Skeme Richards – What’s Good(?)

Hailing from Philadelphia, global DJ, cultural ambassador, and foodie (among many other hats), Skeme Richards has established himself as a connoisseur of cool for over 30 years.  Whether it was with his former imprint Hot Peas & Butta or his new venture Nostalgia King, Skeme is known globally as a tastemaker with roots in hip-hop, martial arts, and blaxploitation films.

As someone who’s been involved in the culture for so long, Skeme’s natural ability to connect people has allowed him to take advantage of the changing landscape that’s come with the spread of the internet and social media.  The self-proclaimed “pop culture preserver” says “I want to be the connector.  In the past, I feel like different scenes were so segregated.  I’m into 10 different things, so I want to connect people from those 10 different communities into one.”

With all of his ventures, his role as a DJ is still his bread and butter.  For example, he recently spun at the Marvel and Netflix collaboration, Marvel’s Luke Cage, an event that brought together the worlds of hip-hop and blaxploitation style television.  This is an extension of one of his most popular outlets, his all 45” vinyl parties originally known under Hot Peas & Butta.  

SHAOLIN JAZZ (interview via Myk Blauuw) recently had a chance to talk to Skeme on his career and how he’s seen things change over the years, as well as his favorite burger (he recently started his hamburger reviews in a section, on his website Nostalgia King, called “The Drop – A Conversation Over Beef”) and the one record he’s still on the hunt for.

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CAN I KICK IT? / 11.28 / feat Ghost In The Shell

Skeme Richards / WHAT’S GOOD(?) / 11.13.17

We have a number of firsts this week and to add to that list we’d like to announce the launch of WHAT’S GOOD(?) – an editorial series where we interview and profile select influencers, innovators, and cultural purveyors who’s tastes and work are akin to ours.

And with our first edition of WHAT’S GOOD(?), which drops Monday November 13th, we talk to Skeme Richards: world renowned DJ, rare collectibles connoisseur, and martial arts films aficionado (to name a few hats).  Stay tuned for the drop.

SHAOLIN JAZZ A/V

Introducing our latest multimedia engagement: SHAOLIN JAZZ A/V (AUDIOVISUAL) – an audio/video journey through the worlds of hip-hop, jazz, and martial arts.  DJ 2-Tone combines the art of DJing with video-mixing in an innovative multimedia experience that explores the music that has inspired the SHAOLIN JAZZ catalog in sync with moving visuals, select music videos, and clips from iconic martial arts films and vintage flicks.  For booking/inquiries: info@shaolinjazz.com and for visuals click Read the rest of this entry

Influences 1.0

We’re pleased to announce our newest SHAOLIN JAZZ design: “Influences.”  “Influences” is a series that takes stylistic cues from pop art and graffiti and fuses them with SHAOLIN JAZZ’s more specific cultural influences of hip-hop, jazz, and martial arts.  Our goal with each design, starting with “Influences 1.0,” is to tell a story that pays homage to our creative make-up, provide, if you look closely, a visual history lesson, and give insight into SHAOLIN JAZZ’s cultural DNA.  To customize and order click here.

BizBash NYC 2017 – Recap

It was a lot of work from start to finish (we drove up to NYC immediately following CAN I KICK IT? Tues. night), but I must say that our first BizBash trade show (on Wed.) yielded success for us in a variety of ways.  If you’re unfamiliar with BizBash they’re one of America’s top sources for news, ideas and resources for event and meeting professionals, via their websites, web tools, and exhibitions.

BizBash NYC, which took place at the Jacob Javitz Center, gave us an opportunity to meet and network with a range of event specialists from brands and institutions such as Westin Hotels, NYU, and Viacom, where we, for six hours straight, got a chance to speak to them about our SHAOLIN JAZZ multimedia engagements.

We, for the most part, have conducted the majority of our engagements at colleges and universities and us exhibiting at BizBash is our first big push at developing business in the corporate space.

Despite only getting three hours of sleep and dealing with the grind of NYC morning and evening commuter traffic the show was more than worth it (we’ll be back) and to check out the recap click Read the rest of this entry

Black President’s Day 2017 – Recap

Props to the homie Kat for adding to her legacy of dropping the illest Fela Kuti celebrations to date, Black President’s Day.  If you’ve never been to a Lil SoSo event (Kat’s experience and event design agency) then you’re missing out on some of the most engaging and original events and creative salons, globally, and if you’ve never been to her Black President’s Day events then re-read what I just wrote.

The crowds and energy are amazing, and add to that world renown DJs, live musicians, the highly anticipated Queens Stroll, and video montages of Fela’s performances and speeches, and you’ve got yourself a memorable time.  It sounds simple, right, but you’ve also got to have the mix of everything on top of experience or it simply won’t work.

To learn more about Kat and Lil SoSo Productions click here and to check out the full event recap click Read the rest of this entry

I’m withe banned – Documentary

Last week I was fortunate to get the shout about the screening of Spotify’s first documentary I’m with the banned.

Really liked how they flipped the editing to give it almost like a cinematic music video-feel.

Essentially I’m with the banned is a music initiative to empower artists and fans from different cultures to come together, and to amplify the voices of people and communities that have been silenced.  The documentary focuses on a variety of issues that impact different communities today–from immigration to LGBTQ equality–through artist collaborations, performances and original content.

I’m with the banned chronicles a musical collaboration between six artists from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Iran; the countries incorporated in the proposed travel ban, with six American artists such as Pusha T, Dr. Lonnie Smith, BJ The Chicago Kid, and K.Flay.  And since the artists from the Middle East cannot enter the U.S. they and the American have to record in Toronto.

In addition the complimentary drinks and popcorn at E Street Cinema, where the screening was held in DC, the good people at Spotify saw that it was also only fit to do an after-party (open bar) at a spot downtown featuring artists from the documentary Moh Flow and DC’s own Oddisee.

I’m with the banned will air, in it’s entirety, on VICE this month so stay tuned and for the additional info about the doc click here and to check out the full event recap click Read the rest of this entry

CAN I KICK IT? ‘Fan Pick’ Edition – Recap

For this to be our first ‘fan pick’ edition of CAN I KICK IT? we were pleasantly surprised.  When you do something new, you have no idea what’s going to happen, but then you have moments like this where people participated with lots of and in some cases – very random suggestions of movie titles and then there’s the surprise announcement of the film that night, which, as we hoped would happen, proved to be the icing on the cake.

In the end, Road House, a classic title from the late 80’s starring Patrick Swayze (RIP), won the night.  Props to Songbyrd for hosting and thanks again to everyone who came thru as well as all of those who spread the word.  Lastly, special shout to Maishah for also run our pop-up shop.  To check out the full recap click Read the rest of this entry