TIR 74: Kool’s Son Hakim Tells How Funk Continues to Ring for the Bells


Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in TIR Episode 74: Son of funk, R&B and jazz legend Robert “Kool” Bell — he of course of Kool & the Gang — Hakim Bell, whose stage name as a disc jockey and recording artist is Prince Hakim. This is the second of a two-part series featuring both generations of the Bell family, with Kool’s segment having already been posted. The two of them recently respectively lost their mother and wife, Sakinah Bell, who had fought a long battle with illness. TRUTH IN RHYTHM sends heartfelt condolences to the entire Bell family.

Hakim, having grown up in a rich musical and funky environment, caught the D.J. bug at an early age. He would practice making beats and spinning records with his brothers and cousins, and spent summers with music mogul Jermaine Dupri. who DJed in his garage, selling tickets for a dollar a pop. Most heavily influenced by the sound of the 1980s and current music, Hakim has traveled from New York to Tokyo sharing his passion and spreading his message to “Celebrate Life.”

Having rubbed elbows with a who’s who of upper-echelon celebrities and musical heroes, Hakim toured with Kool & the Gang as a featured rapper and more recently has been DJing scores of high-profile events. As he continues to build up his following and brand so too does he continue to expand his musical foundation, including becoming a recording artist in his own right. He recently teamed with vocalist Walter Anderson and other talented musicians on the infectious dance single, “R.O.Y.A.L.T.Y.” That video, which also features Kool & the Gang, is included in this episode.

In the interview, Hakim provides lots more details on his budding recording career, his D.J. endeavors, what it was like growing up in the musical Bell household, the thrills of meeting music superstars, what his famous father is really like and much more. In boxing, it’s all about answering the bell; go a few rounds with Prince Hakim, questioning the Bell.



Scott Goldfine

As a fervid lifelong music & film enthusiast / student, I grew up in and around the Los Angeles entertainment industry. I have worked and held many positions in various media realms, since 1998 serving as Editor-in-Chief and now Associate Publisher for Security Sales & Integration, a trade publication serving the electronic security industry. I love several genres of music & film. The former includes funk (Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, Ohio Players, etc.); blues (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Eric Gales, etc.); rock (Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, etc.); hard rock (AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, etc.); jazz (Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Crusaders, etc.); R&B (Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Gil Scott-Heron, etc.); and more. I was a club disc jockey and ran a mobile DJ company (Musical Moods) for more than 15 years, which is where the name Dr. GX originates (Doctor Good Times). Fave film genres include horror (Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.); science fiction (Aliens, Terminator, 2001, etc.); action (Warriors, Road Warrior, Die Hard); westerns (Outlaw Josey Wales, Showdown at OK Corral; Wild Bunch, etc.); suspense (Jaws, Inception, Silence of the Lambs, etc.); drama (Apocalypse Now, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, etc.); and comedies (Life of Brian, Superbad, Ruthless People, etc.). I have attended many hundreds of concerts and movies (in theaters or screenings). I may as well also throw in a few favorite TV shows to give an even broader taste of my sensibilities. A handful would be Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Lost, Justified, Fargo, Seinfeld, Sopranos, South Park, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Key & Peele, Monty Python, Inside Amy Schumer, Louie, Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Last Man on Earth, Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family and The Office. Fave authors are Stephen King, Clive Barker and Michael Crichton. I am also a big sports fan and lifelong supporter of the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB). Also enjoy my family of course, electronics/computers/AV gear, and animals, nature and outdoor activities. Graduate of Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica College and California State University Northridge (Radio-TV-Film, Psychology minor). Also studied at UCLA for kinesiology/psychology and earned post-grad Certificate in Accounting from Santa Monica College. Present main occupation is as Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Security Sales & Integration (SSI), which I joined in 1998. I am responsible for overseeing all editorial content in print. online, electronic, in-person and any other media or products for the electronic security industry's leading business-to-business trade publication. SSI is part of Framingham, Mass.-based Emerald Expositions.