Waxaholics x Phife Dawg Tribute

March 22nd was a very sad day in hip hop.  Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest passed away and the world was in shock.  Everyone from CNN to Sports Center paid tribute to the Five Foot Assasin in their own way, and we did it in the only way we know how…by playing vinyl in his name.

Peep the video below shot by Danny Ocean and check us out every Thursday at Alley Kat.

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GRANDE: A Monthly HipHop Party (Say Blk Birthday Celebration)

Key chain go jang-a-lang, we about to do major thangs…

A special GRANDE this month as we celebrate the BIRTHDAY of our very own Christian Pope!!

I think everyone knows by now how we get down, so get ready…

Resident selectas D.j. BigReeks (The Waxaholics) and DJ Candlestick(The Chop Stars) bringing you the best of old school, new joints, hip-hop, r&b, and reggae.

Vodka OPEN BAR from 9pm to 10pm!

Relaxed dress code, always FREE!

Fox Hollow
Saturday, May 21st
4617 Nett
9pm.

It’s Grande Time

“Each and every Third Saturday of the Month we bring you GRANDE, a celebration of good music with good people. This month we are doing even bigger. We’ve added FREE Stella Artois BEER from 9-11 To Go along with our open vodka bar. As usual the Resident selectas D.j. BigReeks (The Waxaholics) and DJ Candlestick(The Chop Stars) bringing you the best of old school, new joints, hip-hop, r&b, and reggae.

Vodka OPEN BAR from 9pm to 10pm!
Free Budweiser from 9pm – 11pm!
GET THERE EARLY!

Hosted by Rob Jay, Christian Pope, Ozzie Esco, and Yves Ozoude.

Relaxed dress code, FREE all night!

Fox Hollow
Saturday, February 20th
4617 Nett
9pm.

Microsoft STEM

Microsoft Youth Spark Event

It was a pleasure deejaying for @microsoft at their Youth Spark event. Hundreds of kids showed up to learn about being entrepreneurs, coding, and the importance of STEM.  Dr. Bernard Harris also delivered an amazing and encouraging speech about his career as an astronaut with NASA and becoming a flight surgeon.  He answered about a hundred questions and had great stories about his time in space and if we are alone in this universe.

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Biggie Biggie Biggie

After I moved to Houston in 1994, I was inundated with all kinds of new music. Admittedly, I was consumed by the southern style of rap going on here and didn’t catch the East coast wave of hip-hop until a little later. Then I heard Notorious B.I.G. on the “Real Love” remix and pretty much lost my mind. After that, I started looking for any and everything Biggie did. I couldn’t get enough and even ended up finding and falling in love with a decade worth of East coast hip-hop that I was sick I had missed out on. I could fill pages with stories about Biggie tracks that have become second nature to add to playlists or quote in everyday conversation but nearly 20 years after his death what amazes me the most is the influence he had.

Biggie’s influence spans continents and genres. As far as hip-hop is concerned you would be hard pressed to find another rapper that carries the weight of Big’s influence. Junior M.A.F.I.A. would not have existed without Big. Lil Kim would have never been introduced to Bad Boy Records. Faith Evans gained her position partially due to singing background for Big. Puff Daddy isn’t who he is today without Big. Jay-Z never rises to the levels he has, without Big. Aside from the artists that directly gained exposure and success due to Biggie, or those that rubbed shoulders with him when it was convenient, there is an endless list of artists from all over the country that consider Biggie their biggest influence; Lil Wayne, Cam’Ron, Ma$e, Jadakiss, Eminem, Fat Joe and hell even Tupac. Not to mention the young artists today that still consider Biggie one of the best rappers of all time.

What Notorious B.I.G. did in the music world is nothing short of amazing. His music is a staple in almost anyone who enjoys hip-hop’s listening catalog. 19 years after his death and we still sing his praises, I just wrote 300 words about the man. Hip-hop would not be what it is today without Christopher Wallace and he did all of that before his 25th birthday. Your favorite rapper could never.

-Kels

Original artwork by Vincent Diaz.

The Notorious Biggie Tribute March 10th with The Waxaholics at Alley Kat Lounge.  3718 Main, 8pm.