One week ago, I was privileged enough to attend the Remix Hotel in the Renaissance Waverly Hotel near the Cobb Galleria. There, I saw some amazing equipment being demonstrated from vendors like Stanton, Rane, Roland, and a few others. I spoke to a few of the vendor reps and have a decent chance of getting on board to perform corporate-based demos, provided I jump through a few hoops. I met the owner of one of my favorite record shops based out of Texas, EatMyBeats.com. I got t-shirts, brochures of stuff I can’t afford right now, and CDs from other independent artists like myself.
Most importantly…I was there to network my ass off like never before. I passed demos to local radio DJs from Q100 (although I doubt if he’ll do anything with it but use it as a coaster), Gigantor from Evol Intent, the owners of Satellite Records (both ATL and NYC), one of the 3BadBrothers, and more. I met up with Bone Crusher’s manager. But the icing on the cake for the week was meeting some long time heroes of mine: Hank Shocklee (producer and creator of Public Enemy), Chuck D, and DJ RedAlert (the 1st DJ from the Boogie Down Bronx who helped perpetuate the early Hip Hop scene to make it more than just a passing fad).
Hank was the coolest, most friendly guy I’ve met. Every time I passed by him in the hallway, he’d make a point to say hello. Chuck was hard to get to because the convention also doubled as the Billboard Hip Hop and R&B Conference, so he barely got a free moment to really speak to anyone. Red Alert was just hanging out taking everything in. I was lucky enough to get my copy of “Yo! Bum Rush The Show” on vinyl autographed by Hank Shocklee and Chuck D in between panels. Below are pictures of myself sharing a landmark moment with these legends of the music industry.
B-Naut and Public Enemy producer, Hank Shocklee.
Hip Hop emcee legend Chuck D of Public Enemy poses with B-Naut and a freshly autographed Public Enemy album.
Old School radio and Bronx block party legend DJ RedAlert kicks back to pose with B-Naut.
…These pics will soon be framed with the now signed and retired PE record at the 42MegaTon Production studio to commemorate this moment.