CLICK HERE TO SEE THE OTHER PERFORMANCES THAT I CAUGHT DURING THE BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE Hosted by the former Rap City and 106 & Park host Big Tigger, perhaps my favorite part of the BET Experience FREE Fan Fest was the intimate afternoon of performances at the Acoustically Speaking showcase. Taped live in front of an audience of not more than 300, the … Read More Talib Kweli | BET Experience: Acoustically Speaking | 6/28/14 [PHOTOS]
THIS ENTRY WAS WRITTEN 11/30/14 BY A. LEVEL AND IS REPRINTED HERE BY PERMISSION. Dear Kanye: Could you please fire your entire production design team? Honestly, who thought it was a great idea for you to perform in a series of masks for virtually the entire concert? And why did you steadfastly refuse to stand *in* the spotlight? If there’s a pool of light … Read More Dear Kanye … Your Stage Production is Overrated, And What’s Up With The Cheescake?
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE OTHER PERFORMANCES/EVENTS THAT I CAUGHT DURING THE BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE One of the BET Experience Fan Fest events that I was given permission to cover was the Acoustically Speaking series. I had absolutely no problem with that. Scheduled from 2pm – 6:30, various artists performed a short set of songs “unplugged” followed by an interview with the … Read More Talib Kweli | BET Experience: Acoustically Speaking | 6/28/14 [Instagram Videos]
Every Memorial Day weekend for the past 28 years, UCLA has hosted a music festival called the JazzReggae Festival. Originally, the first day was devoted to Jazz and the second day was devoted Reggae. Though the first day has morphed to a “Jam” day, the festival has always been able to pull in outstanding talent for the price of admission. If you are ever … Read More The 28th Annual JazzReggae Festival | UCLA | May 25th & 26th [PHOTOS]
Roy “Gramps” Morgan has reggae music in his blood. After all, Denroy Morgan, a founding member of the Black Eagles, is his father. Though he’s only release two albums, his most recent album, “Reggae Music Lives”, was well received and peaked at #12 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums list. His set was was filled with passion and he definitely had the crowd vibing off … Read More Gramps Morgan | UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest | 5/26/14 [PHOTOS]
Kevin Lyttle is a Vincentian soca artist who had a worldwide hit back in 2004 with his collaboration with Spragga Benz on a track called “Turn Me On”. Soca, also known as Soul Calypso [SOul CAlypso], is a style of Caribbean music originating in Trinidad and Tobago. It is a style of music that incorporates elements of disco, rap, reggae and zouk. Kevin’s first … Read More Kevin Lyttle | UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest | 5/26/14 [PHOTOS]
CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT BLOG ENTRIES OF OTHER BANDS I SAW AT COACHELLA! I met Scott Mescudi p/k/a Kid Cudi years ago when he was a guest artist on Snoop’s track “That Tree” (produced by Diplo off of Snoop’s album More Malice … a highly underrated track of a highly underrated album, in my humble opinion*). I remember stopping by the location where they were filming the video for the … Read More Kid Cudi | Coachella | 4/12/14 (PHOTOS)
[Note: The video I took of the event is, unfortunately, unusable, so you’ll have to make do with video clips I found online.] Snoop’s record release parties are always a good time. There are always big names in the building, and a special performance set by Snoop of a mix of new tracks and classic hits. The record release party for Snoop and Dâm-Funk‘s … Read More Snoopzilla and Dam Funk “7 Days Of Funk” Record Release Party | Los Angeles Exchange | 12/10/13
The first time I ever heard of Mistah F.A.B. was while I was working on Snoop‘s ninth solo album Ego Trippin’. Snoop recorded a song called “Life of da Party” featuring Too Short and Mistah F.A.B. It was a hot single, due in large part to the stellar features, even making it onto some of Billboard’s charts. A buddy of mine forwarded me a link (on 8/29/13) of Mistah F.A.B.’s freestyle on the radio … Read More Mistah F.A.B. on Sway In The Morning: The Best Freestyle of 2013?
This is one of my favorite DJ Quik singles. Quik can write and spit lyrics with the best of them. He’s also a bad-ass producer. Here are the lyrics to my favorite verse of DJ Quik’s “You’z A Ganxta”: See some don’t realize the power of lyrics ’cause when you rap about death you talkin’ to spirits You see you can say the things … Read More Happy Bday, DJ Quik!