Monthly Archives: December 2009

YouCallThatHipHop.com Update: 12/14/09

If you noticed the posts have been a little bit slower or less than usual the past week or two, its true, I have been really busy getting ready for my USA “tour” coming up next week, working out a few show deals around Beijing, and this weekend had my early birthday celebrations….so before I let it go tooo long, I want to throw a lil’ Chip-Chop and Xiao Bizzle update to everyone in leading up to that!

Q-Bert: The Q-bert shows were both big hits with local hip hop heads, hipsters and with the random drunk girl in skirt and army boots (I saw her at one party and I heard she was at the other party…wearing the same outfit, def way to cold for that kinda stuff but power to her). Q threw pretty much the same set at Bling and Yugong, and his first rate scratchin’ and juggling skills were on display. He had another epic battle/coop with DJ Wordy (who I heard was playing better tunes than ANYONE all night, big up to Wordy) Overall, another great set of shows for Qbert, many in a long line of China performances. See below for pics.

Maya and Bizzle @ Mix 11/11/09

Funny story on this one… So Maya and I meet up in the Vics/Mix parking lot around 2:30am the other day, plotting to make a visit to one of the clubs. I told Maya that I had been in talks with the Management at Mix recently about doing some shows, so I figured we would get treated pretty well if we went over there to party. Turns out I was right.

I call my contact who meets us at the front entrance to take us inside… then we walk directly from the entrance up to the DJ Booth and on stage, he hands us a bottle of Champagne and glasses and we start toasting. Quite the entrance, even by Beijing standards. But then before we can even send smiles to the crowd of 1500+ people partying on the dance floor below, the Music Director comes over with two Mics, hands them to us and basically says…”Go!”

Now this is a precarious position for me, and other MC’s as well.

I love doing what I do, and admittedly, I mostly rap for fun, occasionally for business if I’m lucky, and most of all I enjoy being part of the scene and helping to promote other up-and-coming guys. But this situation is different because I have been negotiating a contract for shows at this location, and now without that contract or even an agreement, we were about to do a free show? Maya has just finished two tours across China and is getting booked for show after show for next year, and I am supposed to ask him to just do a few impromptu songs for free? Not a fun position to be in.

Anyway, Maya was cool about it and since we both were in the right mood for it, we got it live and did a little impromptu set of freestyles and Maya even did some verses from his new album while I hyped the crowd for Mix the way I usually do. They even threw on some Daddy Yankee and Maya got the house rocking with his back-up vocals to that. All I can say is that we def got the crowd excited again (it was already around 3am+) and after 2-3 songs, we took our bows and went up to the VIP room, so over all a good experience. I dropped a lil’ Chinese free-style that I think got people’s attention as well…they were not expecting that to come outta my mouth!

All in all, it was  a fun occasion, the guest DJ Aioshi from Japan was a cool cat and he loved that we came up and rapped like that, instead of being offended that we came on during his set. He knew it wasn’t our plan, we just were going with the flow.

The funniest part of the night was when I first got on stage, I had to take my jacket off and leave it up there. After our “set” I realized I had forgotten it up there and wanted to go get it. The bosses of Mix for whatever reason didn’t think I could handle getting the jacket myself, so they had this GIANT of a bouncer (literally the biggest Chinese guy I’ve ever seen) basically piggyback carry me through the crowd to the stage, got my jacket, and then back again to the VIP. Hilarious. True Story, piggy back.

Let’s keep in mind I was not totally prepared for a performance that night, as we had been at some “Business casual” style parties before, I actually had a shirt and tie on! Luckily I had on proper shoes and a hat, but still, even tho I might have looked a little bit out of place at first, the crowd ended up showing us love either way.

Trip to the USA:

Xiao Bizzle is going to be out of town for a few weeks coming up but that doesn’t mean their will not be updates and news here on YCTHH.com! I am looking forward to meeting up with my people Young Flu who has recently dropped a new album, and KAZE who is blowing up doing big things with a new record deal. I will make sure get some interviews with them focusing on their upcoming tour in China (that I am setting up!)

NC, DC, NYC, and maybe a little LA to holler at Aidge from the Aesthetics Crew. Holla if you are in any of these places and we can build!

Till next time…

Bizzle!

DJ Q-Bert @ Bling 12/9 then @ YuGong 12/10

11552208_tmlDj Q-Bert, a Godfather of Turntablism (some argue he even coined the term) is coming to Beijing again and this time, he is making more than one stop.

After defining what a DMC champion is by winning the contest 3 times in a row, he has since gone around the world touring, been featured in several films and continues to be known as #1 in the world of hip hop DJ’s.

His two shows this week in Beijing are set to be crazy demonstrations of how to spin, mix and scratch, so all the aspiring DJ’s out there (including me) should go take notes!

Bling Show Details:

Date: Wednesday, December 9
Time: 9pm-late
Cover: RMB 50 at the door
蓝色港湾国际商场区#5-1
5905-6999

Can’t make it Wednesday night? NO WORRIES!
Thursday will see a repeat performance at YuGong Yishan

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Yugong Show details:

When : Dec 10th, 9pm – 11:30 pm
Cover: 50rmb(pre)/80rmb(door)
张自忠路3-2号段祺瑞执政府旧址西院
6404-2711
www.yugongyishan.com

Bizzle!

Iron Mic Battle 12/2009: Winners and Losers

All I need is one mic...

All I need is one mic...

Saturday night’s Iron Mic battle at Star live was the qualifier for the Finals in Shanghai, and it featured battlers from Beijing, Dongbei, Henan, Miyun, and Hebei, and more so than last year, the competition was packed!

With 32 battlers taking part, everyone had to not only battle to impress the judges like Sbazzo and Webber, DJ Wordy and Raph, but also battle for for crowd support and in the end, they had to battle their own fatigue and voice-loss.

Winners of the Night:   I love that Little David made it to the final round of the Iron Mic and it was really good to see my my lil’ homie doing his thing. I mean, this kid is like 15 years old and, in my opinion, was by far the best battler up there other than Dragon23. Eventually, the winner was a kid from Ning Xia 宁夏 named Yang Yang, a totally unknown MC from who knows where…and I gotta say, seeing as he was trying to give-up before the final battle due to losing his voice almost completely, I didn’t think he should have won. Dragon23 was one of the only pure MC’s up there that day, and had the decision gone to the judges as was planned, I think he would have gone to the finals and won the whole thing, so he is a winner in my eyes.

Loser of the Night: The crowd was by far the loser of the night, because they were making some POOR deicisons about winners and losers in battles…but in fairness, most of them had to sit through 5-6hrs of battles that night, so they might have been a lil’ screwed up in the head. Webber and Raph could have simplified the whole occasion, which went from 8:30pm – 2am by making the rounds shorter, only giving each MC one round, and then making the winner decision up to the head judge, Sbazzo.

Also, the guy who admitted he had only started rapping 3 months ago (if you call what he was doing rapping) and had no lyrical abilities in my opinion, ended up nearly into the finals, that was a poor choice. He was cussing out peoples mom’s and I guess that went over well with the crowd. By the end of the battle rounds, the MC’s were complimenting each other or conceding defeat before a battle started, and a lot other stuff that shouldn’t be going down in my opinion.

How to avoid that?

Make it short and sweet. Let people get their best stuff out and then pick a winner. If you make battle MC’s battle 10-12 even 20 times in one night, it just can’t possibly be “top notch” stuff.

Either way, the battle was a lot of fun and the crowd was into it, which was great to be a part of. A bunch of local MC’s and hip hop gurus were in the house to watch like IN3, Lil Ray, Crazy Chef, RMBZ boys, and Dragon. It was cool to see the boys all out and supporting the up-and-coming MC’s.

Break dancing crews had some pretty sick battles going on during the intermissions and once my camera battery gets charged, I will upload some photos and videos.

Shanghai is certainly going to have the cream of the crop and the winner of that battle gets the $ and the respect, but until then…

Bizzle!

New Gear from Infinite Fantasy- iRock

Recently did a photo shoot for a local brand, Infinite Fantasy, and the photos for the line of next years Jackets have already come out. I like the jackets, wore one of mine out last night to the Iron Mic show. Support local products!

Click here to check out their online order page (only in Chinese for now) and I will keep you posted about where the photos end up on the web and magazines!

(CLICK THE POST TITLE TO VIEW PHOTOS)

Bizzle!

Iron Mic Battle at Star Live 星光现场 Sat 12/5/09

Battle Battle Battle!!!

Battle Battle Battle!!!

China’s premier MC Battle Competition ” Iron Mic” will be held this Saturday night at Star Live and the MC line-up is just crazy! Last year winner Big Dog 大狗 and Lil’ Ray had a battle for the ages at Vics followed by a performance by Royce da 5’9, hopefully this years show can live up to that!

Sbazzo, Webber, Raph, and DJ Wordy and  more will be heading up the judge panel to pick Beijing’s hottest new battle MC…and you might see Bizzle up there as well, not battling, but you know, gettin’ the low down for my YouCallThatHipHop family! Holla!

Prizes for winning the battle include a trip to Shanghai to compete in the national Iron Mic competition, 8000rmb and merchandise from Nike (who is sponsoring the event). Winners of these Iron Mic competitions are top candidates for future (rare) record deals, and sometimes winners can win that opportunity directly, so, in other words…ITS A BIG DEAL.

Tons of MC’s, lots of B.boys and DJ’s like DJ Doc J , DJ Wesley, and DJ Jiaming will be spinnin’ heads with the craziest battle beats and breaks. It is going to be Beijing hip hop at its finest! Don’t miss it!

Time: Saturday 12/5 , 10pm
Tickets: 50rmb (40rmb advance)
Location: Starlive 3/F, 79 Hepingli Xijie 北京市东城区和平里西街79号

Bizzle!

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