It was all a dream
I used to read Word Up magazine
Salt’n'Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine
Hangin’ pictures on my wall
Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl
I let my tape rock ’til my tape popped
Smokin’ weed and bamboo, sippin’ on private stock
Notorious B.I.G – Juicy
Back in the days here in Italy there was no way to get some Rap on Radio. To be honest, today is not really different. The only Rap on Radio is the commercial, MTV oriented, bad Hip Hop, that is around nowadays. Only once in a while we had a chance to put our hands on some cool mixtapes recorded from American Radio. We were basically excluded from live performances and from DJ’s shows. When I spent the whole summer in USA some years ago, I have realized how many great Radio shows are in place everyday in America and I was really disappointed because here in Italy and generally in Europe we do not have the same high quality music proposal. Only Tim Westwood was on the top with is show in UK. But today even Tim Westwood is doing really bad.
WBLS first broadcast in the summer of 1974 with Frenkie Croker. At that time they used to play R&B, Jazz, Pop, Reggae, Gospel, Soul and Dance music. It was often the number one FM station in New York from 1974 to 1978. After the 1978 It was not number one anymore but It got a stroke back and hit the number one again in the 1980 when WBLS started to play Rap music. At the really beginning WBLS was not really comfortable with playing Hip Hop. They claim Rap was a bad influence for African American people especially for the teenagers. The radio was blamed to be a “white owned black radio”. But the main reason why they began to play Rap music was not because of that, but was certainly for commercial reasons. Another white-owned New York radio, 98.7 Kiss FM, added more Rap to his playlist and that is when WBLS hired Mr Magic to conduct a weekend Hip Hop show.
Mr Magic is a legend. Check on Wikipedia his profile. Mr. Magic was one of the first, probably the first, to play hip-hop on the radio, and his pioneering Rap Attack show (with DJ Marley Marl) on WBLS New York radio was the birthplace of the Juice Crew, a collective of artists incuding MC Shan, Roxanne Shante, Craig G, Bizmarkie, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, and Big Daddy Kane. Throughout the eighties the Juice Crew battled with Kiss FM’s DJ Red Alert and his stable of artists led by Boogie Down Productions
I have already posted a WBLS mix (with DJ Clark Kent) so you better check here.
LISTEN TO WBLS MIX (with Marley Marl)
I got a lot of WBLS mixes, so get in touch!