Wednesday, May 22, 2019

THOPfest 2019 Interview- Soular


 

JooseBoxx.com's Lori Ann got to sit with Soular at this year's The Happiness of Pursuit Festival in Ontario California. Check us out! 


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Jooseboxx THOPFest coverage kickoff w/ Tanjint Wiggy


                   Tanjint Wiggy talks about his experiences at THOPFest 2019

         To give context to my THOPfest experience we’ll have to go back to 2014 when I discovered Pppaccee & The Herbalistics’ Inland Empire area Sunny Days & Vibes showcase. 60 East was just one of the many names I had seen big on the flyers. Later that same year when I started writing for Jooseboxx and starting to bug those very names I would see on those flyers for interviews and article write-ups, I noticed 60 East, named for one of the Inland Empire’s most frequently used freeways, was not someone I would just run into in the I.E. the way I would with MC Lyfe, Epyk, Wonders Trillions, Greaseball, Hephty, Calligraphy, Mando the DJ, Os One, Vision and others. I eventually heard word that he was in Europe, touring and grinding. Over time I heard his music and wrote about it here and had tried to keep my ear to the ground for his next moves ever since.


     So I shouldn’t have been surprised when just a few years later his Happiness of Pursuit Festival event was announced with flyers announcing dope hip-hop acts from all over the country playing in the Inland Empire. Fast forward 3 years later and fresh off of losing a second consecutive “Who Got Next?” Showcase626 to P the Emcee and Cam Archer, I see a THOPFest Launch Party competition flyer. I hesitated for a moment, ‘do I want the IE’s dopest + co. to see me lose two contests in a row?’ but ultimately I was hungry for a win so I threw down the bill to enter and was stoked for the chance to finally meet Mr. East in person.  

        The contest was at Firewater Bar in Ontario off of Holt which I was told was where the festival itself would ALSO be. I had to do a double-take – this was a standard sized bar with a big parking lot in Ontario but I was being told they convert the lot into the fest! After I won the contest (peep my Instagram for the highlights) I saw some social media sniping from some cats not from the area who lost the contest saying the festival was a fraud for being at a normal bar but I thought the exact opposite: in the wake of the Vibe in Riverside closing, many have tried especially Lesa J, Noa James (of BTYF), Giliead 7 and Phantom Thrett (of Serious Cartoons), to keep events cracking in the I.E. and 60 East was doing a great good along with his team in trying to make a full on event happen at an easy to access spot in the Inland Empire. To build something like this from the ground-up can be rewarding but also a thankless job along the way and once I grasped what the event really was I was very proud to have just won myself a slot at it.




       So when I pulled up to Holt Street about 61 minutes before my scheduled set time it was packed and the speakers from Firewater Cantina echoed down the boulevard. I walked in and it was already cracking – graffiti artists on multiple walls, hot fry vendors and young Latinas selling tall boys, various stages, Cam Archer and Big Rob running up to me making sure I knew my set-time…  


         The red carpet and press gamut afterwards was fun, the food trucks were legit. I'd walk into the bar itself and see Rawz DJing, or 2mex, Noa James, D'zyl 5k1 and other luminaries holding court, running panels.  It was the best long day of hip-hop I’ve had in forever. Fresh State was there, Showcase626, EOTR Network showed up Mid-day, and everyone was blazin’, drinkin’, grubbin’, socializing. It usually takes several days over several cities to see all those friends so to consolidate all the folks in one place for a day was amazing. EOTR, 18Scales, Nemy, Thascool and Rane Raps were some standout sets from the earlier part of the day. Cam Archer’s freestyles while hosting were dope. Noa James and Cookbook’s banter was hilarious. Vel, Gavlyn and Sa-Roc were probably my favorite sets of the night due to their tight balance of originality and execution. 60 East’s set was fun as hell as he busted out Thai sticks, Self-Provoked and Elzhi. I left before Sick Jacken took the stage (I was there since like noon foos!) but I saw the Griselda crew rock a bit and that was great stuff- they seemed genuinely surprised at how much love and dedicated fandom they had in the I.E. My recap doesn’t do justice as to how massive of a day this was but suffice to say, 60 East has built a young but solid institution with this festival, it was as legit as any event I’ve attended and easier to blaze at than most to boot. I truly look forward to being involved next year. Peep Jooseboxx in the coming weeks as King Dice and the team roll out video interview coverage and more!
Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is staff writer for JooseBoxx, a youth hip-hop and poetry tutor, and member of the Inland Empire nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers. Catch more of their work at westcoastavengers.com, follow Tristan on Twitter @Tanjint or e-mail him at tristanacker@gmail.com
     

Monday, May 20, 2019

Nemy- Mr. T (Music Video)


 My guy Nemy was just in the Inland Empire rocking at the 3rd annual The Happiness of Pursuit Festival. We got a chance to interview him and see him rock live. When I tell you this song is for the people, believe me! This is one of those career-defining anthems and the stage performance is crazy. The video for it boasts cameos from Ric Scales and a bunch of other San Diego hip-hop legends. Check it out and let us know what you think.


Listen now: https://itsnemy.bandcamp.com/track/mr-t
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/EFS/spotify
Connect with Nemy: bit.ly/nemysworld
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Mother's Day Movies Millennials Should Movie



Parker Edison and King Dice give quick synopses of movies most millennials probably have never seen. This episode is about movies we like to watch in honor of our dear sweet mothers. show some love to your mom by watching our picks.

Directed & Filmed by:
Eddie Rangel
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Parker Edison's Instagram https://www.instagram.com/Kackjing

Monday, May 13, 2019

Gems Ashore: Wave Runners & 3rd Person w/ Rokem & Friends

I’ve known Rokem for about a decade, at least 5 years longer than I’ve known most of the I.E. hip-hop community due to my group’s longstanding friendship with the boys from Chamber Records, who he was affiliated with when we met him (if I recall correctly…). By the time we did stumble into the Inland music community Rokem was among the CLDMKRS crew with Thesis (now Theez), Kid Presentable, Besatree and more. Throughout all that time, he has simply never stopped. Now with seemingly countless collaborative albums and beat tapes under his belt, new releases with Kid Presentable and the EOTR Network shine a light on what the next phase of his musical career may sound like.

Rokem's dynamism and rep as a producer rests on his ability to balance proficiency with experimentation. Left to his own devices I've heard him make some noisy avant-garde stuff with unconventional time-structures and busy layers but he can also produce jazzy cuts like "Win or Lose" and "Bad Habit" from this record with stunning polish and frequency. On this album Presentable's maturity and gameness allows Rokem to surf the gamut of his styles within their collab.

Wave Runners breaks years-long patterns for Kid Presentable, a cat I’ve known albeit not well since high school, who has always been the Southwest’s Latino answer to Anticon in my mind in his consistent delivering of fresh but often somber raps about inner turmoil and love over boom-bap beats with spidery guitar melodies and haunting piano loops. On Wave Runners we find Kid Presentable playing with limerick, with modern styles of production, with brightness and pop in a way that he never has before all while riding some of Rokem’s most experimental beats since Jazz Spectrum with Bone-Solyd. If KP reminded me of Slug and Eyedea before, this brief and upbeat yet pensive album reminds me more of MC Chris and Drake with its masterful grasp of the balance of hip-hop substance and ephemeral pop particularly on songs like "Cobretti" where Presentable sounds like he's teasing while he weaves a catchy refrain. On "JohnHughesOG" its apparent that his elder millennial stoner persona is more relatable every year; "maybe I should write something a bit more uplifting" he says portending this project itself. It really is impressive how KP takes what some MCs just hear as “hard” and to shape it into a project’s sound. Kid Presentable told me he asked Rokem to challenge him with beats the other rappers wouldn’t take- this immediately conjured an image in my mind of a surfer tackling a gnarly wave that other surfers dare not – an image of the wave runners…
While Rokem’s latest album release is Wave Runners, his latest single release is 3rd Person with EOTR Network’s Don’t Sleep & Mad Macks. While 3rd Person’s Full LP is forthcoming, their self-titled debut is a music video for a single that is not on said LP. They introduce themselves in an attic-style art gallery surrounded by local luminaries like Sista Eyerie and Vel the Wonder. Smoke billows through the gallery and the visually arresting silhouette-with-white-background shots that I find to be the piece’s signature. Muds is great at trying new things without smacking you upside the head with it. The effect meshes perfectly with the subtle, chill and arty video. Don’t Sleep’s OutKast tribute chorus is a wonderful reminiscent touch that reminds one that 3rd Person is shooting for high atmospheric levels. Rokem’s beat is seasoned yet sizzling, Macks’ struts his gusto like a dog he loves over this down-tempo treasure of a track, the first of many heat-rocks to come from the Rarest Ones.  
Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is staff writer for JooseBoxx, a youth hip-hop and poetry tutor, and member of the Inland Empire nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers. Catch more of their work at westcoastavengers.com, follow Tristan on Twitter @Tanjint or e-mail him at tristanacker@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Cinco De Mayo Movies Millennials Should Movie



Parker Edison and King Dice give quick synopses of movies most millennials probably have never seen.  This episode is about movies we like to watch in honor of our celebration of Mexico's win over the French at The Battle of Puebla aka Cinco De Mayo!

Parker Edison's Instagram https://www.instagram.com/Kackjing

Monday, April 15, 2019

40K x King Dice - Ain't Nothing Changed (Audio)




40K has been gone for a minute. he has announced his return to hip-hop with this track featuring and produced by King Dice. Ain't Nothing Changed is a reminder that the artists are sticking to the various things that made them who they are. Higher educational goals, doing for their community, and cannabis usage are all ingredients that make this track fire.