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The Keys and Reeds of Grammy award-winning artist Casey Benjamin

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Casey Benjamin

 

Live from the West Village today’s guest on the show is Casey Benjamin aka DJ Stutzmcgee. Casey is a 2X Grammy award winner, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, DJ, Yamaha artist and muscle car enthusiast. In this episode we have an in-depth conversation about his beginnings as a saxophonist, the vocoder, DJing, racism, Prince experiences, style, racing cars and the Robert Glasper Experiment.

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Show Notes

  1. DJ Clue?
  2. DJ Envy
  3. DJ Doggtime
  4. DJ Dirty Harry
  5. Grandmaster Vic
  6. Blue After Dark
  7. B-Sides
  8. Grover Washington, Jr.
  9. Bob James
  10. Bob James-Nautilus
  11. Bob James-West Chester Lady
  12. Dexter Wansel
  13. Ronnie Laws
  14. Michael Franks
  15. WNBC Channel 4 Sue Simmons
  16. Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  17. Winelight
  18. Winelight (Audio YouTube)
  19. Fort Totten Army Base
  20. Tom Browne-Funkin‘ for Jamaica (N.Y.)
  21. Funkin‘ for Jamaica (N.Y.)- (Audio YouTube)    
  22. Jamaica Colosseum Mall
  23. Shirt Kings Phade
  24. The Shirt Kings
  25. Travel Fox
  26. Diadora
  27. Etonic Sneakers
  28. Al B. Sure!
  29. Touring is not easy and it is not always fun.
  30. Lobby Call
  31. “3 or 3,000 I still talk to the audience after the show.” – Casey Benjamin
  32. Cat Call
  33. Paisley Park Studios
  34. Paisley Park Images via Google Search
  35. Prince– Artist profile Rolling Stone
  36. Prince-Biography Profile
  37. Prince Before the purple rain: Prince in 1970s Minneapolis-In Pictures by the Guardian
  38. Nik West
  39. The Purple One
  40. The Robert Glasper Experiment
  41. The Hollywood Bowl- Herbie Hancock & The Robert Glasper Experiment
  42. Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
  43. The Bike from Purple Rain
  44. Poland Spring Water
  45. New Power Generation
  46. NPG Video
  47. Musicology Album Prince
  48. 3rdEyeGirl
  49. Get On Up Movie Trailer
  50. Q-Tip
  51. The Cool Kids
  52. Weldon Irvine Jr.
  53. A Tribe Called Quest
  54. Vocoder
  55. Talk Box
  56. Stevie Wonder- “Close To You” 1972 LIVE Talk Box (Reelin‘ In The Years Archive)
  57. Stevie Wonder – All I Do Is Think About You (New York Said Staff added this one because we love this song.)
  58. Roger Frampton Video
  59. Maxwell Women’s Work Video
  60. Roger Troutman California Love
  61. Herbie Hancock Sunlight Album
  62. Auto-Tune
  63. Chromeo
  64. Chromeo– Juice Video
  65. Mr. Talkbox
  66. Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers – SHINE
  67. Daft Punk
  68. Daft Punk –Get Lucky
  69. Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel
  70. Sennheiser Vocoder VSM201: “Audio-Demo Recording”
  71. Korg MS2000
  72. New York Said Episode 8- Alexandra Estevez – Eats, Drinks, Tats and The Real New York
  73. Sez Who Sez Me from First Sessons by HEAVy
  74. Truth by Kamasi Washington
  75. Avant Yard
  76. Saul Williams
  77. Survival Soundz Band
  78. Malcolm Jamal Warner
  79. 79 Camaro Z28
  80. 1979 Pontiac Trans Am
  81. The Fast and the Furious
  82. 1970 Dodge Charger
  83. Nitrous oxide engine
  84. “Style is like cuisine.” – Casey Benjamin
  85. United80
  86. Brixton, London
  87. Would love to learn how to fix cars
  88. New York Said Episode 7- Daniel Rush Patton – FDNY, EMS, EMT, The Goonies and Car Accidents
  89. Optimism, courage, and leaps of faith.
  90. PS 140 Edward K Ellington School
  91. John Coltrane
  92. Bernard Wright
  93. Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller
  94. Lenny White
  95. Don Blackman
  96. Denzil Miller
  97. Did you know James Brown lived in Queens, NY?
  98. James Brown’s House in Queens
  99. Mos Def
  100. Johannesburg
  101. Cape Town
  102. The New School (University)
  103. Neo Soul
  104. Derrick Hodge
  105. Keyon Harrold
  106. Common
  107. Blue Note
  108. “Signature is everything, recognize your individuality.”-Casey Benjamin
  109. Consistency
  110. Joy in Repetition Prince & NPG Bonus for Reading all the notes!!!
  111. Failing makes you stronger.
  112. Classic will always be relevant. Class wins.
  113. Queens all day!!!

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Social Programming, Paradigms and the Art of Unlearning with Blahzay Blahzay

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Put out the word Blahzay has emerged to give New York Said an hour of his time. We appreciate that. In this episode we talk about his early days in hip-hop, eating right, dream hunters, the G.O.B. project with Al Skratch and going inward.

Keep Up with Blahzay Blahzay on Social

  1. Instagram
  2. Facebook
  3. Website

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Show Notes

  1. Out Loud
  2. Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
  3. East New York, Brooklyn
  4. Chain your car to a tree
  5. Coca-cola Suits
  6. Lee (Jeans)
  7. red and black lumberjack
  8. Notorious BIG – Juicy (Lyrics)
  9. The Sugar Hill Gang
  10. Grand Puba (Emcee)
  11. Masters of Ceremony
  12. Kurtis Blow-The Breaks
  13. Just Ice
  14. Just-Ice Live 1986 (Feature Mantronix)
  15. KRS-One
  16. ULTRA Magnetic MC’s
  17. Big Daddy Kane (Rapper)
  18. Big Daddy Kane – Smooth Operator (Video)
  19. Guru (Rapper)
  20. Gangstarr – Soliloquy Of Chaos – YouTube
  21. Gang Starr
  22. Gang Starr – Manifest – YouTube
  23. What is going wrong in the industry?
  24. DJ Premier
  25. Jeru the Damaja D Original
  26. Lil’ Dap (rapper)
  27. Group Home
  28. A what? Protector, a Screener, a Dojo
  29. “I just wanted to get into the park and pick up the mic” –Blahzay Blahzay
  30. Hard rocks are getting weirder
  31. Pivot
  32. Working with Notorious B.I.G.
  33. Mister Cee
  34. What is the prototype?
  35. Notorious B.I.G-Party and Bullshit. lyrics
  36. Gang Starr – Just To Get A Rep – YouTube
  37. Love’s Gonna Get’cha-KRS-0ne – YouTube
  38. The Notorious B.I.G. – Who Shot Ya? – YouTube
  39. So you borrowed your mother’s van…
  40. DJ 50 Grand
  41. Easy Mo Bee (Hip Hop Producer)
  42. DJ P.F. Cuttin
  43. Blahzay Blahzay – Danger 1995
  44. Masta Ace
  45. Fat Joe
  46. The Juice Crew
  47. Carrying the crates
  48. Staying focused on the dream
  49. People hunt for your dreams
  50. Thaitanium
  51. Thaitanium Website
  52. M.O.P. (short for Mash Out Posse)
  53. Boom bap
  54. Hot Wax
  55. Stickers
  56. Wu-Tang Clan
  57. Independent business needs to study Wu-Tang
  58. When the East is in the house…
  59. Ice Cube
  60. Blackballed
  61. All Skratch New York Said Episode
  62. Mecury (Record Label)
  63. G.O.B. (Get on Board) providing you with the worldview perspective
  64. Sun Rocking Feat G.O.B. (AL SKRATCH & BLAHZAY BLAH)
  65. No conferencing up
  66. Dres (rapper)
  67. Black Sheep
  68. Trying to break the connection
  69. Vegan
  70. Peeling back the onion
  71. Plants are the real source of protein.
  72. They got to sell you meat
  73. True Master
  74. The art of unlearning
  75. “We don’t think you should rap without a passport” Blahzay Blahzay Quote
  76. Video Music Box
  77. Ralph McDaniels
  78. Hip Hop Pioneer Ralph McDaniels To Host “Video Music Box” 35th Anniversary Concert
  79. I walked away from millions
  80. The industry dark side
  81. Social programming
  82. Understanding the Paradigm
  83. Go inward
  84. Power in the word
  85. Energy doesn’t have a name, feel my energy, feel my name.
  86. How do you have a hit record on the label and nobody even knows you.
  87. You had to be the best of the best.
  88. Uncle Murda

 
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Resiliency, The Music Industry and Investing in Oneself with Al Skratch

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Al Skratch

On a pretty hot day in Washington Square Park I met up with Al Skratch to talk about his journey through the music industry, life, loss, family and resiliency. We also talked about Al’s new project called G.O.B. (Get on Board) with Blahzay Blah, his early Ill Al Skratch days, collaborations with Brian McKnight, Michael Jackson, loving your craft, investing in oneself, travel, no expectations and other life lessons.

Keep Up with Al Skratch on Social

  1. Instagram
  2. Facebook
  3. Website

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Show Notes

  1. Ill Al Skratch
  2. Big Ill 
  3. G.O.B. (Get On Board)
  4. Washington Square Park
  5. Letting go of expectations
  6. Haiti
  7. La Gonâve
  8. Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
  9. Harlem
  10. Washington Heights
  11. The Sugarhill Gang (Rappers)
  12. The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight (Video)
  13. Earth, Wind & Fire (Band)
  14. Kool & the Gang (Band)
  15. Whitney Houston (Singer)
  16. Rap is a pattern of rhythm
  17. Native Tongues
  18. Public Enemy
  19. KRS-One
  20. Dres (rapper)
  21. Showbiz and A.G. (Hip Hop Duo)
  22. Diggin’ in the Crates Crew (Hip Hop Collective)
  23. So how many members were there in a group?
  24. The Sixth Man
  25. Ill Al Skratch – Where My Homiez? (Come Around My Way)
  26. Run DMC
  27. Just-Ice (Rapper)
  28. Cold Crush Brothers (Hip Hop Group)
  29. Cold Crush Brothers – The Weekend (Video)
  30. Funky 4 + 1
  31. Funky 4+1 / That’s The Joint (original mix)
  32. D’Agostino Supermarkets
  33. Easy Mo Bee (Producer)
  34. Ill Al Scratch – Chill With That (Easy Mo Bee instrumental)
  35. Kool DJ Red Alert
  36. WBLS (107.5 Radio Station)
  37. The LG Experience (Producer)
  38. When artist actually went to the studio together
  39. Constructive Criticism
  40. The Points (From Panther Soundtrack)
  41. Various Artists- The Points (Panther Soundtrack) (1995 Track)
  42. Leaders of the New School (Rappers)
  43. Leaders Of The New School – Case Of The P.T.A. (Video)
  44. The melodic structure
  45. Michael Jackson ft. Ill Al Skratch; They Dont Care About Us 
  46. Say Less… (New York Said Has a Hat for That Sentiment)- Shout out to Juan.
  47. Ill Al Skratch – I’ll Take Her ft. Brian McKnight (Video)
  48. Don’t Shut Down On A Player . Ill Al Scratch (New Jersey Drive Vol 1) (HD)
  49. Bishop Don Magic Juan
  50. Ill Al Skratch – Don’t Shut Down On A Player (1995) (Video)
  51. Rule Number 1 is self-preservation.
  52. Your mind can take you so many places.
  53. Strong black mothers
  54. Being grounded
  55. Being the best
  56. Throwback New York Said EpisodeDaniel Rush Patton talks Being in a Coma, that EMS Life and Lessons Learned
  57. The best show you ever did?
  58. House of Blues
  59. Prospect Park, Brooklyn 
  60. Junior’s
  61. Advice you would give to someone who wants to be in the music industry? (Serious Artist Only)
  62. Keep writing or producing whatever it is that you do on a daily basis.
  63. Invest in yourself. (i.e. Time)
  64. Align yourself with resources.
  65. Be serious and diligent in practicing your craft.
  66. Copyright and protect your art.
  67. Become your worst critic.
  68. Sun Rocking
  69. Blahzay Blah (Hip Hop Artist)
  70. Sun Rocking Feat G.O.B. (AL SKRATCH & BLAHZAY BLAH)
  71. You put out good energy and it comes back to you.
  72. Have some personal projects that are not around paper.
  73. Funny how the Universe works
  74. The Art & Science of Respect: A Memoir by James Prince
  75. Focus on the family.
  76. Being a man of your word.
  77. Biggest lesson you’ve learned?
  78. You just have to be resilient. You have to be flexible. The tree metaphor.
  79. James Brown
  80. Michael Jackson
  81. Appreciation of family-family first before everything.
  82. The cycle of life, the journey.
  83. “The complexities of New York, that is what I love about it…” Al Skratch Quote
  84. Craig Mack

Our prayers go out to our guest Al Skratch and his family for their losses.

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Food Stories, Music and Good Eats with Singing Chef, Jackie Gordon

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Jackie Gordon

I hope you’ve eaten because today we are talking with Singing Chef, Jackie Gordon . In this episode we talk about fried English muffins, Montgomery’s Cheddar, chicken wings, umami as well as food stories, music and Jackie’s family history.

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