25
Feb
09

This is the Vibes and Vapors Show…

This is the history of the infamous Vibes and Vapors Show…. or at least a place to reminisce and remember that which was 1992 to 1997 on WPRB on a Wednesday/Thursday night.  Just a bunch of (actual) college kids trying to forget about studying for a few hours and put on a good show.  Post thoughts, memories, and if you’ve got tapes (especially on mp3)…let us know!  The cassette recorder at the station was never in the best shape, nor was a lot of the other equipment for that matter.  We used to call that “flavor”.  Enjoy.

Currently there are about 30 shows posted so please dig through previous months in the archive links over on the right side.

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25
Feb
13

Donald Byrd 1932-2013…the lost demo.

I’m late to the memorial party but in case you missed it…”Mr. Spaces and Places/Rock Creek Park” himself moved on about 3 weeks ago to that eternal jazz combo on the other side. In 1996/97 the Poisoned Ivy crew had the pleasure to get down with him on a jazz hip hop project. How crazy is it that while rummaging through my drawers (desk drawer you wierdos!), I stumble upon the original demo tape…unplayed, for a good 16 or 17 years. Better than saying something drippy and cliche I figured I’d treat you to a real honest to goodness Lost Tape, a gem, a piece of history… The Donald Byrd Hip Hop Reflections Project. The beginning is seriously moving to say the least. I left it uncut but it’s really 3 or 4 distinct pieces but it flows nicely as a whole.

It was an honor to have pressed record for that brother a time or two.

R.I.P.

Donald Byrd Hip Hop Reflections Project (feat. Rush N Rule it)

09
May
12

Speaking of boxes…

Show – October 29, 1992

J…, ESV, and even G was in the spot. I’m soooo glad Ronnie taped this one because this is nothing but end-to-end classics. I always say that this site/blog is a historical record and this show truly lives up to that claim. Technical issues and all…they just don’t do radio like this anymore…RIP 98.7 KISS NYC.

Part 1 – Classics, classics everywhere

Part 2 – G swings by with The Raw Deal flavs and more classics…Courageous Chief even! it flips to the next night’s Raw Deal (with G and DJ Kam) show at the 25 min mark. Gotta love radio tapes.

01
Nov
11

2011 Reunion Show – in case you missed it

Vibes and Vapors 2011

Vibes and Vapors 2011

Even the pre-Halloween snow couldn’t keep us down! Waaaay too much fun to say the least. Good to put the crew back together for a couple more hours. Thanks to WPRB and the Side B Radio crew for having us over for a playdate. Gotta do this again sometime.
I could write all day but it’s best to just listen…2 hours of classics:

Also check out the Side B Radio Blog at http://sidebradio.blogspot.com

28
Oct
11

Reunion Show 2011

The whole crew returns to WPRB 103.3 FM Princeton this Sunday October 30th for more classic hop hip radio!

Listen live on http://www.wprb.com/listen.php

Don’t miss it.
10/30 5p-7p LIVE!

26
Oct
11

Feel the ChakaKahn-ness

Show – some Wednesday night in 1992

Going way back to the early dual-personality hiphop/house format, here’s a little house-infused show. J and ESV carry the hosting duties. D and Sel on the turntables. Good stuff…refreshing even. Ahhhh.

Part 1

Part 2

29
Sep
11

The Next Level: Thursdays, Punk Barbarians, and 7 Special Hours

Show – 1993.
So many things and not enough title space. This was the first Thursday show following the abrupt torch passing from The Raw Deal. The Punk Barbarians came thru (like whoo) and killed it live. I remember lots of phone calls and having to explain “No, G won’t be here”, over and over. But I think we stepped up pretty well on short notice. To top it off, since this is one of Ronnie’s tapes, there’s a little bonus at the end. Let me explain…Once our show was over at 1am we used to like to “throw” to the Stretch Armstrong Show on WKCR (Columbia U). Sad thing is that the throw was only meaningful for a special patch of real estate somewhere roughly around Middlesex County, Edison, and Staten Island where the broadcast ranges overlapped and you could pick up both stations. So if you were lucky to live in that area, on Thursday nights, you were treated to what I dare call…THE BEST 7 HOUR BLOCK OF HIP HOP RADIO OF ALL TIME. There…I said it. Not that Vibes and Vapors necessarily originated it or elevated it, but it was an honor to have contributed to it. Not bad for 2 Ivy League radio stations, huh? Since this was the first show, post-Raw Deal, huge props and shouts always to G. Thanks for the foundation. And as a disclaimer, I never like to post up someone else’s show without permission, but also understand that this site is a hip hop time capsule, a historical marker of sorts, (and a whole lot of fun) so to Stretch and Bobbito (aka Kool Bob Love, aka….oh nevermind) if you object to the last 15 mins, just hit me on the side (Sel or Ron can find me) and it’s as good as gone. It’s all peace and love.

Part 1 – PBs perform “The Boom” live. Never made the album so this is a rare gem.

Part 2 – Show closes out with the original PB’s “Rest in Peace”, then flips over to Stretch and Bob.

21
Sep
11

Show 52 – blasting the vault

Show – December 2, 1993

This posting officially cracks open Ronnie’s Vault. Most of the previous tapes were just shows that survived living in the backseat of my car, various spring cleanings, and dusty moving boxes. Ironically, Ron’s tapes were actually labeled and treated well…you might call it a “collection” even. Interesting to hear what he chose to save. For this particular show, the sets are refreshing… many classics I haven’t heard since. Historically this is truly show #52 in that it closed out the first year of Vibes and Vapors broadcasting. Thanks goes to my man in Staten Island for getting this little benchmark on tape.

Set #1 –
Setlist includes:
Ultramagnetic MC’s – 1,2
Rumpletilskinz – Hoodz
HanSoul – That’s Life
Counterattack – Rat-a-tat
King Rayshaun – Powerful Impact

Set #2




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