First aired February 8th, 2016 on WOLB 1010 AM.
Demarco Castle, better known as Gemstones (fka Gemini) is a Chicago-born rapper and singer best known for his work on Lupe Fiasco’s first two albums, “Food & Liquor” and “The Cool,” featuring on standout cuts such as “Pressure” (along with Jay Z), “Dumb It Down,” and “The Die.” As a part of Lupe’s record label 1st & 15th, he built anticipation for his “Troubles of the World” album through critically acclaimed mixtapes such as “Untamed Beast” and “The Testimony of GemStones.”
After striking out on his own and leaving 1st & 15th, Gemstones continued his lyrically dexterous, introspective, thought provoking music with “On the Road to Glory” and “Elephant in The Room,” which led up to his most recent effort, “Blind Elephant,” which you can purchase and stream on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Tidal, and other major retailers.
On this episode, Gemstones tells his story. From coming up in Chicago, to almost getting signed by Will Smith, to meeting and creating with Lupe Fiasco through his ascension, to the moment he knew he had to make a change in his life, Gemstones drops jewels (pun intended) throughout the conversation. Unfortunately, the episode had to be cut short, but we appreciate Gemstones giving us his time, and you will too, as this is an episode that you must not miss.
First aired February 1st, 2016 on WOLB 1010 AM.
First aired January 25th, 2016 on WOLB 1010 AM.
Chill Moody is a rapper from Philadelphia, PA. His buzz has increased throughout the years, and he has collaborated with and has the respect of some of the biggest figures in Hip-Hop. He’s also well known for his numerous sponsorships and his entrepreneurial ventures, such as his own line of water and his digital distribution label #nicethingsMUSIC. Oh yeah, he’s the Music Ambassador of Philadelphia as well.
Wes Manchild is a producer from Philadelphia, PA. East Coast sample chopping skills coupled with Southern drum influences from his days at college in Atlanta give his beats that classic, but not outdated feel. Wes eschews throwing an artist a track here and there for a single, but prefers to make full collaborative projects with an artist.
Chill Moody and Wes Manchild come together for such a project, the conceptual and dope “TV Made Me Do It,” which tells a story though various creative TV related references throughout the project. On this episode they discuss the making of the project, how they came together, the music scene in Philadelphia, and tell amazing stories about their journey through music. Don’t miss this one!
First aired January 18th, 2016 on WOLB 1010 AM.
DJ Booman is a legendary DJ and producer from Baltimore. His credentials are too numerous to properly summarize. He is an originator of Baltimore Club Music, and even if you’re not familiar with the genre, you’ve probably heard classic records he produced such “Watch Out For The Big Girl” and “Pick ‘Em Up.” He’s also a mainstay on the Baltimore Hip-Hop scene, and his work with Baltimore rapper Mully Man (“Bmore Go Harder” & “She Hurtin’ Em”) landed a spot in MTV’s rotation.
On this historic episode of the Channel 10 Podcast, DJ Booman breaks down the origins of Baltimore Club Music and the early Baltimore Hip-Hop scene. We also get into production techniques, touring, his new projects, how he ended up producing the “Get Off (Baltimore Club Remix)” for Diddy through Kevin Liles, how he got production credits on Michael Jackson’s “Strangers In Moscow,” and so much more. You can’t miss this episode!
Listen as we discuss how to stop a riot. Hint it is not tougher policing.
Originally aired 03/21/2016 on WOLB 1010 AM Baltimore. Tune in every Monday from 2pm -3pm.
Brace Saga is an artist from Baltimore, MD with a dope new project entitled #RetroFuture EP, which is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play Music. On the project, which he describes as an “over-the-top Hood Musical,” Brace is able to showcase his lyrical and production skills, making music that is both accessible and thought provoking. Coming from Baltimore, to joining the military and traveling the world, to recording #RetroFuture in Florida, Brace brings a wealth of life experience and interesting perspectives to his music and to the conversation.
Our wide-ranging conversation with Brace Saga gets deep into music and life in general. Topics include:
– The recording process and inspiration for #RetroFuture
– What it’s like coming up in Baltimore and doing music
– The state of our community and our people as a whole
– Learning through failure and defining “success”
– How “people are looking to politicians for entertainment and people are looking to entertainers for the truth”
There are more gems here than can be listed, so listen to the episode! Brace Saga’s #RetroFuture EP is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. You can reach Brace and support his project below:
Listen as we discuss how to win the war on drugs. We bring facts to the conversation, providing case studies on how other countries have dealt with some of the same issues that affect our lives every day.
Originally aired 03/14/2016 on WOLB 1010 AM Baltimore. Tune in every Monday from 2pm -3pm.