Mixtape Monday Vol. XVIII Side A – “A Year of Violent”


Good morning everyone, we’re in the last week of Mixtape Monday for 2015, and to wrap things off we’re doing a double feature with Side A and Side B of Volume XVIII coming out this week. To kick things off today we have Side A, “A Year of Violent” and we’ll return on Wednesday for Side B. It’s been a hectic year for all, craziness all around us and what almost seems to be a world on fire – but we’ve had some incredible art and music to get us through. With Side A this week we’ll be reflecting on that with artists like Pusha T, Vince Staples, Kong Los, SZA, Little Simz, The Game, Kanye West, Lorine Chia, Future, Lizzo, Kaytranda, Thestand4rd, N.E.R.D., J. Cole, Omen and the Dreamville crew ft. Donnie Trumpet, and the one and only Kendrick Lamar. Let’s finish this year off proper, thanks all for joining in with us, we’ll be back on Wednesday for our last sound off of the year. Enjoy!

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Live and Direct! Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah @ Yoshi’s


In all honesty Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, his newest album “Stretch Music” – featuring local Bay Area artist and flutist Elena Pinderhughes and the concept of stretch music as a sound are fairly new to me. Up until a few months ago I knew nothing about him, his amazing band or this form of fusion jazz until it suddenly burst upon my radar when at all once several close friends were all telling me I had to get up on it. Continue reading Live and Direct! Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah @ Yoshi’s

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Live and Direct! Mr. West Mr. West @ The Warfield


Wake up Mr. West! I know I was certainly yelling Wake up Mr. Francis to myself Saturday morning as myself and hundreds of other Kanye West fans waited in line for his performance at the DNC’s fundraiser. Barrack Obama, Libby Shaff, the entire Warriors team, Serena Williams and Jamie Foxx were all in attendance, with Barrack and Libby both giving speeches before Kanye came out on stage. And while Kanye definitely took his time getting the show ready to start, it was an incredible 45minute set once it started.

Despite the minor (and now expected) technical difficulties Ye busted out all the hits, several off record radio smashes, and concluded the performance with a medley of songs from each of his albums; covering every major release from his catalog save for Watch the Throne.

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Live and Direct! – Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers


Goddamn Goddamn Goddamn. Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers, live at The New Parish with MJ’s Brass Boppers and Nayo Jones. Where the hell does one even start. Everyone put on an absolutely incredible show, transplanting a tiny taste of New Orleans right to the heart of Oakland, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

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Live and Direct! – Trap X Art Tupac Tribute

The Tupac Tribute show with Trap X Art at 111 Minna has come and gone. It was great working having Josh Gibson as my featured guest for the show as he truly filled out the extra space I had on our wall. Working with Amina (co founder and organizer) from Trap X Art was a lot of fun, they pair up with 111 Minna every few weeks to do tribute shows so if you missed out last night make sure to check them out for their future exhibitions – the shows are only up for one night so be sure to make it out!

Here’s one of the new illustrations I did for the show, the other one (pictured above in instagram) I’ll share later this week.


“Greed n’ Ridaz”, 2015

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Trap X Art


Oh damn! On Friday the 11th I’ll be participating in Trap x Art‘s 2pac Tribute show down at 111 Minna Gallery! It’s gonna be a hell of a night, full of artists, musicians and all kinds of people coming together to celebrate the life and influence of Mr. Shakur.

It’s a one night only show, so be sure to clear your schedule and grab your tickets asap! I also have the pleasure of being backed up by, and featuring a a very talented friend of mine Josh Gibson. Be sure to take a ride down to San Francisco and check out our work as part of this amazing show. Continue reading Trap X Art

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Live and Direct! – Janelle Monae + BLM March

We were holdin it down. #Wondaland#Crew #HYTB

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Sunday, August 23rd, I had the chance to not only see Janelle and the Wondaland crew perform live at the 24th Street Bart Station down in the Mission of San Francisco, but I had the privilege of marching side by side with her and the rest of the Wondaland crew as they protested police brutality and mass incarceration as part of the BLM + BTLM coalition.
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Live and Direct! – Midtown Social


From last Thursday through the weekend I had the distinct pleasure of both working with and seeing Midtown Social perform live three times. Twice as part of the UnderCover Presents: “The Singles!” Tribute show to Amy Winehouse at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and once as they headlined at The Great American Music Hall.

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