I coaxed my homie into making some mixes for the podcast last summer and even though the conditions weren’t the best and he was a bit inebriated we hammered out a few mixes in my small sweltering apartment on the University of Utah campus.
The blend I’m featuring this week was an attempt to reach every ear I could. It’s a 36-minute edited mix of contemporary songs with a few older songs mixed in so you, your backpacker homies, the party goers, and even the old school heads can vibe wherever you listen to music at.
I think I got everyone covered. Let me know what you think about the mix and if you have music to contribute or want to lend your skills on the turntables, please send your material to firstname.lastname@example.org.
V.O. Sensei and Shado of the Muzic Clan/Free Nation stopped by our West Valley recording home on Sunday, December 11th to share what they’ve been up to. Besides the new single and video for Elevate, recording new music and performing at shows, we talk about sports and the artists they keep an ear to the internet for like Isaiah Rashad, SZA, Kendrick Lamar and fellow clan member MPH.
They’ve got a show at Urban Lounge for SLUG Localized and a basketball camp for the youth at the Boys & Girls Club in Glendale on the 30th of December on the horizon under the moniker of Level Up Hoops. With their creativity, exuberance, and work ethic it’s hard to see the Muzic Clan slowing down soon. The question is, will you be a part of the movement or will you get left behind?
Catch up to V.O. Sensei and the Music Clan at:
|Muzic Clan/Free Nation Top 5 Utah Artists (No Order)|
Swell Merchants (Ethan the Barber and Young Ass Nico) have burst into Utah rap fans’ consciousness in the past couple years with magnum force. Now that they’ve gained a following, they’ve started to refine their style and streamline their crew by experimenting with new producers and DJs. One thing they didn’t change was their passion for life, their amazing energy, their solidarity and their love of partying and having fun.
We spent a lazy Sunday afternoon talking about music, sports, our thoughts on social media interactions and, of course, Utah Hip-Hop. Although there is a lot to complain about for young men of color living in a homogeneous community, it seems as if the duo focuses on being positive, networking with local talent (such as Khensu, Erasole James, and Apaullo) and finding ways to navigate their wave into a successful movement.
To find out more about the Swell Merchants listen to this episode and look for their music on SoundCloud at:
*Nico’s birthday celebration and album release party for his new release, Diamond Life LoverBoy, is December 16th at the Loading Dock in Salt Lake City.
“The lost love child of Kurt Cobain,” was in studio with me to discuss his upcoming projects and we discuss ideas on how to unify the: Utah hip-hop scene.
Despite his humble nature, Erasole James (a.k.a. Awe Rosa) is arguably the leader of one of Utah’s most well-known rap groups, the Dine Krew! Awr Rosa is also a budding solo print and recording artist.
His latest release, Tawa’s Nephew, along with all of he and Dine Krew’s previous material is available for free on bandcamp (or you could be cool and donate a little scratch). Now that’s love.
Find Erasole James here: https://erajames.bandcamp.com/
Episode 3: Steady Mobbin’ with Dusk Raps!
In this episode of the People’s Podshow I interviewed one of Utah’s seminal rap artists: Dusk Raps!
Dusk has been reppin’ the 801 since ’96 (OG,
Triple OG status). He came in and talked about his new single, “Yung O’Shea,” he talks about the young artists he’s been keeping tabs on, being a white rapper in Utah and why he isn’t an Eminem fan.
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You can find Dusk’s music at https://bandcamp.com/duskraps
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Stay tuned after the episode for a musical accompaniment by our house DJ, the
Incomparable DJ Street Jesus! Check out his Mixcrate account—you can download all our blends for free!