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Rebel Radio shines a light on cultural pioneers and their influences, reflecting on the roots and future of underground culture. We engage the influencers who define what we wear, watch, listen to, and play with — and how we spend our spare time and loose change — and explore what it means to be a creative entrepreneur today.
Our weekly interview show explores the journeys of those who do it best in all areas of youth culture. We learn how they stay creative in the face of relentless distract and setbacks. How they make something where previously nothing existed, how they find inspiration and influence, as well as how they inspire and influence others, and what it takes to create movements.
Stormi Maya: You got to be unapologetic
Stormi Maya knows how to get shit done. Almost a dozen music releases this year + a movie in the works + keeping up a YouTube, OnlyFans, Instagram.
She may be best known for her appearances in the 2019 movie Hustlers, starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu or the Spike Lee series She's Gotta Have It, but Stormi is on a daily grind of creating content and building her fan base.
In our interview teaches us how to not care what the haters think, and how to sidestep the scumbags in the entertainment business.
"I find it flattering that people care about what I do. I'd be more insulted if people didn't have an opinion."
Meanwhile, she keeps putting out.
If you liked this one, check out our interviews with Rude Jude:
Jazerai Allen-Lord: Be willing to walk away
Jazerai Allen-Lord says that sneakers are at the center of modern culture.
We believe her. She's been writing about sneakers for over a decade, designed her own sneaker for Reebok, and is helping many of the major sneaker brands incorporate diverse voices into the conversation. She knows her shit.
In today's episode, Jazerai puts us up on how sneaker brands are continuing to adapt to reflect a changing society, what personal integrity means to her, and what we can all learn from hip hop (and sneaker) icon DMC.
If you liked this one, check out these interviews with other sneaker heads:
- Josh Luber (StockX) : https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/love-and-sneakers-and-hip-hop-how-to-turn-your-passion-into-profit
- Eddie Cruz (Undefeated) : https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/eddie-cruz-of-undefeated-you-have-to-stand-for-something
- Ryan Babenzien (Greats) : https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/ryan-babenzien
- Sneakertopia : https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/sneakertopia-founders-steve-justin-get-out-and-experience-culture
Shawn Prez: You have to answer the call
Shawn Prez was building an incredible career at Bad Boy Entertainment, playing a key role in turning Puffy's company into a powerhouse of hitmaking and brand building. Then, one day, he quit.
"I had to answer a greater call," he tell us.
Because of the good work he had been doing, Puffy backed Shawn on his new venture Power Moves Inc., which now does urban marketing and promotions and is also the home of Shawn's other entrepreneurial ventures: NY DJ Con, the Global Spin Awards, and the Power Move Makers Podcast.
Dang, that's a lot! Listen to our interview where Prez shares how he makes it all happen, how he handles criticism, and what we can do to learn from everyone, whether we like them or not.
Also check out :
NY DJ Con: https://nydjcon.com
Power Move Makers Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/powermove-makers-new-interviews-every-tuesday-2-pm-est/id1506204075
Global Spin Awards: https://globalspinawards.com
If you liked this one, check out our interview with Dave Weiner: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/how-to-get-on-forbes-cash-kings-list-according-to-dave-weiner
Adrian Younge: Stay focused
This week we connect with producer / composer Adrian Young for a masterclass in focus and discipline.
Adrian is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Ali Shaheed Muhammad on the music for Marvel's Luke Cage as well as the Jazz Is Dead series featuring Jazz greats including Roy Ayres. But his list of credits is long and diverse, including film scores (Black Dynamite) and collaborators including Kendrick Lamar, Fat Joe, Lloyd Banks, DJ Shadow, Schoolboy Q, Gallant, Wu-Tang Clan, and more and more.
He teaches us a bit about how he's developed that disciplined approach to getting shit done, and why having a law degree makes sense for a creative.
If you liked this one, check out our interview with Ali Shaheed Muhammad: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/final-ali-shaheed-muhammad
Arabian Prince: In order to succeed, you've got to fail
Check out Arabian Prince's latest venture at https://covitech.us. He's doing important work to help small businesses respond to COVID-19.
He was one of the founders of NWA. As he tells it, he left the group early on over business differences, but you'll also hear that the group's move into gangsta rap didn't really fit what he was about creatively.
Since then, Arabian has been on a journey to blend creative and business moves in music, entertainment, and tech and has brought us some valuable lessons on how to get that right. We also get into a little politics and racism, because it's 2020, and you know that's all that's on anyone's mind.
If you liked this one, check out our interview with AMG: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/ep-5-rapper-amg-on-how-the-rap-game-is-all-a-show-but-he-had-fun-doing-it
Icon Collective co-founder David Alexander: Be of Service
Today's episode opens with a story David was telling as we were setting up to record. It's so good that we kept it in the show. The beginning is cut off, but the setup is that he went to Ultra Music Festival one year with no ticket and no expectations whether he would get in or what kind of experience he would have if he did. His only rule: Don't ask for anything, just give.
I won't spoil the end of the story — you'll hear it in the episode — but I will say it was a great window into David's approach as an entrepreneur and human being and a great lesson about the rewards of always looking to be of service.
Lots of other great stories in this episode as we track David's journey in building the Icon Collective, an amazing music production school in LA and online (https://iconcollective.edu). Lots to learn from this one.
If you liked this one, check out our interview with Morse Code: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/dj-morse-code-how-to-struggle
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