live: through the mic at lacma

last night was an amazing night for LA hip hop.

blu & exile. how good is their chemistry? below the heavens was my shit and maybe one day has gotten major play lately. loooved watchin ex kill it on the mpc. fashawn and some of the dirty science crew came out too.

madlib cuttin it up

urban lights never gets old

gangsta gibbs lookin kinda like pac hah. dude knows how to put on a show tho… glad i finally saw him live.

taken from my girl’s [@kristinapolk] instagram. my fav shit, the country boy, is now the obama special! man has it really been that long?

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music: top 3 favorite tracks with sleigh bell samples

not so festive sleigh bells

i love me a funky bassline and some horns, but hearing sleigh bells on a track adds a delicate richness that IMO complements a strong lyricist nicely.

1. nas- halftime (prod. by large pro)

2. pete rock & cl smooth – one in a million (prod. by pete rock)

3. presto ft. blu – pour another glass (prod. by presto)

i’m missing something huh? this is all i can think of hah

live: back to basics festival in santa ana

such a dope lineup. visionaries, people under the stairs, zion i, evidence, fashawn, blu, chali 2na, planet asia, strong arm steady, ugly duckling, and rebel to the grain. it’s too bad i only saw the last couple of headliners because i came late. it was hot as a mutha… i can’t see why the observatory couldn’t turn on their A/C. it sucks because towards the end during visionaries you can tell the crowd was runnin on fumes. despite the conditions, i’m still grateful to finally see the visionaries live and to see all these dope crews grace the same stage.

life: just another weekend in LA

Another fun weekend in this amazing city.

Headed to LACMA for Murs, Eligh, and Grouch. The performance kicked off the Through the Mic concert series, which spotlights LA-based hip hop artists. Got a free temporary membership for the summer and finally got to check out Metropolis II during their after hours viewing.

Lee Fields and the Expressions! I never thought I would ever see him live and he did not disappoint. Cody Chesnutt was amazing live too, but I only caught the latter part of his set because of the Laker game.

Doin the do with my boos! Love the renovations at Lure (formerly Cabana Club) although I did miss the shade of the white tent cuz it was hot as a mutha.