LIFE OF A BOSS The Podcast

Takeaways from Tawala Sharp

April 14, 2022 JASON HARDIN Season 2 Episode 28
LIFE OF A BOSS The Podcast
Takeaways from Tawala Sharp
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In this episode, Hardin shares his takeaways from our interview with award-winning producer of KFI AM's "The Mo' Kelly Show", and host of "Nerd-O-Rama" on iHeartRadio, Tawala Sharp.

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Jason Hardin  0:02  
Yo, yo yo and welcome back to another wonderful episode of Life of a Boston podcast. I am your host, Jason Hardin. And I am extremely excited and happy to be here. Probably because I'm going to be recapping our interview with Ward winning radio producer to Wallace sharp, firm KF fi 640 more stimulating talk radio. He's the producer of the MO Kelly show also has his own podcast note of amo on iHeart Radio, so check that out. But anyway, Twyla is an incredible young man. He's from my town. First of all, from where I currently reside, I'm from the Bay Area, but everybody knows I'm maidens Deena. So to wall is definitely a genie cat. We go, well, he goes back to 95. Not well, to 9095 92.3 to beat now for those who are my age 92.3 To beat in 1995 was like Hollywood Boulevard, you know, to, to the to the film industry, like basically like 92.3 to beat was hip hop, it was black music on the west coast in LA area. And because it was it was in the LA area, it set the tone for what the rest of the world recognized as hot music on the West Coast, you know what I'm saying? Whatever they played, got play, you know what I'm saying? So, so he was in the thick of things back when radio really meant something, you know what I'm saying back when it was all we had to listen to, other than the music repurchase, you know, there wasn't no I Heart Radio, Pandora, Spotify, even even a Sirius or any of the most schools XM Radio, there was none of that shit back then. So to wala was back in the music industry, where people were in the music industry definitely wanted to be, you know, they wanted to get to 92.3. And, and put that to be the beginning of his career is amazing. You don't I'm saying and that's what I wanted to touch on first, how we got that position, and under 2.3. And I wanted to say that he was all in on what he believed was his path, his definition of success. And that was being a rapper. You know, it's while I wanted to be a rapper with his group, but they didn't just want to be a rapper and make songs and stay in the studio making songs No, they went out there and try to perform tried to get their demos heard with pushing a shit. And, and they got they got a little love, they got a little love from from, from the beat. And they kind of they kind of, you know, kind of blew up for a second you don't have seen locally and and in LA and without the listen to music. At that time from the beaten what happened was to wall up was exposed to that radio station. You know, tonight you want to it'll be specifically that radio station, as he was, you know, trying to pursue a rap career. And what that rap career did was led him to his interest in radio, you know, and I just wanted to emphasize that whatever you love to do, whatever your real passion is, if you go all in, even if that doesn't end up being your passion, it will lead you to where your life calling really calls to. You don't say it'll lead you to where your you live call and really is to what you're, you're really supposed to be doing in life. And I think that's an incredible thing to remember. Because we always, some of us are just wishy washy with ourselves. We don't we don't we don't dive into an idea that we think is great, because maybe it's not popular. Maybe our parents think it's wack. Maybe our friends think it's a stupid idea. Maybe it looks funny, coming from us because maybe we're black or we're male, or you're female, or whatever it is and something doesn't look right coming from us or, or just doesn't doesn't look like it's supposed to be your thing. You know what I'm saying? How many people have given up an idea? Because it didn't look like it was supposed to be their thing. Maybe they love the violin, but two or 300 pound pull up on the hood. You're supposed to be playing No violin, but by whose definition? You know what I'm saying? So that's why I say create and live your own definition of success. You know what I'm saying? Find out what that is because man your decision to pursue something is important. Your decision to To pursue what

Jason Hardin  5:00  
your dream is, is very important. So make that dream you make that dream yours, make that dream who you really are. And in the process of pursuing that dream you might find what your calling really is like to Wallace did you know what I'm saying? He found his calling was in this, this this seat of broadcasting this seed of of radio and airplay and in conveying to the masses the art that people make and an author we all love. So I just appreciate that he shared that you know what, I appreciate that he shared that his passion was was wrapped that he wanted to be a rapper and that she didn't work out. But because it didn't work out, you know, he was already exposed to to a lot of the business that just wanted to be a rapper will burn you. You don't say and will bring you to so so that's why it's so important to want to dive in to whatever you think your definition of success is at that time. Dive into it don't have asked what anything because had to while a half assed what his rap career, the time you would have never got to the station, he would have never made it to the station to change his life. You know what I'm saying? Had he not been all in on what he thought was meant for him. And that was a career in wrath. You don't I'm saying so that. I think that was the foundation of the values of an interview to me because it was just how, how he followed his passion, how he followed his interest, how he followed what he loved to do, and how that created the boss yesterday. And let's move on. Gotta move on. And nothing I took away from that was he went from intern to boss. You know what I'm saying here, pathology didn't catch the interview, listen to the interview, don't even listen to this without getting some real reference of where the where this material came from. Because that was a great interview. It was a we have nothing but great interviews. I can't even read your top one top five top 10 Because they're off Wait, because they're all bosses giving their personal experience. So so two hours interview was great. And it was so packed with nutrients. And it was so packed with vitamins and minerals, and shit good for our bodies, as businessmen and as professionals and as as bosses and training and bosses to be in. And bosses and boss veterans. You don't I'm saying? Wherever you are in your boss CISM he had game for you. You don't I'm saying and I appreciate that. Because I didn't. I've never spoken to wala to this extent ever. You know what I'm saying? I never gotten this much detail in this much game from him in all our compensation because there weren't that many. You know, it's a wallet. That's one thing I can say that he reached out to me. You don't say it. I was running for office in the city that we're both from and he said, Hey, Jason, I don't even know who like who you were. Because like I said, I'm not up on radio like that. I'm not up on game had I been up on game. I've already know who he was. But he was like, AJ, I'm gonna produce on the MO Kelly show. I'm gonna get you on the show. I'm gonna get you on the air. You know what I'm sayin? And for those that don't know, KF is a big deal. You know, pod 60 radio, I think there's channel 560 Am radio KFR Si, Mo Kelly show was a big deal. Mostly at the time. I don't know if it still is. But at the time, it was the only black talk show on KFR. The only black video program, okay, if I so, so he, you know, led the way. If there's more blacks now, that's great, because he led the way but but if not, he's still leading the way in pioneering that channel and that station for people like us. And they make a way for people like this. That ain't it ain't folks. It just took that way. And then looking back, man, they make a way for folks like us. And that's why he had me on the show. And it was just an awesome experience. And that's one thing I can say about wallum is that he knows how to give back. And that's one thing I guess I wanted to say more than anything is the brothers attitude towards giving towards showing love. And I think that was the most apparent thing in the entire interview. He showed love and he expressed how he showed love and and expressed the gratitude that he has for being able to show love you know what I'm saying? Because he said that if you ever gotten to that position, he promised God that he would give back and make a way if he ever got into any position of status and power and of influence. And he has done that and I can vouch for that.

Jason Hardin  9:43  
Incredible brother, but anyway, he went from intern to boss you know what I'm saying? So being in the radio stations as a I'm not gonna say one of the artists but as an aspiring rap artists or an aspiring rapper and just being exposed to that station in those studios. Oh, that's what made him choose to be an intern. And for those that don't know, interns really don't get paid. Some do. But most interns don't get paid. So he did what he had to do to become an intern just to not get paid to work his ass off. And I think the brothers work ethic is my next point, man, the brother said, make yourself indispensable. He made himself indispensable at BU, he did everything that was asked of him and more, and did it with detail and care and humility and pride. And that's what you have to do. You have to take pride in what you're doing whatever. I told him in Polish shoveling shit, I'd be the best shit shoveler that day, because man, I chose to do it. So I'm gonna take pride in it, I'm not going to choose to do something and then have a shitty attitude about it. So stop doing that, if that's you, if you choose to do some of you, if you find yourself at a job, and a task at a volunteer place, or whatever the fuck and you're upset, and you're mad, and you're cranky, fuck you, because you're asked chose to be there. And nobody asked you asked to be there. Nobody would even if they didn't twist your arm, nobody put a gun to your head and make you show up. So if you show up anywhere, put that fucking pride and ego and all that to the side. Well, the ego part if you're gonna have pride, have pride in what you're doing. Don't have pride in who you are. I'm too good for this. No. have pride in what you're doing. Put your ego to the side, check your ego at the door and do the job. If you agree to do something, do it. And that's another thing too. Wallace said, Man, if you say you're gonna do something, do it. You know, that's one of the prerequisites, have a bull's eye do what the fuck I'm gonna say I'm gonna do I'm gonna die trying. You know what I'm saying? So So I appreciate that. As nice as to wallow was he was very hardcore about his work ethic, about his values, about his standards about his non negotiables you know what I'm saying? So, so, so that brings me to humility. He said one of the most important qualities you can have is humility, being humble. And he spoke about Biggie Smalls man, there's so many takeaways here and I only got so many minutes but he spoke he shared a very interesting story about Biggie and this was after Tupac died right before Biggie died you know that was a very small window so and that was also the window where where Biggie was the king rap pack was gold and bigger was the king of rap and he shared how when Biggie came to the to the station to the beat, how to wallow was so you know he was pumped he was upset because you know it was us who riding for the west coast you don't say anyone for all we all got caught up in that ship for the most part that East Coast and West Coast beef if he was alive then listen to hip hop and knew about Tupac or Biggie you pick the fucking side in news usually to the side you live Don't you know what I'm saying? So so to water was no different no matter at the time you know he picked the shot and he worked out at at ground zero of West Coast music you know what I'm saying? of the West Coast headquarters

Jason Hardin  13:29  
you know that East Coast West Coast war so so to know the biggie was coming he was pumped he was pumped to give this month like an attitude and you don't I'm saying get more I guess all kinds of bad service I guess that's what you do. Give him a hard time again. But he said Biggie can and when Biggie came you know he didn't have an entourage didn't have the you know whole clique or whatever he said he had low scenes with him and maybe his driver and he said Biggie came with just the most humble attitude just like you know what, you know, thank you for coming having me down here man. I appreciate you calling me down and have me here whatever. And he said it was just so humble. Biggie was so cool and so laid back and so so so you know appreciative of being there and you know he he didn't need nothing he was a boss at the time he was the king rap he he could have just you know had all this ego and all this you know on the shit but he didn't have that in to Wallace said that was that was disarming you know what I'm saying that that he he didn't even have that rage all that shit just dissipated you know all that all that anger all that all that excitement all that energy that he had and in this in this invested in this East Coast, West Coast beef, which is bullshit by the way, you know what I'm saying? Just another way for black folks to perpetuate ignorance and violence and and negativity but but he got caught up in that as we all did. At the time, and he said that he just left his body. You know, and then a couple weeks later big got killed. But he said that that's that was the experience that that really softened him up as if you don't, I'm saying I'm really, really appreciating people for who they are, and, and being giving and being humble and, and that was, and that was his major takeaway. And that was my major takeaway from this interview is the humility of this man and, and, and the humility that is required to be extremely successful. You know, you don't become successful, and then become humble. You know, success comes with being humble success comes with knowing you're not the greatest, the world doesn't revolve around you. You know, there's going to be a better one after you, you know that you're just wandering the mill, you don't say, success comes with with knowing you're insignificant. As well as knowing your greatness, you know what I'm saying? Like, you have to know both. You can't walk around thinking I'm the shit all the time. It's great. I'm not gonna say don't do it at all. I'm just saying that you can't walk around thinking I'm the shit all the time. Not all the time. You can act like that. You can think it but you can't act like that. Sometimes you have to act like there's other people on this planet with you. And you have to give a fuck about these people, even if you don't know these people. And that's humility. You know what I'm saying? Knowing that the world doesn't revolve around you. And I think that's the greatest quality you can have no matter what you achieve in life, because that might there will always help another person achieve something that right they will always keep you idolized and admired. And people will want to be like you. You don't I'm saying like, like, if you have everything in the world in your last home and people are like, I don't want to be here. You know, I'm saying people were wondering, like if that was the life you have and you just seem miserable when you last saw you seem like you're a miserable person. I never met her so I thought was a was a fun loving person who said I think they're all miserable people people that like misery loves company type shit. I think people want to make you miserable because they're miserable. But people that are humble people that are grateful and gracious and and insincere and genuine man, those people, they look like folks that had the most joy in their lives. But anyway, I'm gonna end it there man. I love y'all. I love that interview with Twala man. Hit him up on Twitter at Twala. If you want to connect with a man the brother is a genius when it comes to this broadcast in business when it comes to this AirPlay when it comes to radio when it comes to podcasting. Like I said he has been in the game since before podcasting, so I was honored to have him on my show under the heading of critique me and I definitely invited him on the show again. I love y'all. Check us out every Monday and every Thursday for new episodes of life of a boss the podcast, man and remember success is a lifestyle. Peace