Interview: Radio B Talks About 'School Daze'
I had the opportunity to interview Radio B about the upcoming Southpaw Battle Coalition event, School Daze on July 6th.
J: Why is the event called School Daze? Do you know it’s summer right?
Radio: Haha, yes we know it’s summertime, however, we call our roster The School Of Southpaw, and this was our way of inviting everyone into the school. It’s also a play on the movie School Daze.
J: Was the strictly Southpaw roster concept with the exception of Drugz for this event came to fruition under your aegis? If not, did that idea come from some of the roster themselves?
Radio: It was an idea that Bravo and I had for some time. People say Southpaw guys never battle each other, so we wanted to do something different. Something in-house to show our rosters talent and the make things interesting. I’m excited about the matchups.
J: Besides your battle with Habeeb, what is the one match-up you are looking forward to seeing?
Radio: If I had to pick one I would say I’m most intrigued about Chillum Allah vs Moon. I think as far extreme opposites they appear to be, they also have some key attributes in common, like stage presence, crowd control and confidence. It’s going to be crazy.
J: After the one round battles are over with, there will be this thing called “Triangle Theory: A hip-hop experiment”. It’s a project that DJ Skip, Lenny Bones, and yourself have been keeping under wraps for the last two to three years. Can you elaborate on experiment as well as why did you want to have that as the second part of a battle rap event?
Radio: Triangle Theory is an experiment using the elements of the DJ, emcee, and the Drummer to curate and present music sets in a unique way, just giving a new fresh way to play and hear the music. I thought it would be a good way to end the night. The Jay-Z vs Kanye West Family Feud theme keeps the same theme as the Southpaw event itself as well.
J: Lastly, if anyone wants to join the Southpaw roster, what do you look for in someone who might be interested in joining the roster?
Radio: It really depends. I scout a little differently. Most of our roster is made up of people who didn’t originally battle, but either did music or were poets, and were introduced to battling through Southpaw, and when looking at those people I’m mostly looking at how crafty they are with their writing, and how confident they are and if they have a competitive edge in what they do. When it comes to battlers with experience, for us we look at people who are unique and talented, hungry and exhibit professionalism across the board, and we also just look for them to be good people overall. We want to keep the energy right over here. We also have something called the Bare Knuckle Orientation process now where we have people do try out battles so we can gauge their development there.
Tickets are available on EventBrite and you can click HERE to purchase them. The flyer for the event is below.