I little while back I had some beats laying around and was talking to my buddy Bo Jankans who is a great friend/emcee from the Herndon VA area. One year we were doing shows almost weekly. We decided to make an EP where do the project as if we were at a live show. I had some really raw beats and the basic concept of doing an EP that feels like the color orange. They say great things come from the color orange so why not do an EP in that theme. I gave the beats to Bo and let him run with it. He never fails to impress me with his vision. Its a very short project that can be found in my digital releases section. The artwork is a painting by Jeremy Gann who is a fantastic artist in the Fredericksburg VA area. I dj art shows for him and he was kind enough to bless us with this one of a kind painting. Unwon engineered this project and really helped me with the theme. It wouldn’t have worked without my brothers help. Thank you guys……….
I would like to send out a special shout out to House 6 Brewing Co in Ashburn VA. I dj’d a Event called La Noche De San Juan. With the help of DJ 1Life providing me with the perfect themed music to go with this event and having the Borinquen Lunch Box Truck we were dressed for success to have a good time. Had some friends stop by and say hello as well. What a fantastic day and event. House 6 happens to be my fav brewery period. They have an IPA called Flashpoint that is my go to.
I just Wrapped up my final gig at Top Golf One Loudoun. I have decided to shift the focus a little bit. I was to give a huge shout out to Chris Styles Events for setting me up for this and many gigs. The staff at One Loudoun was my fav part of it all. I gained some new friends and have many fun memories to take with me. The Management they have is top notch. Hole in one Top Golf! You are a class act. I will still be going to Top Golf but as a customer. The best compliment I can give is to pass on the good word about a company that really is about a great experience for its employees and customers.
I was working on a set for the MASL scratch battle showcase which was OFF THE CHAIN! Some fantastic djs in that heated battle. Anyways…………. On a whim I thought I would just tidy up a juggle that I had been playing around with. “Black Mags” by Cool Kids. I love the song and that is a BMX staple! I made the top ten public vote. I will find out on Tuesday if the judges felt it makes the top three to move onto the World Online Finals happening very soon. It doesn’t have a scratching element which could hurt me with the judges. I am hoping that I make it due to the fact that right now, making a routine sounds fun to me. Happy Friday!!!!
With Burgers & Sliders we wanted to cover many styles and flows of the west and pay respect to it properly. 99.9 percent of the cuts were all west coast rappers. Really want to thank Un as well for taking those samples and some he found on his own and flipping many different sounds of G-funk. Un captured a classic moment in time with an updated twist. The burger references were all added on the back end by Un as well as the song order flow. Every part was so freestyle yet thought out if that makes any sense. I’m proud of this project and Originally being from the west, I had to make something during my dj days that reflected that sound. I’m so lucky to be working in a fun way. The next food is 90 percent done and I couldn’t be more thankful than taking this journey with Unown. Thanks to Common Good Records we have a new release!
Having a little get a way with some good friends. We are currently in Eden Ut and we spent a day in Park City. I was able to shake off some of the snowboard rust and spend some quality time with some good people. Today however, I just wanted to stay back and just relax and break out the portable turntable. Thank you to my buddy Danny for the help with the video. I will be riding a half day tomorrow and heading back to the east coast. I have had some ups and downs in 2018 and I am really glad I have some really amazing friends that inspire me to always stay “glass half full”. My roomies of 17 years are moving to Utah and I am happy for them that they have found a home that will give them the lifestyle they love. We went to a small bar in Park City called Melvin’s Public House which was cool cause it was more of a local spot. When in Utah do that as the Utahnians (Yes I made up Utahnians). Utah is beautiful!
Going to be doing more of a weekly or bi-weekly mini mix on youtube. Its always a good time to mix in the comfort of home.
The Roland 808 is a fantastic controller. I can’t say enough good things about it. The main thing I like about it are the Platters. They have a substantial weight and smooth glide to give a a good quality feel. I had the 505 and It wasn’t for me. The Roland 808 is the best controller out IMO.
SO I know this guy by the name of Jam Burglar. Burglar is an “OG” DJ and as of late we have been in contact. JB hit me with this CD a while back and I happen to check it recently. I am guilty of not checking it right away. Life kinda got in the way and with no CD player in my car the listen was put off. Sadly I had to straighten my place up so I am not a total slob so I throw this mix on as I try to become more organized in my life. Listening to this mix made me very productive and I had a great time listening to this masterpiece! In this mix the 80’s are covered, you might hear a portion of a song, you might here just the drums of Tone Loc’s wild thing but never hear the actual songs. There are so many clever little hidden nuggets in this gem you have to listen to it a few times and you still won’t catch it all! SO do yourself a favor, download the mix here………. J A M B U R G L A R 8 0 ‘ s M I X
Just a little Promo..... We have a new LP coming soon on Common Good Records titled "Burgers and Sliders". This is the second installment of our Food series. Its a take on the LA Burger scene capturing a moment of time from the golden era of g funk rap. We had a blast recording this project.
I work for Chris Styles Dj’s and I love working for the guy. One of the gigs he set me up with was for Kelly and her house party In MD earlier this month. Everyone at the party was really fun and came with the right vibes. It was one of those parties where I enjoyed partying while working. Kelly had a great list of songs she sent me prior to the event. I request that people give me a list of what they like because there is so much music out there it is hard guess what a crowd vibe is. Anyways, This was a rad night and I hope to party with this group again. At some point of the night I decided to record a couple hours of the night.
I was the dj at the grand opening of the first Records & Rarities store. Since that time I have been a common fixture. I am a part of the Heavy Spinner Record Club which is also tied to Records and Rarities. They have discounts and meet ups…….. Its really cool. Anyways, They asked me to come in for Black Friday and spin a little. Great times! Thanks for having me!
Unown flipped a Sample from the Low Blow album on Common Good Records and we decided to have a little fun over it. Big ups to CG records. The home of our food projects.
We had no real other game-plan but to have fun. Molly approached me and and asked me to rock on the show. Luckily Unown was available to rock with me. We met at the one love studios in the AM and this is what happened. Big ups to Molly for having us!
Battling is a good way to keep yourself training to learn the things you need to do in a battle and it keeps the sword sharp. It turns me into a nervous wreck but there is that adrenaline rush that (once you get settled) I love. I have been battling since 1995 and although its not my main focus I still want to do well. My main focus is creating music but battling is enjoyable to me. I don’t go into a battle thinking i’m gonna win, I just want to represent well. Ive never had a perfect set and this by no means is perfect but at the same time, after this battle was over………….I partied in DC till the sun came up with Skruff, Jon Jon and Unown. My idea of the perfect day. Alot of the cuts were improv. Although I build my sets, I don’t memorize every cut or juggle. I play into the strengths of what I can do best while I am nervous. I went off the cuff a little on the Craig Mack Juggle and the cuts at the end.
Going to be working with my buddy Shiro on a new EP. Very excited about it! Just messing around over one of his beats.