At Dream Day 12 this year, I introduced Dj Fuze as "one of the most relevant OG dj's in the Bay, and one of the most relevant djs now" and not many can claim both. Yesterday, I was in the lab with the legendary (platinum recording artist) Dj Fuze of Digital Underground fame working on a mix for our Thursday night party *ULTRAwave* with SakeOne of (((Local1200))), he casually jumped in and murders my intro for me (thanks) and flexes his other skills in the process... Oh yeah mix will be out next week, free copies at *ULTRAwave* at Somar Thursday!
At first listen, it feels like a good night percolating with the promise of welcome consequences. Beckoning synths, sharply timed drum programing, and a clever vocal chop color the elevated feel of this track, then Eugene Tambourine's keys do work to take it there. Hear we see a Dj Eleven that is reverently citing his sources of electric funk party music that set a thousand funky rap tunes in orbit... a wink backward to boogie forward.
Can't wait to release our collaborative project that's yet to be named. It's KILLING me to hold on to the first three tracks... nothing I've heard in the last few years is as well written, passionately delivered, and styled the f*ck out! If you're hungry for what rap has been missing... look no further. Trackademicks is jokingly listing it in the Honor Roll vault as "The adventures of Josie Maze and WillieStingray." Ha.
Just a quick remix/blend I made while making a mix to bring in the first day of Summer. Classic Group Home track with Dj Premier production meets my favorite E-40 verse with his sister Suga T. While stylistically different, the tones and Summer-y feel of the production and playerlistic stylings of 40 Water and his sister somehow work and tonally compliment one another, so much that I thought I'd share. Not a game changer, but I like it, if only for a smile.
Laughed for the entire 15 minutes of design time for the graphic. Stay tuned...
This is dope, tapes were a way of life. TDK was ubiquitous in those days, as a brand of choice, but also in graffiti where I grew up near the 23rd street yards. Those yards were the center of Oakland's graffiti culture and inevitably someone, usually Dream, would hold court and tell stories and we'd end up listening and laughing rather than painting. Dope to hear Nas look back on the days when cassettes were the method of capturing and sharing music. Nas and TDK better hope the RIAA isn't listening.