Too Fresh Productions presents Fresh 45’s with special guest Derrick Carter
Thursdays, Too Fresh Productions opens up shop at Crown & Harp. I’ve become a loyal follower and try to make my way to Dallas for each week’s antics. By far my favorite is 3rd Thursday’s Fresh 45’s with resident DJ and my girl crush, Spinderella. This month, Too Fresh brought in Chicago based DJ, Derrick Carter.
Ariel, my partner in fun, and I arrived around 10:30p. I got a great parking spot, was greeted by the door people warmly. Gladly paid my $5 and worked my way to the bar. Moody was behind the bar, and he already knows Revolver is my beer.
The place was PACKED! I had to go outside in the cold just to get out, but Ariel and I posted up front for most of the first DJ and Spinderella. I love love love watching Spinderella do her thing. Not only is she gorgeous but she plays some dope stuff. The whole place was bouncing, people were singing. I could barely drink my beer because some girl was bopping around so sporadically, she almost made me chip a tooth twice. After Spin was done, Ariel and I slid our way on stage.
Derrick Carter takes the wheels of steel and what a show that was! I was too busy dancing to really pay attention to much else. The whole place was doing the same. I heard Derrick was a house DJ and to be honest I never jumped on that band wagon. Going into the night I wasn’t sure what I was going to witness. But when you have 45’s as a selection, you hear a lot of funk and disco which is a FABULOUS combination.
Definitely one of the better nights at Crown and Harp. Look forward to next month!!! Props, Too Fresh!!
Side note: Revolver is no longer my favorite beer. I love it but my body hates it. Sad face.
House Party Jam and Video Shoot
Last Saturday, I was clued into this party. Bilal texted me the flyer and I’m not going to lie, I was SUPER stoked. MC Playdough is one of my favorite local MC’s, and it had been quite a while since I had been to a “House Party”. I’ve heard of Casa de Legend, met the owner at my last show, and lets say the reputation preceded.
The flyer had made it to Facebook (which I DID NOT share, I like to keep some good stuff on the DL. Selfish I know), it was getting a lot of buzz… People from Dallas and Fort Worth were going to meet in the middle for one night of Hip Hop. Nothing short of amazing was to be expected.
Me and my girl, Ariel, arrived about 10:30p and the house was already packed. D. Teknics and Bilal were on the turntables. Other than that there was a sea of faces I didn’t know. Kind of a first in a while. Right off the bat, someone goes, “Callie Dee! I just want you to know I love what you’re doing for Hip Hop right now.” That’s how you start your night. I’m always humbled and very gracious for those types of meetings. People kept piling in, and more familiar faces joined. Anyone who’s anyone in the Hip Hop scene was in attendance.
The Bodega Brovas took the floor and put on one heck of a show. They joked with the crowd, interacted, hyped us, and smashed a good 30 minute set. There was not a still body in the place. Everyone had their hands in the air (except for under the fan, ha), bobbing their head, shaking their butts, filming and taking pictures. DJ Nero, took over the tunes after the set, and he has been put on my roster of DJ’s to have out. The tracks he dropped were some of my all time favorites, including “Hay” by Crucial Conflict. I have NEVER heard a DJ play that. Props.
Then Playdough took the floor. My girl pulled me to the front by her. I LOVE being up close and personal during a performance. However, this was a video shoot and the idea of being on film makes me nervous. But whatevs, I tried to enjoy myself anyways. The chemistry between Sean P and Playdough makes for an outstanding performance. They even played a joke on the audience faking a blown speaker. Playdough performed a few new songs, a few old songs, took a poll of what area code everyone was from. When it got to 469, he goes, “Who invited you? 469 was not invited…” jokes. At the end, he did a circle of “What’s your name” and freestyled on it. I’ll be honest, I tried to find an escape route…but the place was packed….it came close to my turn and I guess Playdough could see the terror in my eyes because he goes, “Don’t freak out, it’s ok.” Ha. I said my name, he spit a verse and moved on. Later he approached me and said, “It’s all fun, I understand I’d freak out too.” For someone who appears to be very extroverted and confident…when it’s all eyes on me, I’m a deer in headlights. Playdough was very friendly and a great host.
DJ Sober took the wheels of steel and Bboys/Bgirls started busting some moves. There was a promo shoot in the garage. I had some great conversations, bought a Bodega Brovas shirt. The Police came and left with no one in handcuffs (first time for that at a house party!). Even though I talked about business and “what I do” I tried really hard not to bring up the shows or talk too much shop. I was there to enjoy myself, not to promote.
The vibe of the entire evening was welcoming and full of love. Everyone had an amazing time, smiles on all the faces. It felt like a huge family.
2am rolled around and I wasn’t ready to leave. But I wake up early and Red Goose was the next day so I had to call it a night.
Nights like this make me honored to be a part of the Hip Hop scene. Not only do I get to enjoy parties like this but I get to work with extremely talented people full of love. By all accounts, the guys performing and most of the people in attendance had every right to project huge egos. But they didn’t. They were down to earth, personable, and just amazing people. Thank you to Playdough, Bodega Brovas, Topic, Sean P, D. Teknics, Bilal, DJ Sober and DJ Nero for an amazing show! Thanks you, Cesar for inviting us to your house, and everyone who showed for being one of the cool cats in the metroplex ;)
Funky Town Hip Hop Showdown sponsored by Smokey’s Barbeque @ Lola’s Saloon
I had a vision of an all local Hip Hop show that featured the 4 elements, involved the youth in the area and community, feature freestyling and BBoy/BGirls, artist raffles, and that would attract people who may normally not LIKE (what they think is) Hip Hop. I shared my vision one night with Aaron and Jamie Knight of Blackbox and they mentioned that they give Tay Spewcatalism a Wednesday night from time to time for Hip Hop. So, when I ran into Tay at the Chali 2na show at The Grotto a short time after that, I had to say something. BAM! The Funkytown Hip Hop Showdown was conceived.
I started immediately on sponsorship. Diverse Teknics gave me a template back in August for a show he had sponsors for. I tweaked it a little and sent it out to some area business owners. I met the guys of Smokey’s BBQ at Rock Assembly, gave them the packet and they IMMEDIATELY accepted the one and only Platinum Sponsorship. My friend and business associate, Tim Black, took the Gold which helped fund the freestyle and Bboy/BGirl competition. We were well on our way to a good show.
Between the efforts of Tay and I, we had a solid line up that featured a few different crews and performers with no crew affiliation. We had DK’s Birds Eye Blues which consists of Sir Kutta Dufrane and Peno, Dru B Shinin’ with Wrex Washing and Young Zeus who also go by Mount Olympus. Then there was Spew, AneTix, KoolBRZ, and Muenster. We rounded it out with a young duo, MA’AT that consist of Rob the Shaman and Don J. On the 1’s and 2’s were non other than Centrifik and Diverse Teknics with Bilal dropping the break beats. Hosting it all like a Rock Star, Ariel “A-Star” Masters. Judging the Freestyle Battle and doing a little freestyle session of their own, Kilo Artefacto and Big Cliff. Like whoa. We laid this all out in the sponsorship packet and kept it on the DL for a whole month before going “public” with it. Needless to say, there was a lot of thought put into this from day 1.
Along the way, the show developed more and more. We had T-shirts and hoodies to sell for merch, 100 CD’s to give a way with presale tickets. My photographer, Pitaru, shot some DJ’s one night and blew up a beautiful picture to raffle off. Todd Bot agreed to do a live piece to raffle off. Virtuoso Tattoo Krew not only agreed to judge the freestyle competition but also brought art to sell. AND QD made a custom dress that she gave to me that had mixtapes, turntables and music notes on it. It was AWESOME!!! I couldn’t wear a custom dress without getting my hair done, so an appointment with the best, Tiffany Walker of Lemongrass, was set. We had 2500 flyers and 50 posters to put out. People were really hyped about this show. A few weeks prior, AneTix, Wrex and Muenster freestyled for a Southwest High School variety show featuring some of the students. Their music teacher got their parents to allow 4 students to join the freestyle competition at Lola’s!!!
Night of, I arrived around 8:30. There were already a dozen or so people there. Around 9 people starting flowing through the door and didn’t stop. Mount Olympus started their set and got the crowd hyped. Ma’at performed after and tore it up as always! Those guys always amaze me, especially for being so young. The break dancing competition was one of my favorite. There were some REALLY talented BBoys and BGirl in the house that night!!! The freestyle competition went off! In a video, you hear me trying to get the guys to go easy on the HS students. What can I say, I got a soft spot for the young ones. Mike Lackey joined at one point dropping the beat box while everyone freestyled. I stepped outside and there were cyphers going on out there. Todd Bot was making an amazing picture, people were purchasing raffle tickets, everyone was eating on Smokey’s awesome food…the night was AMAZING! People were complimenting me left and right (one reason I don’t dress up ALL the time so when I do….dramatic effect). Social SocieTee’s Angela Blair brought some T-shirts to throw into the audience even!
I missed a few performances in the whirlwind of the night but I heard everyone brought their A game. People stayed well after 12:30, when the show was SUPPOSED to end, and a few people hopped on stage and finished the night out. I’m gonna say I think the bar did well that night. When I saw Aaron Knight, I suggested a bartender and BOOM, we had one (thanks again!).
When it was all said and done, every artist was paid, Pitaru made her $ back plus some off the print, I’m pretty sure Tod made some $ as well, Smokey’s and Tim came out happy sponsors, and everyone had a great time!!! Can we say SUCCESS?!?!?! We had OVER 100 paid through the door at 11pm.
Everything in my vision, EVERYTHING that I told Tay I wanted, it all became a reality. We had so much love in that room, so much creative energy!! For one night in Fort Worth, everyone came together as a community and made something truly beyond words take place where everyone involved walked out HAPPY!!
Can’t wait to see some pictures (hint hint)
And stay tuned for Part II of III ……….
The First Annual Southside Pirate Halloween Ball
No I didn’t really “dress up”. I’m such a procrastinator when it comes to Halloween. I have 3 kids to buy costumes for, plans to make, not to mention PAY BILLS and live this adventure I call my life, that finding the “perfect costume” always eludes me. My bad. So I built an outfit around a shirt I felt signified the theme for the night- grown ups playing dress up and forgetting being old :) And it meant I could wear my teal heels again.
I took my little ones to a local church (I wore a different shirt for this), Northwest Baptist. I’m telling you, these guys did it big. For $3 (ages 4+) they had bounce houses, cake walk, bungee/trampoline things, one of those balls that spin around til you’re sick, plus a whole gym full of games and candy. Props, Northwest Baptist! Money well spent, the kids had a blast. Even ran into some people I went to High School with in Granbury! That was crazy, Heidi you haven’t aged a bit, girrrrrrrrl!
After putting the kids to bed on their sugar rush and making sure the sitter was kosher with the evening’s plans, I headed to Shipping and Receiving for the Pirate Ball.
I arrived at 9:30p, just in time to be a part of the celebrity judging. That part was NOT easy!! I love how dedicated some people are!!! The sloth and Southside Hare won, second to a Mad Max character complete with cod piece and third some kind of not so discreetly sexual Luda Mae girls.
I mingled, ran into the lead singer of Panic Volcanic, Ansley, who I had a nice little chat with. Really bummed I missed their performance. Talked shop with Kevin of the Diabolical Machines for a bit, and hung out with my favorite photographer, Pitaru. My girls showed up around 10p looking fabulous. We jammed out to The Royal Savages, played in the photo booth and I helped them up and down the stairs in their heels (amateurs). There was a really amazing Magician/Fire Eater, Randi Raine, who did things with a balloon I think most the men in attendance will fantasize about for eternity….
Smokey’s Bar-B-Que and Top Nosh Food trucks were out. I have a business relationship with the guys at Smokey’s, so I talked to them for a bit. They’re sponsoring a Hip Hop show next Wednesday at Lola’s my company is putting on along with HH4YN, and wouldn’t you know they had our poster on their truck. Good work, Smokey’s! Love you guys!!! So of course you know I got one of their sandwiches this night, and it was THE BOMB. As always.
The overall vibe of this night was very nice, completely opposite of The Where House’s chaotic vibe or the packed bustle of The Boiled Owl. Definitely nice for a change. I have grown to love craft beer, and Shipping & Receiving have one of my favorites, Revolver’s Blood & Honey. The Photo Booth was a huge hit, as they always are. Pitaru got some amazing shots. The owners even dressed up, Eddie as a very ugly woman, Gina as a Pirate. There were live fighting Pirates (who I missed!!) and one who even did a “Pirate freestyle” as John kind of called it. A very well put together event with some really great people in the Near Southside area. Looking forward to next year. I won’t procrastinate, I’ll come all decked out too….but no promises….
Too Fresh, Rec Shop & Satori Ananda Present: Jean Grae
I’ll be honest, I had never heard of Jean Grae before Too Fresh shared this event. Anytime Too Fresh and The Rec Shop are involved in an event, I try to take notice, I have yet to be disappointed. I checked out the event page and saw this:
Watch it. Wow. What content for a female MC to discuss with poetry…such an intense RELEVANT topic for young females. I had to give her props.
This was my first time at Elm Street Bar. Its a nice little spot with plenty of parking close by. They had a patio outside, and nice long bar and a great stage area. DJ Mike B had the decks going with some old school classic. He has definitely become one of my favorite DJ’s. Not only is he talented, but he’s humble and just plain cool.
The first performer up: KoolQuise. Not quite a conscious rapper but not quite the street “gangsta” genre either. He spoke about “Money over Bitches” and “I Do it For the Glory”. I can see this type of stuff going mainstream, something 20 somethings find relevant. I enjoyed his performance and was definitely moving to the beats.
Sam Lao was up next and let me tell you, that girl was something else. She has a very feminine persona but goes up there and kills these “experimental” beats. She’ll have bars of singing and then bars of spitting lyrics. One song she’s slow and sultry, the next she’s rapping in double time. A few times I wondered how she spit all that without breaking for a breath! I definitely busted a move while Sam Lao was on stage, look forward to seeing some more of her shows.
Then Jean Grae took the stage. This is a female with some PRESENCE. She performed a song or two then told the audience, “You’re friends aren’t here, shame on them, put your phones away and enjoy the show.” So with that, I put my phone in my back pocket and enjoyed myself. In a world dominated by males, I always enjoy seeing a female so respected in the hip hop scene. Everyone was out to see Jean Grae this night, and I found out why. She’s a talented, strong woman who knows how to say what she wants and be classy about it. She interacted with the audience and the DJ (Mike B). She put on one hell of a performance worth way more than the $10 I paid to get in.
Another win for Too Fresh and Rec Shop. Good job, guys.
Next up for Too Fresh: Producer Beat Battle at Crown and Harp.
More videos on the Underground Show’s Fanpage
1 year Anniversary / Raw Talent DFW Cypher
What a night! I rolled through with the boys of Birds Eye Blue to Sandaga 813 to witness a very hyped event. Kilo Artifacto, Drama the King and Alsace were all performing. The battle was between Dallas’ Blaze Won and Fort Worth’s King Corleone. The place was packed at 11pm when we finally arrived. I saw few of the cats from Fort Worth, including Anetix, Edgar Allen Flow, and Spewcatlism.
Kilo took the stage and RIPPED the mic with some lyrics that were articulate and thought provoking. I’ve never seen him perform an actual set before this, but I’ve heard what an amazing MC he is, so his reputation definitely preceded him. Not only did he spit with perfect beat but he was very animated, engaging with the crowd and cameras. Definitely gonna keep my eye out for this guy.
Next up was Drama tha King. Dug it. He’s a little more street than the performers I am used to seeing, but diversity is definitely the spice of life. He had a song with a lovely lady, Keisha Hunter, who had a great voice to pair with Drama’s gritty rhymes. Drama tha King definitely has a marketable sound.
Alsace was the final performer before the battle, and this chick rocks a mic. She’s very energetic, getting into the music and moving around the stage. You can feel the rhythm surge through you as she flows. Her beats are on point, she interacts with the lyrics and audience. This lady is going places.
The DJ who spun in between, DJ Phyfe, played some great music, kept the vibe going through out the night.
Then the battle. To be honest, battles are cool but I’d rather see people free style over beats than do A Capella insults. Each had good jabs, I felt King Corleone not only took too long of breaks in between at times but in the third round, repeated himself. So in the end, yes, Blaze Won was the better of the two opponents.
To show up at one of these events and 1) see a packed house and 2) see a lot of cats from Fort Worth, makes me all warm and fuzzy. We have a thriving hip hop scene in Dallas/Fort Worth and HAVE had a thriving scene for quite some time. It seems to be bubbling under the surface, and was even named the #1 underrated hip hop scene in the nation!
Good job, DFW Cypher, for not only hyping up this event, but also following through with some amazing performances. Can wait to see the video\ footage.
Arts Goggle 2013
The information pamphlet was distributed the Wednesday before Arts Goggle, and thumbing through the 40 pages made the excitement bubble over. Art, food, craft beer, music, and lots of great vibes were in order!
I arrived shortly after 4pm and went straight to Funky on the Green, hosted by none other than Keep Fort Worth Funky, and met up with the owners of Southside Pirate Radio to scoop up my mobile recording device. My job that day was to get as many promos from business owners, bands and other figures in the community as well as pass out/post up flyers.
I headed straight to Avoca Coffee, even caught the free trolly. I arrived and immediately bought a 12oz Vanilla Latte’ and hung some posters inside. Dru B Shinin started performing outside with his full band, Mount Olympus, including DJ Centrifik. Great performance, I always enjoy seeing hip hop use actual instruments and turn tables. Talked to the boys a little, had Wrex, Young Zeus, Dru, and even DJ Centrifik do a spot for Pirate Radio including a “Drink Responsibly” segment.
I hit up The Chat Room Pub, they’re always good about letting me hang up local posters. My phone was also dead, and they happen to have a charging station for cell phones (what a fabulous idea, by the way). I had a few beers and the bartender was even nice enough to do a “Drink Responsibly” ad for The Southside Pirate. The Chat is always a great place to see some familiar faces, which I did. I even visited with Robby Rux of “Year of the Bear”, which was a first although we’ve been “acquainted” for some time now.
I headed down towards Boiled Owl but it started to rain, so I ran into Zio’s Carlos to see if I could wait it out a bit. Zio’s was PACKED! Probably the most people I’ve seen in this bar ever. I ordered one of their house beers made with Parker County peaches, yes it was good. The rain let up so I moved on to the Boiled Owl.
Holy Moly, the Boiled Owl was definitely “The Spot” to be at! I found the boys from The Frisky Disco hanging outside, and of course they were awesome and recorded a few spots for me. Boiled is DEFINITELY one of those places “where everybody know your name.” This would be Southside’s version of Cheers, no doubt. It was wall to wall people and it only got thicker. I saw my little brother and some of his band mates, grabbed some well priced beers, and even talked to the owner about me helping with Chili on the Green in November. Frisky Disco put on a great show, as always. Big City Folk came on next and I hadn’t seen them since they added the fiddle player. He definitely took the bands sound up a notch.
I then headed to Funky on the Green to catch Royal Savages. Ran into MORE people, bought a few shirts from KFWF, and viewed some art. Got more promos recorded, went back to the Owl only to leave with a friend to go over to Shipping and Receiving because he had never been.
The atmosphere at Shipping and Receiving was completely opposite of that at the Boiled Owl. A performer played some psychedelic experimental type music, the crowd much more calm. We sat outside with one of the building’s resident and one of the building’s owner and discussed music. Ran into Ronnie Heart, which is ALWAYS a pleasure. I’m trying to convince him to resurrect “Sparkle Tunnel”, I need an excuse to get all sparkly!!!
2am rolled around, my friend dropped me at my car, and I said goodnight to Arts Goggle.
Near Southside Inc. really outdid themselves this year! I loved the addition of Molly the Trolly. The Trolly was a great idea seeing as the neighborhood’s were quite a ways away from each other on foot and driving was difficult. Each venue did an amazing job catering to the masses, the performers put on one heck of a show, the food was amazing, the beer cold, and even the rain couldn’t stop the festivities! Only a very few shows got rained out.
My favorite part of Arts Goggle- Definitely the people. The Near Southside is such a tight knit community, it’s hard to go to an event like this and not know a bunch of people.Everywhere I went, I was greeted warmly. And because I’m fairly well known from my promotion work and my little brother, I’m greeted by name. If you think these events are good, then wait til you get to experience an after party!!!
Least favorite part- this event has gotten so big that it is impossible to see everything in 6 hours. There were 3 villages participating and so many businesses! I wish they would turn it into a 2 day to 3 day event, maybe showcase one village each day. I missed so much art and so many bands!!
I was definitely Goggled out the next day, and will be resting up for Arts Goggle Spring 2014. If you are not in the loop, add Near Southside, Inc and Arts Goggle on Facebook. If you’re an artist, I highly recommend you participate!!!
Art of Bizness II
This event was advertised as “Live DJ’s, Wine, Food, and Art”, which to me sounded like a perfect combo. I was down to drive to Dallas for this event, held at Bizheard off Clover Ln in Deep Ellum.
I arrived rather early, so I got the pleasure of seeing ALL of the artwork. All of the pieces were spectacular, media of all forms. One piece was a black and white drawing on cardboard, another painted spray paint cans. A photographer displayed his work. The picture of the hand of a DJ and their Turn Table was my favorite, of course.
For a $10 donation, you got a wristband which meant Dos Equis keg beer or wine and food. The food had a nice display, the pasta was good. I chit chatted with the chef, who was very nice. He delivers food in some Dallas Areas, Lakewood, Lake Highlands and Park Cities I believe. This is why I didn’t pick up a card- bad blogger. If someone has that info, hit me up :)
A chill, creative vibe was definitely present this evening. Everyone was super nice. I talked the record business, a little radio, even had my first Southside Pirate “Mobile Booty Box” drop (shout out to Dielex Kemposed). The host, Nathan Petersen, was super hospitable and thanked me a few times for coming out, even asked if I was alright a time or two. Great host. You can always feel the energy when a room full of creative people get together, and this place had it.
As the night went on, more and more art came off the wall and proudly into someone’s car, more drinks were poured, and there were a few girls out on the dance floor.
The DJ’s kept the vibe going strong all night. DJ Tums and DJ Spiderman started off the night, spinning some tunes, scratching some beats. Then DJ Love hopped in, so you had all three switching and scratching. Personally, I enjoy watching their hands. Each has a different technique with the fader and the way they handle the record, almost like it’s own dance. DJ Love took over for a segment of all vinyl. Anyone who knows me, knows all vinyl is my favorite. Of course, he tore it up as always. I had heard of DJ Love before I ever saw him perform. And for a DJ in Dallas to get to me in Fort Worth is fairly decent. He definitely lived up to his reputation. DJ Centrifix took over for a bit and tore it up. At one point, Birds Eye Blues took over the mic and did a great set. I haven’t heard them in a little while, they still sound fresh and still do a great job reppin the 817. I even got a new T shirt that I’m stoked to wear! Then Spewcatalism took over with some bomb ass beats. Spew is definitely a guy with many talents. I would love to see more sets like that! Nathan Petersen did a mix of the 80’s that I couldn’t help but get into, including “Don’t you Want Me Baby?” by Human League which is one of my top 10 favorite 80’s one hit wonders.
This show had a really great turn out! A lot of art was sold, we floated the keg fairly early and the place was pretty packed. Nathan even gave me a shout out at the end of the night that was much appreciated. I love giving love and receiving love, it’s a beautiful thing. Great night in Deep Ellum. That area is starting to grow on me.
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All American by Dru B Shinin’
Dru B Shinin’ was nominated for a Fort Worth Weekly award for best R&B/Rap performer this year, and it is apparent why. This album is full of tight beats, nice samples, relevant lyrics, with a style all its own in the 817. From beginning to end, I am impressed with this album.
It was hard, but here is my favorite track:
Dreams of a King (Rashida Jones): A great anthem for anyone who has big dreams to do big things. The hook is “Got the World on my back I can carry it, til they put me in the coffin and they bury it. Got the world on my back, I can carry it, all day long.” Personally i can relate to this. Dru shows his heart with lyrics like, “A real king take loyalty over royalty” and “You’re not a king cause of the money you be stackin, you’re a king cause your words and actions.” For me, success means nothing if I can’t have loyalty from those closest to me and give loyalty to those who stood by me in return. For me, to be a “king” isn’t all about my money but my example. On top of it all, I just want my family to have the chances I didn’t in life, and this song is a great soundtrack for this very thing. It’s not all about mansions, models and money.
I always try to pick a top 3 and honestly, after Dream of a King a few others tie for second.
- "Imagine" has a chopped up version of Puddle of Mudd’s Blurry "You can be my someone, you can be my scene, you know I’ll pretend (?) imagine where you are. Cause Oceans in Between…" "Imagine, just imagine, I swear to God one day it will happen." This song is a good portrayal of someone working toward a goal, having people hate on you on the way. "They hate and they want to be me, they don’t know deep inside my heart where the dream be."
- "Together" samples "Don’t Speak" by No Doubt, a great track in itself. Shows the softer side of Dru. Very witty lines about falling for a lady and what he gives up to be with her mixed with continuous samples in the background. One part, "You and me together always" another "It looks as though you’re letting go" interchanging throughout. Beginning of the song, Dru says "She’s my heart, check my vital signs. When she’s around *EKG heartbeat* She not around *EKG Flatline.*"
- "Can’t Stop" starts out with a nice beat, then Dru saying "I’m chasing my dreams" for a big build up. "I ain’t rich but I’m living out my dreams, doing what I love, living just like a King should." followed by a version of Red Hot Chili Peppers "Can’t Stop", "the world I love, the tears I drop to be part of, the wave can’t stop, ever wonder if its all for you. The World I love, the trains I hop to be part of the wave can’t stop. Come and tell me when it’s time to move."
- "My City" featuring Wrex Washington is one I can see them playing at a club with fast beats and a catchy hook “Bouncing, Bouncing putting the City on.” Nice track, Wrex makes a good edition with a playful bridge, “Another verse, nah just a bridge, make it shake like jelly in the fridge.”
Dru has quite a following. At a show a few months ago I over heard some ladies in the bathroom saying, “I always love Dru’s Shows. They’re so fun. I try to go whenever I can.” They didn’t look like normal “hip hop” ladies either, not the stereotype AT ALL. My conclusion is that his music reaches a broad audience. A lot of MC’s are so pumped with testosterone that there’s not really a whole lot of lyrics a normal female would enjoy. I once read that one reason Bad Boy Records did so well in the early 00’s is that they put someone like Ja Rule with Jeniffer Lopez and Vita, spitting softer lyrics. Although the music was more pop than hip hop, Bad Boy was able to reach out to a female audience who normally wouldn’t pick up a Ja Rule CD. I’m not going to go as far as to say this record is more pop, but the skillful lyrics Dru uses to show his love for a certain lady is definitely attractive to the female gender. I dig it, and apparently a lot of other ladies do too. You can chase your dreams, hustle, and still treat ladies with respect, guys, AND still be on top of your game.
To be honest, I see a lot of the underground hip hop artists having a love and respect for women vs. the image of the past and I LIKE IT!!
Dru B Shinin will be performing at Lola’s on November 6th for the Funkytown Hip Hop Showdown!
Cerebral Chauffeurs and Frisky Disco at The Cellar
Frisky Disco and Cerebral Chauffeurs
at The Cellar, Fort Worth
September 20th, 2013
I arrived at The Cellar around 10pm this cool, Friday night. A few people had already taken over the seats by the stage and there was a pretty good crowd.
Cerebral Chauffeurs started their jazzy, psychedelic rock. Their sound is like an acid flash back from the late 60’s, early 70’s- the perfect mixture of lead guitar riffs, the bass turned up just loud enough to hear clearly, skilled drums and smooth jazzy vocals. Sometimes the mood may catch them and they’ll jam for a good 2-3min. But no one cares, this music soothes the soul. Joe Prankster leads in vocals for this band. His voice put a spell on the crowd, singing ever gently with the band jamming for emphasis. Antonio Wicker joined them for the first time on guitar this night. Antonio took over on some parts with great skill, he’s a very good fit with this band. He and Joe complimented each other and each had guitar solos throughout the set. A few songs had lyrics, a few didn’t. It didn’t matter either way, their music has a way of moving you.
Frisky Disco head lined this night, and Cerebral Chauffeurs a perfect opener. Frisky Disco has a rock a billy sound. Hayden’s vocals and performance are a cross between Little Richard and Steven Tyler. Their songs take me back to the days of pedal pushers and slow dances, songs babies are made to. Hayden is a great performer, making his music visual, feeling it throughout his entire being. If I didn’t think reincarnation was true, I would after this night, because these guys are late 60’s rock n roll reincarnated. He gets on the keyboard for the last song which is about being evicted. “You can take my home but you can’t take away my heart,” he belts into the microphone while his fingers dance across the keys. This band is oozing with talent, each one of the band members has their skill down to an art form even to the performance end. Definitely a band to look out for!!!
This duo was great for The Cellar. Not too technical, all talent and all Rock n Roll. Great night.
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