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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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.



Show Notes

  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

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.


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:

Jun 12, 2018

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:

Jun 6, 2018

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.

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May 29, 2018

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.

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May 26, 2018

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:

May 23, 2018

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.

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May 15, 2018

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.

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May 1, 2018

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.


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Apr 24, 2018

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.

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Apr 18, 2018

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.

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Apr 10, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Al Diaz. In this episode we talk about SAMO, razor tag, first jobs, the art world, early graffiti culture, internal motivation, Hugh Masakela, old New York and kicking heroin. Show Notes:

Apr 3, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Sundhe Moses also known as Shine. Shine was wrongly convicted of killing a 4 year girl in Brooklyn and did over 18 years in prison for it.

In this episode we talk about changing lives, corruption, good people in prison, a way out, getting familiar with basic law, commanding respect and demanding respect.

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Mar 27, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Sundhe Moses also known as Shine. Shine was wrongly convicted of killing a 4 year girl in Brooklyn and did over 18 years in prison for it.

In this episode we talk about the system, corruption, a time computation sheet, guilt, shame and examining a person’s character over time.

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Mar 21, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Sundhe Moses, but I know him as Shine. Shine was wrongly convicted of killing a 4 year girl in Brooklyn and did over 18 years in prison for it.

Instead of hitting you over the head with a 3 hour episode. I'm going break it down into 3 parts.

In this episode we talk about growing up in Brooklyn, karate flicks, getting locked up, Rikers Island, How to Survive Prison, wrongful conviction and never losing hope.

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Mar 14, 2018

Live from SCOPE Art Show today's guest on the show is Will Kurtz. In this episode we have an in-depth conversation about landscape architecture, making connections, comedy and his sculpture art. Show Notes:

Mar 6, 2018

Live from the West Village today's guest on the show is Casey Benjamin aka DJ Stutzmcgee. Casey is a 2X Grammy award winner, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, DJ, Yamaha artist and muscle car enthusiast. In this episode we have an in-depth conversation about his beginnings as a saxophonist, the vocoder, DJing, racism, Prince experiences, style, racing cars and the Robert Glasper Experiment. Show Notes:

Feb 26, 2018

Live from Bushwick, Brooklyn today's guest on the show is Keisha "TK" Dutes. In this episode we talk about TK in the AM, independent podcasting versus corporate podcasting, gatekeepers, terrestrial radio, taking that leap, freelance life, hustling, mental health, building an audience and legacy. Show Notes:

Feb 21, 2018

Live from Washington Square Park today's guest on the show is Joey Golden. In this episode we talk about his latest EP, NY childhood games, getting into trouble, mixtape culture, fitting a description and entering the music industry.  Show Notes -

Feb 13, 2018

Recorded right in Midtown NYC, today's guest on the show is Rasheed Flake. In this episode we talk about South Jamaica Queens, drumming in the church, the importance of reading music, Reverend Flake, reality checks and how love goes a long way. Show Notes: 

Feb 7, 2018

Today you’ll be listening to drummers in Washington Square Park. I recorded this on a summer night about a year ago. First thing you’ll hear is a dude playing a sax and then from there I walked over to the drummers. Show Notes:

Jan 30, 2018

Recorded right in midtown at a spot called Grind.NoMad, today's guest on the show is Martha Cooper. In this episode we talk about the Peace Corps, traveling across Asia, publishing books, capturing the Yakuza, anthropology, street play, photography, National Geographic, the New York Post and documenting graffiti culture as well as street art. Show Notes:

Jan 23, 2018

Recorded right by the water at Brookfield Place, today's guest on the show is Stephen R. McFadden. In this episode we talk about building trust, catfish with a gold tooth, being out of tune with and traditional eating. Show Notes:

Jan 18, 2018

Recorded right in the heart of Union Square, today's guest on the show is Silent Lee. In this episode we talk about the secret to a good life, misconceptions about depression, Hooliganrad Guitarfive, TrueExclusives, Puerto Rico, faith in your dreams and know that you've got to start somewhere to get anywhere. Show Notes:

Jan 9, 2018

Recorded in from Bushwick, Brooklyn today's guest on the show is Sophia Wallace. In this episode we talk Cliteracy, art shows, the pressures of being a creative, priorities, photography, the importance of saying no, focusing on patience and the anatomy of the clitoris. Show Notes:

Jan 2, 2018

Recorded from the far side of Alphabet City, today's guest on the show is my father Akil Talib Bey. In this episode we talk about traveling to heated lands, lessons from his father, hard decisions, God, death, heaven, love, truth, freedom and justice. Show Notes:

Dec 27, 2017

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. // Show Notes:

Dec 20, 2017

Recorded live from Brooklyn, today's guest on the show is Barney Murray. In this episode we talk about TV theme music, self help books, managing regret, Zelda, Meteoroid, archery and pie. // Show Notes:

Dec 12, 2017

Recorded live from SCOPE Miami Beach today's guest on the show is Laolu NYC. In this episode we talk about Nigeria, his experience as a Human Rights Lawyer, working with Beyonce, Yoruba Culture, Sacred Art of the Ori, collaborations and his TED Talk. // Show Notes: 

Dec 5, 2017

Recorded live from an undisclosed location in New York, today's guest on the show is Jerkface. I would give you an intro to his work and accomplishments but you’re better off just visiting his instagram, search for incarceratedjerkfaces or just jerkface and just scroll through his paintings/murals while you listen.

In this episode Jerkface talks about his excitement for creation, painting, work ethic, cubism, street life, murals, style, incarceration and the School of Visual Arts.

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Nov 28, 2017

Recorded live from Tomkins Square Park, today's guess on the show is Jahan Nostra. Jahan talks poverty, what it means to be thorough, having faith in yourself, musical influences, hope and moral equity.

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Nov 22, 2017

Recorded at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, we chop it up with one of the best Tour Guides in NYC. Today's guest on the show in Gary Dennis. In this episode we talk about the history of the Subway, film, architecture, cathedrals, theaters, old New York and the best places to find a restroom in the city. // Show Notes:

Nov 15, 2017

Recorded in Union Square Park, one day prior to the Subway Therapy project Anniversary, we chop it up with guest Matthew “Levee” Chavez. We talk about creative projects, going viral, secrets, the importance of skipping ‘why’, how to create luck, crying and NYC wildlife. // Show Notes:

Nov 7, 2017

Recorded somewhere in the Lower East Side, today's guest on the show is Delano Isaac. Del is a childhood friend and we reminisced for a spell, or shall I say think back 30+ years ago to keep it on track... just kidding, we cracked mad jokes, talked about bad jobs, deciphered a few dreams and drank a few beers. Basically, we just kicked it. // Show Notes:

Oct 31, 2017

Live from SoHo, today's guest on the show is Baptiste'. In this episode we talk about making a name, cutting up his mom’s Louis Vuitton bag, how to have a successful pop-up shop, style versus fashion, the hustler's mentality and losing iPhones. // Show Notes:

Oct 24, 2017

Live from Bushwick, today's guest on the show is Halopigg also known as Daniel Weintraub. In this episode we talk about street art, living his dream, stickers, underground hip hop as well as being an archiver and collector of things. // Show Notes:

Oct 17, 2017

Live from Central Park, today's guest on the show is Margarita Triantafillos. In this episode we talk about Kalymnos, painting bridges, dental professional, boxing, hunting little birds and opening yourself up. // Show Notes:

Oct 10, 2017

Today's guest on the show is Alex Bershaw. In this episode we talk about Tibet, okra, shooting with your heart, peace of mind and living your purpose. // Show notes:

Oct 4, 2017

We're back in TriBeca but this time to talk with Gary Keane. In this episode we talk about getting bullied, persevering, the army, bad dogs, first fights, making tools, family drama and underwater welding. // Show Notes:

Sep 26, 2017

We're back in DUMBO, Brooklyn but this time to talk with Cousin Mikey. In this episode we talk about bikes, smoke, death, stick-up and vicious dogs. // Click here for the show notes:

Sep 19, 2017

Live from the East Village, today’s guest on the show is Mike Schreiber. In this episode we have an in-depth conversation about New York in the 90s, various scenes, film versus digital, shooting celebrity portraits, the hustle and juicing. // Show Notes:


Sep 12, 2017

An in-depth conversation about burlesque, being a naked lady online, not feeding the trolls, rock music and acclimating to NYC with Sydni Deveraux. // Show Notes:


Sep 5, 2017

Live from Jamestown, New York today’s guest on the show is Jonathan Weston. Jonathan talks life in Western New York, beekeeping, the outdoors, touring Chautauqua County, invasive species, small business, Panama Rocks and more. // Show Notes:


Aug 30, 2017

Live from the Lower East Side today’s guest on the show is Dirty Souf Yankee. Dirty Souf Yankee talks making something out of nothing, tour photography, date rape, tattoos, painting sneakers, couch surfing and more. // Show Notes:


Aug 22, 2017

Live from DUMBO today’s guest on the show is Brandon Wilson. Brandon talks monkey brains, music, muay thai boxing, gaming, eating crazy stuff, the art world, mixtapes, manga and more. // Show Note:


Aug 15, 2017

Live from Tompkins Square Park today’s guest on the show is Timothy Roquemore. Timothy and I talk about building a brand, design, product development, street culture and visual merchandising. We also converse in-depth about his luxury sneaker company, Ralph Lauren and Loro Piana. // Show Notes:


Aug 8, 2017

I had the opportunity to visit Bob at the Esquire offices and we had a serious conversation about humor. I mean we really had a lot of fun just breaking it down into little tiny philosophical and theoretical morsels and then putting it back together again. We also talked about his position at Esquire, augmenting human creativity, two cool cats, the balls to be funny, submitting cartoons, intense logic studies and much much more. // Show Notes:

Aug 1, 2017

Tyler Kristian talks Music, Anxiety, Fitness and More. Show Notes:

Jul 26, 2017

Stephen Gross on Print Making, Climbing, Commercial Photography and More. // Show Notes:

Jul 19, 2017

Live from the Washington Square Park, Amon and Geronimo Kalleen talk GoGo, Hustle, Music, Google, Bourbon, Trans Job Corps and much more.

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The Cliff Notes

DC Metro vs. MTA


Go-Go Music

Backyard Band

Junkyard Band

Wale - Pretty Girls

Slim Charles

Doing the Butt

Kid N Play -Rolling with

Herb E Luv Bug

It’s Your Thang - Salt N Pepper

Movie: Good to Go

Movie: Krush Groove

Nelly - Hot in Here

Rest in Peace: Chuck Brown

Beat Your Feet

Little Benny and the Masters

Northeast Groovers

Movie: Chasing John Coltrane

Movie: KIDS

Youth in New York

Book: Tipping Point

Book: Outliers

Nuerican Poets Cafe

Music: Nirvana

Music: Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Music: Jermeriqui

Art: The Awakening Sculpture

School: Howard University

Jammed Up by the Jumpouts

Joning and the Dozens

Job Core

Merchant Marine

Helly Hanson

Eddie Bower

Selling Cigarettes

$25 Every 2 Weeks

Fugs, Jacks and Buss Downs

Music: Gangstar - Mass Appeal

God Bless You Anyway

Movie: The Aggressives

Music: Dipset

Music: Tony Yayo - So Suductive

Music: Amerie - One Thing

Omorian - Touch

Kanye - Diamond Are Forever

Jay-Z Sauces Money - Face-off

Movie: Streets is Watching

Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Porter Noveli

Team Epiphany

Busboys and Poets

One Eight Distilling

Republic Restoratives Distillery

Cool Calm Connected

Whisky, Bourbon and Vodka


Chopin Vodka

Kettle One


Bar: Just Loraine

Johnny Walker Black

The Key to Sales

New York Fashion Week

Christopher Grace

MODEM Online

Hit Up 50 Brands

Clinical Trials

Ace of Spade

Hustling CDs

Puffy and Peter Rosenberg


Tabby Banae

All the Fly Kids

The Meatball Shop

Warby Parker

Lost Boyz Love with Two Women


Found a Therapist

The Name Project

Coming Out


Driving Uber

Fly Kids

Podcasting Tips

Google and Travel

Mortal Kombat Jokes

Maestro Knows

Black Rednecks and White Liberals


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jul 12, 2017

Live from the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Amon and Andrew Kalleen talk Music Theory, Busking, Playing Piano in the Subway, Welcomed Collaborations, the NYPD and much more.

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The Cliff Notes

Getting into Music

Sublime, Bradley Nowell 

New Classical





Wurlitzer Piano

Piano in the Subway

Getting Arrested 

The Arrest Video

Existentialist Crisis in the Comment Section 

Memorable Emails 

Playing in her Socks 

Performance - Mr. Tambourine Man Live

Helping with the Process



Presenting Oneself

For the Love or Money

Assess the Effect

Hauling the Piano

Macro Biotics NYC - Souen 

The Alchemist's Kitchen

A Really, Really Sad Song

Performance - Song for Zula 

The Voice Within

Welcomed Collaborations

Stop and Smell those Expensive New York Flowers


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jul 4, 2017

Live from the Lower East Side, Amon Focus shares his journey to New York Said: Volume Three as well as answering a bunch of questions from his father.

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The Cliff Notes

  • Coming Soon...

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jun 27, 2017

Live from Gorilla Coffee I kick it with Carol McLaughlin about Gorilla Coffee, Poetry, Getting Dragged, being Pro New York, Subtle Condescension and more. // Show Notes:

Jun 20, 2017

Live from the Lower East Side I kick it with Ari about NYC Bullies, life on the farm, on how not to be a statistic, getting tested, volunteering and community service as well as a ton of loaded questions about law enforcement. // Show Notes:

Jun 13, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Diego.

The other day I was walking to Washington Square Park looking to meet some content creators but they weren’t there. There was schedule mix up because Instagram’s algorithm gave me an old post and I thought the meet up was that day, I was wrong. 

 On my walk back home I ended on Houston Street. As I was walking, I walked past Diego is sitting on the corner. He had a sign that read he was homeless as well as a change cup by his feet.

As I turned the corner a little voice popped into my head and told me to invite Diego on the podcast. After a bit of persuasion, he was down for the recording and even offered me a piece of cardboard to sit on. 

I sat down. 

In this episode Diego and I talk about evil books, opioids, crack, heroin, coffee, and the misconceptions of being homeless. 

About halfway through the conversation he started smoking Spice or K2 or Synthetic Weed.


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Links the the Stuff We Talked About

Thomas Jefferson Houses Tenant


Funky Four Plus One

Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde - Genius Rap

Big Daddy Kane 

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Afrika Bambaataa

TAKI 183



David Choe

Bowery Wall 



Crack Cocaine





McDonald’s Coffee


Book of Dreams

K2 Spice


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

May 30, 2017

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.

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Stay Up to Date with Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell

Royal Studios

Links To The Stuff They Talk About

Orange Mound 

Robert Reed Church

Beale Street Historic District


B.B. King

1070 WDIA - The Heart & Soul of Memphis

Elvis Presley 

Willie Mitchell 

Al Green

Memphis Soul

The Blues 


Rhythm and Blues

Stax Records

The Mar-Keys

The Jackson

KC and Sunshine 

The Doobie Brothers

The Temptations

Ike & Tina Turner

John Mayer 

Rod Steward 

Buddy Guy 


Ann Peebles

Melissa Etheridge

Paul Rodgers

Mark Ronson

Jeff Bhasker

Lana Del Rey

Trombone Shorty

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Steve Jordan 

Willie Weeks 

Bruno Mars 

Uptown Funk 


Philip Lawrence 

Mehanata (Bulgarian Bar)


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

May 23, 2017

Today’s guest on the show Asante Amin. Asante talks New Orleans, Books, Music, Travel, Social Justice, Social Change, Teaching the Kids, Philosophy and the Soul Science Lab.

I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.

Photography by Kamau Ware

May 17, 2017

Today’s guest on the show Dot. Dot grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn in the 80s. If you know anything about Brownsville period then you know that you are in for some stories. We talk about the Dot talks about the crack era, shootouts, prison, turning it all around as a small business owner in the Optical Field and much much more.

I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All

Steven Spielberg

Hype Williams 

Mad Rapper 

Calvin Klein Jeans

British Walkers 

Suede Fronts 

Stick Up Kids

Spofford Juvenile Center 

Rikers Island 

Boogie Down Productions - Love's Gonna Get'cha

BMW 3 Series

40 Below 

36 Chambers

The Purple Tape 

Beanie Sigel - Feel It In The Air

Donald Goines 

Iceberg Slim 

 The Spirit of a Man: A Vision of Transformation for Black Men and the Women Who Love Them

Clinton Correctional Facility 


67 Burger

Section 3 - Coming Soon

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

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May 9, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Tarik “Star” Baker, head designer and founder of AGLIT ITALY. In this episode we talk about growing up in Hempstead, Long Island, owning barbershops, getting his start in design, discovering his talent to create accessories, business development, Premium Shoelaces and much much more.

I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.


Stay Up to Date with Tarik “Star” Baker



AGLIT ITALY™ Instagram

How Aglit Italy’s Premium Shoe Laces Are Changing Sneakers


Links to the Stuff they Talked About


Elle Magazine

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi



G M D Three

EBJ Gallery 

Rene Mantilla 

MARCK visual video sculptures


Art Basel 

Whitney Biennial




This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

May 2, 2017

Quick Summary: Today we talk with Alexander Sumner about the Difference between Style and Fashion, The Grateful Dead, Vintage Shops as well as the Four Components of a Well Made Suit.


If you know me, you know I’m not the most stylish person in the world. I mean that in the sense of being suited up to the nines. I think my style is more sporty or efficient… if you will. Or better yet, ninja like or unassuming. When I’m out capturing the places I visit, I don’t really want to be seen. I don’t want any kind of attention from anyone, I just want to get my shots and get the hell out of there… A lot of what you’ll see me in is dark muted shirts, dark jeans, some Air Max 1s or some all black chucks.

That being said, if there ever comes a time that its necessary for me to get dressed up, its not a foreign concept because of today’s guest, Alexander Sumner.

I met Alex a few years ago when this little voice in my head was going on and on about getting a real suit. So I started cruising the net and social media for men’s style. Visiting tumbler as well as sites like JJJJound and Instagram hashtags like #MensStyle. One day I came across this picture of a red button hole on a suit jacket. For some odd reason I thought it the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. It was nice touch that you’re not going to find on the $100 dollar suits I was used to back then. I’m telling y’all the truth, so judge me all you want about rocking a baggy $100 suit, but it was more of check box than anything else.

Anyway, I commented on how much I liked the detail and I would like to see it in person. Alex’s response was pretty much come on by the studio. So I did and the rest is what the young people are calling, uhh history.

I met Alex in SoHo and we talked about the difference between style and fashion, The Grateful Dead, vintage shops as well as the four components of a well made suit and much much more.

Toward the end of the conversation Alex turned the tables and inquired about New York Said: Volume Three. I ranted a bit about it and if your were curious to know what’s up with the new book, that info is there.

I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Andy’s Chee-Pee 

Trash and Vaudeville

Canal Jeans

Scabal Fabric

Mood Fabrics

Acustom Apparel 

Tyson Beckford


Charlamagne Thagod

Rory Mcilroy

Phil Heath 

The Art of Dressing Up


National Geographic

The New Yorker

Adidas Sandal 

Vintage Harley Davidson Jacket

Thelonious Monk

The Specials 


Grateful Dead


Miles Davis

John Coltrane 




1968 Democratic National Convention

Tet Offensive

Shawl Lapel

Jack Purcell

Chuck Taylor 


Longform Podcast

When Harry Met Sally

7 Wonders of Style Questions

1. In your wardrobe, what's your favorite piece of clothing, favorite shoe and favorite accessory?

2. Who, both inside & outside of your circle, had the greatest influence on your style?

3. Which musical group (or solo artist) most defines your sense of style?

4. Which would be your decade of choice to spend your prime in, style-wise?

5. As for creative inspiration; when was a time when you spotted someone or something and said, "I am going to incorporate that myself (and did) and when was a time when you spotted someone and said, “I’ll never be caught dead doing that," and you ended up doing so?

6. How have you seen style expressed in ways that have nothing to do with what a person wears?

7. What do you feel is the difference between style and fashion?

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Apr 26, 2017

I met up with Cey Adams at his studio in Brooklyn and talked about his journey as an artist in New York. We discuss his motivation to give back and inspire those who will carry the mantle of creativity forward. We also discuss his contribution to the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and much, much, more.

Thumbnail Photography Courtesy of Janette Beckman


Stay Up to Date with Cey Adams

Official Website





Talking Points (In No Particular Order)

  • Early days of Graffiti
  • Def Jam
  • Creative Director
  • Drawing Board
  • Logos
  • Hand Lettering
  • Rush Artist Advisory Board
  • Giving Back to Young People
  • Paving the would for artist of today
  • Mentors
  • Power of Music
  • Power of Culture
  • The Importance of pushing Art Forward
  • Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol
  • 20 Years: Getting Attention of Major Galleries and Museums
  • Music and Civil Rights in the 80s
  • Challenges and Obstacles
  • Highs and Lows of being an Artist
  • Paintings and Murals: One Nation, All American, Trusted Brands
  • Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Links to the Stuff they Talked About


Martha Cooper



Duke 9


Shirt King Phade

Russel Simmons 

Kurtis Blow



Sparky D

Spider D

Dynasty and Mimi

Rick Rubin 

Def Jam Logo

Mary J Blige - What's the 411?

Mary J Blige

Anita Baker 

Alyson Williams 


Hello Nasty

LL Cool J  - Mama Said Knock You Out 

Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Hat

Chuck D

Steve Carr 

B.E. Johnson

Spike Lee 

Kenny Gravillis

Quincy Jones

Ray Charles 

Billy Eckstine

Jasper Johns

Romare Bearden

Jacob Lawrence

Roy Lichtenstein

Magic Johnson

Keith Haring

Nobody Beats the Wiz Commercial


Meshell Ndegeocello

The Roots

The National Museum of African American History and Culture

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Apr 11, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Candida Boyette-Clemons. She is currently the Vice President of Original Programming over at VH1. 

I met up with Candida at Bryant Park to talk about her experiences at BET, MTV, VH1, the results of giving 110%, gratitude and much much more.

Please enjoy.


Stay Up to Date with Candida Boyette-Clemons


Apr 4, 2017

This episode is very special to me. It’s not often I get to converse with a innovator, a pioneer or a living legend in anything let alone graffiti culture. Today’s guest on the show is TAKI 183.

Before recording a single episode of this podcast I made list of people I would love to have on the show. I threw Taki’s name on there under the dream big column. I wrote it not ever thinking it was a real possibility but here we are lol. That write it down and manifest it stuff I’ve always heard about does have a lot of merit to it, so I’m learning.

TAKI 183 was gracious enough to give me a few hours of his time to talk in-depth about his creative journey at the Auto Body Shop he owns out Yonkers. That being said, it was toward the end of the work day so we had to stop and start depending on if someone in the garage or a client needed to pull him away for a second.

I put a sound effect in between clips to give you an idea of when I had to stop the tape.

This episode was recorded in the waiting area of the garage… So just like when I’m deep in the city, it has it’s own sounds; like refrigerator humming, beeps, doors slamming, car lifts, wheels getting changed, sirens and of course, a healthy amount of welcomed disturbances from folks in the neighborhood.

I could totally edit this stuff out but to me, its all apart of the New York Said audio experience.

Enough with the intro, please enjoy.

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Stay Up to Date with TAKI 183


Links to the Stuff they Talked About

The Words: A Graffiti Glossary 

Stay High 149

Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence

‘Taki 183’ Spawns Pen Pals - Archived New York Times article

Style Wars

Julio 204

Ford Model T

Street Art NYC

The Neighborhood That Went to War Against Gentrifiers

The case of ‘The Butcher of Tompkins Square Park’

Daniel Rakowitz

El Marko

Keith Haring

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Adam Cost





Street Art vs. Graffiti 

Philly Writer: Cornbread 

Flowers and Dice

Turk 182

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Malcolm Gladwell

KAWS: Companion at the Parade

KAWS x Air Jordan 4


VMAs celebrated Brooklyn with a KAWS-reimagined Moonman

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.


Mar 21, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Photographer and Content Creator, Bryon Summers.

In this episode we kick it in Union Square so you know this going to be a noisy siren, disturbed by characters in the park, fun fill episode. That being said, Bryon and I conversed about portraits walks, TheWeLoveYouProject, staying consistent, podcast being the new blogs, sticking to it, visiting Google and much much more.

Please enjoy.

Stay Up to Date with BryonSummers

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Instagram -

Twitter -

Facebook -

TheWeLoveYouProject -

Shooting with Shooters -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

The Coffee Shop

James Anthony 

Lucky Peters

Street Etiquette 

Jamel Shabazz 

Subway Sums

PG County Maryland 

Fuji X100 s

Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets

Union Market DC

Google Cultural Institute

Bowie State University

Mass Appeal - Watch and Witness 

The Combat Jack Show

Premium Prete 

DJ Red Alert

Young Metro

J. Cole

Money and Violence 

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Mar 15, 2017

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. 


Mar 7, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Drummer, Showtime Hood. As I was transferring to the F train at West 4th I heard the familiar sound of Showtime's drums. I stopped, listened and invited him to the show. He was happy to play a set but when I asked for an interview, Showtime thought it would be best to let his music do the talking. 

Feb 28, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Singer-Songwriter, TV-Host and former Cirque du Soleil Acro-Singer, Meetu Chilana. In this episode we talk about In this episode we talk about dissecting animals, Cirque du Soleil, Tisch School of the Arts and Meetu sings us a song about Black Coffee.

More Information about Meetu

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Instagram -

Twitter -

Facebook -

Soundcloud -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Feb 21, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Celebrity Chapeau Designer, René Mantilla. In this episode we talk about the rise of advance contemporary premium denim, the tents at fashion week, designing a denim line, the journey to designing chapeaus, making your dreams tangible and much much more.

More Information about Rene

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Instagram -

Latina Article -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Bouchon (Coffee) -

New York Fashion Week -

Betsey Johnson -

Tavern on the Green -

The Hamptons -

Andreana Lima -

Triple 5 Soul -

Saks 5h Ave -

Visual Stylist -

Paige Denim -

Earnest Sewn -

AG Jeans -

7 For All Mankind -

True Religion -

Citizen of Humanity Denim -

John Bartlett -

Duckie Brown -

BCBG Max Azria -

Robert Verdi -

June Ambrose -

Zac Posen -

Mischa Barton -

Li & Fung USA -

Global Brands Group -

Coco Before Chanel -

Vivienne Westwood New York -

Tyson Beckford -

Yanique Tailored -

Tre Chic Living -

Wreckx 'n Effect - Rumpshaker -

Pharrell Williams -

Swizz Beatz -

The Pharrell Hat -

John Varvatos -

Teen Vogue -

Mr. Hat -

Eishia Brightwell -

Women's Wear Daily -

Carine Roitfeld -

CR Fashion Book -

Brunch Spots

Yerba Buena -

Cantina -

Favela Cubana -

Coffee Shop -

Lavern Cox -

The Devil Wears Prada -

Dos Caminos -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Feb 14, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Graffiti, Mural and Studio artist, Rubin415. I met Rubin at his studio and we talked about his roots as a graffiti writer, painting in the Bronx, paying his dues, defining his style, the difference between street art and graffiti, various spray-paint caps, getting ragged or buffed, art trends, how New York changes you much much more.

Side note, there is extensive amount of street art and graffiti lingo being tossed around in this episode. So if you find there is a word you don’t quote understand, I’ve provided a glossary in the show notes of this episode. Just visit and while you are these check out the pictures I posted under the Rubin415 post to check out some of his latest work.

Peace for now,

Please enjoy.


The Words: A Graffiti Glossary -

More Information about Rubin

Website -

Instagram -

Facebook -

Twitter -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Beat Street -

Style Wars -

Henry Chalfont -

Phun Factory -

5 Pointz -

Brooklyn Store Celebrates The Art Of Graffiti -

Part One (Graff Writer) -

Nick 707 -

WallWorks Gallery -

4Burners Crew -

Bushwick Collective -

Phoebe New York -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Feb 7, 2017

Last week I found myself exploring several districts in Paris looking for street art and good eats. As I challenge to get a different flavor of the city I decided to skip the cabs and walk or take the metro to everywhere I wanted to go. In doing that I covered a lot of ground fairly quick.

One day as I was transferring from train to train and I walked by Marvin Parks in one of the tunnels. He was holding what looked like a record cover of himself and I just walked over to ask if he was a singer and he said  yes. I asked if he’d be down to share his story for podcast and he said yes.

So that being said, Marvin and I are standing in the middle of a busy passageway in the metro or the subway during rush hour. It’s pretty noisy down there but we got it done.

In this episode we talk about why Marvin moved to Paris, the key to surviving in the city, busking in the metro, Natalie Cole, reaching people with what you have and much much more.

Please enjoy.


More Information about Marvin Parks

Soundcloud -

Twitter -

Facebook -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

The Paris Jazz Scene -

Busking -

Sunset/Sunside -

Natalie Cole -

Fences -

Cave Du 38 Riv' -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jan 31, 2017

Today’s episode a little different. This week I was in London walking their alleyways looking for street art and good eats. At some point I found myself doing the super touristy stuff, like checking out Big Ben and walking the busy South Bank Riverside Walkway.

On my my way to London Bridge I stumbled up gallery@oxo and was fascinated, better yet moved by Solo exhibition by artist Luke Norton, it was called ‘I haven’t been feeling myself lately’

I was so moved by the work that I inquired about the artist. Turns out Luke was in the spot and after a 5 minute conversation, I invited him to be on the show.  He was up for it and here we are.

In this episode we talking about growing up in South London, his current exhibition, words, ideas, phrases and much much more.

Please enjoy.


More Information about Luke Norton

Website -

Instagram -

Facebook -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Caravaggio -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jan 24, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Oz Rodriguez, a director over at Saturday Night Live.

It this episode we talk about growing up in DR, his journey as a director, working at Saturday Night Live, film and a good place to get a cup of coffee.

Please… enjoy.

Jan 17, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Jeff Staple, Founder and Creative Director of Staple Design and Reed Space.

In this episode we talk about 20 years of Staple Design, The Fader, superstition, Nike "Pigeon" Dunk SB Low, poker, Jeff’s 1-2-1 Series, the term Streetwear Ambassador and much much more.

Please… enjoy.


More Information about Jeff Staple

Staple Design -

Staple Pigeon -

Reed Space -

Skillshare -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Shep Gordon -

KAWS X Nike Basketball Court -

The Fader -

The Fader (Video) -

Nike "Pigeon" Dunk SB Low -

The Nike "Pigeon" Dunk Riot (Film) -

Flight Club -

Marcus Tayui -

Hiroshi Fujiwara -

Andy Warhol -

Jon Cohen & Rob Stone -

KIDS (film) -

Beck -

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) -

Erykah Badu -


1-2-1 feat. Mike Tyson (Ep 1) -

1-2-1 feat. Mike Tyson (Ep 2) -

1-2-1 feat. Mike Tyson (Ep 3) -

1-2-1 feat. Mike Tyson (Ep 4) -

1-2-1 feat. Black Thought -

1-2-1 feat. Daniel Kasidi / Rastaclat -

1-2-1 feat. COMMON -

1-2-1 feat. RZA (Part 1) -

1-2-1 feat. RZA (Part 2) -

Futura -

Bono -

Marc Eckō -

The Shirt Kings -

Shokunin -

Handmade Portraits: The Sword Maker -

5th Platoon -

DJ Neil Armstrong -

A-Trak -

Angelo Baque -

Tramps -

Wetlands -

Saul Williams -

Avant Yard -

Nuyorican Poets Cafe -

Malcolm-Jamal Warner -

Rawkus -

Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star -

Shabaam Sahdeeq -

Common - One-Nine-Nine-Nine:

Soundbombing -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jan 10, 2017

This is episode is a little different. A few weeks ago I was asked by my good friends Natacha and Gary to do an engagement photography shoot. Thats not really my thing but I told them I’d be up to have a Sunday fun day in Brooklyn and I’d bring my camera to capture the fun.

So on the first day of 2017, we all met in DUMBO and I captured their day.

Now, a few years ago I had this grand idea to interview a newly wed couple and asked them how they met, their first date, blah blah blah… For some odd reason that idea never happened.

On the morning of my shoot with Natacha and Gary this little voice was like “Bring the mic, do that idea thing with the couples and stuff” and so I did.

After the shoot I asked if they’d be down to help make my idea tangible and of course they were. I really do have great and supportive friends.

They had a car, So I told Gary to take a walk and I interviewed Natacha in the back seat of their VW Jetta. And then Gary came back, then I asked Natacha to kick rocks and got Gary’s side of the story.

I really just wanted to do this interview in private and give it to them. I had no intention of making these conversations public let alone a podcast episode but as I listened to their stories, I felt compelled to share them with you.

I got their permission aaaaaaaaand here we are.

Please, enjoy.

Links to the Stuff they Talked About
Queens Botanical Garden -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jan 3, 2017

Happy New Year good people, welcome to the New York Said podcast. It’s a very rainy Tuesday in the Lower East Side but I’m feeling it. I love the sunshine because I appreciate the rain.

This episode is a little different. A few days ago I invited Juan back on the show to talk about his favorite podcast, music and books but we ended up talking about that and everything under the sun.

What you’re about to hear is take two. In the first take we started off great and then somehow we ended up in the super dark political place. It didn’t even make sense to publish it, I just made a new clip as we were talking and started from there.

Please enjoy.


Juan’s Podcast Picks

Ice T: Final Level -

Drink Champs: Episode 9 w/ Too $hort -

Men in Blazers: : Bob Bradley Pod Special -

Tax Season: The T. Rodgers Episode -

GGN Podcast Ep. 69 - Rick Ross -


Amon’s Podcast Picks

Tax Season: The Black Thought Episode -

Sleep With Me:

How I Built This: Spanx: Sara Blakely -

The Tim Ferriss Show: Shep Gordon -



Links to the Stuff they Talked About

License to Drive (Movie) -

Flat Iron -

NYCHOS Sigmund couch -

40 Projects -,_Queens

Poconos -

The High Line -

Bushwick Collective -

Whitney -

MoMa -

Cyclone, Coney Island -

Janes Carousel -

Brooklyn Bridge Park -

Central Park -

Dinosaur BBQ -

The BBQ Spot (The Smoke Joint) -

Duke of Sandwich -

Parkway Bakery Tavern -

Mother’s -

Cochon -

Cane and Table -

Willie Mae's Restaurant -

The Roots -

Rock Box -

Dave Chappelle's Block Party -

Yasin Bey -

Jaguar Wright -

Dead Prez -

M-1 -


TMNK Episode -

N.O.R.E. Superthug (What What) -

Too $hort - Gettin' It -

Groove Theory - Keep Tryin' -

DMX - Slippin' -

Premier League -

Arsenal Magazine -

North London -

Canibus - DJ Clue Freestyle 97 ''I Speak At Frequencies'' -

'97 Mentality - Cappadonna ft Ghostface Killah -

Ready to Die -

The War Report -

Reasonable Doubt -

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike -

Solange -

Beginning Stages - A look into Solange’s songwriting process & jam sessions that shaped ASATT -

The Score (Fugees album) -

Comfort Crusade -

Got to Give the People What They Want by Jalen Rose -

Michael Jordan Playground -

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court -

Young Jeezy -

Frank Ocean -

The Weeknd: Starboy -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Dec 27, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is M. Tony Peralta.

I hopped a train Uptown to build with Tony about growing up in Washington Heights, his journey as an artist, his growth an entrepreneur, good music, great food and much much more.

If you’ve been enjoying New York Said, subscribe in iTunes, rate and leave a comment. That helps out a lot because we would love to get in that New & Noteworthy in podcast section.

Please enjoy.

More About M. Tony Peralta

The Peralta Project -

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Links to the Stuff they Talked About

House Music -

Limelight -

Paradise Garage -

Larry Levan -

Keith Haring -

Graffiti Black Book -

DJ Dirty Harry -

DJ Clue -

DJ Envy -

Ron G -

80s Merengue -

Sucka MCs -

Club 1018/The Roxy -

Beat Street -

The Fun House -

Keith Haring - Radiant Child, Inflatable Baby -

Keith Haring, Pop Shop  -

Spike Lee -

Acapulco Black Film Festival -

Hype Williams -

School Daze -

Lean On Me -

Eyrka Badu -

J. Cole -

Childish Gambino - Redbone -

Parliament -

Madonna -

George Michael -

Pet Shop Boys -

Terence Trent D'Arby -

Fonda Rae - Fat Rat -

Slave - Just A Touch Of Love -

Roy Ayers - Running Away -

Roy Ayers - We Live In Brooklyn -

WAR - Slippin' into darkness -

Poor Righteous Teachers -

X-Clan -

Dead Prez -

Future - F*ck Up Some Commas -

Travis Scott -

The Isley Brothers -

Joey Bada$$ -

Latina -

Brooklyn Circus -

Shepard Fairy -



APT.78 -

Pratt Institute -


Ouigi Theodore: PSFK Conference:

El Malecon -

Elsa La Reina Del Chicharron -

Johns Fried Chicken -

Victor Roman -

Apple Music -

Q-Tip Beats 1 -

Young Thug -

Big Baby D.R.A.M. - Broccoli feat. Lil Yachty -

The U.M.C.'s -'s

No Face -

BWP - Two Minute Brother -


2 Live Crew - Banned in the USA -

Uncle Luke -

Three 6 Mafia -

Kool G. Rap -

A Waste of Time -

Joe Budden -

Tax Season - Black Thought Episode -

School of Greatness -

Desus & Mero -

Andy Warhol -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Dec 20, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is Iva Kravitz.

Not too long ago Iva and I were working together on a Landscape Architecture project in Philly. And once filming on that project wrapped we headed to Amtrak and caught a train back to New York. While we were sitting there I asked Iva if she's be down to be a guest on the show. Even though we were clearly exhausted she was still up to kick it. Thanks again Iva.

So that being said... we are on a train, there is a lot of background noise, horns and from time you'll hear the train conductor make a few announcements. And thats all good because that's what taking this show on the road is all about.

In this episode we talk about the design community, Marketing, PR, Advertising, growing up in a Norman Rockwell painting of a town, Park Slope eats, cautious optimism and much much more.

Please enjoy.

More About Iva Kravitz 

Official Site -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About
Dec 6, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is musician and content creator Willard Hill.

We met up at Ink48, a Kimpton hotel in the heart Hell's Kitchen and talked about growing up in New Orleans, how culture is a gumbo, his process of making music, the music industry, group think, corporate culture, overcoming creative roadblocks, art being a reflection of the times and much much more.

That’s enough intro for one show, please enjoy.

I’m going to close out today’s episode with Will performing his song Future Fresh at The Gumbo NYC.

And I’ll see ya’ll, next Tuesday… Lord Willing.

More About Willard Hill

Official Site -

Instagram -

iTunes -

YouTube -


Links to the Stuff they Talked About


Second Line -

Cash Money Records -

No Limit Records -

Pen and Pixels -

Master P - Bout It, Bout It II -

The Showboys - Drag Rap (Triggaman) -

DJ Money Fresh - Brown Beats -

UNLV/Bad Ass Yellow Boy - Drag Em Thru The River -

Ira Glass on Storytelling -

Nick Hakim - I Don't Know -

Quincy Jones - 

Shoe Dog -

6 Days to Air -

How I Built This (Podcast) -

Isaiah Rashad -

Negotiating with Giants -

The Art of War -

Gotham Market -

Blue Bottle Coffee -

Cannibal -

Ample Hills Ice Cream -

Platinum Sound Studio -

Wyclef Jean -

Who Moved My Cheese -

Marijuana and the Bible -

My Ishmael -

Outliers: The Story of Success -

Jimmy McMillan -

Black Dynamite -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Nov 29, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is entrepreneur and strategist Holley Murchison.

We met up in Grind, a co-working space in not too far from 34th street and talked about growing up in Harlem, yoga, Lisbon, life in the hood, gambling, debate tournaments, her grade changing scandal, engaging with high-end clients, how to fire someone, shifting cultures, volunteering, the keys to creating good stuff, active listening, speaking your truth and much much more.

That’s enough intro for one show, please enjoy.

More About Holley M. Murchison

Official Site -

Oratory Glory -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Creative Mornings: 8 Lessons in Love -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Lisbon -

Monserrate Palace -

PS 188 -

Notes from the Universe -

Stoop Ball -

Taps -

21 -

Spades -

Cee-lo -

Numbers -

Frederick Douglass Academy -

Western Texas College -

Odessa College -

University of the Pacific -

DuckTales -

Muppet Babies -

Darkwing Duck -

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers -'n_Dale:_Rescue_Rangers

Fraggle Rock -

Fraggle Rock Cactus Episode -

Zach LaVine -

Rafer Alston -

The Pan Pan Diner -

West Fourth Street Courts -

Brooklyn College -

Angie Martinez -

Thirty Days of Kickstarter -

The Combat Jack Show -

Combat Jack Show (D-Nice) -

Bryon Summers -

Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It -

50 Cent -

M. Tony Peralta -

Jamel Shabazz -

New York Cares -

Chris Emdin -

Hall Pass Tour -

Oberlin College -

OC LaunchU -

Tom Joyner -

The 2 AM Principle: Discover the Science of Adventure -

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life -

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph -

The Alchemist -

Cris Dogs -

Pio Pio -

Seasoned Vegan -

Di Fara Pizza -

The Meatball Shop -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Nov 22, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is documentary photographer Jamel Shabazz.

Jamel’s contributions to documentary photography are applauded the all over the world and in my humble opinion Brother Shabazz the is the Gordon Parks of my generation. I marveled at his work way before I knew his name. You have no idea how happy it made me feel to sit at a chess table in the middle of Brooklyn and kick it with some who has and still inspires me to do my best with my skill set every single day.

We met up in Dr. Ronald McNair Park across from the Brooklyn Museum to talk about growing up in Brooklyn, self publishing vs traditional publishing, his experience in the military, the summer of 1980, striving to capture images that say something profound, the importance of empathy, the crack era, giving back to the community and much much more.

As you are listening to this conversation, I highly recommend you pull up Jamel’s Instagram, website or flip through one of his many photography books as you listen. It will be a great reference to what we are talking about. I’ve provided links to it all at 

Side note, we are in the middle of Brooklyn. So, there will be sirens, there will be interruptions and that’s what you get when you record outside in New York, it tends to want to be present right there with you.

That’s enough intro for one show, please enjoy.

More About Jamel Shabazz

Official Site -

Instagram -

Facebook -

Shop for Books by Jamel Shabazz

Back in the Days -

The Last Sunday June -

A Time Before Crack -

Seconds of my Life -

Pieces of a Man: Photography of Jamel Shabazz: 1980-2015

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

West Indian Parade -

Eastern Parkway -

Brooklyn Museum -

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens -

Powerhouse Books -

Black In White America, a book by photojournalist Leonard Freed -

Alex Haley: The Playboy Interviews -

Platoon (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes -

Marvin Gaye (Song) - What's Happening Brother -

Luke Cage -

Puma -

Delancey Street -

Riders Island -

Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson -

Short Eyes (Film) -

Attica Correctional Facility -

Crack Cocaine -

Self Destruction (Song) -

The Central Park Five -

Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come (Official Lyric Video) -

Book of Eli -

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Nov 15, 2016

Today’s episode is with my good friend Rashid. We met up in Bryant Park to talk about citizen journalism, speedy digital culture, the complexities of art and social media, hard driving diving, code switching, iPhone films, growing an audience ethically, Nia Long, shooting film, defining value, A Love Supreme, growing up Baltimore, cultivating ideas and much much more.

Side note, we are in the middle of mid-town. So, there will be sirens, there will be interruptions and that’s what you get when you record outside in New York, it tends to want to be present right there with you.

That’s enough intro for show, please enjoy.

More About Rashid Zakat

Official Site -

Music -

Instagram - and

Tumblr -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Black Star Film Festival - 

The DJ D-Nice Episode -

It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Nov 8, 2016

One of my favorite things to do is walk around New York just checking street art from block to block. On my walks I’ll catch the latest murals, graffiti, stickers and wheat paste art. If you don’t know what wheat paste art is, wheat paste is a gel or liquid adhesive made from wheat flour or starch and water. That glue thats usually made in a big bucket is then used for paper artwork and then pasted on smooth walls. You’ve probably seen it and ya don’t even know it. Think Shepherd Ferry and his project Obey Giant, then theres Adam Cost, or Swoon, theres Bunny M, uhh there is also JR of the Inside Out Project.

Today’s guest is Libby but most people probably know her from her street art, Phoebe New York. Phoebe can be found in the form stickers and wheatepaste art throughout the streets of New York.

I met up with Libby in Washington Square Park and she walked me through the good, the bad and the ugly of being a street artist. In this episode we talk about shooting film photography in Paris, her love of vintage book covers, writing, becoming an artist, her first solo show, transitioning into a street artist, putting up stickers, her first night of wheat pasting, getting arrested, meeting the New York City Vandal Squad, how her alter ego Phoebe was born, subliminal messaging, letting go of crutches and much much more.

Before you begin this episode or while you’re listening to this episode you should visit Phoebe instagram at phoebenewyork just to get an idea of what her work looks like and have a reference to what we are talking about as we make our way through her journey as an artist.

Of course you can find links to her IG and everything we talking about in this episode at below.

Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and leave a comment in the iTunes store aaaaand that’s enough intro for one show, please enjoy.

More About Phoebe New York 


Official Site -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Tumblr -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About


Mork and Mindy -

Washington Square Park -

Andy Warhol Sleep -

English muffin -

Chelsea Flea Market -

Mast Books -

Dash wood Books -

Mercer Street Books -

Strand Book Store -

The Catcher in the Rye -

Rorschach -

Polaroid SX-70 -

Wabi-sabi -

Street Art -

Wheat Paste Instructions -

Egg Shell Stickers -

Materials for the Arts -

Screaming Mimi -

Lulu Lemon -

Teen Vogue -

Glamor -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 29, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is DJ CherishTheLuv also known as Cynthia. I met Cynthia back in the Spring and within a few minutes, I knew I wanted to invite her to be a guest on the show. Fast forward to a few days ago, our schedules aligned and we finally had a chance to meet in the East Village. I don’t want to give it away but here is some of what we talked about, growing up in the East Village, creating attractive design, the growth mentality, listening to your intuition, public speaking, talking to her phoenix, getting her doctorate in survival, meeting Oprah and declarations under good circumstances.

More About DJ CherishTheLuv

Website -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Facebook -

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center -

The Roost -

Tonga -


Links to the Stuff they Talked About


School of Visual Arts -

Young & Rubicam Group -

Fat Rat Press (The Matches) -

Full Sail University -

Jamel Shabazz -

Golden Book -

Highlights Kids -

Aventura -

Sony -

Nespresso -

Black Wine Glass -

Think First -

Dub Spot -

DJ Clue -

DJ Envy -

DJ Dirty Harry -

Phil Morse -

TEDxTeen -

How to Work a Room -

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life -

Ippudo NY -

Robertas -

Abraço  -

Robert Galinsky -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 25, 2016

Today’s guest is my friend Natty Boom. I saw that Nat was in town from Paris and I invited her to be on the show. Turns out she wasn’t visiting, she was here to start a new chapter. So we met up in Union Square and just kicked it. In this episode we talk about growing up in the DMV, her thoughts on LA, learning new languages, siesta, fashion week, moving to Paris and much much more.

That’s enough intro for one show, please enjoy.

More About Natty Boom

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Chateau Marmont -

American in Paris: Saul Williams critiques his home country from the outside looking in:

Place de la République:

Silencio -

Le Comptoir Général -

Le Perchoir -

La Barge -

DJ Jacks -

Hotel Costes Paris -

Colette -

Terry McMillan -

Roald Dahl - and

The Giving Tree -

West Indian Day Parade -

Anderson.Pak -

Frank Ocean -

Isaiah Rashad -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 18, 2016

Amon welcomes Raeven Western to the show. They talk about learning from children, cutting school, her journey to becoming a professional model, social perspective, being committed to your dream and much much more.

More About Raeven Western and


Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Inwood, New York 

New York Models

Tom Ford

Yves Saint Laurent YSL

Tovah Klein, How Toddlers Thrive

The Tipping Point

Lemonade - Beyonce

Club Lotus

Yummy Thai

Museum of Natural History

Hall of Science 

Link to Danny Episode

Discover the Power Within You

The Pursuit of Happiness 

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 10, 2016

Amon welcomes Arturo Vega to the show. They talk about Arturo becoming a designer for the Ramones, moving to New York, first jobs, the music of the time plus much much more.

More About Arturo Vega and

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Mexico City -

Elvis -

Orange Julius -

The Bowery -

Dee Dee Ramone -

Ramones -

Eisenhower dollar -

The Metropolitan Museum of Art -


The Clash -

Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols

Lou Reed -

David Bowie -

MC5 -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 2, 2016

Amon welcomes Mustafa Shakir to the show. They talk about the power of a name, growing up in Harlem, being a barber, life as a poet, yoga, meditation, music, life on set, being a struggling vegan, the difference between New York and LA plus much  much more.

More About Mustafa Shakir and

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Gerard Dure Salon -

Negro Ensemble Company, Inc -

Apollo Theater -

Adina Howard -

Heather Hunter -

Michael K. Williams -

SlamNation -

Saul Williams -

Afropunk Festival -

National Black Theatre -

Survival Soundz -

Survival Soundz - Dub is Dub -

Vipassana Meditation -

Integratron -

Joshua Tree National Park -

Quarry -

Sekou Sundiata -

Sekou Sundiata - Def Poetry -

Sekou Sundiata Dies at 58; Performer of Text and Sound -

The New School -

The Celestine Prophecy -

On the Breath of the Gods -

The Kybalion: A Study of The Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece -

Alibris  -

The Alchemist Kitchen -

Bikram Yoga NYC -

Calcifying your Pineal Gland -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Sep 27, 2016

Amon Focus, in another iteration of New York Said, had the opportunity to speak with TMNK at the 2013 SCOPE event and he happened upon a very inspiring man whose message was this “Inside everybody anybody and especially you is a gift that God put that there is something that you can do that no one else can do there is a contribution that you can make to this world but you got to believe in yourself and you got to work at it every day, relentlessly. It will be difficult. But I want people to see if a nobody like me can come to the streets of New York and several years later, not ten years later within 5 years has his work exhibited around the world and to be up here in SCOPE that anybody can, anybody can make a difference, everybody can make a difference.” –TMNK

The contemporary artist’s message is truly inspiring and uplifting, he used his art and his voice to encourage those around him to master their gifts and honor the ideas of being your brothers & sisters keepers. He would not allow himself to be defined by the ignorance of others and left a legacy that stained the mind and soul of those who were lucky enough to experience his art and his message that art is a weapon. There were 3 jewels in all of his work dedicated to his 3 children. This interview is dedicated to them and his family so that they may hear and honor the legacy that was built for them by this incredible man. May he rest in power.

ART IS MY WEAPON: A Conversation with TMNK (Video):


More About TMNK


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Sep 19, 2016

Amon welcomes Jeff Wick to the show. They talk about the good music, creative processes, what it's like being at cop, photography and good eats.

More About Jeff Wick

Instagram -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

The Music

Mos Def -

Ummi Says -

AfroPunk -

Outkast -

Common -

Jame Brown -

Jill Scott -

The Films

Police Academy (Movie) -

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives -

Miles Ahead -

James Brown Movie -

Good Eats

Jackson Hole -

Mexicocina -

Smorgasburg -

Millie Peartree -

The Places

Harlem -

Utica -

Lower East Side -

Other Stuff

Monocle -

House of Ink -

Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. -

Foot Locker -


Gordon Parks -

Super Soakers -

Urban Youth Bike Core -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Sep 13, 2016

Amon welcomes Matt FX to the show. They talk about a ton of music, a variety genres, a plethora of artists, a gaggle of geese, warehouse parties, tv shows, movies and all while learning the peaks & valleys Matt has endured to becoming the person he is today.

More About Matt FX

Sound Cloud -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About


Lumpia Shack Snackbar -

Coppelia -


Modern Family -

Fame -

The Shining -

Yellow Submarine (film) -

Skins UK -

Skins MTV -

Russell Brand -

The Mighty Boosh -

Rent -

Broad City -


Jai Paul -

Diplo -

A-Track -

Dillon Francis -

Skrillex -

Mushrooms (Skins us Soundtrack ) -

Post Malone - White Iverson -

Sleigh Bells -

Jimmy Eat World -

Blood Orange -

Blood Orange - Sutphin Boulevard -

Animal Collective -

Phantogram -

M83 -

DJ Green Lantern -

How To Make It In America - Mixtape Vol.2 by Mick Boogie -


Rap Phenomenon II - DJ Vlad, Dirty Harry, DJ Green Lantern -

Nicolas Jaar -

Matthew Dear -

Ludacris -

DJ Raff - Latino N' Proud -

vcvl -

Jarina De Marco -

Tony Quattro -

GoldLink -

Smino -

monte booker -

Sángo -

Zero Fatigue -

Chance The Rapper -

Alex Tumay -

James Kurd -


Sugar Candy Mountain -

J Balvin -

Azealia Banks -

Azealia Banks- Slow Hands (Interpol Cover) -

Azealia Banks - "212" Video (2011) -

Young Thug -

Zapp and Roger -

Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mack -

Nelly -

Women of the Calabash -

The Beatles -

The White Stripes -

Linkin Park -

Jet (band) -

* N S Y N C -

A Tribe Called Quest -

De La Soul -

Freddie Gibbs -


Rinsed -

Shea Stadium BK -

285 Kent -

Market Hotel -

Electric Zoo -

Webster Hall -

Verboten -

The Limelight -

Le Bain - The Standard Hotels -


Groton -

Choate Rosemary Hall -

Phillips Exeter Academy -

Saint Thomas Choir School -

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School -

The University of Glasgow -

McGill University -


West Village -

West Beth -

New Zealand -

Williamsburg -

Bushwick, Brooklyn -,_Brooklyn

Art Basel -

Dance-punk -

Todd P -

ShowPaper -

DIY Band Sites -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Sep 6, 2016

Amon welcomesEmily Khoo to the show. They talk about growing up in Atlanta, reaching out to guests, lines of New York, regrets, struggling with Identity and Sexuality, trolling in chat rooms, trips to Louisiana, coming out, first jobs, creative processes and finding your passion.

Links to the Stuff we Talked About

Know these Folks

Stefan Sagmeister -

Andrew Eccles -

Eat Here

Der Krung Thai Cuisine -

Uma Temakeria -

Kimpton Ink48 -

Gotham West Market -

Ample Hills Creamery (The Ice-cream Spot) -

Blue Bottle Coffee -

Genuine Roadside -

Ivan Ramen -

Gabriel's Gate -

Anchor Bar -

Read This

Seat of the Soul -

Watch This

Idiocracy  -

Go Here

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater -

Corning Museum of Glass -

The Strong | National Museum of Play - Rochester -

Union Square -

Columbus Circle -

Buffalo -

Supreme -

Story -

On Tap -

More About Emily

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Aug 30, 2016

Amon welcomes The Bespoke Bloke to the show. They talk about how Tony got the name Bespoke Bloke, Neffi Walker, farm life, share-cropping, PBS, soccer, imagination, Marianna-FL, 100% organic, integrity, honesty, hard work, listening to people’s story, Up With People, music engineering, Greyhound, native Americans, race relations, learning from strangers, Project Pride, being a floater, Rodney King, Zurich- Switzerland, new languages, baby-sitting, illegal immigrant, Old Dirty Bastard, Mercedes Fashion Week, The Roots, exceptions to the rules, PR marketing, Cliff Notes, 9/11 and pregnant women.

New York Neighborhoods & Locations

Alphabet City
Bryant Park
Washington Square Park


The Five people you meet in Heaven
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

Musical Mentions

20/20- Justin Timberlake
The Roots
Wu-Tang Clan


B Bar at Baccarat Hotel
Freeman Alley
La Esquinas

Also Mentioned

Neffi Walker
Mannequin (1987)

How to connect with Tony:

Twitter: @thebespokebloke
Instagram: @thebespokebloke

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Aug 23, 2016

Amon welcomes Netic Rebel to the show. They talk about Karma & Reincarnation, Mind Modes & Thought Processes, Consciousness, Picking Your Family, Power To Manifest, Rebelliousness, Parental Influences, Athletic Training, Education, The Importance of Critical Thinking and the Capacity of Desire, The Dangerous Minds Bus, Dynamic Consciousness, Self-Discipline, Absence of Evidence, Virtual Reality, Malcolm X, Vision Quest, Jay Z and Good Reads.

New York Neighborhoods 

Lower East Side (LES)
South Bronx (SoBro)

The Alchemist
The Witch of Portobello
The Seventh Son
The Book of Children: Supporting the Freedom and Intelligence of a New Generation (Foundations of a New Humanity)
Osho Love, Freedom, Aloness
The Book of Women
I Am That
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Autobiography of A Yogi

Musical Mentions
Jay Z
Jay Electronica

Connect with Netic Rebel

Twitter: @Netic
Instagram: @Netic

Netic’s Podcast: This Message Will Self Destruct Podcast

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Aug 16, 2016

Amon welcomes Alexandra Estevez to the show. They talk about: Nurturing The Artistic Child, SOBs, Instinct For Survival, Magic, Getting Your Ass Kicked, Is new York Still the Media Center, Building Character, Life & Learning, VH1, No Box, For The Clicks, Work that Makes You Feel, Desensitization, Beautiful Souls, Good Mornings, Karma, Big Foodie, Eats, Drinks, Tats, The Real New York, Punched In the Mouth, Maturity, Unskippable Albums and much much more.

New York Neighborhoods 
Lower East Side (LES)
South Bronx (SoBro)

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Drink Spots
Donny Brooks
Max Fish

Good Eats
St. Anselm
Fette Sau
Peter Lugar
Spuyten Duyvil

Amerie - All I Have
Ashford & Simpson- Is It Still Good To Ya
Frank Ocean- Channel Orange
Lil Wayne Love Me or Hate Me
The Beatnuts-A Musical Massacre

Musical Mentions
Jay Z
Kanye West
Kurious Jorge
The Notorious B.I. G.
Meek Mill
Wu-Tang Clan

Tattoo Spots
Fun City Tattoo

How to connect with Alex?
Twitter: @_AlexEstevez

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Aug 9, 2016

Amon welcomes Daniel Rush Patton to the show. They talk about fun on the block, Bikes and the BMX life, GoKarts & scars, outside, The Streetlight Rule, getting in big trouble, The Shop, building it from scratch, Toys-R-Us, 19 year old EMS Danny, pulling to the right, testing the limits, parenthood, nuclear option and being the best person.

New York Neighborhoods 



Connect with Dan: @rush_7

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Aug 2, 2016

Amon welcomes Juan Sanchez to the show. They talk about the art of a cigar, what is rolling, the difference between cigarettes and cigars, la fortaleza, hole in the wall Mom and Pop eats, good shakes, tailoring, good vibes, meditation, the importance of art, films that move you, The Godfather, TAKI183, BMX, the pride in immigrant stories, the 80’s, how to keep a secret, the Human app, synchronicity, keeping the imagination alive and a grown up kid.

New York Neighborhoods
Astoria, Queens
Lower East Side
The Heights


Angels & Demons
Sympathy For The Devil
The DaVinci Code
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Godfather Returns
The Godfather’s Revenge

Above the Rim
Hoop Dreams
The Godfather
The Pursuit of Happiness

The Guggenheim
The Whitney
5 Reasons  to Visit The Whitney

Southern Hospitality
Peanutbutter & Co.
Shake Shack
Little Italy Pizza
Brooklyn Bagel

Nat Sherman
The Orchard Tailor Services

Connect with Juan: @SlvrYems

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jul 26, 2016

Amon welcomes Dusty Rhodes to the show. They talk about Dusty becoming an expert at his craft, where are the best places to play in New York City, the difference between Busking and being a Griot, how much can an independent musician make in a day, canceling your stereotypes, the art of givingthe universal language of music, no place like New York, two types of people and the good vibe zone.

New York Neighborhoods 
Lower East Side
Wall Street

Definition of Terms

The Quran


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jul 19, 2016

Amon welcomes Mary J. Chery to the show. They talk about growing up in New York; the day Biggie got shot, clubbing, college life, sounds of the city, psychology vs. sociology, being a social connector, the youth hustle, summer festivals, don’t stop in the middle of the sidewalk, allergies, mom mode, 30k pre-K and guys going to baby showers.

Music Mentioned

Music Artist Mentioned
Black Moon
The Cover Girls

Dance Styles Mentioned
Heel Toe
Pepper Seed

Locations Mentioned
Spanish Harlem
Upper West Side
Washington Heights

Sweet Spots Mentioned
Cake Boss aka Carlo’s Bake Shop
Cake Man Raven
Dough Doughnuts
Make My Cake
Sugar and Plumm

Restaurants Mentioned
Spring Natural Kitchen
Flor De Mayo

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jul 12, 2016

Amon welcomes Greg "Comfort Crusade" Graham to the show. They talk about Promo Only, golden age of hip hop in the late 90’s, what budget, parties before the age of social media, perks vs. payola, church in the morning, relationship building, London ambassador and match-making, the changing landscape of New York, what is electronic lounge genre, choosing to live in New York, Comfort Crusade and Drink Lounge.

Music Mentioned

Sounds from a Parallel Universe by Comfort Crusade

Skit Mentioned
Bushwick, Brooklyn 2015- Saturday Night

Locations Mentioned

Astoria, Queens

Drink Spots Mentioned

Drink Lounge

Restaurants Mentioned

Asia De Cuba

Benjamin Steakhouse


Peter Luger

The New York Dog House

Calle Dao

Connect with Greg Graham


Comfort Crusade podcast


 This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee

Jul 5, 2016

Amon welcomes Jasmine Howard to the show. They talk about nicknames, old school platforms of social media, what you can’t do in New York, the side hustle spirit, how to survive corporate America, why she might write a book,  the commuter experience and her favorite places to chill in New York.

Locations Mentioned

West Village


Times Square

Bryant Park

Drink Spots Mentioned

The Four-Faced Liar

Restaurants Mentioned

Parker & Quinn

Junior’s Cheesecake

Connect with Jazmine Howard



This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jun 28, 2016

Amon welcomes Jimmy Barbetti to the show. They talk about what happens when life hands you synchronicity, life as a street artist, how Jimmy got into graffiti, what does life’s a trip mean to him, the Broadway Bomb, being an aspiring graphics designer, the difference between street art and graffiti, skating and his rock band.

Locations Mentioned

Broadway and Lafayette

This station makes it easy to arrive in NoHo/ Soho you can connect to the B, D, F or M trains to the 6 train. Take a look above at the ceiling to be immersed with "Hive" by Leo Villareal, a colorful light installation and LED sculpture of neon lights that changes colors. 

190 Bowery

In 1966, famed photographer Jay Maisel spent $102,000 on the run down190 Bowery, a former NYC bank that dates back to New York's Gilded Age. This iconic landmark of the New York street art and graffiti scene is undergoing another transformation. 

Jamaica Queens NY

Music Mentioned


New Found Glory

Scooped Up - Jimmy Barbetti’s band

Events Mentioned

Broadway Bomb

Movies/Documentaries Mentioned

Bomb the System

Style Wars

Connect with Jimmy Barbetti


 This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee

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