NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “ONLY SCRATCHIN’ THE SURFACE”-DJ JG INTERVIEW

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing with you all an interview I did with DJ JG aka Scratchtokill aka Mikey. I came across him by attending a few hip hop shows in my city of San Diego. I noticed how he still carries the tradition of scratchin’ when he DJ’s, which is amazing to me! Glad he is keeping that Hip Hop tradition alive! I first saw him DJin for a dope event thrown by Dirty Primo (Carlos) called, Hope 4 the Homeless and I was like who is this guy? It was a busy night, so I didn’t get to introduce myself. I then saw him again DJin at Superiors 1989’s event at The Salty Frog and he killed the show again! Once again it was a crowded night, so I didn’t get to meet him then either.

Ironically the universe or cosmos were in my favor lol. A few weeks ago, I was interviewing Nomad at his house and unexpectedly DJ JG came by which Nomad had forgotten that he was dropping by. So, in the end it all worked out. I introduced myself and told him how dope I thought he was. I asked him if he would be open for an interview and he said he was down. He is a humble and talented dude. I won’t make this any longer, without further a do please read the brief conversation/interview we had about his beginnings in the Hip Hop scene and the positive impact he wants to continue doing through music!

Please introduce yourself to those who might not know who you are?

I’m DJ JG, I’m originally from San Diego, CA. I’ve been doing music since 2008. I originally started writing and then I got into beat making. Then in 2012 I started scratchin’ and doing the whole DJin stuff. Since then the whole experience of my life has changed.

What is the significance of your moniker DJ JG? Any special significance?

Yeah, it means something. The initials J.G. is for Justice Good. So it’s like I’m always doing stuff for the better of the people and giving good vibes out.  So I’m always jus tryna give that good positive vibe out there. So my name means I’m out there for good and I’m out there for the change of the world for the better.

How long have you been Djing? Can you share a bit about your journey how you got started to where you are now? How did you start getting booked for shows?

Well like I said earlier I wrote first for a little bit. I actually created a whole album, but I never released it. Then in 2008 to 2010 I started getting into Producing and making beats. Then 2012 is when I started DJin and I just kept learning how to scratch by watching YouTube videos. One of my homies showed me and told watch this video and that video and then from there I just took off. 2012 I got my first pair of turntables. I’ve been DJin ever since. I took a 2 year period off, but I was still making beats. Doing the whole DJ and scratchin’ thing I took 2 years off of that. I’ve been back for a year and like 10 months now and it has been taking off like crazy.

My brother was always pushing me all the time. He was like man you lock yourself in a room for so many hours, I see your talent and I see your push. You’re pushing so much, but you’re not doing any shows. I just didn’t feel like I was ready. But he told me just go out there and he booked me for a show and I had no choice. That was actually at Diamond Jim’s. I did that, that was my very first show in 2013. My first year, and from there I was getting around by word of mouth. Once I first performed someone’s like here I want to book you again. Then I met more people and started getting booked for different venues. I haven’t really attempted to really try to contact someone to be like, hey can you book me for this show. It is an amazing feeling, it’s cool.

I see you at a lot of events DJin from Hope4Homeless to Superior Productionz Salty Frog event? How did you build those relationships and connections?

I ran into Primo (Carlos) for Hope 4 Homeless originally it was held at Blonde Bar we were doing it there. Also my brother booked me for that one too and he opened another door for me. That’s how I met Carlos and then he just started booking me for more and more. Then Superior ended up coming out to perform with his different artists and I met him that way. I definitely thank them highly for that. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be having these shows and be able to perform. They gave me that platform and I just built relationships with them. I told them hey you guys need anything I’m there for you. You know I can run the whole show however you like it and yeah we just connected and had great shows!

I think it is dope you actually scratch. For a DJ it is rare to see at least nowadays where some DJ’s pre record a beat and play it on their laptop. How did you pick up that skill and continue to hone it?

Yeah, I would just watch videos from different types of scratches. From scratchin’, fading and all those kinds of scratches. I was just researching them and I didn’t know how many there were. There’s different kinds and different styles. Really just interested from DJ Shiftee, DJ Cuebur, DJ Craze, A-Trak, Grandmaster Flash, all of them inspired me big time. I would just watch them and it just inspired me. I would lock myself up in my room and I would just throw on some beats, like old school beats or whatever kind of beat. I would speed it up or slow it down and just scratch. Probably like 6 hours a day just pushing.

What made you fall in love with Hip Hop and the culture?

That right there takes me back to kinda the beginning cuz when I was doing Diamond Jim’s I started doing Cypher at the Park. That opened up a whole new format too, like old school hip hop, all these cats where coming out, like even Sam R i and Aye Two Zee were in the Cypher events. I think it was at Cesar Chavez Park too. I entered into that and that was just a whole different platform too. Out here in San Diego there is so many different platforms and scenes. That opened me up to doing more old school hip hop, doing scratchin’ and doing doubles. That was when I had both my turntables fun times! Right now I only have one, but I’ma get another one soon.

Who is your favorite emcee/rapper?


I would say Eminem (8 mile) cuz I grew up with that. He really inspired me just to never give up on your opportunities and specially everything that you go through in life. You know to not let that affect you and that is what has definitely given me a big inspiration.

Any favorite Producers that inspire you?

Scott Storch, I know Nomad mentioned him too (laughs), but yeah he is definitely one of my top favorites because it’s just the way that he works and he is wise. He is such an inspiration to me. He is one of my favorite Producers for sure. Dr. Dre too!

What is your favorite hip hop album and song of all time?

That is a tough one there. I listen to like everything! I don’t know a lot of San Diego artists have inspired me. I mean I listen to a lot to Wu-Tang, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, WC, a lot of old school West Coast kinda of music.

What is your favorite scary movie? 

Can it be scary funny? I’ma have to say Scary Movie 3 (laughs)

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What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind whether creatively or on a personal level?

I like this one, this is cool! What I would want to leave for real it’s to make a huge platform for every artist out here and just everybody that I meet in general. I’m all about building and connecting. So, if I’m striving to become something and get something and I’m able to succeed off of it then I’ma push that to everybody else too. I’m just gonna open platforms and open doors for everybody out here and that is what I wanna leave too. Not just in the city, but everywhere, worldwide! Definitely that is one of the things I want to leave. I want to help a lot of communities out, there is a lot of things I want to do!

What is next for DJ JG? Any upcoming projects or any other creative outlets you want to be involved in in the near future? You mentioned you are working on a documentary series?

Oh yeah, that is Gypsyness’s documentary series. The event was held on May 31st. Pretty much is is a platform for artists. We had that event so that we allow others to know that this is going to be a San Diego documentary series. To where every artist is going to have an opportunity to spend either 12 to 24 hours a day having a whole video about them. Do whatever they wanna do, their music scene, if they wanna go out and do something and whatever it is. Just spending a whole day to really get to know them on a more personal basis.

Any words of encouragement to those who are thinking getting into DJin?

Definitely put you heart and soul into it! That is something big in music I feel it. It has allowed me to become the person I am too. Keep going! There is so much too it, a lot of practicing too and connect with people!

What has been your greatest accomplishment so far being a DJ?

Definitely meeting everybody that is a big accomplishment because there is a lot of great people I’ve met. A big one, I just did on the 23rd of May was in Pomona at the Fox Theater with Sante Prince we go to open up for Black Star! With Mos Def and Talib Kweli, I was going crazy up there (laughs). I didn’t get to meet them. It was a huge impact and it happened so quick. I’ve also done House of Blues main stage.

Any shout outs?

I want to give a huge shout out to literally everybody out there in San Diego! There’s so many names, definitely Primo for putting me on a lot of show he has been carrying me on quite a bit. Also just everybody out there that believes in me and I am very thankful for that. Shout out to everybody out there for sure!

Thank you DJ JG for your time and being open to do this interview! I truly appreciate you!!! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go give DJ JG a follow @dj_jg to keep up on the events he will be DJin at next! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

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NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “GHOSTS IN THE RING!!!” – NEMY & INDIAN K – THE UNDERCARD EP REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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“YOU AIN’T GOTTA LOVE IT, BUT YOU GOTTA RESPECT IT!”

Artist: Nemy & Indian.K (Featuring: El Maco, Pretty Kronic, Boxcutta Maxx, Smalls Uno, Ric Scales, DreCat, Kahlee, St. Cyr)

Album: The Undercard

Release Date: June 13, 2019

Buy/Stream album: All Platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Nemy and Indian.K’s EP, “The Undercard”. Nemy and Indian K allowed me to listen to it prior to its release so I got to vibe to it for a bit. It is a 6 track EP with a running time of approximately 22 minutes. The album is Executively Produced by the talented homie PottieMouth. Engineered by: PottieMouth and M9st3rmind and Mastered by: KillcRey. This EP brings together two dope emcees, Mr. Oucchhyy and Indian Kool (Sky High Krew)! Their rhyme schemes and styles are completely different. They are on the end of each others spectrums, but this allows them to stand out on their own!

We have Nemy on one side of the ring who brings his aggressive and gritty cadence as he delivers his rhymes. He has a hunger no one can duplicate! On the other side of the ring we have Indian K who brings the street poetic verses with a chill and laid back delivery. They balance each other out like Yin and Yang! I am blessed to know these two emcees they are humble human beings who love Hip Hop as much as I do! I am really happy to see them collaborate on this project and bring what the streets been needing!

The album starts with the first single of the EP, “Holy Ghost”. Indian K opens up his verse by talking about surviving the streets and succeeding past his struggles. Nemy comes in and goes into a lyrical frenzy, he catches the Holy Ghost! He spits about fake people trying to pretend they’ve always fucked with you and the shadiness of the music business turning your friends into foes. The second track is, “1999” which is one of my favorite tracks off this EP! The hook is catchy and the beat goes hard!!! This is definitely the hit banger of this EP. Nemy takes us back to 1999 and brings dark sense of humor bars!

The third track I’ll mention that is also a standout to me is, “The Press Conference”, which a deep and socio-political track! I love it because both Indian K and Nemy rap about how it would be if we never had modern day slavery, no police brutality, no mass shootings, if 9/11 never happened, no Hurricane Katrina, no overcrowded prisons, etc! They then realize they are just dreaming. One can only dream we lived in a Utopian society! I love this track because it has a positive message that makes you think and sparks deep conversation! It reminded me of the song by Lupe Fiasco called, “All Black Everything”, where Lupe dreams about a world if all the leaders had been black and slavery never existed.

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I won’t give out my interpretation of the remaining tracks, I’ll leave that up to you guys/girls to listen to it and digest it! This EP is filled with a variety of themes many of us can relate too! This album shows each emcees versatility they speak about their struggles, surviving the streets, bars and they even get a bit socio-political in the track, “The Press Conference”, which I covered a bit above. This is a dope project with a consistent theme (Boxing/The Undercard). The order the tracks were chosen to be in was orchestrated perfectly. The transition from track to track is smooth from start to finish! Go cop or stream this album! You do not want to miss what the San Diego streets are talking about! This album will spread like a viral video. Forget about Old Town Road this is the new wave!!! Spooky season is in full effect!!! Spooky Gang Takeover!!! The album drops today and the EP release party will be tonight 9pm at the AC Lounge the event held by @HipHopWeds every Wednesday! If you are in San Diego this is the place to be tonight! You do not want to miss history in the making!

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Favorites Verses: 

1. Holy Ghost:

“I see they acting out
O’while I hold the crown
Cheers to the streets that tried to drown me
But instead I swam and found the ocean open to succeed
Bright light hoping this world remembers me
Fuck the critics, they talk too much
Couldn’t sit in our presence, let alone walk with us
Building an empire while you rap for blunts!”

“Take of your shoes respect my dojo
I’ma teach you how to put these rappers in a chokehold
How to kick the illest shit as you grapple with your soul
So you could learn to bob and weave
And underneath the belt is a low blow!
I’m the Van Damme of this kumite
I heard they check your warrants at the Super 8
The last shit that I  jus gave you was a teaser
You ain’t convinced I’ma bout make you a believer”

2. 1999:
“It was 1999 back when Reggie would get me high
Bumpin’ Dark and Hell is Hot
Back when J. Lo was still a thot
Beanie Siegel signed to the Roc
I knew how to rap before I knew to eat the box
They cutting off our lights we use lanterns
Food stamps came in pamphlets”

3. The Weigh- In:
“I dropped a classic with my grandmothers face on it
Excellent production and my vocals sounded great on it
My worst enemy he heard it, he couldn’t hate on it
Nobody believed in my vision, not even my fam, not even my day ones
They say I won’t make it, I’m wastin’ my time with the music can’t wait til’ that day comes
To pull up in a Wraith, with my house on a lake and my fuckin’ 30 gold chains on!
I’m petty as fuck, you know I’m pullin’ up just to rub it all up in your face huh
No weapon formed against me shall prosper
I ain’t worried about shit, hakuna matata
My kundalini reaches my medulla oblongata
I’m so ahead of you ,that my yesterday is your mañana!”

“Open my mind like I cracked the safe
Calculated moves I’m headed outer space
Twistin’ and turnin’ rubix cubes
Slow motion, stoppin’ time
Always focused bendin’ spoons thru my eyes
Gate to the soul look and you will find
Architecture when designing rhymes structure like this, you will never capture one of a kind”

4. The Press Conference:

“This is my tabernacle
No books with hidden chapters
There’s no forbidden apple
There’s no religious statues
There was no 9/11
Katrina didn’t happen
Whole lot of cotton pickin’
But this time we the masters!”

“No forced Catholicism
No reservations get our land back and the resources taken
Education ain’t a lease to the devil
No school shootings, Tv was absent cuz our parents are present”

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “MR. PLATFORM COLLECTION – KILLcREY INTERVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

I had the opportunity to sit down with Chris Reyes aka KILLcRey (kill-see-ray) and pick his brain a bit about his music, Platform Collection and our common love for sci-fi and horror movies! It was a dope interview that I really enjoyed! Chris has a lot of knowledge and insight about the music business, internet platforms and Podcasting. I met Chris when I started going to HipHopWeds at the AC Lounge. He is a very humble dude and intelligent. He is multi-talented. He not only runs Platform Collection, but is also a rapper, photographer, Producer, etc. Please join me and read the interview below on this dope talented individual known as KILLcRey!

Please introduce yourself for those who might not know who you are?

My name is Chris Reyes I go by KILLcRey. I’m a rapper, Producer, Photographer, Director, Podcast host, PlatformCollection.com and one of the partners at SD Loves PR.

I just got put on to your music. How long have you been rapping? How did you get into the SD Hip Hop scene? Are you Originally from San Diego?

Yeah, I’m from San Diego so I was born here in Logan Heights and so I got into the Hip Hop scene just kind of naturally. By living here. I started going to shows. I watched a lot of the San Diego Hip Hop kind of develop you know going as a younger person to a lot of those events. I think just during that time I got into a kind of place of like I was just making music. Everybody was making music so we you know this is kind of what we did.

Rapping since a kid, but literally like all my life. Professionally I’d say like within the last 7 or 8 years. I really started to like push it to the level ,that’s the thing, I’ve done some weird, we have had really dope opportunities. We’re a really blessed group of people that have had really good opportunities in life. For instance I went to Hawaii with Xzibit and opened up for Xzibit and that was before I would even consider myself a Professional. The reason I say now, now I’m in a place where I understand the business everything that I need to do.

You run the Platform Collection. Please tell us more about that. What is it? How did you get started? How do you juggle that and your other creative outlets?

I think with Platform Collection the way it started was we had a Podcast or I still have a Podcast, “Crappy Awesome”, at that time it was hosted by myself and one of my creative partners at the time Arash and we both did it for close to 4 or 5 years. The Podcast started and then we met JDS from the Cypher Effect and we started filming for the Cypher Effect. Me and Arash had been filmmakers as well for a while so he asked us to come and help with the filming and then we kind of agreed to that as long as we could bring the Cypher Effect to San Diego. We were like we will shoot it, we’ll revamp it, and we changed it to like multi-camera. The Cypher Effect was just one camera at first. Then it was multi camera and we brought it to San Diego. We were actually the second people who tried to bring it. The first people, there were some cats up in North County, Steez, like a bunch of those cats, tried to bring it and it just didn’t stick. We were working with Cypher Effect for about a year and a half. That’s how we kinda met everybody in the Industry. You know we were shooting in LA a lot in fact Platform Collection was more or less founded in LA first cuz those were the artists that were around us.

We always had the goal of, we need to put Platform Collection on to a level that can actually help San Diego artists you know what I mean? There’s like a big difference, you know, we could have started here, but then we’re all in a place trying to get to a certain level so we got to that level and then brought it back. So Cypher Effect just decided to go into a different direction that we weren’t like really interested in going in. We really wanted to concentrate on Independent artists that are home grown from different areas. We had started a relationship in the I.E. wih Noa James and just through talking to a lot of our mentors they said we should really try to do this on our own, really get out there. We had a lot ideas about shows and the direction we wanted to take Platform Collection in.

Just like you, we just jumped in and we had already built a lot of relationships so getting access to the artists was what we kind of made our name on. We have really personal relationships with a lot of the artists that have grown with us like Reverie and Self Provoked. All these are people we have grown with because we were in two scenes at one time.

Now Platform Collection is kind of more of, the website is an entity right? That’s kind of more where we put the stuff that we’re just into. We are tryna’ be real honest with what we put on there. We don’t put anything we don’t like, so we don’t ever put bad reviews. That’s just not what we want to do. I have strong opinions about judging people’s music. I think it’s different for everybody so it’s hard to just say what’s good and what’s not.

With this website we just put what we like and this is what’s going on in our world. If you go to Platform Collection you see all the artist that we fuck with that are here and abroad. Not just in San Diego there’s even artist from Europe that have gotten to know artists here through Platform Collection. Now it’s like Platform Collection is also a production company. We’re partners with THOPFest and yeah. It’s kind of in a building phase right now. You’re the first one that I’ll tell. We’re launching the label later this year. Some of artists from San Diego will be the first artists signed to that label.

With the idea that we have finally gathered everything we need to break an artist on a National level. So we want to be able to do that with artists that we really believe in, you know? In this day and time we don’t have to worry about a label and get money from other places, you know? There are different ways to make money now. Which is really dope for people like us. We’ve always kind of made money like that, so I think right now Platform Collection is kinda in a transition phase.

Platform Collection has about 8 Podcasts on there. I believe there’s like 4 or 5 that are active constantly. Cookbook and Murs they’re on the network, 2Mex is on the network. Our podcast Crappy Awesome, there’s a bunch. 60 East.

When we started Crappy Awesome, like literally, that’s not bullshit, nobody was doing a Podcast! We actually thought we might be making a big mistake cuz we were doing live streaming radio. In fact Breal.TV now, is what we kinda used to do. We used to do something very similar to what Breal.TV is and we would stream live and have Dj’s live. People could get into the chat room. It got a really big name, just doing that out of my bedroom. We went on a crazy run that got a lot of attention. We interviewed everybody from like members of N.W.A., Keith Murray, KRS-One, like everybody that was poppin’ and you know the OG’s.

We walked away from that because I had heard a Podcast, which was the The Nerdist. At the time it was this Podcast by this dude named Chris Hardwick. That got me interested in Marc Maron and I started listening to other Podcasts and it blew my mind. I was like, this is next! What we were doing was super dope and it was ahead of its time and we could have probably rode it out and made more money off of it, but to me, I just wanted to be in front of the curve. When we started the Podcast everybody we would interview, the first year, we would have to explain to them what the fuck it was. That it wasn’t live and that nobody is listening to it right now. They can’t call in. They would be putting it out on Twitter like, “aye I’m about to be on this Podcast call in!” Cuz nobody knew what it was! We had some amazing early podcasts. Where we had artists cry, we’ve had artists talk about death and losing people. Like they’re their first interviews. We had Gavlyn and Reverie’s first Podcast interviews.

Everybody does kind of start off as…that was our idea of like, how do we get in? Alright, let’s interview people and then we’ll talk to those people and then you’ll become friends. Legitimately that is what happens.

We got into the business and we started to realize that is what everybody does. It is the only way to do it. You have to kind of assert yourself. We knew that we had value. We looked at the the landscape of Hip Hop here and in LA and if there was anything lacking it was organization.

There was a lot of artists like Reverie and we also met Open Mike Eagle very early on. These artists were putting in really hard work, but for the most part a lot of the artists thought they were working hard. They didn’t know the output they were doing was not gonna let them compete on a National level. Cuz there was a million people doing two times the work they’re doing. You just don’t know right? There is nobody that tells you. There’s like no Handbook how to get into the industry.

But we knew that we filmed, we wrote, we did Podcasts, we knew how to film shows, we were already filming our original content.  We actually have a show on Platform Collection called Prose, which was actually like Mic Check on the Cypher Effect. We started that show first and then we went to Platform Collection. So we were already filming original content. A lot of artists we met, they were missing all the chunks that we had. We were like, “we gotta do something with this right?” At the very least we knew we could help A LOT of people. We decided to go into it with that mindset. We don’t know what’s gonna happen, but I bet this will help a bunch of people.

[With the podcast,] we we’re like, we are going to open the curtain to let people talk about exactly how they got on. Exactly what they did and the stuff behind the curtain that we don’t see. We were filming in people’s bedrooms, we were filming in people’s front lawns. It got really personal for Platform Collection. That’s kind of how that became what we are known for.

The umbrella part came simply because the artists that fuck with us we’re using our energy and our stuff to fill in things that they needed. We went with that same formula and we were like yo, SDlovesPR we love what they’re fuckin’ doing! Nate [CEO, SDLovesHIPHOP] is an amazing dude he has a great business mind. But he is in San Diego. Nate deserves to be around the world! So we can take what he’s doing and put it on to a National level and all of a sudden it changes everything for everybody, right?

That’s always been our approach for Platform Collection. Even our partnerships, like Bars Weekly, Kahlee and I had that conversation about the creation of Bars Weekly and HipHopWeds years ago. Kahlee was talking about HipHopWeds, the concept of what it is now 100% clearly exactly what it is right now. He was already talking about that like 2 years ago, but it’s because we were able to give each other access to things that we wouldn’t normally have.

That’s something I really, really learned through Platform Collection and starting a business. Timing is everything! But you can make the time, you can manipulate it. You have to be conscious of that.

It’s like opening up a coffee shop right in front a coffee shop it makes no sense. So the answer has to be, at least in my heart, in my mind from what I’ve learned, after 300 plus episodes of interviews, is, literally the answer is to be as different as the person next to you, as possible! You have to! You just gotta find a way to show people and that’s the challenge.

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What do you want your brand to stand for or it means to you? Both you as an emcee or Platform Collection?

Music wise is just about freedom! That is everything to me. Everybody I know that is doing what I’m doing or pursuing the paths that I am pursuing on all levels, levels above us, below us, like wherever you are on your journey, everybody’s really just trying to get more time to enjoy the things they want, right? So my music that’s all that it represents.

I feel like in this time, right now, people are super confused, right? I feel like people are just confused and angry and sad. There’s a lot of it going around. The internet didn’t make us worse, right? It just exposed us for everything that we really are and what we really think. We were not ready for that. I don’t think as a people… we weren’t ready for that much information at that much time!

So through my music, I try, it’s super important for me, to be clear, to be concise. I want people to hear what the fuck I’m saying! I want to say the most profound things in the simplest ways. I’ve always loved artist like that. I love artists who could just say this really simple thing that you might hear every day, but the way they say it, its like, fuck, that just changed my life! I’ve always been partial to that kind of music. But I also love, like in my crew, The Fresh State, I think we have some of the dopest lyricists around. So I really respect high level lyricism. It’s just not what I do.

One, I am not at a point in my life where I want to recite my diary to somebody. I’ve already kind of done that. I’ve processed a lot of that shit. My journeys been, you know, it’s been a journey. So now I’m in a place where I kind of just want to share energy with people, and there’s an art to it. I see people who do it at a high level, you know? Like Miki Vale is in our crew and it’s a spiritual experience to watch Miki Vale. That’s what I shoot for! I shoot for that kind of thing. You just can’t do that with just normal hip hop a lot of the times. You know? You have to push the boundaries. That’s a hard thing to do as an MC though. Because talking less is so counterintuitive for us. It’s been a discipline thing for me! Like you don’t need to! Shut up! You don’t need to say everything in your rap. Like, just let [the audience] feel good for a minute.

For Platform Collection? I think it’s about information for me. I want it to stand for healthy thorough information. I have a really good friend Curtiss King. We were just talking about, how on YouTube, one of the biggest problems with the “informative videos”, and thank god for people like Curtiss, who doesn’t do this…and you know this because you are a consumer of this too, you’re a part of this community….Most [“informative videos”] are just to get you to watch another video. If I told you, “Yo, Gaby this is how you get on a tour” and I was just like, “you got to meet people and then, you know, you gotta send your music in”. Well how the fuck? You know? That shit. But you wanna know! Like really though! What the truth is. The truth is, you have to build a relationship with an artist because touring is more about being comfortable than it is how dope you are and that’s the sad, but real truth. Because people want to travel with people that they like. It has nothing to do with your fuckin’ music and it’s a heartbreaking for a lot of artist to hear that. But that’s what you need to hear. I have a lot of opinions about thinking in the minority and poor communities. We have to get more educated on these things because we’re too talented not to be able to prosper off of our natural talents. It’s literally just missing content. Its just missing [honest] information!

Why are we still like doing the same shit?! We have to do something different. It’s why I love what you’re doing! The horror, hip hop? You can tell somebody to throw that on the table for a 100 people and 99 of them might not take that idea that’s why they don’t win! That is why people don’t win! You have to be unafraid!

What’s the meaning behind your moniker Kill C Rey, what does it mean?

C Rey was always kind of what my friends called me. There was a close friend of mine named Chris Gomez and we kinda went to school together all through our lives. So we kinda had the same circles. Do they would call him Gomez/C Gom and they called me C Rey.

Then I had a bunch of rap names. When I came up with KILL c Rey, I kinda wanted to… because one of the things I do in my music, at least I try to, is there’s always a visual component. So the art that I make during the time that I’m recording certain songs, it’s all kind of the same. That is just the vibe I’m on, like 360. I try to be on the vibe. Photos, video and even videos I make for other people at a certain time, have a feel.  KILL c Rey, I was thinking, you know what would be dope? Like a band name! Even though it is not a band, it’s just me.

Inevitably, it was literally such a dumb idea. For a year it was like, “Killcray”. But that kinda meant something to me. Cuz it started to become…you know… l smoke weed. I’ll sit there and I’ll ponder shit. So, I was like… what’s dope about “KILL c Rey”, to me, when I was thinking of the band name, I liked it because it meant… like C Rey is my ego.  So it meant, kill my ego! That’s everything I’m trying to do. Trying to kill that ego! Then people inevitably killed it [for me], by fucking up the name! They were killing my ego! So like, I know I manifested that shit!

[Manifestation] never looks like the way I want it to look [exactly]. It never does! For a year I had to stop people and go, “No! It’s Kill. C. Rey. Then that would inevitably end up in different conversations that have been really dope! So it turned out to be a blessing. But, that is what it meant…kill ego.

You just put out a single, “For The Record”. I am going to paraphrase, “I’m going to lose my mind just for the record”. I interpreted it as people try to make music to cater to others that can cause you not to be yourself and you might end up sacrificing your sanity to satisfy others. What do you mean by that line? Any upcoming music?

That’s a dope thought. That you said that. I mean, yeah, that’s it!

It’s two things right? Real shit. I never told anybody that. It is exactly what you just said. My art gives me a chance to…cuz I’m normally, like, I don’t like going out. I’m not into that shit! I’m super focused on what I do, and plus, I really, really have fun doing what I do. So I don’t really try to look for fun. I haven’t looked for fun in years, you know?

I feel super blessed by that. So I’m also super careful and conscious that I don’t wanna lose that! So that’s what I do a lot and through my music. Sometimes it’s a break for me. I don’t write. Everything on Spotify are all songs that I didn’t write. I just recorded em’. I have a recording process and I’ll just start freestylin’ and really try to feel where it takes me.

For me, it really is like a dump. I dump everything on the songs. To make a record I get to do that. But, also, for the record, there is stuff that I said, specifically, on the record, where I just wanted it to be known. Because I feel, you know… I mean, that’s the rap side of me. I’m an MC. You know what I mean?

For those who have not listened to your music. What are some songs you think are slept on or should be listened to?

For The Record and the song that drops next!!!(laughs)

Yeah, you know, what I wrote an article on this too. You could probably find it still if you search for it I think it comes up on Medium.com. I wrote an article on me dealing with depression and thoughts of suicide. Like early, like maybe 2 years ago. I went through it for almost a whole year. I’ve never been that type of person. I had just never been someone, like I didn’t even think it was real. I didn’t think depression was real.

I wrote an article about that. What started the healing process was a song called, “Failing Forward”, which is on Spotify and a lot of people,  once they know that that songs about me taking DMT, they go back and they listen to it. They can see it in a different light as it was the first time that I did DMT.  I immediately went and wrote that song that’s what came out. I shot the video that night too. I shot the video on my own and then I picked up some scenes later on. So check out “Failing Forward” if you haven’t.

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Any upcoming Events you want to promote?

We’re in talks right now with Noa James for a tour in July with The Fresh State. Then I’ll be touring with The Fresh State and then solo. Actually on another tour with some of cats from The Fresh State later this year.

You said you are a horror and sci-fi fan as well. What are some of your favorite movies in those genres? Why?

Oh man, that makes me the most nervous cuz I know, your like a veteran on this shit! I’m a sucker for sci-fi movies. I watch a bunch of shit. You know what? Okay here’s something special for sci-fi. I am absolutely obsessed with the YouTube channel “Dust”, that you should watch. It’s young independent filmmakers that are really making high level sci-fi short films. I’ll literally put on a playlist and watch them all. It’s always about the future or, you know, it’s very pertinent to a lot of the stuff we talk about [currently].

Then for horror, I love Insidious. Insidious is probably one of them. Okay, I got a new one, which I did not think was gonna be… or I didn’t think it was going to affect me like it did. There is a movie called Brightburn. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but the way they present it? I think the concept is out there. It is basically: what if Superman was evil? But seeing the movie and the thoughts they put in your head is horrifying! Like, if that truly existed? A [super] being really wanted to do whatever it wanted to do? There would be, literally, no hope for anything! I’m wondering… I heard stuff leaked recently, within the last two days. People that are saying it is actually a “Man Of Steel” movie. It is about Bizarro Superman. That would be pretty dope!

But yeah, Insidious for me, one, as a filmmaker, I loved Insidious. I think the way they filmed that and their use of camera? There’s a scene in Insidious.. don’t know exactly what happens. There’s a scene where you can see one of the apparitions just standing in the background. The camera just goes by and they never reference it! They never talk about it again! It never comes back up! That kind of shit is so dope, to me! For me, even with my music,  I really believe in my audience. I think a lot of people talk to their audience like they’re dumb. I know I’m into [deeper] shit, so I know there’s other people that are into [deeper] stuff. That’s why [movies like Insidious] inspire me to make my shit layered.

What made you fall in love with the Sci- fi and horror genre? Do you incorporate any references in your lyrics?

Oh, have I? I feel like the way I think is “sci-fi”! Anyways, you know what I mean. I talk a lot about, like Kahlee told me this, that I talk a lot about flying and crying, what else did he say? He said some other shit (laughs). I heard this from Mike Eagle. He said he likes things that are whimsical and that kind of made sense to me. I kinda do too. I always like the magic in shit. I think I’ve always had that. When I was a kid, instead of skateboarding, I was building  a satellite dish out of, like a garbage can. I really, literally, doing that shit.

So I’ve always been into the sci-fi part. Then the horror thing? I’ve always been into the  [horror] films. But when I really got into them… I just recently talked to somebody about this… was the first time I did DMT. I don’t know why. I think one of the thing,s is because when you do DMT, it’s definitely my experience anyways, and I know I shared this experience with a lot of people… there is an entity present! But it’s not like you can explain it really. But it’s not you. Then the idea of what spirits are, what ghosts are, what apparitions, demons, all this stuff… I just feel.. I have a very strong feeling that science will explain it all at some point. Then we are gonna feel like, wow, that really made sense, right?

Me and Ric Scales were talking about what we thought ghosts we’re, right? [I think] what ghosts are, are like a stain on a time. You are watching a stain in a loop right. It is such energy… and usually isn’t that always a story about ghost? It was a tragic thing? Really it’s just like a release of energy during that time! During a very…either stressful time or happy time or tragic time..  I feel like it can just stain a place.

I know that, from when I was a little kid, I used to go to Mexico. When we would go to the pyramids? One of my earliest memories of going to pyramids was being a little kid and picking up a rock and this old man slapping the rock out of my hand. He explained to me that you don’t take stuff from [the area] because you don’t know where the energy is from. He told me that at 12. So I’ve always kind of been open to at least that idea. Now when I watch horror films, I’m just trying to look at directors… like giving me clues on what do they think it is. [Are ghosts] even scary? Like is it really scary?! Like, horror is a part of our essence, you know? It is in all of us.

[The Movie] Get Out, right? Smashed it! I think the reason that movie is so influential is because in some way all horror movies are about everyday things that we should or should not even call horror. It shouldn’t be horror and that is horrifying.

What is your writing process like? Who or what influences your music lyrics?

I find a lot of inspiration outside of hip hop. I think it’s kind of obvious in my music. I use a lot of different sounds that other people probably find are not “traditional”. From every level of my life, I’ve always had a really diverse group of friends. Even though I grew up here in Logan Heights (predominantly Latino), somehow I would always just find these really different people.

I’d always kind of just thought music wasn’t a thing that you chose. I just never really looked at it like that. I thought of it… it’s like breathing! There is a bunch of music out there. You can’t just get into only one cuz you’ll get malnourished. If all I did was listen to hip hop, then how can I get better at hip hop? I can tell you this, when I’m writing or I’m working on something, I’m not listening to anything. I don’t listen to anybody else’s stuff cuz I really want to try to shoot for… even just different pockets… or like frequencies in the beats that nobody’s using. I feel like if I’m listening to [other people’s music] subconsciously, sometimes, you just fall into that.

Any favorite horror soundtracks or horror-core albums?

The Gravediggaz album. It is an amazing album. That’s an old school album, everybody should get up on that. Anything by the Gravediggaz, they pretty much invented the [horror] genre in Hip Hop.

The Insidious soundtrack is amazing. It’s not like I would just sit down and bump that. That would be weird. I mean, I might (laughs). You know what was a really good soundtrack, in an all right movie? I mean, I really don’t like it, that movie “Mother”. It’s really interesting. It’s more of a horror religious type thing. I love when the music speaks for… like body movement… like somebody moves and you can hear the violin go with it.

I love that because that’s kind of like how I feel, like, a lot of artist just see the world.  They see the world in sounds and colors. So when that’s in movies I feel really natural watching it like that.

What would you say your sound is in Hip Hop? What sub-genre would you categorize yourself in?

One thing that my friend Arash always used to say when he would co-host on Crappy Awesome was that Hip Hop needs more sub-genre’s and we need to be OK with it. That’s a huge, huge thing. Like Nemy sounds nothing like Ric Scales! Nothing like him! But they’re both fucken’ amazing! How could you be… like ..well I only want to listen to one of them? That doesn’t make any sense! But, that is a very hip hop thing.

I honestly feel things… like what Kahlee (@hiphopweds) is doing? With HipHopWeds? It’s starting to break that [mentality] down because he consciously books acts that are not like each other… all the time! He does try to expose the hardcore hip-hop heads to what the young cats are doing. I think that’s super important! But I’ve heard like.. I’m kinda Hip-Hop alternative music? Here’s the other thing though. It is super important for me that people know that… you guys haven’t heard anything yet! So much shit you haven’t heard yet! It’s gonna kind always evolve, but I’m definitely always gonna fuck with other types of music! Just cuz that’s what I already do!

What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind either creatively or in your personal life?

You know, in The Fresh State we talk about that a lot! This last time we were on tour we had a long conversation, on a drive, about legacy. I know for me, I’ve had visions of myself… and I kind of feel like I know what I’m supposed to do, right? I’ve envisioned myself in places that have a lot of need… and just helping [people]. I know that at some point, in my layered life, that’s probably what I’ma end up doing.

I also know that the path that we’re on, with our art, can get me to that point in a more comfortable situation…and it’ll give me an ability to help way more people quicker than I could ever do without [pursing art]. For me my art has become a blessing for me… to be able to live the rest of my life how I want to live it! My legacy has always kind of been… I want people to understand that it’s okay to define hip-hop for you!

I would have never been into hip-hop, if hip-hop could only be one way. Cuz I had a bunch of friends that were doing a bunch of shit and I wasn’t willing to leave my friends for [a certain music], you know what I mean? Why couldn’t they enjoy it too? In their own way.

So for me, it’s always just been about being able to define yourself, you know? I want people to, if they take away anything from my shows or whatever, I want them to have an experience where they feel good! I haven’t always felt good and I know other people don’t always feel good! Man there is a lot of negativity right now. I hope that my legacy is definitely spreading positivity.

Any advice or words of encouragement for anyone entering the creative arena? Either an emcee or running a podcast?

From what I’ve seen in this business, it seems like, with everything… all that shit our parents tell us when we’re growing up? [Your career], it’s what you put into it! That shit sounds super simple, but it’s not.

It’s super complicated! The reality of the entertainment business is that it’s a people game. It isn’t a talent game, it’s not art game, it’s a people game! If you wanna just make art though, and art makes you happy… do that for free! If money is not an issue? You don’t care about it? You don’t want to get into that? Cuz understand, the moment that you inject money into your art it is slightly tainted. There’s a way to do that without losing your soul though.

That’s big for us in The Fresh State! We kind of made our name off of not doing anything we don’t want to really do. If something’s not the way we want it we will just not do that. It’s more important for artists to know themselves… be okay with who you are, understand that people are people and give them credit enough to know you might be growing! They might be okay with it. Dude, I’m telling you right now, a genre of hip hop that I really like, which is not an actual genre, but I kinda made it a genre, is developing rappers.

I fuckin’ love watching that shit! I love watching it because I like to watch things grow and wonder… what does this still need? I learn from it. I look at it right? This still needs a little polishing here, maybe more stage presence there… but they’re doing it!

That’s the hardest part. Because I have yet to meet anybody who’s [ignored or] walked away from their passion and remained 100% happy. They might find a life and be cool, but they always go in the room play music, you know, or write and some shit. Why people think that has to happen is mind blowing to me.

There are NO rules! Why are you following rules that literally don’t exist at all! You don’t have to do all the cookie cutter shit that people tell you you need to do.

You can make a living out of all this art, but you gotta understand like it’s all in! Some of your favorite rappers, some of all of our favorite rappers… I’ve seen behind the curtains… and even they’re not working to their highest potential! So think about that. If you really wanna do this? It is  work, you know? You don’t do this to NOT have a job… IT IS A JOB!

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What is your favorite hip hop album and song of all time? Why? Who are some of your favorite emcees or rappers? Why?

Album, maybe anything by Organized Konfusion. I really love Open Mike Eagle, not just as a friend, but I love his music. I love his fearlessness. I love artists that are fearless! Illmatic is an amazing album! I don’t know that one is tough. Favorite rappers? Like right now? You know what man? Honestly, I’m super happy, that right now, all my favorite rappers are people that I actually know! People need to check out Nemy of course. I think he’s super special. Every once in a while people come around that are just kind of like…Nemy’s that dude.. he better make it! Cuz you know what? I mean, cuz you don’t want Nemy on the streets you want him making music. (laughs). I think Nemy is that guy, I think it’s really special what he is doing. Plus the fact that his heart is so into it! It is almost to like an athlete perspective! He hits it like an athlete hits it.

I obviously like everyone in my crew, but I think, like 18scales, is probably one of the most complete acts out there right now! Thank God they’re finally getting their just do! They did THOPfest (@thopfest)  this year. They are gonna be on some big tours. They got some really big things coming this year. People are going to be really excited what 18scales has. Then out of the city I love Noa James, Endz, I love everything East of the River is doing. We’ve known them from the beginning and it is super exciting for them. Odessa Kane always been one of my favorites. Yeah man, like I said I’m super happy! At one time it would have been a lot of artist I never really knew. Now I really am a fan of the people I know. Oh, Parker Edison! Dre Cat! I love what Dre Cat is doing right now!

Any shout outs to any platforms?

Of course shout out, first and foremost to The Fresh State. Shout out to Platform Collection, you know, the collective. Shout out all the various scenes that we are in. Shout out to Ventura, the IE, LA, San Diego, the Bay area. We have a lot of friends and family in all those cities. So shout out to all of them. I also think it’s super dope that all of them are starting to work with each other now.

I think the end of 2019 is gonna be amazing! I already know the stuff that we are gonna do, and I started hearing rumors of stuff other people are gonna do and it’s gonna be amazing! It’s gonna be a huge year specially for San Diego. Right now I am willing to bet, I’ll put money on it right now that San Diego is in its best time ever cuz I’ve seen most of the other times! This is… if not the most talented… the most focused and organized I’ve ever seen a big group of people!

Go check out his website: PlatformCollection.com

Thank you Chris for your time and being open to doing this interview! As well as helping me with last minute edits on this! My grammar sucks lol. I truly appreciate you and your transparency with all that you do to contribute to the Hip Hop community! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go follow his IG @killcrey to keep up with his latest content, music and journey! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “FADED PAIN THROUGH LYRICS!” – FADE GREEN – THE FADE’D EP 001 REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Fade Green

Album: The Fade’d EP 001

Release Date: January 2018

Buy/Stream album: All Platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Fade Green’s EP, “The Fade’d EP 001“. It is a short 4 track EP, but it is filled with pure heart and emotion. I heard about Fade Green through San Diego Hip Hop platforms I follow. I saw him performing live on an IG story at Hip Hop Weds and even through my phone screen I can see he has great stage presence and goes hard when he hits the stage. His lyrical flow, cadence and deep dark lyrics are reminiscent of Eminem (old Eminem) lol and Hopsin, but he adds his unique personality to it!

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I had the chance to finally see Fade Green perform briefly with Jokwin at Superior Productionz dope Hip Hop event he had a few weeks ago in IB at The Salty Frog. Fade has this energy about him, like he was born to be a performer and bless the mic! He definitely has a gift with words! His team reached out to me to review his EP that he released last year. Honestly I didn’t need that much convincing since I was already a supporter of his music. I saw his music video for “Marionette” and it was already in my lane of horror and rap! The video is horror influenced so of course I loved it!

The first track on this project is, “Ventillation”, very introspective track where he is literally venting about people in his life. His wordplay is crazy and dope storytelling with different voices he uses. Then the second track is, “Respiration” with a guitar rap beat where he raps he is trying to get over his past and trying to build his empire with his music. Also raps how he uses his rhymes to release his life of madness. The guy on the hook killed it too! The third track is called, “Desperation“, this is a more slowed down beat. This track is about Fade wanting to get fame and fortune to help his family and how he is tired of not having the financial security to give his daughter a better life. He also raps how he is left behind in the quest of life! The final track is, “No Conversations” that is about people talking pure hate and he is running out of patience of dealing with fake people.

Fade Green is a true lyricist! He is already on the right path. He literally spills his emotions in every lyric I can feel it and hear it! From his music I sense he has been through a lot and his music is his creative outlet. Def recommend checking out this dope EP. I am always happy to see talented emcees succeeding that are from my city of San Diego! San Diego rappers/singers/creatives deserve shine just like LA and NY. I am proud to be part of this generations San Diego Hip Hop scene I see great things in the future. Fade Green is a dope emcee, I see a positive future for him! Can’t wait to see what he releases next! Definitely check out this project! Do not sleep on him! San Diego stand up!!!

Favorite Verses: (Lyrics provided by Fade Green)

  1. Desperation:
    “Honestly I only want the fame and the fortune
    So I can give all my family a portion
    Record this, then relocate and then Reinforce us
    The enforcer to get us out the places we were forced in
    Of course its important to show what the point is
    The point is to point in the direction their course is”
  2. No Conversations:
    “A fucking beast, and luckily they all fuck with me, in this stasis
    Cuz I’m high as shit, I mean placement, A-Class, face it
    Y’all fake kids are too basic to comprehend when I say shit
    And you talk about how you make dollars, and some how you don’t make sense?
    Lackin’ patience, tryna get paid quick, ain’t go pay off, when you ain’t payed shit.
    How the fuck you gon’ win the race when, you won’t take the time to tie your laces
    that’s the problem with all these lame kids, who, only want, to be famous
    So they up and jump inside the game quick, just to fucking suck and so they rage quit”

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “WEEKENDS WERE MADE FOR FUN!” – MA MOVIE REVIEW” (SPOILERS)

BY: GABY MORENO

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Movie: MA

Release date: May 31, 2019

Main Cast: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Luke Evans, Juliette Lewis and more

Brief synopsis:

“A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.”

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing the movie, “MA”, starring the phenomenal actress Octavia Spencer and amongst other talented actors like Juliette Lewis. The main premise of the movie for those who have not seen the trailer is Octavia’s character Sue Ann nicknamed Ma is a loaner who becomes friends with teenagers from her small town by getting them alcohol and letting them hang out in her basement. From the trailer there is something far more sinister or creepy about Ma and hidden intentions.

I honestly had high expectations for this movie. One reason being that Octavia was portraying this killer lady and she always delivers in any role. Second because Blumhouse was Producing this movie. Blumhouse currently has one of my current favorite horror series on Hulu called, “Into The Dark” and it is an innovative horror show, which I will discuss in another post in the near future. So with that said I was hoping this movie will have some sort of unpredictable twist. I guess I partially blame Jordan Peele for making me addicted to reading deeper into the message of a horror movie. I admit I became a fan of horror movies that make you think on a psychological level.

The movie begins with one of the main characters named Maggie who is a teenager that just moved into town with her mom Erica (Juliette Lewis). Maggie instantly makes friends with a group of popular kids. They invite Maggie to hang out one night and they are trying to have an adult buy them alcohol from the local liquor store. That is when Ma’s character comes into the picture. The teens end up convincing Ma to buy them alcohol. Pretty much from that moment on the teens befriend Ma. Ma ends up allowing them to hang out in her basement so they are not drinking and driving around town. Only rule Ma has is they cannot go upstairs to her house.

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As the story unfolds you learn Ma was bullied by some of those teenagers parents. Ma’s trauma affected her. She held onto that anger and ends up seeking revenge! I won’t go too deep into it. There was a small twist that has to do with Ma’s personal life, but I won’t give that away. This movie gave me Carrie vibes and it was entertaining. I loved the sense of humor and Ma’s creepy vibe, but felt the story was rushed and wasn’t fully developed for you to feel empathy for Ma’s character. Maybe that was just me.

Overall I did like the movie, but I did expect more. If you just want to go see a horror movie to be entertained then I recommend it, but if you are expecting something dark and horrifying twist this is not it. I did like the message though. Which I interpreted as if you don’t deal with a traumatic experience eventually it will kill you internally. Also it can be passed down to your kids and the cycle just repeats itself. So we have to confront our demons before they eat us alive!

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY” – BRIGHTBURN MOVIE REVIEW” (SPOILERS)

BY: GABY MORENO

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Movie: Brightburn

Review By: Gaby Moreno

Release date: May 24, 2019

Main Cast: Jackson A. Dunn, Elizabeth Banks, David Denman and more

Brief synopsis from online:

“What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?”

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing the movie “Brightburn”. The premise of the movie is about a kid (alien) lands on Earth, on a farm to be exact. The farm belongs to a couple who can’t have kids. They adopt him as their own little do they know what their son will grow up to be! He has superpowers that are dormant, but on his 12th birthday things change. At night the spacecraft that he came in, located in the barn hidden by his adoptive parents activates his powers. The craft speaks to him in his alien language and reminds him why he came to Earth and that is to destroy it!

Pretty much this movie is an alternate universe or the alternative scenario if Superman used his powers for evil. We always assume if one had superpowers they would use it for good, but that is not always the case! As the great Stan Lee once said, “With great power comes great responsibility!” The super villain in this film is a 12 year old boy named Brandon Breyer who uses his superpowers for his sadistic pleasures. The movie is a mix of superhero and horror genre. Which I enjoyed loved that they blended two different genres!

The death scenes were very well done with the effects they used. It was mostly CGI from what I could tell. It would have been dope to see practical effects. With that said that did not hurt the movie. I thought the death scenes were filmed well and I enjoyed the gore and visceral carnage.  Especially the scene where Brandon kills his Uncle and his jaw is detached! Pure gore with every death, as a horror fan I loved it!

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I read another review where they called it The Omen with the super villain element. I agree, definitely got The Omen vibes. Brandon’s character had the creepy gaze like Damien and he had no remorse what so ever for any of the killings. I believe if Brandon had not been an alien from outer space he would have been a child with serial killer tendencies. That is the most terrifying mix a child who has the need to kill and add superpowers, that is an unstoppable killing machine! I enjoyed the ending it was different. It left room for future sequels and a larger universe that I am willing to explore! It might be too early to say this, but this movie is hands down my favorite horror movie so far this year!

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “THE ENLIGHTENED ONE -NOMAD INTERVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

I had the opportunity to sit down with a talented emcee and Producer Nomad! I met Nomad at Yazi’s dope platform the SD Music Room. At one of the meetings Nomad rapped a few of his songs over his self produced beats I was amazed by his cadence, flow and dope lyricism. His sound and lyrics are unique which sets him apart from his peers in my opinion. We kept in touch and I got a genuine vibe from him. I can tell he really loves the Hip Hop culture and has a passion for helping others succeed in their craft. He is also very knowledgable about the music industry. Without further a do please read below to know more about Nomad as he speaks about his upcoming music and drops some gems for those who are currently in the rap game or are thinking of entering the music business.

Please introduce yourself for those who might not know who you are?

I am Nomad, Nomad Alexander AKA The Roach AKA Jupiter The Rev, too many AKA’s.

What is the significance of your moniker Nomad?

So when I was like growing up I kinda liked to do whatever the fuck I wanted and it kinda led to a nickname happening cuz I would dip from one place to another and I never really stayed one place for too long so I got the nickname Nomad.

How long have you been rapping and producing? Can you share a bit about your journey in the music industry?

So producing I been doing it a lot longer. Like 10 years getting paid doing it. So I guess 10 years professionally. I’ve always written for other people I won’t go to deep into that, but I’ve written for other people and then I was like you know what if it’s good enough to be played then I’ma try to do this for myself, but basically I realize that like a you know if that many people like my songs I can probably fucking do it on my own. Cuz again at the end of the day it is a business you know, like I love music I think everybody that knows me fucking knows how much I love music. Creating, collabing with people helping people find their sound, but at the end of the day it’s still a business it has to be monetizable so we can make some money make bread everybody’s happy you know!

You are very knowledgeable about the business aspect of the music industry. Any gems or advice you would give an up and coming Artist or Producer?

Oh read, go read a bunch of books, if you do minimum reading learn about contract law bare minimum scratch the surface like educate yourself. Number two don’t sign shit before you read it! I got screwed out of a lot of money that way when I was younger like people, not everybody that says they are your friend is your friend. My grandma used to say not everything that shines glitters is gold, sometimes its just fucking glitter you know shiny shit!

Book recommendation:Modern Recording Techniques” by: David Miles Huber” It’s very wordy at times cuz I like to get to the point and I feel there is a lot of set up and like filler, but there is so many truths in it if you wanna understand sound and how to manipulate it correctly. It is like my Bible whenever my interests gets piqued and that’s how I do projects. I’m like that’s weird I like that, I haven’t heard a 1000 of this so that’s how I usually get involved into something. But like it has to start with like I see the vision, I see where you’re going with it like if not like it’s not even like on a personal thing cuz everyone is on a journey of finding their sound, but I’m not tryna develop. Like in the music room like everybody is you should manage, nah. I’ve already babysat and managed enough people like I’m trying to do my own thing I’ll help you if you meet me halfway!

Sun Tzu – “The Art of War” – Understanding like, how not even being a vindictive asshole or being like you know very like me me me and like I’ma fuck everybody, but know that there’s people out there that think like that. That think it is wiser to fuck somebody over to get their money easier than working for their own money you know. There’s tell tale signs. Read The Art of War that’s all I have to say.

How have you been able to make a living by doing something you love in your case, music?

Hustlin’, like making shit out of nothing! A lot of people get caught up on gear and shit. Like listen if you really on your grind, you should be hanging  out and attracting like minded individuals. I’m sure one of your  motherfuckin’ friend has a computer, one of you guys has a microphone whatever like you can make do, you know. It really shows a level of initiation like self initiation when you’re doing shit on your own. Even if it’s rough as fuck. A real Producer is gonna be able to hear the gem in the track no matter how rough that shit is. If there is diamonds worth in their a real producer polishes them, he doesn’t tell him ay this is shit, it’s like let me help you craft your sound and guide you.

It is a laser beam you know like pure laser is bad, but when it’s focused wooh it does some badass shit! That’s what you’re trying to do, tryna focus the energy that’s what supporting one another going to the shows all that  shit. Not even just that like a lot of the support is free you can fucking make a post it takes you 2 seconds to make a post and it’s heart fell and you’re helping you know even if you can’t go to the show like somebody else can go to the show. Don’t be a hater!

Who is your favorite emcee or biggest influence in the hip hop scene?

MF Doom and J Dilla

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Who is you favorite Producer or biggest influence?

I fuck with BK and Queen Producers that made me to put it like that! Apollo Brown, my respects, if you ever get to listen to this I fucken’ love you! I fuck with you in Chicago, I fuck with you in New York. I don’t know if you remember my fucken’ face, but I love your shit bro!

That one is hard like I at the tippy top, Quincy Jones’s just because he is a bad fuck. He just finesses a record, like there’s like so many stories that I’ve gotten the hear like all when Quincy… I’m like holy fuck, when you are in everybody’s mouth and everybody is saying positive shit even like positive jealousy shit. You know, like aw I just wish I had his wit, his ears whatever. That’s a level that like…He also put Black and Brown whatever on the map okay he broke fuckin’ ceilings! Like back when they weren’t letting black people touch snobs and shit. He like really broke the ceiling! I love him.

I love, I actually love some people that a lot of people don’t know that are Producers, like Will.I.am is like people call him a Producer, but that motherfuckers is a genius! Uncle Will is a fuckin’ genius! He will sit down and craft entire records for people and some of them he gets credit for, but like a lot of the shit he doesn’t. He is just that creative where he can give you a gem and like I don’t care I’ma shit another one in 15 minutes.

That level of being secure with yourself. There’s always gonna be somebody that doesn’t like your shit you know what I mean. And this is the thing, if they don’t like it they still picked it up, they still listened to it. Even if they got nothing but hate it might me because they haven’t heard anything like this. Ah this so trash, this is like nothing I’ve ever heard, but you already did your job and fucked up the game! Then again you are a disturbance that’s what, who remembers those people okay is who fucked up the game.

Even mumble rap I mean like who did it big?! You can name Future, you can name a couple motherfuckers who blew up that sound. That is basically what this is we should be pushing the culture forward not trying to sound the same. Now like I’m not shitting on you know artists, but like put a little bit more effort bro. Auto-Tune takes you so far and everything, but craft your shit like want to do better.

In my opinion how it seemed anyways like they take this thing in their like flexing right and they are more interested in the flex value of the money and shit it rather than like. It is the legacy thing though, if they took half the  time trying to grow those following bases okay, getting like thousands and thousands of people to follow them, but this is the truth about that I see motherfuckers that have 2 million followers right, but are broke cuz they don’t know how to monetize what they have you see what I’m saying!

That leads for 2 things to happen somebody is going to come and take advantage, that is what we call the ultimate opportunist. Or somebody’s gonna like basically fuck them out of his every dime you know what I mean. The opportunist usually comes with like, “Yeah you got fucked with a bad contract, but you know you live you learn”. Some of these people like they will get fucked careers you know what I mean. You can’t use your name anymore your likeness, like Prince… All these people it’s happened to them and if you think that you are bigger or better than any of these legends like suck a dick! Humble yourself cuz you are not you know it can happen to anybody.

The people who really see what happens they’re the ones that you want. You want the super fans. We go to the Nipsey model okay like even if I only sell 100 mixtapes okay, but those are the only ones of their kind now you’re creating value you see what I’m saying. Again making something out of nothing it’s gonna to be collectible. People ask me how did you get into the music thing. You just start doing it you wanna be in the music thing . You go to your local shows you start like fuckin’ working, chopping it up, trying to get your foot in the door.

This is what the old heads used to tell me in Brooklyn the people who I have the most respect for. When you look at like the trajectory of like what you want to do. If you’re walking aimlessly you’re wasting energy, resources time, and money. All these things are getting wasted. Like a lot of guys they say, “hey I wanna do this music thing” and they’ll go and record. Yeah, but you skipped the plan, you skipped the team you skipped all these things. It’s the journey to get there because they’re so in a rush to get there that it’s like they wasted all this time, energy and money going nowhere. Because they believe that like “oh, but I’m in constant motion” yeah, but you don’t know where you are going. There is no plan, there’s no destination so your aimlessly walking. Wasting energy and time, but that’s the number 1 thing I would say.

In this life you have two things to invest and that is your time and your money! Who you give those two things to is how you gotta turn out and what you gonna build. A lot of motherfuckers they talk about wanting to live this life and what not, but how did I do it, sacrifices that’s how! Putting in 6 hours in the studio instead of going out you know what I mean. Not going out like for dinners all the time. Buying yourself a studio you know those little sacrifices. Invest in yourself. You are a company if you want to make money doing this thing you have to views yourself as a company and a brand. How am I gonna wanna invest in you if you don’t have a studio.

You call yourself a producer and you don’t have the tools that you need to be…I wouldn’t call myself a contractor if I don’t have a nail gun and all that shit you know. To me like it’s comical. Cuz F.L. has enabled a generation of a…which is cool. It has driven the game forward. But F.L. to me, when I hear I am a Producer. It is curated sounds, you are not a Producer! People who know sound engineered the shit around and basically gave you a curated list of bomb ass sounds. If you can’t make bomb ass beat with that, I’m sorry, but you’re fucken’ retarded! At that point you shouldn’t be in this, but it does also enable for because you have to see it both ways and I try to.

You get guys like Murda Beatz that all they are doing is like stacking shit. That’s all they do all day and get high. They get called Producers. My issue is this, those guys are intelligent because they’re making like, they’re milking the name right? Very few…

Sorry I am going to interrupt myself right here to say the Scott Storch, you asked me producers, I love Scott Storch. Say whatever like, there are some people in the industry the have a bad taste in their mouth because of Scott, I love Scott. Scott is in your face. Everybody’s a fuck up, everybody has their vices and shit. But if you just look at the production what he does in the time that he does it in and as consistently as he doe it fuck you, like geniuses have troubles too! Imagine shitting out gems and everybody’s hittin’ you up, but then you get really lonely you know what I mean because those same motherfuckers’ like they’re really just like using you, squeezing that Stardust!

Pair yourself up with people that will actually support you. They are not saying they support you they are at your shows. They’re not saying I fuck with your shit, they are re-posting your shit. They’re wearing your shit, they’re wearing the hoodie you know what I mean. That’s who the fuck you are pandering to, your super fans!

It’s like this like this, how many followers do I have probably like 300 or 400 follow maybe? I making a living! These clowns that have million followers, but have they monetized it? It is flex power, its Instagram shit, it is whatever like it’s the facade. You can only fake it til’ you make it so far until people start realizing like holy shit he doesn’t have the star power. Very few people do.

Every dog has his day you can have one hit wonder. The panda Producer got fucked. That is one I always like to bring up cuz that motherfucker only got $320 for that beat. That shit went triple platinum and made this motherfucker’s career you know what I mean. You look at shit like that and it’s like you who got fucked or who fucked who. In reality it’s like the Producer fucked themselves by not knowing you know. He didn’t know that shit was going to go triple platinum, but it’s like if you know that you have heat you owe it to yourself to do research.

I’m not gonna do all the work and all steps for you. I ain’t hard to reach motherfuckers know me. I am pretty friendly, if you got questions like I’ll put you onto some game. Just don’t fuck anybody over! That’s my rule!

What is your favorite hip hop album and song?

I love To Pimp A Butterfly I think it was better than Damn a lot of people don’t agree with me. Content for content, favorite records he ever did.

I love like a weird shit I actually like XXXtentacion. He died too young, but left us some shit. That whole thing too, you never know when you’ll be gone so put your shit on record. Release that shit! YouTube that shit whatever. But put your shit on vinyl. Make sure that it is saved somewhere, that it’s up streamable because that then like you’re forever you’re immortal. Like Big L we lost him too soon. Put your shit on record!

K-Pop – They basically they have taken hip hop and R&B sounds and like made their own genres of music and not just that like to the point where they’re doing better numbers than American acts.

What is your favorite scary movie? Why?

Jeepers Creepers and why because when I was younger my cousin and I, I have fond memories of when I was really really little I lived in San Diego before I lived over there. Him and I would fuckin’ watch this movie and it was like horror, like we were little so that movie it fucked with us. We couldn’t sleep with the lights off and shit. Then I just became like, I was a little bit of a horror film buff myself back in the day the Hellraiser’s all the old classics. Hell yeah! That’s when fucken’ effects were good. Think about it like Thriller all that shit, the makeup that went into that shit. Way better now everything is CGI fuck that shit!

You talk about how you want to create a new sound to stand out from the rest of the rappers nowadays. How do you plan of doing that and do you have any ideas in mind of what that sound is? Any artists you like that have unique sounds? If you can share.

I like other artist, now that I had time to think I’ll name drop a couple other artist that the Dinny Skip coming from I believe he’s from the South. Dinny Skip be on the look out for that kid he is on fire and on a fast trajectory.

Oliver Tree, I fucken’ love Oliver Tree I listen to that shit like every fucking day. It’s like Rap, but you can’t really put a genre on it and that’s why I fuck with it. It has aspects of hip hop, but it also has like aspects of party anthems and aspects of EDM, weird shit. I like blurring lines like that!

Chuuwee & Trizz, Cali The Dreamer, A.II.Z, Sir Karri (holding it down for Chula), all the local motherfuckers, Nemy, and Yazi!

I mean fuckin’ Country Road whether you like it or hate it again he fucked up the game! I don’t care what people are saying, “Aw look at all these white Country artists that came out and supported him”.  Na, they needed the revamp on their career fuck that shit, call it what it really is!

They used this kid remixed the fuck out of his song that he still isn’t able to monetize by the way we won’t get into the specifics to that shit, but his management teams fucked him. He didn’t even wanna put a beat on it. Sometimes is like those creative pushes that like you can release a song two or three times the remixed version, different versions sell. Oliver Tree is one of the main examples of that. He did one song and remixed it 3 or 4 times that’s just smart releasing sake!

So a sound I just I like, I like mixing, I’ve done folk rock. I’ve done like Country shit. I like mixing, like different values from different genre’s.

What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind whether creatively or on a personal level?

I like making motherfuckers think! When people message me, like I never heard this in the song or like I put this together like that so cool, it is making people think and that means they’re listening to the words. Cuz that’s what I work really hard on. The beats kinda like by nature now you know I can poop out a beat pretty fast.

But like I really sit there and like think about my words. It’s always nice to hear when people are like hey that helped me through this moment or like this was really dope I like what you did there you know catching those little gems cuz we put them there. I mean you know as a writer.

I’ve had like a really beautiful blessed life like to meet really really talented motherfuckers and work with a lot of my heroes so just the opportunity! Whoever life’s I’ve touched I hope they go do that tenfold like that’s the whole point of this whole thing. Lend an ear, remember that we weren’t all like where we are now and I how good we sound now.  It’s all a fuckin’ dream! We are all gonna suck, everybody sucked at the beginning if they say otherwise they’re just jerking themselves off. It’s a journey and like you’re gonna get there!

What is next for Nomad? Any upcoming projects or any other creative outlets in your future?

So yeah I will be releasing. I broke my tibia which ended up canceling my tour which was kinda fucked up, but it ended up being blessing. I have a bunch of music I want to release. Just right now getting on all the paperwork and like all the legal shit to cover myself so I can start releasing. Publishing’s are your friends artists don’t forget that! 

So for sure within the next 2 months shit will be droppin and then it is going to be like clockwork. I’m just tryna release, release, release!

You are very humble, and I can see you have a passion for helping people and taking them under your wing. Where did that drive, and passion come from? Usually in the music industry everyone is out for their own benefit.

Ou, you gonna make me emotional as hell,Number 7! He was the one motherfucker that like really put me on, opened a shitload of doors for me. Taught me like so many things. I barely left the studio and he was just giving me more and more. Thanks to people like that! Thanks to people who helped when I was fuckin’ homeless that is why we do that hope for the homeless, should nobody be homeless. It’s not so nice outside you know, you know who’s president you know we don’t live under rocks like shit isn’t all rainbows and shit you know. That is the more reason to be united! Black and Brown baby, like Bumblebee’s I always say. I have one rap song and ya’ll are gonna know the lyrics, “Panthers come Black/ But they also come Brown/Seminal like the Indians/ Black and Brown we Indigenous!” That’s all you are gonna get for right now, but like unifying those two things are really important to me!

What do you believe sets you apart from your peers or competition in the hip hop scene?

Well I’m humble, but I also know I am a talented motherfucker. I bring bars to the table, I bring fuckin’ creative beats. I like to do like wild shit and I think more than anything like I’m genuine and I love all you motherfuckers who support me, I support you guys too! You see me in the fuckin’ crowd going ape shit! I really do it for the culture! For everybody, for the friends like that’s really why we are here. Boom! Put it on vinyl!

Anything you want to let your supporters know? Any words of encouragement?

Keep grinding and don’t let haters like fuckin’ steer you from your path. They’re haters like if they spent half the time that they do hating they’d actually accomplish some shit, but they are out here being insecure living insecure lives. You scared them, the fact that you’re going after your dreams and making shit happen. Two things you can do in this life, wake up and fuckin’ go back to sleep or you can wake up and chase your dreams! Like those two things can happen. Like you can keep sleeping and keep saying tomorrow. Out here there is a lot of motherfuckers that are really talented and I am not even saying it is a permanent thing that they won’t reach success, but they’re the reason why they’re not reaching where they need to be is they are their own worst enemy! Whether they’re not going out and socializing whether not cause this is a numbers thing too! Show love! Being a community like that’s how we all make it you know there’s plenty of bread on the table like don’t let people fuckin’ steer you away from that and I know your contractual releases!

Any shout outs you want to give out?

Hell yeah! Yazi is doing a whole lotta of shit with the SD Music Room. That is super important if you want to bring your game up to the next level. There’s a lot of creative people there. There’s a lot of people that can probably steer you in the right direction or just give you creative criticism and feedback.

There is a difference between criticism and creative criticism. Creative criticism is aimed to make you better the other one is just meant to hurt you and hate. You should be able to tell the difference between the two of them if not you are in the wrong game kid!

Everybody’s really working together to make shit pop off in San Diego right now! Anybody else that we are forgetting we love ya’ll, we respect ya’ll and we love that you are pushing the game together! Pass the ball back-and-forth baby it’s a team sport, we in these trenches together!!!

Thank you Nomad for your time and being open to do this interview! I truly appreciate you and your insightful knowledge! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go follow his IG @goodvibetribe_nomad to keep up with his latest music and production! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

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