Sunday, February 28, 2010
Here we are folks, The last show/post covering our European tour. When I started touring Europe four years ago, It was just me, a month long train pass and a CD of my instrumentals. To have 4 of my homies with me is a true blessing. We ended the tour on a wonderful note, it doesn't get any more Hip Hop than The Kassablanca in Jena, Germany. This venue is an old train yard converted in to a venue where graffiti writers are free to do their thing. This footage is dedicated to my homie Trek Life. In light of his new EP "Rhymes Within Reason" produced by J.Bizness and his up & coming LP "Everything Changed Nothing" produced by me, I though it was only right to showcase his new material.
To everyone who followed us on this tour, thank you! You know I'll always bring you the newest edition of what you've been missing! Peace.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Here we are at our second to last show on our European tour and boy what an amazing trip it's been. When we arrived in Berlin we hit up some vinyl shops to do a bit of digging. We also linked up with Pete from BBE records and he took us to a few more shops. Later on, we did a dope interview for spine tv and then went to do sound check. After sound check the doors opened and the crowed started to flood in. Out of now where, the police barge in a stop the party. (just before we went on) They raided the club searching for drugs and under aged drinking. before searching me the cop asked "Where's the shit?" I replied.. "What?" he says.. "The weed, I smell it!" I say.. "Dude I've never smoked weed a day in my life!" After they left we rocked Dilla's "Fuck The Police" and the rest was history.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Fresh off a few off days in Lausanne, Switzerland... Diamond District, Trek Life & DJ Quartermaine make their way to Heidelberg, Germany for another show. This gig was picked up along the way and was meant to be yet another off day. It's a good thing we decided to do it, we sold more CD's here than anywhere else!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
4 years ago I did my first European tour. I was in Europe for 9 weeks and met people that are still in my life until this day. During that tour I got a myspace message from a guy in London reaching out to me because he noticed I didn't have a gig in London. He invited me to come to London, hang out and get in the scene. That person was Tamba Fasaluku a.k.a Tranqill. 4 years later, he's one of my closest friends and favorite MC's. When I hear Tranqill, I see the gritty north London streets he's from. His beats and style truly embody the grey skies that dominate the English forecast.
His new vinyl EP "Hidden Treasures" will be available March 9th on One Handed Music. Preview the "Hidden Treasures" EP and peep his new music video "Deadly Wintaz"
Bonus: Here are some classic tracks Tranqill & I have done together.
A full Length Oddisee produced Tranqill album is on the way!
Monday, February 22, 2010
That past few shows have been back to back with little to no sleep.
We left Italy to relax and have a few off Days in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Here is some footage and photographs of our our journey from Bergamo
to Milan, Italy and then from Milan to Lausanne. The next post will come
after our February 24th gig in Heidelberg, Germany.
Photos from Bergamo/Milan/Switzerland Train Ride
Photos From Lausanne, Switzerland
Sunday, February 21, 2010
What up folks! Still in Italy and still killing it with Trek Life, X.O., yU & DJ Quartermaine. Our second show in Italy was at another squat in a town called Bergamo. This was my third time performing in Italy and each time it was in a squat. I had to ask about the coincidence. Turns out that squats are typically home to individuals who actively fight against issues concerning the government and the welfare of the people. Along with this purpose, squats also serve as some of the only places in Italy host hip-hop events. Check out our show at the Paci Paciana in Bergamo, Italy.