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Our interview with the enigmatic Divine Styler starts with him present, via his DJ father, at the very beginnings of hip-hop. He then became a part of Ice-T’s Rhyme Syndicate crew, which included a pre-House of Pain Everlast. His second album, Spiral Walls Containing Autumns of Light, drastically expanded the range of what a hip-hop artist could do with its spoken word-industrial-rock hybrids.

His latest record Def Mask comes after a 15-year hiatus. From NYC park jams to getting arrested the day after signing a record deal to having a front-row seat for “Jump Around“‘s massive success to pushing musical boundaries to making pilgrimages to Mecca, Divine Styler shares his whole fascinating story.

Tracks featured in this episode:

  1. The Cipher Episode 21: Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie
  2. Mixmag: Larry Levan is the Greatest DJ Of All Time…by Arthur Baker
  3. MFSB, “Love is the Message”
  4. McFadden and Whitehead, “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”
  5. Chic, “Good Times”
  6. Frisco Disco, “Eastside Connection”
  7. Esther Williams, “Last Night Changed It All”
  8. Captain Sky, “Super Sporm”
  9. Sugarhill Gang, “Rapper’s Delight”
  10. Defunkt, “In the Good Times”
  11. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, “The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel”
  12. LL Cool J, “Rock the Bells”
  13. Cheryl Lynn, “Got to be Real”
  14. Funky Four Plus One More, “Rappin’ And Rocking The House”
  15. Brother D with The Collective Effort, “How We Gonna Make the Black Nation Rise?”
  16. Lonnie Love, “Young Ladies”
  17. DJ Hollywood, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel and Kurtis Blow, “‘Live’ Convention ‘79”
  18. Crash Crew, “High Power Rap”
  19. Cold Crush Brothers, “Cold Crush Brothers At The Dixie”
  20. Spoonie G, “Spoonin Rap”
  21. T La Rock and Jazzy Jay, “It’s Yours”
  22. Rammellzee Versus K-Rob, “Beat Bop”
  23. Divine Styler, “It’s A Black Thing”
  24. Divine Styler, “Word Power”
  25. Divine Styler, “In Divine Style”
  26. Channel 7 story on Edward Byrne incident (1988)
  27. Divine Styler, “Touch”
  28. Divine Styler, “Love, Lies, and Lifetime’s Cries”
  29. Divine Styler, “Aura”
  30. Divine Styler, “Mystic Sheep Drink Electric Tea”
  31. Everlast, “Hot to Death”
  32. Queen Latifah, “Brownsville”
  33. The World’s Famous Supreme Team, “Hobo Scratch”
  34. Divine Styler, “Hajji”
  35. Divine Styler, “Triple Irons”
  36. Divine Styler, “Carrier’s IQ”
  37. Divine Styler, “Architectonic”
  38. Divine Styler, “Architectonic”
  39. Ice-T (f/ Rhyme Syndicate), “What Ya Wanna Do”
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