For this episode, we are joined by a hip-hop legend, New York emcee O.C. of the crew Diggin’ in the Crates (DITC), but he’s humble enough to not accept that title just yet. O.C. originally jumped on the scene as a guest on Organized Konfusion’s “Fudge Pudge”, the soon after on the remix of MC Serch’s “Back to the Grill”. O.C. would go on to meet the likes of Lord Finesse and Buckwild from DITC, and Buckwild would produce most of his debut album Word…Life released in late 1994 on Wild Pitch Records that would spawn classic tracks like “Times Up” and “Born 2 Live”.
The guest for this episode is Butcher Bear, the Austin, TX-based owner of (iN)Sect Records, co-founder of Exploded Drawing, and drummer in the band Black Mercy. Always donning the full-on bear costume, I go way back with him from the days of my original Renaissance Soul website (I did a (iN)Sect podcast mix a while back called ‘The Demon Within’), and Butcher Bear has always been a huge supporter of Detroit music having released projects on (iN)Sect Records featuring Guilty Simpson, House Shoes, Self Says, Chanes, Dakim, and Nameless. As long as we have known each other, this was the first time we talked at any length, and it was great to finally catch up with Butcher Bear.
The guest for this episode is Grammy Award winning Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer Sly5thAve, who just released his new album What It Is via Tru Thoughts. We do on a track-by-track breakdown of the new album and how his musical upbringing influences his work. We also talk about his move to New York over a decade ago where he found a home at The Clubhouse (AKA The Clubcasa or BKLN1834), home to a host of New York talent, along with the making of his critically acclaimed project The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre.
The guest for this episode is Meryem Saci, who is a soulful singer, songwriter, and emcee raised in Algeria and escaped as a refugee to Canada back in 2000. Based in Montreal, she has a new EP titled All in that she released via her Bandcamp back in May. During our chat, we talked about growing up in Alergia and what finally caused her to flee from her wartorn home with her family to Canada. We also talk about her music upbringing, her influences, and about her new EP.
For the relaunch, we’re joined by acclaimed hip hop journalist Dan Charnas (author of The Big Payback) as he interviews your host Kelly “K-Fresh’ Frazier about my origins in the Detroit hip-hop and music scene, about the original Jay Dee discography I curated and the Renaissance Soul website, and what to expect for the podcast. Through my time in the Detroit hip-hop scene, there’s a lot of insight about the Detroit I can share with my audience and this is just the start, as I would venture out to other music circles with Detroit and have influence outside of Detroit. You’ll learn a lot about me through the subjects I cover on this podcast.
The guest for this episode is Drew Dixon, the accomplished former Vice President of A&R at Arista Records, a former Director of A&R at Def Jam Recordings, the former General Manager of John Legend’s independent label Homeschool Records, and the former manager of recording artist Estelle. Dixon is the center subject of the HBO Max Docuseries On The Record, which presents her powerful haunting story as she grapples with her decision to become one of the first women of color, in the wake of #MeToo, to come forward and publicly accuse hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault.
The guest for this episode is the 18-year-old Los Angeles native, singer and songwriter Angela Muñoz, who just released her debut album Introspection produced entirely by Adrian Younge via Linear Labs. During our chat, we talked about working with Adrian Younge on this album, her upbringing, writing songs that ended up on this album since she was 14 years old, her life as she transitions into adulthood, and a track-by-track breakdown of Introspection.
My guest this episode is drummer, producer, author, and former rapper, J-Zone. We talk about his new 7” single from his project The Du-Rites with Tom Tom Club guitarist Pablo Martin along with his transition from being a rapper to solely being a drummer/producer. A lot of the frustrations and lack of passion that J-Zone talks about with being a rapper is very interesting and something that I think a lot of people feel in their own creative spaces. Being someone that has been a jack-of-all-trades type person also in the past, his perspective on that and focusing more on specific trades really hit home with me, so this interview is a great listen for anyone in any artistic space.
The guest for this episode is hip-hop, culture, and film writer and podcaster and proud Bostonian, Dart Adams. Having written for publications like HipHopWired, KillerBoomBox, NPR, Mass Appeal, Complex, and Okayplayer, among others, a collection of his writing was recently featured in the book Best Damn Hip Hop Writing: The Book of Dart via Superchamp Books. And before my interview with Dart Adams, I get into the topic of death with my thoughts about recent harassment and killing of black people in America along with the passing of Japanese wrestler Hana Kimura.
The guests for this episode are three members of the brass ensemble from New Orleans, The Soul Rebels, Julian Gosin (trumpet), Lumar LeBlanc (snare drum), and Marcus Hubbard (trumpet). The Soul Rebels blend elements of contemporary hip-hop, trap, soul, bounce, and pop production mixed with world music and jazz, and recently released their newest album Poetry in Motion.