New York Said

Teacher, sales associate, officer, tobacconist, rebel, MTA worker, artist, drifter - who? These are the people in your neighborhood. Hosted by Amon Focus, the New York Said podcast features in-depth artful conversations with people you don't often hear from, to hear things that aren't often shared (said), spotlighting life in New York. This is what New York Said. New episodes available on Tuesdays.
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Mar 11, 2019

Amon Focus kicked it with Power Malu at Overthrow Boxing gym in the Lower East Side to talk about the club scene in the 90s, various hustles, the Lyricist Lounge Show, getting into running, Bridge Runners, sports injuries, living a healthy lifestyle, his early days with Al Sharpton and activism.

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Mar 5, 2019

Carlo McCormick is an American culture critic and curator living in New York City. He is the author of numerous books, monographs and catalogues on contemporary art and artists.

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Feb 26, 2019

Carlo McCormick met up with Amon Focus in a kitchen deep in the Lower East Side to talk about art, culture and history. In this episode they talk about youth culture, owning your history, privatization of public spaces, huge cultural shifts, Emory Douglas, Jamie Reed and the broken window theory.

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Feb 12, 2019

A few days ago I had an incredible conversation with the "First Lady of Graffiti" Lady Pink. In this episode we talk about her early days of painting trains with elite graffiti writers, proving herself, playing the construction game and mentoring young artists.

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Jan 25, 2019

Met up with Leo in midtown to talk about growing up in Washington Heights, being a wild curious kid, the cultural microscope, demystifying the facade of the art world, being a Social Scientist and empowering the disenfranchised.

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Jan 10, 2019

Crash talks comics, Style Wars, painting trains, Keith Haring, types of spray paint, caps and our responsibly to tell the history of graffiti correctly.

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Dec 30, 2018

Damn this year went by quick. Juan and I are back with this year's 2018 Year End Wrap Up. We met back up in Tudor City to reminisce about past episodes, the launch of Sunday Cigar and what we've learned along the way. Happy New Year Good People!

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Dec 11, 2018

Kenny Vera talks running a small business, launching his LOOT Lifestyle brand, learning new languages and overcoming mistakes.

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Nov 27, 2018

Today’s episode is a continuation with our guest is James K. Alicea aka BlusterOne. This is the 2nd part of a two part episode. In this episode, Bluster and I talk about PNB Nation, dogma, street wear, quality of life and keeping your word.

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Nov 9, 2018

Today’s guest is James K. Alicea aka BlusterOne and this is going to be a two part episode. In this episode, Bluster and I talk about growing up in the Lower East Side, his early graffiti days, Rakim lyrics, religion, spirituality, the Five Percent Nation and his introduction to Islam.

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Oct 30, 2018

What’s up good people welcome to the New York Said podcast, I’m your host Amon Focus.

This week I headed to Metropolitan High School out in the Bronx to talk to some of the kids in the Beacon Youth Program. I was asked to talk about Podcasting. I kept it simple, I showed them the audio equipment but I said the best way to learn about podcasting is to record one… So we did.

If you’re a long time listener to the show then you’re familiar with the card game I created called New York Said Shuffle, if not then it’s simple. New York Said Shuffle is a game where I have the guest shuffle a deck of question cards that I created and then they answered them.

In this episode I played a lightning round with the students. I asked each person in the group one question each and then they flipped the tables then interviewed.

This is a light fun episode which I really enjoy. Shout to Leo of SOA Life for making this episode possible.

I’m out of here, enjoy!

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Oct 16, 2018

We're back in Brooklyn, DUMBO to be exact and this time we are kicking it with Vikki Tobak. Vikki is a journalist, producer and the author of Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop. In this episode we talk about growing up in Detroit, her photography moment, working with Gang Starr, working at Paper Magazine, interviewing Diddy when he was on the come up and her journey to Contact High.

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Oct 9, 2018

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-hip, eating right, dream hunters, the G.O.B. project with Al Skratch and going inward.


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Oct 2, 2018

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.

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Sep 24, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Clayton Patterson. Clayton is a documentarian, an artist, a historian and staple of the Lower East Side. In this episode we talk about how to survive as an artist, the Clayton Cap, the 80s, the forgotten ones, citizen surveillance, documenting history and the Tompkins Square Park police riots.

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Sep 10, 2018

Today’s episode is very, very special to me. Today’s guest on the show is Phade of the Mighty Shirt Kings.

If you’ve a been a long time listener, then you’ve heard me speak about Phade and the Shirt Kings about a dozen or so times in previous episodes.

Before I even knew I was a creative or before I was into art like that, I was into the the work of Phade.

If you’re not familiar with Phade or the Shirt Kings, you are, you just don’t know you are. Whenever you see any airbrushed Disney or popular cartoon character drenched in hip hop culture on a shirt, you’re seeing the influence of Phade and the Mighty Mighty Shirt Kings.

If you’ve ever seen LL Cool J, Biz Markie, Bell Biv Devoe, Pusha T or anyone from the ASAP Mob rocking airbrushed anything, I’m certain it was done by Phade or one of the many members of the Shirt Kings crew.

Phade and I recorded this in Harlem, right there in Marcus Garvey park. There will be birds chirping, cars honking and probably some sirens but that’s New York Said.

I’m out of here, enjoy!

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Aug 28, 2018

I hope you've eaten because this is with Jackie Gordon Singing Chef. 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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Aug 16, 2018

Today’s guest on the show is Tiger Hood also known as Patrick Barr.

This episode happened because my train decided to take a detour and out of my utter frustration I decided to get out and just walk home. If you’ve ever ridden the Subway in New York on the weekend then you full understand my frustration.

On this summer hike to the Lower East Side I ran into my friend Tiger Hood. Now I’ve known Tiger for some years now. If you don’t know Tiger Hood, he is famous for his photography and the type of golf he likes to play. His game is street golf. Tiger upcycles used milk containers by wrapping them with tape and hitting them with a golf club toward a box in the distance. Sometimes he puts the box up the block and sometimes it’s across the street, it all just depends what he deems the safest placement for that street. Some People even collect his taped up milk containers.

The first time I saw his photography it stopped me in my tracks. He had taken a photo in Key West of a Rooster eating out of a KFC box and I thought it was funny.

For years I’d been wanting interview Tiger and stars stars finally aligned.



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  1. Follow Tiger Hood on Instagram
  2. SoHo
  3. Minetta Lane
  4. Plinko
  5. Key West
  6. Cadet Corps
  7. Photo Journalist
  8. 50 Years in New York
  9. It’s the contact that matters
  10. Social butterfly
  11. Having fun but taking it Serious
  12. ABC – Always Be Careful
  13. Eldridge Cleaver
  14. New York Nico
  15. Christopher Marks
  16. The Love of the English Language
  17. Poetry
  18. Graffiti Writer: Cliff
  19. Level Up
  20. Apple rolled down the hill
  21. Mental blinders, people don’t look
  22. Real bad boys move in silence
  23. Don’t hate showoffs
  24. Ugly people bring the beauty to the world
  25. Dress smart
  26. Paul Mccartney
  27. Blue Note
  28. Street Photography
  29. Take your picture first then ask
  30. Put your tailgate up
  31. Are you a comedian
  32. Shanna Christmas
  33. Called racist
  34. Comedy Cellar
  35. Shop by circular
  36. Top Golf Driving Range
  37. Played Volleyball
  38. Fuck golf
  39. Dance in the club
  40. A pretty good judge of character
  41. Always on the Honey Hunt
  42. Nappy Gilmore
  43. Most important lesson? I haven’t learned it yet.
  44. People never appreciate feeling normal until we are sick or injured
  45. Bastardized the sport of golf
  46. Amy Schumer
  47. Quala the Weirdo
  48. Golf Obsession
  49. Golf Digest
  50. ESPN 30 for 30
  51. Bringing the Life out of the City

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This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.


Aug 10, 2018

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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Aug 3, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Greg Graham also known as Comfort Crusade. In this episode we talk about traveling the world, thinking about dying, taking chances, making God laugh, the art of cultivating relationships, staying curious, performing social alchemy and the Comfort Crusade sound.

Definitely keep listening when the interview is over to listened to Day & Night (Comfort Crusade 312 Remix).

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Jul 28, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Jeremiah Moss, author of Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul. We met up in Tompkins Square park to talk about the suburbanization of New York, the importance of policy, monoculture, Jane Jacobs, eminent domain, the impact of the High Line, Coney Island, neoliberalism, poor doors, colonial myopia and hyper-gentrification. I think it is safe to say that you should listen to this episode, twice. Enjoy.

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Jul 17, 2018

Today’s episode is not an interview. Today’s is a preview. It’s preview to a series that I’m working on called Sounds of the City. I literally walk around the city with a documentary microphone capturing the pulse, the heartbeat, the music, the voices, the sounds and sirens of a particular area in New York.

Today we'll be listening to the Staten Island Ferry. I’ve been taking the ferry as far back as I can remember. I can remember as a kid, I always wanted to order something from the snack bar on the boat. My mom was always like “Nah, save your money...” I’m 40 years old and I still haven’t done it! I promise you next time of I’m on the ferry I’m getting a soft pretzel or a beer or both.

It’s one thing to commute on the ferry and it’s a whole other type of experience if you just stop and listen. I walked all around the boat with the microphone for an enhanced experience.

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Jul 10, 2018

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 not 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. // Show Notes:

Jul 3, 2018

Today we go into the mind of The Suck Lord. In this episode we talk about bootlegging toys, our love for Oregon, old/new school hip-hop, how he got the title "The Suck Lord", turning up once a month, the best horror films, secular humanism, NY blackouts and speculative science fiction. // Show Notes:

Jun 20, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Light Artist Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn. In this episode we talk about growing up with artists in the family, design school, pop culture, early hip-hop, street wear, cities being the coral reefs of the human population, personal mythologies, being black adjacent, including yourself, political exclusion, gentrification and God walking out of the room. Show Notes:

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