Wednesday, February 29, 2012

YES WE CAN! Trae tha Truth/ABN inks partnership with T.I.'s Grand Hustle!

Man this is such great news. Get that Trae music to the people!

See y'all at SXSW?

Awready!: The Houston Hip Hop Conference is soon!

Paul Wall and Gu-U checking out some pieces of vinyl once owned by DJ Screw. I personally am super stoked to check all this out. So excited to see the University of Houston, a school where I once attended one semester and I'm pretty sure failed remedial math (wasn't my fault), is doing something so cool. Literally repping their hood for real.
Awready!: The Houston Hip Hop Conference to be Held March 27 & 28, 2012
Academic Conference Recognizes DJ Screw and Other Houston Hip Hop Legends

The University of Houston Libraries, the HERE Project at Rice University, African American Studies at the University of Houston, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston present a conference exploring the unique music and culture of Houston hip hop. Awready! spotlights the late DJ Screw, originator of the “chopped and screwed” genre. The full schedule and event details may be found at

Awready! kicks off on March 27th with the opening of the “Graffiti, B-Boy and B-Girl Exhibition” (sponsored by the HERE Project, Rice University) at Betz Gallery, 1208 W. Gray, which celebrates the creativity of hip hop art forms. The opening reception features an interactive performance by local graffiti artists and B-boys, and is free and open to the public from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The exhibition runs through April 21st.

On March 28th, “A Screwed Up History” (sponsored by the UH Libraries with African American Studies and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at UH) brings together scholars, rappers, DJs, and others to tell the story of DJ Screw and Houston hip hop through short presentations and panel discussions. Guests include K-Rino, Willie D, ESG, Lil’ Keke, Z-Ro, Chingo Bling, Paul Wall, and more. This event will take place at the University Center at UH from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and advance registration is required!

The evening of March 28th, the “2012 College DJ Battle” (sponsored by the HERE Project, Rice University) showcases the artistry of the DJ while honoring DJ Screw. College students throughout the state of Texas will compete for the top DJ Award, with local hip hop DJs serving as judges. This event takes place at Willy’s Pub at Rice University from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and will have a modest cover charge.

Before or after the other events, attendees are invited to view “DJ Screw and the Rise of Houston Hip Hop” (sponsored by the UH Libraries). This exhibition tells the story of DJ Screw and the Screwed Up Click through original artifacts, as well as documenting earlier pioneers and more recent artists who helped to shape Houston’s sound. It runs from March 19th – Sept. 21st at M.D. Anderson Library at UH and will be open to the public during library hours at no charge.

The conference also introduces to the public the Houston Hip Hop Archives Network, a partnership developed by the HERE Project and the University of Houston Libraries for preserving the artifacts of Houston hip hop.

For more information, please contact

New Video: Western Tink - Burr

It seems like the whole world knows Western Tink is from Austin, but I don't know if Austin knows Westen Tink is from Austin. Does Houston know this? I don't know the answer to that either but soon I think all that will change, and should. Ladies and Gentlemen, Western Tink...

Also maybe list the link so people can see it outside the bloggz. Dude.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

$$$$DJ Blow Dog is KILLING THE GAME$$$$

Round Rock Francophone delivers a virtual festival des acaidianz via new blog and youtubes and soundcloud mixes... #institutionalprostitution


This one is my favorite...


CLICK HERE TO JAM SAID 20 MIN MIX Entitled "Melissa Gagne - Fertility Mix"

Or maybe it's called: ***M I X X H I G H B L I $ $ H E E L S P O L I S H E D F E R T I L I T Y B E L I E V E S

I love it, whatever. See Institutional Prostitution LIVE at The Hideout on Saturday March 17th with GARY LUCAS!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fantasy rap for you, Reality rap for me

Thanks Yasiin Bey...

Red Bull Skooled Official Recap!

My Lord it really went down! Thanks to everyone involved and be on the lookout for A.Dd+, The Niceguys, Kydd and Worldwide #next

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

ATX Music: Click Clack - Housework
Free Download

Another unique voice coming out of Austin, can't say he sounds like anyone I've ever heard. Dude is on the production and the vocals and just killing it. This is New Rap, not "nu rap." He's actually got things to say here and there, and really in 2012, that's all I ask. Album starts out with Click-Clack yelling "FUCK WALMART" and I feel that because everytime I cut through the Walmart Parking lot in order to skip the 2 1/2 minute long red lights on Anderson, I feel like I'm in a game of human frogger for the obese and mentally challenged people who don't realize that it's not ok to step out in front of a moving car no matter how slow its going and EVERY TIME that makes me so mad. America is in the toilet. But we still produce some jams. Thank God.


Click-Clack - Bulletwound from Billy Canino on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A.Dd+ - Shit Got Crazy MP3 + Black Milk Tour


A.Dd+ teams up with “Can’t Come Down” producer Brain Gang X’Zavier once again to bring y’all a creepy tale of what can occur when you mix drugs and alcohol with strangers.



Fresh off the Red Bull Skooled tour through Texas (with legends Bun B, Mannie Fresh, Paul Wall, Michael Watts, Cold Cris and Chingo Bling), A.Dd+ and DJ Sober are gearing up to hit the road again, this time for a month-long stretch across the US and Canada as one of two openers for Black Milk‘s Claps and Slaps Tour. The duo and their DJ will join the tour on February 29th at the Knitting Factory in New York. Black Milk, who is often cited as having one of the best shows in Hip-hop, will be joined by his band Nat Turner, a trio consisting of Ab Abernathy (keys), Malik Hunter (bass) and Zeb Horton (drums). Between the duo’s reputation for delivering explosive opening sets and Black’s reputation as a powerful showman with a band that infuses everything from funk, to soul, to gospel and rock throughout his show, this combo is something you don’t want to miss. Check ‘em out in a city near you.

2/25 – Providence, RI – Fete
2/27 – Boston, MA – Middle East
2/28 – Philadelphia, PA – Silk City
2/29 – New York, NY – Knitting Factory
3/1 – Pittsburgh, PA – Shadow Lounge
3/2 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
*3/2 – New London, CT
3/3 – Kalamazoo, MI – The Strutt
3/6 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig
3/8 – Toronto, ON – Great Hall
3/9 – Chicago, IL – Subterreanean
3/10 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
3/11 – St. Louis, MO – Gramophone
*3/14 – Austin, TX – SXSW Next Stage Showcase
*3/15 – Austin, TX – SXSW Audible Treats Showcase
3/16 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
3/17 – Scottsdale, AZ – Chaser’s
3/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
3/20 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
3/21 – Fresno, CA – Fulton 55
3/22 – San Francisco – 330Ritch
3/23 – Portland, OR – Crown Room
3/24 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
3/25 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
3/28 – Minneapolis MN – 7th Street Entry
3/29 – Iowa City, IA – Mission Creek Festival
3/30 – Toledo, OH – Frankie’s Underground
*A.Dd+ spot dates, not part of Claps and Slaps Tour

Monday, February 13, 2012

VIDEO: Bavu Blakes - Wifey

This my boy right here! And his wifey. Bavu Blakes SANCT EP is coming soon and you will fill dat. It's so good.

From the PR wing of Bavu Blakes, Inc:

The re-introduction of Texas-to-Cali transplant and soulful hip hop artist Bavu Blakes begins with a buttery soulful instrumental song and video entitled "Wifey".

Taken from Bavu's upcoming SANCT EP entirely produced by Reggie Coby (dead prez/Devin the Dude), "Wifey" is a love song dedicated to Mrs. Blakes. Coby's composition and programming is complemented by live instrumentation from Bavu's band the Extra Plairs, with D-Madness on bass, Carter Arrington on guitar and Jon Keyzz on … keys.

Bavu doesn’t appear in this video because it’s an instrumental song focused on his wifey. He shot it himself in Laguna Beach and Harbor City, California, then sent it to Texas for editing by DVZN Media.

Literally a legend in the Texas underground scene, Bavu's studio collaborators include Grammy winning producers Symbolyc One (Kanye West/Beyonce/Jay-Z) and Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma/Ocote Soul Sounds/Brownout/Echocentrics); blues guitarist/singer Gary Clark Jr. (Warner Bros.), who ?uestlove calls “the future”, and Houston rapper Paul Wall.

As a performer, Bavu has shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Blackeyed Peas, The Roots, Snoop, Pharrell Williams, Luda, Busta, UGK, De La Soul, Anthony Hamilton and many more. As a journalist, Bavu has interviewed Pharrell Williams, Dallas Austin, Erykah Badu, Rakim, Common, Mary Mary and many more.

The upcoming SANCT EP will be released digitally and physically (CD, vinyl) on April 3, 2012. Review copies are available upon request.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

FREE DOWNLOAD: Worldwide - As the World Turns

I don't know why this here is called a mixtape, cuz it's an album to me. Maybe there's some jacked beats but I don't think so. That being said, I only listen to indie stuff really so it's not out of the question that I wouldn't know if it was original or not. Pretty sure it is though. This is album of the year so far, San Antonio's Worldwide. Give it a listen and lemme know what you think. Don't be afraid to leave a comment.


And spend some time over there on ThaFixx, it's the number one place to find new underground rap music, from the south and beyond, hands down, period. It's quite a resource.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

It Really Happened Man

It's been a while since I really felt like I accomplished something. I mean, in reality we all accomplish things every day, and I try to stay pretty active in my family life, my work life, etc, but this past week was something special. The Red Bull Skooled Tour REALLY WENT DOWN and I am so happy that I was able to be a part of it.

Lets start things off with a lil preview from Worldwide...

Word to Throwed Mind Ent.

The concept came from an idea I had sometime ago. I came up in the Texas rap game from the heyday of the Geto Boys, up until this exact moment right now. I may have moved around a bit, but I've been here. I saw our greats succeed and I've seen a lot of people give up along the way. To me, we here in Texas have something special. We live in a state that supports itself. You may or may not believe that based on your level of success in this game, but trust me, Texas supports Texas.

Before anyone outside of our region knew about DJ Screw, or Screwed music, Texas was obsessed with him/it. Before anyone outside of Texas ever heard of Paul Wall & Chamillionaire, Texas loved them. For about ten years before anyone outside of Texas on a major scale cared about UGK, they were our undisputed Underground Kings for real.

This wasn't just because these people made great music (they did), it was because they got out and worked this state till their wheels fell off their Caddys. We've heard lots of tales of the chitlin circuit, that network of venues that old school black musicians would work back in the day (still exists today) but for lack of a better term, lets call what we have here in Texas the Brisket Circuit. The beef. The big fat cut of meat at the bottom of the US map that really no other state can touch when it comes to loyalty and state pride (for all the right, and many of the wrong, reasons).

The Brisket Circuit isn't a real term, I just made it up, but feel me now. The groups we all know and love who have made it on a grander scale outside of Texas, all started by working the network of clubs and retail throughout the state itself. Today we have more people rapping than ever, and I don't see the network being worked as hard as it once was. So I felt like it was time to try and inspire my young homeys trying to make it, to take some of these simple steps and to see what happens.

Red Bull liked the idea and helped me expand upon it and ultimately accepted it. So I picked artists from our four biggest cities - The Niceguys from Houston, A.Dd+ from Dallas, Kydd from Austin and Worldwide from San Antonio and we set out on a trek that became an incredible experience for us all.

(And yes, I know, there's plenty of other great artists in Texas, but these four, right now at this point in time, are the ones that I'm extra geeked about.)

The tour started out in Houston at Warehouse Live of course, the venue that straight up changed the game for live hip-hop in Houston. And Worldwide set it off, like he did everynight except for in his hometown of San Antonio, where he headlined.

Worldwide is a lyrical monster. A conscious street dude who cuts right to the chase. People could learn a lesson from Worldwide real talk. I been on him for some time now. He actually kind of shocked me the first time I heard him, and his live show, one deep, is incredible. Set the tone every night for real.

Slim had the realest jacket of the tour. I think I'ma have to make him some CDs though so he knows exactly what kind of realness that jacket represents. #rock

Austin's Kydd hit the stage second, he's one of the most unique voices in Texas. One of the things I like about him is that he has that laid back Texas style, but his voice is so unique it fits very well with some kinda out there beats.

And well, he's just kind of out there. Which is what I like.

A.Dd+ are some monsters as well. People keep comparing them to Outkast, which is cool but is kind of a lazy comparison. I personally see them as straight Dallas. By that I mean they have that Dallas boogie about them but they are also straight up hip-hop in its purest sense. I been going to hip-hop shows in Dallas since 1991 (word to Club Exodus) and honestly I have always recognized and loved the balance that city has always had between the gangsta shit, the dance shit and the pure classic hip-hop shit. It was something Houston did not have really back in those days and I always found the Triple D an inspiring place to visit. And A.Dd+ are definitely inspiring.

As is DJ Sober, dude is helping to majorly change the game one mix at a time.

I'm serious though, A.Dd+ reps what I always saw Dallas to be. A lot of fun, forward thinking with the music, supportive and open. It's real.

If they are the "Outkast of Dallas" so be it, but really mayne, its 2012, A.Dd+ is A.Dd+ and Thank God for them.

Brando from and my girl Stacey!

What up Uzoy! What up Teresa! Looking good woman! Everybody give Teresa a hug when you see her from me, everytime!

My Houston peoples! Mike Meegz, Rapid Ric, Lyall and super producer Trakksounds. Did you get that Intervention yet?

The Niceguys are another musical force to be reckoned with. I can't really even describe them. The words uncontrolled chaos come to mind as their music goes in so many different directions but still stays rooted in the most heavy party rocking aspect of hip-hop. These dudes know how to rock a party. And sound like no one else.

At all.

And on the soul/r&b tip it's that Jack Freeman, what a killer combo with The Niceguys.

Yves straight wreckin'.

Mannie Fresh headlined the Houston gig and wowsers! He came down and DJed and rapped. Played all his hits and also got on the mic and performed his hits.

Thats where the "Skooled" part of the tour came in. We got some legends to come take part in the tour by first sitting down, on the bus with the four groups and doing a lil mentor session, and then headlining the gig in the city they were in.

If you ever get a chance to sit down and talk music with Mannie Fresh, you should take it.

Mannie Fresh seen here with THE LEGEND Jeff B. I had no idea Mannie was rolling with Jeff B. Jeff held down the hip-hop portion and then some at WTUL for years. He's the man for real in New Orleans, at least to me, for many years.

And then yeah, I had to get a photo with the man.

Got up early the next day and hit the road to Fort Worth. I've been to Fort Worth a few times in my life but never really spent a lot of time there. Suffice it to say, that has to change.

Can't wait to see the official post footage. Here's A.Dd+ getting interviewed outside the Aardvark in Funkytown.

Free of the Niceguys (FREE TWISTED BLACK!)

The crowd was super fucking hype.

I guarantee most of these people never heard Worldwide, or possibly anyone on the tour, and they went ballistic from start to finish.

Kydd done kilt it.

You know you can still smoke cigarettes up in the club in Fort Worth? Is that like the last place on the planet where you can do that?

If so thats cool with me. I don't smoke cigarettes and prefer to not smell like cigarettes but like, I am not against the smoking of such things in bars.


The Niceguys went fucking ballistic on this particular night.

Halfway surprised the roof didn't pop of the building.


Also it was a thousand degrees up in there and crazy smoky, kinda like the good ol daze.

Paul Wall came down and came through.

Like only he can.

I haven't seen him do a solo set in a while and he really impressed me. Boy done kilt it.

As evidenced by this video.

The short drive to Dallas the next day allowed us to hit some retail. MAN I had a serious flashback walking into Big T I tell you whut. This used to be a main stop for me on trips to Dallas, to hit up Da Bomb Records and such. Got to catch up with Cap in there and just walk around and marvel at how things just kinda don't change. This is the spot for real. I tried toget some leather shorts, but I guess they were out of season. So I just bought the Real Story of Avon Barksdale, on DvD. I shoulda taken more photos, but I didn't want anyone in there thinking I was FBI, like they may or may not have thought back in the day when I was walking around with the guys from Pimp A Lot Records. THATS ANOTHER STORY COMPLETELY!

Didn't get any pics of Worldwide on stage, not sure why, but he kilt it and Kydd certainly did his thing.

The crowd was live.

Big time VIPs and shit.

If only they woulda had them chicken fangaz, also another story completely.


This is A.Dd+'s home so they headlined of course, and wowsers, their city LOVES THEM!

Word to super producer Picnictyme.

Que P seen here with the On Air Divas! Some real people for real!

Slim Gravy choppin it up with DJ Drop.

Worldwide and Sam'aan, who made it to three of the six shows!

When I say A.Dd+ headlined, I mean headlined out of the four ont he tour, Chingo Bling actually headlined tonight and MAN it was good to see him rock a stage again. Its been a while for me as well, and dude hasn't missed a beat.

AND he dropped some real knowledge on the people. Crazy thing to me is both Chingo and Paul Wall said I was the one who did their first major interviews/photo shoots with them way back in the day. I actually did not know this, but was super stoked to learn this.

Da bus...

I don't hate all white people, in fact I like these dudes a lot. 3 generations of my contemporaries in the game real talk Cold Cris, Mason and Big Push

Hit the road to Austin. Planned a stop in Waco but alas and alak, we were slow rollin' a little bit. NO worries though, Austin was a SMASH! Our mentors in Austin were Cold Cris (seen above) from Yums and formerly of Mad Flava, and Nancy Byron of OGPR. They talked to the folks about merchandising and PR and well, they really gave a lot of game to these youths.

Get ya mind rite, kydd.

The Niceguys blew it up as always.

That boy Candlestick in hypemode.

Kydd headlined in his hometown and certainly did not disappoint

DJ Charlie in the mix.

Nancy Byron whylin out in the cold seen here with my wife Melissa. I don't really want to know what they were talking about.

Pacboi Tank in the place!

Danja and Do Wrong two of Texas finest!

LEGENDS! Cold Cris and Baby G of Mad Flava (and 2AWK check the resume) in the house. Man this meant a lot to me to see this right here. Wish I coulda got Cris on the mic and Baby G in the mix but alas and alak, those days are gone... I guess. They coulda rocked half of "Feel tha Flava" and the short song "I Like to Smoke Weed and Listen to Hip-Hop."

Cris and G seen here with the boy White Tee.

It's hard to explain the amount of history that exists within this photo right here, but I've been thinking about that a lot lately.

Then it was off to San Antonio, where the crew had an off day for the Super Bowl, which ended up being a Stupor Bowl of sorts, for the crew.

I slept.

Why this place trying to be all trendy and shit. Shit, owls are so trendy and shit ;)

Michael Watts checking out the graffiti outside The Yard.

The show that night was downtown at On The Half Shell where they were not making oysters, no they were making chicken wings WORD TO THAT!

They were also doing live graf and burning incense up in the club. I wonder if thats why my throat feels like sandpaper. I dunno.

Another incredible night though. San Antonio really brought the energy!

Kydd seen here with Stephanie of Austin Knight Vintage pon di bus!

Poor Vida rolled with us the whole time, can't wait to see all their post tour footage they really put it down!

Worldwide headlined in his hometown and man oh man the place exploded.

The San Antonio legends Question? and Shame Gutta in the place.

Big time manager Rosa and friend! Rosa heads one of the hardest hustlin teams in hip-hop today #ADDHOE

Team includes Sarine aka Sabina aka Dr. Ireeneee seen here with EDDIE!

Shame Gutta and Worldwide put out one of my favorite songs last year, entitled "By Me," find it online and jam to it, it's a jam.

Soren Baker came down and came through for the second half of the trip and is posting official reports on the Red Bull website word the f up to that YET ANOTHER LEGEND IN THIS GAME! Seen here with Michael Watts about to do a variation of the Mork from Ork handshake.

WHo just so happened to WRECK THE WHOLE PLACE ON DOWN!

I have watched and listened to Watts for years and I will tell you straight up, his club rocking skills have skyrocketed. Dude can rock a party into oblivion.

Haven't been to Corpus Christi in years and this was a great place to end things. I had no idea they had it goin on so live down there! Word to the streetwear store Produce, DJ Dus and his potnas, and the coolest sushi restaurant I have ever been to this side of Uchi, SUSHIBAR. SUSHIBAR is like, the hip-hop sushi spot, real talk, everyone has to experience this place one day. Amazing.

California Kid in the house. Dude needs to get signed. He da bessssssss.

Some of us were feeling like this after the tour ended, but at this point we were all still pretty energized. But I know when it was all said and done, I kinda felt like this dude.

Sad this video is only 1:50 cuz he went off for a good 10 minutes. Maybe more. This my people right here. There's more footage, I gotta find it.

He tried to follow Bun B on to the Sceniccruiser but Truck took care of that fairly easily.

This is THE SPOT! Wait till you hear the freestyle all the guys + Bun B dropped in their studio whooooooooo that was fun. California Kid outshined them all but oh well, another lesson learned.

Had to go pay respects to my girl Selena, RIP. I still remember the day she was killed. OG Oscar pointed out the Days Inn where it happened. What a fucking tragedy. That story is so sad. Also RIP Whitney Houston. Another tragic story.

Eddie left his mark.

Worldwide opened up the last night of the tour and light tears were shed all around from the whole crew.

Sam'aan interviewed Bun B.

The Niceguys showed us that they know every woman in Corpus Christi.

Miss Amedica was in the building.

These girls were in the building.

And it all wound down outside the club, The House of Rock, on the street, where many of us said our final good byes. I will say one thing about this tour, some real relationships were formed. Respect was given and moves were made. If this doesn't springboard into something bigger for all involved my name isn't Matt Sonzala aka Matt SoReal aka Pushermania aka Mr. At Least Try To Get 4 Hours Of Sleep Every Night.

It... went... down...

None of this would have happened without my main man for many years, Scuba Steve Balser. We are all forever in your debt man, oh what a job this is! And yo, he's a hell of a host too. I was watching him like, "Thank God I am not up there." He knows what to say whereas I would have just gotten drunk and cussed like it was 1995. Man it felt good to do some real things with some real people. I think we really accomplished something on this tour. When's the next one? I miss Eddie.