Sounds From The Underground: Hip Hop Lifestyle & Marketing Podcast from Insomniac Magazine
Artists Talk Hip Hop Inspirations and Share Marketing Takeaways

Artists Talk Hip Hop Inspirations and Share Marketing Takeaways

May 2, 2021

On this episode of Insomniac Magazine's "Sounds From The Underground" podcast, an eclectic group of Hip Hop artists share their inspirations and provide some insight into their takeaways from marketing.  Featured artists include Dell P (Philly), CasanovaOnTheMic (Guam), Twan Mack (Milwaukee), Messiah Black (Pittsburgh), Cassandra The Goddess MC (NYC), The Scribes (UK), and JuleUnique (Long Beach).

Interview with Chicago Hip Hop staple Sharkula

Interview with Chicago Hip Hop staple Sharkula

February 7, 2021

On this episode, IZ-REAL speaks with a Chicago music and art scene staple Sharkula. The prolific rhyme practitioner has been creating non-stop for the better part of two decades, crafting over thirty albums, EPs, mixtapes and other projects. With a one-of-a-kind approach and unrelenting dedication to the culture, this veteran emcee is a Hip Hop original.

Interview with producer, filmmaker,  and label head David “C-Doc” Snyder

Interview with producer, filmmaker, and label head David “C-Doc” Snyder

November 29, 2020

On this episode of Insomniac Magazine's "Sounds from the Underground" podcast, we hear from producer, filmmaker, and record label president David C-Doc Snyder. He discusses the new Public Enemy album, directing their live performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, distributing his film "Heights Girl 2," and the latest on The Spit Slam Record Label Group, which he runs alongside Hip Hop icon Chuck D. 

Inspiration and marketing tips from indie Hip Hop artists Indigo Phoenyx, Irie-1, Mark 4ord, Sam LaRoche and Three Five.

Inspiration and marketing tips from indie Hip Hop artists Indigo Phoenyx, Irie-1, Mark 4ord, Sam LaRoche and Three Five.

November 15, 2020

On this episode of Insomniac Magazine's "Sounds from the Underground" podcast, we hear from a handful of indie Hip Hop practitioners who share their inspirations and give insights into some of their marketing efforts and takeaways. They touch on topics, including branding and creativity and provide a perspective from things they've put into practice within their careers. Hit play and dive into some Hip Hop tips of the trade from rhyme artisans Indigo Phoenyx, Irie-1, Mark 4ord, Sam LaRoche and Three Five.

Hip Hop music legend Chuck D shares insight into the new Public Enemy album, working with Prophets of Rage and more

Hip Hop music legend Chuck D shares insight into the new Public Enemy album, working with Prophets of Rage and more

October 18, 2020

In this Insomniac Magazine interview, the legendary emcee and freedom fighter, Chuck D talks with Israel "IZ-REAL" Vasquetelle. The iconic artist provides insight into Public Enemy’s newly released masterwork What you Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down. He shares his thoughts about  the current state of affairs in 2020, working with Rage Against the Machine reboot and supergroup Prophets of Rage, a newly minted deal with Def Jam, and drops jewels from his immense career in the music industry. The frontman for one of rap's most potent groups, and in many ways the voice of a generation, continues to bolster messages of empowerment and the importance of Hip Hop that rebels against society’s ills. During this in-depth talk, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee enlightens and inspires while imparting immense knowledge from decades of railing against the hype, raising the roof, and fighting powers that be. 

Interview with Hip Hop artist Pounds on his movie role as Big Pun in the Big L Biopic, branding and more

Interview with Hip Hop artist Pounds on his movie role as Big Pun in the Big L Biopic, branding and more

October 4, 2020

On this episode, rising Hip Hop artist Pounds provides insight into his role as Big Pun in the upcoming Big L biopic, branding, working with Daupe Records, collaborations, and his music industry journey so far. The upstate New York rapper conducted the interview while on break for a music video production on the docks of a Boston shipyard. 

Interview with Roc Marciano’s manager and Hip Hop music industry vet, Jazz

Interview with Roc Marciano’s manager and Hip Hop music industry vet, Jazz

September 27, 2020

On this episode of Insomniac Magazine's Sounds From The Underground, the manager for the legendary Roc Marciano imparts music industry insight. Jazz has worked with the mic phenom since the early days of his career. This Hip Hop vet shares jewels from the trenches of this successful indie giant's camp, their distinct approach to monetizing music in a world dominated by streaming, licensing to TV and much more. 

Ras Kass talks Hip Hop, new music and election

Ras Kass talks Hip Hop, new music and election

September 20, 2020
Legendary emcee Ras Kass made history in 1996 with his iconic album Soul On Ice. Since then, he’s continued to make impactful Hip Hop music with social and lyrical potentency. From his deals with a major label to his creative approach to marketing his independent releases, Ras Kass shares insight into his journey in the music industry. Speaking with Israel Vasquetelle, the the west coast mic phenom talks about his new project INCS, Hip Hop, the election and more. 
Interview with legendary Hip Hop producer and emcee Ced Gee of Ultramagnetic

Interview with legendary Hip Hop producer and emcee Ced Gee of Ultramagnetic

July 5, 2020

Cedric Miller aka Ced Gee entered the Hip Hop game decades ahead of his time. As a member of one of the most groundbreaking groups in the genre's golden era, Ultramagnetic MCs, he did double-duty as emcee and producer. Beyond creating classic music with Ultra, he also crafted multiple songs on "Criminal Minded" the iconic debut album from another of Hip Hop's most influential and revered groups, Boogie Down Productions. If that weren't enough to solidify a prominent place in Hip Hop history, in 1991, Ced produced the notorious Gold-selling track, Funk Compton, by another Bronx talent, the late Tim Dog.

In this interview, the veteran beatsmith and emcee, provides insight with Iz-Real into his career, early drum machines used (including E-mu's SP 12), as well as current production gear, insight into his new projects and much more. Ced shares that he just wrapped production on an upcoming music video for his new "Delta 5" track (listen below) and is currently in the midst of working on his first, yet to be titled solo album, and other projects. Don't sleep on this discussion with a true Hip Hop legend, Ced Gee.

Music industry longevity with Dom Pachino- Hip Hop vet and Wutang brethren formally of Killarmy

Music industry longevity with Dom Pachino- Hip Hop vet and Wutang brethren formally of Killarmy

May 2, 2020
Dom Pachino’s accomplishments in Hip Hop go back well over two decades when he helped make music history as part of Hip Hop’s royal family, the Wutang brethren group known as Killarmy. During his career, he’s toured the planet, appeared on television, and films. Since those early days, he’s launched his own record label and has continued his momentum by releasing a slew of projects through Napalm Records. In this discussion, the lyrical powerhouse shares insight into his life in the music industry, lessons learned, and his most recent endeavors. It’s time to get into the trenches with rhyme vet Dom Pachino.
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