Posts Tagged ‘ David Ali ’

Jay Ant – ‘Change Up’.

There’s some speculation around the Bay as to why rappers here haven’t had the international success that artists from other parts of the States have.  Not being consistent, a lack of sonic diversity, and under-qualified management are all theories, but luckily Jay Ant suffers from NONE of those pitfalls.    It hasn’t been more than 4 days, and Jay Ant has already dropped another track to the web.  (The other being ‘On My Mind’ with Iamsu ft. Mike Dash E.) With a gambit of talents, and all the right elements to support a talented flow, I’m sure you’ll be hearing much more from Jay Ant very soon.  To watch the video for ‘On My Mind’, check the method below.

Jay Ant & Iamsu ft. Mike Dash E – ‘On My Mind’.

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Jay Ant and Iamsu are quickly becoming Bay Area success stories in a land where the most famous artists are pushing 50.  The Bay hasn’t had a crucial, nationwide hit since “Tell Me When To Go” from E-40 in 2006, and in my personal opinion Jay Ant, Iamsu and small handful of others should be the next group to deliver a hit that big.  Iamsu was responsible for the monster Bay Area hit “Beat The P*ssy Up”, along with a library of production credits and other successful projects, he’s getting quite a great deal of recognition.  Jay Ant is also making waves after putting out his most recent project ‘#iammostratchet’ and has a gambit of future projects in the works.  Although both Su and Jay Ant are quite capable of putting out the next banger independently, but have collaborated their efforts of a project titled “Stoopid”.  The first track that was dropped off to my inbox was ‘On My Mind’ by Jay Ant and Iamsu featuring Mike Dash E, click the pic above to download the track.

Jay Ant – Pose.

Check out the track ‘Pose’ from Jay Ant, directed by Arturo Torres, and be sure to check out his mixtape  #iammostratchet right here.

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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Riesling and Rolling Papers.

The other day, my barber Quincy randomly posed the question to me… “Who do you think is better, Pusha T, or Fab?”  (Meaning Fabolous).  My immediate response was “Why would you ask me such things?”, but that was simply a way of dodging having to actually answer the question.  A majority of the people in the room agreed that Pusha T was an incredible rap artist (which is very true any which way you spin it.)  but the whole conversation get me seriously over-analyzing the issue.  For fear of an epic, world-ending, Xerxes size army of angry emails, I still can’t say publicly who my personally opinion favors, however, the new video ‘Riesling and Rolling Papers’ from Fabolous has made a big difference on my answer to Q’s question.

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  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.