Episode 57: Grandmaster Melle Mel

Grandmaster Melle Mel’s career involves a lot of firsts. He was a member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, the first rap group to be inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. He won the first ever Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for his work with Quincy Jones.  He was part of the Three MC’s, the first emcee group as it relates to rap today and believe me, the list goes on. Aside from being a pioneer in a genre that has redefined modern culture, Mel’s lyrics were some of the first in hip-hop to really address the things that were going on in the real world. He was really the first MC to talk about social consciousness.

Dig it.

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Episode 51: The Fourth Annual Bronx Pipe Smoking Society’s Small Game Dinner

This past Saturday, I had the privilege of being invited to the Fourth Annual Bronx Pipe Smoking Society Small Game Dinner. It is an annual event that is put on by our friend, Baron Ambrosia. This is a black tie affair and a very special and unique event. Being able to sample different types of animal protein cooked by incredible local chefs is definitely a huge part of it. But the people who attend and the conversations that you end up having are extraordinary. I had the privilege that night of dining with and then interviewing Grandmaster Melle Mel. That in and of itself is incredible. This is a night that I wish more of you could see and attend. The bringing together of trappers, chefs, food and beverage writers, musicians and all different types of people. Like the borough it is housed in, its a melting pot of lots of great things and it was great to be a part of it. I hope you dig it.

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