TONIGHT (1.23.16): “DOWNTOWN SOUL” w/ TIFFANY GOUCHE’, LAKIM, RHETTMATIC, COLEMAN, JOYCE WRICE, ORIJANUS, & ANDRES

Tonight (January 23rd), a special one time event called “Downtown Soul” is happening at The Regent in Downtown Los Angeles. With an All-Star Line Up of talented Djs/Producers/Singers gracing the stage playing all types of good music: Tiffany Gouche, Lakim, Rhettmatic, Joyce Wrice, Coleman, Orijanus, & Andres. This is an event that you do not want to miss. For tickets & more info, go to www.soulection.com.

TONIGHT (1.22.16): “DO IT” w/ DJ EXPO & SEAN O + special guest: DJ SHORTKUT

Tonight (January 22nd) during the NAMM Show Weekend, is another installment of “Do It” with residents Dj Expo & Dj Sean O at The Shortstop in Los Angeles. Their tonight’s special guest is our very own Dj Shortkut. Come thru for a night of good music, dancing vibes, & good peoples! All Styles, All Smiles!

TONIGHT (1.17.16): MOTOWN ON MONDAYS LBC – MLK WEEKEND AT THE FEDERAL BAR LBC

Tonight (January 17th) is a special installment of Motown On Mondays LBC on Sunday at The Federal Bar in Downtown Long Beach. It’s a special Dr. Martin Luther King Get Down with residents Dj Icy Ice, Dj Phatrick, Dj Sloepoke, Dj Dubs One & more.  If you love classic Motown music, this is a perfect way to start off your MLK weekend!

VIDEO: “WATCH THE SOUND” featuring DJ TEEKO

The Beat Junkie Sound is back with another Special guest edition of our Turntablist DJ series “Watch The Sound”.
This episode we feature the SF Bay Area’s own TEEKO.
performing an original production- ACT UP (Unreleased) 1 x (available on BLAST THAT EP) For more info on Teeko follow him on IG @teekomusic and Twitter at @teekomusic.
Also www.teekomusic.com
https://soundcloud.com/teekomusic

Catch Teeko on tour with Mr. Carmack
1/14- Milwaukee WI – Miramar Theater
1/15- Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
1/16- Detroit, MI- Populux
1/17- Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
1/19- Syracuse, NY -Wescott Theater
1/20- Boston, MA- The Sinclair
1/21- Philadelphia,PA- TLA
1/22- Brooklyn,NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

For all things Beat Junkies, be sure and visit us at www.beatjunkies.com. Also, tune into our #BeatJunkieRadio station on the new Dash Radio app (free download for iphone and Android)

* Filmed and Edited by @RomeDigs at KutUpMusic Studios

TONIGHT (1.7.16): 1ST “AYCD” OF 2016 w/ J.ROCC & BLACK CARLOS aka MR. CHOC.

TONIGHT (January 7th) is another installment of “All You Can Dance” w/ J.Rocc & Black Carlos aka Mr. Choc at Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice, CA.  It’s the first AYCD of 2016 so you know it’s going down tonight! It’s every 1st Thursdays of each month.  This is the spot to be to get your dance on and …..Don’t Sleep!

SATURDAY (1.2.16): “SUPER HANDSOME” w/ DJ DELVE, DJ SSSOLUTION, & DJ JON C + special guest: RHETTMATIC at MANIFEST HONOLULU

Saturday (January 2nd), Rhettmatic will be kicking off his 2016 as a special guest at “Super Handsome” with residents Dj Delve, Dj Sssolution, & Jon C.  All hapening at the Manifest Honolulu in Chinatown, Hawaii. Come thru for a night good music, good vibes, some get down, & some drinks.  What a way to kick off the new year…Aloha!

AUDIO: SOUNDCHECK EP. 21 (12/22/15) w/ DJ SKIZZ, DJ REVOLUTION, PLANET ASIA, & MR. MECC

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Special Guests (12.22.15) is Dj Skizz, Dj Revolution, Planet Asia, & Mr. Mecc

SOUNDCHECK EP. 22 (12/2/15) w/ DJ Skizz, Dj Revolution, Planet Asia, & Mr. Mecc by Thebeatjunkies on Mixcloud

Dj Babu set

Doomstarks – Livelyhood
Pusha  T – Crutches, Crosses, Caskets
Badbadnotgood – Six Degrees
MoSS – Nobody Move ft Onyx & Havoc
Rapsody – Godzilla

Pop Up Guest: Planet Asia

Blu x Ivan Ave x Like – Puccio
Beneficence – Digital Warfare ft. Inspectah deck
Richie Branson & Solar Slim – Party n Bullshit (Star Wars mix)
Capone N Noreaga – Pizza
Kendrick Lamar – Institutionalized
Gangrene – Flamethrowers pt.2

Special Guest: Dj Skizz

J.Rocc set

Tall Black Guy – JBs Suite
Guilty Simpson – Meal Ticket
Black Star – You’re Welcome
Dilated Peoples – Good As Gone
Frank Nitt  – Slippin
Gangrene – The Scrapyard
D.I.T.C – New Wave snippet ft Fat Joe
Barry White – Paul Quin college outtakes
Westside Gunn & Conway – Alligator Straps
Raekwon – Wu-Gambino Hidden Chamber
Freddie Gibbs – Extradite ft. Black thought

Special Guests: Dj Revolution x Mr.Mecc

Dj Rhettmatic set

Redman – Bars
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Prhyme – Highs and Low
Black Milk – Pest
Villain Park – Play The Villain
Lex (NYRE) – The Q.U wordsmith
Torae – Get Down

TONIGHT (12/22/15): SOUNDCHECK EP. 21 w/ DJ REVOLUTION & DJ SKIZZ on BEAT JUNKIE RADIO

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Tonight’s guests (12.22.15) is Dj Revolution (Wake Up Show) & Dj Skizz

 

(UPDATE) AUDIO: SOUNDCHECK EP. 20 (12/8/15) w/ THE EGYPTIAN LOVER

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

UPDATE: Due to certain policies from Mixcloud that the audio cannot be played, you can download the mp3 from this link: https://www.mediafire.com/?d8u3xw5855q7noj

SOUNDCHECK EP. 20 (12/8/15) w/ The Egyptian Lover by Thebeatjunkies on Mixcloud

Dj Rhettmatic set

Invisibl skratch Piklz  – Classic Moog
KRS One – Drugs Won
Gangrene – Sheet Music feat Sean Price
Rapper Big Pooh & Nottz  – Prom Season
Redman – Dopeman
Scud – Scud Mig Beat
Bad Lucc – B.O.M.B
J-dilla – Dillatronic 22
Black Milk – Winters
Guilty Simpson – The Time Is Now
Phat  Kat – Phat Kat ep track 2
MED×Blu×Madlib  – The Stroll
Wiki -Hate Is Earned (prod by black milk)
Wordsworth & Donel smokes – F.U (fingers up) feat Blu
Black Milk – Need instr

Special guest: The Egyptian Lover

Egyptian Lover – Dubb Girls
Egyptian Lover – Popper’s Anthem
Egyptian Lover  – Girls instr
Egyptian Lover  – The 808
Egyptian Lover  – Got To Get It
Egyptian Lover – You’re So Fine
Various – The Glove Meets Egyptian Lover
Egyptian Lover & Uncle jam’s army – Dial A Freak
Egyptian Lover – Beatjunkies – Egypt Egypt

Egyptian Lover in the mix

Egyptian Lover  – Into The Future
Egyptian Lover – Seduced

J.Rocc mix

J Dilla – Dillatronic 12
M.O.P – 187
WhiteBoiz – Live From The Mothership
Parliament – Mothership
tuamie- Water Colors
tuamie – Slow Jam
Cam – Love Junkee a capella
J-Dilla – Dillatronic 25
Gangrene – Just For Decoration
Barry white -Paul Quin College
Westside Gun & Conway -Richer Porter
NxWorries – Droogs
Nikobeats – To Each His Own
Black milk – Computer Ugly Ugly
Black milk – Mary Jane Candy
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Chill Rob G – The Power a capella
Mantronix – King Of The Beats

AUDIO: THE FANTASTIK 4OUR (MR. CHOC, C-MINUS, J.ROCC, & TRULY ODD) REUNION ON “ADVENTURES IN STEREO”

This last night’s episode (December 20th) of “Adventures In Stereo” radio show.  The Funky President J.Rocc brings back the band together & got the Fantastik 4our to do a reunion show. It’s good to hear Mr. Choc, C-Minus, Truly Odd, & J.Rocc together on the air, even if it’s for 1 time only….feels like the 90’s again.  J.Rocc’s radio show is every Sunday from 10p-12a on 90.7FM KPFK in Los Angeles or listen on the internet: www.kpfk.org.

Adventures In Stereo w/ The Fantastik 4our by Jrocc on Mixcloud

We In This: Dilated Peoples at Rhymesayers 20th Homecoming

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It only took 20 years for this Hip Hop homecoming marathon to come together, and on December 4th 2015, I am pleased to say we were there with bells on.  My friend Judy Blum and I were geared up for 7 hours of non-stop Hip Hop.  To clarify, the Rhymesayers 20th tour included 29 acts crammed into 7 hours of play-time, all whilst surrounded by where ya from Hip Hop fans packed into the Target Center Arena in downtown Minneapolis.

 

The Players: (Alphabetically listed)

Abstract Rude, Aesop Rock, Atmosphere, Battlecats, BK One, Blueprint, Boom Bap Project, Brother Ali, deM atlaS, Dilated Peoples, DJ Abilities, Evidence, Felt, Freeway, Grayskul, Grieves, Hail Mary Mallon, I Self Devine, Jake One, K-Salaam, Los Nativos, Micranots, Mr. Dibbs, Musab, P.O.S, Prof, Soul Position, The Uncluded, and Toki Wright

 

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Unlike the last time we met to hit this town, the stars were somehow aligned perfectly. The aura was right, spirits were high, there was no curve balls, no drama, nothing but a diverse selection of Hip Hop acts and 8 dollar beers, and other than that insane expense denting the wallet, nothing could go wrong in this situation.

This time we were there to work, and having fun would only be the unavoidable byproduct of our “job” of documenting and recording this once in a lifetime event.

So that’s what we did; we worked. Photo after photo, with beer breaks only when we got thirsty.  We took it all in, soaked it up like a sponge and now it’s time to wring it out.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and we somehow got a thousand pictures, so it’s apparent this post is better without a thousand words.  For the universal love of eye candy and in the interest of keeping it short and sweet, this topic will be limited to the money shots (no porno) and verbiage will be nothing more than the essential need-to-know captions.

 

Highlights:

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The surprising and invigorating entrance of Los Nativos

 

 

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The crowd hushing poetic acapella opening of deM atlaS prior to his first beat drop.

 

 

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Grieves owning the crowd.

 

 

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I Self Devine’s shine time…

 

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Prof blowing up the spot rockin his ugly Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer socks.

 

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A calm yet commanding Aesop Rock as 1/2 of the Uncluded

 

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After a brief Rock\Hip Hop hybrid set, Mr. Dibbs reaches out to connect with his people.

 

 

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DJ Abilities blistering fast cuts and his touching tribute to the legendary spitter Eyedea.

 

 

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Blueprint’s short solo before being joined by RJD2…

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when Soul Position formed like Voltron…

 

 

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Finally, Dilated Peoples rears up, announcing that they “are back!”  What could this mean?  New album coming?

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DJ Babu tearing up the ones and twos through the haze…

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…in perfect form, seemingly undaunted by the lack of any kind of cable management system.

 

 

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Murs and Ant for Felt…  Like all of the good acts it seemed way too short.

 

 

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Towering master of ceremonies Brother Ali blew away the audience with a little help from his B-Boys and B-Girls.

 

^Here’s a short gif of that in action.

 

 

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Judy Blum was as giddy as a schoolgirl to see Slug of Atmosphere

 

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Apparently the feeling was mutual.   Slug was thrilled to see Judy in the press pit.

 

 

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“I own the Camaro and the mobile home, so where the fuck you gonna go?”

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At midnight, Slug was still at the top of his game, rousing the once fatigued crowd into a second-wind frenzy.

 

 

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End of the night: rchecka (L) and Judy Blum (R) in the press pit.

7 hours in, still professional as ever, still working hard to get the shots, but admittedly we were hammering the beers at this point.  I maintain that since we worked so hard we deserved it.  And hey, when it’s hammer time, it’s selfie time…

 

On a personal tip, I gotta say this is the hard part of the story…  Picking out pics for this was difficult, and a lot of deserving artists never got photographed or mentioned, but it’s hardest of all to sum up a night with this many unforgettable highlights.  Needless to say I am truly honored to have the opportunity to do so.

My only complaint about the entire homecoming is some well deserving incredible sets were cut short due to justifiable but regrettable time constraints.  Well, there’s that complaint and the fact that a epic event like this will never happen again in my lifetime.  Which brings me to my obligatory recommendation; if you get the opportunity to catch any of the artists that graced this tour, you need to find a way to make it happen.

…As luck has it, TONIGHT is your chance to do just that…  The Dilated Peoples along with other special guests are playing tonight at The House Of Blues in Anahiem, CA.  For more information check out our recent blog post.

 

-written by rchecka

photos: rchecka & Judy Blum

Fb: @rchecka

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TONIGHT (12/16/15): RHETTMATIC & MR. CHOC AT THE GETO BABY/CALI KINGS 20 YR ANNIVERSARY

Tonight (December 16th), our very own Rhettmatic & Mr. Choc will be spinning a set at the Geto Baby Record Pool/Cali Kings 20 Year Anniversary Party at The Study in Hollywood. Other prominent DJs will be The Baka Boyz, C-Minus, Dj Ralph M (Funkdoobiest/KDAY Mixmasters), Monalisa, Dj Phyz-Ed, & many more.

Congratulations to Frank Vidal & the Baka Boyz for 20 Years in the music industry.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18TH: DILATED PEOPLES AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES ANAHIEM

Friday (December 18th), Dilated Peoples will be performing at The House Of Blues in Anahiem, CA this past November. With special guests The Step Brothers (w/ Alchemist),Fashawn, & opening DJ set by our very own Mr. Choc. Doors open at 8pm, All Ages, Tix: $25. Don’t miss this dope Hip Hop show, possibly the last one for 2015.

TONIGHT (12/11/15): FLAVORS 8 w/ DJ SPINNA & J.ROCC + opening set by DJ BABU

FOOTLONG DEVELOPMENT & KEISTAR PRODUCTIONS PRESENT
 
FLAVORS 8
THE BEST OF 90S HIP HOP & RNB
DJ SPINNA & J.ROCC
OPENING SET: DJ BABU (Dilated Peoples/Beat Junkies)
HOSTED BY COGNITO
9PM-2AM 21+  $20 DOOR

LMTD $15 ADV TIX: AMOEBA RECORDS &
FOOTLONGDEVELOPMENT.COM

ECHOPLEX
1154 GLENDALE BL.,
LA(ECHO PARK), CA. 90026

AUDIO: J.ROCC’S EXTENDED “EAST COAST FLAVORS” MIX – Presented by FOOTLONG DEVELOPMENT

In honor of this Friday’s event “Flavors 8” 90’s party (December 11th) at The Echoplex in Los Angeles, brought to you by Footlong Development, here is the extended mix of J.Rocc‘s ‘East Coast Flavors’ that was printed up on a limited edition cassette mixtape last year. On this mix is all the classic 90’s Hip Hop joints that you will be hearing at the party.

Listen to the mix here:

J.ROCC’s Extended ‘EastCoast Flavors’ Mix by Footlong_Development on Mixcloud

You can purchase tickets for the Flavors party here: http://www.footlongdevelopment.com

Footlong Development presents
Flavors 7 (The Best 90’s R&B/Hip Hop Party in LA)
w/ J.Rocc & Dj Spinna
at The Echoplex
Opening Set by Young Guru
Hosted by Cognito

Enjoy the mix….see you Friday!

 

TONIGHT (12/7): SOUNDCHECK EP. 20 w/ THE EGYPTIAN LOVER on DASH RADIO

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Tonight’s guests (12.8.15) is the legendary Egyptian Lover

AUDIO: INVISIBL SKRATCH PIKLZ – “CLASSICAL MOOG” (RED BULL 20 BEFORE 16)

Our very own D-Styles & Shortkut along with the incredible Dj Q-Bert are some of the members of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, one of the dopest DJ crews in the world. They’re finally dropping a new album called “The 13th Floor”. Their first official single just dropped, courtesy of the Red Bull Music Academy.

“The phrase “legends in the game” gets chucked around a lot, but there really isn’t any other way to describe the Invisibl Skratch Piklz.  The crew captivated the attention of a generation in the early 90’s with their fast-evolving definition of Turntablism.  Recently, the current incarnation of the group consisting of Dj Q-Bert, D-Styles, & Shortkut hit the Red Bull Studios in Tokyo to record the first Piklz album in 20 years.  The same trip included an appearance at this year’s Red Bull Thr3estyle World Finals, as well as taking part in a Guinness World Record-breaking Team Scratch routine with the Finalists – their heirs from around the world.  “Classical Moog” is a exclusive peek at three truly inspirational pioneers coming full circle into a new era of technique technology”

Listen & Download “Classical Moog” here: http://20before16.redbull.com/invisiblskratchpiklz/

AUDIO: SOUNDCHECK EP. 19 (11/24/15) w/ BAD LUCC, PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, & ILLINGSWORTH

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Tonight’s guests (11.24.15) is Bad Lucc, People Under The Stairs, & Illingsworth (Street Corner Music)

SOUNDCHECK EP. 19 (11/24/15) w/ BAD LUCC, PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, & ILLINGSWORTH by Thebeatjunkies on Mixcloud

Dj Melo D set

14KT – Holy Moley
Rapsody – Godzilla
Axel F – Day ft Tristate
Nikobeats – You’re My Starship
Step Brothers – No Hesitation
Sean Price – Figure More
The Meters – Handclapping Song
Danny Brown – Hot Soup Commercial
Danny Brown – Head
Mentplus – All My Friends
Mentplus – Stormy Nights
Camp Lo  – Bright Lights
Gangrene – Driving Gloves instr

Special Guest – People Under The Stairs

PUTS – Runaway ft Greg Nice
PUTS – Saturday Again

Thes One vinyl set

J.Rocc set

Jansport J – Ain’t Nobody Better
Tall Black Guy – JBs Suite
Camp Lo  – This Is It
Freddie Gibbs – Extradite ft Black Thought
MED x Blu x Madlib ft Anderson.Paak
Yasiin Bey – Poorest (Niggas In Paris)
Madlib – Hey Ron
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Special Guest – Illingsworth

Illingsworth Live Beat Set

Rhettmatic set

Phat Kat – All Madden
Redman – Bars
J-Dilla – Dillatronic
Lex The Q.U Wordsmith
Guilty Simpson – RIP
MED x Blu x Madlib – Birds
Pete rock – Beat Goes On
Jake One – Jake Slaps Lecter
XL (El Da sensei x Sadat X) – We Must Stand
Magnif  – The Last
KRS1 – Sound Man

Special Guest – Bad Lucc
Bad lucc  – Hardcore Ready
Bad lucc  – Cali Get The Money ft Punch
Bad lucc  – Ski Mask ft Rapsody
Talib Kweli x 9th Wonder – Pay ya Dues ft Bad Lucc & Problem

CUT CHEMIST’S “FUNK OFF” MEGAMIX LIMITED VINYL + DOLLAR RECORD SALE (11/27/15)

Our good friend, the legendary Dj Cut Chemist (Jurassic 5, Ozomatli) will be releasing his French Synth & Drum Machine based music mix called the “Funk Off” on vinyl.  The FUNK OFF MEGAMIX has been pressed to a limited run of only 1,000 vinyl copies with a specially designed foil and embossed jacket. SHIPS 11/27/15.

You can purchased the vinyl here: https://cutchemist.bandcamp.com/album/funk-off-megamix

or on Black Friday (November 27th), you can purchase the vinyl at the Rappcats Black Friday Record Store Day/Cut Chemist’s Funk Off/$1 Record Sale from 12-5pm.  Don’t miss this wonderful chance to get some goodies!

Rappcats
5636 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca.

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TONIGHT (11/25): MOTOWN ON MONDAYS LBC PRE-THANKSGIVING GET DOWN AT THE FEDERAL BAR w/ DJ ICY ICE, DJ SLOEPOKE & MORE

Tonight (November 25th) is a special installment of Motown On Mondays LBC at The Federal Bar in Downtown Long Beach. It’s the Pre-Thanksgiving Gobble Get Down with residents Dj Icy Ice, Dj Phatrick, Dj Sloepoke, Dj Dubs One & more.  If you love classic Motown music, this is a perfect way to start off your Thanksgiving week!

SAT. (11/28/15): THE VISIONARIES – “GIVE THANKS” SHOW AT THE COMPLEX LA

This Saturday (November 28th), The Visionaries will be doing a special “Give Thanks” show at The Complex (806 E. Colorado St.) in Glendale, Ca to celebrate 20 years in the game and as a way to thank their fans. Come see Dannu, LMNO, 2Mex, Dj Rhettmatic, Lord Zen, & Key-Kool as they will be together on stage performing classic Visionaries songs as well as solo joints. It is a 21 and over event & ONLY 200 Tickets will be available. You can purchase the tickets at www.ticketfly.com.  If you are a true Visionary fan & love Underground West Coast Hip Hop, this is a show that you do not want to miss!

TONIGHT (11/24/15): SOUNDCHECK EP. 19 w/ PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, BAD LUCC, & ILLINGSWORTH

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Tonight’s guests (11.24.15) is Bad Lucc, People Under The Stairs, & Illingsworth (Street Corner Music)

SAT. 11/21/15: CALIFORNIA LOVE – AN ORCHESTRAL TRIBUTE TO DR. DRE

Saturday (November 21st), our very own Rhettmatic will be joining the legendary Dj Battlecat, Jeremy Sole, & a group of talented musicians to pay tribute to the one & only Dr. Dre at the “California Love” event, brought to you by Mochilla & The Playing For Change Foundation.  Peep the short video & details below….this is an event you do not want to miss!

California Love – Teaser from MOCHILLA on Vimeo.

CALIFORNIA LOVE 

–AN ORCHESTRAL TRIBUTE TO DR. DRE –

FEATURING: BERNIE WORRELL

Sly 5th Ave – Arranger / Conductor

Saturday, Nov. 21, 7:30pm-11pm
CALIFORNIA LOVE-  A 30-Piece Orchestral Tribute
Celebrating the music  DR. DRE  @EbellTheatre
Wilshire Ebell Theatre 4401 W 8th St, LA, CA 90005   

#CalifoniaLoveLA  #CaliLove
Tickets: californialove.brownpapertickets.com
Link to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1217518684931743/

THURS. 11/19/15: STONES THROW SHOWCASE: WHITE BOIZ, PB WOLF, J.ROCC & MORE

Tonight (November 19) is the Stones Throw showcase with White Boiz (Krondon & Shafiq Husein), Peanut Butter Wolf, J.Rocc, Mndsgn, & Samiyam. All happening at the Regent Theatre in Downtown LA. Don’t miss this dope showcase. Doors open at 8p. Purchase presale tickets here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/990081?_ga=1.252183628.414658788.1414796565&__utma=1.750419307.1414796565.1445536546.1445547494.675&__utmb=1.5.10.1445547494&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1444843997.651.394.utmcsr=google|utmccn=%28organic%29|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=%28not%20provided%29&__utmv=-&__utmk=25835581

AUDIO: J.ROCC’S “ADVENTURES IN STEREO” w/ HOUSESHOES

This is a past recording of“Adventures In Stereo” radio show.  The Funky President J.Rocc brings in Detroit’s Ambassador & Street Corner Music Headhoncho Houseshoes.  J.Rocc’s radio show is every Sunday from 10p-12a on 90.7FM KPFK in Los Angeles or listen on the internet: www.kpfk.org.

ADVENTURES IN STEREO w/ HOUSE SHOES (STREET CORNER MUSIC) by Jrocc on Mixcloud

VIDEO: DJ JAZZY JEFF’S “VINYL DESTINATION” w/ Z-TRIP, RHETTMATIC, & MELO-D

Bigups to our big brother Dj Jazzy Jeff for having our very own Rhettmatic & Melo-D featured in his new episode of “Vinyl Destination”:

“Shenanigans at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles leads DJ Jazzy Jeff to the Beyond Wonderland Music Festival in San Bernardino. Along with Z-Trip and the Beat Junkies the collective shut down the festival at the end of the night. This sentimental performance marks the end of an era for DJ Jazzy Jeff as he embarks on a new vision for the future.

After a week of the new change, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the crew hit the road to Portland. In route to the show they run into an issue with transportation. After some negotiating, they are on the their way to test out DJ Jazzy Jeff’s new DJ super hero super powers, along with comedian JB”

TONIGHT (11/17/15): LEGIONS OF BOOM LA PANEL w/ DJ ICY ICE, RHETTMATIC, & SYMPHONY. MODERATED BY OLIVER WANG

Tonight (Tuesday November 17), Rhettmatic, Dj Icy Ice & a rare appearance by Dj Symphony will be at the “Legions Of Boom” LA panel with College Professor & Author, Oliver Wang. All happening at Cal State Long Beach from 6:30-8:30pm at the Anatol Center. It’s FREE to the public. They will be talking about the history of Filipino American Mobile DJs in Southern California. For more info: www.legionsofboom.com.

TONIGHT (11/14/15): DJ MELO-D AT HEART INSIDE CAESARS’ PALACE (LAS VEGAS)

Tonight (November 14th), our very own & Skam Artists roster member Melo-D will be headlining at one of the hottest spots in Las Vegas; “Heart” at the Omni Nightclub inside Caesars’ Palace. If you happened to be in the 702 area and want to get your bottle service on, this is the spot where you wanna be at!

VIDEO: “WATCH THE SOUND” feat. KURTEEK

The Beat Junkie Sound is back with another Special guest edition of our Turntablist DJ series “Watch The Sound”. This episode we feature The SF Bay Area’s own Kurteek. For more info on Kurteek, follow him on IG @_KURTEEK_ and Twitter at @kurteek. For all things Beat Junkies, be sure and visit us at www.beatjunkies.com. Also, tune into our #BeatJunkieRadio station on the new Dash Radio app (free download for iphone and Android)

* Filmed and Edited by @RomeDigs at KutUpMusic Studios

TONIGHT (11/13/15): YOUNG GURU, RHETTMATIC, ORIJANUS, ANDRES AT ESCALA K-TOWN

Tonight (November 13th) is a special night at Escala in Koreatown.  Young Guru (Grammy Award Engineer/DJ), Orijanus & Andres of Soulection, & our very own Rhettmatic are the All-Star line up providing the sounds for this one night only.  Come thru for some delicious Colombian Food, drinks, & good tunes to vibe/dance the night away. FREE ALL NIGHT!

TONIGHT (11/13/15): SNAPBACK LBC w/ DJ ICY ICE, DJ REMARK, & DJ ORION AT THE FEDERAL BAR

Tonight (November 13th) is another installment of Snapback LBC at The Federal Bar in Downtown Long Beach. This week is Resident Night: Dj Icy Ice, Dj Remark, & Dj Orion + hosted by Trek Life.  If you love classic Hip Hop & R&B, this is a perfect way to kick off your weekend!

TONIGHT (11/10/15): SOUNDCHECK EP. 18 w/ BIG TWINS (INFAMOUS MOBB) ON BEAT JUNKIE RADIO

Speaking of radio shows…..TONIGHT!

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Tonight’s guests (11.10.15) is Big Twins (Infamous Mobb)

TODAY (11/10/15): J.ROCC’S “ADVENTURES IN STEREO” – TUESDAY EDITION (11AM-1PM) ON 90.7FM KPFK

The Funky President J.Rocc has his very own radio show called “Adventures In Stereo”, every Sundays from 10pm-12am PST on KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles. You can also listen live stream on www.kpfk.org. But this is a special show…today (Tuesday, November 10th) is a special Adventures In Stereo…the Tuesday Edition from 11am-1pm. You can listen to J.Rocco get down live on the airwaves during lunchtime hours playing all that musical goodness. This is a show that you don’t want to miss!

FRIDAY (11/6/15): GUITAR CENTER x SERATO LA WORKSHOP w/ DJ BABU

This Friday (November 6th), Guitar Center joins forces with Serato for an intimate LA Workshop at the Guitar Center Hollywood. Their special guest is our very own Dj Babu.

At the workshop, they will be covering everything Serato DJ. Including the latest features and hardware: Key Mixing, Club Kit, and the Pioneer DJM-S9 mixer.

The workshop is from 6-9pm. To RSVP, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/903414889714101/

FRIDAY – 11/6: THE FILIPINO MIX w/ DJ ICY ICE at SOUND & VIBE RECORDING STUDIOS

Friday (November 6th), Sound & Vibe Recording Studio presents their first ever monthly cultural dinner experience called “The Mix”. The first one is called “The Filipino Mix” with guest DJ: Icy Ice & guest chef: Ryan Basa. S/O to the homie Omer Saar.

“With attendance limited to 30, The Mix is a themed and composed stimulation of the senses with carefully selected special guest chefs, performers, food, drinks, music, art, dance and interaction.

We are proud to celebrate Filipino culture for our first event. To reserve your place, Paypal $35/person to paypal.me/TheMix. Spots are filling up, so friends, please reserve your place asap.

The Mix
Friday, Nov. 6th 7-11pm
at Sound & Vibe Recording Studio – Long Beach, CA

Menu:

Appetizers

Torta Wontons – Stir fried ground beef, potatoes and scrambled eggs seasoned and stuffed into a wonton wrapper, deep fried and served with a spicy banana flavored ketchup

Lumpia Veggie Eggrolls – Stir fried cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts and green onions, lightly seasoned, rolled into a wonton wrapper, deep fried and served with a spicy garlic vinegar dip

Grilled Pork BBQ Skewers – Tender pork marinated in spices, grilled and smoothered in a sweet soy glaze

Main Entrees

Veggie Ginataang Calabash Tacos – Slow cooked Filipino squash in coconut base and spices, topped with shredded cabbage and drizzled with Sriracha cream sauce in a warm tortilla

Adobo Chicken Tacos – Slow cooked dark meat pieces in a soy-vinegar base with spices, topped with chopped cilantro and onions with a homemade salsa verde on a warm tortilla

Pork Longanisa Tacos – A sweet and mildly spicy pork sausage pan fried and topped with cilantro and onions, drizzled with a Sriracha cream sauce, in a warm tortilla

Sides

Garlic Fried Rice – Stir fried white rice lightly seasoned with garlic

Brussel Sprout Salad – Roasted brussel sprouts stir fried with carrots and cabbage, drizzled with Ponzu sauce

Dessert

Halo-Halo – A special Pinoy treat! Sweet red beans, jack fruit and taro topped with shaved ice, condensed milk and taro ice cream

Drinks
San Miguel – Filipino beer
Mix drinks”

TONIGHT (11/5/15): ALL YOU CAN DANCE w/ J.ROCC & BLACK CARLOS (MR. CHOC) at DEL MONTE SPEAKEASY

TONIGHT (November 5th) is another installment of “All You Can Dance” w/ J.Rocc & Black Carlos aka Mr. Choc at Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice, CA. It’s every 1st Thursdays of each month. You want to hear some dope new & classic dance tunes & sweat your troubles away, then this is the spot to be to get your dance on…..Don’t Sleep!

AUDIO: BAD LUCC x RHETTMATIC – “INHALE/EXHALE” MIXTAPE

The Watts Riot MC & Diamond Lane representative Bad Lucc connects with our very own Rhettmatic to whip up a new mixtape, Beat Junkie Style, called “Inhale/Exhale” to promote Bad Lucc’s upcoming project “Breathe” with producer AMP On The Beats of 9th Wonder’s Soul Council crew.  It’s 40 minutes of straight West Coast G-Sh*t, Raw Raps, & Boombastic Beats. Features appearances/production by Talib Kweli, Crooked I, Jay Rock, Frank Nitt, Problem, AMP, Khrysis, Eric G, & of course Rhettmatic.  “Breathe” EP drops next Tuesday, November 10th on Diamond Lane/Jamla. Pre-order on ITunes.

1. Intro
2. B.O.M.B. (Produced by AMPontheBeat of the Soul Council)
3. Watch Your Mouth (Produced by E.Jones of the Soul Council)
4. Legends Of The Awesome feat. Kxng Crooked aka Crooked I (Produced by League Of Starz)
5. So Cool feat. Ab Liva (Produced by Chase N. Cashe)
6. War Ready feat. Problem (Khrysis of the Soul Council)
7. Give It To Ya (Remix – Circa 2008) – Frank Nitt x Rhettmatic feat. Serious & Bad Lucc (Produced by Dj Rhettmatic)
8. Hollywood In 73 (Produced by Macado)
9. Humiliate (Produced by AMPontheBeat of the Soul Council)
10. Pay Ya Dues feat. Talib Kweli & Problem (Produced by Eric G of the Soul Council)
11. Hands Down (Produced by Macado)
12. Where U From (From Dj Crazy Toones’ mixtape “It’s A CT Experience”) (Produced by THX)
13. The Best feat. Mykestro (Produced by THX)
14. Western Union – Dubb Union (Bad Lucc, Damani, & Soopafly) (Produced by Soopafly)
15. Get Em feat. Jay Rock (Produced by Macado)
16. Breathe (Exclusive) (Produced by Dj Rhettmatic)
17. Ski Mask Way feat. Rapsody (Produced by AMPontheBeat of the Soul Council)

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MIXTAPE MONDAYS: DJ BACON – RUN-BST MEGAMIX (TRIBUTE TO RUN-DMC & THE BEASTIE BOYS)

Peep out this incredible Run-DMC/Beastie Boys Tribute Megamix by our own record pool member, Dj Bacon.  He sent this to us and we thought it was dope…..so dope that we had to post it up on our blog.  Peep out the mix below and follow him on twitter: twitter.com/therealdjbacon.

TONIGHT (11/2/15): LA MOVIE PREMIERE: “AS I AM” – THE LIFE & TIMES OF DJ AM AT THE ACE HOTEL LOS ANGELES

Tonight (November 2nd) is the LA Movie Premiere of the documentary “As I Am: The Life & Times of Dj AM”….a film by Kevin Kerslake, authorized by the estate of DJ AM. This is all happening at The Theatre inside the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Movie screening starts at 8pm sharp, with pre-movie screening & after party music by Dj Vice, Dj Fashion, Dj Spider, & many other special surprise guest DJs.  If you are a true DJ & you know of his work & influence….this is an event that you do not want to miss.  Rest In Peace Dj AM. For tix and more info, go to www.acehotel.com/djam or www.djamdoc.com

THURS. OCT. 29: NIGHTLINE w/ DJ MELO-D & D-STYLES + opening set by DJ BELLA FIASCO at THE POT LOBBY BAR

This Thursday (October 29th) is Nightline at The Pot Lobby Bar inside The Line Hotel in Koreatown (Los Angeles). This month’s residents Dj Melo-D & D-Styles  along with their special guest,  Dj Bella Fiasco doing an opening set.  It’s FREE from 9pm to 1am….Come vibe with the Junkies  as they will dropping some dope tunes for you to enjoy! Shoutouts to our boy Chef Roy Choi!

AUDIO: SOUNDCHECK EP. 16 (10.13.15) – BEAT JUNKIE MEMBERS

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles 
7-10PM
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Soundcheck Ep. 16 (10.13.15)

SOUNDCHECK EP. 16 (10.13.15) w/ THE BEAT JUNKIES by Thebeatjunkies on Mixcloud

Rhettmatic set

Elzhi – P.S.
Guilty Simpson – Power Outage
Magnif – The Last (prod by J Dilla)
Kan Zulu  – W’s ft Vic Monsoon
Wordsworth & Donel smokes – F.U (fingers up)
Phat Kat – **track 2**
XL (El da sensei x Sadat X) – We Must Stand
6th Generation – The Way Of The Sixth
White Boiz – Freedom
Tall Black Guy – Leave Us To Say Goodnight
Termanology – get off the ground
MED/Blu/Madlib – Get Money ft Frank Nitt
QNC – At The Same Time
Torae  – Saturday Night
The Game – Documentary 2
Jay Electronica – Holiday
Mentplus  – Stormy Nights
Gangrene – Just For Decorations feat Chuck Strangers & Evidence
Semi Hendrix – Jesus Pressed Mute
Ghostface Killah – Get The Money feat Vince staples
MED/Blu/Madlib – Knock Knock ft MF DOOM
Black Hippy – Constipation

Dj Melo D set

De La soul – Keepin The Faith
EPMD – Strictly Business
Slick Rick – Lick The Balls
MC Shan – The Bridge
BDP – The Bridge Is Over
MC Ez & Troop – Get Retarded
Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Back To The Block
Talib Kweli – Get By
Quasimoto- The Unseen
David Axelrod – The Sign
Beatnuts – No Escaping It

Dj Babu set

Slum Village – Love Is ft Bilal & Illa J
White Boiz – G.U.N
Your Old Droog – Listen Jonwayne rmx
Nikobeats – All I Do Is Think Of U
Sean Price – Soul Perfect ft Illa Ghee
DOOMSTARKS – Lively Hood
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Six Degrees ft Danny brown
Bj The Chicago Kid – Nothing But Love ft Joey Badass
Rapsody – Godzilla
Blended Babies – Make It Work ft Anderson.Paak & Asher Roth
Guilty Simpson – R.I.P
Noah Rime$ – In(side) Vestigation
Nikobeats  – 21 Candles

Surprised Guest: MED

J.Rocc set

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MED/Blu/Madlib – The Stroll
Tuamie – Water Colors
J-Dilla – Dillatronic 25
Dabyre – Game Over (dirty acapella)
J-dilla – Dillatronic 10
JP Morgan – Coming Back JP
Knx – Hennessy
Raphael saadiq  – Pookie Blue Room
Blackstar  – Fix Up, Look Sharp
Grooveman Spot – Bring Me On Back
Ras G Afrikan Space Program – Lord Of Lords
Oh No – Oompdoop
Oh no – Oompa Loompa  2
Gangrene – Flamethrower pt. 2
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Went for Kraftwerk, Stayed for Rapedoor

“Look, it’s not like I am trying to get free tickets…”

It was the afternoon of the show. I couldn’t believe I was having this conversation this late in the day.

“I already got tickets. All I need to do is get close to the stage for a few songs so I can snap some decent pics of Kraftwerk and help them promote their 3D tour.” I insisted.

 

Obligatory rewind… Before this phone call, it was my best week ever. In the same few days I got handed the keys to my dream job of blogging for the best DJ crew on the planet, my friend Blum won 2 tickets to see Kraftwerk’s live 3D tour by the sheer virtue of being the 10th caller.

Now, these two rights cannot possibly make a wrong, so I planned on taking advantage of the alignment of my stars by combining the two and making my first write up a live concert review on the legendary beat smiths from Germany.

 

“I’m sorry, but please understand that it is not my decision.” The Publicity Director of the venue went on.

“I relayed your press pass request on to Kraftwerk’s people and unfortunately, they declined.   Apparently they only grant access to their own small group of people for publicity photos.”

 

Lesson one: Sometimes it doesn’t matter who you blog for or what name you drop, because sometimes they have “their own people.”  To quote Flava Flav in the aptly titled Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya Man, “That’s the way the ball bounces, Gee!”

Still, it surprised me. The Beat Junkies’ and Kraftwerk’s fans are in the same sphere of influence, so you would think it would be in their best interest to get free publicity photos that capture the scope of the show shared online.

Regardless, for the sake of my lifetime of sheer respect for Kraftwerk, I choose to believe that it was not a decision made by actual members of the group.  I’m sure I got a “no” from of one of their overpaid marketing yes-men instead.

 

“Hey, don’t worry about it man!” my boy JudY BlumE assured me.

“At least now we can let loose and you don’t have to be the nerdy, sober cameraman blocking everyone’s view.”

 

He was right, now I didn’t have to be the professional, I could just be myself, a fan of the music, and I could enjoy watching history unfold in front of me. After all, it’s not often I get a chance to see the living legends Kraftwerk performing live.

“Yeah, I know.” I sighed. “Except now there’s no chance of us hooking up with any 70 year old German Kraftwerk groupies.”

He snickered but I think he was a little disappointed about that. Blum (nicknamed Judy) is the kind of beer snob who has an unhealthy curiosity towards much older German women.

I added optimistically, “At least now I can see if maybe they will sign my 7″ Kraftwerk picture disc, and that would make it all worth it.”

 

So I hit the road to Blum’s apartment in the Twin Cities for a night of Kraftwerk, beer drinking and nightclubbing knowing the next day, as a bonus, I could hit up the local Minneapolis record stores for a little crate digging.

After a few craft beers with ironic names at Judy’s filthy bachelor pad, he hailed Uber, and we were off on the beginning of what would turn out to be a dramatic plot twist of an evening.

 

Who the hell is Kraftwerk?

 

“We’re going to see Kraftwerk tonight!  Can you believe that!?” I proudly announced to the Uber cabby.

“Who?” he asked.

We were almost at our destination, and there’s no short answer to that question. How does one describe Kraftwerk in a few words and do it justice to one unfamiliar with their indelible mark?

 

So I switched tactics. “Well, do you like Hip Hop?”

“Yes, of course! I really like Old School Hip Hop!” he answered.

“Well, then if you’ve heard Afrika Bambaataa’s Planet Rock, you’ve basically heard Kraftwerk.”

“Who?” he asked.

“You can drop us off right here by this bar, thanks!” I answered.

I realize I sound like an elitist music-snob dick describing this conversation, but gimmie a friggen break already! You do not like old school Hip Hop if you don’t know Planet Rock. Sorry, but what it is.

 

“I’m not sure why you let that get to you man. Everyone I told about winning the tickets asked who Kraftwerk is.” Judy casually mentioned as we stepped inside the first bar of the evening.

“Unacceptable!” I glared. “This is why you need better friends.”

“Oh, you mean like you??” he sneered with his now punchable face.

 

Kraftwerk 3D from the Nosebleed Section

 

After a few Surly Furious brews we were finally at that happy medium state and we figured the opening band for Kraftwerk must be done playing by now, so we started walking to the venue.   We discovered this was yet another false presumption about the night; there was no opening act so we were inexcusably late to the show. By the time we opened the door to the balcony seating we immediately got the librarian glare from the usher as the song Autobahn had already started. It felt like walking in late to a packed funeral as the congregation turns to see the wrongdoers in unison.

We were informed with a harsh whisper, “You will have to wait until the music stops before seating yourselves.”

Apparently we were way up in the upper balcony. Upon the cue of applause we did our side-step shuffle of shame down the cow path of rudely interrupted fans, now forced to stand to let us get to our seats. We put on our 3D glasses and slumped into our seats high above the stage.

 

From there I labored to get a few good shots with my phone knowing cell phone photos would likely never be good enough to use in this blog post.

 

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The photos turned out ok, but I doubted there was a blogworthy story to tell at this point. There was nothing to really absorb about the performance from our distant vantage point.

That’s not to sell the experience short, because it was cool as hell to see Kraftwerk live surrounded by a throw-back 80s style 3D video show, but from our location we knew they were down there pressing knobs and levers, but we couldn’t really make out any details whatsoever. Still, we were both giddy with excitement for simply being present in front of our electronic gods.

 

One by one they advanced through all their quintessential hits. We watched in silence as the purposefully archaic 3D graphics danced in space above the four men as the synth-heavy bass and glitchy drums looped on. Despite the church-like atmosphere and subdued crowd, it was nice and loud so the crunchy drum loops and the low end pleasantly shook the building.

A mere 45 minutes after we arrived they left the stage, but it was just encore bait. After the first standing ovation the curtains drew again revealing not the members of Kraftwerk, but instead their animatronic mannequins.

 

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“We Are The Robots” came through the speakers as their plastic dummies jerked and rotated from side to side. As much as I love that song I was frankly pretty bored of that part of the show by about the 2 minute mark and it went on well beyond that.

 

Nearing the end of the show the quartet got to my favorite tracks from Electric Cafe and Radioactivity. By this point the 3D show was getting to be a little, I dunno, quaint? I get that it’s supposed to be throwback 80s effects, but after the 5th time of seeing this green line go in front of that green line the novelty was starting to wear off.

 

Now I’m not trying to detract from the Kraftwerk’s incomparable legacy, but it was at this point I realized I was probably watching the last time this group of now 60-70 year old men will ever tour again. It’s just that they are well past the pinnacle of their electronic music careers and sadly, every day from now on we are even more likely to hear “Who?” when you mention the name Kraftwerk.

As the last of the 4 members of Kraftwerk waved goodbye to the cheering audience and exited stage right I realized none of that mattered at this moment. It was time to make moves.

Time to Get My Picture Disc Autographed

 

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“Ok, you can try!” Blum said realistically.

I found a sympathetic rent-a-cop. I flashed him my 7″ picture disc and silver sharpie I had crammed into my coat pocket all night, and he quietly informed me how to get as close as the law would allow to the door separating “us” from “them.”  At that door there was one lone security guard, seemingly equally empathetic to my quest to get the names of Kraftwerk on my record.

Fan tip: All you gotta do is show a 7″ picture disc and a sharpie to a security guard and give them the “But I came all the way for this!” speech and sometimes the effort actually pays off.

 

Yet, (no spoiler alert necessary) as you can see by the pic, it never happened. The guard at the door told me to hold on and he went inside and disappeared completely.  A moment later, four large German security dudes came out wearing all black.

In my most pathetic voice possible I conjured up a lie that should have worked.

“Hi guys, I just drove all the way up from Chicago to get my heroes signature on this picture disc! It would mean EVERYTHING to me if I could get their autographs!”

They looked at me like I’m some jackass American tourist and laughed while one of them said

“What’s that, a really big CD?”

They snickered and immediately formed a no-fucking-way defensive line in front of the door.

 

“Look, I don’t have to see them if they don’t accept visits from fans. So maybe one of you can take it to them and ask them to sign it?”

They smugly put me into place with a rejection that seemingly made them feel better about the present state of their kraut eating roadie lives. “Kraftwerk does not just sign autographs for anyone. We can’t bother them.”

It was my turn to joke… “Ok, this picture discs doesn’t sound that good so I could care less about ink on the grooves. Maybe you could just go in there and sign it yourself with their names so then I can at least brag about getting signatures at a Kraftwerk show on Reddit. I want to see how long it will take for someone to call me out on having forged signatures on a record.”

They didn’t laugh, and it’s not because they didn’t understand I was being facetious. It’s in their job description to disappoint Kraftwerk fans, and now they were clearly bored of it.  They said something in German, chuckled amongst themselves and basically told me to get lost.

 

I looked at Judy with a “fuck that shit” look, and got the “Well at least you tried.”  consolation.

“Eh, forget about it. The night is young, let’s go.”

Now don’t tell him that; but Blum was right again. Even though I got no decent photos and didn’t score an autograph after wasting all that time debating with the blonde Hanzels, it was time to let off some steam.

 

“No, not Rape Dwarf, Rapedoor!”

 

It was at this point that the night threw us a wicked curve ball.  After a little debate and reading the online reviews we worked our way over to a special little bar in the area called the Kitty Cat Klub. Blum and I both love punk music so this was our only sensible destination.

The moment we walked through the door we instantly knew we were going to find some compelling culture. Once you step over the threshold you are basically tripping balls. I don’t know if they pump airborne drugs thru the ventilation system or if it’s the deer head with Christmas lights on it or if it’s the drug induced honesty of everyone around us, but this place was a fucking trip.

This is the kind of place where women come up to you at the bar and ask you…

“Excuse me, but would you be offended if I asked you if you ever wear assless chaps?”

Imagine how hard it is not to laugh at that question and somehow check it at a restrained grin when you realize she isn’t even smiling. At the Kitty Cat Klub, this is a dead fucking serious question, so be ready for it. I didn’t really know how to answer the question, and while it was entertaining we opted to carefully back away from that conversation towards even deeper insanity.

 

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JudY BlumE on left, rchecka on right at the Kitty Cat Klub in Minneapolis, MN

 

“What’s the name of the band that’s playing tonight!?” I yelled over the loud music to the bartender.

“Rape d—ph” he yells back.

“Rape Dwarf??” I couldn’t believe my ears. “Hey Judy, we gotta stick around for Rape Dwarf, I have a good feeling about that!”

He corrected me, “No, Rapedoor!”

“Oh! Well good!” I smiled “Maybe the name Rape Dwarf is still available when I start my punk band.”

 

We made our way over to the stage area to find an intimate but extremely lively crowd, apparently consisting of quite a few Rapedoor groupies. All of them were fired up to see the headliner.

Rapedoor came on and before they even warmed up I could tell they were on some serious shit. I don’t know what kind of drugs they had in them but they were easily ten levels above me.

 

Before I go any further about Rapedoor, allow me just humbly add, anything I write about this band’s live performance from here onward will not do it justice. This was easily one of the best metal\punk shows I have ever experienced. These guys are true professionals in the entertainment business and I was completely blown out of the water over the amount of ass kicking they did.

 

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Rapedoor rocking at the Kitty Cat Klub

 

They ride a gradient between punk, metal and hard rock, so you can’t exactly put them into a neat little box. According to their own-damn-selves, the genre they play is “bananas” and that’s nail on head.

Rapedoor is a 3 man and 1 woman clusterfuck of glorious noise generated by Ron .Q. Rudlong (guitar and vocals) Nicole Rode (drums and vocals) Odi “Black Jesus” (bass and vocals) and Jake Sweet (drums).

By the time they started the first song I was already at that peak high that only goes downhill if you start drinking too much more alcohol, so to maintain that as long as possible I slowly nursed the Day Tripper beer in my hand.

“This shit is fucking great man!” I yelled at Blum.

He didn’t hear me but he nodded anyways because that’s what you do when it’s this fucking loud and crazy.

It was early in the set and the band was already spot on. The impressive female drummer on the first song punished the drum kit. Like all Beat Junkies junkies, I couldn’t help but zone in on the rhythm she laid down. Her timing, presence, and impromptu fills were impeccable.

“Oh my GOD that chick is an incredible drummer!” I yelled at Blum.

Soon after the first song was over, she got up and switched places with the guy who I thought was the singer. In her new role as singer she conveniently lost her white fuzzy overcoat and rocked the rest of the night wearing just a bra and panties. Meanwhile, behind the facade of this innocent looking bookstore, the singer, who was actually the drummer picked up where she left off and blew my mind with the kind of intense ferocity that only a metal drummer with a bad childhood could have.

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Nicole Rode of Rapedoor energizing the crowd

 

Midway through her first song as singer, she somehow clawed her way to the top of a speaker taller than she was, and proceeded to do a flying karate kick jump that would have put Ralph Macchio circa Karate Kid 2 to shame.   The crowd was absolutely eating it up; everyone was going bananas watching her feed off the energy in the room. But that was nothing, she was just getting started.

On the next song, I shit you not, right in the middle of the refrain she leaped off the stage on top of some dude in the audience. She tackled the guy to the floor and proceeded to finish the refrain as she rolled around on the dirty floor with this stranger like pigs in the mud without losing a beat. For what seemed like an eternity she rolled herself and her microphone cord back and forth with him while scream-singing without getting breathless until she finally jumped up and stepped on him essentially using him as a human stair to get back on the stage.   The guy was not pissed at all. On the contrary, it looked like he died and went to heaven.

From then on she owned the crowd.  As the guitarists and bass players soaked up that energy I witnessed them transform into a synchronized hive mind of unsurpassable punk. At this point the energy level and raw power and polished rock presence of the band was in perfect phase. They had somehow turned the Kitty Cat Klub into a dissonant utopia.

 

From this point onward the details of the night are hazy. I vaguely remember being in awe and that much I am sure of. I definitely remember the singer handing me the microphone at one point and yelling at me to…

“Sing fucker!”

 

So I sang. I think it was more of a bellowing drunken-rage scream type of a singing but I’m almost positive I was on key and sang something appropriate, even though Blum looked at me half way thru my performance and yelled…

“DUDE!!! STOP NOW!!!”

So I dropped the mic on the stage only to turn around and see the singer had now somehow scaled the back wall behind the crowd. When I wasn’t looking she must have done that Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon move springing, not from treetop to treetop, but from banging head to banging head.

 

Damn. What a fateful change of events. This local band I’ve never heard of called Rapedoor managed to somehow turn my lemons into lemonade and eventually into urine.  It was strange but genuine serendipity; because now I had my blog post given back to me.  Sure, it is some kind of non-linear mind fuck version of a story, but it was all so real. I knew at that point for that reason alone it had to be told. I picked this moment to tell Blum I couldn’t ever remember having such a great time watching ANY live music.

 

Then, just like that, feedback turned to into silence. It was over. I had officially forgotten about Kraftwerk, the reason I came, and concentrated instead on my new found favorite local band Rapedoor. As they casually tore down their instruments I groupied up to them and I asked them where I could buy their records.

“We don’t have any records yet, they are a little too expensive to produce, but we do have CDs.” The guitarist told me.

I get it, they are in fact way harder to fund than CDs, and that was good enough for me. The singer Nichole came over and joked with me…

“Hey thanks for singing. That was pretty good!” she smiled.

“Nice! Did you hear that Judy?!”

I was still a bit awestruck so I groveled, “You guys fucking rock so much!  You have no idea how much you made my night. Can I please get my picture with you for my blog post?”

“Yeah, no problem!”

She gathered her bandmates and we posed for the shot as an extremely drunk Blum snapped a few blurry pics.

 

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She disappeared and reappeared with 2 of their CDs for me and handed them over to me.

“You can have these, I hope you like them!” she added. “Please send me a link when you’re done with the write up!”

As corny as this is gonna sound, this is why I love this gig. I genuinely believe it’s my honor to write about real music like this. I don’t care what genre of music it is, when a band is capable of that kind of life enriching stress reduction, even if it’s just for one memorable night, that’s what it’s all about.

TLDR: If you get a chance to see Kraftwerk’s 2015 live 3D show, I recommend you get there early and get seats as close as possible. They are true music legends in every sense of the word, so don’t bother trying to get their autograph, even if you bring a picture disc, because they don’t do that.

Above all, if you ever get a chance to see Rapedoor, drop what you are doing and go. They will leave your ears ringing in a therapeutic way with the unique mixed emotion of being both pleasantly appalled and hungry for more. They typically play small venues in the Twin Cities, they put on a high energy crowd participatory performance, and press passes are never necessary.

 

-written by rchecka
Fb: @rchecka

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Related Links:  Follow Rapedoor on their Facebook Page, Read more about Rapedoor at Reverb Nation, or buy Rapedoor’s albums and EPs at their Bandcamp Page.

 

 

FRI. OCT. 23RD: DOCTOR’S ORDERS w/ DJ JAZZY JEFF, J.ROCC, KUTMAH, TALL BLACK GUY, & MORE

Friday, October 23rd in the UK…..Dj Spin Doctor will be celebrating his 10 Year Anniversary of his premiere party “The Doctor’s Orders” at Scala in London, England. For his big bash, he’s going all out by having an All Star Line-Up: Dj Jazzy Jeff, our very own J.Rocc, Kutmah, Tall Black Guy, & many more. If you’re in the United Kingdom, this is a party that you do not want to miss. S/O & congrats to Dj Spin Doctor. For more info: www.thedoctorsorders.com

SAT. OCT. 24TH: MED & BLU – “BAD NEIGHBOR” ALBUM RELEASE PARTY AT GRANDSTAR JAZZ CLUB

This Saturday (October 24th) is the Album Release Party of MED & Blu‘s album “Bad Neighbor” on Bang Ya Head Entertainment. This event packs an All-Star line up: Dudley Perkins & Georgia Anne Muldrow, Dj Babu, Dj Rhettmatic, Diba$e, 14KT, & many more. All happening at The Grandstar Jazz Club in Chinatown; Downtown LA. For more info: www.bangyahead.com

TONIGHT (10.16.15): BOILERROOM TV w/ WHITEBOIZ, DJ KHALIL, J.ROCC & SPECIAL GUESTS!

Tonight (October 16th) BoilerRoomTV Los Angeles returns with another special performance installment. This time,  It’s Krondon & Shafiq Huesayn aka The White Boiz, plus the incredible Dj Khalil & our very own J.Rocc. along with some surprise special guests. Make sure you don’t miss this live broadcast. It starts at 8pm PST and you can catch it by watching it at www.boilerroom.tv

“Neighborhood Wonderful” is out right now on Stones Throw.

VISUALS: SOUNDCHECK EP. 16 BTS PICS by DJ BABU & MARICEL SISON

Peep out the Behind The Scenes pics of our Beat Junkie Radio show, Soundcheck by our very own Dj Babu & photographer Maricel Sison. This particular photo gallery is from our Episode 16 last Tuesday (9.13.15) with the crew only: Babu, J.Rocc, Melo-D, Mr. Choc, & Rhettmatichttp://djbabuforeal.vsco.co/journal/soundcheck-ep-16

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(AUDIO): SOUNDCHECK EP. 15 (9.22.15) w/ DJ KHALIL, BREAKBEAT LOU, & JAMALL BUFFORD

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles 
7-10PM
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

SOUNDCHECK EP. 15 (9.22.15) w/ DJ KHALIL, BREAKBEAT LOU, & JAMALL BUFFORD by Thebeatjunkies on Mixcloud

Soundcheck Ep. 13 (9.22.15)

Special Guests: Dj Khalil (Self Scientific), Breakbeat Lou, & Jamall Bufford

Dj Rhettmatic Set 1:
Maticulous – Black Hoodie Rap ft Lil Fame
Mac Miller – Pet Sounds ft Sean price
Dj Soko  – Land Mine ft Rasheed Chappell
Guilty Simpson – Detroit’s Son
Talib  Kweli – Pay Ya Dues ft Problem & Bad Lucc
White Boiz – Learn Tho
Dave East – Forbes List ft Nas
Guilty Simpson – Power Outage ft Spacek
Killa Kali x Dirtydiggs – Kal Hancock
Magnif – The Last prod. by j-dilla
MED/Blu/Madlib – The Stroll ft AMG
Nikobeats – The Picture
Lyric Jones –

Special  Guest – Jamall Bufford

Authentic Mic League – Got Em Sayin ft Invincible
Buff1 – House Of Horrors
Jamall Bufford – Living Room Flo
The Black Opera – Sleep Tight
Buff1- Classic Rap
Crown Royale – Get It Up
Buff1 – Beat The Speakers Up
Buff1- Real Appeal
Buff1 x Kensaye – Memories
Crown Royale – Stratasphere (Exclusive)

Dj Rhettmatic Set 2:
Black Milk – Budds
Mentplus  – DillaCation
Pete Rock – My my Baby
Gangrene – Hot Pillow
White Boiz – Suffering Suckatashe
QNC – Demo
Pete Rock – Make Me Feel Like
Dj Soko – Kyle Reese ft Guilty Simpson
Pete Rock – You Know Dat

Special guest – Dj Khalil

Self Scientific – Good Evening LA
Self Scientific – State Of A Man
Aloe Blacc  – The Man
Nas – What It Is (Esco let’s go)
Evidence – All Said & Done
Jay-Z – I Made It
50 Cent – I’ll Still Kill ft Akon
Self Scientific – Car Culture feat Mitchy Slick
Eminem – Talkin’ 2 Myself ft Kobe

Special Guest: Breakbeat Lou with a special appearance by Peanut Butter Wolf

Dj Babu Set

Sean Price – Soul Perfect
Big Boi & Phantogram – Fell In The Sun
Your Old Droog  – Listen
DOOMSTARKS – Lively Hood
Capone-n-Norega – Pizza
Jay Electronica – Holiday

Breakbeat Lou Set

SAT. OCT. 10TH: BACK TO BASICS MUSIC FESTIVAL w/ JEDI MIND TRICKS, HIEROGLYPHICS, THE VISIONARIES, BROTHER ALI & MORE

Saturday (October 10th), Rhettmatic will be joining the Visionaries as they will be doing a rare performance at the Back To Basics Music Festival at the Observatory in Santa Ana, Ca. Also on the bill: Jedi Mind Tricks, Hieroglyphics, Brother Ali, Necro, Andre Nickatine, Keith Murray, Rah Digga, Bizarre Ride II, Ugly Ducklings, & many more. For more info and tickets, go to: www.observatoryoc.com. This is a spectacular line up for a night of Dope Hip Hop…Don’t Sleep!

FRIDAY, OCT. 9TH: BOILER ROOM PRESENTS “MYSTERY CRATES” w/ DJ BABU & DJ NUMARK

Friday (October 9th), Boiler Room TV will present a live segment called “Mystery Crates” hosted by Dj Sean-O with their special guests: Dj Babu (Beat Junkies/Dilated Peoples) & Dj Numark (Jurassic 5/Dj Numark x Slimkid3). These two legendary Djs/Producers will be exchanging each others record crates & play them without knowing what they put together. You don’t want to miss this…..It will be shooting live from 8-10pm and shown on www.boilerroom.tv

(AUDIO): J.ROCC’S “ADVENTURES IN STEREO” w/ KRONDON + SHAFIQ HUSAYN = WHITE BOIZ

This past Sunday (October 4th), the Funky President J.Rocc brought in Strong Arm Steady‘s Krondon & SA-RA‘s own Shafiq Husayn as his special guests on his “Adventures In Stereo” radio show to promote their new group “White Boiz” and their debut album “Neighborhood Wonderful”.  J.Rocc’s radio show is every Sunday from 10p-12a on 90.7FM KPFK in Los Angeles or listen on the internet: www.kpfk.org. “Neighborhood Wonderful” is out right now on Stones Throw.

Listen to archived shows here: http://archive.kpfk.org/

Adventures In Stereo w/ Krondon & Shafiq Husyan aka White Boiz by Jrocc on Mixcloud

FRIDAY – (10.9.15): DO-IT w/ DJ EXPO & DJ SEAN-O + special guest: DJ BABU

This Friday (October 9th) is another weekly installment of Do-It at The Shortstop in Los Angeles with residents Dj Expo and Dj Sean-O. Their special guest this week is our very own Dj Babu, the Dilated Junkie. Start off you weekend at Do-It & get your groove on! To RSVP: http://doitLA.eventbrite.com

TONIGHT – (10.5.15): MOTOWN ON MONDAYS LBC – RESIDENTS ONLY NIGHT!

Tonight (October 5th) is another installment of Motown On Mondays LBC at The Federal Bar in Downtown Long Beach. This week is Residents’ Only Night:  Dj Icy Ice, Dj Phatrick, Dj Sloepoke, Dj Dubs One & more.  If you love classic Motown music, this is a perfect way to start off your week!

TONIGHT – (10.3.15): BOOMBOX LA w/ special guests DJ BABU & DJ MANWELL

TONIGHT (October 3rd) is the another installment of one of LA’s longest running Hip Hop dance party “The Boombox” with residents Dj Inka One, Dj Ben Diggin, & Dj Analog. Their special guests this month is our very own Dj Babu (Beat Junkies/Dilated Peoples) & Dj Manwell (3x DMC LA Champ/Battlestar). All happening at The Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown (Downtown Los Angeles). Definitely don’t sleep on this!

TONIGHT – (10.2.15): THE GASLAMP KILLER EXPERIENCE w/ J.ROCC, TEEBS, & MORE AT THE REGENT

Tonight (October 2nd) Artdontsleep presents the return of The Gaslamp Killer Experience at The Regent in Downtown Los Angeles. Staring the incredible Gaslamp Killer & special guests J.Rocc, Teebs, Matthew David’s Mindflight, & RSI. This is a a show that you do not want to miss!!!

TONIGHT (10.1.15): “AYCD” w/ J.ROCC & BLACK CARLOS – “WEST END vs SALSOUL” NIGHT

TONIGHT (October 1st) is another installment of “All You Can Dance” w/ J.Rocc & Black Carlos aka Mr. Choc at Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice, CA. It’s every 1st Thursdays of each month. This month’s special event is the “West End vs Salsoul” night. This is the spot to be to get your dance on…..Don’t Sleep!

AUDIO (ARCHIVES): J.ROCC’S “ADVENTURES IN STEREO” ON KPFK – 90.7FM. “THE MADLIB CARNIVAL SPECIAL”

The Funky President J.Rocc has his very own radio show called “Adventures In Stereo”, every Sundays from 10pm-12am PST on KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles. You can also listen live stream on www.kpfk.org. This past Sunday night (September 27th) is a special show….Live mix recordings from the “Madlib Carnival” during the Outlook Music Festival featuring live sets from the one & only Madlib and the legendary Pete Rock. This is a show that you don’t want to miss! You peep the archive episode here:

ADVENTURES IN STEREO – MADLIB CARNIVAL SPECIAL w/ PETE ROCK & MADLIB by Jrocc on Mixcloud

TONIGHT – (9.29.15): DJ MELO-D AT THE OMNI NIGHTCLUB (LAS VEGAS)

Tonight (September 29th), our very own & Skam Artists roster member Melo-D will be headlining the biggest industry night in Las Vegas called “Wild At Heart” at the Omni Nightclub inside Caesars’ Palace. If you happened to be in the 702 area and want to get your bottle service on, this is the spot where you wanna be at!

SATURDAY – 9.26.15: FRESH PRODUCE (BOSTON) w/ DJ BABU AT THE GOOD LIFE

Saturday (September 26th), our very own Dj Babu will be in Boston to play at the Fresh Produce event, all happening at the Good Life (No folks, this is not related to the LA Good Life). The Bladerunners will be also joining the Dilated Junkie as well. It’s a 21 and over event….all for this for $10. All Boston Representitives come represent!

TONIGHT (9.22.15) – SOUNDCHECK EP. 15 w/ DJ KHALIL, BREAKBEAT LOU, & JAMALL BUFFORD ON BEAT JUNKIE RADIO

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Tonight’s guests (9.22.15) is Grammy Award Winning Producer: Dj Khalil, the co-maker of the Ultimate Breaks & Beats series: Breakbeat Lou, & The Black Opera/Crown Royale MC: Jamall Bufford aka Buff1.

THURSDAY (9.24.15): NIGHTLINE w/ DJ BABU & RHETTMATIC + special guest MAD SKILLZ

This Thursday (September 24th) is Nightline at The Pot Lobby Bar inside The Line Hotel in Koreatown (Los Angeles). This month’s residents Dj Babu & Rhettmatic (who’s pulling double duties) along with their special guest, the one & only Mad Skillz.  It’s FREE from 9pm to 1am….Come vibe with the Junkies & Mad Skillz as they will dropping some dope tunes for you to enjoy! Shoutouts to our boy Chef Roy Choi!

THURSDAY (9.24.15): SHIFT OC (FINALE) w/ RHETTMATIC, FREE THE ROBOTS, & PLANN B

This Thursday (September 24th) is Shift All-City Tour Finale at The Constallation Room inside the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA (Orange County). Come join residents Rhettmatic, Free The Robots, & Plann B as they wrap up the tour in the city where the Shift party was born in honor of The Crosby. It’s $5 All Night! Come join & celebrate with Dem Shift Boyz as they will be spinning all kinds of music genres to keep you dancing all night. OC Massive come & represent!

AUDIO: SOUNDCHECK EP. 14 (9.8.15) w/ RAS KASS & KRONDON

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Soundcheck Ep. 14 (9.8.15) w/ Ras Kass & Krondon

SOUNDCHECK EP. 14 (9.8.15) w/ RAS KASS & KRONDON by Thebeatjunkies on Mixcloud

Dj Melo-D set:
Meek Mill – Classic
Method Man – The Purple Tape ft. Inspectah Deck x Raekwon
Madchild – Devils & Angels prod. by Evidence
Mello Music Group – Homocide ft yU & Nottz
Nikobeats – You’re My Starship
Joey Badass – Run Up On Ya feat Action Bronson
Fashawn – The Letter F
Diamond D – Only Way 2 Go ft. Pete rock
Ludacris – Charge It To The Rap Game
Mista Grimm – Indo Smoke intro
Scoop Deville & Demrick – N Doe Smoke ft. Asher Roth

Special Guest: Ras Kass

Dj Rhettmatic set:
Ras Kass – Etc
Ras Kass – Capital R.A.S
Ras Kass – Remain anonymous
Ras Kass – Soul on Ice remix
Ras Kass – Come Widdit
Ras Kass – Rasassination
Ras Kass – Van Gogh
Ras Kass – Goldyn Chyld
Ras Kass & Dj Rhettmatic – Release Yaself
Apollo Brown & Ras Kass – Giraffe Pussy
Apollo Brown & Ras Kass – Bon voyage
Semi Hendrix – Breakfast at Banksy

Dj Babu set #1:
Mac Miller – Pet Sounds feat Sean Price
BADBADNOTGOOD x Ghostface Killah – Six Degrees ft Danny Brown
Gangrene – Sheet Music ft Sean Price
Guilty Simpson – R.I.P
Rapper Pooh x Nottz – Memory Lane

Special Guest Krondon

Krondon – The Song
Krondon – James Worthee
Krondon – The Rules
Strong Arm Steady x Madlib – Best Of Times
Krondon – I ain’t running ft fashawn
Strong Arm Steady – Klack Or Get Klacked On
Krondon x Chase N Cashe – Hang On
Krondon x Chase N Cashe – Like Us ft Freeway

Dj Babu set #2:
Guilty Simpson – The D
Onra – That’s Me ft Black Milk
Bj The Chicago kid – Nothing But Love ft Joey Badass
Dr. DRE – Compton
Gangrene – Noon Chuckas
Thundercat – Them Changes ft Kamasi Washington

SATURDAY – 9.5.15: NOCTURNAL WONDERLAND 2015 w/ DJ JAZZY JEFF, THE BEAT JUNKIES, DJ CRAZE, & MORE

This Saturday (September 5th) is 20th Anniversary of Nocturnal Wonderland. Playing in the Funk Room will be The Beat Junkies‘ own Babu, D-Styles, Melo-D, Rhettmatic & Mr. Choc, along with the legendary Dj Jazzy Jeff, the incredible Dj Craze, & the party rocker Grahamfunke. All happening at the San Manuel Ampitheatre in San Bernadino. This is an event that you don’t want to miss. For more info: www.nocturnalwonderland.com.

TONIGHT – 9.3.15: “ALL YOU CAN DANCE” w/ BLACK CARLOS (MR. CHOC) & J.ROCC

Tonight (September 3rd) is the return of the monthly dance joint, “All You Can Dance” at the Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice, with residents J.Rocc & Black Carlos aka Mr. Choc. If you want to get your sweat on the dance floor, this is the place to be! It starts at 10pm….$3 at the door, Members FREE with membership card! Don’t be a square, be there!

TONIGHT – 9.2.15: LOW END THEORY w/ DJ BABU, SAHTYRE, FRANK NITT, & ILL CAMILLE

Tonight (September 2nd) is LA’s longest music cutting edge weekly club, Low End Theory at The Airliner. This week’s guest is our very own Dj Babu, the Dilated Junkie, making his debut at the Low End Theory, along with the homie Frank Nitt, Sahtyre, & Ill Camille. Plus Low End Theory’s residents: Daddy Kev, Dj Nobody, & our very own D-Styles….hosted by Nocando. Shoutout to the Gaslamp Killer who’s on tour right now! You want hear some 808’s & Slaps, this is the place to be! 18 +

AUDIO: SOUNDCHECK EP. 13 (8.25.15) w/ FOCUS…, SEMPERVIRENS, & MADCHILD

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles 
7-10PM
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

SOUNDCHECK EP. 13 (8.25.15) w/ FOCUS…, OPIO + FREE THE ROBOTS = SEMPERVIRENS, & MADCHILD by Thebeatjunkies on Mixcloud

Soundcheck Ep. 13 (8.24.15)

Special Guests: Focus…, Sempervirens (Opio x Free The Robots), Madchild

Dj Rhettmatic set
Guilty Simpson – Beautiful Death
Hus Kingpin & SmooVth – Playoffs
Apollo Brown – Detonate feat. M.O.P
PRhyme – Courtesy (Marco Polo remix)
Sean Price – Planet Apes
Gangrene – Sheet Music ft. Sean P x Havoc
Black Milk – Lows
Maticulous – Black Hoodie Rap ft. M.O.P
Pete Rock – Gonna Love You
Black Milk – Mary Jane Candy Beat
Guilty Simpson – Power Outrage ft Spacek
Pac Div – Roll The Dice
Skyzoo – Suicide Doors
Illa J – Never Left
Black Milk – Over

Special Guest – Focus…

Focus…Medley Mix by Rhettmatic
Focus… – A/dw (analog/digital world)
Marsha Ambrosius -Tears
Terrance Martin feat. Focus – Watch U sleep
50 Cent – My Crown
Busta Rhymes – If You Don’t Know Know You Know
SchoolBoyQ – Light Years Ahead ft Kendrick Lamar
Dr. DRE feat. Cold 187 & Xzibit – Loose Cannons
Focus… – sPACEtIME
Dr. DRE – One Shot One Kill ft Snoop Dogg & Jon Connor
Chino XL – Watch Closer
The Game – Where I’m From
Dr. DRE –  Issues ft Ice Cube & Anderson.Paak
Slaughterhouse – Lyrical Murderers
Kam – I Don’t Think So
Dr. DRE – Deep Water ft Kendrick Lamar & Anderson.Paak

Rhettmatic Mix #2
Nameless – Don’t Hurt
Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – Resurrection Morning
Guilty Simpson – Blunts In The Air
Gangrene – Gluttony ft Your Old Droog & Fashawn
Pete Rock – BBjones
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First Division – This Iz The Time
Pete Rock – On & On

Special Guest:  Opio x Free The Robots

Opio x Free The Robots Medley Mix by Rhettmatic

Dj Babu set
Badbadnotgood x Ghostface killah- six degrees ft Danny Brown
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Missing tracks
Gangrene – noon chuckas
Statik Selectah – Now ft Capone n Noreaga
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Missing tracks

Special Guest: Madchild
Madchild – Devils & Angels
Madchild – Triple Threat ft Slaine
Madchild – Painful Skies

VIDEO: THE RETURN OF THE INVISIBL SKRATCH PIKLZ – PRESENTED BY REDBULL

Yes….the stars have been aligned!!! It’s the return of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz! The Grandmixer himself, Dj Q-Bert, along with our very own D-Styles & Shortkut are part of legendary DJ dynasty who’s roster that also includes the incredible Mixmaster Mike, the talented Dj Apollo, Dj A-Trak, just to name a few.  Peep out the video below and the rest of the documentary here: http://www.redbullthre3style.com/article/return-invisibl-skratch-piklz

“DJ LEGENDS! The Invisibl Skratch Pikilz have reformed after a twenty year hiatus to record a new album and perform at the Red Bull Thre3style world finals in Tokyo, Japan.

 
Regarded as music’s most influential turntablist crews, the trio behind ISP – QBert, Shortkut and D-Styles – are respected members of the extended Thre3style family, having performed and judged at events across the world.
 To create the new record, the group set up shop at Red Bull Studios in Tokyo in spring this year, where they crafted the LP over the course of a week.
 Fans will get to see the ISPs perform the album (and probably some old favourites) when they perform at the Thre3style grand final on September at Tokyo’s Sound and Vision museum.
 
For the first time ever, the event will be live streamed via redbullthre3style.com bringing the energy of the competition in to people’s homes. 
 
Shortkut, D-Styles and Q-Bert also star in an awesome web series the Japanese team have worked on which shows them hard at work on their first LP in two decades.”

AUDIO: SHIFT ALL-CITY MIX by RHETTMATIC, FREE THE ROBOTS, & PLANN B + SHIFT SAN FRANCISCO

Our very own Rhettmatic as well as his comrades Free The Robots & Plann B have released a special mix in honor of their Shift parties that they have been doing for the past 6 years in both  at The Crosby (OC) & Escala (LA). In the last month, they took their Shift parties on the road to Palm Springs, Las Vegas, & now San Francisco (this Friday, Sept. 4th).

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The good people at Okayplayer World Premiered the mix this morning!

“We tried to put together a mix that would sound exactly like a typical night inside Shift…basically an hour of heavy musical ADD. I think we nailed it.” That’s how Plann.B describes the new hour-long, three-part SHIFT All City mixtape, a joint venture that has him welding his talents to those of Free The Robots and DJ Rhettmatic. In 2009, the three DJs conspired to create a new enterprise that doled out hip-hop, soul, futuristic funk and electro in a format that pulled no punches and honored no idols; a beat music free for all lead only by their brainiac techniques. 6 years on, Shift is as vital as it’s ever been and has filled massive rooms alongside the likes of Dam Funk, J. Rocc, House Shoes, Soulection and more.

Summer 2015 has Rhettmatic, Plann.B and FTR taking their show up and down the West Coast, with shows booked in Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more. Below, Okayplayer very proudly presents a free new mix designed to be a “thank you” for all the support Shift has gotten from the scene. “This is exactly what a night at Shift might sound like,” Plann told us. “Enjoy this wild mishmash of boogie, disco, glitchy, experimental beats, breaks, future bass and hip hop.”

PART 1: DJ RHETTMATIC

01. Kano – Can’t Hold Back (Your Loving)
02. George Benson – Give Me The Night
03. Positive Force – We Got The Funk
04. DJ A1 – Baby
05. Zikomo – Fly Love
06. Sy Smith – Gettin Down (Remix)
07. Black Ivory – Mainline (Flaunt Edwards Edit)
08. Esta – Only One
09. J. Rocc – Star (Remix)
10. Church Boy Lou – Show Me
11. Ant Acid vs. B.T.W. – Party Time (Re-Edit)

PART 2: FREE THE ROBOTS

01. Cohen Beats (ft. Shafiq Husayn) – Rimona
02. Free the Robots – Take Flight
03. Danny Scrilla (ft. Om Unit) – Hunch
04. Co.fee – Mango Pickle Edit
05. Betty Ford Boys – Two
06. Chief & Dehab – It’s All About Love (Flipped)
07. Cazal Organizm – Ask My N***a Cazal
08. Zackey Force Funk – Out of my Mind
09. Danny Drive Thru – VirtuaRap
10. Sapan Chakraborty / R.D. Burman – Baby Let’s Dance Together
11. Dimlite – Fridge Note
12. Free the Robots – Unreleased Flip (Sorry)
13. Pigmeat Arkham – Here Comes the Judge
14. Roy Ayers – Searching
15. Keren Dun & Cohen – What’s on Your Mind
16. Golden Hands – Country Scenes
17. William Onyeabor – Body & Soul

PART 3: PLANN.B

01. DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn – Luchini VIP
02. MNDSGN – Maintenance
03. Mikos da Gawd (ft. Mr. Carmack) – Get Lo
04. Penthouse Penthouse – Going Out
05. Wantigga – Like That
06. Kaytranada – Killa Cats
07. Jon Wayne – The Come Up (Part 2)
08. Astronote – Liquid I
09. The Clipse (ft. Camron & Pharrell) – Popular Demand
10. Thugli – What Happened?
11. Jailo – Smoke (‘Til I’m Gone)
12. Milo Mills – Sweeter Than Rice Cake
13. Nikes x Lefty x Moondoctor – $mokin Ha$h
14. Patrick Brian – Gold Card
15. Missy Elliot – Work It (R4 Edit)
16. The Freshest – Buggin’ (Kutcorners & Marvel Canadian Club Edit)
17. Jay-Z – N*gga What, N*gga Who
18. Raven – Is It Real?
19. Kendrick Lamar – 2U (C. Justice Bootleg)

 

TONIGHT – 8.25.15: SOUNDCHECK EP. 13 w/ FOCUS…, OPIO x FREE THE ROBOTS, & MADCHILD ON BEAT JUNKIE RADIO!

LOS ANGELES & WORLDWIDE! Tonight (8.25.15) is another episode of SOUNDCHECK on Beat Junkie Radio, exclusively on Dash Radio. This week’s guests: Grammy-Award Producer, Focus…(Dr. Dre, The Game, Xzibit, Beyonce’), Souls Of Mischief‘s own Opio x Free The Robots aka Sempervirens, & Swollen Members‘ own Madchild.

The show is live from 7-10pm PST. You can listen to us by downloading the FREE Dash Radio App for your smart phone or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com. Tune in tonight, it’s going to be a dope show!

ANNOUNCING THE OFFICIAL ACRYLICK CLOTHING x BEAT JUNKIES COLLABO SHIRTS

It is our great pleasure to announce our official collabo with Acrylick Clothing.

The good people at Acrylick have been doing great work with their clothing line through music, culture, & positivity over the years. It was only right that we connect with them to come up with 2 limited edition shirts. For more info & to purchase the shirts, go to http://acrylick.net/

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Project Intro
Acrylick is proud to announce our collaboration with The Beat Junkies. This internationally respected and recognized group of DJ’s have entertained and inspired many, including our brand personally. The achievements of this group are plentiful, and continue grow. Working with a group this highly respected, and influential is an honor.

Originally formed in 1992, The Beat Junkies have each established themselves as extraordinary DJ’s individually through various projects and achievements. Together, they created an unstoppable group, with a distinct style and sound that has been emulated by many, but never duplicated. In an ever-changing and often faux industry such as music, The Beat Junkies have continued serve as a perfect example of success stemming from hard work, and staying true to thecraft. The group continues to evolve, stay active, and remains dedicated to art, sharing it with others through music and other outlets. The work ethic and quality emitted, responsible for their success is also a lifestyle that should be applied by others looking to take a similar direction of longevity and quality. Their contributions to DJing, Turntablism, and Hip Hop culture will continue to inspire future generations.

Our capsule will feature 2 pieces curated by The Beat Junkies, and designed by us at Acrylick. Each graphic will be closely tied and referenced to the music, which is obviously deeply rooted in both of our brands. The end result is one that we are proud to release, with a vibe and aesthetic synonymous with both Acrylick and The Beat Junkies Lifestyle.

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The Beat Junkies logo was recreated using the audio format that made the mixtape famous. Each of the typefaces seen on the tapes were curated by The Beat Junkies. All cassettes combine to create The Beat Junkies lantern logo, giving the cassettes a new life. This theme was chosen the show the strong influence music, and the variety of genres that create the infamous Beat Junkie sound. Both brand names lastly scroll on top and bottom, finishing off and complimenting the highly detailed graphic.

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Taking inspiration from an infamous collaboration in Hip Hop history, we intend to make our own impact showing that two similar brands can excel together. Ruthless records and Priority were part of early gangster rap history. Its formation produced and distributed music that changed not justmusic, but the world, creating a culture still seen today. We respect the movement created, and the aesthetic used on this shirt pays homage to the idea that two groups can combine to be successful in making a lasting impact.

(UPDATED) AUDIO: SOUNDCHECK EP. 12 (8.11.15) w/ JOELL ORTIZ, !LLMIND, & SAMIYAM + special tribute to SEAN PRICE & DJ SWIFT ROCK

Due to Soundcloud taken down our original link, we had to upload the episode to Mixcloud now…We apologize for the inconvienence.

Beat Junkie Radio – Soundcheck Ep. 12 w/ Joell Ortiz, !llmind, & Samiyam (8.11.15) by Thebeatjunkies on Mixcloud

The Beat Junkies present: 
Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
7-10PM Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Soundcheck Ep.12 w/ !llmind, Joell Ortiz, & Samiyam + special tribute to Sean Price & Dj Swift Rock
(8.11.15)

Sean Price Tribute Mix:
Mr. Choc dj set
Sean Price – Occupy All streets
Sean Price – Heartburn
Sean Price – Bar-barian
Sean Price – STFU pt.2
Sean Price – Shut The Fuck Up
Sean Price – Gang Leader
Sean Price – Figure Four
Sean Price – I See
Sean Price – Rueben Blades
Sean Price – Kurt Rambis
Sean Price – Pyrex
Pete Rock & Smif Wessun – That’s Hard feat Sean Price & Styles P

Dj Babu set
Random Axe – Chewbacca feat Roc Marciano
Heltah Skeltah – Leflah leflaur Eshkoshka
Heltah Skeltah – Operation Lockdown
Sean Price – BBQ Sauce
Heltah Skeltah – The Art of Disrespekinazation

Special Guest: Joell Ortiz x !llmind
Dj Rhettmatic set
Akrobatik – Remind My Soul
El da sensei – Crowd Pleasa
Joell Ortiz- Sing Like Bilal
Joell Ortiz – Block Royal
Joell Ortiz x !llmind – Six Fo’
Joell Ortiz x !llmind – Lil Piggies
Brooklyn Academy – Raise Ya Hand feat Pumpkin Head x Jean grae
Raekwon – The Morning feat Pusha T, Common
Scarface – Who Are They
Joell Ortiz – Brothers Keeper feat Royce da 5’9
Joell Ortiz x !llmind -New Era
Joell Ortiz x !llmind- I Just Might
Joell Ortiz x !llmind – Bad Santa
Joell Ortiz x !llmind – Light a L

Dj Babu 2nd set
Bj The Chicago Kid – Nothing But Love feat Joey Badass
Gangrene – Noon Chukas
Apollo Brown – Detonate feat. M.O.P
Dr. Dre – Darkside/Gone
Onra – That’s Me feat Black Milk
Thundercat – Them Changes feat Kamasi Washington

Special Guest SAMIYAM

Gangrene – Flamethrowers pt 2
Dr. Dre – Animals feat Anderson.Paak

Dj Swift Rock Tribute Mix

JRocc set
LMNO – Tough Get Going
Frank Nitt – Slippin
Lootpack – Frendz vs Endz
Guilty Simpson – Weak Shit feat Phat Kat
Rozewood – V12 Engines feat Agallah
Jehst x Slange U – Dolph Lundgren
Gangrene – Flamethrowers pt 2
N.W.A – LIVE