Zulu Radio

An Eastside station beams the best hip-hop

Cruising in the Flexcar—just an excuse to listen to the radio, really. Scanning the dial last fall for something sweet, I happened upon KBCS’s (Bellevue Community College) Saturday night Zulu Radio show. DJ King Khazm was playing J. Dilla’s “Two Can Win,” followed by a DJ Krush track with The Roots’ Black Thought on lyrics, and then about 20 songs I didn’t know but instantly loved. I had to extend my car. Khazm, WD4D, Gabriel Teodros, and Sean Malik have manned Zulu Radio for a couple of years now, and it gives both KEXP’s and KUBE’s non-commercial hip-hop shows (Street Sounds and Sunday Night Sound Sessions, respectively) a run for their money. A live broadcast tonight from West Seattle celebrates November as Hip Hop History Month. A pre-show features poetry and break-dancing, and on the broadcast, performers include Beyond Reality, Silent Lambs Project, and many more. Also, Hidmo Eritrean Restaurant, itself a hip-hop hotspot as of late, provides the food. The charge for this much rhythm in one room: definitely rebellious.

Sat., Nov. 17, 9 p.m., 2007

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