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Boo Mitchell talks Memphis Serendipity, Uptown Funk and Royal Studios

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Boo Mitchell

 

Last week I spent about a week in Memphis, Tennessee capturing Sun Studios, Graceland, Stax and of course the legendary Beale Street.

On the last day of the assignment, we wrapped shooting at around 1am and I had the opportunity kick with it Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell in a parking outside of a spot called Beauty Shop.

It’s crazy because about an hour before meeting Boo, I was talking to my friend Jay about the podcast and he immediately started talking about how I should get Boo on show. He said he’d set it up and in my mind, I thought this would take month to make happen. Meaning I’d catch Boo when I was back in the city because I had to fly out in on the morning.

Shortly after that conversation, guess who walks through the door? Yup you guessed it, Boo.

I told the story to Boo and he said, “We call that Memphis serendipity”.

In this episode we talk about the early days of Royal Studios, wearing the hat of a producer, the false feel, putting love in the cooking, Uptown Funk, and much more.

I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.

Stay Up to Date with Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell

  1. Royal Studios

Links To The Stuff They Talk About

  1. Orange Mound 
  2. Robert Reed Church
  3. Beale Street Historic District
  4. Sharecropping
  5. B.B. King
  6. 1070 WDIA – The Heart & Soul of Memphis
  7. Elvis Presley 
  8. Willie Mitchell 
  9. Al Green
  10. Memphis Soul
  11. The Blues 
  12. Soul
  13. Rhythm and Blues
  14. Stax Records
  15. The Mar-Keys
  16. The Jackson
  17. KC and Sunshine 
  18. The Doobie Brothers
  19. The Temptations
  20. Ike & Tina Turner
  21. John Mayer 
  22. Rod Steward 
  23. Buddy Guy 
  24. ProTools
  25. Ann Peebles
  26. Melissa Etheridge
  27. Paul Rodgers
  28. Mark Ronson
  29. Jeff Bhasker
  30. Lana Del Rey
  31. Trombone Shorty
  32. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  33. Steve Jordan 
  34. Willie Weeks 
  35. Bruno Mars 
  36. Uptown Funk 
  37. Mystikal
  38. Philip Lawrence 
  39. Mehanata (Bulgarian Bar)

 

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

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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

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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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Cold Crush Brothers Live at the 35th Anniversary Wild Style Park Jam

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Wild Style

 

What’s up good people, welcome to the New York Said podcast.

Today you guys are in for a Wild Style treat. I’m going to take you to a Park Jam. I’m talking about a straight up old school hip hop Park Jam.

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Show Notes

Let me paint a quick picture.

Dave Chino put the word out that there was going to be a Wild Style 35th Anniversary Reunion at the Amphitheater in East River Park, the Lower East Side. If you’ve never seen the film Wild Style you should, like ASAP. It’ll give you good idea of what a park jam is and I recorded this very episode where they shot the closing scene of that film.

I didn’t know that this was happening until yesterday but I don’t live too far from that park so I just walked over to see what’s up.

Honestly I was hoping I’d bump into Dave Chino to see if I could get an interview but no dice. It was too crowded for that and the chances of me finding anyone was pointless. So I just posted up a few rows from the stage and just took in the vibe.

I had the audio recorder on me so I just started taping stuff.

What I have here for you today is a performance by the Cold Crush Brothers and DJ set by Grand Wizzard Theodore. If you don’t know who these people are, check the show notes to this episode and you’ll find all the info you need

But lemme give you a clue

The Cold Crush Brother are a hip hop group that was form in about 1978. They are especially known for their memorable routines which included rhymes but their harmonies and melodies. This is really foundational stuff here.

Second, DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore invented scratching. Did you hear what I said? You’re about to hear a live hip set with the DJ that invented scratching. He’s also known for his mastery of needle drops.

I didn’t interview these folks but their performances said enough.

So you’re gonna hear the Cold Crush Brothers and right after that Grand Wizzard Theodore does an incredible DJ set.

Shout out to all the folks that were selling nut crackers and ice cold waters and shout out to SummerStage, Charlie Ahearn, Jane Dickson, Patti Astor, Crazy Legs, Martha Cooper, Fab 5 Freddy, Funkmaster Flex and Phade of the Mighty Shirt Kings they were all in the park heavy last night.

Alright ya’ll I’m outta here, enjoy.

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