THE GET LOW w/ resident DJ’s Jerry Nice (Groove Merchant Records) & Ant-1 (Wild N Krazy Kids).

Think back to when The Neptunes were the biggest producers in the game, Bad Boy & Roc-A-Fella made hits, and DMX was running the radio. This is what we are dubbing The Silver Era of hip-hop, and we’re dedicating an entire night to it…In other words, it’s about to be a dance party.

Here are the specifics:

SOM Bar (16th & Mission)
Thursday, November 17th (3rd Thursdays)
FREE at The Door
10pm -2am

This one is the jump-off night, which will happen every 3rd Thursday of the month from here on out. Come through and get down – See you all there!

PAY ME BACK WHEN YOU SHAKE IT LIKE THAT.

After taking a quick trip to Manhattan last week, I finally made it to the infamous Frank 151 Chop Shop near Canal Street for a shave that I needed pretty badly.  I’ve never sat in the barber chair for a straight shave, but figured I had to do it while in New York.

Not only are the barbers mad cool, but the place is legit, and they have a dope playlist going at all times (KRS-One & The Chakachas for instance).  I came out of the shop feeling pretty fresh, had some good vinyl talk with the barbers, and grabbed a fitted “F” logo hat on my way out.

As I emphasized to the owner, a place like that would make a killing in San Francisco, and he confirmed that one might be in the works…Here’s hoping this happens, because I’ll be coming in for a clean-up on the regular.

Shout out to B & Mike for holding it down too..

R.I.P. Big L

February 16, 2010

11 years ago today, one of the most deadly lyricists to ever touch the mic passed away…Big L had more style than a majority of the competition, and was absolutely relentless on wax.  It’s maddening to think what he could have done with more time, but the imprint he left on this culture is inarguably unparalleled.

I had the luck of finding his classic “Devil’s Son” almost a year ago, which in my opinion is one of the greatest hip-hop 12″ to ever drop.

R.I.P!

Happy Birthday Dilla

February 8, 2010

1974 – 2006

Yesterday marked James Yancey’s (aka J-Dilla, Jay Dee, or Pay Jay) 36th birthday, so happy belted to one of the greatest to ever do it.  His influence is unparalleled to this day, and his legacy lives strong within the hip-hop and soul communities.

Turn It Up!

Previously: Best Dilla Beats Ever

Cold Turkey..

January 30, 2010

As it’s been over two months since I last touched this blog, I feel an excuse is necessary to the good amount of people who still visit this site on a daily basis.  I’ve been through some intense changes in my life recently including leaving my last job and jumping aboard a new (and very demanding) gig, so apologies are definitely in order.

I admit these past couple of months have been pretty overwhelming, but as the smoke starts to clear more and more with each day, I realize why I’ve kept my site a priority for so long.  Not only is My Bass Rocks a creative outlet for me, but it also gives me a chance to share my experiences as a DJ in one of the most musically-rich places in the world.

So, if you’re down to let me continue MBR like it never left, I’d like to pick up where we left off…You know, the latest music news, dusty groove finds, album reviews, and (of course) the occasional video throwback.

Waxpoetics #37

September 30, 2009

The Michael Jackson issue has landed!  In tribute of the late-great MJ, Waxpoetics blesses us music crazies with their official dedication to The King of Pop.  They venture back to Indiana and explore his hometown, talk to the Mizells about the Corporation, and chat with songwriters that MJ paired with through the years.  Other featured artists include Mayer Hawthorne, Illa J, Lee Fields, The Mackrosoft, Shawn Lee, and much more…Cop HERE.

Happy B-Day George

July 23, 2009

Well, Happy Belated Birthday anyways.  Shout out to one of the most sampled artists of all-time, and the mastermind behind the legendary Parliament and Funkadelic albums.  “Atomic Dog” continues to get play, and is synonymous with some of the best rap records ever recorded (I’m looking at you Snoop).

Yesterday marked his 62nd birthday…Thanks for keeping it all the way funky George.

The King of Pop

June 25, 2009

Oh man…This is too much right now.  Rest in peace to one of the greatest entertainers to ever walk this green earth.  He is undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in music history and overall American culture.  You will be missed.

R.I.P.

Ma Dukes Reminisces…

May 11, 2009

I swear I almost lost my cool reading this article, and if you like Dilla’s music even a little bit, you probably will too.  As sad as the story is, it’s also uplifting to know how much love James Yancey had for his art.

Sometimes I question when I drop $100 on a record, but it’s stories like this that make me not feel so crazy when I do.

Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to Ma Dukes too..

Just got served by the good folks at Good Records

Wow, so major apologies for blacking out through the past week.  My Bass Rocks took a 6 day sabbatical to New York City, in search of records, records, and more records.  Internet access was faulty (well, actually non-existent), so we were unable to broadcast live during the stay.

But, the vinyl was well worth it, and makes for some good storytelling down the road.

Sorry for being such a hater to the loyal Bass Rocks readers, and I promise never to do you like that again.