I can’t tell you how much fun I had at SXSW. For the first time at SXSWI rolled out without a plan, and waiting to embrace the weirdness Austin has to offer. My man Butcher Bear from Insect Records and Kone scooped me up from the airport and we were off. A quick stop for some food, dropped off my bags and we were back out to hit up SXSW! Butch took me to this bar with a big outside area and 2 stages. Checked out some friends of his that were rocking out called Football. High kicks, hard guitar riffs and a lot of drinking. Later that night we headed out to catch DJ Skeez and Miz Korona. Real talk catch Miz Koronawhen she comes to your town. Some of that night was a blur, but I’m sure we saw more groups and ended with some pizza… I think. Thursday was jam packed with stuff to do. I headed to the convention center to check out SXSW’s music poster show Flatstock and kick it with the fellas of DKNG. A free poster show is a graphic designers dream. I wanted to buy up all kinds of posters. I could have stayed there all day, but had to keep it moving. Next up the street wasRecord Breakin’s showcase where they were spinning 7″ and 45″ all day. It was at Loft 718 and it had a nice lounge vibe to it. Good music and got to meet some great folks…also scored Lee Fields – Faithful Man album. Thank you Truth & Soul, very dope album. Later that night I made my way to Insect Records’ showcase. Words can’t express how dope that was. I’ll just say you had to be there, I mean look at the lineup! The next day met with Koneand ran into Teeko and the Starship Connection crew. Heard some ill beats from Nameless, and officially met SelfSays. That is my dude right there. Konehad another showcase not that far away, so we all rolled out. That one was something like a private recording session with Kone,Sonnymoon,and Mast. Really dope vibe, and after that some random house party. That was a little crazy, so we headed back to the bars for more music and drinks. Had a wild van ride and meet Lorn and Jeremiah Jae. Nothing but good times. Getting down to the end of my trip Butcher picked me up and we headed to an apartment complex that was having their own showcase, crazy right?!?! There I got to meet a great Austin beat maker named Boom Baptist, and kick it for a bit. It was a great way to end the heavy partying with the sun shining and a pool side showcase. SXSW is something everyone should check out. Go without a plan or with a plan, you are going to see some sh*t that will enrich your life. Next time I’m planning on a longer trip. BIG Thanks to Austin for keeping it weird. Check back for the video.
And now for the long awaited next episode of Beats+Crates Radio mixed by DJ Mantron. Purple High is for all you music lovers that want to feel grown. DJ Mantron, through some J Dilla, Mos Def, Nicolay & Kay, The Pharcyde, and J*Davey, brings you a mix that will have you dancing. Lately I have been driving a lot, and Purple High has been my soundtrack for the road. I’ll tell you Life Is Better with Purple High in heavy rotation. Download DJ Mantron’s episode of Beats+Crates Radio: Purple High here. Click “Continue reading” below to see the whole playlist. BIG thanks to DJ Mantron and J1 aka THE DEER.
Strictly Social is another LA staple that I’m glad is around. Neo-soul, funk, Hip Hop, world famous DJ’s, and beat makers have blessed the stage many times over. I have had the pleasure of seeing some of my friends perform. I’m glad to be celebrating Strictly Social’s 4thYear Anniversary! August 18th is going to be a party! Nikko Gray and Def Sound are going to be in the building, and the homie Brook D’Leau (J*Dvaey) will be having his debut performance. There’s also guest selector Mic Holden. And the ones you can always count on to play great tunes: resident DJ’s Sean O , Mona Lisa, and Destroyer. Thursday, August 18th is going to be a party! Come on out and celebrate with Strictly Social. BIG thanks to Nu-Soul Magazine for letting B+C be a part. Here’s to making it 4 more years of a great events and great music.
All right we have another episode of Beats+Crates Radio for your ears. Like my man Abraham would say, just like records we have come full circle. Back to the creator of Beats+Crates Radio J1 aka THE DEER with First Class. Yes this is a ticket into his record collection, and there’s no other way than first class. This is the guy who’s digging up the samples from Hip Hop tracks to the undiscovered. Your ears will love you for it. The stars must have been aligned when J1 made this mix. I seen a couple of joints from the Heavy Traffic soundtrack, and I was like no way. I watched Heavy Traffic for the first time a few months ago, and thought to myself, I needed to buy this soundtrack. I don’t want to spoil the goodness, so download J1’s B+C Radio episode First Class here and enjoy. Also be on the look out for Starship 27 Vol. 2: Take Off on Insect Records. BIG BIG thanks J1 for all that you do for Beats+Crates.
Mr. DJ Sean O. has blessed us with a dope episode for Beats+Crates Radio. This episode is jammed pack with everyone from the Lootpack to Devonwho. Summer’s End has a real chill lounge vibe, but retains some energy. Very similar to DJ Sean O.‘s personality. You’ll never need to be in the mood to play Summer’s End because it’s right for every moment.
To start off, I have listened to this episode of Beats+Crates Radio 12 times (and counting). No joke. J1 has got a group of talented friends, and P.U.D.G.E. raised the bar on this one. P.U.D.G.E. is a DJ, emcee, a beat maker, and continues to crank out the projects. This episode of Beats+Crates Radio, Hanging Wit The Homeboys, covers the Hip Hop gamut in 53 minutes. I asked P.U.D.G.E. about the title and he answered, “Cuz I know and/or am associated wit everyone on the playlist.” I stopped for a minute and was like “wow,” and proceeded to go over the playlist a 2nd and 3rd time. Yes, that dope. P.U.D.G.E.’s got quite a few projects out now, but is getting ready to drop another in a few days on BandCamp. Keep your eye and ears open.Download Episode 004: Hangin Wit The Homeboys here. Check out P.U.D.G.E. on MySpace, Twitter, & BandCamp. BIG thanks P.U.D.G.E. for knocking this one outta the park. Click below “continue reading” for the tracklist.
CAPTURED: U, Me & Hip Hop is a group photo exhibit of captured moments in Hip Hop. Cognito, Jewell, B+, BRASS, Coleman, Jay Three & Mike Park are just some of the featured photographers. In addition to photos, music video director Jerome D will be projecting his music videos. On the 1′s and 2′s with DJ Sean O, J-Heart, & J1 aka THE DEER with special guest. It’s definitely a do not miss event! The opening reception is on Saturday, June 5th from 6pm – 11pm. Hip Hop fans, art lovers, and everyone in between come check it out and support your local artists!
Open Reception JUNE 5th 6pm – 10pm New Puppy Gallery
2808 Elm St. Los Angeles CA 90065 exhibit runs June 5th – 10th (by appointment)
J1 aka THE DEER introduces us to an up and coming DJ to the L.A. music scene by the name of GroWeyez. I first met GroWeyez a while back after his DJ set at So Ruff / So Tuff (Carbon), and quickly became a fan. He is all around town, and spins everything from Hip Hop to Funk. This Episode of Beats+Crates Radio GroWeyez mixed tracks by Madlib to give us The Prescription. From Quasimoto to Yesterday’s New Quintet, GroWeyez takes us on a dope journey through his Madlib collection. Download Episode 003: The Prescription here, click “Continue Reading” for the track list. Keep up with GroWeyez on PodOmatic, MySpace & Twitter. BIG thanks GroWeyez for this dope episode of Beats+Crates Radio. iTunes link coming soon!