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Remembering Matthew Africa Through the Music He Loved

Posted by Billyjam, September 11, 2012 10:30am | Post a Comment
 

"RIP to one of the best beat diggers, djs, and all around nicest dudes in the game. You will be missed, but your spirit will live on brotha."

The above comment, posted by Tha Megatron online yesterday, is just one of the literally hundreds of tributes  that have been written about beloved Bay Area DJ Matthew Africa who was tragically killed last Monday (9/3) in a car crash. Since Thursday last, when the shocking news of this well-known and well-liked DJ's sudden death began circulating, friends and fans from the Bay and beyond have been mourning his passing through memories of the music that Matthew himself loved so much and happily shared via his radio shows, blogs, 2 Busy Sayin’ Yeah or Stay Hatin podcasts, club sets, and mixtapes. That comment by Tha Megatron was posted on the MixCrate page for Matthew Africa's final mix, "Matthew Africa: Plays Seven Inches," made a few weeks ago. On August 14th, the tireless crate-digging Bay Area DJ made what would be the last entry on his blog. And in true Matthew Africa fashion, it was all about music and records, and about how he was really looking forward to spinning 45s at the upcoming weekend's 45 Sessions - both to play records and to hang out with fellow music fanatics/DJs like DJ Platurn, E Da Boss, DJ Enki, and Joe Quixx.

Feel That BASS - Miami Bass Celebrated Tonight @ SOM Bar in San Francisco

Posted by Billyjam, April 5, 2012 04:20pm | Post a Comment
Tonight (Thursday April 5th) at SOM Bar in San Francisco, along with DJ Quest, Marc Stretch, & DJ Stef, I am going to be spinning an all Miami Bass booty-shaking DJ set as part of a one-off all Miami Bass night that should be a lot of fun. Free before 10pm. $5 thereafter at the Mission District club. All four of us DJs have a passion for this music that originated (as its name implies) in Miami, Florida in the latter half of the 80's and continued to proser into the 90's. An 808 drum machine driven music, with layers upon layers of booming bass (some records even carried "speaker warning" stickers), it was geared for both booty shaking (dancefloor) and bass booming speakers (the club and the trunk of the car - such as L'Trimm's "Cars That Goes Boom" off their 1988 album Grab It. )

Miami Bass or "booty bass" took hold in Miami Florida and was a direct continuation of NYC's early 80's electro funk hip-hop in much the same way as the 1980's LA electro hip-hop similarly took its cue from Afrika Bambaataa and the other New York City electro pioneers from earlier in that decade. But, as distinct from West Coast and the original NYC electro,  Miami Booty Bass music had its own unique identity. Rather than being political or Afro-Centric with tales of ancestry of Egypt, Egypt or even early gangsta rap - the music from Miami was more simple, chant along, and in many cases much more sexually explicit - as proven by the most popular of the Miami bass groups who became prominent nationally in the latter 80's - The 2 Live Crew. With explicit lyrics laced songs like "We Want Some Pussy," the 2 Live Crew had a major influence on this music - both lyrically and in choice of samples.  Most Miami Bass, a singles driven genre, was released on small indie labels with majors selectively picking up the songs that had proven to be regional hits and hence likely to become commercial national hits.

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