Thursday, February 26, 2009

The 4 Elements of Hip Hop - Mohawk - February 28, 2009

From the got nada department... The 4 Elements of Hip Hop @ Mohawk on Saturday, Feb 28th! The list of artists is nuts, just check the flyer! MCs, DJs, Graffiti artists and B-Boys!

More info:

Hip hop is a cultural movement built largely around the music genre of hip hop music, which developed in New York City during the 1970s primarily among African Americans and Latino Americans.[1][2] Hip hop's four main elements are rapping (or MCing, from Master of Ceremonies), DJing, graffiti writing, and b-boying. Other elements include beatboxing, hip hop fashion, and hip hop slang. Since first emerging in the Bronx and Harlem, the lifestyle of hip hop culture has spread around the world.[3]

When hip hop music began to emerge, it was based around DJs who created rhythmic beats by looping breaks (smalls portions of songs emphasizing a percussive pattern) on two turntables. This was later accompanied by "rapping" (a rhythmic style of chanting). An original form of dancing, and particular styles of dress, arose among followers of this new music. These elements experienced considerable refinement and development over the course of the history of the culture.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Kirby Dominant - Flamingo Cantina - February 26, 2009

From the Jai Ho department... Kirby Dominant @ Flamingo Cantina with MSG, Fools Inc., Cas Uno and Spinx 22 on Feb. 26th!


Is it just me or did Bobby Jindal, the Republican Governor of Louisiana slated for the next Presidential candidate, look like the next coming of Gollum from The Lord of the Rings?!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Modern Man - Apple Bar - February 28, 2009

From the house divided department... Modern Man (DJ P.A.N.D.A. & C.A.I.R.O.) @ Apple Bar for a CD release party & video shoot for the new album "The Last Mixtape In The World Vol. 1". DJ's Flo-Rock and Jericho One hold it down on the 1's and 2's.


Watching the Presidential Address at the moment, is it just me or does Pelosi look like she's on prozac and Obama looks like he's high. :)

Download the mixtape here!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Bavu Blake & The Extra Plairs - Antone's - February 21, 2009

From the slumdog department... Gary's Birthday Bash with Gary Clark Jr and Bavu Blakes & The Extra Plairs with DJ Baby G @ Antone's on Feb 21st!


Hmm. Just saw Slumdog Millionaire. Good movie. Tugs at your heartstrings. I almost forgot how hot Indian girls are. Miss dipping my egg roll in that curry sauce. ;)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Crew 54 - Karma - February 19, 2009

From the do you want stimulus or not?! department... Crew 54 @ Karma tomorrow night, Feb 19th! Also performing Dope-E (South Park Coalition), Dee Rail (Coughee Brothaz) and RocBox and as always, your resident DJ's Notion & Aspekt!


As much as I hate being in a situation where we need a stimulus of this magnitude, I guess it was necessary. And it's appalling to me that the GOP failed to support the stimulus package, even with all of Obama's concessions to the Republicans. Now the Republicans want some of that money.

Friday, February 13, 2009

T.H.E. G.U.U.D. - Troubadour Saloon - February 13, 2009

From the posting during work hours department... T.H.E. G.U.U.D. @ Troubadour Saloon on this Friday the 13th! Be GUUD ya'll!

Friday the 13th The GUUD family will be hosting the first GUUD Friday at the Troubador on 6th street. There will be GUUD food, GUUD music and GUUD people coming through all night. There will also be GUUD performances By Young Nick, Blacc Goliath, Trashman and Mirage. Admission is $5 dollars. Party starts at 9. Come out and support!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

DJ Spooky - Mohawk - February 13, 2009

From the Obama's making it rain department... DJ Spooky @ Mohawk tomorrow, Feb 13th!

Then see DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation project @ the Alamo Downtown on Sunday, Feb 15th!


Maaan... who knew Obama could make it rain in the White House to the sound of trillions like Fat Joe & Lil' Wayne! All he needs now are some strippers!

More info:

DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid (born Paul D. Miller,1970), is a Washington DC-born electronic and experimental hip hop musician whose work is often called "illbient" or "trip hop". He is a turntablist and producer. He borrowed his stage name from the character The Subliminal Kid in the novel Nova Express by William S. Burroughs.

Growing up in DC, Spooky became interested in punk and go-go music, and attended Bowdoin College in Maine, earning degrees in French literature and philosophy. He began writing science fiction and formed a collective called Soundlab with several other artists.

In the mid-1990s, Spooky began recording a series of singles and EPs. His debut LP, Songs of a Dead Dreamer, is now widely regarded as a formative influence on illbient. Riddim Warfare (see 1998 in music) was an underground hit that include collaborations with Kool Keith and other cult figures in indie rock.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Interview: Da C.O.D.

AHHS recently got a chance to sit down with Da C.O.D. in between their busy schedule. Thanks for taking the time! Read on to find out why Da C.O.D. says you gotta mind your own business!

AHHS: Can you give your fans a quick bio of yourself?

Da C.O.D.: Da C.O.D. consist of 4 uniquely and equally gifted MC's from the Southside of ATX. I, Mr Greezo been holding down Slaughter and Brodie lane way before it was cool for rappers to put it in their rhymes. S.Dot and Lil J both met and went to elementary school in the 0-4. Tuk-da-Gat is from Bastrop originally before he started called Austin home.  We all came  together out of necessity for good music, weed, of course $ and love for the Southside!!!

AHHS: Which is your latest CD? and how do you think it differs from your previous works?

Da C.O.D.: Feb 24th 2009 Ova Da Stove volume 3. Mixed by the infamous DJ Rapid Ric. This  new street album just shows the natural progression of greatness. If you been following the series this is a definite must have. We cover all bases on this one and of course as with any C.O.D. release its gonna be a few rappers feelings getting hurt as well. We got records on there for the ladies, the boys in the trap or my niggas going to school. If you working three jobs to get thru the this bitch ass recession we got something on there for you as well.

AHHS: What gives you inspiration and how does that transpire into your music?

Da C.O.D.: We all have been thru alot of different life experiences that our fans hear in our music. These day to day trials is what definitely influences our art. For example Lil J's has been raising his son since he was 16. You can imagine the kind of stress that can cause a young nigga. We keep it real and its genuine entertainment for our fans.

AHHS: Which artists inspire you the most? and why?

Da C.O.D.: Of course all the legends that goes with out saying.. Scarface Devin UGK 8ball MJG Outkast The whole SUC and we also bang alot of East and West coast music. We on The Lox heavy Nas Jay Z C-Bo -X-Raided. People hear our shit and they don't think we're from Texas because our sound doesn't resemble the prototypical "Texas Sound" which hurt us at first but now I think its helping.

AHHS: What has kept you from moving to cities with larger markets? especially since it's only been recently that Houston has blown up.

Da C.O.D.: Well the plan was simple. Vol.1 was for the hoods to let them know we coming. Vol 2. was more for the city to let them know some cats from the south was coming. Now with Vol.3 we are looking at the state. Now you'll see us booking alot of shows in small towns like Odessa all the way to the cities like Dallas and Houston. Next we drop the album and we coming for world domination!!!!!

AHHS: How do you see the scene locally? and where do you see it going?

Da C.O.D.: The local scene is very healthy. I remember when there was only Bavu Blakes, MC Overlord and Smackola. They were really the only ones dropping good quality product. Then around 2005 James Dean and The Backroom was poppin and thats when you really started to see the scene come into its own. Now you got these young niggas coming up and they are hungry and beasting. I feel within the next 2 years something very big is going to happen for central Texas.

AHHS: What is your favorite venue to perform at? and why?

Da C.O.D.: Well we are kind of partial to Karma Lounge because that where we first really started to get it in at. The Music Hall is def the best venue the I've performed at because the sound system was on point and that bitch was packed!!!

AHHS: Can you give us 3 of your most favorite local artists?

Da C.O.D.: You know this ain't really hard.. S. Dot  Lil J and Tuk-Da-Gat.... Naw serious I know Ima leave someone out but I gotta go with Gutta from Above All, Gerald G the Monsta, and Southbound Lyrical Beasts

AHHS: What is the best piece of advice that someone in the industry has given you?

Da C.O.D.: Mind your own business cuz if you don't someone else will!!!!!!

AHHS: And a more light-hearted question: Have you seen a correlation between your level of success and quality of hoes?

Da C.O.D.: LOL!!! You know I don't know about the quality but def the quantity!!!!

AHHS: Any parting words?

Da C.O.D.: FEB 24 2009 OVA DA STOVE Vol.3 in stores and on iTunes..

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Monday, February 09, 2009

Music: DJ Protege - Remix Pack Volume 2

From the Obama tells it like it is department... DJ Protege graces us with Remix Pack Volume 2. Listen to it below and leave some comments letting him know what you think!

Ay Chico Va

Berlin Leans

Drive & Lean

International Stroke

Set On Krytonite

You can also download here!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Z-Ro - Spiro's - February 7, 2009

From the I'm doing my part to stimulate the economy department... Z-Ro @ Spiro's tonight, Feb 7th! Wes Sanders mixing it up with performances by K-Rino, Point Blank, Kriminals, C.O.D and Pimpin Pen!

More info:

Joseph W. McVey, better known by his stage name Z-Ro, is an American rapper. He has built a reputation as a southern rapper, though this has not developed into widespread popularity outside of the southern United States.[1] The New York Times has called him "one of America's most underrated rappers".[2]

His 2006 album I'm Still Livin' was released while Z-Ro was imprisoned for drug possession, to positive reviews.[1][2] It was called "a great album... powerful" but "relentlessly bleak" by The Village Voice[1] and "one of the best rap albums to come out of Houston" by the Houston Chronicle.[3]

His follow-up album, King Of Tha Ghetto: Power, received mixed reviews however, with one review calling the release "unwieldy" and "scattershot".[2]

Common themes in Z-Ro's music are crime and poverty, often relating to his personal experience. For example, the music video for Hate You was recorded while he was incarcerated in Harris County jail.[3]

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Afrofreque - Lamberts - February 7, 2009

From the bail me out! department... Afrofreque @ Lamberts on Feb 7th with Chicken Strut and Manolo Black!

Afrofreque - Illumination

It’s the first party of the new year for Afrofreque, so going to make this one a little special for the hip-hop, soul, and funk lovers in the ATX. Afrofreque will be keeping the party live at Lambert’s on Saturday night, February 7th, 2008, with special guest performances by Chicken Strut and Manolo Black (aka Trey Lopez in the house!).

A side project of Afrofreque drummer Michael Hale, Chicken Strut brings in some free-range funk to the mix while Manolo Black will keep the dance floor boomin’ steady before and after Afrofreque sets.Lambert’s Downtown BBQ is located at 401 W. 2nd St. in downtown Austin. Cover is only $7 at the door, which opens up for the 21 and up crowd at 10:00pm.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Video: Destiny By Design Project

From the Change You Can Believe In Department... OG Photographer goes above and beyond to create a documentary of the Fall '08 Destiny By Design after school program! Another great piece of work OG, congrats!

Destiny by Design, in cooperation with Citizen Schools, focuses on culture and career development opportunities within hip-hop. Teaming with volunteers, the Destiny by Design kids were able to utilize their creativity to produce, write, and record their own song.

The Destiny by Design media project can be viewed online at...

Monday, February 02, 2009

09IsSoMine - Gerald G - 2009

From 08IsSoGreat to 09IsSoMine... Gerald G bring us 09IsSoMine! His weekly commitment to keep our head bobbin' to phat beats and smooth flows! Picking up where that other guy left off, we'll follow Gerald G for 52 weeks and make sure he keeps our ears fed every week!

Classroom Wars (Week 1 of 52)

Top 5 (Week 2 of 52)

Money (Week 3 of 52)

Bust Yo Windows (Week 4 of 52)