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Tonight at 10:00 PM Eastern, Q-Tip steps aside for DJ Lady S, a Belgian import who is internationally known and locally accepted. Yours truly will contribute with announcing chores while Lady S brings that Belgian heat. C ya on the radio. Exclusively on Beats 1! 

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I got my start in the record business when the late Joey Robinson hired me to work college radio for Soul City’s Sugar Hill Records. The first record I was entrusted to nurture was “The Message” by the eventual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Back then, the DJ was the draw in hip hop, and Flash was the biggest headliner there was. Pioneering hip hop journalist, John Leland profiles my old friend Flash in the latest NY Times Magazine.

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Rudy Van Gelder, arguably the greatest engineer of jazz recordings in the history of the music; the audio architect who sonically designed historic albums by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Smith, Bob James, George Benson, Eumir Deodato and of course John Coltrane’s landmark “A Love Supreme” is dead at the age of 91. A true American titan is gone. He put the Soul in Soul City. I am crushed. R.I.P.

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http://www.thefader.com/2016/08/23/george-clinton-brainfeeder-album-flying-lotus

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Tonight


Tonight at 10:00 PM EDT, check out Q-Tip on the 1 and 2s while he spins golden age hip hop classics on Apple Music’s Beats 1. Of course he will be aided and abetted by yours truly, the insideplaya on announcing duties. See you on the radio. 

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R.I.P

imageDominique Trenier was an associate, a fellow pioneer, a record man and an artist in his own right. He was a welcomed presence in mid ’90s black creative circles who never failed to stop you in the club, on the street or drop by your office (unannounced) to see what you thought was happening. When I first met him, he was a member of a band that was signed to Andre Harrell’s Uptown Records. He was highly energetic, good natured, well known and respected. My phone has been ringing non-stop with calls from industry vets asking me to verify if he really died. Like many of the things Dom did, this was real too. He really collaborated with D’Angelo and ?uestlove to create the landmark recording “Voodoo”. He really identified Mark Ronson as a hit making producer when he teamed him with Nikka Costa years before Mark heard Amy Winehouse or Bruno Mars. He really put together a killer soundtrack for Michael Jordan’s “Space Jam” movie and gave Seal a major hit in the process. At the time of his death, he really was working with Hollywood show biz vet, Allen Elliot on bringing a previously unreleased Aretha Franklin documentary of her legendary performance of the “Amazing Grace” album to screens. Dom and I hadn’t spoken for a while but I’ll always remember him as a guy with hustle and soul. I’ll miss him. He was good for the game. Rest In Peace soldier, you did your thing.

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