Monthly Archives: November 2009

Beijing – LA Connection: Naughty Ray New Single

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Different directions, but were all going the same way...

I recently got my hands on a copy of Lil’ Ray AKA Naughty Ray‘s new single, recording with LA Local Legend Aidge Rock of The Aesthetics Crew. There is an original track and a remix, and both are fiiiiiire.

See below for more on The Aesthetics Crew and keep an eye out this week for my upcoming biography and interview with Lil’ Ray, Beijing’s premier Battle MC. In the mean time, enjoy this taste of Beijing’s finest going global.

This Way by Lil’ Ray featuring Aidge Rock (The Aesthetics Crew)

Naughty Ray feat. Aidge Rock – This Way (Original Version)

This Way (Petenut Remix) by Lil’ Ray featuring Aidge Rock (The Aesthetics Crew)

Naughty Ray feat. Aidge Rock – This Way (Petenut Remix)

From The Aesthetics Crew Myspace Page:

In the hallowed brew-school tradition of cup-in-hand rhyming at backyard house parties, the Los Angeles-based Aesthetics crew is here to put the fun back in the funk. Somewhere in between “too jiggy for my diamond studded toothbrush” and “so underground it hurts to take off my backpack,” they are simply committed to saying whatever is on their minds. From Jazz champions to Hungarian comedians, they have mastered the art of flipping old samples to deliver an entirely unique and personal feeling in their music. The heavyweight combination of Indi’s MPC 3000, DJ Props’ SP1200, and a warehouse full of records is truly a force to be reckoned with.

Firm believers that an MC’s delivery should rock like Donald Byrd’s horns over his rhythm section, Aidge & Indi’s vocals are distinct and powerful. Unlike many artists who separate their lyrics from the instrumental side of the art, the Aesthetics Crew considers their vocals to be part of the music, much like a single instrument amongst the rest of the band. Their lyrics will make you think, laugh, and more than likely, crack a brew.

The Aesthetics Crew is exactly what their name implies; they represent everything beautiful about this art form, and won’t stop until their names are synonymous with the forefathers they grew up listening to. Let Aesthetics into your eardrum once, and they’ll be in your brain for a lifetime.

Bizzle!


唐人踢 (Tokill) – Jazz Rap Is In The City Now – 2006

This is an interesting find in pursuit of new and unique Chip-Chop, a “noticeably underground” Jazz-Rap Fusion album done by 唐人踢 (Tokill) a Rapper/producer from Kunming from a few years back.

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Jazz Rap...new Hip Hop!

For the Chinese readers out there, here is an old interview with Tokill from the website I worked with last year, www.hiphop.cn.

Not sure where ALL the beats come from, if they are truly homemade, then big props to the producer!! Worth mentioning, the beats… they are better than the quality of the recording equipment used by the rapper.

Give these tracks a listen, and judge for yourself.

太多的问题 Too Many Problems by 唐人踢 (Tokill)

GouTong

To Die in the Blue by 唐人踢 (Tokill)

Die In The Blue

善良的心 Heart of Gold by 唐人踢 (Tokill)

08 GouTong

Big up to D.I.B.C who are always diggin’ not for themselves but for you!

Bizzle!

Rahzel @ Bling 11/20/09—Vertict? Killed it.

This Side Over Here Is Focused

This Side Over Here Is Focused

“I like this side better, because this side is focused…” – Rahzel

This quote from Rahzel talking about the crowd, summarizes part of his show at Bling on Friday night (11/20/09)  in many ways. The live show was a great time, but it did have many different “sides”, phases, and moments and I’ll break down a few.

First and foremost, Rahzel is the world’s greatest beat boxer and DJ JS-1 a super talented DJ with very specialized skills when it comes to beat juggling with his hands, feet, back, and other tricks. To see them perform their live set in person was an honor and the crowd at Bling appreciated this fact.

The Park boys love it.

The Park boys love it.

Now for Bizzle‘s take on the night I ask you all bare with me, as I am going divide my commentary up into different sides, phases and moments of the night.

They are:

  • The Boom-Market Phase
  • The Diminishing Returns Phase
  • The Black Friday Phase
  • The Focused Side vs. The ADD side
  • Moments of the Blissful Hip Hop Head
  • Moments of the Awkward Turtle

Now, just follow me as I break it down…

Gettin love from the crowd

Gettin love from the crowd

The Boom-Market Phase: I think Economic Terms can describe parts of this show really well and can illustrate the “ebb and flow” of the Rahzel/JS-1 performance. The club was relatively packed when Sbazzo, DJ Zoubin and I arrived around 11pm. Once inside, I saw the stage had been set up near the DJ Booth, which was a concern for me since Bling usually has NO stage area for artists; props to them for setting that up well. Soon enough, people we completely surrounding the stage area in preparation for Rahzel‘s show. Once 11:45-12:00am got near, by the time DJ JS-1 made his way to the tables, Bling’s resident spin-master DJ J-Cue already had the crowd, including myself, dancing pretty hard and getting crazy to some of the usual hits like  “I Got a Feeling…“, which always gets the crowd pumped. The burst of energy when DJ JS hopped on the decks and got on the mic was the real beginning of the “Boom-Market” phase, when everyone’s attention and energy was focused on the show at hand. DJ JS-1 then introduced Rahzel, who came on to a huge ovation with video camera in hand, filming the crowd while the crowd filmed him, and he chose to remain quiet and behind the booth while JS showed off his turntable skills…see video for details on how awesome these skills are.

After that, Rahzel jumped into his set and started showing off his world-class Beat Boxing skills, and the crowd was eating it up! Everyone was cheering reaching for Rahzel to touch, him, every camera, camera-phone and any other electronic device was up and in use as he started doing originals songs, then remixing songs like “Drop it Like it’s Hot”, “React” , and in the later stages of the Boom-Market Phase, he even threw in Wutang Clan’s “36 Chambers” to the delight of all. This song certainly made for the Moment of the Blissful Hip Hop Head, as I saw cats in the crowd almost screaming their heads off as Razhel commanded them to sing the chorus of “Wutang Clan aint nothing to f*** with!” Word of advice: Neither is Razhel when it comes to beatboxing!!!

Lil' Ray reppin the Wu-Tang

Lil' Ray reppin the Wu-Tang

Soon enough though, after about 30-40 minutes of this HIGH energy and high volume performance, I found the crowd and the show together entering into the “Diminishing Returns Phase

Gettin' Busy on the Mic!

Gettin' Busy on the Mic!

The Diminishing Returns Phase: This phase of the show I’d say came about 45 minutes into the show, when certain members of the crowd who were not in the front areas or in the main dance floor started to “diminish” or retreat back to their tables, to the bar, or just into conversations in other areas of the club. With a beat-boxer who is taking small breaks in between verses, songs, etc. this was very, well, obvious to everyone, especially to Rahzel. While MANY in the crowd, especially the area I was in, were still 100% into what was happening, and dedicated fans were EVERYWHERE dancing, grooving, cheering, singing along, I have to admit that there was some  “riff-raff” going on as well, especially near the bathrooms and entrance way. This brought on the quote at the title of this article….

The Focused Side vs The ADD Side: Rahzel, after starting to perform “If Your Mother Only Knew”, took a small break for about 10-20 seconds (when he does this, realize there is NO sound, the DJ isn’t playing any records and no background music so you can hear the loud part of the crowd very easily) and pointed to one side of the crowd saying “I like this side of the crowd better, this side is totally focused…but this side [pointing to other side] is like…ADD or something, not focused at all.” This call-out got the crowd BACK involved in a big way, real fast!

He then went on to perform the full version of the song here is the video, unfortunately my sound isn’t good on the camera I was using, and you can definitely hear the “crowd riff-raff” I mentioned earlier:

The Black Friday Phase: After about 1.5hrs of Rahzel‘s amazing beat boxing and DJ JS-1 breaks and beats,  as far as I knew, the show was STILL going on. Then sorta suddenly, Rahzel stopped beat boxing and started posing for pictures with people in the crowd. GREAT IDEA, but I think ending the show formally first would have been better for some of us, as we didn’t know what to do now!  My group of hip-hop heads and I were standing there looking at each other, trying to figure out if the show was in fact over or not. There had not been a big finale, no announcement, and it was just not really clear what was going on.

This is also the Awkward Turtle Moment of the show, which features Bizzle trying to get up to the stage to get a picture with Rah and TOTALLY failing because I was pushed out of the way by a 90lb Asian girl who gave me the “Look of Death” to let me know she was getting the f’ing picture before me. After that, thinking I looked more like a groupie than a fan (or part of the promo team) and not to mention afraid for my life… I decided to retreat with no photo.

Rahzel breaks it down in the crowd...he is in there somewhere!

Rahzel breaks it down in the crowd...he's in there somewhere!

Now, before I get to far into a criticism rant, eventually I was reminded to leave the performance details to the professionals, because after a few minutes of posing, Rahzel got back on the mic, did some of his best vocal tricks and as part of his finale, he beat-boxed his way through the crowd, going from table to table, section to section, without “losing a beat!” CRAZY!!!!

When he did end his set, he got a HUGE ovation from the crowd and this much love for real hip hop in China was refreshing to hear. Calls for ‘encores’ didn’t win him over, but JS quickly threw on some old-school beats and breaks that got the crowd from the bar running back to the stage area to dance!

Show some love for the DJ

Show some love for the DJ

A great performance was matched by great energy from the crowd (at least most of it) and the show went off really well. I think it was a big step for Bling who had only dabbled in DJ’s for live shows, and might the beginning of more diverse live sets for their venue.

Shout to Rahzel and JS for being all around cool people and some of the most talented and authetic hip hop acts to bless Beijing with their skills, I really enjoyed the time I spent with them privately and watching the show. Also big thanks to Bling and YinEnt for their promotions and support for hip hop China, and finally a thanks to Kristen from LumDimSum for being a babe and letting me stand next to her in the Bling staff only VIP area during the set. Good spot for viewing, and standing next to her didn’t hurt…

Do I stand out much?

Do I stand out much?

Bizzle!

BeatBox Session with Rahzel

Bizzle, Rahzel and DJ JS-1

Old School (aka fuzzy) Photo w/ Bizzle, Rahzel and DJ JS-1

One thing I got to do recently that was cool for me, was to spend some down-time with Rahzel and DJ JS-1 as their “guide” and part-time caretaker in Beijing.

As part of the YinEnt squad, I was tasked with taking care of Rahzel and JS for one night, and we definately has a cool evening, mostly just chillin, talking about their experiences touring, hip hop around the world, and then we went to The Park boys’ studio to record an episode for their Chinese radio show.

Sbazzo met us there, and after everyone had a chance to meet, they got down to business and while recording  the radio show, unexpectedly, we got an improptu Beat box session from Rahzel, “live” on the air!

For the www.youcallthathiphop.com family, I snuck a lil video action in, so here you go!

Big Shout to The Park 嘻哈公园 for all their support!

Check out their site here

Bizzle!

Update: New pictures and video from Ying Yang Twins @ Vics 11/14/2009

As promised, here is the video of Maya‘s song “Bailar” when we invited more girls than we could handle to dance with us on stage…see the result, not a great video, but you get the point.

Now more pictures from the show, the table and backstage. Big shout out to Mike for the pictures.

Ying Yang, Bizzle and Maya in the VIPizzle

Ying Yang, Bizzle and Maya in the VIPizzle

Can D-Roc get on stage please?

Can D-Roc get on stage please?

Ying Yang on Stage

Ying Yang on Stage

Maya is all smiles

Maya is all smiles

Shout out to the shorties

Shout out to the shorties

Heavy Security

Heavy Security

There Bizzle's Back

There is Bizzle's Back

Backstage

Backstage

I swear she asked for the picture...

I swear she asked for the picture...

Maya loves the DJ booth

Maya loves the DJ booth

Ying Yang in this Thang

Ying Yang in this Thang

If anyone has more,  email me at XiaoBizzle@gmail.com and I will post them!

Bizzle!

Interview- Rahzel: Da Godfather of Noyze

Xiao Bizzle got a chance to ask Rahzel a few questions about his upcoming performance at Bling, his feelings about the global state of hip hop and what he does in case of a “hiccup” on stage…

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Bizzle: How would you describe your musical style or art form to someone who wasn’t familiar with hip hop?
Rahzel: Human beatbox, vocal percussionist, mcee… i do all styles of music [but] with my mouth…

Bizzle: Where do you get your inspiration?
Rahzel: I am inspired by all types of music and sounds around me everyday… by listening to many types of music and sounds… REALLY listening to all the layers of sounds… I am inspired when i go to countries around the world and see hundreds of other beatboxers. I have influenced them to keep this movement alive and that inspires me to keep going…

Bizzle: Being perhaps the first commercially successful BeatBoxer, what advice would you give to an aspiring Chinese (or any nationality) vocal percussionist?
Rahzel: First, do not copy or duplicate what i do. That is not the path to your own success. Many times kids want to show that they can do what i do by doing my routines. They cant. The best thing to do is to come up with your own style, your own beats, your own techniques, and that will make you stand out on your own and be able to start a career. Work on your stage presence and your stage show. Just doing fast beats 800mph is not good. Work on your sounds and learn to separate the different sounds and tones within the beats you make… Never give up or be discouraged… practice practice practice… I’m still learning and developing my own techniques everyday.

Bizzle: Would you be interested in working with any Chinese hip-hop artists? (Because, I can arrange that… haha)
Rahzel: Yes of course! Myself and DJ JS-1 REALLY want to record with Chinese Hip Hop artists! Seriously.. lets make this happen and make history!

Bizzle: As the “Godfather of Noyze” you have traveled around quite a bit with the Roots and on your own, and soon to be visiting China, so on a bigger picture, where do you see the direction of hip hop going Internationally? (Will it ever surpass or equal the movement in the US? )

Rahzel: It has already surpassed the US movement. In every country in the world there are now hip hop acts and groups who sell many many records and make very good music. If you add up all the countries and all the groups, it is a lot! The problem is the language barrier and promotion. All countries play and support US artists, but not every country, including the US support or play any music from other international acts. It is difficult for French hip hop to break into the UK, Germany, Japan, etc because of the language difference. Many people speak English around the world and that helps US artists. Plus, hip hop originated in the states and it will always be the “mecca” of hiphop, so obviously US artists will always do well, but we love a lot of international hiphop. JS-1 is now working on an international hip hop album with ONLY mcees from several different countries…

Bizzle: What do you expect the audience to be like for an American beatboxer/MC at a luxury hip hop club (Bling) in Beijing to be like?
Rahzel: We are not sure what to expect. Hopefully it will be a good hiphop crowd and not a commercial dance crowd. however, it does not matter, we bring our traditional form of hiphop, two turntables and a microphone, all over the globe, and people love and respect it. For those who know, they will love it and for those who are not sure what we are doing, they will get the ultimate lesson in real hiphop, turntablism and beatboxing.

Bizzle: What is one (or two) things you want to do in China while you are here?
Rahzel: Visit the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, and other historical sites. It is not very often that we get to be here and take in the amazing culture and history of your country. China has one of the longest and greatest histories as a country and we are excited to visit some of these sites. And second, we hope to bring some good hiphop to the people and influence some more people to beatbox, scratch records, or just appreciate hiphop music.

Bizzle: What brands of hats, sneaks or other gear are you feeling right now?
Rahzel: I always love my new era hats. I have a huge collection. I am not brand specific. I go shopping and simply buy what i like. whatever catches my eye and i think looks good on me. So its not really about the brand name, but more about what i like or dont like. And DJ JS-1 is traditional old school Rock Steady Crew and loves his Adidas always!

Bizzle: Have you ever been beat-boxing on stage and had a major “hiccup” or breakdown? How do you handle that?
Rahzel: Yes once or twice. I am human, it happens. If i have to cough of hiccup, i find a way to fit it in the beat or pause and keep going. It does not happen often but if it does, i kinda like it, because it shows i am human. We are prepared to handle whatever happens on stage!

Thanks to Rahzel for the interview!

Don’t forget!

Rahzel@Bling

Date: Friday, November 20

Time: 9pm-late

Cover: RMB 100

Bizzle!

Bizzle in the News

Check my Steeeze

Check my Steeeze

Today Xiao Bizzle was featured in the CityWeekendFashionista” section and I wanted to share the link with all the youcallthathiphop.com family!

Click here to see the article

Big thanks to CityWeekend, and big shout out to MeiLi, Beijing’s (maybe China’s) top make-up artist and genuine hottie.

Click here to visit MeiLi’s website and see her work.

Rahzel @ Bling, Friday Nov 20th

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This Friday night at Bling, the Godfather of Noyze, Rahzel will bring his world-class beatbox skills to the Dirty Kapital. Rahzel has been the predominant beatbox artist for over a decade and the Youtube video of his performance of “If your mother only knew” has amassed millions and millions of hits.

From the CityWeekend event posting:

RAH ZEL – The Human Beatbox Comes to Bling

The undisputed “Godfather of Noyze,” Rahzel has re-defined the beat box. Probably the best known member of The Roots, Rahzel is a self-defined “vocal percussionist” who has perfectly mastered this quintessential hip hop art form…

To hear him is to be converted. Performing Exclusively @ BLING.

Date: Friday, November 20

Time: 9pm-late

Cover: RMB 100

Also, click here for a good interview with Rahzel done by TimeOut.

I just talked with Kristen from Bling / www.LumDimSum.com and she was saying its definitely going to be a sell out, so GET THERE EARLY!

I am headed to meet Rahzel at his hotel tonite to show him around town a bit, perhaps even meet up with my boys over at The Park. Then tomorrow night Yin T’sang is accepting an award at a Yoho Awards Show, and Rahzel will be rolling with them (you know I gotta be there as well!).

Holla to YinEnt for booking the show, big up to Bling and Yin T’sang Wan Sui 隐藏万岁!

Bizzle!

Crunk-ology: Ying Yang Twins Teach Beijing a Lesson

For those of you who missed it, the Ying Yang Twins crunked the house apart this Saturday night at Vics, in a way Beijing doesn’t see very often. The whole night was insane, and the Twins performance matched the crowd’s energy, which was incredible.

Packed House

Packed House

First things First…here is the video interview I did with the Ying Yang Twins from before the show.

Now to the stories of the night:

Arrived at Vics around 5pm and met up with XIV to have a small business meeting to discuss YinEnt projects, and about 20 mins later the Ying Yang Twins walk in, both rockin big, heavy chinchilla jackets, green gators, and D-Roc of the YYT explained his Versace boots “ain’t even Mens shoes, they look like men’s shoes but they are ladies shoes.” Haha, more hilarity to come from D-Roc later in the night.

Before sound check, we decide to do interviews first, and I was the first up.

During my interview, the whole room was packed full of other ‘real’ reporters and photographers, but Xiao Bizzle was the ONLY one that got a full video interview (I told ‘em I was from North Carolina and they showed loved for the Dirty South). During the interview, there was some disagreement with D-Roc and myself about my website name using ‘hip hop’ instead of ‘rap’ or ‘rappin’. “Youcallthatrap.com” wouldn’t make any sense really, and what might be news to D-Roc is that RAP is generally regarded as a part of the greater HIP-HOP culture. But that’s all I am gonna say about that.

After the interviews we all did our sound checks and everything was cool, even with the club empty. Watching them rehearse was even more fun for me because I recognized and knew the words to many of the songs they were going to perform. I was already getting excited.

Maya aka M2 was set to perform right before the Twins, and he asked Xiao Bizzle to do what he does best, hype the crowd. Our sound check went smooth and soon after, we were at Kro’s Nest having pizza and getting pumped up. We retreated to our respective houses to get ready for the show and then I went to my homie Byron‘s house party at the New Moma (which is sick btw), but within ten minutes of getting there, I got the call that the limo was waiting to pick everyone up and would meet me outside.

Soon enough the limo had picked everyone up, stretch SUV style. Ying Yang Twins, Maya, myself and the security team were wild’n out in the limo on the way to Vics watching a bootleg copy of “This is It” which the Ying Yang Twins were HUGE fans of apparently. They were doing dance moves and screamin’ out Jackson lyrics the whole time, it was a fun car ride.

We showed up at Vics a little late, and once security was ready, M2 and I hopped out first, and there was a crowd waiting to cheer us on and take pictures. (Trust me, I was surprised too, but I did my best job of acting like I was used to it)

Ying Yang got out to quite a bit of fanfare, and then we all got escorted into the club under heavy security and eventually made it to our VIP Table, which was already surrounded by girls, dudes, and some groupies. Maya is Beijing’s premier Latino MC , so girls were obviously jumpin’ all over him and I even had a few people say they loved my music. I’m thinking to myself..

”thats funny…do you even know who I am?”

but of course I respond,

“Yeah, I love you too.”

Look at me now Mom, ya boy Bizzle’s got fans!

The table was totally surrounded by people in every direction, screaming for the YYTwins, trying to get their attention. I turned to Kaine from the YYT‘s and asked him, “it is like this every time you go anywhere?” He said coolly:

“Always.”

Soon enough they were telling us it was time to go on, we went backstage and started gettin’ hyped up. They called us out to perform and we were up on stage getting busy in Español before we knew it.

WOW! The crowd was SO LIVE! It was crazy to see the whole scene from up there. I have done plenty of shows before but this one was different. People were grabbing at our clothes, screaming our names; it was the most fun I’ve had performing ever, but that’s just me, Maya is pretty used to that kinda stuff.

For Maya‘s song “Bailar” we decided to improvise a little bit and invited some girls on to the stage. We didn’t expect what happened next…when about 45 girls (exactly 45) all climbed up onto the stage at once! We tried to keep performing but there was just toooo many girls on the stage for us to really move (Video of this will uploaded later today or tomorrow once I find it, I promise!).

At the end of the song, we were ready to do one more bonus track, but for whatever reason, the sound guy motioned that were getting cut off and in fact, my mic got turned off because we were going to keep going! Anyone who knows me well knows that this was perhaps one of the shining moments of my life. We were so crunk, we had so many hunnies on stage, and were rockin it so right that we were in danger of OUTSHINING the main act (YYT) before they even come on ….so…they said that’s enough, and just like that…Maya‘s and Bizzle’s set was done. Well, who cares if its true, at least that’s my theory, because no one can say the crowd wasn’t loving our set… it was…crunk.

iHype

iHype

One note: to the guy who was tapping me over and over again in the middle of our set and kept holding up the numbers “2″ and “1″ with his fingers…what the hell were you doing? I was in the middle of a show, and you got on stage, got in my face, to tell me the number…21…was it your birthday or something? I don’t care, you were NOT in good form buddy, bad timing.

The trip back up to the table was an adventure to say the least. But eventually I found myself back with the YYTwins having drinks. Those guys really do know how to party, and after gettin loose for a bit longer, it was time for them to go on.

The YYT‘s set was a whole lot of different things. I am gonna break down like this: The GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY.

The GOOD:
The YYT‘s definately brought a lot of energy with their music, and the crowd was feeding off that. Everyone was going about as crazy as I have ever seen it in Vics. They performed all their hit songs and for a while it was just getting better and better. I had not seen quite as many big smiles and just sheer wild’n out in a long time, and it was really refreshing to see people getting that loose. Oh and, D-Roc wore a Chinese Fighter Pilot helmet for most of his show and all the way to the club in the limo…that was classic. People were having a blast and nothing else really matters.

Roger That...Initializing Crunk Lift Off

Roger That...Initializing Crunk Lift Off

The BAD:
A guy, we will call him C, who is a regular in the Chip-Chop scene, somehow got into the DJ booth during the YYT‘s set and sorta screwed everything up. Were talking the music just STOPPED, in the middle of a YYT song. That got fixed, and the show went on, but then, as if that wasn’t enough, he hopped up on stage AFTER the YYT‘s and did two Chinese hip hop songs of his own, which was NOT part of the show. I guess he had met or had some sort of relationship with the YYTwins or the promoter or something, but had he come to rehearsals, he might have known that there was a plan for ending the show… C is a real cool dude, and I think he meant well, but lets not shake things up like that next time.

The UGLY:
The YYT performance was too long. They performed for almost 2.5hrs it seemed, and that wasn’t how we planed in rehearsals. People definitely got their money worth, but I imagine people did start leaving while they were still performing, which isn’t a good sign. For the rest of the show, the only really UGLY part was the disorganization that happened with the artist line-up and over crowding in the DJ booth, but that wasn’t DJ Kefra’s fault at all. During rehearsals we had everything scoped out and planned well, but then during the show they cut Maya and my set off early, Ricky J and Maya‘s feature song didn’t get performed at the right time, then this guy jumps on the decks and takes over for Kefra unannounced and then drops the ball. Really, if everyone had just followed along with DJ Kefra and our rehearsal plans, the show would have been the best show in Beijing, ever, Kefra even said so himself to me the next day.  Also, I saw about 10 people involved in a scuffle outside, which was simply over someone LOOKING at the person in the wrong way. Seriously boys, U-N-I-T-Y!

Maya and Bizzle

Maya and Bizzle

The rest will come as I get more photos and videos from the evening.

Big shout out to Maya for bringing me on with him, we rocked it amigo! Also big shout to Vics and DJ Kefra for all their support and finally holla to the Ying Yang Twins for bringing the ‘crunk’ back to the Big Dirty Kapital.

Bizzle!

D.I.B.C- Diggin’ in a 胡同 (Hutong) Near You!

Go DJ!

Go DJ!

Diggin‘: The act of looking for vinyl records (wax) in a non-corporate, non-chain-retail establishment. It may mean mom & pop independent record shops, but could also refer to thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales, record shows, or any other sort of second-hand place for vinyl. (www.UrbanDictionary.com)

American Hip Hop’s most famous ‘Diggaz’ gotta be D.I.T.C (Diggin In The Crates) crew led by the late Big L. (For more on the D.I.T.C click here) Regarded as one of the most beloved hip-hop crews in rap music [of its time], D.I.T.C. was made up of several veteran rappers, DJs, and producers “dedicated to the true essence of rap music: original lyrics and strong beat-savvy productions sampling dusty vinyl.” Members and associates include Showbiz & A.G. (Andre the Giant), DJ Premier, Diamond D, Lord Finesse, Fat Joe, O.C., and Buckwild. Other than Fat Joe, most members have never reached the “success” of other multi-platinum artists, but still, Xiao Bizzle thinks they represent the best parts of hip hop.

Lil' Ray and Ghostface

Lil' Ray and Ghostface

One of Beijing’s most notorious Diggaz‘ is Lil’ Ray aka Nasty Ray aka Naughty Ray aka Blacksound aka aka aka…sorry got stuck there for a second.. Ray is also Beijing’s top up-and-coming force in the chip-chop circuit and China’s preeminent Freestyle and Battle rapper. (Click here for more on Lil’ Ray) He and his crew have put together a really tight website called Diggin in Beijing City (D.I.B.C) where they post rare and hard to find CD’s and mixtapes they find around Beijing and online.

(Click here to visit their site and upgrade your Chip- Chop knowledge)

Here is a Lil’ Ray song to let you know how he does things…he and XIV rap the song almost entirely in Beijing Dialect…see if you can hear the difference!

我们都在这儿-We All in Here by Lil’ Ray and XIV (Dirty North Mixtape)

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I myself have taken a few trips to old NvRenJie market with Lil’ Ray to go through vinyl, and his collection is by far Beijing’s best.When I was buying my tables and equipment, Lil Ray and DJ Zoubin were life savers; first, keeping me from getting ripped off and later, after my first attempt to set the equipment up, they showed me how stupid an American college grad can be (Me) when it comes to connecting red to red, white to white…

One recent D.I.B.C. post I also want to highlight is the album feature for 阴三儿 (IN3 pronounced Yin San’r) which most mainland’ers regard as Chip-Chop’s #1 rap crew right now. I will give more details and a bio for IN3 in the future, but for now, click here and download some of their music to get acquainted with IN3‘s 地道(dìdào- Authentic) Dirty North style!

Bizzle = IN3 fan

Bizzle = IN3 fan

Bizzle!

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