SMNTCS Originals

Sama’an’s Frank Ocean of Funk “DHL” Mix
Sama’an’s Frank Ocean of Funk “DHL” Mix
SMNTCS Originals
Tuesday, 22 October 2019
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Sama’an’s Frank Ocean of Funk “DHL” Mix

Frank Ocean just released a new song, “DHL,” and I couldn’t help but think it sounded a lot like a cut off an old DJ Screw tape, so I had to make my own (Frank) Ocean of Funk mix out of it. The song is...

Leon Bridges and Bun B Perform UGK Classic “One Day”
Leon Bridges and Bun B Perform UGK Classic “One Day”
SMNTCS Video
Friday, 01 March 2019
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Leon Bridges and Bun B Perform UGK Classic “One Day”

The story of how Leon Bridges and Bun B linked up to perform the UGK classic “One Day” at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is one I’ll probably have to save for the memoir, but to hold you over until then I put together...

Sama’an Ashrawi Launches ‘The Nostalgia Mixtape’ Podcast
Sama’an Ashrawi Launches ‘The Nostalgia Mixtape’ Podcast
SMNTCS Conversations
Wednesday, 21 November 2018
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Sama’an Ashrawi Launches ‘The Nostalgia Mixtape’ Podcast

SMNTCS founder Sama’an Ashrawi has launched his new storytelling series, The Nostalgia Mixtape, as a streamable podcast. The podcast’s concept is simple and almost universally relatable: the stories of memories tied to music, told by notable names. The...

Nardwuar vs Sama’an Ashrawi, Round 2
Nardwuar vs Sama’an Ashrawi, Round 2
SMNTCS Conversations
Tuesday, 06 November 2018
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Nardwuar vs Sama’an Ashrawi, Round 2

Sama’an Ashrawi returns to Nardwuar the Human Serviette’s radio show on CITR for round 2, this time to discuss his new podcast, The Nostalgia Mixtape, and play some nostalgic tunes. Below is an abridged, annotated version of our conversation. Listen to the...

Beto Keeps It Trill with Bun B
Beto Keeps It Trill with Bun B
Politics
Thursday, 11 October 2018
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Beto Keeps It Trill with Bun B

Beto O’Rourke, U.S. Senate Candidate from El Paso, Texas, threw a voter registration rally in Houston with Bun B and told his constituents to “keep it trill” in an interview with Sama’an Ashrawi of SMNTCS. With the help of hosts Bun B and...

Kamasi Washington – When I Create Interview
Kamasi Washington – When I Create Interview
SMNTCS Video
Tuesday, 24 July 2018
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Kamasi Washington – When I Create Interview

Kamasi Washington sat down with SMNTCS to tape his episode of ‘When I Create’ which turned out to be an introspective and revelatory journey. Kamasi opened up about what he feels when he’s on stage, when he feels the most free, and what creation is...

Two Records with Kamasi Washington
Two Records with Kamasi Washington
SMNTCS Video
Tuesday, 24 July 2018
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Two Records with Kamasi Washington

When SMNTCS sat down with Kamasi Washington, we picked out two records we thought he might be into, and asked him to get existential in talking about them. For this installment, we picked Sun Ra’s Space Is The Place and Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz...

Listen: Sama’an Ashrawi on AIATLA Live at SXSW
Listen: Sama’an Ashrawi on AIATLA Live at SXSW
SMNTCS Conversations
Saturday, 23 June 2018
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Listen: Sama’an Ashrawi on AIATLA Live at SXSW

SMNTCS founder Sama’an Ashrawi guested on a live taping of Am I Allowed to Like Anything? (AIATLA) at SXSW 2018, being interviewed by host Darian Harvin. Darian has a strong moral foundation that guides her infinite curiosity, it’s what makes her such a...

Protected: Chopped & Blue
Protected: Chopped & Blue
SMNTCS Conversations
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
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Protected: Chopped & Blue

There is no excerpt because this is a protected...

Speaking At The MOVE 2017 Conference
Speaking At The MOVE 2017 Conference
SMNTCS Conversations
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
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Speaking At The MOVE 2017 Conference

I had the honor of receiving an invitation from ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) to speak on a panel at the MOVE 2017 conference. The panel was to be about Arabs in Hip Hop; I’m half-Arab and have worked with a...