Adrian Younge’s Retro Futurism
The soundtrack of Adrian Younge’s mind includes Ennio Morricone, blaxploitation movies, Jay Z, Kendrick and Wu Tang recorded in his studio on analog where he plays all the instruments. Also a filmmaker, it all comes together in The American Negro, the multi-media project he describes as James Baldwin hooked up with Marvin Gaye produced by David Axelrod. We discuss the aforementioned, the sorry state of pop and why he thinks the past is a blast.
Al Baseer Holly – From Hip Hop to Hip Art
Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, The Fugees, Pharrell all wanted a piece of Philly’s Most Wanted, but then the dream fell apart, forcing Al Baseer Holly to go back to the beginning, finding comfort and success in his first love, painting. We talk about the early days, what went wrong, how he’d do it different and why painting Rita Ora’s Birkin Bag changed everything.
Lila Iké -- Reggae’s New Sound and Star
Lila Iké rocks to her own melody, a fusion of contemporary reggae with elements of soul, hip hop, and dance hall. We talk about her producer/mentor Protoje, the enduring legacy of Lauryn Hill and how she and fellow women recording artists like Koffee, Sevana and Jaz Elise are changing the game.
Josh Madden has an outsized role at MDDN, a management and production company founded by his brothers, Benji and Joel Madden. Living at the intersection of art, music, and fashion, he launched Nylon Men's Magazine and is a creative director of streetwear brands X-girl and X-Large. We take the cultural temperature and talk about growing up in Maryland, when he knew his twin brothers were superstars, why print magazines matter and the eternal appeal of Michael Stipe.
Kennedi Carter -- Photography’s Phenomenal Phenom
It's extremely rare for a 21 year-old of any race or gender to shoot the cover of a fashion magazine such as British Vogue, especially when it’s Beyonce on the other side of the lens. Carter still doesn’t quite know how she came to be one of our era’s most sought-after photographers, but we kick some theories around. We talk about her love of the south, black cowboys, personal v commercial work and, of course, The Queen Beyonce.
Jason Calacanis -- On Poker and the Art of Angel Investing
Jason Calacanis likes to play high stakes Poker and bet on tech startups like Uber when it was little more than a penny stock. Perhaps best known for Launch, a meetup and schmoozefest for aspiring entrepreneurs, he also hosts the podcast This Week In Startups, is a regular on Squawk Box, an intimate of tech moguls, an adversary of Mark Zuckerberg, and an all-around gadfly.
Tengku Jamidah– Her Highness
Of Malaysian royal birth and a celebrated fashion entrepreneur back home, Tengku Jamidah decided to ditch it all and move to America where she has emerged as a cannabis activist advocating for its use in wellness and spiritual growth. We talk about her youth in a country where possession of cannabis can lead to a death sentence, its long history in Asian religion and medicine and how she went from a non-smoker to where she is today.
Shawn Gold– On Cannabis and Creativity
Marketing maven Shawn Gold has launched Pilgrim Soul, a company engineered to optimize human performance around cannabis and creative thinking. We talk about a workbook he published and the special cannabis blend he created to facilitate the process, the financial challenges of being ahead of the curve, psychedelics in the tech world, getting high with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, what he thinks of Snoop Dogg’s weed and why you shouldn't email your boss when you’re stoned.
June Ambrose -- Hip Hop’s Fashion Futurist
Caribbean born, Bronx raised, Ambrose is responsible for some of hip hop's most iconic images: Jay-Z, Missy Elliott and Nas have all benefited from her creativity. Newly appointed creative director of Puma, she has a slew of “projects'' in the works and her first collection coming this fall. We speculate about the future of athleisure post Corona, laugh at her brief stint in finance, and ponder the meaning of Jay-Z’s suit v. Mark Zuckerberg’s hoodie.