Julia Lewis, Rexx Life Raj are straight ridiculous on new single “Outta Pocket”

As a producer, Julia Lewis is known for his uber intricate, vibey productions oft employed by the local rap conglomerate searching for a more sophisticated sound. But add long-time collaborator Rexx Life Raj in his caption god form and the valentino viper Guapdad4000, and that's a studio session that can only result in the playful hilarity featured in Julia Lewis' latest single, "Outta Pocket." Raj and Guap are in full form, stringing together a through-line of tongue-in-cheek verses on the peaks and valleys of fame, flexing, and females. The two rappers' humor claps on just being straight-up extra ridiculous (Guap: [...]

YMTK, Julia Lewis bring the vibes to Brick + Mortar on August 9

The Bay Area needs more YMTK appearances. Always some new music up his sleeve, including a recent two-track Summer Pan Playlist drop, the Oakland-born, Los Angeles-based artist hits all the cues for day-party-friendly hip-hop that pushes an out-of-the-box sound without sacrificing the vibes. Somewhere between a rapper and a singer, YMTK's talent knows very few bounds — he's capable of lacing bass-heavy club bangers to smooth, glittery dance floor jams and collaborating with everyone from P-Lo, Rexx Life Raj, and the Cataracs. Joining him is a slew of rising local talent: Producer turned artist Julia Lewis

By |August 2, 2018|Tags: , |

Julia Lewis releases new song “Pink and Blue”

Producer/songwriter/beatmaker Benjamin Falik is Julia Lewis. Yes, they're one and the same. Falik is ambivalent about the idea of personal fame, so that's why he has a pseudonym: "It's little bit of smoke and mirrors," admits Falik, a Berkeley native. "I like playing with people's expectations." Lately, huge things have been going in Ben's favor. He recently won a competition, selected from among 3,000 people to write with Babyface through his publishing company Good Vibes Music Group. He'll be participating in Spotify's Secret Genius session. And, he's working on his first producer album, set to release late summer/early fall. Today, [...]

By |May 18, 2018|Tags: |

Mixtape: The Bay Area’s Standout Hip Hop and R&B Producers

This episode first ran on KQED.org. Download: Mixtape: The Bay Area's Standout Hip Hop and R&B Producers (Podcast #426) The Bay Area's vibrant hip hop and R&B scenes include a wealth of talented MCs and singers, but it's often easy to forget the important behind-the-scenes role that music producers play in crafting great songs. A skilled producer doesn't just provide a instrumental backdrop for an artist to showcase their craft; instead, the best producers elevate their artists, adding emphasis that highlights a song's melodic immediacy or depth that demands repeat listens. This mixtape showcases a dozen songs from local hip [...]

For 2018, JULiA LEWiS aims to live up to his potential

“Dog dad over everything.” Benjamin Falik’s Instagram is a sort of window of what ‘everything’ entails. Better known as producer JULiA LEWiS, Falik shares clips of him in the studio with some big-name locals (more recently Mikos Da Gawd, Rexx Life Raj, and Mr. Carmack), the every-so-often motivational selfie, admiration of the head of hair he inherited from his Jewish father, and of course, endearing snaps of his dog-child, a two-year-old Australian shepherd named Cody. Cody is like father, like pup: His several rap aliases (Lil Codeine, ASAP Code, Cody Highroller, Heartbreak Code) is parallel to how his dog dad [...]

By |December 12, 2017|Tags: |

Mixtape: Great Bay Area Record Labels

Editor's note: Following the original publication of this post, we were alerted to the announcement that Death Records has closed following accusations of sexual assault against founder Brian Wakefield. Based on this news, we have removed Death Records from this post and mixtape. http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Record_Labels_2017_Mixtape.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Great Bay Area Record Labels (Podcast #416) This episode originally ran on KQED.org. Record labels can play an important role in nurturing the growth of emerging musicians, and the Bay Area’s many local independent labels are a key piece of the vibrant local music scene. Bay Area labels help the region's musicians develop, release, [...]

Julia Lewis teams up with Elujay for “On the Regular”

Even though Julia Lewis has been permeating from Bay Area speakers for the better part of these last few years — think Rexx Life Raj’s “Handheld GPS” and a handful of songs from Caleborate’s 1993 — his next goal is to become a household name on his own right, following in the footsteps of several Bay Area behind-the-boards producers turned center-stage artists (P-Lo and Iamsu, to ring a bell). Today, he releases “On the Regular,” the first from a packet of forthcoming releases with Elujay, the 21-year-old Oakland rapper whose last project Jentrify made waves and caught the attention of [...]

By |September 8, 2017|Tags: , |

What’s Happening This Week? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Dec 12 – Dec 15

The biggest benefit show for last weekend's Oakland fire tragedy will be at the Fox Theatre this Wednesday. Monday, December 12 Julia Lewis, Brogan Bentley @ Thee Parkside Free show, $1 Anchor Steam beers, and Calebrate hosting? Yes, please. Pylon Reenactment Society, Cruel Summer, Mall Walk @ The Independent An Athens, Georgia local favorite, Pylon disbanded after guitarist Randy Bewley died in 2000. Instead of replacing him, Pylon Reenactment Society was born with members from Casper & the Cookies, The Glands, and pianist Damon Denton to pay tribute. Gladys Knight with the San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Symphony Hall The "Empress [...]

Julia Lewis – “You Were My First Love” ft. Saint Tiimbre

From San Francisco producer Julia Lewis (aka Benjamin Failk) comes a new track “You Were My First Love”, featuring Saint Tiimbre, a collective comprised of Amp Live (of Zion I), vocalist Natasha Adorlee, and Falik himself. The song is part of a forthcoming EP by Julia Lewis, The Space Between Us, due out through independent release on October 28. The layers of “You Were My First Love” are definitely compelling; though Adorlee’s vocals sit somewhat shaky on the surface, there’s a strong base and a slow build with lots of white space, making Lewis’s track instantly gratifying without being a [...]

By |October 16, 2014|Tags: , |
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