November 13, 2013
Damn son, I fell off. I vowed to never neglect my baby, Westcheddar, and I have. I’m sorry fam. But I’ve been busy as shit with my actual babies, and taking care of business working my full-time job and writing for NahRight and doing other side work. And in the meantime, I dropped an album on iTunes! My first official album release ever after rapping for almost two decades (that’s crazy). It’s called Local Legend, and it’s ten of my favorite tracks of all-time, on one album, put together to tell my story and showcase my MC and production abilities. I’m very happy with how it was received, and I want to make sure it’s the top post here on Westcheddar while I’m off doing other things. Gonna post a bunch of Local Legend related stuff below. Ready? Heeeere we go…
Local Legend Album Stream
WNYU Interview with Dharmic X
Stan Ipcus “Cap” (Bonus Track)
Stan Ipcus & Friends LIVE! at Webster Hall feat. Matty B, Roga Raph, Denzil Porter, Marlon “Moshe” Sobol, Matisyahu, and Peter Rosenberg (11/4/13)
As for my writing, stay tuned to NahRight for my feature work, and this link below to THE WALL OF IP, which is all my feature work in one spot. I update it every time I have something big published.
Peace to all my Westcheddar fam. I’m out here. Follow me on Twitter for a daily feed of all the stuff I’m listening to and watching and feeling in general, and updates on all my published work and rap life. And I’m on Instagram as well!
Holler at your boy!!! Cheah…
August 5, 2013
I interviewed my favorite rapper of all-time, Action Bronson, for the third time recently. I’m trying to be the Howard Cosell to his Cassius Clay. LOL. Anyway, we spoke about his recent European tour, and his touring life in general both on and off stage, for my latest NahRight The Green Room feature. Check it out below…
And to follow, I spoke with Party Supplies about their upcoming sequel to Blue Chips…
Also, you HAVE TO check out this video of Bam Bam performing live from a nursing home in the UK. It popped up after our interview, or else I would have definitely asked about this. Too much fun.
“Thanks guys. Now I’m gonna hand out chocolates.” Amazing. Peace family.
July 26, 2013
Westcheddar correspondent Billy Henderson was back on the scene at this year’s annual Best of Westchester party, hosted by Westchester Magazine. It’s the party of the summer in the 914, and as always, Billy blessed us with his Top 5 Tables at the event….
It’s that time of year again. The Best of Westchester Party 2013 popped off Wednesday night. Bill Murray, great weather, fake asses (goddamn) and my cousin Lars all made an appearance. I was half drunk on the 6 train when I wrote this Top 5, sitting next to a Bronx State escapee and a teenage girl who was convinced that everyone on the train wanted to hear Chris Brown mad early in the morning. Me, I was turning up the Willie Hutch. Let’s get into it.
71 Water Grant Street
Yonkers, NY 10701
For years Chef Peter Kelly walked around like he ran the BOW party. This year he proved it. Not only did he bring Bill Murray and his new vodka line, he had the best dish there. A Thai marinated grilled shrimp with fresh watermelon, kafir lime, toasted cumin and goat cheese. It read and looked confusing. I’m still wondering why it tasted so fucking delicious. God bless Chef.
2. Mt. Kisco Seafood
477 Lexington Avenue
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
These guys show up every year. All shucking and no jiving. 1600 Oysters from B.C. and Strong Island. Simple yet perfect.
3. The Tarry Lodge
18 Mill Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
First time appearance for this place. They had mortadella profiteroles and a crostini of corn purée and crumbled pancetta. Slammin’.
4. The Cookery
39 Chestnut Street
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Chef Dave was in the house again this year with the best meatball in the county. Simple, delicate, delicious, and square.
5. Haymount House
25 Studio Hill Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
This place had a few things but their gazpacho with pikachoo crab hit the spot. Cold. Smooth. Crab. Winning combination.
That’s the fuckin’ list. Shouts to Uncle Ralph for another great party, Slovenia vodka, Bill Murray, Westchester MILFs, Chef Bronsolino, and Lars. Stanley Ipcus and Westcheddar…… you already know. See ya next year.
Thanks for another epic recap, Billy! Gotta get babysitters for next year’s party. Been too long since I was in attendance. Peace to Lawyer Mike. One.
July 24, 2013
I’ve been wanting to share this story properly for a while now. Thanks to Pigeons & Planes for publishing. Check it out.
July 24, 2013
I had the pleasure of interviewing my fourth member of Wu-Tang Clan, U-God (above left), to set off our new series called The Green Room, where we talk to artists about their life on tour. This is one of the funniest interviews I’ve ever done. Lots of great stories and memories, and I found a couple ill videos too. Must read for Wu fanatics. Link below.
July 24, 2013
I’m not the biggest fan of the new Jay-Z album, but this “Holy Grail” song with Justin Timberlake is so fire. Instant classic. I literally get chills watching clips of them performing it live. The daytime vid above is my favorite, even though it gets cut off, from the Verizon Wireless Festival in the UK. The one below is dope too, and has the full song. Also overseas. Watch both.
October 20, 2012
Sorry if it feels like Westcheddar is turning into an Action Bronson and Roc Marciano fan site as of late, but fuck it, these are the two dopest rappers out right now. Period. Watch them perform “Pouches Of Tuna” live last night at Gramercy Theatre above. Awesome.
More unreleased Roc Marciano self-produced crack, not on his upcoming album. This one’s called “Momma’s Song.” Enjoy.
Don’t be mad when I post Action Bronson’s new video Monday. It’s going to happen.
October 11, 2012
My boy Scott aka Tic (above left) got married this past weekend in Martha’s Vineyard, and my other boy Matty B (above right), who you may remember from the “Hammer” chorus, was his Best Man. And his Best Man Speech was legendary. I’m pretty sure that even heads who don’t know Tic or Matty will find this entertaining. And yes, that’s me dying laughing the whole time in the background while filming. Props to Matty for killing it and going off the cuff. He called me last Friday to flesh out some ideas, had a whole Top 10 list he was gonna do, and then decided to wing it. And he nailed it. Watch below…
Congrats to Scott and Maria! Twist!
July 19, 2012
My dude Billy Henderson is back once again with his Top 5 Tables from Westchester Magazine’s Best Of Westchester party, easily the most baller summer party of the year in the 914. Here’s his brilliant breakdown…
It’s that time again. Uncle Ralph’s annual party on the L.I. Sound jumped off last night. It was hot, steamy, and jammed packed like always. Lots of music, lots of food, one creepy old magician, and one reality TV family from the Housewives of New Jersey. The Kardashians are really fuckin’ expensive apparently. Most importantly there was lots of food to eat and that’s why my fat ass is writing this. Lets do this:
One great thing about this year was the abundance of seafood. These guys were on last year’s list for a reason. Outside on an extremely hot night, these guys shucked 1800 clams and oysters. The clams were from Strong Island’s North Shore and the oysters were from the fine state of Washington. Super fresh. Super briny. Super simple. Super.
When I walked into the party, it was hard to miss Chef Dave’s custom made, wood burning pizza oven in front of the place. It was also hard to miss the lightning in the background. Eventually Chef Dave’s team waited out the passing storm and started banging out six or seven types of delicious pizza. Fresh dough, homemade mozzarella, and an insane portable oven. Really tasty. Margarita and lemon pies were standouts. Nice.
Sushi Mike had his game face on this year as he worked the line, saucing plates and spitting game to wealthy white women. Lots of women at this table. There was a rumor of women throwing up in the bathroom to make room for more sushi. Gross but possible. There was a bootleg Sushi place downstairs, that I’m sure Sushi Mike found comical. I did. I laughed, as I inhaled multiple pieces of incredible sushi into my mouth. Real Sushi. No Bootleg. Thank You Mike.
This table had a few choices of food to taste from, which I’m not a big fan of. Focus on one dish, make it tasty and maybe you’ll make this list. Fortunately, one of those choices was a lobster taco. Freshly made, mini hard taco shell, filled with lobster and mango. I buried a half dozen of those joints. Tasty.
I approached this table and there was a bald chef with his head down preparing food. As he lifted his head, I realized it was Chef Michael Psilakis. If you ever watched Food Network’s “Chopped’ or pay attention to the food scene in this country, you would recognize this guy. I recognized him and know for a fact that he is a extremely badass chef. What I didn’t know was that this chef is a gigantic jerkoff. Chef Jerkoff was serving “Greek Sushi.” I asked him to explain this piece of sushi and he gave me a look of pure disgust. The “Greek Sushi” consisted of sushi rice, scallop, pistachio butter, pickled fennel, preserved cherry and yogurt. If you’re going to have so many ingredients in one bite of food, you will need to explain that shit jerkoff. I’m sure this nerd caught a lot of wedgies in high school and he tried to take it out on potential customers like myself. If there was a camera around when I asked, he would of put on an entire cooking demo for me. Chef Jerkoff was a little too gassed for my taste but his “Greek Sushi” was really delicious.
Shouts to Uncle Ralph, WESTCHEDDAR, Ipcus, Anti Griddles, girls dressed like Mermaids, custom Pizza Ovens, that kid from high school that I couldn’t remember, humidity, reality TV families, Smartinellis, Kruegers, S.S. Kildare, all cooks and staff at the party……………….Great Night as always. See ya next year.
Billy! Another year, another incredible review! Thanks for sending over. Give me a heads up next year, I gotta make my way back to this party. Haven’t been in a few years. But next year I’ll get a sitter and come pop off like old times. Cheah…
July 2, 2012
I said it on Twitter, and I’ll say it again. Action Bronson is my favorite rapper of all time. Yes, it’s a bold statement, but fuck it, that’s how I feel. I love this dude. He’s nice as hell on the mic, makes great songs, and I just think he’s fucking hilarious. Any interview I’ve seen him in or read is amazing. And I’m proud to say that I’ve interviewed him myself in the past, and he was mad cool, funny, and interesting to talk to. I’m not saying Bronson is the best rapper of all time. No, that would be really irresponsible. The Biggie, Jay-Z, or Nas debate still lives on. But he has slowly but surely become my personal favorite. Watch him above as he premieres a new song produced by The Alchemist in Toronto, shit is sick. And below, he raps over the ice cream truck jingle for a Pitchfork feature. This guy is off the hook…
I still have never seen him live, but Action Bronson is the one and only rapper out right now I would pay money to see. Hoping to catch him before the year is out. Holler.
Here’s a couple interviews I did recently for Complex with some other prominent white hip-hop guys. First, my feature with my old buddy Peter Rosenberg discussing his favorite female rap songs. Also, a quick interview I did with up and coming rapper Machine Gun Kelly in response to him being banned from a recent NYC performance.