10 Bay Area Musicians You Should Look Out For In 2018 by RIZ aka RSD

10) Trippy Talii / 9) KBGOCRAZY

8) Robbioso / 7) Gary Junior

6) Larry June / 5) RBC Bugzy

4) Jammy / 3) JT The 4th

2) Remedy / 1) CALEBORATE

#2DOPEVIDS Week 1 ft. Jammy / Sneakk (SOB X RBE)

At the end of every week of 2018, RIZ aka RSD aims to post TWO Dope (Music) Videos that has 1) a dope video/visual concept, 2) a bay area artist (most of the time) & 3) a song that bumps my ear drum the whole week! PLUS, the song/video could be either brand new OR old & clean! Use the hashtag #2DOPEVIDS

WEEK 1 #2DOPEVIDS

DOPEVID1 JAMMY : I-5

(prod. Thomas Jordan)

[Director: Brandon Lee Davis] [Executive Producer: Sanny Bisquerra] [Production Assistants: Javari Jackson] [Stylist: Bryana Lew]

DOPEVID2 (SOB X RBE) SNEAKK : THUGGING

(prod. HTBeats)

[shot by Tyler Casey]

*note, the videos/songs are not ranked. If there is something missing from the blog you would like to add i.e. contribution to video, who produced the song, etc. please feel free to leave a comment*

Top 10 Bay Area Music Projects of 2017 by RIZ aka RSD

10) Sage the Gemini – Morse Code

9) Lil Yee – Cita Son

8) Kehlani – Sweet Sexy Savage

7) CALEBORATE – real person

6) Rayana Jay – Morning After EP

5) H.E.R. – VOL. 2

4) SOB X RBE

3) Nef the Pharaoh – The Chang Project

2) Rexx Life Raj – Father Figure 2

1) Mozzy – 1 Up Top Ahk

P-Lo interview w/ riz aka rsd 6.24.17 via #NoPlatform

In another interview via #NoPlatform Riz links with P-Lo for an interview at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA. In this segment, they talk about the More Than Anything TourDom Kennedy, the meaning behind his tattoos, Collie BuddzSoSuperSamJammy, Filipino food & values and more. Check out the clip below!

Representation in Media and Music is Important

by Kimberly Balmorez (DJ AWKCUARD).
Growing up I really wish I had Filipino-identified folks to look up to. Other than my own family, I wasn’t surrounded by my culture at all and no one in my family was politically or culturally active. That still stays true to today; there’s so much about my culture that I don’t understand. For example, I can’t speak or understand any of my parent’s languages, but I want to be proud and know the history of Ilocanos and Kapampangans. With only so much having been recorded throughout history and stories my parents feel comfortable sharing, it is my own responsibility to keep myself aware and accountable. Luckily, I’ve found a small community of people throughout my college career who have kept me grounded. Through them I’ve found Filipino hip-hop artists and activists such as Prometheus Brown, Bambu, and Rocky Rivera.

Although my upbringings are somewhat different from theirs, it’s been empowering and motivating to see other Filipinos doing work to uplift their communities. If it weren’t for artists like these, I wouldn’t have realized how the implicit violences of societal and institutional oppression have affected me. If it weren’t for their presence in media and music I wouldn’t be as passionate as I am today to learn more about my own culture and be a comrade to others.

My personal advice is to find a platform to express yourself and remember to be respectful of that space. Representation matters.

@Remedy415 interview w/ riz aka djrsd

On 5.26.17, @rizzystaydizzy got to interview one of the hottest musicians & producers in the Bay Area right now, @remedy415 right before he opened up on day 1 of 3 sold out shows headlined by SOB X RBE at the Social Hall in his hometown of San Francisco. We talked about his recent moves in producing & connecting with other Bay Area artists, as well as his upcoming project titled “Roll Model.” Check out & click on the picture to see the interview & blog post!

Remedy, of Geneva Towers, San Francisco, CA, was previously a standout athlete, working out, eating right and taking care of his health. After being shot in the legs at the age of 14, he translated his hard work ethic in athletics to music as he used that life-changing experience as motivation and continued to pursue his passion. Most recently, Remedy has been rehabbing to regain the control of his legs and has been making excellent progress.

Fresh off opening three consecutive sold out shows in his hometown of San Francisco at the Social Hall Friday (5.26.17) & Saturday (5.27.17), the last show of the weekend was relocated to the larger venue, the Regency Ballroom on Sunday (5.28.17). On Friday, he gave me a heads up and promised me and his video director @BGIGGZ that he had a surprise in store for the show on Sunday. Everyone had their phone out and was in shock and awe as he came out with a walker to perform his Intro song off his upcoming project “Roll Model.” The video will have your emotions running and will probably bring you to tears.

Personally being next to Remedy was truly inspiring. I literally say this all the time because it is a blessing to be with all of these artists I have met and interviewed this year. But anyways, be on the lookout for Remedy’s project “Roll Model!”

Vi Pham & Zennon Cruz, DJs of Jesse M. Bethel High School in Vallejo, CA, who were in attendance with me, helped contribute to this blog.