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The boy Daniel Joseph switched locations, sorted this podcast out with the one like A Sharp. Words is Phace stopped in and dropped an exclusive on that ass. Dope tracklist here, featuring cats like Divine Drummah, Venemous2000 and DJ Priority, Koncept, Run CMD and more. I saw Phace drop some lyrics at Saturday’s Garden Variety, and he’s got a tape on the way. Pop this on during your job and cool out. Forget your work, you feel me? Fucka job, just max. Then go rob somebody.
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Bmore has some talents. I think Articulate was the first Baltimore spitter I really got into, and that put me onto Rickie Jacobs, who just blew minds with his consistency. I don’t know how or where Rome Cee fits into that mixture, but dude definitely has a drive all his own, truly going that “extra mile”. He already had USM, PedX and Spksmen putting this out, and hit me up to help spread the word. Had to oblige, especially when I realized how sick everything he had was going. I love the sound of this – has a lot of Soul soaked into these tracks, with beats coming from J. Cardim, E Hill, Swiff D and others, with features including Sean Price, E Major, UllNevaNo and more talented spitters. Rome is someone I imagine would be fun to get drunk with. Not “ha-ha”, tipping cows fun, but someone who’s natural and would be at home having a real conversation as well as just shooting the shit. Has that respect for his family, as well as a dedication to the goals he’s set for himself. If that’s you, let this be your soundtrack.
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SigNif "Wish Her Well" (prod. by Gee Wiz): Love how Wiz and Sig have heat like this, after sorting out a dynamic EP like Significant Wizdom. Wiz has those beats that you can smell on the SPOT, knowing full well they’re going to be fantastic. Has that bounce and that screwface factor that are ready to get you cats fucked the fuck up. Sig keeps it sharp with her bars, letting you know why she should be in your “my favorite MC is…” conversation(s). Word is a video for “S.I.G.M.A.T.A.” is on the way, so be on the lookout for that, but blast this during these forthcoming scorching summer nights.
Jon Connor "Someday" (prod. by Reef): Each one of these Salvation leaks lets me know that my early appreciation of Connor’s music had basis. Over an ill beat that feels like a the backing band’s theme music for a regular nigga like me, walking to the bank, Jon Connor essentially gives you haters the middle finger, and let’s you know that he was fully aware of where he was going to. Dude’s talented, and can twist verses that tell stories and also come lyrically correct, while still keeping it concrete. New visionary for the sidewalks and alleyways out there.
Mirandom "So Far": Mr. Miranda and Random have a dope collaborative project on the way entitled The Memorandum, and they figured they’d grab Common’s “The Food” and speak on how they are more concerned with what lies ahead than what they’ve left behind. You definitely need to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going, but if you don’t keep your eyes on the prize, how the fuck will you know where you’re going? I see it, and this is my motivation music.
The boy DistantStarr has been working on shit, I know, but he ain’t been releasing shit. Well, he did, and I fucking forgot to post it. My bad, nigga. But you kept the good public waiting, so we’re even. Anyways, he brings his brand of futuristic funk on this one, in both concept and execution. Collaborations include the homey 2ew Gunn Ciz, Scanz, Reggie B and more, with stand-outs (in my opinion), including “For Them”, “Nike SB’s (I’m Fly)”, “Night Shift”… fuck it, it’s really all fly. Blaze to this one, forreal. Actually, Distant and Aleon Craft should link up… someone make this happen!
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Had no idea the homey Dub MD was linking up with one of my favorite MCs, but I smiled when the first free project from C-Rayz Walz touched my inbox today (pause?). Word is All Blvck Everything (The Prequel) is not only the taster, if you will, to his All Blvck Everything: The Album, is not only a death march for his old ways, but also the death march for all competition. Walz doesn’t disappoint here – alone and on the collabo tip (with the likes of M1, iCON The Mic King, Mike Eagle, NoCanDo and more), with beats from 9th Wonder, Marley Marl, Bronze Nazareth and plenty more, he goes in with the twisted wordplay. I was always intrigued by his dominance over beats, and stayed for the intellect, and I’m glad I’ve got a grip of new jawns from him. Also kind of intrigued with what he has down the pipeline – where the fuck is C-Rayz going!?
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When he’s not doing amazing shit like graduating high school and representing what a dope producer from Jersey can be, Thelonious Martin watches [Adult Swim]. Inspired by the bumps betwixt commercials/shows, 1Up presents his 7th beat tape from this last year, [Super], with a equal nods to Soul and video games. AKA what I figure I’d have been making if I spent less time smoking weed and more time not being frustrated by my lack of patience when it comes to shit like making music or DJing. If you’re an MC, I’d say grab some of these beats now, and get your swim on. Bitch.
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Outside of Terracycle, Tone was talking to myself and Jermaine about how trying to match Blackout's energy almost threw him off his game. Black's got that Busta presence when he touches the stage.
It's not Tuesday, but Tom Chase has a slick two-fer for you niggas. On the first half of this special, he literally flips some "Scattered Thoughts" over Kendrick Lamar's "Hi Power" #noOTKL, making me wish he had touched down at Garden Variety this past weekend. Just disgusting over a sly beat. On the flipside of the file, Tom and Elete link up as the "Machine Gun Brothers", taking Fat Joe's "Massacre On Madison" and Swiss cheese the track. Seriously - I don't care how many of you niggas out there are spitting, you ain't merkin' tracks like this, trust we.
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Fickle was talking about his The Streets Can't Tell Me Nothing mixtape, which you can grab for free via DatPiff right now.
Rome Cee ft. Sean Price & Jay Mastermind "So Insane" (prod. by Jay Mastermind): Nice little leftfield flavor for your Monday morning. Bmore's own Rome Cee hit me up a bit ago, and I was impressed by dude. I went in with no expectations, and got really hype off his shit. He asked if RTD would help present his The Extra Mile mixtape, and I said let's go. This track definitely comes hard, but on a different vibe. Been hearing a lot of organs in tracks lately, and this one digs into a dope organ paired with some fly drums. Just that hint of quirk that makes me keep pressing rewind. And anytime P! touches on a track, you know it's a problem. Soak this leak up today, and get prepared for The Extra Mile tomorrow.
That line-up is kind of classic. #jerseysalliknow more details via Facebook.
I just uploaded a bunch of pics from last night's #GardenVariety show that went down in Trenton (check them out via Facebook). It was good to finally meet Tone Liv, as well as see brethren like Jermaine, Self, Kasso, Leon Rainbow, Mr. Fickle, Rhymageddon and more. Other Jersey fam there included DJ Absurd, Blackout, Steve Smiff, Spitatainment, Shawn Lov and The Cause & Knowledge. Feels like each of these GV shows in Trenton are better than the last. Some highlights: Spit and Divine passing an L - mid-performance, the one and only Paperface going in, Self's insane freestyle, host Popa Chief's "FIYAFIYAFIYAFIYA", DJ M.Fasis with the straight 45 set, Blackout's performance, Tone's commanding of the stage and just the cipher itself. Always great seeing NJ Hip-Hop properly represented. I have a few videos I'll be uploading as well. Big up to the heads who made it out there, and I hope more make it out next month!
I knew they weren't gonna have a show at the regular time on the 22nd, due to Dallas hosting the Random Axe show - I had no idea they were still doing a show this week. The first half hour is dope - this year's BYOB BBQ is going to be memorable - and they had special guest Jean Grae in the building. You already know!
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The Combat Jack Show 6-23-11 (Jean Grae & Mike Herard) by PNCRadio
The homey Self has the next installment of the Garden Variety shows in Trenton tonight at Terracycle (details HERE), and I've been sitting on the second edition of his "Custees Choice" podcast. Very Jersey-centric here: El Da Sensei, Surg, Dopplegangaz and more are featured, and it's just some ill Hip-Hop to get you ready for tonight, you feel me? Heard Self and maaaaad Trenton area MCs kill Side B Radio last night on WPRB. If you missed that one, I feel sorry for your mother. Anyways, make it out tonight!
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I haven't heard from 007 in a MINUTE, so of course he randomly sends over his latest mix. This is more current than I know he prefers to spin, but for a great afternoon, this is the kind of shit you can blast, keep the honeys bouncing and drink to. Nice mix of Hip-Hop, Club, Bmore, Dancehall and more. Get crunk to this one.
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DeeJay 007 Power Hour (June 2011) by DEEJAY 007
Two years ago today, the world lost the King. Not just the King of Pop - without Michael Jackson, music might not be where it is today. His constant consistency helped push others to either be more like him, or take the natural abilities he had and work it in their own fashion. But I'm no acclaimed journalist, and this isn't that kind of post. I had to re-up this mix J.Rocc did two years ago, a mix that doesn't leave my BlackBerry music folder. This 79 minute trek through MJ's musical catalog is fly. Kind of plays heavy to the older, teen MJ, as J.Rocc tends to love that more disco/party/Club vibe when he's mixing. He just knows how to blend perfect bits - he has comedy bits in here (draws out a thing MJ did for The Simpsons), but also brings out just bonafide classics, as well as some gems that you might have forgotten about. In any case, put this on and reminisce. Or rediscover. Whatever you do, honor the man.
Generation Bass and RTD are proud to present The Summer Of Luvstep, two mixes of pure Luvstep sounds from DJ UMB and DJ Nappy. If you're not up on Luvstep, you can hit up GenBass' post to get a full history lesson on the sound, or just check both of these mixes after the jump. Get your drink on, grab your luv and get your step on.
Dominique Larue ft. M-Dot & Revalation "We Are" (prod. by Onederkid): Of course I didn't know that Dom Larue had her Sam Jackson Project dropping via Dub MD (whattup, fucker) on the 29th of August. of course I didn't know that she linked up with two of the EMS heads (whattup, fuckers) for this BANGER. Why would I know? This is pure heat. Those strings make everything feel bigger than usual, and I love how Onederkid flips those drums randomly Just a heavyweight record. Something for supreme MCs to go dumb over. And they definitely make this track retarded.
Cold Heat feat. Sadat X & J-Love "Taking It All": I'm sorry, but Sadat X is all wins, everytime. I've always been a fan of the way he spits, from that distinct voice to the almost offbeat rambling at times. Even with his adlibs and doubles, it's crazy. over this sub-heavy cut from Cold Heat's Raising The Bar, which is available for pre-order, but drops on July 19th. Hell they even got J-Love rapping!??! This is some shit to crack dutches and down brew to, forreal. And probably stomp a nigga out to as well. Queens!
Cold Heat (feat. Sadat X & J-Love) - "Taking It All" by Diamond Music Group
These BrainstormLive ass niggas on they job with the podcasts. DTV comes in and brings his brand of Hip-Hop to the masses on VVR #21, alongside Daniel Joseph and Myk Dyaleks, who bring the funny. A lot of the selections this edition are classics – I was actually commenting (to myself) about how much I loved those Heltah Skeltah jams from the ‘90s, and to hear the Fab 5 on this? Amazing. You cats need those fly Hip-Hop tracks from back in the day every once in a while, right? Nigga even drops my favorite jawn from the Afro Samurai soundtrack, forreal. Respect.
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Wingspan "Wait A Minute" (prod. by Copywrite): Many heads know Copywrite as a supreme MC, but lately (at least) I’ve heard more from his batch of beats, and this one is a moving track. Written during a particularly dark period in Wings’ life, he just tells it like it is, pouring his emotion into the track. He didn’t’ think he’d make it to his next birthday, but he recently celebrated his 21st, and leaked this Growing Wings track the other day. It can’t all be party and bullshit, you feel me?
Esohel "Let Me Show You" (prod. by Serious): This instrumental is so… nah, I won’t throw a pun in there. That beat is some shit to move to – be it on the train or just in the recesses of your mind; on this, eS paints three pictures for you, giving you that vivid lyricism that you wish more heads would bring forth. City stories, mostly, from a couple of different takes. Part of that brand of Hip-Hop I grew up on, and still yearn for, to this day. His next album, Essential, drops on the 12th of July for $free.99 via UDotFam.com.
I'm glad that Small Professor is finally ready to start this crazy promo run. Dude's got a few serious projects (as well as a tough remix I have been waiting on for a minute). Dude's part of that new breed of Hip-Hop producers, both from Philly and just hitting my ears over the last few years, that I've genuinely been excited about. And while dude's new, he still maintains some of those old school vibes about him. He does have a bit of that quirk in him as well, which you catch on this short EP of, well, beats and shit. You've heard a few of these if you mess with his SoundCloud, but to get them all in high quality is essential. Keep your ear to his Bandcamp for the next Small Pro release(s), seriously.
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Lewis "LION": NO idea who Lewis is, but this is intriguing. The instrumental flies in differently – loads of snare hits, synths and eerie sounds that pairs up perfectly for that guttural fury that homey spits. Nothing nice or a joke around here – although he does allow himself to flow fiercely on this one. Something to rock to with the lights off… and your sobriety out the window. I might have to see what else this nigga has going on…
LION by Lewis Allen
New compilation of sick bass-fueled bangers from The Two. Fifteens. I've had a couple of these on deck, like "Tap Dance Massacre", "I Shake. Now" and more, and it just has all of the shit I need. "Tap Dance Massacre" is straight dubfunk with a bit of those eerie Aphex Twin melodies creeping around, while in other spots, they bring the sick sublow fury to Nas & Damian Marley's "As We Enter". This is proper dub - they really melt a lot of genres into their cipher, and spit out some pure rum punch on this one. Everyone from Rihanna to Busta Rhymes has a voice on here, with loads of BPMs being touched. Don't sleep. And don't approach this without an open mind. This is the precursor to Effective When Used After, so if you're tardy to the party, this will be your boarding pass. Hop on!
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Dan Joseph goes in, starts out episode two of his Boomboxed Radio podcast with the mighty "Baggage Handlers". Bong bong. From there he goes into making some grown-ass cup of coffee for Deal, and it’s craziness after that. Dude is such a character, it’s great to hear niggas with personalities and shit. Big up to BrainstormLive for presenting these, although they ain’t sending them out. I’m not saying, I’m just saying. Lots of Wu in this episode, heavy. You need this.
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Skrewtape ft. Young Zee & Copywrite "Aint Nothin' Slick": At May’s Garden Variety show, I spoke to Skrew briefly and let him know that his networking game is on POINT! I can always count on him to send over some track that has just ill features on it. Over some laidback funk, Skrew links up with Jersey’s own Young Zee, as well as Ohio’s Copywrite for some expert lyricism. Something to blow a fine L and bounce to. Shouts to DJ Rhino for the ill cuts on this one. Expect to hear this and more on the Jersey Fresh Graf Jam mixtape, nahmean? Still accepting tracks, hit me up!
Jelani "Race Matters" (prod. by Durkin): Taking the lead from the Race Matters book from Dr. Cornel West, Jelani speaks on a number of issues affecting the Black race right now, from Fox News to racial profiling. Oddly enough, a nigga at my job had made mention of Willie Lynch, and that Talib Kweli line hit me in the head. I spent an hour at work being mystified at word that the "Willie Lynch speech" wasn’t real, or can’t be confirmed as legit. Oddly enough, while I hate spreading falsehoods, the shit in there mirrors what has gone on in America. Whether it’s us vs. them or us vs. us, we have been put into some fucked up predicaments that only we can reverse. Get educated and move forward.
Tone Liv ft. Sol Zalez & B. Stilt "State of Emergency" (prod. by A Sharp): Here’s some more of that dope NJ Hip-Hop for you heads out there. Word is the Remarkable Mayor is due out in Trenton this weekend for the Garden Variety Show, and I imagine Sol will be there as well. This is taken from Tone’s Jersey’s Junkyard Dog, which will be available for free download very soon. “Jersey’s all I know” is the anthem, indeed.
Jay Cue "Awesome Sauce": You might’ve seen me comment on the multiple emails I received regarding this track. If not, it doesn’t matter, this is all about a cat who’s reppin’ with the NRK camp out of Georgia. Another young cat that kind of reminds me of Tyler and the OF guys – mainly for how he comes across in his rhymes, and the downright leftfield beat that he’s spitting over. He actually has a few OF ties, as Vince Staples and ½ of The Jet Age Of Tomorrow were featured on his Pyramid Life album, which dropped in March. As the email states, this is for cats who are living in a “why am I living this life” kind of status… let that album be your soundtrack. Definitely has that feeling of depression/dread, but instead of crying and giving up, taking that frustration and building something with it. Interesting work, check it out.
I don't care how old "Bling Bling" is, nothing says "I made it" like getting some ill Hip Hop Jewelry, right? If I did, I'd fuck with a watch up like the one up above. I'm personally not too into crazy chains, but if you need some Hip Hop Jewelry, check out Trax NYC. Forreal.
Tomorrow, The Two. Fifteens will be dropping their The Commute Vol. 1 mixtape, which features a number of leftfield bass masterpieces, further showcasing their love and experimentation with dub, Hip-Hop, IDM and other forms of trickery. This particular track is a futuristic dub take on Nas & Damian Marley's "As We Enter", complete with otherworldly bass, pulsating kicks and some of that fly back and forth flavor from Jr. Gong and Nas. Kinda wish the majors had seen this and put this on a UK release of the single, but you know how that goes.
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The Two. Fifteens-As We Enter (RMX)* by thetwofifteens
ForteBowie "3 Stax Back": Love how Bowie flips the "____ Back" craze that the MMG started, asking for Andre3000 to come back and save the ATL Hip-Hop scene from the "trap". Plus, he used the beat from "Spottieottiedopaliscious". 3 Stacks ain't been around for a bit, but when he does rear his head, he merks shit. I'd be up for his return. Something About #Bowie is due out July 8th, and will be presented by Refined Hype, Donuts And Milk and RTD.
junclassic & Jazz Spastiks "Busta Ya Melon": I saw some footage of jun ripping through this during K-SISE’s release party, and it looked like cats were all about this one. This is taken from their Mode 7 album, which HiPNOTT picked up and will be dropping on the 26th of July. That Busta sample in the hook, paired up with that throwback jazz in the track? This is the kind of shit I used to vibe out to years back. Back to my essence. Undeniable.
Rickie Jacobs ft. Artic "Free John" (prod. by The Arsenals): Who’s John? They talking about Starks, Studd or Stamos? Legend or Lennon? Anyways, The Arsenals drop a track reminiscent of something Rick Rawse would spit over. Artic and Rickie go straight stupid on this one, but really, there’s nothing else to do over a riddim like this. What you gonna do, rap about art and saving the children over a track that’s essentially made for fat asses to bounce to? Come on, dude. I legit LOL’d at “you should give me brain, bitch, because I’m about to be famous”. Whoever John is, someone should be popping a pussy for him.
Jon Connor "Broken Mirrors" (prod. by Reef): This leak from Connor’s Salvation hit the inbox the other day, and I can’t help but feel refreshed when I heard dude spit. He’s one of those cats who genuinely knows how to spit, but also knows how to construct songs. Almost like he’s cut from the Joell Ortiz cloth, ala “Kawl Me”, or a L.E.G.A.C.Y.. Dumb talented, but doing it for the people? Take heed to this one. July 12th!
Bonus Beats Kid Ink ft. Kevin Cossum & Jon Connor "Hold It Down" (prod. by APB)
Jermiside “I’m A Man”: Dear Jerm, I already knew you were a man. Hah just joking, nigga. I’m guessing Jerm is about my age, and I’ve definitely been on some reflective shit about where I’m going for the next phase of my life. Especially when I think about my son and how he’s starting kindergarten, and how I’ve got a daughter who’s overcome dumb obstacles to win Principal Awards during her recent graduation. Proud man, proud father shit, but it’s a weird tightrope. Balancing act, if you will. Part of being a man is family first, and I’m learning that more this year than any other year in my life. Anyways, enough about me – Jerm’s Live & Let Live tape, which is presented by KevinNottingham.com, should be out soon. This is the second leak from it, and a sound that I wish we heard more of in the Hip-Hop.
I don’t know why, but for some reason I was not expecting them EA niggas to bounce back with new editions of their podcasts so quickly. The posts had barely cooled down in my RSS feed and I had three new episodes sent over! Continuing as he means to go on, Myk Dyaleks takes you into a deeper side of the game, showcasing his love (passion?) for Soul and RnB. This is some late-night shit. I don’t wanna call it incense sounds, but it’s definitely some shit you wanna blow a tree and straight relax with your loved one to, trust. A good bit of this edition features a promo type ting for Mara Hruby, too, which is dope. Love that they knocked out the ‘casts (VVR and Boomboxed Radio) in the same session, something they are birthing with/for Brainstorm Live. Dope shit.
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J.Gunn "Side Jawn" (prod. by The Jake): This cut landed in my inbox during the Father’s Day weekend, and isn’t a situation I get involved in at all. I gotta say, though, The Jake’s Dream Season EP, which RTD Records is looking to lace you with in the near future, and J.Gunn has a few sick tracks on that project. Definitely feel like Gunn and Jake need to do an entire EP and/or LP project together, just fit perfect together. Anyways, this is one of those tracks that can put fear into a nigga’s life, especially when it comes to bringing babies and shit into your life. Don’t even worry about it, forreal. Just work on putting the proper smashgame down on your earth. What’d Chris Rock say? You have to recycle the pussy, turn the old pussy into new pussy. Do that. Be on the lookout for Gunn’s Earl Manigault LP.
Heathen ft. Uncle Murda & DV Alias Khryst "No Problems" (prod. by Fran AM): Why hello, random feature banger! I’ve been conversing with Jersey spitter Heathen for a bit, and I know he has a number of heatrocks loaded and ready to go, but I had no idea a track with Uncle Murda and DV Alias Khryst was one of them! The beat/hook actually feels like it has a Dre influence to it – the dope pianos and strings over that drum feel like some 2001-era Andre Young, with the Nate Dogg-esque sangin’ on the hook. And yes, Uncle Murda brings the adlibs heavy. Love when cats bring that melodic cool to, like, hunting niggas down and threatening their lives.
2ew Gunn Ciz "Okay Cool" (prod. by AStatusBeats): Hah, this is definitely some asshole shit, Ciz, but I respect it. It’s hard to get worked up when someone is like “hey you blog? I’m a blogger, too!” It’s hard enough to get yourself on, why must you be clouded trying to get everyone else on!?! In some situations (read: most), it’s acceptable to give them the “okay, cool” and keep it moving. Lot of talkers out there, we need more doers, nahmean? This is pure comedy. Philly stays keeping it pushing. Need more from you, Ciz!
Artifacts "Turn It Out" (prod. by King I Divine): Here’s a nice untagged banger from that SXSW Mixtape that dropped a few weeks ago (and never unzipped properly for me, for some reason). Didn’t realize the homey King I was on this project, and that he had vets like the Artifacts(!) bruising his instrumentals. Love the creepy organ vibe to this, something really big to blast on your way to the ring… or in your whip, going to cop some juice or some shit. I always have to give it up to NJ, and El Da Sensei and Tame One rep our state properly. Maybe they can make it to a Trenton Garden Variety Show at some point?
Artifacts - Turn It Out by Diamond Music Group
UllNevaNo ft. Ahhzel "Outer Regions": I had a hand in presenting UllNevaNo’s first Color Brown mixtape, and he’s back for Color Brown Part 2, this time flipping Apollo Brown instrumentals instead of Kev. This one is set to drop in the Fall, via Mix Bullies and Brick To Ya Face. Just some spaced out shit to lift off to. If you want to know more about Ull, grab that #InstantMessenger project that dropped not too long ago.
I love the Combat Jack show when they come with the high power interviews - they are a bit more insightful and unique that regular radio shows. But when the guys are flying dolo, and start to dumb out? Classic. This week's episode started out with an odd mic, no mixer and an aggy Combat, and went left... right... and all points in between. One of the funniest and realest CJ shows in a bit.
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The Combat Jack Show 6-15-11 by PNCRadio