Hip-Hop Promoter DJ Droops Turns Up the Weeknights in OC

Categories: Hip-Hop

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Josh Chesler
DJ Droops inside the Observatory
The swell of hoots, hollers and raised hands rolls through the Observatory as a local rap duo rile up the crowd an hour or so before headliner Snow Tha Product is scheduled to perform. The vibe in the Santa Ana venue is more like that of a weekend than a Wednesday night. Backstage, a few dozen employees, security guards, promoters, performers and their entourages stand around drinking Hennessey and comparing Jordans.

"Man, Droops is one of the best dudes around," says an in-house DJ. "I hope I can be like him someday. Anybody who's just getting into promoting around here looks up to him."
The subject of his adoration is standing right next to him. Carlos "DJ Droops" Cerda laughs at the compliment between sips of the Patron-and-cranberry juice in his plastic cup, then walks toward the curtain separating the stage and crowd from the more casual backstage area.

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Why Bootsy and DJ Quik Playing Together Makes A Lot of Funkin' Sense

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Bootsy, Baby!
Are you ready for some surefire funk before the 4th? This Thursday, DJ Quik and Bootsy Collins play The Observatory in Santa Ana. That's right, the self-professed "Godzilla-toned high minister of the all-powerful 'one'" and the "Way 2 Fonky 1" are combining forces for a one night only megashow whose sheer funkiness may outfunk all previous foreseen funky levels of funkitude. In short, it's a night to give a funk about.

Obvious funk puns out of the way, Collins and Quik on the same bill is a pretty incredible cause for celebration. Both immortal icons in their field whose signature styles have influenced generations while still maintaining a perpetual relevancy in every era they've encountered. Collins, rightfully hailed the one who "put the bass in your face" is the go-to gentleman for sheer funk. Quik not only was one of the pioneering funk-based hip-hop producers of the west coast, but quickly (no pun intended...OK somewhat intended) built upon that G-Funk sound to incorporate elements of jazz and later whatever he could get his hands on. Quik devotees know of him taking a brief clip of a musician in the background from an episode of Andrew Zimmerman's Bizarre Foods and turning it into a collaboration with Kurupt that became one of the most memorable songs of its era. If you have the slightest shred of funk in your DVR, Quik will find it.

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GoldLink Fuses Street Rap With House Grooves on The God Complex

Categories: Hip-Hop

Sean Berrigan
GoldLink
GoldLink's sound is difficult to pin down. The 21-year-old's lyrics are effortless but intense, tempered by classic house grooves and '90's samples. After finding a foothold in the East Coast's DMV region, the rapper attracted national attention when he dropped his mixtape The God Complex last April. The mixtape led to an opening slot for mix master SBTRKT, spawned an invitation to work with Rick Rubin, and ultimately sparked his first headlining tour which swings through The Roxy on Wednesday, June 17.

The young emcee is undeniably busy-minded, zigzagging through topics from sin and suicide to street life and sex. The sporadic content adheres easily to The God Complex's curvy, yet punctuated beats, which were crafted by a handful of up-and-coming producers. GoldLink's sound was simplified when he christened it "future bounce," but he's quick to credit one of his producers with coining the term.


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Video Premiere: B. Dolan's "Alright" Includes Burlesque Dancers and Wolves

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B. Dolan
Today, we at the Weekly are proud to present "Alright," the first video off Strange Famous Records' B. Dolan's Kill the Wolf. Whether you know Dolan from his years touring with Sage Francis, his time as a champion slam poet, his activism or his traveling multi-discipline rap/burlesque/brass band/performance art battalion The Church of Love and Ruin, Dolan's made his unmistakable mark in quite a few ways. Promising his new album Kill The Wolf is his most ambitious project thus far, we spoke to Dolan about the new video, the upcoming album as well as his work as a screenwriter with a new indie horror film out this year as well.

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Is Lil Mama's 'Sausage' Already the Song of the Summer?

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Eggs, bacon, grits, sausage!
The times have certainly changed in more ways than one and when we look to new music videos, long gone are the days of turning on MTV for the freshest and hottest. Rapper Lil Mama knows what's up so when it came time to premiere her new video "Sausage," she went to WorldStarHipHop. Unfortunately (and fortunately) there are no knockout punches in the video but is the song itself a knockout? Well...

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A Beginner's Guide to Tech N9ne

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Tech N9ne
If you're a diehard hip-hop fan, you've probably seen the name Tech N9ne appear quite a few times, most recently with the #4 album in the country, Special Effects. The Kansas City native has been one of the hottest names on the independent scene for over 15 years, growing his fanbase with each passing year, most recently reaching the point where his status as an underground legend and his tip-toeing on the precipice of being a full-fledged mainstream superstar is increasingly blurred. He's been everywhere from a featured guest on a Lil Wayne album to the Gathering of the Juggalos to often being the only hip-hop headliner booked on some of the world's biggest metal festivals. Basically, if you've yet to become a fan of the staccato Kansas City spitter, chances are you're feeling both left out as well as somewhat intimidated by his absolutely daunting catalog. As prolific with releases as he is with his arsenal of flows, there's no shortage of Tech N9ne for fans to obsess over, but for newer listeners it can seem like an ocean of releases with no clean coast to jump into.

To remedy this, we at the Weekly put together this list of five starting points for the Tech-curious to sample what the MC is all about. While we know narrowing down a beginner's guide to Tech N9ne is going to run the ire of countless Tech-nitions, we're sure if you like these five tracks you're going to find plenty more in the comments. The following were selected based on notoriety, accessibility, diversity and presence as part of Tech's unbelievably strong live show. This is our Beginner's Guide to Tech N9ne.


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Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def) Speaks on Malcolm X With UCI Hip-Hop Professor Sohail Daulatzai

Categories: Hip-Hop, politics

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Malcolm X
The resurgence of Malcolm X is back at its highest point since the early '90s when people proudly sported "X" caps while producers sampled his speeches for rap songs. Conversations and debates about the black liberation figure sparked anew with the publication of the late Manning Marable's Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention in 2011. With the 50th anniversary of his assassination at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, New York and what would have been his 90th birthday this year today, "Brother Malcolm" is once again the focus of attention.

UC Irvine professor Sohail Daulatzai (aka 'Doc Hip-Hop') interviewed Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and asked him about Malcolm X. Daulatzai hooked up the Weekly with a clip of the rapper's thoughts.

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The 10 Best Fat Rappers in History

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Rick Ross
Let's be honest, if rappers were athletic, there's a good chance they wouldn't be rapping (and if athletes could rap, well... they've tried that a few times). Of course, that's not to say that every rapper has the same body type. There are the jacked-up muscular guys (50 Cent, Flo Rida), the skinny tiny dudes (Big Sean, Lil Wayne), the surprisingly tall (2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa), and plenty of others who just seem to lack much athleticism (Jay Z, Drake).

There's also the best type of rapper, the significantly overweight lyricist who revels in the size of his belly. Here are 10 of the best fat rappers in history.

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Johnny Richter: Life After Kottonmouth Kings

Categories: Hip-Hop

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Radek
Johnny Richter
This Saturday, The Gaslamp in Long Beach gets lit up by one of Orange County's longest active, not to mention hyperactive, MCs. Johnny Richter, formerly of stoner-rap posterboys Kottonmouth Kings, has been blazing a trail as a solo artist for 18 months now. Currently working on a new album, his first full-length since leaving the group, we spoke to Richter about readjusting to rocking crowds by himself and keeping thing positive.

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Blueprint Remains King on New, Old and Unreleased Albums

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Blueprint
Columbus rapper/producer Blueprint has spent over a decade being one of the most consistent and prolific names in underground hip-hop. This month, he celebrates both the release of his new album King No Crown on April 28th, as well as the 10th anniversary of his solo debut album 1988.

We spoke to Blueprint about how his approaches differed between these two projects a decade apart, as well as discussing some of the legends of his unreleased music surrounding his career, including a never-heard completed project from a supergroup that also boasted the late Eyedea, Illogic, Aesop Rock and Slug from Atmosphere.


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