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One thing great about a culture like Hip-hop is that the founding fathers are all still alive.  Kool Herc, Grand Wizard Theodore, Melle Mel, Flash, Crazy Legs, Futura, Phase 2, just to name a few. One of the few genres of music born and cultivated in America.  Eventually, Hip-hop made its way to Hawaii, don’t know exactly who was the first Hawaii MCs, DJs, B-Boys, and Writers, but i do know my generation and who made it happen for us.  Respect the Architects!

Love this show, Turtle Man is the truth. Simple and very much different.  He catches critters down south with his bare hands.  His demeanor and mannerisms combined with his famous call, “YEEEEYEEHHHEEE, LIVE ACTION” makes this a must see show.    The show has so many moments where things should go wrong but for some reason it always turns for the better.  What is really classic is that his band of brothers that helps him looks like a ragtag bunch who don’t know nuthing about catching animals.  All this makes for great TV.  A new batch of episode will be dropping this June.  Don’t Sleep on the turtle man.

If you checked out the front of LS you seen i posted the track i did for the “rap with Factor” contest.  To some extent i think if i tried hard and pulled some strings i think i could of actually gotten a Factor beat without doing a contest.  Joe Dub has worked with Factor and he is on Ceschi record label, Fake Four.  But what fun would that be.  Still, this wouldn’t have happened if the beat wasn’t dope.  I remember when i saw the post and was like let me listen to this beat.  The beat dropped and i wrote and recorded it in a few days, how do you say, i was feeling it.  Well it all comes down to what the judges, who i have no idea are, decide wins. Win or lose i hope i can still use this song for live sets.  Thank Factor G.

We all have car troubles.  Unless you have a big bank account and you up-keep your car like clockwork you are bound to have problems, its so inevitable.  Like anybody in my position you run your car hard! From town to town, up and down, stop and go, rolling.  So the other day all these lights went on. NOT GOOD!  When this many lights go on and one of em is your engine light, danger! So i drove home to regroup and go to the know-it-all of info, good & bad, the internet.  I have to say Scion forums is legit and super helpful, love yall. So i decided to go to Sears after i downloaded a couple of coupons that would get me $10 off an oil and filter change.  Have to say the help at Sears was thorough and they don’t charge for an engine diagnosis.  Word came back “the 3rd Cylinder” is firing off.  With that knowledge i drove off thinking that my car was ok for now but needed to get it into some place they could help fix my engine further.  Had to pick up my son from school so i raced off….crap….my car was studdering after every gear shift! ARgh! Couldn’t do anything now.

As i parked my car with it still running hoping that might keep it warm? I go to the door to scoop up my son, i apologize for being a little late and explain that my car was having troubles and the engine light was on.  Then a voice from the back said, “your engine light is on? can i check it real quick?” it was the teachers husband.  He had troubles like this with his car and he had the computer to read engines, YES! So he plugged in the computer and it read the same as Sears, 3rd cylinder.  I thought that was it so i was ready to jet.  But before i could he asked, “you want me to check the engine?” being in a rush i couldn’t deny my car possibly getting more care!  I was gonna transport my son, so a safe car is a good car.  So i pop the hood and he goes to work taking the engine cover off, checking the coils and spark plugs.  Long story short, my spark plug were old and the gap between the spark was worn.  So he cheated the spark by bending the head, temporary fix.  He also explained what he was doing, how to do it myself, and let me borrow his tools to get it done on the weekend.

After he finagled my car, it work well. I am going to get 4 new sparkplugs and fix my poor car.  Im gonna even throw in a wash too. What is the point?   You never know who will help you in your time of need.  I believe God hooked me up with the guy at Sears, cool braddah, and after that he sends my kids teachers husband to help me out.  So when you have a chance to help someone out, help em, if you know how to help other people succeed, do it.  I won’t call it Karma, it is the right thing to do, what you put in is what youll get.  Negative can only equal negative, Positive can only equal positive.  So be positive where everywhere you go, and yes sometimes you will have a stink attitude, but try and fix that quick, so the next time its all good.

..before i edit Know Your Roots: HI Graff part 3 with Dmize, i wanted to lay these thoughts down.  I had the honor to talk story and enter the mind of the homie Keoni Payton.  I’ve know him and his OG crew, AN, for over 15 years.  Ive broke bread with them, went on trips to the mainland, did music, and had fun times, the only thing is i’ve never had was a long conversation with Keoni.  Although we was always at the spots, clubs, and events, for some reason or another i never got to really chop it up with brotha.  I would bump into him every now and then, give some pounds, ask howzit? then move on, so this was the first time i had a conversation longer than 5 minutes.  The 3+ hours i spent with him was thought provoking, deep, insightful, exciting, and educating.  I left the interview with a new found respect and astonishment.  Its hard to explain but i hope after i chop up the video and post it up it does some justice being there live. Only love and respects goes out to Keoni Payton and the whole Pineapple Clan!

So many things went down in 2011.  I really can’t recall everything.  The one thing is my baby daughter, Calie.  My grown man hustle has upped another notch, after marriage, a son, now a daughter, we in grown folk beast mode, rahhhhh!  2011 was not a great year for tracks, i think i did like 6 tracks all year but they were for other peoples albums.  I did finish 3 mixtapes, real mixes, with tracks blending.  It felt like we was vending every week.  We did lock down Eat The Street which is only gonna get mo’ dope!  I can say that my energy was put into establishing Lightsleepers as a brand which directly helps us with music.  Speaking of us, i don’t know where everyone else stand by i will be putting in more work as an MC.  And now that Sentic is back its on.  We also gotta a serious roster of producers about to drop some amazing albums….Can’t forget we pick up our first skateboarder, which is God sent, Lionel DeGuzman, kid has a great head on his shoulders, skates amazing, respectful, and is the filipino Jack Johnson.  It feels like i won the lottery with this kid.  Favor.  Thats all i can think if off the top. Just like to say thank you to God, with out my faith in him i couldn’t do half the things i do. My supportive family, esp my Wife, son & daughter, love.

Who would of thought that over 10 years ago a Hip-Hop radio show broadcasting on 300 watts to an island in the middle of the pacific would eventually work with Hurley on a custom board shorts.  Crazy! Don’t wanna sound all “inspiring” but its great to see that when you do what you believe is dope it actually pays off.  I would of like to take more time to design the shorts with one of our most talented friends, Matt Tapia, we only had like days and for me to say NO to this opportunity would of been foolish.  You might be asking yourself, “so how does this related or matter to underground Hip-Hop?”  It doesn’t, really, but to me it does.  I surf and like most of us in Hawaii we grew up in the waves, so it all relative to us in Hawaii.  For me and many other of my Hawaii Hip-hop artists Hip-Hop culture also includes the ocean.  Its where we formula our thoughts and create them into rhymes or beats.  We use the elements of our beautiful island to inspire.  So mahalo to Hurley and Contrast Mag, hope to be invited again next year.

Got the call to open for 9th Wonder and i had one of those moments of, YES!  You could never tell in the photo that 9th is a chill brotha that loves Hip-Hop. Like most producers/artists that have gain some success and accolades you feel a sense of arrogance or cockiness when around them, not 9th.  The whole time i was on stage he would look over at me when he dropped certain songs, almost as to check my “Hip-hop card”, thank God i knew every track he played.  I bugged hard when he played, The Ghetto Boys – “Mind Playing Tricks On Me”.  As i was rapping line for line, i got one of those looks and this time he was like, “Aww yeah, you know whats up!”  At the end of the night i actually got to talk to 9th and gave him props for dropping that track.  Wish we could of gotten him to judge a Beatroot or even showcase, maybe next time. Big ups to Mr. Brown, Nextdoor, HIFF, & 9th.  Check!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, we pick up a skateboarder to rep LS.  Its not like we couldn’t hook up someone earlier that skated, but like majority of the way i do things it has to be natural.  Lionel DeGuzman is from Wahiawa and only started skateboarding 5 years ago.  And according to him only about 5 or so months ago he actually got good.  Its hard to believe but he told me that before that his life was weeded out and spiraling down.  Not until he made that change to refocus his life and relationship with God, his skateboarding now is top notch.  I got to meet up with Lionel and we chopped it up a while, i hooked him up with some goods, and before we left he asked me, “you wanna hear a song i wrote?”  I was like yes, and expected him to turn up his car stereo.  Instead he rushed to his trunk and busted out his guitar, tuned up and started to sing! Wow!  Brotha could sing and the song was niceness. Lionel has that youthful enthusiasm that all of us should have, he realizes his goals and he is now focused to achieve them.  Future looks bright.

Its crazy how much money you can make flipping “urban toys”, “vinyl toys”, or “limited whatevers”.  Before Tower Records closed (livicated) you could get Kaws toys there, and at one point they were on sale…CRAZY!  Do you know how much you can flip those for, bucks son!  I can’t front i thought it was all about Kid Robot and the like, flipping those, but i was oblivious that Disney entered the game like Nike did for skateboarding.  Remember Disneyland is the Juggernaut of collectibles, its a world wide love for anything Disney.  So if you add the passionate love for Disney with the fad of “urban toys” you get the ultimate recipe for making money.  That is all i have to say, cuz i wouldn’t want to ruin my hustle.  Legal Hustle, never looking over you back only worried about getting your paypal loot in time. GYEAH!