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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

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Aaron "DJ Aaron Wade" Pulley has re-emerged on the underground hip-hop scene online via Slacker.com.
Aaron "DJ Aaron Wade" Pulley has re-emerged on the underground hip-hop scene online via Slacker.com.
Pulley was a member of WMSE's former "Late Night Hype" show for over a decade.
Pulley was a member of WMSE's former "Late Night Hype" show for over a decade.

Milwaukee UP: DJ Aaron Wade takes underground hip-hop online

Former co-host of the legendary "Late Night Hype" show – a hip-hop radio show that could be found on WMSE every Tuesday for slightly over a decade – Aaron "DJ Aaron Wade" Pulley just couldn't stay away from radio.

Pulley, who is now WLUM's general sales manager, went from being behind the microphone to being the man behind the business side of radio, leading a staff at FM 102.1 that's dedicated to keeping the popular radio station profitable and afloat.

His path didn't stop there, however, as an interesting opportunity to once again showcase the genre that he grew up loving fell into his lap. Though a work colleague he discovered the website Slacker.com, an internet radio station, and he soon found himself being asked to program their underground hip-hop station.

The station has been active for around half a year now and I talked with DJ Aaron Wade about the past and the present.

OnMilwaukee.com: After years of being away from the radio as a personality and an active promoter of underground hip-hop though your legendary "Late Night Hype" show on WMSE, you recently decided to jump back into radio via the Internet. What led you back to it?

Aaron Pulley: Honestly, I had no intention of jumping back into anything at all, at first. I have a demanding job and a family with two little girls to take care of so I had no problem with stopping rap music involvement when we retired LNH. I stopped doing all that at just the right time. But, I still love the music and have since '85 when I was introduced to it. I have had little "spells" where I've badly missed doing LNH at WMSE. But overall, I've mainly just missed the music and being on top of it all the time.

I worked with Stephen Kallao, who did afternoons at FM102.1. He came to Milwaukee from San Diego, where Slacker is based out of, and he programs for them. He told me Slacker was looking for a person to program underground hip-hop and that he'd given them my name. I had about a 45-minute conversation with the pro…

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Adebisi has released a music video for "Rhythmatic," off his latest mixtape "The Blaxploitation."
Adebisi has released a music video for "Rhythmatic," off his latest mixtape "The Blaxploitation."

Milwaukee UP: Adebisi releases "Rhythmatic"

NYC – by-way-of-Milwaukee – emcee Adebisi recently released a mixtape called "The Blaxploitation," and now he's released a music video for a song from the project called "Rhythmatic." The video was filmed by the Him of Milwaukee DJ duo Him & Her, Jank One, while he was in New York City.

Adebisi has also just announced that he, another New York/Brew City emcee – SigNif – and Milwaukee rap group Amerika's Addiction will be doing a show at The Mad Planet on June 18.

Milwaukee's Lah-Kid is creating more buzz for "CMK-Pretty Pistol Tony" with another new video.
Milwaukee's Lah-Kid is creating more buzz for "CMK-Pretty Pistol Tony" with another new video.

Milwaukee UP: New Lah-Kid video

Today Milwaukee hip-hop representer Lah-Kid released another new music video to create more buzz about "CMK – Pretty Pistol Tony." The new video is for the song "Got Many Names" and was shot and directed by Living Idea Group. The video is another quality visual put forth by Lah-Kid.

Miltown Beat Down organizer Jordan Lee approves of round two's winners.
Miltown Beat Down organizer Jordan Lee approves of round two's winners.

Milwaukee UP: Miltown Beat Down preliminary two recap

As expected, last night's Miltown Beat Down was one of the most stylistically diverse rounds in the history of the MTBD.

Between the eight producers of the night, there was dub-step, electronica, hip-hop, hardcore and on and on. Overall, many of the beats or tracks played were extremely pleasing to the ear and the quality of the music was on the high end of the scale.

However, again with having several newer people in the battle, some of the tracks were just continuous loops and much of the work heard last night was down-tempo, which doesn't really equate "battle" in my mind; but to each his own as "battle" is of course open to interpretation.

Before getting into the recap of the individual battles, I just want to tell any aspiring producer that is left in this contest to get your BPMs up for at least one of your beats because the crowd wants to ROCK more than they want to post up and chill. I know 60 seconds is a short amount of time to capture the true essence of what you do, but slap and punch your opponent (metaphorically) and get that crowd rabid for your beats!

That being said, here is the break down.

The first battle was between electronic wunderkind Andy Petr and Bad Character.

Petr, a young prodigy of all that is electronic music, won his first round pretty handily, beating Bad Character 400 to 338 with beats that had big drums and glitches and blips that kept his tracks moving and interesting.

The second battle of the night was between another young and fresh talent, *Hitmayng and TradeMark.

This battle has my vote for being the most entertaining battle of the night. Both producers broke out the diss sample and went back and forth on stage with gestures and showcased their bravado properly – with the exception of newbie *Hitmayng throwing paper at TradeMark. As Madhatter said after their battle, "we don't throw paper at the Miltown Beat Down." We all had a good laugh about it.

TradeMark defeated *Hitmayng 420 to 408. Sidenote: *Hitmayng is a you…

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