Radio 1 Rap Show

October 25, 1997
BBC Radio 1 (97-99 FM)
London, England, UK

Hadn't heard this October '97 edition of the Rap Exchange before I found it on a Google deep dive over the weekend. In terms of guests this is up there with the best of them and whoever ripped it - shouts to you - was good enough to leave the interviews in there (most of us seem to have hit the pause button back in the day in order to fit a 2 hour show on a C90 and get maximum tunes). The playlist is decent too: alongside the big tracks of the time by DMX and Busta, there's a Pretty Boy  Foxy Brown track with Nas on the hook that I hadn't heard before and EZD's Premo produced GunzIs4, plus Calm Down, Firm Biz remix, and the original version of Desperados. And that Nas and Noreaga freestyle I posted a few years ago. Even the songs off LL's Phenomenon LP are decent enough - is that slept on?

Track List
  • Intro
  • LL Cool J ft Busta Rhymes - Starsky & Hutch
  • LL Cool J ft Redman, Method Man, Canibus & DMX - 4,3,2,1
  • LL Cool J - interview
  • LL Cool J ft Lost Boyz - Wanna Get Paid
  • LL Cool J - interview
  • EPMD - Richter Scale
  • Notorious BIG - Real N!ggaz Do Real Things
  • DMX - Get At Me Dog
  • Wu Tang Clan - Triumph
  • Pretty Boy ft Foxy Brown & Nas - The Firm All Stars
  • Busta Rhymes - Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See
  • Spragga Benz - No Way (remix)
  • Mase - Feel So Good
  • Yvette Michelle - DJ Keep Playin
  • EPMD ft Redman & Keith Murray - K.I.M
  • Janet Jackson ft Q Tip - Got Til Its Gone
  • DJ S&S ft BBO - So Hot
  • Dru Hill ft Jermaine Dupri & Da Brat - In My Bed (So So Def mix)
  • Redman - Pick It Up (Warren G remix)
  • Noreaga & Nas - interview
  • Capone N Noreaga - Capone Bone
  • Noreaga & Nas - interview
  • Capone N Noreaga - Calm Down
  • The Firm - Desperados
  • Noreaga & Nas - Freestyle
  • The Firm - Hardcore
  • The Firm - Firm Biz
  • Nature - on the phone
  • Capone N Noreaga - Closer
  • Busta Rhymes - Dangerous
  • Jagged Edge ft Lost Boyz & ROC - The Way That You Talk (So So Def remix)
  • Crooklyn Clan - The Franklinz
  • 24/7  - 24/7
  • Busta Rhymes - When Disaster Strikes
  • Big Pun - I'm Not A Player
  • Gang Starr - interview
  • Gang Starr ft Nice & Smooth - DWYCK
  • Gang Starr - interview
  • EZD ft Teflon & Billy Danze - GunzIs4
  • Gang Starr - interview
  • Gang Starr - You Know My Steez
  • Gang Starr - interview
  • Puff Daddy ft The LOX, Lil Kim & Notorious BIG - All About The Benjamins
  • The Firm - Firm Biz (World Famous remix)
  • Outro
- DJ Step One