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.

More info:

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.