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DJ Neil Armstrong on Touring with Jay Z and Paying Dues



DJ Neil Armstrong

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Today’s guest on the show is DJ Neil Armstrong. I’ve been listening to Neil’s mixes for well over 10 years now and I can honestly say I was pretty hype when he accepted my invite to appear on the show.

In this episode we have a super in-depth conversation about paying dues, how to sustain longevity in the entertainment business, his dog Poh, universal languages, his various experiences as a tour DJ for Jay Z, Neil’s Dinner & A Mixtape series plus much much more.

Just a heads up, we recorded this in a pretty quiet room. And a bunch of little kids showed up with their moms and all of a sudden it got live. It got loud, but Neil and I never stopped. We were knee deep into the conversation and at that point it didn’t make sense to move.

You can still hear us really clearly but the party in the background does get a bit distracting at times, I apologize in advance.

With that said, please enjoy.

Website –

Instagram –

Dinner & A Mixtape –

Twitter –

Soundcloud –

Here is a Sample from one of my favorite Mixes:

You can buy DJ Neil Armstrong mixes here:

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Newcleus – Jam On It –


Beastie Boys –

NWA – Straight Outta Compton –

Eric B. & Rakim – Follow the Leader –

Vanilla Ice –

Justin Bieber –

Gold Era of Hip-Hop –

98.7 Kiss – Frankie Crocker –

DJ Gold Finger –

Sweet Series –

G-Bo the Pro and Double R –

Grandmaster Vic –

DJ Doo Wop –

Tony Touch –

DJ Controllers –

Technics 1200 Turntables –

Serato –

DJ Daddy Dog –

Cooper Union –

Lil Uzi Vert –

Lil Yachty –

Jay Z –

Kanye –

J. Cole –

Vashtie Kola –

The Rock WWE –

DJ Drama Arrested –

Torrents –

Buying Patterns –

Mick –

Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie, Summer Time Mix Series –

Kid Capri –

DJ Kay Slay –

DJ Clue –

DJ Drama –

DJ Vlad –

DJ Red Alert –

DJ Camilo –

Justo Mixtape Awards –

Turntablisit –

The Cranberries –

Coldplay –

Donald Glover –

The Smiths –

Batman in the 60s –

New Wave –

Master Ace –

Trends of Culture – Off and On –

Morrissey –

Bon Jovi –

Guns N Rose –

Nirvana –

Boot Camp Click –

DJ Premier –

Bowery Ball Room –

Poh the Dog –

Seal Hunting –

Dinner and Mixtape –

DJ Poon –

Tanya Morgan –

Funk Flex –

A-Trak –

Fools Gold –

Hypebeast –

Highsnobiety –

Sky Gellatly –

Iconoclast Art + Artist Management –

Dj Mr Sinister –

DJ Dummy –

Tiesto –

Jeff Staple –

Harold Hunter –

Dao-Yi –

Bobbito Garcia –

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



Blahzay Blahzay


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


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



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


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



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.


Show Notes

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