Yesterday around 5:00 pm I got a call from Serena Lujan. I know that my good friend Savador Lujan calls me from his sister (Serena Lujan's) number sometimes, so I answered, "Serena, long time no hear from." The voice quickly replied in a female voice. It was Serena. I actually had never met or talked to Serena before so it kinda caught me off guard. She began to ask, "Is this Perk?" Im like, "Yeah, this is Perk." Then she said, "Salvador is gone, he died today and I thought you might wanna know." At first I was thinking that Sal must be trying to play some sort of joke on my cause he knows I am a jokester, but I realized that it wasn't a joke when I could hear her crying at the other end of the phone. All I can tell you is that I was in shock. I didn't know what to say other that , "You gotta be kidding me!?!"
She began to tell me that Salvador was riding a skateboard over at the skatepark when someone noticed that he fell down and was not getting up. By the time the ambulance had arrived, Sal was gone.
To those of you that don't know my good friend Salvador "BIZR" Lujan, he is the father to alot of us graff heads in California. A HUGE influence to a collective of hip hop heads around the world. When I was a freshman in High School, before I even knew what graffiti was, I would walk to school and see these tags,
"FREE LORD BIZR." Even before that, when I was in middle school I had gotten approached about my green shoes. The person asked if I was in LORDS. I had no clue what they were talking about. Just a few years later I would be sketching and painting with my crew!
MODESTO LORDS CREW CIRCA 92-93
A few months ago Salvador posted an email to the crew. He gave us a history lesson. To myself I knew a bit about the origins, but not enough. I am one of the probably 6th or 7th generation heads. I can't even call it. There are LORDS in San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Modesto, L.A, San Diego, France, Austria, Australia, New York, North Carolina, I can't call em all. In this email he broke down some math for us. Check it.
Written By: Salvador "BIZR" Lujan
IT WAS IN THE YEAR 1986 THAT THIS CREW STARTED GETTING ITS FAME "LEGENDS OF RARE DESIGNS" IT DERIVED FROM TWO CREWS "TOGETHER WE CREATE" AND "SAN JOSE STYLES" TOGETHER WE CREATE WAS THE FIRST WEST COAST CREW I GOT INTO WHICH WAS GOING TO BE CALLED "DEVESTATING CREATIONS" SNO ONE, WISPER ONE, SHEN SHEN 210, POE AND MYSELF. IT WAS POE WHO CAME UP WITH THE IDEA TO CHANGE THE NAME TO TWC, A CREW HE WAS IN BACK IN THE EAST COAST " TOGETHER WE CHILL" THAT CREW GREW TO ABOUT 10 MEMBERS PHANTASM, LEGACY, WIZARE, WIZE, SILENT, SINDY AND CALICO. IT WAS A WIERD TIME FOR ALL OF USE AND THE CREW FELL APART.
I WAS ON A MISSION TO GAIN KING OF THE CITY. IN DOING SO I MET ALOT OF WRITERS FROM ALL OVER TOWN. AT THAT TIME PEEPS WERE GOING TO THE BAY TO PAINT IN OAKLAND AND FRISCO. CREW AOUT THERE WERE ON THAT TURF TRIP AND JACKING FOOLS FOR THERE PAINT OR KICKIN PEEPS OUT OF THERE YARDS SOME WERE EVEN GETTING BEATDOWNS... SO I DECIDED TO START A CREW THAT REPPED SAN JOSE. BEING THAT WE ALL HAD OUR OWN STYLE HENCE THE NAME "SAN JOSE STYLES" I WAS STILL PUSHING TWC WITH POE AND WISPER AND A FEW OTHERS. SNO AND SHEN STARTED "PARTNERS IN CRIME" THE OLD CREW STILL HUNG OUT EVEN WITH SOME PERSONAL DRAMA GOING ON. FRIENDS STAYED TRUE TO EACHOTHER. I WAS MISSING US ALL BEING DOWN IN THE SAME CREW SO I DECIDED I HAD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I HAD TO COME UP WITH A CREW THAT WOULD HAVE US ALL WANTING TO TAKE PART IN IT. WE WERE BOYS DOWN FOR EACHOTHER AND I WAS CHILLING WITH ALOT OF OTHER HEADS THAT I FELT WOULD BE GOOD TO HAVE ON OUR TEAM.
I WENT HOME AFTER A DAY WITH THE BOYS. MY MOTHER HAD LEFT A BIBLE ON MY DRESSER... MY BOYS WERE HEAVY ON MY MIND AND THE THOUGHT OF BRINGING US BACK TOGETHER WAS REALLY BUGGING ME OUT. I REMEMBERED HOW MY MOTHER WOULD ALWAYS TELL ME THE BIBLE WAS THE BOOK OF ANSWERS. SO I PICKED IT UP AND STARTED READING IT BY CRACKING THE BOOK AND SIMPLY READING THE PAGE IT OPENED UP TO. AFTER READING A FEW PAGES IT CAME TO ME... THE ONE PERSON THAT EVERYBODY LOOKED UP TO "THE LORD"... SO THEN I GRABED MY DICTIONARY AND STARTED LOOKING FOR THE WORDS THAT WOULD BRING IT ALL TOGETHER. LEGEND CAME OUT EASY, OBSCURE WAS MY FIRST CHOISE, SINCE WE WERE ALL ARTIST THE WORD RARE SEEMED TO WORK, THEN DESIGN BROUGHT IT TOGETTHER, BUT IT DIDNT FLOW TO WELL SO I SLEPT ON IT. AND WHEN I WOKE UP IT CAME TO ME LEGENDS OF RARE DESIGN'S... THAT WAS IT... I HAD FOUND THE KEY TO BRING MY OLD CREW BACK TOGETHER AGAIN.
WE ALWAYS MET UP AT WISPERS CRIB BEFORE ENDING OUR DAY SO THAT DAY I WAS ALL SMILES CAUSE I KNEW THIS WAS IT. THIS WAS WHAT WAS GOING TO GET THE TEAM BACK. AT WISPERS POE AND SNO WERE DOING THEIR DAILY BBOY BATTLE AND WISPER WAS WORKING ON SOME SKETCHING. I SAT WITH HIM AND TOLD HIM OF MY IDEA. I WROTE IT ON A PIECE OF PAPER AND SHOWED IT TO HIM "LORDS" HE WAS LIKE DAMN I LIKE IT... BUT THEN I TOLD HIM THAT THAT WASN'T THE NAME THAT IS JUST WHAT WE WOULD WRITE... THEN WHEN I SAID WHAT IT'S TRUE MEANING WAS HE WAS LIKE AWE SHIT THATS HELLA TIGHT. POE AND SNO WERE LIKE WHAT THE FUCK YOU GUYS TALKING ABOUT... MY FIRST QUESTION TO THEM WAS ARE YOU GUYS READY FOR THIS... AND THE TEAM WAS BACK TOGETHER... BIGGER AND DEFFER. MOST OF THE GUYS FROM SJS WERE PUT ON AND THE CREW GREW FROM THERE. TAG MASTER, PICASSO, CURSE, AMAZER, NEON, TEZACON, DEFCON, DEFROCK,RAYVYN, RICH GUESS, DASH, DEOZ, SHORTY, DESS, IROC, SCRIPTO, ICON, SYAK, XTREAM, THEO, ROMEO, CAZAL, JAYONE, LEAR, CASANOVA, IMAGE, MESSENGER, SPARE, LIVE, DJAE, EAGER, DEVINE69, SKEEVO, K2, KASPER, SIRE MAN ITS HARD TO REMEMBER ALL THE NAMES....
BY 1988 WE HAD GROWN TO THE POINT WHERE EVERYBODY THOUGHT THEY COULD WRITE IT. IN FACT IT WAS GETIING TO BIG.. AND THE PIECERS WERE NOT FEELING THE BOMBERS. IT WAS THEN THAT I HAD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. SO AFTER ABOUT A WEEK I CAME UP WITH THE IDEA TO START PUSHING L.I.F.E. FOR ALL THE BOMBERS. "LORDS IN FULL EFFECT". AT THAT POINT THE CREW WAS CUT IN HALF. AND THE BOMBERS WERE NO LONGER TO WRITE LORDS ONLY LIFE. UNLESS DOING A ROLL CALL. THUS BEGAN THE LORDS AND THE LIFERS PART OF THIS FAM....
IN 89 I MOVED TO MODESTO AND DJAE WAS IN FRISCO. THE CREW GREW EVEN MORE I HAD MET UP WITH KAZE A FEW TIMES IN SJ AND ASKED HIM TO BE DOWN BUT AT THE TIME HE WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH HIS CREW TDR. LATER I FOUND OUT KAZE WAS IN MODESTO SO I LOOKED FOR HIM TURNED OUT HE LIVED DOWN THE STREET FROM ME... LIKE IT WAS MENT TO BE... SO I TALKED HIM INTO JOINING THE CREW HE CHILLED WITH MAZE SO MAZE GOT ON AT THAT POINT TO... ONE DAY WHILE BOOSTING AT THE MALL KAZE AND I RAN INTO SOME GUYS SPORTING SAN JOSE LORDS CAPS. SO WE WALKED UP TO THEM AND ASKED THEM WHATS WITH THE HATS... YOU GUYS IN LORDS.. THEY WERE LIKE YEAH WHATS UP? I WAS LIKE SO WHO DO YOU KNOW IN LORDS, WHO LET YOU IN... THEIR ANSWER WAS FUNNY THEY SAID THEY KNEW KAZE, BIZARE AND ZIKE. WHEN I HEARD ZIKE I KNEW THEY WERE TRUE AND IT ALL CAME TOGETHER... DESS/ZIKE HAD MOVED TO MODESTO AND PUT THESE GUYS DOWN...TASK AND CLONE. JESTER ALSO CAME IN AROUND THIS TIME. IN SAN JOSE DEBATE, TONE, EAZER, PASHE, TOPR, DOPER AND A FEW OTHERS. IT WAS PASHE THAT STARTED THE FRESNO CHAPTER... I HOPE YOU CAN SHARE THAT WITH US PAUL... SLEEPY J, ZOOMBIE, RIKO, DRANE SHMOO... IT WAS IN THE 90'S THAT I STARTED WORKING ON FRISCO WITH DJAE ME AND HIM WOULD LOOT ALL DAY AND PAINT ALL NIGHT. I MET QUAKE THROUGH A GUY WE WERE WORKING WITH. AND DJAE WAS LIKE BIZ WE GOTTA GET QUAKE DOWN THAT FOOL ROCKS THE HUGE SHIT... HE STARTED SHOWING ME FLICKS OF QUAKES UPS AND I WAS LIKE DAMN.. YEAH YEAH... SO I ASKED HIM AND HE WAS HONORED TO BE APART OF US. BRINGING SOME COOL HEADED GUYS WITH HIM. DEFIE, ROPES, MIES, KODIK, LOGER, CREASE, WERM, AND A FEW OTHERS.
This is the history of the crew from the eyes of BIZR himself. I am only putting this out there so it won't be lost in time or forgotten. I can hear his voice saying every word as I read it. He was the dude. Please share his memories on the comment box and love your family and friends, you don't know how long they will be with you.
R.I.P Salvador "BIZR" Lujan
Crush Congregation Presents - GIFTED
Thank you to my folks, friends, and crew for the support!!!
To get in a Crush Congregation Beat Battle you can find us here:Crush Congregation FacebookCrush Congregation WebsiteCrush Congregation YoutubeCrush Congregation Twitter
This show featured a 6 man Beat Battle and Hip Hop Showcase by:
Opio (Souls of Mischief, Hieroglyphics), Dibia$e (Green Llamas, 10Thirty Records), Chuuwee (T.U.S, Amalagam), Van Gammon (VRS Musik Group), Squareweezy (Bangerz Crew, Treatment Soundsystem)
Special Live Performance by: Gobo (Hobnobbin, Crush Congregation), Squalid
Also celebrated the release of "Rise of the Ikabots" by Ikabod Bum (Raw Data, Crush Congregation)
Filmed and Produced by Ajay Bery
It is awesome when you can talk to one of your favorite producers about his history making music and working with some of your hero's. Kenny Segal is one of those guys that was down to earth enough to give me some time out of all the things he has cracking off. Much respect Kenny !!!
So, what came first , Kenny Segal the Cook or the Dope Beatmaker?
Well I grew up with a mom who cooked dinner 4 or 5 nights a week, so i definitely got my love/fascination for cooking very young. But my mom also used to complain about me making noises with my mouth and tapping all the time as i composed little rhythms in my head, so this may end up being a chicken or the egg type of question. But in all seriousness, I started fooling around with beatmaking in 10th grade (1994) on my parent's computer using the DOS program Fasttracker (an early sampler/sequencer software).
How did you get involved with Project Blowed?
I moved to LA for college in '97... I was really into drum-n-bass at the time and was DJing and hanging out at Daddy Kev and DJ Hive's club Konkrete Jungle at Spaceland. PEACE, Myka 9, Busdriver, and a few others used to frequent the club and that was my original introduction to their music. My roomate back then used to slang herb, and Kev and some of the MCs used to come by our apartment and that led to PEACE hearing some of my beats and wanting to rap on them. We started working on Megabite and through that i met Ab, Acey, Fat Jack, the Global Phlowtations guys, Hip Hop Klan, and everyone else. I think at that point me and Kev were the only ones with computer recording setups, so everyone wanted to record at our places and that led to a lot of connections and collaborations.
Your style is real funky/hip hop, a lot different than some of the other production I have heard from other Project Blowed affiliated producers. What are some of your hip hop musical influences?
Actually I think my style is constantly evolving. I've never stuck in one place for too long. Alot of my most well known stuff is funky/jazzy but I have also done projects with more electronic sounds. I try to give each project a theme and sound and explore that world thoroughly. But as far as my influences go.... I grew up on the east coast and was definitely fed a steady diet of DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Jeru, Wu-tang, etc...but I would say my sound is just as informed by non-hiphop acts as well. "Downward Spiral" by Nine Inch Nails, "I Care Because You Do" by Aphex Twin, "Dissection" by Decoder and Tech Itch... these three albums were all major musical influences to me.
So, are you a D.J as well?
Yeah, but producing has always come first for me. Back in the late 90s early 2000s i used to spin drum-n-bass under the name DJ Syndakit. Then I kinda evolved into a hip hop DJ doing tour support for Abstract Rude through the mid 2000s. These days i do occasional gigs with whatever rappers i might be working with at the time, or just play my own music whenever i have solo gigs.So you play live sets? What equipment do you use when playing live?
Well I'm kind of in a transition period on that one... For years I've used serato to DJ all my own tunes, but i recently got abelton and a launchpad to try and do some live "beat sets". I've already done a few where i was really just playing whole tracks with FX and whatnot, but ultimately a lot of cats out there are already doing that, and it's kinda lame. I made a promise to myself a month ago not to book any more "beat set" gigs until i work out a more dynamic show that will hopefully set my shit apart from the rest of the pack a little. But ultimately although playing live and touring is fun (and I've done my fair share of both) I'm really a behind the scenes guy at heart. I'd rather be in the comfort of my studio making new music than out and about at a club...I feel you on all parts. I also want to play live sets but have some sort of skill shown. So what would you say are the key ingredients to making a dope beat according to Kenny?
Wow thats a pretty broad question... In general I am always drawn to vibe over technical skill. I love artists that create an ambiance with their music...where it feels like they created a whole separate universe just for that beat. Madlib and Flylo come to mind as great examples of this. I'm also a big believer that a great song transcends the presentation, so if you cant play a version of the beat on a real instrument with no beat, then its probably not a complete song. I guess what I'm saying is of course I appreciate sick drum programming and good mixing techinique, etc... but ultimately the song/idea is king and all those technical aspects should be to serve the music not the other way around.So whats next for Kenny Segal?
This should be a pretty big year. I just had a few tracks on NoCanDo's Zero Hour EP, and we are currently wrapping up 3 more for his album coming out on Alpha Pup this summer. I also got a track or two on Abstract Rude's next album. And most importantly me and Self Jupiter are wrapping up an 8 song EP, called "the Kleenrz", that's coming out on Hellfyre Club Records late summer/early fall. We got a couple of amazing animated music videos we are working on for that project...expect to see the first single drop in June I think.
And besides all that I got random tracks coming out with Sahtyre, Open Mike Eagle, Jnatural, Parallel Crew, and I'm sure a few more that I'm forgetting right now... like i said.. a big year! I will be sure to keep a look out for those. Thank you for your time and please shoot me links to those videos and projects!!!Ken Can Cook FACEBOOKKen Can Cook SOUNDCLOUDKen Can Cook TWITTER
Tell us about yourself
Born and raised in Oregon, I grew up playing drums and been in a few joke bands that never went anywhere. I could never find anyone interested in what I wanted to create and fuck with. I started making noise on the computer with FL Studio when I was 15 with FL Studio just making grindcore, weird noise-rap beats, and just a bunch of harsh noise. A few years back I picked up Ableton and started honing down my "sound" or I just was able to organize the shit I was creating better so it was more listenable IMO.
Have you been involved in any beat battles?
No, but I do frequently visit a bi-weekly meet-up of producers organized in Portland at the Crown Room.
Tell us about this West Coast Tour.
Well I had been approached by DMN SLYR (Beat Cinema) and Sleeve (Liquid Geometry) down in Southern California about helping them book shows in Portland and ended up playing at Stop-Biting in Seattle with them for my 2nd show ever. So I helped them out and had some talks about playing down at Beat Cinema, so that's how that came to be.
For Low End Theory, I had approached one of my favorite female producers in the game right now , Dot , who was working on her debut release for Alpha Pup Records , about doing a remix swap for my EP release and her release.
DJ Nobody got wind of it and asked me to play Low End Theory. I told him about my tour I was planning, which also included Resonate in Stockton, CA, PDneXt in Portland as my closure show, opening for Mono/Poly with the Dropping Gems crew in Portland as my kick off show. It all kind of just came together. I'm actually kind of surprised.
Im excited for you! Low End Theory with Dabrye, Damn!!!
So who are some of the people you listen to?
Yeah, I'm honored to be able to share the stage with a lot of the people I look up to on every single date of the tour. I can't wait. I listen to just about anything. Def depends on my mood. Lots of Gucci Mane, Juicy J, Shlohmo, cestladore, Balam Accab, Damscray, Machinedrum, ELOS, Dro Carey, ELOQ, Bok Bok, Zomby and Samartian to name a few of the regulars. I also spend a lot of time on soundcloud searching by country just to see what kind of random gems I can find. I'm digging a lot of shit coming out of Russia for sure.
You just put me up on mad heads I am not aware of.
Do you have releases in the near future we need to look out for?
I'd say keep your eyes peeled. I'm working on a ton of new material for my tour and another EP that I'm gonna send to a label I cannot mention quite yet. I'm also producing tracks for a few rappers I've networked with that I'm pretty excited about (also can't mention names). I think 2012 is gonna be pretty busy, I'm stoked.
What is the best way for folks to listen to your music right now?
my HOOD SHIT EP is available for free download at www.STYLSS.com
, but I would suggest following me on soundcloud or on facebook because I'm always posting new shit on there. If you live near any of my upcoming tour dates and wanna hear some unreleased shit then come check me out.Thats word! Thank you for your time broski and keep me up to date on the new joints!!
Word.Find QUARRY on :FACEBOOKSOUNDCLOUDBANDCAMPSTYLSS.COM
Your from Toronto, Ontario right? Whats the beat scene up there like?
There is a scene but it is not as big as I want it to be. I guess it really depends on what kind of beat you wanna hear. A few years years back a friend and I went to a battle and got boo'd off stage. The winner was some southern lil wayne style beat. It was sad.
OOOO wow. That can happen.
I first ran across your music on Myspace. I was super duper hype on your videos thoe. Did you get some formal training or did you just pick that up yourself?
Thx a lot man. Just wait until you see what's in store. With the videos I really just picked it up on my own (with years of practice). I've got some video stuff in the works. MySpace. Its been a while.
Do you make and sell videos to people?
Well in the past I have made videos for people for free. Nowadays Im really busy with work, FutureScience, 9planets, 16mb, my rap, my videos and my family. Its really time consuming. If the beat was right I might do one for a fee but to be honest my new video technique is min 2 months a project so unless your a FutureScience artist Its really hard for me to do.
Tell us more about FutureScience.
Were a independant label based in Toronto. We release cassettes and have t-shirts. Next year we will have vinyl. We have some really dope artists involved and to date have released tapes from 9p, Prof.Logik, Ackryte/Culprit, Sir-Bliv and a comp. We have a lot of crazy stuff coming out this year. The next release is a dpee tape in 3D. Krutty Ranks (other half of 16mb) has recently joined forces with me on FutureScience. My Daughter "Lil Pluto" has also released a split cassette with me on FutureScience. Not to mention we have the illest Art director in the business "Warm Thighs"
If "WARM THIGHS" did your logo, your right! What is the best way for someone to hear the projects FutureScience has released?
Actually AL_PD designed the logo. Warm Thighs paints 99% of our covers. He has done all but Ninetendo and the Wholly Rollers LP. We are working on getting our site up soon but for now cassettes and digitals can be heard on our bandcamp http://futurescience.bandcamp.com/
OOO Nice. AL_PD seems to have his hands in a lot of projects. Any touring in the future (maybe California) hint hint?
He is quite the popular guy indeed. Future touring is def something on our minds. We are still a fresh label but it is something we are looking into. Im working on a tour grant. Cali would be the first place on my listIf you get that cracking let me know for sure. Any shout outs?
Shout out to my Daughter and everyone involved in FutureScience and to all the supporters. Also big shout out to Mary Jane for always being there for me. I will keep you posted!Thank you for your time bro and much respect.
Thank you man. Quantum Physics for life.You can find 9PLANETS
on:FACEBOOKBANDCAMPSOUNDCLOUDFUTURESCIENCE FACEBOOKFUTURESCIENCE BANDCAMP
Whats up in your world today?
Just dropped "Trip To The Moon" my instrumental LP. Currently working with Yelo bLack on our album. We go by DumbNice. Also gonna drop this project with this cat Jubien called "Soul Gutter" im producing all the beats on both projects. I also work with Japan native Takuma The Great who just got best newcomer in Japan's hip hop world. I produced like 4 tracks for his debut album and producing 6-7 tracks for his sophomore album! Gonna be out in Japan in the summer doing some shows. Other than that, just making beats and doing beat battles...
Damn, thats a lot of work. You are definetly a busy dude.
I first heard of you last year when your last project, "Break Bread" dropped. I think my boy Drake Blackmon turned me on to it. Real dope beats and Sean Price on the first joint. How did that come about?
Well I usually try to get 1 feature for each project. My project before break bread was Gems. I had nocando & Franco as the feature. I reached out to a few artist for break bread and was able to get in contact with Sean P and he blessed me with a verse. For Trip To The Moon I was thinking of artists and Soul Khan came to my mind. Thought he was the perfect fit for my beats. I talked to his manager then ended up talking to him. I sent out 4 beats to him and he layed down an ill verse on the beat I was hoping he choosed! Dude is a humble guy!
He is a beast as well. Where do you start when making beats?
I use reason 5 & recycle. So I chop the sample first... Then might lay the drums first or lay the sample first depends at the time. I do it all on my Akai MPK... Then add the bass and touches at the end! How many Beat Battles have you been in?
Started to join beat battles last year... Ive been in like 6-7 battles... Do you find yourself creating beats especially for battles or do you use beats that you have created that you think will win?
I'll create beats for the battles, but I also use ones that I've made already that are battle worthyWho are some folks ( Rappers, Singers, Producers) you would like to work with in the future?
Rappers? I would say, Ab-Soul, Illmaculate & Sene. Producers, Swiff D. Dude is a beast Last question, when are you gonna be a part of one of my beat battles? Hahahaha
Haha!! When's the next one?? I'm down! Right now I'm only doin Urban Undergeound beat battles & Chinkyeyed for the la area. All the other ones are janky lolOOOOO WOrd!! You will definitely know when the next one hits! Thank you for giving us some insight into the world of JUELS and keep making moves.Catch up with Juels on :FACEBOOKBANDCAMPTWITTERSOUNDCLOUD
Whats up Dibiase? Whats new these days?
Chillin , well not really chillin,lol. Just wrapped up my 2nd full length lp "LOONEY GOONS" Just got the mastered mix last night. Now me and Nasrockswell working on cover artwork as well . Turning that in tomorrow. Then off to vinyl plant for pressing. Then going on my first Australia/NZ tour first 2 weeks in April. I'm excited for that. Then the record release LA / SF and other dates in May. Then the 90's R&B flips project and same process all over ,but Europe Tour instead. It's just me and Nasrockswell (10thirty records) Straight DIY mode from tours to releasing projects at this point.
You are a beat battle veteran, when did you first start entering beat battles?
Lol at the veteran comment. I started entering beat battles in 04 i believe. The Rehab battles, when u bring your mpc to the spot ,and everyone would flip the same record use same drumbreak album to choose drums in 2hrs. I won 4 of them joints in a row. Then started entering the Hotel Room beat battles in 05 or 06 won / lost some of those .Then 08 entered the Red Bull Big Tune battles. Now I'm retired from the battles , it's all about releasing projects and touring. I been in the trenches i put my work in that that area. A good 6 years of battling , longer then some producers/beatmakers been in the game.lol
Can you shed a little light for the folks as to the whole "Green Llama" thing?
Green Llama is a movement. We all scattered across the map. Originally Ill Don (NYC) and Fluent ( Pennsylvania,PA) started the llamas. Then u got Selfish and Decay in the windy city ( Chicago) Tone Liv and B Stilt in ( New Jersey) Vincent Price and Varan in (NC) Butta Verses is in ( Florida) Then me and the lady llama Nasrockswell is in (SAC) holdin it down in the westcoast .
What does it stand for?
Well in the old Green Llama radio show the llama represents wisdom ,and the color green represents justice.l We put our own twist on the meaning to make it relevant to our sound . Well you know what green could represent if your'e into to chiefin .lol and the llama is an animal that will spit on anything or a weapon of some sort. Besides everyone wants to be a dog or wolf .lol
I really dig the way you make your flips kinda unpredictable. What producers were you influenced by growing up?
Jay Dee way b4 Donuts and vol.2 was out , Erick Sermon, Primo ,Beatminerz, Bomb Squad, vintage Rza, vintage Dj Quik, Tribe Called Quest. even some of Leaders of the New School productions. Domino from Hiero. J Swift production for Pharcyde , Organized Konfusion production in my early high school days b4 touching a sampler. Any new projects we should keep an eye out for?
Perhaps something on bandcamp during the week, "LOONEY GOONS" in April , 90 r&b flips in the summer for now . Also a project with Quelle and Knxwledge called "Balance" and "Escape from Llama Island", and some surprise projects which I cant mention now but will be heavy.NEW RECORD LABEL - 10thirty Records Last question, is there anyone in particular you want to make a beat for?
Guilty simpson, Elzhi , MF Doom , Jay Electronica, Count Bass D to name a few, but i'm real picky on emcee's just like emcee's are real picky about beats well the emcee's who have no right to be at least. lol Thank you for your time Dibiase!!!You can check out Dibiase on :FACEBOOKSOUNDCLOUDBANDCAMP10THIRTY RECORDS
Dj Flow, the Dj, the Producer, The Manager of a dope squad of dudes, what is it? Seems like you where many hats. Give us some insight into the inner working of Dj Flow.
Well my foundation lies in being a musician and growing up with having musicians around me. I started as a percussionist and played with various bands. During Middle School and High School I played in concert band, marching band, drum line, jazz band. Eventually I moved on to become a DJ, which I feel is just another percussion instrument, got better at that and decided to claim it as my primary instrument. The point I’m trying to get at is that as a drum line you build as a squad and go out and compete, of course you try to win but it was more important to get your rep up. So I came into hip-hop with that same attitude and mentality. I’ve always tried to build with cats around me and work towards getting our rep up as a unit.
I feel that being a producer and managing a squad is just a natural responsibility of a well-rounded DJ and it all comes with that title of claiming to be a DJ. I pride myself in being a student to the culture and I always try to make sure I cover the bases of following the tradition of all the great DJ’s that come before me.
Speaking of great djs and musicians, what are some of your influences past and present?
On a foundational level as a DJ/Producer I try to follow traditions cats like DJ Premier and on the West Coast Dr. Dre. Maybe not necessarily in terms of their sound, but in terms of the movements that revolved around them.
DJ Premier was Gangstarr foundation but more importantly he had a key role @ D&D studios, which was the tree to the underground New York sound that defined that “Golden Era” music. D.I.T.C Crew, Jay Z first album, Nas first album, Biggie etc
Same thing with DRE he was the center of your Death Row movement, which goes into Pac, Cube, etc Even down the line on chronic 2001 you see a strong connection to the LA underground when you have appearances from X-Zibit, Defari & even production from Lord Finesse on the outro?! Redic
So when I look to build I’m thinking in terms of those guys and what they did.
But as a DJ I also try to be well rounded as a party rocker and study different mix styles as well. I grew up in Fairfield and my influences come mainly from the Bay Area hip-hop scene. I followed what triple threat had going from party rockin’ to mixtapes. Then started studying what the Beat Junkies had going on with trick mixing and juggling and all that. Then started catching out of town cats like Jazzy Jeff who is very traditional but covers a wide range of genres and musical selection. I could go on and on and get deeper into different mixtape styles, original breaks & looping, but those were the main styles I picked up as a party rocker.
In terms of music, more recently I moved into a house where we built a studio in our living room and have full access to my drum set and pretty much any instrument, so I been back on my musicianship. I’ve been listening to a lot of Jazz and Funk. Studying different drummers and musicians trying to get my chops back up and re-learn theory so I can incorporate more live instrumentation into my production.
You sound like a very hard working individual. Any new projects we should be looking out for?
Lol I do what I can. It's the people around me who work hard also. I got a solid squad who work hard at their crafts and that pushes me to do what I do.
In terms of projects, I'm workin' on launching a podcast series and trying to drop more mixtapes as a DJ.
On the production end I just put out the next Uptown Swuite project "Beneath The Lights" with Live @ The Dojo & DJBOOTH and that dropped FEB 2nd. After that i'll be in the lab working on a full length project entirely produced by myself with Uptown Swuite as the "City Lights"
Got a couple placements on the C-Plus Record coming out L.O.C.A.L, got a record w/ Moe Green that should be on his next project , A.V has an EP dropping in March I did almost half of the production on that.
I am also co-director of the Northern California Beat Swap Meet & we are looking to throw the next one in the Bay Area sometime this Spring.
Theres a gang of stuff in the works but those are some of the things that are on the table for the first half of this year. Could stay updated on everything via my website www.iamdjflow.com
As I'm sure you already know, I throw Beat Battles. Have you been in any Beat Battles yourself?
Yeah, I was in a couple early ones back when PhillipDrummond was throwing them over @ MLK in oakland. I think one of the first battles actually.
Eventually I just kept it to working in the studio w/ artists. with production i usually make what people would consider album cuts as opposed to making "bangers" so battling wasn't really my style. I def appreciate the craft of it though and i think it really helps give an opportunity for producers to get themselves out.
I agree with all of that. What are the dope spots in Sacramento for us folks that might not know?
i don't know if your talking about clubs or spots to hit but there are not really too many events going on regularly. people throw hip-hop shows here and there @ spots like sol collective (art gallery) but the scene is kinda slow as of late.
if your talking about places to dig, there is phono select records in midtown got a good hand picked selection with a lot of gems. If your lookin' to get dusty there is Records on Broadway (downtown). The original location was made famous by DJ Shadow where he went into the basement full of vinyl, this is what is left of that stash which unfortunately got ruined by floods and other conditions. still a TON of heat but def. have to put some work in and get dirty. if you decide to go, look for the homie Ben & let him know I sent you. I gotta keep the rest of the spots tucked, you know how that goes. BTW I also sell vinyl so anyone looking to cop some heat holler @ me.
I knew you had it on lock. Final question, if a grilled cheese sandwich and a taco got in a fight, who would win?
Depends on the taco shell &/or what kind of cheese in the sandwich .
Thank you for your time bro!!!!
For those who are unaware, who is Danny Dandiggity Le?
I’m just a 30-year-old Vietnamese American who has been heavily influenced by Hip Hop, community work, and literature. I reside in San Jose, California and been active in the arts scene here as both a participant and organizer. I gave myself the name “Dandiggity” back in 2001 when I couldn’t figure out a cool name to use as an alias. I was listening to Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” and well, the rest is history. People have been calling me “The Mayor” as of late and it’s very flattering. But don’t expect me to be running for office anytime soon.
Who designs the South East Beast Clothing?
I have several designers I work with, but my closest collaborator is Sam Rodriguez AKA Shorty Fatz. We come up with some great concepts together, mostly from joking around. South East Beast is brand that hopes to expand on the notions of Third World Cultures, specifically the South East Asian cultures in America. We might be doing apparel now but the brand is more than clothing, or cool products. It’s a message of educating and informing this generation of youth about emerging cultures within established circles. Life is ever changing.
You guys got a serious scene in San Jose, who are the major playmakers to look out for?
San Jose has been blessed with decades of talented artists and individuals, homegrown and transplanted. It’s only within the last few years that things have grown and taken off. It’s hard to pinpoint where and when it started, but I believe it was a collective response to the dire need to showcase this city’s talent. As far as who to look out for it all depends on what area you’re trying to focus on. In terms of streetwear Cukui, Breezy Excursions, Clout, Booger Kids, Halloway, and a group of other folks are brands you want to keep an ear to. Musically it’s even harder to narrow down that field. The Bangerz, Anya, Case In Theory, Opski Chan, B.Lewis, BEVMO SJ, Isolated Wax Records, Rey Resurrection, DJ Basura, Profesor Panson, Joob, Wish One, Worker Bee, April Chase, Soapbox Melodics, Me Gusta, Hawk Jones… I can go on for days. There are so many folks. So forgive me if I can’t name them all. Whats in the future for Danny?
For now I decided to concentrate on building on the brands and crews I’m currently affiliated with. Turning 30 made me realize I took on a lot of projects and experiences in my past, but now I have to down size just because I’m not as young (haha) and free as I once was. I’m trying to refine and make all my associations successful and fun. You know, live off something I’m happy doing as a career. But, if something new pops up (which often happens unannounced) I’ll weigh my options. Got to keep it fresh, you know? What are you currently listening to?
The Internet, The Weeknd, Leonard Dstroy, BADBADNOTGOOD, Latyrx, Foreign Exchange, Sonnymoon, Radiohead, Joker, Mayer Hawthorne. These are just currently. And I tend to switch up when my mood changes. I been listening to a lot of BBC radio lately. They always got the newest tracks on those shows. Last question, Where is the South East Beast character logo shirts at?
They are coming homie. Trust.http://www.facebook.com/southeastbeasthttp://www.southeastbeast.com/http://southeastbeast.bigcartel.com/http://www.facebook.com/dandiggity
FREE DOWNLOADYou just dropped an album "From the Cold Dark", was there a formula to making this album? Motivation?
The short answer is "No," there was no formula and there usually isn't. Its funny because many times when the creative process (whether the beat or lyrics) is in motion, even ideas that I set out to accomplish deliberately morph into a life of its own and often into to different directions than initially intended. The theme of the album however is definitely true and re-occuring throughout, however. The album comes out of some difficult and perspective changing times which simply ooze out of the songs. Even the soundscape reflects older, colder equipment than what I have now because I wanted to keep the overall sound cohesive.
As for motivation, that's always fairly easy and organic. I love odd beats, and honest meaningful writing. Its what I listen for in most of my favorite beat-based/hip-hop music. I know what I like, and my primary motivation is to make something I like to listen to. I believe we all should share the gifts that God has given us. o_OYou have been in the Hip Hop game for a while now. What did you start out using to make music?
Those infamous lunch room tables. For real. ...trying to mimic beats from some of my favorite tracks. You learn kick and snare patterns without ever having a drum set. First bonafide piece of equipment I ever paid money for, however, was an Ensoniq ASR-10...bought with settlement money from a car accident I was in. It was the same keyboard/sampler that RZA made 36 Chambers on, and the Roots made their first album on. So I thought I was THE ultimate super producer when I got it. Ha. o_OAsr is a nice peice of equipment. You have built quite a presence on Soundcloud, Facebook and such. What would be some advice you could give to artists trying to make their presence known on social media sites?
Dude, its a renaissance going on right now that many don't realize because of its present tense. Kinda like the 90's golden era that not many would have called the golden era chillin in the 90's. Right? The advice that I believe would be most appropriate to most, is jump in and be apart of what's going on...like now. Bro, I'm a beatmaker from Modesto, CA. I jumped in beat battles from here to SF to LA. Went from no followers to 1000+ followers. I ain't no supa star. I'm just...in it, you know. Use those gifts God gave you and folks will recognize. o_OYou always drop knowledge. As for the beat battles, what are some things you like and dislike about them?
Healthy competition is almost always good. Brings the scene together. Exposes and pushes otherwise closet beat makers. And "battles" are fairly traditional for hip-hop...all elements. My least favorite thing about 'em though is the tendency to obscure the fact that this is art. Art is not really meant to "battle" against art. And the emphasis transforms from unique expression to trying to reproduce that winning, populous sound or technique. o_OCan you name your top five favorite beat makers right now (besides me, hahahaha)?
Top five right now....mad difficult [dang plus you say besides you!]... Off the cuff I'd say the following (in no particular order): OffBeatKiD (Russia) and Matt Miller (New Zealand) have been killin it in my head phones as of late. Marley Marl may be my all time favorite (produced Chubb Rock, Masta Ace, Special Ed, Kool G Rap). And I get fairly consistent soundcloud downloads come from TallBlackGuy as well as Jondis. These dudes do work. o_OSo whats next for Ikabod Bumm?
Bro, I'm juiced about the projects in the works for this year. The next release is RAW.DATA.CHIPS scheduled for March, Lord willin. Its an array of beatstrumentals I've compiled from cats in my Nor-Cal scene to soundcloud brethren as far Britain (UK). Submissions I received for this compilation are like mega sick. Later this summer I'll be releasing a beatstrumental EP of my own: RISE OF THE IKABOTS. Beat battle season is also coming up, but will be second fiddle this year. I'm also working on a digital release with the lead singer from the Sleeves, mUsick. She/they do awesome work. God has been real good to your bro, man. ....hey quick shout out to Coco Nutty, Hypeski, Crush, PointDexter, LJ, Tonda, Beatnerds, 3am crew, Kritit Boi, Drew James, Dendroid, the homie Jake and the IkaBots. o_OWOrd. Thank you for letting me take some time out your life for this and keep me updated on the next.
Word Perk. Its dope to be a part of what you're doing. For real. o_OFind Ikabod Bumm on SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER