Tuesday, August 9, 2011


We're baaaaaaaaaaaack!

Big M and 2Face Al are in the spot, flooding the airwaves with nothing but the best Hip-Hop, the ish you won't be finding in the mainstream. Big, BIG shoutout to DJ Sage, with whom we'll be rocking Urban Renewal Project podcasts with in the near future!

Bear with us as we transition to a slightly different format and get adjusted to it! We did kick it off in a big way with a special guest in the area. Big Moss rolled through with Chrome Vision and Divided and dropped a freestyle gem for the streets of Vancouver to roll with. He's also crushing the competition in the Urban Star Contest so definetly hit the website and keep up to date then tell people you were up on the next urban star before they got signed!

We rocked a ton of tracks tonight, tons of CanCon and a whole lotta heat. Defenders of the Faith, Land Mindz, Rich Kidd, Black Rob, Wu-Tang Clan and a ton more. You can check out the Co-Op Radio archives and listen to this show as well as a ton of other quality programs, regardless of your taste in music/public affairs! There's something for everyone on Co-Op Radio.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

URP Radio -- June 21, 2011 -- Dusty Trails

Since the Urban Renewal Project is going in a new direction, separate from Co-Op Radio, we figured we'd go out with a bang and drop a TRIPLE SHOT on the people. The first two tracks were from Random Axe's LP, "Karate Kid" and "Everybody Nobody Somebody". Both go hard and if you're fans of any one of Sean Price, Guilty Simpson or Black Milk, you'll like this album very much. We also got into a track from a couple weeks ago that we slept on from Termanology's Cameo King II, ST Salute featuring Ea$y Money and H Blanco. Crazy track and the album is definitely worth checking out. Show Off!

We played a ton of tracks tonight, including cuts from Vast Aire, J. Cole, Artifacts, and 2Pac, whose birthday was June 16th. We also discovered (stay with me here) the human version of Louie Anderson's cartoon character from Life With Louie.. Weird, right?

Since this is the last program of the Co-Op Radio version of the URP, we'd like to thank Co-Op Radio for years of support and the opportunity to spread great music to the city of Vancouver and beyond. Do not hesitate to become a Co-Op Member and become a part of Vancouver's most diverse radio station!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

URP Radio -- June 14, 2011 -- Crunch Time

As everything else in the city of Vancouver this week, the Urban Renewal Project is operating in the shade cast by Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. One more win will send Vancity into an absolute frenzy, so consider tonight's show the warm-up! We put it together after the Double Shot, but we actually selected a Boston artist to feature this week. FOL. However, regardless of where Termanology hails from, there's no denying the quality of Cameo King II. The usual suspects are present on this record; Statik Selektah, Freeway, Joell Ortiz, Bun B, Slaine and many, many more make appearances as every track features at least one artist. Check it out, and remember to support the real

We played a ton of tunes tonight from the likes of Shad, Sean Price, Pacewon & Mr. Green, Elzhi, Action Bronson, Nas and more. Check out that new Nas if you haven't already!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

URP Tuesdays -- June 7th, 2011 -- Randominium!

Once again it's on!

We pretty much got right into it, not only providing more scintillating conversation than Jeff Goldblum, but also the absolute best in Hip-Hop. Instead of doing a beat battle or double shot, we rocked the new Random Axe single, "Chewbacca". In other news, the name "Chewbacca" still receives the dreaded squiggly red typo line when typed in a Blogspot text box. This is a travesty, especially since I'm planning to name my second, fourth and twelfth child Chewbacca :-(. Anyhow, the Random Axe LP drops a week from today and we are all rather pumped on that fact.

We were also feeling the fact that Summer finally seems to be on its way to Vancouver. Better late than never, right? Thanks, Mother Nature. I guess you were busy reigning absolute terror on Asia, South America and the Caribbean. However, in all seriousness, people need to stop complaining about poor weather or the lack of sunshine we are getting here in North America, when millions of people have been killed, injured and displaced around the world because of natural disasters. Donate a few bucks to relief efforts and help your fellow man, even if it means having a couple less 8 dollar cups of coffee.

We got into a ton of nice tunes for the nice weather, including a ton of DJ Quik, Fresh Prince, Rascalz, Rich Kidd and much, much more. Also hit up the URP Facebook page and LIKE us! Downloads, newsbits, and of course, scintillating conversation are the norm over at the Urban Renewal Project. Follow us on Twitter while you're at it!


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

URP Tuesdays -- May 31, 2011 -- Feeling the Bass

We were back in full effect tonight, closing out the month of May in a positive way with our Double Shot of our choice cuts from the last 31 days. The Big M pick was Elzhi's version of Represent (surprise, surprise...), since it is a very tall order to go in on one of DJ Premier's best beats and not be outshined by Nas' mastery on Illmatic. Check the URP Facebook group to download "Elmatic" for free, you will not be disappointed! 2Face Al selected "Random Call" by Random Axe (Sean Price, Guilty Simpson & Black Milk), which gets us amped for the June 14th release of the Random Axe LP!

We were then joined by a veteran producer and Grammy winner, Chin, who has put down production for a laundry list of Hip-Hop artists including K'Naan, Drake, The Clipse, Eminem, 50 Cent and countless more. Chin will be in town this weekend (June 4th & 5th), hosting a Hip-Hop Production Masterclass at The Nimbus School of Recording Arts. Register now and get input on your music from a true production genius! Vancouver has been hosting many conventions such as this recently, which are a great way to gain valuable experience about the music industry. Young artists listen up!

We were shoulders deep in good music tonight, bumping everything from Common to Saukrates, Random Axe to Classified, Souls of Mischief to Pharoahe Monch, so there was a little something for every Hip-Hop head!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

URP Tuesdays -- May 17th, 2011 -- Faces in the Crowd

We welcomed ourselves back to Co-Op Radio following last week's hiatus by bringing back the legendary, amazing, mythical, tantalizing DOUBLE SHOT! Will it remain? Will it return from whence it came? Only time will tell. Alls we know is that we churned out a couple of tracks for the people, coming from Edo G's new album, "Face In The Crowd". Another nice release from Edo G, who speaks to the Golden Era crowd on this record. "I Was There" and "Drink Up" were the tracks chosen to get your attention, now check out the rest of the album. And remember, make sure to support good music!

We also got into a lengthy Black Moon set, in honour of their May 18th visit to Vancouver. There is no shortage of Black Moon classics, so we got into a ton of tunes from the Boot Camp Clik veretans, as well as some Wais P, Elzhi, Malkovich, Shad, and many more. Don't forget to log onto www.CoOpRadio.org and become a Co-Op member to keep artists like these on 102.7fm CFRO! Tell 'em the URP is your favourite show!

Make sure to visit the Urban Renewal Project Facebook Page, because we give you the business when it comes to that dang Hip-Hop music. Follow us on Twitter as well! Flex your social media muscles!


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

URP Tuesdays -- May 3rd, 2011 -- Stylin' On Ya

Since we had so much heat to drop into your ears this Tuesday evening, we just dove head first into the mix. Statik Selektah, Bun B, Talib Kweli, Blackalicious, and many more found their way onto the airwaves tonight, so hopefully you were vibing as well as we were!

We were joined by the co-founder of the Stylus Group, Click, who will be holding the fourth annual It Starts With The DJ conference at Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver on Saturday, May 7th., with a legendary special guest: DIAMOND D, along with Flipout, Kyle Kraft, Justin Wachtel, DJ Arems, GMAN, and plenty more industry players throughout the event. If you are an aspiring DJ/MC/Producer or are simply curious about the music industry, this is an event you won't want to miss! As if that wasn't smooth enough, Diamond D will also be playing a FREE show at Fortune the night before on May 6th. Not so bad right? Get out there!

Also, head over to the Urban Renewal Project Facebook Page for some dope downloads, including the greatest Hip-Hop Demos and The Tical Files.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April 12th, 2011 -- PODCASTAWAY

April 16th was one of those stellar shows that live on in the annals of time. Wanna know why?



URP Tuesdays -- R.I.P. Guru (July 17, 1961– April 19, 2010)

One year ago today, the world lost one of the most recognizable voices in Hip-Hop. Keith "Guru" Elam passed away on April 19th, 2010, following a heart attack and the ensuing coma. Never one to take a verse off, Guru needed no introduction when he picked up the microphone. In addition to dropping knowledge on every track he touched, it could be argued that he and DJ Premier were major players in shaping that New York Hip-Hop sound that ruled the airwaves in the 90s and into the 2000s. If, for some reason, you're not up on Guru and Gang Starr, do yourself a favour and look up him up.

We also gave some serious burn to one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Raekwon. The Chef will be rocking Fortune Sound Club on 4/20/2011, so it was only right that we got into a heavy dose of Wu tonight. If you've never seen any of the Wu-Tang members live, this is your chance to brush up on the live experience, as you can be sure that Rae will be dusting off the old classics as well as some of his newer work. Raekwon + Fortune Sound Club = one monstrous show.

Stay tuned for tonight's podcast on www.URPRadio.Podomatic.com as well as this very blog! We got some madness on deck for ya, so don't snooze!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

URP Tuesdays -- April 12, 2011 -- Most Definitely Classy

We're back once again, holding down your Tuesday night on 102.7fm CFRO!

Co-Op Radio is knee-deep in pledge season, which means we are looking for donations to keep Co-Op the people's station! Any contributions help, and the process is now easier than ever. Just visit the www.CoOpRadio.org pledge page follow the steps to become a Co-Op member or renew your existing membership. Don't forget to mention that the Urban Renewal Project is your favourite show!

We kicked off this week with our usual beat battle and tonight's theme was tracks bigging up one's city. Coincidentally, both picks were cuts about Brooklyn. There was a ton of tracks to pick from, but Brooklyn artists seem to make the best tributes to their stomping ground. The Big M choice jam was Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers by Chubb Rock, Jeru The Damaja & OC, while 2Face Al's pick of the night was Brooklyn by M.O.P.. Both tracks are posted one the URP Facebook group, so check 'em out and let us know what you think!

Stay tuned in the weeks to come, as we have some tickets to some big shows that will go exclusively to listeners who become Co-Op members! We're already sending a supporter to Maseo's Vancouver stop on the 13th and there's more to come!

We got plenty of tunes in tonight, from Classified to Jay Kin, Big K.R.I.T. to so keep it locked on www.URPRadio.Podomatic.com and this blog for tonight's podcast, as well as a few past shows that are going up tomorrow morning!

Also, do yourself a favour and check out Classified's new album, "Hand Shakes & Middle Fingers", which was released today. We are working on getting the Halifax vet on the show in a week's time, so make sure you tune in next week for a chance to win tickets to his Vancouver show on April 21st at Venue Nightclub in Vancouver.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

URP Tuesdays -- April 5th, 2010 -- Motion Picture Ish...

And now, for the feature presentation...

We decided to get the ball rolling with the beat battle, as usual. This week's theme was our favourite tracks from a movie soundtrack. Narrowing it down to one track each was no easy task, but we did our best. The Big M pick of the night was a personal favourite that only a small handful of people will agree with, but whatever: Pandemonium by The Pharcyde, from King Of New York. 2Face Al picked Am I Black Enough For You by Schoolly D. Agree? Disagree? Want to punch us in the face based on our choices? You can do two of the three at the URP Facebook Page.

We here at the Urban Renewal Project are fans of music in general, not only Hip-Hop, which is why we take a moment to acknowledge the work of Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain. Like him or not, you have to appreciate his approach to music. Rest In Power (Kurt Cobain February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994)

We bumped a ton of tunes tonight from the likes of Classified, King Reign, Royce Da 5'9, Black Moon, Planet Asia, Saigon and many more. Stay tuned to www.URPRadio.Podomatic.com, as we are in the process of throwing up any past shows we've missed in the past couple weeks!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

URP Radio -- March 29, 2010 -- J-Bru in your area

With March winding down, we decided to kick off the show with a Big-M/2Face Al double shot of our favourite tracks from albums released this month. It was a good month for Hip-Hop, with Raekwon, Reks, Lupe Fiasco, Pharoahe Monch, Zion I & The Grouch, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa dropping albums, among others. It was tough to narrow it down, but we went with Pharoahe Monch's "Clap (One Day)" featuring Showtyme & DJ Boogie Blind and "Race Against Time" by 1982 (Termanology & Statik Selektah) featuring Bun B & Josh Xanthus. Both solid, conscious tracks that are guaranteed to get your head nodding. In case you haven't heard them, check out the URP Facebook Pagee to hear both. Think they suck? Tell us what you were liking in March!

We were then joined by Halifax mainstay, J-Bru. J is currently on a massive Canada-wide tour with veteran Classified, so we appreciate him doing an interview with us right after rocking a set! We discussed the tour, coming up in Halifax and threw some March Madness and Jordan chatter in there as well. We've been giving J-Bru lots of spins lately so if you're not familiar yet, hit him up on Twitter.com/BruPrintMusic, Halfliferecords.ca and shortly on LiveVision.ca. Don't sleep on one of Canada's top MCs!

Make sure you head over to the URP Facebook Page once again to get down on some free DJ Quik and 9th Wonder downloads! Definitely worth a click or two so get on it!

J-Bru, The Roots, Atmosphere, Styles P, Saukrates and JD Era were among the artists that got some burn on the URP tonight. Make sure to keep it locked right here and on www.URPRadio.Podomatic.com for all the latest the Urban Renewal Project has to offer!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

URP Tuesdays -- Mad As Hell, And We're Not Gonna Take Anymore!

We got into quite a show tonight, and really threw a curveball and decided to place the beat battle at the end of the show. Swing, strike three, yerrrrrouttathere. This week's edition was not so much a battle as it was a mini-tribute to tack onto the end of Sage's impromptu Nate Dogg set from last week, when we learned of the DPG crooner's passing about midway through the program. We picked particular tracks involving Nate not based on popularity, but our personal tastes. The two selections were 213's "Run On Up" and "O.G." by Daz featuring Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg. Your thoughts? Check both tracks out on the URP Facebook page.

We also weighed in on the measures you can take to prevent internet data charging. Check this out:

Visit www.OpenMedia.ca and sign the petition! This affects you!

We're getting on point with the podcasts, so keep it locked on www.URPRadio.Podomatic.com.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD LAST WEEK'S PODCAST, Nate Dogg tribute edition (In the second half, anyway).

Take Action to Prevent Internet Data Charging - The Beginning

We are available on the airwaves and online. Most fans I converse with listen in online at www.coopradio.org. But one of my close friends does not have an internet connection on his computer, and tunes in through his iphone. I doubt he will ever do that again after a young couple in Merritt B.C was recently charged around 5,000 dollars for data they did not even use on their phones. CBC news reports that the couple received bills in the vicinity of a thousand dollars a month for data use they cannot explain. They are fed up with their treatment by Bell customer service and that is understandable. According to CBC news, Bell is one of Canada’s worst offenders when in comes to data based billing errors. If you have ever been a Bell or Solo Mobile customer, however, you don’t need CBC news to tell you that. If you have ever had a cellphone contract in this country, period, you don’t need CBC news to tell you that either. In fact, not only are Canadians paying some of the highest rates in the world for cellular service, they are also constantly get gouged by billing errors. One customer even had a bill for 15,000 dollars for what experts say cost the company only 4 dollars to provide! www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsffmLcEqPo

The time has come to make these companies accountable for their terrible and dishonest business practices. The chairman of the CRTC, Conrad Von Finckenstein, wanted to implement a system wherein telecomm companies could charge you for your internet based on usage, similar to the way cellphone data is billed. He rationalized this fascist, money grubbing initiative by asking why Canadians who only use the internet a little bit, should pay the same as Canadians who use it a lot. If this is how he rationalizes things, then why should Canadians who signed up for a contract three days later than another Canadian pay more because they missed a promotion? What is next? Is ICBC going to install cameras and tolls every 3 blocks on every street because “British Columbians who drive just a little bit should have to pay the same as British Columbians who drive more”?

There is a war going on outside, and no man or woman is safe from it. This war spans from the broccoli you twist up, to the broccoli you steam and eat. It spans from what you see, hear and read to what you breathe into your lungs. A new battle in this war has emerged in recent months and it takes place on the Internet. This Wikileaks fiasco can be looked at in two ways. First, they are a group of people who are committed to freedom of speech and human rights. Private Bradley Manning is facing multiple counts and is being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day because of his belief that people had the right to know what governments are doing. Wikileaks makes it all the more apparent how Internet usage is an inherent human right. Nobody should have the right to censor the Internet except for the most gruesome and ugly cases such as child exploitation. Nevertheless, our free and unmolested access to internet in the future is crucial to our society. The second way to look at Wikileaks, is that despite the honorable efforts of Julian Assange and company, they are being used as internet terrorists to justify a 9/11 style war on the internet and communications. “Ordo Ab Chaos” is the latin of: “Order through Chaos”. You create an event and use it to maintain order by changing the ways you were operating and by implementing a prepared series of changes to law. This is where we truly find ourselves on the brink. You create a scenario in which in its aftermath you have tightened your control. Big Telecom plays its part in this war.

If you can’t look at the bigger picture, at least look at what is clear as day in front of you. There is a federal election looming and our time has come to make all of these betrayers of the people accountable. It is possible to make this issue an election issue by making it your personal responsibility as a citizen of a free country. The will to act has become sluggish in recent memory. This is not in the spirit of Canada, and definitely not in the spirit of Hip Hop. Do we stand up for our rights?

What can we do? Make ourselves heard! Like the movie Network, we want you to get mad. We want you to get mad and say: “I ain't HAVING THAT!” SIGN THE PETITION AT: www.openmedia.ca Share the links they provide on Facebook. Other links will be posted on the Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/pages/Urban-Renewal-Project-1027-FM/175987025751212 We need half a million signatures until we can put this issue before those in governance. But it does not end there. We need to keep the pressure on them to fully ensure they actually do their jobs… but that is another issue. Will we change the world? Probably not. But even the smallest pebble hurled from the mountain top can accumulate mass and velocity until it is a giant snow ball of immovable righteousness.

George Orwell once said that “in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” Chuck D said: “Fight the Power”. And finally, 2 Face Al once said: "Listen to Orwell and Chuck D".


Friday, March 18, 2011

Podcasting a Stone

Here we go with the March 1st edition of the URP! Special guest Masia One! Don't sleep!



For the ladies...

Here's our podcast from March 8th, 2011. International Women's Day! Naturally, the ladies were getting some burn tonight! Nothing but the best.



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

URP Tuesdays -- March 15, 2010 -- Japan Love, RIP Nate Dogg

Before anything else, the Urban Renewal Project must encourage you to visit www.JapanLove.ca and help in any way you can. There are certain events that put things in perspective and make us realize the fortune we receive in comparison to other nations. Our donations go a long way.

As if the earthquakes weren't enough, we have just learned that Nate Dogg has passed away. Exact causes aren't known at this point but it's logical to assume the strokes he suffered within the last 4 years were a factor in the deterioration of his health. RIP Nathaniel "Nate Dogg" Hale (August 19, 1969 - March 15, 2011). He was only 41 years old.

We learned of Nate's passing partway through the show, so the only tunes that really mattered were the Nate Dogg jams... If for some reason you listen to us but don't know who he is, please google him. We shifted our focus towards an extensive Nate set as a tribute to an artist who was the definition of 'making your own lane'. His passing is a great tragedy that will be felt throughout the Hip-Hop community and beyond.

Stay tuned for the podcast to hear the set for yourself, until then, pop in your favourite DPG album and let it rock for Nate.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

URP Tuesdays - March 8, 2011 - Hey Laaadies....

Broadcasting live from Columbia and Hastings in the heart of the vibrant Vancouver East Side!

Since today is International Women's Day, it was only right that the theme for tonight's Big M/TwoFace Al beat battle involved female MCs. There are way too many choices available for us to narrow it down to one track each, we know. Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Missy Elliot, Jean Grae, Rah Digga, Lauryn Hill, Lady Of Rage, Heather B, and the list continues. We each picked a track anyway though, for the sake of the sacred bit. The Big M selection was "Da B Side" by Da Brat (f/ Notorious BIG & Jermaine Dupri), while TwoFace Al chose Jean Grae's "Don't Rush Me". Both solid picks in our opinions, but don't fret because we got into an all-female MC set later in the show.

We also posted some of our other favourites on the URP Facebook Fanpage. Let us know what you think!

Medinah Starr, Tara Chase, Lil Kim, Apani B Fly, Foxy Brown and many other talented women found their way into the mix tonight, with some Nas, Stalley, Wiz Khalifa, Joell Ortiz and more sprinkled in for good measure. Don't hesitate to download this one, you won't be disappointed! Also check out www.URPRadio.Podomatic.com to catch up on past shows, which we've been quite diligent in uploading.

February 22nd, 2011 PODCAST -- Wispers Interview + More!

Keeping the podcasts coming... Make sure your hard drive has sufficient space! Interview with Wispers in this episode, plus a ton of good tunes and debating.



February 15th, 2011 -- PODCAST -- Heatwave in the Building

Here we go, catching up! Here's the February 15th edition of the URP, with special guests, Heatwave and Teekay from Dragon Fli Empire! Cyphers, album talk, and more!



Wednesday, March 2, 2011

February 8th, 2011 PODCAST - RIP Dilla

We're finally catching up here with some podcasts from the last month! Here's February 8th's program, which includes a nice J. Dilla tribute set! We also got it warmed up with a Posse Cut beat battle, let us know what you think on Facebook and Twitter!



Tuesday, March 1, 2011

URP Tuesdays -- Masia One in the Spot!


We've seen a lot of Charlie Sheen in the news lately, which inspired the theme for this week's beat battle: Drugs. More specifically, the adverse effects of drugs in multiple settings and situations. Don't expect us to pick Purple Pills or Drug Ballad. URP Radio is for the kiiiids.

TwoFace Al's pick was Like A Window by Dead Prez & The Outlawz, which deals with the strain drugs can put on the family environment. A solid choice, which relates to the Big M pick of the night, D-Rugs by Cam'ron featuring Brotha. Cam took a metaphorical approach to the pitfalls of drug abuse and trafficking in arguably the strongest track in his catalog. If you haven't heard the tracks, hit the URP Facebook Fanpage to hear them!

We also unleashed on a bit of a tirade against Dr. Dre & Eminem's new video for I Need A Doctor. We appreciate that Eminem and Dre have grown over the years and that as such, we shouldn't expect the Slim Shady LP Eminem, nor should we be prepared to hear Dr. Dre from The Chronic days. But aside from the fact that the video is full of more product placement than you can shake a bottle of Gatorade at. That being said, we got love for legends still putting music out for the new generation.

We were then joined by a true trailblazer in Canadian music, Masia One. In addition to being the first female artist to be nominated for a Much Music Video Award in the Rap category, she has worked with dope artists from Vancouver to Jamaica. Her work with Grammy-winning producer Che Vicious connected her with the likes of The RZA, Talib Kweli, The Game, Eminem and many more legendary artists. Masia One truly is a multi-faceted artist with a smooth sound and you would be wise to stay on the lookout for her to break out even moreso than she already has! Keep up with Masia One on www.MasiaOne.com! Big up!

We obviously gave Masia One some burn tonight, including a great dub of Rihanna's overplayed What's My Name jam which is up for download on www.MasiaOne.com, as well as some new Snoop, Lupe Fiasco, Heatwave, Saigon, Lauryn Hill and many more!

Head back over to www.URPRadio.Podomatic.com for some actual updated podcasts! We're back at it and hitting you right in the eardrum with some bass for ya face. Don't forget to Facebook and Twitter us!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

URP Tuesdays -- February 22nd 2011

Tonight the Urban Renewal Project got straight into the mix with some fire. Sage slung us up a serving of Blu, Nas, Saukrates and tons of other artists as a prelude to our interview with Boston MA. rapper: Wispers. He's got the "No Love" single banging for the streets and "Show Stopper" for the the clubs. Wispers is a veteran of the U.R.P and we enjoyed touching base with him once again.

Be sure to check him out on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/iamwispers

Our pace was torrid on this night, as DJ Sage spun as many tracks as he could fit into our 2 hour time frame. The focus of the week is on our debate about whether or not we should be listing all of the live shows going on in the near future. One side of the camp suggested that we just list who is in town and then instruct listeners to peep all of the dates on our page and blog. The other side suggested that it was stupid idea and that I should shut up. Innovation is so persecuted in our society.

Be sure to peep the podcasts, as always at www.urpradio.podomatic.com. Don't forget to LIKE us on Facebook. And if you HATE us on Facebook, thats cool too, its a free country. But rest assured the other listeners got our backs.

Anyways, special shout out goes to Big M and his girl of 2 years on their anniversary and we're hoping they had a blast at the Canucks vs. Canadiens game. I'm sure Big M was pleased with the outcome, no matter how it turned out as he is a supporter of both clubs. Finally, never forget your inherent human rights and your responsibilities to protecting these at all costs. Stay informed in this world. As we mentioned in the show for example, new information is out on the LAPD's involvement in the coverup of the murder of Christopher Wallace. Read up here: http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.14118/title.updated-evidence-supports-lapd-cover-up-in-notorious-big-murder.

Please support CO-OP radio and become a member. We are a free service and need your help to stay running. Visit www.coopradio.org to find out more. Although if you are willing to donate money to Wikileaks instead, we are happy anyway.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

URP Tuesdays -- Dollar Day

We kicked off this evening's show with the now legendary Battle of the Beats segment. This week's theme: Money, dollars, ends, greenbacks, cash, flow, moola, bucks, gwap, and all other applicable synonyms. Once again, we strayed from the obvious picks, such as C.R.E.A.M., I Love The Dough, Gimme The Loot, and so on. The Big M pick of the night was DJ Babu & Rakaa Iriscience's Ends To Means, while TwoFace Al chose The Dough by Prodigy & Alchemist. Both solid tracks, and if you haven't heard them, hit up the URP Facebook page to take a listen and let us know what you think.

We were then joined by the MC half of Dragon Fli Empire, Teekay. We discussed some upcoming shows, particularly the February 21st stop at The Biltmore in Vancouver. Dragon Fli Empire will be tearing it down with Vancity's own Emotionz, among others! Hit up up www.DragonFliEmpire.com for many more tour dates and all the latest from the team, including a new release from the other half of Dragon Fli Empire, DJ Cosm. Also follow Teekay on Twitter RIGHT HERE.

As if that wasn't good enough, Heatwave and some of the Killawatt fam rolled through the studio to promote his new project, The Masses vol. 2. We also discussed Heatwave's artistic progression through doing all of his own mixing and recording on his first project. Vol. 2 lets the fans in on this progression. We also got into his relations with other Vancouver artists, as well as some huge upcoming shows in Vancouver: February 18th at Fortune Sound Club alongside Fashawn and Evidence, and February 23rd, opening for Dogg Pound at Bar None. Head over to www.KillawattRecords.ca for tour dates and of course, to download The Masses Vol. 2, FREE.99!

Expect our recent podcasts up very soon on www.URPRadio.Podomatic.com!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

URP Tuesdays -- Gang's All Here


Posse Cuts were front and center when we kicked off tonight's show with the legendary beat battle we've established. We felt we needed to go off the map a bit for this one and avoid picking the obvious choices (The Symphony, Affirmative Action, Scenario, Buddy, etc...) just to switch it up a little bit. The Big M pick of the night was Reservoir Dogs by Jay-Z featuring Sauce Money, Beanie Sigel and The L.O.X., while TwoFaceAl went with Therapy by The Alchemist featuring Blu, Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli and Evidence. Stiff competition... what do you think? We posted both on the URP Facebook Fan Page, let us know!

We also bigged up a fallen soldier all night long with tons of classic tunes. We're referring to the late J Dilla, whose birthday was yesterday, February 7th. Even in a two hour program, we weren't able to get all of his best material in. If you aren't familiar with Dilla, we recommend getting on top of it and buying some of his music or even just scouring YouTube or something to understand just how many artists he blessed with top-notch production.

As has been the case for the past couple of weeks, we're struggling to solve our podcast issues. But until then, keep it locked here and on www.URPRadio.Podomatic because we're close!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

URP Tuesdays: For the Ladies...

Our theme for this week's Beat Battle revolves around the songs about the ladies. We're not talking about throwing an R. Kelly (no disrespect) type crooner and spitting elementary rhymes about fat kids and cakes. We're referring to those tracks that you aren't embarrassed to bump while you're by yourself in the car or on the train. Our choices were pretty obvious, but the tracks were too dope to overlook. You probably could have guessed 'Renee' by The Lost Boyz, as well as 'You're All I Need' by Method Man f/ Mary J Blige, but hey, at least it gives us an opportunity to play these classics on a Tuesday night. Honorable mention to Mos Def's 'Ms. Fat Booty', Masta Ace's 'Brooklyn Masala' and half of LL Cool J's entire catalogue.

With the womanly theme fresh in our minds, we were joined by Brooklyn duo, M-Tri and Leecy T. She's the DJ, he's the rapper. M-Tri also works with The Sleepwalkas, whose recent single, 'Rhyme Flow' featuring Sadat X, was near the top of our 2010 charts. The duo breathe some true school air into the game, with as much chemistry as any DJ-MC combos we have ever heard. Make sure to listen to the interview and HIT UP THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE RIGHT HERE!

What do DJ Kool Herc's health, the Diddy and a pervert "accidentally" falling into jogging women's posteriors have in common? We discussed all of them on tonights edition of the Urban Renewal Project. Throw in some tracks from Nas, The Sleepwalkas, J. Cole, DL Incognito and Theo 3 and you got yourself a pretty damn good Hip-Hop radio show. Keep it locked here and www.URPRadio.Podomatic.com because we promise to have the freakin' podcasts back in effect real soon!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

URP Tuesdays: Play It Cool, and Move Slow

We set the tone of tonight's show by getting into another edition of the Battle of the Beats, with the theme of speed. More specifically, driving quickly (in a closed course with professional tutelage, of course).

The Big M pick was originally going to be One Forty by Nappy Roots, but due to format issues with the file (damn you iTunes and your .m4a format), we were unable to get it cued up. Instead, I settled on Speed by DJ Quik. While the subject matter isn't velocity-focused, the instrumental and rhyme flow will have you pressing down on the accelerator if you listen to it in a car. 2Face Al's pick was drawn from personal experience, as he has cruised at high (but completely safe) speeds to They Don't Know by Freeway and The Jacka. Next time you make a playlist for your wheels, make sure to include these tracks!

DJ Quik - Speed

The Jacka & Freeway - They Don't Know

We also got into a ton of music from Saukrates, Tona, Anami Vice, Nas, Miguel f/ J. Cole, Murs, Freeway and even some Bone Thugs N Harmony. No time to waste in our timeslot, it goes by fast!

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Classic Pharcyde

Here's an oldie I dug up after reminiscing over how surprisingly good the Street Fighter movie soundtrack was:

The Pharcyde - Pandemonium

Pure class, great video.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

URP Tuesdays -- Makin' Statements

Once again it's on...

We started the show by acknowledging MLK day (Monday). Even though it is an American holiday, Martin's words and actions have influenced and benefitted populations around the world.

Addressing audiences was a characteristic that MLK worked to perfection. If there was one thing he could do as well as or better than anyone, it was conveying his messages through eloquent and inspiring speeches. It is with this in mind that we got into the second edition of the Beat Battle (still working on a better name for that). This week's theme was 'Statement Tracks'. Rappers often put out a track to put the game on notice. Royce Da 5'9 said it best on his statement track, "Boom": "When I spit, you don't eat, you don't breathe, you don't miss a f***in' line". My pick this week was Joell Ortiz's "Battle Cry", while 2Face Al selected "Built For This" by Cormega. What do you think?

Mentioning Vanilla Ice's upcoming album also stirred up a little trip down memory lane. If you haven't seen his classic film, "To The Extreme", do yourself a favour and pick it up wherever terrible motion pictures are distributed.

We were also blessed with an exclusive new track from Vancity's Finest, Jay Kin, who called in near the end of the show to drop "Japan Love" on us. Do we really need to tell you that it's dope? Hit JayKin up and let him know what you think.

As always, we kicked out the jams all night with Matt Brevner, Saigon, Pharoahe Monch, Joell Ortiz finding their way into the mix, along with many other experienced rhyme sayers. We're on fire in 2011!

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Also, support the real and head over to iTunes and get Freeway and Statik Selektah's new EP, "The Statik-Free EP", you won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

URP Tuesdays -- Cold Chillin'

What's up cold world?

We braved the elements this week in order to bring some funk to your eardrums. As usual, we delivered and are once again revered as kings among men. No big deal.

However, it was due to those same elements that we had to forego the Double Shot and get right into the mix. The Double Shot may be in the process of being phased out in favour of a new bit in the next couple of weeks. Don't worry though, we'll still play choice cuts off all the newest and best in Hip-Hop.

Case in point, we featured the brand spankin' new cut from Freeway & Statik Selektah's 24-hour EP, "Statik-Free". It's called "From The Street" and features Lil Fame of MOP and Termanology, and yes, it is crazy. "Statik-Free" comes out any second now. Hit up your iTunes in the next day or so and get it on the cheap!

We also gave Tona, Jay Electronica, Ghostface, King Reign, Nate Dogg and many more some burn on tonight's program. Unfortunately, our audiologger is still on the proverbial fritz, so we are working on getting it back online to bring you our beloved podcasts. In the meantime, check us out on Facebook and Twitter -


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

URP Tuesdays -- First of 2011!

We're back in the spot for 2011! Same dope formula, new year!

We kicked off the new year with a Double Shot from new EP from Termanology & Statik Selektah, collectively known as 1982. It's entitled The Evening News and is most likely tracks that didn't quite make the cut for their LP, released a few months ago. We joked that the tracks were throw-aways, but that 1982 throw-aways were better than most rappers' albums. While it is only 8 tracks long, it is a good grab on iTunes for the price! Check it out for sure.

We got into our favourite albums of 2010, with Freeway & Jake One's The Stimulus Package, The Roots' How I Got Over, Nas & Damien Marley's Distant Relatives, Termanology & Statik Selektah's 1982 and Rustee Juxx & Marco Polo's The Execution topping the URP list. Honorable mention to Curren$y's Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk II.

Tons of tunes in the mix as well, including some J. Cole, Curren$y, Pigeon Hole, Saukrates & Drake, and even some Dirt Nasty tonight! We also got into two separate 2010 Rap-Ups, one We've all been crazy busy over the holidays but expect this week's podcast relatively shortly, as well as a couple of other ones we haven't put up for download yet. Stay tuned!