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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June 2017 has been a milestone month for SHAOLIN JAZZ in that our CAN I KICK IT? engagement, which started as a simple idea developed during one of our college trips in MA, has grown into an event that’s rocked hundreds of people in our hometown, at one of the most iconic national monuments in our nation’s capital. Simply put, we made something out of nothing, which is precisely how SHAOLIN JAZZ even started. And we were able to add to the creative cultural fabric of our city and share it with friends and family which is uniquely special.
We more than appreciate the Downtown DC BID for wanting SHAOLIN JAZZ to conduct CAN I KICK IT? to help launch their Downtown Summer Flick series; we’d like to send an enormous bid of thanks to DC Music Download for their top tier PR support; thank you to our community and media partners: Lil SoSo Productions, 202creates, DC Funk Parade, Listen Local First DC, Zipcar, Boss Shepherd’s, Pret-A-Manger, the Mayor’s office on African American Affairs for their marketing and promotional support; props to everyone who’s helped to spread the word and shared their experience(s); and we cannot thank you enough to the individuals who’ve attended one, some, and, in some cases, all four screenings.
Keep in mind that we’ve still got more events and programming coming and this is just the first so stay tuned, and in the meantime for all SHAOLIN JAZZ info click here and to follow us on social media click: instagram, facebook, and twitter.
We, of course, have provided an event recap and to add to the experience we’ve added photos from attendees. To check out the full recap click Read the rest of this entry
Even though it was a heater of a day it was great to see some familiar faces as well as some new ones yesterday at Freedom Plaza. Thank you to everyone who attended (we certainly hope that you enjoyed the experience), props to DowntownDC for holding everything down, and much appreciated to all of our media partners and everyone who’s helped spread the word.
Now, if you haven’t been able to attend we certainly hope that you can make one, as next Tues June 20th we’ll be screening Barry Gordy’s timeless classic The Last Dragon starring Vanity and Taimak.
Also on for next week, join us for a special Axel F set prior to the screening. DJ Stylus will set the vibe with an early 80’s mix and special AxelF “treats” will be on hand to sweeten the night. For more on AxelF log onto: www.axelfparty.com.
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Join us for this month’s CAN I KICK IT? as we screen the cult contemporary classic Ong Bak 2 starring muy Thai star Tony Jaa / Tues. Apr. 25th / @SongByrdDC / 6 – 10 pm / No Cover / Happy Hour Specials / Sounds by @DJ2ToneJones / For info click here.
#MYTUESISBETTERTHANYOURS / CAN I KICK IT? / Tues. Apr. 25th @SongByrdDC / feat ONG BAK 2 / 6-10pm/ #NoCover / For info click here.
In the spirit of the upcoming Kung Fu Wildstyle art exhibition (at the Freer Sackler Gallery), by Fab 5 Freddy and MC Yan, we’re pleased to announce that SHAOLIN JAZZ has been asked to conduct a special edition of CAN I KICK IT?, where we’ll be screening the 1970’s classic 5 Fingers of Death. The kickoff event will take place at Hyphen DC on Saturday April 1st from 8 pm – 12 am (screening starts at 9:30 pm). For more info/RSVP click here.
If you enjoyed the opening reception for our CHAMBERS: Wu-Tang Art Exhibition, that we flipped with ART WHINO, then you’ll definitely want to check our closing reception (11.4), which will be something special for music lovers and true fans of Hip Hop.
The event, on Friday November 4th, will kick off with an Instant Vintage pop-up record fair and auction featuring some of the area’s finest vendors of Hip Hop, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Rock music on wax. Throughout that portion of the evening DJs from the DC Vinyl Headz collective will be spinning music from the each vendor that will be available for sale.
The second portion of the evening will be a Wu Tang Clan-themed producer showcase featuring some of the finest beatsmiths in the DC area. The evening’s festivities will be hosted by DJ 2-Tone Jones.
To RSVP click here.
Can not wait for this one! The Raid is one of the only and illest martial arts trilogies, period and one of 2-Tone’s favorite flicks so he’s GOING IN! And if to top off, The Double Down Kings will be hosting the Pop-Up Shop. Come thru next Tues to Song Byrd and be prepared. For more info and to RSVP click here.