Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Interview: Goapele Talks "Strong As Glass" Release, Independent Success & More

Last Friday on the show, DJ Petra got the chance to chat with Goapele about her new album 
Strong As Glass, dropping on October 21st! Goapele kicks of her album release tour at the  
Highline Ballroom here in NYC on November 7th. Get tickets here. 

Read a condensed transcript of the interview below or listen to the full audio, to hear from Goapele about her experience working with producer Keith Harris, maintaining success as an independent artist, coming up in the Bay Area music scene, and lots more.

Broadcast on Hip-Hop & Her Family on WNYU 89.1FM New York on Friday, October 10th.

Petra: So you’re about to drop an album.

Goapele: Yes - Strong As Glass, coming out October 21st. The first official date of the tour is at the Highline on November 7th. I’m also doing a jazz, soul cruise in October, going into the Caribbean. The album release is going to be celebrated throughout the tour, I’m looking at each date as a celebration - I’ll be performing my new music.

P: You worked with a well known producer…

G: Yea Keith Harris. We both went to Berklee College of Music, and used to be in some of the same jam sessions back then, but we’d never gotten into the studio together before this project. When we got into the studio it just flowed really well. He ended up executive producing the album and doing like five tracks on it.

P: What was it like working with him?

G: It was great, it was really easy. He’s first a drummer, an excellent musician, and comes from that sensitivity. As a producer, he brings together a strong overall sound. He was sensitive to what I wanted as an artist, and helped push me out of my boundaries a little bit. It was a good match.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Coming Up: Interview with G Stats of Bankai Fam

This Friday October 17th, tune in for an exclusive interview with G Stats, of Brooklyn's infamous Bankai Family, about his forthcoming album Syke Ward!

For now, check out his most recent video "I Get It On"

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Episode #58: Goapele x DJ Petra

DJ Petra live in the mix + an exclusive interview with Goapele. 
Broadcast on WNYU 89.1FM New York on Friday, October 10th.
Listen to the archive and check the playlist below. 


10:31 PM   Daniela Mercury "Nobre Vagabundo" Feij√£o com Arroz (Sony Music) 1996
10:33 PM   DJ LK "Numa Nice Numa Boa" Misturada (Royal Soul Records) 2013
10:36 PM   J Boogie Ft. Goapele & Capital A "Try Me" J Boogie's Dubtronic Science (Om Records) 2003
10:38 PM   Mac Mall "Ghetto Theme" Illegal Business? (Young Black Brotha) 1993
10:43 PM   Cham "Lawless" (Madhouse Records) 2012

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Coming Up: Interview with Goapele

This Friday October 10th we're airing an exclusive interview with Goapele!! Earlier this week, DJ Petra got the chance to chop it up with the Bay's reigning songstress about her new album, success as an independent artist, Oakland's music scene and more! Tune in and be the first to hear it! Here's some of our favorite Goapele videos:

and of course the classic...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Coming Up: Get Familia! Freestyle Cypher Vol. 1

At Hip-Hop & Her Family, we always got stellar MCs passing through the studio for interviews. Often, we end up turning up the music and they throw down some rhymes live on the air. Plus we have a partnership with Freestyle Mondays - the long-running monthly freestyle battle, bringing their monthly winner on air to spit a freestyle live.

So... we decided that we need a place to highlight all these top notch MCs, and bring them together in one cypher. 

This month we launch the Get Familia! Live Freestyle Cypher, hosted by Genesis Be and Guap Luger, featuring Doron Lev, Syanide and Cardi. Tune in Friday September 26th or check back here for the video. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Episode #54: VAITEA x DJ Petra

DJ Petra live in the mix + an interview with Vaitea.
 Broadcast live on Friday, September 12th, 2014, on WNYU 89.1FM New York.


Part 1

10:23 Collie Buddz - Come Around (DJ Autograph Tom Ford Blend)
10:33 L.atasha A.lcindor - I'm Alive
10:36 8ball & MJG ft. Big KRIT - We Buy Gold
10:38 Protoje - Kingston Be Wise

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Episode #52: Chief Boima x DJ Petra

Special guest Chief Boima + DJ Petra live in the mix for a special Labor Day warm-up mix!
Broadcast on WNYU 89.1FM New York on Friday, August 29th.
Listen to the archive and check the playlist below.  

Monday, June 30, 2014

In The Mix: Alia Sharrief "That's All I Do"

Here is a recent video release from California's premier Muslim female hip hop artist, Alia Sharrief. Born and raised in Sacramento, she is now based in Berkeley, CA. With an impressive pedigree, such as opening for Kendrick Lamar in Sacramento, Sharrief is also a community activist. She blew me away at a Zulu Nation Thursday cypher event in Oakland-- a response to the growing gentrification of Oakland's famed monthly First Friday event.  Check out her website for more videos and a free download of her debut album, "Mental Cycles and Mood Swings," at