#rewindreview: Ol’ Dirty Bastard ‘Return To The 36 Chambers’ (1995)

  The reign of Wu-Tang Clan is comparable to lightning in a bottle. No matter how many may want to try and duplicate or say that it has happened outside of them, it simply has not. Rapping talent aside, the personalities involved in the original nine we might have took for granted while living in it but this was a unique moment. After “The Clan” dropped their debut album, solo acts began to drop as well. Method Man would come out of the gate first with ‘Tical’ but in that same year Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s first single ‘Brooklyn Zoo’ menaced the streets. I was introduced to the song by the video and the look of the visuals and song itself were a perfect combination. This highlighted the personality of “ODB” and set the tone for what to expect on his album. ‘Return Of To The 36 Chambers’ is so raw in it’s approach that I believe had “Ol’ Dirty..” not been associated with Wu-Tang Clan, this album would not be remembered or even released. This might sound like a wild take but the album is everywhere and by the standards set with HOP albums during this time it broke all the rules. The intro is almost 5 minutes of no song while actual songs almost sound like interludes or as though they were off “the cutting room floor.” Ol’ Dirty Bastard is not the most lyrical and songs are mainly just freestyles which unlike the urban myths created for his Brooklyn contemporaries, Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z, I believe “Dirt Dawg” couldn’t have had these raps written down. The reason the album works is because it has such memorable moments and outrageous quotes. R.Z.A. knew what worked for Ol’ Dirty Bastard and the best way to display his personality was to allow him the freedom to be so “anti..” that it became a new standard. The single ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’ dropped after the album was released and the video made one hear the song on the album with different ears. ODB might have been the rawest and most unfocused of The Clan but he was definitely the most dynamic one at that time. What did you think of the album? Singles include: ‘Brooklyn Zoo’ & ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’ Listen to QUANTUM LEAP RADIO every Saturday from 4-6p.m. CST & Thursday from 3-5a.m. CST on 90.1 FM KPFT Houston in HD2 Worldwide @kpft.org/listen/ & TuneIn app (under “kpft in HD2”) Catch past episodes by searching and following @fanlink.to/QuantumLeapRadio

DeShaunJay – Only

Hailing from Bolton, NC but now calls San Antonio, TX home, DeShaunJay is a very diverse, talented rising star in the music industry who’s love for music began at a very young age. Growing up surrounded by the sounds of hip-hop & real rap music, DeShaun always knew that he wanted to pursue a career in the music industry & his distinctive studio work ethic alone proves he’s an artist to take seriously. He has been honing his craft ever since. DeShaun made a name for himself in 2014 when he founded the Flourish Gang; from which he’s released several successful projects, including the highly anticipated Phone Calls 4 which dropped in early 2023. In 2021 he was elected as Brand Ambassador for MVP Vibes gaining the attention of some Major industry DJ’s & Tastemakers across the country. Landing a spot on Dominican Jay’s Shade45 radio playlist DeShaunJay’s new single “Only” has begun to gain some momentous traction as it gains its well earned placement onto honorable DJ’s radio shows, Playlists, Blog mentions & more. Remaining a force to be reckoned with, DeshaunJay makes a strong statement on his latest offering as he delivers laced lyricism made up of monetary value. Press play on the trending track “Only” below & Keep a watchful eye on DeshaunJay as he continues to captivate REAL music devotee’s with his astonishing musical greatness.

#rewindreview: The Micranots ‘Return Of The Travellahs’ (1996)

  The 2000’s decade saw a lot of independent releases as full albums and not just 12 inch vinyl singles. The ability to create a distribute whole albums was much easier than it was in the previous decade. This caused many artist like J-Live, Nas, Juggaknots to name a few, to release previous works that were never available on Compact Disc format. The Micranots who were a two man group out of Minneapolis M.N. made a mark with their ‘Obelisk Movements’ album from the year 2000, so it was simple mathematics for them to capitalize on the fans they had gathered from that release and provide those fans with what they might have missed. ‘Return Of The Travellahs’ was the debut album from The Micranots but this was only available on cassette tape so if you were not a day one fan of the group or possibly in the studio with them creating this, it was more than likely missed. Re-released on CD in the year 2003, listeners got to hear the progression in the groups creativity as compared to later releases. The songs seem to be recorded between at least 1994 through 1996. I Self Divine who is the M.C. of the group drops a few gems on these songs but for the most part it is a “freestyle” of ideas and rhymes. Kool Akiem Allah provides the beats which carry the classic sound of the mid-1990’s, taking the listeners on a journey of that time in HOP music. This album is really for collectors and true fans of The Micranots. It might not serve to create new listeners as one would have to understand the challenges it took to put out music in a pre-easy accessible, internet world. For those that need something to bop your head to on a fall Saturday, this one’s for you. What did you think of the album? Listen to QUANTUM LEAP RADIO every Saturday from 4-6p.m. CST & Thursday from 3-5a.m. CST on 90.1 FM KPFT Houston in HD2 Worldwide @kpft.org/listen/ & TuneIn app (under “kpft in HD2”) Catch past episodes by searching and following @fanlink.to/QuantumLeapRadio

United Masters GETS THE POWER PLAYERS FOR 5th installment of SELECT-CON!!!

Reemo was on a media hot streak, and wrapping up he attends; United Masters’ SELECT-CON. A panel series conference that brings together industry experts, artists, creatives, and brands to share insights with the independent creative community. The conference includes: Fireside chats, Panels, Workshops, Upfronts, Performances. Also, they had an after party with selected independent music artist across the world who are hitting the charts, and making noise in the indy scene. Hosted By T.T. Torrez (HOT 97FM), Ivy Rivera, Dometi, Panelists: Earn Your Leisure, Davido, Love Renaissance Records, Tokischa, and Steve Stoute                                                                                                                                

Digiwaxx Media Correspondent Reemo Meerak Covers “Jack of All Trades” Event Honoring Bartenders in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, New York – On Monday, October 16, 2023, the Margot restaurant, bar, and event space hosted an extraordinary gathering of mixology talents and cocktail enthusiasts. The “Jack of All Trades” event, presented by the renowned Jack Daniel’s and Punch brands, celebrated the artistry of bartending and paid tribute to the exceptional skills of bartenders Kat Foster and Marc Rodriguez. Digiwaxx Media correspondent Reemo Meerak was there to capture all the highlights and bring you the inside scoop on this memorable event. Bartending is an art that demands creativity, precision, and an unyielding passion for crafting libations. The Jack Daniel’s X Punch “Jack of All Trades” event was the perfect occasion to recognize these talents. The event opened its doors to an eager crowd of cocktail aficionados, industry professionals, and Brooklyn locals, who were excited to celebrate the exceptional talents of the evening’s guest bartenders, Kat Foster and Marc Rodriguez. Both of these award-winning mixologists have made significant contributions to the craft, earning their place at the forefront of the bartending world. Throughout the evening, attendees were treated to a delightful array of deliciously paired food and finely crafted cocktails. In addition to the food and cocktails, the “Jack of All Trades” event featured insightful discussions and presentations by industry leaders, bartenders, mixologists, and cocktail enthusiasts. Guest had the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and inspiration from standout figures in the bartending world. The sharing of insights, techniques, and innovative ideas played a pivotal role in the bartending community and ensuring that the craft continues to evolve. Kat Foster, an innovator in the cocktail scene, showcased her impeccable mixology skills by preparing a selection of signature drinks, each a masterpiece in its own right. Her craft was a true testament to the art of bartending, leaving attendees in awe of her talents. Marc Rodriguez, a Brooklyn native, brought his unique blend of flavors and techniques to the event, proving that the borough continues to be a breeding ground for mixology greatness. The crowd applauded both Kat and Marc for their incredible work and dedication to their craft. As the event came to a close, the atmosphere was filled with a sense of camaraderie and appreciation for the craft of bartending. Attendees left with a renewed passion for mixology and a greater understanding of the dedication and artistry that go into every drink prepared by a skilled bartender. Digiwaxx Media correspondent Reemo was on the scene, capturing the essence of the “Jack of All Trades” event. Reemo’s coverage will provide a glimpse into the world of bartending and the dedication of individuals like Kat Foster and Marc Rodriguez who continue to elevate the craft to new heights. Cheers to the bartenders and the brands that make it all possible!

#rewindreview: Pete Rock ‘Return Of The SP1200’ (2019)

  It’s 2019 and why not get a collection of past beats made on an SP1200 from the legendary Pete Rock. After starting the trend of putting out instrumental HOP albums on 2001’s ‘Petestrumentals,’ “PR” knows there is an audience that wants to hear that classic sound from him. On ‘Return Of The SP1200’ the audience will recognize a few familiar tunes of the past that were used, never officially came out, or have recently been resurrected. The Meccalicious heater ‘How You Feel’ is the beat for ‘Hope You World Don’t Stop,’ while we get the instrumental for the Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s ‘Death Becomes You’ off the ‘Menace II Society’ soundtrack. There is also a deep cut, ‘Street Dreams’ which is actually an unreleased Pete Rock remix for Nas’ ‘Street Dreams’ remix, Pete rock only played on a ‘Future Flavas’ show. While the track ‘Kool Jazz’ has been recently used by Paul Wall & Termanology on their track called ‘Recognize My Car.’ The usage of melodic samples and filtered basslines as loops are attributes that have captivated Pete Rock fans for years. This is classic Pete Rock beats and if you are fan of one of the greatest moments in his career, which was the mid to late 1990’s, one will be pleased and taken down a trip of days past. ‘Return Of The SP1200’ is not only a return previous production but a return of a feeling. What did you think of the album? Listen to QUANTUM LEAP RADIO every Saturday from 4-6p.m. CST & Thursday from 3-5a.m. CST on 90.1 FM KPFT Houston in HD2 Worldwide @kpft.org/listen/ & TuneIn app (under “kpft in HD2”) Catch past episodes by searching and following @fanlink.to/QuantumLeapRadio

Vic Mensa “VICTOR”- ious with Album Release at New Paper Planes Store!!!!

The fun don’t stop with Reemo Meerak He embarks on another top level event in NYC, this time with RocNation artist; Vic Mensa The latest project; “Victor” (On All Streaming Platforms) released in September 2023 (4Q) Vic Mensa and the RocNation team had a Meet and Greet at the brand new Paper Planes store located in Soho, NYC and definitely his fans came to support the event, as well as you know The Social Dw33b of Hip Hop got the exclusive interview with the man of the hour!!!!! Follow me on Social Media: @reemomeerak_  For Booking Interviews, or Questions: ReemoMeerakBrand.Info@gmail.com Merch Store: https://reemomeerakbrand.myshopify.com/ “It’s Hands OVA THE EYESSSSSSSS, IT’S THA 2 up!!!!” #ReemoApproved

“So So Def Presents A 30th Anniversary Tribute Performance At The 2023 BET Hip-Hop Awards”

Jermaine Dupri and So So Def marked a significant milestone, celebrating the label’s 30th anniversary with an unforgettable medley of their greatest hits at the 2023 BET Hip-Hop Awards. So So Def, founded in 1993, emerged as one of the most prominent record labels of its era, not just in the south. Initially propelled by Dupri’s success with the multi-platinum rap duo Kris Kross, the label went on to produce legendary acts such as Xscape, Jagged Edge, Bow Wow, and the first female soloist in rap to achieve Platinum status, Da Brat. Continuing its legacy into the 2000s, So So Def expanded its roster to include artists like the soulful crooner Anthony Hamilton and Atlanta-based rap groups like Bone Crusher, YoungBloodz, Dem Franchise Boyz, and many more. The performance began with Jermaine Dupri paying tribute to Kris Kross and their 1992 hit “Jump.” Wearing a backwards Atlanta Braves jersey as a nod to the iconic duo, Dupri took the audience on a nostalgic journey back to the birth of the So So Def era. He shared, “Back in 1991, I was sitting in my room, and I wrote this song,” before performing the opening verse and chorus. Ludacris then joined Dupri on stage for their 2002 anthem, “Welcome 2 Atlanta,” both donning Atlanta sports jerseys that electrified the audience. last year when Jermaine Dupri sat down with complex, he revealed that he was the youngest producer at that time to have a number one record and even was listed in the Guinness World Records. The set continued with Lil Jon taking the stage and thrilling the crowd with YoungBloodz’s 2003 track, “Damn!” followed by his own hit, “Snap Yo Fingers.” Bone Crusher brought his thunderous party starter, “Neva Scared,” to the performance, and Nelly made a surprise appearance, teaming up with JD for their 2005 chart-topping hit, “Grillz.” Throughout the performance, dancers dressed in Atlanta Braves jerseys and So So Def shirts added to the festive atmosphere as Dupri and his collaborators delved into their treasure trove of anthems. Dupri himself performed his breakout hit, “Money Ain’t a Thang,” and the mood shifted to a more intimate setting when Tyrese and Chingy joined him for “Pullin Me Back.” Dupri, 50 years old, proudly declared, “I write the songs that the whole world sings,” highlighting his extensive catalog and enduring career and how the songs he wrote still make us move to this day. The So So Def reunion wouldn’t be complete without the presence of Bow Wow and Da Brat, both of whom joined Dupri and Dem Franchize Boyz for a spirited rendition of the “I Think They Like Me” remix, concluding the performance on a joyous and nostalgic note. Babyface once told Jermaine Dupri that in order to make history, he would have to make magic in the studio consistently after the success of Kris Kross, needless to say 30 years later we are still dancing and celebrating all of So So Def’s hit records. “Jermaine Dupri Celebrates 30 years of so so def with star-studded Medley at 2023 BET Hip Hop Awards”. www.billboard.com. October 10, 2023. October 11, 2023. “Hip Hop Awards 2023: so so Def’s 30th Anniversary Performance Was a Trip Down Memory Lane”. www.bet.com. October 10, 2023. October 11, 2023.

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