Souls of Hip Hop

Souls of Hip Hop

Every other Tuesday, we release an interview with hip hop artists and creatives, who range from DJs to breakers, emcees to writers, producers to entrepreneurs, community leaders and mentors. We talk about their passion for hip hop, their lessons learned, business practices, relationships, personal development and maintaining health. You will get to know our guests and learn from their experiences. Thereby, we hope you get a real and authentic insight into the untold stories and lives of the people who actively contribute to the hip hop culture, beyond the mass media portrayal.

Episodes

August 17, 2021 8 min

This weekend we received the incredibly sad news that Stephen Gaines aka Baba Zumbi aka MC Zion passed away on August 13th, at the young age of 49. Our condolences and hearts go out to his family, friends, and close ones, especially Amp Live and Deuce Eclipse.

Zumbi and Amp formed the group Zion I and released their debut album called Mind over Matter in the year 2000. They followed up with an impressive 12 albums as well as numero...

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Harnessing the power of thought is fundamental in designing your best life and nourishing your soul. In this season, we share quotes, takeaways from our guests and affirmations to energize your day. Let this season help to awaken your best you, uplift, inspire and bring daily joy. Knowledge is power. 

In episode 101, we talk about failing.

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August 7, 2021 1 min

Harnessing the power of thought is fundamental in designing your best life and nourishing your soul. In this season, we share quotes, takeaways from our guests and affirmations to energize your day. Let this season help to awaken your best you, uplift, inspire and bring daily joy. Knowledge is power. 

In episode 100, we talk about taking control of your luck.

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August 6, 2021 1 min

Harnessing the power of thought is fundamental in designing your best life and nourishing your soul. In this season, we share quotes, takeaways from our guests and affirmations to energize your day. Let this season help to awaken your best you, uplift, inspire and bring daily joy. Knowledge is power. 

In episode 99, we talk about treating your mind like a garden.

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August 5, 2021 2 min

Harnessing the power of thought is fundamental in designing your best life and nourishing your soul. In this season, we share quotes, takeaways from our guests and affirmations to energize your day. Let this season help to awaken your best you, uplift, inspire and bring daily joy. Knowledge is power. 

In episode 98, we talk about feelings of empowerment.

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August 5, 2021 73 min

In this episode we talk to Lino Delgado aka Leanski. He is a dancer, DJ, choreographer, host, promoter, event planner, instructor and marketer. Lino is a co-founder of the legendary Floor Lords Crew from Boston, Massachusetts and has 40 years of experience within Hip Hop. He currently resides in Hawaii.

This weekend, the Floor Lords Crew is celebrating their 40th anniversary with a big event. You can find all the details here: https...

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August 4, 2021 2 min

Harnessing the power of thought is fundamental in designing your best life and nourishing your soul. In this season, we share quotes, takeaways from our guests and affirmations to energize your day. Let this season help to awaken your best you, uplift, inspire and bring daily joy. Knowledge is power. 

In episode 97, we talk about overcoming fear.

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August 3, 2021 2 min

Harnessing the power of thought is fundamental in designing your best life and nourishing your soul. In this season, we share quotes, takeaways from our guests and affirmations to energize your day. Let this season help to awaken your best you, uplift, inspire and bring daily joy. Knowledge is power. 

In episode 96, we talk about positive ways to start each day.

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August 2, 2021 2 min

Harnessing the power of thought is fundamental in designing your best life and nourishing your soul. In this season, we share quotes, takeaways from our guests and affirmations to energize your day. Let this season help to awaken your best you, uplift, inspire and bring daily joy. Knowledge is power. 

In episode 95, we talk about attitude.

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August 1, 2021 1 min

Harnessing the power of thought is fundamental in designing your best life and nourishing your soul. In this season, we share quotes, takeaways from our guests and affirmations to energize your day. Let this season help to awaken your best you, uplift, inspire and bring daily joy. Knowledge is power. 

In episode 94, we talk about self-worth.

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July 31, 2021 1 min

Harnessing the power of thought is fundamental in designing your best life and nourishing your soul. In this season, we share quotes, takeaways from our guests and affirmations to energize your day. Let this season help to awaken your best you, uplift, inspire and bring daily joy. Knowledge is power. 

In episode 93, we talk about parenting.

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June 7, 2021 11 min

In 2006, I interviewed one of the trailblazers for conscious rap, Sadat X. He is a teacher, a coach, a firefighter and an enormously talented emcee. He etched his name in hip hop history with the group Brand Nubian and has continued to put out great music over nearly three decades.

We talk about his job as a teacher, accepting help in the process of putting out a new solo album, his experiences traveling the world, the importance of...

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May 31, 2021 59 min

In this episode we talk to Alien Ness. He is a former member of the New York City Breakers, Rock Steady Crew, and was the president of the Mighty Zulu Kings. Ness published the book “The Art of Battle” and has taught countless dancers around the world. As Fable put it: "You can’t talk about hip hop without mentioning the Bronx, and you can’t talk about the Bronx without mentioning Alien Ness. "

We talk about the importance o...

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May 24, 2021 6 min

In 2011, I interviewed one of my all-time favorite DJs, DJ Jazzy Jeff. Together with Will Smith, he won the first ever rap Grammy award as Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince and acted in the sitcom "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air". As a DJ, producer and songwriter, he worked with numerous artists and remains one of the greatest party-rockers to date.

We talk about his record collection, transitioning to digital vinyl systems (like S...

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May 17, 2021 37 min

In this episode we talk to Cindy Foley aka B-Girl Singery. She is the President, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Child of this Culture Foundation. In addition, Cindy is a USAF Veteran, mother of 3 children and has a Hip Hop cultural background in community-arts engagement with an emphasis on pedagogy development. She holds a Masters in Human Relations and certificates in Social Justice and Diversity. Also Cindy is the identica...

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May 13, 2021 2 min

Harnessing the power of thought is fundamental in designing your best life and nourishing your soul. In this season, we share quotes, takeaways from our guests and affirmations to energize your day. Let this season help to awaken your best you, uplift, inspire and bring daily joy. Knowledge is power. 

In episode 92, we talk about giving yourself permission.

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May 11, 2021 11 min

In 2007, I interviewed the incredibly talented producer, DJ and visual artist Ge-ology. Originally from Baltimore, he moved to Brooklyn, NYC, in the 80s and has worked with some of the greatest emcees like Tupac Shakur, Jill Scott, Mos Def, De La Soul or Talib Kweli, just to name a few.

We talk about his many talents, mastering the new skill of cooking, getting the business side of music right, and his experiences touring in Europe...

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May 10, 2021 1 min

Harnessing the power of thought is fundamental in designing your best life and nourishing your soul. In this season, we share quotes, takeaways from our guests and affirmations to energize your day. Let this season help to awaken your best you, uplift, inspire and bring daily joy. Knowledge is power. 

In episode 91, we talk about equity.

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May 9, 2021 1 min

Harnessing the power of thought is fundamental in designing your best life and nourishing your soul. In this season, we share quotes, takeaways from our guests and affirmations to energize your day. Let this season help to awaken your best you, uplift, inspire and bring daily joy. Knowledge is power. 

In episode 90, we talk about sunshine.

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May 8, 2021 2 min

Harnessing the power of thought is fundamental in designing your best life and nourishing your soul. In this season, we share quotes, takeaways from our guests and affirmations to energize your day. Let this season help to awaken your best you, uplift, inspire and bring daily joy. Knowledge is power. 

In episode 89, we talk about the law of least effort.

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