Monday, December 31, 2007

Geo Reflects on the Program

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Geologic of Blue Scholars gets interviewed by Mark Baumgarten of Seattle Sound Magazine now that The Program has wrapped up. Geo co-signs on The Physics as well. Click here for the full article.

SS: I’m sure there were a lot of first exposures there. Is there any one artist that you’re most proud of exposing to that audience?
Geo: Kind of, yeah. I mean, for the most part, everyone that was put on the Program has some experience packing shows, more-so to smaller venues: the Chop Suey, the Hell’s Kitchen in Tacoma, things like that. But as far as Neumo’s-sized crowd, I was really excited to see my dudes the Physics rock. I mean, I’ve come to know them as good friends this year, but I’m actually a fan, more than that—as much a homie as a fan.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Casio G-Shock Concre

LRG x Suzuki 2008 Hayabusa

Behind the scenes with the exclusive LRG custom 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

T.I. Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Gambler Crew - Korean Science

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Shawn Adair & Company in Seattle

Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West & Pharrell Williams (CRS) - Us Placers

Director: Va$htie

Editor: Scenario
Executive Producer: Aahmek Richards & Kareem Johnson
Producer: Anna Sumilat

REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

On Asking and Rejection
Good morning. One reason people fail is pride. You have not because you ask not. (Remember this!) The wheel that squeaks gets the oil!! Never be afraid of rejection. Ask ask ask. Be willing to experience a season of rejection to create a eternity of gain. Knock on doors! Open your mouth! Some things last longer than rejection... Your goals and dreams!
God is Love
Rev Run

Floyd Mayweather Vs. Ricky Hatton

The Wire: Season 5 Trailer

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Program Day 1 - Live Blogging

8:21 PM (PST) - Unexpected Arrival is on stage doin soundcheck.

approximately 10 minutes later....

8:31 - First sign of concert goers entering the venue and taking place in front of the stage.

8:37 - Looks as though DV One is on the decks warm'n the crowd up. It's a cold evening in Seattle.

8:39 - The crowd is startin to fill the few front "rows" of this standing room only show.

8:40 - Some kid just put on a Swollen Members tee. Looks as though he just copped it at the show since all of a sudden he's made into an instant fan.

8:47 - DV One plays N.W.A.'s Fuck The Police (very appropriate considering what he's gone through)

8:51 - "911 is a joke in your town!"

8:53 - The crowd is filling the floor rapidly, just a few more rows of people before it hits the back barricade.

8:59 - Mic check ("check, check, check....... check, check... check, check.... check, check, check, check.... 1, 2... 1,2...")

9:01 - Sonny Bonoho gets the party started as the masters of the ceremony on hosting duties.

9:03 - Siren's Echo is the first act to perform... my first time hearing of this group.

9:04 - Siren's Echo looks to be a female duo backed by a DJ (didn't catch his name). "Don't be alarmed, I know there's two females up here, but it's hip-hop."

9:08 - The DJ's name is Wheelz or maybe it's Wheels. Siren's Echo is on their second song.

9:13 - Third song performed by Siren's Echo.

9:15 - "It's that 206 Love" Siren's Echo on their fourth.

9:18 - Wish I knew the names of these songs.... I'm diggin this fifth song they're performing. The beat reminds me of something Groove Theory would be on. This group has a hint of Floetry and Salt 'N Pepa as well. With a little rappin and a little singin in their arsenal makes me wanna learn more of this group.

9:23 - Song number six got a nice head knockin beat.

9:27 - Siren's Echo finishes strong with a song that makes you wanna run up on their MySpace page or website to hear more music. Seven songs ain't too shabby for a show opener.

9:32 - "This is for all my b-boys and b-giiiirls!" Last song of the set... I stand corrected, eight songs deep for a show opener "ain't too shabby." Thanks to The Program, I got Siren's Echo locked on the radar and they should be on yours too!

9:34 - Siren's Echo set is done.... they mention that they have two albums out and one mixtape especially for The Program.

9:40 - Sonny Bonoho back on the mic. He throws a shout out to the sponsors, Sync Live. Sonny "forgets" that it's an all ages show. Sonny shouts out The Stranger.

9:45 - Unexpected Arrival hits the stage. DJ Money D puts on a little Alan Parson's Project introducing Neema. The crowd got their hands moving up and down!

9:47 - Unexpected Arrival gets into his first song of his set, The Weatherman!

9:49 - "Stick and move... move somethin.... that's how hustler's do!"

9:51 - Neema preps the stage before getting into his third song. He asks for the lights to be dimmed. The crowd got their lighters or cell phones flipped open and in the air.

9:54 - Unexpected Arrival onto his fourth song. I like the beat, and the crowd seems to agree since all their hands are up in the air.

9:55 - Neema is out on the floor rockin the crowd.

9:57 - Song number six... Neema is performin that one track I first heard about a year ago featuring Joe Budden along with another local rapper. The name seems to escape me at the moment.

10:01 - Whispers In The Wind

10:07 - Hat Low

10:10 - "New shit..." don't know the title of the track.

10:18 - That's the end of Unexpected Arrival's set. Can't say it was the best performance by him, but the crowd was into it by the show of hands constantly in the air and following the direction of Neema and his hypeman. Neema comes with it, unfortunately for tonight his voice catches the best of him. Hope he gets it back soon. All in all, the crowd was behind him!

10:31 - Sonny Bonoho is back on the stage. Swollen Members up next. Sonny goes "yeaaaaaarrrrrggghh" crazy! LOL

10:39 - Sam Chesneau on the cam.

10:58 - It's been a good half hour since the last act finished. I'm sure heads are wondering where the Swollen Members are.

11:09 - "Are you reeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaddddddyyyyy?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!" Sonny Bonoho is crunk. Looks like Swollen Members are in the building soon to come on stage. Chants of "swollen, swollen, swollen...." rock the house. Sonny says the crowd ain't loud enough!

11:11 - Swollen Members finally hit the stage!

11:15 - The group is on their stage performance shit. Definitely know how to rock a crowd. Random dude is crowd surfing and everyone is jumpin.

11:18 - This has got to be the livest the crowd has been thus far. Swollen Members have a polished showcase. Erryone is involved. Fcukin octopus hands in the air.

11:29 - The group just finished a song that was "too hot" and involved trotting.

11:30 - This time 1/3 of Swollen Members is crowd surfing.

11:35 - Groupies on stage dancing. BOO!

11:37 - Groupies make their way off the stage. One even gets a hug, the other wonders, "where's my hug at?"

11:41 - Swollen Member say they're gonna play one more song.... finally, we can move on to the next act.

11:43 - This time there's three people crowd surfing at once. Somehow, these dudes find their way to the stage and be man crushin on Swollen Members. Get the fcuk off the stage fanboy!

11:46 - Someone in the crowd throws around a water bottle lasso style as the crowd gets skeet'd on by some H2O.

11:48 - Will we all have to wait a good 45 minutes for Blue Scholars to hit the stage like Swollen Members did?

11:53 - Free shit was just thrown from off the stage... I believe it's a t-shirt. Soon after three people lasso that bottled water skeet'n all over the people 'round him/her with a blast of H2O spray.

11:58 - Sonny Bonoho is back on the stage. Directs the crowd to make some noise. He's rockin a Massline t-shirt. He proclaims he's a rapper and an entrepreneur. Classic Sonny ackin a fool on stage demonstrating his BB Skates. Go cop that shit for the kids! Sonny is definitely juiced up on that brown juice. Someone get that dude some water. RAWR!!!!!

12:03 AM - "Whassup Seatown?!" -Geologic

12:04 - The beat drops... Blue Scholars officialy on stage!

12:06 - Geo shouts out Siren's Echo, Neema, and Swollen Members on the evening.

12:10 - Sabzi rockin the "WE RUN SEA" red sweatshirt which you can cop at Laced Up. Grynch is brought up to the stage. Everyone gets a sneak peak as to what to expect when he's on The Program later on in the week. Grynch has had a steady buzz around his name. Keep you eye out for him.

12:15 - "Turn off your radio, turn off your stereo..."

12:18 - 50,000 Deep

12:20 - Ra Scion is on stage... but they need to get him a better mic. Either that or I'm losing my hearing.

12:27 - So, after attempting to refresh the live stream, it appears to be down. That's the end of the show I guess. This was an interesting experience for me blogging live as I saw the show. I believe Sync Live will have this show archived. So do a little sleuthing and I'm sure you'll find it.

12:34 - Connection has been re-established. The party ain't over yet. This time the live band (Big World Breaks) is now backin up Blue Scholars.

12:38 - Modest Mouse

12:42 - "jump on it, jump on it, jump on it!"

12:44 - Big World Breaks gettin their jam session on!

12:45 - Sabzi just cranked it and Superman'd dat hoe!

12:51 - The Ave.

12:57 - The video to the live stream froze, but I'm still receiving audio.

1:01 - Blink

1:07 - Welcome to the good life, Seattle edition.

1:10 - Gabriel Teodros jumps on stage.

1:18 - The show has come to an end. That's a wrap for Day 1 of The Program.

1:19 - Sonny Bonoho sayin goodnight and goodbye to everyone, "stay blessed!"

Watch The Program via Live Stream

You can catch The Program via a live stream thanks to the folks at Synchronicity Live. They'll be hosting the live stream of all five nights of this grand event.

Click here to watch the Blue Scholars, Swollen Members, Unexpected Arrival (Neema), Siren's Echo & DJ DV One on Synchronicity Live tonight at 8:00 PM (PST) on 12/18/2007

Duo Live - Princess f/ Fabolous & Al B. Sure

REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Do YOUR Best
Good morning. Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self- satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
God is Love
Rev Run

Monday, December 17, 2007

Traq Addicc - Closer f/ Green, Playboy & Anthony J. Spears

Learn more about Traq Addicc at their website, click here!

DJ Skee - The American Godfather

Enjoy the stream!

Sonny Bonoho - Phone Phreak

Album coming in 2008! For now, the album cover artwork.

Funkmaster Flex interviews Charlie Murphy

Part 1

Part 2

M.I.A. - Paper Planes

Blue Scholars in Hollywood

Blue Scholars video footage performing at The Roxy in Hollywood on Saturday, December 15th, 2007.

Fire For The People / Southside Revival

Bayani / Still Got Love


North By Northwest

REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Monday, December 17th, 2007 & Friday, December 14th, 2007

A Right to Prosper
Good morning. They have rights who dare defend them! (Be strong!)
God is Love
Rev Run

Friday, December 14th, 2007
Get Going!!!!!!
Good morning. The test of any man lies in action! It's weak and despicable to go on wanting things and not trying to get them.
God is Love
Rev Run

Thursday, December 13, 2007

REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Thursday, December 13th 2007

Patience Is Key
Good morning. Your vision is important to God... The scripture says.. Wait, I say, wait on the Lord! In the book of Galations chapter 6 and verse 7 it reads.. “Be not decieved, God is not mocked, whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap...” Be patient! Vision delayed does not mean vision denied.
God is Love
Rev Run

DJ Risk One - Attention Definite

Click on the album art to download.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Stranger Articles

A plethora of coverage of hip-hop in the town via The Stranger. Click and read the links below.

The Program
What We Learn When Northwest Hiphop Comes Together in One Room

RA Scion: Why do you think that is? Why is the scene younger?
Vitamin D
: Technology probably. We didn't even come up on the internet. You know, to us that was some expensive, privileged shit. That's how my generation still kind of looks at it, especially in the hood. I mean, the older cats don't got Gmail; they don't know nothing about Gmail. And we're not on these chat rooms. I won't be on this—what do they call it?—206 something.
: 206Proof.

All Together Now
Hiphop Entrepreneurs Blend Art and Commerce
Behind the register is Porter Sullivan, a 19-year-old Seattle Central student from South Seattle who initially came to Laced Up for an internship in clothing design and retail management. Belair gave him a job instead. "We're trying to educate, to provide opportunity," Belair says. "We can give back to the community, doing it instead of talking about it. I'm not putting this store in South Seattle; I'm putting it where everyone wants to shop. I want people to see our lifestyle, understand the meaning of hiphop. We're giving people a different perception of the music."

Eight blocks west on Pike Street, Goods is Seattle's original hiphop lifestyle boutique—though co-owners Paul Williams, Steve Gonzales, Nin Truong, and Scott Downing wouldn't call it that. The focus here—a store open since 2003 that's three times the size of Laced Up—is high-end streetwear, a style associated with skateboarding, which is associated with hiphop (the era of punk as the soundtrack to kickflips is long gone). The hiphop influence is less obvious, though the music on the sound system, the club nights Goods sponsors, and the skate videos they produce give it away.

Northwest Passage
The Other Two Factors in the Seattle/Vancouver/Portland Equation
On the Portland Scene
Wicked might be the single-most talented member of the Portland hiphop scene, but as far as groups who are garnering the most buzz, only one word comes to mind: Sandpeople. A 10-man crew of heavyweights, Sandpeople emerged onto the scene only a few years ago and already have three albums, numerous sold-out shows, and more fans in town than any group besides Lifesavas can boast. Their special relevance is not in their originality—listeners of other "underground" acts will not be surprised by their song topics or styles—but in their prodigious skills.

On the Vancouver Scene
"Everything is wrong with [the local scene]," says Web, who first generated buzz as one-half of Vancouver's Usual Suspecs. Though he currently bounces between Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York pursuing a solo career, he's temporarily back in Vancouver for family reasons. "From the talent pool to the way business is conducted... it's kind of perplexing to me how [Canadian media outlets] only support artists that seem to be mimicking [American artists] and doing a really poor job at it, to the point where it's embarrassing."

"It seems that people are struggling to find themselves," says Moka Only, a veteran of the city's hiphop scene. He is, somewhat unwittingly, best known for his affiliation with Swollen Members, with whom he garnered three Junos, the Canadian equivalent to the Grammys. "I can name a bunch of artists here who are doing their thing, but I've heard a lot of unsavory stuff. It ain't a good look, just following trends."

Here Comes the Neighborhood

Despite What You've Heard, Hiphop Is Saving America

While it shouldn't be surprising that lots of Seattle-area MCs, DJs, b-boys, and aerosol artists are deeply committed to community service, you'd be forgiven if it were. Many only knew about DJ DV One's résumé of selfless service after his high-profile assault case. Sportn' Life Records' co-CEO and rapper D.Black—who himself has been described on more than one occasion as a "gangsta rapper"—is in fact heavily involved in the Union Gospel Mission, having worked in their middle-school program and now looking to get involved with their high-school program.

Similarly, the socially aware raps of artists on local label Mass Line Media are all buoyed by their very real presence in the community centers and schools. "I'm not formally involved with any organizations as far as that goes," says MC Gabriel Teodros, who's in area schools on almost a weekly basis, performing as well as teaching songwriting and recording to teens. "It's real random for me. I'm in a different school all the time talking to these kids. I wish I was at a single site consistently." Teodros also mentors kids in the Youth Speaks programs, and records young up-and-coming MCs in his home for free.

Vitamin D Interviewed by Crossfader

Click here for article
Click here for video

Sean Kingston - Kingston

Alex Kajumulo (Babukaju) - Talk About USA f/ Lace Cadence (DJ B-Mello Remix)

Remixed track of Alex Kajumulo's "Talk About USA" by DJ B-Mello with Lace Cadence on the track. Click here to download and listen.

Barack Obama Got Jokes, Kidz In The Hall Campaign

Barack Obama made a stop in Seattle last night on his campaign trail at the Showbox Sodo. Dude got jokes and the crowd loved it. The video clip gives insight to his charisma and ability to connect with the people.

Several members of hip-hop have come out in support of the presidential candidate. The latest being the recent signees to Duck Down Records, Kidz In The Hall. They came out with a song in support of him called, "Work To Do," which you can download below.

UPDATE: Click here for Barack Obama's speech at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle on December 11th, 2007.

Barack Obama Got Jokes

Kidz In The Hall - Work To Do (Obama '08)

Kidz In The Hall - The Making Of... "Work To Do"

REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

There's Nothing Like Giving
Good morning. Todays my wifes birthday. I woke her up at 6am to give her a gift she only dreamed about. When she said thankyou and hugged me I could only think... That's The reason people say “MY Pleasure”. Its truly a pleasure to give!Happy holidays!! It's the season to give!!
God is Love
Rev Run

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hi-Tek - Ohio All Stars f/ Cross, Showtime, Mann & Chipp The Rippa

REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

On Comfort
Good morning. Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. Question? What's the difference between winners and losers? Discipline!! (Remember) Being uncomfortable is a small price to pay for success. Stay strong!!!
God is Love
Rev Run

Monday, December 10, 2007

REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Monday, December 10th, 2007

On Enthusiasm
Good morning. The will to conquer is the first condition of victory. I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill... - Sir Edward Appleton (Get going!)
God is Love
Rev Run

Sunday, December 9, 2007

AZ - The Hardest Out f/ Styles P

MTV2: On The Rise - Boom Bap Project

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Thread Show Seattle

Click on the flyer to enlarge and view further details. Thread Show goes down today. I've been to a few in recent years and found that a lot of the clothing that's exhibited is for women. Though, when Zebra Club was present, they had a healthy selection of denim for men. Worth a look for the ladies to drop by and check it out. RSVP by clicking here and you get in for a $5 cover. The list is good until 12pm. Otherwise, at the door you pay $7 to gain entrance. This go around, I'll be stayin in, watching the Seahawks game on the tube. Should be a good game with it snowing on this day.

Fremont Film Studios
155 North 35th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Byrdie - Wanted f/ Reggie Watts & B.Y.R.D.I.E.

Wanted - The Making Of

Wanted - Music Video

B.Y.R.D.I.E. - Music Video

Friday, December 7, 2007

REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Friday, December 7th, 2007

On Giving to Others
Good morning. We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.
God is Love
Rev Run

Thursday, December 6, 2007

REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Thursday, December 6th, 2007

On Time
Good morning. How are you spending most of your time? This holiday season, spend time with those you love! Take time to pray and play... (Remember!) Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely... Let's focus on what's reeeeally important! Most of us live our lives as if we had another one in the bank.
God is Love
Rev Run

BLESTeNATION - The Way It Is f/ Travis Barker

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Sportn' Life Records LIVE Video Footage

D. Black - Get Loose (Live @ Capitol Hill Block Party 2007)

D. Black - City Boy/In Case (Live @ Sportn' Life 5 Year Anniversary at Chop Suey)

Spaceman - Fly Den A MuFucka (Live @ Sportn' Life 5 Year Anniversary at Chop Suey)

D. Black - Fuckin With Me (Live @ Swaggerfest)

Silas Black (Silent Lambs Project) Video Shoot

Friends and Family React to Passing of Pimp C

Click on the links below to view video footage of reaction's to the passing of Pimp C from his hometown. Coverage by Port Arthur, TX station, KFDM-TV. From viewing the two vid's, you can tell that the town loved the city's pride and joy!

Friends And Family React To Pimp C's Death

Reaction To Pimp C's Death

REV RUN: Words of Wisdom - Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Let God Rule
Good morning. It is no use to grumble and complain; It's just as cheap and easy to rejoice. When God sorts out the weather and sends rain- why rain's my choice! -James Whitcomb Riley. (Let go and let God!!)
God is Love
Rev Run

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Debtstock Clothing Party

The fine folks over at Debtstock is expanding into music while stayin on the grind with their clothing division. This cat Lyricks was pretty big a few years back with a nice buzz goin on with himself. Dude is back and I can't wait to hear the new mixtape. In association with Blended Events and Swagg News, y'all can celebrate with the Debtstock crew at v2o in Long Beach, CA this Saturday, December 8th! If you happen to be down in SoCal, you can cop them tickets here...

50 Cent & Company, Croatia & Cocaine?

1 minute 35 second mark, "Good Evening!"

Looks like backstage an interviewer abruptly interupts 50 and company in the middle of a little somethin somethin. You view and decide. Looks like party time in Croatia! Oh, and did you notice that the Bum Squad DJz is on their international grizzly?!

R.I.P. Pimp C

Monday, December 3, 2007

DJ B-Mello interviews Swizz Beats & Bun B at the Goods x Zune Takeover 2 show

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Goods x Zune Concert: Swizz Beatz & Bun B Footage

Swizz Beatz Footage Part 1

Swizz Beatz Footage Part 2

Swizz Beatz Footage Part 3

Swizz Beatz Footage Part 4

Swizz Beatz Footage Part 5

Swizz Beatz Footage Part 6

Swizz Beatz Footage Part 7

Swizz Beatz Footage Part 8

Swizz Beatz Footage Part 9

Swizz Beatz Footage Part 10

Swizz Beatz Footage Part 11

Bun B Footage Part 1

Bun B Footage Part 2