it worked out dope.

DJ Eclipse: Pete Rock was quick, so quick. He did his thing and he’d just hit buttons [in the studio]. The track he gave to us, the way he chopped up that sample, it was crazy to see that. We knew the original [sample], but to hear how he chopped it up and see him hitting it out on the keys, it was so dope, man.

Goretex: Me being the fanboy that I am, I got to ask Pete Rock certain things about production on Mecca & The Soul Brother. To me that’s such an influential album, even with C.L. Smooth. When people talk about influence, I can’t say C.L. made me rhyme a certain way, but he was dope because he was broadening the vocabulary and the cadences that hip-hop was using. As far as samples on that album, I was just trying not to annoy Pete Rock by asking too much. I didn’t want to go too deep so that he was like, “Yo, this guy won’t shut the fuck up.” But he was open to everything I asked him, like why he picked this bassline to go with this and that. He was really cool about everything and I think we hit it off. We definitely smoked out, we definitely got a bunch of that blueberry kush and we meditated.

Sabac Red: Pete Rock was very dope. I remember a lot of conversations with him and one story he told us about working with Big Pun. I loved Big Pun—he was amazing to me—and I remember Pete Rock telling us a story about going to Big Pun’s crib and trying to get him out of bed and saying, “Hey, Pun, come on, we’ve got to get to the studio to do this track.” He told us how Pun went to the studio eating all this salami and guzzling this two liter bottle of soda but yet he spit this verse that was all in one take and absolutely amazing.

Click on link above for full album breakdown