Hip-Hop News 12:17:17: Rolling Loud SoCal Day 2, Skratchpad Youth Skratch DJ Battle, Art Basel Miami, Black Thought's "Freestyle" +

Posted by Billyjam, December 17, 2017 01:46pm | Post a Comment

Yesterday (12/16) the long running Bay Area DJ skratch club Skratchpad presented their 3rd Annual Youth Skratch Battle. Held in the afternoon at the Last Stop Bar in Daly City, between the young competing DJs' turntable routines, entertainment included a showcase set by the talented longtime Bay Area battle DJ Ichythekiller who is the current Bay Area DMC regional champion. As such he traveled to NYC back in August to rep the Bay in the 2017 DMC US Finals national turntablist battle that was won by NY’s DJ Perly. Meantime back in the Bay Area yesterday at the Skratchpad battle, the 2016 2nd Annual Youth Scratch Battle champion DJ Don Don, who is still under 22 (pictured right yesterday) once again took the title for a second consecutive year at the PeaveyDJ sponsored event.

Ever since Black Thought of The Roots fame delivered his jaw-dropping extended "freestyle" this past Wednesday (12/13) on Hot 97 radio in NYC, that quickly trended as it became a widely praised viral video (scroll down to see the clip),  the positive tone of social media posts soonafter switched from complimentary to doubtful. Many began to question its validity, maintaining that it was not an actual "freestyle" (IE: off the dome & 100% made up on the spot). These doubters insisted that it was not spontaneous but rather a pre-written and prepared rap. Unhappy with this reaction to his art, the Philly rapper born Tarik Trotter  publicly voiced his case  on national TV Friday night when he sat down with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show (home of The Roots) to swear that it was indeed a genuine real-time "freestyle" in the traditional hip-hop meaning (a spontaneous creation).

Last weekend I made it down to Miami and Miami Beach for Art Basel Miami 2017 and the area wide spinoff celebrations of art including the newly painted aerosol pieces in and around Miami's Wynwood Art District. These included ZuluPainter (zulupainter1 on IG) who was busy working on the final stages of his large scale piece on 2nd Ave. near 24th Street. When I talked with the artist on Saturday morning last he told me that whenever he paints his soundtrack of choice is 80's music from golden era hip-hop to funk by Prince. He also expressed concern that it might begin to rain and hence halt his 40 foot high painting project. Within an hour heavy rain began to pour down and did not let up for two hours, temporarily slowing down ZuluPainter's almost completed colorful piece: pictured left with an insert photo-shopped picture of the artist.

Today is Day Two of Rolling Loud Southern California Edition at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino from 1pm until midnight. with scheduled performances today to include Rae Sremmurd, Lil Pump, Post Malone, 21 Savage and Future. The ever popular ATL rapper Future (pictured right below) will be the final/closing act of today's event with a scheduled Loud Stage set to begin at 11pm tonight. Meanwhile Young Thug (pictured above at Rolling Loud Bay Area in late October) will do the final set on the Dab Stage at 10pm this eve. with Lil Xan doing the final set on the Sauce Stage, scheduled to begin at 7:40pm. A few hours earlier on the same stage, starting at 4:40pm, will be a special tribute to the recently deceased Rolling Loud artist Lil Peep. The popular rapper who rose to fame utilizing such platforms as YouTube and SoundCloud, was among the hip-hop acts on the previous Rolling Loud Festival installment. That was in the Bay Area on October 22nd. Three weeks later on November 15th Lil Peep had died from an accidental suicide; reportedly from an overdose of a lethal mixture of Xanax and fentanyl. Rolling Loud SoCal happens today from 1pm to midnight at the NOS Center in San Bernardino at 689 S E St. Tix and more info.  See flyer above for all three stages’ set times. Once again Revolt TV will stream the festival live online here

Bay Area upcoming shows for the holidays include the homegrown talent showcase from Zion I and Richie Cunning with DJ Bad DJ at the Independent in San Francisco on Friday December 22nd. At the same Divisadero St. club where on Dec 28th the Invisibl Skratch Piklz will be doing a special Turntable TV hosted event with an impressive lineup that, in addition to ISP, will include Cypress Junkies (Eric Bobo of Cypress Hill and DJ Rhettmatic of The Beat Junkies) and Knuckle Neck Tribe (TNT) plus special surprise guests. DJ fans of DJ Qbert and the Piklz should check out the just released Dirtstyle Twenty-Fifth Anniversary 1992-2017 2LP set.


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