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The official podcast series of Step Off! Magazine. Join us as we interview artists, performers, activists, community organizers & more who inspire others to make a difference in the world through their talent, art & social advocacy.


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The official podcast series of Step Off! Magazine. Join us as we interview artists, performers, activists, community organizers & more who inspire others to make a difference in the world through their talent, art & social advocacy.






Where The Mangos Grow - The Azomali Episode

For the past fourteen years, Azomali, an Underground Hip-Hop artist from Freeport, New York has made a name for himself in New York’s underground Hip-Hop scene. Like many of our guests previously featured here on Step Off! Radio, Azomali regularly incorporates philosophies of decolonization, pan-Indigenous unity across, and is a vocal critic of U.S. Imperialism in his music. Whether rapping about Colombia’s beauty, incorporating ancestral sounds, spinning tales about his journeys stepping...


The Force Of Two - The Indigenous Cats Episode

For the past several years underground Hip-Hop group Indigenous Cats, comprised of recording artists Calmplx and Ina Eyeris have made their rounds in the underground Hip-Hop scenes of Los Angeles, California. Garnering a small but dedicated and growing audience online, the duo regularly incorporate philosophies of decolonization, pan-Indigenous unity, and spirituality into their unique brand of music. With an increasingly growing profile, Indigenous Cat’s are swiftly rising stars in L.A.’s...


Obsidian Blade - The Return Of Kozmik Force Episode

We don’t normally have a lot of repeat guests on the show, but, for our latest edition of Step Off! Radio we have back on the podcast from our very first pilot episode Jaguar Arreola and Native Threat of Kozmik Force to talk about their latest EP 'Sound of a Weapon'. Since we had Jag and Threat on the show back in 2018, the duo has released several albums 'Untamed Unchained' and 'Ceremony on Concrete'. Likewise, Jag has released a solo project 'Maria’s Seed', which he came on the show to...


Earn Your Life - The David Fernandez Jr. Episode

Over the past decade, Latino entertainers have been vocal proponents in advocating for better representation in Hollywood, even as a national discussion about diversity and access in film continues. Among this crowd of innovating entertainers is David Fernandez Jr., who over the past several years has made a name for himself in Hollywood as one of the industry's go-to actors for his portrayal of tough-guy roles and characters. In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio, actor David...


Music Without Borders - The 'Lost' Episode With Tulengua

In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio, we bring to you a 'lost' episode from the Step Off! vaults. This episode with Tulengua was originally recorded last year on February 27th, 2020, to promote the release of their album, LOWKEYBANGERSVILLE. Shortly after this interview was recorded our computer crashed. We lost a bunch of material and seemingly our beloved Tulengua interview along with it. Fast forward nearly a year later while adding the new podcast page for the website, we...


Brave Enough To Resist - The Radical History Club Episode With Stacey Uy

In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio, and our first show of 2021, we had the chance to interview Stacey Uy and discuss her role as the founder, researcher, writer, and illustrator of the Radical History Club, a series of illustrated decolonized history zines that detail long-neglected areas of U.S. social history, focusing on the experiences of BIPOC, women, and other marginalized communities. In our discussion we talk about the history of the series itself, and what inspired her to...


Maria's Seed - The Jaguar Arreola Episode

In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio, we had the chance to interview Jaguar Arreola, 1/2 of Indigenous-Chicano Rap duo Kozmik Force come on the show to discuss his very first solo project 'Maria’s Seed', the latest effort in the Inland Empire based emcee’s ever-growing catalog of work. Coming right on the heels of Kozmik’ Force’s third project Ceremony On Concrete which dropped late last year in 2019, Jaguar continues on in the long tradition of conscious, politically engaged music...


Ambition In Transition - The Juan Carlos-Lozano Episode

In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio we interview Juan Carlos Lozano, a musician, entrepreneur, and community organizer based out of San Diego, California. In our conversation we had the chance to discuss his background as a community organizer, as well as little about his backstory growing here in San Diego, and how the legacy of the U.S./Mexico has had a direct impact not just on his family but has played a key central part in his activism. Likewise, we were also able to discuss...


Keep Going, Keep Growing - The Soni López-Chávez Episode

For many artists, the COVID-19 pandemic has delivered an absolutely devastating blow to the creative arts scene. In a profession already often filled with highs, lows, and hardship, even in the best of times, the pandemic and the subsequent economic shutdowns over the past several months have been an absolutely devastating obstacle for many artists, musicians, and creators to overcome. San Diego’s creative art scene, of course, has been no exception to this alarming trend. Particularly...


Under The Bridge - The Spirit Of Chicano Park Episode With Beatrice Zamora

In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio, we had the chance to interview Beatrice Zamora, author of a brand new children's book The Spirit of Chicano Park / El espiritu del Parque Chicano, a new bilingual, children’s picture book written by Zamora and illustrated by artist Maira Meza that depicts the creation of the iconic landmark located in the neighborhood of Barrio Logan in San Diego, California. Originally born in Barrio Logan, Zamora was raised in the city of La Puenta in the...


Ancestral Art For The Modern Age - The Edgar Fernandez Episode

In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio, we had the chance to interview Phoenix-based visual artist Edgar Fernandez also known as 8Ahau. Edgar Fernandez is a Chicano muralist and multi-disciplined artist from Phoenix Arizona. He was born in Los Angeles California in the early 90s and is the son of immigrant parents who migrated from Mexico to the United States in the 1980’s. Coming of age in Phoenix, Edgar expressed himself through his love of graffiti and Hip-Hop culture which would...


Our Lives Matter - The Justice for Our Lives Episode with Oree Originol

In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio we interview Oree Originol, an acclaimed Oakland based visual artist Justice For Our Lives, an open-source digital portrait series of people who have been killed by US law enforcement. Since 2014, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement Oree’s bold artwork of black and white portraits has served as pivotal instruments in supporting families of those unjustly killed at the hands of police and who are fighting for justice against state-sponsored...


Fight For The Fiftieth - The José Cortés Episode

In our latest installment of Step Off! Radio we interview former co-host José Cortés, who is running in California's 50th Congressional District located in the southern portion of the state and includes much of San Diego County and portions of Riverside County. As a candidate running on the ballot for the Peace and Freedom Party of California, Cortés joins a crowded field of candidates which includes Democratic candidates Ammar Campa-Najjar and Marisa Calderon. Republican candidates Carl...


Lighter Shade Of Reality - The Lighter Shade Of Brown Episode With ODM

When discussing the pioneering figures of what would eventually come to be known as Chicano Rap, there is perhaps no group more iconic and more revered than A Lighter Shade of Brown. Formed in Riverside, CA, in 1990, when ODM (One Dope Mexican, born Robert Gutierrez) was introduced to DTTX (Don't Try to Xerox, born Bobby Ramirez); the duo was part of an explosion of Latin Hip-Hop groups and artists to rise to prominence in the late 1980s and early-'90s; joining the likes of Mellow Man Ace,...


An Artist's Duty - The Digital Dust Mites Episode With Tall Can & Pawps The Medic

Earlier this year we had the pleasure of talking with Tall Can, who you may remember from our second episode of the year back in February. Tall Can has once again returned to Step Off! Radio, this time as one-half of the duo Digital Dust Mites which consists of both Tall Can and Pawps the Medic; the group's producer and DJ. For the past several years since 2012, both Tall Can and Pawps have been producing their own unique brand of Hip-Hop as the Digital Dust Mites, recording dozens of songs,...


Make Sense Of Your Story - The Nate 'KnewBalance' Whitsell Episode

It is an understatement to say that Nate Whitsell is a wearer of many hats and of most versatile figures in the local San Diego Hip-Hop scene. He’s an emcee, a music journalist, an English teacher at Garfield High School and he is the founder of; one of the premier online Hip-Hop publications based out of San Diego, California. As an educator, artist and music journalist he has been determined to increase readership in the local San Diego Hip-Hop community that believes in...


Beauty In The Grime - The DJ Root Episode

For years San Diego has cultivated small but dedicated Hip-Hop scene which has become increasingly more and more interconnected; and grown at a tremendous rate over the years. While there are hundreds, perhaps even thousands of various emcees, DJs and producers who regularly contribute to the local; one of it’s most dedicated and tireless advocates is none other than producer of theme music DJ Root. DJ Root of the No Sucker DJs Crew returned to Step Off! Magazine making his first appearance...


Warriors of Aztlán - The National Brown Berets de Aztlán Episode

The Brown Berets as an organization can trace their origins back to East Los Angeles in the late 1960's at the height of the Chicano Civil-Rights Movement. At the time, many young Chicanos were struggling to make sense of their own cultural identity and were faced with daily acts of discrimination and even violence. Founded by David Sanchez in wake of the 1968 East L.A. Student Walkouts the Brown Berets were formed with the intention to help the Chicano community, specifically organizing...


God'll Like These Bars - The Real J. Wallace Episode

For more than a decade, Ramel Wallace, better know by his stage name Real J. Wallace has been a constant and tireless figure in the local San Diego Underground Hip-Hop scene. As a native born, self-taught San Diego artist, over the course of the past thirteen years Real J. Wallace has made the transition from the humble origins off an aspiring neighborhood freestyler to a prominent, local indie Hip-Hop innovator and finally into a celebrated and respected community leader. With his unique...


The Art Of Bouncing Back - The Tall Can Episode

In the burgeoning, yet often overlooked Hip-Hop scene of San Diego perhaps, no voice is as unique and drive as dedicated as that of Jesse Cannon; better known professionally by his stage name Tall Can. For the past several years Tall Can has been producing his own unique brand Hip-Hop, cross pollinating genres, collaborating with producers from all over the world and releasing a string of dozens of projects, albums and EP’s in his wake. Over the years, Tall Can has amassed a unique,...