G-Funk was the sound that truly brought hip-hop into the mainstream. Dr. Dre’s The Chronic ignited a cultural firestorm that would blaze for the better part of the 90s and embed rap music into every aspect of modern culture by putting streetwise, often violent storytelling over smoothed-out George Clinton samples and live instrumentation. We could take you through all of the twists and turns, but without Dre, there’s no Drake.
Our guest today, Karam Gill, is telling the Wes
Sam Spiegel tells us how about the time he critiqued Kanye West’s music, and Kanye liked it.
We dropped by Sam’s house to soak up some knowledge. He gave us water and let us in on the secrets to his success.
- How he built a company that makes music for the coolest brands in the world
- How he made a music video for his group NASA (North America, South America, not the space program) that caused an online scandal
- How he knows what kind of people he wants to hire
Today’s guest has seen all sides of the music business. Erik Abel been an artist, producer, DJ, and most recently booking agent for folks like The Beatnuts, The Cool Kids, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and DJ Quik.
He stops by Rebel Radio to share some lessons he’s learned along the road, including:
- what Chance the Rapper, Kid Rock, and Abba have in common
- why you shouldn’t drink all day and eat McDonald's
- how to get your money’s worth from a gym membership
EXTRA SPECIAL 1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY EPISODE. Today we bring you a special birthday treat: Lessons from one of the best in the business.
Never give up. That’s the lesson we get today from Dirtybird Records chief Claude VonStroke.
He’s a DJ, producer, label boss, and the leader of a tribe that trusts him to provide a full-service entertainment experience that includes events and merchandise.
The Dirtybird BBQ daylong cookout with DJs have become a favorite of fans around the
Them Jeans is our tallest guest so far! He’s a DJ, producer, and host of two popular podcasts: The Stew (food) and Tall Tales (music). Josh knew him as the doorman at Cinespace at the forefront, literally, of the electro-indie explosion that birthed the careers of Steve Aoki, Franki Chan, Thee Mike B, and the like. Jeans stops by Rebel Radio headquarters to tell Josh he looks like Ray Romano and get some parenting tips (although he doesn’t have a child). They also discuss wha
Jayceeoh drops by Rebel Radio World Headquarters to play us tracks from his new collab with the funk Dr. Spock (aka Redman). Sorry, no snippets (yet), but we can tell you the energy is electric, and the duo is fittingly called 1,000 Volts. He also gives us some insights into his creative journey. Jayceeoh is a very competitive dude, as you might imagine. He’s a two-time DMC finalist and winner of VH1’s Master of the Mix as well as McDonald’s Flavor Battle. Even his mixtape se
Ant LaRock stops by our studio to put us up on what the next generation is up to. A musician since childhood, he meandered through multiple genres before landing on a classic deep house sound that pre-dates him by about a decade, somehow avoiding the more obvious choices like trap, techno, or whatever EDM means these days. He got his first break with a remix of “Right Here, Right Now,” for Giorgio Moroder and Kylie Minogue, and recently remixed “Flip It” by Charlotte Devaney
Our guest, Quincy Jones III aka QDIII - Producer and digital/tech entrepreneur. You might not exactly say he came from humble beginnings, as the son of perhaps the greatest music producer the world has known. Young Quincy got to sit in on recording sessions for Michael Jackson's Thriller and tag along with big Quincy backstage with jazz and r n' b greats. But, as he puts it, "I had the luxury in my opinion of growing up rich and poor,” spending most of his childhood with his
Our guest this week is Richard Vission. He’s a DJ, remixer, producer, label owner, club promoter. He’s host of Power Tools — the longest running dance music mix show in the country. He’s worked with megastars from Lady Gaga and Madonna to Major Lazer. And he’s made hits for multiple generations of dance artists — from Crystal Waters and Martha Wash in the 90s to Luciana and his latest discovery, the neo-freestyle duo Wild Style. Did we just coin a new genre? We think so. It m
From Big Daddy Kane to Rihanna, the phrase “Bitch Better Have My Money” has taken on a life of it’s own. But there is no one more integral to the #BBHMM movement than famed ’90’s rapper AMG who’s song by that name sat on the Billboard charts for 50 straight weeks. We sat down with AMG at Rebel Radio to find out how much rap has changed since his early success, why he thinks his second album didn't meet with the same success, and what happened between him and DJ Quik. He also
This week’s guest is Marques Wyatt. In this episode you will find snippets of music from Aerosmith, Loosid, FKA Twigs, Depeche Mode, and Jesse Saunders. Not only is Marques the godfather of LA’s deep house scene, his lineage traces directly to the great Frankie Knuckles, who mentored Marques after meeting him in a club in New York in the 1980s. From those auspicious beginnings, Marques went on to pioneer some of Los Angeles's most important clubs, including Brass, Does Your M
Every episode comes with snippets of old and new school tracks! Listen to sounds from Mayer Hawthorne, Detroit Swindle, Rae Sremmurd, Grandmaster Flash, + more. See playlist for more! Rebel Radio caught up with retro soul singer Mayer Hawthorne and producer Jake One, known together as the funk throwback Tuxedo. We found out how they balance jumping between different genres of music (Mayer: It literally keeps me sane) and why they wanted to collab after both working solo for s
DJ Nu-Mark began as a mobile DJ here in Los Angeles and has grown to be one of the most innovative DJs in music culture known worldwide. We sat down to talk about his career highs like ”What’s Golden” and his recent reunion with Jurassic 5 at Coachella after a seven year break. He also shared with us that he is putting out an album called "TradeMark" with Slim Kid Tre from The Pharcyde and working on his own interview show called Hot Plate where he interviews artists over din
Could working with Joe Jonas or Selena Gomez be a bad career move? Well, if you’re an artist whose core sound isn’t pop, it could mean taking a few years to get your career back on track. At least that was the case for our first Rebel Radio guest, Static Revenger aka Latroit. "I slapped my name on everything. I got pop associations and I sort of bought into all the money I was going to make... I could have had the greatest record you ever heard in the dance underground, but D