Big up the Fams Dmadness and Dj Zita who are having me guest with the homie Dj Vna at Golden their monthly SF throwdown at Lazlo in the Mission. D asked me a for a mix to "give the people a taste" so here goes... I'm tryna give you that G-G-Golden feeling in less than 15 minutes... to do that, I took various flavors from Shuggie Otis to The Jacka, trew'm in a pot and mixed for about 14 minutes... In one take, it came out sounding like this: Willie Maze - G-G-Golden
Tracklist: 1. Timbaland feat. Drake - Say Something 2. Goapele - Milk and Honey (Sake One Re-Fix) 3. Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information 4. Sylvia Striplin - You Can't Turn Me Away 5. Michael Jackson - I Can't Help It 6. Spank Pops - Beautiful Noise 7. Jacka - Glamourous Lifestyle
Download it here. See yall the November 21st @ Lazlo in La Mission SFC!
Vogue TDK ?CREW 2009 Estria Graffiti Battle National Champion
Congratulations to Vogue TDK/?Crew on winning the 3rd Annual Estria Graffiti Battle! (Katch of Hawaii took 2nd)! Last Saturday, 20 graff writers from across the country came out to Lil' Bobby Hutton Park, aka Defermery Park in West Oakland to paint for the National finals of this now annual community event. The graff battle is a part of the Life is Living festival which featured Dj Sake One, performances by Kev Choice, Pharoah Monch, The Mighty 4 B-Boy Battle, and Town Park Skatejam. Yeah, it was a zoo! Each writer was given 13 cans (Montana 94) to paint an 8'X8' canvas stretched on wooden cubes strewn across the park which was packed with community people on a really good vibe. Writers were given the word "Grow" to freestyle, manifiest, and inspire the community that's watching and interacting during the 5 hour time limit to complete work (it was tough for people like me who are from Oakland, stopping every 30 seconds to hit up a kids blackbook or give pounds and hugs to the fam). Every painter went went super hard this year, making this year's throwdown one for the books!
Since I didn't get to leave the confines of my cube, I'm glad my patna Scott LaRockwell did a bang-up job documenting the day, CHECK IT OUT. Some good shots in the SF Weekley blog too.
Refa TNS's piece was extra dope!
Big thanks to Estria/Bamuthi/Crew and all the volunteers for bringing it all together! This has quickly become my favorite annual community event! Stay up!
I don't believe in coincidence. There I was, listening to the Rich Harrison instrumental he did for Ur-sher, digging thru vinyl for a Jungle Brothers acapella when the 12" of Goapele's Love Me Right jumped up. Take my favorite G-rock jam (Love Me Right), add the acapella with Rich's production (Dat Girl Right There) get to choppin', mix it live on the tables, and Voilá! It's like Milk & Honey. Goapele - Love Me Right Here (WillieMaze Remix)
First off, CONGRATULATIONS are in order. Saturday marks the offical opening of The New Parish Music Hall, which i am proud to say, is owned by good people I cut my teeth with and my muhfuckin' Fam!I couldn't be more proud, and feel hella honored to be asked to open for Bobbito Garcia, Mr. Cucumber Slice himself. Bobbito is a giant in the field, and to have him open Oakland's newest music temple sets one HELL of a tone. Raise it up!
My favorite city in the World is going through some huge thangs right now... around the corner, Gentrification has the Fox Oakland Theater for its rock and alternative music fix, and there is a clear need for music and culture that comes for and by the people of Oakland. From the soil where Sweet Jimmy's once reigned, the opening of The New Parish means our Oakland has a new home for live music and world class entertainment.
Dj Willie Maze opens for Bobbito this Saturday! Get tickets HERE.
If you're on this blog, you know who Bobbito is, but if not...