I caught up with A$AP Ferg, the young rapper from Harlem and member of the A$AP Mob, during his recent stop at San Diego’s House of Blues. We talked about the obvious things like the excitement of his first tour — opening up for Juicy J in 37-cities. Of course, we talked about A$AP Rocky. Ferg jokingly explained that A$AP Rocky begged him to get into rapping. And he replied “no comment” to Rocky’s describing of the recent XXL Freshmen cover as being “corny as fu$%.”
But, when I brought up the late Tex-Mex singer Selena reference in his song “100 Million Roses” — Read More
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The All My Friends Music Festival is calling all indie-music hipster fans south of the border to Tijuana for a full lineup of cutting edge acts. The festival’s trinity: Argenis Garcia, Pablo Dodero and Marty Preciado have organized an innovative music festival that promises to break down borders by bringing together 30 music acts from Europe, Latin America, California and Tijuana under one roof on three different stages.
“We want to eradicate the notion of a border separating us,” Preciado says. “Through music and art, we can bring down borders and come closer through our passions.”
Last year was their first stab at booking bands from the U.S. This year’s fourth edition of AMF has tapped into Europe’s music scene by including the cheeky Estonian-born experimental pop artist, Maria Minerva. She recently tweeted, “Officially poor, got my first pair of shoes from Payless, got no kitchen, next purchase either raw food and/or Ja Rule’s microwave cookbook.” How can you not love her? Minerva will definitely fit in with Tijuana’s equally cheeky hipster crowd. Read More
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As seen on NBC 7 “SoundDiego” Recently, our very own Dita Quinones had a chance to speak with the members of Mexico City’s charming indie rock buzz band Hello Seahorse! during their show at Black Box Tijuana.
Latina Magazine’s Oct. cover girl & “Glee” star Naya Rivera
Latina Magazine outdid itself with this year’s Hollywood Hot List for the Oct. issue featuring Naya Rivera. The party was held at the Old Hollywood-ish The Redbury Hotel on Vine Street. Many head-turning Latino stars made it out to strut the red carpet including, Casper; “Devious Maids” stars, Judy Reyes and Ana Ortiz; pop vocalists Jasmine Villegas and Becky G.; “Hollywood Exes” reality star Mayte Garcia; L.A.’s Latin Grammy-nominated La Santa Cecilia, and of course, Naya Rivera.
The event had champagne flowing and lots of stars making their way around the party to congratulate each other on such a successful year in Hollywood. I had tons of fun LIVE-tweeting for my comrade and Director of Editorial Content, Damarys Ocaña. It was great reunion for us two on the west coast. We finished the night off with a visit to my favorite taco truck in Hollywood.
L-R: Angie Romero, Mariela Rosario-Pabon, Dita Quiñones, Damarys Ocaña Read More
There are infinite Kanye West-isms to quote for days. You either love or hate Yeezy — he’s that polarizing. The admittedly “College Dropout” rapper is one of the most candid beings in hip-hop. He’s unfiltered. Remember when he went off-the-script with Mike Meyers outing President Bush as racist? Who has the guts to do that nowadays?
He yells, he smiles, he inspires, he pisses people off. This all the makings of someone who isn’t pressed on how others feel about him. People possibly hate on him because they can’t enjoy the freedom from others wanton judgements. Even when Obama admonished him publicly, West continued to do him and to live for him. And that is his success.
Check out the 4-part video series that started the Kanye West vs. Jimmy Kimmel Twitter beef. You’re going to be entertained and engrossed. Plus, you want to take notes for you water cooler talk at the office.
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Yeezus may have passed over San Diego, but rap fans will be receiving an even better consolation prize: Jay-Z’s Magna Carter World Tour will be making a stop at the Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 7.
Tickets for the hip-hop heavyweight’s show will go on sale Thursday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. and are limited to eight per person.
The music mogul will be hitting 34 cities on the tour. Discussing a recent show, Entertainment Weekly said that “Jay-Z paced the stage with a studied nonchalance, pouring all his energy into his explosive, bull’s eye accurate rhymes.”
If you want to get in on the VIP presale action, hit Mr. Carter’s Facebook before Sept. 11. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
Hip-hoppers, of course, are hoping for special guests, and would love to see anybody from Jay-Z’s wife, Beyonce, to recent touring partners Kanye West and Justin Timberlake. No matter what, every rhymesayer in San Diego shouldn’t miss this massive and historic concert.
It would be rude to talk about Tijuana’s music scene without mentioning the latest from the ever exquisite Julieta Venegas. Los Momentos is her sixth studio album and has already garnered critical acclaim, hitting the Top 3 — it even hit No. 1 in Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela. On June 1, the Los Momentos world tour made its debut in Brazil and will make a final stop in Las Vegas on Sept. 29. The city of Tijuana will have to head north to San Diego to see Venegas on Sept. 19 at the House of Blues.
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I have a confession I watch reality TV. They all end up annoying the hell out of me one way or another, but only one has my loyalty: “R&B Divas: L.A.” on TVone. I thought the Atlanta franchise had me hooked — only to disappoint from all their volatile ratchetness, but L.A.’s is way more authentic and I love seeing these immensely talented women have that ready-to-work together attitude. Plus, they’re all real mothers (except Price) who have a hands-on role in their kids life. It’s redeeming to watch them tackle the challenge of climbing back into Hollywood’s embrace of favor.
Wednesday was the debut of “Part One: The Reunion,” you know ‘debut’ as in, before they start re-running the hell out of it, like they do with every reality TV show. The perfect choice to host was none other than ‘How you doing?’ Wendy Williams, and she really brought it with all the straight-up-no-chaser questions you can think of. And the best part, they answered. I felt Kelly Price came to the reunion with a damage control vibe — she really thinks she can fool us with ‘I’m a nice girl’ act? They even talk about child support, being homeless, and the heater: Is Kenny Lattimore gay? Uh-Oh!!
5 Reasons why I love R&B Divas: L.A.
- You can hear Michel’le’s voice, which was a bit distracting at first, but it eventually subsides when you hear her ‘sang’ and spill juicy details about her elusive baby daddies, Suge Knight and Dr. Dre. Read More
Comedian Alex Carabaño is all futbol, Colombian, Brooklyn, and you may not be able to tell, but he’s Jamaican, too. Well, at heart, that is. This guy has his Patois down so pat, you’d think he was raised by Jamaican parents. He says, “I played on an all-Jamaican soccer team here in Brooklyn for many years #respect.”
Here’s a new webisode to his self-produced Make Fun Not War series. It’s a How To parody video on speaking Patois using “Rosetta Stone Jamaican.” Get ready to die laughing.