Forget the leather jacket and sexually guilty expression, in 1990 Jeff Young began one of the only national hip hop radio shows on BBC Radio 1 and premiered some of the finest music our genre has ever heard.
Noted in my Biography, as a primary school child who had been thus far exposed to people like Bruno Brookes, Simon Mayo and the pop music they used as their soundtrack, when I heard this man’s first radio show I remember sitting starring at the Hitachi for the entire duration of the broadcast. From there his hourly show became a religious observance with TDK after TDK being filled each Friday and within weeks of my realisation of the massive span of hip hop, I had started my own version of his show, made on a high speed dubbing deck and internal microphone, using the very tracks he was playing on his show each week.
I intend to one day upload some of my first ever radio shows at the tender age of 9 years of age but until I body myself like that, here is Jeff Young’s last ever National Fresh radio show in it’s almost 60 minute entirety, complete with the the best hip hop track chart rundown of 1990 including King Bee, Hijack, NWA, ATCQ and more.
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