Producer Ian McKee emerges from behind the boards with ‘Amina’ EP

Since 2016, Ian McKee has been the mind behind some of our favorite local artists, namely Rexx Life Raj, Caleborate and our very own Beejus. But the Pacifica producer finally emerges into his own through a lush new project called Amina, packed with features from the aforementioned plus P-Lo, YMTK, and Mani Draper. McKee is cut from the same cloth of producers redefining what the Bay Area sound is. His lush, experimental melodies are attuned with the soul, funk, and pop of the region, backed by a signature bounce to perfectly couch the vocal flair of all his collaborators. But [...]

By |December 6, 2019|Tags: |

Amen arrives with debut project, ‘Real’

Amen is finally ready to speak her truth. A voice formerly heard on Text Me Records' Group Chat Vol. 2 and Mikos Da Gawd's "Hell Yeah Brother!" makes her official debut with Real, the sultry, shimmery R&B project overseen by none other than Drew Banga. Amen describes her sound as being like "drinking hot tea outside with a cool breeze." In its essence, Real is self-care on record, whether you're dancing in the mirror or just taking a moment to breathe. Catch Amen along with Basi, Chenelle McCoy, King Tahoe, and Xora Xora for the official Real release party next [...]

By |November 22, 2019|Tags: , |

Premiere: Theaux Elliot, “CANTKEEPUP” feat. Jayem + Mayila

Elliot Slamet refuses to be boxed in. We’ve covered Slamet’s work on this blog before as EyyELL, one-half of Lord Morgan, but now the San Jose producer is starting to come into his own as an independent artist. Under the moniker Theaux Elliot (pronounced Theo ehhL-yuht), Slamet is slowly inching his way into songwriter territory — armed with the musical chops to not just produce, Theaux is also capable of molding sound into genre-crossing, fully realized songs that can only happen with a curious, but well-trained and tasteful ear. And a prime example of this new Theaux is his latest [...]

By |November 15, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Rexx Life Raj’s ‘Father Figure 3: Somewhere Out There’ is finally here

One of the most highly-anticipated albums of the fall, Rexx Life Raj's Father Figure 3: Somewhere Out There is out now on all streaming platforms and he already has his first headlining tour booked, bbs. Raj has been on full level up mode and on "FF3" it shows with contributions from Kehlani, Russ, Bas and it-producer Kenny Beats on the record to compliment the Berkeley-bred rapper's stylistic swagger and melodic sentiments baked into the project. If you haven't heard of Raj by now, FF3 is here to get you familiar.

By |November 8, 2019|Tags: |

The Bay Bridged Q&A: A Not-So-Awkward Convo with Beejus

There was a point in time where Beejus, host of the DIY podcast Awkward Convos with Beejus, didn't think he could carry a conversation. A bit of a surprising reveal, considering his easy-going personality and storytelling abilities as a rapper. But in an act of self-improvement, Beejus decided to put those growing pains on tape and started a podcast. It was a challenge that he didn't know would turn into anything, really — like most handmade projects, Beejus just wanted to try something different. Fours years and over 200 episodes later, Beejus' pod has rendered him just as much popularity [...]

Tia Nomore brings “Nu Chain” to OTR Sessions

Tia Nomore is about to reach a higher altitude when her upcoming album Level arrives later this fall. And if the rest of her new, upgraded sound is anything like "Nu Chain" and "Terminator Froze," singles off of the project, this firecracker rapper is guaranteed to keep the rest of 2019 lit. But before Level drops on Text Me Records, Tia teamed up with the OTR Sessions to bring a live rendition of "Nu Chain," filmed at Different Fur Studios. With the Sauce Band behind her back, Tia turns up the funk and smoothes out this payday anthem.

By |October 29, 2019|Tags: , |

Listen in to ‘Text Me Records Group Chat Vol. 2’ out today

We won't go down the list of our favorites off of Text Me Records' newest tape, Group Chat Vol. 2, because we've done plenty of that already. But gang's all here and the project in its entirety too, so give this fun-loving, banger-filled mixtape a spin and ride that wave into the weekend. PS: We also can't stop listening to Tia Nomore's new Mikos Da Gawd-produced jam, "Nu Chain", the first single off her upcoming album, Level. Yeee!

By |October 18, 2019|Tags: |

San Jose Jazz + Hammer Theatre Center Announce Black Cab Series

There's a time and place for blockbuster stadium arena shows but some acts and sounds, like jazz, are best when you experience the magic up close. Taking this idea to heart, San Jose Jazz has formed a new partnership with Hammer Theatre Center to bring the Black Cab Series to downtown San Jose. Held in the spirit of classic cabaret shows, performances from jazz luminaries like Blue Note Records drummer Kendrick Scott will be held in the Hammer's intimate black box theater space for a riveting experience starting on Oct. 20. "Following an incredibly exciting 30th Anniversary of our annual [...]

Michael Sneed Jr. looks back on growing up in ‘Days We Lost’

On "Lil Nihilist or I get Angry at God," the oft-joyful Oakland rapper Michael Sneed Jr. is shaking his fist at the sky: "I talk to God sometimes, but he don't talk back," he says on the track off his newest project, Days We Lost out today. Sneed, a Howard graduate, looked to the soulful stylings of producers Wax Roof and Grandbanksss to help bring his childhood musings to life on his playful and wonder-filled hip-hop, but "Lil Nihilist" in particular encompasses Michael's greatest lesson and message about growing up: Without the darkness, there cannot be light. "I want this [...]

Headbangers assemble: Babymetal to play Warfield on Oct. 4

The name Babymetal is a wildly appropriate moniker for hardcore headbanger darlings Suzuka Nakamoto and Moa Kikuchi. And no lie, there's a huge dousing of novelty in this act: It's a candy-coated death-metal intense enough to land them a gig opening for Metallica, yet lightly sweetened enough to be deemed catchy and uptempo Japanese pop-punk. And it's worked so far -- Babymetal just landed their first US tour, rocketeering them up into BTS and BLACKPINK territory as rising Asia acts garnering major intercontinental appeal. Babymetal The Warfield October 4 8pm, $52

By |September 20, 2019|Tags: |
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