I’m a big fan of the HVW8′s artwork and would check their site from time to time. One day I noticed there was a beat tape they sponsored called Attack of THE DEER. I played it over and over and had to meet the cat that put it together. I went to the Jay Stayed Paid event and asked my friend Kyla about J-1 and if he was there. She pointed him out. Clean pumas, fitted hat to match, star tatts on his elbows, and a cobra tattoo on the side of his neck vibing out on a House Shoes DJ set. I introduced myself, and right away we talked about music for hours like we were some old friends catching up. I thought it would be a great idea to have him do a top ten list for B+C. He was down but then flips it with a mix. J was on fire cranking out a mix right after the next. I was trying to keep up because I was doing the artwork for each one. It was always “GO” mode with that dude. A few mixes into it, he called me up and was like lets make this bigger. “Beats+Crates Radio podcast, with guest DJs.” I was like wow, and before I knew it, he had Teeko and Max Kane ready to go. B+C wouldn’t be what it is without J-1.
Our working relationship was a great combo, and he had the projects coming. It was the in between time when Weyez, J, and I would kick it, and that made our bond what it is… family. You can see folks that talked to J-1; he gave them that same attention, and respect. J was always building and growing every time he met someone professionally and personally. J-1 aka THE DEERgrew the Animal Kingdom family worldwide, and touched many, many lives. J-1, you will be truly be missed. Thank you for the music, the laughs, the creativity, and the time. I salute you my brother.
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.
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.
I can’t believe I have to find the words to explain what went down Wednesday night at Zanzibar. Incredible, wow, unreal, great, THE FUNK! For real, this was one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long long time. I knew something good was going to go down when people started calling me a week before the event. I hit up my homie Dan to roll out to the event and take photos. Good thing I did because this was an event that shouldn’t have been missed.
Dan and I showed up to Zanzibar, and one of the first people we saw was Dam Funk. No matter how many times I’ve talked to Dam, it still feels surreal to me. I mean its Dam Funk! A note to all you music lover’s, show up early and you might meet your favorite artists. Anyways, we talked for a while as more folks started coming in. Zanzibar was getting packed pretty fast. Later on Jacqueline, from Mint Collective, needed a little help interviewing Electric Wire Hustle, so you know I was down for that. Walking back I ran into friend after friend rolling up for the show. It was going to be a great night.
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!