Last Sunday, we saw the closing show of the Rent Money Tour in DTLA. The place was packed with fans, friends, and colleagues in support of Bambu, Kixxie Siete, and Rey Resurreccion.
Here’s how it looked pre-show in the green room.
And outside on the deck, we hung out with Rick & Ray’s producer, Bambeeno.
And Duel (Oishi Media).
And Sabzi (Blue Scholars), Pretty, and DJs Rhettmatic and Felt1.
Me and Shelly’s (Rick & Ray/Tastemakers) obligatory pre-show bathroom shot.
Then it started. First up, Rey Res.
Next, Kix. He brought out some guests, performed tracks from the upcoming 7AM Mixtape (produced by Bambeeno), and got trill with the crowd.
Finally, Bam. He did a set of old stuff and new stuff, and closed it out with his ode to LA, “Where You From” from ...one rifle per family. He made it known to everyone that that would be his final full length album, but promised he’d still work on music.
Congrats to the guys on a very successful run. I’m hella proud of you.
Since October, Bambu, Rey Resurreccion, and Kixxie Siete have been all over Cali, in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, NY, Philly, and even Manila. Tonight, the Rent Money Tour comes home to Los Angeles. Come through to 333 Live in Downtown; Bam’s LA shows never disappoint.
And then to celebrate the culmination of a very successful tour, hang out with us at Blu Monkey after.
Let me bring you up to speed: SESSIONS is a program in Los Angeles that teaches youth and young adults music writing, production, recording, and DJing. Their mission is to promote development, nurture critical thinking, and foster community building through the process of creating music. SESSIONS currently needs financial help in order to continue into 2013. Before I get into the collaborative event that we are detailing, I need to say that I am 100% in support of SESSIONS and I hope you are, too. I’ve been to the program, whether it was to meet with the staff or to hang out with the kids, and I’ve experienced the positivity that comes from learning. For many reasons, those kids may not have outlets to chase a dream but SESSIONS is there to help. And even if they haven’t quite figured out what they’d like to do with music, there are genuinely good people involved in the program to help them think it through.
So we have come together to throw a fundraiser. We are developing an event that will involve a beat contest and performances. You’ll know full details by the first of next month. In the meantime, please mark Thursday, December 27 on your calendar.
Now onto the food at Los Molcajetes. Check out the size of those pupusas, tho! I would recommend the all pork one. It actually tastes like chicharon.
The aftermath. I couldn’t even finish my food. No wonder why Ali and Phat only ordered one!
(or we WERE out THERE…)
First off, sorry for the major blog break. I’m actually suffering from a shoulder sprain and I haven’t done anything worthy of posting. Until yesterday.
It started at the Black Scale store to interview co-owner, Mega, for his feature on Tastemakers. We learned a lot from him - not only about the brand and its story, but about open mindedness and energy. He’s easily one of the coolest and most intriguing people I’ve met in my career. Shelly and I are aiming to get this done by next week, when Black Scale celebrates its 5 year anniversary. Stay tuned.
We were hungry after all that, and made our way to Fairfax.
We ended up at Golden State for their Wednesday rib eye special.
Instagram told us that the vintage shop Tried & True up the block had some Niners gear and some Chanel accessories on deck. So Shelly and I went to check it out while Alex went to visit his friends at The Hundreds. We left empty handed, but got to chat with the owner, Crystal. She got our math and promised to let us know when the stuff we’re looking for becomes available. Yay!
Now Alex wanted to walk up to Melrose to check out the SSUR pop up. We didn’t want to make the trek but did it anyway. On the way, I saw this. Facebook is killer? Discuss.
We finally made it, only to find out that it was closed. Alex was upset because it wasn’t even 7p yet. And then he realized that they were only open from Thursday - Saturday. SMH.
But like all situations, we make the most of it. Like for example, pretending to be tourists with Peter Pan.
We checked out the new Wild Style store on the way back to the car. Wild Style is a shop owned by Joyrich (just across the street). It carries other brands like Boy London and Adidas, and also has a hodgepodge of knick knacks. Wella, if you’re reading, you’d love it there.
Then finally we were back in Burbank at Backside. We caught up with the staff and picked up these goodies from HUF.
It was a good day. Glad to be back blogging.
Has everyone downloaded Love Letter from the 7AM Mixtape by Kixxie Siete and produced by Rick & Ray’s artist, Bambeeno?
Has everyone read the TASTEMAKERS: Team Manila feature?
Hope so. Now let me share something else that you need to get hip to. It’s Shelly’s website (she’s also in the Rick & Ray collective as our makeup artist), updated to include new photo galleries that make it easier to view her work in fashion, editorial, and beauty. Take a look at what she’s been working on: magazine covers and spreads, celebrity clients, TV shows, etc, etc. Besides her talent, I hope that her passion translates through these photos. I see it on the regular, and experiencing that amongst my peers has got to be one of the best parts of this job.Tweet