Jay Stone and Queens D.Light are figuring it all out, together

Jay Stone could be cut from a cloth of the “last real MCs,” except his swatch would be some thrifted, metallic, purple-and-gold synthetic hemp (despite being born and raised in Oakland, Jay is a diehard a Lakers fan). The stream-of-consciousness flow and elasticity in his delivery marked Jay as a tried-and-true lyricist on his last project, the 2015 Foreign Pedestrians collaboration with producer Monster Rally. Considering himself more of a “rhythmic observationalist” than a rapper, Jay’s long-awaited Calibration of an Altered Mind (primarily produced by Micah Aza) released last November on Gold Robot Records, is his subconscious let loose into [...]

By |February 6, 2019|Tags: , |

Jay Stone, Queens D. Light, newcomers highlight SMART BOMB v.53

With the shuttering of Los Angeles' legendary Low End Theory in August, it's comforting to know a like-minded spirit lives on and is recognized in the Bay Area through Oakland's SMART BOMB. Championing the cross-pollination of heady, experimental sounds in hip-hop, the upcoming volume (volume 53) shines an especially bright light onto Queens D. Light, Jay Stone, plus newcomers, producer Heru and producer/rapper Demahijae. Both Queens D. Light and Jay Stone have blessed 2018 with new albums. The hip-hop on Queens' spiritually energetic Flavor of Green EP was produced by Monster Rally, the same producer who gave us Jay Stone's [...]

Premiere: Jay Stone and his mind are ‘Calibrating…’

When "Flying Monkeys" first came across our desks, we were hooked on to Jay Stone's ruminations and the classically hip-hop sound anchored by producer Micah Aza's soul-sampling. The single was the first to emerge from Stone's full-length album, Calibrations of An Altered Mind and leading up to the record's much-anticipated release (Nov. 9!) we got our hands on the exclusive peek into his latest video, "Calibrating...". "Calibrating..." actually remixes the videos of Stone's last two singles ("Flying Monkeys" and "Good Seat") with the release of the audio single, "Told You" featuring Black Spade. From the start, the visuals and sound [...]

By |October 31, 2018|Tags: |

Southside Festival adds Jay Stone, Ellah to next weekend’s lineup

Adding to an already pretty stacked lineup (if we do say so ourselves), next weekend's Southside Festival recently added even more great local acts: Jay Stone and Ellah. Jay Stone is a rapper from Oakland, with a long history of gracing these pages. SF's Ellah makes ultra-chill R&B with inventive production, and the both of them together add to a lineup that already highlights some of the most innovative work happening in the Bay Area music scene today. Southside Festival is a joint production between The Bay Bridged and Imprint.City, an organization that seeks to bring art — and the [...]

Jay Stone hosting semi-secret video premiere party tomorrow night

Party alert: Get yourself to Oakland tomorrow night for a premiere showing of Jay Stone's new music video for "Flying Monkeys." Details are scarce at this point, but expect to gather at the corner of 15th and Harrison 8pm. It's free and all-ages, and serves not only as a premiere, but as a celebration of Oakland and all the art that exists within it. Everything else you need to know is in the Facebook event here. The nearest BART station is 12th Street.

By |March 21, 2018|Tags: |

Premiere: Jay Stone warns us about “Flying Monkeys”

Oakland's Jay Stone has long been our radar for his contributions to the film Morris in America, his stellar collaboration with LA producer Monster Rally, and his early solo work. He's back at it with a new full length on the way, Calibration Of An Altered Mind, and we couldn't be happier to share you the first single from the album, "Flying Monkeys". On "Flying Monkeys", Jay warns listeners that "Flying Monkeys don't negotiate, they just paper chase and player hate". In the verses, he quickly ruminates on subjects ranging from Dennis Rodman and Madonna to junior high nostalgias to [...]

By |June 30, 2017|Tags: |

2017 Southside Festival Photos + Recap

Our first ever 2017 Southside Festival is a wrap and we can't thank our attendees enough for coming out the Bayview District of San Francisco on a beautiful Saturday to see our all local music lineup. Many thanks to all of the artists who took the time to perform and share their music with us, including: Siri, Jay Stone, Xiomara, Crashing Hotels, Le VICE and Sol Development in addition to our amazing DJs danny gloverr, BISARIA and Jaso. A special shout-out to our partner Imprint.City and the many other organizations that helped to make the event happen, including Laughing Monk [...]

The Bay Bridged and Imprint.City present Southside Festival 2017

The Bay Bridged and Imprint.City are pleased to announce the inaugural Southside Music Festival — a day-long, FREE, indoor music festival, showcasing Bay Area-based musicians taking place on Saturday, April 29 from 12pm-7pm. Intended to showcase the Bayview District neighborhood, Southside Festival brings together local business, musicians and artists for a special all-day event. The festival takes place at 1439 Egbert Avenue (Egbert Avenue between Third and Jennings Street) and will showcase a wealth of deserving talent such as Sol Development, Le VICE, Crashing Hotels, Xiomara, Jay Stone, Siri and many more. This event also marks a newly-forged partnership with The Bay Bridged to [...]

Listen to Jay Stone’s music from ‘Morris From America’

Jay Stone released one of my favorite albums in 2015, the collaborative project with Monster Rally, Foreign Pedestrians. We haven't heard a great deal from him since, but earlier this summer we got a taste of his new material via the trailer for Morris From America, a new film starring Craig Robinson. Jay's music is heard from the offset, and he's in good company throughout - the only other music in the trailer comes from DJ Shadow and Run the Jewels, and Jay's poster is on the the lead character's bedroom wall next to Schoolboy Q - check it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8HY-6F4Y_I [...]

By |September 30, 2016|Tags: |

Mixtape: 2015 Highlights from San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/2015_Highlights_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: 2015 Highlights from San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music (Podcast #377) At The Bay Bridged, we always bristle a little at the prospect of attempting to sum up a full year of the local independent music scene in a single retrospective podcast mixtape. Such a challenge is especially difficult in a place like the Bay Area, where year in, year out, a wide variety of talented local musicians release compelling and impressive albums, a great many of which gain acclaim well beyond the Bay's borders. Instead of trying to identify some objective list of the "ten best" [...]

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