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‘Rock Rubber 45s’ Q&A with Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love



Bobbito Garcia


Today’s guest on the show is Bobbito Garcia.

What’s up good people this episode is that kicks off to Third Season of the New York Said podcast. We drop a new episode every Tuesday… Lawd so that means this is episode 105. Time is flying and we sincerely appreciate your support on this journey.

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The other day I headed to the Metrograph Theater in the Lower East Side to catch the premiere of Rock Rubber 45s, an autobiographical documentary by Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love. I’m not a film critic but I will say this, I friggin’ love it. I laughed a lot, had a ton of nostalgic moments plus I learn a ton of stuff about Bob that I did now know.

After the film, Bob and I kicked it for a few but he was gracious to give us access to record the Q&A after the movie.

It’s a documentary so I personally don’t think there are any spoilers or spoiler alerts because it’s info that supports the film. To be honest, it a great Q&A but nothing is going to beat actually seeing the film and listening to the music. Theres is a lot of excellent music in the film, that’s no surprise. It’s Bobbito!

Anyway, I’m outta here… enjoy!

Show Notes

  1. Bobbito Garcia
  2. Rock Rubber 45s Documentary
  3. Rock Rubber 45s Playing at Maysles Cinema  Friday, July 6, 2018 7:30 PM  thru Thursday, July 12, 2018 10:30 PM
  4. Nike Zoom Fly Mercurial Flyknit
  5. Metrograph
  6. Rep Reborn, Downtown: The Story Behind NYC’s Metrograph Theater by Vadim Rizov
  7. Jake Perlin, Artistic and Programming Director of Metrograph and noted cinephile
  8. From the Archives: First Person Singular, Autobiography in Film-June 30, 2016 | By David Schwartz
  9. Autobiographical Film
  10. Review: ‘Rock Rubber 45s’ Looks in the Mirror to Tell a Life Story By Glenn Kenny
  11. NYT Critic’s Pick
  12. Kickstarter for Rock Rubber 45s
  13. 7th Boro
  14. Doin’ It In The Park Film
  15. Kevin Couliau, Director & Photographer
  16. Stretch and Bobbito Film
  17. Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives – Trailer YouTube
  18. National Public Radio – NPR
  19. What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito Podcast 2nd season starts on August 15th
  20. Stevie Wonder Episode Mentioned– August 30, 2017
  21. Uncle Drew (2018 Movie) Official Trailer
  22. Charles Stone III, Director
  23. The Roots
  24. Jill ScottAmerican singer-songwriter
  25. Rucker Park
  26. Archival Consultant (an article)
  27. Terabyte
  28. Blessings of the Universe
  29. Netflix
  30. Not getting paid up front.
  31. Cey Adams
  32. Cey Adams- Artist (happens to have been a guest of the New York Said Podcast)…here’s the episode
  33. Janette BeckmanBritish photographer
  34. Charlie Ahearn Director
  35. Charlie Ahearn Biography
  36. Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer trailer
  37. Wild Style Movie
  38. Adobe Premier Pro
  39. Video Post Production Collaboration Software
  40. Max (software)
  41. LaCie: Premium External Hard Drives
  42. Where’d You Get Those? New York City’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987 Hardcover – September, 2003 (Bobbito’s Book)
  43. Emir Lewis Editor & producer (vimeo channel)
  44. Sneaker Kingpin Fat Joe & Bobbito Garcia On “Its The shoes”
  45. ’72 Hours’: Brooklyn Teen Caesar Winslow Has a Weekend to Settle His Affairs (Exclusive Video)
  46. Meet the Director: Raafi Rivero
  47. Raafi Rivero Director & Filmmaker
  48. Mariah Rehmet Editor
  49. Saboteur Media
  50. DJ Stretch Armstrong on the 5 ’90s NYC Clubs That Shaped Him By Jake Boyer
  51. DJ Rich Medina
  52. Earl Manigault American basketball player
  53. Ray Garcia
  54. Bill Garcia
  55. The University of Vermont
  56. Harvard University
  57. Francis Eugene Harper aka Hill Harper
  58. Stevie Crashes The Wonder-Full Party & Makes Music With DJ Spinna
  59. Wonder-Full part 1 – Stevie Wonder Party by Spinna & Bobbito
  60. Pharoahe Monch – “Still Standing” feat. Jill Scott Music Video
  61. ROCK RUBBER 45s title track produced by Bobbito García features guest appearances by 10-time Grammy Award winner Eddie Palmieri and 3-time Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper, as well as Latin Grammy Award winning violinist Mireya Ramos of the group Flor de Toloache and hip hop legend DJ Rob Swift on scratches.
  62. Earthtones
  63. Rich Medina And Bobbito ‎– The Connection Volume One (Modern Explorations In Afro-Beat And Afro Latin) 2009
  64. r2 Records
  65. Rich Medina & Bobbito, CONNECTED (album preview mix) on Soundcloud
  66. The Maysles Documentary Center
  67. Summer Stage (FREE EVENTS ALL SUMMER)
  68. DJ Cucumber Slice
  69. Claw Money New York-based graffiti writer turned fashion designer
  70. Coney Island High
  71. Pick Up Basketball
  72. Ray Diaz, the founder and director of the Nike Pro City League
  73. VIBE
  74. Be Polite Dancer
  75. Non Profits that you may donate to:
  76. Soles4Souls
  77. Healing Soles, Inc.
  78. Samaritan’s Feet
  79. Hoops for Hope
  80. Hoops Africa
  81. SEEDS
  82. The soundtrack of our lives
  83. I am going to go play ball but I sucked
  84. Not afraid to fail
  85. New Life
  86. Footwork
  87. Nuyorican Poets Cafe
  88. Bobbito Garcia’s Footwork Sneaker Store LES NYC
  89. 3rd Bass
  90. Def Jam
  91. MF Doom
  92. KMD Hip hop trio
  93. Pete Nice
  94. Hard 2 Obtain Long Island hip hop group
  95. Black Bastards Album
  96. Kurious
  97. Operation: Doomsday

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Reflecting and Unpacking Memories with Helixx C. Armageddon



Helixx C. Armageddon
Photography by Bob Krasner



Helixx C. Armageddon is a Performance Artist, Lyricist, Experimental Music Producer, Mother, NYC resident, 1/5 of the Anomolies and a Philosopher.

Visit: The House of Helixx

Special thanks to Gene Frankel Theatre: Intimate, storied rental space for performances & rehearsals, established in 1949.

Show Notes

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On the Phone with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Art Critic Jerry Saltz



Portrait of Jerry Saltz by Celeste Sloman.
Portrait of Jerry Saltz by Celeste Sloman



The long awaited book “How To Be An Artist” by Jerry Saltz is here. Based off of his early Vulture essay by the same name, he wrote the work as a note to his younger self.

In this week’s episode Jerry Saltz, Senior Art Critic for New York Magazine talks with Amon Focus about being radically vulnerable, the importance of deadlines, the Pulitzer Prize and how to look at art. There are a few surprises in this interview but we don’t want to give it all away in the intro.

Just a heads up, during this conversation you may hear a little bit of phone static from time to time, it’s only for a few seconds, it’s nothing crazy, I just wanted to give you a heads up so you’re not wondering what the heck is that sound.

Listen & Enjoy!


Keep up to Date with Jerry Saltz

@JerrySaltz – Twitter

@JerrySaltz – Instagram

How to Be An Artist by Jerry Saltz

Want to Buy “How to Be An Artist” by Jerry Saltz?


New York 's art critic Jerry Saltz and his forthcoming book, How To Be An Artist (Riverhead Books, 2020).

New York ‘s art critic Jerry Saltz and his forthcoming book, How To Be An Artist (Riverhead Books, 2020).


“How to be an Artist” is a note to my younger self.


Show Notes


Importance of Deadlines

  1. I know they are bad
  2. Make a deadline
  3. Never break a deadline


Biggest Lessons thus Far:

  1. Be nice
  2. Energy-Bring it!
  3. Make an enemy of envy
  4. Don’t let rejection define you
  5. You have to listen to get the final lesson…(We can’t tell you everything)


New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz as Salvador Dalí, based on a photograph by Philippe Halsman. Photo-Illustration: Joe Darrow for New York Magazine.

New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz as Salvador Dalí, based on a photograph by Philippe Halsman. Photo-Illustration: Joe Darrow for New York Magazine.


Jerry Saltz Quotables


“…fear is the admission price to the house of creativity, to the house of art.”

“I have no choice but to get on with it.”

“Things only happen when you work.”

“Roberta is the greatest art critic alive.”

“I throw out about 99% of what I do”

“I’ve got to get back to the art world, I’m in agony.”

“I had to go through hell in the trucks to come out somehow perfect, pure, and ready for the stars.”

“I want people to know the me I think I am”

“We are mildly insane.”

“Art – the greatest abstract operating system(s) ever devised by our species.”

“Not all communication is accessible to all people”

“All art is subjective”

“No right way, no wrong way to look at art.”

“Don’t be intimidated by art”

“Deadlines come from Hell via Heaven.”

“You can learn enough from bad art as good.”

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Celebrating the Legacy of Ralph McDaniels and Video Music Box



Uncle VJ Ralph McDaniels

In this episode we Celebrate the Legacy of Ralph McDaniels and Video Music Box. With over 35 years in the industry, Ralph sits down and shares his story with us.

Show Notes

  1. South Jamaica, Queens
  2. A South Side Kid
  3. Queens Jazz Musicians 
  4. Crack Era
  5. Chemical Warfare 
  6. War on Drugs
  7. Stop and Frisk
  8. Queens Central Library 
  9. A Cipher in Queens
  10. Sherwin Banfield
  11. Club Encore Mix
  12. Eddie Murphy 
  13. Disco Records
  14. Soul Music 
  15. Blue Ice Night Club
  16. Video Music Box
  17. Baisley Park
  18. 1990 Redman and Biz Markie Springfield Freestyle 
  19. Stretch and Bobbito
  20. Grandmast Vic
  21. Doggtime
  22. DJ Dirty Harry
  23. Lionel ‘Vid Kid’ Martin
  24. Mister Cheeks
  25. Mobb Deep
  26. WuTang – Ice cream 
  27. Shirt King Phade
  28. Jay Z
  29. Kool Red Alert 
  30. Dapper Dan
  31. LL Cool J
  32. Colosseum Mall
  33. FUBU
  34. Daymond John
  35. Karl Kani
  36. Cross Colours
  37. April Walker
  38. Diddy
  39. Hype Williams 
  40. Irv Gotti 
  41. Queens Village
  42. Mic Geronimo – Shit’s Real (It’s Real)
  43. Cash Money Click 
  44. Ja Rule 
  45. Self Destruction 
  46. KRS One Stop the Violence   
  47. Nassau Coliseum
  48. Nelson George
  49. D-Nice
  50. Overcoming Self Destruction – Docuementary
  51. MC Lyte
  52. Big Daddy Kane 
  53. Daddy-O
  54. Drake
  55. Chance the Rapper
  56. Uncle Murder
  57. Just-Ice 
  58. Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M.
  59. Heavy D
  60. Salt-N-Pepa – Get Up Everybody
  61. Lil Wayne 
  62. “Don’t Get in the Way of you Getting the Interview”
  63. Ice-T
  64. Flip Da Script 
  65. Superstar Jay
  66. Funkmaster Flex
  67. Sway in the Morning
  68. Ebro Hot97
  69. DJ Clark Kent
  70. Chris Brown
  71. Cardi B
  72. ICP
  73. Vikki Tobak 
  74. Contact High
  75. Danny Hastings 
  76. It Ain’t Hard to Tell
  77. Nas EPK



  1. Q-Tip
  2. Belly
  3. Biggie
  4. Tribe Called Quest
  5. Leather Medallion 90s 
  6. Paid in Full
  7. Willie Burger
  8. Cappadonna 
  9. RZA
  10. Adobe After Effects
  11. Chyron 
  12. Grassvalley Wipe
  13. Tats Cru 106 and Park Ave
  14. Socrates Park 
  15. Fred “Bugsy” Buggs
  16. Imhotep Gary Byrd
  17. Hank Spann
  18. Disco fever
  19. Russel Simmons
  20. Davy DMX – One For The Treble (Originals B-Boy Dedication Video)
  21. Fat Boys
  22. Krush Groove
  23. Sheila E.
  24. Naughty by Nature 
  25. Juice (Film)
  26. Beat Street
  27. Breakin’ (Film) 
  28. 2Pac
  29. Ernest R. Dickerson
  30. Spike Lee
  31. Queen Latifah
  32. The Bomb Squad (Producers)
  33. Something for the Radio – Biz Markie
  34. Motown Philly
  35. Who Got the Props – Black Moon
  36. Tha Alkaholiks – Only When I’m Drunk 
  37. Loud Records 
  38. Gin and Juice 
  39. Yo MTV Raps
  40. Luke Ft. 2 Live Crew – I Wanna Rock
  41. New York Hot Track (Video Show)
  42. Who Is Gil Scott-Heron?
  43. Winter in America 
  44. S.O.B.’s
  45. Blue Note
  46. Crazy Sam

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