Q102 Hip-Hop Review

August 1993
WIOQ (102.1 FM)
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Yet another unlabeled tape (should I make "YAUT" an official acronym?). This one is from Q102 (WIOQ) Hip-Hop Review on a Sunday night in 1993, sometime before September. The hosts are "The Funky President" Mike Elliott (heard earlier here) and Shelly Shel and DJ Jay-Ski is on the wheels.

Did I ever tell you about Jay-Ski?

He was the first hip-hop DJ I ever knew (somewhat) personally. Way back in the late 1980s, I was in 7th grade and would call around to Bulletin Board Systems (don't know what I'm talking about? You better ask somebody!) from my middle school's computer lab. There was one I called into that was run by a metalhead, but I bumped into one other user on there named Gemini that was into hip-hop. That was Jay-Ski. We talked once about trying to work together (this was back when I was just starting to write lyrics), but that never came to be. Probably for the best since I was completely wack at the time.

I only met Jay in person once, when he was working at Sound Express (Jersey's answer to Funk-O-Mart/Sounds of Market) in Willingboro. Then Jay got famous showing up all over Philly radio. We've caught up online a few times in recent years. He's good dude. And crazy talented. Check Jay out these days over at PureElementz.net.

Anyway.

On this episode, they do a giveaway for an Erick Sermon/Def Jam show in New York. The winner gets to ride in a "a phat stretch limo with a television, VCR, and all that" and hang with Mike Elliott and Shelly Shel. This results in a pretty hilarious call-in section where people call in telling why they should be the ones to win the tickets.

There's some outstanding music here, especially for fans of that 93 sound. Lords of the Underground, The Mexakinz, Original Flavor, PRT, post-Large Pro Main Source... it goes on and on. Some tasty remixes and lots of heavy signature Jay-Ski cuts. There's one track called "That's Life" from a Philadelphia group that seems to like to reference Sweden (I couldn't make out their name when Mike Elliott said it... something Soul).

Fat Joe shows up in studio, but for some reason, I cut that part out. The real treat comes on side B when Souls of Mischief roll through to hype their upcoming '93 Til Infinity.

Definitely worth checking out. Total runtime is a little over an hour.

- Laze