Nonprofit community radio station WYXR 91.7 FM continues its exploration of rare and influential Memphis recordings with their fifth “WYXR Stereo Sessions presented by MEMPHO & nexAir.”
This time, the station’s program manager Jared “Jay B.” Boyd connects with legendary Memphis radio DJ Jus Borne to introduce a listening audience to the first hip-hop record in the series, “The Antidote” by Indo G & Lil’ Blunt.
The event takes place at Memphis Listening Lab in Crosstown Concourse, at 6 p.m., June 15.
Miami-based Luke Records, the longtime home of the controversial and pioneering hip-hop group 2 Live Crew, released the album in 1994. Just a year prior, Dr. Dre aimed the label’s namesake, Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, on his seminal solo debut “The Chronic.” While Luke subsequently offered more explicit retorts in his own songs, “The Antidote,” with its THC-laced influences and funk-laden production, is perhaps an implicit rebuttal intended to rival Dre and similar West Coast gangster rap acts in the hip-hop marketplace.
“Each month, we gather an audience in MLL to listen to an album from the lesser-known corners of Memphis’ past together, but this is the first hip-hop LP we’ll explore,” Boyd says.
“Leaders in the hip-hop industry understand now, more than ever, how influential Memphis artists are in the genre. So, now is the time to reclaim some of the better-crafted productions and offer those artists kudos.”
Beatmaker S.M.K., who enjoyed his own success as an early Memphis rapper and producer, contributed instrumentals to the album. He later apprenticed under the guidance of superstar producers Devante Swing and Timbaland. Similarly, Indo G found future success in the music industry, releasing a solo album in 1998 called “Angel Dust,” helmed by Three 6 Mafia’s powerhouse producers, DJ Paul & Juicy J. The album features “Remember Me Ballin’,” performed alongside Gangsta Boo, which garnered minor success in hip-hop radio and video rotations.