Nitty Gritty Radio - Best of ‘96

• December 27th, 2016


Peace brethren! It’s you musical pied piper Wil Infamous here with the last installment of Nitty Gritty Radio for the year 2016. For this one we’re taking a trip in the wayback machine to a very important year in my personal Hip-Hop journey, 1996.

Nine Six was my first year DJ’n on the radio in Boston and it was also the beginning of when a shift started happening in Hip Hop music. There was a clear divide happening between “Underground” and “Mainstream” Hip-Hop. Beats were changing, subject matter and most importantly where the music was being produced. Myself, I’m a loyalist to that authentic Boom Bap sound so my ear went to the Underground and this playlist reflects a lot of the tracks that I would play on my radio show and that I was personally feeling at the time. Hope you feel that ’96 vibe with this one.



Music Makes Me High - Lost Boyz

Must Stay Paid – Broadway

Concubinez - Hyenas in the Desert

101 Things To Do While I'm With Your Girl - Kwest Tha Madd Lad

Broken Language (feat. Trigger Tha Gambler) - Smoothe Da Hustler

The Message – Nas

Clones – The Roots

The Bitch In Yoo (Original Demo Mix) – Common Sense

Big Brother Beat (feat. Mos Def) – De La Soul

The Nod Factor - Mad Skillz

It's Like That (My Big Brother) (Feat. K-Solo) – Redman

Visit To The Gynecologyst - Dr. Octagon

Fakin Jax – INI

Eyes May Shine – Xzibit

Epiphany – Juggaknots

Uknowhowwedu – Bahamadia

Coolie High (Remix) - Camp Lo

1nce Again (feat. Tammy Lucas) - A Tribe Called Quest

Ijustwannachill - Large Professor

Stakes Is High (Spinna Version) - De La Soul

Me Or The Papes - Jeru The Damaja

Peace, Prosperity, & Paper - A Tribe Called Quest

The Mask – The Fugees

The Look Of Love - Slum Village

Just Another Case – Cru

Renee - Lost Boyz

Nature Of The Threat - Ras Kass


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Episode 83 (Hour 1) “I Wish My Brother Rob Was Here”

• December 18th, 2016


Peace world. Wil Infamous here with a very personal and special Episode 83 (Hour 1) “I wish my Brother Rob was here”. My older Brother Rob was the first person to introduce me to Hip-Hop music at a very young age. I remember when I was 6 years old (and afraid of the dark) my father would try to convince me every night to go to bed with the light off. One night he tried to convince me to sleep without my lights and said “why don’t you put on the radio to help you fall asleep?”. I said yes and the first song we found playing on the radio was Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five “The Message”. Now my brother would BUMP that track when picking me up from daycare so it was very familiar to me and in a weird way looking back, soothing. My Dad turned off the light, closed the door and I fell a sleep that night (for the first time in the dark) listening to Melle Mel spit fire and it was literally a lullaby for me. THAT in a nutshell was how strong of an influence musically my Brother Rob was in my life. Rob had the illest shell toes, flyest cars, was a neighborhood DJ and did some tagging on the side for fun using the name “Rizz”. Needless to say…in my eyes growing up, he was the MOTHERFUCKIN’ MAN! As I got older we started drifting apart and by the time I got in my mid-twenties our relationship was basically nonexistent. Years went by like that and in late August of 2016 I got a call from my Mother saying my Brother Rob passed away in Florida. After the shock, I got off the phone with my Mom the first thoughts that I had were not the bad times but the good times, and with those good times came the memories of all the music we would listen to from Guns N Roses to Brand Nubian. I miss my Brother and will always have the regret of not mending our relationship before it was too late. But with this music and this playlist of Episode 83 (Hour 1) I hope my Brother will hear it and in his ultra-cool voice say “this shit is funky!”. Every track on this playlist is a direct memory of Rob and the Hip-Hop we would listen to. The first piece of vinyl I ever owned was Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew with the A Side: The Show and the B Side: La Di Da Di. Rob gave me the record because when we listened to The Show I recognized the Inspector Gadget sample and he thought that was awesome and wanted me to have the 12”. That was the type of dude he was for me growing up. I can’t thank him enough with giving me the foundation on which I stand now musically.

Well, enough blah blah. Let’s get into some amazing memories for me growing up and some neck crackin’ Hip Hop here on Nitty Gritty Radio…as per ushe.

I love you, Rizz. This is for one’s for you….




The Message - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Sucker MC's - Run-D.M.C.

A Fly Girl - Boogie Boys

Veronica - Bad Boys (Featuring K Love)

The Show (feat. Slick Rick) - Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew

The New Style - Beastie Boys

Top Billin' - Audio Two

Dana Dane With Fame - Dana Dane

Pickin' Boogers - Biz Markie

Criminal Minded - Boogie Down Productions

How Ya - Kool Moe Dee

I Get The Job Done - Big Daddy Kane

Greatest Man Alive - Greatest Man Alive

Funky For You - Nice & Smooth

Love's Gonna Get 'Cha (Material Love)(7"Radio Edit) - Boogie Down Productions

The Grande Finale - The D.O.C.


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Episode83 (Hour 2)

• December 18th, 2016


On Episode 83 (Hour 2), this Hour of Hip Hop’s playlist looks much like an Hour 1 usually would with new tracks from artist like A Tribe Called Quest, Common, Sadat X and D.I.T.C. I have to say before putting this playlist out I probably listed to it at least 20 times and haven’t gotten sick of it yet. Hope you feel the same and enjoy the vibe.




We The People.... - A Tribe Called Quest

Pyramids – Common

Talk That Talk – CZARFACE

World Renown (Dan The Automator Mix) feat. Del the Funky Homosapien)- Mr. Lif

2 AM (feat. Ab-Soul) – Rapsody

Animals (feat. Anderson .Paak) - Dr. Dre

Rock Shyt (feat. Fat Joe, Lord Finesse & Diamond D.) - D.I.T.C.

Murder Soundtrack (feat. A-F-R-O & Rahzel The Legend) - Sadat X

Mobius - A Tribe Called Quest

Blue Waffles - Tanya Morgan

Realer Than Most (feat. Skyzoo) - The Other Guys

Verbal Toxin (feat. Shadow The Great) - Complex Fusion

Opponents (feat. J-Live) - Gensu Dean

Durag vs. Headband (feat. Big Body Bes) - Action Bronson

Khadijah – NxWorries

Crown – Rapsody

Stuck – OSHUN

Make 'Em Proud (feat. A.G., Fat Joe & Diamond D.) - D.I.T.C.

Untrue (feat.Rapper Big Pooh) - Villain Notshaf


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Episode 82 (Hour 1)

• October 25th, 2016

Peace world! It’s your man Wil Infamous here and yes, theprodigal son has returned with a new installment of neck crackin’ goodies andtasty ear treats all in one podcast known as Nitty Gritty Radio. It’s been 4months since our last episode, the longest I’ve gone since starting this in’09, and a lot has happened since then. From serious stress at the day job to losing the sibling that fed my love of music at a young age…shit is real. No matter what life throws at me I always findsolace in quality Hip-Hop music. Episode 82 (Hour 1 & 2) brings just that.Here in Hour 1 you get a taste of that ’95-‘00 sound that defined theUnderground era of the late 90’s. Hope you enjoy the vibe.



Dat's My Word (feat. Redman) - DJ Honda

Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka (Remix) - Fab 5

Nasty Immigrants (feat. Raekwon) - 12 O'Clock

5 Fingas Of Death (feat.Fat Joe, Big L, Lord Finesse &A.G.) – Diamond

Two Steps Behind (feat. Dug Infinite & Syndicate) - NoID

Somehow, Someway - Organized Konfusion

Fortified Live (feat Mr. Man & Mos Def) - ReflectionEternal

Hey - A Tribe Called Quest

TinselTown To BoggieDown (Pete Rock Remix) feat. Mos Def& Lee Majors - Scritti Polittie

Unassisted – Rasco

Mr. Large (feat. Chubb Rock & Biz Markie) - Prince Paul

I Get Down Like That – Redman

Presents (feat. Juice) – Decompose

Rollin' f(eat. Masta Ace and OC) – Saukrates

(Another) Another World - Black Star

unknown - Last Emperor

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Episode 82 (Hour 2)

• October 25th, 2016

Episode 82 (Hour 2) has straight heat from Afro & Marco Polo, L’Orange & Mr. Lf, De La Soul, Noveliss, Anderson .Paak and more! It’s that good ish for your ears, y’all.



On the Stretch & Bob Show - Apollo Brown & Skyzoo

Long Time Coming (feat. Shylow) - Afro & Marco Polo

Power (feat. Blacastan) - Mr. Green

Strange Technology (feat. Akrobatik & Gonjasufi) - L'Orange& Mr. Lif

CBGBS - De La Soul

Nobody Speak (feat. Run The Jewels) - DJ Shadow

Brand New – Noveliss

Without You (feat. Rapsody) - Anderson .Paak

Dinner Time (feat. Clear Soul Forces) – ilajide

Swarm (feat. Pharoahe Monch) - Afro & Marco Polo

Gone Baby Gone – Reks

It's About That Time (Dirt E. Dutch Addition) - Quelle Chris

One In The Same (feat. Patty Crash) - Apollo Brown &Skyzoo

Legendary (feat. Ill Bill, Vinnie Paz & Jared Evan) – Slaine

Mace Windu (feat. Add-2) – Noveliss

Friends Old & New (feat. Tanya Morgan) - The Other Guys

Roll With U – Akrobatik

Memory of... (US) (feat. Estelle & Pete Rock) - De LaSoul

Cosign (feat. Skonie) - Elzhi

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Episode 81 (Hour 1)

• June 7th, 2016


Yes yes yawl! Wil Infamous here representing Nitty Gritty Radio to the fullest! Sorry about the 2 month hiatus but I’ve been busy soaking in my 3 year old son’s inspiration, working 3 jobsand dealing with life’s pitfalls and pinnacles. Straight paying dues with muchto lose.  But no matter where thepath takes you, it’s always good to have some head nodding Hip Hop in your earsand a smile on your face. Episode 81 (Hour 1) give you just that. With summerslowly coming in focus I wanted this playlist to give you a good time vibe.Hope you feel me.



Set It Off - Big Daddy Kane

Veronica (feat. K Love) - Bad Boys

L.G.B.N.A.F - Ice-T

Freaks Of The Industry - DigitalUnderground

Symphony Vol. I (feat. Masta Ace,Graig G, Kool G Rap, & Big Daddy Kane) - Marley Marl

Don't Sweat The Technique - Eric B.& Rakim

You Can't See What I See - Heavy D& The Boyz

Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey) - De LaSoul

Hip Hop Junkies - Nice & Smooth

Sure Shot - Beastie Boys

Ghetto Jam – Domino

I Get Around - 2Pac

Feel Me Flow - Naughty By Nature

Crumblin' Erb – Outkast

Ijustwannachill - Large Professor

Summertime In The LBC - Dove Shack

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Episode 81 (Hour 2)

• June 7th, 2016

Episode 81 (Hour 2) got new jointsfrom Elzhi, Oddisee, De La Soul, Jean Grae and The Other Guys! Chicken soup forthe soul type new Hip Hop!



Admitting The Endorphin Addiction -Open Mike Eagle & Paul White

Two 16s – Elzhi

Wouldn't Be Surprise – Oddisee

Which Is Cool - Royce Da 5'9

Downward Spiral - Ras Kass Ft.Freddie Foxxx & Onyx

Just Rhymin' - Your Old Droog Ft.Styles P & Joey Badass

Say Nothing (feat. Rah Digga, SeanPrice & Tony Touch) – Koolade

The Recipe – Reks

Prego (feat. Pharoahe Monch &Slug) - Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder

No Lifeguard On Duty (feat. SYG,Rav.P) - NorCal Nick

Just Remember Now – Fashawn

TrainWreck - De La Soul

Speak Truth (feat. Kurious, BreezeBrewin & Aesop Rock) - Homeboy Sandman

Bitch Got Me Fucked Up - STATIKKXNG

38 Special (feat. Tanya Morgan) - JeanGrae

Tabernacle - Royce Da 5'9"

Introverted – Elzhi

Slow Groove – Oddisee

For My People (feat. Kooley High) -The Other Guys

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Episode 80 (Hour 1)

• March 22nd, 2016

Peace world! It's your boy Wil Infamous back with the latest installment of the podcast that keeps your neck noddin'and teeth showin', Nitty Gritty Radio!

Keeping it short and sweet this introbecause I've been working like a mad man, not only to get my life back in orderbut also to pay some Williams (bills that are so old you call em William, haha)so I'm tired and ready to press play and jam out to this episode with y'all.

Episode 80 (Hour 1) has gems from the late 90's lacing up theentire hour. With tracks from Royal Flush, Common, Ras Kass and Show & AG,this hour will bring you back and keep you present both at the same time. Hopeyou feel the vibe!


Scientifical Madness - Jeru TheDamaja

The Rap World - Pete Rock &Large Professor

Rotten Apple - Royal Flush

Therapy (feat. Vinia Mojier) - HeltahSkeltah

The Interview – Artifacts

Invocation – Common

Sound Is Vibration – Atmosphere

Soul On Ice - Ras Kass

A Luv Supream - Da Nuthouse

Money Maker - Q-Tip

Glass Bottom Boat - Siah &Yeshua DapoED

C.I.A. (Criminals In Action) - ZackDe La Rocha, Krs-One, The Last Emperor

Me & My Crew – Rasco

Hungry – Common

Hold Mines - Show & AG

Busta's Lament - A Tribe CalledQuest

Sunshine - De La Soul

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Episode 80 (Hour 2)

• March 22nd, 2016

We got bangers from Big Pooh & Nottz, STATIK KXNG, Torae, Willie Evans Jr and Joey Bada$$ just to name a few. Good music, straight Hip-Hop, it's Hour 2 of Nitty Gritty Radio.


Walk in the Sun feat. Soul Khan - BlameOne & J57

Knight (feat. Domo Genesis) - EarlSweatshirt

Fresh Ta Def - Clear Soul Forces

Good Times – CASTLE

Grass Ain't Green (feat. Blu) - RapperBig Pooh & Nottz

Rise Up - Del the Funky Homosapian,Murs, Fashawn, & Black Thought

Off Top Freestyle - Your Old Droog

Happy Birthday - Joyner Lucas

Notes - Verbal Kent

#TBE The Curse Of Mayweather - JayElectronica

Money in My Pocket - Meyhem Lauren

Dead or in Jail - STATIK KXNG

What’s Love (feat. Pharoahe Monch) –Torae

Great Day in the Morning (feat. Add2) - Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder

Buzz Beater - Willie Evans Jr

The Length - Granite State

Do Dat That f. Add-2 (Ethio-Jazz) –Neak

Brooklyn's Own - Joey Bada$$

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{BONUS} Nitty Gritty Radio’s Indie and R&B Mix

• February 14th, 2016

Peace world. Nitty Gritty Radio here with a special bonus episode for all the R&B lovers out there.  It’s no secret that your boy loves that good Golden Era & Underground/ Indie Hip Hop sound but occasionally I do get down to some good R&B…especially when its mixed with some smooth boom bap.

That’s exactly what this bonus episode brings to your ears. R&B, mixed with a little Underground boom bap to smooth it out. Hope you enjoy the vibe.


Bullshittin' (feat. Mos Def) - N'dea Davenport

The Look Of Love Pt. 1 – J-88

4 More – De La Soul

The Life – Mystic

Let Me See (feat. Talib Kweli) – Morcheeba

Take Your Time (feat. Loose Ends) - Pete Rock

Eye (feat. Stacy Epps) – Madvillain

"Somersault" (Danger Mouse remix) - Dangerdoom & Zero 7

Afro Blue (9th Wonder's Blue Light Basement Remix) [feat. Erykah Badu and Phonte] - Robert Glasper

Blessed - Jill Scott

15 Minutes Of Fame (feat. Add-2) - BJ The Chicago Kid

I've Committed Murder (Gang Starr Remix Featuring Mos Def) - Macy Gray

Like Smoke (feat. Nas) - Amy Winehouse

Nakamarra (feat. Q-Tip) - Hiatus Kaiyote

Childs Play (feat. Chance the Rapper) – SZA

Skin Play (feat. Madlib) - Stacy Epps

Its Alright - Jean Grae

Sunday Morning (feat. Tea Leigh) - Moe Pope & Rain

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