Volume two is here. It’s pretty amazing to think that two months have already passed since the last episode. 

Our guest for this episode is Sabzi, a DJ/Producer from Seatle, WA.  If you’ve listened to our show before, you have already heard his work with Common Market.  He produces for two MCs: Ra Scion (of Common Market) and GeoLogic (Blue Scholars), and works hard DJing in various clubs across the US.  We talk about his background, and how music can be rooted in a social movement for change.  His answer to the Next Level question is worth the price of admission alone.

We also have some new music for you.  Laura Harley is an accomplished singer songwriter from Minneapolis, MN.  I first heard Laura’s voice when she was part of a band called Sliver,which was big in Minneapolis.  She has since moved on from Sliver and is now doing  a beautiful type of downtempo electronica.  Laura says her goal is,”to create music to soothe the wounds of modern life.”  

Finally, by popular request, we have another track from Zahyia. 

Tracks Played during the interview (unannounced):No Rest For the Weary by Blue Scholars (audio excerpt for intro),Succor MCs by Common Market, Talk Story by Blue Scholars



Well…after hours in the lab, getting lost in Delaware for 2 hours, and meeting a guy on work release from prison in Camden at Wendys, our first show is finally here.

We talk with Jamie Orlando from Omnisoul about music, inspriation, and the music industry. 2005 was a big year for the band: they got signed to a major label, grew their fanbase, and had a song on the Fantastic Four soundtrack. Their music is somewhat pop, but with a smart edge that is really going to go places.

Also, you’ll hear new music from one of the hottest hip hop crews I’ve heard in a while, Common Market. Sabzi’s production is elligance, and Ra Scion’s rhymes are next level. Don’t take my word for it though; check out what KRS-ONE has to say about these guys: “Ra Scion spits in the tradition of the conscious hip hop movement… A true soldier for the preservation of HipHop Kulture.”

Finally, you will hear new music from Zahyia. Raised in a home where the arts and music were in the air and blood, she’s been stunning national audiences for the past seven years as a show-stopping performer/vocalist where her diverse and wide-ranging talents shine. Her blend of Hip Hop, Jazz, and R&B is sure to please even the most discerning ear.

Omnisoul excerpts played during the interview (unanounced): Scare the Night, My Own, Happy Outside. All tracks were from thier first album: “Happy Outside”

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