SMNTCS Originals

Parquet Courts x Bun B’s “Captive Of The Sun” Arrives
Parquet Courts x Bun B’s “Captive Of The Sun” Arrives
Lost & Found
Friday, 17 February 2017
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Parquet Courts x Bun B’s “Captive Of The Sun” Arrives

It’s been a long time comin’, but it’s finally here, the official “Captive of the Sun” remix by Parquet Courts featuring Bun B, and the Chopped Not Slopped remix by DJ Candlestick & OG Ron C. Yours truly has been credited as...

My Village Voice Pazz & Jop Best of 2016 Ballot
My Village Voice Pazz & Jop Best of 2016 Ballot
Music
Thursday, 26 January 2017
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My Village Voice Pazz & Jop Best of 2016 Ballot

One really cool thing I have the honor and privilege of doing is voting in the historic, annual Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll, and 2016’s ballot was easily the toughest to-date. So much good music came out. You’re also allowed to vote for a...

Nardwuar vs. Sama’an Ashrawi: Annotated
Nardwuar vs. Sama’an Ashrawi: Annotated
SMNTCS Conversations
Monday, 28 November 2016
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Nardwuar vs. Sama’an Ashrawi: Annotated

While I was in Vancouver, Nardwuar the Human Serviette invited me onto his radio show at CiTR in the amazing new Student Nest at the University of British Columbia for a guest DJ mix and interview. It was a true honor and pleasure! Nardwuar is one of my favorite...

DJ Khaled Was An Orlando Magic Ball Boy
DJ Khaled Was An Orlando Magic Ball Boy
SMNTCS Originals
Thursday, 29 September 2016
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DJ Khaled Was An Orlando Magic Ball Boy

Did you know that DJ Khaled used to be a ball boy for the Orlando Magic? Did you also know that he used to hustle his mixtapes to the team’s players– like Shaquille O’Neal? Probably not because he’s never talked about it before. Thankfully, my...

The ‘All Star Tribute to UGK’ Series by Sama’an Ashrawi
The ‘All Star Tribute to UGK’ Series by Sama’an Ashrawi
Music
Monday, 30 May 2016
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The ‘All Star Tribute to UGK’ Series by Sama’an Ashrawi

My first big project was the Tribute to UGK series. I made two of ’em. You might be asking, Who is UGK? I’ll tell you who, the god damned UnderGround Kingz. Pimp C and Bun B aka the Pimp and the Bun aka Tony Snow and Big...

Touré Talks Prince Biography, ‘I Would Die 4 U’
Touré Talks Prince Biography, ‘I Would Die 4 U’
Music
Thursday, 21 April 2016
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Touré Talks Prince Biography, ‘I Would Die 4 U’

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this phenomenon we call Prince’s Purple Rain. On June 25th, 1984, six months after Michael Jackson’s Thriller premiered on MTV, the world was introduced to Prince, the icon....

JMSN On How Minnie Riperton Influenced “Most Of All”
JMSN On How Minnie Riperton Influenced “Most Of All”
Music
Friday, 08 April 2016
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JMSN On How Minnie Riperton Influenced “Most Of All”

JMSN, one of our personal favorites here at SMNTCS, has some new magic for our ears. The magic is called “Most of All,” and finds JMSN handling drums, piano, guitar, singing, and writing duties, with a little help from Aaron Provisor on the Rhodes, Yuki...

Now Boarding: Curren$y & Chamillionaire talk Le$ on Jet Life
Now Boarding: Curren$y & Chamillionaire talk Le$ on Jet Life
Music
Thursday, 31 March 2016
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Now Boarding: Curren$y & Chamillionaire talk Le$ on Jet Life

For part two of my spotlight on the newest Jet Life signee, Le$, we talked with Jet Life’s lead pilot himself, Curren$y, and a certified Houston veteran, Chamillionaire, who so far is the only Houston rapper to win a Grammy (for his inescapable 2006 hit,...

An Ode to Hannibal Buress – narrated by Chris Rock
An Ode to Hannibal Buress – narrated by Chris Rock
Comedy
Thursday, 31 March 2016
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An Ode to Hannibal Buress – narrated by Chris Rock

It all started with Bun B, as many good stories do. Three and a half years ago, while working on my first surprise UGK documentary for Bun, I met Hannibal Buress and asked if he’d like to be part of it. All I had was a handheld cam...

Two Minutes to Take-Off; Le$ Boards Curren$y’s Jet Life
Two Minutes to Take-Off; Le$ Boards Curren$y’s Jet Life
Chats
Tuesday, 29 March 2016
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Two Minutes to Take-Off; Le$ Boards Curren$y’s Jet Life

Slim Thug and DJ Mr. Rogers chime in for part 1 of Sama’an’s spotlight interview with new Jet Life signee, Le$. The journey of one Lester Mathews, better known by his stage name, Le$, has come full circle. Born and raised around a musical family in...