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Video: Q-Tip at Red Bull Music Academy (NYC)

The Red Bull Music Academy is an international workshop that has been happening annually for the past 15 years. Earlier this year it took place in NYC. While this video is over 5 months old, it’s also 2 hours long, and I’m JUST getting a chance to finally finish watching the whole thing. Thought it would be great to share, and if you don’t have 2 hours right now to watch it… Bookmark it and come back. Press play below to see Chairman Mao & Q-Tip chop it up on everything from equipment, production techniques, and what challenges Q-Tip.



Inspiration: Leon Ware – Jump Start Your Heart (Video)

The Booth is an art exhibition fused with various forms of expression. This video is from the Inaugural theme, Jump Start Your Heart, in which Motown Legend, Leon Ware expresses his take on the subject. Leon Ware also displays a wonderful performance of his acclaimed song, I Want You. For more info on The Booth please visit

Leon Ware is a legendary Motown singer and songwritter. Over the past 40 years he has written songs for Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Average White Band, Maxwell, Loose Ends, James Ingram, etc.

My good friend Kat Goduco recently caught up with Mr. Leon Ware out in LA and shot this intimate video, check it out.

Also here’s a lecture from Leon Ware from the Red Bull Music Academy in Seattle Circa 2005.


Event: Red Bull Music Academy x Akai MPC Renaissance Workshop

On Friday April 2nd, I hosted the Red Bull Music Academy x Akai MPC workshop to showcase the new Akai Pro MPC Renaissance. This also served as an opportunity for Atlanta artists to turn in their applications for the 2012 Red Bull Music Academy. It all took place at Tree Sounds Studios with special guest Dan Gill (Akai), Sean C (Producer, Hitmen), and some of ATL’s emerging producers including: DJ Burn One, DJ Pocket, Salem Psalms, Herobust, Groove Chambers, Morgan The Mexican, etc.

The MPC Renaissance is Akai’s new drum machine / work station that has NOT been released for public purchase yet. This event served as a great opportunity for music gear heads to check out the latest and greatest. Even those not into making beats such as myself could learn a new trick or two.

The next day there was a private session held at Patchwerk Studios with the Big Boy producers: Don Cannon, Brian Michael Cox, Jazze Pha, Etc. Producers seem to be pretty excited about the MPC Renaissance. Akai has officially changed the way users will connect with the MPC, now lets see if producers use this device to create a new musical landscape that we can connect with. The future awaits.

My guess is you’ll see the Renaissance make an appearance at the 2012 Red Bull Music Academy sessions in New York City this fall as well.

Check out some pics as well as some video from the 3 Little Digs.


3 Little Digs “First Look” at the Akai Pro MPC Renaissance: Video

Watch as Dan Gill, Product Manager for Akai Pro and legendary producer Sean C visit 3 Little Digs Headquarters to showcase the much anticipated Akai Pro MPC Renaissance as part of the Red Bull Music Academy music workshop series.

Shouts to Mali at Tree Sounds for having us.


Events: Red Bull Music Academy Atlanta Session (Recap)

On Sunday March 11th I hosted the Red Bull Music Academy Atlanta Session / kick off party at Cloud IX Lounge in Castleberry Hill. The event was designed for Atlanta tastemakers and artists to learn more about what Red Bull Music Academy is. It also served as a chance to pick up copies of the 2012 Red Bull Music Academy application, various assets CD (which features music from last years Academy in Madrid, Spain), network with other artists, as well as catch RBMA Alum DJ Rasta Root speak about his experience with attending the Academy in Rome, Italy.

DJ Rasta Root had some great stories to share about his experience at the Rome session. Everything from meeting legendary engineer Bob Power to seeing Serato being used for the first time Afterwards we opened it up for a Q&A with Roots. Definitely a great event. Thanks to everybody who got a chance to attend as well as the Red Bull fam: Mike Vaughn, Ciji, Alex, and Hustle.


The Red Bull Music Academy is open to all artists, musicians, producers, DJ’s, of all genres worldwide. The 2012 Academy will be held in NYC this fall, but applications to attend are due by April 2nd which is RIGHT around the corner. For all ATL artists, if you have completed your application and have it envelope sealed and ready to go, let me know and I’ll mail it out for you. Just drop me at line at

Check out Red Bull Music Academy for more info, past lectures, stories, music, etc.


Events: Red Bull Music Academy Kick Off Party / Session Sunday March 11th (ATL)

If you are an artist in ATL make sure you stop by the Red Bull Music Academy kick off party / session this Sunday March 11th. This will be the opportunity for artists interested in applying for this years Academy to pick up a physical application, as well as find out more info on what RBMA is. I will be speaking with special guest DJ Rasta Root, ATL based DJ who attended the Academy in Rome, Italy. The event is totally free. It’s going down this Sunday March 11th, 2012 from 4pm-6pm at Cloud IX Lounge (Downstairs Room) 177 Peters Street (Castleberry Hill). Looking forward to seeing you all there.


Be sure to check out for more info on this years Academy in New York City. Applications are due April 2nd.

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Video: Cognito Hosts Red Bull Music Academy Lectures In LA w/ Ali Shaheed & Maseo

My big bro Cognito recently hosted Red Bull Music Academy lectures in Los Angeles where he interviewed Ali Shaheed Muhammad (ATCQ/Lucy Pearl) and Maseo (De La Soul) in a room full of music enthusiasts.


Check out the full video footage from both lectures below:

Ali Shaheed speaks on his origins of DJing and producing.

Lecture: Ali Shaheed Muhammad (Los Angeles 2012) from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo.

Maseo (Plug 3) speaks on the origins of DJ Maseo, producing “Me, Myself & I” at 15 years old, and making his first $300 bucks.

Lecture: Maseo of De La Soul (Los Angeles 2012) from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo.

Check Frolab for more pics.

And make sure you apply for the Red Bull Music Academy which will be in NYC this Fall. Applications are available now and are due on April 2nd.


Lecture: Masters At Work RBMA San Fran 2012

Kenny Dope and Little Louie Vegas aka Masters At Work are like the Outkast of house music. Very different personalities, but the one thing they share in common is their love for making and playing music.

I got a chance to meet Masters At Work during the Red Bulll Music Academy activities in San Fran. I caught a picture with both Kenny Dope and Little Louie Vega but it near impossible to get a pic with both of them in it.

Anyway check out the pics as well as listen to audio for their party at 103 Harriet via Red Bull Music Academy Radio.


Their name says it all – Masters At Work. ‘Little’ Louie Vega and Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez celebrate 20 years together, channeling dance music down new paths with their inventive production style and imaginative feel for different musical forms. The two native New Yorkers have amassed an overwhelming body of work including hundreds of original productions and defiantly mix everything they can find – house, hip hop, funk, disco, Latin, African and jazz – into a universal groove. XLR8R’s Shawn Reynaldo sits down with them on the couch during Red Bull Music Academy’s ‘New York City to SF Bay’ lecture series in San Francisco to discuss the start of their careers and dissolving the barriers between genres.

Lecture: Masters at Work (San Francisco, 2012) from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo.

Masters At Work Live In San Fran Part 1

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Video: Stretch And Bobbito Reunite In San Francisco

I was on hand to witness history a few weeks ago in San Francisco. Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia reunited during a few days of Red Bull Music Academy events to highlight the Academy being in New York City this fall. As a BIG fan of the radio show, I was honored to hear stories of the show’s creation, what artist stretch & bob thought were going to be large and in charge, etc.

Check out some pics… then check out some video footage… THEN… listen to Stretch & Bob spin live at Mighty SF on Red Bull Music Academy Radio. WOW! What a way to start 2012!!! Don’t sleep on Red Bull Music Academy.


Presented for your viewing pleasure: Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia of the famed Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show – a/k/a, the greatest hip-hop radio show of all-time! – sit down with our own Chairman Mao for an entertaining and insightful hour-and-a-half interview/lecture at last week’s Red Bull Music Academy “NYC to SF Bay” program in San Francisco. Yup, long-time fans – it’s all covered here: the nervous early days when, as Stretch puts it, “at least 15 people were listening,” the classic freestyles (Big L with Jay-Z; Nas) and world premiere appearances (Wu-Tang; B.I.G.), the 4AM “Krunchtime” snap sessions – even the time a desperate listener called in seeking legal counsel from Bob after allegedly bucking someone down. Also discussed: why the show eventually ran its course (and episodes of playing records the other person wouldn’t like to piss him off), moving on from hip-hop, and how this particular broadcast with all its quirks and mystique will forever represent a classic New York City sensibility. “Eighty-nine tech-nine” 4eva! Spotted at Ego Trip Land.

If you watch towards the end you will see a cameo by yours truly Señor Kaos. I was really just trying to get an answer to a question I always wondered about.

Lecture: Stretch and Bobbito (San Francisco, 2012) from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo.

After the lecture with Chairman Mao, Stretch And Bob rock the party at Mighty SF. Shouts to the homie Rubix who came thru. Dave Chapelle was in the building, a snapped a quick pic of him (Dave doesn’t really like taking pictures) on stage with Bobbito, then I danced until my clothes were sweated out and my knee was killing me! Oh What A Night... check out the audio, broken down into 3 parts below. This audio was recored by the good people at Red Bull Music Academy Radio. Bet you didn’t know Red Bull had a music academy or a radio station… doing BIG things. The station is CRAZY too. Music from various genres, mixes, live performances, interviews, a lot more diverse than the same 8 songs you hear on your local radio all day for sure, check it out.

The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show is the best hip hop radio show of all time, period. Broadcasting out of Columbia University’s WKCR every Thursday night from 1am to 5am between 1990 and 1998, Adrian “Stretch Armstrong” Bartos and Robert “Bobbito” Garcia launched the career of countless MC’s from the East coast, including Nas, The Notorious B.I.G, Big Pun, and Busta Rhymes to name but a few. With their witty commentary, razor-sharp mixing skills and obsessive passion for unearthing the next freshest beat and rhyme in the universe, they had fans around the world on lock and inspired generations of radio hosts to come. Big L and Jay-Z freestyling back to back? Check. Dubplates cut from demo tapes at Sugar Minott’s Brooklyn studio? Check. Legendary on-air phone calls with aspiring rappers? Check. The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show was more than a radio show. It was the epitome of 90s New York rap, the backbone of an industry (without ever being part of the industry), and still ranks as one of the greatest documents of that era. Both Stretch and Bob have long gone on to engage in other ventures, running labels, making movies and of course DJing solo around the globe. In January 2012 though, they reunited for a lecture and DJ set during the Red Bull Music Academy Session in San Francisco. Hear them tear the Mighty SF apart with an impeccable selection of tunes that inspired their show back in the 90s, as well as legendary Bay Area DJ, Shortkut of Invisbl Skratch Piklz and Beat Junkies fame, warming up and paying homage to his contemporaries from the East Coast. – RBMA Radio.


Announcement: The 2012 Red Bull Music Academy Will Be In New York City!!!


The Red Bull Music Academy has toured the world for the past 15 years hitting spots like Rome, Seattle, Toronto, Melbourne, London, Barcelona, Madrid, etc. This year the Red Bull Music Academy will be bringing it back to the U.S. to be hosted in New York City this fall.

The Red Bull Music Academy is open to artists of all genres, musicians, producers, instrumentalists, engineers, DJ’s, etc. Every year 60 people are chosen from around the world to attend the academy. The goal is find musicians who are working to change the musical landscape of today as well as the future. It’s totally FREE to apply, all you have to do is download, print, and fill out the application.

… Why are you still reading this? GO now.. head over to to find out more today. Don’t say we didn’t tell you about it!


Stories: Señor Kaos Meets Gary Bartz At Red Bull Music Academy San Fran Kick Off


Last we spoke I told you I was headed to San Francisco (The Bay) for the Red Bull Music Academy 2012 meet up. This is where all the Mr/Ms X’s (Red Bull Music Academy Ambassadors) meet up, learn what’s happening for the year, network, as well as get a taste of what the Academy is like.

On my first night in Cisco, I got the chance to witness saxophonist Gary Bartz perform live at Yoshi’s. As soon as I walked into the spot I met Aloe Blacc who’s music I’ve really been enjoying lately. As I’m chilling by the bar none other than Kool Bob Love, Bobbito Garcia himself pops up.

Yoshi’s a fly sushi spot that hosts Jazz musicians in the front, but they also have an auditorium in the rear of the building. I had NO idea.

Once the show started you had Gary Bartz on the Sax and vocals. In addition, he had a Pianist who was getting BUSY, a drummer who kept it in the pocket and a bassist who kept the grooves thick as gravy. If that wasn’t enough singers Bilal and Aloe Blacc were special guests, who performed covers of some of Gary’s hits as well as Stevie Wonder covers, and some of their own material. Bilal lost a few cool points reading the lyrics to Stevie Wonder’s “You Will Know” but he made up for it later in the show. Aloe Blacc covered Gary’s “Celestial Blues” which was absolutely AMAZING! The three ended up on stage together at one point covering Coltrane’s “Love Supreme.” The show was CRAZY! I’m truly blessed to say I got a chance to witness that live.

The next day I got a chance to meet Gary Bartz and hear him speak about the history of his music, how he feels about Hip Hop artists sampling his music, as well as why he HATES the word “Jazz.” Check it out for your self. Shouts to Chairman Mao who conducted the interview.


ALSO.. In case you didn’t know the Red Bull Music Academy will be in New York City (NYC) this fall. The Red Bull Music Academy is open to ALL musicians, artists, DJ’s, producers, engineers, etc. It’s like a two week musical workshop where some of the coolest artists from around the world meet up, work on music together, network, as well as witness some amazing performances, and lectures. The applications will be available this Thursday, February 2nd. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on how you can get in where you fit in.

Make sure you check out Gary Bartz on Red Bull Music Academy Radio.


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