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Sophia is a longtime music business power player who has guided the careers of many of your favorite rappers and singers, including a healthy percentage of the Wu-Tang Clan. She started in the music business working for a Graceland-era Paul Simon, but quickly moved into top positions at labels like Atlantic and Jive. But it was in artist management that she really found her stride. Sophia managed Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest, Blackalicious, Organized Noize, D’Angelo, and Raphael Saadiq. But the real heart of her career has been with the Wu-Tang Clan. She worked with RZA, GZA, and ODB, managed RZA’s label Razor Sharp Records, and even ran the USA Shaolin Temple. She now works with the company MedMen, a leading cannabis firm that just opened a flagship dispensary in Los Angeles’ West Hollywood neighborhood, and keeps a busy schedule lecturing at prestigious colleges and universities. Sophia’s fascinating new blog about her life and times is Raised By Wu-Tang.

Tracks featured in this episode:

  1. En Vogue, “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”
  2. N.W.A., “Alwayz Into Somethin’”
  3. Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
  4. Re-Up Gang, “Run This Shit”
  5. House of Pain, “Jump Around”
  6. Public Enemy, “Rebel Without A Pause”
  7. Wu-Tang Clan, “Triumph”
  8. A Tribe Called Quest, “Scenario - Remix”
  9. George Harrison, “Mo”
  10. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven Live at the O2 Arena Reunion Concert (HQ)
  11. Wu-Tang Clan, “Bring Da Ruckus”
  12. Wu-Tang Clan, “Can It Be All So Simple”
  13. Wu-Tang Clan, “Protect Ya Neck”
  14. GZA, “Liquid Swords”
  15. Method Man, “Bring The Pain”
  16. Ol’ Dirty Bastard, “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”
  17. Raekwon f/Ghostface Killah, Method Man, & Cappadonna, “Ice Cream”
  18. Ghostface Killah, “Poisonous Darts”
  19. Ghostface Killah f/Mary J. Blige, “All That I Got Is You”
  20. Ghostface Killah f/Mary J. Blige, “All That I Got Is You”
  21. Ghostface Killah f/Mary J. Blige, “All That I Got Is You”
  22. RZA - Flying Birds (Ghost Dog - The Way Of The Samurai)
  23. Iron Monkey Trailer 1993 [Donnie Yen] (HD)
  24. The RZA & Ramin Djawadi, “Daywalkers”
  25. Ramin Djawadi, “Main Title”
  26. John Murphy - Miami Vice Score - (Part 1 - 2)
  27. Mark Ronson f/Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
  28. The Gap Band, “Oops Up Side Your Head”
  30. Gravediggaz, “Constant Elevation”
  31. Wu-Tang Clan - Once Upon a Time in Shaolin - Rivals Martin Shkreli Leak
  32. Jay Z: ‘The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail’

Show notes:

  1. Sophia Chang: Raised By Wu-Tang
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