I always feel honored when someone trusts my musical spidey sense enough to pick the soundtrack for something other than a DJ gig. I guess that’s the essence of DJing, right?! One of my snowboarder friends from back East, Kevin Kobasa, recently asked me to handle the music for his most new video demo. Check the technique below…
At the beginning of 2014 I took over booking responsibilities at Saucebox in Portland. Looking at the schedule for September, I’m super pleased with the momentum we’ve gained. This week alone features an after party for the First Thursday art gallery crawls and the 89/90/91 New Zealand DMC champion, DJ Ned Roy. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday we’ve got some of Portland’s best music selectors as well as guests from out of town sprinkled in. If you haven’t already or maybe haven’t visited in a while, stop through, grab a cocktail and some grub off our late night menu and treat your ears.
w/ DJ Excel (Los Angeles) at Saucebox
214 SW Broadway / 21+ / No Cover / 9pm
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You Gots To Grill Vol. 6 // Noticeworthy // Kickstarter Recap // Shirt Sale // Articles
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Chris Rock once said, “I love rap music but it’s getting harder to defend it as art”. I myself also love rap music and I agree that it’s constantly getting harder to defend it as art (or rather trying to defend the pieces that are art as such). Lately, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills when people talk to me about hip-hop producers that they think are making good beats / music. (Mike Will, Mustard, etc.) The possibility exists that the people big-upping these producers aren’t familiar with the catalogs of Dr. Dre, DJ Premier, Kanye West, DJ Quik, The Bomb Squad, Diamond D, The Beatnuts, Pete Rock and pretty much anyone from the Native Tongues. (Trust me boo boo, I could make this list a lot longer but I have shit to do and I’m sure I just started an argument right there.)
Regardless of your level of hip-hop production knowledge, I invite you to go behind the scenes on Kid Ink’s “Show Me” as DJ Mustard explains how he masterfully crafted it’s complexities. For those unfamiliar, DJ Mustard is one of the most in-demand rap producers working today and has “produced” a handful of Top 10 hits. (flex that Google muscle) Watch the video, form your own conclusions.
I’ll sign off by saying that most rap I hear today sounds moronic from a content AND production standpoint. (Notice how I didn’t use the term “hip-hop”.) It’s really sad to me how far things have fallen.
(This video was shown to me by the homie Sat-One. I remember his name because he’s actually the homie and you should remember your homie’s name.)
Recently I was a feature for the launch of an exciting new site called Noticeworthy. If you’re the kind of person that gets inspiration from checking out how your peers are kicking ass, this site is perfect for you. Noticeworthy features articles about people making moves as well as venues, projects and ideas that should be on your radar. There’s plenty on here to motivate anyone.
Check out my full interview:
Photo: Laura Petrilla
Sometimes when you’re halfway home, your pager is STILL blowin’ up. Unfortunately, if you have BBQ sauce on your fingers, you don’t want to check it because you’ll ruin your freshly creased khakis. Please, be safe this holiday season and don’t Q and drive. Volume 6 of the You Gots To Grill mix series is giving you an overhand slap like you stole something. Don’t forget to cop 1-5 HERE.
Backup MIXCRATE Link HERE. (In case SoundCloud shits the bed.)
Speaking of Summer, have you copped a fly DJ Zimmie shirt for your girl yet? They’re on sale right now at www.WhiteFolksGetCrunk.com. Order today and you’ll get a shirt, sticker and a Wizard of AUS tour CD for only $20! It’s the best deal on Earth, we checked. Shipping’s on you, kiddo.
“Diamonds & Denim”
Fundraiser for the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital of UPMC.
6p-Midnight – Market Square – Pittsburgh, PA
w/ DJ Sat-One
Caesar’s Palace – Atlantic City, NJ