MY OTHER OUTLET

Show coverage from the last stop of the RENT MONEY TOUR. Los Angeles was packed with fans, friends, and colleagues in support of Bambu, Kixxie Siete, and Rey Resurreccion. Congrats to my dudes on a successful run; I’m hella proud of you!

(Source: chicharonadventures.com)

Pre-show at the last stop of the RENT MONEY TOUR. Los Angeles was packed with fans, friends, and colleagues in support of Bambu, Kixxie Siete, and Rey Resurreccion. Congrats to my dudes on a successful run; I’m hella proud of you!

(Source: chicharonadventures.com)

Kixxie Siete/BamBeeno

—Love Letter

rickandray:

LOVE LETTER by Kixxie Siete, produced by Bambeeno
7AM MIXTAPE

REVIEW: …one rifle per family.

…one rifle per family. is great; it’s probably Bambu‘s best work. After I heard it in its entirety (twice), I gave Bam a congratulations and told him just that.

But before you read any further, let me preface this “review” by saying that I don’t normally write music reviews. I’m not a music snob by any means, but I know what I like and I know how shit makes me feel. I’m not about to dissect songs and talk about sound quality. I’m writing this as a fan, as most of you are.

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I wasn’t expecting to receive my press copy at the time that I did. I was immersed in work when I got the email. I opened it, downloaded it, and let it play as background noise. But the first track, “Bronze Watch”, already got me to stop and listen. Funny because on that one, Bam actually says, “I’m trying to grab your focus by the eighth bar of the first verse.” And he did just that. As I continued on to the rest of the album, I took notice of the production. It’s the production, in my opinion, that separates …one rifle per family. from its predecessors.

In true Bambu form, he talks of oppression, education, Los Angeles, Philippines, and family. But amidst his call to organize and his attempt to raise awareness, is actually his own narrative. I somehow found …one rifle per family. to be more of a personal feat than anything. You get caught up in stories about his mom, his pops, his son. You begin to understand Bam as a dad, a son, a Los Angeleno, an ex-gangster, an ex-marine.

Just as the beginning grabbed my attention, so did the end, with Bambu’s ode to his city called “Where You From”. It’s a real account of what it’s like to live here, which is a topic that has been heavy on my mind. Lately, I’ve been talking with New Yorkers that think we have it easy, that there isn’t struggle here. I call bullshit. Listen to this track. Now let me once again say congratulations to my friend, Bambu. I’m proud of this, and I really hope this isn’t your last one.

Favorites on …one rifle per family.
-Bronze Watch - produced by B-Roc
-I Beg Of You - produced by Lefty
-Books (featuring Prometheus Brown aka Geologic of Blue Scholars) - produced by MTK
-Golden Era Shower (featuring Dumbfoundead, Drunken Tiger JK, Ruby Ibarra, Gloc9 and Omar Offendum) - produced by Dirty Diggs
-Where You From - produced by OJ

…one rifle per family. officially drops on Tuesday, October 2. The Rent Money Tour kicks off in San Diego, CA on Thursday, October 11.

rickandray:

Worlds collide…
Rick & Ray throws a monthly event called LIFESWELL. It has evolved from a platform to feature our roster of talent into a medium to highlight industry related events. We’ve been at this for over a year now, starting off at Blu Monkey in Hollywood and now at a new venue - Nola’s in DTLA. This Thursday, March 29 is the first LIFESWELL at that location.
Besides the day-to-day stuff I do for R&R, I also work with Backside - the boutique store out of Burbank and Echo Park in LA. A few months ago, Eric (co-owner of Backside) revealed plans to start up a publication called Eight x Ten Magazine. It was a marketing tool, a way to build a team out of talented Backside supporters, a quarterly effort to keep print alive. He asked me to be a part of it and write about fashion and streetwear, and I immediately obliged. I hadn’t written for print in years, and any chance I get to revisit it, I take. The first issue drops this Thursday.
LIFESWELL is hosting the official Eight x Ten Magazine launch party on Thursday and I couldn’t be anymore hyped. Two things I work for are coming together and I get to celebrate twice. Join me; I couldn’t be any more proud of both entities.
Facebook invite: http://www.facebook.com/events/342622275789379/
by:triciaCAfounder, Rick & Ray

rickandray:

Worlds collide…

Rick & Ray throws a monthly event called LIFESWELL. It has evolved from a platform to feature our roster of talent into a medium to highlight industry related events. We’ve been at this for over a year now, starting off at Blu Monkey in Hollywood and now at a new venue - Nola’s in DTLA. This Thursday, March 29 is the first LIFESWELL at that location.

Besides the day-to-day stuff I do for R&R, I also work with Backside - the boutique store out of Burbank and Echo Park in LA. A few months ago, Eric (co-owner of Backside) revealed plans to start up a publication called Eight x Ten Magazine. It was a marketing tool, a way to build a team out of talented Backside supporters, a quarterly effort to keep print alive. He asked me to be a part of it and write about fashion and streetwear, and I immediately obliged. I hadn’t written for print in years, and any chance I get to revisit it, I take. The first issue drops this Thursday.

LIFESWELL is hosting the official Eight x Ten Magazine launch party on Thursday and I couldn’t be anymore hyped. Two things I work for are coming together and I get to celebrate twice. Join me; I couldn’t be any more proud of both entities.

Facebook invite: http://www.facebook.com/events/342622275789379/

by:
triciaCA
founder, Rick & Ray

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…” - Jack Kerouac

rickandray:

The first set of LiFESWELL One Year Anniversary photos is up! Check our FACEBOOK PAGE to see all of ‘em.

Peace to everyone that came through to celebrate. The next LiFESWELL is Thursday, February 23!

rickandray:

The Rhythm Natives are back on stage tonight! Check them out along with fellow Rick & Ray artist, Garfield Adams, in Canoga Park at Scotland Yard. Free, 21+, 10p
818 STAND UP

rickandray:

The Rhythm Natives are back on stage tonight! Check them out along with fellow Rick & Ray artist, Garfield Adams, in Canoga Park at Scotland Yard. Free, 21+, 10p

818 STAND UP

contrabida:

Thank you Los Angeles! See you tonight.
rickandray:

This time last year, LIFESWELL - the every last Thursday of the month get down at Blu Monkey - was introduced. The original goal for the event was to feature our talent collective by integrating them into a party platform. So for the first six months of 2011, the Rhythm Natives were available to accompany artists like Thurzday, KO The Legend, and KidFrost. By mid-year, we shifted focus on our DJs. So for the latter half of 2011, the residents accompanied guest DJs like Lady Sha, Spintelect, As-Is, and SoSuperSam.
Tonight, we will celebrate LIFESWELL’s One Year Anniversary. It’s been a whirlwind, a learning process, a guarantee that at the end of every month we’d be with our entire crew. Who knows what’s in store for us in the coming months. We just know that at least for one day, you gotta stop what you’re doing, head out to bar, dance, and celebrate that life is good. See you tonight!

contrabida:

Thank you Los Angeles! See you tonight.

rickandray:

This time last year, LIFESWELL - the every last Thursday of the month get down at Blu Monkey - was introduced. The original goal for the event was to feature our talent collective by integrating them into a party platform. So for the first six months of 2011, the Rhythm Natives were available to accompany artists like Thurzday, KO The Legend, and KidFrost. By mid-year, we shifted focus on our DJs. So for the latter half of 2011, the residents accompanied guest DJs like Lady Sha, Spintelect, As-Is, and SoSuperSam.

Tonight, we will celebrate LIFESWELL’s One Year Anniversary. It’s been a whirlwind, a learning process, a guarantee that at the end of every month we’d be with our entire crew. Who knows what’s in store for us in the coming months. We just know that at least for one day, you gotta stop what you’re doing, head out to bar, dance, and celebrate that life is good. See you tonight!