SPENTRadio returned to Hiero Day for our second consecutive year (It’s the 3rd annual Hiero Day) to get some podcast action in. We were so excited to return after such a successful event and podcast in 2013. We were fortunate enough to have ample recording space over in the media area and the event’s organizers had scheduled several artists/performers time to meet with us and other media outlets. Continue reading
November 22, 2013
San Francisco, CA
By Bryan Nosanchuk
They perform live up and down California regularly, but no show is more special for Zion-I than their own curated Hella Fresh Fest, formally Paid in Full. The party was at the DNA Lounge this year with 2 rooms and stages of performers. The intimate venue really allowed for fans to meet and mix it up with several of the artists. Continue reading
We were joined by both Infinite and Soulati in this episode. Both are long time collaborators and members of Felonious, bay area’s live hip-hop music and theater collective. Infinite has called into our show in the past, but this was our first opportunity to connect face to face with him and close friend and band mate Soulati. Both perform as emcees within Felonious in addition to being the two beat boxers within the group. While Felonious, as a group, has stopped performing live as often as they once did, Infinite and Soulati continue to create their own music and art; often working with each other still. Continue reading
October 4, 2013
By Bryan Nosanchuk
After Rock the Bells cancelled on me, my hip hop buddy Brian and I had to make the most of a trip out to New York. Closest show we found that caught our interest was a rave event with RJD2 and Zeds Dead. I’m very selective with my electronic music and have a few DJs and producers that I enjoy and would want to see live. RJD2 is one of those DJs who rides the fence well and is able to bridge the gap between so many genres of music including hip hop, dance, jazz, soul and so many others. He’s one of only a few pioneers in the music industry. It was so much fun and a real pleasure to finally see him perform live. He rocked that shit with 4 turntable decks and a live drummer!
Zeds Dead headlined. They were cool and had the crowd dancing and jumping, but in my eyes did not compare to the work and performance that RJD2 put in.
In addition to the concert we had a kick ass trip. I went to a real NY comedy show, Central Park, and had THE Pastrami at Katz’s Deli, ran into a bay area comic buddy out on Long Island and went to Coney Island and had a Nathan’s Famous dog. Most importantly I got to spend some time with my east coast family who I rarely get to see, but love and enjoy every moment with them. I wish we all could see each other more often, and I look forward to seeing some that I missed on my next trip someday.
We had Shomari Smith on the show this episode and we are quite pleased we did. Smith is the director of “Til Infinity” a documentary on the Souls of Mischief and the 20th anniversary of ‘93 Til Infinity, the classic hip hop album. We were pleased to learn a lot more about him and his various artistic talents in addition to filmmaking.
It was fascinating hearing some old Hiero and Souls of Mischief stories from someone who has been so close to the group for so many years, but still being an outsider of sorts. Watching the group grow and evolve from such a close proximity while continuing to build and develop his own craft as an artist himself. We learned just how his relationship and previous work lead up to the decision to create a film about Souls of Mischief. Continue reading
Sept. 2, 2013
By Bryan Nosanchuk
I went out to celebrate the 20 year legacy of the Hieroglyphics out at Hiero Day. Hieroglyphics Imperium teamed up with Oakland-based Linden Street Brewery to present the Second Annual Hiero Day block party on Monday, September 2, 2013. ‘Hiero Day, the free all day music festival that featured live performances by the legendary Hieroglyphics and other special guests, local merchandise vendors, food trucks, and interactive activities for all ages.
These are some of the highlights I was able to capture when I wasn’t also podcasting with my SPENTRadio team.
’93 Til Infinity will always be known as Souls of Mischief’s biggest and most well known songs and for good reason. Cab Fare isn’t as well known, but it has always been one of my favorites. Cab Fare was only released as a bonus track on a Hiero Oldies compilation, and was rarely ever played or performed at their live shows.
Deuce Eclipse came out to the SPENT compound to “get down” with us. BNos first saw Eclipse perform along Zion-I years ago and has followed his artistic career since. As with several of our guests so far we knew him from seeing and chatting briefly at shows and events, but we wanted to get to know him better as he’s got a great story of his own. Continue reading
San Francisco, CA
Though I’ve only ever seen the Living Legends live only once, I’m a fan of several of the artists solo and side projects. I know the quality of hop hop that come from these artists including Sunspot Jonz. Its an easy sell for me when they’ve also got Hieroglyphics member, Pep Love on the bill. Sunspot teamed up with producer BOAC for this newest Skywalkers project.
It was also my first time to Brick and Mortar Music Hall. I’d heard of some of their recent problems with the city and wanted to see what all the fuss with the venue was all about. Pretty cool little place. I’d return to see another great show.