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55 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Taste Of Satori - The Selene Selah Episode
For the past several years underground Hip-Hop Selene Selah aka Emcee Tr3s, has made her rounds in the underground Hip-Hop scenes of Los Angeles, California. Hailing from Inglewood, California and her family Tracing their roots to Colombia, the up-and-coming emcee regularly uses her platform to incorporate a blend of various philosophies from decolonization, to Indigenous empowerment, and new age spirituality into her unique brand of Hip-Hop. Garnering a small, but dedicated and growing audience online, and utilizing classic Boom Bap production, the Southern California emcee have crafted a sound that invokes the nostalgia of Hip-Hop’s golden era. Pulling inspiration from revered iconic Hip-Hop artists such as Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Jedi Mind Tricks, Wu-Tang, and MF DOOM. Since releasing her debut project Xōchitl Blossoms in 2019, Selene Selah has created a rich tapestry of different sounds, ideas, and philosophies in her music that has set both her and music apart from anything else being created by her peers in the underground Hip-Hop scene of Los Angeles. Through this unique blend of traditional Hip-Hop aesthetics and the decolonial ideals of modern Indigenous empowerment movements, Selene Selah has strived to create inspirational music that is both classic and timeless. Not only addressing the needs of modern listeners but, remaining accessible to future listeners to come as well. With an ever-growing and dedicated following online, Selene Selah has become one of the most prominent torchbearers at the forefront of Indigenous resistance in the underground Hip-Hop scene of Southern California. During our discussion with Selene Selah, we were able to talk about her early years, the origins of her music career, her debut mixtape Xōchitl Blossoms, decolonization/Indigenous resistance in Hip-Hop, and other future projects currently in the works. With that said, we here at Step Off! Radio hope that you all enjoy our conversation with Selene Selah!
97 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Intellectual Ignorance - The Ric Scales Episode
For the past seventeen years, Ric Scales, an Underground Hip-Hop artist from San Diego, California has made a name for himself in the region's Underground Hip-Hop scene. As an adept battle rapper and ½ of the duo 18 Scales, consisting of himself & emcee/producer Ralph Quasar (aka 18sense). Ric Scales has created a tapestry of sounds, ideas, and philosophies that have set his music apart from anything being created by his peers in the Underground Hip-Hop scene in San Diego. Having garnered a dedicated and growing following over the years, Ric has quickly become one of the most prominent and celebrated figures in the city’s underground scene and beyond. Taking influence from both the old and new school, with varied content and masterful storytelling, through his music Ric has pushed the boundaries both musically and consciously. Having origins in battle rap, he developed an adept skill for freestyling, Ric Scales has gone on to also become the multiple-time champion of No Sucker DJs Battlebot, a monthly Hip-Hop tournament held in San Diego. During our discussion, we were able to talk about Ric’s personal history growing up in various cities and states, his move out to Southern California, and eventual settling in San Diego, as well as his incorporations of socially conscious messaging in his music. During our discussion, we were able to talk about Ric’s personal history growing up in various cities and states, his move out to Southern California, eventually settling in San Diego, as well as his incorporation of socially conscious messaging in his music. With that said we are proud to present to you all our conversation with Ric Scales.
126 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Kill The Colonizer Inside Your Mind - The Kozmik Force Episode (Remastered Cut)
Three years ago, after much contemplation we here at Step Off! Magazine decided to branch out from the medium of print media and made the leap into the world of podcasting with a brand new podcast series. With little more than an iPhone and a Mac, we launched our official podcast of Step Off! Radio. We made it our mission to interview artists, performers, activists, community organizers, and those who inspire others to make a difference in the world through their talent, art, and social advocacy. It was our hope that through our platform we could share music, culture, politics, and other current events relating to social justice through that of a Hip-Hop lens. Three years and twenty-six episodes later, we're still here and still continuing to grow. Starting a podcast was an idea that had been suggested by several friends of mine almost from the very beginning when I first started Step Off! Magazine in the fall of 2016. In celebration of our third anniversary, we wanted to share a special episode, a remastered version of our very first pilot episode with our inaugural guests' underground Hip-Hop group Kozmik Force. Our pilot episode was recorded at the Justice Center San Diego, on March 26th, 2018, and was first aired on April 30th, 2018. This episode is a remastered version of our first interview with Kozmik Force. It was recorded several months after they had dropped their first mixtape 'War Cry', and released prior to the release of their sophomore effort 'Untamed Unchained' in the summer of 2018. During our interview, Jag and Threat discuss the origins of Kozmik Force, their activism through music, their debut mixtape War Cry, decolonization & Indigenous resistance/liberation in the age of Trump. It’s important to note that this episode did originally air in 2018, so some portions of the interview might be somewhat date. However, three years later much of our conversation has remained very relevant. In this episode you’ll hear new music, added special effects, as well as portions from our interview that were omitted from the original episode. Over the past three years, we’ve grown tremendously in our craft and felt it was only right to give our inaugural episode the treatment it deserves. With that said we here at Step Off! Radio want to thank you all for your support over these past three years and hope you all enjoy our remastered cut of 'Kill The Colonizer Inside Your Mind' with Kozmik Force.
96 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Where The Mangos Grow - The Azomali Episode
For the past fourteen years, Azomali, an Underground Hip-Hop artist from Freeport, New York has made a name for himself in New York’s underground Hip-Hop scene. Like many of our guests previously featured here on Step Off! Radio, Azomali regularly incorporates philosophies of decolonization, pan-Indigenous unity across, and is a vocal critic of U.S. Imperialism in his music. Whether rapping about Colombia’s beauty, incorporating ancestral sounds, spinning tales about his journeys stepping through New York City streets Azomali serves as a link between two worlds. Effortlessly switching back and forth between English and Spanish, Azomali combines both the influences of his Colombian roots with that of the gritty sounds of New York's underground. From traditional Colombian music to Boom Bap, to the modern sounds of Drill music, Azomali has created a tapestry of sounds, ideas, and philosophies in his music that sets him apart from anything being created by his peers in the underground Hip-Hop scene of New York City. Having garnered a dedicated and growing following online, Azomali has quickly become one of the prominent torchbearers at the forefront of Indigenous resistance in underground Hip-Hop far beyond the border of his home base in New York. During our discussion with Azomali, we were able to discuss his personal history growing up in the streets of Freeport, New York. His mixtape Where The Mangos Grow, his move out to Southern California, and the contrast between the East Coast and the West Coast. As well as his incorporation of decolonization and Indigenous resistance in Hip-Hop. we here at Step Off! Radio hope that you all enjoy our conversation with Azomali.
109 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
The Force Of Two - The Indigenous Cats Episode
For the past several years underground Hip-Hop group Indigenous Cats, comprised of recording artists Calmplx and Ina Eyeris have made their rounds in the underground Hip-Hop scenes of Los Angeles, California. Garnering a small but dedicated and growing audience online, the duo regularly incorporate philosophies of decolonization, pan-Indigenous unity, and spirituality into their unique brand of music. With an increasingly growing profile, Indigenous Cat’s are swiftly rising stars in L.A.’s underground and Indigenous Hip-Hop scenes. Tracing their roots to El Salvador, and the islands of the Philippines and Russia, this literal power couple has built the foundations of their music on the sounds of underground Hip Hop, Reggae, and Jazz. Pulling inspiration from revered Hip-Hop artists such as Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Jedi Mind Tricks, Wu-Tang, MF DOOM, J Dilla, and Atmosphere. As well as acclaimed singers such as Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, and Bob Marley. Utilizing classic Boom Bap production, the Southern California duo have crafted a sound that invokes the nostalgia of Hip-Hop’s golden era and conjures memories of classic New York artists of yesteryear. Together Indigenous Cats create a tapestry of different sounds, ideas, and philosophies in their music that is quite unlike anything else being created by their peers in the underground Hip-Hop scene of Los Angeles. Striving to create inspirational music that is timeless, not only for modern listeners but, future generations to come as well. Having garnered a dedicated and growing following online, the two are among some of the most prominent torchbearers at the forefront of Indigenous resistance in underground Hip-Hop. During our discussion with Calmplx and Ina we were able to talk about the origins and history of Indigenous Cats, their mixtape Traveling Souls Project, decolonization/Indigenous resistance in Hip-Hop, and other future projects currently in the works. With that said, we here at Step Off! Radio hope that you all enjoy our conversation with Calmplex and Ina of Indigenous Cats!
139 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Obsidian Blade - The Return Of Kozmik Force Episode
We don’t normally have a lot of repeat guests on the show, but, for our latest edition of Step Off! Radio we have back on the podcast from our very first pilot episode Jaguar Arreola and Native Threat of Kozmik Force to talk about their latest EP 'Sound of a Weapon'. Since we had Jag and Threat on the show back in 2018, the duo has released several albums 'Untamed Unchained' and 'Ceremony on Concrete'. Likewise, Jag has released a solo project 'Maria’s Seed', which he came on the show to talk about last December. During our talk on the show, we catch up with Jag and Threat to discuss their latest EP, the growth of Kozmik Force four years after their debut, the challenges of making music in the age of COVID-19, and decolonization/Indigenous resistance post-Trump going into a Biden administration. To learn more about Kozmik Force’s origins you can listen to our very first pilot episode of Step Off! Radio with Kozmik Force from 2018 entitled ‘Kill The Colonizer Inside Your Mind’. With that said, we here at Step Off! Radio hope that you all enjoy our conversation with Jaguar and Native Threat of Kozmik Force! You can listen to Kozmik Force's latest EP 'Sound of a Weapon' which is out now on all major streaming platforms. Please be sure to rate and review the show!
57 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Earn Your Life - The David Fernandez Jr. Episode
Over the past decade, Latino entertainers have been vocal proponents in advocating for better representation in Hollywood, even as a national discussion about diversity and access in film continues. Among this crowd of innovating entertainers is David Fernandez Jr., who over the past several years has made a name for himself in Hollywood as one of the industry's go-to actors for his portrayal of tough-guy roles and characters. In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio, actor David Fernandez Jr. sits to discuss his latest role in Selena: The Series, his journey in becoming an actor, as well as diversity, and Latino representation in Hollywood. With that said, we here at Step Off! Radio hope that you all enjoy our discussion with David Fernandez Jr.
53 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Music Without Borders - The 'Lost' Episode With Tulengua
In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio, we bring to you a 'lost' episode from the Step Off! vaults. This episode with Tulengua was originally recorded last year on February 27th, 2020, to promote the release of their album, LOWKEYBANGERSVILLE. Shortly after this interview was recorded our computer crashed. We lost a bunch of material and seemingly our beloved Tulengua interview along with it. Fast forward nearly a year later while adding the new podcast page for the website, we discovered a backup file of the interview tucked away in a folder. Tulengua is a bilingual, biracial, and binational Hip-Hop group that is comprised of group members Amari Jordan, Alan Lilienthal & Jimmy Mora. Members of the group live claim residency on both sides of the border U.S./Mexico border in San Diego and Tijuana. Together, Tulengua is a tapestry of multiple cultures, languages, and sounds that is quite unlike anything else Hip-Hop. In our discussion, we detailed the origins of Tulengua, how its members met, the various nuances that entail being a binational Hip-Hop group, as well as their experiences regarding living along the Southern border. With that said, we here at Step Off! Radio hope you all enjoy our discussion with Amari Jordan, Alan Lilienthal & Jimmy Mora in the 'lost' Tunlegua episode.
64 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Brave Enough To Resist - The Radical History Club Episode With Stacey Uy
In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio, and our first show of 2021, we had the chance to interview Stacey Uy and discuss her role as the founder, researcher, writer, and illustrator of the Radical History Club, a series of illustrated decolonized history zines that detail long-neglected areas of U.S. social history, focusing on the experiences of BIPOC, women, and other marginalized communities. In our discussion we talk about the history of the series itself, and what inspired her to create it. Likewise, we also discuss the importance of curating a decolonial curriculum for students and researchers that not only challenges much of the mythology that has long been passed for historical fact but challenges these narratives and replaces them with more accurate accounts by communities that have traditionally been marginalized and had their perspective erased from U.S. history books. With that said, we here at Step Off! Radio hope that you all enjoy our discussion with Stacey Uy of Radical History Club.
140 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Maria's Seed - The Jaguar Arreola Episode
In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio, we had the chance to interview Jaguar Arreola, 1/2 of Indigenous-Chicano Rap duo Kozmik Force come on the show to discuss his very first solo project 'Maria’s Seed', the latest effort in the Inland Empire based emcee’s ever-growing catalog of work. Coming right on the heels of Kozmik’ Force’s third project Ceremony On Concrete which dropped late last year in 2019, Jaguar continues on in the long tradition of conscious, politically engaged music he has come to be known for. Continuing on with his strong critique of the U.S. government, the criminal justice system, and pro-Chicano/Indigenous empowerment philosophy. Likewise, Jag discusses the personal, intimate nature of his latest record, the inspirations the led him to create a solo project, as well the impact of COVID-19 in BIPOC communities, state violence over the summer, and the struggles we have all faced in 2020. With that said, we hope that you all enjoy our discussion with Jaguar Arreola on Step Off! Radio
57 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
Ambition In Transition - The Juan Carlos-Lozano Episode
In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio we interview Juan Carlos Lozano, a musician, entrepreneur, and community organizer based out of San Diego, California. In our conversation we had the chance to discuss his background as a community organizer, as well as little about his backstory growing here in San Diego, and how the legacy of the U.S./Mexico has had a direct impact not just on his family but has played a key central part in his activism. Likewise, we were also able to discuss his work as a musician, his experience hosting several podcasts, Village Voice Radion for People Over Profits SD and The Pablo Aceves podcast for Unión del Barrio, him embarking in other ventures like starting his own business Perseverance Clothing, and even some of his thoughts on the 2020 presidential election. With that said, we here at Step Off! Radio hope that you all enjoy our discussion with Juan Carlos Lozano.
30 minutes | Sep 11, 2020
Keep Going, Keep Growing - The Soni López-Chávez Episode
For many artists, the COVID-19 pandemic has delivered an absolutely devastating blow to the creative arts scene. In a profession already often filled with highs, lows, and hardship, even in the best of times, the pandemic and the subsequent economic shutdowns over the past several months have been an absolutely devastating obstacle for many artists, musicians, and creators to overcome. San Diego’s creative art scene, of course, has been no exception to this alarming trend. Particularly Barrio Logan’s art and cultural district, whose artists and creatives have taken a disproportionate hit over the past several months. With many galleries, studios, and music venues still shuttered, artists in the neighborhood have been cut off from the events and spaces they’ve relied upon in the past to showcase their art and bring in a steady income. While virtually all artists having been forced to adapt to these new sets of challenges and circumstances over the past several months, ingenuity and inspiration in the era of COVID-19 have manifested an explosion of creativity and innovation in a variety of unexpected ways. And perhaps no one has utilized this time as creatively and meticulously as local artist and co-owner of La Bodega Gallery owner Soni López-Chávez. Since March, Soni has embarked on an ongoing art series of digital art pieces highlighting a wide variety of subject matter. From the plight of street vendors, the Black Lives Matter Movement, immigrant rights, Indigenous sovereignty, women’s rights, mental health awareness as well as LGBT issues. While the series covers a wide variety of different topics and causes, the overall encompassing themes all revolve around the empowerment of marginalized and vulnerable communities. While all of these struggles have existed for decades, the pandemic has brought many of these issues to a head and at the forefront of the public’s attention. In today’s episode, we had the opportunity to speak with Soni about her series and how she’s used her time during the pandemic to bring awareness through her art. With that said, we hope you all enjoy our interview with Soni López-Chávez.
71 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Under The Bridge - The Spirit Of Chicano Park Episode With Beatrice Zamora
In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio, we had the chance to interview Beatrice Zamora, author of a brand new children's book The Spirit of Chicano Park / El espiritu del Parque Chicano, a new bilingual, children’s picture book written by Zamora and illustrated by artist Maira Meza that depicts the creation of the iconic landmark located in the neighborhood of Barrio Logan in San Diego, California. Originally born in Barrio Logan, Zamora was raised in the city of La Puenta in the eastern region of L.A. county. She eventually returned to San Diego in 1979 to complete her Master’s program at San Diego State University and donned a variety of hats in the community of Barrio Logan and beyond ever since. In our discussion, we had the opportunity to talk with Beatrice about her early life growing up in Los Angeles, and her journey that ultimately brought her back to Barrio Logan. Likewise, we also discuss her tenure as an instructor teaching La Danza Mexi’cayotl, traditional Azteca-Chichimeca Dance, and how her career in academia and involvement community organizing would ultimately play into here affinity for writing and inspire to her write a book dedicated to the history of Chicano Park. In addition, we also discuss the importance of representation in children's literature and the significance that the legacy of Chicano Park still maintains fifty years after its founding. With that said, we hope that you all enjoy our discussion with Beatrice Zamora on Step Off! Radio
50 minutes | May 19, 2020
Ancestral Art For The Modern Age - The Edgar Fernandez Episode
In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio, we had the chance to interview Phoenix-based visual artist Edgar Fernandez also known as 8Ahau. Edgar Fernandez is a Chicano muralist and multi-disciplined artist from Phoenix Arizona. He was born in Los Angeles California in the early 90s and is the son of immigrant parents who migrated from Mexico to the United States in the 1980’s. Coming of age in Phoenix, Edgar expressed himself through his love of graffiti and Hip-Hop culture which would further drive his love for creating art, eventually taking art classes Phoenix College. Edgar would continue his education at the ASU School of Art, where he transferred to after receiving the Chicanos por la Cause scholarship. Edgar Fernandez is part of the latest generation of Chicano muralist, whose art is rooted in a position that is decidedly pro-Indigenous and exuberates a strong sense of Chicano identity. His depictions of Meso-American art, culture, and folklore; intermixed with contemporary American politics, pop culture, Chicano culture, and modern art movements such as graffiti which make his art a one of kind spectacle that pushes the long and decorated legacy of Mexican and Mexican-American muralist in fine American art. In our discussion, we had the opportunity to talk with Edgar about his early life growing up in Los Angeles, Michigan, and eventually settling in Phoenix, Arizona. His experience as a child discovering his artistic talents drawing cartoon characters, his venture into Phoenix's graffiti scene. Likewise, we also had the opportunity to discuss his thoughts on the increasing mainstream popularity of Mexican culture within broader U.S. culture, cultural appropriation vs. cultural appreciation, and the role that artists play in today's deeply partisan and divided society. With that said, we here at Step Off! Radio hope that you all enjoy our discussion with Edgar Fernandez aka 8Ahua.
65 minutes | Feb 26, 2020
Our Lives Matter - The Justice for Our Lives Episode with Oree Originol
In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio we interview Oree Originol, an acclaimed Oakland based visual artist Justice For Our Lives, an open-source digital portrait series of people who have been killed by US law enforcement. Since 2014, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement Oree’s bold artwork of black and white portraits has served as pivotal instruments in supporting families of those unjustly killed at the hands of police and who are fighting for justice against state-sponsored terrorism in the United States. Over the past six years, Oree’s artwork has been reproduced and disseminated worldwide in public demonstrations, protests, classrooms, art galleries, as street art, and online through numerous social media platforms and websites. In our discussion, we had the opportunity to talk Oree’s early life growing up in North-East Los Angeles, his experience as a child discovering his artistic talents drawing cartoon figures in school, the gang culture of 90s era Los Angles which permeated his neighborhood which would inspire him to seek recognition as a graffiti artist & increased visibility as a tagger in L.A.’s graffiti scene. As well as his eventual journey into activism following his move to Oakland in 2009 which has ultimately culminated into Justice For Our Lives where he continues developing his art and activism; sharing his skills with the Bay Area community and beyond. With that said, we here at Step Off! Radio hope that you all enjoy our discussion with Oree Originol.
65 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
Fight For The Fiftieth - The José Cortés Episode
In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio we interview former co-host José Cortés, who is running in California's 50th Congressional District located in the southern portion of the state and includes much of San Diego County and portions of Riverside County. As a candidate running on the ballot for the Peace and Freedom Party of California, Cortés joins a crowded field of candidates which includes Democratic candidates Ammar Campa-Najjar and Marisa Calderon. Republican candidates Carl DeMaio, Darrell Issa, Brian Jones, and Nathan Wilkins, as well as Independent candidates Helen Horvath, Lucinda Jahn, and Henry Ota. Since 2016, José Cortés has been on the front lines of the fight against police brutality, concentration camps, and the exploitation of low-income tenants. He has helped organize for national liberation in Barrio Logan alongside Chicano Park defenders, he stands in solidarity with the struggle for socialism in Venezuela and Cuba, and he supports the right of self-determination and reparations for the people of Hawaii, Puerto Rico and all nations oppressed by U.S. imperialism and colonialism. We had the chance to catch up with José, and discuss the campaign he and his team have been running in the fiftieth district, talk about what platforms he’s running on, what stances he would take as an elected member of Congress, discuss the nuances of running as a socialist candidate here in the United States. As well as discuss the unique challenges the campaign poses as the lone Chicano candidate in the race running in a district that historically has been a conservative stronghold and has not historically been known for any sort of progressive representation. We hope you guys enjoy the episode and I really hope that you guys keep rocking with us as we go into 2020 as well as our second year here on Step Off! Radio. We got a lot of really cool guests and new stories that we’re looking forward to telling here in 2020. With that said, we at Step Off! Radio hope that you all enjoy our discussion with José Cortés.
108 minutes | Oct 21, 2019
Lighter Shade Of Reality - The Lighter Shade Of Brown Episode With ODM
When discussing the pioneering figures of what would eventually come to be known as Chicano Rap, there is perhaps no group more iconic and more revered than A Lighter Shade of Brown. Formed in Riverside, CA, in 1990, when ODM (One Dope Mexican, born Robert Gutierrez) was introduced to DTTX (Don't Try to Xerox, born Bobby Ramirez); the duo was part of an explosion of Latin Hip-Hop groups and artists to rise to prominence in the late 1980s and early-'90s; joining the likes of Mellow Man Ace, Kid Frost, Proper Dos, Aztec Tribe, Hi-C, Delinquent Habits, Fundoobiest, Psycho Realm & Cypress Hill among a cavalcade of others to rise to prominence in the early part of the decade. Over the course of nine years, the duo released a string of five albums and provided songs for films such as Mi Vida Loca, Bulletproof and I Like It Like That and penning some of the most iconic songs in the Chicano Rap sub-genre. While the duo didn't quite become household Hip-Hop names, or reach the level of mainstream success as some of their contemporaries; Lighter Shade of Brown was nonetheless a groundbreaking duo that not only helped break down barriers for Chicanos in Hip-Hop during the early 90s but Latino emcees of various backgrounds across the nation. Having paved the way and helped create an entirely new lane for modern Chicano rappers to follow Lighter Shade of Brown's status and contributions to Hip-Hop are forever cemented in their music and their legacy; their music is still enjoyed by countless fans to this very day. We had the chance to talk with ODM and discuss the origins of the group, the history behind some of their most iconic songs, the rise, decline, and resurgence of Lighter Shade of Brown, as well the days leading up to DTTX's tragic passing in 2016. With that said, we are proud to present the twelfth episode of Step Off! Radio with ODM of Lighter Shade of Brown.
87 minutes | Sep 10, 2019
An Artist's Duty - The Digital Dust Mites Episode With Tall Can & Pawps The Medic
Earlier this year we had the pleasure of talking with Tall Can, who you may remember from our second episode of the year back in February. Tall Can has once again returned to Step Off! Radio, this time as one-half of the duo Digital Dust Mites which consists of both Tall Can and Pawps the Medic; the group's producer and DJ. For the past several years since 2012, both Tall Can and Pawps have been producing their own unique brand of Hip-Hop as the Digital Dust Mites, recording dozens of songs, having amassed an extensive catalog of music for a variety of projects, albums, EP’s and singles. Tall Can and Pawps came on the show to talk about their brand new album the Lost Frequencies LP as well as discuss the humble origins of the group, the development of their unique sound, their thoughts on the current state of affairs regarding politics and social activism in Hip-Hop as well as their here experiences here in the local San Diego Hip-Hop scene and upcoming musical endeavors. With that said, we are proud to present the eleventh episode of Step Off! Radio with Tall Can and Pawps the Medic aka Digital Dust Mites
74 minutes | Jul 15, 2019
Make Sense Of Your Story - The Nate 'KnewBalance' Whitsell Episode
It is an understatement to say that Nate Whitsell is a wearer of many hats and of most versatile figures in the local San Diego Hip-Hop scene. He’s an emcee, a music journalist, an English teacher at Garfield High School and he is the founder of SDLovesHipHop.com; one of the premier online Hip-Hop publications based out of San Diego, California. As an educator, artist and music journalist he has been determined to increase readership in the local San Diego Hip-Hop community that believes in the power of Hip-Hop to serve as a sounding board for the masses. Since founding the website 2015, SDLovesHipHop.com has served as a platform to publicly facilitate a conversation about Hip-Hop music and culture as well as a catalyst for real, meaningful change; both in the lives of individuals and in our own greater communities abroad. Single-handedly and methodically documenting the music, culture and countless individuals who participate in and enjoy the art form all across the region. We had the pleasure of sitting down Nate where we got discuss among other things; his experiences and inspirations from his early life and childhood, as well as the origins of his early music and journalism career. Likewise, we also got to discuss his thoughts and experiences as an educator in the San Diego Unified School District, his thoughts on the constantly growing and expanding local San Diego Hip-Hop scene, as well as what the immediate future holds for SDLovesHipHop.com and his music. With that said, we are proud to present the tenth episode of Step Off! Radio with Nate ‘KnewBalance’ Whitsell.
85 minutes | Jul 8, 2019
Beauty In The Grime - The DJ Root Episode
For years San Diego has cultivated small but dedicated Hip-Hop scene which has become increasingly more and more interconnected; and grown at a tremendous rate over the years. While there are hundreds, perhaps even thousands of various emcees, DJs and producers who regularly contribute to the local; one of it’s most dedicated and tireless advocates is none other than producer of theme music DJ Root. DJ Root of the No Sucker DJs Crew returned to Step Off! Magazine making his first appearance on Step Off! Radio to discuss the growth of the San Diego local Hip-Hop scene, the upcoming fifth anniversary of the San Diego Battle-Bot competition and as well as the region’s contributions to the bigger discussion on Hip-Hop’s influence on society. Likewise, we also got to discuss the genre’s ability of spreading awareness and social conscious through the power of music, culture, and the power of uplifting and empowering our communities. With that said, we are proud to present the seventh episode of Step Off! Radio with DJ Root
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