BEST HIP-HOP RADIO PROGRAM - 2004
Saturday night mix
1808 Riverside Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
The difference between the Twin Cities' top two public-radio hip-hop shows is like day and night. We may bounce to Radio K's The Beat Box while we're running errands in our hoopty on a Saturday afternoon. But it's the Saturday night mix of local luminaries Siddiq and DJ Abilities, from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., that really gets our groove on. Besides interviews with other local hip-hop crews and visiting guests, the Rhymesayers duo let their mixing skillz do most of the talking, and that's exactly what we want to hear. On this KFAI mainstay, the old school meets the new and then some with MC Lyte fading into Missy, Digable Planets spinning into the Roots, Black Eyed Peas simmering into Blackalicious. And you'll surely never miss the latest Rhymesayers releases, from Eyedea and Abilities' E&A to the Micronauts' The Emperor and the Assassin. It's only too bad that 2 the Break-A-Dawn falls about seven hours short of what it promises.