"I Kill For Hip-Hop, but Hip-Hop I Won't Kill" — Wildchild
Mainstream / commercial radio sucks, and the stations that play hip hop are
even worse. They're saturated with the same 20 or so tracks that lack any
fire, or creativity. This is my opinion, but the fact about pop rap is that
these rappers can't write real rhymes, they're weak with no skills. The ones
who do have skills hardly flex them.
With so much amazing talent in the independent hip hop game, why don't these stations support the artists? Once in a while something may cross over but
This is where free form radio comes in. Unlike most mainstream stations (cold97 & pissFM) that have controlled playlists*, free form plays what ever
they and their listeners want.
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains is a 3 hour show that predominately
showcases independently released hip-hop. You will hear rap records on major
labels but they're usually from the late 1980's or early 1990's. I also play
quite a bit of unreleased and unsigned acts. The show is mostly hip-hop
based & influenced (straight ahead, experimental, freestyle, instrumental
etc) but you will also find a good amount of rare grooves, Afro-Beat,
electronic, soundtracks, reggae and anything that I'm diggin'!
Another thing about this show that is different from other hip-hop programs
is that it is not mixed. I don't know how to juggle beats and have no desire
in learning. I always hated mix shows for cutting off some of the best
verses or not letting the whole cut run.
Some people have asked why I stray away from the latest joints on
Rock-A-Fella / Def Jam type labels? You may like that stuff, and that's
cool, I dig some of it too, but they don't need any more support. They get
tons of play from television, commercial radio, & glossy magazines. College
radio is great but limited in so many ways. I'm trying to bring back an
element to hip-hop when it was very much at a ground level, for the love of
it, not for the dollar! Check out the show and see!
"I Don't Want Fans Who Don't Know Who G Rap Is" —R.A. The Rugged Man
*A controlled playlist is when DJ's are told what songs to play.
PS: If you have any suggestions or want to put us up on an artist, group,
label or anything you think we might be into, drop us a line..... Noah@wfmu.org
WFMU / Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains
PO Box 5101
Hoboken, NJ 07030