I got my first taste of real boom bap hip-hop at it’s peak in the mid 90’s. I was 14, and on Friday nights I would sit in the driveway with my Walkman tuned to 91.1, Vanderbilt University’s radio station in Nashville, TN. Egon and Count Bass D hosted a weekly show called 911 Emergency (side note- last time I was in the WRVU studio, they had Stones Throw slipmats on the turntables. Yes! ). Everyone in Nashville who loved hip-hop was either listening to the show, or hitting the after-party at The Mediterranean Cafe. It was through 911 Emergency that I found out about Black Moon, and through Black Moon I discovered DJ Evil Dee. This guy was an enormous influence for a lot of beat producers that are making records today.
Now that I’ve taken my time to wax poetic, I’d like to say that if you’re in the Middle Tennessee area and are even remotely interested in seeing hip-hop at it’s finest, you need to get down to The Boom Bap at Blue Bar this Saturday, Nov.15. The show will be presented by my friends Case Bloom and coolout (with a lowercase “c” ) at BPM The Street.