Reflections of a DJ

Episode 17: JONATHAN SHECTER aka SHECKY GREEN

Feb. 8, 2018

Episode 17 - JONATHAN SHECTER aka "SHECKY GREEN" Philadelphia born, Harvard graduate, and Source Magazine founder Shecky Green joins the crew on the R.O.A.D. podcast. With over 30 years in the music industry, Shecky takes us though his journey, where it all started in Philly. From the first time he heard "Rappers Delight", to interning at the local radio station just to be apart of the culture. Shecky also explains the importance of Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, and the impact they had on Philadelphia hip hop. Shecky goes into detail on why he feels that 1988 was the biggest year in hip hop to date. Upon attending Harvard University, Shecky explains how The Source Magazine came to fruition, and how, at the time there was no one addressing hip hop music in the journalism world. Once moved to New York, Shecky also expresses the trials of the east coast not wanting to hear hip hop from other areas of the country. Jaime addresses "Unsigned Hype" and what that meant to hip hip, and Shecky tells the story of how The Notorious B.I.G. was discovered through this process. Shecky also shares with the crew an epic story of how he was introduced to Nas' first album "Illmatic". After moving to the west coast in 2003, Shecky tells of his role in bringing big name DJ's to Las Vegas. Names include DJ AM, Mark Ronson, etc. He also tells the story of negotiating DJ AM's first million dollar contract, and how that raised the bar for DJ's in general. Shecky continues by speaking on the EDM era, and how it directly coincided with his time at the Wynn.

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