Wake the Flok Up: OC's Newest Rogue Hip-Hop Radio Show
On the back patio of Anaheim's Revolution Studios, the crew of the hip-hop podcast Wake the Flok Up eagerly awaits the arrival of Medusa. Landing the Gangsta Goddess of West Coast rap herself is a pretty major get for a show that's just starting to make noise. Guided by Koncept, the show's host, Wake the Flok Up is banking that long-form interviews with underground legends and local rappers will help put Orange County on the map for the genre.
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Koncept (born George Martinez) enthusiastically explains the mission of Wake the Flok Up as producer Fluent Rhythm works to transform the recording booth of the show's new home into something ready to receive the evening's special guest. "We started the podcast out of Fluent Rhythm's garage," he says. "There was one condenser mic in the middle, and I would interview the artists I knew."
A typical episode of Wake the Flok Up clocks in at an hour and a half, with songs from the featured guests, sound effects and special segments peppered between interview segments. "It did start with nobody listening but the people on the show, but I think it's something hip-hop needs," Koncept says. "Conversation is way more entertaining to us now than to the younger crowd." The show boasts an impressive and growing guest list that includes the Masta Ace, Rakaa from Dilated Peoples, Sage Francis, Planet Asia and DJ Revolution.
Wake the Flok Up is also keen on shining some light on up-and-comers, including DrewID of Speach Impediments, Gremlin and Parallel. "The show's bread and butter is to give exposure to the local hip-hop scene," Koncept says.
OC's top femcee, Miss Char, a.k.a. Charlotte Williams, another featured local rhymer, recently transitioned into a co-host. "Since the first time I came here, I never missed a Wednesday taping. I requested that day off work just to come here," she says. "From the minute I walked in the door, I was like, 'What the fuck? This is crazy. I want to be a part of this.'"
Others did, too. Rapper Vally Vicious signed on as a field reporter, doing on-the-spot interviews at local shows. And Beirdoh tackles LA-area assignments.