DJ, Emcee, Issues, Media

Yancey Boys – Sunset Blvd

Not many things in this world last forever, but a J. Dilla beat is one of them. Ever since his tragic passing in 2006, his soulful legacy has been carried on through a number of posthumous albums, tributes, and covers. One album that has always stood out to me was 2008’s Yancey Boys, a collection […]

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RECAP: Rock The Bells Weekend 2013, San Bernardino

This past weekend Guerilla Union’s Rock The Bells made its way to the San Manuel Amphitheater to a jam packed and weed induced crowd for its 10 year anniversary. We got the chance to cover the epic hip hop festival and experienced an event that was just as intense as the blazing San Bernardino sun. […]

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Single Life Musings: Instant Ramifications

It was beautiful.  Everyone was there.  Batman, Robin, Penguin, The Joker, and even the butler, Alfred.  The Bat Cave set featured a zip-line that ran from one end to the other, a control center, and a parking space for the Batmobile.  At the age of eight, this was what life was about.  Quickly dragging my […]

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DJ, Emcee, Issues, Media

The Friday Five

Earlier this week, the musical world mourned the loss of legendary keyboardist, George Duke.  A virtuoso of his craft and a luminary figure in music for decades, Duke was a master of composition and an absolute musical maven.  Not surprisingly for a man of his talents, George Duke has worked with the likes of Miles […]

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Emcee, Issues

Hip-Hop Dedications to Dads

Being the compulsive list-maker I am, I had to jump on the opportunity to compile a list of tunes proper for Father’s Day, but this proved to be a daunting task. Let’s face it, guys. In the arena of Hip-Hop tribute songs, moms have the edge over dads by a huge margin. But that doesn’t […]

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DJ, Emcee, Events, Issues, Lifestyle

Recap: 2013 UCLA JazzReggae Fest – Jam Day

This past weekend, we were able to check out Jam Day of the UCLA JazzReggae Festival.  The temps were just right, the crowd was filled with nothing but good vibes and the music throughout the day helped ring in the warm, carefree atmosphere that summertime is all about.  As for the musical performances, the talent […]

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Emcee, Issues, Lifestyle

World Book Night: Hip-Hop Lit Picks

I tend to obsess over forms of entertainment that are deemed “outdated” by most people my age.  I’ve built a collection of antiquated things like records, tapes, laser discs (okay, well, maybe not so much laser discs anymore), and also one of the most prominent of cultural artifacts, the hardcover book. I still love the […]

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Issues, Media

JAM ON IT: JAY-Z – OPEN LETTER

Have you ever watched Fox News?  I’m non-partisan, so don’t take this the wrong way, but my liberal tendencies help me enjoy the hilarious nature of the biased news channel.  Conservatives have been attacking rap/hip-hop for years and the examples are endless.  Obama’s tenure has just increased the volatility of associated racism to rap music […]

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DJ, Emcee, Video

FUSE’s Crate Diggers – J Dilla

J Dilla, Jay Dee, Dilla, Dilla Dawg, James Yancey.  If you know the name, you know the scope of influence the man has had in not only the world of hip hop, but all of music in general.  That’s why it comes as no surprise that even seven years after his death, plenty are still […]

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Rock the Bells 2012 San Bernardino Day One

Day One of Rock The Bells 2012 is a wrap! San Bernardino hosted the first leg of the RTB tour and reached triple-digit temperatures. Luckily, it was an experience as wonderful as it was hot! Check out these photos of a few of our favorite performances of the day, and be sure to expect more […]

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