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Welcome to our new weekly segment dedicated to the DJ. Our first feature mix is by Spontaneous Mixx from St. Louis, MO. Learn more about him below and listen this great mix below.


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Born and raised in St. Louis, Spontaneous Mixx has always been a music enthusiast. Even as an adolescent, when most his age were just listening to music, Spontaneous was keen on observing production styles and musical influences. He became interested in the art of mixing songs while still in high school and started learning to spin in 2000 when a close friend bought a set of turntables. In the early 2000s, Spontaneous began subcontracting work for a local DJ company, and taking random gigs with other DJ friends until the mid 2000s when he started to venture out on his own.

At the beginning of his mix-show career, Spontaneous was a hip-hop DJ, but has since evolved to appeal to a larger audience.  He now spins the hottest top40 hits, mixed with electronic and pop music.  He is, as his namesake suggests, a very spontaneous DJ, in that he does not perform pre-practiced, pre-arranged mix sets, and no one night sounds like the other.

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SPIN KINGS featuring Tech Supreme





I am so excited about this month’s Spin Kings feature on Tech Supreme.  He is a very talented music producer and DJ in St. Louis.  Tech Supreme won the Riverfront Times Hip Hop Producer of The Year award in 2007 and was nominated in the same category four years in a row (2008-2011).  He was also named 2013 Producer of The Year by the St. Louis Underground Music Festival.  In addition to his accomplishments as a producer, Tech has also been a successful deejay on the nightlife scene in St. Louis, rockin’ places such as Lola and The Gramophone.  Get familiar with the name because you will definitely see, and hear, more of him and his work in the future!!


TIFFANY LASHONDA:  Hey Tech Supreme!

TECH SUPREME:  What’s up, how are you doing?

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  I’m doing great and yourself?

TECH SUPREME:  I’m doing fine.  We finally meet.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  Yes finally! (laughing)  So are you ready to get to down to business?


TIFFANY LASHONDA:  How did you get into deejaying?

TECH SUPREME:  I’ve been doing music since I was 16.  I had a college roommate that had some Technic 1200s (turntables) and I used to play around with them.  One night at Blueberry Hill, Traxstar was showing me how to blend and mix on his turntables, and I really liked it.  I also had other friends show me how to deejay.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  How long have you been deejaying?

TECH SUPREME:  Since 2007, but mainly I’m a music producer.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  What was your first gig and how did it come about?

TECH SUPREME:  I was at Gramophone and there was a group performing there called Pac Div; they were signed to Atlantic records.  It was super packed and I was kind of nervous, but it turned out great.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  In your opinion, how do deejays from St. Louis differ from deejays outside of the area?

TECH SUPREME:  The deejays in St. Louis are really skilled and are amazing on the turntables.  DJ Sno, DJ Charlie Chan Soprano, Nappy DJ Needles, DJ Epic, DJ Sir Thurl are all very gifted at deejaying.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  What are some qualities that you feel you must have in order to be considered a “master” at your craft?

TECH SUPREME:  Talent and consistency.  You need to be dope at what you do and have years of experience doing it.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  I totally agree with you on that.  What are some of the venues you’ve deejayed at?

TECH SUPREME:  Gramophone, Atomic Cowboy, Blueberry Hill, and Lola.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  I miss Lola so much!  I used to love going there on Friday nights.

TECH SUPREME:  Yeah it was nice spot.  I used to do graphic designs for them plus I had a real good friend that was a co-owner.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  Have you ever participated in a deejay battle?  If so what was the outcome?

TECH SUPREME:  I haven’t yet.  I’m very good at blending but still need to work on my scratching ability.  I wouldn’t dare enter in a battle and I don’t have that together, but I have respect for deejays who’ve done battle.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  Do you have any mixtapes?  If so how many?

TECH SUPREME:  I have mixes on my mixcloud page and on www.techsupreme.netI am also working on an instrumental mixtape that’s going to have trap and EDM beats.  It’s going to be called Technicolor.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  What is your favorite piece of deejaying equipment?

TECH SUPREME:  The Pioneer DDJ SX; it’s great for deejaying versus turntables.  I don’t have to worry about whenever I have a gig, and a girl is dancing real close to my table and bumps it by accident, and the needle goes off the vinyl.  It’s like when people who do production started with Fruity Loops and then progressed to a newer program with more technology in it.  I always like getting new shit to see how it works.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  Any upcoming projects that you’re working on?

TECH SUPREME:  Right now I’m finalizing a ‘Best Of’ series.  I did one a couple of years ago that showcased The Neptunes.  This one will be with DJ Grynd Tyme and DJ Spec.  It will be local music that nobody has heard before.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  Where can the local people see you spin?

TECH SUPREME:  I do Rap City once a month at Blank Space located at 2847 Cherokee St. in South St. Louis.  The next gig will be Saturday August 9 with myself and Nappy DJ Needles, and hosted by Tef Poe.  The last two gigs were The Best of Timbaland and Pharrell.  This next one will be on Southern classics.

TIFFANY LASHONDA:  Is there anything else you would like people to know about Tech Supreme?

TECH SUPREME:  I’m not an asshole.  I like to be positive all the time and I love to deejay.


Tiffany LaShonda

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DJ Sayne

I had the coolest conversation with DJ NSAYNE!  As President of Hitt Breaka DJs here in St. Louis, he is definitely doing big things on the deejay scene!  With close to 20 years of experience behind the tables, numerous mixtapes, and even managing a group, it’s evident that he takes his craft very seriously.  He is working hard to take deejaying to the next level and is dedicated to rebuilding his brand.  Sit down, get cozy, and get to know DJ NSAYNE:



DJ NSAYNE:  What’s up!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  We finally get to chat!

DJ NSAYNE:  YEY!!!!!!!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I know!  Are you ready to get started?


TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Okay, so how did you get into deejaying?

DJ NSAYNE:  Well I sort of got thrown into it.  At the time I was working for Tossin’ Ted and managing a group that KING ODIE (DJ) had and it was a lot of DJ equipment around.  I started messing with the equipment and got good with it and been deejaying ever since.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How long have you been a DJ?

DJ NSAYNE:  For 17 years.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You almost at 20 years.

DJ NSAYNE:  Yes, it’s gettin’ there.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How important is it for someone to understand the culture of deejaying?

DJ NSAYNE:  It’s very important.  People need to understand that being a DJ today is different from back in the day.  DJs today have to be more personable.  You definitely have to use social media, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.  DJs today really don’t have to be as skilled like you did back in the day.  We have controllers now where a long time ago it was just turntables.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Can anyone become a DJ?  If so what are the necessary steps to follow in order to become one?

DJ NSAYNE:  Anyone can become a DJ with a great mentor working beside them.  It just takes a lot of practice and dedication to deejay.  You also want to like what you do.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What was your very first gig?  And how did it come about?

DJ NSAYNE:  I started off working for tossing Ted at Pro Jocks Entertainment doing wedding receptions.  He brought Lil Jon to STL to Incahoots and I was asked to DJ; it was my first big gig.  Incahoots asked me to come back and then I started deejaying clubs from that point forward.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any mixtapes?  If so how many do you have?

DJ NSAYNE:  I have three mixtapes that are in a podcast.  They are on my website at  I have also hosted mixtapes for Mista McFly, Ruka Puff, Country Brown, and many others.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How are deejays from St. Louis different from deejays in other cities?

DJ NSAYNE:  Well having traveled to different areas all over, I noticed that St. Louis deejays are technically better. St. Louis deejays can do better transitions in between records and have better mixes.  Other deejays outside of St. Louis can “hype” the crowd better, and that could be because they may lack certain skills when it comes to deejaying.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What’s your favorite piece of DJ equipment?

DJ NSAYNE:  The Hercules RMX (controller).  You can do so much with it.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What are some of the local venues where you’ve deejayed?

DJ NSAYNE:  I’ve deejayed at The Loft, The Monastery, The Wax Factory, as well as other venues.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any upcoming projects?

DJ NSAYNE:  I’m working on some mixtapes, and there are a couple of artists that I’m in talks with, but we are still negotiating.  My main focus is on rebuilding my brand.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Where can the local people see you spin?

DJ NSAYNE:  On Friday and Saturday nights I’m at The Lion’s Den.  On Sunday nights I’m at The Ambassador.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Any shoutouts you want to give?

DJ NSAYNE:  HittBreaka DJs: King Odie, DJ Shock, DJ Sho, DJ Party Rock, DJ Wayne Moody, DJ Epic, DJ G-Spin.  Also Charlie Chan Soprano, Boogie Corleone, and DJ Sir Thurl.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  DJ NSAYNE, I loved talking with you.  We will have to do this again real soon and keep on doing your thang out here.

DJ NSAYNE:  Yes we do, thank you.  All I want to do is bring back the realness of deejaying.
Tiffany LaShonda Riley

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On This Side of the River… by CC Lovechild

*ERIC B voice*…It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you…..

BLESSHA BONES cousins!!!  I’ve soooo missed you guys!  I’ve been through hell and high water, but managed to stay afloat.  I pray all is well your way.

WELCOME BACK CC!!!  Yup you heard right, ya gurl is back in the St. Louis area, loving the Muddy Mississippi side.  So if you see me out and about make sure we get selfies (if my hair is done…*gigglin*)

HAPPY BORNDAY TUPAC!!!!!!  We miss you and we love you STILL….hiphop hasn’t been the same (even tho you still recording from France).  I don’t have many regrets in life, but not sleeping with him when I had the chance is definately in my top 3!  Hope you guys went to check out the @OUTLAWS and @TEFPOE when they were here…..



…..”LIKE A MOTH TO A FLAME BURNED BY THE FIRE….” .R.I.P DR. MAYA ANGELOU, an awesome woman never to be forgotten.  I’m also saddened by the passing of RUBY DEE, who quoted “Lord, make me so uncomfortable that I do the very thing I fear”, which is my quote for the year.  And last but not least, St. Louis’ very own TONY SIMMONS  passed as well.  Tony was our own ‘RAY CHARLES’.  He was the piano player for @DENISETHIMES and GALILEE BAPTIST CHURCH.  He was a great guy, good friend, and my favorite blind guy, cause he always told me how good I looked *gigglin & sniff*….all 3 will be missed….

#BIGBANGTHEORY…is EPIC TV!!  Don’t sleep on it, and it’s the first show I’ve ever enjoyed that has absolutely no black people in the cast #racialprogress, and besides, I need something to watch till @SHONDARHIMES and #SCANDAL gets their life together.

*screams & faints* BASKETBALL SEASON IS OVER!  Of course I’m a lil’ disappointed my top 3 teams didn’t make it to the finals. (S/O to the Knicks, Nets, & the Thunder).  But all in all I enjoyed the season.  S/O to the SAN ANTONIO SPURS!  The 2014 Champs!!!  I still can’t believe @KINGJAMES ran off the court like a lil’ mitch….bad sportsmanship can’t be tolerated in this stage of his game….and HE’S STILL BETTER THAN copycat KOBE!

MOVIES…..anybody excited about “THINK LIKE A MAN 2″…..? Anytime I can see @michaelealy I’m blessed. *gigglin*

MUSIC: Make sure you support your favorite artists as JUNE is BLACK MUSIC MONTH!!!  If you need some new favs…..check out my boi @LSEVEN’s new project #INTHEBOOK.  And I’m twiddling my thumbs waiting on @ISSACCATES n @ORDAINED new release!  And down in my sanctified soul is loving the return of #THEGORDONS.  These brothers are ahead of their time, and I’ll be talking more to them and about them….these bros are the ISLEY BROTHERS of GOSPEL MUSIC!!!​



SUPER JAM is here!!!  S/O to @TEFPOE for making it on the big stage this year!  You deserve it son, rock it out!  And I’m surpressing the urge to go just to see @CHARLIECHANSOPRANO N @YOGOTTI in the same damn day!  Pray for me… goes down @ Scottrade Center on Saturday 6/21 in STL!

LOLA IS CLOSING! *gasp* make sure you go rock it out one last time with the bossman @DJEPIC this Friday for happy hour!

On Saturday nites, grab ya girls and join @DJNSAYNE; if you show him ya taataas he’ll let you ride the bull at the LION’S DEN off Bellefontaine & Parker Rd.


KANSAS CITY get ready!!!  It’s time to celebrate one of the most beautiful women of the Gospel @cherylnewton


ALSO MEET ME @ the Southweast Community Center off 63rd St. on June 28 from 11am-2pm for Greater Faith Baptist Church’s “HEELS, HATS, BRIMS & BOWTIES LUNCHEON” Yours Truly & Pastor Ricky Rambo from KCK are the speakers! Email me for ticket info….

NEXT TIME: We headed to the @JONERICKQUE SHOW & ya guess whose coming to the LOU!….we check in with @COMEDIANCORTEZ as he laffs off his leggins *gigglin* & W.O.R.S.H.I.P.’s single release featuring the golden voice of my gurl @HOPEMCINTOSH…..

Respect All, Fear None!

CC Lovechild

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Makin’ Moves Showcase feat. hip-hop artist Major

Major hit


By Tiffany L. Riley

Hip Hop artist Major has been making a lot of noise in St. Louis.  He has a popular single out right now called Money Dance. The song has gained a lot of popularity in local clubs.  One thing about this hard working artist is he will definitely be around for many years to come.   Watch him work and make moves!!  Mr. Money Dance himself, Major:


MAJOR:  Hey Ms. Tiffany, how you doin?

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I’m doin’ great!  How have you been?

MAJOR:  I’ve been good, just working on my music.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That’s good!  Okay lets get down to it.  How did you get started as a rapper?  And how long have you been doing it?

MAJOR:  Since I was young, about 9 years old.  My uncle had a studio and I used to go down there and listen to him create music.  Music runs real deep in our family and I just figured I would see what I could do with rapping.  Also seeing rappers on TV and on YouTube just made me say, “Yeah…that’s the life I wanna live.”

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You currently have the hit single Money Dance.  Tell me how the song came about and who were some of the people who worked on the song.

MAJOR:  Been seeing a lot of different dances in the clubs.  I wanted a song about people who are out here grindin’ and getting money.  T-Rex did the beat for the song and of course I wrote the song.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How many albums/mixtapes do you have?  Any upcoming projects?

MAJOR:  I’m still working on my first album, and it’s still untitled, but I’ve been doing promotions, shows, and staying in the studio.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who are some of the local artists you have worked with?  And who would you like to do a collaboration with?

MAJOR:  I have worked with Lil’ St. Louis, Pretty Tony, Jay-E.  I would like to do a song with August Alsina.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What venues have you performed at?  Any upcoming gigs?

MAJOR:  I have performed at The Ambassador, The Coliseum, Soundbar.  I will be at Pure Ultra Lounge on Friday May 30.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Where can the people listen to your music?

MAJOR: and on YouTube under the I Am Major Music channel.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Any shoutouts you wanna give out?

MAJOR:  Liquid Assets, SMP, and all the people in St. Louis.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Well there it is.  Major it was cool talking to you and I’ll have to come out and see you perform.

MAJOR:  Yeah that will be good!  Thanks for interviewing me.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You’re welcome.  You take care.

MAJOR:  You too.


Tiffany LaShonda Riley


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Grind 2 Shine: rap group Field Gang

Field Gang 5

By Tiffany L. Riley

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with with St. Louis rap group Field Gang.  The three members of the group, Tiny, Castro, and Uno are buzzing in the streets with their smash hit “4EVA”.  This Pagedale trio is currently doing their music independently with hopes of getting national recognition that lands them a major recording deal.  Field Gang is also hard at work on their debut album and planning an upcoming tour.   Be on the look out for this group because they are definitely making noise!  So let’s get it going;  the GRIND 2 SHINE showcase featuring Field Gang:


TINY:  Wassup Girl!


TINY:  I’m good, just out here on the grind.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I know that’s right.  Y’all making a lot of noise in the streets.

TINY:  Yup we’re out here doing some major things.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That’s what’s up.  Well let’s get into it…how long have y’all been rapping?  And how’d you get into it?

TINY:  Well me, my brother Castro, and my sister’s baby daddy’s brother Uno been rapping since we were growing up.  We seen other people get into the rap game and I said to myself, “If they can do it then we can too.”  So we started doing tracks and we been rapping as a group for like a year now.  Our name Field Gang basically just means working to get that money.  You know, we out here working in the field grinding.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What made y’all want to be rappers?

TINY:  For the same reasons everybody else do it, we trying to get rich!  We wanna get on that XXL cover.  We out here reppin’ Pagedale, U-City, Kinloch.  No matter what, we always gonna stay St. Louis.  We doing this for the squad.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who are some hip hop artists you would consider to be your inspiration?

TINY:  Lil’ Boosie, Young Jeezy, we also like Diddy, Jay Z, Birdman.  We wanna shout them three out because we trying to get put on and get a record deal.  Come put us on…..we trying to get like RICH GANG! (laughing)

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I know that’s right (laughing)!  You got a popular single out right now called “4EVA”, tell me how that song came about and who worked on it with you.

TINY:  Well Uno brought the track to me and Castro.  Uno is like the STL version of the rapper Future.  The track is hot in the streets.  We do music for everybody, Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, everybody.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who would y’all like to do a hip hop collaboration with and why?

TINY:  For me It would be Meek Mill and Big Meech.  Hey y’all ( talking to Castro and Uno) who ya doin’ a colabo with?

UNO:  Anybody that’s hot!!!

CASTRO:  Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Lil’ Boosie.  I only fuck wit real n*****.

TINY:  Yup, we only fuck wit real n*****.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do y’all have any mixtapes/albums out?

TINY:  Yeah we’re currently working on our first one called It’s Real in the Field.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I can’t wait til it comes out!  What are some venues you’ve performed at?  And where would you like to perform at?

TINY:  We’ve performed at The Coliseum here in St. Louis and we also performed at Eiffel Society in New Orleans.  The after party at that club was filmed in a video, it’s on our YouTube channel, Get Reel Cinema.  We met Lil’ Boosie in the video and gave him our cd.  We would like to perform at The Fox Theater.  We’re puttin’ on for our city out here and showing these n***** out here how we do it.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:   Where do you see yourselves five years from now?

TINY:  On top of the world sitting next to Hova (Jay Z).

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any upcoming projects/performances?

TINY:  We’re working on some mixtapes along with our first album. We just did a track with rapper Laudie.  We got a project coming up with Jussbeatz (makes beats for Lil’ Boosie and Gucci Mane).  We’re also trying to get Tiffany Foxx on a track.  On June 8, 2014 we will be performing at The Loft.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Where can people listen to your music?

TINY:  Everybody can check out our music at , , . They can follow us on Twitter at .  Also check out our YouTube page Get Reel Cinema.  We posted our first video on there back in March of this year.  The first week we had 1,000 views, six weeks later it was at over 3,000 views.  Now we have our new video on YouTube and with Lil’ Boosie.  It’s been on there for five days and already has 1,000 views.  We just posted a new video a couple of days ago for our single First Time.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Any shoutouts you wanna give out?

TINY:  Yeah, I wanna give a shoutout to my mama, God, The Squad, Stacks, Pretty Tony, Dope Boy, Taylor Made, Parkside, Pagedale, U-City, UNC!!!  We wanna let people know that we ain’t about that blood crip thing.  Just give us them Ben Franklins.  We ain’t trying to make any diss songs so please don’t make any about us or we will get wit you.  Also we’re open to working with anybody that got some hot shit.  You can send us your music.  If it’s hot then the first time it’s on us, but the second time you got to pay.  We doing this shit independently and at the same time want to help others get on and give back to the hood.  We also need a manager so come holla at us!!!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  And there it is.  Tiny it was cool talking with you.  Y’all are gonna do some major things for The Lou.

TINY:  Fo’ sho, that’s what we’re trying to do.  Thank you and everybody checkout our videos on our YouTube channel Get Reel Cinema.


Tiffany LaShonda Riley







Charlie Chan Soprano (2)


I recently sat down for a one on one interview with St. Louis icon, DJ Charlie Chan Soprano.  This man right here has achieved so much in his 30 year career.  From founding and being a part of a successful group of deejays known as the “24 SCIENTISTS”, to deejaying for hip hop legend DMC (RUN-DMC), Charlie Chan Soprano shared so much with me during our conversation.  I definitely felt his passion and love for deejaying as he told his story.  In addition to being a DJ, he also has a profound respect for the culture.  He is my FRIEND FOR LIFE and I certainly look forward to future conversations with him!  A master of his craft and a truly humble individual, I introduce to you DJ Charlie Chan Soprano:



CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO :  Hey hey what’s up girl?!!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How are you doing?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  I’m good, I’m doing a mixtape for my friend.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Really?!  COOL!  I am so excited to talk to you.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  (laughing) I’m excited myself.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  YES!  Let’s get this going…How did you get started as a DJ?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Well when I was growing up it was just me and my mother.  She was a single mom.  My mother had this record player (turntable) that played 45s when I was 6 years old. From time to time she would tell me to put the 45 on the record player and showed me how to do it.  Also I heard the song “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa.  I thought it was a dope record.  My cousin did a mixtape and just seeing him mix songs together made me want to be a DJ.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How long have you been deejaying?


TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Okay now I have been so intrigued with the name of your group 24 SCIENTISTS.  Is there a special meaning behind the name?  And how did the group get started?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Well back in 1994 me, D2 tha C, and Rod X were looking for a studio that we could record our mixtapes for free.  We came across this owner named Drexel and his friends David and Darrien, and at the time they owned SAINTS ( skating rink), The Ambassador, and The Loft.  David and Darrien had a recording studio called D2 Studios and they were also the first people to sign Nelly and the St. Lunatics.  They asked us who we were.  Rod X suggested that we become a group and come up with a really good name to tell those guys.  We then thought of the name 24 SCIENTISTS.  The name 24 SCIENTISTS is from revelations.  In the Islamic religion, 24 SCIENTISTS were also known as the Twenty Four Elders, or The Councils of the Gods.  Of the Twenty-Four, there are Twelve Major Scientists and Twelve Minor Scientists.  Now of the Twelve Major Scientists, there is one that is above all of them.  He is Allah.  The Twenty Four Elders were also responsible for writing history.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Very interesting!  I had no idea on the meaning of 24 SCIENTISTS.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Yeah……with us we’re not just a group. We are a brotherhood/sisterhood, we’re a family.  Anybody just can’t join 24 SCIENTISTS.    We have to feel a connection to you. It’s very spiritual for us. and we must know your character.  Take DJ EPIC for example; he introduced himself to me one day at Cuetopia.  We got to talking and I noticed a DJ controller that he had and it was real nice.  I said to him , “Hey that’s a nice controller.”  He told me, “here take it home with you to try it out” and then said I can use it whenever I want to.  I said no but Epic insisted.  Just the fact that he let me use the controller and told me I can get it anytime I wanted showed how nice he was and that he had a good character.  Another time Epic came over to my house and we hung out.  D2 tha C had been to talking with Epic via Facebook and later on came up to me and said, “Hey Charlie how come Epic ain’t part of 24 SCIENTISTS?”  Those are examples; it’s a personal connection.  24 SCIENTISTS is a family.  On Monday nights we get together at my house.  We sit around and play video games or as I call it “BEAT DOWN SESSIONS” on the Playstation 3.  I also have enlightening sessions where we will sit down and the older members will talk to the younger members and just try to give them some knowledge on life in general.  Sometimes we could start at like 8:00 pm and go as long as 3:00 am.  That’s just how we do as a family.  Nobody in the family ever needs or wants for nothing.  Four family members have their own home studio.  Two family members are graphic artists.  One has a degree in Engineering and another one has a degree in Mass Communications.  Three family members also are photographers and we also have one that is a Neo-Soul singer.  Every family member in our circle does something special.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That is awesome!  To have a bond like that is just a beautiful thing.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  It sure is.  I like keeping good people close to me.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You are currently with HOT 104.1 doing the Throwback at Noon.  How long have you been doing it?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Well DJ SNO and myself got hired by RADIO ONE on September 11, 2000.  At the time it was Q95.5.  That radio station was a R&B/Hip Hop station in competition with 100.3 The Beat.  I brought on Stan the Man, DJ Needles and C-Note as well. I did not know that they were trying to get me on board.  We changed music in St. Louis by playing local artists and 100.3 The beat wasn’t doin’ that.  My boss at the time told me it was a requirement to play the hottest songs in rotation.  He also told us that he better not hear the other station (100.3 The Beat) play it before us or else it was gonna be a problem.  I remember one time he came up to me and asked , “How come Lights, Camera, Action is not being played?”  There was a real popular song out by Mr. Cheeks called “Lights, Camera, Action”.  Everybody was calling in asking for that song.  I told my boss, “The song is in rotation and it has been played.”  He then told me, “Oh it is?  Well then how come you’re not playing it right now?”  We had to make sure that 100.3 The Beat wasn’t out doing us.  We was playing Chingy, Petey Pablo, and we was the first to play Kanye West’s song “Through The Wire”.  I hated when Crunk music, or what I like to call N**** S***, took over!  I tried to hold out as long as I could before playing crunk music.  C-Note was the one that really got me to play crunk music.   He told me, “Charlie you got to come on board with it man.”   At the time C-Note had these mixtapes called CRUNKFEST.  I always listen to people that want to see me succeed.  A lot of people would say  “You ain’t on nothing but that EAST COAST s***!”  But to me east coast rappers have this nice smooth R&B feel to their music and they can flow.  So I was playing cats like Jadakiss, Young Gunz, Jay Z and pretty much anybody from Roc-A-Fella period.  I didn’t mind Lil’ Jon, I met him a few years back and was familiar with his music.  In 2004 Q95.5 became a contemporary R&B station known as FOXY 95.5.  Everyone at Q95.5 got fired but then rehired later on when it became HOT 104.1.  I’ve been doing Throwback at Noon since 2006.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Well I tell you what back in the day I really liked listening to Q95.5.  And you on the Throwback at Noon, man you be showing out.  You be playing everything from my favorite rap group OUTKAST to Mobb Deep, De La Soul, Tupac, Biggie, the list just goes on.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Right, thank you.  Speaking of Mobb Deep, they had their hit song “Quiet Storm”.  Now before Lil’ Kim got on the remix, a lot of DJs wasn’t really playing it.  Everybody was like man that remix dope, but I was like the song was already dope before Lil Kim got on the track (laughing).  Right now, my boss at HOT 104.1 be like “Charlie you playing too much De La Soul or you playing too many hood records.”  I tell him that’s what the listeners want to hear.  He also told me I play too many male rappers.  I told him that the women listeners prefer the songs by male rappers over the ones by females.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You are so right Charlie!  In my collection of rap albums, I have more male artists than I do female.  I have male rappers like DMX, Eazy-E, Yo-Gotti, Rich Homie Quan,Tupac, Biggie, Master P, NAS, etc, in my collection.  Some of my female friends be looking at me like, “Really girl?! You got Eazy- E in your car.” (laughing) I’m like “What’s wrong with Eazy-E?”  There’s nothing wrong with the female artists, but that’s what I like.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  EXACTLY, and that’s what I was saying. I know what I’m talking about.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Now you are DMC’s (Run-DMC) personal DJ.  I saw you on The Queen Latifah Show a few months ago. I saw DMC on stage rapping with Queen Latifah and then they showed you doing your thang on the turntables.  I looked and was like, “Is that Charlie Chan Soprano?”  I looked again and said “THAT IS CHARLIE!” (laughing) You was doing it!  How did you and DMC connect?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Thank you!  Well okay let me take you back to the night Tupac died, which was September 13, 1996.  I was in Lawrence, Kansas competing in a DJ battle competition.  I competed against a local DJ named DJ Rice.  I beat him and won the competition by using the “Peter Piper” record by RUN-DMC.  My prize was $500 and the chance to open up for RUN-DMC.  I found out that two of the judges did not want me to win.  They thought that since I was a popular DJ from St. Louis that I was going to be arrogant.  Two weeks later, I get back to St. Louis and RUN-DMC was at Club Evolution performing where I was a regular DJ.  They were coming off stage and I saw Jam Master Jay and asked him he could stand here for a minute. I got on the mic and announced to everyone that I won a contest in Kansas and would be opening up for RUN-DMC.  I performed the same “Peter Piper” routine that I did in the competition.  After I performed at the concert in north Kansas, Jam Master Jay and I got to talk a while and then he told me that Run-DMC was having a concert and asked me, “How would you like to open and close for Run-DMC?”  Jay also told me up front that there was no money involved but if I stick with him he would set something up for me.  I was like cool.  Then on Easter Sunday in 1997, I met Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat when I went to a SO-SO DEF party at Club Kaya in Atlanta.  DJ Nads was always the regular DJ at Club Kaya on Sundays and he was also rap group Kris Kross’ personal DJ.  While I was deejaying Jermaine and Da Brat was handing me my records.  Later on that night I got to talking with Da Brat and she asked me to be her DJ.  I didn’t find out until later on that Jam Master Jay had set that whole meeting up.  So from 1997-1999 I was deejaying for Da Brat but still at the same time was opening shows for RUN-DMC.  Jam Master Jay passed away on October 30, 2002.  A couple of years later I ran into DMC, and me and him got to talk and catch up on old times. DMC decided to become a solo artist and asked me to be his DJ and I have been since 2004.  I am also RUN-DMC’s DJ as well.  I have been all over the world touring with DMC.  Places like Japan, New Amsterdam, Columbia.  We was getting so much love overseas.  The people over in those countries would run up to us in the street and hug us.  DMC and I made history by performing in Vietnam.  We was the first to be able to perform in their country.  I also toured with DMC in the US.  I got a chance to be around LL Cool J a few times.  LL didn’t know at the time that I was DMC’s DJ until he said something about it.  LL looked and said , “ Who’s Charlie?” and then he looked at me and said, “Him?!  I thought that big muthaf**** was security!” (laughing) LL used to see me get people out of our way when they would run up to us.  I still have to be reminded that I’m DMC’s DJ.  Fans would come up to ask him for an autograph and I’ll be getting out of the way.  DMC would look at me and say, “You, come over here. You’re suppose to be over here with me.”  That’s how much respect I have for him.  I still get excited when I meet somebody in the industry that I have never met before.  I love being a DJ.  I could not imagine myself doing anything else.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That is so cool!  You have definitely lived.  To be able to experience all that and remain so humble is just very touching.  So since you have been deejaying, how many mixtapes do you have?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Awwww let me see.  Girl you gonna make me go back and dig through my stuff! (laughing) I would say between 25 to 30 mixtapes.  Now majority of them are a actual cassette tape because back in the day that’s what you used to make a “mixtape”.  At the time I didn’t believe in copying mixtapes until my deck broke (laughing), from that point on I was doing it.  I didn’t start using CDs til 1997.  I was selling my mixtapes at Mr. Manns and Deep Grooves

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Okay, are there any local artists or celebrity music artists you loved working with?  Who is your favorite?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Well I liked working with Dangerous D a.k.a D-Rebel.  Him and I did a vinyl back in 1987 called “Power of Soul” and the b-side was called “He’s my DJ”.  The mixtape was a tribute to the late James Brown and we also shot a music video that you can find on YouTube.  D-Rebel passed away in a car accident in Killeen, Texas.  St. Louis producer Luqman and St. Louis rapper Ram Rilla (Ram Love) were my favorite artists to work with.  Ram Rilla had two popular singles in The Lou.  One was called “Background Check” and the other was called “ St. Louis City” where he was giving shoutouts to all the gang sets in the city.  Some people were like, “Wait a minute! This guy is shouting out gang members!”  Ram Rilla did the “St. Louis City” remix with Chingy and Richie Rich.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Cool, what is your favorite DJ equipment to use?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  The technique 1200s (turntables) but I do like controllers.  It just depends on the type of gig I have for me to see which one I will use.  I had a wedding reception I did one time and for that I took my controller.  Controllers are much easier to carry because it’s less equipment.  They have a lot of different effects on them that you can use which I think is pretty cool.  I recently deejayed at Macy’s at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters and at West County Mall in Des Peres.  I brought my controller and the people were very impressed.  One guy said , “Wow!  Look what he brought.”  He later told me that there was one guy they hired to DJ and all he brought was his laptop and just mixed the music on there.  You know there are software programs where you can mix tracks and you don’t need a controller or turntables hooked up to the laptop.  When that guy told me that I said okay I will never do that.  You know you still have to be professional out here.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That is so true.  Are there any current and/or upcoming projects that you have coming out?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Yes.  I currently have GANGSTA BOOGIE with DJ Boogie Corleone out.  Be on the look out for GANGSTA BOOGIE 2!  I have a mixtape coming out called “I USED 2 LOVE HER”, it’s gonna be a mix of neo-soul and hip hop.  I also have a mixtape I’m working on right now with DJ Kimmy Nu called “The Rookie Meets The Legend”.  It’s going to have neo-soul and hip hop artists such as De La Soul, Mos Def, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, Troy Ave, and other similar artists.  Also DJ Witz and myself are working on a mixtape that will be acapella over reggae music.  I am producing for DMC as well.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That’s gonna be real good!  I love that GANGSTA BOOGIE mixtape!  You and DJ Boogie Corleone laid that out from beginning to end.  Where are some places in The Lou that the local people can see you DJ?

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Thank You.  I can be seen at Cuetopia II in Florissant on Tuesdays, LOLA in Downtown St. Louis on Fridays, and EXO in Downtown St. Louis on Saturdays.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  And there you have it y’all!  Charlie I really enjoyed this interview. You have told me so much.  I look forward to the next time we do this again.

CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO:  Me too.  We gonna have to talk again real soon.



Gaming Music




By Tiffany L. Riley

There have been so many music artists to come out of the St. Louis, MO area.  A lot of them, such as Tina Turner, Miles Davis, and Nelly, have gone on to become successful stars .  I recently got the chance to listen to a new upcoming R&B singer from St. Louis named DAMIOU (pronounced Damien) WILLIAMS.  He has been making a lot of noise here on the local scene.   I sat down with Damiou a few days ago to talk about his journey in life and how he got into music. I really enjoyed this interview.  He is a very humble person who’s driven to take his music career to the next level while making a difference in peoples’ lives.  Here is our wonderful interview:

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What’s going’ on Damiou?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  How you doin’ Ms. Tiffany?

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY :  I’m doin’ great!  How about yourself?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  Oh I’m doin’ real good.  Just very excited about this interview!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: (laughing) I am too!  I have heard a lot of great things about you and I got the chance to listen to some of your music.  I am very impressed with your talent.  I couldn’t wait to have the opportunity to meet you and to hear your story.

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  Well thank you.  That means a lot to me.  It’s definitely been a long road for me but I am blessed to be here and do what I love to do, which is sing.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You are very down to earth Damiou.  Okay let’s get started…..How long have you been singing?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  Well I’ve been singing since I was about 7 years old.  My grandfather Bernard Williams passed away back on March 9, 1996.  My biological father I only met one time in my life and he bought me a soda for 35 cents.  At the time my older sister and I were living in Indianola, Mississippi with my grandmother Deloris Williams before we relocated to St. Louis, MO in 2000.  My mother Gwen Williams left me and my siblings behind and moved to Texas to begin a new life.  She also got married down there too.  My grandmother was like a mother to me and really stepped up and took care of me and my sister.  If it wasn’t for her I don’t know where I would be.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What made you want to sing?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  When I was 16 years old I was hanging out on my porch with some friends of mine….SHOUT OUT TO BRITTANY AND COOKIE!  At the time I wanted to be a rapper.  I was pretty good at flowing.  These two girls asked me if I could sing…I told them yeah I can.  So they asked me to sing a song for them.  I sung for them and they was like WOW DAMIOU U CAN SING!  Brittney and Cookie told me that I need to sing instead of rap.  They said almost everybody can rap but not everyone can sing.  Soon after that I started working with a vocal coach to tune my voice up.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who are some R&B singers you would consider inspirations?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  It’s so many, but if I had to narrow it down I would say Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Miguel, August Alsina.  They are all great R&B singers.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who are some people you have gotten a chance to work with?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  Well back in 2008 at Shock City Studio here in St. Louis I met Bradd Young.  Bradd Young is a producer and R&B singer.  He had the hit song “Grown Man”.  My manager Eric Pinkett at the time and myself were in a studio session when I saw Bradd walk in.  I asked my manager,  “Who is that?”.  Bradd had on this leather coat and was wearing an afro.  He came in looking like a superstar.  I’ve been working with him on songs ever since.  I have a song called “She Movin’ It” featuring Bradd Young that I did a few years ago.  We even shot a music video for the song (You Tube under Damiou Williams Music).  There have been other artists I have worked with as well, Mo Lyric, Bell Davis, Lil’ Foe a.ka. Mr. GNarly, Tray D, and City.  I also worked with Charlie Free and I actually opened up for her at Blueberry Hill in Delmar Loop at her album release party.  It’s always a great thing being able to work with other artists.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Who would you love to have a R&B/Hip Hop duet with and why?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  Wow, it’s so many!  But if I had to choose then for the R&B side I would say Trey Songz.  Trey Songz does the same type of music that I like to do.  He does the “GROWN & SEXY” type of R&B.  Now for the Hip Hop side I have two artists:  B.O.B and Yo Gotti.  B.O.B has a huge fan base.  He has had the ability to cross over onto the POP charts.  Yo Gotti keeps it real.  All his music is about real life and the struggle.  He started from the bottom and worked hard to be known.  

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Those are all good choices (laughing), I’m a fan of all of them.  Do you have any mixtapes/albums or currently working on one?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  I have a project I’m working on with Bradd Young .  I am branching out to different producers as well.  I’m working with an artist name Mai-Lee and rapper Vega Heartbreak on the project.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Are there any local venues that you have done and/or can be seen at in the future?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  I have done different private parties, casinos…..I did a concert in Cairo, Illinois.  I have done concerts at The Loft ,The Rustic Goat, The Coliseum, and The Ambassador.  I also did a school tour where I played at 20 different school in St. Louis.  That tour was called The Integrity Tour.  

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What are some venues you haven’t done yet that you would like to do?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  I would really like to play The Fox Theater. You have more of a personal connection with the audience. Another venue that would be my dream to have a concert at is Madison Square Garden.  That place right there is to me the ultimate venue to have a concert at.  

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Where do you see yourself five years from now?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  Five years from now I see myself as being successful, headlining my own tour, being well known globally, being an Icon, and being a better person than I was five years ago.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Is there anything else you would like your fans or people who may not be familiar with you to know?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  I’ve had some personal trying times in my life.  My grandfather passed away, my mother moved to another state to begin a brand new life, and still I managed to get through all of that.   We all go through things in life ,and just because you have terrible situations that you go through doesn’t mean you have to turn to the streets.  I am drug free, I graduated from high school (Bayless High School in St. Louis) and I been pursuing my dream of being a singer.  I go around to different schools in the St. Louis area to talk to the kids and let them know that they can follow their dreams, respect yourself, and stay on the right path.  I had a time where I was hanging with the wrong crowd in high school, but I was able to have mentors guide me to a positive lifestyle.  I was also a mentor to a student name Deontay Pearson.  Deontay was basically hanging around the wrong crowd and got shot several times. The shooting left him paralyzed .  Deontay turned his life around and is now an inspiring rapper.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Any shoutouts you want to give?

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  I wanna give a shoutout to MAMA LAURA , her sons Brett, Dale, Trey, and the rest of the family. She is an incredible woman that took me under her wing when I was a teenager.   I also wanna give a shoutout to BIG COUNTRY (Security).  He’s been going through chemotherapy for his cancer and always manages to still support me.  Need to show some love to my family….my three sisters: Kim Williams, Bernadette Williams, and Gwendella Williams, and my brother Andre Crowley.  I want to shoutout  Mr. William CaldwelI and his wife Reva.  They are my photographers.  My friend JAY R.  You’ve been like a brother to me from day one since I moved to St. Louis.  I also want to shoutout DJ EPIC for giving me this wonderful opportunity to be featured on TEAM EPIC website.  Also my own website will be up soon  You can follow me on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM.  I will be in the MAY DAY parade and DJ EPIC will be spinning for me.  I also would like to thank my fans and other people who have supported me and TEAM DAMIOU WILLIAMS!!!!

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  There it is!!!  To check out some videos by Damiou Williams, go to and go to DAMIOU WILLIAMS MUSIC.  Thanks for the interview Damiou!

DAMIOU WILLIAMS:  My pleasure Ms. Tiffany.

Tiffany LaShonda Riley



Blessha bones cousins!!!!  It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood now that spring is showing its warm face.  Now is the time to get them feet worked on, if you neglected them during this brutal winter season…..don’t let ’em catch you with ya work undone. *gigglin*

I wouldn’t be a true BROOKLYNITE if I didn’t pay homage to my good friend, the best herbologist I ever knew, and the man LIL KIM wished was her babydaddy CHRISTOPHER “BIGGIE SMALLS” WALLACE, gone but you will never, never be forgotten…R.I.P. Love you….


CONGRATULATIONS to my boi Mr. Trafficaaaaaaaaa himself, Mr. Tony J on the 7th Annual Traffic Music Awards held in St. Louis last Sunday.  S/O to all the nominees, & especially the winners and artists that showcased their skills!  Its the Grammys & BET awards all wrapped in 1.  Next year #teamepic will make the nominee’s list fasho!!!

And here is the latest in SPORTS: Iverson is broke…& KOBE still sucks.

Soooo MICHAEL JACKSON and MIKI HOWARD had a son together?  LMAO @ MJ sleeping with a black woman. LMAO @ Blanket got another brother or uncle… LMAO @ them Joe’s lips tho…welp, I guess Billy Jean was his lover, she’s just a girl that claims that he was the one…n DNA says that’s his son *grabs crotch n stands on tippy toes*

I went to see SON OF GOD, no I didn’t fall asleep…but I didn’t get crunk about it till I heard my boo CEELO GREEN as the credits rolled….the scriptures were OFF…and the story improperly told, not to mention they failed to show the GOD in the SON….that grieved my spirit…I hope GOD’S NOT DEAD makes up for it…I’ll keep you posted!!

NEW MUSIC!!!!  From who?  Glad you asked….The Ill side’s greatest TBABY!!!!  OOOhhh Weeee!  I’m still bangin’ my favorite joint from ’08 LIKE A GIANT, now I got another one to add…it’s called Say Sum, check it out and let me know what y’all think…

I used to really be surprised that black women would get on TV and clown the way they do, until I saw the ‘QUEEN OF SOUL’ straight throw shade on PATTI LABELLE *gasp*….now if their old tails are actin’ like this at the WHITE HOUSE  there really might not be any hope for unity amongst the sisters….and did I say at the WHITE HOUSE?! During the WOMEN OF SOUL event….this double chinned heffa had the audacity to sing in a fur coat…WHO IS HER PUBLICIST?   I’m super sick of not being able to tell the difference between her stomach and her breasts….#learnhowtobuyabra

DON’T LET THE HEARSE BEAT YOU TO THE CHURCH!!!: RANCE ALLEN is still touring after 50 years of ministry!  His hair is a ministry all its own, I love it; it always looks so soft, and flows with every note he sings!!!!

Ok, ok, ok….@Mrcoreybarrett has a new joint SAVIOR, that is a EPIC track!  St.Louis has more than hip hop and R&B, I’m super proud of this brother…his live performance is an EPIC move of God….


I lost my mommy as a teenager, but God never let me go without good sound motherly advice & stern looks during church, thanks to ASSISTANT PASTOR ELAINE “YEYE” JACKSON of A.C.E. Ministries Inc, of Kansas City MO who will be marrying her boo REV. THOMAS RICE!!!  I’m so happy for the both of you.  Yeye you encouraged me when I felt like I was un-encouragable, unlovable, & just down right rebellious.  It was a privilege being groomed for ministry under you and BISHOP L.W & EFFIE BOLTON…you deserve all the happiness and joy marriage will bring you!  Love you both!


NEXT TIME…New Music coming from TechSupreme, TefPoe, & L7!!!!!!!….

Miracle & Blessings….

CC Lovechild
@cclovechild on twitter





I had the most wonderful time talking with the legendary DJ SNO at LOLA.  DJ SNO has had a remarkable career that some people only dream about.  For the past two decades, DJ SNO, who is from Madison, Illinois, has worked as a DJ at various places around the St. Louis area.  He’s worked in radio and even had the opportunity to DJ for St. Louis hip hop artist CHINGY.  One interesting fact that I learned while interviewing him was that his maternal grandfather Normen Kramer was one of the organ players for the St. Louis Blues back in the 1960s.

            DJ SNO is a very cool and down to earth person.  I really hate the interview had to end because I could’ve talked with him for hours.  He had so much to talk about regarding his career and upcoming projects.  I also had the opportunity to watch him spin while at LOLA; this man is very talented.  With that being said here is our interview:

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I finally get the pleasure of meeting you DJ SNO!  (laughing)


TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  I see you just got finished setting up your turntables.

DJ SNO: Yup…..I start spinnin’ here at LOLA at 10:00 pm.  Where’s DJ EPIC at?  I thought he would have been here with you.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Naw…..He has a DJ gig tonight.

DJ SNO:  Epic is a real cool person.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Yes he is…and a wonderful boss!

DJ SNO: (Laughing)

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Okay…..Now to the good part (laughing), how did you get started as a DJ?

DJ SNO:  Well back in the early 1980s, I was a break dancer.  I was in a group called MEGATRON BREAKERS.  We were really good.  We competed in a dance competition called RIVER ROADS BREAK 84’ and got 2nd place overall.  I also played the saxophone and drums in high school.  I decided later on I wanted to get into deejaying.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  How many years have you been deejaying?

DJ SNO:  Since 1984

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  That’s cool….What made you want to be a DJ?

DJ SNO:  I first heard the song “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa.  Just hearing that song with the different elements of sound effects made me interested in deejaying.  I also saw the movie BEAT STREET and was intrigued by how scratching was done on the turntables. I also saw another movie called BREAKIN’.  In the movie, I saw ICE-T’s DJ (DJ Glove) and how he was spinnin’ on the turntables.  I said okay so that’s how you move the record away from the needles.  I told my family I wanted to be a DJ.  Most of them was looking at me and saying you really gonna give up playing instruments for deejaying?  My paternal grandfather was the only one that believed in me.  He thought I could go really far with deejaying.  Before he had passed away, he bought me a set of turntables.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY: Tell me about some places you have been a DJ at?

DJ SNO:  From 1984-1988 I was deejaying at a lot of parties, skating rinks, and bars.  I even was a DJ at some bars that mostly had a white crowd.  During that time a lot of the white crowds at these bars didn’t care for hip hop music.  Me and my crew would be in there and they would call us all types of names.  We definitely weren’t welcome.  So a lot of times we would go to the clubs and bars in the black neighborhoods to DJ.  I got a lot of love down there. I was spinnin’ at PANAMA JAX in Collinsville from 1989-1991.  A guy I was working with in there knew how to do a live feed to where the mix could be broadcasted live on the radio.  It became MIX 97.1; I would spin records for 2 hours on the station.  It eventually closed down.  After that I went to DJ at Rickey’s (Now SOUNDBAR in Florissant, MO) and Rivers (Now Lumiere Place Casino in Downtown St. Louis).  I also was a DJ at Doghouse (formerly located in Ballwin, MO), but it closed down due to a fire.  And Stages (Now Gateway Racing Track in Madison, Illinois) but they got shut down due to a lot of fighting that was going on out there.  I helped open the Monastery in 1997 and was there until 2000.  That’s when the “CRUNK” era pretty much began.  I then went on to work at Q95.5 as a DJ.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  You were CHINGY’s DJ at the time he got signed by Ludacris to his record label “Disturbing Tha Peace”.  What was that experience like?

DJ SNO:  I loved it.  I was CHINGY’s DJ from 2003- 2008.  We were on several televisions show: 106 & Park (10 times), MTV (5 times), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tyra Banks Show, MADD TV, and had an interview with VIBE magazine.  I also had the opportunity to go on tour with CHINGY.  We did the ROCK THE MIC tour with 50 cent and the Chicken N Beer tour with Ludacris in the U.S.  We also went on tour overseas in Norway, Germany, New Zealand, China, Japan, Brazil, and New Amsterdam. CHINGY and I started a show called STL Home Jamz on Hot 104.1 in 2006.  I also had another show called The Headliners where I was the co-host with Finsta.  Finsta eventually joined me on the STL Home Jamz show when CHINGY left.   I stayed on with the show until August 2011.  Hot 104.1 was my last stint with radio.  I tell ya, when I was on radio everybody was messin’ wit me.  Now that I’m not in it anymore it seem like don’t nobody wanna f*** with me.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Do you have any mixtapes?

DJ SNO:  Yes I do. I am only just deejaying on them.  The mixtapes I worked on were by St. Louis local artists.  I was on The Renaissance by DiSkreet, Seek Shelter- LIVE WELL with Finsta, J-Kidd, XO MOB, Phat Pheezy, and Slot-A-Lot presents CHINGY.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What is your favorite piece of DJ Equipment?

DJ SNO:  The Technique 1200s (Turntables)

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  What do you currently have going on?  Any upcoming projects?

DJ SNO:  Right now I’m a producer.  I have a studio in my house and I go to Phat Buddha Studio in St. Louis.  I am working with several artists: Academy Hill, Block Boyz, Basement Beats, Doorway, Ghetto Children, Kandi Girlz, Malevolent, Nite Owl, North Park Drive, Phat Pheezy, and Scooby.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Where can the people in the St. Louis area see you DJ at?

DJ SNO:  I’m at LOLA in Downtown St. Louis on Saturday nights spinning from 10:00 pm til 2:30 am.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  Well there you have it.  DJ SNO it was really good talking with you.  You definitely have had a wonderful career!  I’m wishing we could keep talking but I know you getting ready for your gig.

DJ SNO: Yeah I do…..This was a great positive interview.

TIFFANY LASHONDA RILEY:  It sure was.  I thank you for the interview.

DJ SNO:  You’re welcome.

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Tiffany LaShonda Riley