Backside recently got a chance to link up with KPFK’s Breakbeats & Rhymes Radio host, Rebels To The Grain. We got to chop it up a bit and talk about music, vinyl records, touring with Jeru Da Damaja, and much more. MP stopped by the store to do a little digging for himself in our hip hip collection.
Lets start off with Introducing yourself and what you do?
Hola, this is MP with my patna Cheddy. Well, we love to create and listen to
music, we host a radio show called Breakbeats & Rhymes on KPFK 90.7 f.m.
L.A., and we love chilling and handling things with family and crew.
When did you
guys come together to form Rebels To The Grain? and when did
Breakbeats & Rhyme Radio come about and how?
Rebels to the Grain was formed around 2005, stemming from other groups and
projects we worked on together. We released our first album “There’s Something
in the Seeds” in 2008. Breakbeats & Rhymes came about in November, 2009. I,
MP got a degree and have work experience in radio broadcasting. We both love
music and Hip Hop culture so its only fitting a radio show was in our evolution.
When the opportunity opened up, we created a sample show and wrote up a
proposal and bam!
Past and current What inspires RTTG?
Well first off family inspires us. To see how some family members, through all
their imperfections, can hold it down in so many departments is inspiring us to
do the same. Also, quality music inspires us. When we hear music that lasts in
our hearts, minds and souls forever that makes us want to continue creating
inspirational music and providing an outlet for that sound.
RTTG aren’t only known for hosting Breakbeats & Rhymes Radio, but you guys
have also established a name for yourself in the Los Angeles Hip Hop rap scene.
Tell us about the highlights and the experience while on The Sun Sets on the
West tour with Jeru the Damaja and Zoolay?
Good looking out! Well Jeru the Damaja is a legend in this. So that was an honor
in itself. Zoolay is a group we’ve built a strong relationship and friendship with.
Going on this tour, we got to really get to know Jeru as well. He’s not only great
at what he does, he’s also a cool ass, down to earth person. We could joke with
him, clown on each other, all while he dropped valuable gems on us as he wants
to see us, Zoolay and like minded artists succeed and carry the torch for Hip
Hop. He also showed us how touring “should be done”. It was most definitely a
Will there be a tour run in the near future? If so who would you pick to go on tour
No Doubt, its just a matter of time and scheduling. Damn, we would pick and it
would be fitting to tour with legends like KRS-One, Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples,
Visionaries (all who we personally know over the years). And future legends like
Phora, Vel the Wonder, SB Hooliganz, because they’re so cool. The list goes on and on.
Any projects in the works?
Definitely! After releasing Fine Wine, we can focus on another E.P. fully
produced by Jazz Spastiks, out of the U.K./Scotland. We’ve recorded about a
dozen tracks with them so it’s a matter of choosing which to release and when.
Also, a Rebels to the Grain is Stuckinthetrees project is well under way. This will
be fully produced by us. Again, just a matter of properly finishing it and releasing
it at the “right time”. I’m sure there will also be individually focused projects;
Stuckinthetrees/Cheddy instrumental projects and MP mixtapes and/or albums.
With the rise of vinyl coming back, do you guys plan to play more vinyl records on
Breakbeats & Rhymes Radio?
Yes we actually do play a rather good amount of vinyl, between DJ’s who come
through; mainly DJ Lord Ron, and a lot from DJ Luman and Mixmaster Ralph
M (all who are BB&R fam). Cheddy also plays a large selection from our Vinyl
collection. A lot of past classic singles have the radio edits so we can play these
over the f.m. airwaves. We have a nice vinly/record collection to choose from.
What can we expect from Breakbeats & Rhymes Radio in the near future?
A guest appearance from Bieber. Nah, just to continue to hold it down as the
soundtrack of L.A. with fresh cuts and classic raps. We’ll keep banging out our
favorite joints and have talented local and out of town, established and up and
coming artists bless the airwaves as well. A 4 year anniversary live show sounds
3 records RTTG recommend
Hmmm, Dead Prez “Let’s Get Free”, The Pharcyde “Labcabincalifornia” & Redman “Muddy Waters”.
Honorable mention Goodie Mob “Soul Food”.
Reggae joint, Althea & Donna “Uptown Top Ranking”. The list goes on.
If you can describe Breakbeats & Rhymes Radio in one word, how would you
Any last words for the audience?
We love every single one of our and quality music’s supporters. We all keep this
alive and well. Also, to stay true to yourself and your values. At the end of the
day, and your life, persistency will build longevity and will keep you happy and
fulfilled in all this madness. One Love!
Tune in every Sunday morning from 2am-4am to Breakbeats&Rhyme Radio on 90.7fm KPFK to listen to fresh hip hop cultivated by our good homies Rebels To The Grain.
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