On Free Range this week we have the Vice President of A&R at Rostrum Records, Nicole Plantin. She has been a part of some of your favorite artist’s releases of the past decade+ (N.E.R.D, The Clipse, Kelis) and is finally in the position she dreamed of being able to mix her Business savvy and years of industry experience with a creative mindset that has always been at her core. We talk about her transition from creative to exec, sometimes being ahead of the curve, navigating a male-dominated industry as a woman (and coming out unscathed) and how we handle art vs artist in this era.
This week Free Range has artist manager, marketer and Hustlepalooza founder Hustle Simmons on the podcast. We talk about going from “trying to get on” to becoming an OG and how holding grudges can restrain true growth.
Jay Nicholson a.k.a GoodReverendDr sits down with Double-0 this week on Free Range. He has been in the music industry for over a decade specializing in grass roots marketing and promoting records at mix show. He was extremely important in helping break some of Double-0’s (Kidz In The Hall) records and they discuss some of the ways young artists can utilize real world marketing for success.
This week we sit down with Hip Hop journalist and historian Dart Adams. We discuss his amazing memory, whether hip hop is a product of the diaspora or exclusively African American music and how even recent history is being lost in a digital world.
This week on the podcast we have Kovas. A DJ, Producer, Rapper, Comedian and all around solid individual. We talk about his journey from Rapper turnt producer turnt business owner turnt music licensing guru. He lets us in on his best practices for advancing in the “game” and how he gets through the inevitable let downs and frustrations of the music industry.
Should I Even Be Here?
Last week one of the college homies Brian Peterson made a post about truly claiming your entire space. Often times we second guess ourselves in the environment we are found in and because we feel a bit like imposters we do not truly utilize the resources available to our benefit.
Success is not just about “getting there”. It MUST include recognition that not only are you entitled to the space you have worked extremely hard for but everything offered is available and should be used, by you. Job, school, label whatever your goals, recognize you are the recipient of your hard work and the spoils are yours to use.
This week on the podcast we have Justin Hunte a.k.a The Company Man. From extremely early in his career he realized a sense of self worth that allowed him to make demands of his situations/surroundings accordingly. And when it was time to move on he could do so knowing full well he was the commodity. I wish I understood this as early as he did but glad I do now. We also hypothesize about what a Black Wall Street (2019) could look like.
So tune in and let’s talk about it. – free to continue the convo with me firstname.lastname@example.org
“Maybe It’s time to quit” If you are a creative you have most likely asked yourself this 10 min ago, 1 hour ago, 1 day ago. The pressures of “making it” by x age or y time are ingrained in us before we embark on any creative goal. In Hip Hop specifically and entertainment at large the time limits to reach the top was often marked by a specific age. If you don’t make it in rap by 25 it’s over. Then it was 30, then 40.
But a funny thing happened 40 years into the genre, social media. Hip hop has always walked hand in hand with technological advances and because of this people within the culture are often the first to test, manipulate and innovate.
So always pay attention to how Hip Hop reacts because it often is foreshadows the rest of the world.
The idea that you HAVE to quit at any goal now are almost non existent because the gatekeepers now are simply the fans. And do they REALLY care? As long as they are getting to build a relationship with someone/something they connect with for as long as possible then they will do so.
This week on the podcast I sit down with Donwill, 1/3 of the rap group Tanya Morgan. Like my group (Kidz In The Hall) we came up in a time of extreme flux and uncertainty. As this brave new world has settled though new paths have been illuminated and he has added many slashes to his bio. We talk a bit about what was but mostly what is and what’s next not only for us but the culture as a whole.
Double 0 finally has a place for his random musings.
Been working on this for last month or so…. if you have ever spoken to me you know that I am often jam packed with random facts that jump out at any moment. Hopefully this can be a repository for random valuable information that can be useful to any part of your life.
“FREE RANGE” a podcast by Double 0. First episode features a great friend @netic. If you know him you know that it’s about to go down! and if you don’t then tune in. He is the frontman for @gamerebellionmusic co-owner of @ap.cafe.bk a mild 😂conspiracy enthusiast and smart as fuck. So listen when you can and SUBSCRIBE on ITunes, Stitcher, Youtube or Spotify. I appreciate any and all feedback (email below) as I figure out formatting for the show.