Friday, December 28, 2007

Get Right Gang Discussion: Style and Breakin'

This extra footage was taken from the Optic discussion.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Paperthin Remix

I guess when you're sick and you have nothing better to do than to stay home and rest it's good.
I've been more productive and have been making more music. Here's a sample of a beat I like.
I added MC LYTE voice over it, to see how it would sound with a quality MC over it. I think it sounds
cool. Not great but OK. The beat alone I'm digging.
Paperthin remix ENjoy

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Look kids Big Ben Parliament...
I made this beat today. Well I didn't really make the beat, well I looped a lot of it. I played out the Headhunters Drums from "God Make Me Funky." I'd do the Roger Rabbit, The Pony and maybe The WOP to it.
funkyfresh download

Sunday, December 23, 2007

A Christmas Song from The Iron Lung

I still have a love for classic Christmas music. When I refer to "classic" I mean, people like Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, and Frank Sinatra singing Christmas music. They sung melodies in a simple fashion and articulated words very well. Sometimes I think about writing a letter to the most sterile singers on earth like Celine Dion, Josh Grobin, Beyonce (not really sterile but really wack), and Mariah Carey and ask them why can't they just sing like the artists of old. Why can't they just chill on the vibratto and trills they overdo when singing and just sing the dam song without showing off their powermoves. But then again, who fuckin' cares? Billions of people listen to their shit music (my mom unfortunately, hehe). They're not going to change their style if they're making serious money what they're doing. Oh well, at least we have youtube. Take it away, old blue eyes.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A Look At Optic

A look at the founder of Rock So Fresh and one of San Diego's finest bboys. Featuring The Get Right Gang and Rocferd.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


I was feelin' some hip hop tonight

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


For the longest time in the world my favorite song of all time was My Cherie Amour by Stevie. I always loved the melody and felt I could relate to the song. Within the last 3 years or so, I began taking a more fond interest in JAZZ and JAZZ standards as it pertains to melodies. One standard I've grown quite fond of, and will probably call my new number 1 song of all time is Stardust. That melody is so dam fresh. The problem. Who's version do I like the most? So many great musicians and vocalists have done Stardust. Here are some great examples:

Clifford Brown

Louis Armstrong

Nat King Cole

Artie Shaw

Whom do you like????

Saturday, November 24, 2007


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Holiday Rap 2007

I woke up this Thanksgiving morning wanting to record a rap. I had no ideas. My friends and I had a Pre-Thanksgiving party last night and I was hungry. I went downstairs to look for left-overs.

Looking at a mangled turkey did not look very enticing. I ate some left over bread and had a great idea for a Holiday Rap.

I went back to bed and started writing some SERIOUS LYRICAL FLOWS. The tightest rhymes I've probably ever written in my life. Whenever I record a rap, I usually write my rhymes first before I make the beat. That's just me.

I thought Bob James would be nice and cater to a nice fun Holiday Rap. Two hours later I came out with this. Tell me what you think.


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Found Treasure. 84 Mixtape Download

When Rock Rubin was at my house last week he let me borrow some of his old cassette tapes. Among his collection of classic music like Run DMC, Cold Crush VS. Fantastic, Busy Bee Vs. Kool Moe, I came across a gray TDK. The tape contained a battle from 1983 or 84 between two DJs in a sound system battle. I couldn't make out the names but it sounds like Fast Freddie Hilton Vs. Mace Johnson. It must've been recorded in New York because these two DJs were only playing breakbeats and the MC constantly yells out New York Rappers and Bboys throughout the tape. I uploaded it to my macspace so that you can all download this unknown treasure. Thanks Rock Rubin.
Lost Battle 84 Download

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


If you like it or hate it, I'd love to hear a response or some good old constructive criticism. Thanks hip hoppers.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Rox With Rubin

From out of the blue, I ran into an old hip hop producer from the 80s. From what I remember he was bad ass when he was hitten the Roland. I had to buy him an extra-side of red beans and rice from Popeyes to get him to walk back into the studio again. What happened was pure magic.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Real Battles

To be in New York in the 30s seems like the ultimate experience. I can't imagine what it be like to experience these two legendary battles. Who would be named "The King of Swing" on either end? Dancefloors packed. The best of the best going at it. These posters are bad ass. If only I had a DELOREAN with a dam flux capicitor. How could I've been so careless?

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


It's amazing that Crazy Legs still gets down. 41 years old and still puts his body and his legendary reputation on the line. What's crazy is that he still wins major competitions like Mighty 4. Put the legendary status aside, Legs still looks fresh almost every time I see him go out. It's not a new movement or an interesting shuffle that gets me, it's LEGS ability to look fresh just doing the dance of bboying. LEGS can just do 6 and 3 step footwork and end in a W Freeze and that I'll be fine with me. Where you have bboys that are searching for movements to incorporate in their footwork (not that it's a bad thing), LEGS's nuances and funky movements in the dance makes him bad ass already. I thought he whupt everyone in this footwork battle.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My Halloween MegaMix

Happy Halloween Hip Hoppers

Saturday, October 27, 2007

This Time Of Year

He visits me when I least expect him. He usually scares the shit out of me. Like I'll be fixing some spaghetti (one of the few foods I can actually cook), and I'll see him staring at me from outside my window. I'll ask him, "Hey, don't you ever call first?"
Oh but Jack never really scares me, it's his power to control the wind and tumbleweeds that usually does it. Sometimes I wonder if Jack was the cause for the Witch Fire last week. But I never question him. I just sit and listen to him preach about how wack POWERMOVES are in bboying, and how non-rhythmic they are.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Pumpkin' Carvin' At Optics

Friday, October 19, 2007


Thanks to Sunk Roc of The Community Service Radio for putting this discussion on. Initially it was supposed to be a debate between Serato and Vinyl, but then just led to a discussion. The discussion is between me, Odd One (DJ), and Sunk Roc (host).
Serato and Vinyl from The Community Service Radio


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sunk Roc Interview

One of San Diego's Hip Hop heads explains his past with hip hop and his underground hip hop talk show The Community Service Radio Show.
Part 1

Part 2


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Thanks Louie

Louis Armstrong is great. American music owes a lot to this jazz musician. There were instrumentalists and singers that tried to sound like Louie's trumpet. So take a break on the wack bboy clips on youtube, and run a search for Louis Armstrong and take a glance on what real SOUL is. I can't imagine how music today would sound without the influence of Louis Armstrong. I get teary-eyed everytime I watch this trumpet solo. Thanks Pops.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Swift Wizards Crew

Another interview with some of San Diego's hopefuls.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Coleman and Charlie : Ballade

This youtube clip was taken from Norman Granz Presents Improvisation from 1950 and features two legendary saxophone players Coleman Hawkins and Charlie Parker. This is probably some of the best 2minutes and 50 seconds of music you'll ever see in your life. Charlie's little joking gesture 20 seconds into the clip makes me smile everytime. Who do you think plays better in this performance?

Sunday, October 7, 2007

We're Back Baby

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Sumo Rock Interview

Some words with one of San DIego's best bboys.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Lumpia, Wax, and Giving Back

Thursday, October 4, 2007

An Afternoon with Saratoga Sake Part 3

The last episode of the man, the myth, the legend.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

An Afternoon with Saratoga Sake Part 2

A more in depth look into the mind of a genius/weirdo.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

An Afternoon with Saratoga Sake Part 1

I had the pleasure of spending some time at Sake's ranch in Spring Valley. Here's what the San Diego graffiti legend had to say.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Great Extras

Seinfeld is probably one of the greatest shows ever created. This is partly due because of the great actors and characters they have on the show. If you've never watched this show about "nothing", I highly recommend picking up the DVD sets. The extras on Seinfeld are as equally, if not funnier than the lead characters. Here are my top 5 Seinfeld extras. They are numbered in order of ranking. Who are your favorites?

1. Frank Costanza

2. The attorney Jackie Chiles

3. Newman

4. Kenny Bania

5. David Puddy

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Cypher City Kings Interview

I went to Mira Mesa to interview one of San Diego's premier bboy crews, The Cypher City Kings. By the way, the word "cypher" in bboy terms refers to an open circle of dancing where there are no set rules, judges or set up battles.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Power Of Jazz

Monday, September 24, 2007


Sometimes the spirit of Hip Hop makes you get out of bed and start mixing and scratching. How could I say no? Enjoy the mix hip hoppers:)
Download LIve Mix 4


By the way. Backspinning is a technique in which the dj plays the section of the record called the break over and over.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's .....

I interviewed The Son of Jarel from The 1520 Sedgwick Ave. DJs and The Unknown Turntablist Krew.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Yes You Do To Doodle

Crying like a baby, going to happy hour with buds, shopping or venting to people is never an option for me. When I'm down there's nothing better than Joe Williams and nothing far better than letters to get you keep you going.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

My Equipment