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The REAL Radio Show (Lucky Number 7 edition).

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The “Lucky Number 7” edition is hosted by Paris Esquire and Cracker Mac (undefeated), with another 30 minute mini mix put together by DJ One2wo (he takes it BACK this week, way back).

Artists you can catch in this edition of the show include Missy Elliot, LL Cool J, Mystical, Frank Ocean, 88-keys, Mos Def, N.E.R.D., Mac Miller, and Jay Electronica.

Two up and coming artists are featured this week on either side of the DJ One2wo mix. Firstly, we introduce to you a man making big noises out of Queens, New York – his name is Action Bronson and he’s bringing REAL hip hop back to the game. The latter half of the show will feature an R&B artist out of Toronto and with supposed links to Drake named The Weeknd. We recommend you take a listen to the show in order to get a taste of what both new artists are bringing to the table.

Paris fully believes this is one of our strongest shows to date so please feel free to comment and let us know what you’re thinking about the new artists featured and the show in general. Follow the show on twitter: @REAL_kcclive

Big love, the REAL radio crew.

Another fan.

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May 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm

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The REAL Radio Show (UN-THINKABLE edition).

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For anyone who cares, here is the 5th installment of the REAL radio show from a few weeks back.

The “UN-THINKABLE” edition.

Once again featuring Paris Esquire, Cal Buttons, Cracker Mac (undefeated) and Johan a.k.a DJOne2wo.

As always, hip hop love, banter and general knowledge (yeah we’re smart) – with major artists dotted in between the musings, including: Pharrell, Soulja Boy (no really), Dip Set, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Brandy (yeah we got love for the ladies over here), Jay-Z, Kanye, Swizz Beatz (again), Destiny’s Child (yeah we really do like the ladies), Timbaland, Ginuwine, Twista, and a special 30 minute feature on Rakim & Eric B’s “Paid In Full” album – one of the greatest hip hop album’s of all time.

Not to mention, Johan, aka DJ One 2wo, our resident DJ throws up another mix of the latest and greatest of Hip Hop, R&B and all the genre’s in between. He is a bad man.

You can catch the REAL radio show every Sunday evening from 7pm till 9pm on 99.8FM or  at kcclive.com.

This whole show is brought to you from the streets of Liverpool.

Thanks to everyone who contacted us to say how much they enjoyed the last podcast, the response was a little overwhelming and we hope to keep you listening to the show over the coming months.

We really do appreciate your support, we can only hope all of our listeners are as good looking as she is…

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May 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm

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The REAL Radio Show 4.

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Ladies & Gentlemen this is the REAL radio show episode 4.

The “Brown Skin Lady” edition.

Presented by Paris Esquire, Cal Buttons, Cracker Mac (undefeated), with another 30 minute mix from DJ One2wo.

Featuring Swizz Beats, Ruff Ryders, Yelawolf, Frank Ocean, Mac Miller, Clipse, Bobby Valentino, Erykah Badu, Common, Mary J Blige, and a special feature on the Black Star album to mark their return to the UK to perform for the first time since 1999.

Add the show on twitter: @real_kcclive and please make sure to tune in every Sunday or to take a listen/download the podcast each week. The older shows are no longer available on Soundcloud, and this one will be taken down within a few days to make way for this weeks show – all the shows will eventually be available to stream/download from one page in the coming weeks.

Thanks for the love.

Big love to her too.

Nice coat.

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May 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm

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It’s a Marathon not a Sprint.

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It’s a marathon not a sprint, but it hurts just as much.

Having completed my first half marathon in March, my aim was always to take it to the next level and to take on the Liverpool Marathon held this October.

It’s best not to question why I am attempting to do this, I guess it’s just something I’ve wanted to achieve since the day my father told me about the marathon’s he ran in the past.

I’ve started training much earlier than I did for the half marathon – this weekend was the beginning of it all – and by the time I reach October the 9th I will have ran just under 900km before the start of the marathon.

I’m hoping I do myself justice this time.

I’ve purposely posted this to make it official that my goal is to complete the Liverpool Marathon and hopefully the added pressure of this will keep my training on track through the summer months.

With over 90 scheduled runs still to do, the training schedule is a marathon in itself.

Big thanks to ASICS for another running plan generated on my.asics.co.uk – they are undoubtedly the running experts.

If you don’t hear anything else from me with regards to the Liverpool Marathon in the coming months then I’ve probably failed.

That won’t be happening.

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May 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm

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The Beautiful Sin City From My Room (sort of).

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Las Vegas isn’t to everyones taste.

The activities that take place within and behind its multiple facades are far from beautiful.

I found this out for myself and exploited it to the best of my abilities.

The memories forged in that one week in Sin City could not be created anywhere else on the globe because Las Vegas is not real.

It is not real life.

It is a microcosm of dark fantasy.

I can’t even begin to show you how detached this town is from everyday life as the 5 photo’s below are about the full extent of all photograph’s taken while we were in Vegas (pointless carrying a DSLR around the strip).

At the very least you can see we had a nice room with a view (very few Las Vegas hotels have balconies since they find most drunken idiots tend to throw themselves over the top and plummet to their deaths – nice).

I was scrolling through hypebeast.com when I spotted the video below featuring the works of Philip Bloom.

The video itself, entitled “24hours of Neon”, is a time lapse video of the city lights of Las Vegas.

The quality of the video is there for all to see, but I took particular interest when I realised that Philip Bloom had shot the majority of the video from the MGM Grand Signature Suites; the same hotel I was lucky enough to stay in and so I had an almost identical view to that of the video back in the Summer of 2010.

The video captures the beauty, darkness and sense of unknown that comes when you step into the city limits of Vegas. And on a personal note it brings back a lot of good memories of better days.

The two images above were taken from Philip Bloom’s website and give an insight into the effort that went into the video and also a shot of 2 of the 3 MGM Signature Suite Towers (each lined with fresh roses and a general sense of luxury and grandiose).

Check out more of Bloom’s work on his website and take a look at another video he shot in Vegas which presents a completely different set of images within Sin City.

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May 17, 2011 at 1:32 am

The REAL Radio Show.

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The latest project I find myself a part of, and something I’m looking forward to seeing grow, I introduce to you the REAL radio show.

Helping to put together and present a radio show that promotes the latest and greatest sounds of hip hop has been an ambition of mine for a while and it is right here to witness for yourself.

A big thank  you has to go to Paris Esquire for asking me to be a part of his brain child, and also to the MESH Culture crew of Yaw Owusu, Future and KOF for paving the way for this kind of radio show to be possible in Liverpool.

The show goes out every Sunday on kcclive.com or 99.8FM (Liverpool) from 7-9pm and will feature everything from commercial hip hop, underground hip hop, old tracks, new tracks, and everything in between.

Every week the REAL radio show will be available to download here as a podcast and will be posted on the blog to listen to at your own leisure.

The “chillin’ – ice grillin’ – like a villain” edition.

Presented by Paris Esquire and Cracker Mac (undefeated), with a 30 minute mix from the main man DJ One2wo.

Featuring the Wu Tang Clan, Cee Lo Green, Timbaland, Jay-Z, Mac Miller, Mary J Blige, Nate Dogg, Dr Dre, Kelis, Pusha T, Busta Rhymes, and many many more.

If you’ve got any comments or just want to show some love, add the show on twitter: @real_kcclive and please make sure to tune in every Sunday or to take a listen/download the podcast each week.

She likes the REAL radio show.

Big love.

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April 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm

That Liverpool Half Marathon.

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I only just got this photo sent to me by my boy Tivey.

About three weeks have passed (I think) since myself, Tivey and Caleb completed the Liverpool half marathon.

The picture paints an image of happy faces and success, when in actual fact I couldn’t have been more disappointed with my first ever half marathon (13.1 miles ) time of 1 hour and 45 minutes.

I can do better (and I will).

This snapshot is absolutely hilarious, I look like a 16 year old who just went jogging with his old man and uncle or something – they look so proud of their little boy!

I’ve never forced a smile so much in all my life, seconds before (and hours after) I was cursing my performance to the whole city.

If I ever want to improve my time I’ll probably have to lose the hair. It just isn’t conducive to running a quick time.

Big love to ASICS, my unofficial sponsor for the race (ASICS singlet and Eikoku tights can be purchased here), from head to toe they helped get me over the finish line.

Footwear of choice: ASICS Gel Kinetic 2 (Japan Exclusive colourway), available from asics.com.

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April 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Posted in Adventures, Reflections