Friday, December 29, 2006

First Night - Congress btw 5th & 6th - December 31, 2006

Aww man... I'm here in H-town trying to figure out what I wanna do for NYE... and Austin seems like it'll be off the chain.

First Night - Hip Hop Block Party with of course the B-Boys... Austin Poetry Slam... DJ Nick Nack... and graffiti artist Nate Nordstrom... with special guests... NOOK and Blacklisted Individuals @ Congress between 5th and 6th... NYE Dec 31st!

Here's to a Happy and safe New Years!

I picture this thing like Dave Chappelle's Block Party...

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Nate Nordstrom once stood in the Mojo’s alley, hearing teenagers talk about Sloke’s art. They didn’t know the 32-year-old beside them was responsible.

“There’s a secret identity,” Nate said. “They get to see your mark, and you get to scurry across rooftops or something.”

He remembered the Mojo’s saga in his house, where several fans whirled, and a wall was covered in silver, red, orange and green paint. Beside monsters and aliens, and the phrase “Good girls are never remembered,” a girl with a flower in her hair said, “It feels so good to be bad.” Along the stairwell were four stencils of a woman with wavy hair in a cutoff tank top and a skirt. Her statements were: “Welcome home, Nate.” “Where’ve you been?” “I missed you!” “Now get out of my house.”

He’s “old school;” Al Martinez taught him the basics in the early 1990s. He tells those who are serious about graffiti to get a mentor, to learn etiquette (don’t paint over someone’s work unless you’re better), to practice so you have more than the bubble letters of your name to put on concrete, to be more than a tagger, to be a writer.

“All these tags look like shit,” he said. “They were an original part of graffiti, they were your signature. But now, kids don’t want to learn. They learn how to do bubble letters, and then they go over our work.”

Nate helped form the No Boundaries Krew, which he said “put Texas on the map.”

“Today, there’s a whole new generation of writers: Friks, Gomer, Degas, Mes Cents, Heavy. They’re 18 to 25 years old,” he said. “A lot of kids, when they get into graffiti, they get into it really young.”

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

B-Boy City - Whisky Bar - December 31, 2006

Any New Year's plans?!? Me neither. If I wasn't in Houston... ringing in the New Year with B-Boy City @ Whisky would be proper.

How's everyone doing?!? Happy Holidays! I've been so busy running around in Houston it's not even funny. Vacation is more work that actual work. One really needs a vacation for their vacation. Insane. The Galleria was so packed yesterday... you wouldn't believe... but lots of cool new shops and gear... and I didn't buy a damn thing! I had no purpose for shopping... and my friend, Ellen, was getting pissed. That's a difference between guys and girls.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes - George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center - January 10, 2007

Great find by Sarah... who wrote in to say that Echoes of Color is hosting a film and panel discussion of the film HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes @ George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center on Jan 10th.

Thanks Sarah!

Ya'll gotta try the Saag Pasta at Whole Foods... oh lord... it's spicy... i know it sounds odd... but it's goooood.

More info:

Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Hip-Hop Head Weighs in on Manhood in Rap Music - a 2006 Sundance Film Festival selection - is a riveting PBS documentary that examines representations of manhood, sexism and homophobia in Hip-Hop culture. Conceived as a "loving critique" of certain disturbing developments in rap music culture from a long-time Hip-Hop head and former college quarterback, Beyond Beats and Rhymes features highly revealing interviews with famous rappers such as Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes; Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons, along with cultural commentary from Michael Eric Dyson, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Kevin Powell, and Sarah Jones. Beyond Beats and Rhymes features on-the-street interviews with aspiring rappers at Hip-Hop events, as well as interviews with young women at Spelman College.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

B-Will - Whisky Bar - January 1, 2007

Self proclaimed 512 Don, B-Will will be performing Monday, Jan 1st @ Whisky Bar @ True School Monday's... New Year's Day fools... make it your resolution that you see more Austin Hip Hop next year!

Man I drank too much coffee... having heart palpitations.

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B-Will who's birth name is Byron Williams was born in Austin,TX in May of 86. He fell in lov with hip hop at the tender age of 7 years old when he listened to his dads Geto Boys cassette tape.Every since then the young don has dreamed of being a rapstar. He freestyled in school at lunch tables but really didn't getting serious with music till he was around 16 years old when he got a 8 track and a microphone and started making freestyle tapes and cd's and passing them to friends to spread the word.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Crew 54 - The Parish - December 29, 2006

512 Hip Hop wrote in to say that they wanna warm up our New Year's Eve with a pre-party @ The Parish on Friday, Dec 29th. Burnin' your night up with Crew 54, Low Eyes, Meridian Prime, Maestro, and S.T.A.T.I.K. It'll be an auspicious occasion!

1. promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable: an auspicious occasion.
2. favored by fortune; prosperous; fortunate.

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While many wannabes talk about how they are going to blow, how much they grind, what they are going to do some day somehow, but sit around doing nothing, CREW54 rose from the darkness to get the shine they deserve. Beginning as a simple one song collaborative effort between G-Christ of The Texas Immigrants, and masterOFself of The M7 Movement; the CREW54 is ready to take their place the Central Texas Hip-Hop scene and beyond.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Mojoe - Cedar Street Courtyard - December 26, 2006

Man... am I going to miss Mojoe again?!? :(

Break Away Party II with members of the D-Madness Project and Mojoe at Cedar Street Courtyard on Tuesday, Dec 26th.

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Easy Lee (Charles Peters) and Tre (Treson Scipio) are MOJOE, a duo that has often described itself as The Roots meet OutKast over dinner with Marvin Gaye at DAngelos house. Thats a party that anyone in their right mind would want to attend, a free-form jam with only the tastiest beats, rhymes, and harmonies, not to mention words and emotions that truly echo the barometer of urban life. MOJOE channels that spirit with Classic.Ghetto.Soul., a timeless showcase of its sumptuous blend of worldwise poetry, sweet soul melodies and harmonies, reverent blues and jazz, and Dirty South hip-hop.

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Word Association - Emo's Lounge - January 4, 2007

Werd... I can breathe now! Headed back to Austin with a job well done. Still alot more work to do, but we've done good. Mission accomplished in Zurich!

I feel like I haven't written in like forever. So this is really therapy for me. So... The Word Association along with Austin Hip Hop powerhouses... Zeale 32 and Tee Double. And it's FREE! Werd.

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You've got to admire these guys for their ability to grow individually and then meld their styles together for a non-stop, heartpounding sophmore album. Most of the group members have worked on their own solo projects that showcase each lyricists personal flow and thought-provoking rhymes. The great thing about The Word Association is their drive, their passion and their fearlessness of standing for what they believe in.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Neo Soul Lounge - Antonio's Tex Mex - December 13, 2006

Remember guys... every Wednesday nights @ Antonio's Tex Mex... Neo Soul Lounge & Poetry Reading throws it down with some good o' southern flava.

Dude... my luggage got left in Dallas and didn't make it to Zurich until today... clean underwear never felt so good.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Bavu Blakes - Barcelona - December 21, 2006

Gotta love it when cats come up with some great flyer ideas... think outside the box fools... Box Fresh... Bavu Blakes, DJ Mel, DJ Mike Swing and DJ Kunal M @ Barcelona Dec 21st... Free show!

I'm going back to Cali, Cali, Cali... actually... I'm going back to Zurich... and I'm going to freeze my ass off... I'm takin' off tomorrow fools... for 2 weeks... this time it'll be more fun!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Dirty Sound Trash Stars - Flamingo Cantina - December 16, 2006

Dude you can barely... or maybe I just can't see with my squinty Asian eyes... ;) here's what it says:
Facundo's Night Out - Flamingo Cantina - Sat December 16TH - 8:30pm - $3
Spoken Word - Short Films by UT Undergrads - Performances by: Afro Fantastic - Many Birthdays - Vehicular - The Carabelas Collective - Dirty Sounds Trash Stars Feat. The Kill - Christopher Vanderslice - DJ Manny
Yup that's what it says [putting down my magnifying glasses]

Shit happens...

Monday, December 04, 2006

Holiday Hip Hop Classic - The Parish - December 23, 2006

Now this looks fly... DJ Chicken George, DJ Tats, and DJ Donnie Dee are hosting Holiday Hip Hop Classic at The Parish, Dec 23rd and tix are $10. Werd. I really gotta stop saying that.

Check out what my brother sent me the other day...
Ohh and mom got her hearing aid yesterday and she thought she had bionic hearing. :) It was pretty funny. When she put it on, she was like,"Whoa! I can hear people talking in the next room!"

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In addition to being one of the songs that helped break Aerosmith into the mainstream in the 1970s, it also helped resurrect their career and revolutionized rock and roll and rap music when it was re-made in 1986 with rappers Run-D.M.C. on their album Raising Hell. It became an international hit and won both groups a Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap - Single in 1987.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

DJ Diamond Tip - Plush - December 9, 2006

They say diamonds are forever... grrrls cream over it... crews bling it... peeps ice up their grillz... in the words of Leo... "In America it's bling-bling, out here it's bling-bang." Oh the cheese... I love it.

DJ Diamond Tip rubbin' 'bows with Table Manners Crew up at Plush on Saturday, Dec 9th and then at Whisky Bar Sunday, Dec 10th... for a Diamond Studded Weekend.

So went to my boi Mike's house party/bday party last night... Happy Birthday Mike and Thanh! It had all the elements of a good house party... drunks, fights, and cops... good times. ;)

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Diamond is the hardest known natural material (second-hardest material to ultrahard fullerite), and is the most expensive of the two best known forms (or allotropes) of carbon, whose hardness and high dispersion of light make it useful for industrial applications and jewelry. (The other equally well known allotrope is graphite.) Diamonds are specifically renowned as a mineral with superlative physical qualities — they make excellent abrasives because they can be scratched only by other diamonds, Borazon, ultrahard fullerite, or aggregated diamond nanorods, which also means they hold a polish extremely well and retain luster. About 130 million carats (26,000 kg) are mined annually, with a total value of nearly USD $9 billion. About 100 tons are synthesized annually.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

DJ Chicken George - Whisky Bar - December 2, 2006

Move Somethin' 3... hmmm... I guess I missed part deux... DJ Chicken George and DJ Gibb on 4 turntables @ Whisky Bar this Sat, Dec 2nd... stop suckin' your thumb and get out and move somethin'

It's damn cold today!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Pitbull - Paradox - November 30, 2006

Let me valet in your face.... mmm hmmm... that's how we do... Pitbull tomorrow night, Nov 30th @ Paradox... presale tix are $25 here...

What do I eat tonight... I have this problem every day... then 7 o'clock rolls by and my mom calls and I gotta give her some whack answer like I'm eating KFC or some shit... hmmm... hungry.

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Armando Christian Pérez (born January 15, 1981, in Miami, Florida) better known by his stage name Pitbull, or his other nicknames, Lil' Chico or Mr. 305, is a Cuban-American rapper.

Before releasing his debut album titled M.I.A.M.I (Money is A Major Issue) in August 2004, Pitbull was featured on Lil Jon's Kings of Crunk (2002) album and the 2 Fast 2 Furious soundtrack (2003). His breakout hit was the Lil Jon collabo "Culo" produced by Lil Jon & The Diaz Brothers. In addition, Pitbull has also released several mixtapes, the most recent being Unleashed Volume 5, which are mostly composed of freestyles and remixes of popular rap music. Both thematically and musically, the 25-year-old is seen as a modern-day equivalent of earlier Miami rappers such as the 2 Live Crew and Afro-Rican.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Slick Rick - Emo's - December 16, 2006

Gotta love that smile... Slick Rick... the originator of "La Di Da Di" ... will be @ Emo's on Dec 16th! ... now that's dope!

I think friends should warn you when they send nasty websites while at work. I know it ruins the shock value but come on! My friend Ellen thinks it's amusing to periodically send me obscene links... so she sent me this today... AND I had a female co-worker sitting right next to me at the time. Geez... luckily I closed the browser quick enough.

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Richard Walters (born January 14, 1965), better known by stage names Slick Rick, Ricky D and The Ruler, is a black rapper. Originally from South Wimbledon, London, England, he moved with his family to The Bronx in 1975. Rick's characteristic eyepatch was acquired after being blinded in the right eye by broken glass as an infant. He is best known for a series of hip hop recordings during the 1980s, including "Children's Story" and "La Di Da Di".

Monday, November 27, 2006

Cold Blockin It 2 - Emo's Lounge - December 9, 2006

Cold Blockin It 2... as in the follow up to Cold Blockin It... with some of the usual suspects... Yppah, Bird Peterson, Dr. Knuckstable, and some new characters... DJ Dayta and Makestaples... on Saturday, Dec 9th at Emo's Lounge.

So... just found out today I'm going back to Zurich... but this time for 2 months! Mom's worried... heck... I'm worried. But what can you do... gotta do what you gotta do right? I don't really mind going... it's just bad timing with the holidays and all... and what am I gonna do without Austin Hip Hop?

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Alley Jive - Whisky Bar - November 21, 2006

Every Tuesday nights, Romeo and the B-Boys throwin' a party at Whisky Bar called Alley Jive.

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving... now go out and work off those pounds.

Friday, November 24, 2006

DJ Mel - Beauty Bar - November 24, 2006

Couldn't resist putting this flyer up... ;) DJ Mel @ the Beauty Bar... TONIGHT.

Sqratch Karnival 12 - Austin Music Lab - December 1, 2006

So is the tryptophan kicking in? I slept for like 12+ hrs straight the other day.. I think it's cuz of all the travelling. Anyways... the 'rents are driving me CRAZY!

OK... 3... 2... 1... deep breath...

So another Sqratch Karnival on Dec 1st at the Music Lab... hopefully I can make it out for this one... last one of the year!

In the meantime, whet your appetite with who IMHO is the best at the game...

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Lotus Tribe - Emo's - November 24, 2006

UPDATE: Drama... so the word on the street is that Romeo and the ATX B-Boys' weren't contacted about this event. And Lotus Tribe have used B-Boy City's name without permission. You be the judge whether you want to support this event.

You's a window shopper... went to do some souvenir shopping in central Zurich today... and EVERYTHING'S closed! But there were hundreds of people runnin' around window shopping... asking around I found out that everyone's f*ckin' bored, so they just go out and walk around. Well... I guess that's why Switzerland's not the superpower. ;)

Well... atleast the Kunsthaus Museum was open... highly recommended... the Monet's and Dali's were amazing... Munch and Picasso were awesome too... really Monet just blew my mind.

So the Lotus Tribe have another show at Emo's on Friday, Nov 24 starting at 7:00pm (see below for complete details)... but it's filled with MC Battles and Austin vs. SATX B-Boy Battles. Awesome! Too bad I'll be in Houston for Thanksgiving, but this should be awesome. I'm sure Romeo and crew will show those SATX boys how we do in the ATX.

So just saw this video on MTV Switzerland... it just beat out Vanilla Ice's Ice Ice Baby... ;) I have no idea what she's saying, but I still like this version better.

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LOTUS TRiBE Presents: ELEMENTAL : Austin, TX @ EMO's 603 Red River $6– Presale $8 – D.O.S. ALL AGES Presales available at Waterloo Records - 600 N Lamar Blvd # A & 8PM - DJ 7ish warms up the crowd during meet & greet... 9:00PM – Dance Like Robots (live instrumental band) SATX 3rd MC Battle: Consists of 16 MCs, 3 guest judges, & DJ KICO (2005 DMC Nat'l Champ) 9:30PM - 1st Round - Grab Bag MC must pick a topic out of a hat at random and freestyles for one min. Guest judges score each MC on a 1-10 scale. Points are tallied and recorded. Top 8 advance to the second round. 10:30PM – Live Performance - Culture Sound - SATX/ATX 11:00PM - 2nd Round - Rythm and Rhyme MCs must pass a DJ gauntlet. They will scratch, cut, and change tempo in order to throw off the MC. The MC must keep up for one Min. Scored by judges, top 4 advance to finals. 11:30PM - DJ KICO (2005 DMC NAT'L CHAMP) live battle set… 12AM - Live Break Dancing Exhibition - Austin vs. San Antonio B-Boy battle featuring Austin’s top Breakers against San Antonio’s best. 12:30AM - Live performance - S.E.L.F. of LOTUS TRiBE - SATX – “The Art & War of Misanthropic-Philanthropy” CD Release Check out three tracks off the album @ 1AM - 3rd Round - Finals traditional MC battle Final four MCs battle head to head for a $250 cash prize...Crowd Judges the winner... Throughout the show Graffiti Artist: Soup, Cien 63 of LAWS crew, along with special guest artist, will be out back in the open area doing live artwork on canvases that will be raffled of at the end of the night... MCs MUST sign up by sending an email to or calling 210-387-2019 before the day of the show by 5PM.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Quanstar - Whisky Bar - November 20, 2006

My feet hurt... walking around Zurich on a 2 hour tour is fun... but damn tiring... so much shopping... coffee... but the ladies were a bit scarce... maybe when i go out tonight... let's see what kind of trouble i can get into. ;)

So San Antonio's Lotus Tribe are having a couple show's this week... starting with this one at Whisky Bar... as part of True School Monday's... featuring Quanstar from the ATL... along with The Word Association and Notion. I know it's a Monday but get your ass out!

Now for a nap... and then head the fuck out!

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QUANSTAR, front man and founding member of the Atlanta-based hip hop band First Team, unleashed on the world and taking no prisoners!!!!

From Compton, Ca, Quanstar was originally exposed to hip hop at the age of 7 with his first cassette tape, “Radio” by LL Cool J, and instantly became a certified head. Seven years later he began honing his skills battling everyone and anyone who thought they were an emcee.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Thanksgiving Jumpoff - Emo's Lounge - November 23, 2006

Grüezi... hello from Switzerland! So what's going on back in the States?!? I'm freakin tired. It's about 3:25pm here. Just finished our project... boy was it crazy. Some long nights. Maybe now I can get some rest.

So on Nov 23rd at 10:30pm, Arson Optics, Element7D, Young Nick, Kaizen, Pop and Dresta will be holding a Thanksgiving Jumpoff with a tryptophanic trip. You know you can't stand hanging out with the 'rents for too long.

Here's some random Swedish Hip-Hop...

Monday, November 13, 2006

Rob Swift - Whisky Bar - November 18, 2006

Well... I just found out today that I'm headed to Zurich, Switzerland for work for a week starting tomorrow. So the AHHS might be out of commission for a little bit... but hopefully I'll be able to get online over there. I'm a little scrrrd cuz I'm going for a customer engagement and being an engineer I don't do much customer facing... but it'll be good experience... plus I think they just need a cute face. ;)

So... before I go... I wanna leave you guys with a little treat... Rob Swift, this Saturday, Nov 18th at the Whisky Bar with DJ Tats and Prince Klassen!!!!

I won't be able to make it, but let me know how it goes...

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Rob Swift is a hip hop DJ and Turntablist.

Born and raised in Jackson Heights, Queens, Swift (born Robert Aguilar) initially got into DJing by watching his father and brother. “My dad was a salsa and merengue DJ. My brother learned how to scratch and do all the hip hop deejaying stuff on my dad’s equipment (without his permission) and I’d sit there and watch him. When I entered the sixth grade, I decided I wanted to learn.” So unlike those who got influenced through hip hop records, DMC and NMS tapes, or movies, Swift educated himself with the classic turntable beats of the early '80sNew York playground pioneers while listening to funk and jazz at home. “My older brother exposed me to all that,” he says. “All the stuff I create as a DJ is rooted in the songs that I heard from Bob James, Herbie Hancock and James Brown to Quincy Jones and old DJs like Grandmaster Flash and Grandwizard Theodore. That’s where my roots are.” In 1990, Swift enrolled as a student at Baruch College in New York and in 1995, graduated with a degree in psychology. “While I was deejaying I pursued college. Speech class and English serve a purpose, you know?” Some say that his education also translates into his cerebral style of scratching, juggling and making music.

Swift is a former member of the Turntablist group The X-ecutioners as of late 2005 and as of 2006; with Mike Patton’s latest project Peeping Tom.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Next - Alamo Drafthouse Downtown - November 30, 2006

Another great Planet Rock Party has come and gone... sigh... hope everyone made it out... Ernesto even made it out ;) with Charles... we even made a pit stop by Plush for the Tupac vs Biggie... afterwards our drunk asses decided to come back to my place and cut it up on the 1's and 2's and do a little break dancin'... until we realized it was too slippery and combined with drunkenness we were liable to hurt ourselves... we decided to quit while we were ahead and join Romeo at a taqueria for some dinnerfast (you know drunken meal between dinner and breakfast)... and that's where Romeo proceeded to school us on the history of Austin Hip Hop. Good times...

Now on to the show... DJ Mel's gonna be at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown spinnin' for the reception of the screening of the film Next: A Primer On Urban Painting... RSVP for the event here... the show is free with a Q and A afterwards with the director Pablo Aravena.

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Here’s a stumper - if a graffiti artist takes can to canvas, not train car, and hangs it in a gallery, is it still graffiti? Even if the visual code of hip hop graf is intact, the hallowed laws of impermanence and reclaiming one’s turf have been compromised. So what do we call it now? “‘Post-graffiti’ is a term I could get comfortable with,” says local filmmaker Pablo Aravena. “Mind you, that’s what they called it in the early ’80s, when they started putting graf into galleries.” The working title of Aravena’s current documentary project is Next: A Primer on Urban Painting, suggesting another possible term for what the graf tradition has evolved into since its dawn in the Bronx almost three decades ago.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Blitz - Alamo Drafthouse Downtown - November 19, 2006

Just doin' a little work here at Texpresso... I didn't set my alarm so I missed rock climbing :( ... finishing up before the UT game and Planet Rock Party tonight... Texpresso's one of my fav coffee shops... what are some of your fav coffee shops? wireless is a must... no wireless, i no go...

Blitz and Zeale 32 are having a video release party at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown on Sunday, Nov 19th before the showing of Before the Music Dies. Which by the way is a cool documentary on the current state of the music industry... I love the Erykah Badu interviews. ;) Presale tix are $5... get them online here.

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BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES tells the story of American music at this precarious moment. Filmmakers Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen traveled the country, hoping to understand why mainstream music seems so packaged and repetitive, and whether corporations really had the power to silence musical innovation. The answers they found on this journey–ultimately, the promise that the future holds–are what makes BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES both riveting and exhilarating.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Earth Raidaz - Austin Love Ministries - November 12, 2006

Always tryin' to bring something different to you guys... here's something out of left field... especially since I'm not a religious person... my parents are Buddhist... which really isn't a quote-unquote religion... well everything's a religion right... but I consider myself agnostic...

So these guys, Earth Raidaz, label themselves christian rap... have a pretty groovy sound...
they'll be at the Austin Love Ministries this Sunday, Nov 12th... gettin' drrrty drrrty with Virgin Mary... I wonder what kind of gang sign the lord throws down? he's so P.I.M.P. (Praise Is My Purpose) hahaha... I'm goin' to hell... ;)

Alright... going rock climbing tomorrow... we'll see if I'm alive at the Planet Rock Party tomorrow night... scrrrd.

Couldn't find a relevant video, so check this out... it's dope...

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Lady Legacy - Tambaleo - November 15, 2006

I think this is the first time we've had a lady rapper posted... hope there are more to come...

Lady Legacy at Tambaleo on Wed, Nov 15th at 10:30pm... Hip Hop Hump Day! Check her out!

Man... I've got a bad headache. :(

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"I'm realler than ya mornin' breath. And that, my dears, will always be the case when my voice grace a mic. There are many emcees high off their own shit but I'm high off da shit other people tell me 'bout my rhymes."

Born in Brooklyn, NY, raised in Austin, TX , Lady Legacy has indeed started off in the rap game with nothing but realness. Life hasn't been a bed of roses for this ATX betty. From the dope game to the rap game like many who are leading the industry now, the game is still the same. Whoever has the A-1 makes the most money.

A-1 is definitely what Legacy has. With her label, 1205 (off 12th street with nothin' but $5), she is going to make the world know it's not alone. Everything everyone has every experienced will be addressed by the artists from 1205.

Stay tuned, Playa, there is more than meets the ear from the Lady Legacy...

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Mike and Ike - Whisky Bar - November 17, 2006

Mike and Ike and In the Pocket at Whisky Bar on Nov 17th!

So during work today we went to Burger King for take out... we had a 11:30-1:00pm meeting... so we had to eat fast and drrrty... so I got my usual the number 1... whopper, fries and a dr pepper... then while sitting in the meeting... i'm like burpin up my whopper the whole time... you know how you can smell it coming up. mmmmh mmmh good... i got to eat that whopper twice... goin' down and comin' up. ;)

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That classic sound is coming out of Austin, Texas, and its making noise in the hip hop scene as Mike & Ike present their debut album, Introducing Mike & Ike. The duo blends smart, but accessible lyrics with the infectious sounds of jazz and soul music to create a style that recalls the best elements of where rap music has been, but stays fresh and inventive, always looking toward the future. In a musical landscape full of studio gangsters rapping about how hard they are and money they may or may not actually have, Mike & Ike are a refreshing change of pace. Rather than fall into the all-too-common trap of preaching about what they are not, however, they choose to focus on what they are, and the original styles they bring. They kick intelligent rhymes that a wide range of people can relate to their own daily struggles and triumphs. The raps show that the two are aware of and concerned about social ills, but avoid becoming overly self-righteous or cliché in their treatment of them. Mike & Ike know when to be serious, but never lose sight of the idea that hip hop should be at least as much about the good as the bad, and maintain an overall positive and fun vibe on the album. Tracks such as "Classic Sound", "Home Invasion", and "Genie in Disguise" show that Mike & Ike have what it takes to bring their classic sound to the masses.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Nick Nack - Beauty Bar - November 18, 2006

Nick Nack patty wack give a dog a bone... this old man came rollin' home... remember the grade school song... o' the good ol' days...

DJ Nick Nack is gonna have Recess for all ya'll sucka's at the Beauty Bar on Sat, Nov 18th... so get yo ass out and prepare to be schooled.

Borat Sagdiyev: My moustache still tastes of your testes!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Table Manners Crew - Plush - November 11, 2006

Aww... Tupac & Biggie Forever! Our beloved Table Manners Crew are spinnin' tracks from the best rappers dead (well some think Tupac is still alive) all night long. And it's DJ Digg's bday too... so holla. The party's at Plush this Saturday, Nov 11th... and no cover before 11pm.

This'll be good since Beauty Bar is right around the corner from Plush, we can run back and forth between this and the Planet Rock Party. ;)

So went and watched Borat last night... oh lord... what a funny movie... I still can't get that hotel scene out of my mind! Good lord!

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Runnin' (Dying to Live), by Tupac Shakur was the first released single from the posthumous soundtrack album Tupac: Resurrection (OST). The video contains interviews of both Tupac and Biggie. It is the only song from the album to feature a music video. The chorus is from Edgar Winter. The song won the award for "best soundtrack song" in 2003. It charted at #19 on The Billboard Hot 100. Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. originally recorded the song together in 1994.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Gutta Gang - Troubadour Saloon - November 12, 2006

That's so gutta... Gutta Gang's gonna be at Troubadour Saloon on Nov 12th for Organized Rhymes CD release... it's gonna be $10 at the door.

Gutta's one of the hottest rap groups coming out of the ATX. Look out for them!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

RockIt 6 - The Enchanted Forest - November 18, 2006

Now this looks like some crazy shit... The Enchanted Forest?!? Fire show by Sangre Del Sol?!? B-Boy City?!? Brownout?!? DJ Manny?!? Big Face?!? Super Sonic Soul Squad?!? WTF?!? Boomers?!? What?!? Nov. 18th?!? 8pm?!? Crazy!

Wow! I can't wait!

It got a bit nippy today didn't it?!? I hate when it gets cold... mostly cuz I don't have any warm clothes... I usually freeze my ass off... and I have no insulation (fat) to keep me warm. It's time to get a couple of boobies to keep me warm this winter. ;) But hey the NBA season started! Can't wait to see more of those Bron Bron commercials and listening to my (Fresh Off the Boat) Asian mom tell me how Yao is doing. She's so cute. :)

More info:

Sangré del Sol features stunning and extraordinary costume design and original fire props, with the option of integrating live music and graphic art installation. Their training includes hip-hop, West African, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Latin dance styles, as well as martial arts and theatre; all are represented in their complex and refined choreography. Available acts include fire-eating, breathing, body-burning, poi, staff, double batons, fans, crowns, horns, masks, bowl-balancing, hand torches, fire fingers, sticks, swords, hula-hoops, 10-ft. diameter fire ring, jack-in-the-box, bull whips, flaming sculptors, jump ropes, wings, brassieres, stilt walkers, glow props (for non-fire events), fire puppets, veils, and flags.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Whisky Bar Massacre - Whisky Bar - October 31, 2006

Tiiiiiiight... I was trying to figure out what to do for Halloween besides hitting the 6th St. circle of insanity... you can always count on Whisky Bar to come through!

If I go out (let's see how work goes)... I think I'll be hittin' Whisky Bar to check out DJ Hannibal and DJ Avatar tomorrow night.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Planet Rock Party II - Beauty Bar - November 11, 2006

I'm FINALLY home! Austin is the best place in the world!

So get ready guys... it's time for another Planet Rock Party... this time at Beauty Bar... it'll be Nov. 11th... starting at 8pm.

Ernesto... haven't seen you in awhile... you gonna make it out for this one?!?

Check out this video from the first Planet Rock party!

Just joking... it's this one...

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Oh No - Emo's Lounge - November 9, 2006

Rest in Peace to the late and great J Dilla...

Oh No, Roc C, Jern Eye, and DJ Romes from Stones Throw Records will be at Emo's Lounge on Nov. 9th! Show starts at 10pm with our (Austin's) own Dark World Clerics.

So I got into Houston at midnight last night... flight was supposed to land at 11pm... but we were delayed in JFK cuz of poor weather... anyways... my poor mom and brother were waiting at the airport to pick me up... my mom's a bit of a worrier... so she made my brother go to the airport at 9:30pm... and she was asking my brother for the time every 5 minutes... drove my brother crazy!

More info:

Oh No (born Michael Jackson) is an underground hip hop artist from Oxnard, California, United States of America. He is the younger brother of hip hop artist and producer Madlib.

Oh No released his debut album, The Disrupt, on Stones Throw Records in 2004. He has also performed on numerous singles by other artists, including J Dilla's "Move Part 2," who performed on the track and produced it; and three singles with the rap trio Lootpack. Stones Throw has announced a forthcoming album from Oh No, featuring the music of Galt MacDermot and appearances from numerous other rap artists, including Posdnous from De La Soul.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Pro-Am Hip-Hop Tour - South Austin Recreation Center - December 9, 2006

UPDATE: I've been told that this has been postponed... updates to come.

Put this on your calendars... or just visit the Austin Hip-Hop Scene Calendar...

Blitz wrote in to tell us about the Pro-Am Hip-Hop Tour that's coming to the South Austin Recreation Center on Dec. 9th... it's a national break contest and hip hop event.

More info as I get it, but in the meantime check out this new video with Zeale 32 and Blitz.

Lord... I'm stuck at Logan Airport in Boston right now... I've been in Boston the whole week for work... prob noticed I haven't written in awhile... works been rough... 12+ hr days... insane... but it's over and now i'm on my way home... actually to Houston... then Austin on Sunday... one thing I learned this week... if you want to move up in the corporate world... all you have to do is repeat what the last guy said...

More info:

The World Breaksport Association is a group made up of world-renowned, well-established veterans and pioneers of the "Hip-Hop" culture's dance form known as "B-BOYIN" aka "BREAKIN". The members of this committee have each made a significant impact not only in Hip-Hop, but on the world.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Sqratch Karnival 11 - Austin Music Lab - October 27, 2006

Get ready for the Halloween edition of Sqratch Karnival! Tearin' it up for you once again at the Music Lab on Oct. 27th. Once again, you're welcome to bring your own records, yourself, and show off your skills. Turntables open at 8:00pm.

So today is Diwali, a Hindu festival, aka. Festival of Lights... Happy Diwali everyone!

More info:

Scratching is a DJ or turntablist technique originated by Grand Wizard Theodore, an early hip hop DJ from New York (AMG). Theodore developed scratching from DJ Grandmaster Flash, who describes scratching as, "nothing but the back-cueing that you hear in your ear before you push it [the recorded sound] out to the crowd." (Toop, 1991) Kool Herc was also an important early figure. The technique is designed to accentuate the work of the DJ by creating an assortment of sounds through the rhythmical manipulation of a vinyl record, and has spread from hip hop culture to a number of other musical forms. Within hip hop culture, scratching is still of great importance in determining the skill of a DJ, and a number of competitions are held across the globe in which DJs battle one another in displays of great virtuosity.

Friday, October 20, 2006

K-Ci & JoJo - Frank Erwin Center - November 18, 2006

Aww... how cute... how about that pic of the 2 brothers K-Ci and JoJo. Of Jodeci fame, one of my fav groups, K-Ci and JoJo are coming to the Frank Erwin Center, Nov. 18th! Headlining the show are the legendary Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. Tix go on sale this Monday, Oct. 23rd, get them here. Man what the old school!

So we hit happy hour today for a little work celebration, actually the celebration of the killing of our project, kinda bitter sweet. Well we hustled our managers at pool and now they have to run around the volleyball courts 10 times during office hours. Can't wait. Just doin' my best to stick it to the man.

More info:

When they were children, K-Ci and JoJo grew up singing in a Pentecostal church, touring the south. As teenagers, they met Donald DeGrate, Jr. (DeVante Swing) and Dalvin DeGrate (Mr. Dalvin). All four members openly talked about forming a group.

When DeVante was 16, he journeyed to Minneapolis to join Prince's organization, but he was turned down. He then asked K-Ci and JoJo to join him in New York to shop demo tapes around featuring his production skills and their singing. Dalvin decided to tag along at the last minute. Soon thereafter, Heavy D got his hands on a tape and passed it on to Uptown Records CEO Andre Harrell, who made arrangements to sign the group, who called themselves Jodeci.

Sean "Puffy" Combs was credited for creating the group gritty, hard-edged looks, and for helping develop the group's new jack swing-styled sound for their debut album Forever My Lady.

K-Ci and JoJo had a notable career with Jodeci, topping the R&B singles charts with such songs as "Stay", "Come & Talk To Me", and "Cry for You". In 1992, DeVante formed the Swing Mob, a group of artists, songwriters, and producers that took part in their later albums. Jodeci released three albums, but in 1996 the group went on an indefinite hiatus (the group never formally split up). Jodeci is credited with starting the musical careers of Missy Elliott, Timbaland, and Ginuwine.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

D-Madness - Ruta Maya - October 20, 2006

Now this'll be a good show... D-Madness! Afrofreque! and the "Mixtape Mechanic" DJ Rapid Ric! Whut it Dew! Show starts at 9pm with Rapid Ric at Ruta Maya's this Friday, Oct. 20th.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Hip-Halloween Bash - Emo's Lounge - October 28, 2006

They say Halloween brings out all the freaks... and that's what I'm hoping for! Someone to freak the shit out of me... ;)

Hip-Halloween Bash at Emo's Lounge on Oct. 28th with ALOT of people P.E.A.C.E. (of Freestyle Fellowship fame), Tray Loc, Haps, Zeale 32, Wide Frame, Jonny Danger, Saints of Circumstance, and The Earth Raiders. Show starts at 9pm and tix are $10 before 9:30pm and $13 after... not too bad.

So in Madrid, we went to a bull fight... NOW that is a sight to see... I'll never do it again but that shit is crazy! I mean it shouldn't even be called a bull fight... more like a bull slaughter... I'm all for tradition and all... but let's progress into this century for real.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Return to the 36 Chambers - Plush - October 28, 2006

Table Manners Crew along with Kunal M at Plush on Oct 28th... seems close enough to Halloween don'tcha think? I'm sure you can dress up in that Rainbow Brite outfit ( now... now... no funny thoughts... a girl friend of mine is dressing up as Rainbow Brite ) you've been saving for such an occasion.

So one thing about Spain is... now I know why they are not a super power... you cannot f*ckin' siesta all day long and properly run a country! Can I say that again... you cannot f*ckin' siesta and be a super power! Ah... there... do you know how frustrating it is to go out in the middle of the afternoon and have everything closed?!? Think about it... you'd go crazy... and I did... ;)

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Make It Wet Spit Fest VIII - Ruta Maya - October 21, 2006

Whew... just got off the plane... outta the shower... I'm feelin' alright... ya'll miss me! ;) I'm a bit tired to talk about the trip right now... but will in due time... but just so ya know... it was a bad ass "trip". Now chew on that for a bit.

So on Saturday, Oct. 21st, Ruta Maya is havin' the Make It Wet Spit Fest VIII (I took Latin in high school and college... that's 8... how useless, I wish I took Spanish, coulda used it on the trip)... with performances by Uprise! and DJ Quan... I'm guessing they're Austin locals... if ya know lemme know... tix are $7 pre-sale here... $10 at the door... $5 with student id ( I better go dust mine off ;) )

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Back to the Beat - Peacock - October 6, 2006

So this'll be my last post for about a week and a half... unless I get some time tomorrow night. I'm going to Spain!

I looked for something different and interesting... so... Back to the Beat this Friday, Oct. 6th with DJ Starsign at the Peacock for some soul funk, breaks and hip hop classics!

The Peacock looks a bit shi shi frou frou (I can't believe I just used that phrase)... anyways that means very white. ;) But I'm sure it'll be a good time... let's bring some crunk to this place.

More info:

Ultra-hip Eastside neighborhood boasts one of the most creatively decorated bars of the city.

Walking into this petite bar for the first time can really set someone back. Designed by the now-famous Joel Mozersky, (creator of Oslo, Uchi and the Real World Austin house) the teal and white-encrusted space with matching tchotchkes resembles its namesake. Young urban professionals, hip artists and other in-the-know folk settle in with creatively titled specialty cocktails--a Tailfeather with green tea vodka, sake, and brewed green tea --or choose from one of 13 beers served.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Boombox - Antone's - October 7, 2006

This Saturday, Oct. 7th, our beloved Boombox is gonna be at Antone's along with The Everyday People and John Pointer. Show starts at 8:30 and tix are $10... looks like you get them at the door.

So I'm getting ready for Spain, packing sucks. And taking care of the loose ends... But I can't wait to meet some Spanish grrrls, mmmhhh... and the stop in Amsterdam... we'll see how that goes... ;)

Monday, October 02, 2006

Pigeon John - Emo's Lounge - October 4th, 2006

Once again, Ebun's come through with a show we didn't know about... Thanks man! So Pigeon John's gonna be at Emo's Lounge this Wednesday, Oct. 4th... the show starts at 10pm and tix are $12.50.

Just got back from taking Snoop to the dog park... the poor guy's huffing and puffing like he's gonna blow this house down. I'm sure he regrets eating all that steak my mom gives him... sucka.

More info:

Pigeon John is a popular Los Angeles area rapper who has recorded four solo studio albums, multiple studio albums as a member of the L.A. Symphony collective, and has been featured as a collaborator on numerous other recordings with various artists. Pigeon John has performed on several U.S. tours and has been featured in publications including SPIN Magazine, Relevant Magazine, and LA Weekly. In 2006, Pigeon John was featured in an interview on National Public Radio<

Sunday, October 01, 2006

True School Monday's - Whisky Bar - October 2, 2006

Yo... Master of Self of Crew54 wrote in to remind us about Monday nights at Whisky Bar... the Crew54 will be on stage with Clemits and as always DJ Tako and Notion rippin' it up 'till the night ends.

Dude just got back from H-town... I had to wrestle my dog, Snoop, from the kung-fu grips of my parents. Just imagine the Sprite commercial where the kung-fu master drinks the Sprite out of the can before the student can move it away... it was exactly like that!

Man MySpace got videos... that's some serious competition to Google and YouTube... sorry the geek in me came out again.

More info:

While many wannabes talk about how they are going to blow, how much they grind, what they are going to do some day somehow, but sit around doing nothing, CREW54 rose from the darkness to get the shine they deserve. Beginning as a simple one song collaborative effort between G-Christ of The Texas Immigrants, and masterOFself of The M7 Movement; the CREW54 is ready to take their place the Central Texas Hip-Hop scene and beyond.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

The D-Madness Project - Victory Grill - September 30, 2006

Thanks to Paradox for lettin' us know about The D-Madness Project this Saturday, Sept. 30th at Victory Grill at 9pm. It'll be a good show...

OK back to work for me...

Oh yeah... Happy Birthday Buulinh!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Gathering - Emo's Lounge - September 28, 2006

Check the flyer... sorry... but too much work.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Mojoe - KVRX - October 1, 2006

Mojoe... they're a couple of smooth operators. I'm really diggin' these cats. Check out some of their music. Very mellow... very chill. Too bad their not having a show... but they'll be on 91.7 KVRX the UT student radio on Oct. 1st at 8pm for an interview and performance. Gotta check them out!

So my coworker's wife has this saying... "Make great things happen!"... well... I just had a green tea latte and it's not really agreeing with me... so I'm about to make a great thing happen... I'll let you know how it goes! Woohoo... Game Boy time!

More info:

Easy Lee (Charles Peters) and Tre (Treson Scipio) are MOJOE, a duo that has often described itself as The Roots meet OutKast over dinner with Marvin Gaye at DAngelos house. Thats a party that anyone in their right mind would want to attend, a free-form jam with only the tastiest beats, rhymes, and harmonies, not to mention words and emotions that truly echo the barometer of urban life. MOJOE channels that spirit with Classic.Ghetto.Soul., a timeless showcase of its sumptuous blend of worldwise poetry, sweet soul melodies and harmonies, reverent blues and jazz, and Dirty South hip-hop.