Jeff Baraka x Sons of Fela

Interviews with Afrobeat royalty, brothers Seun Kuti and Femi Kuti, sons of the iconic Fela Kuti (produced in association with WMFC 2014 and 2011). …   Nice Femi re-post at Okayafrica.

Jeff Baraka x Thomas Dolby

A three-part mini-doc interview with electronic music pioneer (and former TED music director), Thomas Dolby. Produced in association with WXRT/CBS and the British Consulate General Chicago. … …

Jeff Baraka x Rakim

A too brief conversation with The God MC, produced in association with HNHH and The Shrine Chicago. Talking with Rakim was a big deal for me personally, because he’s one of my primary early influences as an MC (along with Big Daddy Kane, Chuck D, KRS-One and others). I wasn’t prepared to interview him when … Continue reading Jeff Baraka x Rakim

Jeff Baraka @ Kindred FamJam

Fun night. I was really just hangin’ out this time, but got swept up in all the good energy. Produced in association with The Shrine Chicago.

Jeff Baraka x Stalley

A brief interview with Ohio MC and MMG/BCG representer, Stalley. Produced in association with HNHH.

Jeff Baraka x DJ Jazzy Jeff

Interview with the magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff about Red Bull Thre3style and global DJ culture (sorry for the minor audio/tech trouble on this one, there’ll be a re-do).

Jeff Baraka @ D. Wade’s CHT

[update 3.07.14 – met up with one of my old AXS TV bosses, Mark Cuban last night] On-assignment for AXS Live at Dwyane Wade‘s Chicago Has Talent  2012 showcase; brief segments with him and Michelle Williams. …

Jeff Baraka x The RZA

On-assignment for AXS Live. Interview with Wu-Tang Clan founder, The RZA about his movie, “The Man with the Iron Fists”.

Jeff Baraka @ Red Bull BC One & Silver Room SSBP

On-assignment for AXS Live @ Red Bull BC One 2012 North American qualifier, interview with host Rakaa.   Earlier that day, at the 10th annual Silver Room Sound System Block Party with owner Eric Williams.

Jeff Baraka x De La Soul

A candid conversation with the standard bearers of intelligent rap (follow-up from North Coast meeting).

Jeff Baraka x Talib Kweli

A fun, raucous interview with Talib Kweli, plus special guest GLC shows up. (produced in association with Shrine Chicago and GWHH).

Jeff Baraka x Nneka

An insightful conversation with singer/songwriter/activist, Nneka, a dynamic voice of world and soul music. …

Jeff Baraka x Blitz The Ambassador

A short interview with Blitz The Ambassador, a vanguard of African-infused hip-hop, produced in association with World Music Festival Chicago. …

Jeff Baraka x Common

An enlightening interview with Common and the late, great Dr. Maya Angelou [RIP]… … And a short conversation among Chicago hip-hop godfathers, including Twilite Tone. A quick salute to our shared history (which also includes No ID).   BONUS AUDIO: Mic Illumination – Jeff Baraka (O Type Star) featuring Common, with prelude by Malik Yusef. … Continue reading Jeff Baraka x Common

Jeff Baraka x GWHH

Gowhere Hip-Hop interviews with UK soulstress, Estelle and TV personality flygirl, Rocsi Diaz. …

Jeff Baraka x Elzhi

A short interview with Elzhi, a premier MC in independent hip-hop (follow-up from an ’09 Slum Village talk).

Jeff Baraka x Okayplayer

An Okayplayer interview with Black Milk, a vanguard of true-school, Detroit hip-hop. … An Okayplayer interview with Aloe Blacc, one of the new giants of soul music.

Jeff Baraka @ Hennessy Artistry (The Roots)

A short film featuring The Roots & friends at four incredible events in three cities (Chi/Det/NYC), produced in association with Hennessy Artistry and Okayplayer. … A brief interview with DJ, photographer and hip-hop icon, D-Nice at Hennessy Artistry Detroit (2010).

Jeff Baraka x Baaba Maal

A brief conversation with Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal, during my time at JBTV. This was also presented as a two-part audio story for Chicago Public Radio. See the official music video for Television and a video spot for the UNDP-MDGs we talk about. …

Ritz WRappers (Onion Labs)

This is an Onion Labs-produced Christmas spot for Ritz Crackers. It was a fun time, a nice check and we made kids happy, so please laugh all you want at the bad pun, rapping and outfits —salute to my dawgs Ross Bryant and Glenn Stanton, ha!. This was shot November 2013 (it’s chronologically misplaced on … Continue reading Ritz WRappers (Onion Labs)