With N.W.A.’s new Straight Outta Compton film hitting the big screen tomorrow, check out what Jerry Heller had to say about the upcoming biopic when we sat down with him for an exclusive interview for White Label Radio earlier in the year. Heller also discusses Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, “No Vaseline,” Suge Knight, what life was like after Eazy-E’s death and more. Filmed & edited by Luie C. of Collective State TV.
Earlier in the year White Label Radio host, Melloe Won, had the opportunity to sit down with Jerry Heller for an exclusive one-on-one interview at Dash Radio. Watch as Heller discusses details on discovering N.W.A., going into business with Eazy-E, Ruthless Records artists and much more. Filmed and edited by Luie C. of Collective State TV.
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.
Skee.TV does the honors of unveiling Riff Raff’s latest music video for his single “Raiders vs Hawks.” Take a look as Jody Highroller celebrates his success and lives it up with a few lovely ladies by his side. This one’s all about stacks of cash, champagne and boastful rhymes as the eccentric rapper compares his lifestyle to signing with an NFL team.
SKEE LIVE episode 14 was extra amped this week as Bad Boy artist Machine Gun Kelly stopped by the AXS TV studio for an exclusive interview with DJ Skee and to hit the stage at L.A. Live’s Conga Room. The Cleveland native got fans excited with his undeniable stage presence as he kicked off the show with an emotional performance of “Breaking News” and “Diamonds and Gold.” After heading back up to the studio to sit down with Skee and with bourbon whiskey in his hand, MGK decided to bare his soul with viewers as he got into details behind his roots in Ohio, being raised by an abusive father and much more. The eccentric rapper stressed to DJ Skee that he considers himself a down to earth person and regular just like anyone else.
MGK also reflected on his early days in Cleveland out on the block and having to freestyle and pave his own lane in order to earn respect in his neighborhood. Basketball was also the topic of discussion as MGK spoke with DJ Skee about his relationship with the Cleveland Cavaliers and indirectly hinted that perhaps Lebron James could eventually return to the team down the road. As the conversation continued, Kelly made it a point to stress his appreciation for all of his diehard fans and gave them all the credit for his success. The rapper went on to even proclaim that he would take five diehard fans over 5,000 from Coachella any day because of their devotion to the music and cause. Before hitting the stage to close out the episode with “Swing Life Away,” MGK shared his disgust for the media, a few details behind a potential part in the next Jackass film and made it very clear that he’s not like most rappers today who have interests in strictly material items
This week’s “spotlight” segment showcased Matisyahu. The Los Angeles based artist touched on how Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” inspired his early Reggae sound along with his passion to break down barriers in music. “Up Close” featured LRG’s Robert Wright who gave viewers insight behind how the infamous clothing brand came together and so much more. Opening up to cameras for the first time about deceased friend and former business partner Jonas Bevacqua, Wright addressed how the two were able to build the company’s brand and what needed to be done in order to transition it after the devastating loss.
“Off The Top” showcased the talents of Chris Webby who proclaimed himself the Jesse Pinkman of rap after delivering a Breaking Bad themed music video for his new original song. Before calling it a wrap on episode 14 and sending things back over to MGK on stage, Skee took the opportunity to address the current evolution of Hip Hop and the blurring of racial lines. The AXS TV host pointed out that the evening’s lineup unintentionally consisted of strictly Caucasian talent and gave a breakdown of just how far artists have come today in the world of Hip Hop.
Big Sean catches up with long-time friend DJ Skee for a candid interview live on AXS TV. Check out this clip from the show where the G.O.O.D. Music rapper touches on the current status of his hometown Detroit and gets into details on his humble beginnings with his mother. The rapper elaborates on his connection with the troubled city and breaks down his philosophy of remaining positive in order to manifest dreams to reality that was initially taught to him by his mother early on.
Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Hip Hop’s newest trio, Serial Killers, on the set of their new music video for “The First 48.” The Matt Alonzo directed visual finds group members Xzibit, Demrick and B Real in a gruesome setting as each rapper takes a moment to share some commentary with Skee.TV cameras.