Remember the infamous Albee Square Mall (the Brooklyn retail landmark and best candidate for 2nd home to Biz Markie)? Some of you may have had the opportunity to scoop some fly shit out of there…others certainly have heard of its stalwart existence through Golden Era rap lore. By ’07, 30 years after its initial opening, the mall was no more. In ’11, the barren spread of land was filled with shipping containers (i.e. the 2nd season of The Wire…sans dead Russian hookers) to be reconstituted as hubs for various small businesses; now known as the Dekalb Market. Within one of the market’s recycled containers, among the purveyors of delicious food and drink, clothing and fashion-oriented knick-knacks, and a Brooklyn Bodega x Fat Beats collab record shop, rests a very exceptional creative endeavor: BBOX Radio (Brooklyn’s own soon-to-be live, streaming, 24-hour Internet radio station).
We here at PTP firmly believe in the idea of “community”…therefore, we are advising you, our much esteemed mini-nation of progressive movers and builders, to take a sec to mull over the probability of your participation in the BBOX Radio project. Plus BBOX is the home to our new radio show, Fresh Out The Box (going live and streaming in a couple of weeks – think of it as the audio version of this site…21st Century hip hop).
You hear that at the 14 second mark? Intro by Teslee Snipes, Note gettin’ his radio voice in, and me showin’ some love to Brooklyn on the wheels. Bang. So with that being said, you may want to do something a little more proactive for this entire online community (that doesn’t just mean donating a fraction of your hard-earned, not without substantial rewards via BBOX’s Kickstarter, but spreading the word to others…something made a whole lot easier nowadays thanks to “sharing” and reblogging). Once we caught wind, it was an easy choice to roll with BBOX, as they completely represent innovation, resourcefulness, and freedom of creative license (it’s radio on the Internet…c’mon, will ya?!?).
Practiced sustainability and D.I.Y. science, plus PTP in audio form alongside a schedule already bursting with some remarkable shows and selectors (i.e. the funk & soul two-piece of Headless Heroes with Gee-$, OG Chino, and Amir (yes, of Kon & Amir fame) and the Golden Era fare of Albee Square with Classic Pete and Mr. Klean). What more good do you need?!?!
Donate. Spread Word. Support. Actively engaging in any of these things will only contribute to the enrichment of a tremendous on-air artistic enterprise (plus it’ll help all of the worthy-as-fuck artists involved in the audible make-up of these radio shows…aka those whose music us DJ’s will be playing).