Hip Hop Raised Me

Hip Hop Raised Me

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Raised on Hip-Hop and dedicated to the culture, Semtex is the UK’s premiere Hip-Hop DJ. On a daily basis he connects with the hottest artists, producers, DJs, fans, and everyone else that make things happen. 'Hip-Hop Raised Me' captures some of these moments.

Episodes

with Parris OH - Summer 16 Wrap Up  

Some of the biggest moments in Hip Hop and Grime took place recently and it's the end of summer 16, so its only right we wrap this season up the right way. Parris is a soldier out here in the UK. She's at every show, always working, and constantly grafting to bring through the next wave of artists. This week we dissected the Kanye and Cudi beef, attempted to understand Wayne's money problems, and why Ye' really signed Tyga. Stream & subscribe now...

With Jidenna  

I liked 'Classic Man', it was one of key sounds of Summer 15', and even with a Kendrick Lamar remix I didn't get who or what Jidenna was. Whether he was an R&B dude or something more. Whether he was here for a minute or if was going to go the distance and evolve into one of the great ones. Having heard the album and connected with him for this podcast it’s clear that although 'Classic Man' was a smash, it was also very misleading. Jidenna is a much deeper artist than the Summer 15' classic. Born in Nigeria, moving to America, raised on a diet of Hip Hop, R&B, and Naija sounds has given him a greater creative edge and perspective than other US artists. There is no doubt that Jidenna is talented, has his own swank, and will be successful, but what's more interesting is that he could be the artist that bridges the gap between intercontinental genres, to mix the US sounds and African sounds with integrity. It's cool that artists like Drake have featured Wizkid on a track, or Akon merged sounds a while ago, but the end result was still leaning to a more US sound. As a rapper/singer/producer Jidenna can go in the studio with Kanye West in the US, or with Team Salut in the UK. He can have a hit in the US, but launch his debut album in Nigeria, unheard of moves by a new US artist. Jidenna could be that artistic ambassador to successfully cross cultures.

With Casey Veggies  

I recently caught up with the very dope Cali native Casey Veggies whilst he was supporting Chris Brown on his European tour..

With Immortal Technique  

When Immortal Technique hit me up to say he was in town I had to connect. I needed to speak to someone who had a very different educated perspective on what is happening in the world today. Tech is the Chuck D of this generation, a hard rhymer who edutains through his music. He is a scholar of the world, a walking library of knowledge past and present. Very few artists leave me speechless with words of sobering reality. This was much more than an interview or a conversation. We talked on everything from Hip Hop in the White House to knife crime in the UK. Open your ears and minds; hear Immortal Technique kick knowledge for the Nation of Billions. The official ‘Hip Hop Raised Me’ book is released October 6th via Thames & Hudson, the album drops October 7th

With Maverick Sabre  

How did a US West coast rapper like Tupac influence the mind of a 15 year old kid from County Wexford, Ireland? The kid would go on to become a successful singer/songwriter who would ignite his own fires, influence other artists, and share his own form of conscious lyricism across the world. Maverick Sabre is a very dope artist, an amazing singer/songwriter. He’s only in his 20s, but he is one of those artists that has definitely walked the planet before. An ageing soul who knows how to channel emotions through his music, he can arrange and conduct musicians in a studio session or on stage with ease, but before all of this he was a rapper. Like T-Pain and Aloe Blacc, Maverick Sabre is a ‘rapper turnt singer’ who couldn’t escape his Hip Hop roots if he wanted too. Raised on the psalms of Tupac and the raw energy of Dizzee Rascal, it was necessary to chop it up with my favourite Irish man about the most significant MCs right now. The official ‘Hip Hop Raised Me’ book is released October 6th via Thames & Hudson, the album drops October 7th.

With Maverick Sabre  

Maverick Sabre is an incredible artist, an amazing singer/songwriter with soul. He's one of those artists that has walked the planet before, an ageing soul who knows how to conduct musicians in a studio session or on stage, but before all of this he was a rapper. Like T-Pain and Aloe Blacc, Maverick Sabre is a 'rapper turnt singer', but he will never escape his Hip Hop roots. He is a passionate fan of Hip Hop and has an ear for quality. I know Maverick Sabre pretty well, he's a good friend. I've worked with him, travelled with him, DJ'd for him, and opened on one of his shows, but I've never actually interviewed him until now.

With Lady Leshurr  

Grime dominates the streets of the UK, it’s influence is growing overseas, and a lot of MCs are enjoying unprecedented levels of success. Artists such as Skepta, Stormzy, Bugzy Malone, etc are forging their own unique paths and changing the game in the UK, but there is only one MC that has managed to achieve mainstream coverage across the US. Lady Leshurr is one of the hardest working artists in the game. She is brutal on the mic, a savage lyricist when it comes to flows. After moving from her Birmingham hometown to London Leshurr defined her own triumph through perseverance, hard work and sheer determination. Many thought she would never succeed in the UK, let alone infiltrate the US market, but she did. Leshurr breaks down how she did it by herself with no label, or A-list songs. The official ‘Hip Hop Raised Me’ book is released October 6th via Thames & Hudson, the album drops October 7th.

With Mr Eazi  

Many Afrobeat artists have emerged from Nigeria and across Africa. Premiere artists such as Wizkid and Davido are edging closer to global domination, whilst Mr Eazi together with Eugy have owned the summer with their genre defining smash ‘Dance For Me'. I wanted to hook up with Eazi because I’ve seen what his music does to a club. I saw what his music did to the crowd at the Wireless Festival this year, and I've heard people talk about him like he is a mythical figure who is huge in Nigeria and blowing up the UK. Mr Eazi is an exciting artist, incredibly confident but not that cocky type of confidence. He has that authoritative type of confidence which may explain the secret to the success of his cultural takeover of the UK. Mr Eazi has an international overview which is rare for an emerging artist. He describes London as a “Hub of different cultures” and understands how to break music in London, Accra, Toronto, Lagos, etc. He recently sold out the Forum in London with his ‘Life is Eazi’ show...that’s 2000 people who paid to see him. Most signed UK artists cant pull that kind of crowd in their own Country, and he is already planning to put on a show at the Brixton academy which holds 5000 people. For me this podcast is as important as any of the previous podcasts with Stormzy, Alan Kingdom, or Yo Gotti. Eazi is changing the game across several different continents at the same time. He is influencing our sound and working with our artists. Without any kind of deal or US co-sign he is a self made international artist, breaking his own records...with ease.

With DDot Omen  

DDot Omen is a blogger/Producer/Manager from the US. He is one of the leading voices within the online Hip Hop community who has played a significant role in establishing new music and artists over the years...and we don't agree on much. We don't agree on much because we have our own opinions and perspective. In a space that is virtually lawless, where monetary value is governed by the highest ranking site or traffic, opinion is king. A respected opinion introduces the new new to a new audience… its a very simple but productive powerful dynamic. The opinion carries more weight than any marketing campaign, it has a greater legacy than any spot play on a radio station or article in a disposable publication. It provides a historical reference point that tells the story of that moment. Bloggers are like open source coders that loosely, but collectively document the culture. They are the unsung heroes that are constantly writing history. Because of their spontaneity and ability to post in real time, they overshadow but fuel the content for magazines and radio stations that still work on an archaic 9 to 5 time frame. Like DJs they rarely get the respect that they deserve, they perform a thankless task that often goes unnoticed by the music industry and the artists that benefit from it. Established artists that were established thanks to a series of posts by a collective of online voices often 'forget' who helped build their fanbase or empowered their artistry to attract enough heat to get a deal. So why do they do it? Out of love? In some cases yes, but probably more out of demand. Fans are starved of a concise perspective and want some type of context. In an age where once relevant publications scrape for relevance via click bait and re-hashed tweets and instagram posts are passed of as news, agenda free articulate opinions are valued more than ever. Whilst in the UK, I caught up with my good friend DDot Omen who broke down his own online journey, the impact of the net, and of course the current developing story/trending topic, Joe Budden. The official ‘Hip Hop Raised Me’ book is released October 6th via Thames & Hudson, the album drops October 7th.

With Allan Kingdom  

Allan Kingdom is a multi-talented artist who can write, sing, and rap, but he can't be categorised. As a rapper, he is a beast with many different styles, as a singer he is very versatile. From Kanye West to Chronixx Allan Kingdom has collaborated with the best artists of each field. He is defining his own unique style that could take him somewhere completely different. He has his own lane, his own kingdom of artistry that sets him apart from everyone else. After shutting down his Arrival night in the UK, and recording with Major Lazer affiliate Cadenza, I caught up with Allan in the streets of London. The official ‘Hip Hop Raised Me’ book is released October 6th via Thames & Hudson, the album drops October 7th.

With Sonny Digital  

You've heard his tag all over mixtapes, clubs, and the radio so you already know Sonny Digital is one of the hottest producers from Atlanta who has put his own futuristic edge on the trap sound. He’s responsible for some of the biggest genre defining club bangers and he’s produced tracks for heavyweight artists such as Drake, Future, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent, and many more, but Sonny Digital is a premiere producer/rapper who is now starting to establishing himself as a solo artist in his own right. His latest single "50 On my wrist" is already poppin' off in the clubs worldwide thanks to the internet and whilst overseas Sonny Digital is developing his international perspective. After he tore down his debut UK set at the Wireless Festival in London, Sonny broke down how he literally started from the bottom, his approach to making music, his Nigerian connection, connecting with London's Section Boyz, and much more. Get to know one of the hottest go to producers from the south. The official ‘Hip Hop Raised Me’ book is released October 6th via Thames & Hudson, the album drops October 7th.

With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis  

On the last date of their recent European tour Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were clearly tired, worn out. Two of the hardest working people in the game had just finished a punishing international tour, the 'difficult second album' launch, and overcome a mountain of fuckery that accompanies fame.....but they still took the time out to chop it up with me and reflect on their journey so far. The official ‘Hip Hop Raised Me’ book is released October 6th via Thames & Hudson, the album drops October 7th.

With Tre Capital  

Whilst on the West Coast, DJ Semtex caught up with Tre Capital, one of the most prolific emerging artists from L.A.. He's making moves, he's on the grind, and on the Hip-Hop Raised Me podcast this week he is chopping it about everything from the concept of Rap Privilege to the psalms of Kanye West, it's a deep one this week. The official ‘Hip Hop Raised Me’ book is released October 6th via Thames & Hudson, the album drops October 7th.

With Stormzy  

Recently I was in the U.S. and caught up with Stormzy at his debut L.A. show. It was a very surreal moment to witness Stormzy and his team at work overseas, killing it. I caught up with Stormzy backstage and we chopped it up about everything from his forth-coming album to the impact of Grime in the US and Canada. The official ‘Hip Hop Raised Me’ book is released October 6th via Thames & Hudson, the album drops October 7th.

With Yo Gotti  

I got into the business of Hip-Hop with Yo Gotti. When the Carter 3 dropped most people thought Lil Wayne was a new artist when he was actually an OG in the game having previously dropped several albums and bangers. Yo Gotti is in the exact same situation. Since 'Down In the DM' dropped, Gotti has been killing the clubs, the internets, and airwaves worldwide, but few know about how he hustled hard to get to this point. Yo Gotti breaks down the art of the hustle. The official ‘Hip Hop Raised Me’ book is released October 6th via Thames & Hudson, the album drops October 7th.

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Raised on Hip-Hop and dedicated to the culture, Semtex is arguably the UK’s most credible Hip-Hop DJ. On a daily basis he connects with the hottest artists, producers, DJs, fans, and everyone else that make things happen. The 'Hip-Hop Raised Me' podcast brings you some of these unique moments.

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