SMNTCS Stories: Introducing My Dad to Chuck D
SMNTCS Stories: Introducing My Dad to Chuck D
Stories
Wednesday, 01 June 2016
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SMNTCS Stories: Introducing My Dad to Chuck D

By the time this picture was taken, Chuck D and I had met and interviewed several times, most recently for the UGK documentary. For some reason, he kept saying yes to my interview requests. I was 20 when we first met. At that age, you...

SMNTCS Stories: Helping Drake Surprise Bun B
SMNTCS Stories: Helping Drake Surprise Bun B
Stories
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
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SMNTCS Stories: Helping Drake Surprise Bun B

Drake and I have the same mentor: Bun B. I always wondered when we’d get to meet, and under what circumstances. Our first meeting ended up happening because of seeds I had planted several years prior, here’s the story… One sunny L.A. afternoon, I...

SMNTCS Stories: One Summer Night In Paris With Chance the Rapper
SMNTCS Stories: One Summer Night In Paris With Chance the Rapper
Stories
Monday, 30 May 2016
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SMNTCS Stories: One Summer Night In Paris With Chance the Rapper

Before Paris, Chance the Rapper and I met in Houston when he was opening up for Mac Miller. I had lined up an interview with Mac for my UGK documentary (shoutout to Quentin Cuff), so Chance being there was just a bonus. While wandering around...

The All Star Tribute to UGK Documentary Series
The All Star Tribute to UGK Documentary Series
Music
Monday, 30 May 2016
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The All Star Tribute to UGK Documentary Series

My first big project was the All Star Tribute to UGK documentary 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...

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

The story of An Ode to Hannibal Buress started with Bun B, as many good stories do, and wound up with Chris Rock getting involved. Here’s how it happened… Three and a half years ago, while working on my first surprise UGK documentary for Bun, I met...

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...

DJ Khaled Brings Out Bun B at SXSW 2016
DJ Khaled Brings Out Bun B at SXSW 2016
Rap
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
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DJ Khaled Brings Out Bun B at SXSW 2016

Mass Appeal’s 2016 SXSW showcase at Austin Music Hall, which featured turns from from prolific Roc-A-Fella producer, Just Blaze, and Mass Appeal’s own, Nas, was blessed with a DJ Khaled set. Khaled brought out special guests 2 Chainz and original Shotta...