“A lot of people don’t actually know me. A lot people know of me, but don’t know me because I feel like, as messed up as it sounds it’s a way of protecting your energy. Everybody isn’t ready to know you. ” – Kovu

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing with you all an interview I did with the charismatic, funny and creative visionary Kovu! I met Kovu by attending and performing at Black Xpression. Kovu hosts from time to time and also is the Director of Black Xpression open mic and the overall platform. Black Xpression is an open mic that occurs every Friday at 8pm at La Bodega Gallery in Logan Heights (San Diego, CA). It is more than an open mic it is a family and a very supportive crowd! You get all types of talents and skill levels. From poets, singers, rappers, comedians, dancers and more! It is the place to be on Friday nights, so if you are around the San Diego area drop by! It is only a $5 cover (only $5 dollars?!)! I actually performed a poem/song there for the first time last year and performed many times after that. Black Xpression is also doing great things for the community. They throw events and are helping San Diego artists get the resources they need to succeed in their craft! Kovu dropped some gems, we also discussed Black Xpression and its positive impact in the community and more! PLEASE LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW BELOW:


Thank you Kovu for your time and being open to do this interview! I truly appreciate you!!! I see you got a real entrepreneur vision for your community, keep at it King! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go give Kovu a follow @khalifa_kovu and Black Xpression @xpress_it to keep up with their latest events! 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 Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, Itunes,, Google Play Music to listen to the rest of my audio interviews under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue“.




Today I will be sharing my experience in attending 2019 Midsummer Scream in Long Beach. It was my first time there and I was excited !!! I had heard this was one of the largest horror conventions in the West Coast. There are horror vendors, make up effects artists, podcasters, artists, haunted houses, panels and even live podcasts! I felt like a kid at Halloween! It felt like the Horror Comic Con. I loved the vibe and the Long Beach convention center is dope! As soon as you enter the convention you are surrounded by people wearing costumes or in cosplay. The event took place from 8/3 -8/4/19. I went on Sunday 8/4/19, I mainly went to see the 30th Anniversary Tales from the Crypt panel. John Kassir who plays the legendary Crypt Keeper was there and dope Director Ernest Dickerson was there as well. He directed Demon Knight which was the first feature film for Tales from the Crypt spin off film series. If you have not seen that movie you gotta see it! Definitely one of my favorite demon horror movies.


The Tales from the Crypt panel was very interesting we got to hear anecdotes and behind the scenes stories. I then attended Mick Garris’ live podcast of Post Mortem where he interviewed the living horror legend, Lin Shaye! She has made appearances in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies. I love her for playing one of my favorite clairvoyant characters, Elise in the movie series Insidious. In my opinion she makes the movie and story more interesting. I was so excited to have witnessed this interview live! I listen to the Post Mortem podcast on a frequent basis and to have had the opportunity to be in the same room as the amazing director Mick Garris and talented actress Lin Shaye was a memorable experience! As an up and coming podcaster I was truly inspired! I hope someday I can be a dope Hip Hop & Horror Journalist/Podcaster and learn from the great Mick Garris!


Midsummer Scream also had a Tiki terror inspired theme hall. There was also the Hall of Shadows that had about 6 Haunted House. I did not get to go check them out, but they looked spooky from the outside. I was able to get some of my first autographed posters/photos. I met Bill Moseley who is known for his killer role as Otis in Rob Zombies trilogy about the crazy Firefly family. He signed my 3 from Hell poster, which is the third installment to the Rob Zombie series. I can’t wait to see that movie on the big screen! Then I also got to meet the beautiful actress and one of my favorite final girls Ashley Laurence who played Kirsty Cotton in the Hellraiser series. She was very humble and I got a signed photo. Lastly I got to meet Ken Sagoes who played Kincaid in the Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He was also very kind and I loved that he was donating the money he made to his organization Giving Back Corporation.

There was also dope photo ops and movie scene recreations by The Mystic Museum. They had the following photo ops scenes: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Slashback Video counter with Ash from The Evil Dead life size figure, The Shining, Freddy Krueger (Welcome to Prime Time Bitch) prop and American Horror Story Coven the chair of the Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau. I had a lot of fun with my mom going to this horror convention. They have a little bit of everything for all ages. I saw parents who brought their young kids to older people just geeking out! I definitely recommend attending a horror convention if you are a horror fan it is an experience of a lifetime and you get to meet cool people!

Thank you for reading my article. 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 Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, Itunes,, Google Play Music to listen to my audio interviews under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue“.




Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing with you all an interview I did with the amazing rapper and singer Dana aka DP the Unknown. I had the pleasure of sitting down with DP and getting to talk to her about how she got into music and her journey. Also we discuss her EP “Gone Fishing”, which is a great body of work! One of my favorite EP’s of 2019. You can check my EP review I did on that project at the following link: . Dana is a genuine person full of positivity and truly talented! She is also filled with lyrical wisdom. Thank you Dana for inviting me to your listening party a few months back to get to listen to your project in its entirety near the beach which matches the theme of your EP. I had a great time conversing with you and getting to know you a bit more. Please read below to get to know DP the Unknown.

1. Please introduce yourself to those who might now know who you are.

I go by DP the Unknown, they are my initials for Dana Patrice. I’m from San Diego (laughs)

2. Please share with us your journey and how you started rapping. How long have you been making music? How long have you been performing live?

I’ve been writing poems and digital art stuff like forever. When I was 16 my brother brought me to this studio where we could record for free. But I had originally went there to work on digital art. He asked me why don’t you do something for fun on this beat.  Little did he know I’ve been writing poems like forever, but I just never shared it cuz I didn’t think it was important or anything.

So basically my brother got me started at like 16 years old. Last year I started taking it more serious. My first performance was at 16 and then years of nothing since I wasn’t taking it serious. Me and my brothers would do shows since we had a group, but also do our separate things.

3. How do you hone your craft and performance? I saw you perform at Hope 4 the Homeless and you killed it!

I listen to all types of music so I try to merge that into my sound too. I liked to be versatile and not just give one type of style. Just make music everyday, sing or hum whenever I can.

4. You just dropped an EP called Gone Fishing which is dope! Why title it that? What does the album mean to you? I interpreted it as we are all in the same boat called life and it is up to us to make the best of this life!

So many reasons why I gave it that title. I feel like that saying alone can be interpreted in so many ways and that is what an artists supposed to do. Me originally the idea was me going on this fishing trip by myself and really owning in on my thoughts and like my feelings. Letting it all out and reeling in people in with hooks and stuff. It can mean a lot, so that is how I got that idea. When I would get off of social media, I put in my bio “Gone Fishing” cuz I would need a break from this or I need to go think. Social media is a lot sometimes so I had to get away. I was like okay let’s make this a project and make a full concept.

5. How did you get into the San Diego Hip Hop scene?

I’d say since last year I started taking it more seriously and staying consistent. My brother would have people who would do events and we would perform, but that was before I took it serious. Then last year Verde brought me to her shows and that really got me started.

6. What or who inspires your lyrics?

I don’t know, I be in my head a lot so I think a lot. So I feel like I just need to write it down so I can get it out. I’m like a philosopher always pondering.

7. Some of your lyrics have a bit of spiritual wisdom and self belief which is dope! You touch on manifesting and positive thinking? How did you get into that mind set and incorporate it in your music?

Well these past years I’ve felt lost. I was doin a lot of bullshit, but now that I am transitioning and about to move, taking on new journeys. If I can do it, you can do it! As long as you remain consistent type of thing. I just want to spread positivity and also be real!

8. What do you think of artists like Russ who promote self belief, music ownership and manifesting your dreams? Sometimes he is seen as arrogant because he is proud of his accomplishments, but he is sharing knowledge that other rappers fail to do. What are your thoughts on that?

I think it is a good thing, but like as long as they’re not being fake about it. Practice what you preach! Also the consumer has to know,  you are making an artist your idol, they are not always gonna meet your standards if they do something wrong. Everyone has negatives and positives.

9. Do you have other music genres that influence your lyrics?

I love R&B, R&B is probably my first love! I was making R&B a lot and so this was so different for me, to make some hip hop and different topics. I was always talking about love, sex and all that (laughs). So this was a huge change and I kept telling people. I was kinda scared to release it cuz they are expecting a different side of me and it’s a different vibe.

10. When and why did you fall in love with hip hop and the culture?

I grew up a Hip Hop kid. We do have a choice, but me personally living in City Heights I grew up around it. Hip Hop and R&B it is really all I know. One album that really inspired me was Pharrell’s In My Mind, it was crazy, he inspired me so much. I am really trying to work with him!

11. What is your favorite rap album of all time? Why?
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill . She touched on the Hip Hop, R&B and Soul. She gave us all of it in one! It really helped me through tough times. In High School I listened to the whole album.

12. Who are your favorite emcees dead or alive? Who inspires you?

Mick Jenkins really inspired me! When I started to take myself serious that was one of the people I was listening to The Waters album and Noname

13. What about favorite R&B singers right now?

So many right now, Summer Walker, H.E.R. and SZA. Those are my top 3.

14. What has been your greatest accomplishment so far as a creative?

Manifesting a bigger audience, like touching people a little more with songs that have depth to it, instead of just love songs. You know some love songs have depth to them, but other topics cuz you know that is not what the world is.

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

I just want to be the example that you can do whatever you wanna do in your life whether it is music or sports. If you wanna be a doctor or lawyer, do whatever you wanna do that makes you happy, cuz you’re not here forever! It would be a sad way to go out. If you die doing what you love then everyone is going to remember you as that person.

16. What is your favorite scary movie and why?

One that tripped me out since I saw it when I was young was “Orphan”. Also I like “Child’s Play” and “Jeepers Creepers”.

17. Do you believe in the supernatural or ghosts? Any experiences or know of anyone who has?

I try not to or I would drive myself crazy (laughs). I feel a higher power tho.

18. What advice or words of encouragement would you give to someone who might be scared to follow their dream whether it be music or something else?

Utilize your resources, there’s like little blessings around you that you probably aren’t taking advantage of. Whether there are open mics that are for free, it is an opportunity to grow. Yeah, take advantage of your resources and don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Once you get started keep the momentum!

19. Who are some of your favorite artists from San Diego? Whether singers, musicians or rappers?

So many, but I got say my brother of course he is super talented J.A the unknown. Sir Karri, Keon Forbes, Curtis Cartier, Verde! Too many!

20. You’re EP didn’t have any features which is dope because if shows you can hold your own! On future projects is there any SD artists you want to collaborate with?

Yeah, I really wanna collaborate with John Givez, he is kinda bigger he is in Oceanside. Cali the Dreamer, do some more tracks with Verde, Sir Karri and Fresh Heir.

21. Which song off your new EP do you like the most and why? What would you like your supporters and listeners to take away from this project?

They are all my favorite, but the one that I made spontaneously was the last song “Gone Fishing Forever”. I love that at 3am I made the beat and that night I couldn’t sleep until I got this off my mind. I was like this is really good! I’m not usually too confident in myself , but I was like I know this is really good and I really love the words that I put into this cuz its the perfect way to end it. It was the last song and I was struggling. I had like 3 outros and I made that and I was like the rest of them are trash this is it!

Whatever you want to take from it and however you interpret it! As long as it is positive really, cuz there is different messages in each song.  But just stay true, work towards your dreams and don’t stop!!!

22. Any shout outs to any people or platforms that you are involved with or have supported you and your music.

I wanna shout out my mom because she is super supportive in everything I do! If she can come to a show she will come to it, if it’s not a crazy bar (laughs). She’s there, she supports the music, she doesn’t try to tell me no music isn’t for you. She tells me if I want it, go get it! It’s been like this forever. She has been doing her thing as a single mom! My immediate family, my sister, nieces, my brother in law and my brother. They have been the most supportive people ever. It is great to have them and a foundation so when you do go out in the world you have real people.

Links to keep up with her music:

Thank you Dana for your time and being down to do this interview! I truly appreciate you!!! Keep making relatable and inspirational music! Of course also keep representing for the ladies! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go give DP the Unknown a follow @dptheunknown to keep up on her 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 Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, Itunes,, Google Play Music to listen to the rest of my audio interviews under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue“.




Movie: Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark
Release date: Aug 9, 2019
Main Cast:  Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur

Brief synopsis:
“The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It’s in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah’s spooky home.

Inspired Quotes:Stories can heal you or destroy you!” ; “American Horror History Repeats itself

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing the teen horror film, “Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark” based on Alvin Schwartz book series. The books are just short urban legends or stories that form an anthology series. The film changes it up and connects all the different stories into one. We are introduced to the main character Stella who has two best friends Auggie and Chuck. They are horror nerds and bullied by the town jock Tommy. On Halloween night the three amigos get Tommy back and they are chased into a Drive-In theater. While trying to hide from Tommy the three amigos hop into the new stranger in town’s car. He is a young teen named Ramon and you can tell he is running away or has a mysterious vibe to him. All four teens end up going to the Bellows Mansion where Stella finds Sarah Bellows scary stories book and that is when the horror begins. I won’t go into detail you’ll have to watch the movie!

I enjoyed the movie, as I was walking out the theater I could hear a conversation between two young girls who didn’t like the film and made the remark, “I should have just read the books instead”. I grew up reading those books so seeing this film on the big screen was a big deal for me and nostalgic. My grandma used to take my sisters and I to the Public Library in the Summer and that is how I stumbled on the series that fed my imagination and my love for the horror genre. Also keep in mind these books are geared toward a young teen audience and this film was PG-13. Meaning viewers who were expecting to see gore, it’s not going to happen! As a horror fan I love gore, but I also like psychological horror and a great horror story. In this case the title says it all, the main focus is building a great story and making the audience connect with the main characters.


I believe people have high expectations when it comes to horror movies and this is one of those genres that people tend to judge by the fear scale, but as a horror fan we know horror movies are more than jump scares. The audience doesn’t really care about the character development or the story. That is why it is rare to see a high rating on horror movies. Some of my favorite horror cult classics have an average score of 7. Sorry I went off topic, but I feel it is relevant to this film.


I was really entertained by the movie and yes there were predictable moments and jump scares, but I enjoyed the special effects and make up effects. They definitely did justice to Stephen Gamell’s creepy illustrations. The Director André Øvredal executed the angles perfectly and I loved the ending shot where you see the autumn trees and highway. Definitely gave me Halloween and Fall vibes! Also I loved how Guillermo Del Toro (writing credit/Producer) snuck in social commentary. I can tell it Del Toro I’ve seen his films and recognize his influence lol. He basically shows how history tends to repeat itself. The film takes place in 1968 at the time where young men were being drafted to the Vietnam war and Nixon was about to be elected President. Watching that gave me the chills, because it reminded me of the scary times we are current living with 45 as President and the racial tension. Fear of gun violence is our current reality and our true scary story at this moment. 

I am glad one of the main characters was a latino character. Ramon’s character is my favorite character of the film. But I did wish they had gone more into depth about his character. I can definitely see Guillermo Del Toro’s influence in this film. Overall I enjoyed the movie, it was left open for a sequel. Hopefully we will get to see more scary stories on the big screen in the near future! To end this review I wanted to give a quick shout out and congratulations to Guillermo Del Toro for finally receiving his Walk of Fame star!!! Viva Mexico!


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!




Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing with you all an interview I did with the talented artist Fade Green! I met Fade Green at a show held at The Salty Frog in Imperial Beach that was thrown by Superior Productionz. That was a very dope and memorable show! I had heard of Fade Green’s music earlier this year when I reviewed Superiors album “1989“. Fade was featured on a track called “Throne” and he stood out to me. I kept seeing him on IG stories where he was performing and also looked up his music. I saw his video for “Marionette” and I was sold! I introduced myself to Fade that night at The Salty Frog and he was super humble! I got to see him perform live for the first time that night and was blown away by his performance. He is a very energetic and charismatic performer! He is also very friendly and dope! I love his music and I actually reviewed his EP “The Fade’d EP 001” that dropped last year.


Not only is Fade Green an artist, he is also a young entrepreneur who has a company called “Pure Art Ent” that throws local events to allow local artists to showcase their talents. Every other Tuesday at the Go Lounge him and Fino have the PA Room Open Mic! I really love what him and Fino are doing for the community. I won’t take much more of your time. PLEASE LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW BELOW OR CLICK LINK BELOW TO NOW LISTEN ON SPOTIFY!!! 🙂


Thank you Fade Green for sitting down with me for this interview I really enjoyed the conversation we had! I appreciate you! I love the vision you have for the community and what you are contributing to the music scene!!! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed listening to this interview. Go give Fade Green a follow @fadegreensd to keep up on his latest music and performances! Also follow @pureartent to keep up on the Pure Art Entertainment events! 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!




Artist: Smalls Uno (emcee) and Ray Flaqui (Producer) (features: Indian K)

Album: Spit Fire & Die Rhymin

Release Date: July 25, 2019

Buy/Stream album:

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing another album from Smalls Uno aka Sire Spooky aka Spooky Gang! Smalls Uno is part of the Spooky Gang collective that I am blessed to be a part of. Smalls is actually the founder of the Spooky Gang! This year he has now put out two projects this EP included. If you recall I reviewed his first project of 2019 “Beast Mode” earlier this year! I became an instant supporter. I met Smalls and we became fam and now the Spooky Gang is a collective of about 15 individuals who are currently killin it! The album I am reviewing today is “Spit Fire & Die Rhymin”. Smalls worked on this project with dope Producer Ray Flaqui!

The Production on this whole EP is grimey and spooky as they come! Ray Flaqui found the perfect sound to match Smalls Uno’s dark lyricism! The intro track, “Backdraft” sets the tone! You don’t wanna battle him tho!!! I also love the title of the intro track goes with the fire theme of this EP! Smalls definitely crafted a concept and followed through. This is a very cohesive body of work from top to bottom. After the intro track we are blessed with 4 ill tracks! The second track is called, “Death Dance” which goes hard! Enraged rhymin’ at its finest! The beat tho, Ray you killed it on this one!


The third track is, “As I Knew It” ft. Indian K who is also part of the Spooky Gang and also has his crew Sky High Krew! Smalls and Indian K spit about their lives and the shit they had to deal with in the streets and struggles they survived! The fourth track, “Paintin In The Rain 2” I love the jazzy sample, “Last Tango in Paris”. Smalls brings the smooth lyricism. The final track is, “Numb” you get a blaxploitation funk type beat. Smalls shows why he is someone who can’t be fucked with lyrically! The rap god! What a way to end the project! Go support real rap, dope lyricism and amazing Production! Cop this EP you won’t regret it! Spooky!!!

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!




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!



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


Follow these links to listen to some of Primos music:

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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