BeatDiggers!!!! .:Apr 01 09:.
Had to add a little bit to Jo_ills blog about sampling, with some of my favorite NYC producers with the Lyricist Lounge cameoing. In our Serato age we still have the ability to use technology and be fundamentally sound DJs and Producers by doing the knowledge, which in my opinion REQUIRES some participation in the digging realm. In other words don't just plug in your computer and download, go out and get dirty finding it.
Bay Trip 08, Bay Trip 09 and others .:Mar 20 09:.
On a mission
Red C Lounge
Dope Djs and some dude with a brown hat
Joels former living setup in Union City '08
Hotel for the weary '08
In the parking lot BEFORE I forgot my tickets '08
TruSkool @ Twelvez
After digging in Berkley '09
Outside of the Design competition '09
Kidragon @ the Elbo Room '09
More Flicks .:Feb 24 09:.
I don't want to be boring so I am gonna give a one line about each of these movies I recently watched:
Sukiyaki Western Django
If Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa had a violent/emo thought child that Quentin Tarantino reluctantly would babysit on occasion; think Yojimbo and Fistful of Dollars being combined into one final showdown and the participants are the spawn of six-shooting samurai.
Sukiyaki Western Django
Bustin' Down the Door
If you are interested in documentaries on cultural movements and like the ocean.
Bustin' Down The Door
If you could have your life story told through questions leading to a million dollars; its time that Indian Cinema was known outside of the biggest continent.
2009 Academy Award Winner Best Picture
Miracle at St. Anna
I try to watch any Spike Lee flick; a tragic WWII flick with Italian Realism homage.
Miracle at St. Anna
I am anxious to see this flick:
Small Actions Can Facilitate Change: The Versus Store .:Jan 31 09:.
I met this dude a while ago at a downtown pad off Broadway Street who was kinda loud and overly excited, two things that I usually attribute to people who are fronting. As a usually defensive person towards that behavior I thought this loud guy was especially fraudulent when he showed me his self titled CD. I introduced my CD, Hate Your Way to Harmony: An American Criticism, and we put mine on and he was really excited about some of the instrumental tracks.
I was a little skeptical of the guy after I left that night but thought he was harmless. Over the next year Dulok Shaman and I had some correspondence about collaboration and all of my prejudgments subsided; he was willing to collaborate and work hard at it which in my book were a bigger sense of character than anything else. Dulok is a good dude. So after some time he put some lyrics on a track from my album that I thought was nice and had a strong vibe, something we were both feeling. Us vs. Them was born. He called me one day not too long after completing the track and asked me if he could lace it in honor of the Versus Store in Temecula which sells nice clothing dedicated to an urban lifestyle. I thought it was a good idea and gave it my blessing. In August of 2007 I get a call from Dulok asking me attend a video shoot for the store for the song along complete with many heads from SD and the Inland Empire. The video got a lot of reaction and became an anthem for many which was beyond any expectations I ever had for making the track(with the help of my homie NoS LeRatZ from the Bay, Big Ups!!!).
Fast forward to this year 2009, I went with DJ Argonaut to the Agenda Trade Show in downtown San Diego which showcases independent clothing lines and kept peeping orange stickers with familiar font that I have seen associated with the Versus Store in Temecula which read 'Us vs. Them'. In fact the bottom line is that the Versus Store had changed the name of their design to Us vs. Them, which blew me away. Even though I had no exact input on the decision making for the change, our song had made an influence on a whole style and the nomenclature of a line of clothing. So next time you think that your creativity, no matter how insignificant you may think it is, cannot be influential, think again.
Meeting Chuck D .:Jan 09 09:.
December 5th, 2006
I think about 2 years ago I went to an instore at one of my favorite record stores in San Diego, M-Theory Records(btw holla at my boy Jimmy if you go there, he will guide you to what you need!!!!) and it was being hyped that Public Enemy was gonna be in the house. So I went after my day job I was working at the time up to the store on Washington St. and got in a small line that grew far out the door. DJ StillLife was playing all of the PE classics and we all stood waiting; I brought some PE and Chuck D vinyl for signature, but cynically doubted that they were gonna show. Just then a small entourage ushered in Chuck D, but no Flava Flav. Oh well, I thought, I guess he was too busy with theFlavor of Love television show or doing things with groupies or whatever is the daily routine...Anyways Chuck D was there and I couldn't believe he was in the same room. Chuck D seemed relaxed and happy to meet everyone who showed up, and every memory of listening to PE from back in the day flooded my mind. When I reached the counter he said wassup and I asked him to
sign 4 vinyl pieces I brought. While he was signing I told him 'your music has changed my life' or something terribly overdramtic and he chuckled a little and asked me if I was going to the show at the House of Blues that night. Panic. I had no money and I was going to work that night to help a friend only from 7-9 pm, and i told him no. Instead of being offended like some artists might with a negative answer, he told me he would PUT ME ON THE LIST!!! I gave M-Theory my information and they would call me to put me on game for the show with X-Clan. I went to help my buddy at his work for a few hours, ended up coming home around 10pm with no call. I realized gave them my home number instead of my cell and there was an answer on my machine at my place, M-Theory had called and reserved a spot for me but I had to pick it up at the store. M-Theory closes at 10pm
and when I called there was no answer. I have never seen Public Enemy perform before and hopefully this situation will not be my last
opportunity to see them. My apologies to Chuck D out there for going out of your way to hook me up and me dropping the ball. Heres a clip of Chuck D at M-Theory that night:
A Couple of Artsy Flicks in '08 and Carlito .:Dec 31 08:.
This is the season to stay at home and watch movies, at least for me,
so I kinda dug around and picked a couple of movies for aesthetic
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is in French subtitles and sounds like a chick flick but the content will surprise you and give anyone hope for people who are locked in their own bodies.
Son of Rambow is a fun movie about childhood exploration and imagination while finding an identity. This movie has a brilliant style that many independents cannot emulate; I thought this was a good movie for anyone of any age, especially artistically inclined people. Its fun without being too far out, check it out after watching First Blood...
Carlitos Way the other day because its been on my list for a while. Can you ever watch this and think at the end that he won't get away; I think his closing monologue is one of the best in any movie.
Headnodic Rhetoric my mixtape will be available very soon on Freshcrate.com
Anyways Peace for 2008!!
- Existence 76