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Phil Maher Radio Podcast 24-06-2016

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Fresh house n’ breaks beats in the mix from Phil Maher plus a guest mix from Lucius Lowe

Tracklist:

1. Simplex Motive – “Just Say Hello” (Deephope Remix)
2. Emil Croff – “Jack”
3. JaFunk – “This Love Is For Real”
4. Roger Sanchez – “Morning Prayer”
5. Phil Maher – “Forever”
6. Chloee Braidner – “I’m All In” (Silky Piano Reprise)
7. Erire – “Take Me Away 2008″ (Haji & Emanuel Remix)
8. DJ LAB – “Touch” (Strange Rollers Remix)
9. Dominica – “Gotta Let You Go” (Freestylers Remix)
10. Jay Kay & Phil Maher – “Yeah, Alright”
11. Clear Six Feat. Curtis T Johns – “Sunshine”

Wavewhore – Guest DJ Mix For Lady Waks

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Wavewhore – Guest DJ Mix For Lady Waks – As featured on Record Dance Radio, Russia’s biggest dance radio station!!

Original air date: June 21, 2016.

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Swankout Interview + New EP ‘Get Dark’

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Swankouts’ massive ‘Get Dark EP’ is out now on Top Drawer Digital. A electrifying blend of Tech House, Bass and Oldskool Hardcore/Jungle. You can buy the EP here and read on for an exclusive interview with Swankout + an exclusive minimix….

So, we first came across your music via this forthcoming EP on Top Drawer Digital and and a Radio One mix from a few years back, how long have you been doing the music and what have I missed out on?

I started DJing in 1996, and producing in 2000 and I started collecting vinyl in 1994, I’ve been behind a few different projects doing rave breaks , house and jungle. I stared doing the Swankout stuff end of 2013

Could you tell us a bit about the different projects?
I did three rave break/fidget hybrid kind of tracks with DJ Faydz in 2010 for future rave anthems 2, I ran a label in 2010 called Unleashed Sound which specialised in rave breaks and future jungle which did quite well in the trackitdown charts.
I’ve had Radio 1 /1xtra, Rinse FM & Kool FM plays. I Was part of a deep house/garage duo in 2014 which had a few releases on what’s your status? And support from EZ, Groove Armada & B traits

Was this a transition over to house music or had you been doing stuff prior to that?

I’ve always loved / made all types of music thought tend to be mostly partial to anything sounding like jungle or old skool I’ve always enjoyed crossing genres in my production and making hybrid music. My vinyl collection is a reflection of that also

Are you still a keen vinyl collector?

Yes! I love vinyl it’s in my blood, started collecting in 94 aged 12 and still buy today, though usually it’s oldskool, I just had 2 delivered actually, Doctors Of Dance – Dance Theme From 91, and Twister On Formation Records from 96

The influence of this wealth of dance music history can certainly be heard on your new EP as Swankout, can you tell us a bit about this current alias/project?

Thanks! I was kind of aiming for “heritage” if you like from this, and I’m really pleased you said that so thanks , and obviously mixing in new styles and sounds as well as modern production techniques, I’ve done a few other bits as well on Deep Freeze Records and Daylight Robbery, which are again two contrasting variations, with the releases on Deep Freeze being aimed more at the Deep House/Garage /bass kind of sound, and the release on Daylight Robbery more proper Deep House. It all started as a bit of fun and a way of getting my hybrid/more experimental music out there too

How did you come to know of and be signed to Top Drawer Digital?

Haha! Well, a bit of a long story this …. Was recommended them by Om Unit. I met him in Bristol, he was behind me in a shop queue , my mate pointed him out and being a big fan of his music I waited outside to chat to him! He is a sound guy! I asked if I could send him some music which was some of the Get Dark EP and he recommended Top Drawer to me!

Which takes us to this EP, a mixture of dark 130bpm ish Jungle Breaks a la Mella Dee, Special Request etc and some ravey Tech House. What was the inspiration behind these incredible tunes?

Wow thanks for the compliment! Well exactly that really, huge huge fan of both Mella Dee, and Paul Woolford aka Special Request , those guys really hit the spot for me musically so with tracks such as Amnesia and Untitled coupled with Mella Dee’s release on Lobster Boy records and the GT Turbo EP backed with all the previous rave projects I’ve done I guess

On a side note, if you could do a Swankout remix of any track of your choice what would it be?

I’ve often thought about bootlegs of stuff like The Prodigy ‘Jericho’ or Future Sound Of London ‘Papa New Guinea’ but to me all these tracks are masterpieces that could possibly left untouched? Though High Contrast did a sterling remix (bootleg) of Papa New Guinea

Great choices, so to wrap things up, any mentions, big ups? and what advice would you give to aspiring producers?

Yes indeed! From my friends and family who’ve supported me in many ways, to my fellow producers who have mentored/helped me through the years and of course Lucas and Free Breaks Blog for the support! Really appreciated! And for anyone aspiring, as cliché as this sounds if you work hard and you believe you Can achieve something, then you will! Thanks for the interview!!

Stream clips of the ‘Get Dark EP’ below and click here to buy

Exclusive ‘Get Dark’ minimix below

David Boomah Interview + New Track

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Tell us a bit about your time growing up in St Catherine, Jamaica and how it affected your music career

DB: Growing up in Jamaica was both a difficult and enjoyable time. I was only 9 years old when I left my Mom in Birmingham to go to Jamaica and it was a very different life there so it took a while to adjust.

One of the good things about going to Jamaica in the 1980’s was being immersed in all the great Dancehall music that was emerging at the time. Artists like Tenor Saw, Beres Hammond, Papa San, Ninja Man, Frankie Paul, Sanchez D, Pinchers and many others were Superstars then and I studied and learnt a lot from.

I got involved in the Soundsystem culture at about 14 years old working with my Uncle Graybeard who used to select and sing on a sound called Small Axe. This was my platform to learn how to ride riddims properly, perform to a crowd and build vibes!

You returned to the UK in 1990, a game changing era that saw the Brit Hop sound of London Posse and others morph into the proto breakbeat hardcore sound of Shut Up & Dance & The Ragga Twins. At that time you performed as the opening act at the British Reggae awards. You were rocking the dancehall circuit alongside the man once known as UK Apachi. Can you give us your snapshot of that time and era and what it meant to you personally and artistically?

DB: I look back at that period with fond memories. It was a great time for Dancehall Music with artists like Buju Banton, Capleton, Cobra, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer asserting themselves as standout artists. Some of the artists from the 1980’s were still going strong and dancehall was a serious force to be reckoned with.

As you mentioned I met UK Apachi at this time and we began building a name for ourselves on the Dancehall circuit but it was tricky to get established as the UK Dancehall scene was already locked by the time I got here. There was a label called Fashion Records with Artists like Topcat, Tenor Fly, General Levy, Sweetie Irie, Nerious Joseph amongst others so I always felt I got here a bit too late to join the UK Dancehall elite.

Apachi stumbled upon Jungle through Shy FX’s early hit “Gangsta Kid Feat Gunsmoke” and ended up recording “Original Nuttah” on the exact same instrumental. I got involved with Jungle as a result of my affiliation with Apachi and ended up recording a track called “Who Run Tings” a year later in 1995. At this stage I wanted music to be my profession but I wasn’t taking it that seriously. I was dabbling in music and studying to be a qualified youth worker. Youth Work was my priority then. There were some exciting moments performing on Soundsystems across the country and at venues like Hammersmith Palais. I remember performing with UK Apachi, Shy FX, Gunsmoke, Juxci D’Nero and the full Sour Recordings Crew in Manchester (It was one of (if not the first) big Jungle Dance in Manchester and we literally tore the roof off. Lots of gunshots and lots of vibes! It was a very exciting time and we got to tour across Europe and help spread Jungle to the wider world.

The rise continues as you work alongside the cream of the Jungle/DnB scene and release a critically acclaimed album in 2014. How did you make the transition from Reggae to Jungle/DnB and how did the album come about?

DB: The transition from Dancehall to Jungle was natural I think. Jungle has deep roots in Dancehall amongst other genres of music so it was a natural progression. The Ragga Twins had already set the trend with their background in UK Dancehall systems.

Established Dancehall Artists like Topcat had already been sampled nicely into Jungle tracks and Producers like Remarc were sampling soundsystem clips into tracks so it felt natural to become a part of Jungle scene.

The idea to make an album came about in 2010, I had committed over 18 years to Youth Work and I had an urge to pursue my musical ambitions. I started recording a range of tracks and shopped around for a Label. After looking around I finally found the perfect home at V Recordings where Bryan G and I worked closely together to refine the drafts I had developed. The final product was my first album “One World Many Cultures” of which I am very proud.

Let’s talk a bit about your new track ‘Wish Upon A Star’ with Rowpieces.

About a year and a half ago I decided I really wanted to make another album and started working on some new tracks towards this. I was so impressed with the Remix Rowpieces made for one of my previous tracks “Spread A Little Love” I had to get him involved in the project. He sent me some instrumentals and I loved all of them the first one I recorded was the backdrop to “Wish Upon A Star Feat Rowpieces” and so the journey began.

I wanted to make my first release on my label something special and accessible to a range of genres and music lovers so I called on some other talented friends across the musical spectrum to get involved and the EP was born!

Any last words/shout outs?

I would like to thank God for sustaining me everyday, my Grandparents for raising me with discipline and respect, my Wife and Children and Relatives for giving my life balance, my Brothers and Sisters Potential Badboy, Dawn Wilson, Codebreaker, Navigator, Soulsource, JSilver, Lady MC, Col South, Aries, Cesar NoFace and Marcus Visionary for being bonafide from day one and finally Rowpieces, Battery, Hypertone The Lost Soundsystem and N-Type for helping me to make a great EP!!!

David Boomah- “Wish Upon A Star Feat Rowpieces” EP is out now

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Beatport: http://btprt.dj/1TAUJKT

3 Questions For Digital + New EP On NexGen Music

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According to Discogs, you have been producing since the mid 90s, what was your calling to the studio way back when?

As a kid in the mid 80’s I never thought about producing because all I wanted to do was play records, records aka vinyl. The eureka moment struck while out raving to DJ/Producers like Doc Scott and Simon Bassline Smith. I knew them through their amazing music on Reinforced Records and Absolute 2 so I figured they were getting mad love because of their work. It was a good feeling because I knew then I had something to aspire too.

My first release was back in 1994, a collab with Danny C under the name ‘Authorised Riddim’ on the legendary Certificate 18 Records. I got a huge buzz out of it because Dj’s I raved to like Storm, Bukem, Simon Bassline Smith were playing it. So my thoughts were, making beats push you as Dj, I get kicks out of it because when I’m raving my own track might get played (What a buzz!!) and furthermore, this could be my job! It sounded like a WIN, WIN, WIN situation.

You have featured on some of the biggest labels, Metalheadz, Renegade Hardware & Creative Wax to name just a few. Your sound is distinct from a very large pool of DnB all over the globe. Is it something you aspire to to be so different and have such a stand alone sound?

No I don’t aspire to that, I make music with the musical influences I’m armed with, while others might let their new bit of equipment shape their sound.

Lastly, can you tell us a bit about the ideas that went into this new EP Of yours for Nexgen music.

 ‘Brain Damage’ was born in the middle of a 2 day bender with the big man, Drum Cypha. I won’t tell you any details about it but you can imagine what is was like because of the resulting track name.

‘Let Them Live’ was me getting my alien on. I don’t really use  huge amount of synths in my tracks but this track has heaps throughout. I have loads of tracks like this as I’m doing a different kind of project at the moment…..

The ‘Brain Damage EP’ with Cypha on NexGen Music is out now. Buy It Here>>>http://bit.ly/1OQkjwg

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Fat Men At The Disco Interview

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We Caught Up With House Producer Fat Men At The Disco For A Chat, Here’s What He Had To Say……….

Tell Us A Bit About Yourself

Hello, My Names Adrian Powell And I Am Fat Men At The Disco And Yes I Can Do The Truffle Shuffle
For Those Who Don’t Know, Tell Us A Bit About Fat Men At The Disco And How It Began.

It Began 3 Years Ago, I Was Playing Locally From The Mid 90s On And Off But Never Wrote Any Music. I Got An Urge To Start Making My Own Music And Decided A New Project Was In Order And Decided To Start To Learn Music Production. I Have Previously Been Accused Of Being Too Fat And Too Old For Clubbing And Djing So This Is Where Fat Men At The Disco Came From.

How Did You Get Into Music Production? What Were The Initial Steps?

Studio Sessions With Experienced Producers Was The Route For Me. I’ve Been Lucky Enough To Have A Talented Pool Of Producer Friends And Family. Initially I Started Learning With Alex Powell Of The Squatters And What’s Your Status Records As Well As Ian Bland Of Dream Frequency And Maison Records. Both Highly Experienced And Highly Talented Producers. I Spent Many Hours With Both. But I Don’t Actually Think You Learn Properly Until You Sit There On Your Own In Front Of The Screen Writing Tracks.

How Would You Describe Your Production Style?

A Little Bit Of A Mix Of Genres. I Think I’m In The Ghetto House And House Genre But I Have Been Described As Uk Garage And Uk Bass By Others.

Was There A Moment Or A Tune Or A Dj Set That Made You Decide You Were Going To Produce And Was It Always Going To Be?

Leeds Dj Graham Dixon, What A Guy. His Djing Skills Where Out There. Always A Joy To Watch. There’s Rumours That He Was The One Who Taught Sasha To Scratch In The Leeds House Music Revolution Of The Late 80s & 90s. His Music Production Was Dirty And Earned Him The Name Dirty Dixon. He Was Definitely My Inspiration.
Which Events From Over The Years In Your Illustrious Career Really Stick In Your Mind And Why?

There’s Been A Few Of Them. I’ve Been Lucky Enough To Dj For Passion In Sutton Coalfield With Paul Van Dyke Or There’s Playing With Marshall Jefferson In Leeds, Rob Tissera For Kissdafunk, Glasshouse, Brandon Block …… There’s Loads But These Stick Out.
What Was Your First Experience Of House Music And How Did You Get Into The Sound?

Youth Club In The Mid 90s, I Was A Dj There, My 1st Gigs Ever Playing Acid House And Hard House. Stuff Like La Style – James Brown Is Dead, The Prodigy, Altern8 And Utah Saints
Who Were Your Major Influences In Terms Of Music Production?

I’m Loving Demarzo At The Moment. His Music Is Amazing. I’m Also Liking Sol Brothers, Vanilla Ace, Sirus Hood And Rob Made. I Also Like Some Of The Local Talent Round Here. The Likes Of Steve Haley And Craig Dickson.
When Would You Say Was Your Breakout Moment When Heads Turned To You Music?

Ha Ha!, Think I’m Still Waiting For That Moment. Though I Am Looking Forward To An EP I’m Releasing On Drenched Records. Drenched Are Going To Be A Major Label And Have Some Serious Backing With Releases From The Likes Of Vanilla Ace And Support From Annie Mac.

What Made You Choose House As A Genre?

I Don’t Think I Chose The Genre. I Just Make It And It Finds Its Own Genre.
If You Could Work On A Track With Anyone From Now Or Way Back When, Who Would It Be?

From Back In The Day It Would Have To Be Toni De Vit. He Was One Of My Favourite 90s DJs, Today I Think Sirus Hood Or Demarzo.
And If You Could Remix Any Tune Of Your Choice, Which One Would You Choose And Why?

Show Me Love By Robin S…. Joking, Don’t Really Know Really. Stumped Me That One.
Tell Us About Any Other Music Related Stuff You’re Involved In

Currently Working On My Own Record Label Fmatd Recordings Which I Am Hoping To Make Live At The Back End Of The Year.
Could You Offer A Bit Of Advice For A Up And Coming Producer?

Yeah, Don’t Pay Anyone For Anything Musically, There’s Lots Of People Out There That Will Take Your Money For Services That You Don’t Need. It All Happens Automatically. You Don’t Need An Agency Until Your Reputable, Don’t Pay For Likes And Followers Either. I Mean Why Would You? You Paying For Someone To Add Followers From Fake Accounts That Actually Never Listen To Your Music. I’d Rather Have Just 100 Listeners That Listened Then 10,000 Play Clicks To Make You Look Popular.
Describe To Us Your Approach To A Dj Set, Do You Like To Gently Warm Up The Crowd Or Go For The Bangers Or More Of A Journey Approach?

I Never Plan A Set. I Pick A Load Of Tracks I Like With Varying Tunes And Try Feel What The Crowd Want. Then Give Them It. If Its Funk Or “bangers” I Try Read The Crowd. I Never Try Force Music Into A Crowd. Id Rather Play To A Full Room Then Empty One.
As A Producer, You Keep An Open Mind And An Open Palette Producing In Various Styles, Who Do You Draw Influences From?

I Like To Take Bits From Varying Genres, If I Like It Or It Fits It Gets Written In. I Like Adding Subliminal Sound Changes That As A Music Fan You Wouldn’t Notice But As A Producer It Makes The Track. Take A Kick Out Or Add A Kick There Can Make The Difference. I Love The Musical Build Ups Before The Drops From Late 90’S And 2000’S Tracks And I Do Try Transfer That Into My Music. I Try To Make It Uplifting Funky With Dirty Basslines
What Are The Vital Elements To Making A Tune That Come Into Play When You’re In The Studio?

Easy, 8 Bars, A Kick Ass Kick Drum And Rocking Bassline. Start There And Feel The Groove.
Who Have You Enjoyed Making Music With The Most And Who Would You Still Like To Colab With?

Ian Bland Is The Craziest Mother Of All. Try Making Beats In A Studio Whilst Wearing A Roman Soldiers Helmet Whilst His Dog Sits And Stairs At You With Shades On! Colab Wise Would Be Any Of My Favourite Producers. Though Deadmaus Looks Like He Would Be Fun To Be In The Studio With. Would Love To Get On His Twitter Account When He’s Not Looking And Stir Some Shit Up Ha Ha!
Any Final Words And Shout Outs?

Just Thank You To Everyone Who’s Supported My Music Including You Guys For This Opportunity. Drenched Records, Maison Records, Lw Recordings, 13 Records, Mccloy Artist Management, The Squatters, Ian Bland And Most Of All My Very Understanding Misses. She Understands What Music Means To Me And She Has Supported More Than Any

Bar:Rage 6- Funsta & Randall (DJ set w MCs)

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The Bar King is back with Bar: Rage 6, the long awaited finale in his Bar:Rage mixtape series. This time Funsta has has enlisted the skills of fellow O.G. and long time friend and collaborator Randall; and they have come to separate the men from the boys. Serving up a slice of unapologetically raw Drum and Bass, Bar:Rage 6 is a full throttle party from start to finish, ravers should should strap on their seatbelts and other MC’s should take their mic and go home.

Expect high energy from the get-go, showcasing Funsta at his finest. His agility as an MC is on full display as his on-point flow moves seamlessly through styles and topics with ease.

You won’t need a dictionary to understand Funsta’s bars as he showcases his unique ability to tackle real life issues in a thoughtful way through witty lyrics that everyone can relate to. There’s no egotistical preaching here either, as Funsta acts as a lyrical sage offering wisdom through his no holds barred observations on everything from the D&B scene to the World around him.

Bar:Rage was the original D&B mixtape series and has gone on to become a cult classic that has also inspired an entire culture of D&B mixtape series.
This finale captures the very essence of what a mixtape should be, a high octane journey that moves through an eclectic array of Drum and Bass sounds and styles, most importantly it’s about having fun.
Bar:Rage came, it saw and it conquered. The finale is dedicated to everyone who has supported it over the years, this goes out to all of you.

King Yoof – 100% Dubplate Mix 2016 [Chopstick Dubplate]

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CHOPSTICK: King Yoof – 100% Dubplate Mix 2016 [Chopstick Dubplate]

Cockney rudeboy King Yoof’s rooftop dub shack serves up fifty-seven flavors of dubplate in just over an hour of mixed musical madness. The smell of fresh acetate oozes from the speaker. Two thousand and sixteen percent pure and impossible to dilute in any fashion, doctors worldwide are calling for immunization using the King Yoof dubplate method. Well known in underground dancehalls, this powerful phenomenon is only recently being discovered by the public at large. When asked immediately after a clash, 9.5 out of 10 selectors preferred being killed by King Yoof than all other sounds combined.

** Soundboy General’s Warning: this butter smooth selection was produced using machines that may contain large amounts of famous reggae vocals, serious sub bass, and dangerous levels of musical ites. Short term use will result in an overall feeling of junglism leading to long-term use.**

// TRACK LIST //
1) King Yoof Dubplate Mix Intro
2) Terror Fabulous “King Yoof Anthem” Dub (Cuss Cuss Riddim By King Yoof)
3) Mc Tenja “Trouble In My City (Cuss Cuss Riddim By King Yoof)
4) Yt “Soundsystem” Dub By Digitaldubs
5) David Boomah “Do You Know What My Dubs Are Worth” Dub
6) Mr Williams “Have You Ever” (Conversation Riddim By Kingyoof)
7) Cheshire Cat “Im Sure” (Conversation Riddim By King Yoof)
8) Cheshire Cat “Never Heard A Dj Like This Before” Dub (Conversation Riddim By King Yoof)
9) Rony Blue “Soundboy Love” Dub (Rumours Riddim Original)
10) Cutty Ranks “Limb By Limb” Offical King Yoof Remix
11) Daddy Freddy “Insane In The Membraine” Dub
12) Ante Up Medley
13) Anthony Johnson “Everynight Is A Soundclash” Dub (King Yoof Gunshot Riddim)
14) Michael Rose “Shine Eye” Dub (Exclusive Caspa Riddim)
15) Ragga Twins “Killa Sound” (King Yoof Remix)
16) Flowdan Custom Dub (Wray & Nephew Soundclash)
17) D Power, Frisco & Demolition Man Produced By King Yoof “Who Can Draw” Dub
18) Major Lazer Meets Richie Spice (Gold Dubs Remix)
19) Everyday Ft Papa Levi & Daddy Colonel (King Yoof Remix)
20) Rony Blue “Im So Sorry” Prod By King Yoof (Subslayer Exclusive)
21) Ratpack “Searching For My Rizla” Dub
22) Michael Rose “Stalk A Sensimenia” Dub (Channel One Riddim)
23) Eek A Mouse “Ganja Smuggling” Dub (King Yoof Ganja Riddim)
24) Dj Zinc “Ready Or Not” Dub
25) Demolition Man “Fire” Dub
26) Jnr Cat “Killing Pussy” Dub (Chopstick Punnany Riddim)
27) Louis Rankin “Original Sound” Dub (Chopstick Punnany)
28) Mr Williams “Tell Me Who” Dub (Chopstick Duck)
29) D’vercity “Peace & Love” Prod By King Yoof/Aries
30) Wayne Wonder “Guns & Ammunition” Dub (Kingyoof/Aries)
31) Bounty Killer “War” Dub (Marcus Visionary Sick Riddim)
32) Daddy Freddy “We Control The Border” Dub (Chopstick Dub)
33) Anthony Red Rose “Tempo” Dub (Kingyoof/Aries Riddim)
34) Ub40 “Rat In The Dancehall” Dub (Gold/Aries Riddim)
35) Yush “Roadblock” Dub (M.Visionary Far East Riddim)
36) Yt “King Yoof Story” (King Yoof 85 Riddim)
37) Ratpack/Ragga Twins “Oldskool Ting” King Yoof /Aries Remix
38) Pinchers “Gundelero Medley” Dub (Chopstick/King Yoof)
39) General Tk “I Am Wiked” Dub (Chopstick/King Yoof)
40) Bunny Lie Lie & Ragga Twins “Mash Dem Down” Dub (King Yoof)
41) Mega Banton “Soundboy Killing” Dub (King Yoof Real Rock)
42) Doctor “Rudeboy” Custom Dub

/// CHOPSTICK DUBPLATE ///
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/// KING YOOF ///
Website – https://www.kingyoof.com
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