Sunday Soul Session: Combat Jack and Francis Chiser Present ‘PG-14, A Tribute To Larry Levan Circa 1986 – 1987′

I know i haven’t done of these i n a long time, I haven’t done much posting consistently in a long time. School is back in session so I’ll have more time. Anyway peep this throwback mix, it’s a gem. read all about it below.

If you know me, you know I’m a Paradise Garage head, and if you really know New York City, you’ll know that the Paradise Garage was the GOAT New York night club.

Maestro Larry Levan spun magic weekly and house music has never been the same. For years I’ve searched for a classic sounding Paradise Garage mixtape circa 1985 – 1987, arguably the club’s best years before it closed its doors in 1987. Frustrated, I settled for never getting my hands on such a tape.

A few weeks ago, friend and Internets colleague Francis Chiser asked me if I’d be down to curate a Garage tape that would capture the magic of the club’s ’85 – ’87 heyday. Jumping in, I wanted to make sure we featured music that I personally heard Larry play as he slayed. Francis and I vetted through hundreds of songs that got touched by Larry.

Weeks later, we proudly present to you ‘PG – 14, A Tribute To Larry Levan Circa ’85 – 87′. Listen to this as a 3 hour time capsule reflecting a very special time in my life and in New York underground culture.

A heartfelt thank you to Francis Chiser who, in recruiting me, helped me relive the some of the best times of my youth. Thanks also to the ever reliable Theotis Jones for his artwork capturing the retro gritty look of mid NYC iconography.

Enough. Press download and Jack your body.

Combat Jack & Francis Chiser present "PG-14: A tribute to Larry Levan" by Francis Chiser on Mixcloud

 

Reggie Ossé – Combat Jack
August 28, 2014

1. Taana Gardner – Heartbeat
2. Linda Clifford – Runaway Love
3. Womack & Womack – I’m Scared of You
4. Gwen Guthrie – Aint Nothin Goin On But The Rent
5. Touch – Without You
6. NYC Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait
7. The Clash – The Magnificent Seven
8. Diane Ross – Love Hangover
9. Grace Jones – Pull Up The Bumper
10. The It – Donnie
11. Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
12. Liz Torres – Can’t Get Enough
13. ESG – Moody
14. Ten City – Devotion
15. Jungle Wonz – The Jungle
16. Loose Joints – Is It All Over My Face?
17. Inner Life – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
18. Robert Owens – I’ll Be Your Friend
19. First Choice – Double Cross
20. Mr. Fingers – Can You Feel It
21. Jungle Wonz – Time Marches On
22. Fingers Inc. – Mystery of Love
23. Raze – Break 4 Love
24. Third World – Now That We Found Love
25. Chip E – Life This
26. Jeanette “JT” Thomas – Shake Your Body
27. Steve “Silk” Hurley – Jack Your Body
28. Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body
29. Ralph Rosario – You Used to Hold Me
30. Frankie Knuckles feat Jamie Principle – Baby Wants To Ride
31. Gil Scott-Heron – The Bottle
32. Roy Ayers – Running Away
33. Cyamnde – Bra
34.  First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder
35. Joubert Singers – Stand On the World
36. Stevie Wonder – All I Do

First Day Of School Has Returned

 

 

It’s finally here, the first day of school has come back around. To be honest this summer seem short and could be because I consider June through August as summer and even if this is the last week it feels early to me still for children to go back to school. I can’t wait to enjoy my off days as full off days. No cartoons, no MTV, no Tru TV, no trying to remember made up rules to made games with ridiculous names, no more hours if being cheated in games and kids asking if so & so can come out only to return less than hour wanting to hangout in our home.. Peace and Quiet is back, goodbye summer.

Expanding Live At The Oasis

 

It’s almost been a year since i repackaged Live At The Oasis show on Blogtalkradio, and it’s been a good run. I’m looking to expand the show to an hour at the least, not really looking to max out with a two hour show. I would love to do a live show, completely live from the mix to just interacting with listeners, but I also know people listen when they get the time so whether or not it’s a live mix or not doesn’t really matter. With that said i do want to interact with people who listen to the show. With that thought in mind I’m thinking I may connect with people on Skype, and make the mix to give a fresh feeling to it once I upload it on Blogtalkradio. I’m also going to try and get a video up of me while mixing and even have an extra ten to fifteen minutes of unedited stuff. Not sure if Youtube allows people to do that but I do know I have to acknowledge I don’t own the rights to the songs I play. I’m excited about taking this next step and taking Live At The Oasis to another level. Most of the videos would be for Beats & Bars Friday. It would be cool to also play unsigned artist and even build with them on the show about their project or just music in general. Not sure when all of this will take place, it will be once school starts and I’ll have quiet time to really get it in with no interruptions. Until then if you’ve check the show I hope you enjoyed what you’ve heard so far, and if you haven’t just go here and listen to show.

#AllWeGotIsUs

 

While listening to The Corey “Life” Pegues ‘From The Streets To The Beat” Episode of The Combat Jack Show on my way to work it started off with a quick apology about the “all we got is us” quote that seems to have really been in play since the Chuck D episode. It seems some white listeners feel alienated over the quote because it is a “black thing”. I’m not Combat Jack or anyone on his show so I can truly say get over it. If you’re upset because a black man is saying that it still feels like we as black men are targets and has embraced a quote that embodies the way many of us feel then get over it. To even feel left out means it’s more about you and less about the situation. It shows a lack of understanding. It’s not all good for black men in America and some white people feel since Obama is President things are different and or black men are over analyzing things. Maybe I took the apology too personal because I felt offended that people took offense to it. I’ve heard things on the show that gay people could take offense to, so unless I’ve missed the episodes where there are apologies to many of the over the line conversations “all we got is us” should be left alone.

I’m glad The Combat Jack Show has found a lane that has shifted gears a bit and opened the door to the talk about the problems in our community. This has been a nice summer for the show. A sense of integrity after the second Dame Dash episode has forced the average listener to view the show differently. Everyone interviewing Dame after that Combat Jack episode hasn’t even tried to expand further on what was said which is why people come away thinking Dame is bitter , because he saying the same thing he with Combat Jack and the butchering that goes on in editing cuts down the real conversation being had. The sites and bloggers are looking for hits and Dame is letting people know he’s still here, win win I guess. What no one has done or even debated amongst themselves on a podcast or blog is Joie Manda. His interview was the very next week after Dame’s on The Combat Jack Show, that’s unheard of in the gossip world of the internet. There was no drama as both men told their story or side of the same story so much so that Joie Manda even agreed that he may have crossed a line by giving Dame’s number out. Radio shows are about the drama, Vlad is about the drama, the blogs are about that drama which makes it hard for facts and just a real dialogue about whatever to be had.

Listening to the Cormega episode Combat Jack starts out talking about how the recent events have pushed him to a point where we as Black people have to do for ourselves and stop waiting for a “Black leader” or just outsiders to help. Maybe that kind of talk makes non black listeners feel uncomfortable. If that is the case why not open a dialogue from a non Black perspective? Complaining that Combat Jack understands that he is reaching a wider base of listeners without compromise due to some company over him who has to worry about advertising is sad. Rush Limbaugh has a all we got is us message everyday. His message is filled with hate and feeds off of fear and loyalty to him and there is nothing constructive at all coming from his talk show. I salute Combat Jack and I truly think if it was “too Black” then Premium Pete would say something. If there is something wrong with the recent turn the show has taken it is that there’s a feeling that young people in their early to mid 20‘s and younger aren’t listening. Why would a 20 something listen to a show where Dame Dash is calling Lyor Cohen a “Culture Vulture” ? My personal opinion the average rapper on BET is a culture vulture. These newer guys aren’t going to go and speak about the current state of Black men because then the conversation shifts to music and content and most of these artists aren’t even thinking about the impact their words have, it’s about money for them. If someone takes offense to “All We Got Is Us’ then they should build on it from a constructive place not some place of feeling left out. All we have is us, if you can help by all means include your support, if you don’t then it still falls on us as black people to solve issues affecting us. If you’re still upset about it and feel left out then the problem is truly you. Salute to Combat Jack for keeping 1000.

The Combat Jack Show: The Corey “Life” Pegues ‘From The Streets To The Beat” Episode

Retired NYPD Deputy Inspector Corey “Life” Pegues’ life is a movie. No cliche. Growing up as a young gun in the crack riddled NYC borough of Queens, Life was one of the best soldiers of the legendary and most notorious Supreme Team street gang. Life talks his introduction to crack, the gun fights and the murders, and the moment he decided it was time to join the biggest gang in NYC, the NYPD. Listen as he takes us through the Dinkens to Giuliani to Bloomberg regimes, what Stop and Frisk really is, and what the fvck is really going on with the war that the police across the nation has seemingly declared against the nation’s people of color. We also get some expert analysis on The Abner Louima, Sean Bell, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo and Michael Brown cases.

Bonus: Dallas Penn, fresh off his honeymoon, stops by like if he never left.

Swagger Wagon Get Hate For Being To Close To The Truth

 

Apparently “Black Twitter” is upset over the video for a new ride from Toyota called the Swagger Wagon. You can see the video below but still here is a quick description, a middle class White family is rapping about the car and everyone is dancing like chicks on Youtube doing those Souljah Boy and Doug E dances. Even on the Youtube page you can read people talking about how embarrassing the video is and or how white people suck. Personally I think the video is pure satire like that Korn video back when Diddy had Hip Hop acts wearing those shiny suits. I also think people upset haven’t been watching television lately because there are many commercials doing the same thing as Toyota in regard to having Hip Hop all in the mix.

If this video doesn’t looks right to you it could be because there are no half naked big booty woman and the men aren’t throwing cash at the camera. There isn’t anything different from this video or song, since it is truly a whole song, than what I can hear from established signed artists. Is the song too G rated? I can tell you artist rap about items all the time, Run DMC gave the world “My Adidas”. The average rapper can have sell anything just from a phrase, hook, a scene in a video or the album cover, so why not take the same approach like Toyota did if you want to sell your product? To say the song sucked and the bars were weak is meaningless when people are quick to tell you Iggy Azalea got bars and Trinidad James and Tyga are top ten MCs. If you are considering calling the song and or video trash you have to hold that same judgment for any video BET throws out there. We can’t call a car company out for making a mockery of Hip Hop but allow actual artists to do the same thing with no criticism/given at all. It’s easy to play the race card because the people in the video gave the whitest of white people act for the commercial. It’s not about race, and if “Black Twitter” really gave a damn they’d acknowledge the problem starts at home. If there is anger towards Toyota there also should be anger at every record label and radio station and BET as well as any websites promoting the same ignorant garbage music that gets played every hour on the hour of every day. If I worked for Toyota I’d put a statement out saying the song sounds no different than what’s on the radio. Who’s going to argue with that? From the beat to the hook down the lame singing it was all straight from any song on airwaves now. I understood the May J Blige Burger King song about chicken thing, but when you’re blasting “Bugatti” by Ace Hood or “Maybach Music” by Rick Ross it sounds foolish to be mad about a Swagger Wagon. Toyota showed people just how stupid the average Hip Hop song is and even the fans if the biggest complaint is about white people.