Podcast Of The Week: The Legend Of Paul’s Boutique

Paul’s Boutique, if you don’t know, is the Beastie Boys’ second album and arguably the Sgt. Pepper’s of hip-hop. It’s what happens when you push all the envelopes, all the buttons on the studio gear, (and maybe put down the bottle and pick up the bong, allegedly).  The stories on its making are as epic … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: The Legend Of Paul’s Boutique

Change Paths (How Doug E. Fresh Invented Beatboxing)

The path you’re going down doesn’t have to be the path you finish on. Doug E. Fresh invented beatboxing. If it weren’t for his music teacher, it might never have happened. In grade school, he wanted to learn to play the drums. He joined the school band but the teacher brushed off his request and … Continue reading Change Paths (How Doug E. Fresh Invented Beatboxing)

Sunday Music: Told Virgil Write Brick On My Brick

Virgil Abloh once took a bunch of off-the-shelf shirts, screen printed “Pyrex 23” on them, and sold them for 7x more than what he paid. His idol, Marcel Duchamp, had said (long before), “I don’t believe in art, I believe in artists.” And that’s what Abloh was all about. Putting a spin on it. Making … Continue reading Sunday Music: Told Virgil Write Brick On My Brick

Make The Kind Of Art A Kid Would Walk Out On Their Job Over

Questlove, before the fame, when he was just Ahmir, a teenager working in the kitchen at Big Al’s in Philly. One album and one lunch break helped change the trajectory of his life.  It was the day he got his copy of It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back by Public Enemy … Continue reading Make The Kind Of Art A Kid Would Walk Out On Their Job Over

Podcast Of The Week: Raphael Saadiq, Renaissance Music Man

Hey! On Saturday’s I highlight a podcast about being a creative professional. Sometimes it’s direct, sometimes it’s indirect, but it’s always entertaining and educational. This week’s Podcast of the Week is… Musician/producer extraordinaire - Raphael Saadiq on the Questlove Supreme Podcast. Raphael Saadiq started off as a kid trying to break into the local Oakland … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Raphael Saadiq, Renaissance Music Man

Podcast Of The Week: RZA On Men In Blazers

It's a conversation about loving life, seeking change, and tenaciously persevering in the face of everyone telling you "well, that's never going to work." I've long loved both of these people and never quite imagined them sitting down to chat. But, after hearing it, it makes perfect sense why there's so much joy here. Check … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: RZA On Men In Blazers

Sunday Music: Remembering Gift of Gab

gift of gab on stage at power to the peaceful festival in 2006

The first time I heard him, it was (probably) a Napster lifted version of "Alphabet Aerobics." Somebody inevitably pitched it to me as, "dude, you've gotta hear this. He does the whole alphabet in rhyme and it's just redonculous." Yes, that was certainly my gateway introduction to Gift of Gab. Yes, we also said redonculous. … Continue reading Sunday Music: Remembering Gift of Gab