You don’t hear me discuss my Hip-Hop roots in Black Westchester, so I decided to share this for all who don’t know. Coming up on the 33-year anniversary of the release of our group, JVC FORCE‘s first single, Strong Island, Jeffrey Ophof of the Hip Hop Highschool Radio Show on radiostation NH Gooi (Radio 6FM) in the Netherlands interviewed me, AJ ROK of the JVC FORCE, Wednesday, December 9th. In the interview we discussed everything from my early days as a graffiti artist to starting Black Westchester and everything in between, like how the group got started, my influences in Hip-Hop, growing up in Mount Vernon next the the Bronx – The Birthplace of Hip-Hop, Long Island as a Hip-Hop Mecca, becoming a Hip-Hop journalist and the much anticipated unreleased third album. Shout to On The Go Magazine (whose name I couldn’t remember during the interview.) Shout to my partner in rhyme B-Luv and shout to Edwin Vos for setting up the interview and William Hernandez for tagging me on the post on Facebook. Check out the interview below.
Before Editor-In-Chief AJ Woodson became a local activist and began to fight the power with Damon K. Jones as co-founders of Black Westchester Magazine, he was a professional hip-hop junkie known to fans as AJ ROK, from the legendary JVC FORCE. JVC Force were labelmates with Boogie Down Productions when they dropped the debut classic hip-hop joint, Criminal Minded. JVC FORCE would release their debut single, Strong Island six months later in January 1988 and the debut album, Doin Damage later in August 1988. After two albums and three record deals the group broke up due to creative differences, leaving the third album unreleased. New Years Eve will be the 33-year anniversary of the first time Red Alert played the underground classic, Strong Island, on his long running hip-hop show on Kiss FM.