Our entire SPENTRadio crew, JD, BNos and BVanek were back in the studio together for the first time in a few shows. We were also joined by bay area hip hop artist Lateef the Truthspeaker (@TruthspeakerHQ). Like many of our recent guests we are fans of their work and their art, and jumped at the opportunity to get to know them a little more, along with our listeners, while sharing their stories with the world. Lateef is definitely one of those artists that we always wanted to learn a little more about.
JD and Lateef start the show with some sports talk, more specifically our Golden State Warriors and the NBA Playoff picture, NFL Draft, our “beloved” Oakland Raiders, the “coach killer” Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers. We know it’s been a while since JD has gotten in some quality sports talk on the show, and Lateef was able to keep up with the quick wit and knowledge and perspective of his own to offer. Continue reading →
“B Squared” returned to the Hieroglyphics HQ building in Oakland, CA to have a conversation with Phesto from Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics. As long time HIERO fans, an ongoing talking point amongst JD and BNosanchuk was the mystery surrounding Phesto D. We were very interested in finding out more about the Souls of Mischief member. Continue reading →
I’ve been a pretty big UFC fan and supporter for many years, and I was able to attend my first live UFC show. They’d come through to Oakland, Sacramento and San Jose in years past but for one reason or another never went to a show. When UFC announced they were returning to the bay area for UFC on FOX 7 I was excited and knew I had to get my tickets to be in the building. Continue reading →
This week on the DJ podcast, I mean SPENTRadio we are joined by DJ D Sharp. He’s currently the Official DJ Golden State Warriors, but his story is much more than just that. D Sharp takes us through his Oakland roots and how he started to meet other people making music. He’s shared a great story about Souls of Mischief and prepping for their first tour. D Sharp is continuing to build his reputation as an A-list DJ, meaning that in the not-so-distant future, D Sharp hopes to join the ranks of fellow letter + noun DJs like A-Trak and Z-Trip in the upper echelons of DJ society. Continue reading →
Zion-I are Oakland legends. Just so happens they often work and collaborate with a couple of other Legends, The Grouch and Eligh from Living Legends. I recognize its a special occasion when Zion-I hook up with The Grouch, but when they also call up Eligh it adds an extra level of hip hop magic that few other groups can create. Continue reading →
BVan (@BVan3d) and JD (@spentradio) take the time to sit down with the emerging musician Stefano Langone (@Stefano). While he was introduced to the world with his amazing story on American Idol, he has since graduated to an international career and is on the verge of releasing his first album. Continue reading →
BNos and Bvan aka “B Squared” sat down with the one and only Z-Trip while he was in town before his show at The New Parish in Oakland, CA. Z talked to us about what it meant to return to and perform in Oakland, and even let us in on the fact that he was very close to moving to Northern California at one time. We touched on his recent big Grammy performance with LL Cool J. He broke down how that all came together quickly and even spoke on working with LL for the past few years. Continue reading →
As hip hop fans and long time Bay Area residents, we are very familiar with the Hieroglyphics; Souls of Mischief, (Tajai, Opio, A+, Phesto D) Casual, Pep Love, Domino and Del The Funky Homosapien. Not only are they independent music legends as a collective and artistic leaders, but they each have solo work collaborative work. Opio (@opiohierosom) and Pep Love (@PepLava) make up First Light the latest duo project to emerge from the Hieroglyphics crew. Continue reading →
We were happy and pleased to welcome back to SPENTRadio, DJ Platurn (@Platurn). It’d been a while since we’d spoken to Platurn back when we were on Blogtalkradio.
We talked a little fallout and follow up from the Tribe Called Quest doc and another project in the works from a producer on that film. He gave us some very candid opinions on some celebrity DJs as well as the all the new “button pushers and knob twisters” calling themselves DJs. First Friday Oakland Art Crawl and the recent tragedy. We talk about his response and call to arms of the local people responsible for Oakland nightlife and community.