DJ Rich Medina | Interview
As a young b-boy from Lakewood, NJ, Rich Medina transitioned into a DJ and has earned a reputation as one of the most popular DJs in the tri-state area. For about 20 years, Medina has consistently taken multi-ethnic crowds on a sonic journey through hip hop, house, Afrobeat, funk, and soul. Since 1998, he has been introducing multi-cultural club parties with partners such as DJ Language, Q-Tip, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Bobbito Garcia, and DJ Spinna. Medina has also DJ’d shows with Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, Erykah Badu, Roy Ayers, Gil Scott-Heron, The Roots, Jill Scott, Zap Mama, and many others. Medina began his production career in 1999 when Jill Scott approached him to produce a track on what would become her platinum-selling debut, “Who Is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds Vol.1”. His work has been featured on networks such as VH1, MTV, BET, and has worked with corporations such as Coca Cola, Verizon, Heineken, and more. After collaborrating with artists such as KemeticJust, DJ Spinna, King Britt, Phil Asher, and Nathan Haines, Medina released his debut album in 2005, Connecting The Dots. The album is an innovative blend of soul, dance, hip hop, future funk and spoken word with Rich’s production, songwriting and arrangements backing the guest vocals by Martin Luther, Jneiro Jarel, Michelle Shaprow, Ivana Santilli, John Doe, Alma Horton, Siji, Justice, Maya Azucena, Ginelle Summer, Sy Smith, DeLouie Avant Jr. as well as his own vocal contributions. In 2010, Medina competed on BET’s first reality DJ competition, Master Of The Mix.