Last week I had the opportunity to see my girl’s best friend’s son graduate from Highschool, its not your average highschool mind you, its a top end performing arts highschool in Los Angeles. Having attended a handful of their events in the past have always yielded a handful of recognizable names and faces from entertainment, who have kids or extended family attending LACHSA. And on top of that the kids are fantastic and enthusiastic, aspects that are often lost when dealing with the cynicism of the industry and artists at large.
Well all of that was ignored as their dean of students walked out to announce a very special performance. Most everyone in the audience up to that point had noticed the lone man in sunglasses inside the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, Stevie Wonder. Let me say that again . . . Stevie . . . Wonder. . .
He takes his seat at the piano addresses the audience and most importantly the students and starts. Below are the moments I captured on my camera (the stellar Olympus OMD EM5 w/ 12 – 50 lens) between cheers, claps, and exasperated breaths of “oh fuck thats Stevie Wonder.”
I think about every year I tell myself I’m done with certain aspects of hip hop then something comes out that hits me as undeniable usually coming from Kanye or one member of the Clipse or the other or both. ”Mercy” dropped weeks ago and I was immediately all in on the G.O.O.D. Music album, then the viscous Pusha T “Exodus 23:1″ dropped and now I’m officially waiting for material. Now let’s be clear I want my music to be progressive and my artists interesting and transcendent, but every now and then some tough shit drops that has me thinking back the excitement of those early diss/battle tracks of yore and rap that ain’t about nothing.
Every now and then I gotta McDonalds hits the spot, ya know.
A Current favorite of mine is the duo @ShadowsOnStars. They put together a nice touch of pop and tossed into the blender with a number of different influences to make their current sound. They first came to my attention with the track “Punk Kids” and have stayed not too far away in my rotation.
If its any indication, given the album is a free download, that they do what they want, then just listen and its clear they are having fun and not at our expense of any kind (Download).
And damn if the video for “Out Of My Head” doesn’t tell you too.
I’ve said it before Sugar Tongue Slim has a lane and I hope more people get out on the road. Dude’s got energetic style for days; He just dropped the visuals for “Comeback Kid” form his GOLDRush series, sampling and flipping Sleigh Bells’ “Come Back Kid”. Not much happening in the video except for a lot of fun.
Sound FX dropped this on the world today in anticipation to their latest project and the Things Fall Apart: A Prelude To The Sunset which should be dropping within the next month. So for now as they say enjoy this little gem “21 In Vegas” as an appetizer as they prepare the entree.
If you’re in the LA area make sure to check Sound FX at Little Temple March 1st (Thursday). Their headlining a bill along with DJs 10ft Rabbit & The GetDown Collective. Check the flyer & more info HERE.
I’ve been looking out for visuals, since the Tech’s stellar All 6′s & 7′s dropped. If you hadn’t heard the album yet, snag it now some definite heat on there. Hopsin jumps in and wrecks the track, though you already knew that.
I (@bjones21) have been spending the last few weeks here at @Social8gency putting together this show and I want everyone in LA, shit Cali and lets add Nevada and Mexico for good measure to make it out on December 29, 2011 to The FreQ Show. Its the first of hopefully many events and performance put together by Social8gency to bring that good, that SWAG to the masses.
My homie, associate, and outstanding musician Malik The FreQ and I have put together a undeniable lineup of DJ’s to get your transition into 2012 going right and to exercise a few more bad habits before those resolutions kick in.
Here are the details for those playing at home:
WHERE Little Temple
4519 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029
Doors @ 9pm
$8 admission at the door RSVP HERE for $5 admission
9 – 10:00pm : The GetDown Collective (DJs)
10 – 10:45pm : dj Almighty Nectar
11 – 11:45pm : Malik The FreQ LINK
12 – 12:45pm : Ta’Raach
12:45– 2am : DJ House Shoes