Download: Rich Medina x Tru Thoughts
Rich Medina IS probably your favorite Djs; favorite DJ! Aside from being one of the most down to earth, realer than real person you’ll ever encounter, Medina, a six foot, six-inch former Cornell University basketball player turned Dj, Producer, and Poet has a knack for straight up going in, and killing it. He’ll take you on a musical journey that your soul will love you for. His ability as a turntablist garnered him a cult following of dedicated fans who will circulate the states to hear him spin.
His legendary Jump N Funk afro-beat parties, as well as his long running Lil Ricky’s Rib Shack party at the now defunct APT nightclub in NYC, is where Rich serves up musically delicious goodness. Rich Medina recently lent his skills to compose a funk mix for the record label, Tru Thoughts (Don’t worry Couch Sessions has you covered, the mix is just below) its 40 minutes of straight goodness.
When we asked Medina about how the collaboration between him and the label came to fruition, he replied, he met Jasmine of Tru Thoughts this year at SXSW, both parties expressed their longtime admiration for each others work. So when the opportunity presented itself to create the mix, he was honored that Tru Thoughts selected him.
For those who might not be familiar with the label, here’s why Tru Thoughts is one of the best indie labels around. The label was founded in 1999, by Robert Luis and Paul Jonas. They cite Originality, Soul, and Creativity as the foundation for the artists they sign. You can’t argue with a label that takes pride in releasing quality material.
With that said they have a roster of amazingly talented artists such as; Quantic (and his many guises), Belleruche, Natural Self, Kinny, Lizzy Parks and my favorite Domu (Please make music again, the world needs your music!). Tru Thoughts was also the home to UK darling Alice Russell and her partner TM JUKE.
Celebrating 10 years of Funk, Tru Thoughts/Unfold just released Tru Thoughts Funk, a compilation of some of the most heavyhitting classic funk from the Bamboos, Saravah Soul and Quantic as well as some killer exclusives from Nostalgia 77 and Beta Hector. This release is a must have for any music connoisseur. Tru Thoughts Funk now available at iTunes.
After checking out the Tru Thoughts Funk mix, head over to Rich Medina’s site to see if he’s coming to your city, and if he is, it would behoove you to go!! ‘Cause you don’t want to hear about it the next day. Trust me!!! Rich currently holds residencies in Chicago, NYC, Philly and Washington DC. You can check Rich out at PROPS, his weekly Wednesday night party at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC with DJ Akalepse, and in June at Kung Fu Necktie in Philly for Robotique.
Purchase: Tru Thoughts Funk