Audio: The Cipher Show – Elzhi Episode


The Cipher Show, hosted by Shawn Setaro, airs every Tuesday night at 8pm eastern standard time, 5pm pacific standard time on Ground Up Radio’ online stream! #PRESSPLAY

Elzhi got his start as an emcee in the now-famous Detroit rap scene of the 1990s, going to shows and open mics alongside some of the city’s great talent like Guilty Simpson, Royce da 5’9”, Phat Kat, Invincible, Proof, Eminem, and Slum Village. In 2001, Elzhi would join Slum Village after J Dilla left the group. He would remain with them for nearly a decade, leaving in 2010 amidst drama with the other members and their record label.

In 2011, Elzhi released an album-length reinvisioning of Nas’ Illmatic, entitled Elmatic, which met great critical and popular success. His brand new album, inspired by his struggles with depression, is called Lead Poison.

Tracks featured in this episode:

Chris Bud f/Big Herk, “I Wish A Nigga Would”
Slum Village, “Who Are We”
The Cipher Episode 141: Quelle Chris
Slum Village, “Hoc N Pucky”
Slum VIllage, “Mountaintop”
Slum Village, “Ooh Wee”
Slum Village, “The Look of Love”
Slum Village, “Where We Come From”
Elzhi f/Ayah, “The Leak”
Elzhi f/Royce Da 5’9”, “Motown 25”
Ice-T, “Colors”
Elzhi, “Colors”
Elzhi, “Guessing Game”
Nas, “N.Y. State of Mind”
Elzhi, “Detroit State of Mind”
Elzhi, “Memory Lane”
Elzhi, “Blue Widow”
Elzhi, “Medicine Man”
Elzhi, “Cloud”
Elzhi, “Misright”
Elzhi, “Hello!!!!!”
Elzhi, “Healing Process”
Elzhi, “INTROverted”
Elzhi f/Smitty, “ALIENated”
Elzhi, “Two 16’s”
Elzhi, “Healing Process”
Elzhi f/Tahbisle Griffen, “The Turning Point”
Elzhi, “Weedipedia”
Elzhi, “INTROverted”
Elzhi, “Keep Dreaming”
Elzhi f/Chris Dave, “She Sucks”
Ice Cube, “A Bird In The Hand”
Royce Da 5’9” f/Black Milk & Elzhi, “Real Hip Hop”
Elzhi f/Royce Da 5’9” & Stokley Williams, “Life’s a B*tch”
Elzhi, “Egocentric”

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Audio: The Cipher Show: Allah B Episode


The Cipher Show, hosted by Shawn Setaro, airs every Tuesday night at 7pm eastern standard time, 4pm pacific standard time on Ground Up Radio’ online stream! #PRESSPLAY

“Allah B is a longtime member of the Nation of Gods and Earths, formerly known as the Five Percenters. He grew up in Harlem in the 1950s and 60s, a time when the Nation of Islam had huge influence thanks to its minister, Malcolm X. Clarence 13X Smith was an NOI member who became disenchanted with the group around 1963, and formed his own organization the following year. Clarence quickly became known as “Allah” or “The Father,” and most of his early disciples were teenage boys, Allah B among them.

The group, originally known as the Five Percenters and now as the Nation of Gods and Earths, grew steadily until Allah’s murder in June 1969. It would have a rebirth in the 1980s and 90s, as many of the young children raised in the group’s beliefs would go into hip-hop and spread Five Percenter beliefs, slang, and practices far and wide.

If you’ve ever listened to Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, or the Wu-Tang Clan, said “Peace” or “word,” or stood in a b-boy stance, you owe a huge debt to the Gods and Earths, whether you realize it or not. Allah B has been there for the group’s whole history, and shares it with us in this interview.”

Tracks featured in this episode:

RZA, “The Birth”
Rakim, “The Mystery (Who Is God?)”
Poor Righteous Teachers, “Butt Naked Booty Bless”
Shabazz The Disciple, “Death Be The Penalty”
J-Live, “Them That’s Not”
Kanye West, “I Am A God”
Noreaga, “Superthug”
Wu-Tang Clan, “Da Mystery Of Chessboxin’”
Brand Nubian, “Ain’t No Mystery”
Digable Planets, “Where I’m From”
Babatunde Olatunji, “Jin-Go-Lo-Ba (Jin-Go-Low-Bah)”
Busta Rhymes, “Salute Da Gods!!”
Lord Jamar, “Supreme Mathematics (Born Mix)”
Big Daddy Kane, “Just Rhymin’ With Biz”
Gang Starr, “Who’s Gonna Take The Weight”
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, “Anger In The Nation”
Showbiz & A.G., “Runaway Slave”
Two Kings in a Cipher, “Kemit-Cal Reaction”
Brand Nubian, “Wake Up – Explicit Stimulated Dummies Mix”
Eric B. and Rakim, “Follow The Leader”
Brand Nubian, “Young Son”
Brand Nubian, “Wake Up – Explicit Reprise In The Sunshine”
Brand Nubian & the 5% Nation on Yo! MTV Raps Interview
Lakim Shabazz, “All True And Living”
Jay Z, “Heaven”
Erykah Badu, “On & On”
Show notes:

Michael Muhammad Knight, The Five Percenters: Islam, Hip-hop and the Gods of New York
The Black God: An Anthology of Truth
FBI Records: Five Percenters

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VUBM RADIO: Novel Bandana Interview



VUBM stands for “Virginia Underground Block Music’ and is a radio show hosted by personality/producer/artist Bobby Flawless. It showcases the underground artists of Virginia and their music, story, and movements

This episode features Novel Bandana, a Newport News, Virgina hip hop artist who is generating a buzz with his album “The Bandana LP“.

VUBM Radio airs every Wednesday 10am-11am EST on Ground Up Radio!!



Purchase and download “The Bandana Lp” by Novel Bandana

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The Time Is 95 -DJ Tre’ Show 4 Mix

#tEpisode 4 of Dj Tre’s radio show “The Time Is 95”, which airs every Wednesday from 8pm- 9pm EST on Ground Up Radio’s online radio stream!! Listen in on the TuneIn app or visit and click on the LISTEN NOW button. #PRESSPLAY

Follow Dj Tre on social media:
IG: therealdjtre

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The Time Is 95 – DJ Tre’ Show 3 Mix

#tEpisode 3 of Dj Tre’s radio show “The Time Is 95”, which airs every Wednesday from 8pm- 9pm EST on Ground Up Radio’s online radio stream!! Listen in on the TuneIn app or visit and click on the LISTEN NOW button. #PRESSPLAY

Follow Dj Tre on social media:
IG: therealdjtre

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Video: Phife – “Nutshell”

Hip hop recently took a loss with the passing of A Tribe Called Quest emcee Phife, also known as Phife Dawg. With the news stirring the hip hop community, there has been an extreme outpouring of homage being paid to the “5 Foot Assassin”. From mixshow tributes, blog posts, pictures (First Lady Michelle Obama even posed with a picture of ATCQ’s album “The Low End Theory” to pay respect to Phife) and more, the love for Phife Dawg is real and his memory will resonate for years to come.

Prior to his transition, Phife was working on album titled “Give Thanks”. With production from the late, great producer J Dilla (whom Phife dedicated the track “Dear Dilla” to a few years back), Phife’s single “Nutshell’ is available for download. The video for the track was recorded before his passing and features Phife in raw form spitting some the best verses we’ve heard from him in years. Included in the video are some legends of hip hop (Rakim, Redman, Pete Rock, Q Tip, Maseo from De La Soul) summing up Phife Dawg in a nutshell. #PRESSPLAY

“Nutshell” is availabe for purchase and download here.

Rest Easy, Malik “Phife” Taylor.

Rock, Rock On.

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Video: “Respect Life” – Season 2 (Trailer)

“Whatever you do…….RESPECT LIFE!!”

If you haven’t watched or heard of the webisode series “Respect Life” by now, you need to get in tune! Featured on the YouTube channel of the same name, “Respect Life” depicts life in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York and the many different situations that arise from life in the streets. While following the storylines of the show’s characters, many topics (including racism,HIV, and homosexuality) are brought to light. The story line is very relatable and the actors bring life to their characters. Garnering a core audience and steady rise in viewership in Season One’s thirteen episodes, the time for Season Two’s premier is quickly approaching. To get a brief recap of last season, #PRESSPLAY on the trailer above!

Written and shot by rapper/director/actor Boom Pacino, “Respect Life” is a web series destined to rise to greater horizons. Don’t be the last to know about it! Go to the “RESPECT LIFE” YouTube channel to view and subscribe now! Season Two kicks off on April 20th!

Join the Facebook group “Respect Life the series” to interact with cast members and more!!!

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Video: Big Grams – “Drum Machine” ft. Skrillex

Big Grams, a collaborative music project consisting of Big Boi, one half of the legendary hip hop act Outkast, and electronic rock duo Phantogram, has been receiving rave reviews since the release of their self titled EP last year. Dropping a new visual for their song “Drum Machine”, the video boast a feel good, humorous vibe that is as enjoyable as the track. #PRESSPLAY

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Audio: Funkadelic ft. Kendrick Lamar & Ice Cube – “Ain’t That Funkin Kinda Hard On You?”

“WE WANT THE FUNK!!” It seems that the saying is proving to be timeless. Funkadelic, the collective band that is known for its hits in the genre of funk music that include “Knee Deep” and “One Nation Under A Groove”, and it’s frontman/lead vocalist George Clinton, has shared a new track featuring Grammy Award winning hip hop star Kendrick Lamar and legendary hip hop icon Ice Cube. “Ain’t That Funkin Kinda Hard On You? (Remix)” is a smooth groove that finds Kendrick and Cube fitting in comfortably. No strangers to funk, Kendrick’s rap album of the year “To Pimp A Butterfly” was strongly influenced by funk and Ice Cube has rhymed on funk tracks his whole rap career, which includes the 1994 collaboration with George Clinton, “Bop Gun”. #PRESSPLAY

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Audio: Prodigy – “Tyranny”

Timeless rap duo Mobb Deep continues to tour and release music to the fans who can “never get enough of this”.  Prodigy has made it known that his next solo album, “The Hegelian Dialectic”, is coming, as well as another Mobb Deep album. We’ve been waiting……

…..and here we are! Prodigy drops his first single from the album, titled “Tyranny”. Speaking his point of view on racial and social issues, P points out that the real enemy is the government and those factors are only distractions. Prodigy delivers in the only way he knows…hardcore. #PRESSPLAY

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