Saturday, June 8

Brian Beata ft. Smoke Dean - Have You Ever (Dir. @BadGuyDotNet & @StackMoses)

K. Crump - U.O.E.N.O. (#CrumpFridays II Week 2)

I-20 – Amphetamine Manifesto 2 (Hosts DJ Far & DJ Pain 1)

I'm The White Guy - The Soren Baker Edition

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Soren Baker has had more than 2,300 articles published in such publications as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, XXL, The Source and The Maryland native has penned liner notes for albums by 2Pac, Ice Cube, N.W.A, Gang Starr and others. He has also worked on television programs for VH1 and Fuse and has sold a movie script. Baker has written and produced DVDs for Tech N9ne and Chingy. Soren's the author of 2006's "The Music Library: The History of Rap and Hip-Hop" and 2011's "I'm The White Guy - The Tech N9ne Edition" and "I'm The White Guy - The Jay-Z Edition." Baker has co-authored books with Game, Glasses Malone, Snoop Dogg, Young Bleed and more, and also has released two books on the Baltimore Ravens. D & D caught up to the prominent author/journalist and discussed his books, linking Tech N9ne up with The Legendary Traxster & a lot more.

You've said “I love rap more than anyone I’ve ever met,”  who would you rank second? Of all the artists you've interacted with who was the biggest fan of the culture?
One person who I know loves Rap more than most is Kurupt. He's a rap machine and is willing to rap anywhere to any kind of beat and with any other rapper at the drop of a hat. He has a rare passion for the art form and seems driven by his love for the genre. Many of the artists I interact with and have become friends with are serious fans of the culture. Tech N9ne stands out because we share a love for Schoolly D, the first gangster rapper. Tech and I have discussed Schoolly and his influence for more than a decade now. Tech also loves b-boying and graffiti, so he's much more into all facets of hip-hop culture than I think most people realize.

You've been releasing a well received series of books chronicling the making of various artists albums, I have to know how did you end up doing a Young Bleed one? What was your relationship w/ him prior to that?
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I had been following Young Bleed since the late 1990s and had reviewed some of his albums over the years. I'd interviewed him for his Once Upon A Time In Amedica album, but I didn't meet him until I went to Kansas City and the Strange Music offices in 2011 to shoot a television pilot on Tech N9ne and Strange Music. Bleed happened to be there at the same time. Dave Weiner, President Of Strange Music West, had worked with Bleed when he was an executive at Priority Records and Bleed was signed to Priority. I've been friends with Dave for years and he made the introduction for me and Bleed and I got to work on the book almost immediately. We clicked given that we like much of the same music and have a lot of other similarities. I also think Bleed liked the fact that I knew a lot about his material and his career.