I first discovered popular music growing up in Chile. I was 7 years old when Michael Jackson released ”Thriller”. I actually remember the day my father bought me the Thriller tape which became my first ever! I used to listen to the cassette on a red walkman I borrowed off my father. Often I’d listen to it in bed right before I went to sleep. I would try to sing along…but of course…I didn’t know English!
Eventually my next favourite band were from Argentina and their lyrics were in Spanish. Soda Stereo released their first album in 1984 and I guessed my parents noticed I like them so much that they decided to buy me the cassette of their second album released in 1985 for my 10th birthday. ”Nada Personal” was being played daily on my walkman! It was a great album! And since these guys were releasing a new album every year, it became a habit that I would receive their latest album on cassette for every birthday I celebrated!
In 1986 I saw a breakdancer for the first time ever! Ever! In our class begun a kid from Canada attending. I remember exactly as he was dancing and the wooden platforms placed on the pavement of the schoolyard for this particular event! EVENT! I had never seen anything like that…not even on TV! This kid was flipping and turning on his back and on his head. It was a short and I realise now also an amazing experience!
In 1987, as I had turned 12 years old, we left Chile and moved to Sweden. Stockholm became my hometown. For the next two years music, tennis and basketball disappeared off my life. It was all about going to school and learning Swedish. Nothing else!
By 1989 we had lived in Sweden 2 years and my father had purchased a vinyl player. My friend lent me a compilation called ”Street Rap”. It was a white vinyl. The compilation had My Philosophy by Boogie Down Productions. I remember playing it over and over again! During this time I also begun going to the youth centre in Fruängen. On Fridays they arranged parties or ”disco” as we called them. It was there that I first heard ”Do the Right Thing” by Redhead Kingpin and the F.B.I. Eventually this became the first 45” I ever purchased.
By 1990 De La Soul had released 3 Feet High and Rising and I had been listening to ”Me Myself and I” a lot! That same year I also begun attending Vårberg skolan. My Swedish had improved but I was too shy to make friends, specially if they were Swedish. I had been attending a class where Swedish was our main subject. When my Swedish became good enough I begun attending other subjects with the regular ”Swedish class”. It was there I met DJ Snuff. Snuff and I weren’t hanging out in the beginning but luckily I had a friend who was the total opposite of me! He knew the whole school! He would borrow records off DJ Snuff and bring them to my house and leave them there for weeks. It was then I carefully begun listening to records and later also recording mix tapes. Ever since I’ve owned a portable music player.
Eventually I begun collecting my own records. I started collecting vinyl at first but not long after came CD’s. The portability of the format made me a CD consumer for many years.
I would say that ever since I heard De La Soul’s - 3 Feet High and Rising I’ve been married to hip-hop. Visiting records stores became a habit. Yo! Mtv Raps became my favourite show. I became very influenced by hip-hop artists.
The love I developed for hip-hop music never developed for graffiti nor breakdancing. I was happy just consuming the music. DJ:ing was cool but to me it has never been about the DJ:ing and its probably the reason why I’ve never put down too much time practising techniques or routines. To me it was all about letting other people know about artists or records I had discovered and that I felt the whole world should hear! For my friends I’ve recorded tapes, purchased CD’s and I’ve brought them along to concerts. As I lived in London between 2001-2005 I purchased many UK CD’s to give away, just because I felt it was great music that needed to be heard!
I have very strong values. I’ve never called myself a DJ out of respect to those who I know have put hours of practice. I have been collecting records for many years but DJ:ing I have only done since I begun attending university in 2001. My strong values have made their mark also in the music I’ve rejected. Through the years I’ve stopped playing music if I’ve felt the lyrics are inappropriate (i.e. ”Punks Jump Up” by Brand Nubians).
Sharing music became the reason why me and my mate in 2007 decided to start a podcast which we named Fresh Rotation. Eventually my mate dropped out but for me it was a way to continue sharing music. I continued on my own recording podcast episodes and eventually also DJ:ing in bars and venues. 10 years have passed since! So much good music have been released! So much bad music too! Thanks to all of you who’s supported 1200.nu and thanks to all of those who have inspired me in different ways to do what I do. Shout out to Judit & Bertil! Special thank yous to DJ Snuff and to my friend Soul Survivor!
”Illustrious Tablets” by TriState and DirtyDiggs features Planet Asia, Big Twins, God Pt.3, Rasco, Killa Kali, Rogue Venom and Mike Ant. DirtyDiggs handles the production along with Oh No and The Alchemist who is the producer of ”The Collection Plate”. Check the EP through the Gold Chain Bandcamp site.
Episode no.101 features 21 tracks of super dope music! What’re your thoughts on the new Gang Starr track? The new Homeboy Sandman and the Cut Beetlez tracks are our favourites from this episode. Much love to Menteroja! This is probably the first time 1200.nu gets love on a track! Also shoutout to Theo3 a.k.a. Theology3 and producer Phat Tony who recorded the opening drop specially for us in 2013.
Theo3 drop. Produced by Phat Tony  Rapsody – Oprah feat. Leikeli47  KVBeats – Supreme Confidence feat. AG, Reks & Percee P  Gang Starr – Family and Loyalty feat. J. Cole  Nas – QueensBridge Politics  Big Twins – Man Down feat. Ruste Juxx  Da Buze Bruvaz – Double Action Portable Gatling  Explizit One – Class Is in Session feat. Ruste Juxx, King Magnetic & Illa Ghee  Nems – Heavy Metal  Cut Beetlez – Bad News feat. The Good People  Homeboy Sandman – Pussy  Max I Million – Do It feat. Twizzmatic  The Diceman – Nod & Drip  Verb T & Pitch 92 – Tragedy & Comedy  HUBBS – See You Baby  Menteroja & Johnik – Mick & Sampler  Donwill – The Easiest feat. Theory Hazit  Max I Million – Another Morning feat. Blu  Nas – The Art of It feat. J. Myers  Tone Spliff – Got Wise feat. Sadat X  Finale – Skill Set feat. Wordsworth, Supastition & DJ Stresh  Stahhr – Go Time
Menteroja! This sweet brother continues to release good music! Cassette, vinyl…whatever! Check out his Bandcamp to get familiar with the realness. All productions on the album ”Studier i Rött” by Menteroja. ”För Jazzen” features also Double H on MC duties.
This is the first video of the Max I Million album ”We Own The Night” to drop through Nine To Five Records on October 4th. ”Coupe Deville” features Planet Asia and TriState. Other features on the album by Blu and Twizzmatic. Release party takes place in Hilma (Stockholm) on October 3rd where you’ll find many fine people contributing this a night to celebrate!
Professor P & DJ Akilles dropped another album to their collection. ”Remember” is, beside being available digitally, also available on vinyl through their Myshopify site. Guest appearances by Lil’ Fame and by Defari.
Homeboy Sandman is now on Mello Music Group and to begin his album dropping experience on MMG here’s ”Dusty”! Album drops October 18th and is entirely produced by Mono En Stereo who earlier produced the ”Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent” album – then as EL RTNC.
I’m not super exited about this but Ghostface Killah is still Ghostface Killah! I’ll have to check the rest of the project to give it a fair rate. The name of the project is ”Ghostface Killahs” and is available digitally on September 13th.
Episode no.100! We’ve taken it back to some of our favourite tunes featured on our podcast episodes through the one hundred episodes we’ve recorded! Thank you all for sharing and spreading the word! This list is limited to 24 tracks. To begin with this list consisted of almost 100 tracks that we for obvious reasons couldn’t publish. You can find a Spotify playlist here with tracks that didn’t make the final cut! Enjoy!
Note: The track ”A Different Light” by The Perceptionists featured on the Spotify list is the remix by Paten Locke. He passed away a few weeks ago and we’d like to send our condolences to his family. R.I.P. Paten Locke!
 K-Dot-O-Dot – Douchebag  DOOMSTARKS – Victory Laps  Rikard ”Skizz” Bizzi – Träd  NYGz – Policy  Elzhi – Halftime  Marco Polo & Torae – Hold Up feat. Masta Ace & Sean Price  Oddisee – Drugs Outside feat. Rapper Big Pooh & Black Milk (remix)  Random Axe – Chewbacca feat. Roc Marciano  Random Axe – The Hex  Sean Price – Pyrex  The Left – Battle Axe feat. Mu  Eternia & MoSS – The Half  Roc Marciano – Snow  OC & Apollo Brown – Prove Me Wrong  Mack Beats – I Centrum feat. Jaqe  The Perceptionists – A Different Light  Riff Raff McGriff – Tell Em  Freeway & Jake One – Know What I Mean  Homeboy Sandman – Refugee  The Black Opera – Sleep Tight  Oddisee – Word to the Wise  Tanya Morgan – Cold Modelo  DJ Skizz – Hot Breath feat. Your Old Droog, Sean Price, Lil Fame & Milano  Dave Run – Shades of Love
BlabberMouf is ready to release ”Ain’t Backin’ Down”. BlabberMouf has been all over with the collabos! The album is being release on vinyl through Vinyl Digital from Germany. On the album features once again Christmaz (SE) and on production is Chile’s SQB. The energy that BlabberMouf brings to the music is always good to feel and hear!
We’ve been supporting Skyzoo since ”Click” which I believe was released in 2007. Through the years Skyzoo has released tons of wicked music. The latest is released by Mello Music Group and is called ”Retropolitan”. Entirely produced by the Chocolate Boy Wonder a.k.a. Soul Brother no.1.
Sa-Roc tweeted this video a week or two! Not sure where it comes from or if it is something to be released down the line…fi you’ve followed us long enough then you know how we feel about Sa-Roc and her art!