Radio 1 Rap Show

January 27, 1995
BBC Radio 1 (97-99 FM)
London, England, UK

Lots going on in this show, with Coolio, his DJ Wino and the 40 Thevz in the house, alongside Tommy Boy boss Tom Silverman, doing some promo for the New Jersey Drive soundtrack.

This tape is one of Diablo's but I definitely had the big ass 20 minute freestyle back in the day, where Coolio and the Thevz go off for bloody ages over Craig Mack's Get Down and the Fuschnickens Breakdown instrumentals (side note: long freestyle sessions benefit hugely from multiple beat changes. Tell Black Thought next time he's up at Flex). Anyway, I stuck this freestyle on the end of my dub of Coolio's It Takes A Thief to fill up the space on the TDK, which was the style at the time.

I've not heard that album in forever but suspect it might still be quite good, if you can get past the whole "Gangstas Paradise"/Celebrity Big Brother nonsense. Seems strange to think that Coolio was not only once one of the biggest rap artists on the planet, but that he also appears on Death Certificate.

If you like freestyles you also get the Wu live in concert when they were still young, fresh and BFFs and a Masta Ace Inc freestyle. In amongst all that was 2 tracks I didn't recognise. One was "Yes N Deed" by Society which I was surprised to discover is on Luke Records (thanks to Stilts at DWG for the ID).

Track List
  • Masta Ace Inc - People In My Hood
  • Keith Murray - Get Lifted (remix)
  • Coolio - interview
  • Coolio - Thru The Window
  • Coolio & 40 Thevz - 20 minute freestyle
  • Organized Konfusion & OC - You Won't Go Far
  • Flip Squad - Flip Squad's In Da House
  • Nine - Whutcha Want
  • Nine - Whutcha Want (remix)
  • Tom Silverman - interview
  • Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock
  • G.L.O.B.E & Whiz Kid - Play That Beat
  • Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force - Renegades Of Funk
  • Shaquille O'Neal ft RZA & Method Man - No Hook
  • Smif N Wessun - Sound Bwoy Bureill
  • Rottin Razkalz - Oh Yeah
  • Wu Tang Clan - live freestyle
  • Troubleneck Brothers - Release Me (The Gunslingers)
  • Double XX Posse - Make Some Noise
  • Society - Yes Indeed
  • Channel Live - Mad Izm (remix)
  • E Bros - Funky Piano
  • Masta Ace Inc - Mister Cee freestyle
- DJ Step One