In episode 2 we break down Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ LP, Weezy’s new music video and contract situation with Cash Money, Marissa Mendez’s comments on ‘I’ll Name This Podcast Later,’ the resurgence of Charles Hamitlon & ASAP Yams’ cause of death.
I’ve been playing around with the idea of creating a podcast for a few months now and lately I’ve been trying to get some ideas together along with just being more organized in general. What would make me want to do something like this? Well, music but more specifically, the Hip Hop genre, is pretty much an essential part of my everyday life and it’s been that way for as long as I can remember. Anyone who truly knows me I’m sure would attest to the fact that all I really want to talk about for the most part every single day is Hip Hop music and if it’s not that it’s probably skateboarding.
I was fortunate enough to grow up with older cousins who were heavily influenced by the Hip Hop culture and by elementary school I was already infatuated with break dancing, pop locking, graffiti and MCing. However, what really peaked my interest more than anything was when I was able to get my hands on N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton LP. I have to give my mom the credit for that as I was just a kid who had no business listening to anything said on that cassette tape but what’s even more crazy is I can actually still remember that moment when I got it.
Throughout middle school and high school music remained a strong passion of mines and eventually I decided that I wanted to professionally cover and write about it so I pursued an education in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism. If I recall correctly, Kanye West’s first ever solo performance in Los Angeles was the first live Hip Hop show I ever attended back in 2004. Since then, I realistically couldn’t give you a real estimate on the amount of shows/festivals I’ve been to as a whole because honestly I’ve lost count. I’ve been to so many obviously just as a fan and plenty on business to either conduct an interview backstage or cover the event for either a third party or my YouTube Channel. From 2003 to 2011 my passion also led me to the recording studio where I was able to release a number of projects independently through my upstart record label, Speakin’ Real Music Group.
After graduating college, I had the opportunity to write for a few Hip Hop websites such as BlogOrDiePGH.com and TRUEMagazine.com while at the same time interning for the video production department over at SKEE TV. I also at one point even interviewed with HipHopDX.com in the hopes that I’d be hired for a paid position. Looking back, the interview probably didn’t go as smooth as I would have liked and at the time I really couldn’t commit to anything less than a paid position because financially I was hurting and needed to provide for my family. Still, it would be at SKEE TV or now recognized more as Dash Radio in Hollywood, where I would learn video production, the process of recording a radio show, how to distribute content effectively over the internet and so many other valuable skills that I still utilize today. I even got the chance to write for a few segments and prepare interview questions for artists featured on AXS TV’s ‘SKEE LIVE’ show.
Currently, I still find myself in and out the SKEE TV office to shoot and edit interviews for White Label Radio which are featured every Sunday on Dash Radio and can be seen on the official YouTube channel for White Label Radio. My YouTube Channel, Collective State TV, is a digital outlet I use to showcase some original visual content as well as performances from many of today’s rising and biggest Hip Hop artists. In fact, Collective State TV boasts over three million views, continues to attract new subscribers almost daily and several of my videos have been featured on notable sites such as NahRight.com, Billboard.com, 2DopeBoyz.com, MissInfo.com, WorldStarHipHop.com, RapRadar.com and more. It would be safe to assume that if you follow this website/blog than you’re already aware of what ItsTheDaily.com has to offer and its Hip Hop roots. Finally, Fly Society clothing is another company I currently help contribute to by shooting and editing promotional videos and photos that are featured at FlySocietyOnline.com and the official Fly Society Online TV YouTube Channel.
With all that being said, I just kind of wanted to give people somewhat of an idea for the type of passion I have for Hip Hop simply as a music fan, highlight some of my “professional” credentials and to share a little information about myself. Overall, this is the reasoning behind my current motivation to want to step into the podcast world and take a stab at it. If anything the experience should at least be fun and educational. I’d like for everyone to take into consideration and remember that I’m just a regular guy who loves Hip Hop and is trying to climb the ladder like everyone else. I’ve been a fan of radio and grew up listening like many Southern California residents to stations like KDAY and Power 106. Now I’m not saying I would even know where to begin to work a board or cut vocals and splice them with audio on the fly because truthfully that’s not my area of expertise, it was never really ever a goal of mines to learn and I didn’t take advantage of the broadcasting stations on-campus in college the way I should have. However, things have changed now with advances in technology, podcasts are now becoming more sought after and at the very least I’ll have an outlet to vent about some of the things I like and don’t like going on in the world of Hip Hop. Still, you can be sure that music won’t be the only topic of discussion but it’ll definitely be a reoccurring one. I guess I just want potential listeners to know or have somewhat of an understanding of the stranger they’re listening to or at least know what I’m about. So in advance I’d like to thank anyone who decides to tune in and check out the first episode when it drops and if you hung in there and read all of this until the end I’d like to thank you for your time.
Here some leftover footage from ASAP Ferg’s recent live performance at Santa Ana’s The Observatory. In this clip, the ASAP Mob member takes it back to Lords Never Worry with “Persian Wine” and sends a special dedication out to ASAP Yams who recently passed away at the top of the year. Also, check out Fergenstien in action as he turns up the energy in the venue with “Dump Dump.”
Filmed for ItsTheDaily.com by Collective State TV
A$AP Ferg stopped by The Observatory in Santa Ana last night and man did he deliver a high-energy performance. Fergenstein also surprised fans during his set when fellow A$AP Mob member, A$AP Rocky, decided to take the stage and perform a few of his hits like his latest single “Lord Pretty Flocko Jodye 2.” Take a look as concert-goers went crazy for the New York native.
Filmed by Collective State TV for ItsTheDaily.com
Currensy performs some of his fan favorites like “Drug Prescription,” “Three 60” and “Sixteen Switches Part 2” to a sold-out crow at Santa Ana’s The Observatory. Take a look at how the Jet Life rapper kicked off 2015 with a memorable performance back in January.
Filmed by Collective State TV for ItsTheDaily.com
Last night it went down in the O.C. as Wu-Tang’s, GZA, showed up fashionably late to tear down the sold-out crowd. Emerging for fans just before midnight, the rapper quickly revitalized a tired audience with some classic hits from his catalog such as “Crash Your Crew,” “Conditioner” and “Duel Of The Iron Mic.” Check out the clip above to see the Brooklyn MC in action as he not only held the stage down but didn’t hesitate to partake in a little mosh pit action on the floor with fans.
Filmed for ItsTheDaily.com by Collective State TV.
Juicy J turns up the energy in Santa Ana by performing some of his hit singles like “She Knows,” “I Don’t Mind,” “Bandz A Make Her Dance,” “Wax” and “Dark Horse.” The former Three 6 Mafia artist also took the opportunity to shower the sold-out crowd with $5000 in cash. Check out how it all went down on the eve of the Taylor Gang rapper’s latest mixtape release for Blue Dream & Lean 2.
Juicy J performs another Blue Dream & Lean 2 banger called, “All I Need,” which also features K Kamp. Take a look as Juicy hypes up the crowd and showcases his latest material.
It’s true, I have returned. Santa Ana was turnt up last night as fans of Juicy J packed The Observatory to capacity. Young and trippy concertgoers primarily made up the sold-out crowd and were the culprits of the heavy clouds of smoke scattered throughout the venue. On the eve of his mixtape release for Blue Dream & Lean 2, the Three 6 Mafia rapper appeared to be in a great mood and several times even took the time to shout out his old crew before asking the crowd if they’d like to see a reunion soon. The rap veteran was feeling so good he even randomly decided to throw out $5,000 in cash into the crowd while simultaneously sparking a stampede. Nevertheless, the night’s events were pretty trippy to say the least and to top it off every one in attendance got to hear a couple new songs off Blue Dream & Lean 2 which is now available for free download on DatPiff. Take a look at the clip above to see Juicy perform “Already” Feat. Rae Sremmurd and “Im Sicka.”
Fly Society drops a new music video for the lead single, “It’s Nuthin,” which features the talents of Terry Kennedy and J-Deeds. Produced by Dupri, the hard-hitting track finds the rappers reflecting on their early days in the streets and celebrating their accomplishments on the road to achieving their dreams. Filmed in the city of Long Beach, the visual keeps things simple and showcases the artists performing to the camera while accompanied by a handful of sexy ladies. “It’s Nuthin” is featured on Fly Society’s latest project, “The EP,” which is now available on iTunes.