Wiz with Rayne 100.9
A double sold out show is not surprising for Wiz and the Gang these days. Last night we performed for the first time in 2011. Selling out the first night in 4 days at the Old National Center in Indianapolis seems like an easy task these days. And despite the football rivalry between the 2 cities, that won’t stop the love for music between Wiz and the Taylors! With another show tonight, we filled our day with some radio & TV visits. First we checked out Indy’s Music Channel, a local music video show. Shortly after we stopped by HOT 96.3 and NOW 100.9. Nice to meet some of the DJ’s in the city and see their approach to radio. Some of you may not know that I was did radio in PGH for 7 years. My most recent position was Music Director and Afternoon host for 96.1 KISS Pgh. Being on the artist side is definitely a different take. Cool to see how other jocks prep their interview and how they carry it out. Below are some shots of the day. But make sure you check out the photo gallery! Shout out to RIO, Rayne, & B-Swift. Got a fun video of interview w. Rayne coming soon.
Thanks for checking in!
Interview w/ Rio on the Radio 100.3
On the set of Indy’s Music Channel
This past Tuesday I got to check out the, as a Village Voice Blogger Put it “The Slightly Ridiculous McDonald’s ‘Flavor Battle.'” Slightly ridiculous it was. (on Many Levels). Big up to the Dj’s of the “Flavor Battle” who each represented a portion of the country. Hella Yella (Austin, TX) repped the West Coast. StephFloss (Cleveland, OH) – Midwest. And Jayceeoh (NYC, PGH, BOS, CA) – The East Coast. From what I know there was a voting process to get into each round. People voted online to vote for the DJ of Choice. The with the most votes in each division would decide the finalist for the battle.
I’ll just put it out there. I’ve been friends with Jayceeoh for a minute now. He has a been a well respected Dj, and most recently known for his Super 7 Series. Truly a DJ’S DJ! I took the short trip from Philly to NYC to see this thing go down. And of course I was there to route for him. Despite the favoritism I was ready to see this battle go down. You see, I’m a DJ enthusiast and was excited to see a battle. I’m was ready to see what DJ was gonna bring it.
DJ Irie, Spinderella, and Rich Nice were the celebrity judges. Sway was the celebrity blogger. And Fabolous hosted the event.
I don’t even now where to begin with the night. There were so many inconsistencies and trivial parts of the night that I will just have to write short fragmented details in order for me not to bust a braincell.
The event started with the introduction of the DJ’s Then the celebrity panel. The battle was broken down into 3 rounds. The order of each round went Jayceeoh, StephFLoss, and Hella Yella.
I started writing a whole play by play of each round but it was too frustrating and not worth the time to really go in depth about the ridiculousness of the battle. There was a couple questionable McDonald’s details. But the night fell short on the judges hands. So instead of the full Bonics’ emotional breakdown here is a few short notes.
Jayceeoh clearly was the most versatile, technical, and polished of the bunch. Maybe the only critique would be some over production. Steph Floss had some creative moments but many transitions were sloppy and repetitive. He also played Journey. Hella Yella played some great tracks but seemed the least knowledgeable about “battle” Djing, showed some technical capabilities, and but called out for biting a DJ routine. The judges were completely outdated and only had a few criticisms that made sense. Sway was the only person who seemed to have any knowledge of what was actually going on. Too bad his voice only was seen on twitter.
After the first round which was followed by almost completely irrelevant commentary on the routines, I was more worried that the judges were going to be too unaware to judge this thing fairly. I have the utmost respect to each individual judge but they lacked good judgment to say the least. I would say that the crowd let them know that. But in the end the “no-contest yet nail-biting battle” was won by the obvious overall and best skilled DJ of the night Jayceeoh.
Another winner of the night is the flavor battle time-line during the battle. Search #flavorbattle on twitter to find some of the best real time round tweets. Congrats to all the DJ’s! Getting that far in itself is a accomplishment. Shout out to StephFloss. Cleveland definitely got his back. Shout to my dood Hella Yella, who I seen rock the crowed in Austin’ at the Waken Baken tour. He had one of them nights we DJ’s go through every once in a while. (as I recall my “not to par” performance at 3style Finals last year)
But a big congratulations to Jayceeoh! He killed it. Classic Turntablist approach + Party rocking etiquette + savy serato techniques. Friend or not he was the well deserved winner of the battle.
-Cutting over “Killing Em'” With Fabolous in attendance
-Playing “Where Brooklyn At Break!” in NYC never a disappointment
-Using the “Big Mac” Song in the set. Plus other McDonald’s samples
-Breaking down the “Push It” beat in front of Spinderella
Got to give it to McDonald’s for bringing some excitement and fun to the DJ game. Some tweaks and the event could be even more great! Something I would look into competing in next year! Holler at me Ronald!
P.S. taped a bunch of footage but the new Canon PNS cams audio is wack…!
Judges – Dj Irie, Spinderella, & Rich Nice
Jayceooh gets the only 10’s of the night
The Black and Yellow G-Mix video just dropped and here are exclusive behind the scene pictures that I
took. Click on the link below for the photo gallery… These are never seen before pics from yours truly…
Smokey on set…
The Directors of the Video…
Lit up like a Chri-mih tree…
Snoop Reppin the BNY…
Yes… Finally here Wiz Khalifa’s BNY G-mix Ft Snoop Dogg, T-pain, and Juicy J of 36Mafia!!!! I was there when filming this and it was my first time on set of s big video like this… Snoop, Pain, and J were mad fun on set. Funny actually being around artist that you’ve followed for a while. You really get to see their real personality. You’ll have to ask me personally about each. Also I got EXCLUSIVE BNY G-MIX behind the scene pics coming in a few!!!! Keep your eyes peeled!
Oh yeah look for me about 12 seconds in the video… fuck yeah!
I think the “DJ Crew” is a lost art. I ain’t mad at individuals who have made a name for themselves. I hope to one day be on that “Legendary Status.” But there definitely was a time where being apart of a DJ crew was the thing for a DJ. Invisibl Skratch Piklz, X-Ecutioners, Beat Junkies, and 5th Platoon (to name a few) were all crews that I looked up to while learning the art of deejaying. I’m talking about ill ass m*thaf*ckin dj crews. Cats who pride themselves on the art of Deejaying. I mean there are definitively “Radio Mixshow / Club” Affiliations. (Core DJ’s / Shadyville) I am proudly apart of the Legendary Violator All Star Dj’s. We just recently celebrated 9 years. I’ve been with them for the last 2. A lot of the team is made of up Mix show dj’s around the country. This is a great way to share contacts, meet cats in other city’s, and to connect and share music and industry.
Recently I was invited to join the Skratch Makaniks Crew!!! Some bomb ass DJ’s I must tell you. Most of the crew is Philly based. And since I was raisedin Philly I definitely grew up to listening some of these Legendary DJ’s! Jay Ski, Aktive, Excel, & Bee just to name a few.
I guess I’m formally saying that I am officially apart of the SKRATCH MAKANIKS CREW!!! Shout out to the crew for making me apart of a prestigious group of turntablist, Dj’s, emcees, and Producers. Seriously some of these guys have been HUGE influences to me. Most of these cats if not all were doing this shit before the digital days of DJing (including myself). What’s this mean for me? Well it just wants me to work harder. I’m totally gonna seek out time with each of these DJ’s not only to build but LEARN and take what I already know to the next level. For those of you youngin’s who don’t know some of these cats. Expect me to help reaffirm that Real Dj’s are who these doods are. Look out for my Bonics meets the Skratch Makaniks Series as I plan to video turntable sessions with each. Thank to Miss Jag for believing. What a great start to ’11.
Below are some links and videos to the CREW!
Although they spelled my name wrong here is an article that was written about the Atlantic City shows… Also Another photo bomb by my logo…
Nobody Beats the Wiz
Concert Review: Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa at the House of Blues at Showboat in Atlantic City Dec. 29, 2010.
Off to see the Wiz: The hip-hop star performs his first of two shows at the House of Blues at Showboat in Atlantic City on Wednesday, Dec. 29.
Photo by VS
By Velv Somersault
A screen of smoke sat above the crowd at the House of Blues on Wednesday, Dec. 29, as hundreds of people filled the venue’s Music Hall to see the Pittsburgh sensations Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa.
Some may know Miller from his acclaimed K.I.D.S. mix-tape, which is undoubtedly one of the reasons a lot of young, white fans were out to catch one of the two double-bill shows.
The other reason everybody came was Wiz Khalifa, one of the biggest success stories of 2010, and whose current single “Black and Yellow” has gone platinum. The song has taken the music scene by storm, with more than a million copies sold.
The opening (and special guest) DJ — favorite Philly radio personality DJ Diamond Kuts — killed it on the ones and twos, while the doors were opening. It looked to this reporter like it was a pretty young crowd, mixed with sour-faced chaperones and plenty of security.
Around 8:15, Taylor Gang/Violator DJ Bonic opened up with a great hip-hop set getting the packed House of Blues venue amped for the show.
Giving the crowd what they needed to party, DJ Bonic spun hits like “No Hands” and “Monster.” Mac Miller and his hypeman Treejay came out at one point to get the crowd rocking by making them put their thumbs up to “Get Em Up,” a cut off K.I.D.S.
Other crowd favorites, such as, “Knock Knock,” “Nikes On My Feet” and “The Spins,” got the place moving. The Justin Beiber- meets-Jadakiss rapper had the girls going crazy during his set. They screamed “Mac” throughout his set and you could tell he loved every minute of it. During his set, Mac stated that he “was so hyped about having his name on an Atlantic City billboard.”
Earlier that day, he told the crowd, he even had someone twitpic him photos of the billboard in exchange of a “follow back.” He was definitely excited to grace a stage in Atlantic City.
Between sets, DJ Bonic catered to the young and eager-to-party audience by keeping things moving with more “club-bangers.”
Around 9pm DJ Bonic announced Wiz Khalifa to the stage and people came running to be near the stage. He dropped the beat to “Waken Baken,” the intro to his famed Kush & Orange Juice mixtape and Wiz strolled out on stage greeting Atlanitc City saying he “got high all day” for us and was excited for the show.
He performed older joints such as “Say Yeah,” “Ink My Whole Body” and “Name On A Cloud.”
In rap speak, he put on a dope performance, chilling with the Atlantic City crowd for more than 40 minutes. I would have been happier with the set if I we got to see Mac Miller and Wiz perform “Cruise Control” together; or to see Wiz perform “Still Blazin'” or “In My Car with Juicy J.”
The Taylor Gang leader closed out his performance with “B.A.R.,” “Black and Yellow,” “Never Been,” “In The Cut” and “This Plane.” A second concert was performed Dec. 30, also at the House of Blues at Showboat in Atlantic City.
In my first daytoday. This is a video of our trip to NYC for the “Waken Baken” tour stop at Best Buy Theater. Shows some other stops with Angela Yee, Clue, Envy, The source and MTV. Great video by my man Bill Paladino. Can’t stress enough how great it is to be a apart of this shit. History in the making… Enjoy!
So I’m in the Philippines with too much to share… My senses are on overload!!! I arrived on New Year’s Day. What a way to start the year. In the country where both my mom and dad were born. This is where my story started, so it is an incredible feeling to come back. I mean not to bring up old Sh!t but after having a heart attack it really makes me appreciate this all. I’m just taking it all in. Trying to be consistent with photos for you guys but why should I be on the internet if I’m on vacation…? Oh by the way I’m here to celebrate my mothers 60th birthday. Later today we are going to my mom’s small town where she was born. The celebration is on the 5th. Here is a few photo’s from a historic resort called Villa Escudero…
Dragon Fly in Hand (No dragon fly’s were killed during this photo)
Mom, Sister, and I
I’m on a boat… raft…
Museum at Villa Escudero…
Rules to live by…
This boy is not real…
This is not the bathroom…
-Layover in Taiwan-
Happy New Year from Taipei! Got a 2 hour layover in Taiwan… figured I’d share with ya’ll out there… I completely missed NYE. I just took an 18 hour flight from Newark, NJ. Layover in Alaska (I regret not buying the salmon jerky) and now I’m wandering the halls of the Taiwanese International Airport. I took my first international dump. Yay… BTW Hello Kitty is not an Asian Stereo type… It’s real.. Here are a few shots of the airport. More to come from the Philippines… Glad I can share with you! COMMENT!!!
Can’t get anymore Asian than Hello Kitty and a peace sign…
It’s a Hello Kitty World and we are just living in it…
Yes, Hello Kitty Lounge…
Champagne and Asian planes…
The Phalaenopsis flowers of Taiwan…
#1 – The Heart Attack
Yes, sorry to disappoint anyone but what could be bigger for me this year then the damn heart attack that I had a few weeks ago. It was a complete game changer. It really opened my eyes to what’s important in life. My whole out look has changed Looking back on it it was a small price to pay for a changed guy. I live better, eat better, and just appreciate the all small things. I’m not gonna get sappy here but just keep it real. Heart Disease is the number one killer of men and woman in the U.S. Get checked out to avoid problems in the future. Know your numbers (BMI, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure), Quit smoking cigs, Diet, & Exercise. Had to throw that in there.
The heart attacked changed everything. I’m just happy to be here. Happy to be doing what I love. And thankful for all of you out there who support me! Have to mention that this whole incident even spawned me to start an official foundation. “Bonics Heart Beats Foundation” is in it’s infant stages so look out for big things net year! Again, on new years day I will be walking off a plane in the Philippines. What a way to start the new year! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for some Philippine fun on the blog. Thanks for peeping my best of 2010 list. If you thought it was a good year.
You ain’t seen nothing yet!
-Much love and Happy New Year!