Wednesday will mark what would have been Ras G's 41st year on the planet. Just about all of Ras' mixes are the stuff of legend. Here's one of my favorites from a few years back. If you enjoy Ras' mixes, you can buy a previously exclusive mix of his HERE, where proceeds will go to the Shorter family.
Ever wonder what happened to the great Rawkus era producer, Shawn J. Period? If so, here you go.... Amazingly, Shawn J. explains his reasoning for halting his sample-based production style on moral grounds. I disagree with his reasoning, but I certainly respect it.
BANG! @southernvangard #radio presents the SHAWN J. PERIOD® interview session! If there was ever a week where Smithsonian Grade applied, this is it. We’re documenting history over here, Vangardians, not to mention giving ya’ll straight GAME - so fix your face, sit up straight, pay attention and take notes! This producer’s history and evolution over the years is remarkable - from getting signed by Rob “Reef” Tewlow & Stretch Armstrong to Big Beat / Atlantic Records in the early 90’s as part of hip-hop trio “Down South”, transitioning to a full time producer and being mentored by some of the best in the game like JuJu & V.I.C. of The Beatnuts, T-Ray and many more to being behind the boards for what could eventually be considered one of the biggest hip-hop singles of its time, not to mention a certified classic - Mos Def’s “Universal Magnetic” b/w “If You Can Huh You Can Hear”. Shortly after that, he took what seemed like an abrupt break from music to focus on family, but has been making a calculated return to the game as of late. We get on the horn with Shawn to talk about all of this and more, including his much welcomed re-entry to the scene after the extended hiatus, why he was unknowingly WAY ahead of his time by making a move to sample-free production in the late 90’s and how he’s leveraging his invaluable experiences to launch the next phase of his career in music. Shawn talks about the soon come debut of his sound design company, Drum Stacks, his partnership and upcoming podcast with Strong Island producer Kel C and how his relationship with Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) has evolved over the years all while still maintaining their friendship. Don’t get it twisted - we get into some real nerd production ish too, but that’s way too much to get into here, so go ahead folks - press play without delay, ‘cause it’s most definitely that good good and ALWAYS that #SmithsonianGrade #TwiceAWeek #WeAreTheGard // southernvangard.com // @southernvangard on #applepodcasts #stitcherradio #soundcloud #mixcloud #youtube // #hiphop #rap #undergroundhiphop #boombap #DJ #mix #interview #podcast #ATL #WORLDWIDE #RIPCOMBATJACK
Recorded live December 1, 2019 @ Dirty Blanket Studios, Marietta, GA
Video is a great reminder that track selection and seamless blends is ultimately what makes a dope DJ, dope. I'll take this "simple" set over an award winning DMC routine any day.