1. DJ Red Alert — 98.7 Kiss FM Broadcast (June13, 1987) (AUDIO).


    Classic radio courtesy of Stretch Armstrong ’s archives. Read Stretch's new “Cassette Culture” column for Medium here .

    Stretch Armstrong says: The tape starts at the beginning of the show with the sound of a siren, signaling it’s time for Red Alert. The first song is actually one of Red’s signature promos “The TR-808 is Coming,” created by the closely-affiliated Boogie Down Productions crew, featuring a very young D-Nice — who, in addition to rapping on the track, produced it. Following at 3:30 is “Hey Love” by King Sun and D-Moet, a shaker-heavy love rap that samples the Art of Noise’s “Moments In Love.” At 16:00 Red plays another promo-turned-record “Red Alert Is A Great Man” by The Mighty Mitch-Ski the Rappin’ Comedian, followed at 19:27 by an unreleased, cassette-only version of “The Ruler’s Back” by Slick Rick which Def Jam gave to key radio DJs to air...

    This tape is just a little over an hour of what was a two hour show, but it’s a fine snapshot into the center of the hip-hop universe in 1987, namely New York City. Red was a tastemaker, a record breaker and a star in his own right. The songs he selected, the creative, often hilarious radio promos that every relevant artist would record for him, plus his charismatic personality and original slang (though he doesn’t talk on this tape) come together to make Kool DJ Red Alert’s show on Kiss-FM an essential piece of hip-hop history and cassette culture.

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    • Arturo Fonzarelli

      Straight time capsule. This is dope!