Apr 10, 2018

Episode 55: 2018 First Quarter Review


It’s been a great ‘18 for HipHop thus far!! We have enjoyed what has been released. From albums to singles to what’s still to come, we see how HipHop remains mighty healthy. It is the perfect time to have a First Quarter Music Review! We have already been blessed to see end-of-year top ten candidates (Skyzoo, Evidence and Phonte), strong loosies (Pac Div, Chris Orrick, Slim Thug and Stro) to singles of albums yet to drop (MF DOOM and Czarface, Royce 5’9, and Lou Phelps). Plenty of styles, production and flows for everybody. Check out the episode which we know you will agree that we are well on our way to having a great HipHop year. Oh, and apologies to MURS. We got you.



MF DOOM and Czarface - Bomb Thrown - Czarface Meets Metal Face! - 2018

Bishop Nehru - Driftin’ (produced by Kaytranada) - Elevators: Act I & II - 2018

Pac Div - First Baptist (produced by Alexander Spit) - 2018

Evidence f/ Slug and Catero - Powder Cocaine (produced by The Alchemist) - Weather Or Not - 2018



Michaeł Urbaniak feat. Urszula Dudziak - A Day in the Park (produced by Aki Aleong and Michael Urbaniak) - Ecstasy Marlin - 1978

Skyzoo f/ Saba Abraha - Parks and Recreation (produced by !llmind) - In Celebration of Us - 2018

Royce 5’9 f/ J. Cole - Boblo Boat (produced by Cool and Dre and 808 Ray) - Book of Ryan - 2018



PRhyme - 1 of the Hardest (produced by DJ Premier and Antman Wonder) - PRhyme 2 - 2018

Flatbush Zombies - Headstone (Produced by Erick Arc Elliott) - Vacation in Hell - 2018

Quadir Lateef and Statik Selektah - The Exorcism - Ugly Face EP - 2018



Slim Thug f/ Paul Wall - R.I.P. Parking Lot - 2018

EarthGang - Cocktail - Royalty EP - 2018

Lou Phelps f/ Jazz Cartier - Come Inside (produced by Kaytranada) - 2018



Chuck Strangers f/ Joey Bada$$ - Style Wars - Consumers Park - 2018

Curren$y f/ Roddy and Street Wiz - Restoration - The Spring Collection - 2018

Black Milk - True Lies - FEVER - 2018



Stro - Fear Me (produced by Homage) - 2018

Chris Orrick (Red Pill) f/ Fashawn - Bottom Feeders (produced by Exile) - Portraits - 2018

Westside Gunn and Mr. Green - Part Deux - Flygod is Good...All The Time EP - 2018

Phonte - So Help Me God - No News Is Good News - 2018

Kyah Baby Hot 97 Freestyle - 2018



Mar 4, 2018

Episode 54: The Art of Storytelling



HipHop has been built on the back of storytelling since day one. The pen game has always been strong providing visuals through words. Along with the good homies Matthew (Long Beach Coffee Club) and Jason G. we bring you the Art of Storytelling Episode. We go in depth to share with the listener songs that both inspire and impact. We take it back with some legendary stories from OG’s Gang Starr, Masta Ace, DMX and Nas. We go new school with younger spitters as Open Mike Eagle, Skyzoo, Dizzy Wright and of course, Kdot. Be inspired by listening to great storytelling done by rhyme. Word.



Apathy - What Goes Up (Produced by Apathy) - Wanna Snuggle? - 2009

Gang Starr - JFK to LAX (Produced by DJ Premier) - Moment of Truth - 1998

Masta Ace f/ Punch and Words - Block Episode (Produced by Luis "Sabor" Tineo) - Disposable Arts - 2001



Kendrick Lamar f/ Ab Soul and Jay Rock - The Heart Pt. 3 (produced by Tae Beast) - Black Hippy 2 - 2013

DMX - Look Thru My Eyes (Produced by Dame Grease and P Killer Trackz) - It's Dark and Hell Is Hot - 1998

J.Cole - Let Nas Down (Produced by Elite and J. Cole) Album Born Sinner

Nas f/ Lauryn Hill - If I Ruled the World (Produced by Rashad Smith and Trackmasters) - It Was Written - 1996



Brother Ali - Dorian (Produced by Ant) - Shadows on the Sun - 2003

Murs and 9th Wonder - Walk like a Man (Produced by 9th Wonder) - MURS 3:16: The 9th Edition - 2004

Evidence f/ Jonwayne - To Make a Long Story Longer (produced by Samiyam) - Weather or Not - 2018



Dizzy Wright - Flatline (produced by DJ Hoppa) - State of Mind 2 - 2017

Open Mike Eagle - Legendary Iron Hood (produced by Exile) - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream - 2017

Dres (Black Sheep) f/ Jaleel Shaw (sax) – I’m Just a Witness (The Ballad of Flo and Joe) (produced by Bean One) - 2016

Royce 5’9 – Tabernacle (produced by Symbolic 1 and J. Rhodes) – Layers – 2016



Skyzoo - Everybody’s Fine (produced by Arte Mitchell) - In Celebration of Us - 2018




Feb 8, 2018

Episode 53: The Sweet Sounding Science



Let’s get it on!!! Boxing x HipHop are married to the hip. The sport is brutal, rough and rugged, and importantly, filled with boundless skill. It is not called the sweet science for nothin’!! HipHop definitely has a similar parallel. We honor its coexistence with an ep. filled with great convo and a larger diverse than usual array of sweet sounding music! We are blessed to be joined by boxing experts Dan and Rudy (aka the “Boxing Intellect”) to break down some important topics including their pic for best boxer, ring entrances, all things Iron Mike, Banda x Rock, and my personal favorite, Salvador Sanchez’s afro (r.i.p.). Brand Nubian, R. A. the Rugged Man, Fashawn, Sean P(!), Public Enemy, the Wu and DMX bring the noise on this one to name a few. Come and enjoy a few rounds of the sweet sounding science on us!



Rocky Theme (“Gonna Fly Now”) - 1977

Brand Nubian - Punks Jump Up to Beat Down (produced by Diamond D) - In God We Trust - 1993

Queen - We Are the Champions - 1977

Fashawn - Manny Pacquiao (produced by Phonix Beats) - Higher Learning 2 - 2011

R.A the Rugged Man - Boxing Freestyle - 2009



DMX f/ Nardo - I Can Feel It (produced by Dame Grease) - It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot - 1998

DMX - What’s My Name? (produced by Self Service and Irv Gotti) - ...And Then There Was X - 1999

Tupac - Road to Glory (produced by Johnny J) - unreleased



White Stripes - 7 Nation Army - Elephant - 2003

AC/DC - Thunderstruck - The Razor’s Edge - 1990

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can’t Stop - By the Way - 2003

McFadden and Whitehead - Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead - 1979

James Brown - The Payback - The Payback - 1974



Calle 13 - Fiestas De Locos - Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo - 2008

El Flako - Mi Bandera - Fireline - 1997

Vicente Fernandez - No Me Se Rajar

Tigres del Norte - Jefe de Jefes - Jefe de Jefes - 1997

Ramon Ayala - Julio Cesar Chavez - Corridos Del ‘91 - 1991



Public Enemy - Welcome to the Terrordome (produced by Bomb Squad) - Fear of a Black Planet - 1990

Sean Price f/ Ruck and Rustee Juxx - Slap Boxing (produced by Edward Maximillion III) - Monkey Barz - 2005

Wu-Tang Clan - Da Mystery of Chessboxin’ (produced by RZA and Ol’ Dirty Bastard) - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) - 1993

Statik Selektah f/ Big Shug - Punch Out - Spell My Name Right: The Album - 2007



Jan 2, 2018

Episode 52: The Year End (w)Rap Up


Another one! 2017 was a great year for HipHop and here at Six in the Morning we wanted to celebrate this last 365 by having our annual Year End W(rap) Up Episode! Plenty of great music to choose from which include some usual suspects (Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Scarface and Sean Price), some album of the year candidates (Rapsody, Oddisee and Cyhi the Prynce) and leaders of the new school (Wiki, Problem, Mick Jenkins and Conway). We couldn’t cut this one down so more great music to share! You’re welcome. HipHop music is in good hands. I’m sure you will agree.



Rapsody - Chrome (Like Ooh) (produced by Khrysis and Ka$h Don’t Make Beats) - Laila’s Wisdom - 2017

Problem f/ Airplane James - Top Off (produced by 9th Wonder) - Selfish - 2017

Kendrick Lamar - Duckworth (produced by 9th Wonder) - DAMN. - 2017



Scarface - Black Still (produced by N. O. Joe) - Deeply Rooted: The Lost Files - 2017

Cyhi the Prynce f/ Ernestine Johnson - Nu Africa (produced by S1, Epikh Pro and Byrd) - No Dope on Sundays - 2017

Jay-Z f/ Blue Ivy Carter - Legacy (produced by No I. D.) - 2017



The Diplomats - Once Upon A Time - 2017

L’Orange f/ Koreatown Oddity - Things Are Just Props - The Ordinary Man - 2017

Open Mike Eagle f/ Sammus - Hymnal (produced by Andrew Broder) - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream - 2017



MED, Blu and Madlib f/ Oh No - The Turn Up - The Turn Up EP - 2017

CashUs King - Black Fountain of Youth (produced by Vnrable) - Figure 8 - 2017

Slaine and Termanology f/ Ras Kass - Blink of An Eye (produced by Statik Selektah) - Anti-Hero - 2017



Mick Jenkins f/ Michael Anthony - Gucci Bag (produced by ENG Creation) - or more; the anxious EP - 2017

Quelle Chris f/ Big Tone, Roc Marciano and 87 - Fascinating Grass - Being You Is Great, I Wish I Were You More Often - 2017

Wiki - Baby Girl (produced by Kaytranada) - No Mountains in Manhattan - 2017

Jonwayne - Human Condition - Rap Album 2 - 2017



Sean Price - Imperius Rex (produced by Alchemist) - Imperius Rex - 2017

Everlast, Sick Jacken and Divine Styler - A Worlds End - WARPORN - 2017

Conway - Bishop Shot Steel (produced by Daringer) - G. O. A. T. (Grimiest of All Time) - 2017



Chris Dave and the Drumhedz f/ SiR, Tiffany Gouche and Keyon Harrold - Dat Feelin (instrumental) - Chris Dave and the Drumhedz - 2018

Oddisee f/ Toine - NNGE - The Iceberg - 2017

Black Thought Hot 97 Freestyle - 2017



Dec 2, 2017

Episode 51: The Grub Episode



The Grub Episode with De La Luna Catering: Yo! You know we love us some food here at Six in the Morning! What better way to learn more about the culinary world than inviting an actual chef! Erik from De La Luna Catering blessed us with knowledge of all things mushrooms, vegan grub, and generally other good food options….oh, and music! We hope you enjoy the convo. Of course we hit you off with food related music entrees including usual suspects, Homeboy Sandman, Action Bronson, and Ras Kass. We hear some turkey tacos with Terrace Martin, some otha fish with the Pharcyde and last donuts with J Dilla. We also share with you delicacies from Lute, 5 Chuckles, Killa Kali, and Big KRIT. This episode got us hungry as I hope it does for you as well!



Oct 24, 2017

Episode 50: El Desmadre


Our weather has been nuts! From hurricanes, tropical storms, fires to earthquakes, our young world has responded to a changing one. People have and continue to suffer with many lives lost. Our stupid Prez is taking mad L’s in his response which that is what it is up to us y’all to make that change happen. With that said, we bring you cuts specific to all this desmadre!! We bring environment specific cuts from Lice (Aesop Rock x Homeboy Sandman), Blackalicious, Planet Asia x Ras Kass, J-Live and Black Milk. We bring you top notch Puerto Rican MC’s from Narcotechs (feat. AG Da Coroner x Tony Touch), No Panty (Bodega Bamz, Joell Ortiz and Nitty Scott) to Chris Rivers. Importantly, we bring peace through Kamasi Washington and that super group Everything is Recorded. Enjoy this desmadre while we have everyone who has personally suffered from recent tragedy in mind.



Oct 5, 2017

Episode 49: The DC Episode and Interview with Tim Hicks



We got back on track with a show that has been a long time coming. Luis travelled to the NYC to interview the wordsmith Tim Hicks from the bangin’ Cornel West Theory. This crew originated from DC so we decided to highlight those artists which Tim put us up on during this interview. We learned quite a bit about the DC scene and are proud to further expose the Hiphop coming out East including bangers from N’digo Rose, Asheru, Oddisee, Diamond District, Kenilworth Katrina and our good homie Prowess the Testament! Enjoy this DC ep and support everything coming out of there except you know who! Extra shout out to Armando F. on this one.



The Cornel West Theory - #weaintblack - 2017

N’digo Rose and Tim Hicks - The Giving (produced by The Dirty Church) - 2017

The Cornel West Theory - Get In (R. B. C.) (produced by Tim Hicks and The Dirty Church) - Watergunz - 2017



Asheru f/ Raheem DeVaughn - Gauteng (dedicated to Johannesburg, South Africa) - Sleepless in Soweto - 2013



The Cornel West Theory - Christopher Martin - The T. A. B. L. E. Too - 2017



Diamond District f/ yU, Oddisee and Uptown XO - First Step (produced by Oddisee) - March on Washington - 2014

Kenilworth Katrina f/ Black Indian and Uptown Shane - I Can Do Anything - 2017



Flex Matthews - Free Man - Hi, I’m Flex Mathews - 2017



Prowess the Testament - Alpha Centauri (produced by Tim Hicks and the Dirty Church) - Right Where I Left It - 2016



Aug 30, 2017

Episode 48: Summer Looseys



We got back on the HipHop treadmill!!! We sure need it too!! We nearing the end of summer and its still blazin’ out there. To match this weather, we decided to hit you off with some of our current loosies which we are currently digging. We got ol’ standbys as Sean Price (P!), MF DOOM, Action Bronson and the Wu! The Lice is in the house aka Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman along with the Puerto-Irish wonder Wiki. We highlight the impressive work of The Faze who does crazy justice to GZA’s Liquid Swords. Do some laps with us and enjoy these loosies as you should.



Jun 2, 2017

Episode 47: West Coast Revival


We back on it! Six in the Morning Show brings you a special one. The West Coast Revival Episode 47!


We highlight the collective work of artists who are on the come up and also veterans in the game. In short, we have a diverse sound in order to ask, has the West Coast ever gone away? We think not! Dont' sleep.


We are joined by our good friend Matthew T. from the Long Beach Coffee Club and the HipHop nerd, I mean, know it all, Jason G. We spend time not only chatting on the music, but on coffee (peace to Tupac Amaru!), Snoop Dogg, HipHop multiple choice and word associations!


We keep it diverse. Of course its about the music! We have selective cuts from OGs as The Game, DJ Quik, Evidence, Delinquent Habits and MURS. We also have new school cuts from Problem, Jonwayne, Hodgy, Casey Veggies, Earl Sweatshirt and YG. Peep and enjoy! Westside!


Apr 19, 2017

Episode 46: Art Activism and Teaching



Being an Educator is no joke! It requires passion, ideas + practice. Being active in the classroom is a must. In itself, it’s an Art. Through the generosity of Bard College MAT program, Six In The Morning brings you our third classroom-based installment of interviews. We delve into personal conversations with current Bard students MA students on Art, Activism + Teaching.  Trust us, these interviews will make you feel that our schools’ futures are in good hands.


Of course we bring you new heat from Kung Fu Kenny himself, Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli + Styles P and the beautiful sounds of Kamasi Washington. We also go way back with Dianna Ross, The Clash …. And Stephen Sondheim?? Eclectic??


Enjoy this episode of both knowledge + dope music. …. Word.



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