I'm in the studio....a lot. It's in my bedroom, so I literally eat, sleep and drink music. I made this podcast just to take breaks from the studio and have actual human interaction with family, friends and other interesting people. You get to listen in on my conversations.
I was listening to the rhythm in Nipsey‘s voice while he was delivering his interview with Elliot Wilson and B. Dot on Rap Radar. It made me come up with this beat. Nip said a lot in the conversation. It’s sad to see a brother that had his shit all the way live have to go out the way he did. It hurts, and it’s scary as hell. Let’s you know this ain’t a game. This is real life. I call it for “For Nips”, obviously for Nipsey Hussle, but also, I get busy so I can go to the corner store and get me some nips. Know what I’m talking ‘bout.
So I’m starting to mix cover songs into my live performance. One song I especially like is “Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay”. I made this instrumental, so I can perform it in my own way. I’m still working out some parts, but I think the foundation is there.
I’ve always wanted to create an anthem for Pop and his “Get Fresh” brand. Why? ‘Cause Juan “Popeye” Andino III has built something special during the last 20 years. He’ll tell you he’s only a barber, but the dude does so much more. From cuts to clothing, fitness to fashion, Pop is a hustler and over the years he’s even taken the time to promote what I do as a music artist. He’s let me hold clothes for video shoots, put my music up at his shop, promoted shows I’ve done, so making an anthem for his brand just seems like a no-brainer. It’s just a rough draft, but I finally have the foundation for the anthem. GET FRESH!!
So, I headed down to the Music Theory School’s Beat Clinic in Norfolk, Virginia, put together by Nottz Raw, Daryl Sloan and their team. Who was in attendance? Bumpy Knuckles, Diamond D, Mr. Porter, Lord Finesse and more. Take a listen and you’ll find out who, as well as my thoughts.
Coach Jared Terrell started wrestling at age 5 and learned early what hard work, focus and discipline was about. Understanding nothing comes easy he took those values with him to pursue music and talks to me about mistakes he’s made, people he admires and supporting his team at all cost.
So while booking some upcoming shows. I ran into this lovely couple, Iggy and Kelly. They own a venue called Graffiti Dog out in Galloway, NJ, which is minutes from Atlantic City. Iggy and Kelly seemed to be some very laid back cats, so I asked them if I could do a podcast with them. Here it goes.
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Uncle Ronald is one of my role models. When we were young, the talk was about how he went to College on a basketball scholarship and shooting for the NBA. Over the years though, we saw much more than sports out of Uncle Ronald, from him starting and nurturing is own family to helping folks that have found themselves in the system. I'm sure you will find a jewel or two in this episode.
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For those of you who of you that stuck with me through this podcasting journey, I thank you. I talk about what’s next to come for the New Year and solicit feedback from the listeners. Please leave a voicemail and I’ll play it on the show.
This year had it's ups and downs, like any other year. No matter what happened though, the hustle never stopped and neither did we. I started this podcast on a whim, after downloading the Anchor app and heading to Get Fresh Barber Shop.
Little did I know, I would have so many great conversations with so many great people. For the year end wrap up though, I wanted to highlight the person I had the most conversations with. My barber, friend and fellow hustler, @TheRealGetFresh.
See you all in 2019! Happy New Year!!
These type of episodes you're going to get often. Why? Even when I'm not getting a haircut, I like to pass by the shop and just kick it with Popeye aka Juan Andino, III. Pop is a very charismatic, high energy, in your face type of character. Love him or hate him, it doesn't matter, because he's going to continue doing him. The hustle is definitely real. Check him out at @therealgetfresh on IG. He also owns the @createabeast and @get_fresh_barber_shop brands.
Joey Craps is an excellent bassist and member of the “Life Metal” band, Ashes of Your Enemy. In part 2 of the Music Lover’s series, I talk with Joey at Modern Times Tattoo Shop in Spotswood, New Jersey. He’s a hustler for real, as you’ll find. We talked about everything from him landing record deals to Joey juggling multiple jobs and Family. All the while, Music is the motivator!
15 years ago I met Shottie over the Internet. We went from being fans of each other’s music, to creating music videos together and becoming good friends. Now Shottie’s rocking his own business 24/7! Shotwellproductions.net
Put a couple of music lovers in a room and they’ll talk for hours, days, maybe even weeks. My friend Ron D. is an excellent drummer and fellow music lover, so shooting the sh*t with him is always a good time. He knows his music and plays practically every week so younger struggling musicians may be able to pick up a few tips. This is part 1 of 2 for the music lovers series.
If you want to meet someone full of inspiration and life, you want to speak to Big Shot of the legendary rap group DMP and The Proz. We touched on many topics from taking care of his niece, the craft of songwriting and being inspired by others