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Hip-Hop & you a mixture of what you want and what you need!






Episode 114 : Enter The Midnight

"...we fighting back - sorry Martin." - Erick Sermon This month marks twenty-five years (!) since the release of two monumental albums - "Midnight Marauders" by A Tribe Called Quest, and the Wu-Tang Clan's "Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)". I still remember going to buy each of these albums which have had a huge influence on me over the years, and I thought that this episode would be a good time to feature them both. We have a mix of original tracks, alternate versions, covers, and...


Episode 113 : Wisdom City

"...whispered from a watery grave 'you are our only hope'..." - Bishop Lamont (0)113 is the area code for Leeds, so it's a perfect month to include a good number of tracks from my home city! The selection also has some excellent new/recent tracks, and a couple of really serious reaches into my vinyl archive. Twitter : @airadam13 Playlist/Notes Kardinall Offishall : Kill Bloodclott Bill (Bang Bang) A big tune I used to enjoy playing back in the mid-2000s. The 2004 "Kill Bloodclott...


Episode 112 : Reign Of The Tech

"... that 'Cuban Linx' was the bible..." - Tyler Daly Squeezing this one in right before the deadline, I'm glad I can now rest my voice! This month's show starts off at a low tempo and gradually warms you up right through to the conclusion, with tracks old and new from the US and UK, from the 80s to just a few weeks ago. Turn it up! Twitter : @airadam13 Playlist/Notes Z-Ro : Kneel Down With the outrage pointed at Colin Kaepernick and Nike this month, it was a good time to play this...


Episode 111 : Pay Attention!

"Classical soul, I got the nastiest flow" - Sean Price We had to open the show with an Aretha Franklin track to mark her sad passing this month, and you'll hear her essence at various points throughout the episode. I'm just about beating the buzzer to get this one out on time, but I'm sure you'll agree it was worth the effort! Manchester shows for the month; Beatnuts, The Bluntskins, Didjit, Air Adam | September 19th, Whiskey Jar Havoc, Big Noyd, DJ L.E.S, Seven Spherez | September...


Episode 110 : Unify

"Climbing out the mud 'til we see the grass." - Superbad Solace A great month for Manchester music on multiple fronts has made it a busy time, and it's been great to see people coming out and supporting the scene. This episode's selection includes a couple of fire new tracks out of the city, and while the bulk of the mix is Hip-Hop, we find time for some modern soul and even some blues to round thing off! Dates for your diary; GZA @ Joshua Brooks, Sept 2nd Beatnuts @ The Whiskey Jar,...


Episode 109 : Sunny Days, Dark Times

"If you mad, take it up with God, it's how he designed me" - Havoc My goodness, it was tough to get this episode completed - but here we are, celebrating the ninth birthday of the podcast! Thank you all for your continued support; it's knowing that you're waiting for the show every month that keeps it going :) As mentioned on the show; RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) could make very good use of donations right now. Beatnuts show, September 19th,...


Episode 108 : Prepare For Fire

"Leave the pills alone, realise you a drug yo'self" - Z-Ro The end of the ninth year of the podcast is upon us, along with a rebuild of the website ( - hope you enjoy it. This month's selection starts off slow in pace, and picks up as we go until we reach full-on dancefloor funk! Tunes are new and old and come from Manchester, Houston, NYC, and points in-between. Let's get to it... One more thing - Beatnuts tickets for the September 19th show in Manchester! Twitter :...


Episode 107 : La Rivincita Del Classico Bravo Ragazzo

"Tried to be a citizen...they wouldn't let her." - Kermit I had a trip to Italy this month, and when I was in Pisa an album cover popped into my head! With this month being the eighth anniversary (already?) of the passing of Guru, I was glad to be able to get my own version done in time for this episode's cover art. Thanks to Lisa for the original photo (yes, I really was in front of the tower for this shot), Damian for font advice and Sabrina for the translation! This month, the show of...


Episode 106 : Flavaful

"...I can't listen to it, 'cos all I hear is mistakes." - Phonte Ok, it's not the actual globe from the cover of "Flava In Ya Ear", but it's the closest thing I've ever shot - it reminded me of the man Craig Mack himself, who sadly passed away this month. That means that this month we pay homage to the twin pillars of Bad Boy Records (Craig and Biggie), as well as Phife and Eazy-E, while also showcasing some outstanding new releases and finishing with some soul classics. Get yourself down...


Episode 105 : Buy More Music

"I maul y'all like a shopping centre..." - Guilty Simpson This month's title? Well, that is the overarching message of the podcast as a whole :) It's February once again, and as such we remember J Dilla, Big Pun, and Big L in the selection. We've got some brand new stuff, and some old classics. Turn the volume up for this one... Hope to see you all at the Camp Lo show in Manchester on March 17th - get tickets here! Twitter: @airadam13 Playlist/Notes J Dilla ft. Guilty Simpson :...


Episode 104 : Long Road 'Til Summer

"Making the most of the moment 'mong the living." - Glenn Lewis Apparently, it's not just me that feels like it's been a very long January indeed. That said, it didn't feel long while I was trying to decide what tracks to play! Here's the upcoming J Dilla tribute night in Manchester - February 22nd, hope to see you there! If you want one of the limited run of "Manchester Marauders" t-shirts, check out Eastern Bloc Records in Manchester Twitter : @airadam13 Playlist/Notes Run The...


Episode 103 : For The Culture

"So many thoughts in my mind, making it very hard to unwind..." - Abbey Smith As we come to the end of what has certainly an eventful year, to put it mildly, the Hip-Hop world lost two people who really committed to the culture; Combat Jack, and DJ Pam The Funkstress. They won't be with us going into 2018, so we need to keep pushing on on their behalf...let's get to it. Twitter: @airadam13 Playlist/Notes Ras Kass : Mike Jack A little something from Ras' 2009 "Quarterly" mixtape, with...


Episode 102 : Play With Joy

"Give me a minute, I'll give you my spirit." - Konny Kon Another month, another mix to keep your ears nourished! Listen out for Juice Crew appearances and connections throughout the selection, after Manchester witnessed them tear up the stage this month. We've got some soulful numbers, turntable wizardry, and quotables for days. Let's get it started... Twitter : @airadam13 Playlist/Notes Cesar Comanche : A-Game With the intro and all that, this is a track that needs to be at the...


Episode 101 : Staying Power

"Gotta risk a life just in order to make a living." - Le$ This month, we keep things at a moderate-to-low tempo, allowing you to conserve some energy as autumn draws in; all you need to do is keep that head bobbing! If you're anywhere near Manchester, don't miss out on the Juice Crew on November 13th. Twitter: @airadam13 Playlist/Notes Redman : The Saga Continues (Da Countdown) Apologies for the sound quality - the vinyl I have sounds pretty grungy to begin with! This (from "Ill At...


Episode 100 : We Made It.

"One hundred on the percentage, I don't talk split..." - Q-Ball Wow, what a milestone! In the early days of the show I didn't know we'd still be here after this long, but focusing on just producing one show at a time has paid off. Every month I feel like I must have run out of tunes, but one hundred months in....not quite yet ;) Thanks so much to all of you for taking the time to listen. Please spread this one far and wide! Twitter : @airadam13 For this month's charity draw (check the...


Episode 99 : Straight From The Sixth Ward

"Acknowledge the scholarship." - Sean Price One of the more challenging episodes I've released in the history of the show, thanks to an unexpected illness and subsequent surgery. I'm out now and on the mend, but the sound quality of the voiceover I recorded while in the hospital is somewhat rough, so apologies; will be back at podcast HQ for the 100th show! PS - it seriously was the sixth ward... Twitter : @airadam13 Playlist/Notes Sean Price ft. Illa Ghee and Head I.C.E. : Go...


Episode 98 : Straight Ahead

"I'm at the back of the wake, fe' re', selling my tape" - Rodney P Managed to pull myself through a busy, somewhat trying month to bring you another selection! We have one new release, some 80s soul picks, a Mobb Deep feature, and a bunch more - I'd be surprised if anyone, even the DJs, knew every single record. Let's get into it... Twitter : @airadam13 Playlist/Notes Skitz ft. Rodney P and Supanatchlus : The Killing A very downbeat few bars to begin the episode, with Skitz basing...


Episode 97 : In A Project Near You

"Permanent. Physical. Suffering." - Prodigy The eighth birthday of the podcast, but a rough month in the world. A last-minute change to the selection for this episode opened up the inclusion of some verses by Prodigy of Mobb Deep, who passed away just a few days ago. On top of the musical tribute, the title and artwork of this episode are inspired by Prodigy quotes from two different cuts - "G.O.D Pt. III" and "Mac 10 Handle" respectively. As always with a birthday episode, I like to break...


Episode 96 : A City United

"It's not the world, it's the people in it..." - LaPeace What a month it has ended up being. Manchester suffered a terrible blow, and the figurative reverberations will be felt for a long time to come. It has been something to see how people have come together in the wake of the attack, and hopefully that spirit is something that can be carried forward. While I wasn't able to completely re-do this month's show, I hope it's a pleasant listen for anyone who has the time to give it an ear....


Episode 95 : Record Store Way

"Studying my sickness like the Tuskegee Experiment." - Ilajide In a world with all kinds of options for DJs, there's a lot to be said for just two turntables, a mixer, and some crates! This month's show has more new releases than the average episode, including some local heat. We also have a track from the late Guru (RIP always), and one or two of my headphone favourites finally coming out into the light! Upcoming Manchester shows mentioned; London Posse @ Rebellion, May 23rd Kool G...