NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “RAP FOR A DOPE CAUSE = HOPE4HOMELESS!!! – PRIMO DIRTY 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 Primo Dirty. I met Carlos aka Primo by attending one of his events. He organizes an event every couple weeks on Wednesdays at varied venues mainly the Chula Vista Brewery called, “Hope 4 Homeless”. He books San Diego artists (rappers/ poets/ singers, etc.) who get to perform and it is a place for like minded people to meet up, form friendships, share their talents and some lead to music collaborations. It is also for a dope cause he welcomes any donations from clothes, food or toiletries to give to the homeless community. I introduced myself to Primo and told him about my blog and that I would love to interview him since I love what he is doing to help the homeless community and mixing it with the Hip Hop community! He was down and now we have this interview! Hope you guys enjoy it! I really had fun doing this interview and we also touched on deep topics. I won’t give too much away please listen below and get to know Primo and his vision!

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PLEASE LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW BELOW OR CLICK LINK BELOW TO NOW LISTEN ON SPOTIFY!!! 🙂

Below is a flyer of a previous Hope 4 Homeless show.

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Follow these links to listen to some of Primos music:
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/primodirty/our-day-will-come
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/primodirty/summer-breeze

Thank you Primo for sitting down with me for this interview and being open about your journey! I appreciate you, your time and the example you are setting for the community to help those in need!!! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed listening to this interview. Go give Primo Dirty a follow @dirty_619 to keep up on his latest music and performances! Also follow @hope4h to keep up on the Hope 4 Homeless events! Donations welcome! 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 – “PRINCE OF RAP – YBN CORDAE – THE LOST BOY ALBUM REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: YBN Cordae (Features: Pusha T, Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla Sign, Anderson Paak, Arin Ray and Meek Mill) . Also the Producers on this project range from Terrace Martin to J. Cole and more!!!

Album: The Lost Boy

Release Date: July 26, 2019

Buy/Stream album: All platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing YBN Cordae’s album titled, “The Lost Boy”. This album consists of 15 tracks. When I saw the long tracklist, I was like hopefully it is not filled with fillers. I became a fan of short projects. Especially now with this era of mass music consumption, albums dropping daily. Plus I got to admit it makes it easier to review an album when it is short lol. I was pleasantly surprised that all the tracks on this project are dope! We were blessed with 3 singles before the album was released. The first single was “Have Mercy” which is my song! The beat and hook go hard, got the song stuck in my head! The second single was “Bad Idea” ft. Chance the Rapper. This track is a positive motivational song about making it and seeing the positive side to life. The one that took the cake was the single that released a few days before the album dropped “RNP” ft. Anderson Paak. I watched the video on YouTube where they performed live on Jimmy Fallon and the chemistry they have together is out of this world. The song has a soulful funk upbeat vibe that just makes you want to vibe out to it! The other stand out tracks for me where “Thousand Words“, “Been Around“, “We Gon Make It“, “Way Back Home” and “Nightmares Are Real“. The whole album is fire tho!

I’ve been saying YBN Cordae is one to look out for and he proved me right! He has what it takes to become one of the greats from his generation. He definitely gives me hope that Hip Hop is in good hands! He is definitely carrying the torch for dope lyricism, conceptual album and true musicianship! Love the live instruments in some of the tracks. He also has a melodic flow and voice that makes it easy to listen to his tracks over and over. Also his singing voice is catchy. The features also complimented his album. He picked the right features on the right tracks that went with each rappers sound and style. He did not over do it or force it! His word play and double entendres are dope as fuck!. He also held his own on the songs where he features legends like Pusha T.

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He is definitely proving he is here for the longevity of making real music that is relatable and timeless. You can tell he respects the craft of taking your time to make a complete body of work. All the tracks fit well together. I did not skip any tracks. I have seen some of his interviews that he has done on his promo run this past week and I loved how he planned the tracklist in a specific order to musically show his journey to find his path. The songs sequence fit the theme of being a “lost boy” from top to bottom.

YBN Cordae is the Prince of rap in my opinion! I saw great potential in him since I heard his J. Cole 1985 response, “Old N***as“. So far my instinct has been on point and this youngin’ is killin’ it! Can’t wait to see what he has in store next! Go support and stream or buy this album, definitely worth it! You get a mix of hype songs to conscious and introspective tracks! There is something for everyone in this album!

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 – “KILLER ARTIST! – RICHARD GARCIA INTERVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing an interview I did with a very talented artist named Richard Garcia! I met him at Monsterpalooza earlier this year he was a vendor there. I came across his booth and I was instantly drawn to his dope art! I even bought a piece that I fell in love with lol, it was a Freddy Krueger art piece! I mean common my blog name pays homage to Nightmare on Elm Street and Freddy Krueger is one of my favorite horror icons! I introduced myself to Richard and he was very humble. I then added him on social media that same day. I wanted people to know how talented this man is and help him succeed with his passion! He already has his fair share of followers and supporters, but anything I can do to help his following grow I am always for helping others! Without further a do please read below to get to know more about Richard!

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1. Please introduce yourself to those who might not know who you are. Also please mention what area you are based out of for people who may want to know.

Hi there! My name is Richard Garcia. I am a full time tee shirt designer for a company and I am based out in the OC.

2. How did you begin drawing and have become the amazing artist you are today?

Haha. Well, I’m definitely not amazing, but I do appreciate the thought. But as far as I can remember, I’ve always been drawing–from children’s activity books, to lined paper…whatever I could get my little hands on. I’ve always been hammering way.

3. How long have you been making art? Specifically horror art? How did your journey begin?

Oh, man. I’ve been a horror fan since I was probably 9 or 10, and my love for it really took off once my parents bought a VCR and the dawn of the video rental store was born, where there was a mass explosion of memorable and not so memorable horror films. So from time to time I would do horror style art.

4. How long have you been attending horror conventions and selling your art? How did that first come about?

This is my second year at Monsterpalooza, and really my only horror convention that I’ve attended to, and since I’ve done others shows such as Wondercon and Long Beach Comic Con, and figured that I’d finally stretch out, explore another genre of cons and give this a shot, especially when they branched out in Pasadena. That’s when I really started to explore doing horror art.

5. Do you feel the horror community has embraced you? If so how?

Um, I guess. Haha It’s only my second year, so so far I’ve heard no complaints.

6. What’s you favorite scary movie? Why?

The classic Night Of The Living Dead. It’s a horror masterpiece.

7. What’s your favorite horror art piece and why?

Don’t think I have one just yet.

8. We have began to witness Jordan Peele giving black actors lead roles in horror movies which is rare in that genre and it is dope to see! Do you feel a director like Guillermo Del Toro could follow his lead and accomplish something similar for Mexicans in horror movies as lead characters? Do you feel latino representation in horror movies/shows is needed/important? If so why?

Well, he did do something to that extent with his 93′ Chronos, Pan’s Labyrinth, and The Devil’s Backbone where the majority of the movie was in Spanish. Though, I can’t say 100 % that this and Pan’s Labyrinth are really horror films, but the two of the three films do revolve around Latin culture. But I figured when he has a story to tell that’s Mexican focused, he’ll make it. Dude is a creative beast. And as of now, there is a the new film La Llorona, which is base off Mexican folklore, so that’s a pretty good catalyst of hopefully more films to come within our culture and hopefully new filmmakers.

And representation is def important. Each culture, be it Asia, East European, Ireland, etc…including ours has our own take on folklore and storytelling that brings new light to a much loved genre. It just needs to be told and put on celluloid, which is usually only a matter of time.

9. Do you feel it is important to have latino representation in the horror community, in your case the horror art community? Why?

I guess so. It certainly can’t hurt, and shows that any other up-and-coming Latino artists have different outlets to use their talents, such as the horror community.

10. What’s your favorite horror villain or icon ? Why?

Jason from Friday the 13th. Just the epitome of the horror slasher genre

11. What has been your greatest accomplishment with your horror art?

That I’m selling my work at Monsterpalooza. It’s easily one of the best horror cons on the West Coast.

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

My own personal story to tell.

13. What is next for ArtbyRichard? Any upcoming projects in the works? Where can supporters/consumers find your work? You say you don’t do commission meaning you do not do custom orders?

Yeah, right now my job takes up a lot of my time, and with upcoming shows (East LA C.A.P.E, and Powercon), I tend to focus on creating new works for that. And I also want to focus on creating something for myself, so it’s easier to just close that up so I don’t have people waiting months for their piece to be done. I don’t like to have that hovering over my shoulders.
But in the meantime, you can find me mainly over on Instagram at @artbyrichard, along with a link to my Etsy shop 😀

14. What do you believe sets you apart from your peers or competition?

I don’t like to feel that I’m competing with other artists, especially if they’re my peers. If anything, I’m more inspired by my peers. You take that inspiration and try to feed off one another’s drive and motivation.

15. What kind of advice or words of encouragement would you give someone who is trying to enter the horror art community?

There really isn’t much, other than to just focus on your work and get it out there on social media if you want to get noticed.

16. What does your brand stand for or mean to you?

I never really thought much on that. Heh. I just do.

17. What would you like your supporters and customers to know about you?

That I like to eat and laugh a lot.

18. Any hidden gems horror movies or shows that you would like to recommend?

Um, at this point social media has pretty much turned over every stone out there when it comes to horror films. And also, because I can’t think of any at the moment. Heh.

19. How did you fall in love with the horror genre?

I think the third questioned answered that one–the VHS era! That really set me in the right direction of all things horror. I was that kid that rather rent Dawn Of The Dead than a Disney cartoon.

20. Any shout outs you would like to give out?

That I love my wife, Grace and can’t thank her enough for all the support she’s given me throughout the years.

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Links/Purchase art: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RichardGarciaArt

Thank you Richard for your time and being open to do this interview! I appreciate you and the time you took to reply to these questions!!! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go give Richard Garcia a follow @artbyrichard to keep up on his latest art pieces and what conventions he will be 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!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “LA PRINCESA DE LATIN TRAP” – CAZZU – ERROR 93 ALBUM REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Cazzu (Featuring: Lyanno, Rauw Alejandro, Dalex, Duki, Neo Pistea and Ysy A)

Album: Error 93

Release Date: June 3, 2019

Buy/Stream album: All Platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing an album that is not Hip Hop, but Latin Trap. I think musica urbana such as Latin Trap and Reggaeton are similar to Hip Hop. Both genres are always highly criticized for the lifestyle, lyrics, and sometimes controversial messages. That is maybe the main reason why I have always been drawn to or gravitated towards this type of music. Now with the younger generation we have seen a mixing of genres from latin trap that is infused with R&B, Rap and even Pop!

Cazzu is a female Argentinian latin trap artist/singer. La manera que me cruze con su musica fue por Rauw Alejandro. Who I believe is another dope up and coming latin trap artist who has a lot of R&B influence and reminds me of a young latino Chris Brown! I heard the track “La Mentira (Remix)” where Cazzu was featured on amongst other dope artists. I decided to look her up. I was impressed by her talent. She truly is unique from her demeanor to her flow. She has a unique style and her lyrics are a bit different than the typical Latin Trap song. They coined her style Emo Trap. I like that she has her own dress style which is a mix of Emo and Hip Hop attire. She is not over sexualized her talent speaks for itself!

She even has earned her peers respect which are mostly males. I’ve seen her on remixes where she is the only featured female and she kills her verse every time! I always like seeing female’s who are killing it in the latin urban genre from Karol G, Becky G, Anitta to Farina to name a few. Sadly women are still the minority in this genre, but are slowly taking over. When I heard Cazzu her voice and cadence stood out to me. She definitely has what it takes to be a rising star en la musica urbana!

She released her album “Error 93″ that I will be reviewing today. This album consists of 10 tracks with a running time of 32 minutes. Cazzu blends a variety of sounds you get melancholy Pop beats, R&B to Latin Trap and a bit of Reggaeton. She sings about relatable topics from relationships, heartbreak, and forgetting about our problems by dancing. My favorite track is her single “00:00“, which is about choosing to start a relationship from scratch and out of all the people in the world she just wants to start over with him! Then you get the song, “Mucha Data” which is a trap song where she raps that this dude is never going to find someone better than her!

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Then another song is “Rally” which is a Reggaeton song where she sings in Spanglish and it is a love song about desire. Another track I love is, “Mentiste” about a lover who lied to her and broke her heart. Then the song “Al Reves” she sings how her ex now is the one wanting her back when it used to be the other way around. The song, “Ya No Quiero” is another dope song with a catchy hook! It is about forgetting about her ex because it just hurts her to think about him. Also she can’t wait until he realizes what he was missing and by then it will be too late because she will have found another who appreciates her. The rest of the tracks are dope as well. The last two features the new blood of latin trap/R&B/Reggaeton artists. The song “Nada” and “La Clase” features these artists of course they are bangers!

It is dope to see the younger artists collaborating together and you can see some of the OG’s have influenced their style. I grew up in the era where Reggeaton and Latin Trap emerged into popularity in the U.S. in the early 2000s and became popular. It is amazing to have watched it evolve to what it is today. We now have artists like Cazzu who to me is La Princesa del Latin Trap! Gracias a Ivy Queen que habrio las puertas para que mujeres puedan ser aceptadas en este genero! Cazzu va ir muy lejos! I have watched Cazzu’s interviews y se mira que ama a la musica y el genero urbano that shows she is genuine. Cazzu is also very knowledgeable about the history of the musica urbana which is dope for her to be so young. It shows she has respect for the OG’s and took the time to research the game. This is only the beginning for Cazzu! I can’t wait to see what she drops next. She has my full support! Go cop or stream this album you won’t regret it!

Favorite Verses/Tracks:

1. 00:00 :

“Empecemos de cero
Que entre tanta gente en el mundo, contigo me quedo
Empecemos de-, empecemos de-
Empecemos de cero (De cero)
Y poquito a poquito demostrar, cuanto te quiero
Ay yo cuanto te-, que yo tanto te-

Que yo tanto te extraño
Ay, tu actitud me hace daño
No quiero que me odies, y pasan los año’
Y si ya no me ve’, me recuerde, bebé
Como la niña mala que te lastimo
Déjame demostrarte, bebé, que esa no soy yo
Deci’me que humano nunca se equivocó, y, y
Te escapas de mí, como si yo fuera un ladrón
Olvidamo’ de todos tus sueños en mi colchón
Ahora soy tu enemiga, ya no soy tu bombón
Bandida, que quiere’ borrar dentro ‘e tu corazón”

2. Mentiste:

“Trajiste tanta ruina (Ruina)
Tu amor casi me arruina (Yeh-eh)
Pensarte me lastima (Yah)
Intoxicándome en mi ni-co-tina (Oh)
Mientras piensan que
Nosotros es una película que no fue (Oye)
Reviviendo esa noche una y otra vez (Otra’ ve’)
Lo que me dijiste en el cuarto del hotel
Un día seremos leyenda
Y aunque ahora no lo comprendas
Bésame y nunca me olvides (Yeh-yeh-yeh)

Y contigo me envolví, el reloj no lo vi
El momento viví, fui al infierno y volví
Me volví una adicta, a como me besas
Quiero rehabilitarme de esta tristeza”

3. Ya No Quiero:

Bebé, será por mi forma de ser (Oh-yeh)
No es que este loca, es que no me quieren entender (Oh-yeh)
Y si ya no te tengo, shorty quien lo va a ser
¿Quien lo va a ser?, eh, eh, eh
Si se supone que no te interesa
¿Por qué regresas siempre que me ves?
Me dice nena, que rico me besas
Te quiero pero esto no puede ser
Lo que buscabas era una princesa
Yo soy bichota con voz de bebé
Voy estar bien encima, por mí reza
Cuando sea otra, pa’, te va a doler

4. Nada:

“Yo no quiero ser mala, pero es evidente
Que se cae tu pelí’ cuando estoy en frente
Bebe, te conozco, por qué tú me miente
Entre to’as esas perras, yo soy diferente
Es que cuando entro a la disco, tu combito se enloquece
Y tú actitu’ de malo, en verdad, no es lo que parece
Y que lleva tratando de olvidarme hace 10 meses
Me dijiste cada uno tiene lo que se merece”

Thank you/Gracias 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 – “OUT OF THIS WORLD CREATIVE! – PYRIT INTERVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing an interview with a dope Producer I met on Instagram! I actually came across Pyrit when I started following one of my all time favorite lyricists aka the G.O.A.T Canibus on IG! I can’t remember if Pyrit began following me first or vice versa, but I found out he has worked with Canibus! Not only that, but he is a cool and humble dude. He was one of my first supporters when I started my blog, I appreciate you for that Pyrit! I really wanted to use my platform to shout him out and his work for those who might not know who he is. In the great words of Biggie “If you don’t know now you know!” Please read below to get to know more about Pyrit!

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

Yo yo, I go by Pyrit. Often imitated, never duplicated. I’m a Hip Hop/Electronic producer, and artist from the Southside of Virginia. You probably know me from my work with Canibus, but I’ve done production and/or mixing/mastering/graphic design for the these artists/teams: IllGrind, Bronze Nazareth, JP Beats, Lost Children of Babylon, RBC Records, Chino XL, and others.

2. What’s your favorite scary movie? Why?

Used to be Halloween, but I think right now it’s VHS 1 & 2. People hate them for some reason lol, but the concept is very believable to someone who’s seen so much weird shit on the dark web like I have. 😂

3. What is your technique when Producing a beat as well as song writing? How do you get started or inspired?

How do you decide what to eat for dinner? You just get an urge. Researching and learning new techniques, along with music theory, inspires me every time. Secret tip for any Producers reading this. If you get beat-block, try looking up and replicating the chord progressions from your favorite songs. If you’re as bad a piano player as me lol, you’ll almost always get it wrong and end up with something unique and cool sounding.

4. Who is/are your favorite hip hop Producers of all time? Why?

I’m a fan of so many producers hah. All of the greats, of course. Pete Rock, Erick Sermon, RZA, Dre, Puff, Timbaland, Kanye, Havoc, but I got a lot of love for ‘newer’ producers from here, and overseas too. Kankick, Flume, Bushido, Fler – these are all names you should put in YouTube when you want some dope boombap to write to. Fast Life Beats, Superstar O, Gummy Beats all got a SICK new wave sound, as well.

5. Any specific Producers you look up to or are heavily influenced by?

Keith Flint

6. How did your journey producing beats and rapping get started? You look real young, it’s hard to pinpoint how long you’ve been doing this. If you can say when you got started in the music industry lol. Has it been a successful journey or struggles along the way? Please share.

Moved around a lot as a kid, and never really had a ‘stable’ environment, so music & reading kind of just let me escape. I’ve been rapping since I was 13, and producing since 14. Releasing music since before MySpace days hah. I think without struggles it’s impossible to appreciate the successes, though. They’re a part of the process. If you do it right, it will always be both. You just improve the quality of each.

7. Any favorite horror soundtracks or horror-core albums if any? Why?

JNyce – Vaults of Horror series. The beats are total flames.  🔥

8. What would you say your sound is in Hip Hop? What sub-genre would you categorize yourself in? Boombap, Soul hip hop etc?

The original title of Pyrit of The High Frequencies Vol. 4 was Post Hiphop. That’s the category I would put my ‘sound’ in. I feel like my music is the new hiphop, what it’s evolved into.

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

As I often as I can, I put together backpacks with things like snacks/water/hygeine products and keep them in my truck to give to the next person I can tell needs it. If I were gone tomorrow, I’d like to be remembered as someone who gave everything he could and wanted nothing in return.

10. What sets you apart from your peers or competition?

It’s all in the mix. No-one can mix like me. Of this, I’m certain, but there’s some OGs that would vouch for that too.

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11. Any advice or words of encouragement for anyone entering the creative arena from Producing to rapping?

Invest in yourself. Everyone says it, and then makes excuses to why they can’t. Don’t be that person.

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

Favorite hip hop album of all time is Canibus – For Whom The Beat Tolls. It’s my favorite album because of Poet Laureate Infinity, but “Secrets Amongst Cosmonauts” is probably the most important song in rap ever! Check it out.

13. Favorite emcee or rapper? Why?

C’mon yo, you already know Canibus is the dopest emcee lol. Lyrics still matter. Big Pun, Sean Price, Styles P, Cassidy, Lupe Fiasco, J. Cole, all the greatest in their own right tho. 👑

14. What has been your greatest accomplishment as a Producer and rapper?

Meeting and forging friendships with some of the coolest people I’ve ever had the honor of working with. The love is always going to come before numbers or money.

15  What is next for Pyrit music? Any new projects you’re involved in that you can share?Either Producing or as a featured artist?

You can find new beats every Thursday at http://www.pyritmusic.com. We have a really dope track coming out soon featuring soul/r&b artists Soultrie Music Group/OnKey Music, Canibus, and Myself titled “Press Rewind” too. Pyrit of The High Frequencies Vol. 7 is also on its way. Going to be a very dope year for music!

16. What is the significance of your Producer moniker Pyrit music?

Back in the day I lived in apartments and I used Backtrack Linux to hook the people around me up with bootleg wifi, sorta like the dude with the paid channel hook up or Master P with brick phones lol. Pyrit was a really sick software that allowed multiple machines to be used in tandem for the purpose of cracking WPA2. I was explaining to one of the homies what I was doing, and he said nah you the Pyrit. After that, it’s what everyone called me.

17. Any set goal or dream you would like to achieve as a Producer and emcee?

To put my mother, and grandparents in bigger houses lol and to not let my brothers down. If nothing else though, to teach and inspire others in the way that others have done for me. Pay it forward, you know?

18. Any emcees that you would love to work with in the near future?

I love collaborating with artists in general but it’s always the most rewarding to make something dope with new up & coming emcees. My lil homies got bars for real.  💯

19. You work with the GOAT Canibus how did that relationship begin? How has that journey been for you? If you can name songs you either Produced or are featured with Canibus to those who want to listen.

Back in late 2009 I was burglarizing a classified government facility and bumped into him doing the same thing. He explained he was there looking for Dr. Levinsons time equations. I was just there because I heard there was weed. We linked up.. It’s been a crazy ride yo. We became Audio Wizards then Time Travelled with Rip the Reptilyan, showed our Pen Game in Rome, got paid in Gold and MORE Token, then pressed Rewind and came back to post updates on my youtube page @PyritMusic.

20. Any platforms or people you would like to shout out?

The people I’ve met on Instagram have been cool as fuck. Shout out to them and a big THANK YOU to everyone that follows me or likes my posts. 🙇‍♂️🤝💯

Thank you Pyrit for your time and being open to do this interview! I truly appreciate you!!! Keep killin it out there musically! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go give Pyrit a follow @PyritMusic to keep up on his latest projects! 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 – “WHERE HIP HOP LIVES IN SD! – HIP HOP WEDS”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today in honor of HipHopWeds upcoming 2nd Anniversary I will be writing a piece about this dope event and platform that occurs every Wednesday at the AC Lounge here in San Diego called, HipHopWeds! This dope event is managed by the humble and talented Kahlee! I first went to the first HipHopWeds event the end of last year for their De La Flow night that was hosted by the dope Emcee Karlo! De La Flow night is a quarterly event at HipHopWeds and also does other dates at different venues. It is a night where Spanish Rap is highlighted! So the emcees that performed that night rapped in Spanish, which I loved! I then began attending HipHopWeds on a regular basis this year once my Hip Hop Horror Blog started to take off and began being active in the San Diego Hip Hop scene!

This place has opened up doors not only for local rappers, but also Producers, DJ’s, Artists, Photographers and even bloggers like me! This platform extends to all four corners of San Diego (East, South, North and West). Any creative skill you can think of HipHopWeds has a niche for it! Kahlee has created a safe place for Hip Hop fans and supporters to attend every Wednesday and forget about the stresses of life for a few hours! It is like an extended family! Once you start going you start seeing the same people and you build friendships with them! It is a dope experience!

Kahlee should be proud of what he has accomplished along with his partners! He is contributing to the success of the San Diego Hip Hop scene! I truly admire Kahlee for being the humble dude he is! Also his contribution to the San Diego Hip Hop scene, putting this event together every week and being supportive since day one when I first began my blog! Also shout out to the residents at HipHopWeds: DJ Root, KillcRey, Parker Edison and Ethos One! All talented individuals as well and keep the show going!

HipHopWeds switches it up every week. Every week there is a different theme and the lineup matches that theme. The first Wednesday of the Month is “Waves“. In Kahlee’s words, “It’s a live show where we book different styles of HipHop from the lyrical, experimental and abstract to trap, turn up and even Gfunk!” The second Wednesday is the “Elbow Room“, it is a night filled with wrestling vibes with video games, 5 minute open mic and 10 minute producer spotlight. The third Wednesday is “Hip Hop House SD”. In Kahlee’s word, “Hiphop house SD is our flagship event with a more true school style of hip-hop from boom-bap and 90s style to the current, but with an emphasis on lyrics”. The fourth Wednesday is “Donuts” which is for Producers to show off their beats and usually a lineup of dope Producers, if your lucky they will allow you to freestyle over them! As you can see there is variety and all types of lanes or sub-genres of Hip Hop to accommodate everyones preference or taste!

HipHopWeds is one of the places and shows that keeps the San Diego Hip Hop alive and well! It has been 2 years since this has been around! Happy 2nd Anniversary to HipHopWeds to more years and more success! Also for their Anniversary their having their Inaugural “1904 Hip-Hop Festival” on Wednesday July 31, 2019! Don’t miss out it is going to be a legendary night with an amazing lineup! My fellow Spooky Gang fam will be performing among other dope artists that I’ve gotten to know or have seen perform live!

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If you have never been to HipHopWeds, are a Hip Hop fan and reside or are visiting San Diego this is the place to be on Wednesday nights! For those that drink they also have a custom and exclusive drink menu! Go check it out and I promise you won’t regret it! It is a dope experience and on top of that most of the shows are free. The flyers posted for upcoming shows will let you know if specific shows for that night are charging!

Thank you for reading this piece. 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 – “TWIN POWER=CREATIVE EXPRESSION!!!”-BAILEY BROTHAZ INTERVIEW

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing an interview I did with none other than the artists behind my dope logo, the Bailey Brothaz! They are an artistic twin duo who made my vision come alive! It is dope to see twin brothers working creatively and running a successful business. As a twin myself I found it cool! They are very humble and offer great customer service. I hope one day to visit the UK and meet you guys personally to thank you! I asked them for a picture and their names, but they wanted to keep their identities a mystery to allow their work to speak for itself. I gotta respect that! Check out some of their dope artwork below. Without further a do please read the interview below to get to know a bit about the Bailey Brothaz!

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1. Please introduce yourselves to those who might not know who you are. Also please mention what area you are based out of for people who may want to know.

Hey Gaby sure, we’re Artists and twin brothers from the UK and we run our own business called BaileyBrothaz.

2. How did you guys begin graphic designing? How long have you guys been doing this? When did you guys realize you had the talent to begin creating dope artwork?

Appreciate you saying that! Yeah, we were given a pencil and paper at a young age. We didn’t have much growing up and less distractions as now. So yeah, as kids we used to Graffiti the walls with all kinds of drawings and constantly draw everywhere we would go. Now we have honed our skills where we can finally make a living from it. It’s not perfected we’re still learning.

3. Please tell me a bit about your journey in graphic design and making digital art?

Sure, especially trying to make it as an artist, it’s a difficult career path. We knew we had a bit of talent, but we were constantly being told by people around us like Teachers etc that we would never succeed and that it’s too flooded with talented people all trying to make it big so do this boring shit instead. But being professional artists was our dream! It’s our passion so we never gave up! If anything it made us even more determined to succeed. We would get part time jobs so that we could pay bills, but still keep busy trying to make our artistic skills into a business. Social media definitely helped bring in business our way because we could show a gallery of all our artwork online to people who needed Album cover art, business logos, t-shirt designs etc.

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4. How and why did you guys fall in love with hip hop and the culture?

At the age of about 10 -11 we heard Hip Hop albums like The Chronic, Public Enemy, NWA and we were instantly hooked! The way they dressed and the way they acted resonated when you’re a kid. Also they didn’t dress like pop superstars they let the words and the stories they told get you hooked. Then listening to artists like 2pac, Snoop and The Dogg Pound it all influenced our artwork.

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

That’s a hard question probably Snoop’s Doggystyle album it has all the legends on there. We don’t have a favorite song we can’t jus pick one we wouldn’t agree on one anyway haha sorry!

6. What’s your favorite scary movie? Why? 

There’s a few, probably John Carpenter’s “The Thing” a bunch of dudes not trusting each other’ who’s infected with this alien… thing haha we saw that real young spooked the shit out of us.

7. What’s you favorite graphic design you guys have created? Why? 

Again I would pick one and then my brother would choose another, so it would have to be one we have worked on together. Our zombie mural we did a year ago for a friend or maybe our BloodznCripz design that was all over Myspace over 10 years ago, which got us a lot of recognition.

8. Bailey Brothaz, what the significance or meaning behind your brand name? 

We wanted Bailey BrothERS, but it was already taken on google haha, so we went with the Hip Hop influence and wrote it as BrothAZ. Our logo is basically us, two Bs mirrored as we’re identical twin brothers.

9. Who is your favorite emcee of all time, dead or alive? Why?

Tupac RIP, but damn Eminem kills it, he got bars! My own brain can’t keep up. But all time favorite since kids has always been Tupac.

10. Who is your favorite horror villain or icon ? Why?

We both like the Predator, dreadlock badass MF and dope tech! I wouldn’t mess with him! …….or her? 😂 but they messed up with the last movie.

11. What has been your greatest accomplishment so far with creating these graphic designs? 

I think doing some commission work for a couple of celebrities because we never would off thought we would do that. We would think “hey one day we be doing an album cover for this guy”!

12. What kind of legacy do you guys want to leave behind either creatively or on a personal level?

We’re humble and we don’t expect much, but we would love it if people thought of us as artist who created original dope art and our artwork will still be floating around on the internet for years after we past, that’d be cool.

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13. What is next for the Bailey Brothaz? Any special projects you guys are working on?

Most definitely we got lots to do! A whiteboard full of ideas. Everything from creating t-shirt designs as well as logo covers and tattoo designs. We’re always busy with something. Somedays I wish we were triplets haha. As for anything special, yes, but I’m not allowed to say it yet my brother would kill me! 🤭 

14. What do you believe sets you guys apart from your peers or competition?

Probably our drawing style as its mixed East n Western. We grew up watching and studying Manga. So that may be the originality of our work and most of our art has Hip Hop influences. There is a lot of superhero artists and thats cool, but we wanted to stand out from that so thats why we do what we do. Also maybe because there’s not just one of us being twins who draw is still rare I guess.

15. What kind of advice or words of encouragement would you give someone who is trying to enter the digital art community?

Hard work putting in the hours studying and grinding away will pay off! Don’t let anyone tell you that you’ll never make it, especially if you put in the work. On the other hand learn how to take in constructive criticism. We both still criticize each others work, but we sit back and go “yeah your right” but we would never say that out loud haha! Also ask other experienced artist their opinions and you will get there. 

16. What does your brand stand for or mean to you?

It’s a family business, well for me and my brother it means a lot. We both have gone through the same journey to get to where we are at. I could write a list, but I’d just say it means years of ups and downs from rags to hopefully riches and never give up producing cool shit!

17. What would you like your supporters and customers to know about you?

We’re always here to create art out of your imagination or ours, to produce what our customers want, and if they don’t like it we never give up! It’s your vision we can change direction, switch it up or try something new. We can go back and forth, but in the end the product is going to look fresh!

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18. What is your favorite Hip Hop or Gangster movie? Why? I see you guys made Juice graphics which are dope, that is why I ask.

Tough question, I don’t think we have a favorite. We got a collection like Juice, Menace II Society, Boyz N The Hood, etc. Growing up we loved the movie Scarface. I love the story of how Tony Montana starts from nothing and obviously he dies, but damn what a way to go out haha!

19. What inspires or influences the artwork you guys do? 

Films, games, graphic novels, cartoons, and music, real life struggles, anything that fuels our imagination. 

20. You guys work as a team please expand on how it is working with your sibling in this case your twin? How do you feel it has allowed your business to thrive?

We both have a hand in creating each piece of commission work, but one of us will start it and then the other finish it. Or sometimes it can go back and forth a few times to 100% perfect it. We even joke about it  “I’ve just made that shit you did a lot better” haha. We have sent videos to each other showing the before and after basically saying mine is better, but it’s all fun.

Thank you Bailey Brothaz for your time and being open to do this interview! I truly appreciate you guys!!!Keep representing for the creative twin community! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go give the Bailey Brothaz a follow @baileybrothaz to keep up on their latest artwork or to hit them up for commissioned artwork! 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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