Funky Fresh Fridays on 91.7 WMSE was the most influential college radio hip hop radio show in Milwaukee from the late 80's- early 90's. From 12 noon to 3pm every Friday hosts Keith Terry & KJ The DJ presented the best national & local hip hop on the planet with DJs Rock Dee, Jackmaster D, DJ Supreme and others holding it down on the 1's & 2's. Here's a 45 minute segment from from 1987. The show starts with the infamous "Funky Fresh Friday" promo from Strickie Love & the late T.A. The Wiz & continues with what is one of the 1st shows with in-studio mixing.
Special thanks to my man Tim Day for supplying the tapes from his extensive radio mix archives.
Big ups to Jackmaster D for hitting me off with the classic joints. From the 80's thru today, 91.7 WMSE, the station on the campus of the Milwaukee School Of Engineering, has been at the forefront of the Milwaukee hip hop scene. The 1st station to truly embrace hip hop based mix shows was WMSE and it is important to me to share these shows because they are a big part of our story. As I get more tapes (from Jack & my cousin DMT) I'll be sharing what I think are some of the best radio shows Milwaukee had to offer. Obviously because they had no playlist the DJs could play what they wanted and in this 1st installment we spotlight the mixes of the late DJ Rock Dee, here on the Friday Night Rapdown with KJ The DJ from 1992, and Jackmaster D, also doing the Rapdown with KJ from 1991.
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DJ Rock Dee Friday Nite Rapdown Live on WMSE (1992) pt. 1
DJ Rock Dee Friday Nite Rapdown Live on WMSE (1992) pt. 2
DJ Jackmaster D Live On WMSE Friday Nite Rapdown (1991) Pt. 1
DJ Jackmaster D Live On WMSE Friday Nite Rapdown (1991) Pt. 2
At the 1-Year anniversary of the passing of my friend and brother DJ Rock Dee, I wanted to unveil more classics from the archives. I did guest mixes on Hot 102 for awhile and I came across 2 of my favorites. DJ Rock Dee and another classic from Fresh Kidd Amor. Real Milwaukee heads remember Kidd Amor as an underground DJ who had some of the freshest cutting skills in the entire Milwaukee HipHop scene, and of course DJ Rock Dee who along with hosting mornings on 88.9 radio in Milwaukee was a well respected club DJ in the city. These 2 mixes are classics not heard since 1993 on Hot 102 WLUM.
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DJ Rock Dee Guest Mix/Hot 102 WLUM Milwaukee
DJ Fresh Kid Amor Guest Mix/Hot 102 WLUM Milwaukee
Breakin' the rules in the era of Gangster Rap. Back in the day Hot 102's PD, Jaime Hyatt had this great idea to do a one-time 1 hour show of explicit versions of the songs we had in rotation on the station. The safe harbor rule kicks in at 10pm but I cant remember if we did this at 10p or 12 midnight. Either way Dakota, the night jock at the time was supposed to do the show but got cold feet and decided he didn't feel right doing it so it was left up to good ol Fresh G, the rebel of the team. Funny thing is Dakota stuck around for the entire time and took calls and even goes on the air with me at the end of the hour. This show basically spawned the entire explicit music movement that you hear in a bunch of mixes on this blog. But the shit hit the fan when somebody in Milwaukee called station owner Willie Davis in LA & told him they were playing music with cursing on his radio station. The memo to never ever play an unedited song on-air on Hot 102 went out soon after.
It was a special time and a special moment in Milwaukee radio history & I'm glad I still had it to share. If you've never heard it check commercial radio with the versions of songs the way they were supposed to be heard.
The most important radio show I've ever done. The most memorable. The most controversial. Like the Hot 102 shows, I thought I'd never find the tapes but you never know what you'll come across rummaging thru the garage.
You could say at the time I didn't understand the largeness of the situation. Other than Eazy-Z, no major hip hop artist had died up to that point. Everybody on the paintings with Pac (Big, Aaliyah, Left Eye, Jam Master Jay) died after that fateful Friday night so there was no precedent. I remember thinking, "all this for Pac?" We had already done a top 10 2Pac songs in hour 2 and people wanted more. Today you would have an entire show of music dedicated to an artists memory, but then? You were either for Pac or for B.I.G. and I was definitely riding with B.I.G. in the whole east vs. west thing. Not saying you wanted a man to die, but live by the sword, die by the sword was my attitude. 2Pac just brought out that kind of emotion in you. You either rode with him 100% or were against him 100%.
There is no revisionist history on this show like you would hear in dedication shows today. Its all raw emotions on how we and the listeners felt at that time
After the show V-100 was deluged with calls and complaints from angry listeners the entire weekend. And hearing the show and hindsight being 20/20 I can totally understand why I had to make an apology the following Friday night for some of the remarks I made on the show (even after I say at the end of the show how I'm not apologizing for the things I said). We pissed off people that night and even received a death threat or two, so by the end of the show I was defiant & didn't give a fuck. I even said some things on-air that made my co-host KeKe quit the show afterwards.
Like Aaliyah after him, I didn't know how big Pac was till after he died. On Friday The 13th 1996 I learned.
This show is dedicated to my Flava Crew. Scott "Scotty G" Gunderson in DC, Kenyatta "KeKe" Taylor in NY, and The Midwest Mixer Dr. B in Milwaukee. We made Milwaukee radio history. We were a mixshow that was on once a week for 4 hours and we made more buzz than an entire on-air staff. And we gave them a show to talk about for years to come and for that and I thank you all.
This is the entire 4 hour show.
From the top, what still impresses me to this day is how well produced the show is. From the Strick promo that starts the show, to voice messages about Pac's death, to the show intro, to soundbytes from the movie Juice, everything is on point. Shows don't get much tighter than this and I'll take the credit for that. A lot of prep went into this in a short amout of time
We kick off the 2Pac top 10 & get Scotty G's and KeKe's thoughts on Pac's life & death. They keep it real & pull no punches. Their words are a testament to how people were really split down the middle on the whole Pac/BIG beef & how the world was where you could speak your mind before everything became ultra politically correct.
We finish the 2Pac top 10 & get Doc B's opinion on 2Pac and his legacy plus play a few more promos, songs & Pac cuts.
By now the weight of the callers is starting to get to me & the crew and I'm getting a lil pissed, but we keep it movin & we finish the show off with a few more Pac songs and a mini Booty mix by Dr. B who had been on the wheels the entire show
Howdy world! What I want to accomplish with this blog is to expose some of my lost works. Music & mixes from the DJ Fresh G era in Milwaukee radio Hot 102, V-100 & everything in between. If I find it I'll post it.
Thanks for checking out the blog. Leave comments if you like but most importantly, enjoy the music.
I found a tape in the garage that geeked me up to new levels of geektivity. I had been looking for my old mixes from Hot 102 for awhile but wasnt having any luck. Seems I was using the tapes for airchecks when I got the job on 'GCI and may have recorded over all the mixshows.
I was wrong. I found the tapes!
Every Friday & Saturday we used to have a boombox in the studio and I would record the mixes from the radio so they could have that live feel. No Serato, No Tricks, No Computer editing program. 2 turntables live in studio