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Welcome to the New Year Fam.
We start this 1st edition of WSRR 2022 with some sad news. We lost to pioneers of the culture this week.
1st we want to give Love and Respect to the family of Maxwell Banks aka Max Julien. Max Julien was a talent writer and actor best known for his depiction in the movie “The Mack”. The Mack dropped in 1973, and since then has been a west coast Black Film classic. Telling the story Goldie who has a plan to reach money and fame by Pimpin in Oakland CA. Filmed in Oakland, with access given by the Wards Brothers and the Black Panther Party, this film depicts that hustle life, with many real life movers of Oakland CA. Max wrote 2 other films, “Thomasine and Bushrod”, and “Cleopatra Jones”, and acted in many other films, including “How to be a Player” in 1997 with Bill Belamy. His style, his clothes (he also designed them), his vernacular all contributed and inspired some artists in hip hop, namely the west coast. Max contributed also to the writing of The Mack, penning his friend Huey Newton in as the brother of Goldie, Olinga. Be sure to check out our other article on the passing of this giant.
Next Up. Rest in Beats to Traxamillion. Trax aka Sultan Banks, no relation to Max.. was a pioneer in the hyphy movement, creating beats and sounds for the best MCs. Traxamillion hailed from San Jose CA, and we with Blax Radio formerly Daundaground that aired on radio in San Jose for 5 years, take solace in knowing we helped inspire the growth ofHip Hop in the South Bay. Much Respect to that talented brother.
This week we got music by Traxamillion, words by Max Julien and music from the Mack all in the Mix. Love ya Loved Ones, til next week.