Peak Time

King Addies and Kool DJ Red Alert

120 minsFirst aired 9 May 2019
Courtesy of King Addies / Kool DJ Red Alert

Brooklyn’s foundational King Addies sound play their favorite dubs, and one of hip-hop’s godfathers discusses Caribbean music in NYC.

It’s the peak of our soundsystem week on Peak Time, as we invite true NYC royalty to the studio to discuss the landscape of Caribbean music in New York over the last four decades. Vivian is joined by Killaboo and Kingpin of Brooklyn’s King Addies soundsystem – celebrating 36 years of soundclash killing, dubplate spinning and pure party rocking of the reggae, dub and dancehall variety – to discuss the crew’s beginnings and moving into the future whilst preserving the legacy; plus, we’ll hear some killer dubs from the King Addies bag. We’re also rocking with Kool DJ Red Alert, one of the pioneers of hip-hop and the first mixshow DJ to introduce dancehall to mainstream radio (on KISS 98.7 FM in the early 1980s). Red Alert will discuss his contributions to the dancehall canon, the link between the birth of hip-hop and Jamaican soundsystems and more.


Engineered by Ryan Woodhall
Produced by Sara Casella

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