Over the past five years, no NC hip-hop label not named Jamla Records has been more successful in reaching an audience than the Chapel Hill-via-Charlotte crew Immaculate Taste. Started out of necessity when brothers Alec Lomami and Mike Tambashe (along with cousin Leroy Shingu, now better known as the rapper Well$) wanted to pursue music and didn’t know any business-minded friends to help them run it, IT has gone on to earn its flagship artists Well$ and Angelo Mota major looks, from press coverage, to music festivals, to Spotify playlists. With Angelo’s new record, When All Is Said And Done, hot off the presses, label co-founder Alec joined us on the pod to talk about networking in New York, booking Well$’ first show (opening for G-Eazy) while he was in South Africa, the shift of tastemaking from blogs to playlists, and more. We also talk with Alec about the new 9th Wonder x Drake mashup album by DJ Critical Hype called More 9th that has been making the rounds on hip-hop Twitter over the past few days, and Justin gets more than a little excited for the upcoming 9th Wonder & Black Thought album.
Angelo Mota - “Sweet Tooth”
DJ Critical Hype - “Over”
Marley Pitch - “Plush”
Listen to our playlist, “Best Of The Carolinas,” Vol. 2, out now!