Monthly Archives: October 2012

Tru Skool Tuesday: Preparing for Oddisee

Oddisee is coming to Philly thanks to our good friends, Record Breakin’ Music! The DMV producer/emcee has been a staple in my hip hop collection since i first heard him and Kenn Starr… back in ’02 i think? I wish i could remember the name of the track. A friend gave it to me, because it was “real” hip hop that i could play on my radio show! Anyway, i digress…

This installment of True Skool Tuesday includes a few of my favorite Oddisee tracks. If you’re in Philly, then look for me at the show on 10/24.

Blessup

This song solidified my obsession with Muhsinah, so it must be included in today’s post. Thanks Oddisee!

Mixtape Monday: Tomato Tomaughto

Peace & Blessings… Happy Mixtape Monday!!! This week’s mix pick comes from Chief Boima. Full of flavors from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin American and the U.S. (and beyond), this mix makes me temporarily forget that it’s getting colder every day. If a mix can do that to/for me, it must be good! Enjoy.

– Much Love

(Click the picture to listen to and/or download the Mix)

 

Ol Skool Sunday: A 70s Moment

I’m digging in the crates (as usual) for some classic gems. As always, i’m overwhelmed with great music, but somehow managed to narrow my selections down to a bite-sized sample of what i’m listening to this week. I hope you enjoy it. Happy Ol’ Skool Sunday!

– Much Love

 

 

 

 

Mixtape Monday: Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Folks who know me know that I’m a big fan of Fela Kuti (who isn’t?). I try to take any opportunity i can to share his music with people. And today, his 74th bearthday, is no different. This Mixtape Monday features  two great Fela Kuti mixes that should warm you up for the Fela Kuti b-day events taking place in DC and Philly this week.

The first mix is by producer Tek-Zilla, who i’ve featured here before.

Next is my “Rough Intro to Fela” mix:

– Much Love

Felabration Time!!!

October 15 marks the birth of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. I’m DJing two events that will celebrate the musical legacy of the innovator of Afrobeat. The first is Sonic Diaspora at Patty Boom Boom in Washington, DC (1359 U St, NW)! I’ll be playing dope dance music from all over the African World and will dedicate some set time to Fela, other Afrobeat legends, and music that was inspired by Afrobeat. If you’re in DC, you won’t want to miss this. If you’re on Facebook, check the Sonic Diaspora and Brotha Onaci pages for details.

Back in Philly the next day, We’ll be doing Felabration at Walnut Room with Funk Sect Records! I’m happy to be holding down the decks alongside DJ Vanessa Beck, Punchuashen, and DJ Nikko. There will also be several great live performances! Check the event page for more details.

Combatting Seasonal Affective Disorder

I love summer and all of the festivities that i associate with it. The sun rises before i wake, and it stays in the sky until i’m just about ready to call it a night. I enjoy feeling the summer sun on my skin and feel encouraged to be more active. Probably for these reasons, i’ve absolutely DREADED the end of summer/coming of fall ever since i can remember.

Every year (around late August-early September) i feel like i have to brace myself for the decreased sunlight and cooler temperatures. This year,  October hadn’t even arrived when i began feeling sluggish, sad, distracted, and grouchy. I knew there was a serious problem one day when i didn’t want to make any tasty food and felt completely ambivalent about DJing a great event.

When i realized what was happening, i decided to take immediate action! I can confidently say that these things have helped me out a little.

GET OUTSIDE IN THE SUN
I enjoy exercising, especially riding my bike and running. During the fall (before it gets too cold) i try to get some running miles in or take a non-transportation related bike ride for at least 20 or 30 minutes later in the afternoon when the sun seems to be the most radiant. I highly recommend making use of any local nature trails or high school and college exercise facilities that are open to the public. Just getting to these spaces like the nature trails may soon become motivating, simply because they can be so pretty and peaceful. Walks are also very nice, especially when in the company of a friend or loved one. In fact, i spotted the little fella above when taking a stroll through my neighborhood. It made my day!

SCRAP THE CAFFEINE
I love telling my friends about how my mother used to hate coffee, and how even the smell of it disgusted her. But when she became pregnant with me, she began to drink it regularly (decaf, of course). Although, i credit myself with giving her the gift of enjoying a great cup of joe, that does have a downside. I came out the womb addicted to coffee! However, i’ve learned that coffee — specifically the caffeine that makes it even more irresistible to me — is like any other drug in that i typically crash after my high. The crash is much more painful when i’m already down. Although i’m not 100% caffeine free, whenever i go a few days without it i feel as though my inborn vitality begins returning to me. I’m able to get that energy buzz from other things i enjoy in life, such as a cup of fresh juice or a green smoothie.

Spaghetti Squash Dish

Spaghetti Squash. One delicious treat that makes Autumn such a lovely season.

EXPLORE THE FRUITS OF FALL
I don’t have many regrets so far. But one thing i wish i had done different earlier in life was consume more pumpkin! I remember carving out jack-o-laterns as child and throwing away all of the seeds and fruit! S.M.H. Now, i’m not so into making faces out of the pumpkin; but, i’ll devour one in a heartbeat! Pumpkin pancakes, decaf pumpkin chai tea, egusi soup, roasted pumpkin seed with a touch of salt… i could go on. And that’s just ONE fall food. There are several other fruits and veggies that flourish during the late summer and fall. Explore them and appreciate what mama nature provides to help us deal with the reduced sunlight and cooler weather. (Also important and related to fall foods are trying to eat an overall healthy diet life-it and doing seasonal cleanses.)

SNUGGLE TIME WITH THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE
Although i dislike cooler weather, it does have at least two benefits. The first is that when i wanna be snuggled up with Ms. Cupcake Queen, i don’t have to worry about either of us getting too hot. In fact, because it’s cooler there is more of a incentive for us to get closer!

GET CREATIVE WITH THE WARDROBE
The 2nd benefit of the cooler weather is wearing more clothes. I’m not too into fashion, but when i put on a sweater that i’m really digging i feel like a million bucks! Less heat means more layering, which allows for nice combinations of jackets, hats, pants, and even socks. When it’s hot outside, my favorite outfit is that with the least amount of material (i.e. flip flops, tank tops, and shorts). Fall allows me to re-invent my look every day using a variety of fresh combinations from the clothing i already own.

So there it is. This is how i self-medicating during the season change. It is also useful to many people to invest in special light bulbs and to consume teas or herbal extracts like St. John’s Wort (sounds bad, but it’s really quite good). These allow me, and others, to avoid experimental medications from the daytime tv ads. The goal is to get more in line with mama nature’s natural transitions.

– Much Love

Tru Skool Tuesday: Food & Liquor II

Lupe Fiasco is one of my go-to guys for clever lyrics and “dance friendly” positive hip hop music (yes, i like Lasers). After teasing me with tracks like “SLR” on his Friend of the People mixtape, i was happy to give Food & Liquor II: Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 a listen. This week’s Tru Skool Tuesday features a few of my favorite tracks. Thanks Lupe!

– Much Love

“Strange Fruition”

“Heart Donor”

“How Dare You” F. Bilal