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.
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/blusterone/
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!
Show Notes: Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/chopped-cheese/
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.
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/vikki-tobak/
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.
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/blahzay-blahzay/
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.
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/al-skratch/
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.
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/clayton-patterson/
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!
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/shirt-king-phade/
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.
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/jackie-gordon/
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.
We would love to hear your thoughts on the episode. Leave a comment on the Apple Podcast app and don’t forget to rate the show.
This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.
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.
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/wild-style-reunion-park-jam/
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).
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/comfort-crusade/
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.
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/jeremiah-moss/
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.
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/staten-island-ferry/
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: https://www.newyorksaid.com/bobbito-garcia/
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: https://www.newyorksaid.com/the-suck-lord/
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: https://www.newyorksaid.com/kenzan-tsutakawa-chinn/
Today's guest on the show is Robert Whitman. In this episode Robert shares how he got his start in photography, capturing Prince Pre-Fame, Mikhail Nikolayevich Baryshnikov, Pilobolus, visiting Cuba and his style of shooting. // Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/robert-whitman/
Amon thought it would be a good idea to create a Podcasting Class episode as a give back. This episode covers the basics, obstacles and culture of podcasting.
Interesting in starting a podcast? This episode is for you.
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/podcasting-class
We made it, we made it to "Episode One Hundred" of the New York Said podcast. If you think that is something to sneeze at then my best advice is for you try it. It's not easy but it is very fulfilling.
Today's guest on the show is Shantell Martin. How cool is that? Very. We had the opportunity to stop by Shantell's studio at Mana Contemporary to talk about working with Puma, Kendrick Lamar, Tiffany & Co., living in Japan, making her way to New York, starting over, collaborations, finding the signature in her work, style, perseverance, and being nice.
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/shantell-martin/
Sir Spaz B and I bumped heads in Midtown over a CD offer. I declined, we talked for a few and it only made sense to invite him on the show. He tried to do the show on another day but I declined the offer and applied the pressure. Spaz buckled and graced New York Said with his time, energy, philosophy, wisdom and bunch of great stories. In this episode we talk about hustle, vision, stealing a car, him being a rebel, food vendors, robberies and his music. // Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/spaz/
Fuse Green and I met up at Pratt University out in Brooklyn to talk about his journey as an artist, the difference between an art director and a creative director, album covers, working with Spike Lee, Jay Z, Marc Ecko, identity and street culture.
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/fuse-green/
Linus Coraggio and I met up to talk growing up on the Upper West Side, the Guinness Book of World Records, adventures in the East Village, Club 57, his sculpture work, surviving as an artist, making his own rules and getting ideas from dreams.
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/linus-coraggio/
Aria Nadège and I met in the Greenwich Village to talk about her music, sobriety, energy, crystals, performing, making mistakes again, staying connected to your body, saving lives, intuition, losing friends, a bunch of situations and making sure everybody feels comfortable in a room.
Heads up, at the end of the episode there is a acoustic performance by Aria Nadège Live at Pianos in the Lower East Side.
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/aria-nadege/
In this episode we met up in Tompkins Square Park to talk about better ways to communicate, letting go, intuition, instinct, ego, racism, mental health, fasting, philosophy, spiritual practice, squirrels and peanut butter cookies.
Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/conscious/
Today's guest on the show is Christopher Taylor. In this episode we chop it up about driving a bus for the mta, raising children without patience, what it takes to live in NY, why live in NY, books and giving back.
Show Notes: http://www.newyorksaid.com/christopher-taylor/