In part three of our in-depth interview with Young Guru, he talks with Nick Huff Barili about a couple post he made of twitter. Nick asks Guru to elaborate on what he meant when he posted: “No offense but Jean-Michel Basquiat can’t touch this man. Dondi was king!!! Style Master General!!!…” Guru explains that Basquiat gets more praise because certain “taste-makers” co-sign him as one of the greats but in his book Guru thinks Dondi Cia is the best. Guru thinks that Basquiat theory of art is great but Basquiat actual pieces don’t resonate with him. There is also the debate of Street art vs Gallery art. Dondi did a lot of his work in the train yards where he had to be on the look out for authorities and other crews as well as dealing with other elements that an artist doing gallery pieces wouldn’t have to deal with. The second topic Guru addresses is his post that stated “When the news stays on a story this long with no new information, it’s time to pay close attention to the government.” Guru points out that the law to create Federal Reserve system was slid in the day before people went on Christmas break so that no one would object to it. Such a monumental law which Guru points out is illegal by our constitution, should be debated and not just passed under the radar. Guru says that when news media is focused solely on one story for long periods of time, that there are other stories not being covered. He makes sure to particularly pay attention at those times to see what is not being told.

Dilated Peoples Return After 8 Years Apart With “Directors of Photography”

Business As Usual: Dilated Peoples Return After Eight Years Apart With Their Release, Directors of Photography

There are few things in life that one can take a significant time away from, and then resume with the same level of skill as if they had never left. Riding a bike, or swimming might come to mind, but generally speaking, it is more difficult than easy to just “pick up where you left off”. The same could be said for friendships and relationships, though when the situation occurs where time and distance doesn’t interfere with the original chemistry, it can be a beautiful thing. In music, these examples seem more a rarity than common occurrence, but for the L.A. based hip-hop trio Dilated Peoples, it appears being apart hasn’t hindered them one bit. In fact, their upcoming release titled, Directors of Photography might prove that Continue reading


In part two of our in-depth interview with Young Guru, he talks with Nick Huff Barili about what makes a great song. Young Guru drops some serious wisdom on part 2 of our conversation as he breaks down the anatomy of a song, which is no different than what makes a great movie, book, etc. Tension & Release. Arc. Air and Vibrations. The Cycle of life! As we continue our conversation with Guru he lets us in to what makes a great audio engineer, why he thinks its the #eraoftheengineer, plus he shares advice for upcoming engineers and producers.

Hennessy Celebrates Launch of Limited Edition Bottle designed by Shepard Fairey

There was a distinct buzz in the air Thursday evening as a select group awaited the unveiling of a new Hennessy V.S. collaboration with renowned artist Shepard Fairey. Held at Create Nightclub in Hollywood, Hennessy treated attendees to a night of music, art, digital interaction, and of course, cocktails, all in celebration of a limited edition bottle designed by the “OBEY” originator. Continue reading


In part one of our in-depth our interview with Young Guru, he talks with Nick Huff Barili about making the transition from being Jay Z engineer to teaching at USC. Along with talking about Hip Hop in academia, Guru addresses “Curators” in Hip Hop who don’t know the roots of the culture and haven’t even listened to KRS-One’s Criminal Minded album or a De La Soul album. Guru states that it’s important for people who know and care about the culture to teach it and preserve it. Guru states that Hip Hop is lucky that its forefathers are still around and that we should make sure to learn from them while they are still alive.  Guru goes on to say that Hip Hop is not a color based thing and that there were early graffiti artists who were white and b-boys that were Latin that should not be left out of the Hip Hop history. He also points out that there is no denying that artists like The Beastie Boys, MC Search and more recently Macklemore are Hip Hop.  Although Guru points out that some of Macklemore’s fan-base might not be up on the culture. Guru elaborates that Hip Hop is one of the few places that has realized Dr Martin Luther King’s dream where its not about the color of your skin but your skills. Part 1 of our interview ends with Guru distinguishing the difference between a beat maker and a producer. Stay tuned next week for part 2 of our conversation with Young Guru.

Exclusive in-depth interview with Grammy Winning/ Multi Platinum selling producer who’s worked with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jay Z, Drake, Nas, Pink, Kendrick Lamar, Lecrae, The Clipse, his own group Self Scientific and and most recently produced Aloe Blacc’s album Lift Your Spirit. In part 3 Khalil talks to Nick Huff Barili about a new cycle in music. “Music just changes. I feel like we went through a period where it was very electronic, very dark, very cold and very much the same. Everything was kinda cookie cutter, in my opinion. Electronic music kinda took over and  that was it. I think ones you have that go on for such a long time, people want something new. That’s the cycle of music. I knew right in the middle of EDM, Funk is coming back. And look at it. Daft Punk comes back. Blurred Lines comes. Bruno Mars comes with Treasure. Those records feel good. I saw an interview with Pharrell and he was talking about there is no joy in music. I totally agree with that. I feel like now people are bringing back Joy in music.”


Exclusive in-depth interview with Common. In part 2, Common talks to Nick Huff Barili about his friendship with Maya Angelou and their conversations about Tupac. Common also calls Nas his favorite MC and says that their collaboration project NasdotCom has been put on hold.  We have also included clips of a freestyle Common performed during Def Jam listening event for his new album Nobody’s Smiling. That’s No ID on stage with him. If you haven’t done so already make sure you check out part 1 of our conversation with Common where he talks about his new album Nobody’s Smiling.


Exclusive in-depth interview with Grammy Winning/ MultiPlatinum selling producers who’ve worked with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jay Z, Drake, Nas, Pink, Kendrick Lamar, Lecrae, The Clipse, and most recently produced Aloe Blacc’s album Lift Your Spirit. In part 1 DJ Khalil and Pranam ‘Chin’ Injeti talk to Nick Huff Barili about how they built choir for Aloe Blacc ‘s anthem The Man. Tune in next week for more with DJ Khalil.


Exclusive in-depth interview with Common. In part 1 Common talks to Nick Huff Barili about the concept behind his 10th album Nobody Smiling, working with Vince Staples on tracks for album, why the track he worked on with Chance The Rapper didn’t make the album, how he feels about Chiraq and much more. Stay tuned next week for more with Common.


Exclusive in-depth interview with Grammy Winning/ MultiPlatinum selling producer who’s worked with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jay Z, Drake, Nas, Pink, Kendrick Lamar, Lecrae, The Clipse, his own group Self Scientific and and most recently produced Aloe Blacc’s album Lift Your Spirit. In part 1 Khalil talks to Nick Huff Barili about how he and his team created Aloe’s hit single I’m The Man. We are just getting started, stay tune in next week for more with DJ Khalil and his producing partner Pranam ‘Chin’ Injeti.