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Getting IN with Keys N Krates – LIVE!

By JwaStar/Fusicology Contributor

Hot time! Summer in the city and out on their journey through Fort Greene, Brooklyn is three musicians ready to create some extra heat on the stage. Fusicology asked me, JwaStar, to come down to BK and find the infamous Canadian trio, Keys N Krates rocking it out for The Stoop in Fort Greene Park.

I arrived to a slightly sunny disposition that turned partly cloudy yet was still packed with a calm crowd of blankets and beautiful people enjoying the weather and some good music. Far from old fashioned I was able to catch up with these gentlemen to try to figure out exactly what type of mash up of dopeness this was? Hmmmm I think we may find an answer in more ways than naught. Fusicology and JwaStar presents Keys N Krates. Enjoy!

(click for audio)

Intro & Background: KeysNKrates Part 1

Inspiration & Influences: KeysNKrates Part 2

Experiences and Point of Views: KeysNKrates Part 3

Jwastar, Jr Flo (deejay), Adam Tune (drums), Matisse (keys)

Check out Keys N Krates this Wednesday, August 12th, at Santos Party House‘s newest party, Gravity.





The curtain is always up


Over the weekend, I went to check out Citizen Cope at BAM theater in Brooklyn. To be honest, I almost fell asleep but that could have been from the wine earlier during the night. The crowd was nuts over him though. It’s probably just me but 70% of his songs sounds almost in the same exact format.



Tomek of Fat Beats got me on the list for Fat Beats All Star event at Highline. I was so tired that I overslept on my nap and ended up only making it to see JRocc spinning and performances by Mr.Lif and Akrobatik. Christine sends me a text letting me know it was poppn at Snapshot and Jen was there…so what the hell, I got on the bus and made it there by 12am. Good times.


Atown vs Htown

Fiona Bloom, a regular blogger and event planner in association with FUSICOLOGY, who also runs her own marketing consultancy threw an event at the 205 club on Chrystie St. The show displayed two artists from Houston and two from Atlanta who were on URB’s next hot artists list to watch out for!

I arrived at 8:30pm to help set up but Fiona got it well handled by the time I got there. Fiona introduced me to the folks from the TASTEcrew, Rebel Crew and folks from Atl/Houston. I spent the rest of the night getting to know Karina of StarlightBeats and her friends until the show started. They are most definitely some down to earth people.

The show started off with Joe B, Karina, Proton and then GripplyAZ. They brought their energy on stage for sure battling it out to represent their city to the fullest. Fiona hyped up the crowd with the craziest drunken speech ever in between. If only I had caught it on tape…


In the Mood

The only thing with some shows in New York is that…they don’t start until 1am which is ridiculous. Just and I arrived at 11pm and I got to meet Nicole Nelch who’s name has been popping up on my radar screen for a few weeks now. This girl has done everything from music to film (The Hip Hop Project) which I actually saw at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2006 and apparently knows everyone in the industry. Having the history of working with Pete Rock, Rich Medina, Dj Spinna, Geology, Waajeed, The Root Down, etc.. most of which are my favorite DJs, she quite possibly could have the life of a rockstar.

I’m not a big fan of Club Midway as a venue but with a lil inspiration, the space actually looked pretty nice. There was art everywhere and a few artists doing their work in the space on the upper level. Free margaritas were being handed out throughout the night. I also ran into Mona again along with Mel D of Village Slum who does some great photography. At 12:30pm, we crammed in the basement level and waited for practically an hour for RES  (pronounce Reese) to come on. I don’t know why I haven’t heard her name before as she’s been coming out with albums for awhile now and even had Nas featured on one. The main thing is that she is pretty good live on stage. Rocking it with only a drummer and a guitarist, they still sounded like a full band. She did a number of hit songs and then Talib Kweli came on stage to perform a couple with her. Her sound is a bit of R&B and rock, a great mix of genres.

As we called it a night at 2am, the snow started. This morning looks amazing outside but DAMN, it’s going to continue to around 10 inches of snow? Isn’t it suppose to start getting warmer?


The Roots Show at The Apollo. I saw them a few months ago at the Nokia Theatre and boy, they are DOPE. The Roots are a group you have to see at least once in your life. Can’t wait.

NYC: Donuts Are Forever 2 | Dilla Tribute

Donuts Are Forever 2

Rare Form presents
DJ BRAINCHILD http://www.onesoulfulnegro.com
BILL SHARP http://www.fatbeats.com
OP! http://www.myspace.com/opmiller1
AKALEPSE http://www.myspace.com/akalepseplus live and direct from Detroit / LA
DJ HOUSESHOES http://www.myspace.com/djhouseshoesand your host for the evening
PHONTE of Little Brother http://www.myspace.com/phontigallo

live art by
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Twelve Tribes

Event Information:
Friday, February 08, 2008
10:00 PM – 4:00 AM
cover: TBD | Donations Accepted
music: Hip Hop, Classics, Soul, Funk
Venue Information:
125 Fifth Avenue
btwn St. John’s Pl. and Sterling Pl.

Goapele and 10 Deep

I finally got to see Goapele (from the Bay, holla!) perform live for the first time last night at SOBs. Thanks to my man, Alex D., at SOBs for hooking it up! I invited Ko and Randall along for both of them had never heard of Goapele before. It was my opportunity to convert them. On the way to the show, I ran into Kunal (KMP, DJ, Art Director, party thrower, jack of all trades) , DJ Eleven (The Rub DJ crew) and their friend on the way to dinner. They happened to be going to the exact same show and party that night. Shows how small the industry can be.

At SOBs, Matthew Santos came out and headlined for about 40mins. He and his four-piece band, Matthew Santos (lead vocals, guitar); Aviva Jaye (vocals, keys); Robert Tucker (drums); Graham Burris (bass) delivered a good performance despite the subpar sound quality. An artist with a distinct voice, he has been featured with Lupe Fiasco in the song “Superstar” and performed with some well known folk-rock artists. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of him soon.

I don’t know what it is about SOBs but the sound quality is always screwy. Every show that I have been to has had audio issues. However they do book some really dope artists there so I keep going back.

When Goapele came on stage, I was excited. As she sang, the feeling is almost indescribable. She has this beautiful presence and her voice was simply AMAZING. It kinda gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. I absolutely adore her. She sang all her hits including “Closer”, “First Love”, “Romantic”, etc and stayed after to do cd and t-shirt signing.

Matthew Santos

She’s MY first love…

I love dimples.

He was off the hook with his guitar.

Change gonna come.


Sorry for the low qual videos. I completely forgot to change the settings before recording.

10 Deep Party

Ko and I got there around 11:30pm after the Goapele show. We ran into a friend along the way who told us that he waited in line for an hour and left without going in but being optimists, we got in line anyway. The club mgr happened to recognize party girl Ko so he got us including Kevin and Scott? (i’m so bad with names) in VIP style. That was nice of him.

It was held at Element Lounge, 2 floors and packed with people. Most of the folks were drinking and milling around but nonetheless we did our thing, danced and ran into a few people we knew along the way. Met some new peeps as well.

The rest of the night ended well with dope music and good vibes. We left early in good spirits.

Tonight, round II at The Vault!

2007 J.A.M. Awards

Last night, Kevin (Music Nation), Ko and I attended the 1st Annual 2007 J.A.M. Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom. We arrived at 8:20pm and the line was ridiculously stretched down an avenue block but like ninjas we managed to sneak up with Sabrina (Chung King Studios), Nina (Chung King Studios), and Jason at the front of the line avoiding the  long wait.

I think this is the first time in the history of Hip-Hop that the show actually started right on time. Who’d ever thunketh? Not long after a welcoming speech about Jay’s legacy by Mrs.Terri Mizell that De La Soul pops on stage with songs from back in the days like Stakes Is High. Mobb Deep came up next wearing Free P(rodigy) t-shirts in response to his recent arrest for gun possession charges. True to the rap game, they had 958276 people on stage with 10 mics smoking blunts and drinking juice. And by juice I mean alcohol. Following up were performances by EPMD and surprise guest LL Cool J who got the crowd’s energy rockin’. Up to that point, I thought I was the only one in the audience actually listening to the music. Either that or everyone just might be high out of their minds. The collective vibe just wasn’t there until LL came on. Surprisingly, Snoop’s show was one of the best ones there. Running through songs like Drop It Like It’s Hot, Gin and Juice, Nothin But A G Thang, it was about time the audience was hyped. Even folks sitting in the balcony stood up and moved their limbs about. Appearances were made by DJ Scratch, MOP, Dead Prez, Everlast and few left such as Jim Jones and Raekwon who I didn’t get to see.

In between performances, the J.A.M. Awards were presented to those who made a difference in the society of social justice, arts and music. The love and pride was definitely present in the artists who performed and within the audience (after awhile). We left early right after Dead Prez did their thing which by the way I have to mention… they only did ONE song! Each artist/group with the exception of Dead Prez did 2-4 sets throughout the night. I’m not sure why it was so rushed but if I came with high hopes for Dead Prez, I would have been disappointed.

Other than that, the overall feel of the show was a success and there is a potential to make it even bigger the next year. We shall see at next year’s 2nd Annual J.A.M. Awards.