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!
#4 – NAME IN LIGHTS
IN TIME SQUARE
This is something that may never happen again! Let’s hope it will many times but it happening once! On November 13th WIZ, the Gang and I got to to rock the Best Buy Theater, once known as the Nokio Theater in Times Square, NYC. To my surprise not only did Wiz Khalifa’s name soar in bright lights but mine as wel. I got to rock a 30 minute before Big K.R.I.T. on the “Waken Baken” tour making me me official tour support. Looking my name, in lights, in time square is a dream full-filled. Not bad Bonics, not bad…
#3 – Redbull Thre3style
Wow. One of the biggest events that ever happened in my DJ Career. For the first time ever in the United States Redbull held the Thre3style competition. What is it exactly? Dj’s compete in 15 minute party rocking battle sets and the only stipulation is that you rock 3 different genres of music. You would be judged on creativity, crowd response, stage presence, and originality. When I heard they were having a the battle in PGH, I knew I had to do it. I never been so nervous to DJ in my life. Dj Jazzy Jeff was a judge in this semi-final and that meant I had to get busy. Going up against 7 other peers in your city is not an easy task. Also people expecting you to win is more than butterflies. I won the PGH battle, which really held my place into PGH DJ infamy. I was chosen as the best party rocker of PGH.
On October 8th, while on tour with WIZ, I detoured in Denver Colorado to compete in Thre3style National Championship! I was up against the country’s best for party rocking infamy. Without much time to prepare because of tour. I did not perform up to PAR. But just being there was an honor. What a feeling to perform with DJ’s all around the country. We were the first class and that is something to brag about. Big shout out to Redbull, Danny Vogel, all the Pittsburgh DJ’s and my new friends I met in Colorado!
#2 – Wiz Khalifa “Waken Baken Tour”
Leaving your full time job to full fill dreams its not any easy task. I would say for most people it is hard to leave security. I was at WKST 96.1 Kiss Pittsburgh for 7 years. For the last couple leading up to the decision I was the afternoon drive host, Music/imaging director, and mixer. I had a pretty good salary (for radio). I also had health benefits and the whole 9. Some even thought that I was crazy to leave the security that I had to leave for something that’s future is unknown. When Wiz Khalifa’s camp ask me to tour with them on the upcoming “Rock The Bells” and “Waken Baken” tours I knew it was time to move on. It wasn’t a hard decision to make. Rather it was a hard decision to accept. I knew that I had the opportunity and I couldn’t pass it by. Security Vs. Unknown. No one told me that Wiz was eventually going to have one of the most successful tours of 2010. Nobody told me that he would come out with a single that would eventually go platinum. To me, choosing the unknown is living. What is life without spontaneity and surprises? We played in over toured 56 shows in 28 states in U.S. and even Canada. To be able to rock on stage in every major city in North America and in between is indescribable. I am truly lucky to be apart of something like this… And this is only the beginning – Thank you WIZ, WILL, BENJY, THE TAYLOR GANG, and all the fans….
30th Birthday Party
w/Angelina from the Jersey Shore
Ha Ha! I don’t know what is worse turning 30? or Angelina from the Jersey Shore! HA! I had an awesome party at Mc Fadden’s in the North Shore. Celebrating 30 is crazy! Sounds old but only as old as you make it! I’ve been bless to have a great career so far/ I’m blessed to have the best family and friends! It was an epic party and our surprise guest from the Jersey Shore, although hated by many, partied hard with your boy. My man Wiz even stopped by and showed love. For those people out there who may feel like there old it’s never too late to make life interesting. Turning 30 yrs old this year only ads to the crazy year it has been. Thank you to Jamal and Angelina for making it a memorable birthday!!!
If you missed my first post about my top 10 of 2010 click here. Today I’m going to continue on with #7, #6, #5, and of course an honorable mention! All these events have shaped 2010 to be the most memorable year yet!
#7 – Hanging with the Dogg
How couldn’t this be a top 10 moment? Ya dig? Hanging with Snoop is for sure a bucket-lister, even if you ain’t a hip-hop fan. Snoop is an icon for the rap game and just about anyone would take that opportunity. About a week ago the gang got to go kick it with Snoop Dogg out in L.A. The first night we met Snoop it was like he known us for a long time. Him and Wiz filmed a video for Snoop’s album. The song is entitled “This Weed is Mine.” Watching Snoop and Wiz interact was like they been uncle and “neffew” for years! They got some exciting things plan for next year. I’m talking about straight fire. But that’s all I can say about that!
#6 Performing on B.E.T. 106 & Park
Just one week since I had the heart attack I was lucky enough not to miss Wiz Khalifa’s TV debut on 106 & Park. Some people thought it was too soon to go back to work. But this is what I do! This is what I love. This is what my passion is. Nothing is gonna stop me! It was an amazing day just to reunite with the gang and needless to say it felt great to be back! To be on a show like 106 and Park and to perform is just an amazing accomplishment! And I just glad to be there…
CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM 106 & Park CLICK HERE
Here is the performance
#5 Opening up for Jay-Z’s Blue Print 3 Tour
Apparently Jay-Z wanted a local Dj in each market to open up for his Blueprint 3 Tour. The tour consisted of Jay, Young Jeezy and Trey Songz. This of course was an opportunity of a lifetime. To be chosen as the opener for the show really made me feel like I was making my mark in Pgh and my DJ career as a whole. Not many Hip-Hop shows like this come to the burgh so be able to rock the crowd and get them warmed up was just a phenomenal sensation. The crowd showed me love and even Young Guru, Rocafella Engineer, A&R, & Producer, told me that I was playing the hot shit. F*ck… What a night!