The Carolina Music Awards, NC Hip-Hop Fest, and The Multi-Talented Iron Mic (Ep. 18)

**ABOUT THE WEIRD MISSING .PAAK SONG AT THE END** — we can’t use the Anderson .Paak song or might have this track deleted from SoundCloud, and didn’t consider that before saying on the show, “We’re about to play it for you.” So that’s why instead, you hear “White Sand,” by Charlotte, NC artist Frais. Enjoy.

DJ Iron Mic, known to some as Charles Morse, has touched just about every aspect of the hip-hop scene in the Raleigh/Durham area in the last few years. Morse, who grew up in the Bronx, was introduced to NC when he entered the military and was stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville. When he returned to civilian life, he chose to finish his undergraduate degree at NC State, where he quickly took advantage of campus resources, like the student radio station, WKNC. Having already been a DJ in New York, he settled comfortably into hosting a radio show every Sunday, eventually convincing the station to send him to cover South by Southwest. In recent years, his involvements have only deepened: Morse is the DJ and a resident member of the Krawz Bonze collective — most recently responsible for the Jooselord Magnus double album, S.K.U.L.L, that Alex Yllanes reviewed on Super Empty a couple weeks ago; he is a photographer at concerts and other events; and he covers music in the pages of Indy Week as a much-needed hip-hop writer.

We did a lil’ interview about his past few years here, the Carolina Music Awards, and even made time for some gripes about KRS-One. Then Charles was kind enough to stick around and talk about the NC Hip-Hop Festival, a mysterious event just around the corner, as well as the new song and video, “Bubblin’,” by Anderson .Paak.

On this week!

The Catch-Up: Old Duke vs. Young Dolph —…-vs-young-dolph

Best Of The Carolinas, Vol. 1 —…carolinas-vol-1

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