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Flaunting Perfection, an Interview with bRavenous – The Beat Diet, July 8th 2021

This week, we’re super stoked to welcome Halifax-born, Calgary-based emcee bRavenous to the studio to talk about his latest album, Flaunting Imperfections. Hot on the heels of his 2020 release, Between the Lines, Flaunting Imperfections picks up right where BtL left off, with heavy hitting boom bap beats (courtesy of Uncle Fester, DK and more) and top notch guest emcees like Ghettosocks, DFE, Spesh K and more.

Before we get to the interview, we take some time to pay our respects to Gift of Gab, who sadly passed away a few weeks back. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform solo and as a part of Blackalicious on a few occasions, and his alphabet aerobics never ceased to amaze. He will be missed.

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The Fat Beat Diet, March 7th
Relic Interview and Feature


This week, we had the pleasure of chatting with Relic. As we talked about, he’s got a new album out entitled Golden, which you should at the very least have a listen to. He gave a great little rundown of where he’s come from and where he’s at, but listening again, there’s so much more I wish we could’ve talked about. Hopefully we’ll have the chance to chat again, but in the meantime be sure to check out his bandcamp and soundcloud pages.

Before and after the interview, we had a couple of related tracks. After that, we moved into more hip hop, even squeezing in a short women in hip hop set for International Women’s Day. Of course, the Dirty Needles dudes did it better. But until they start podcasting their shows, you’re stuck with this ;)

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Mid-Month Mix-Up: Jon Delerious
The Fat Beat Diet, June 11

Jon Delerious. Photo by Tom Teotico

This week, we had Calgary house music legend Jon Delerious drop in for a little chat and a quick live mix . I’m hoping to make a monthly guest spot a bit more of a regular occurrence on the show, and it was great to have Jon kick things off. Not only is he simply one of the nicest guys out there, he is a master behind the decks – the dude is so smooth! It was an absolute pleasure to have him come down and we at the Fat Beat Diet wish him continued success.

Jon Delerious celebrates 9 years at his residency Tahiti Treat down at Bamboo tonight, so you should definitely go check that out tonight — or any other Friday night for that matter — for a grand ol’ time.

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RIP Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of The Beastie Boys
The Fat Beat Diet, May 7th

For background, read the New Yorker piece from Sasha Frere-Jones and then read Oliver Wang’s piece at NPR. Wang writes:

Listening to the Beastie Boys for the next quarter century, I mostly thought of them as a group package rather than an assortment of distinct MCs. Their telltale style was a three-man, tag team weave, where each rapper – Adam “MCA” Yauch, Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond – often finished each other’s sentences.

I never thought much of the beasties individually until Yauch’s passing, and now with him gone his deep voice speaks out to me from all of their songs. It’s hard to think of the group without him, and that saddens me a lot… more than I expected, in fact.

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Related article you should also read: Adam Yauch’s Work in Tibet More Important Than Ever.

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DJ Cosm Interview
The Fat Beat Diet, March 31st

DJ Cosm - I stole this pic from

This week, DJ Cosm drops by the studio to talk about his recent solo project. The DJ/Producer for local act Dragon Fli Empire has just dropped his debut full length, entitled Time and Space and popped in to chat about the album and his upcoming CD release party. The album features top notch beats and heavy hitting guests such as Craig G, Insight, Prince Po in addition to (relatively) local talent such Kazmega, Metawon, Cam the Wizzard, Touch, and Nato. Go buy it!

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RE-UP: RIP J Dilla

RIP James ‘J Dilla’ Yancey: February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006

On the anniversary of his death, I’d thought I’d re-up this mix I made when the news first started to sink in, five years ago.

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