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2017 Year End Review with Juan Sanchez



Juan and Amon


Twenty-Seventeen is clearly a wrap, good people, so I met up with Juan Sanchez to do a Year-End Review. Recorded on the steps that head toward Tudor City. Juan and I talk about the the loss of Combat Jack also known as Reggie Joseph Ossé, what we’ve learned over the past year, favorite New York Said episodes, we geek out over cigars, talk new podcasts, docs and music.

I really enjoyed this talk. I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment on the Apple Podcast app and don’t forget to rate the show.

Just a heads this episode has some strong language that may not be suitable for children. You been warned, enjoy the show.

Show Notes

  1. 10 Crack Commandments
  2. Combat Jack – Inspiration – Rest In Power & Paradise  
  3. The Metta World Peace Episode
  4. The Nipsey Hussle and Karen Civil Episode 
  5. The DJ D-Nice Episode
  6. The Cormega ‘Mega Philosophy’ Episode
  7. The Return Of Redman & Just Blaze
  8. The Return Of Dallas Penn
  9. The Big Daddy Kane Episode
  10. The Scarface Episode
  11. The LL Cool J Episode
  12. Violence Kills: Live by the gun die by the gun
  13. Circuit City
  14. New York Said Episodes Mentioned
  15. Give the Drummer Some Episode 36
  16. Growing Out of the Hood with Dot Episode 46
  17. Jerkface – Chaos from the Ladder Episode 75
  18. Stephen talks Personal Freedom, Finding Wealth and Putting Foot to Action Episode 49
  19. Delano shares his Deciphered Dreams while Cracking Mad Jokes Episode 71
  20. Alex Bershaw talks Tibet, New Gold, Adoption and Shooting with your Heart Episode 67
  21. Cousin Mikey is Done with the Dumb Shit Episode 64
  22. TAKI 183 talks the History of Graffiti Culture, Classic Cars and the Future of Street Art Episode 40
  23. Jamel Shabazz shares his Journey to Documentary Photography Episode 22
  24. New York Said Shuffle
  25. Sacred Money Don’t Make Money
  26. Shining everyday
  27. Why we love Hip Hop- documenting our stories
  28. Drink Champs Podcast
  29. Tudor City NY
  30. Cigars Mentioned
  31. Highclere Castle Cigar
  32. The Tabernacle Cigar
  33. OpusX Angel Share Cigar
  34. CASA Cuba Divine Inspiration Cigar
  35. Arturo Fuente Hemingway Cigar
  36. Carlos Carlito Fuente Jr.
  37. Death of a Legend: Carlos Fuente Sr.
  38. Death of a Master: José Orlando Padrón
  39. Oliva Cigar Patriarch Gilberto Oliva Sr., 86, Dies
  40. The Marathon Clothing – Nipsey Hussle’s Store
  41. Juan Sanchez is a Tobacconist with the famed New York Nat Sherman
  42. Guest Contributors
  43. Scope Art Show – New York– March 9 thru March 11, 2018
  44. Preserving the Integrity
  45. Style Wars– Graffiti Documentary from 1983- (FULL Movie) 
  46. Yonkers, NY
  47. The Impossible Challenge- Listen to any episode and not find a gem in the New York Said Podcast. We dare you:
  48. Voilà Track – N.E.R.D., Gucci Mane & Wale
  49. It is all about the long game
  50. Accountability
  51. Podcasts Mentioned
  52. Mike Tyson: Bite the Mic with Peter Rosenberg
  53. How I Built This with Guy Raz
  54. Ear Hustle 
  55. Radiolab
  56. Complex
  57. A Waste of Time
  58. The Defiant Ones – HBO Series
  59. Jay-Z and Dean Baquet, in Conversation
  60. 4:44 Album
  61. April Walker – Walker Wear Designer
  62. Karl Kani Designer
  63. MoMa Museum
  64. Naughty by Nature
  65. N.E.R.D. Album review
  66. Pressure Album by Jeezy
  68. Okay Player

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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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In Conversation 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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