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ABD’s Photos ++ M2 and Skeewe’s Hot Tracks- old ish

I came across some  photos taken at a shoot in 2008 for ABD‘s album called “Made in China” by Made in China Records. Thought I would share this with my You Call That Hip Hop family.

03 In My Zone (Featuring ABD) In My Zone- XIV and Lil Ray (Feat ABD) <<Dirty North Mixtape>>

04 Gettin Dat (Featuring ABD) Gettin DatXIV and Lil Ray (Feat ABD) <<Dirty North Mixtape>>

01 Track 01 I’m Still- M2 and Skeewe <<Minority Report>>

Here are few tracks to listen on and some photos to check out! M2 aka El Maya and Skeewe, representing Texas and Guatemala, were both holding it down in China for years, and while Skee has moved on to Indonesia where he is doing tours and shows, M2 is still in Beijing and will put out his solo album later this year.

Bizzle, XIV, ABD, Skeewe, M2

Bizzle, XIV, ABD, Skeewe, M2

Album Cover (raw photo)

Album Cover (raw photo)

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ABD's Birthday Dinner (Lil Ray, ABD, Bizzle, DJ Wes, Sbazzo, WangSong & Relevant Hunnies)

All lookin crazy...except the statue of Skeewe in the back

All lookin crazy...except the statue of Skeewe in the back

in the Whites! (raw photo)

in the Whites! (raw photo)

Bizzle!

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!

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!

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!

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