For the Kids

Anyone that knows me knows how much I love children and making them happy.  The Texas Children’s Hospital Toy Drive does just exactly that for me, gives me a chance to help these kids have a wonderful Christmas.

Sponsored by Advantage BMW, lots of caring people came out to have a good time, but also to donate toys and show their support.  I would like to extend a special Thank You to all of my friends and family that attended the event.  And a special thanks to Dawn Sloan for allowing me to be part of such a great cause.  I can’t wait till next year, I am sure it will be BIGGER and BETTER!

Here are some pics from the night.  Happy Holidays.

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Grey Goose and Corozo was also in attendance to ensure that the beverages of the night were perfect….

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Just one of many beautiful BMWs on display in the show room.

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On the wheels of steel…

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Special invited guest Farouk Shami attended the toy drive and even gave a short speech with some Q&A at the end.  If you haven’t heard of Farouk, he came to American with $71 in his pocket, started the CHI hair products brand, became a billionaire, and is now running for governor.  I had to make that networking transaction.

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More pics coming soon…

Social Holiday Experience @ HOB

This Saturday me and my boy Dj Red Soda will be on the turntables at The House of Blues for some Holiday Partying!  Hosted by our boy Rey Alton with Urban Navigator, this party is guaranteed to please the masses and give you a preview of whats to come for the New Year.  If you have never been out to one of his parties, you don’t know what you’re missing…besides, you can’t go wrong with us jamming the best of old school, reggae, hip hop, R&B, and top 40  Check the flyer for some details, and be sure to RSVP here!

And be sure to hit up Rey for all your travel needs at urbannavigator.com, your guide to contemporary travel!

See you Saturday!

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Be on the look out for the New Year’s Eve Bash @ Cafe 4212….12/31/09.

Pursuit of Happiness

Kid Cudi is taking hip hop in an amazing new direction.  I always complain about music not being as good as it was 5 or 10 years ago, but along comes a Kid Named Cudi and changes my mind about how I feel about music today.  I have only bought about 4 or 5 albums this year, and this is one of them.  Check out his new video for Pursuit of Happiness.

Drake appearance and everything…I’m not sure how I feel about that, I have mixed feelings about Ever, Greatest.  Not about his talent level, but about his choice of record label, but I will save that for another day.  Here is the video…dope.

Red Bull 45s

Tonight Red Bull will be hosting a dj spinoff at Warehouse Live…come check it out, its gonna be a good look!  Here is a quick description of what is going down and info on the night.  Be there!  Peace.

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Red Bull 45s – an event that takes a piece of record history and remixes in into an innovative evolution of the traditional DJ competition. The event pays tribute to yesteryear by tasking DJs with competing against each other using only the 7-inch 45 rpm records popular in the 1950s and 1960s. The competition format places four DJs in four opposite corners of the venue, with the crowd in the middle. Each DJ spins for no more than four minutes on 45 rpm records, with each subsequent DJ attempting to match the last beat of the previous DJ – without the help of any beat-matching programs. The goal of the event is to revive the once revered 45 rpm record while tasking DJs to use all their imagination and expertise to create a seamless and continuous flow of music. At the end of the event, one DJ will be declared the winner based on both his musical creativity and technical skill.

For all the hiphop heads, here is a video of Dj Cut Chemist @ last years event.

360 degrees

My stint at Prairie View A&M university did not involve many extra curricular activities beyond studying for my classes each semester.  I never did go to any sporting events due to the fact that I lived about an hour away from school and I just did not usually have the time or energy to attend.  Maybe I didn’t go because my school spirit was not like that of some of my surrounding schools that worship their sporting programs in a cult like fashion.

School spirit is not a bad thing, I just didn’t have any.  And when it came to Prairie View football, all anyone would ever commend us on would be our great marching band.   Again, not a bad thing, but its sad when the band and the half time show received more attention than the actual football team.

ESPN deemed us the #1 Worst College Football Team of All Time for our 80 game losing streak in the 1990s.  Not a great way to get people interested in our program.

Then all that changed about 6 years ago when a coach named Henry Fraizer III took over the PVAMU football program.  Fast forward and this year he and the team has earned the highest achievement by winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Championship game against Alabama A&M 30-24.

FINALLY, some bragging rights and another reason to feel proud of my school.

Here are some pics from after the win…GO PANTHERS, keep up the good work!

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Panther team!

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Defensive End Quinton Spears and quarterback K.J. Black were named defensive and offensive MVPs of Saturday’s Title Game.

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Coach Fraizer celebrating the victory!

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Dr. George C. Wright (left) and PVAMU Head Football Coach Henry Fraizer III (center).

On another note, Dr. Judy Perkins took over the Civil Engineering Department at Prairie View A&M while I was there and she just received an award from the TAMUS Board of Regents for exemplary contributions to the university and to the people of Texas.

One more reason to be proud.

Laker Hater

I don’t like the Lakers.  Back in the day I did, but now they have turned into a bunch of crying babies that don’t really play good, clean, basketball.  I think it is mandatory that when you become a Laker you take acting classes to learn how to flop, cry, complain, play dirty, and act like Kobe.  Everyone on that team behaves exactly like Kobe, even though they don’t have any stats or respect to back it up.  I do respect Kobe’s game, he is consistent and a great athlete, but he still isn’t ready to be next to the G.O.A.T., but that’s another story.

Anyhow, the other night Derek Fisher (dirtiest player on the Lakers) got dunked on pretty nasty by Corey Brewer of the Minnesota Timberwolves.  I didn’t watch the game, but my brother called me that morning to tell me because he knew how happy it would make me to know that he was dunked on once again.

So far, this is probably the nastiest dunk of the year besides Dwayne Wade over Anderson Varejao.

The way the Rockets are playing, if we could only get Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming 100%, we could make a run at a championship.

Houston, We Still Believe.

3rd Annual Texas Children’s Hospital Toy Drive

I was sitting back thinking to myself the other day….what is the most memorable Christmas I have ever had?  I came to the conclusion that it was the year that my mom gave me and my brothers the Jordan III’s, the ORIGINAL 1988 Jordan III’s .  And to top it off, she got us a Nintendo Entertainment System…that my step dad wouldn’t let us play on the good TV cause he thought it would destroy it, so we had to play it on the old wooden TV in the bedroom.  It was all cramped in there, and that TV didn’t have a good picture, and when my step dad was ready to sleep he kicked us out, but at least we had a NES.  So no late night playing for us.  But, I would pause my Double Dragon session and hope that when he woke up in the morning I could run in the room and that red light would still be lit up.  Most often it wouldn’t be, and I would damn his name to hell and start over (not gonna lie…I know I cried a couple times).

Anyhow, the point is that my brothers and I were extremely happy to have received those gifts from our mother.  We didn’t realize it at the time, but she worked very hard to get us what we wanted.  And I can really appreciate that now since I am older and I know what it takes to shop for gifts and still have to make the mortgage and car payment.

I know we all loved that feeling of excitement as a kid when someone handed you a present and you couldn’t wait to rip it open and see what it was.  That is what a Toy Drive is all about….giving these kids the feeling of being able to open up gifts just like we did and every other fortunate kid does on Christmas.  Come on out to Advantage BMW Midtown this Saturday, December 12th, bring a toy, eat some food, drink some fine beverages, and enjoy the feeling of doing a good deed before Christmas.  If you can’t make it, hit me up, I would be glad to take your donation.

Below is the flyer for the event and some pictures from last year….it was a really good time.  Enjoy.  See you Saturday.

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Last year’s Toy Drive was held at Ferguson’s Showroom.  Its a bath, kitchen, and lighting gallery in the Houston Galleria area.  All the cutting edge styling of this place had you leaving there wishing your own home looked like the showroom.

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As I mentioned, there was food…

 

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Drinks…

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And of course, tubs FULL of toys….

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All of this was made possible by Dawn(left).  She is the brains of this toy drive, and many other non profit events through out Houston.

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Christian Hall (center), also provided his assistance to make the night a success.

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I had the pleasure of providing the sounds for the night…


 

 


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If there is music…there has to be dancing…

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We had an overall very good time…

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Even the photographer Darin joined in on the fun.  I can’t take credit for the pictures, he took them all.  Maybe he will be there again this year.

L.A. Times

I recently took a trip out to LA to dj a party in the “Hills” and here are some pics from the weekend.  I had a great time and I met some great people.  I have to say, I have not djed a party that live in awhile…

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Always a treat, we stayed at The Standard in Downtown LA.  I really can’t imagine staying anywhere else, this place has it all….from partying, to good looking people, to just a really insane atmosphere that makes you feel like a rockstar.

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Our first stop was FatBeats on Melrose Ave.  I had to go ahead and take a pic in the infamous Dj Booth (what dj would’nt?) Man, I would love to dj in there for an event one day…so much history in that record shop.  It didn’t hurt that J Dilla’s (RIP) dj was in there playing jam after jam…real cool cat, I wish I could do that all day.

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Our next stop was The Hundreds, one of my favorite brands, as well as one of my favorite blogs.  Bobby and Ben Hundreds are a perfect example of a successful duo that run a dope street clothing store.  This was my first visit, of many…I hope.

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I can’t remember the name of this restaurant, but the Sushi and Sake was off the hook.  My boy (travel buddy and fellow dj) RedSoda introduced me to a gang of cool peeps from LA and also a couple from Houston that traveled to LA for the weekend.

If you get a chance, check out Purplestuff TV.  Its a online sketch comedy show created by my boy Brandon (he is on the top far right, ironically, wearing a purple shirt).  Just imagine The Chappelle Show meets SNL, the best of both worlds, its a good look.

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The main party was something out of a movie or one of these TV shows where everyone looks rich and crispy.  I had the best time djing for these people. They seemed to dance to everything I played, and most important of all….they kept my cup full. The view is unlike anything I have ever seen, or unlike any foreground I have ever djed in….a great experience.

Shout out to my boy Dj Kion for bringing the equipment, and for putting down a dope mix as well.

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Another view from the house…like I said, crazy scenery!

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Although I didn’t get to do a whole lot of sight seeing, every time I hang out on the roof top of The Standard, that just seems to give me all I need.  This is another place than I need a gig in LA.  With the cool weather, plentiful drinks, and pretty women….my job as a dj comes easy.  Its just the soundtrack to the easy life.