Posts Tagged ‘ Above Ground ’

Loiter Squad – Episode 1/Odd Future Afterparty In San Francisco.


Just like many other 18-15 year old males in the U.S., I’ve become a fan of most of the programming on Adult Swim (the off the wall late night programming that comes on Cartoon Network).  As the line up has changed over the years, I’ve had many different programs to look forward to, but a few months ago I got a bombshell dropped on me that Odd Future would be getting their own Adult Swim programming slot.  The people reading this not totally familiarized with O.F. might not understand just how ridiculous that concept seems, but you will soon.  I’ve managed to get my hands on the first episode of the show ‘Loiter Squad’, and not only is it pure unadulterated hilarity, it’s also exact what Adult Swim needed to keep their line-up fresh.  Check the method below.

For those of you who are unaware of the O.F. movement, let me just open up your mind to the situation.  The group is led by rapper/producer Tyler, The Creator, and includes rappers Hodgy Beats, Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis and Mike G, singer Frank Ocean, producers Left Brain, Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians, and other non-musical members, notably Jasper Dolphin, Taco and L-Boy (that appeared in the ‘Loiter Squad’ episode above.)  Their music is a crowd hyping force to be reckoned with, and anyone who wants proof of this needs to go no further than San Francisco.  O.F. is gathering at 330 Ritch on April 9th for a night of intoxicated skullduggery courtesy of Above Ground.  Click the pic below for tickets.

Stalley @ 330 Ritch San Francisco.


Kyle Myricks aka Stalley is self described “great American writer” from Massillon, Ohio. He left home to play Division 1 basketball in Michigan, injuring himself shortly after. That set back brought him to NY to play for Long Island University but a second injury derailed his athletic plans. He change his focus to music. In 2008, he connected with Ohio’s own, Terry Urban on the mixtape release “Goin Ape” as well as toured opening for Mos Def. His 2nd project MadStalley: The Autobiography brought attention to his transition from small time griot to rap star. He’s since worked with brands like Nike, ESPN, 10Deep and Mishka. Currently, Stalley has been working with Creative Control, the media collective associated with Dame Dash, DD172 and fellow rap artist Curren$y. His recent release titled Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music), he carefully illustrates a typical night out on his popular hometown strip. He’s appeared on BET’s 106 and Park as a part of the Music Matters campaign and premiered his video for “SLAPP” on the countdown.

On Thursday the 17th, the Above Ground crew will be bringing Stalley to San Francisco to perform at 330 Ritch alongside Moe Green, Hopie, and Damey.  Click the pic below to get your tickets before they sell out.

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Jhene Aiko @ 330 Ritch.


Above Ground Productions, has been shining a light on some of the hottest emerging talent around bringing out Theophilius London, Casey Veggies, the homecoming show for Bay Area based Kreayshawn and now, they are bringing out Los Angeles based singer Jhene Aiko.  Aiko, has been making a name for herself for years working with then, mega boy group B2K with the label TUG, and releasing her debut single “No L.O.V.E.”  However, Aiko finally received notoriety with the release of her March release, Sailing Soul(s). The project shined a light on Aiko as a writer, and vocalist, singing songs that everyone could relate to at one more or another regardless of gender.

 

With that being said, Above Ground is bringing Aiko to San Francisco for her first show in the Bay Area, with an intimate 18+ show at 330 Ritch.   Aiko will be backed by a live band, and the opening acts for the show include local YouTube sensation Erin Paula, Rapper/Producer Iamsu!, and Toyoko 24.  The in-house DJ for the night will be DJ King Most. Pre-sale tickets are available now for $17.00 and can be purchased online http://jheneaiko-estw.eventbrite.com/.  Hope to see you there.

– Erin Duncan.

Club Noble w. Above Ground.


Every so often I have to get from behind the tables, and go out and have some fun.  Mike Vegas, David Ali and the Above Ground crew hosted an event over at Club Noble last week in which I did just that.  I saw some of my favorite people, and even ran into some unexpected friends (Shout out to Quincy, Nicoletta, Derran, Ashleigh, Dom, and Sway, who I drunkenly saw that night)  I got a little (too) drunk, had a lot of fun, and enjoyed myself, so if you ever happen to be in the Bay Area, and you have a few extra dollars to spend, come through to Noble the next time Above Ground has an event.  And thank you to Ashleigh Reddy for the photos.

Showtime @ The Ritch.


Duckworth of Tokyo 24

330 Ritch has been host to many different talented acts from all around the world.  But on the 23rd of March 2011, The Above Ground entertainment company put together a perfect storm of music, musicians, and madness that made the night magic.  Yours truly, DJ Storm, Tokyo 24, C -Plus, DJ King Most, 87 Stickup Kids, Kreayshawn, Alexander Spits, and Theophilus London all played a part in tearing the house to the ground.  Check the Above Ground footage below.

Theophilus London @ 330 Ritch.


There are quite a few pretty ridiculous artists in the hip hop community that I feel don’t get the appropriate recognition, and Theophilus London is a prime example.  Lyrically and conceptually a step ahead of other artists in his bracket, Theo has been on my radar for quite some time, and when I heard that the Above Ground crew was bringing him out to perform at 330, I was juiced.  The show goes down March 23rd at 330 Ritch downtown San Francisco.  Among the list of performers to be standing on the same stage is my good ol’ boy Duckworth, so it’s sure to be a night of great music.  ‘The 87 Stick Up Kids’, Alexander Spit, C Plus and DJ King Most will also be in the building.  All the rest of the info is below, check the method and come through.

F.Y.I. @ Noble.


DJ Storm and Cuzzin Meth

Not too long ago, I had a got a little pep-talk from my management about the fact that I don’t go out too often if I’m not working at the club.  I was reminded that it’s very important to be social if your a public figure (unless your Eminem, who stayed home for 5 years, and is still famous).  So I decided to head out to the newly opened Club Noble in downtown San Francisco to chill with the Above Ground crew, and what ensued was a night of fun, laughs, and ridiculous drinking challenges.  F.Y.I. (Fly Young Industries) was one of the first events to be held at the newly opened Club Noble, and all in all it was an amazing outing.  The club was buzzing with the young ‘who’s who’ of the Bay Area, and people like Jeff Gaines of the Brooklyn Circus, B Fladd, Tokyo 24, and Street Files host Young Dolo, were amongst some of the club goers in attendance.  Check the pics below, and hit me up if you want any more info on the next F.Y.I. event.

Dom Kennedy TONIGHT.


I get haircuts ever two weeks, but its not often that I have to time to sit and chill in the shop with my people.  This week however, I found myself with a free hour of time (for once in my life) and my boy Q reminded me that the Dom Kennedy show is happening tonight at 330 Ritch in downtown San Francisco.  So if your in the bay area, come through and see a good show with good people.  The event is 18+, and will for sure be one to remember.  All the other event details can be found on the flyer above.

Going In For Life.


For years I’ve wanted to spin a birthday party for any of my best friends.  (Unfortunately, we all tend be knee-deep in some business venture that requires us to remain sober on our birthdays.)  This year however, Reginald Sylvester broke the tradition, and decided to have his birthday celebration over at Otis in downtown San Francisco along with Ryan Jones, Lisa Gomez, and Fatima Olowo.  So if your in the area, come by and party with us, the Above Ground promotional team, DJ King Most, and the Otis staff.

When We Step In The Club…


DJ Storm And Assistant

It’s quite obvious that it’s my job to “party”, but every so often you just have to leave the dirty work to someone else, cut loose and have fun.  That’s exactly what my assistant and I did recently at Ambassador in SF.  The ‘Above Ground’ crew took over the club, and DJ Tina T worked the tables.  My favorite event photographer Ashleigh Reddy was on site taking pics of the night, and (aside from a disgruntled bouncer), what a great night it was.  Friends, clients, and party animals alike were on the scene, check pictures of the mayhem below.

DJ Storm Amabassador

DJ Storm LJ

Thank You To My Supporters.


I know not all my fans are as eager to show their love for my work as the chick who emailed me this picture, but I still want to take the time to thank everyone who’s made the success of this blog possible so far.  I’ve never felt like, on the journey that is my career, that I’ve gotten to where I am alone, and this blog is a reflection of that.  I wanna give a huge thank you to all the promotional companies that shoot me info about their events, especially my people at Above Ground, Set4Life, F.A.2.E., and Pete’s Tavern.  I have to shout all the lovely models like Brit Bliss, Csilla Ray, Tammy Torres, and Jenna Luv who’s pictures bring hundreds of guys to the blog,  And I can’t forget artists like Rob Scott, C.I. Bang, Cassfly, G.O.V., and Tokyo 24 who use this blog as an avenue to put out their newest tracks, or the photographers and illustrators like Lauren Johnson, Brittany Jeffers, Michael Tudor, or Rodney Young who’s work always becomes the centerpiece whenever its up.  All of the random stories and subjects that go up are found be either myself or my assistant, and are painstakingly filtered through every single day.  (literally).  I’m glad all the work is paying off, so my final thank you has to go to all the viewers, the hundreds of subscribers, and all the people who put up with my posting stories on their Facebook pages all day long.  Thanks so much.

More to come…

The BET Cypher w/ Yelawolf


I didn’t get a chance to check the BET awards the other day, but the one thing I knew I would hear about the next day was “The Cypher”.  (The black & white filmed, circle of emcees with a simple beat in the back where artists can just spit their lyrics in the rawest form.)  Several emcee’s were featured in The Cypher Part 1 this year, but the most impressive to me was Yelawolf, the white emcee from Alabama, check the method below.

And I KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that some people are thinking that this is just a plug for this Tuesday, but it’s not.  I really do enjoy Yela’s flow.  And in case you didn’t know what I meant by “Tuesday”, Yelawolf, Tokyo 24, Stickup Kidz, Jay Ant, J Espinosa, and yours truley DJ Storm will be tearing up 330 Ritch in downtown San Francisco thanks to Above Ground, Infinite, and Beats: By Dre.  Make sure that if your in the Bay, your in the building come October 19th.  (Shameless promotion out the face.)

Yelawolf At 330 Ritch



The video above is of rapper Yelawolf tearing down the stage at a fools gold party in New York.  He will be in SF for the Wake and Bake show October 19th.  After the Wake and Bake concert however, if your located in the Bay Area, head on over to 330 Ritch, Yelawolf will be in the building, along with myself, Tokyo 24, Stickup Kidz, J. Espinosa, and Jay Anthony.  The party is being put together by the one and only ‘Above Ground’, and there will be giveaways from Infinite SF, and the party is sponsored by “Beats: By Dr. Dre”.  It’s going to be a HUGE event, dress to impress, doors open at 10, and its 18+ in the spot, so anyone can come through.  See you there.

Sak’s 5th Ave. Afterparty @ Vessel.


Vessel In San Francisco

Last week I got the distinct pleasure of accompanying a good friend to the Sak’s 5th Ave gala, and the ensuing after party.  The after party was held at San Francisco’s Vessel Night Club, and was thrown by David Ali and the good folks at ‘Above Ground Ent.’  Too Short and Keith Sweat were also in the building for the party (Sorry again Ash).  I had an amazing time, and if you reside in the San Francisco area, the next time David Ali and ‘Above Ground’ are throwing an event at Vessel, I highly suggest you make plans to attend.

-DJ Storm.

DJ Storm

David Ali

Too Short

Crazy Above Ground Pool


Designed by Andres Remy Architects, this modern above-ground outdoor pool in Devoto, Argentina is quite appetising for a summer pool party.  The pool does a phenomenal job combining the best of both the natural and urban landscape.  When planning the placement of the swimming pool, the architects studied the path of the sun carefully. The pool is elevated from the ground creating a glass wall that allows views from within and outside.  Even people inside the house can see the action in the pool while lounging on the sofa.

RGNLD SLVSTR


Many of the design related posts I have up revolve around my love of art, or photography.  Its not too often that I come across a graphic designer who’s work can speak for itself as loudly as a painted picture, or a dynamic photograph.  The works of Reginald Sylvester are both sophisticated and unique in a way that can compliment any project that requires his talent.  He’s designed the logos for Christopher Richardson, the producer of the show “Creative Chronicles: Street Files” (an episode of which I was featured a few weeks back).  The new logo for the promotional company ‘Above Ground Entertainment’ was also the work of Reginald.

Click here to see more from Reginald

Subtle Detail

There has also been tons of well deserved hype surrounding the Subtle Detail clothing line, which was also designed by Mr. Sylvester.  His new season is preview below, but just click the pic to see more.

If you want to get your hands on some of the clothing Reginald Sylvester already has out, look no further than the BKC.  Recently the Brooklyn Circus held a world wide design contest for who would design their 2 year anniversary T’s.  Needles to say that out of countless contestants, Reginald took the grand prize.  Below are some shots of his winning design.

The 2nd of July…


ARTificial Inc.


David Ali, United+Taken and Otis Present ARTificial Inc Every Third Saturday!  Join us Saturday, June 19th as we incorporate Fashion, Art and Music.  DJ King Most is on the decks and he’ll be dropping the best in Hip Hop and R&B.  Hosted by Mike Vegas.  Clothing Giveaways throughout the night by United+Taken(www.UnitedandTaken.com) which is a new clothing line designed by Mark Kozen and Arturo Torres which is on the rise.

Birthday celebration for our good friend Natasha Wong!!

Cover is only $5 all night, RSVP on the wall and let us know if your rolling through.

For more info contact:
(415) 933-7798 / ItsDavidAli@gmail.com

Otis is located at 25 Maiden Lane btw Grant and Kearny.

Up Close


This Saturday April 17th, David Ali, Otis and United + Taken Present: Up Close.  It’ll be a night of great music and cool people over at Otis in San Francisco.  DJ King Most will be in the mix all night spinning the best in Hip Hop, R&B and Top 40’s.  They will also be celebrating the birthday of Marla Magante.  $5 Cover all night.  The party is hosted by my good friend and colleague Mike Vegas, and there will be a clothing give away by United + Taken.  Otis is located @ 25 Maiden Lane between Grant and Kearny.

Click to RSVP