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GH Mumm’s “Agent Provoceteur” (hosted by xBizzle)

At the World Famous Suzie Wong’s Club, my home boy Showtyme from Shanghai threw a crazy Champagne party for GH Mumm who he represents for events at clubs. Showtyme needed a true personality on the mic that night, someone who could capture the class of a model-champagne party but also get the crowd hyped up and ready to pop some bottles… obviously he hollered at Bizzle.

Bizzle always reps that NC

Bizzle always reps that NC

Two days before the show, I met up with Showtyme, Sbazzo, XIV (who was only in town for one night as he is filming a movie down in Yunnan) and M2 el Maya. We got some drinks at the Saddle and started talkin’ business. Showtyme let me know more about the scene down in Shanghai, sayin that Beijing was really the only place where hip hop shows were poppin’ off regularly anymore, other than smaller cities. He said the real money is in the alcohol company parties, which he specializes in now.

Anyway, I agreed to do the show, but he really didn’t prep me at all for what I was going to do. He said he would get the info and all the details for the show later that night… then two days goes by and nothing. We tried to meet up, but for some reason we never did and Friday evening rolls around and I walk into rehersals without the slightest idea what I am getting myself into…

Luckily for me, Showtyme is a true maestro for these kind of events and he had EVERYTHING worked out. Let’s just say I knew it was my kind of party when I saw there were Hot Hot Hot dancers, a couple singers, crazy spandex outfits, cases upon cases of champange; so of course Bizzle felt quite at home.

Agent 003 was my fave

Agent 003 was my fave

During rehersals I worked out my lines and figured out the timing, which had to be REALLY specific to fit with their show. It took a little while but after about an hr we got it down and we all went our separate ways to prepare for the 11:30pm meeting time for the show. Oh, and I forgot to mention the dress code…  suit and tie, but I made some adjustments…

The theme of the party was “Agent Provocateur” ….think spandex +  lingerie + James Bond + Russian models + champange  …..and you get the idea.

Anyway before I knew it, my homegirl (what up swilly!) and I were getting drinks in Sanlitun and I had my iPod going over the intro again and again, rehearsing my timing…

I thought it was going to be nothing at first, but I was having a hard time doing everything they wanted in English, then doing it in Chinese and also matching it to the timing. That was the hardest part for me, because the Club owner, the promoter, the dancers, the singers, were all making special requests for things to say and how to say them;  I had to do it in two languages; and do it all in 1 minute 14 seconds. Easy right?

So now…the evening begins….

Me and my arm candy (so what, who doesn’t) show up and get right into the VIP room to find all the dancers, models, singers, etc. getting loose on Grey Goose (rhyme master)… obviously we join right in. Before long, the promoter is shoutin’ “5 minutes” and we all start putting our game faces on… thats when the promoter passes me part of my “outfit”… the red gloves.

not gangsta

not gangsta

Now I am not the type to say no to a promoters request, but these were definitely girl gloves. I tried to put one on and it was shredded to pieces before it got all the way on. I tried the other one and it fit, but it was tight. After some discussion, I agreed to wear it, since I thought it brought out my King of Pop side…

5 minutes goes by and the promoter is back, we’re ready to go… but… we can’t because the CLUB IS TOO PACKED, and there isn’t enough security to escort us to the stage… so we wait 15 minutes. Finally security gets with it and we start the procession (we had over 12 people performing) downstairs. We get about halfway to the stage, in the middle of a packed club looking like a mamba line of red and black dressed strippers and pimps.

CROWD TOO PACKED, CANT GET ON STAGE

a bouncer yells at me. But at this point we can’t go forward, we can’t go back…we’re trapped.

going nuts before we even got on stage!

going nuts before we even got on stage!

(I know this story is epic… but keep going, your almost there!)

So NOW we have to retreat to a new area to wait for them to clear the stage off…

20 minutes later we get the cue that we’re going on, about 40 minutes late. As I am walking up to the stage, I notice the dancers getting in position really fast… then I hear the intro SONG START…remember all that jazz I said about timing…well I was SCREWED because I wasn’t even on stage yet and my timing was already off.

more red.

more red.

I jump on stage and recover, barely, and the show starts without a big issue.  Then in the middle of my lines, a Chinese girl starts pulling on my coat trying to get my attention! Damn girl! I am trying to do a show and she won’t leave me alone. (I want to say I hated it, but I didn’t, at all)

Then this blonde jumped on stage to catch a photo with the Bizzle… don’t hate that either.

Love the Glove. (check out my glowstick haha)

Love the Glove. (check out my glowstick haha)

lady gaga singer

looked just like her...and sang like her too. kinda bad.

So after a cool dance show, the Russian singer did her thing (Lady Gaga impersonation) and I ended up getting TOO hype for the party (the dance coach told me to chill on the excessive hyping) haha…when you get Bizzle you get 110% HYPE homie!

Then, in just a few minutes the whole thing was pretty much over and we were popping bottles WITH bottles and models (seriously you should try it).

After the other performers were finished, the whole crew partied in the VIP for a while and that’s when my Russian girls met the Russian dancers and everyone was putting on their best “Russian Club faces”. It was entertaining to say the least…

red.

red.

Soon enough, Showtyme and I even had a little freestyle battle session, and dude can spit no doubt! After a few bottles of Mumms, the Russians and I moved on to Vics and got our dance on till the early morning.

That’s when things got really interesting, but that’s a story for another type of website …

приветствия! Na sdarovie!

What did you do last Friday night?

What did you do last Friday night?

Bizzle!

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!

Bizzle Be Back in Business! New (old) TRACKS!

OK OK OK… i took WAY to long to get back on this blogging game, but as you see from the categories…blogging is hard.

Anyway without wasting much time, I want to give you a few tracks I am listening to right now. Next up after this post, I will talk about meeting Stretch Armstrong, DJ Wordy’s crazy set with DJ Krush at YuGong, me looking ridiculous at a house party, and Lil Ray getting robbed again (of the title, not physically jacked) at the Iron Mic finals.

Here is some ish I listened to today at work (yeah I got a job, so what GET MONEY, GET PAID):

young-kin_t2

Young Kin is one of Beijing’s premier MC’s and one of the guys who helped me get involved here in Beijing. I suggest everyone visit Young Kin’s Myspace and keep eyes/ears open for this dude, def one of the Kings of Beijing. (Tomorrow look out for pictures from Young Kin and Sbazzo‘s music video shoot this weekend.)

01 Made In ChinaMade In China from <Kinetic Raw Mixtape>

14 IN MY DREAMS-YOUNG KIN,SBAZZOIn My Dreams (feat Sbazzo) from <King of Beijing>

yeah buddy, i like those two tracks right now!

And ALWAYS in my play list, some of that good old Dirty North Mixtape

Look at the grill!!!!!! Don't hurt em XIV.

Look at the grill!!!!!! Don't hurt em XIV.

06 Pounds Of GreenPounds of Green by XIV and Lil Ray from <Dirty North Mixtape>

And on this next one, XIV and ABD aka 太多词 dropped two of the illest verses on the album… IMO, i cant decide which is better. Even if your Chinese isn’t that good, listen to this and tell me you dont feel the heat:

XIV:好挣 or (郑) , 更好花 (hao zheng, geng hao hua) …

that line right there…hit me the right way!.  To me, it could mean good at making money but better at spending it… or since the similar/same pronounciation means 老郑 which is XIV’s Chinese rap name so  with 更好花 it would mean “XIV is better at getting lifted than you!” Ahhh Chinese.
Anyway LISTEN TO THE TRACK.

04 Gettin Dat (Featuring ABD)Gettin Dat (feat ABD) from <Dirty North>

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)

17 我们都在这儿

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!

The MOBB Deep Show…a reflection

One of my favorite days this past summer was the night of the MOBB Deep show at Vics, at which Yin T’sang and yours truly were the opening act. Packed House

When I started getting into rapping here in China,  of course Xiao Bizzle had his grand dreams and aspirations of working with some major artists even in just minor ways, and in the last 16 months, I have got the chance to do just that.  This time, while my role was small, I took my chance and when the time came, I was jumpin’ around on stage at Vics like a crazy fool. That night, opening for MOBB Deep was Sbazzo (马克)and Lao Zheng (老郑)otherwise known as Yin T’sang 隐藏,  featuring Xiao Bizzle, and we jumped right into some Chip-Chop hits like Yin T’sang‘s classic  “Zou Qi Lai 走起来” and my favorite song to do live, “Push the Bouncer”.  I did perhaps the best hypemanning of my life that night.  I truthfully didn’t keep up with all the words even though I knew them, simply because I got so pumped that I would break out into “Beijing hip hop!” and “大家走起来 dajia zouqilai! (means everyone get up or stand up) ” and even some “throw ya hands up! 举手” The crowd was totally into it and we fed off that.

The actual show was crazy, but the before / after the show was memorable too. I remember the 4pm phone call from Sbazzo asking “Are you ready Bizzle?”
Bizzle: “Ready for what?” (I started to believe it was going down…)
Sbazzo: “To rock the mic for MOBB Deep homie, your coming up with us!”

I wasn’t  THAT surprised really, but…it wasn’t actually confirmed until right then. When my name isn’t on the poster, I don’t ever assume I will get any mic time. Nonetheless, I’m always ready when my numbers is called, that’s just a reality of the game when you are an up and coming, (that’s the nice way of putting it) rapper or MC. Usually, I stay on the business side of things with Yin T’sang but for some shows, I can’t resist the urge to help out a little extra.

Havoc and Big Noid were at Vics already when I showed up (Noid, another MOBB Deep member, was here because the other MOBB Deep front man, Prodigy, was in prison. For more info click here) and before we could start the sound check, we all said ‘what’s ups’, did the ceremonial daps and bs’d around in the club. I’ll tell you, being inside a nightclub with all the lights on is a different experience that any Friday night. It doesn’t feel as glamorous, I’ll say that much. Soon, word arrived that some clothing brands had arrived with fresh gear for us to go through…maybe more so intended for MOBB Deep and Yin T’sang than for Xiao Bizzle, but of course, I jumped right in. This is a pretty regular thing at shows these days, and this time, RMBZ Boys and Infinite Fantasy both came through with some fresh gear for everyone to take their pick. I ended up getting an unreleased Infinite Fantasy tee that has the front of Rolls Royce car plus the emblem on the front…super sick.
This was my main chance to talk with MOBB Deep front-man, Havoc, and I found him to be nice but pretty quiet and reserved. He told me he was enjoying China and his first words to describe his time in Beijing was,  he had very quickly “seen some sh*t that I’ve  [Havoc]  never seen before.” They jetted back to the hotel without doing a real sound-check and we all went our separate ways till around show time.

The show went great, after Yin T’sang‘s super live opening set, MOBB Deep came on and I hyped from the DJ booth and video taped as well. The crowd energy was incredible. The bouncers ended up on stage a few times trying to calm things down, which in the end was what singled the end of the show. During “Shook Ones” the crowd got so hyped up that someone grabbed at Havoc, and so after that song the security took control and MOBB ended the set just to keep things orderly. I could fee the energy from the DJ booth, and it was fresh for Beijing. Here are few pictures:

Girlz go wild for Xiao Bizzle

Girlz go wild for Xiao Bizzle

Big Noid

Big Noid

Havoc doing his thing

Havoc doing his thing

Zheng and Bizzle

Zheng and Bizzle

After the show, we partied at Vics for a good while, sippin’ Grey Goose and Hennessy (by Havoc‘s request) but MOBB eventually grabbed some top shelf girls and skeeted out. The rest of the team didn’t mind that much as their “table” at Vics had been and continued to be a resource of free drinks all night for the whole crew to enjoy. That’s another added benefit of these big shows and the Chip-Chop life…the whole family can get free drinks.

Later, when I asked Sbazzo for some reflections about the MOBB Deep show he said:
“You know, they were real cool people. Havoc was way more humble than most International artists that we’ve collab’ed with here in China. He was eager to work with us, just like we were to work with him. And they were into the Chinese experience as well… they went all around, to the Great Wall and Forbidden City, they ate the authentic food with us, and really wanted an authentic experience. That’s not like the “in and out, pick up some *ish and girls and then back to the hotel” that we’ve dealt with some other artists. Of course, we had the usual hip hop activities and it was all cool, MOBB definitely is a big international connection for Yin T’sang.

Yin T’sang recorded the song “Real” with Havoc of MOBB Deep also featuring Young Kin, and that is set to be on Yin T’sang‘s upcoming, and perhaps final (shhhh) album. More to come on that!

Bizzle!

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