Friday, December 31, 2010

Best of 2010: 1A "The DJ"

Cheers to the DJ!  Cheers to what the DJ can do.  Cheers to an event that brings unity amongst DJs that usually don't come together.  Cheers to Leo Brown, Vex One, Funk Lab and company for putting this great event together.  I was honored to be on the panel but honored to show why I do belong on it.  I hope that events like this can happen more because there is a history to the DJ that isn't appreciated in these current fast-paced, "me first" times we live in.  Knowledge is key!

Westcoast Funk Fest: "The DJ" Recap Video


My Full Set

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Best of 2010: 2B "Triple Threat meets 4onefunk"

In 2A, I wanted to pay homage to pioneers such as Quest, Cue, and others.  In 2B, I want to pay homage to Triple Threat as they blessed the 4onefunktion with an awesome 2x4 set.  Simply dope to watch and listen to.  It's dope that the folks that first came up in the Bay still maintain their skills and provide fans of music such joyous occasions like this.  I'm blessed to be living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Audio of Triple Threat's Set:
Triple Threat at the 4onefunktion 

4onefunktion: Triple Threat DJs

Best of 2010: 2A "Questfest"

To be able to perform at "Questfest" was an honor and a joy.  Not only did I get to showcase along with people I looked up to when I was younger.  I got to perform with a lot of talented individuals and pioneers that should be getting more due. Thanks to Quest, Albert Mathias and the everyone else that supported the show.  It was dope and one of my best individual showcase sets of 2010.  When's "Questfest II" gonna happen?

Sample of my set:

full audio of my set:
Mista-B Questfest Set

Hip Hop Slam Coverage of Questfest

Part 1

Part 2

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Best of 2010: 3 "Cor Adiar~Roc Raida"

RIP Roc Raida

Skratchpad was proud to throw another Roc Raida Tribute for the man that has influenced and touched so many in the DJ/Hip-Hop world.  As the years go on, I hope Skratchpad and others continue to pay homage to the skills and contributions to the one they call, Roc Raida.  Rest in Power...

Skratchpad: Roc Raida Tribute Recap Video

Big up to Rob Swift & Mista-Sinista

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Best of 2010: 4 "DMC Philippines DMC Philippines"

2010 DMC Philippine Final & Mastaplann Reunion Concert

In what was the first time for me to perform for my motherland of the Philippines.  Me and Deeandriod got to perform for a packed house of Pilipinos.  It was also the Mastaplann reunion concert so we got to see pioneers in the hip hop game of the Philippines.  It was real humbling and a bit surreal to see all the various acts and DJs out there.  I can't wait to go back.  Shout out to the DMC Philippines and the DJ Academy for having us and Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

2010 Philippine DMC Final & Mastaplann recap video

Monday, December 27, 2010

Best of 2010: 5 "An Exile & B.Bravo Funktion"

The 4onefunktion Featuring Exile & B.Bravo

In an awesome display of live musicianship mixed with creativity and inspiration, the October 2010 4onefunktion displayed all that is good with music. Hosted by A-Ron and choice selections by B.Cause, The 4onefunktion provided amazing sounds and performances by Exile, B.Bravo and F.A.M.E. (fresh analog music experience) The night made me in awe of all their talents. I can fully say that I'm humbled and proud to be associate by such amazing individuals. Enjoy the footage folks!

The 4onefunktion featuring Exile & B.Bravo Highlights.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Best of 2010: 6 "USA NYC DMC"

2010 USA DMC Finals

I got to partake in the 2010 USA DMC (Disco Mix Club) Finals in New York City over the summer time and I got to spend time with my east coast friends.  I also go to see the best DJs compete for the right to represent the USA at the World Finals which was in London (which was won by Etronik).  The whole week was awesome.  Making a guest appearance at Dubspot, Billy Jam's "Put The Needle on Record" show and judging the DMC USA Finals.  It was dope see DJs such as Rockin Rob do a really dope 45 set and host Red Alert.  I was amazed by all around me in the NYC.

Part 1

To listen to Billy Jam's "Put The Needle on Record" Click Below:
Pre 2010 DMC USA Finals Show

part 2

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Best of 2010: 7 "NOLA"

DMC New Orleans

I got to judge my first DMC (Disco Mix Club) DJ Battle in a city I always wanted to go to, New Orleans.  It was an awesome time.  I got to showcase with my homie, 2007 & 2009 DMC World Champion: DJ Shiftee.  DJ Concept from Florida won and big up to Christie Z for putting together another DMC.  I also got to hang out with DMC NOLA Organizer, Tony Skratchere, Champ Supastar, Liz Money and many more good folks there.  My homies Jerome and DJ Enki from the Bay was there too. I  also got to go records shopping and eat great food.  Finally, I got to see, hear, and meet DJ Soul Sista at her spot on Saturday's called Mimi's.  Truly an awesome time with her selections of deep funk and rare grooves.  Vegas ain't got shit on NOLA.  NOLA has a lot of musical and American history and you get a sense of a lot of it when you go there.

Peep the article on URB online about DMC NOLA:
URB Article

DJ Soul Sista

Friday, December 24, 2010

Best of 2010: 8 "Eric Bobo meets Rhettmatic"

4onefunktion Promo

In an amazing display of live musicianship and performance, Eric Bobo of Cypress Hill and Rhettmatic of the World Famous Beat Junkies put on a show that tore up the Elbo Room in San Francisco.  I wish I could of captured the whole night but you had to be there to really experience the ambience of the room with the vibe of the people.  Also, DJs B.Cause & Aron were playing choice selections for the people to groove to while F.A.M.E. (Fresh Analog Music Experience) gave another great performance and a GURU tribute.  Truly a great night of music.

April 4onefuknktion: Eric Bobo Meets Rhettmatic

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Best of 2010: 9 "Zebra Records Reunion"

Zebra Records DJ Battles, were integral in getting young DJs ready for the DMC (Disco Mix Club) & ITF (International Turntabilist Federation) DJ Battles in the late 90s and early 2000s.  Israel, Wisdom, Bryan, Mr.E, Ross Hogg and more were contributors to Zebra Records along with more.  They helped groups like the The (Finger) Bangerz, 4onefunk and many more.  A lot of DJs have entered the battle such as, Jay Slim, JK, Super Dave and many more from across the planet.

Mista-B 1999

*80s juggles were a common theme back in these days.

Skratchpad's Zebra Records Reunion & Guru Tribute

Mista-B's whole set:

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Best of 2010: 10 "Seattle Scratch Scene"

My trip to Seattle

I took part in the kick-off to Seattle's "Skratch Lounge" which featured me. Since then, there have been more showcases as "Skratch Lounge" has begun to grow.

DJ Tre


Elefaders Showcase

DJs such as Bamboo, Spinja, Flex, Cues, Shmix, D'lemma, and a whole lot more all contribute to their monthly gathering.  I'd like to think of "Skratch Lounge" as "Skratchpad's" northern cousin and the way they set up their tables are rather unique.

Skratch Lounge is every 1st Thursday at the Baltic Room 1207 Pine Street Seattle, WA 98101 and it's free.  Seattle stand up!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Best of 2010: 10.1. "From Battler to Ambassador."

In 2008.

I return to battling for the 2008 DMC (Disco Mix Club) USA Finals only to go as far as I could. Being that I felt I had more in the tank, I battled again in 2009.

Entering again turned out to be a great success. I didn't win and got 2nd (Shiftee won the USA Finals and then, went on to win the World Finals that year) but I felt that I accomplished a lot and it helped give me momentum to what would be a busy 2010. Also, others took notice as I finished that year strong with other shows, various gigs and mixes:

Sonic Soul Space

Even DâM-FunK, who's records I used in the 2009 DMC USA Finals gave me love for using his records.

NAMM 2010

NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) was the first stop of my travels of 2010 and it was the first step of an unintentional path to being an ambassador of the so called art of "Turntabilism."

To see my trip to NAMM in whole, click below:
NAMM Part 1
NAMM Part 2

Sunday, December 19, 2010

2010 Skratchpad Finale


It's been another great year for Skratchpad in 2010.  Great performances and a constant rotation of DJs give Skratchpad that community feel.  If you haven't been yet, come through to the Cellar, 685 Sutter Street, San Francisco on Tuesday, December 21st and see what the fuss is about.

Peep last years Finale: 2009 Skratchpad Finale

"No Cover, Just Culture" ~ Johnny Krush