MR. MFN EXQUIRE – GREEN RANGER

Mr. MFN Exquire premieres his song “Green Ranger” live at Cosmic Zoo Studio after a long conversation with Intuition on the Kinda Neat podcast.

-Lee

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EPISODE 77: MR. MFN EXQUIRE

We made it to 2015, and our first guest of the year is Mr. MFN Exquire. I find the early 2010’s to be an amazingly interesting time in music. The labels really started to see themselves losing their stronghold and began trying to get their hands on anything that was building a buzz on the internet. Mr. MFN Exquire’s buzz was palpable in 2011. The song “Huzzah” was so raw, and the video so grimy and stylized, it skyrocketed him into the limelight of every major music publication and every rap fan I knew was excited by his potential. Then, somewhat surprisingly in my eyes, he signed a deal with a major. Things seemed to get a bit quieter…from the outside looking in it seemed like the label didn’t know what to do with him…eventually he announced he was no longer signed to Universal. I’m so intrigued by these stories and find them so relatable, it goes without saying I was excited to hear his side. Highly recommend this convo, we had a great time talking about his rolling stone of a father, his stint on Universal, and his success being anything but “overnight.”

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MICHAEL CHRISTMAS – FUCK WIT ME

Michael Christmas performs “Fuck Wit Me” live in Cosmic Zoo studio after a long conversation with Intuition on the Kinda Neat podcast.

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EPISODE 76: MICHAEL CHRISTMAS

On this most fitting of occasions we sat down with Michael Christmas. The 20 year old Boston bred emcee recently moved to Los Angeles and is being talked about in all the right circles. He started gaining traction last year with videos like “Michael Cera” and “Daily” before releasing his “Is This Art?” mixtape early in 2014. You guys are gonna love this dude if you don’t already. We talk about his early aspirations of being the next Soulja Boy, watching his dad and step dad play Madden together, and freezing up at mansion party full of fine model chicks.

This episode is available on iTunes or Stitcher.  Remember to download the  Podcast App, and subscribe to Kinda Neat.  Leave a 5 star rating on iTunes, comment about who you’d like to see on the show, and remember to tell a friend! Thank you all for your support, it’s been a great year mostly because of you!

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FATHER – YOUNG HOT EBONY

Father performs his song “Young Hot Ebony” live at Cosmic Zoo studio after a long conversation with Intuition on the Kinda Neat podcast.

-Lee

EPISODE 75: FATHER

For our 75th episode we sat down with Father. His “Young Hot Ebony” project is one of my favorite tapes of the year. With it’s infectious hooks, cohesive sound, and deceptively clever wordplay, it’s no wonder the Atlanta based rapper was able to continue kicking down the door after his frequent collaborator, iloveMakonnen, got his foot in it. We discuss his self-inflicted isolation as a youth, meeting his Awful Media affiliates in college, and the whirlwind life has become since the rest of the world found out about their enclave.

This episode is available on iTunes or Stitcher.  Remember to download the  Podcast App, and subscribe to Kinda Neat.  Leave a 5 star rating on iTunes, comment about who you’d like to see on the show, and remember to tell a friend!

-Lee

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EPISODE 74: DOMINIC COOLEY

If you’ve been following along, you know I travel a lot doing photo work with my best friend and photographer Dominic Cooley. This is the first non-music guest we’ve ever had, but his life story of hard work and perseverance is going to inspire you to follow your dream, regardless of what dream it is. Not only do I love the dude like a brother, but I respect the shit out of his hustle and work ethic. We talk about being a social chameleon, raising a son with autism, and why our rag tag crew of knuckleheads keeps getting hired on photo jobs.

This episode is available on iTunes or Stitcher.  Remember to download the  Podcast App, and subscribe to Kinda Neat.  Leave a 5 star rating on iTunes, comment about who you’d like to see on the show, and remember to tell a friend!

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EPISODE 73: SESHOLLOWATERBOYZ

This week we talked with SESHOLLOWATERBOYZ (from left to right in the picture: Chris Travis, Eddy Baker, Bones, XavierWulf). This was a really tough interview. It was 4 close friends vs. one curious-old-unprepared-rap-fan-with-a-surface-level-knowledge-of-their-music, and I probably come off like an idiot. Even still, I wanted to put it out because these guys have an absolutely undeniable movement going on. From their prolific output (all of them have put out multiple tapes this year), to their rabid fan base, to their raucous (and always sold out) shows, to the way they innately handle themselves like old pros, and treat their followers like family…I haven’t felt such a palpable movement taking place independently in a long time. I initially reached out to try and interview Bones, but their manager Elliot (who becomes a big part of the interview as well) informed me that this thing is working because they move as a unit, and I fully respect that. We set up as many mics as we could and tried to learn how they came together as a team, how they learned to do everything (beats, raps, recording, filming, editing) themselves, and why they don’t care if you like them or not.

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EPISODE 72: KAREN SHANER (MY MOM)

My Mom and Dad were back in town this week so here’s Part 2 of our conversation about her life history (you can hear our first one back on Episode 46). I let her get VERY specific this time around, so we only cover about 5 years of her life, but it was a huge transitional phase. We discuss my parents’ wedding, moving to San Antonio, and the birth of your favorite rapper.

This episode is available on iTunes or Stitcher.  Remember to download the  Podcast App, and subscribe to Kinda Neat.  Leave a 5 star rating on iTunes, comment about who you’d like to see on the show, and remember to tell a friend!

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JOHNNY POLYGON – DEAD MEAT

Johnny Polygon performs and debuts “Dead Meat” live at Cosmic Zoo studio after a long conversation with Intuition on the Kinda Neat podcast.

-Lee