Tag Archives: Hip Hop

02.13.18 | JAZZ IS DEAD & Ayalew Mesfin


JAZZ IS DEAD is back Los Angeles!


On Valentines Eve, One ticket gets you into two incredible shows: Jazz is Dead upstairs at The Echo & The Return of 70’s Ethiopian Funk God, Ayalew Mesfin w/ Debo Band  downstairs at The Echoplex • Will be one for the books! •
The love is real, Los Angeles ❤

Details below*


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The Return of Ayalew Mesfin, The 70’s Ethiopian Funk God!

February 13th, 2018
Vinyl Me, Please., Now Again Records and ArtDontSleep present:
The Return of Ayalew Mesfin w/ Debo Band

With opening performances by:
Wondem and Ethio Cali

DJ sets by
+ Special Surprise Guests

Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd, LA, CA. 90026
21+ tickets @ $20

From the album Hasabe (My Worries), a Now-Again x Vinyl Me, Please release, coming January 23. Ayalew Mesfin is among the legends of a 1970s Ethiopian funk era whose music was forced underground by his country’s government. Now, over 40 years later, his triumphant return gives us a chance to discover a rare & beautiful moment in music history.

*TICKETS: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1625818

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 We’ve been working really hard on this and we are excited to be presenting it to you.
If you purchase entry into one of the events, you will be granted entry into both events. This is a very special one time happening and only going down in Los Angeles!

LA: Shabazz Palaces, Gonjasufi, Ras G, Samiyam and more!


Thursday 7/19/2012

Shabazz Palaces
Ras G
Thavius Beck
The Log.Os
Elephant & Castle

Hosted by: The Hawthorne Headhunters

Featuring The Pure Filth Sound System
Live Screenprinting by HIT+RUN

Echoplex :: 1154 Glendale Blvd :: Los Angeles, CA. 90026
18 + Wiser

Tickets: www.artdontsleep.com
15$ limited presale :: 20$ GA

ArtDontSleep Podcast IV (Mixed By Elephant & Castle):

dig deeper . . .

Shabazz Palaces


Ras G



Thavius Beck

The Log.Os

Elephant & Castle

Hawthorne Headhunters

The Pure Filth Sound System


Stones Throw Celebrates 15 Years: Los Angeles, Dec. 22

Thursday, December 22, 2011 at the Exchange Los Angeles. Presented by Fusicology & KCRW.

Upstairs room – DJs: Madlib, Mayer Hawthorne, Peanut Butter Wolf, Dam Funk, Rhettmatic, DJ Romes. Upstairs room – MCs: Homeboy Sandman, M.E.D., Steve Arrington, Oh No, Jonwayne, Strong Arm Steady, Wildchild, Percee P. Downstairs room: The Lions, Vex Ruffin, Jonti, Dublab DJs.

618 Spring Street, Los Angeles CA 90014
9PM-2AM // 21+ // $30 at the door

Pre-sale tickets:

diggin up some smooth lyrical gems.

i first heard this about 12years ago. i got it on a blank mix tape. i memorized the lyrics but lost the tape (hopefully it found it’s way into another lucky tape deck). imaginary friends by Emanon (Exile and Aloe Blacc) is a fantastic album with a sound marking a particular era of jazzy melodic hiphop. for years i had no clue who it was, i’ve ran into Exile and Aloe several times since these tracks first graced my ears and have made it a point to rant and rave about how fresh these tracks are, take a listen…

and this. !!!

and on and on…

Coleman TAKEOVER Wednesday | Footsies

Black August : Hip Hop Project

+powerful. educational. inspirational documentary film “Black August Hip Hop Project” directed by Dream Hampton | Los Angeles screenings: Sat, Feb 19th @10:00pm; Wed, Feb 23rd @6:40pm | Culver Plaza Theatres: 9919 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232* | dig deeper…

LA WEEKLY Recommendations : Pan African Film Festival 2011*

Hip-hop cultural critic–turned-filmmaker Dream Hampton‘s Black August (U.S.) is an engrossing critique of the creation and incarceration of America’s political prisoners (in this case, African-American political activists). The film is deft and fast-moving, and Hampton shrewdly introduces the subject by having Dave Chappelle function as a kind of clueless Everyman, explaining the historical meaning and connotations of the term “Black August” by first admitting he only recently heard the term, before breaking down its significance: Black Panther George Jackson was murdered by San Quentin prison guards in August 1971, kicking off a lineage of African-American political tragedies that would occur over the years in the month of August. With crisply shot concert footage from the annual consciousness-raising, New York–based Black August Hip-Hop Festival (performers include Mos Def, Common, Talib Kweli and Dead Prez) juxtaposed against interviews with political exiles Nehanda Abiodun and Assata Shakur, the documentary is the perfect blend of sleek professionalism and gritty substance.

By Ernest Hardy

*follow link to continue reading: http://www.laweekly.com/2011-02-17/film-tv/pan-african-film-festival-2011


to buy tickets please visit the box office (Culver Plaza Theatres: 9919 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232) or visit: http://www.paff.org/panafricanfilmfestival/tickets

Flavors : 12.10.10 : LA






J.ROCC (Stones Throw,Beat Junkies)

Opening Set By

DJ DAZ (Umoja Hi Fi,Chocolate Bar,Brass)



Location: 1154 Glendale Blvd. (@Sunset,below the Echo) Los Angeles, CA 90026

9pm-2am | 21+

Limited $11 Presale: http://flavors3.eventbrite.com

$15 DOOR

Live 90’s Inspired Shirt Screen Printing By: FAMILY INDUSTRIES

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FLAVORS (Recapping The Music Of The 90’s Era…The Golden Years), is an event conceptualized by the innovative minds of KeiStar Productions.  The first installment of FLAVORS dates back to 2002 and was celebrated with none other than the incomparable DJ SPINNA.  With his extensive record collection and music knowledge DJ SPINNA creates havoc on the dance floor by spinning the unforgotten hits of 90’s Hip Hop, R&B, Dancehall and House Music with a seamless thematic mix.
KeiStar Productions & DJ SPINNA went on to conquer the New York City club scene with FLAVORS and have invited guest DJ’s such as QOOL Marv, Rich Medina and DJ Scratch (of EPMD) to accompany them.

Last year we brought DJ Spinna, J.Rocc & DJ Scratch together for a sold out event…this years event brings back 2 of the world’s best club djs together, DJ Spinna & J.Rocc.  Opening set by LA Vet, DJ Daz.

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DJ Spinna is something of an anomaly in music. A humbling example of what it takes to truly succeed within the framework of multiple fields. A steadfast work ethic, an obsessively extensive vinyl library and the willingness to pursue the full extents of his roots (Funk, Soul and Jazz), foundation (Hip-Hop) and future (Electronic/Dance music) with no restraints.
Regarded as one of the most versatile and talented producers/remixers/DJs in today’s musical arena. he has produced numerous tracks and remixes for notable artists such as Michael Jackson, De La Soul, Mary J. Blige, Mos Def, Eminem, George Michael & Stevie Wonder.

Also performing/working along side Spike Lee, Q-Tip, Stevie Wonder and many other world talents.

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One of the original turntablists, J. Rocc founded the Beat Junkies in 1992 with Melo-D and Rhettmatic, but has done just as much on his own as in a group setting. He began DJing in the mid-’80s with a California group named PSK. Soon after forming, the Beat Junkies became a seminal force in the rise of instrumental hip-hop, including core member Babu plus future stars Shortkut and D-Styles.

In addition to numerous mixtapes and his own production for Stones Throw releases, J. Rocc has been the DJ for Madlib’s live shows since the early 2000’s, was the 3rd member of Jaylib (Madlib & J Dilla) during the group’s live events, and collaborated with Madlib on Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute to J Dilla.

J. Rocc is currently working on a solo album for Stones Throw.

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During the early nineties Daz was invited by DJ Marques Wyatt to spin the opening set at the now the legendary weekly acid jazz club Brass.
The grooves at BRASS were universal and the streets were watchin’. Jamiroquai, Digable Planets, The Brand New Heavies, The Roots, The Pharcyde, Big L, Guru’s Jazzmatazz and many others did their first shows in Los Angeles and on the west coast via BRASS promotions as the Brass DJ’s could be seen holdin’ it down on the turntables with blazin’ DJ sets. Daz then went on to spin parties for Sade, Rage Against The Machine, Macy Gray, Lenny Kravitz, Ghostface Killah, and the Coachella arts and music festival among others.
Never one to fall short of his endeavors, and always through his love of music DJ Daz moved on to become a resident DJ for Chocolate Bar, one of Los Angeles’ longest running true school hip hop clubs. Chocolate Bar garnered rave reviews in local and national publications as the place to be; a virtual melting pot of local people and artists to watch out for.
Jill Scott, Mos Def, and Slum Village all did impromptu sets at Chocolate Bar. And celebrities. Zach De La Rocha (Rage Against The Machine), Vince Vaughn, and even Ellen Degeneres were seen rubbing elbows at Chocolate Bar with Hip Hop fans and music lovers.

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The Narcicyst featuring Shadia Mansour “Hamdulillah” Official Music Video

To buy ‘The Narcicyst’ LP, please go to

Ridzdesign Presents
The Narcicyst feat Shadia Mansour – “Hamdulillah” (Official Video)

Directed and Edited by Ridwan Adhami  | Written by Yassin Alsalman and Shadia Mansour | Original Track produced by SandhiLL | Piano by Stefan Christoff | Additional production and arrangement by Doctor Dinar and The Narcicyst

To say ‘Hamdulillah’ is to be grateful for what one has.

The images of the past decades have cast a veil on our identity as a people. We, as international brothers and sisters, are now witness to injustice in real time. We watch our Wars in HD. Injustice is played in real time.

It is time for us to claim our faces back.

This video is a global collaborative effort by 10 photographers- from London to Lebanon, Cairo To Canada, Abu Dhabi to America- to create a portrait of the New Global Citizens. They are DJs, MCs, poets, architects, teachers, doctors, parents and children. Most of all they are people.

Thank you to everyone that was involved. We are blessed to have each other.

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DPROSPER Presents PROJECT A.T.O.M : MERKABAH (Chariot of Ascension)


A new short film featuring free from soulshifters.
directed by chad ross (via cerberusplayground)

park bench people.

ala josé james*

In Memory Of…


.Rest In Peace.

b o o m b o x. d i l l a.

feliz bornday dilla – feb7th*

Saturday, Feb6th - We Celebrate Dilla's Bornday*



sheep killer

cuz he’s cool like dat…

shabazz palaces.


KJphotos.com – Photos by: Kyle Johnson

album image source: http://www.raindrophustla.com/archive/post/shabazz_palaces

HVW8, UNION LA & FROLAB present: MOS DEF Ecstatic Moments

The exhibit will be open to the public Sat 1/30-2/6 Exclusive images from the making of the “Ecstatic” to tour photos & more.

This Saturday, 7- 11pm at the HVW8 Art + Design Gallery, 661 N. Spaulding Ave, 90026.

for more info: http://www.frolab.com/ecstatic

Classic Joint

Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka Drops Oct 6th, 2009 –Stay Woke*!

Coming Soon! October 6th, 2009 on Plug Research!
for more info visit: http://enafreeka.com

“You Dont Have to Lie to Kick It” Solo show by: Patrick Martinez 09.10.09

A preview of Patrick Martinez’s solo show “You Don’t Have To Lie To Kick It” opening Sept. 10 2009 @ Fifty24LA Gallery / Upper Playground in downtown Los Angeles.

Patrick Martinez: You Don’t Have To Lie To Kick It” Preview Video on Vimeo.

Dear Moleskine.

Jay Electronica: Dear Moleskine. (prod. by Just Blaze)

+anticipating the future.


JayElectronica//I’m diggin and diggin…

this cat// with impeccable rhymes and samples// placement held with mathematical precision// futuristic // fortune telling// historian// like a map writer// smooth samurai song// a guide// simply amazing// on heavy rotation// from dilla to an eternal sunshine// he was born ready!
-LaMujerIv (wyldflwr)

[!/+] you got me//

[!] thursday june 12th – greek theater – los angeles – 7:30pm//

[+] inspirational motivational light // through musical vibrations // production // composition // vocal execution // drums like heartbeats// bass line perfection // beautiful audible gifts // this is the future written and sung // ! word that ! bless//