“Straight Hip Hop, No Fluff!!” is the steadfast motto of his radio show, Peaceful Journey. And host DJ Ducats says it’s also the reason people have tuned in for more than a decade.
“I have the drive to get brand new hip-hop played on the radio and I don’t think a lot of other people are playing it,” he explains.
“A lot of what you hear on commercial radio is garbage. Real bubble-gum stuff that says ‘we’re just here for a quick buck and this is our track,’ but there’s a lot of great stuff out there people should hear.”
It’s clear that people do want to hear. Since it started in 1996 on CKCU 93.1 FM, the hip-hop show has been a staple for those interested in discovering the freshest tracks from local and international artists. Ducats, and his on-air crew including Arun, Ill Real and Val, pride themselves on giving Ottawa hip-hop lovers something a little different.
The DJ also aims to support local, emerging talent in any way he can, which is why he’s invited some of the best established and up-and-coming DJs and MCs to perform at the show’s 11th anniversary party.
Ben Jammin, DJ Rudeboy, DJ Karyen and Ducats will be spinning, while MCs Boz Faramone, Brockway Biggs, God Bless, Dynamic and Radius & Script will work the mics. Ducats wishes he could have more people on the bill, but it’s just not possible to showcase all Ottawa has to offer in just one night. But at least these acts provide a nice sample, he says.
“They’re hungry to perform and get their stuff out there, and help us celebrate,” says Ducats.
Peaceful Journey’s 11th anniversary party is Saturday night at Babylon Nightclub, 317 Bank St. Doors open at 10 p.m. and cover is $5 before 11 p.m., more afterwards.