Join us for a discussion on mentoring and music making between two hip-hop icons. Om'Mas Keith, well-known for his Grammy award winning collaborations with Frank Ocean, will visit for a conversation with Prince Charles Alexander, Professor of MP&E and three time Grammy award winning engineer.
A native of Hollis, Queens, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger, producer, and engineer Om’Mas Keith as a teenager held an internship position at the RCA label, was taught by Max Roach at the University of Massachusetts, and worked beside Run-D.M.C.’s Jam Master Jay.
In 2000, Keith aligned with Shafiq Husayn and Taz Arnold as Sa-Ra Creative Partners. The members worked separately and together on a number of albums, including Jay-Z's Kingdom Come, Rick Ross' Rise to Power, Jill Scott's Real Thing and Erykah Badu's New Amerykah, Pt. 1.
After working with Diddy on the Making His Band television series and Last Train to Paris album, Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump released Truant Wave, an EP featuring production and vocals from Keith. Subsequent to co-producing Frank Ocean's Grammy-nominated 2012 album Channel Orange, he self-released his own album, the freaky City Pulse, and made it available as a free digital download in January 2013.
Prince Charles Alexander is a professor in the Music Production and Engineering department at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches advanced production and mixing. From the early to mid 80s, he produced, wrote, and recorded on Virgin Records with his group "Prince Charles and the City Beat Band." Alexander was an early innovator of wind synthesis and a part of the "punk-funk" generation that incorporated many of the devices that would propel rap music to the forefront of the American music scene.
He is a sought after recording and mixing engineer, whose clients include Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Faith Evans, P. Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Usher, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Babyface, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Usher, Brian McKnight, and others. Alexander has garnered more than 40 Platinum and Gold certifications from the RIAA and has three Grammies and seven Grammy nominations from NARAS.