Episode 13 of The Jam! and here we are again with the homie Jesse Fairfax of Go In Radio, fresh off his bachelor status and into husband territory. Jesse and Chris have good insight into what it’s like being the groom and the role of a husband in keeping a marriage in tact. From that conversation we go into a topic I wanted to discuss: Where did all the good R&B go? While many people say Hip Hop is dead, R&B might as well be a black hole. While of course there is some good R&B music out there, seemingly there is especially a lack of new R&B artists that will hold the torch for the current millennial generation. I hold that Miguel is about the last great R&B artist, especially great male R&B artist.
From there we go into ‘White Jams”, and the qualities necessary for white artists to crossover into being accepted by Black audiences. Lastly we have a quick discussion on current “guilty pleasures” in the mainstream music scene.
Other topics include: slow jams, differences in music with your wife, White people and ratchets, R&B thugs, funky white boys, Columbusing, artists with performance anxiety, J Dilla, Death Metal, and THOTS.
Whattup! We’re back with another episode of The Jam! with guest Val the Vandle. Val is really a fixture in the LA scene. I first knew of him about seven years back when he began a showcase night called The Spliff. I knew of him as a DJ and he had put out mixes. I also know that he taught at Scratch Academy, but that was about it. He was most known to me as one of the faces that put on The Spliff showcases. Around this time, the West Coast indie scene grew enormously, especially through the rise of blogs, Myspace, and YouTube as promotional outlets. Some of the best known artists that came from that period was U-N-I, Pac Div (who Val often DJed for) and Diz Gibran (another artist Val DJed for). Things were in a serious swing at this period as The Spliff became host to many new DJs and emcees, and audience members could flex their photography skills, freestyle outside (I saw Nocando rip a guy apart there once) and young people hungry for new music could chill.
Since then, Val has become one of my mentors in DJing and has shared a lot of his wisdom and skills. In the midst of all this he has also been working on a documentary about the flourishing of Hip Hop in the Internet Age called “The World Is Yours”. While the desired amount has been raised on Kickstarter, more funds are still needed for the post-production, music licensing, marketing, etc for the doc. Please be sure to visit www.yotheworldisyours.com to watch the trailer for the film, and send in donations for the only documentary that seems to be tackling the new crop of musicians that are being especially cultivated in the Internet era. Aside from that, we talk about Val’s upbringing and how he started DJing, his work on Soundwaves Radio, and the kind of integrity and self-awareness necessary to be a good DJ.
Other topics include: tequila, high schools in LA, songs that need to die, and groupie love for DJs.
You can find Val the Vandle on Twitter at @valthevandle
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KC and Chris handle the hosting duties for Merc80 in this episode as they chat with King Killa and E. Green from the Hip Hop Digest. Along with Curt G these three men host one of the most popluar hip hop podcasts out there. We discuss their history as deejays and how they came together to create the Hip Hop Digest. We also get into discovering hip hop, when the genre shifted, and the state of the music today.
In this episode KC and Chris are joined by KJ and Lady J from the Welcome 2 The Village podcast. They discuss Robin Thicke cheating on Paula Patton, celebrity relationships, what happened to R&B, the new black barbie, images in music and more!
In this episode Brother Malcolm talks about getting to hear President Obama speak live in person at the UC Irvine commencement, his time attending the Theatre Communication Group National Conference in San Diego and the upcoming SOULNIC event on the 4th of July in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Episode 10! We have none other than Morgan Rhodes!
Morgan has gained respect for her vast musical knowledge and exceptional taste in sound as a radio host, and hypnotizes the east and west coast with a voice that will carry you away. Her voice is so smooth that it may take you a second to realize she just told a hilarious joke. You just listen to her cadence and coolness, then realize she said something funny, and you’re left in more awe! There’s no doubt that Morgan has all the charisma it takes to be a master of her craft.
In this episode Morgan tells us how she essentially fell into radio by accident. Through various twists and turns she began hosting her own show and has ascended into the world of music supervision, most notably for the film Middle of Nowhere by Ava Duvernay. She continues to master the craft of radio and tells us the changes she has seen in the radio and music industries. From the jam she brought us to chat about we discuss the factors that make a great artist, as well as her feelings on the state of mainstream music today.
Other topics include: Jamaican sodas, terrible advice from beautiful women, S-curls, music that sets the mood, pornographic lyrics, and old BET music shows.
Brother Malcolm chats with photographer and fashion buff Ashley Sky Walker. A gifted artist, Walker has a gorgeous eye for juxtaposing urban elements with human emotion. Listen in as he talks about his start in fashion with Diane Von Furstenberg, his alma mater Howard University and his recent shoot for Essence magazine.