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$%.”
But, when I brought up the late Tex-Mex singer Selena reference in his song “100 Million Roses” — Read More
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WTFlocka?! A Pico Rivera, Calif. male, Anthony Garcia, 25, Rivera-13 gang member, got himself a one-way ticket to prison for murder, thanks to his brazen chest tattoo depicting him murdering his rival, John Juarez.
In 2004, Garcia in cold-blooded murder shot Juarez in front of a liquor store. His chest tattoo illustrates the murder scene in full detail. Garcia, also known as Chopper, has himself depicted as a helicopter aiming bullets at, Mr. Peanut, which is a known alias for Juarez’s gang.
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As seen on NBC “SoundDiego”
Before his all-ages show at Soma, T.Mills pumps up the volume with GN$F! You might hate on the fact that this Riverside rapper used to sing in a boy-band but, you have to give the guy credit on his hustle in the rap game. Using social media to his advantage, T.Mills has racked up over 600,000 Facebook LIKEs and most recently +200,000 followers on Twitter. Read More
as featured on NBC’s ”SoundDiego”
Tijuana’s Los Macuanos, pioneers of the Ruidosón sound, are placing you on house arrest at Club Ruidosón (if there were one) with their latest online drop, “El Camotero.”
The thumping track is intelligent, edgy and a succinct commentary on the war on drugs. “El Camotero” capture your audio senses with layers of ominous samples like the camotero’s choo-choos, a gun being loaded and police sirens overlaid with Los Macuanos chanting “Manos arriba, manos arriba, ya viene camotero (Hands up, hands up. Here comes the camotero)”. You’re probably curious as to what a camotero is. Well, keep reading because I caught up with the Tijuana trio who just returned from Mexico City’s Vive Latino mammoth music festival. Read More
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I seriously have an urge to smoke a Cuban after watching Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Can’t Hold Us” music video. It was like good sex. The visuals and energy left me breathless and inspired. And furthermore confirms what I was already feeling after listening to their first joint “Thrift Shop” – Macklemore is slapping the shit out of rappers with his insane creative formula.
And sorry to say, what many of these major label rappers have promised and didn’t do, Macklemore is doing. He’s bringing that raw, innocent, energetic, hungry vibe back to the game. He’s also enlisted impeccable hook singers like Ray Dalton (“Can’t Hold Us) and Wanz (“Thrift Shop”). Dude can rhyme. Dude can swag on mufukas. No guns, no objectifying women, no Moet, no weed to sell his rhyme slayings – not that there’s anything wrong with weed and alcohol but, I think you get my point: it’s not thrown in your face to make up for wack lyrics.
Say buh-bye to bling culture, say hello to thrift and mom-and-pop shop Zulu-culture – kind of the way things were in ’90s Hip-Hop. Say Hello to this “cold-ass honky.” Read More
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as featured on NBC 7′s “SoundDiego”
Dreams do come true in Kaleidoscope. That is, for singer Miguel they do, because he’s living the life he always wanted. The musical artist is working with contemporaries he admires like Alicia Keys, who hand-picked him to open up for her Set This World On Fire Tour — at the Valley View Casino Center. These two artists fit the bill together so well that it’s an easy sell. Both have much in common: coming from biracial homes, sticking to their guns when it comes to musical artistry and fashion sense and, last but not least, both have Grammy bragging rights. I caught up with Miguel to talk about his Kaleidoscope Dream life.
DITA QUIÑONES: You’re Afro-Latino. Dad’s Mexican. Mom’s Black. How did you navigate both cultures
MIGUEL: “I’m actually so grateful that I am of mixed culture. I have a built-in barometer of who it is and what it is I want to be. And what it is I want to accomplish.” Read More
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Because GN$F! stays true to all things indie and underground – I had to share the latest music video “We Used 2″ from LBC rapper, Cha$e. The track is from his upcoming mixtape “L Blue C” hosted by Trap-A-Holics. The track pays homage to the streets that raised him but also proves he’s wizened up to the trappings of street life. Cha$e chose Manolo to direct the video because he says they connected like “chicken and waffles” when it came to music.
Cha$e was born in San Diego to a crack-addicted mother and now reps the LBC every chance he gets. Until the age of nine, his mom’s best friend took Cha$e to live with her in Long Beach city while his mother could recover from drugs. Devoid of a father and mother, Cha$e found kinship with the Eastside Long Beach 19th Street Crips but more importantly took
It was just a day after I submitted my Chingo Bling article to NBC “SoundDiego” that I stumbled on his tribute to Jenni Rivera – and ummm – I almost shed a tear.
“I feel things. I express them through music. Here’s a song I wrote from a fan’s perspective. My respects to all the families affected. We love you Jenni.” -Chingo Bling
Call me loca but after hearing it and looking back at Jenni’s amazingly short life words metamorphosed: Jenni Rivera is the Mexicano’s Tupac, a second Selena. Jenni was the truth.
Seriously. Feel me on this. Read More
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photo: Timothy Saccenti
Dreams do come true in Kaleidoscope. That is, for singer Miguel they do, because he’s living the life he always wanted. The musical artist is working with contemporaries he admires like Alicia Keys, who hand-picked him to open up for her Set This World On Fire Tour — at the Valley View Casino Center just last week. These two artists fit the bill together so well that it’s an easy sell. Both have much in common: coming from biracial homes, sticking to their guns when it comes to musical artistry and fashion sense and, last but not least, both have Grammy bragging rights. Read More
Posted in Afro-Latino, Artist Empowerment, Latin Alternative Music, Live Performance, Music Tagged Adorn, Alicia Keys, Kaleidoscope, Latin Alternative, Miguel, r&b, Valley View Casino
As Tecate singer Carla Morrison gets geared up to perform in Mexico City for Vive Latino, the most important music festival in Mexico, she released her latest music video to “Disfruto,” which translates as to enjoy. Morrison, a self-proclaimed “hopeless romantic” poetically sings how to enjoy someone she is in love with. It’s the latest track off Déjenme Llorar, the album which earned her two Grammys (Best Alternative Music Album for Déjenme LLorar and Best Alternative Song for that same title track) late last year. Read More
Posted in Artist Empowerment, Carla Morrison, Latin Alternative Music, Tijuana Music Tagged Baja California, Carla Morrison, Disfruto, Latin Alternative, Latin pop, music video, Tecate, Vive Latino