Tuesday, April 20, 2010

//Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal, Rest in Power..

thanks to Aebl Dee for capturing this
even though that other "producer guy" was there with him that day,
notice that he still signed the records "GURU - GANGSTARR"
//True to his name, Keith Elam was more than just a rapper or a hip hop artist. He was a true teacher and hero. I've told this story before, but when I met him at Moses Music in East Oakland back in '05, he spoke to the gathering of deejays and hip hop heads about his career. He explained that every single rhyme he ever put to tape contained some bit of knowledge or something positive for the youth in it. He described how he had been building with E-40 the night before. He talked about how he was clean, no smoking or drinking for the past year. He was down-to-earth and cordial, a true king.

//Thank you GURU for sharing your knowledge and life through hip hop. Many in my generation were raised by your rhymes not to just come up and make money and do for ourselves, but to be concerned and active about unity, learning, justice and something larger. Peace to you and your family. We will take the weight, Guru, we will take the weight..

So won't you dig the scenario
And just imagine if each one is teachin' one
We'll come together so that we become
A strong force, then we can stay on course
Find your direction through introspection
And for my people out there I got a question
Can we be the sole controllers of our fate?
Now who's gonna take the weight?

Monday, April 12, 2010


//Ah yes, we are back from NYC. All I gotta say is, if you're ever out there you'd better go to DJ mOma's The Good Spot, watch Fela! on Broadway, and see DJ Eleven wherever he at, you will never be disappointed. You ain't heard Biggie til you've heard "10 Crack Commandments" drop at 3 in the am and felt a packed house move like a ship on the open sea. I could go on and on but this is not a food blog, museum blog, shopping blog nor is it a public parks blog so you're on your own with that..

//That said, on to the next: this Saturday is the 4-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of a little night that DJ Zita and I started in the Mission in April 2006. It goes kinda like this: Z and I had been dating for a coupla months, she was starting to get heavy on her SF hustle and was dropping mixtapes and business cards all over town. Laszlo Bar wants to get her in for a night, but the thing is, it's a 5 hour gig. Guess what? Your boy gets an offer to spin alongside and the rest, as they say, well...4 years, 2 mix cds, 2 wedding rings later...you get the picture.

//This Saturday we celebrate! And we've got our lifelong friend/guy who djed our wedding/special guest fam DJ MPENZI on the wheels with us... and if that wasn't enough we are throwing down for our sistah/promotah/all-around wonderful peeps FiyahLilly's birthday!

//Golden was always a Z&D thing so guests were a rare occasion, but special thanks to everyone we've invited to rock with us in the past: Bency, DJ Gravy, Mr.Mention, Tap.10, Lady Sha, Leydis, Beat Nok, Mr.Lucky, OwlBoogie & un.D.fine. GOLDEN SOUNDSCAPES: audio panoramas/brilliant memories on wax/4 and many more...

Midnight Mixes live at GOLDEN Archive
Dmadness opening hour live at GOLDEN
Golden Mixes Vol.1:Soul Sisters & Brothers - Zita / Dmadness
Golden Mixes Vol.2:Hip Hop Heroes - Dmadness / Zita

De La Soul - "4 More (Juno Remix) f/ Zhane" (Tommy Boy, 1996)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Riddim Right Mix #3: Coolie Dance vs. Diwali

Two monster riddims from the 2000s, it's hard to believe these are 8 years old now. I recorded this 15 tunes-in-15 minutes work-it-out mix back in '03 when they were still new, using all vinyl 45s. I especially loved the instrumental versions on the back. Of course these riddims were appropriated to no end, but on here you will not find Pitbull, Nina Sky, Twista or Lumidee.

Riddim Right Mix #3: Coolie Dance vs. Diwali

Unknown Language - T.O.K
Good Ohh - Beenie Man
Pull Up - Mr. Vegas
Feel Alright - Sean Paul
Genie Dance - Elephant Man
Coolie Dance Riddim - Cordell 'Scatta' Burrell
Diwali Riddim - Steven 'Lenky' Marsden
Get Busy - Sean Paul
Tra La La - Buju Banton
Galang Gal - T.O.K
Sufferer - Bounty Killer
Elephant Message - Elephant Man
Can't Touch Me No More - Tanya Stephens
Overcome - Wayne Marshall
No Letting Go - Wayne Wonder

Sunday, April 4, 2010


//Every Thursday the Tall Homie DJ Eleven holds down a weekly called FAM along with DJs Morsy, Jr-Flo, Lindsey & Myles, Sureshot, Sammy Bananas, and special guests. This week yours truly Golden Soundscapes get to be the special guests, yeaah!

Von Kellar - 3 Bleecker Street at Bowery, NYC
9PM-3AM, no cover