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Stay Busy with Armon Sadler

Stay Busy with Armon Sadler

By Armon Sadler
Responsible discussions about the music business and music culture. Working smarter every Monday morning. Hosted by Armon Sadler, executive produced by Nic Earley.
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“Honestly Reviewed, Nevermind The Internet” (Drake - ‘Honestly, Nevermind' Reaction) - BONUS EPISODE
Armon steps back into the Busyverse to discuss Drake’s surprise album ‘Honestly, Nevermind.’ He talks some #info he had leading into the album’s release, his initial feelings on the music, Drake leaning into the house genre, things he would have liked to see, the internet’s usual polarizing reactions to Drake being more excessive than usual, the conversation surrounding reclamation of Black Music, and he even touches on the new Beyoncé single “BREAK MY SOUL.” Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
30:54
June 23, 2022
S3:E30 - "In The Nic Of Time"
All good things come to an end. Whether You Like (5:48), CHAT - Drake, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, SiR, Ella Mai, Bad Bunny and a LONG Jack Harlow talk (9:52) SLIDE DECK - CHERIE - Darius and Darianna Everett (Steve), I’m There - Summer Walker (Armon), and Try Your Fire - Lucky Daye (Nic) (45:52) BOARD MEETING - The guys recap the season, discuss changes for the pod moving forward, and toast to their success (57:42) Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
01:20:41
May 09, 2022
"40000 Miles and Running" (Rob Sherrell Interview in LA)
Armon took his vacation energy to Northridge, California to have a conversation with Rob Sherrell (comedian, tour manager for Van Buren Records, creative director of Get Busy Streetwear, and founder of You Had To Be There). They talk growing up in Indiana, majoring in stand up comedy, connecting with Kevin Hart, moving to California, creating through the pandemic, and the main event, his upcoming launch of You Had To Be There, among other things.  Follow Rob Sherrell on social media at @robjustjokin, You Had To Be There at @UH2BT and Get Busy Streetwear at @getbusystreetwear. Follow the videography team @duketvmedia.  Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler PROGRAMMING NOTE - This interview was recorded on April 19, 2022.
47:59
May 06, 2022
S3:E29 - "Turning Issues Into Opportunities" ft. Nyla Symone (DJ, Radio Host, Personality)
We welcome DJ Nyla Symone to the Busyverse! WHETHER YOU LIKE (5:34). CHAT (12:41) - Megan Thee Stallion, Future album, Kehlani album. SLIDE DECK (38:58) - "Explicit" by Coast Contra (Nyla), "Pick Your Poison" by Blxst and Grandmaster Vic (Nic), "Second Chances" by Kiana Lede and 6LACK (Armon). BOARD MEETING (52:04) - Nyla talks her background, how she got into DJing, navigating the space as a woman, handling rejection, and more.  Be sure to follow Nyla everywhere at @nylasymoneee Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
01:25:26
May 02, 2022
"Busy Sessions" Episode 7 with Fendi Frank
Armon interviewed LA’s own Fendi Frank back in March about his trip to NYC, growing up in South Central, prioritizing education, transitioning from sports to music, keeping a business mind with the art, balancing authenticity and range as an artist, regional community building, his upcoming project ‘Shawty Tape 3’ and more. Be sure to follow Fendi Frank on IG at @realfendifrank Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
38:53
April 27, 2022
S3:E28 - "West Coast Papi"
Armon goes at it alone again this week! WHETHER YOU LIKE (3:45). CHAT (4:20) - The Hotline opens again! Kendrick Lamar, Vince Staples praise, Pusha T talk. EOTM (10:38) - Dante Nicholas, Photographer and Social Media for UPROXX. SLIDE DECK (10:55) - Majid Jordan “Forget About The Party” and Omah Lay x Justin Bieber “Attention”. BOARD MEETING (17:43) - Armon updates everyone on his LA trip, new job, and gets a fun callback. Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
30:39
April 25, 2022
S3:E27 - "One Mon Band"
For the first time ever, Armon goes solo with no guest. WHETHER YOU LIKE (3:37). CHAT (4:56) - Armon calls in Mike George aka DJ Michaelangelo to talk about Drake, Jon Salomon aka King Salomon to talk about Pusha T, Nascent to talk about his Grammy win and experience, his mother to talk about her favorite song at the moment, and Maya of M Divine Delights to talk about Future. He then shares his thoughts on Bas’ EP, Muni Long’s single, and the new Cardi verse. EOTM (29:25) - Dante Nicholas, Photographer and Social Media for UPROXX. SLIDE DECK (29:45) - “Paradise” by  Yung Bleu x H.E.R., “Calm Down” by Rema. THE SCORPION CHALLENGE (37:56) - Armon attempts to name all 25 songs in a row on Drake’s ‘Scorpion.’ BOARD MEETING (41:22) - An update on Armon’s life, career path, goals, experiences, losses, wins, and affirmations. Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
01:00:03
April 18, 2022
S3:E26 - "A Writer's Pod" ft. Wongo Okon & Jordan Rose (Professional Journalists)
This week, the guys are joined by two close friends and extremely talented journalists, Wongo Okon and Jordan Rose! WHETHER YOU LIKE (5:27). CHAT (11:29) - Bia x J. Cole, Jack Harlow, Chloe, Lil Baby, Coi Leray, Syd. EOTM (42:34) - Dante Nicholas, Photographer and Social Media for UPROXX. SLIDE DECK (43:43). TOO BUSY SPELLING - A SPELLING BEE COMPETITION (59:44). BOARD MEETING (1:07:40) - Wongo's and Jordan's early years, their introductions to journalism, their development as writers, how they approach their craft and so much more! Be sure to follow Wongo on IG at @whereswongo and Jordan at @saint.roze Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
02:04:07
April 11, 2022
S3:E25 - "Put In The Pain" ft. Active Entertainment Group
The guys are joined by Seun and Qua of Active Entertainment Group! Whether You Like (6:08). CHAT (9:21) - The Slap, GRAMMYs, Ella Mai, Kehlani x Justin Bieber, “Peru” Remix, “Finesse” by Pheelz and BNXN, Dreamville Gangsta Grillz tape. EOTM (37:25) - Dante Nicholas, Photographer and Social Media for UPROXX. Slide Deck (37:52). Board Meeting (51:15) - Origins of Active Ent Group, partnering with the right people, handling artists and egos, accomplishments, and what’s next. Be sure to follow Seun at @seunnyc, Qua at @oluwa_vision and Active Entertainment Group at @activeentgroup  Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
01:35:23
April 04, 2022
S3:E24 - "World's-Eye View" ft. Brittney Williams (Marketing at HBO, Philanthropist)
We closed off #BadAndBusy month with some 19 Crimes and one legend in HBO’s Brittney Williams! WHETHER YOU LIKE (6:24) CHAT - #ShortKingSpring, Day26, Lollapalooza lineup and Chicago pizza, Summer Walker x SZA x Cardi B - “No Love (Extended)” Latto - ‘777,’ and Koffee - ‘Gifted’. (9:50) EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - DJ Nyla Symone (28:09) Slide Deck - Lila Ike - “Where I’m Coming From” (Brittney), Gaby Duran - “Babe Truth” (Nic), Soli - “Love Me” (Armon) (29:50) WHICH BRITT IS IT - (39:02) BOARD MEETING - Brittney talks growing up, traveling, attending Albany, the hustle, HBO, her non-profit Youth Travels and more (44:49)  Be sure to follow Brittney on IG at @brittney_alexiss Stay Busy's March content is sponsored by @siphautetea, use promo code BUSY for 15% off on www.siphautetea.com Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
01:24:28
March 28, 2022
S3:E23 - "Decharge" ft. DJ Steph Cakes (DJ, Radio Host, Musician)
Everyone needs a...decharge? This week the Busy Boys are joined by one of the hottest DJs in NYC, DJ Steph Cakes and she brought gifts! Shoutout Branson cognac! CHAT - Drake's More Life five-year anniversary discussion, giving flowers to Capella Grey, Nicki Minaj x Coi Leray "Blick Blick," Syd x Lucky Daye "CYBAH," Nic's #ResponsibleRevisit of Lucky Daye's 'Candydrip,' and Normani "Fair." EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - DJ Nyla Symone! SLIDE DECK - "YCB" by Prada Mama (Steph), "INDECISIVE" by Snoh Aalegra (Armon), and "Simple Things" by Malia (Nic). RAPID FIRE - Steph answers questions about her favorite foods, games, and DJing all in one minute. BOARD MEETING - Steph's experiences growing up in Yonkers, playing sports, quitting AT&T to DJ full time, gaming and hosting tournaments, opening up for Meek Mill, women who have inspired her, and more.  Be sure to follow Steph everywhere at @djstephcakes Stay Busy's March content is sponsored by @siphautetea, use promo code BUSY for 15% off on www.siphautetea.com Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
01:19:53
March 21, 2022
"Busy Sessions" Episode 6 with Mia Jae
For "Busy Sessions" Episode 6 we’re joined by Harlem’s Finest, Mia Jae! We warm up with a game of "What Do You Say, Mia Jae" before discussing growing up in Harlem, acting vs music making, releasing heartbreak music over Valentine’s Day weekend, being protective of your art, and more. She also blessed us with two performances: “Put It On Me” and “Better Man.” Be sure to check those out and follow her on all platforms! Be sure to follow Mia at @miajae Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
37:07
March 17, 2022
"Better Man" by Mia Jae | "Busy Sessions" Episode 6 (In-Studio Performance)
Mia Jae blesses us with an in-studio performance “Better Man” for "Busy Sessions" Episode 6. Be sure to check out her performance of “Put It On Me” and her full interview (releasing on Thursday, March 17) on all DSPs and YouTube. Be sure to follow Mia at @miajae Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
04:28
March 16, 2022
"Put It On Me" by Mia Jae | "Busy Sessions" Episode 6 (In-Studio Performance)
Mia Jae blesses us with an in-studio performance “Put It On Me” for "Busy Sessions" Episode 6. Be sure to check out her performance of “Better Man” and her full interview (releasing on Thursday, March 17) on all DSPs and YouTube. Be sure to follow Mia at @miajae Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
02:54
March 16, 2022
S3:E22 - "Failure Isn't Final" ft. Tamara May (Creative Marketing Manager at 300 Entertainment)
Getting Badder and Busier every week! This episode we are joined by Tamara May of 300 Entertainment and AFTER DARK Room. CHAT - Kanye West, GODMODE, Lucky Daye and Shenseea. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - DJ Nyla Symone! SLIDE DECK - "Girl Blunt" by Leikeli47 (Tamara), "RPG" by Kehlani ft. 6LACK (Armon). TELL US TAMARA - Some stories behind the creator. BOARD MEETING - Attending Fordham, Boston University and NYU, grinding to cover shows, opening AFTER DARK, biggest misconceptions working at a label, what she'd tell young Tamara, etc. We had a blast! Be sure to follow Tamara everywhere at @tamsou Stay Busy's March content is sponsored by @siphautetea, use promo code BUSY for 15% off on www.siphautetea.com Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
01:10:33
March 14, 2022
S3:E21 - "Bad and Buzzin" ft. Miss2Bees (Founder of Two Bees TV)
Kicked #BadAndBusy month off with the homie Miss2Bees! CHAT - Billboard Women in Music recap, festival announcements, upcoming Verzuz documentary, new music from Shenseea and Tiana Major9. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - DJ Nyla Symone of Power 105.1, Revolt TV, and more. SLIDE DECK - "Conceited" by Remy Ma (2Bees), "Not The Same" by Tempest (Nic), and "On Guard" by Lauren Jauregui ft. 6LACK. TWO B OR NOT TWO B - Rapid fire guessing game centered around words that have two B's. BOARD MEETING - Miss2Bees hometown, media origins, exclusive stories, opportunities she has provided others, responsibility when you have a skill set, dating your peer or someone who doesn't do what you do and more. Bad and Busy all month!  Be sure to follow Miss2Bees everywhere at @miss2bees Stay Busy's March content is sponsored by @siphautetea, use promo code BUSY for 15% off on www.siphautetea.com Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
01:12:48
March 07, 2022
"Busy Sessions" Episode 5 with Law
"Busy Sessions" Episode 5 is blessed by New Jersey’s own Law. We talk women’s empowerment, her VENT series turning fan DMs into songs, her major TikTok presence, music making origins, singing in church, moving from NY to NJ, how all of her life connects to her art, upcoming EP ‘VENT’ dropping March 8th, and much more. Check out her performance of “Over It” on all DSPs and YouTube.  Be sure to follow Law at @lawandmusic  Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod.  Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend!  Armon Sadler - @armonsadler  Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic  The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
33:56
March 02, 2022
"Over It" by Law | "Busy Sessions" Episode 5 (In-Studio Performance)
"Busy Sessions" has been finally blessed by the ladies, with New Jersey’s Law showing us why Ladies Always Win. Enjoy her performance of “Over It” and check out the full interview on all DSPs and YouTube Be sure to follow Law at @lawandmusic Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
02:40
March 01, 2022
S3:E20 - "The Portfolio" ft. Devvon Terrell (Musician, Co-Owner of The HMD Studio)
The Busy Boys are joined by Owner of The HMD Studio, singer-songwriter, co-host of The Need To Know Podcast, and limitless creator Devvon Terrell. CHAT: DJ Akademiks, Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez updates, “Little Story” by Kehlani, ‘God Don’t Make Mistakes’ by Conway Ther Machine, and ‘Ghetto Gods’ by EARTHGANG. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: Jameel Raeburn aka Meelz. SLIDE DECK: “Express Yourself” by Labrinth (Devvon), “Now or Never” by The Roots, Phonte and Dice Raw (Nic), “American Dream” by Jeezy, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar. HELP ME DEVVON: We enlist Devvon’s endless wisdom to help us through situations such as our girl leaving us for someone else, having bad breath and not knowing it, spilling coffee on our shirt before an interview, and more. BOARD MEETING: Devvon’s come up, his lowest moments and what kept him pushing, videography becoming a big bag for him, signing to a label and then being independent, his illustrious portfolio, what inspired creating The HMD Studio, upcoming project ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, and why accomplishing anything more in life will be extra. Be sure to follow Devvon at @devvonterrell Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
01:17:32
February 28, 2022
"Busy Sessions" Episode 4 with Rush (The Mic)
For "Busy Sessions" Episode 4, the guys sit down with Rush (The Mic) once again to catch up on all he’s been doing since he joined them last "Busy Black Business Month," hosting successful sold out poetry showcases, contributing to Lloyd Banks ‘The Course of The Inevitable,’ participating in poetry workshops, and they play a fun game of #RushTheBars where Rush is given an emotion and performs an aligning poem on the spot. Be sure to follow Rush at @_russian and @poetrymeplease Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
37:13
February 24, 2022
"untitled" by Rush (The Mic) | "Busy Sessions" Episode 4 (In-Studio Performance)
For our fourth "Busy Session," we bring back a familiar face in Rush (The Mic) for a passionate poetry performance. Though the poem is untitled, the message is clear. Be sure to follow Rush at @_russian and @poetrymeplease Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
04:05
February 23, 2022
S3:E19 - "Community Servant" ft. Jamane Weekes (Founder & CEO of Lips Cafe)
The guys are joined by Jamane Weekes, Owner and CEO of Lips Cafe in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. CHAT - Super Bowl halftime show, VERZUZ recap, Lucky Daye’s single ft Lil Durk, and Jack Harlow’s new track. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - Birthday Boy, Jameel Raeburn aka Meelz. SLIDE DECK - Wale - “Love Me Nina/Semiautomatic” (Jamane), Common x PJ - “Don’t Forget Who You Are” (Nic), India Arie - “Brown Skin” (Armon). READ MY LIPS - Jamane guesses what phrases Nic and Armon are mouthing to him. BOARD MEETING - Jamane’s come up, how a bad haircut lead him to create Lips Cafe, adjusting to the pandemic, why Lips is more than just a cafe, his suggested dishes/drinks and more. Be sure to follow Jamane at @jamane.weekes and Lips Cafe at @lipscafe__ Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
01:06:18
February 21, 2022
S3:E18 - "Bigger, My Son" ft. SaVon & Alex (Founders & Co-Hosts of "The Need To Know Podcast")
For our second episode of Busy Black Business Month, you might as well consider it like when the Lakers played the Clippers in the same arena they shared for years. We brought in SaVon and Alex from "The Need To Know Podcast" for a classic episode. CHAT - Support for Isaiah Rashad, a deep dive on Roddy Ricch, music critique and "dickriding" artists, plus thoughts on Future's "Worst Day" and Jazmine Sullivan's 'Heaux Tales, Mo' Tales: The Deluxe'. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - Jameel Raeburn aka Meelz, send him some love for his birthday on February 17th!  SLIDE DECK - “Daughters” by Nas (SaVon), “Black" by Buddy ft. A$AP Ferg (Alex), “Black Superhero” by Robert Glasper ft. Killer Mike, BJ the Chicago Kid & Big K.R.I.T (Nic), “Black Boy Joy” by Daz Rinko (Armon, submitted by Steven Smith). NEED TO KNOW BASIS - The boldest thing a women has asked the guys, what one meal they would eat the rest of their lives, and what they wished grew on trees. BOARD MEETING - how did SaVon and Alex meet, the early stages of "The Need To Know Podcast," realizing what they created, transitioning hosts, working with the Joe Budden Podcast, Alex's production career, SaVon's experiences at HBO Max, and more. What a time with two amazing guys. The overarching theme is God telling us "Bigger, My Son."   Be sure to follow SaVon at @savonslvter, Alex at @balltillwefall and "The Need To Know Podcast" at @needtoknowpod   Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
01:52:21
February 14, 2022
S3:E17 - "Preserving Our-story" ft. Nadirah Simmons (Founder & CEO of The Gumbo)
Black History is every day. This week we're joined by Founder and CEO of The Gumbo (publication focused on the intersection between Black History, Hip-Hop and womanhood) Nadirah Simmons (@hinadirah). CHAT - Anthony Hamilton v Musiq Soulchild, new music - Nicki Minaj x Lil Baby, 2 Chainz and Saba albums. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - Jameel Raeburn aka Meelz, Creative Director of RNC Radio Live, co-host of The A Show and The Lookout, curator and freelance writer. SLIDE DECK - "Optimistic" by Sounds of Blackness (Nadirah), "Anybody" by Burna Boy (Nic), "Black Girl Magic" by Che Lingo (Armon). BOARD MEETING - Nadirah talks growing up in New Jersey, attending Rutgers and all she was involved in, founding The Gumbo (@thegumbo) and emphasizing compensation for writers, some of her independent creative initiatives, and what she hopes to accomplish next.   Be sure to follow Nadirah at @hinadirah and The Gumbo at @thegumbo. Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod. Subscribe and rate us on all platforms! Tell a friend! Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
01:15:20
February 07, 2022
"Busy Sessions" Episode 3 with Jacques Laine
For Episode 3 of "Busy Sessions," Stay Busy with Armon Sadler welcomes Newburgh’s own Jacques Laine (@845jacques). We talk to Jacques about his Hip-Hop origins, representing the 845, his journey from debut project ‘Homecoming’ to recent release ‘Hope You See Me,’ NFTs, things he hopes to improve within his craft, and more. Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod  Armon Sadler - @armonsadler   Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic   The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
44:37
February 01, 2022
S3:E16 - "New Sounds, Old Ways"
January was a month of great content and guests, but the timing was right for the dynamic duo to return to form. CHAT - Spotify removing Neil Young's catalog for his stance against Joe Rogan, Kanye West reveals Drake wrote his setlist for the Free Larry Hoover Benefit concert and announces 'DONDA 2', Jazmine Sullivan announces 'Heaux Tales, Mo' Tales: The Deluxe', Ella Mai - "DFMU", Benny The Butcher ft. J. Cole - "Johnny P's Caddy", Babyface Ray - 'FACE', Kyle - 'It's Not So Bad', Amber Mark - 'Three Dimensions Deep', Nija - 'Don't Say I Didn't Warn You'. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - Devvon Terrell (@devvonterrell). SLIDE DECK - Latanya Alberto - "Futurity" (Nic), Digiannia - "Fuera de Control" (Armon). BOARD MEETING - A deep dive into Ted Gioia (@tedgioia) article "Is Old Music Killing New Music? and why is it such a significant yet fear-inducing reality for the industry. You don't want to miss this. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy. Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
01:02:60
January 31, 2022
"Busy Sessions" Episode 2 with Eric Penn
Eric Penn (@ericpenn_ ) joins us in studio to discuss fatherhood, marriage, integrity with his pen, internal validation vs external recognition,  modern R&B, his upcoming project, and more before blessing us with an in-studio performance of "Sinking Sand" produced by Brandon Jhon (@iambrandonjhon).   Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod  Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic  The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
51:40
January 29, 2022
S3:E15 - "Small But Mighty" ft. Talya Elitzer (Co-Founder of godmode)
Artists, Stay Busy Nationwide is on your side as we welcome godmode co-founder Talya Elitzer (@godmode_music) into the Busyverse! CHAT - Silk Sonic Las Vegas Residency is a major look for Anderson .Paak, The GRAMMY's rescheduled to 4/3 in Las Vegas, reports on JAY-Z and Meek Mill spearheading effort to eliminate use of rap lyrics in court, Gunna beats the Weeknd for #1 spot on Billboard, new music talk - Yung Bleu and Ne-Yo drop the next best wedding song in "Walk Through Fire," Sabrina Claudio goes meta with "Put On Repeat," and Shenseea and Megan "LICK" takes. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - Devvon Terrell, the best TikTok follow. SLIDE DECK - Fam Lay ft. Pharrell - "Beeper" (Talya), Otis Kane ft. KALLITECHNIS - "Good Love" (Nic), Destin Conrad - "COLORWAY" (Armon). BOARD MEETING - Talya's experiences growing up in New York, her musical background, experiences working in the mailroom at labels, her side hustle becoming her main hustle in godmode, the intentionality in keeping a small roster of artists so they can focus on each of their efforts holistically, the true importance and aspects of artist development, and where godmode is going next. There is much to gain for everyone in music from this conversation. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy.  Follow us on social media at @staybusypod and engage with our content here - https://linktr.ee/staybusypod Armon Sadler - @armonsadler Nic Earley - @nicearleymusic The HMD Studio - @thehmdstudio
01:11:22
January 24, 2022
S3:E14 - "I'll Take The Stairs" ft. Rosecrans Vic (Journalist, Entrepreneur)
Busy is back with a mover and shaker all the way from LA, Brown Bag Podcast's own Rosecrans Vic! CHAT - Ye battery charges, Kendrick Lamar's upcoming film, new Cordae, Earl Sweatshirt, Chris Brown, and JID. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - Devvon Terrell, owner of The HMD Studio, singer, hilarious TikToker. SLIDE DECK - PacMan Da GunMan x Hit-Boy - "Till We Meet Again" (Vic, not yet released), Caleb Lombard - "Drip" (Nic), Smino - "Netflix & Dusse" (Armon). DON'T COME TO LA - Rapid fire West Coast themed questions for Vic. BOARD MEETING - Vic talks Rosecrans Avenue, his introduction to Hip Hop media, mentoring younger journalists, responsibility with his platform, partnering with NoJumper, perceptions of LA, and more. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy. Follow Vic @RosecransVic
01:18:29
January 17, 2022
S3:E13 - "The Full Picture" ft. Nick Watkin (Photographer)
Kicking off 2022 with our famous friend, the talented Nick Watkin! CHAT - Artists releasing in January/the first quarter, new Weeknd, new Gunna, Muni Long, Grammy's postponed. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - Devvon Terrell; singer/songwriter, owner of HMD Studio, co-host of The Need To Know Podcast. SLIDE DECK - "Love" by Kid Cudi (Nick), "Out Of My Way" by RIMON (Nic), "Coffee For Dinner" by Orion Sun (Armon). NICK'S PICKS - Nic answers some lightning fast questions before we get into the full interview discussing his family, his come up, his duty as a photographer, and where he wants to take it next. Stay Busy!
01:24:53
January 10, 2022
S3:E12 - "Vindication"
One last time for 2021. CHAT - RIP Drakeo The Ruler, JAY-Z’s Verzuz take, Alicia Keys Album Rankings. SLIDE DECK - “Keep You In Mind” by Guordon Banks (Armon), “Count Your Blessings” by Eric Bellinger ft. Kierra Sheard (Nic). BOARD MEETING - Stay Busy Wrapped: top albums and songs of the year. The guys also recap their years on a personal level. Thank y’all for riding with us. Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year! Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Masked Up, and Stay Busy. Programming Note - The Busy Boys are taking a week off to celebrate the holidays and will return in full force on January 10, 2021.
01:31:02
December 27, 2021
S3:E11 - "Make Or Break"
PND took a Break From Toronto and the guys are taking a quick break from the studio with Omicron variant running wild. Very music heavy CHAT this week - Roddy Ricch’s The ETCs interview and sophomore album ‘LiveLifeFast,’ 6LACK’s two-pack, Ne-Yo x Yung Bleu “Stay Down,” Capella Grey’s “Talk Nice.” EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - Kemet High, Associate Editor at XXL getting love from the producers they’re highlighting to end the year. SLIDE DECK - “With You” by Devin Morrison ft. Joyce Wrice (Nic), “Day Before” by Young Thug ft. Mac Miller. BOARD MEETING - The Importance of Going Away aka Taking A Break In Music. When should an artist do it? Why should an artist do it? How should they use the time? When and how should they return? Can certain artists not take breaks? We tackle it all. Please get tested, get boosted, and be smart about outside. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy.
01:26:20
December 21, 2021
"A Very Busy Anniversary Special - Way 2 Busy" ft. Alexis Salkey & Kevin Joseph
And just like that, two years have gone by. The Busy Boys are joined by two people who were integral to their growth: BET's Alexis Salkey and Samples 'N Friends' Kevin Joseph. Without Lex and Kev, there would be no Stay Busy logo and no commercial leading into Season 1. So, the guys catch up on what their guests have accomplished in 2021, things to look out for in 2022, their 2021 albums of the year, and Grammy predictions. CHAT - Alexis and Kevin share their favorite Stay Busy memories and ask the Busy Boys burning questions about the podcasting experience.  EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - Friend of the room, groupchat king, Kemet High. SLIDE DECK - "You Know What" by N.E.R.D (Alexis), "I Gotcha" by Case (Kevin), "What It Is" by Amber Mark (Nic), and "Score" by Isaiah Rashad ft. SZA and 6LACK (Armon). NAME THAT SONG - Alexis and Kevin go from host and creator to competitors in Stay Busy's version of Name That Song. BUSY BOYS TRIVIA - Alexis and Kevin then host a competitive game between Armon and Nic covering any and everything from Season 1 of the pod to now. What a time to have your second podversary. Stay Safe, Stay UNHUMBLE, Stay Way 2 Busy, and thank you all for the support. Shoutout to Jay our engineer as well for the energy.
01:22:47
December 16, 2021
S3:E10 - "Transitions" ft. Kojo Dadzie (TMTG)
The Busy Boys bring back a familiar face in The Multi Talented Gentleman, Kojo Dadzie. CHAT (6:57) - Drake withdraws Grammy nominations, Kanye West’s Free Larry Hoover Concert featuring Drake and an epic rant from Armon, JacquEeEeEes Generational National Anthem Performance, Travis Scott’s interview with Charlemagne, Lucky Daye’s latest single “CANDY DRIP,” expectations for his upcoming album, and his place among R&B men currently, Rick Ross’ newest album ‘Richer Than I’ve Ever Been,’ A Boogie’s EP ‘B4 AVA.’ SLIDE DECK (54:30) - “Time Coming” by Kai Ca$h (Kojo), “All In My Head” by SiR (Nic), “Candy Grapes” by Fousheé ft. Steve Lacy (Armon). NEW SEGMENT - Kojo Tell Us! BOARD MEETING - Update on Kojo’s life, his aspirations for 2022, therapy in and out of the doctor’s office, albums of the year. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy!
01:44:52
December 13, 2021
S3:E9 - "2022 GRAMMY Awards Preview"
Back in the studio! CHAT - Spotify Wrapped, Brent Faiyaz, SZA, Tierra Whack, Khalid, Roddy Ricch. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - Kemet High, Associate Editor and Social Media Editor at XXL. SLIDE DECK - “Sun, Moon, Herbs” by Venna x JVCK JAMES (Nic), “Timmy’s Prayer” by Sampha (Armon). BOARD MEETING - 2022 Grammys Preview. So much to say and question. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy!
01:32:58
December 06, 2021
S3:E8 - "Generational" ft. Justin Davis (Social Media at Riot Games)
The Busy Boys return to a familiar place with a new face. The holiday calls for a Zoom episode with none other than journalist, marketing maestro, and 1/2 of the Kings of Pro Wrestling Podcasts, Justin Davis. CHAT - The guys discuss Juice Wrld’s upcoming posthumous album and the concept in general with’s Armon debut on Consequence discussing the matter. Justin gives his albums of the year and a sharp description on why Reginald is the Young Thug of the WWE. We a food pod now, so of course the boys discuss underrated Thanksgiving sides. SLIDE DECK - Aura by Mariah The Scientist (J5), Summer Rain by Leon Bridges and Jazmine Sullivan (Nic), Johnny5 by Yaw Geez (Armon). TRIVIA - Maybe we should call him J5.5 because Justin takes over our leaderboard with a 5.5 out of 6. BOARD MEETING - Justin keeps it very honest about the state of music and journalism as a whole, his experiences, the L’s, what caused the transition, and how he’s assembled a powerhouse at RNC. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy!
01:39:19
November 29, 2021
S3:E7 - "22 Questions" ft. Brittany Ortiz (Producer, Assistant)
Stay Hungry? The Busy Boys are joined by Brittany Ortiz, assistant to Angie Martinez! CHAT - RIP Young Dolph, Adele’s ‘30’, ‘Take Care’ 10 year anniversary and where it stands in Drake’s discography, revisiting Wale’s signature sound, ‘A Different Christmas’ by Bryson Tiller. SLIDE DECK - Borderline With My Atoms by Hiatus Kaiyote (Britt), Move In Date by Zero McKenzi (Nic), Girls by Innanet James (Armon). TRIVIA - We test Britt’s mettle with some finish the lyrics, multiple choice, and true/false questions. BOARD MEETING - Britt’s journey from Miami to Syracuse to NYC, working alongside Angie, her Michelin Star food tour, things she likes to do for fun, friends in the industry, comparison and competition, her album of the year. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy!!!
01:41:50
November 22, 2021
S3:E6 - "Oxymoron" ft. Hush Forte (Recording Artist)
The Busy Boys are joined by artist Hush Forte for an extremely fun episode. CHAT - a discussion on the AstroWorld tragedy, Travis Scott’s culpability, and festivals moving forward; Silk Sonic’s album, Nic’s feeling of vindication, Armon’s pros and cons, a discussion of the “why” for it; Summer Walker’s incredible first week stats, yet another R&B discussion. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - Rob Markman. SLIDE DECK - Trust Me by Herbie Hancock (Hush), Wave by Jvck James (Nic), Starlust by nöel. AUTO-REPLY - there’s a recurring theme here 😭 BOARD MEETING - an interview with Hush Forte. BULLETIN BOARD coming on socials this week. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy.
01:27:08
November 15, 2021
S3:E5 - "Future's Prayer"
NOTE - This episode was recorded before the AstroWorld incidents. Thoughts and prayers to the families. Once again, we back. The Busy Boys recap their introduction of Busy Sessions featuring Reggie Becton and his set on Grace Weber's tour stop in Brooklyn. CHAT - Summer Walker, Terrace Martin, Silk Sonic, Travis Scott, and Kanye West on Drink Champs. HALF&HALF - Responsible Revisit of Audius and NFTS. EOTM - Rob Markman, VP Content Strategy at Genius. SLIDE DECK - Wildfires by Sault (Armon), Slow Down by Ro James ft. Masego (Nic). BOARD MEETING - Live Shows and how they can shape or create fandom, what we look for in live performances, bucket list shows. BULLETIN BOARD - New Ausar track "Vanity," Black Christmas is back on 12/11 (blackchristmasnyc.com), and Snoh Aalegra is about to tour! Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy.
01:25:02
November 08, 2021
S3:E4 - “AfriKan Giant” ft. Kofi Dormah (Writer, Director)
The Busy Boys are back with their first visitor to the Busyverse, the good brother Kofi Dormah. CHAT - What Kofi’s been listening to, Fetty Wap’s arrest. HALF&HALF - Pusha T and Nas doing it big for the artists through Audius. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - Mike Hamilton Jr., Senior Director of Commerce at Epic Records. SLIDE DECK - Peng Black Girls by ENNY and Jorja Smith (Kofi), Woman by Little Simz and Cleo Sol (Nic), Seasonal Depression by Ro Marsalis and Southpaw Swade (Armon) BOARD MEETING - Kofi speaks on “AfriKan Giant The Prequel - Coming to America”, African stereotypes, the challenges in being a director, and the crowdfunding campaign for the film. BULLETIN BOARD - Reggie Becton performing at Elsewhere Nov 3rd, ‘Look Closely’ by Hush Forte out now, and “Flowers Freestyle” by Devvon Terrell out now. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy
56:16
November 01, 2021
S3:E3 - “Opinions of Opinions”
The Busy Boys are back and enjoying the balance of life. CHAT - Armon’s debut on Billboard, ‘Wildest Dreams’ by Majid Jordan, HER’s “For Anyone” video, Wale’s ‘Folarin II.’ HALF&HALF - Spotify and Shopify join forces to create virtual merch tables for artists. EOTM - Mike Hamilton Jr, Senior Director of Commerce at Epic Records. SLIDE DECK - Paraiso by Bairi (Armon) and God Is A Genius by Kevin Ross (Nic). BOARD MEETING - The commotion surrounding Pitchfork’s article and social copy about Teezo Touchdown, disagreement versus disrespect, should critics write about things they dislike? BULLETIN BOARD - SXSW 2022 initial lineup, Adele “One Night Only” TV Special, The Digilogue x Recording Academy Workshop 11/4, Reggie Becton and Grace Weber 11/3 at Elsewhere, and new Statz project ‘LOVE/LIFE’ out now. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy.
01:19:42
October 25, 2021
S3: E2 - “Cast Your Ballots”
The Busy Boys are back in a familiar setting with much to be happy about. CHAT - feelings on Adele’s “Easy On Me,” “Ex For A Reason” by Summer Walker and JT, Reggie Becton’s ‘California.’ Young Thug’s ‘PUNK,’ and Ryahn’s “Deeper.” HALF&HALF - Algorithms writing songs as if they are Travis Scott? Crazy. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - Mike Hamilton Jr., Senior Director of Commerce at Epic Records. SLIDE DECK - “Greatest Fault” by Hush Forte (Nic) and “Never Lose You” by Kalan.FrFr. BOARD MEETING - What metrics need to be met for something to be a classic? Why are we so pressed to call things classic? Why aren’t other adjectives sufficient enough? BULLETIN BOARD - Maxo Kream’s ‘Weight Of The World’ out today and LVRN’s new radio show on SiriusXM. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy!
01:17:42
October 18, 2021
S3:E1 - "Pamplemousse"
Bigger than ever. Busier than ever. Armon and Nic are back to discuss it all. CHAT - upcoming releases from Adele, Majid Jordan, Summer Walker, and Silk Sonic. Was Adele ever good? Has Majid missed their moment? Is Summer Walker an R&B legend? HALF&HALF - Credit Due Campaign by ABBA providing digital liner notes for music. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH - Mike Hamilton Jr., Senior Director of Commerce at Epic Records, 2021 Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B Power Player, 2020 Hits Daily Double Noisemaker, R&B aficionado. SLIDE DECK - "APT 706" by Sækyi and Eric Penn (Armon) and "You Want My Love" by Lucky Daye and Earth, Wind, and Fire (Nic). BOARD MEETING - Out of Office! A discussion on all the new music and music happenings while we were away. 'Call Me If You Get Lost' album of the year? Is 'CLB' a miss? What's wrong with Meek Mill? TOP OF THA MORNIN. BULLETIN BOARD - Check out 'Sonlight' by Dan Kema, Reggie Becton performing at Elsewhere in Brooklyn 11/3, 'PUNK' by Young Thug coming soon. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy. 
01:59:04
October 11, 2021
S2:E28 - "Listen Twice, Speak Once"
Ending Women’s History Month with some accountability! The Busy Boys chat about new music, favorite projects of the first quarter, and things they’re anticipating. Unfortunately, one more discussion on Usher v CB. The Half&Half is about those providing meals for touring professionals that have been out of work for a year. Our Employee of The Month is still Njera Perkins who just interviewed Maxwell for Okayplayer! You know what you’re getting from the Slide Deck. Our Board Meeting is Nic and Armon coming together to discuss things they’ve learned and unlearned with regards to women in the music industry and life, ways we can be better and more responsible. Stay Busy!
01:17:30
March 29, 2021
S2:E27 - "Where Ya Soul At?" ft. Norelle (Grammy Accredited Vocalist)
Busy Boys brought in a Grammy-accredited talent in Norelle for Women’s History Month. We have a great CHAT about Drake’s latest achievement, Grammy recap, and Bieberveli. The Half&Half is all about Audiomack’s new arrangement with DistroKid. Our Employee of The Month is still the great Njera Perkins! Slide Deck is super heat, featuring Norelle’s latest single “Back Into You.” Our Board Meeting is dedicated to Norelle’s journey from backup vocalist to going solo, her feelings on current R&B, and what to expect from her next. Norelle and Nic really nerded out but it was enjoyable. Stay Busy!
01:36:22
March 22, 2021
S2:E26 - "It Takes A Village" ft. Megan Taylor Jordan (Artist Manager, Entrepreneur)
How do you build and nurture your village? We bring in CEO of The Village Music Group and Reggie Becton’s artist manager, Megan Taylor Jordan, to talk us through it. The CHAT is a fun discussion on H.E.R, Triller acquiring Verzuz, Giveon and more. Nic sips some tea while giving us more info on these NFTs for the Half&Half. We give love to Njera Perkins again as our Employee Of The Month recently spoke with Swaggy Sie. The Slide Deck got ACTIVE but the Board Meeting really took the cake. The cherry on top was saluting more women-owned businesses. Stay Busy!
01:56:57
March 15, 2021
S2:E25 - "Divine & Online" ft. Olivia Shalhoup (Digital Lead, Entrepreneur)
The Busy Boys are joined by Trippie Redd’s Digital Lead and Amethyst Collab founder, Olivia Shalhoup, for a fun and insightful episode. Our CHAT discusses Tidal and Square’s big move, new Drake and SilkSonic’s debut, plus a conversation about .Paak’s status in music and Bruno Mars’ respect for the culture. HALF&HALF is all about those NFTs courtesy of Kings of Leon and how artists should jump on the wave. One more shoutout to Employee Of The Month, Njera Perkins, before we slide into the Slide Deck. A quick game of Auto-Reply before we learn all about Olivia’s path to where she is, emoji etiquette, Trippie’s brand building, and Olivia manifesting certain goals. The Bulletin Board is dedicated to the women-owned businesses. Stay Busy!
01:47:02
March 08, 2021
S2:E24 - "No Skipping Steps" ft. Swaggy Sie (Radio Host, Ambassador)
So nice we had to do it twice! Welcome to Stay Busy Women’s History Month, we’re taking it to a SIRIUS TIÉR with this first guest: @swaggysie! We chat about a bunch of music news, namely Bobby Shmurda, Pop Smoke, and Silk Sonic. The Half&Half is real - are there too many podcasts?!? Our next Employee of The Month is talented writer, publicist, and vinyl collector Njera Perkins! (@IAMNJERA). Plenty of heaters in our Slide Deck, but what else is new. Of course we hit Swaggy with a game of Auto-Reply before learning all about her journey to becoming On-Air at SIRIUS XM, an ambassador for TIÉR, and how she’s holding it down for the women. Salute to all women-owned businesses, and y’all Stay Busy.
01:16:27
March 01, 2021
S2:E23 - “Opinionated and Melanated” ft. "Don’t Alert The Stans" (Nicolas-Tyrell, Sope, and Eden)
Nic is away this week, but Armon is joined by some friends from overseas, the UK’s Top 50 Music podcast Don’t Alert The Stans. Nicolas-Tyrell, Sope, and Eden made the chat quite interesting, especially the Migos and Brent Faiyaz talks. We were joined by Half&Half sponsor Xanya to discuss the origins of Healthea and how it represents who she is. Another shoutout to Employee of The Month, Touré Ali Shiver. The Slide Deck is loaded with some heat, especially Elijah Blake making up for his Tiny Desk performance. After a quick game of Auto-Reply, we hear the story of DATS being born from a music debate, who these guys stan, the culture surrounding podcasts in London, and more. Shoutout all the Black Businesses! Stay Busy.
02:08:60
February 22, 2021
S2:E22 - “Sorry For Our Silence” ft. Rush (The Mic)
It’s an Alpha Day for the Busy Boys. We’re joined by good brother, poet, founder of Poetry Me, Please, Rush (The Mic). We briefly discuss the best love rappers before getting into the CHAT. Nic shows love to Gorilla Glue Girl 😭 and we talk all things new music-related. The Half&Half covers a big collab between Post Malone and Pokémon. Our Employee Of The Month is still the incredible Touré Ali Shiver. The Slide Deck gets pretty intense between Rush’s breakdown of J. Cole “BRACKETS” and another R&B rant from Nic. The true treat is our Board Meeting, one of the most in-depth and vulnerable conversations we have ever had thanks to Rush. The Busy Black Bulletin Board is loaded with companies you should check out. Stay Black, Stay Busy.
01:48:52
February 15, 2021
S2:E21 - “The Prime Requisite” ft. Prime Life Clothing
The Fedora Falcon and Kombucha King are back, with special guests. Prime Life Clothing got you covered. We discuss Cardi’s new single and preview some other tracks. Nic has another powerful HALF&HALF, we shoutout Touré Ali in the EOTM, of course we play some heaters, quick AUTO-REPLY and then a full interview with the boys. Also, shoutout all BLACK Businesses. Ya feel me!
01:08:52
February 08, 2021
S2:E20 - "Live From The 4$IDE" ft. Arden Franklyn (Journalist, Podcaster, Entrepreneur)
We back and we Black! Busy Black Businesses Month kicks off with a true innovator, Arden Franklyn from Westchester County. He's the Founder and CEO of 4$IDE. First, we CHAT about new music news, including The Weeknd and Lil Durk. Then we get into one of our most shocking HALF&HALF's yet related to beat licensing and vultures in the industry. SLIDE DECK doesn't disappoint as usual, AUTO-REPLY is a great warmup but the real treat is hearing Arden's story in the BOARD MEETING. The BULLETIN BOARD is dedicated to...you guessed it, Black Businesses. Stay Busy!
01:32:49
February 01, 2021
S2:E19 - "Quotes From The Quill Pt. 3"
Immaculate. Perfect. Timeless. You know the vibes. We CHAT about a lot of music news because new music just hasn't been doing it for us; including Drake's album delay, the latest VERZUZ, Megan Thee Stallion's case, and much more. Our HALF&HALF examines the relevance of charts and how else we can gauge an artist's success. Another EOTM shoutout to NT before we slide into the SLIDE DECK. We close off Quotes From The Quill with a word that takes us in many different directions. All good though. Stay Busy!
01:29:59
January 25, 2021
S2:E18 - "Quotes From The Quill Pt. 2"
We back. The Busy Boys discuss new music in the CHAT, including Armon's disappointment in a certain release. The HALF&HALF explores how music's medicinal impact can be taken a step further. One more shoutout to the guy NT, our EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH. The SLIDE DECK war goes on before we get into part two of Quotes From The Quill, chaotic/confusing edition. Stay Busy y'all, happy MLK DAY.
01:20:42
January 18, 2021
S2:E17 - "Quotes From The Quill Pt. 1"
Busy is back and vulnerable! We tap into the heavy R&B weekend in the CHAT before a wild HALF&HALF gauges our music tastes - it was brutal and rude. Another shoutout to Nicolas-Tyrell Scott as Employee of The Month before we hit the SLIDE DECK. This week’s BOARD MEETING takes a new life as we introduce a new series, "Quotes From The Quill." If you like lyrical analysis, you are in the right place. As always, Stay Safe and Stay Busy!
01:13:39
January 11, 2021
S2:E16 - "#InvestInYourVisuals" ft. Chris Omar (Filmmaker)
New year, still busy. The Boys are joined by friend of the show Chris Omar to discuss all things filmmaking and visuals. In the CHAT, we pay respects to MF Doom and discuss Will.I.Am’s comments on the Black Eyed Peas. The HALF&HALF shows love to Bandcamp doing it for the artists. Our new Employee of The Month is Nicolas-Tyrell Scott, talented writer and speaker from the UK. We might have heard our best slide ever in the SLIDE DECK thanks to Chris, but Nic and Armon brought the heat too. After a quick AUTO-REPLY, we dive fully into Chris’ career. So much insight shared for aspiring filmmakers but also artists! Stay Busy!
01:09:53
January 04, 2021
S2:E15 - "A Busy Year"
2020 is coming to an end, but the Busy Boys have got their eyes looking far ahead. First in the CHAT, Armon addresses Westside Gunn, then Nic follows up on Armon’s dvsn take. We talk Verzuz and reconciliation during the Half&Half, shoutout EOTM Junae one more time, and play some heaters in the Slide Deck. Today’s main event is a full reflection on this wild year, the ups and downs, the lessons, and what we’re most proud of. It gets personal, but you can’t not be motivated. Happy holidays, Happy New Year, and Stay Busy!
01:33:54
December 28, 2020
S2:E14 - "You Gonna Get These Articles" ft. Ahmad Davis (Journalist, Publicist, Entrepreneur, Manager)
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. The Busy Boys were blessed to have the incomparable Ahmad Davis stop by and kick off Year 2 of the pod. We CHAT about the Verzuz none of us watched, the new dvsn single, Jhene Aiko's 'Chilombo' nomination, and speculate on how a Wale v Meek Mill Verzuz would go. Nic's HALF&HALF is all about Spotify looking out for the songwriters. One more shoutout to Employee of The Month, Junae Brown! Ahmad blesses us with Youngshann's "Better" for the SLIDE DECK while Nic and Armon keep the competition going on their end. After a quick AUTO-REPLY, our Board Meeting is all about Ahmad's path founded upon authenticity, genuine relationship building and networking, hard work, and a clear vision. Oh, and having a strategy when it comes to Twitter. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy!
01:39:55
December 21, 2020
"A Very Busy Anniversary Special"
Wow, The Busy Boys turn one year old! They’ve come a long way from the initial SoundCloud link and Armon’s two hour long Instagram story on the day of launch. It’s been an amazing year of Nic’s exquisite teas, debates about R&B and NAV, and seeing the Slide Deck evolve into a full blown feud. What a milestone! While the gang intended to record a normal episode, some special friends of the show had other plans. That being said, please, please mute your phones on your anniversaries! #StayBusy
02:38:34
December 16, 2020
S2:E13 - "Creating Your Table" ft. Junae Brown aka "The Beyoncé of Marketing"
The Busy Boys are joined by one of the most charismatic people in the industry, Junae Brown. We preview some new music in the CHAT, discuss knowing your value a la Lil Baby’s show price, and Chloe x Halle’s greatness. Nic’s HALF&HALF is all about AR/VR, the SLIDE DECK goes LA, and Junae gives us a Board Meeting that could inspire a nation to get their marketing right. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, and Stay Busy!!!
01:31:29
December 14, 2020
S2:E12 - "Strive for PERFXN" ft. PERFXN (Producer, Engineer, Stylist, Entrepreneur)
From the BusyBubble to the BusyBoards, we're back and joined by a very special guest, PERFXN! You might have heard her slaying the competition in those beat battles on Clubhouse, but the real treat is how much she has to say about the musical landscape as a whole. We CHAT about meeting her two years ago at Blapchat live, Jack Harlow's "controversial" (lmfao) album cover, 6LACK's live greatness, and predict Ashanti v. Keyshia Cole in #Verzuz. Our HALF&HALF became a FULL&FULL as we discussed streaming and song length which then evolved into a deep dive on Chance The Rapper's latest album. Our new EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH is Junae Brown! She's an extremely talented, delightful person who you ought to properly refer to as the "Beyoncé of Marketing." Our SLIDE DECK is heat as always, with PERFXN reminding us about Chris Breezy's deep cut "Everybody Knows" from 'Heartbreak on a Full Moon,' Nic giving Anderson .Paak's 'Oxnard' a second chance, and Armon continuing the PARTYNEXTDOOR agenda. After a fun round of Auto-Reply, PERFXN opens up about her journey within music and fashion, navigating the production game as a woman, and some fun upcoming projects she's working on. Wear your mask, wash your hands, but most of all...STAY BUSY!
01:43:17
December 07, 2020
S2:E11 - "Are We Surprised?"
The Grammy's are Grammying, Armon is working OT, and Nic has had enough of the dressing v. stuffing debate.  That all means....Busy is Back! We CHAT about Kevin Hart's Clubhouse experience and some hot takes (Freddie Gibbs > J.  Cole?; D Smoke is an industry plant?) before Nic delivers another insightful Half&Half discussing YouTube's next power play. We give our final bouquet of flowers to EOTM Olivia Shalhoup and the Slide Deck takes a competitive edge after Kieran declares Nic the top curator on the show (I beg your pardon?!? - Dr. Umar, but also Armon). This week's Board Meeting is an open and honest discussion about the Recording Academy's missteps in this year's Grammy nominations. Nic handles the R&B and Armon talks Rap. We wanna know if you feel the same way we do, so Tweet us your thoughts @staybusypod @armonsadler @nicearleymusic_. Make sure you #BuyBlack this Cyber Monday! Ladies, remember his PS5. :) Stay Busy!
01:21:56
November 30, 2020
S2:E10 - “2020 BusyBubble MVP: Kojo” featuring Kojo Dadzie (TMTG)
The BusyBubble is open and we brought in TWO of its shining stars. Kojo Dadzie, The Multi-Talented Gentleman, joins us for a fun and personal episode, PLUS we introduce a new and improved Employee of The Month segment featuring the lovely Olivia Shalhoup. Banter, insightful talks, laughs and stories are shared. The slides? Might be our best yet, similar to whoever was handling the aux in the NBA Bubble. Nic firmly established himself as the Busy Aux MVP. Listen and enjoy our milestone 10th episode of Season 2. Thanks for being along for the ride thus far.
01:37:43
November 23, 2020
S2:E9 - "SE7EN Ways To Annoy Armon" featuring SE7EN (Artist, Producer, Podcaster, Activist)
Busy is back with yet another illustrious guest for our spiciest episode since R&Beef. SE7EN, artist, producer, podcaster, and activist from Dekalb County joins us to discuss new music, The Weeknd's upcoming Super Bowl performance, NAV, Kanye West's rapping ability and some hot takes from our listeners. Next we discuss Beyoncé's partnership with Peloton and HBCUs before giving our EOTM Olivia Shalhoup another shoutout. We've got four slides this week, introducing our new Artist Submission section. A quick game of Auto Reply leads to a full look into the World of SE7EN. Major love to Taylor Crumpton for her upcoming book and ByPhrank for launching his new merch line! Stay Safe, Stay Humble, and Stay Busy.
01:37:45
November 16, 2020
S2:E8 - "We Here" featuring Aliyah Simone (Marketing at Audiomack)
We had plenty to celebrate on the day of recording, especially our awesome guest Aliyah! We get to know her, talk Armon's latest music hot take, play some heaters, and honestly just share some good energy with one another. We hope you feel it on this Monday. 
58:39
November 09, 2020
S2:E7 - "Is It Them Or Us?"
We baaaack. It was an aggressive release week but our CHAT is calm. The HALF&HALF is for the fellow podders. Employee of the Month? Olivia Shalhoup! Shoutout Trippie Redd and Amethyst Collab. SLIDE DECK? Open your ears. Our BOARD MEETING is dedicated to 2020 and whether it has been a good year in music or not. Major love to Yaw Geez, Will C, and all who released this week. Stay Busy!
01:13:38
November 02, 2020
S2:E6 - "Respectfully" ft. Colin Hancock (Jazz Musician/Historian)
Once again, we back! We cover all the new releases in the CHAT, talk to special guest Colin Hancock about our musical history in the HALF&HALF, shoutout our Employee of The Month Prime, play some heaters as per usual for the SLIDE DECK, and then we have a calm discussion about Clubhouse for the BOARD MEETING. It's never a dull moment with the Busy Boys. 
01:04:33
October 26, 2020
S2:E5 - "What Can I Say?"
The Busy Boys want to know your story. Before that, we get into the CHAT and a load of new music. Then Nic shouts out Matcha Green Tea before we discuss the HALF&HALF, a new hotel concept from a major label...in a pandemic? Another shoutout to our EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, Prime, and then we enter the SLIDE DECK. For the main event, the BOARD MEETING, we discuss storytelling in music. Why is it important? How is it done? Why do we care? BULLETIN BOARD is dedicated to new releases from the stars you may not know yet. Tap in, and STAY BUSY.
01:10:57
October 19, 2020
S2:E4 - No Cap ft. Nascent (Producer/Artist)
The Busy Boys go on the road, but are joined by superproducer and artist Nascent. He's produced for Brent Faiyaz, 50 Cent, Elle Varner, AZ and more. Album coming soon. Tune in for the usual shenanigans but also hear his story, especially how Port Authority plays into it and you really just have to shoot your shot. 
01:06:57
October 12, 2020
S2:E3 - Turn Me Up Jeff ft. Jeff Jackson
Nothing but illustrious guests! Busy Boys are back with Jeff Jackson, an extremely talented mix engineer. He's worked with artists y'all listen to daily. CHAT - hella new music. HALF&HALF - CreateSafe is bringing transparency. Employee Of The Month - our good man Prime, another mixing engineer out of NYC. SLIDE DECK - should we tell you or just let you listen? The latter. BOARD MEETING - learn about Jeff Jackson's journey, inspirations, and work ethic. What a conversation, and a new segment oooooh. Stay Busy, folks. 
01:18:24
October 05, 2020
S2:E2 - Let's Work
Busy week in music and for The Busy Boys. (CHAT) - Armon's Bryson Tiller article, new music, Bad Bunny bus concert, COLORS delivers another amazing performance, Summer music we missed last week, new acquisitions, new  networks, album anniversaries, and astrological album announcements. (HALF&HALF) - Ain't no more Top 40, according to Spotify. (EOTM) - Big love to Alexis Salkey! (@iamalexisnicole on IG, @AForAlexis on Twitter). (SLIDE DECK) - Tiana Major9 - Same Space; Radamiz - Goya ft. Kota The Friend. (BOARD MEETING) - Collaboration in music, collaboration in journalism. Shoutout to the TIER team on their latest work! Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Sanitized, Stay Masked Up, and, of course...Stay Busy!
01:25:51
September 28, 2020
S2:E1 - You Can't Own Me
#BusyIsBack! We missed y'all and we missed podding. With three months of music news and releases to catch up on, we introduce a new segment called Out of Office! Try to name everything that happened and projects that released between June and now before tuning in. Half&Half briefly previews Kanye West's contract ordeals and why people aren't really listening to him. We're running back our homegirl Alexis Salkey as Employee of The Month because she deserves the full ting. You know the Slide Deck is active as always. Nic picks up the tempo with Durand Bernarr's "Racket!" and Armon slows it down a little with "Garden Rain" by Jaz Karis. ARTISTS!!! Send us your tracks to be potentially played as a Slide. Of course, the Board Meeting covers ownership in the creative space as Joe Budden is leaving Spotify, Kanye is dropping 50 screenshots of his contract, and De La Soul's music is in the Library of Congress but not iTunes, smh. Bulletin Board? Still ain't all that much going on, BUT send us flyers and links to your concerts, panels, etc and we'll promote for you. It feels so good to be back! Stay safe, stay humble, stay busy, and enjoy the new outro!
01:30:07
September 21, 2020
Episode 25 - Social Unrest: The Soundtrack featuring Ashton Combs
Dark times, truly. We didn't know what this episode would be, but we found a way to enjoy the company of one another, share some laughs, and have an enlightening discussion. Thankful to Ashton Combs for joining us for Episode 25! CHAT (1:48) Ashton interview, 112 v Jagged Edge, Freddie Gibbs - 'Alfredo,'' 6LACK - "ATL Freestyle" and another R&B discussion, Lucky Daye "Shoulda" gave Babyface a verse, Ne-Yo ft. Jeremih - "U 2 Luv". HALF&HALF (40:15) #BlackOutTuesday. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH (46:01) - Alexis Salkey, the queen. Creative director extraordinaire, NYU grad student, host of The Drop and The A List series. SLIDE DECK (47:13) "King Kunta" - Kendrick Lamar; "Is It Because I'm Black?" - Ken Boothe; "Black Rage" - Lauryn Hill. BOARD MEETING (58:04) - The soundtrack of social unrest. What are musicians' roles? Who should speak? Whether you are protesting or inside, stay safe, stay humble, stay healthy, stay black, and stay busy. Love.
01:30:24
June 01, 2020
Episode 24 - "Question For The Culture"
Is our mic on? Busy Boys back at it with a Memorial Day pod. CHAT (2:51) - I talked to Pusha T this week, Nic was angry at a bunch of stuff, and Lana Del Rey and Doja Cat walked themselves over the plank. You hate to see it. HALF&HALF (33:50) - Audio streaming went down but the creativity has gone up! Big love to our EOTM, Chris Omar! SLIDE DECK (39:36) - Joyce Wrice - That's On You; Majid Jordan - Asleep. BOARD MEETING (44:40) - Shiny New Toys in Music. Why do we crown stars early? Are we more responsible for the microwave era than other artists? Stay safe, stay inside, stay sanitized, stay humble and...stay busy. 
01:14:56
May 25, 2020
Episode 23 - "Bro, I Produce"
That Jordan doc really hit. He....stayed busy...as we do. Welcome back! CHAT (2:40) - Bryan-Michael Cox x Darkchild IG Lives; R&B streaming numbers check-in; Future album; Roy Woods project; Pop Smoke posthumous album; Chloe x Halle single; Trippie Redd single ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR; Luda v Nelly; Usher v CB or JT?; Snoop Dogg v Busta Rhymes. HALF&HALF (30:34) - Jazz Artist Commission Fund. SLIDE DECK (34:45) - Jacob Collier ft. Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign - All I Need; Xavier Omar - Afraid. BOARD MEETING (43:23) - What is a producer? Are you? Can you be? BULLETIN BOARD - Holding Space: No Other Agency, Good + Energy, & Pretty Mental; Every Thursday in May, Zoom Calls on @kj4y IG for link. Otherwise, Stay Safe, Stay Humble, & Stay Busy!
01:12:38
May 18, 2020
Episode 22 - "Everybody's A Critic"
I don't know about you, but...we busy. CHAT (3:57) - RIP to Little Richard, Andre Harrell, and Betty Wright; Kehlani's album; Tekashi's back; John Legend x Buju Banton's new single; Luda v Nelly loading; Jill and Erykah blessed IG Live. HALF&HALF (26:00) - Soundcloud entering the Twitch game. EOTM (30:40) Chris Omar. SLIDE DECK (31:04) - Day 26 - Are We In This Together; Mahalia - Plastic Plants. BOARD MEETING (38:10) - Do we need critics? Should we pay attention to journalism? Whose voices matter? Happy belated Mother's Day to all of the queens out here. Thank y'all for staying on the ride. Stay Busy!
01:04:46
May 11, 2020
Episode 21 - "Check-In"
We so savage. Poddin, chattin, rappin. Chat (4:23) Quick Hits, “Laugh Now Cry Later” x YG, “Baby Mama” x Brandy ft. Chance The Rapper, “Savage” Remix x Megan Thee Stallion ft. BEYONCÉ, Jill Scott v Erykah Badu, Drake Hours. Half & Half (32:40) These Concert Refunds Are Not Hitting! Slide Deck (39:13) - Giving Me Life x Mariah Carey ft. Slick Rick and Blood Orange; Gwen Bunn x Yours. Board Meeting (44:08) How are you doing, bro? How are you doing what you are doing? What has this time yielded for your craft? STAY INSIDE :)
01:04:48
May 04, 2020
Episode 20 - Hits, Smashes, Jams, Bops, and Anthems
Episode 20 baby!!!
01:03:12
April 27, 2020
Episode 19 - Blame It On Busy ft. Marie Driven
Busy Boys back with a boss lady! Celebrity publicist Marie Driven joins us for a fun time. Chat (3:27) - dvsn album, DaBaby album, Kehlani single, Playboi Carti single, John Legend single. Half&Half (25:06) - DroppTv's new initiative for music video apparel. Employee Of The Month (32:10) - Chris Omar, filmmaker. Slide Deck (33:32) - Gabriela Kochella - Friend Dem, Bosco - Champagne, Naya Shea - Company. Board Meeting (43:09) Get to know Marie! Stay safe. 
01:07:28
April 20, 2020
Episode 18 - A Pod In Its Feelings ft. Flozus
In this dangerous city, it's better if you come pod with us. We backkkkkk. Chat (4:40): Tory Lanez Quarantine Radio x 'New Toronto 3', Babyface v Teddy Riley update, Drake conducts a house tour in Architectural Digest, The Weeknd talking spicy toward Usher, "SexBeat," dvsn's tracklist for 'A Muse In Her Feelings' and new single "Dangerous City"; Half & Half (35:00): Apple Music looking out for the indie labels; Employee Of The Week (41:10): Nick Watkin, Photographer in NYC; Slide Deck (42:59): Frank Ocean - White Ferrari; Koryn Hawthrone - Won't He Do It; Board Meeting (48:42): We had our first caller! Shoutout to Josh "Flozus" Floyd. We discuss stan culture/hives. Ain't nothing to do outside so stay inside and Stay Busy!
01:10:32
April 13, 2020
Episode 17 - No Hateration In This Dancery ft. Taylor Crumpton (THEE Journalist)
Ay, we here. Taylor Crumpton joins us for several spirited discussions. Chat (5:00) - Frank Ocean singles, Bill Withers, new H.E.R., IG Live Battles, Toosie Slide; Half&Half (46:00) - Soundcloud looking out for the artists!; Employee Of The Week (49:25) - Chris Jamel, founder of The Lifestyle NYC; Slide Deck (50:32) - Braxton Cook x All That I Want; Savior x Siri Seiko; Deante Hitchcock x Side Nigga Anthem; Board Meeting (58:58) - Taylor tells all. So many gems. Stay inside friends. 
01:32:52
April 06, 2020
Episode 16 - STAYBUSYMOBILE
We inside. We're mobile. PARTY dropped. Chat - The Weeknd's After Hours, PARTYNEXTDOOR's PARTYMOBILE, Giveon's Take Time, IG Live Palooza, TikTok and ya don't stop, streams are down??? (6:30); Half&Half - Corona Stimulus package for the musicians (34:14) Employee Of The Week - DJ Hu Dat! (38:40) Slide Deck - Tattoo Tears by Iyla; Floating by Alina Baraz ft. Khalid (39:57) Board Meeting - Honestly, we just chat and read y'all Tweets back to us. (46:10) Bulletin Board - *crickets* just check IG Live. By the way, next week we don't just wanna read your Tweets though. If you're reading this, you have the chance to be called into the podcast for a fun talk with Nic and I. Just @ the account tomorrow with the hashtag #ConferenceCall and your hottest music take. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Indoors, but Stay Busy. Listen to PARTY. 
01:00:48
March 30, 2020
Episode 15 - Tori, Triller and Twitter featuring Tori McCue (Columbia Records)
Live and cleansed from Brooklyn Podcasting Studio...Busy Boys back. We're joined by yet another Syracuse University industry buddy, Tori Mccue! Chat - Donald Glover album (actually out now on Spotify), Corona challenge on Triller, are leaks really leaks? (4:05); Half&Half - Support your fellow artists by streaming, buying merch, or just offering some encouragement! (9:10); Employee of The Week - Keyera Williams, Westbrook Productions, formerly at Genius and Buzzfeed (10:48); Slide Deck - Doja Cat - Wine Pon You; Sudan Archives - Glorious; Tinashe - Story Of Us (11:58); Board Meeting - y'all learn about Tori oooooh. Twitter comes up in more ways than one hehe. Bulletin Board - DJ DNice is blessing IG Live, and everyone else is doing concerts too. Wash your hands and stay inside. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy. 
01:00:42
March 23, 2020
Episode 14 - "We Inside with Imaris" featuring Imaris Reyes (Atlantic Records)
We braved the coronavirus hysteria and entered our highly sanitized studio to keep Stay Busy Women's History Month rolling. Imaris Reyes, Video Promotion Assistant from Atlantic Records joined us! Chat: Jay Electronica album, Kehlani - Toxic, Lil Yachty, Drake and DaBaby - Oprah's Bank Account, Drake - March 14th, Tyga - Freak ft. Megan Thee Stallion and a quick analysis of Tyga's career, Alina Baraz announces her new album (4:18). Half&Half: These music touring insurance companies are avoiding the coronavirus at all costs (17:40). Employee of The Week: Yan Snead! (23:17). Slide Deck: Kaash Paige - 64 (fuego); Sinead Harnett - Leo Bear (gem); H.E.R - I'm Not Ok (Armon cried) (25:41). Board Meeting: Imaris tells us about her path to Atlantic, when she secured her first internship, the double duty of grinding as a woman and a Latina, and her aspirations for the future. Can't miss this! (33:31). Bulletin Board: everything is shut down :( wash your hands, sanitize, and don't forget the lotion after my melanated folks. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy!
01:01:12
March 16, 2020
Episode 13 - Litty Kitty featuring DJ Kittysayword
Stay Busy Women's History Month continues with our new friend DJ Kittysayword! She joins us in Brooklyn for a fun and enlightening conversation. Chat - Megan Thee Stallion's contract woes, Kendrick Lamar's new endeavor, Jhene Aiko's album, Lil Uzi Vert's album,  Drake releases and leaks, Meg's album (3:46). Half&Half - Soundcloud is leveling up! (15:28). Employee of The Week - Brianna Demayo, Taste Creators and Music Business How To (24:13). Slide Deck - Baby Keem - Honest (we let our guests change the game, especially for Keem); Snoh Aalegra - Be Careful; Tink - 2 or 3 (26:18). Board Meeting - Kitty tells all! Her path to becoming a DJ, her DJ style, no requests,  and the two songs she'd play to throw a party into a frenzy (34:58). Bulletin Board - Brent Faiyaz April 24th at Brooklyn Steel, Jhene Aiko May 2nd at Radio City Music Hall, Action Bronson  March 31st at Brooklyn Bowl. Thanks for listening, thanks to Kitty for joining us! Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy. Dragon find y'all yet?
55:15
March 09, 2020
Episode 12 - Big Drip Gina, Cheesecake, and Therapy featuring Regina Cho (Freelance Journalist)
For the women, with the women. We love y'all. We kick off Stay Busy Women's History Month with a close friend, Regina Cho! She's got bylines in Billboard, Genius, DJBooth, Hot97, and many more places. Get hip.  Chat - Confessions 3, 8701 v Confessions, Jhene Aiko drops H.O.E, PARTYNEXTDOOR playing with Armon's emotions, Justin Timberlake and SZA's new single (eh), R&Beef foreverrrr (5:13);  Half&Half - Spotify's advice on pitching a hit song (16:40); Employee Of The Week - Ivie Ani,  writer/journalist/NYU grad with bylines everywhere! (24:45); Slide Deck - Ari Lennox - Cold Outside; Doja Cat - Streets (fuego); Layton Greene - Knives (26:40); Board Meeting - Creative Therapy Session. We get vulnerable. (36:36); Bulletin Board - Young Nudy April 16th at Gramercy Theatre, Moneybagg Yo April 6th at Sony Hall, Slick Rick April 9th at Sony Hall. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy! Tell a woman she's amazing today. Get her some cheesecake. And if a dragon comes to see you, sorry. I had to save myself for the sake of the pod.
01:03:51
March 02, 2020
Episode 11 - Who's Invited?
It was a tough week, but the Busy Boys pod through it. We open with love to Pop Smoke - WOOOOO. Chat: The Weeknd's new single, Paul Rosenberg stepping down from Def Jam, Benny The Butcher's upcoming collab with Drake, Joe Budden and Big Sean's Pull Up, Jhene Aiko's album announcement, Dwyane Wade stepping into the rap game, and Jadakiss and Pusha T holding it down for the #ResponsibleBoys (3:51). *takes breath* Half&Half: Nic's sipping on White Tea and Armon talks through a tribute article he wrote to Pop Smoke this past week (15:36). Employee Of The Week: Setor Tsikudo, Freelance Photographer from NYC #CuseFam (21:49). Fallen Angels Slide Deck: Nipsey Hussle - Right Hand 2 God; Mac Miller - Perfecto (23:50). Board Meeting: Appropriation or Experimentation? Who is invited to the cookout? Was Billie Eilish wildin'? Miley whats good?!? (29:50). Bulletin Board: Lil Mosey February 28th at Webster Hall, Young Dolph and Key Glock March 6th at Sony Hall, Lupe Fiasco presents Food & Liquor March 20th at Brooklyn Steel. Send us some events for the Bulletin Board at staybusypod@gmail.com! Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy. And let me know if poached steak is a thing.
47:16
February 24, 2020
Episode 10 - Fulfiller
Ten episodes in. The boys are busy. Chat - Brent Faiyaz, Tame Impala, YG x Kehlani, A Boogie and The Biebs (4:00); Half & Half - physical sales are doing better than you think! (8:03); Employee of The Week - Perfection (15:01); Slide Deck - Ryan Leslie “Valentine” and Ne-Yo “Angel” (16:00); Board Meeting - what is filler? (22:20) Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy!
36:55
February 17, 2020
Episode 9 - R&Beef
Armon and Nic's first pod fight. #BusyBoys
35:36
February 10, 2020
Episode 8 - Statute of Limitations
#BusyBoys are back! We chat about new Justin Bieber featuring Kehlani, Drake & Future, and recap the Grammy's (5:50); Half&Half is about the way MTV's programming brought us together and how it wouldn't work today sadly (16:20); highlight Employee of The Week, journalist Taylor Crumpton (21:04); Slide Deck - Common ft. Leikeli47 - Fifth Story and Free Nationals ft. Chronixx - Eternal Light (21:57); and we discuss forgiveness in music, how good music arms our defenses and overall patience with people's development (28:16). Bulletin Board - Lauryn Hill 2/22 at United Palace and The Millenium Tour 3/6 at Hulu Theater. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy. Don't skip the outro!
42:03
February 03, 2020
Episode 7 - Trophies
And the award goes to...you all for listening to the #BusyBoys! Half&Half - Billboard counting YouTube streams and what that could mean creatively (3:03); Employee of The Week - Savon Slater, Contributor to Joe Budden Podcast and 1/3 of Need To Know podcast (8:08); Slide Deck - PJ Morton ft. Tobe Nwigwe - "Practicing" and Daniel Caesar - "ARE YOU OK?" (9:06); Board Meeting - Do award shows matter? Should artists care? Do we need an award show catered to us? (16:27); Bulletin Board - 2/23 Trippie Redd at Terminal 5; 3/19 Yasiin Bey at Sony Hall; 2/11 YBN Cordae at Elsewhere (35:30). Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy!
37:19
January 27, 2020
Episode 6 - Grande!
#BusyBoys or #SillyBoys? You decide. More Grammy content! Half&Half: the science behind what makes a song catchy (3:11), Employee Of The Week: Katie Spoleti, Photographer at Billboard and Hollywood Reporter (9:48), Slide Deck:  Ed Sheeran ft. H.E.R - I Don't Want Your Money, James Blake ft. André 3000 - Where's The Catch? (10:58), Board Meeting - Grammy nominees and predictions (19:58), Bulletin Board - Chance The Rapper at MSG 2/8, Rapsody at Elsewhere 2/6, Fast Hart Collections Poetry and R&B Slam 1/25, The Lox at Sony Hall 1/30. Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy! (Stay Silly?)
01:06:48
January 20, 2020
Episode 5 - It's A Mystery
#BusyBoys are back! Leading up to the Grammy's, our Half&Half covers the eligibility requirements for the Best New Artist category (5:27), highlight our Employee of The Week - Imaris Reyes from Atlantic Records and Elektra Records (8:15), preview Slide Deck additions "N Side" by Steve Lacy and "Get Away" by BJ The Chicago Kid ft. JID, Buddy and Kent Jamz (9:22), and have a Board Meeting on the appeal of mysterious artists, defining the different types of mystery and Nic throws out an interesting take (18:30). Check out Snoop Dogg at Gramercy Theatre on 1/22 and Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep and Fat Joe on 1/30 at Radio City Music Hall. Be sure to listen to our Slide Deck playlists, follow us on Twitter and IG @staybusypod, and stay tuned for merch! Hey!
33:29
January 13, 2020
Episode 4 - Time Will Tell featuring Brandon "Yano" Payano (COLORSXSTUDIOS)
Happy New Year! The #BusyBoys are back with a friend! We chat with our guest Brandon "Yano" Payano about the Coachella line-up, DaBaby's unfortunate arrest, when artist runs convert into stardom and Drake's Rap Radar interview (3:48). Then the real fun begins as we examine a reality where streaming services could up their prices and what it would take (Half&Half - 14:53), highlight Stacy Aguilar who works in Artist Relations at Genius (EOTW - 20:50), tune into Holy Water - Dezmond Dane ft. Gurl; Vex Oh - Kaytranada, Ari PenSmith, Goldlink, Eight9FLY; and Wires In The Way - SiR (Slide Deck - 22:20), and then we explore the wonderful world of album consumption, how the pre-rollout affects the listening experience, whether we revisit albums we disliked initially, and if an instant classic exists. (Board Meeting - 33:17) Be sure to check out Snoh Aalegra's World Wide Tour, Wale January 15th at Brooklyn Steel, and the FREE Phony Ppl event at The Sultan Room on February 2nd. Slide Deck playlist will be updated, merchandise is still available, and we're still Staying Safe, Staying Humble, and Staying Busy. 
01:06:00
January 06, 2020
Episode 3 - Letters of Recommendation
We hope the holidays have been restful and enjoyable but the #BusyBoys are back for one more episode this month/year/decade! We talk Scooter Braun and Taylor Swift's battle over her masters (Half&Half), shoutout Trey Alston, writer at MTVNews (Employee of The Week), preview "Good Heels" by Anderson .Paak featuring Jazmine Sullivan and "The Recipe" by SiR (Slide Deck/Deep Cuts), then get into an in-depth discussion on the impact of co-signs in the music industry and the many forms they take (Board Meeting). Bulletin Board - Wale, January 15th at Brooklyn Steel; YAMS Day, January 17th at Barclay's Center. Happy New Year! Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy (hey!)
34:57
December 30, 2019
Episode 2 - Discourse or Discord?
Welcome back to Stay Busy w/ Armon Sadler! We discuss whether or not algorithm-based playlist curation will take over at some point (Half & Half),  highlight Derrick Aroh, A&R at RCA Records (Employee Of The Week) preview and discuss "Filters" by VanJess and "NILE" by Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar (Slide Deck - Deep Cuts) and explore who can discuss music, the impact of social media on music consumption, and whether or not objectivity exists in gauging talent (Board Meeting). Check out Dave East's upcoming show and get your tickets to Imaginary Pop Up 12/28 before they run out! Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy!
41:37
December 22, 2019
Episode 1 - The Sound of Immortality
Welcome to Stay Busy w/ Armon Sadler!  We introduce you to our team and our haven for responsible, open-minded discourse on the music business and culture! After some shoutouts we get into Spotify offering paid pop-up ads to labels (Half & Half), highlight Brandon J. Payano, A&R/Curator from COLORS Studios (Employee of The Week), talk SAINt JHN - "Who Do You Blame" and Lucky Daye - "Try Your Fire" (Slide Deck - Deep Cuts), and discuss the mortality of artists and the immortality of their music (Board Meeting). Bulletin Board - Devin Tracy 12/19 at C'mon Everybody, Kai Cash and 27 Delly 12/20 at SOBs, Black Christmas 12/21  (@blackchristmas on IG), and Imaginary Pop Up Party 12/28 (@imaginaryplayerspod on IG, @imgplayers on Twitter). Stay Safe, Stay Humble, Stay Busy!
36:38
December 16, 2019