Art Fart .:Jun 25 09:.

Manipulated a photo by my boy Keen. Here's the original:

And my manipulated version:

.: Jo_iLL :.


Frank Nitt .:May 29 09:.

My boy Ironik linked this on Facebook this morning.  Frank Nitt (Frank n' Dank) over DJ Quick?!!? FRESH!  Didn't expect it to sound so nice!  Can't wait to hear the whole album.

- Jo_iLL


Humble Beginnings .:May 27 09:.

"It ain't where your from, it's where your at!" the saying goes.  Where did that saying come from anyway?  I've also heard "It ain't where you're from, it's where you're going."  What about, "It's ALL about where you're from."  Why isn't that one so popular?  Wherever you're at now, was probably a result of where you have been.  And now that I am older and wiser (somewhat), I can look at my past, and I can understand it better.  I can understand myself better.  I am able to justify past actions...forgive myself for past mistakes.  If you let it, the past can change. 

I was riding my bike around Fremont the other day and rode through a couple a Jr. High, the other a High School.  Just looking at the empty basketball courts; the kids practicing their after school activities; the kids hanging out at the community center across the overwhelming feeling of nostalgia came over me.  The simplicity of those days, and the feeling that the whole world is ahead of you.

Fast forward 12 years later, and now the new saying is (or was) "30 is the new 20". "Street wear", Nike Dunks, Jordans and BMX bikes, are still sought after by grown "man-kids", and 17 year olds alike.  Yeah..."man-kid".  I just coined the term.  I guess it's similar to "baby boy" know those cats that can't leave the crib. point is, what the hell has changed?  It seems like nothing sometimes...and it's a little disappointing.  Where is the progress?  What is the significant contribution of my generation to society?  Hip-hop? Streetwear?  Maybe I'm so immersed in it, that I can't see it; or not educated enough to recognize it.  Well we did vote for Obama, so maybe the REAL change is yet to come.

Maybe the good times in the past were so good to us, we just feel the need to constantly re-live them, and maybe even re-create them for the new generation of youth.  So I'm not going to hate on the "man-kids" and "baby boys".  You can't blame the human condition for surrenduring to that which is comfortable.  Nothing beats the feeling of "home". 

I kicked it with Supa Koopa and Klutch the other day.  And I have to say, it's refreshing and inspiring to be around a younger generation in Oxnard that is making some positive moves.  They are hungry, and have that energy.  They got big dreams. It reminded me of back when I was living here, and my big dreams that I'm still pursuing.  I am greatful that I have succesfully achieved a couple, but there are still plenty more to tackle.  I urge every kid out there to get out of their town and experience new things. Sometimes I feel like it's necessary.  Everything comes full circle, but you can't really "find yourself" unless you get yourself lost in the experience in the first place.

I haven't forgotten about San Diego either.  That's a whole other post.



Flash drives are the most useful gadgets ever.  Why not design them just as fresh.  These are nice, but knowing me, I'd probably end up breaking or losing them.  I don't know where you can get it suckers....happy hunting.

- Jo_iLL



Once again my boy IX hits us with another guest record review. This time it's for one of the crew's favorite producers, DJ Day.  Peace. 

- Jo_iLL

How many times have you been able to go through a whole album without skipping a track because it was too good? Probably not many. DJ Day's The Day Before: The Backcatalogue 1999-2007 takes precedence as a personal favorite of all-time. It's mostly just beats that came off of singles, remixes, and exclusives on wax throughout DJ Day's years as a producer, but this is not your typical compilation of beats - this is literally a melting pot of funk genre greatness. From its first track, Four Hills, praised by record collector Gilles Peterson, to its last calming track of Make You, the album plays through like a perfect day of sunrise to sunset. His sound spectrum borders from chill to serious and he was able to blend them all seamlessly. On top of all that, add in an unreleased track with Aloe Blacc on Closer and you've got yourself a must-have. If the sunlight from this album doesn't wake you up, then you've been sleepin' too long.



Marc Moulin - Tohubohu .:May 11 09:.