Fresh off the presses and now available in the FlavorInnovator Store! This design is for all those who pursue their passions, put in work after their 9-5, give a 110%, and use their talent for the greater good. Regardless of the madness that inhabits this world you have the freedom to choose how to spend your time. Whether you paint, make music, teach, raise children, cook, or juggle chainsaws do something you truly love and stay dedicated to your craft.

Listen/purchase: Steps by Jo Def

Jo_Def’s Steps is now available for DOWNLOAD! Check it out. Also a limited amount of 100 cassette tapes of the album available for $8! 


Jo_Def - Steps

I know we’ve been silent on our blog lately, but in 2013 a lot has transpired for our members…new beginnings personally, new projects artistically…we’ve just been to busy to post!

But the biggest news we have right now is that we are super excited for our crewmate Jo_Def aka SupaKoopa, as his album on Soulection drops tomorrow! Visit their site and stay tuned.

A lot of the crew have been bumpin’ these tunes for a minute, and we’re excited for the world to hear what he’s been up to. It’s been exciting to see Joe’s versatility progress as a producer, and witness his evolution from SupaKoopa to Jo_Def…(he’s still SupaKoopa to us though).

Make sure you download tomorrow…you’re ears will be pleasantly surprised. Here’s the first single for you to peep:




Best twerk video to date.

Watch @ the end 

Holy shit.


Apparently this is supposed to be prince playing Basketball…for real. 



Jo_Def live @ The Echo August 20th // Team Supreme // Soulection


I know we’re late…but RIP George Duke.

She kills this Miguel song.

- Jo_iLL

A quick poster I designed while listening to KanKick’s “Acid Massive Musical”.

- Jo_iLL

Dying from laughing. 

- Jo_iLL

TONIGHT 9pm - 2am.  Official unveiling of the Mikesumoto x Romali Soundcloud print.

Esgar’s recent Live Boiler Room mix from London. And if you still haven’t listened to Jo_Def’s mix from the same session scroll down for the earlier post.

If you missed Jo_Def’s set on Boiler Room last week live from London…peep it here. Shout to Jo_Def, Esgar, and the whole SmashTales fam.

Jesus was a B-Boy.

- Jo_iLL

Good luck cuz!  My cousin who’s a sophomore in high school.  U AINT HIP HOP.


NO HOMO = $75,000.00 FINE.

The first stop on their trip to Europe. Tune in as Esgar and Jo_Def take over the UK interwebs. 4-6 PM June 3rd to close out your workday.

Jo_Def and Esgar are hittin’ Europe this Summer. Stay tuned for more details.

Myron & E with the Soul Investigators “If I Gave You My Love” from the forthcoming album BROADWAY
Release date: July 2, 2013 |

So clean. 

- Jo_iLL

Nakamarra - Hiatus Kaiyote (by Hiatus Kaiyote)

By far the best song on this album (to me). Such an awesome band. Shout to Pauze for putting us on.

- Jo_iLL

Best of Quantic Mix by J. Rocc




Jo_Def - U_Mnd

The latest release from our HGBrethren Jo_Def (SupaKoopa). This one was officially posted by Soulection. Stay tuned for the official release of his EP.

New Jo_Def & SmoovGroovs

The first collaborative effort between Jo_Def and SmoovGroovs takes Donell Jones’ “What’s Up” to another level. Jo_Def on the drums, and SG on the synths.

Reblogged from my girl Kashibang:


808 in the 619… Rockin my @nmlshi tee in downtown #SD! @lavish_sd @mikesumoto @sharpshoeter 👟


All the way from the 808…  Liz (Kashibang) 04.22.13  Portrait Project 

By: JABAone

I JUST got back from another AMAZING Hawaii trip… leaving me to ask once again; “Why did I ever leave???” BIG HUGE TREMENDOUS sized shout out to the homies Sakusan [IG: @sakusan808] and Spel One [IG: FadC_Ultra2] for flying a brotha out! This round I got to travel with the homies Creed Chameleon and Pickster1 [Shown below], getting the opportunity to again share a stage with these gentlemen.

What I wanted to write about though was how DOPE the Hawaii scene is and just how well everyones doing out that way. In the last year, a GANG of new shops popped up including ‘The New Regime’ [Thanks Jeremy, Keoni and Ian for lettin me crash at the pad], ‘Nameless’ owned by the homie Logoe from the Nocturnal Sound Crew, and 'About The Goods' owned by my brother DJ Revise and Tittabyte. Here are some pics of the ATG shop, and of some of the gear [INCLUDING HGB stuff] they are NOW carrying! Enjoy!

Thanks again to all my friends and fam who showed a brotha love!!! My lil sister “Kashibang”, and my godson Ethan [I LOVE YOU LIL MAN!!!], [Kevin, Josh and the crew at Prototype, Lowell and the Crew at Nameless, The crew at TNR, Jus Bone, Omega Cixx, Geces, Jamal, BBoy Dan, Kavet, Lofa, Angry Woebots, Nick and my crew away from crew LIGHTSLEEPERS, Packo, Sssolution, Compose and Jami of the Nocturnal Sound Crew, Jimmy Taco, DJ Technique, Stu, Rival, Biest and the EV fam, Quest, Rober, Retsy and the ZEE Crew, Gary who Draws Fishes, BBoy Iroc, BBoy Kelroc, DJ Elite, Rico @ KUMU, Creed Chameleon, Grip H, Reed, Spel Oner, Sakusan, Jeremy [J Mellow], DJ Revise and Tittahybyte! If I forgot you, please forgive my mind, not my heart…] Until next time Hawaii!

Jo_Def aka SupaKoopa


The secret is out! Jo_Def is none other than our HGB brethren Supa Koopa! Often the evolution of hip-hop producers and DJ’s is to gradually go beyond and explore new genre’s. A lot of times it’s “electronica” or “EDM” (I personally think the term “electronica” is lame), whether it be house, bass, ghetto tech…in Jo_Def’s case it is his version of Chicago Juke.

Much props to Koop for always pushing his artistic boundaries. That is definitely a value that is at the heart of our crew. You probably have already learned who Jo_Def is if you frequent our blog, but if not…get familiar. We are looking forward to his upcoming release on “Soulection”, but in the meantime…listen to some of his latest beats. Big shout to SmashTales !!!

- Jo_iLL

TrippySwaggert* Presents “Wildside” ft. Jay Stone (by Trippy swaggert)

- Produced by the homie Trippy Swaggert out of Oakland. 

- Jo_iLL

Homeboy Sandman - Couple Bars (by stonesthrow)

Sharing what’s been in my headphones as of late.

- Jo_iLL

By: JABAone

Our brother Dannu [Visionaries, Writers Block] just dropped the video for his track ‘On The Left’ off his album Virgo Summer. BIG shout out to him and the rest of the Visionaries fam. Also… keep a close eye on this video… Homegrown’s own Romali has some of his art work making a cameo appearance.

If you have not picked up Virgo Summer yet… PLEASE make sure you do that and tell people about this new vid! Help support our fam! Congrats Dan!!!

For all those that missed the Brooklyn Bowl Show with D’Angelo & Questlove


01) Go Back To The Thing / Let Me Have It All (Sly & The Family Stone)
02) Cosmic Slop (Funkadelic)
03) Woman’s Gotta Have It (Bobby Womack)
04) The Line
05) You Caught Me Smilin’ / Africa Talks To You “The Asphalt Jungle” (Sly & The Family Stone)
06) Tell Me If You Still Care (The S.O.S. Band)
07) Our Love Has Died (Ohio Players)
08) The Root
09) Really Love
10) Alright
11) Mother’s Son (Curtis Mayfield)
12) New Position (Prince)
13) Africa
14) encore break
15) Lady

• Recorded from the crowd, 30’ back right centerish.
• Fades, EQ, and levels adjusted in Logic.
• Audio at end of “Africa” spliced with youtube audio (mic unplugged)
• Occasional commentary (and one of the finest swoons ever recorded) provided by my man Marty Bouchard of Higher Hands.
• photo credit: Okayplayer

:: Birds of a Feather ::

Timelapse video of the latest mural by Krupt, Romali, and Nam (FlavorInnovator). “Birds of a Feather” can be found in San Jose at at:

Sparkling Coin-Op Carwash

55 N. Saratoga Ave.
near the corner of saratoga and stevens creek

Santa ClaraCA 95051

Latest mix from BVMO SJ rep, and HGB’s own SmoovGroovs. Put this soundtrack on when you plan on bangin’ some headboards with someone special. haha! Some future sounds mixed lovely.


When listening to this mix, think future R&B. Take the drums from trap beats, and put them behind some soul samples or over some of your favorite nostalgic 90s R&B tracks. When trap meets sexxy. Enjoy that!

FB/IG/Twitter - @SmoovGroovs

Track Listing:

1. Sweater Beats - My GVRL
2. Sango - Callin’ On You
3. Calvin Harris ft. Florence - Sweet Nothing [Diplo Remix]
4. Flosstradamus - Hood Fantasy
5. HugLife - SpottieOttieTrapaliscious
6. Sango - Vem Vem
7. Cardo - My Old $chool
8. Aaliyah - Rock the Boat [Salute Remix]
9. Sweater Beats - Anxious
10. T.I. ft. Cee-Lo - Hello
11. Boy Kid Cloud - Banamantle
12. Rihanna ft. Theophilus London - Jump [Club Cheval Remix]
13. Rihanna - Pour It Up [RL Grime Remix]
14. Bei Major - Lights Down Low
15. Giraffage - Money
16. The Dream - Fancy [Sinjin Hawke Bootleg]
17. Jodeci - Freek N’ You [Tokimonsta Fricknyoo Remix]
18. Ghost Town DJs - My Boo [DJ Paimon & DJ Tetris Remix]
19. Miguel - All [Kastle Remix]
20. Ta-Ku - Brokeas
21. Giraffage - Feels

Still an Earl fan.

- Jo_iLL

Kutmah drops Jo_Def’s (aka SupaKoopa) track "TookItThurrr" at Boiler Room. Drops at 51:50. Jrocc seems to approve. Big Up Jo_Def! We are excited to see your progression bro! Looking forward to the release on Soulection. 

Jo_Def - TookItThurrr

From the forthcoming release on Soulection.


Video revised by AndrePower!


Great weekend with the crew and the SmashTales fam this weekend. (Existence76, SmoovGroovs, Esgar, Romali, Innate, FlavorInnovator, SupaKoopa, Jo_iLL)

BVMO on SoundCloud

A little on the late bus with this…but, the “Cupid’s Hangover EP” is the latest remix project from the homies BVMO (San Jose). Listen or download and enjoy.

Analogue Studies: THE BEAT KITCHEN returns Saturday March 9th and we’re celebrating the...



THE BEAT KITCHEN returns Saturday March 9th and we’re celebrating the birthday of our brother JABA ONE of Home Grown Blends!

Resident chefs…

QUESTION - Analogue Studies / Mellow Orange / Dojo Soundz

CHARLIE ROCK - Rock Steady Crew / Dojo Soundz / Beat Swapmeet


We’re setting up shop at The Usuals in San Jose. It’s going to be a party! Stay tuned for more details.

Mind = BLOWN

- Jo_iLL

By: JABAwon

Shout out to the homie Jerneye, who just dropped his latest video ‘8 Immortal.’

Jern says “I know it’s been a minute since my last release, but it gives me great pleasure to share my latest single & video “8 Immortal”, and to announce I’ve been back in the studio working on my next album entitled “Invisible Visible”… I chose “8 Immortal” as the first single purely for it’s energy and vibe… To me this is one of those joints that really capture the essence of what I love most about Hip-Hop…”

Nicely done my friend…

j (u k e) - d i l l a


The homie Jo_Def with the salute to the great J Dilla (Happy Birthday!). Juke style. 

Brand New Lovers Rock Reggae Mix from DJ BOJO, available NOW on Mixcrate!  Please click on pic above or here for download.  Big Up to Jo_iLL for the artwork!

By: JABAone

Highlight of last night… getting props from Daddy Rich [Richie Rich- 3rd Bass].

Holy S***!!

Holy S***!!

That kid that was on X-Factor last season. I thought this was going to suck before I watched it…but the kid is pretty good. 

- Jo_iLL

Easy by Question

The homie question keepin’ it easy.

HGB will be at The Goods (Party + Marketplace) this Saturday the 2nd. 111 Minna SF, CA. We will be selling shirts and prints! And our very own SmoovGroovs will be playing a set!

This event has always been an awesome one, so come out and have some drinks, listen to some good music, and shop for some awesome product!

We’ll be here Saturday celebrating SmoovGroov’s birthday, and supporting the SmashTales homies coming all the way from Oxnard. Come out for some good music!!



This Saturday at The Pagoda in San Jose, The Treatment presents DLRN, SMASH TALES, and SMOOV GROOVS 

By: JABAones

So… apparently, Stevie Wonder has an Instagram [ ITSSTEVIEWONDER ] and… well… Everyone from Jaden Smith to Joe Budden and Funkmaster Flex have taken notice. With almost 7000 followers and 43 pictures into it… I can understand why. QUALITY 24/7 and HGB APPROVED!!! LOL!

[Im SO goin to hell for laughing… SMH]

Check out the footage of our session with Romali and FlavorInnovator (Nam) last month. A pure HGB collaboration from the artwork to the editing to the music. Featuring new music from SupaKoopa! 


Homegrown Blends presents:

A Graf Session with Romali and FlavorInnovator | San Jose, CA - 12/08/12

Music by SupaKoopa

Shot & Edited by Jo_iLL
Equipment: Canon T2i w/ EF-S 18-55mm lens | GoPro (timelapse footage)

Homegrown Blends (Collective) |

This mural can be viewed at:
Sparkling Auto Waxing
55 Saratoga Avenue, Santa Clara, CA

For all inquiries please contact:

Nosaj Thing “Eclipse/Blue” [Official Video]

11 x 17 Make Build Create Poster Available Now at  Good ish Flavorinnovator.  Pick up the poster here or cop the crewneck here.

Session with Romali & FlavorInnovator. Video soon come. Stay tuned.

Fredo destroyed this dude. Haha! 


Adam Richman…I guess you aren’t just a cheesy food show host anymore to me. props…

- Jo_iLL HGB

P BLACKK & J Rawls “Contemporary Nostalgia”

The wait is finally over!  Columbus natives P. Blackk (rapper) & J. Rawls (producer) have been working on an album together called Contemporary Nostalgia.  Contemporary Nostalgia is the perfect description of P’s latest project.  He & his contemporary concepts & sensibilities along with J. Rawls’ nostalgic production make for something great that people of all ages can relate to.
Features: K.I.N.G. V∆d△ (Formally known as L.e For The Uncool), Fabrashay A, Raz Fresco, ChillxWill, Renee Dion, & The Liquid Crystal Project.
All Songs Produced By J. Rawls.
Release Date:  December 30, 2012
"Submuloc Fo Ytic 2.5" - []

Nice work Mr. Rawls.  Feelin this.


SmashTales Presents: BadDudes Dec012

We are definitely a little late in posting this, but the holidays were a much needed distraction. Apologies.

The latest comp from the SmashTales camp was recently released a couple weeks back. This one featuring the usual suspects (Disruption [Esgar], Changez, Jo_Def…) with a few new contributors such as HGB’s own Innate: The Beat Kid (INTBK).


Our HGB brethren Eclektic will be Playing tonight in NY. Come out if you are in the area!

Happy New Year from Homegrown Blends. It’s been a very progressive year for us, and we’re looking forward to pushing ourselves further in 2013.

Get yo funk on tonight!

By: JABAoner

BIG shout out to my fam MATTLOCKS for gettin some love on Mixcrate. Make sure you download, like and share his mixes… [HERE] Good shit, by good people… plus he lets me live in his spare bedroom so if I don;t say anything, he might kick me out. WORD!!!


Yesterdays session with FlavorInnovator and Romali.

Follow Jo_Def on SoundCloud

The elusive Jo_Def from the SmashTales camp has popped up on Soundcloud. Word on the street we may hear an official release soon. Follow the homie, and keep your eyes peeled.

Supa Koopa the illest…killin ‘em with that eerie s**t. 

- Jo_iLL

The homie Klutch killin it!

- Jo_iLL


HGB Apparell BLACK FRIDAY SALE! Fatten up your wardrobe with quality Homegrown Blends apparel, or grab a few gifts for the holidays. Starting today, take advantage of our Black Friday specials on select T’s, and clearance prices on limited stock items.

- Jo_iLL


- Jo_iLL

Dopeshoes just dropped this remix today. Download, listen and share! Ellie Goulding - Only You (Dopeshoes Dancehall Remix)




Dirty Jazz Mix by Question & KIDRAGON

Big shout to the homie Question and our HGB brethren KIDRAGON on their latest mix: DIRTY JAZZ! Download now!



I’ve always wanted to put this mix together and i’m glad to get down with my brethren KIDRAGON on this project. I hope it inspires you as much as it inspired me to share this with the world. DIRTY JAZZ enjoy!

I know we are a little on the late bus with this one. But BIG congrats to Freddie on having the legendary Roots crew play one of his beats live on Jimmy Fallon.


Needle To The Groove 2 Year Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to Needle to the Groove in Fremont, CA. The illest record shop in the East Bay. Come out today and celebrate with us. We’ll be selling tees, mixes, and some vinyl!


Come thru and celebrate with us! It’s been a crazy two years but we still here for you…



The homie who runs an up and coming line called DEMO, just released this video, featuring BELEAF of The Brex, and artwork and cuts by HGB’s own Romali. Big ups Freddie Joachim on the beat too. What’s fresh is the song was written and inspired by Romali’s art.

Peep for more info and upcoming events featuring the line, and artists in the video. WORD!

As we prepare to exit out of 2012, we at HGB want to stop and say THANK YOU for all of the love and support we have received through out the 10 years of our existence. This weekend, we will be having our HUGE 10 year anniversary throw down at Til Two, which you are invited to of course. =)

In celebration of this landmark, Bojo and Supa Koopa have put together a FRESH mix for you to download and bump… Check it out, like it, download it and then tell your folks to do the same. Enjoy and we hope to see you this Saturday night at TIL TWO!!!

Shout to Johas! This one goes!

- Jo_iLL

‎(VIDEO) A behind the scenes look at the photoshoot for our Homegrown Blends Fall/Winter 2012 line which is now available on and

Ratha Nou, Keen, Rod Rosete, Jo_iLL, and Anya Kvitka many thanks for your support in making this happen. Make. Build. Create.

Peep the latest vinyl podcast from the homiesFreddie Joachim and Question, feat. Ohmega Watts.

reblog from analoguestudies:


w/ special guest OHMEGA WATTS

Freddie and I would like to thank everyone for your continued support! We video recorded an all-vinyl mix back in 2010 and after receiving an enormous response, we decided to release seasonal vinyl podcasts and the rest as they say is history. Big up OHMEGA WATTS for throwing down on Vol.4! Directed by the honorable Garvin Ha. Special thanks to Jeff Ha for letting us use his GoPro!


Reflection Eternal - Good Morning
Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar
Longevity Crew - Walk With Us
MED - Nightlife
Freddie Joachim - Just You And Me Tonight
Freddie Joachim - Talk
Madvillain - Accordion
Choice37 - Conversate feat. Kero One & El Gambina
Stevie Wonder - Too High
Yesterday’s New Quintet - Elle’s Theme

Heath Brothers - Smilin’ Billy Suite
Nas - One Love
Busta - Ill Vibe Jay Dee RMX
Madlib - Ashby Road
Tall Black Guy - Love To The World
Roy Ayers - Ain’t Got Time
BlackStar - Little Brother
Lou Donaldson - Pot Belly
George Benson - Face It Boy It’s Over

Jan Hammer - Peaceful Sundown
Jan Hammer - Don’t You Know
Enoch Light - A Little Fugue For You and Me
Ben Vereen - I’ll Keep My Light in My Window
Pointer Sisters - Yes We Can Can
Streetnoise - Light My Fire
Gene Harris - Feeling You, Feeling Me Too
Jimmy McGriff - Back on the Track
Dick Hyman - Alfie
Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay
Gene Harris - Book of Slim
Bobbi Humphrey - Uno Esta
Eddie Harris - Bold and Black 
Weather Report - 125th Street Congress
Pieces of a Dream - Mt. Airy Groove
McDonald and Giles - Birdman
The Bubblegum Machine - I Wonder vs. Blacksheep - Flavor of the Month
Joe Farrell - Upon This Rock vs. All Natural - Writers Block
J Rawls - Miss You (Bring It Back) vs. 5th Dimension - Dimension 5ive
***Shout out to the fam, Crown City Rockers on this too for B-Boy***
Klaus Wunderlich - Summertime vs. Freddie Cruger - Something Good
The Meters - Africa
Ahmad Jamal - The World is a Ghetto
Roy Ayers - Mystic Voyage


Freddie Joachim & Question - Mellow Orange Vinyl Podcast Vol. 3

Freddie Joachim & Question - Mellow Orange Vinyl Podcast Vol. 2

Freddie Joachim & Question - Mellow Orange Vinyl Podcast Vol. 1

R.I.P. Fuzz One (SmashTales)

Yesterday we were shocked to hear of the sudden untimely passing of the homie Fuzz One. A dope producer from Oxnard whose time to shine was still yet to come. You may have heard many of his beats on the BadDudes compilations that we’ve promoted for our SmashTales family. Some of his music is as follows, or you can listen to his soundcloud here:

Our condolences to his close friends and family. You will be truly missed by your fans.

SmashTales Presents: BadDudes Oct010

Another installment of SmashTale’s BadDudes compilation. Featuring the SupaKoopa, Jo_Def, Pauze, Angelo Arce, Ohbliv and more! Don’t sleep!

Shot from FAME on Saturday.

Argonaut, SmoovGroovs, Jo_iLL, FlavorInnovator. 

HGB FALL/WINTER 2012: The Daily Grind Ep. 01

HGB will be releasing 3 new designs this Fall/Winter.

First, a collaborative effort between Romali and FlavorInnovator, the “Golden State Miners” design will be available as a t-shirt in black and in white, as well as a crewneck sweatshirt in black. Taking on an athletic theme, our miner “mascot” was inspired by our crew brethren Existence 76.

"The Daily Grind", design by FlavorInnovator, is a nod to all the artists out there who hustle their art on the daily to make a living. This will be available as a t-shirt in black and in heather grey, as well as a crewneck sweatshirt in heather grey.

In commemorating the 10 anniversary of our crew, the “HGB 10 Year Anniversary” tee is a limited pressing, designed by FlavorInnovator. This t-shirt will be available in black.

Peep footage from Skratch Lounge in Seattle, Wa. The homies from Battlestar performed their DMC routine and KILL it!!! BIG RESPECT to the Battlestar Massive. KLACK KLACK!!!