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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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SHAOLIN JAZZ – COLOR of SOUND – Photo Recap

COLOR of SOUND couldn’t have gone better.  The scene: dope weather, top tier gallery, solid art lineup, wall-to-wall beautiful people, amazing video mixing by Tewodross, no shortage of well-mixed drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and of course sounds by 2-Tone and the recipe is complete.

2-Tone and I would like to thank Maori and her team (Karmalux) for the interest and opportunity to kick-off The BlackStar Film Festival – if you’re doing anything in Philly give them a shout;  Tarana and Tim (Art Sanctuary) for hosting and the installation, Alexis (Madison Davenport), Cherisse (Fusicology), Rahsaan (Afrotaino Productions) and Stephanie (The Liberator Magazine) – promotional support, Chris Carr (Eat the Cake NYC) for shooting, Rob (vitaminwater) and Yaya (Red Bull) for beverages, and Chairman’s Reserve Rum.

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