Saturday, December 29, 2012

Austin Free Week 2013 with
PUSHERMANIA

Pushermania is a movement. In the next week or so AustinSurreal.com will be but a memory and Pushermania.com will represent the new movement at hand. More info coming in the next couple daze so keep your senses in tune with the realness floating through the cosmos. And feel this:

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Milli Mars - Nah, Nah

Why does Milli Mars consistently make the livest videos? Merry Christmas. See Milli Mars with Western Tink, Worldwide, Doughbeezy, Killa Kyleon, Tunk, Topic, Gerald G and WAY MORE on Jan. 11 at Frontier Bar for FREE for FREE WEEK in Austin Texas, get crunk.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

KYDD X WORLDWIDE WIN AUSTINSURREAL VIDEO OF THE YEAR AWARD

OH MAN THIS IS HUGE MAN! Them boys Kydd (Austin) and Worldwide (San Antonio) done came together and made a thoed azz video for this thoed azz song. Cory Kendrix in here, all my people in here. These are my people. 2013 > 2102. Real rhymin' from Texas, this is what you need. Feel it and get ready for the Pushermania revolution. Happy Holidaze from THE FAM!

HOUSTON! See the Premier of GANGSTER SQUAD
Meet Mister Cartoon!



Mister Cartoon's SANCTIOND & Miss Vhaven invite you to a special screening of GANGSTER SQUAD from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.

Thursday January 3, 2013 - 8:00 p.m. Edwards Marq*E Stadium 23, 7620 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024

Join us in front of the theater from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. for an exclusive viewing of a 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe customized by Mister Cartoon and inspired by the film.

RSVP to GangsterSquadHOU@sanctiond.com by Friday Dec. 21 Please include your affiliation and number of guests.

#GangsterSquadHOU

IN THEATERS JANUARY 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

PUSHERMANIA FREE WEEK SHOW(S) ANNOUNCEMENT!

It's finally here and its finally confirmed. 2013 is gonna be a HUGE year for Pushermania (the movement, more than the man) and we wanted to kick things off right with a 3 night stand at the FRONTIER BAR (2421 Webberville Road Austin, TX 78702). Flyers/posters coming in next couple daze but feel free to SPREAD THE WORD ITS REALLY GOING DOWN!

PUSHERMANIA (The Movement) PRESENTS:
Three 2013 Kick Off Shows



Thursday Jan. 10th
B L A C K I E (All Caps With Spaces)
Dethrone
LIMB
PersephOne
Exploded Drawing (Lo Phi, soundfounder, KINDER and Sampler & Son)
+ more


Friday Jan. 11th
Doughbeezy
Killa Kyleon
League of Extraordinary G'z
Worldwide
Tunk
Topic
V.I.P.
Gerald G
Western Tink
Milli Mars
Lyric Michelle
Sertified/Die Slo
LNS Crew
DJ Rapid Ric, DJ Charlie
+ more!

Saturday Jan 12th
The Tontons
10YR
The Suffers
Bavu Blakes
Reggie Coby
+ more


Shows are 9pm - 2am every night so get ready to RUMBLE! I mean, chill out.

Friday, December 14, 2012

TRACKLIST ADDED!!!
My First Holidaze Mix of 2012 - Melancholy Christmas

Don't read into it too much.



I'll post tracklist sometime tomorrow. Jam it first though.

DOWNLOAD MATT SONZALA'S MELANCHOLY CHRISTMAS MIX RIGHT HERE

Track list:

Willis Jackson - I'll Be Home For Christmas
John Edwards - White Christmas
Margie Joseph - Feeling the Christmas Feeling
John Lee Hooker - Blues for Christmas
Beat Happening - Christmas Nuhs
Sufjan Stevens - Did I Make You Cry On Christmas Day?
The Pogues - Christmas in the Drunk Tank
Peanuts Gang Meaning of Christmas
Eels - Christmas Is Going To The Dogs
Low - Little Drummer Boy

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Red Bull 3Style MASSIVE Is REALLY GOIN' DOWN!
Next week in Houston TEXAS

And Ya, Mo, Be, Thurr. Friday Dec. 21st. Aka the day the Mayans had us all trippin' like Y2K.


If you have never been to a 3Style you are in for a real treat with this one. The brotherman A-Trak will be in the place alongside one of my favorite DJ's/Musicmakers on the planet Toy Selectah from Monterrey, Mexico and Trap Gawd R.L. Grimes. I don't really know what Trap is cuz I only hang around with people who listen to Screw music and avante garde jazz, but I heard its somewhere along those lines anyway but a little bit faster and you drink a few of them Red Bulls and vodkas and you will rilly fill dat. SO I AM HYPE!

FourColorZack will be in the Big City repping the U-S-A, Nedu Lopez will be wrecking the Brazilian Stylez, and DJ Drummer is coming down and coming through from CHILE aka THA BOTTOM! Seriously this is genuinely MASSIVE! So stoked.

If you don't know (fool disclosure) I (Pushermania Independent Productions Promotions Procurements and Positive Positioning) am working with Red Bull on their new Sound Select Music Program. I plan to make a huge announcement and tell you all about it, at the top of 2013. But seriously, after years of doing cool events with Red Bull (they are one company who have always, 100% kept it TRILL with me and I am not exaggerating) I am now working closely with them. Still an indie contractor dude in them streets but very much up in the mix for this new program that is gonna straight change the game for real. And if not change it, enhance it, which is what I am and have always been about. Pretty stoked right now.

So anyway this event right here will be a bit of a celebration for me in that H-Town with all my H-Town peeps. I better see all of you out there on the 21st. The world isn't going to blow up, don't even trip. We aren't gonna be let off that easy TRUST ME!

HIT THE SITE RIGHT HERE FOR ALL THE INFO YOU NEED! TICKETS ARE $10 AT THE DOOR. It's 18+ and it starts at 9pm at Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond Ave. I once saw De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest and Souls of Mischief in this club way back in the gap ALSO A FEW DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS in 1993. I am not kidding. This is all kinda surreal for me. Which is how I like to keep it. Real, yet also, surreal. Come kick it with your boy we have a lot to celebrate here. Holidaze. New beginnings. Extremely jammin' music. And also THE FUTURE. I swear, the Mayans are wrong, don't hide under your table all night anyway. Even if the world does go swinging out of orbit, we may as well be partying. Right? Right. See you soon H-Tizzle folk. I bet half of Austin will be in this Thang as well. #RB3STYLE

See below for a little taste of what you are in for. EXCLUSIVE WINNING SETS FROM THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD WHO WILL BE IN THAT H-TOWN!

Red Bull Thre3Style 2012 World Champ: Four Color Zack (USA/World champ)

Red Bull Thre3Style 2012 Runner Up: Nedu Lopez (Brazil)

Red Bull Thre3Style 2012 Third Place: DJ Drummer (Chile)

JAM OUT AND I WILL SEE YOU FRIDAY DEC. 21st!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

League of Extraordinary G'z & Shane Eli - The Plug OUT TODAY!
New Jam from Scotty
See both on tour together in Feb. 2013!


It's out! 12-12-12 and the world has been given one of the best rap albums to come out this year. Dudes are rapping like an mn-efr on this one and Shane Eli is on all the beats, with a bit of assistance from D-Madness on the bass and Reggie Coby in the house. All the G'z are destroying on this one and you need to hear it.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE NEW LOEG'z / SHANE ELI COLLABO - THE PLUG - On DJBooth.net!!!
And coincidentally that boy Scotty from the ATL has unleashed a new jam on the world as well. Both of these artists are on the come up majorly right now. Look for them on tour together all across America in February 2013!

DOWNLOAD HERE: "S.S.D.D." by Scotty produced by DJ Burn One.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

Video: League of Extraordinary G'z - Hankuri

One of the livest songs I have heard in a minute, my brothers the League of Extraordinary G'z drop an ill visual to the new classic "Hankuri." The whole album is produced by Shane Eli and is really off the chain. These boys be rappin'. Really well in fact. On this cut Lowkey, Tuck and S. Dot just wreck. Can't wait to hear what Greezo, Lil J, Lil Bully and Reggie Coby have in store on this mug as well. Where it at where it at where it at. Oh here, order it here. Today.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Branzil - Swagged Up

Smart young brother from H-Town really gettin' it in right now.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Pics: Doughbeezy & Killa Kyleon at Collective Status
Talib Kweli, 10YR & Lyric Michelle at The Mohawk

MAN! This past Saturday was pretty incredible here in the ATX. Besides being spring like weather, we had two heavy events for hip-hop heads. First off I headed down to Collective Status on 6th Street for the Act Badd Magazine release party where cover dudes Doughbeezy and Killa Kyleon were siging copies and hosting an open mic of sorts. Super fun, like back in the day pass the mic style.

There were even like totally chicks there even.
Moreafterthejump

Thursday, November 29, 2012

ATX - Kenny Gee - Heisman

Kenny Gee is a 15 year old MC from Austin, TX. Check him out. Always good to hear the voice of the youths. Also notice he is wearing an Atlanta Braves hat, the biggest selling sports hat at Lids this past year in Austin. Why? Because its a big ass A and Austin doesn't have a signature Austin hat, yet... dun dun dunnnnn. Finna go down. Enjoy this.

ATX: Talib Kweli, 10YR, Lyric Michelle, DJ Notion, Y MAS!
Saturday Night AT THE MOHAWK!

MAYNE HOLD UP! It's really goin' down! Saturday night at The Mohawk right here in AustinSurrealVille, Knuckle Rumbler & Proper Entertainment Present Talib Kweli with A LIVE BAND! And live bands opening up, ala 10YR and Lyric Michelle with a DJ/Drummer combo. It's gonna be live real talk.

And before it all gets going you can catch some of Austin's livest up and coming talent from 5-8pm inside, including: OT23, SubKulture Patriots (fresh off tour!), Mindz Of A Different Kind and DJ Cortez! Mo bang for your buck!

GET TICKETS HERE NOW BEFORE THEY SELL OUT

The Mohawk
912 Red River
Austin TX
LYRIC MICHELLE ON AT 9PM SHARP! Don't miss her Austin debut! And 10YR finna blow your mind if they haven't already. This is gonna be jammin.


What I'm Most Excited About Right Now

The best reality rappers in the biz about to put it down with Shane Eli it's really goin' down. I've heard a couple tracks, and in the words of my brother Tuck, "the revolution is here." Rest in Peace to Octavis Berry. It's real.

See the League of Extraordinary G'z on tour with Scotty in a city near you January - March 2013. Reality Rap Is Not Dead.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Noisey.com on Houston & Dallas

Another fine production from the good folks at Noisey. Pretty good look at Houston and Dallas 2012. Except they spelled DORROUGH wrong, lol. So amazing to see things like this come out tho and they really talked to some good folks outside the norm.

Pretty stoked with all the footage in here from the first Hip-Hop The Vote Event. Word to Fat Tony tha Realest!

Stream or DL The Nov. 25 AustinSurreal Show



CLICK HERE TO STREAM OR DL THE NOV. 25, 2012 AUSTINSURREAL SHOW!

PLAY LIST
Rob Bass, Easy Lee, LE$, Worldwide - Hindsight
A.Dd+ - Suitcases
Angel Haze, Lunice - Gimme That
Action Bronson, Schoolboy Q, Alchemist - Demolition Man
TreaTed Crew - The Bong
Cities Aviv ft. Rpldghst - I Drank Up All The Clouds
T.A. - NyQuil
T.A., Fatboi - Nigga Wit Attitude
Kydd, Deezie Fresh, ABT Music - You Got It Kid
Gary Clark Jr. - The Life
Nive Nielsen & Deer Children - The Christmas Song
The Fall - No Xmas For John Queys
Lyric Michelle - My Truth
The Reminders - Africa On My Mind
Deep Level - Mambotjie
K-Paul - Rubberband Dance
Sertified, Pimpin' Pen - The Plan
Karma Jonze - Illusions
Widowspeak - Ballad of the Golden Hour
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - Holy Roller
Clinic - Miss You (Peaking Lights Remix)
Nadus - Higher
Freeway - Jungle
Gunplay - Drop
Tum Tum, Cornerboy P - Cutlass Supreme
Scotty - Ain't No Competition
Daedelus, Computer Jay - Flying Sail
Heems, Harry Fraud - Cowabunga Gnarly
Overdoz, The Futuristiks - Dear God
Killa Kyleon, Cy Fyre - Get High

Monday, November 26, 2012

Snow Tha Product - Cookie Cutter Bitches

Same could be applied to a lot of these mens, real talk. Just cookie cutter ass bullshit. And THAT is what I am most sick of real talk, I'm glad you feel me. Another one from one of the best in the game right now. Word to Snow Tha Product. #Uncut

South African Swag

The past two nights I have had very vivid dreams and in these dreams I was out in South Africa. My whole family was with me. I don't remember what they were all about, but I do know that this morning I got an email from my man Sbu and he sent me these two videos, and I wanted to share them with you. More reasons to GTFOOH and go to South Africa. Real talk. Also Afrika Implode-Explode® is a MOVEMENT. More on that later. This is totally unrelated, but pretty dope.



Friday, November 16, 2012

Worldwide Live at A3C #RedBullSoundstage

This was so amazing to see and be a part of. #Timeless

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

F1 Weekend Is Here (Almost)
NAUGHTY BY NATURE LIVE IN CONCERT!

So glad we have one good option for some old school, real hip-hop this weekend. As opposed to straight cheese outside of Aerosmith, I know ya feel me. Where will you be this weekend? Beauty Ballroom will be a good place to start Friday night. Brought to you by the good folks at SCOREMORE.



GET TICKETS HERE!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

UGK's Too Hard To Swallow Turns 20 Years Old and I feel old but thankful

Young Sama'an Ashrawi comes correct with this one for sure!



This video means a lot to me, it literally took me back in time to the daze when I was working for Murder Dog Magazine. Yes, for a few years my main gig was with a magazine, the best magazine in the history of hip-hop in fact, and my main job there was to travel from city to city, hood to hood, and interview up and coming rappers, DJs and producers for features that may or may not have ever come out. It was a crap shoot for sure, but it was the time of my life.

This was in the late 90's to the early 2000's, and I'd literally get a call from the editor, Black Dog Bone, and he'd tell me that he wanted me to go to a city and find out what is going on rap music wise out there. I literally went to Pittsburgh, Miami, Gary Indiana, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Honolulu, Kansas City, Minneapolis and way more towns, all through both the Carolinas, etc, just pulling up and getting with some key players and would photograph and interview rappers. From big to small. It was a dream job for me.

I was always a big supporter of UGK. I first heard them when their first EP dropped (Banned!) and saw them right around when Too Hard to Swallow came out (many, many times, when they'd show up lol). I used to tell editors at lesser magazines how important they were to us in Texas, and they'd always tell me to shut the fuck up. One big time magazine editor even once told me, right around when Dirty Money came out, "Nobody cares about UGK." This went on for years.

But in the streets, one thing that always stood out to me was 99% of the rappers I would interview from the east, south, west, midwest, Canada, etc, 99% of them would mention UGK as a major influence on their careers/music. 8Ball & MJG came up a lot too. I'd talk to straight hood dudes, backpackers, nerds, playas, whatever, and when I'd ask who influenced them, UGK came up more times than they didn't.

So seeing this video is really amazing. From obvious choices like Killer Mike and A$AP Rocky, who you already know for sure were influenced by UGK to not so obvious ones like People Under the Stairs and Brother Ali, everyone on this video gives it up to the men who made some of the most compelling and soulful and meaningful rap music of all time, UGK. Makes me miss Pimp C so much. Rest in Peace to the Pimp, Long Live Bun B, and big ups to Sama'an and to everyone who takes documenting the real within our culture seriously. Every hip-hop head needs to see this.

Fat Tony ft. Old Money - BKNY

One of Houston's finest comes with an ode to Brooklyn and I have to say I fill dat. For I once upon a time lived in Brooklyn, in Clinton Hill in fact, on Clinton Ave in fact between Dekalb and Lafayette. It was a little different back then in 1994, but then again what wasn't. This is off Fat Tony's next album, Smart Ass Black Boy, produced entirely by Tom Cruz I am pretty sure, due out in 2013. Very excited for this as 2013 is Tony's year real talk I no ya fill dat.



Did you know that Fat Tony is gonna do a tour in Nigeria next year? It's happening for real. I am listening to Naija FM right now in fact, catching up with current events and current jams. Word to the motherland we are going the fuck back to Africa. It's real.

AustinSurreal Show 11/4 & 11/11 2012
Playlists and Links

Well well well this is crazy, but I had a few people ask me this week if I did my show on Sunday, because they didn't see it posted here on AustinSurreal. So I guess that little (extremely little) effort works to an extent. Oi vey I need to post more here, I know, I know, at least the show links. Whatever. Here's the past two weeks shows. They really were jammin. If you missed em you can catch them below, stream or download. Own that shit. I know ya fill dat.



Playlist November 4, 2012
Big Tuck - So Sophisticated Remix
Cassius Green - Fat Back Belly
Black C of RBL Posse, San Quinn, Andre Nickatina - How It Is
100s - My Activator
Slimm Calhoun - No Problem
Cool Nutz, Tech N9ne, Krizz Kalico - Affiliation
Hoodstar Chantz, Aye Jay, Wil - Runnin' Shit
Kendrick Lamar, MC Eiht - M.A.A.D. City
Gary Clark Jr. - The Life
Plan B - Drug Dealer
Worldwide, Serified - Bang Swang
Tunk - Bon Appetit
JJ Doom - Guv'nor
Institutional Prostitution - Sonia Bitch Ass Up
Jean Grae - Kill Screen
Jasiri X, Invincible, Rhymefest - Candidates For Sale
Soundfounder - Aw Yeah
Boom Baptist - Summer JobMake Out Scene
Chrome Canyon - Carfire On The Highway
Kid Koala - 8 Bit Blues (Chicago to LA)
JJ Doom - Viberean Sun Part 2
BP, Young Mike, Big Pokey - Street Niggaz
Fame, Chalie Boy - Y'all Ain't Working
Red Eye, Blq Poet, Nickle Plated - Oh Baby Now
Dirty & Nasty - The Residence
GT Garza, Zro, Slim Thug - Like What You See
Throwbacks - We Keep It Movin'
Pharoahe Monch - Damage

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OR STREAM THE AUSTINSURREAL SHOW FROM Nov. 4, 2012

Playlist November 11, 2012
Pharoahe Monch - Damage
Lyric Michelle - This & That
Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson - Truth Be Told
Bunz - Race to the Moon
Mikki Ekko, Clams Casino - Pull Me Down
Jonti - Saturday Night
Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa - Know Betta
Gary Clark Jr. - Travis County
Chrome Canyon - Memories of a Scientist
Hundred Waters - Thistle (AraabMusik Remix)
JJ Doom - Banished
Trinidad James - All Gold Everything
Dirty & Nasty - All Black Everything
Heavenz To Mergatroyd - Foxycutioner
Ethereal & the Queer Show - Cosmotopia
Heathered Pearls - Beach Shelter
IO Analog - You Slay Me
Iman Omari - Energy
100s - Ice Cold Island
Express - Candy Coated Rocketship
Kyle Lee, Worldwide - Ridin Thru My City
Mad One & Ruler Why - Peace of Mind
Heems - Juveniles Detained at Guantanamo Bay
Homeboy Sandman - Illuminati
Melokan - Iluminati
Yelawolf, Travis Barker - Funky Shit
Sniper E, Dizzee Rascal - Live-O
Fiend, Mr. Marcelo - Writings On The Wall
Soundfounder - Aw Yeah
Nick Hook - Call Me
Kinder - Night Kites

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OR STREAM THE AUSTINSURREAL SHOW FROM NOV. 11, 2012

I'd love to hear your feedback on the show. Please leave a comment below or hit me on the email, austinsurreal@gmail.com, and remember, a lot of what I play comes directly to me from people like you so please send me some new music. From anywhere in the world, all styles except pop. I mean, you know, illuminati pop. Everything but that. THANKS!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

DAM featuring AMAL MURKUS - If I Could Go Back In Time

This is the type of thing hip-hop needs for real. And it comes from one of our cultures most powerful acts, DAM from Lyd, Palestine! These are my boys right here for real, I love everything they do. A true voice for the entire Middle East. Please read the translation below of the lyrics to this song. I won't spoil the surprise, but Dam not only covers a topic that many won't touch, they also came up with a concept that most people in hip-hop don't even try to do anymore. Its a truly unique technique. Telling the story backwards. So brilliant, so powerful. This is what I need more of in my life. Viva Palestine! Viva Dam!



www.DAMRAP.com

Translation
Arabic script: If I Could Go Back In Time
‏Suhel Nafar:
‏Before she was murdered, she wasn't alive
‏We'll tell her story backwards from her murder to her birth
‏Her body rises from the grave to the ground
‏The bullet flies out of her forehead and swallowed into the gun
‏The sound of her echo screams, she screams back
‏Tears rise up from her cheeks to her eyes
‏Behind the clouds of smoke, faces of her family appear
‏Without shame, her brother puts the gun in his pocket
‏Her father throws down the shovel and wipes the sweat off his forehead
‏He shakes his head, satisfied from the size of the grave
‏They pull her back to the car, her legs kicking
‏Like a sand storm, she's erasing her own tracks
‏They throw her in the trunk, she doesn't know where she is
‏But she knows that three left the house and only two will return
‏They reach the house; throw her to the bed in violence
‏"So you want run away huh?" they wake her with violence


‏Amal Murkus (Chorus)
‏If I could go back in time
‏I would smile
‏Fall in love
‏Sing
‏If I could go back in time
‏I would draw
‏Write
‏Sing


‏Mahmood Jrere:
‏She dreams before falling asleep
‏We'll tell her story backwards, maybe understand
‏The clock hands move right to left
‏She reconstructs her steps as if she were lost
‏She sleeps prepared, money for the taxi
‏Plane ticket and passport under her pillow
‏Answer: leave the clothes in the closet; she plans to wear a new life
‏Question: what if they ask what the suitcase is for?
‏She went to bed, leaves table
‏Eats well, she must act today
‏Her nose stops bleeding, that's what they see
‏But it's a fresh wound; before they will beat her she will beat them
‏Her mom says "your life is like heaven"
‏She's right, if you taste the forbidden you better know someone is watching
‏Two hours before dinner, the phone hangs up
‏Her mom is shocked "the flight is delayed"
‏Phone rings

‏ Amal Murkus (Chorus)

‏Tamer Nafar:
‏Before she answers, she isn't even asked
‏The story is like the logic in her life, all backwards
‏Her hands up in the sky, begging for help
‏Their hands up in the sky reciting the Fatiha (ceremony before marriage)
‏The calendar page moves one day back, the time is
‏Afternoon, the argument is over, her brother commands her
‏Blood flows from her lips to her nose
‏A sound of a fist, his hand jumps from her face
‏It's the first time in her life that she says "NO!"
‏Her mom announces happily "tomorrow you will marry your cousin"
‏If I look through the album of her life
‏I won't see a photo of her standing up for her rights
‏It's hard, the pages are stuck to my hand
‏Her past full of blood and tears
‏But we promise you, from her murder to her birth
‏Their expressions filled with anger as if someone announced a crime
‏"Congratulations, it's a girl"
‏The beginning.


Arabic script:Freedom For My Sisters

The Niyat ft. Tabu - Gun State

These dudes right here! Been doing it for years. Some of the hardest lyricists ever. Love to hear raps where the MCs interact instead of just the typical verse hook verse shit. I saw Jneiro Jarel the other night at The Flat and he brought out his original group Nubian Nomads. This week has been one great memory after another. Both The Niyat and Nubian Nomads used to be up in my first club night ever (lol at "club night") The Hip Hop Coffee Shop. Now Jneiro has a whole album with MF Doom and the Niyat is still killing it and we are all walking tall, 20 years later. #inspiring

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ice Cube - Everything's Corrupt

#YESWECAN Thank you Ice Cube. Still coming with it. Sums it all up quite nicely here.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two More Hip-Hop The Vote Events!
U of Houston + HCC Alief
#HipHopTheVote

This Friday come out to Lynn Eusan Park at the University of Houston to #HipHopTheVote on the last day of early voting! It's really going down. Lots of surprises in the works too. Gonna be a great day on campus...

And on Monday November 5th, we'll be out at Houston Community College in Alief one day before Election Day. A last minute reminder to the people. #HipHopTheVote

ATX Hip-Hop LIVE on KUT!
Riders Against the Storm (R.A.S.), Kydd Jones, Crew54, & Bavu Blakes in Studio 1A

So amazing to see, I mean hear, this happen (wish I could have seen it happen!). Word to Jay Trachtenberg, Haley Howle and all the good folks at KUT for hosting some of Austin's heaviest hip-hop talent live in Studio 1A. This is a great look at some of my favorite artists right now. I think Austin hip-hop is looking and sounding real dope in 2012. See for yourself. Hope I get to hear some of these jams randomly, now and again on KUT. What it do John Aielli?


Click Below to Listen to
Riders Against the Storm (R.A.S.), Kydd Jones, Crew54, and Bavu Blakes in Studio 1A

Why Bavu look so California? When is KUTX starting? Do they need a hip-hop show?

Experience all of these artists live Saturday night at the postponed Yasiin Bey show! Word to Chris Proper and happy birthday to him.

Nicest thing ever

I mean damn near the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me in all my history in the music shit. Thanks so much to my homey Samaan for making this happen and all of the artists involved. Its much appreciated and I thank all of you as well, for being who you are. This is really big for me. I've never been so appreciated, and also not appreciated, for anything in my whole life. But whatever, that is the past. Pushermania is the future. Also the present. More to come.

Fat Tony - "Denim Guinness Boys" (Prod. by Tom Cruz)

More madness from the genius of Houston rap, Fat Tony. Last night Asli from The Tontons posed the question, "Why does someone always have to die in Fat Tony videos?" Good question.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

SCOOYUNDA - Sounds Like

Why me and Scooby go the same (lack of) hair cut? Cuz we're brothers thats why. Peep the newness. #GRITBOYS

Western Tink - TX Vampires (Mobbstyle) [Produced by Blizzed Out]

Pretty sure he is taller than Slim Thug. These boys crazy. But stop letting white people mouth the N-Bomb, shiiiiiit. It's finna go down tho.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

VIDEO: PersephOne - al jawab

I think this would be considered SFW as opposed to NSFW, I dunno, use your discretion. Ain't no nudity up in here. But its sexy than a mug. PersephOne is one of my favorite MCs both musically and as a human being. I often wonder how the hell she remembers all those words she spits, but she does, and I have never seen anything like her in hip-hop or any other music before. She's a walking work of art that spits real fire and venom unto the cosmos. I met her a long time ago and some of my fondest memories revolve around her coming to my old radio show in Houston, Damage Control, and going into the mic room when we would have freestyles. There'd be like 10 dudes workin' wood wheels and swang a langin their written bullshit, and she would step to the mic and unleash an interstellar superhighway of off the dome, off kilter, sometimes off color lyrics and everyone in the room would just back the fuck up. And now she's made one of the greatest videos of all time, OF ALL TIME. Ladies and Gentlefolk... my lil sis PersephOne...



DIRECTED BY MY BROTHER LOVESUN! #HTOWN!

Geto Boys End of the World Party in San Antonio! December 21st!

If the Mayans were right, this is going to be one hell of a way to go out! At Backstage Live LIKE A SOULJA!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

AUSTIN! WEDNESDAY EVENING!
Urban Artist Alliance presents.."Hip Hop Rhymes 2 Business Minds" Pt. 1

It really goes down Wednesday night Oct. 24th. Hip-Hop Rhymes 2 Business Minds, a panel of folks from the Austin hip-hop community including me, Salih Williams, MC Overlord, Smackola, Steve Savage, Josh Woodhouse and our host/moderator Tee Double. Word to him for putting this on. All folks looking to break into the music biz should come to this. Especially Arvin Wallace. Real talk.



Here's what Tee Dub has to say about the Urban Artist Alliance and tomorrow's event:

The Urban Artist Alliance was founded by Austin artist,producer and artist advocate Terrany "Tee-Double" Johnson to finally bring A RESOURCE FOR URBAN ARTIST to Austin,Texas! In partnership with the Austin Music Foundation the Urban Artist Alliance will provide workshops/panels, educational input,consulting and more to local musicians who need assistance in taking their careers to the next level and becoming smarter business people.Always Free to the public!! Held at the media center provided by AMF! More info: http://www.urbanartistalliance.com/(Donations Welcome & Any Amount Counts!)

7 p.m. at Creative Media Center, 1901 E. 51st. Street (Building 4), Austin, TX 78723

I'm finna tell YOU PEOPLE some thangs. It's really goin' down, and it's free. So PLEASE come support.

Red Bull Soundstage A3C Showcase Really Went Down!

And was really dope. Check out the video below to relive a bit of it!

SXSW Hip-Hop Showcase 1994? Yup
Also I no longer work for SXSW

Found this gem of a VHS tape in the archives at my moms house this summer and finally got it converted to DVD and then to a file and then to the Youtubes. This takes a long time for old guys like me, so I am just getting it up now. What a wealth of history there is here.

I was lucky to have met Andre Walker back in 1993 or so. He was in Austin and I was in Houston and we connected over a love for underground music and a will to make a connection between the two cities. At the time he had just taken over the duty of booking hip-hop for SXSW from Kier Worthy. Back then there was only one showcase or so per year. In 1995 there were two (wish I had those videos too!).

Andre Walker Magic Video Interview

Andre let me help select the groups for this, and I also hosted the entire night. Thank God there's no footage of that. The 22 year old me yelling curse words in an Odd Squad shirt and such, with an even more awkward "accent" than I have now.

Anyway those were the daze. Peep the videos below. Mad Flava were a real ray of hope for us back in those days. Blac Monks represented a whole new breed of Houston street music, Sociopath Left showed me how many directions hip-hop could really go, as did Sockeye in a sense as well. Heads & Dreads blew my mind consistently. Poetic Souls and their crew Da Psyko Ward helped form my love for REAL lyrics, etc. Dank and them showed me that there was more to Austin than just 6th street and great breakfast places. Word to DJ Cassanova.

There were more acts on the showcase, but I need to upload them and that process, well, it's a bit much for an impatient old man.

Also for those who were wondering, I no longer work for SXSW. That ended in March of this year pretty much. So please stop asking me about it, and tell a friend, to tell a friend, to stop asking me about it. The new company is PUSHERMANIA and there's a lot in the works. Anyway, that's all I have to say about that. Enjoy your trip back to 1994. The Gravediggaz headlined this show but they said they didn't want anyone to record their set, and whoever recorded this, listened to them. OH WELL! This whole series means a lot to me. Enjoy.

Blac Monks (Houston, TX)

Blac Monks Magic Video Interview

Mad Flava (Dallas, TX)

Mad Flava Magic Video Interview

Sociopath Left (Austin, TX)

Poetic Souls (Houston, TX)

Heads & Dreads (Dallas, TX)

Sockeye (Austin, TX)

Sockeye Magic Video Interview

Ms. Dank (Austin, TX)

Hip-Hop The Vote at the Alief Community Center Last Friday in Houston!

Things are heating up in the world of politics and all we can HOPE right now is that the PEOPLE, the real PEOPLE, get involved and at the very least go out and exercise their right to vote. So my people at Texans Together have teamed up with me to produce these "Hip-Hop The Vote" events around Harris County. So we are having fun, while bringing the message to the people. Check the photos after the jump to see who all is riding with us.


Willie D of the Geto Boys and Fred Lewis of Texans Together meet at last...

Monday, October 22, 2012

AustinSurreal Show Oct. 21, 2012
Playlist and Stream/DL Link

Man it really went down last night. If you missed it, hit the link below and jam out at your leisure.


CLICK HERE TO STREAM OR DOWNLOAD THE AUSTINSURREAL SHOW FROM OCT. 21, 2012

Zavala - Baustin Bridge
100s - Brick Cell Phone
Lady Leshurr - Every Man
Wax Romeo - Satan Sheets
Dethrone - Stormcrusher
Hangmas - Ragadazo
Nick Hook, El-P, Rood - Sirens
Bassnectar, Angel Haze - Freestyle
Gary Clark Jr. - You Saved Me
Kydd - Fake Accent
Worldwide - Could Be Worse
Sertified, Pacboi Tank - Hate
Melokan - Illuminati
Blackhouse - Fonkie Journey
Homeboy Sandman - Illuminati
Sauti Sol, Spoek Mathambo - Slow
Star Eyes - Whistle Tip
Beedie, Jon Quest - Do You
Mad One, Ruler Why - Yesterdays Rain
Moabi Kotu, T Man - Sibuyele Emakaya
Sniper E, Dizzee Rascal - Livo
Timbuktu, Damn - Stannakvar
Branzil - Inspiration
Jasiri X, Invincible, Rhymefest - Candidates for Sale
Chrome Canyon - Elemental Themes
Heems, Pawan, Chorhay - Love
Thavius Beck - Eye of the Beholder

Friday, October 19, 2012

TODAY IN HOUSTON!
Hip-Hop The Vote in Alief
With Willie D, Killa Kyleon, GT Garza, Doughbeezy, Uzoy, Dirty & Nasty, DJ Chill, Noelle Davis, Me, and MORE!

ITS REALLY GOIN' DOWN! 4-8pm Alief Community Center. SEE YOU THERE H-TOWN!

B L A C K I E (All Caps With Spaces)
(and Bushwick Bill)
On French TV

Word to Valerie Paille at Tracks in Paris! She caught up with B L A C K I E at the Villette Sonique Festival earlier this summer. You can see my fat face in there too. Anyway, ENJOY! I guess the full show will be on French and German TV this weekend, and then online for one week only. I'll post link when that comes up!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Where's the Texas Version of This?
#DoYouCare?
Jasiri X, Invincible, Rhymefest
CANDIDATES FOR SALE

"It's a damn shame, Politicians should be dressing up like Nascar drivers, covered in brand names..." (Invincible 2012)

Three of the best rappers ever, and the most relevant hands down at this very moment, Jasiri X, Invincible and Rhymefest team up for "Candidates for Sale." Just in time for tonight's joke of a pseudo debate between these two hoe ass hoes.

Anyway whatever. CLICK HERE TO STREAM AND OR DOWNLOAD THIS INCREDIBLE SONG!

Monday, October 15, 2012

A3C 2012 Really Went Down!

Last year when I went to the A3C Festival for the first time, I said to myself, man I am NEVER going to miss and A3C ever again. Well I'm 2 for two right now, and don't plan to ever, ever, ever miss me an A3C EVAR! These folks in ATL put together one of the most fun events ever in the history of music, and it's ALL HIP HOP and its all LOVE. Not kidding.

Lucky me got a 6am flight on Southwest airlines and caught the special exit row with the super extra leg room which set off a perfect weekend. Start to finish. Perfect.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Classic Austin TV - Magic Video 1994 with Bushwick Bill & Blac Monks

I have a gang of videos and a big announcement coming soon here to the blog. But check it out, this show Magic Video IS STILL ON out here in Austin on Sunday afternoons on Austin public access. It rules man. Word to Brotha K. Anyway this particular interview happened one Sunday in March 1994. One night after a SXSW hip-hop showcase that featured The Gravediggaz, Mad Flava, Sociopath Left, Sockeye, Heads N Dreads and way more. I got a lot of video to post. Stay tuned. This was the first year I got involved with SXSW hip-hop wise. #trivia

B. DOLAN - "WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON" **OFFICIAL VIDEO** #FREECECE

"Half these fools could put the mic down and run as a Republican."

Tell 'em B. Dolan. This is a powerful video for a powerful song. I only lik ehip-hop that is #NevaScared

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

See Doughbeezy this week at A3C Fest in ATL!

One of the best new voices in hip-hop!

Third Root ft. DaShade Moonbeam - LifeFUTUREArt

One of the best things happening in Texas music right now. I mean two of the best things, Third Root and DaShade Moonbeam.

Third Root:: Life FUTURE Art from Francisco Cortes on Vimeo.

Monday, October 8, 2012

A3C Fest Hits Atlanta This Week!
Insane Line Up

And that's a real understatement. If you haven't Already, check the schedule on A3CFestival.com and figure a way to get to Atlanta in 2 days, cuz as they say, it's really goin' down.

Thursday you gotta get there early, 1 pm is my panel FESTIQUETTE

1 pm On the Jakprints Stage
Matt Sonzala (Austin Surreal) | Soul Wallace (Steel Magnolia Group) | DJ Next (Amalgam Digital) | Dutch Rebelle | Mr Greezo (League of Extraordinary Gz) | Dante Ross (Owner, Stimulated Artist Management/ Director of East Coast A&R, Warner Bros.) | Lyric Jones | Brian Knott (Founder, A3C Hip Hop Festival)

Then that night 24HrGrind and AustinSurreal Present STRAIGHT OUTTA TEXAS! (NOTE: Doughbeezy is now playing on the Red Bull Soundstage on Friday Night and A.Dd+ will perform Thursday on Straight Outta Texas.)


12:25 AM Killa Kyleon
12:00 AM League of Extraordinary G'z
11:40 Lil Keke
11:20 A.Dd+
11:00 Roosh Williams
10:45 Dex Owusu
10:30 Uzoy

And Friday night, I helped put together this Red Bull Soundstage Bill as well.


12:20 AM - Tha Liknuts (Alkaholiks + The Beatnuts)
11:50 Chancellor Warhol
11:30 Slum Village
11:10 Skewby
10:50 The Niceguys
10:30 Worldwide
10:10 Kydd
9:50 Felony Fame
9:30 Mani Coolin
9:15 Doughbeezy

There's so much more. Expect a much larger preview tomorrow but MAN! So much great music happening in ATL this week. A3C Festival looking amazing. Even more Texas with Trae tha Truth, Snow tha Product, Devin the Dude, it's going to be crazy. See you there?

#HipHopTheVote
#OccupyTheVote
TUESDAY IS LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN TEXAS

You want to vote in this election cycle? Of course you do. Texas, and a gang of other states, Tuesday October 9th is your last chance to register to vote. So what you gone do? Click Here to find out how to Register to Vote in Texas TODAY, literally. It ends today.



It was a great night in 3rd Ward! Our next event coming up October 19th at the Alief Community Center. More info coming soon. UH and TSU events as well. #TexansTogether #OccupyTheVote #HipHopTheVote



AustinSurreal Show Oct. 7, 2012
Playlist + DL + Stream

A3C Fest Preview of sorts.

Click here to stream or download the latest AustinSurreal Show from Radio KAOS

Playlist Oct, 7, 2012
Worldwide - Gas Money (Interlude)
Worldwide - Could Be Worse
League of Extraordinary G'z - Billie Jean
Lil J, Big Erb, K-Rino - Not Feelin It
Chrome Canyon - Chasing the Dead
Analouge Monsta - Collection Plate
Karriem Rigggins - Ding Dong Bells
Killer Mike, Rittz, Slim Calhoun, Kyle Lucas, Runway Richy, Lil Scrappy, Pill, Scotty, Backbone, C-Bone, Trakksoundz, Cory Mo - Atlanta Smokers Only
Worldwide, A.Dd+ - Bout That Remix
Dee-1, Mannie Fresh, Juvenile - Man In My City
SL Jones, Rittz, Ebony Love - MDMA
Kyle Lee, Worldwide - Ridin' Thru My City
Oy - Marketplace
Hussle Club - Children of the Underground
Talib Kweli, Ryan Leslie - Outstanding
Z-Ro, Mike D - Jaccers Wanna Know
Curren$y, Harry Fraud - 67 Turbo Jet
Denmark - Quit Smoking
Moe Green, Erk tha Jerk - Window Seat
Roosh Williams - Day One
Branzil - Inspiration
Chalie Boy - No Hook Needed
Jean Grae - Kill Screen
Moka Only - Sleeping Dogs
Flinch ft. Kylee Swenston - Under Water
Pallbearer - Devoid of Redemption

Scion Music(less) Conference 2012
REALLY WENT DOWN

Really, it really went down.

Last week I had the honor of being a part of the third Scion Music(less) Conference. I attended the first one, two years ago, and was impressed, but this year was straight up incredible. So many good people and even better vibes. And to be honest, even at the crochety old age that I am, I even learned some thangs.

Friday, October 5, 2012

SiriusXM Opens New Broadcast Studio in Austin

I've BEEN saying that this needed to happen. Maybe even since satellite radio came into existence. They needed to have a studio in our little musical town, and now they do. Word them up, as they say.


Photo Credit: Christopher Durst

I am very much in favor of anything that provides an alternative to what has happened to terrestrial radio. I've always had a bit of a fantasy of getting on satellite radio with the jams, but always figured I'd have to move to New York to do so, and that ain't happening. I'm way too lazy for New York. And too impatient for public transportation. And get really insanely angry when I have to pay $12 to go through a tunnel or over a bridge. But whatever. Things about Austin make me mad too.

Whatever happens I am just glad that more cool things like this are coming to our city. When we had a 3 month trial of SiriusXM in the Honda, Willie's Roadhouse was one of the channels I'd tune to the most (sorry Shade 45 but I had the kids up in the car a lot, they kinda think hip-hop is silly. They didn't complain when I'd have Backspin on though). Shade 45 is dope though, and pretty much reason enough for any hip-hop head to make the investment. With commercial radio limiting themselves to 4 artists and 13 songs at any given time, and college radio being almost gone for hip-hop, well yeah, this is where it's really at. I can only jam YouTubes and Soundclouds so much. I'm actually a person who likes it when a real person hips me to new things. Call me crazy. Word to Tony Touch.

So yeah lemme know when you want a Live from the Dirty South show SiriusXMers (or something like this), now that I am unemployed (Oh yeah I forgot to tell y'all, lol). I'ma have to subscribe now. Opening reception next Friday, but I'll be at A3C fest. More on that later. official press release below. Get hype.

NEW YORK–October 3, 2012– Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that it has officially opened its new broadcast studio in Austin, Texas.

The new studio, in Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd, will be home to SiriusXM shows, musical performances, interviews, special broadcasts and more.

SiriusXM will host a grand opening event on Friday, October 12 at the new studio with special guests Willie Nelson, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and others. Nelson’s SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse, channel 56, will broadcast with host Dallas Wayne live from the new studio weekdays from 12:00—6:00 pm ET and will broadcast live from the event.

“Austin is one of America’s most vibrant music cities, and we are excited to expand the SiriusXM footprint there with our new studio,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “The unpredictable but influential music scene of Austin, its artists and its style, will be represented by the amazing array of artists, and the shows and channels that will broadcast from there. Willie is an iconic and much-loved artist, who has been part of the SiriusXM family for years, and we are thrilled to have him help us open the studios.”

The SiriusXM studio is situated in the same complex as the Austin City Limits Live concert venue, giving SiriusXM unique access to performers and performances alike. Additionally, Radio Margaritaville, channel 24, and Outlaw Country, channel 60, will also broadcast from the Austin studio.

For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

AustinSurreal Show Playlist + DL/Stream Link
Sept. 30, 2012

Oh man, it really went down this past Sunday.


CLICK HERE TO STREAM OR DOWNLOAD THE LATEST AUSTINSURREAL SHOW!
Playlist
Dee-1, Killer Mike - Never Clockin' Out
Homeboy Sandman - Illuminati
Jean Grae - Kill Screen
Reggie Coby - Go Away
Worldwide, A-Train, Rob Bass - Same Thing
GT Garza, Z-Ro - Like What You See
Freddie Gibbs, Z-Ro - Boxframe Cadillac (83 Deville Remix)
Magno, Konan - No Worries
Oy - Market Place
A Tribe Called Red - Inter Tribal #1
Boom Baptist - Haunted Carnival
Hundred Waters - Thistle
Preservation Hall Jazz Band - It Ain't My Fault ft. Yassin Bey, Trombone Shorty, Alan Tousainnt
Poirer ft. Kween G - Funa Chi Cho
Poirer ft. Mr. OK - Jokma
DJ Vadim, Rodney P, Yarah Bravo, Dynamite MC, JMan - This DJ
Space Camp - Tick Tock (Ching Chong)
Soul Jazz Orchestra - Serve & Protect
Wax Tailor - Past, Present & Future (Rock N Roll)
Thavius Beck - Joy (Bring It)
O-Chemist ft. C-Redd & Sasha Vs. Trillville - That Cut
Fast Ronald - A Friend In Weed
The Niceguys - Magic
Elaquent - Parallel
Blunt Fang - Zenfromzans
Branzil - Inspiration
Ishft. Esthero - Never Gonna Let You Go

Bushwick Bill, Scarface, Snoop Dogg, RBX & Big Mike Freestyle in Cali

I am so glad that I was alive during these days, wish I had a time machine. Maaaaaan YouTube needs more stuff like this REAL TALK!

Jef Jon Sin - "Watch Me"

Lots of videos get shot at SXSW every year, but I like the way this dude took things into his own hands. He's from Tennessee, and is amazed by my knowledge of Tennessee rap, so I like him. Lol naw dude this is great. Enjoy and more to come.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

HOUSTON! First Hip-Hop The Vote Event
Reggae Bodega/Irie Juices/Reggae Hut
On that Almeda Block!
Sept. 25, 2012

I'll forgive you if you didn't know that yesterday was National Voter Registration Day, but it was and the good people at Texan's Together kicked off their Hip-Hop the Vote Campaign in GRAND STYLE!

Suffice it to say, IT REALLY WENT DOWN!

The Tontons Take Pop Montreal 2012

My favorite festival! And probably theirs now too.

Asli from The Tontons getting live at thier first Canadian show EVAR!

There's more pictures after the jump, but I should have taken more. Ever since Instagram came into my life, I started using my phone cam more than my real one, and well those are embarrassing. However if you want to see more pics from my Montreal trip, check the ones after the jump and also on my Instagram, @Pushermania

Friday, September 21, 2012

New video from Invincible!

Invincible never disappoints and always changes the game. So happy to see this. Invincible will be live in Austin, Texas on Saturday October 6th, more info coming this week.

ArtPrize 2012 - Complex Movements @ SiTE:LAB (Test Performance) - 9/19/2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

First Hip-Hop The Vote Event
Tues. Sept. 25 - Reggae Bodega/Irie Juices
National Voter Registration Day
#HOUSTON

First event in the Hip-Hop The Vote Series in Houston happens this coming Tuesday Sept. 25th in 3rd. It's National Voter Registration Day and Texans Together is presenting a special concert/awareness event at the Reggae Bodega/Irie Juices at 4812 Almeda Dr, featuring Chingo Bling, Doughbeezy, The Niceguys and Dat Boi T.


Voting Can be Hip and Fun: Houston Hip Hop Music Concert Series Promotes Voting

(Houston, TX): The first of a series of Hip Hop the Vote music events will take place this Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 4-8 pm, at Reggae Bodega/Irie Juices at 4814 Alameda Road. Well-known Houston hip hop artists, Chingo Bling, Doughbeezy, The Niceguys, and Dat Boi T will perfom and promote non-partisan voting. At this family-friendly event, the artists will promote voting to younger, multicultural Houstonians who have low voter registration and turnout. Deputy registrars will be there to help citizens register and to answer their questions about the voting process.

What: Texans Together Education Fund dba Occupy the Vote-Houston team up with promoter Matt Sonzala to present the first in a series of Houston Hip-Hop The Vote Events!
When: Tuesday Sept. 25th - NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY- 4-8pm
Where: The Reggae Bodega/Irie Juices - 4814 Almeda Road.

AustinSurreal Show 9/16/12: Stream or DL + Playlist

It happened once again, the new music explosion that is. Forgive the lateness on the playlist and link and such, I'm in Montreal. More on that later.



CLICK HERE TO STREAM OR DOWNLOAD THE LATEST AUSTINSURREAL SHOW HOSTED BY PUSHERMANIA AKA MATT SONZALA

PLAYLIST FOR 9/16/2012

The Niceguys - Just Be Cool
Jean Grae - Kill Screen
Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire - Lost in Transition
Flatbush Zombies - Al Bundy (Darko)
Institutional Prostitution - Sonia Bitch Ass Up
Magno - Bussin At Em
LE$, Slim Thug - Buss It
Hoodstar Chantz - Clique
Alley Boy, Gunplay - I'ma Shooter
Etta Bond, Raf Riley, Lady Leshurr - Boring Bitches
Plastic Plates - More Than Love
Starslinger - Take This Up
Writer - Hot Days
Waka Flocka, Trae - I Got 'Em
Worldwide, Rittz - Waddup
Phranchyze - Exodus
DaShade Moonbeam - They Are Coming
Kydd, Max Frost - Nice & Slow
Crew54, Carter Arrington - My Life
A Tribe Called Red - Woodcarver
Iman Omari - Take Away
I/O Analog - X-Rated Movies
Kid Koala - 2 Bit Blues
T. Bird & The Breaks - Just Gettin' Started (K. Sabroso Remix)
Blunt Fang - Zen From Zans
The Culprit, K-Paul - Police Sirens
Tense - Passport
Brew & Jake of Lower Life Form - Home
The Niceguys - War Eagle

Friday, September 14, 2012

OCCUPY THE VOTE!
New Project I'm Working On

Man hold up it's really goin' down in that H-Town. Over the course of the next few weeks, up until the election November 6th, I'll be going back and forth to Houston working with Texans Together Education Fund putting on events out in them streets getting people to register to vote, to pledge to vote and to increase voter awareness. All sorts of your favorite rappers have signed on to help this cause along and on National Voter Registration Day - Tuesday Sept. 25th - our first event happens in the heart of 3rd Ward!



As you can see this one is a straight up FAM event with Chingo Bling, Doughbeezy, Dat Boi T, The Niceguys, DJ Chill and Zin keeping the party moving and the message flowing. And it's happening at the FAM SPOT - The Reggae Bodega and their new cafe Irie Juices right down there on Almeda off that Southmore exit. One of my favorite blocks in the whole city. 4 - 8 pm, the event is free and open to the public and FAMILY FRIENDLY. Round up your friends who have yet to register to vote and bring them down, and bring yourself and make a pledge to vote and lets really try to make a difference in Harris County.



More events will be listed soon, big one happening in Alief, etc. Lots to talk about. Also look out for our video campaign coming soon. Anyway, it's really going down. Tuesday Sept. 25th at the Reggae Bodega/Irie Juices in the heart of Third Ward! 4814 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004

Flyer by Tosin at Sin-ful Designs

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Tontons release "Golden" Video
3 shows at Pop Montreal + Fall Tour Dates

MY PEOPLE! Come down with the WIN! Houston's own The Tonton's are killing it! Three shows at Pop Montreal next week and a whole slew of big shows this fall.



Check out the video and then scroll down and check out the entire EP on Bandcamp. So excited for The Tontons.

FALL 2012 TOUR DATES
DATE | CITY | VENUE
9/20 | Montreal, QC | Citizen Vintage | Pop Montreal
9/22 | Montreal, QC | Parc de la Petite Italie | Pop Montreal
9/22 | Montreal, QC | Les 3 Minots | Official Pop Montreal Showcase
9/29 | Houston, TX | Houston Wine Festival
10/3 | Dallas, TX | Club Dada
10/4 | Memphis, TN | Hi-Tone
10/6 | Nashville | The High Watt | Next Big Nashville's Soundland Official Afterparty
10/7 | Chattanooga, TN | TBD
10/8 | Atlanta, GA | Smith's Olde Bar
10/9 | Athens, GA | Georgia Theatre
10/11 | Durham, NC | The Garage Bar @ Motorco
10/12 | Charlottesville, VA | Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
10/18 | New York, NY | Bowery Electric | The Audio Perv and USvsTHEMinc Official CMJ Showcase
10/18 | New York, NY | Rebel NYC Bar | The Texas Takeover Official CMJ Party
10/24 | Charlotte, NC | TBD
10/26 | Jackson, MS | Ole Tavern on George St
10/27 | New Orleans, LA | One Eyed Jacks
10/28 | Beaumont, TX | Tequila Rok
10/29 | Austin, TX | W Hotel | The Sessions
11/8 | Bryan, TX | Grand Stafford Theater


Stream Golden | http://tontons.bandcamp.com
Twitter | http://twitter.com/thetontons
Facebook | http://facebook.com/thetontons

Monday, September 10, 2012

The only song I truly love

At the moment...


Stumbled across this little gem after hearing just part of it on 1xtra this weekend. I think Target's show but i am not totally sure. I have been a fan of Lady Leshurr for a minute now, but need to find out more about Etta Bond obviously, and the producer Raf Riley. Super dope stuff right here. You can download the EP for free right here and you should. Its all over the place in a good way. #intrigued

Last Nights AustinSurreal Show

It really went down last night! CLICK HERE TO STREAM OR DOWNLOAD LAST NIGHT'S AUSTINSURREAL SHOW!



Etta Bond, Raf Riley, Lady Leshurr - Boring Bitches
Collie Budz - Ganjapipe
Dominic Lord, Pusha T, Grimes - Pierce
The Orb, Lee "Scratch"Perry - Ball of Fire
Milli Mars - What the Fuck
Milli Mars - You Ain't Sayin' Nothin'
Western Tink - Live & Let Die
Western Tink - Thowed Off
Freddie Gibbs, Dana Williams - The Hard
Rittz - Questions
Roach Gigz, IAMSU! - Ain't A Thing
Heems, Fat Tony, Big Baby Ghandi - Bangles
David Byrne, St. Vincent - Who
Beacon - Feelings Gone
Swim - Ride
How To Dress Well - It Was You
A Tribe Called Red - Electric Pow Wow Drum
I/O Analog - Fast Free Times
Iman Omari - Energy
DJ Eleven, Sharina Doyle - Last Beat
Gucci Mane - Bussin Jugs
KMC - Presidential
YBM Steel - Mobbin'
Mookie Jones - Comma
Supamane - Blow My High
Zubz - Extras
ANT, Big Sant, Big Chris - Never Gon Change
T. Bird & The Breaks - Just Gettin' Started (K. Sabroso Remix)
Linus Pauling Quartet - She Did Not Know
Butcher Bear - Y Not


Real jams for real people. Not robots.

Friday, September 7, 2012

FREESTYLE! A.Dd+, Worldwide, Kydd, The Niceguys + BUN B!
Red Bull Skooled Tour 2012 REVISITED!

WORD TO THE MAN FANG! And PRDC Microcinema, THIS IS SO DOPE!



Maaaaan I missed this as I was outside with the California Kid (see below) but this really went down! And the video looks so dope. A great look at what went down in Corpus Christi on the last night of the Red Bull Skooled Tour. You don't hear a lot about Corpus musically, but shit, DJ Dus and FANG! and all them down there have got it goin' on for real. The scene is dope, the downtown is dope, the people are great. I need to go to Corpus more often, and this is reminding me of that fact. Word to the House of Rock. I need to get back there ASAP!



When's the next Red Bull Skooled Tour??? HMMMM I WONDER!

Sunday Night ATX! Western Tink, Milli Mars & MORE at Club 1808!

SAY MAYNE THIS IS SOMETHING REAL! Two of the best in Texas right now hands down! Pushing envelopes and such.


Western Tink is from Austin and Milli Mars is from San Antonio. Sunday night they'll be at one of my favorite spots Club 1808, right there on 12th and Chicon with Lavish, Sam Rubik and Nouveau Riche. If you want to see the present future of Texas hip-hop in an intimate environment with cheap drinks on a good night in the city, this is where you need to be. Don't miss the bus. Real talk.





9pm it's really happening.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Now for the good news: Bavu Blakes is Back in Texas

AND HE CAME TO WRECK! Back with an unreleased jam!


Salt Dust demo

"Salt Dust" Produced By S1
Enjoy this jam and like it on the tweeter!

Rest In Peace MVGGIE
Stay Strong Candice

And prayers for you both, and your familes and all of us in the Texas hip-hop community who really feel this loss.



Got a text from my brother Mason on Monday morning that sent me into shock. Two of his close friends, and close friends of many in the Texas hip-hop community had gone out on Sunday night and their car ran out of gas. They pulled over onto an exit ramp, went and filled up a gas can and while they were filling the tank an SUV hit them. Maggie Wilson was killed, Candice Anderson remains in the hospital.

The two are best friends in every sense of the word, and that was evident the couple of times I was around them. I didn't know them well but we met, and had communicated over the internet at times (it's 2012) and I always knew they were the kind of people who were really real about this music. Also, real about the right kind of music. The real stuff coming out of Texas and making it just great these days. We need more people like this.

Anyway I can't lie, when I look at them I see my daughters fast forwarded 15 years or so. Super hip, smart, music heads running things in their own world. With so much to look forward to. And Candice you still have a lot to look forward to. I hope everyone stands together to help her and the families get through this. This is truly a tragic loss on so many levels.

There's a couple videos from Dallas TV after the jump... Rest in Peace MVGGIE, Get Well Soon and Stay Strong Candice. And all the rest of y'all be careful out there.

Monday, September 3, 2012

HoustonPBS UH Moment: The Chopped and Screwed History of Houston Hip Hop

This makes me so happy. UH is really putting on for Houston and this is much needed! If you haven't visited the Houston Hip Hop Archive at the UH Library, GO! What re you waiting for?

AustinSurreal Show 9/2/12 DL Link + Playlist

OK So why I don't do this every week, I don't know, but from here on out... well, I plan to.



Been doing the AustinSurreal Show on Radio KAOS for 2.5 years now. Did the Brunch With an L show twice a week for the past 7 months, but had to give that up (sadly) as I just can't do three shows a week at the moment. But if you don't know, the AustinSurreal show is my internet radio show (podcast, whatevz) that happens every Sunday night from 7-9pm CST. There's no format, I play what I like, from all over the world, with an emphasis on Texas, of course. Its an eclectic show from a hip-hop perspective. I am pretty sure there's nothing else like it. I know because I try to listen to all kinds of radio shows, like, all the time, and well this show here is the only one where you will hear gangsta rap (real shit not radio shit), Butcher Bear and Bjork on the same show.

Whatevs. I'd love it if you'd tune in every week live, and when you miss it live, go and get the archives. It's there for the taking. You can tune in on www.kaosradioaustin.org, or on KAOS RADIO AUSTIN on the TuneIn App or site, and on the exxxxclllluuuuusive free AustinSurreal app for Iphone/Ipad.

So there you have it. Tune in Tokyo and jam with me. Playlist and link to listen after the jump.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Free Download: Kydd - The RIghteous LP

Yes, I full well know how late I am on this. WEEKS, which may as well be centuries in internet time but whatever, it was the summertime.


My young bro Kydd done created a masterpiece. I actually listen to this in its entirety while driving, and get mad when it's over. The boy done did that. Features from Worldwide, Western Tink, GLC, Tank and way more great artists all over this one here. An actual album, and the production is bananas. Next level. And from ATX. Stand up.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OR STREAM THE ENTIRE RIGHTEOUS LP BY KYDD.

Friday Video Mix

I'm not really good at doing anything with any sort of regularity but I am going to try and force myself to post some new videos from Texas every Friday. New one from Dat Boi T starts things off then after the jump there's a few good ones from Trae, Z-Ro, and more (that are more than a week old, ok fine, I'm just getting started here).

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Khia Rockin' the RNC?

This is the type of thing I like waking up to in the morningtime. You go girl.

A3C Straight Outta Texas Showcase Is Really Goin' Down!

Last year I attended the A3C Hip-Hop Festival in Atlanta and said to myself that I would never miss another A3C again. It really is THAT festival. It's where you go if you truly love this culture called hip-hop and want to see where it's at right here right now and right in front of your eyes. Peep the entire line up on www.a3cfestival.com and get your (cheap) tickets now! I mean seriously, this is the most economically viable hip-hop event of all time, OF ALL TIME!



Finna freak out. Check out a couple videos below of a few of the artists you will see and stay tuned for updates as they come in!

Worldwide with my favorite song of the last year:

And this one, his new single "Ending Cycle" way up there on the list as well:

Red Bull Skooled Wrap Up Featuring A.Dd+, Kydd, Worldwide and The Niceguys, all on the Straight Outta Texas Showcase at A3C!

More updates and videos and artist profiles coming soon! KILLA KYLEON! Man hold up...

From The Atlantic: Should Hip-Hop Artists Be Allowed to Release Albums From Jail?

By Tim Bella, a man who came up in Texas but now resides in New York and writes for the Atlantic. The story centers around South Park Mexican, a man who was a bonafide Latin hip-hop cultural icon for a good period of time. You may or may not know his story but I do, all too well.



If he did actually do what he was convicted of then of course, I and any other human with a functioning brain and heart feel as though he got what he deserved. But I always felt that there was way more to this case and that there were definitely things that didn't add up. SO I have mixed feelings on all of this. I am quoted in this article, and I stand by what I said, he was THE MAN back when he was at his peak. What happened later, is a whole nother story.

At any rate Tim did a great job here. And my feelings about the question at hand, Should hip-hop artists be able to release albums from jail, aren't really all that simple. I personally feel as though jail is supposed to be equally for rehabilitation purposes as they are for punishment. And making art can really help with that healing process. But I mean, all of this should be looked at on a case by case basis. I think that creative people should be creative. Its a quandary. Anyway check it out link is below.

CLICK HERE TO READ TIM BELLA'S ARTICLE ON SPM IN THE ATLANTIC

So much for getting "back up in that azz" 2 weeks ago

More than 2 weeks ago I came up on here on the ol AustinSurreal to say that I was back. After a full on summer of as much internet avoidance as I could muster up, I was ready to start back to blogging. Doing what I do best as they say. But alas and alak, shortly after posting that Geto Boys video I got a call from my dear friend Lynda to tell me that the head of SXSW Music, Brent Grulke, had passed away in a tragic scenario while undergoing oral surgery. That not only threw my, and about a thousand other lives into chaos, it sent me into a bit of a tailspin/depression and honestly I stopped thinking about blogging and everything else for a minute. Probably pretty common when someone close to you is taken suddenly and way too soon. I hope he is resting in peace and I pray for his family.

Then one week later I got news that one of my closest friends from my just post high school days, Aaron Ruark passed away in his sleep. I still don't know what happened. All I know is I lost my dude, 38 years old, with a beautiful young daughter AND he was about to be married the following Saturday to a wonderful woman named Nicki I had just met two weeks prior when I was in Cleveland for the League of Extraordinary G'z show with our mutual best friend Mike. I was so bummed that I wasn't going to be able to make it to the wedding, money is tight as always, and he was on my mind a lot in the days leading up to his untimely passing. Dude, he was 38, I don't know wtf happened, I just know that it's got me and a lot of good people all fucked up.

I truly hope he is resting in peace, but really I just wish he was still here. Words can't even describe it.

But I guess I'm back. Big announcement coming soon, when I decide what indeed the decision behind that announcement will be. Stay tuned.
Rest in Peace My Brother Aaron Ruark...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Back Up In That Ass Its The Ressurection
Geto Boys Live at Gathering of the Juggalos

It's been a minute y'all. A lil more than a month to be exact since I done blogged anything. Well you know, maybe a man needed a break. But I'm back and live and in fool effect. What better way to come back than to post this video of the Geto Boys come back at the Gathering of the Juggalos this past weekend? Interning at the studio when the Geto Boys recorded We Can't Be Stopped is what got me into the Houston scene and I haven't turned back since. Texas mayne, here's the legends, back killing it LIKE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE!

I saw a review that said the show was "hit and miss." Um, outside of the first 30 seconds or so, looks pretty hittin' to me! THE GETO BOYS ARE BACK! (I hope...)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

It's Up! The Entire #AWREADY! Houston Hip-Hop Conference Footage!

MAYNE HOLD UP THIS IS SO HUGE! For everyone who missed AWREADY - The Houston Hip-Hop Conference at University of Houston this past March, you can watch all of the panels on YouTube. Big thanks to Julie Grob and the University of Houston, this day was not only historic but much needed.



Julie didn't just go and get some flavor of the month folks for this shit, she went DEEP and had folks like Steve Fournier, Ricky Royal, Willie D and the REAL LEGENDS who formed Houston Hip Hop. OK, don't start trippin', yes of course there were others who could have been on panels, I know, but whatever, she got some legendary kingpins of Houston rap who really went and built EVERYTHING WE LIVE FOR / OFF OF.

If it wasn't for some of these people, I have no idea what Houston Hip Hop would be. Seriously. I have been around. I saw it, and I have to say that this particular day was extremely impressive. I'll even admit, walking in to the room at UH that day I thought to myself "Damn, do I really want to hear some of these folks talking shit all day? Are they gonna keep it real?"

The answer ended up being yes, I sure as hell did want to sit there all day. Every panel was compelling and informative and NO ONE (which is hard to believe in Houston real talk) abused their time or went off topic into some self promoting bullshit (my number one fear, don't forget, I been around, I have seen all this shit). Everyone came out and spoke REAL about the HISTORY and everything that surrounded it.

Again, don't think that I don't know that there's some Houston pioneers who think they should have been on this and maybe should have. There's only so much space on these things and Julie did an impeccable job getting some incredibly potent voices on these panels. If you missed it, do yourself a favor and watch the videos below. This shit was SoReal, and being real is what has always made Houston a great city for hip-hop.

I moderated the last panel and that's the video below. Watch it first because I am a megalomaniac Houston dude real talk I no ya fill dat lo lmafo etc.

After the jump you can see the whole thing. Watch all this shit if you care about this shit. Its SoReal. Then head over to the University of Houston and see their Houston Hip-Hop Archive/Exhibit.



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

League of Extraordinary Gz & Rittz Hit Road this weekend

And my man Worldwide will be on part of the tour. DAAAAAMN! Gonna be dope. I will be at the Austin and the Cleveland shows for sure. Will there be an Erie show? I'ma work on it. Forgive me if all the above is Greek to you, I am just excited for MY PEOPLE!





This is one you just can't miss. Trust me, if you see my boys are in your town, go see them and say hello. Maybe buy an exxxclusive LOEGz Shot Glass. RIP ESBE!

VIDEO: My man 4th Pyramid from Toronto
Feel It In My Bones

I know it's not from Texas but this is my bro from Toronto 4th Pyramid. If you listened to the AustinSurreal Show this past Sunday then you heard us live from his crib in the T-Dot presenting some dope Canadian hip-hop to the masses. Dude is dope, enjoy this trip across the border.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

STREAM: Third Root's "Stand For Something"

I've been in Texas a long time, and have supported Texas hip-hop for a long time. So believe me when I say 2012 is going to be a huge year for Texas hip-hop. Specifically for San Antonio, a city that has always had some dope groups for sure, but at the moment is overflowing with dope talent, it's insane.

Leading the way in many ways are two legends of the scene, Easy Lee (MOJOE) and Mexican Stepgrandfather. Together known as Third Root. I have had the pleasure of jamming this record for the past couple weeks and have played the singles on both Brunch With An L and The AustinSurreal Show many times. This is a CLASSIC real talk and it's one of those records for the mind and the soul that I crave so much. Give it a listen and make that purchase on June 19th real talk.

(click flyer to see it full size)


CLICK HERE TO STREAM THIRD ROOT'S "STAND FOR SOMETHING" HERE

Friday, June 8, 2012

B L A C K I E - "0 Time 4 Fear"

Um. This is a little too real. This is the official bio for B L A C K I E (All Caps With Spaces). If I had to name this one I'd call it "0 Time 4 Fear (Houston Anthem)" Also this is a real message conscious rap song also a battle song also a diss track also a Houston Anthem also the story of B L A C K I E. Total Freedom No Fear. See you in Canada brother.

Austin Chronicle Suspends its Coverage of Bruce Springsteen to Pay Tribute to Octavis Berry and the LOEGz

OK all jokes aside, I love the Austin Chronicle. Its one of the best alt-weeklies in the nation and one of the only independent ones left. You can debate that all day if you want, but not with me, its just a fact. I still feel the anger/pain of the bullshit they pulled during SXSW with (was it three or) FOUR Springsteen covers. Anyway whatever that's water under the bridge and this sort of makes up for it.


Big, big extreme ups to Chase Hoffberger on this one. No one is gonna pee on this issue on YouTube and that is for sure, lest they wanna feel the wrath of me and 8+ of the realest rapping dudes I have ever known, the League of Extraordinary G'z. These dudes are exactly what I have been waiting for in (bigger than) Austin rap. They not only come real lyrically and have amazing beats (Reggie Coby is pretty much one of the best, most soulful producers in hip-hop today), they actually get out there on the road and tour and really, really put some muscle behind their art. This is their year for sure and I am choking up as I type this thinking of how much realer it'd be if Esbe da 6th Street Bully were still here to be a part of it.

His death is a real tragedy, read the article and find out why. No, he was not murdered. Well, he was kind of murdered, by America and the way America turns its back on the uninsured. I don't know why Obamasurance wasn't there to help this dude, but it wasn't. And isn't for so many of our good citizens who don't happen to have Wall Street or Congress level jobs.

Seriously, this shit has to change. Its really embarrassing to live in the only "civilized" nation in the world without a real health care system. For profit health care has got to go. Call me a socialist, fuck you I don't care about you. I care about the real people, who make this country great. Not the 1% and those who strive to be the 1% and those wahoos who think its ok to carry the 1% on their backs. Read a book or something. And fuck you.

Rest in Peace to my brother Esbe and prayers for him and everyone he left behind on this dirty rock.