It’s been 20 years since “Mad Izm” rose up the pop charts to No. 54. This catchy track by Channel Live (Hakim and Tuffy), featuring KRS-One, is one of the blunted hip-hop classics of the ’90s, according to Pot Culture. It appeared on Station Identification on Capitol/EMI Records, which peaked at No. 58 on the Billboard Top 200.

Wake up in the morning, got the yearnin’ for herb
Which loosens up the nouns, metaphors and verbs
And adjectives, ain’t it magic, kid, what I’m kicking’?
Multi-flavored bags of sess for the picking’
So listen to the izm as it talks non-stop
Hawaiian when I’m rhyming’, but so is the Chocolate Thai
Now the high starts to settle
Kickin’ fats lyrics that rock, like heavy metal

Station Identification (album)

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Station Identification
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Studio album by Channel Live
Released March 21, 1995
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre Hip hop
Length 45:56
Label Capitol/EMI Records
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Producer KRS-One, Rheji Burrell, Salaam Remi
Channel Live chronology
Station Identification
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Station Identification is the debut album by Channel Live. The album was released on March 21, 1995, on Capitol Records and was produced by KRS-One, Rheji Burrell, and Salaam Remi. The album did fairly well on the Billboard charts, making it to 58 on the Billboard 200 and 9 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

The album is best known for its lead single, “Mad Izm”, which was a collaboration with KRS-One. The song became Channel Live’s biggest hit, peaking at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Hot Rap Singles. The track was remixed by Buckwild from D.I.T.C. (Diggin’ in the Crates) and can be found on his 2007 compilation album “Rare Studio Masters” as track one on disc one. “Reprogram” also managed to make it to number 31 on the Maxi-Singles chart. The album is now out of print.

Track listing[edit]

  1. “Station Identification”- 4:39
  2. “Channel One”- :34
  3. “Lock It Up”- 3:31
  4. “Channel Two”- :24
  5. “What! (Cause and Effect)”- 2:56
  6. “Mad Izm (feat. KRS-One)”- 4:16
  7. “Reprogram”- 3:50
  8. “Channel Three”- :52
  9. “Sex for the Sport”- 5:02
  10. “Channel Four”- :37
  11. “Down Goes the Devil”- 3:31
  12. “Build & Destroy”- 2:20
  13. “Alpha & Omega”- 4:47
  14. “Homicide Ride”- 4:38
  15. “Who U Represent”- 3:59

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
Billboard 200 58
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 9