April 6th, 2008

Mo’ Memoria

W&W is happy to host another loving nod to Tim Haslett. Namely, the two-hour radio show Brian Coleman did on March 24, prior to our Beat Research tribute. A description and tracklist, from Brian, follows —

WZBC “School Beats Tim Haslett Tribute” :: 24 March 2008

Back To The Old School and School Beats on WZBC 90.3 FM (which Tim and I did from 1992 until about 1997, when Tim moved to NYC… I kept the show going until about 2005) were always a hell of a lot of fun and I really miss those years on the air with him. Our basic goal was just to play music, specifically hip-hop music, that we didn’t feel was getting any love anywhere else in town. So even with old-school, we wouldn’t play too many of the traditional “hits.” Tim loved raw electro from the early-to-mid-80s and we also both had a soft spot for off-kilter, sometimes sloppily produced stuff from the late ’80s. As long as there was innovation or just raw passion involved in making the record, it was top of the pops as far as we were concerned.

I had about two crates picked out for this WZBC tribute show I did on Monday, March 24, 2008 to celebrate the hip-hop that Tim loved, and I got through about 1/3 of one crate. But I think that I can safely say that Tim loved every one of these tracks, and any of them would have made his eyes squint up after he heard the first two or three beats, sending his hands into wild gesticulations (which always ended up looking like he was an overcaffeinated, crazed orchestral conductor).

Hopefully this is just the first of many tributes to Tim, who was a music junkie like no other. Hip-hop was just one of the many genres that he loved. But I think this set gives a good idea about the aesthetic and the sounds that drew him in – artists who made music because they just couldn’t help but express themselves, whether they had a record deal, or had good enough equipment.

Brian Coleman

WZBC “School Beats Tim Haslett Tribute” Playlist March 24, 2008

Portishead – Cowboys
Davy DMX – One For The Treble
Man Parrish – Boogie Down Bronx
Egyptian Lover – Egypt, Egypt
Mantronix – Bassline
DJ Born Supreme Allah – 2,3 Break
MC Craig G- Shout
Marley Marl / MC Shan – Marley Marl Scratch
Mixmaster Gee – The Manipulator
Cash Money & Marvelous – Ugly People Be Quiet
Super Kids – The Tragedy (Don’t Do It)
Jewel T – I Like It Loud
EPMD – It’s My Thing
Paris – Break The Grip Of Shame
Malcolm X / Keith Leblanc – No Sell Out
Chubb Rock – Daddy’s Home
BDP / DJ Red Alert – Criminal Minded Mix
Mantronix – King Of The Beats
Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse
New Order – The Perfect Kiss



  • 1. kurt runnels  |  January 19th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    where can i download the manipulator song love that 80’s beat

  • 2. wayneandwax.com » B&hellip  |  September 29th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    […] Speaking of “what Boston is made of” the early set (9-11pm) features %100 Boston made material in all kinds of styles and genres, courtesy of beat scholars Pacey Foster and Brian Coleman. Not just killer DJs- Pace wrote the Boston chapter of Hip-hop in America: A regional guide, and Brian, who compiled Check the Technique after years of interviewing hip-hop artists, was one of the first DJs to play undergournd hip-hop over Boston’s airwaves through groundbreaking radio shows like “School Beats” on WZBC (with the late Tim Haslett). […]


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