B-Boy Document Podcast Interview

I was honored to be interviewed for the great B-Boy Document online magazine and podcast put together from my friends over in the UK. I’m in great company, joining such esteemed folk like DJ Trackstarr, DJ Q-Bert, Phife, Tony Touch, Grandmaster Caz, Egyptian Lover and more. If you wanna hear me talk (A LOT) about my philosophy of DJing, my favorite rappers, the Philly and NYC club scene in the 80s & 90s, and more – download the iTunes podcast HERE – or check the SoundCloud link below.

Purple Vibes – All Prince Live Mixes by Mr. Sonny James, DJ Lean Wit It & Cosmo Baker

On Friday April 22nd 2016, Mr. Sonny James, DJ Lean Wit It & Cosmo Baker all got together in a small room in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia and paid a cathartic tribute to the greatest of all time, Prince. There were tears of joy and of sorrow and there was plenty sweat. Here is what we sounded like that night.

Giving Back

For what it’s worth, I’ve always felt it’s been important to give back, whether that be with donating money or time to worthwhile causes and organizations. But because of the current climate right now I think it’s time to step it up a bit. And I’ve been inspired by so many of my selfless friends, and in this particular case, my homeboy Dave Nada. So…

For the remainder of 2017 at least, 10% of all my earnings from all my DJ gigs will be donated to charitable causes in whatever market I’m playing in. Whatever city I’m in, I’ll identify a worthwhile cause and make sure they see this money directly from my pocket.

In addition to this, with enough advance planning I’ll work to create a partnership with whatever organization I’m working with to get them involved, help raise awareness of their mission, and hopefully allow them to reap whatever residual benefits from these shows and their local community.

In the next couple months I have shows lined up in Philly, New York, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. With lots more always coming down the road. So wherever I go, I can leave that place with having helped in a way that has a lasting effect.

Just seems like the right thing to do. I’m pretty psyched for this! Thanks for all your support y’all!

Songs We Listened To A Lot In 2016

Songs We Listened To A Lot In 2016 by Skratch Bastid & Cosmo Baker

Once again back it’s the incredible. You already know what it is. We hope. This being our 5th one, and with a title like that, do we really need to tell you what it is? SWLTALI is a series we have grown to look forward to annually. A mix that tells the story of our musical experience ver the past year. New stuff, older stuff; just great music that we played, loved, revisited, shared, and are now sharing again in the form of this carefully curated and mixed 2 hours and 31 minutes. We hope you enjoy these tunes as much as we do, and if you like an artist’s music contained within, find a way to support them.

It seemed that in 2016 (into 2017) there were times when the world seemed to be on the brink of collapsing upon itself, and everything was enveloped in darkness. It’s times like these that we need music the most. Music will help us see our way through that darkness and into the light.

And that’s about it. Push play, and let it ride…

Joey Dosik – The Night Before… (+ Cannonball Adderley speaks)
Andy Shauf – The Magician
Invisible – Ruido de Magia
A Tribe Called Quest – Dis Generation
Anderson Paak – Come Down
Mura Masa – What If I Go?
Mr Eazi & Juls – Shitor
Gilberto GIl – Toda Menina Bahiana (Tahira Re-Edit Edit)
Heidi Leonore – Everybody Loves The Sunshine (The Reflex Edit)
Solange – Cranes In The Sky (Kaytranada Edit)
Tinashe – Vulnerable (Pomo Remix)
Chance The Rapper – All Night feat. Knox Fortune (Kaytranada Extended Joint)
DJ Stuart – Re-Work
Housemate – Always Here For You (Stro Elliott Mix)
Maxwell – NoOne (UnCut)
Prince – Little Red Corvette (12” Mix Edit)
Foals – Night Swimmers (Mura Masa Edit)
Bird Peterson – Funky For You
Troyboi – And Wot
Rudimental – Healing feat. Joseph Angel
Aminé – Caroline
Z-Ro – Legendary
Christian Rich – Still feat. Tunji Ige, High Klassified & Kris Bowers
Isaiah Rashad – Wat’s Wrong feat. Kendrick Lamar & Zacari
Andre 3000 – Solo (Interlude)
BADBADNOTGOOD – In Your Eyes feat. Charlotte Day Wilson
Childish Gambino – Redbone
Wings – Arrow Through Me
The Sylvers – What’s It All About
Chronixx – Spanish Town Rocking
Marsha Ambrosius – Have You Ever?
Dennis Brown – Revolution
Cassiano – Onda
Willie Colón & Rubén Blades – Plastico
Mbongwana Star – Malukayi feat. Konono No. 1
Thundercat – Bus In These Streets
Pastor T.L. Barrett – Father Stretch My Hands
Peter Gabriel – Heroes

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  • Cosmo Baker’s Top Ten Records Of May

    DJ Stuart "Re-Work V2"
    Wet "All The Ways" (Branchez Remix)
    De La Soul "Beautiful Night"
    Phife "Nutshell"
    With You "Ghost" feat. Vince Staples (Major Lazer Remix)
    Tall Black Guy "The Heart Of The Town"
    KRNE "I'll Be Good"
    Hoodboi "Closer"
    Drake "With You" Feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR
    Christopher Cross "Ride Like The Wind" (Joey Negro Dub Disco Mix)

    BAKERS DOZEN BONUS

    Club Cheval "Discipline"
    Mura Masa "What If I Go"
    Kate Bush "Why Should I Love You?"

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