#MoreArtMusic hosted by Jamez in Vallejo, CA – Review by riz aka djrsd

I went back to my hometown Vallejo during the spring break and saw nonstop posts on social media about an event called #MoreArtMusic by #MoreArtParty and I definitely wanted to see what all the fuss was about. So, on Saturday, March 25, 2017, I had nothing to do like a regular college student does during a Saturday night but to go to this #MoreArtParty event which was at The Artiszen, a small cultural arts center located in downtown Vallejo at 337 Georgia St.

             As I pulled up, I paid $5 upon entry and told everyone “yo I’m riz aka djrsd from 88.1FM KZSC Santa Cruz radio station and I’m from Vallejo covering tonight’s show etc.” I formally met the host Jamez and kindly asked him if I can do an interview with him. We talked for about 10 minutes on why and how he started hosting #MoreArtParty events and he gave a little background about himself.

To get the event started, my high school homie Marcel Cedeno aka onedec came all the way out from UC San Diego to do a two-hour set from 5PM-7PM as guests were still coming in. Onedec covered different genres of music but was very consistent in keeping the groove moving for the two hours. I was also able to get an interview with him, which can be found here. We talked about his process of making music, what he is doing with his life, as to what inspired him to make music.

             While onedec was supplying the music, this gave time for guests to chat and look at clothing and art by other talented artists across northern California. Vendors included: @plsmia featured custom designs on pants while @iMischiefs featured clean headgear, as to @jordanjarmin featured his own clothing brand called @baeareabrand, which has some dope designs. An artist @jasminextravie drove all the way from Stockton just to showcase her beautiful art while @yungmmojo aka lil amethyst featured flashy and stylish amethyst crystal necklaces.

             Later that night, young and fresh rappers Aizik Rogers aka Xy-Lo and his homie @atribecallednoa aka Ponda got the night officially started off with quick from the top freestyles as emcee MoreArtJamez hyped them up then backed it up with clean ass instrumentals and music. Performers included: @spillatay, @destinyswayne, @donGtheartist, @kerzydeleon, @wavygangshawn, @esoravon@_Jbadge_ and @mr_gotit4cheap. Some of them were able to get back to me and write a quick bio about themselves which can be found below!

             “My name is Darick Randolph AkA Stewie, from Benicia, CA. I got my name when I was traveling from place to place on some hot shit. I started making music after I got into some trouble and lost some important people to the system. My music is authentic to the life I lived. I’m just trying to show the ones around me there is more than the streets.”

             “My name is Destiny Swayne I am 20 years old and I live in Vallejo CA. I started singing and writing music, (more specifically poetry) when I was seven. I grew up listening to Jazz music and that’s actually had a big influence on my style when it comes to my music. I aspire to show my generation the “realness” in music again and that it’s okay to be honest about your feelings and emotions.”

             “JBadge is a 19 year old artist coming out of the Bay Area. In his one year of recording he has accomplished a lot by warming his audience up with hit songs such as “Guap,” “Simple,” and many more records. JBadge has planned to release his debut project “Menåce” on 4/20/17 (For twenty Seventeen) featuring five unheard tracks from the versatile MC. He has been on on multiple radio stations and continues to grow and make a name for himself throughout the west coast.”

             Anyways, as the night went on, the host Jamez, emceed and DJ’d extremely well throughout the night playing a mix of Bay Area, trap, rap, and hyphy shit which kept the event lit as hell. Events like these need to be on everyone’s radar because this is a step forward towards positive community outreach and unity within friends and peers. Jamez is not only raising awareness for community events for his other promotional friends but he is also showcasing his own #MoreArtMusic event which features talented peers and community on notice.

             I am currently already trying to get KZSC Santa Cruz more exposure within UCSC and it’s students and host more positive events that can lead to more trust within the community. I am currently pushing my homie Syy’s event “Portside Part 2” which will take place this upcoming Saturday, April 15, 7PM-Midnight. The first event featured visuals, sounds, and talented performers as I was told it was a first to see an event like that here at UCSC.

I want to deeply thank Jamez for what he has done for the community and will definitely consider on bringing him along the way for promotional reasons!

 


PHOTOS SEEN ON THIS BLOG ARE TAKEN BY: @suhcorro

 

Photographers:

https://twitter.com/suhcorro

https://twitter.com/KuriaSoul

https://twitter.com/kaykeii?lang=en

Vendors:

https://twitter.com/yungmmojo

https://twitter.com/iMISCHIEFS

https://twitter.com/jordanjarmin

https://twitter.com/jasminextravie

https://twitter.com/plsmia

Performers:

https://twitter.com/_JBadge_

https://twitter.com/Mr_gotit4cheap

https://twitter.com/WavyGangShawn

https://twitter.com/kerzydeleon

https://twitter.com/DonGtheArtist

https://twitter.com/destinyswayne

https://twitter.com/Spillatay

https://twitter.com/ATribeCalledNoa

 

Jazz and Blues Update and BadBadNotGood Interview

Hello Jazzy and Bluesy Folks

We hope you’ve been listening to all the wonderful jazz and blues programming we’ve had so far this program schedule. In case you missed any, below is a list of the shows on the schedule offering the best of jazz and blues.

  • Every Shade of Blue with Morganic on Mondays from 8:30-10pm
  • Two Steps from the Blues on Tuesdays with Charlie from 6-9am
  • Clam Chops on Tuesdays with Rocko from 12-2pm
  • Beats, Rhymes, & Life on Tuesdays with the Tone from 11pm-1am
  • Jazzmatazz on Wednesdays with Arya from 1pm-3pm
  • Out Front, Outback on Saturdays with Larry Blood from 10am-12pm
  • Jazz Kitty on Saturdays with BlueJay from 12-2pm

Recently Arya Poorsoltan and Eric Partika attended BadBadNotGood at the Catalyst. Below is a report of the show written by Arya:

Mosh. Mosh. Mosh. That is what went down during the BADBADNOTGOOD concert at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz last week. This was the band’s first show in a while and their first time in Santa Cruz, so we made sure to give them a warm welcoming.  They played many songs off of their latest album, IV, which was released last year and has showcased their musical talent. They played hits such as, Speaking Gently, Confessions part II, and Cashmere. Their ability to keep jazz alive while incorporating elements of hip-hop, rock, and soul is something that I really appreciate.

My friends and I were quite surprised at the intensity of the mosh pits and the mere existence of them, since this was a jazz show. We thought we would be grooving to the music and just having chill vibes. However, the mosh pits were so intense that I almost fainted, if it wasn’t for my friend who came in clutch with a water bottle. The band’s energy filled throughout the venue that encompassed their youth and enthusiasm.

After the show, Eric, me, and some friends went backstage to chill the band and eat pizza with them.  Our conversations felt like any other ones that I have had before, as we talked about daily activities such as Netflix and their lives in Canada. If they weren’t famous musicians, I would think that they were UCSC students.
Anyways, if you want to know more about their musical talents, collaborations, and their lives, check out the interview conducted by Eric and I (Arya).

Now for what you all have been waiting for…..Arya Poorsoltan and Eric Partika, two of our very own DJs, got an interview with the members of BadBadNotGood. To listen follow this link

Keep on listenin’

SOB X RBE Interview & Concert Review by riz aka djrsd of KZSC Santa Cruz

   I caught up with the hottest artists on the block right now, from my hometown Vallejo, located in the North Bay Area, SOB X RBE. The group was on tour with Platinum recording artist and producer Sage The Gemini, and they concluded the “West For Winter” tour here with a sold out show at The Catalyst. We talked about the process of making music, how they were able to hook up with Sage for the tour, unbelievable fan support, similarities between their group and N.W.A., favorite songs they made, how they got out there, their process of choosing the 12 songs of the tape, and advice to other artists. Not to mention, growing up in the struggle of living in North Vallejo (Country Club Crest to be exact, the same place as the late, great, Mac Dre), has inspired them to do the best with what they have and how they were endorsed by other big name rap artists like E-40, HBK Gang, Mozzy, and Tee Grizzley. Enjoy the interview and check the concert review below written by Rizal Aliga (riz aka djrsd). (*SHOUTOUT TO CURTIS & STRETCH AND ALL THE PRODUCERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, VIDEOGRAPHERS, AND FANS*)!

-djrsd

 

(QUESTIONS FORGOT TO ASK: how they got their names, how did they meet, what did they use to record)

SOB X RBE Review

Young, but still on the rise, SOB X RBE needs to be on your radar. SOB X RBE stands for ‘Strictly Only Brothers, Real Boi Entertainment.’ The group consists of four members ages 18,18, 19, and 20; SOB X RBE never holds back the notion that age is just a number. The group represents four artists that reside from North (Crestside) Vallejo, CA: Yhung T.O., Slimmy B, DaBoii, and Lul G. Similar sound to N.W.A., SOB X RBE also credits local and platinum artists that influence them like Future, Drake, Lil Wayne, E-40, Mac Dre, and Nef the Pharaoh and Tee Grizzley with “that Detroit sound.”

The group developed their own rap style in their hometown Vallejo – the famous hotbed of hip-hop for the Bay Area producing stars such as Mac Dre, E-40 and Nef The Pharaoh. Slimmy B (20), graduated Vallejo High School in 2015, while DaBoii (19), graduated Benicia High School the same year. According to a source, Yhung T.O. and Lul G (both 18), are “seniors finishing up some classes” at my alma mater, Jesse M. Bethel High School, which is also located in Vallejo. Lul G states that, “we all met when we were young and we are still close to this day.” They began their stint with DaBoii’s “100 Bars,” and Slimmy B’s and Yhung T.O.’s “Bad Lil B*tch.” A few weeks later, Yhung T.O. and Slimmy B dropped “Cautious” which is one of Slimmy B’s favorite songs.

After “Cautious,” DaBoii dropped his favorite song “Can’t Tame Us” followed by “Game Over,” “401 Degreez,” and the –2 million view– hit single “Different.” “Different,” “Anti,” and “Lane Changing” are clearly fan favorites and SOB X RBE is known across the nation, from as west as Vallejo, to as east as Detroit with Tee Grizzley’s area. However, SOB X RBE’s new self-titled mixtape has caught fans by surprise with it’s outstanding production and wide variety and different taste of songs.

SOB X RBE went on tour with Sage The Gemini and hit up the following cities:

Slimmy B stated San Luis Obispo (SLO) was the best show, while Yhung T.O. and Lul G both agreed that Sacramento (SAC) and San Luis Obispo (SLO) were best shows. However, Santa Cruz was live! The DJ for SOB X RBE, my childhood homie Xslapz, started the night with his own quick five minute set. Xslapz had the crowd going mainey, as SOB X RBE came out to “Calvin Cambridge,” followed by Yhung T.O.’s recent single “On My Momma (produced by Remedy).” Fans traveling from all over California went crazy the rest of the night, watching SOB X RBE perform “No Love” and “Lane Changing.” During the quick second break, they brought out Lil Sheik for their song “Ballin’” (stay tuned for Lil Sheik’s mixtape coming soon)! The group ended their performance with hit songs “Anti” and “Different.” Sage The Gemini came later and had a stellar performance.

I went to this concert with a goal to interview one artist for my Intro to Radio class, and for my first interview I am blessed and fortunate to interview artists from my hometown of Vallejo especially the talented SOB X RBE. I remember when I first heard SOB X RBE, my little cousin always played their songs whenever we went to go eat (lol). From there I checked out SOB X RBE when they hosted their “All Stars” event on December 9, 2016, and since then, I had tried to book an interview but they were grindin’ in the studio. It’s truly mind blowing to see SOB X RBE blow up like that, especially being “in a rare position” of representing and making it out of Vallejo. Wish nothing but the best for my friends SOB X RBE.

-riz aka djrsd of 88.1FM KZSC Santa Cruz

Nef The Pharoah Interview & Concert Review

I caught Vallejo rapper, Nef The Pharoah last week during his Changuary Tour stop at the Catalyst. We talked about his extensive amount of vlogging done in high school, Nardwaur, and alcohols endorsed by other rap artists. Enjoy that and peep concert review below written by staff member, Riz Aliga.

-Elbo

Interview

Riz gettin’ hyphy

Concert Review

By the age of four, Tonee Hayes aka Nef the Pharaoh began developing his  own rap style in his hometown Vallejo the famous hotbed of hip-hop for the Bay Area producing stars such as Mac Dre and E-40. His rapping career dates back to his entry of a talent contest, which he won and led to his feature on the cover of the Vallejo Times-Herald.  He was given the nickname Nef (short for nephew) from his uncle, which he incorporated into part of his stage name. After the passing of his grandmother in 2009, he stepped away from music. However, he soon began using music as a form of therapy. He then moved to the Sacramento, CA and attended Inderkum High School in Natomas, CA.

In January 2015, he released his hit song “Big Tymin,’” which put him on the Bay Area radar. The song was then remixed later that year by the LA rappers, YG, and Ty Dolla Sign. After receiving recognition by Bay Area’s site Thizzler On The Roof and recognition by Drake and Kendrick Lamar (noisey), while working with artists such as: The HBK Gang, Willie Joe, Mozzy, Eric Bellinger, D.R.A.M., Snoop Dogg, and E-40, he signed with Vallejo’s own, E-40’s Sick Wid It Records and many of his songs were on the radio waves after that. After going on tour around the world with G-Eazy and around California with The HBK Gang, Nef’s group #KILFMB (Keep it Lit For My Brothers) decided that Nef needed his own headlining tour. The tour was introduced as “Fresh Out of Space” in late 2016. Nef opened a lot of Baydrestians’ eyes because of who he worked with and because his music is just down right too damn hyphy.

During his stop in Santa Cruz for the Changuary Tour, he had VernDuzit, Kay Bellz, and DAGHE open up. With my hyphyness, knowing and screaming all the Bay Area songs being played, I was fortunate to personally get pulled on stage to hype up the crowd to HBK Gang’s Kool John and P-Lo’s “B*tch I Look Good” played by DAGHE. Nef then opened up to “Dumb Life” off of “Fresh Out of Space 3.” He was able to keep the energy of the crowd throughout the show by performing songs such as: “Mobbin,” “707,” “Say Daat” “Lauryn Hill,” and my favorites “Old School Hyphy” and “Everything Big.” During his performance someone offered him to smoke a swisher, but if you really listen to Mac Dre and Nef, everyone knows “if it ain’t a backwood, it ain’t all that good.” He closed out the show performing “Big Tymin” and I joined Nef going dumb on stage when the DJ played Vallejo’s own Mac Dre’s classic song “Get Stupid.” Nef is only going up, making connections, as he has inspired artists all over the Bay Area to hop on his style of music, such as an upcoming group from Vallejo SOBxRBE (Strictly Only Brothers, Real Boi Entertainment) who has been putting up big numbers on the internet. They will be touring with HBK Gang representative and platinum selling artist Sage The Gemini for the “West For Winter” Tour and will finish in Santa Cruz (I strongly recommend that if you are in the area, you should attend this concert. I know of SlimmyB of SOBxRBE and they are LIT live).

-Riz

Zeds Dead Interview (Halloween Night @ The Catalyst)

Zeds Dead is a Canadian electronic music duo from Toronto, Canada. Dylan Mamid, also known as DC, and Zachary Rapp-Rovan, also known as Hooks. These two artists rose to prominence releasing original music and remixes from 2009–10 before becoming a staple on the international touring circuit thereafter. Today, they are known for their exploration of a diverse variety of genres that combine aspects of UK garage, house, electro house, hip-hop, glitch, drum and bass, and more.

Ricardo Munoz, a fourth year student at UCSC from the Fall Quarter 2017 Intro to Radio Class, had the opportunity of interviewing Dylan (DC) on Halloween night prior to Zeds Dead’s performance at the Santa Cruz Catalyst. Listen to the interview here.

 

Caleborate Interview & Concert Review

Wassup radio family,

Last week I caught up with Berkeley rapper, Caleborate for a hefty interview before his headlining show in the Atrium. Rizal Aliga aka Mr. Hella Hyphy himself was also in attendance and wrote a solid concert review which is also below. Peep it!

-Elbo

SHOW REVIEW

The Bay Area’s hip-hop scene has seen a spike in national attention lately due to the upcoming of artists like Kehlani, Noodles, The HBK Gang, Kamaiyah, and now twenty-three year old Berkeley rapper, Caleborate. His first headlining tour, The 1993 Tour, covers a majority of the west coast,  displaying his growth as a performer. Prior to their stop at the Social Hall in San Francisco, the TBKTR squad made a quick pit stop at The Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz, where I caught them. Last time Caleborate was at The Catalyst was earlier this summer when he opened up for P-Lo’s Before Anything Tour. Prior to attending this show, I anticipated a virtualized environment with high energy and enthusiasm. Jordan Garrett, Nick James, Beejus, and Caleborate’s brother, Cash Campain — who happens to be an R&B singer. Each opened up the night with smooth performances. When Caleborate finally made his way to the stage; he did not disappoint. DJ OG Kel, DJ Adrian Per and guitarist J Hawk were on stage with him. He began his set with “Mind Piece,” then showcased his dance moves during “El Bandito,” (my favorite song from his Hella Good album) and heart felt song “Good Great” (another personal favorite). Caleborate’s energy was in the air, especially as he interacted with his audience, talking to everyone between songs and feeling out our energy himelf. He ended the night by jumping into the crowd while performing “$aggin’ Par.” It’s no question that TBKTR & Caleborate are here to spread positive vibes, inspire others, and most importantly, just to have a great time. The addition of guitarist Jay Hawk and his skillful solos or a mannequin challenge filmed by house DJ Adrian Per, Caleborate, wants you to enjoy yourself and listen to his project that he spent so much time on. The 1993 tour spread love and positive vibes and his performance was a night of excellence. Keep your eyes and ears open for young and talented Bay Area artist Caleborate because he could be headlining or performing in bigger venues the next time you see him. – Rizal Aliga

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photos by Asid Theekri