Archive for April, 2007
Gurp City photographer Amanda Lopez hustles. Not only is she part of the M.I.S.S. Crew and Dandelion Black, but she is also a featured photographer on Okay Player. SF native Lopez is currently trying to win a bid for a grant to document the Mission District for San Francisco. She has shot for Quannum recording artists, Urb, Synthesis, The Preformer, Vibe, Mass Appeal, The Legend, and Vapors.
Amanda’s day job is working as an assistant to world famous photographer, Estevan Oriol. You have most likely seen his work through Upper Playground, Joker Clothing, Soul Assassins, filmed music videos for Kool G Rap, Cypress Hill, DJ Muggs, Paul Wall (Higg’s favorite), Blink 182, even P.O.D. and has shot for almost every music magazine we read.
Lopez recently laced me with an original photo from her Vans Series of her and her mentor.
Thanks for the print Amanda!
Gurp City and Machete Vox producer extraordinare, DNAE Beats made the cut and neck deep into the Red Bull Big Tune Competition in San Francisco. Big Tune is a producer beat battle equivalent to Red Bull’s BC One break dance competition. Also in the Big Tune competition is Gurp City rellie Phillip Drummund.
If you’re in the Bay, go support DNAE.
A few weeks ago The Ranch got broken into. The only thing of importance stolen, besides a bag of stress, was our roommate Corey Bloom’s new laptop.
I have known Corey for over 12 years and, as many people can attest to, he is the most humble dude I have ever met. When we told him we were going to try and raise money to replace his laptop, he immediately said, “Its not right. What about all the other people whose houses were broken into? They deserve to have their things that were stolen back too.” What else would you expect Corey to say?
We are trying to get the homies together and get some scratch rounded up to get him on his way to another laptop. We will be having a HOUSE PARTY (1195 Hill View Way, Chico CA 95928, cross-street Neal Dow) on April 28th. We’re gonna get some kegs, press up some Gurp shirts, custom Gurp City hoodies and art donated from local artists, with all proceeds going to Bloom.
For instance, you could come with $20s and leave drunk with a brand new dope t-shirt, or come with $50 and leave drunker, with a custom Gurp City hoodie and an original piece of artwork by some amazing artists!
If you cannot make it you can still donate to the fund securely through www.paypal.com. All you have to do is go to www.paypal.com — click on SEND MONEY and then enter in the email address firstname.lastname@example.org and it will explain it from there. She is a very trustworthy person who is gathering money from a bunch of Corey’s Rapper/DJ/Producer/PR/Record Label contacts that he works with on a daily basis.
Please feel free to pass this on to any of your friends. Hope you all can make it and help out our rellie.
It’s not like the Bleezies & Heem edition of The 40 Oz Show was a difficult thing to put together, I mean, had I put a bit more effort into it, I could have come up with a two- or three-hour show. Still, I think this hour nicely encompasses that whole smokin’ and drankin’ vibe…probably even better so when you’ve been smokin’ and drankin’. The Mac Dre cut was the obvious choice to lead off the show, partially because I ripped the title of the show from the title of this song, but among the rest, most of these tracks are pretty obvious candidates for inclusion here. So sit back, crack a tall can or pour a glass of Heem, fire up a bleezie and enjoy the show…oh yeah, and happy 4:20 to all the shameless stoners out there who, uh…wait…what were we talking about?
Eh, whatever… To download the whole show, click the boombox-bagged 40 bottle up there; to see the playlist and subscribe to the podcast, click over to AudioNarcotic.com…
â€œUnionâ€ By Spark nâ€™ Cinder (Jimmy Fay) Feat Faydog (right click “save as”)
Any of you out there who live close to the Eastbay should take the time to roll out to Lanesplitters on San Pablo and University in Berkeley. You would do yourself a great service to check out the art on display by one of Gurp City’s most talented individuals. Faydog is not only a pro when it comes to whipping out Sicilian style slices he’s also an awesome illustrator and painter. If you’ve ever had a stack of bills or scrap paper laying on a coffee table when Faydogs around then you know oh to well the little beastie colonies and singing monsters that come to life after Fay asks you for a pen. We’re all very proud of Fay for this is his first artshow and he’s almost completely sold out of all his hangin work. Good job homie. Faydog’s art is going to continue to hang thru the end of April so go see it while you still can.
Here’s a few pics from Fays official art show opening this past Monday, as well as a free Faydog song/collabo with father Jimmy Fay up top.
photos by Keith The Mammal
F-A-Y-D-O-G, gettin that guac!
Heres a little promo for the upcoming Freestle Olympics on Friday April 27th. The Gurp fam will be represented in the hosting (TOPR) and judging duties (CONCEIT aka “The Gary Coleman of Rap”) this year. Peep the promo. Word to Ceit, good lookin on the Gurp City shout out but sorry about that hat you’re wearing.
This week’s edition of The 40 Oz Show is online and ready for download. Remember, if you live in San Francisco, in or near the Mission, you can catch this show every Wednesday night from 8 to 9 p.m. on Western Addition Radio, 93.7 FM. To download the whole show, click the boombox-bagged 40 bottle up above; or click over to AudioNarcotic.com to see the playlist and subscribe to the podcast…
NEXT WEEK: The Bleezies & Heem Show! All Weed & Booze Raps!
I dont know what you’re doing this weekend but it might be a good idea to come check this out. And If you dont know what up with Aids/LifeCycle then you needs to get learned. Come show love and watch Luke Sick be the drunkest guy there this Sunday.
Figure since Toph is showing the crew so much love lately we could at least return the favor
5 Min flyer by thuggyfresh
Alex Pardee recently finished up the album artwork for The Used‘s next album, Lies for the Liars which drops May 22nd. Pardee is The Used‘s go to guy, as he designed their 2004 In Love and Death album artwork, then did their 2007 live album, Berth. Pardee also designed The Used’s new album single, “The Bird and The Worm.”
You can see more art from Alex Pardee here (and here) on Gurp City dot.
Now be wary and keep your eye out for the Chadam. He has been spotted stalking The Used and may turn up in a few of their music videos!
DNAE Beats dropped a new mixtape, blended by DJ B Cause of 4oneFunk, comprised of tracks DNAE produced throughout 2005 and 2006. The First Hundred is The Hardest has tracks featuring Z-Man, Gift Of Gab of Blackalicious, Pigeon John, Mr.Lif, Conceit, Boac, L’Roneous, Eddie K, Writers Block of The Visionaries, Otherwize, Lateef The Truthspeaker, N8 The Gr8 of The Cuf, Azeem, Lo Vision, Hasaan Salaam, MF Mez, MF Grimm and more. Album is in stores now.
Photo By Amanda Lopez
Not familiar with DNAE’s work? Don’t worry because hes on some shit, giving samples out of his work through his podcasts here. (For those who drink too many IRAKs, a podcast is an audio mix that is free to listen to through your computer.)
Other 2007 DNAE releases include:
Gift Of Gab : Supreme Lyricism vol.2 (all beats produced by: Dnae Beats)
Z-Man : Six Pack of Dynomite (all produced by: Dnae & Boac)
Boac & Dnae : free downloadable ep
Dnae Beats : Instrumental Ish Vol.1&2
Dnae Beats : Instrumental Ish Vol.3&4
I guess we need to up our magazine game because these two came in under the radar. Gurp City has had features in the last two issues of XLR8R magazine’s Lucky 13 section. Peep the shouts out to Sacred Hoop, The Live Human* Breakseven Remixes & Conceit aka “The Blue Meanie of Rap” in issues #105 & #106 respectively. Toph One proves once again that he has fine taste in all things awesome, shout out to Toph One for being one of the coolest cats around. And if you didnt already know XLR8R has downloadable versions of past issues in PDF format at their website www.xlr8r.com. Click the images for the larger versions.
* For those who dont know Live Human features The Legendary DJ Quest.
Peep the streaming player over there in the right column tonite, we got Topr, Conceit, Eddie K with a possibility of Z Man and Luke Sick rollin thru the house tonite. Get yet live chat on homies.