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.
DJ Skee sits down for a candid interview with 1500 or Nothin member Mars. The producer and talented musician speaks on his transition as an artist and touches on what fans can expect to hear on his new My Guy Mars mixtape. Describing his latest project as a roller coaster of different sounds and vibes, Mars reassures listeners he’s serving up more than just cliche West Coast Gangsta Rap. In fact, DJ Skee also gets the multi-talented artist to give up a few details on his upcoming album which is still in the early stages of development. Before heading out, Mars explains why he’s currently focused on building his brand and shares a funny story of hurting his knee after deciding to randomly jump off stage while performing alongside T.I. after being overcome by the energy of the music.
Tune in this Tuesday to see an exclusive interview on AXS TV’s SKEE Live with Los Angeles Dodgers very own Clayton Kershaw. The starting pitcher sits down and opens up to cameras for episode ten’s “Up Close” segment. Currently holding the title as the youngest player to ever win the MLB’s coveted Cy Young Award, Kershaw breaks down the type of drive and work ethic needed in order to reach a person’s full potential. Still, the pro pitcher demonstrates his humble attitude when he reminds viewers that his fortune is something he never takes for granted.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony took over episode nine of SKEE Live and delivered quite possibly the craziest performance of the season. DJ Skee wasted no time in sending things over to the legendary group as they hit the stage to open the show with “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” and “East 1999” at L.A. Live’s The Conga Room. As the smoke clouds in the crowd settled and cameras went live back in the AXS TV studio, the Cleveland natives sat down with Skee for an intimate one-on-one interview.
Topics of discussion included the origin of the group’s signature melodic style, landing a deal with West Coast Hip Hop Pioneer Eazy-E, Kendrick Lamar and so much more. DJ Skee also proposed the idea that perhaps Drake is the only artist who has the ability to drop bars with the same fast delivery and still harmonize.
Fresh off the success of performing alongside an Eazy-E hologram at Rock The Bells, Bone Thugs opened up on what it felt like to pay homage to their mentor and spoke on the significance of the late rapper’s music on Hip Hop. With Bone holding the title as the only group to collaborate with Jam Master Jay, Tupac, Biggie, Eazy-E and Big pun, the living legends look back and reflect on who they had the best chemistry with in-studio. Bone also explained how at the advice of Eazy-E the group decided to remain neutral by choosing not to engage any potential past beefs.
Ty Dolla $ign also made a brief appearance alongside Bone Thugs for a quick Q&A session with DJ Skee. The Taylor Gang signee served as a surprise guest and gave up details on how he managed to contribute to the group’s new “Everything 100” single. Before hitting the stage to close out SKEE Live with an exclusive tribute performance to Eazy-E, 2Pac and Biggie, Bone took the opportunity to answer a number of random questions from fans via Twitter.
This week’s “Spotlight” showcased the talents of Ivy Levan. The singer explained her unique style which she attributes to combining elements of Punk Rock and Pop for a sound all her own. The Arkansas native also gave viewers insight behind her humble beginnings and touched on what it was like for her to originally transition her career away from modeling.
“In The Lab” caught up with DJ and super producer Just Blaze while out in New York. Working with the likes of Mariah Carey, JAY Z, Rick Ross and Diddy, Just breaks down his early days on the turntables and explained how being a DJ served as the foundation for his eventual transformation to a full on producer. Just Blaze also spoke on how important it is for people to identify certain types of music with periods in their lives and how he takes that into consideration when creating in the studio.
Skeme took over this week’s “Off The Top” segment which found the rapper out an about on the streets as he performed to the camera for an exclusive song fans can only hear on SKEE Live. “Up Close” linked up with UFC fighter Phil David. The mixed martial artist shared his story or persistence and dedication as David found himself pursuing his passion following his graduation from Penn State University.
Viewers were also treated to a behind-the-scenes look for this week’s #SKEELOCKER as cameras headed to Diamond Bar, Calif. to meet with Bait sneakers CMO Eric Phan at the brand’s flagship store. Phan shared details behind the company’s recent collaboration with Asics shoes, the creative inspiration behind Bait’s designs and touched on the evolution of the sneaker game. Be sure to tune in every Tuesday to see SKEE Live at 7 p.m. (PST) and 10 p.m. (EST) only on AXS TV.