Cris Cab’s ‘Echo Boom’ Mixtape
January 31, 2012, 1:50 PM
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18 year old Miami sensation Cris Cab drops off his latest mixtape Echo Boom, the highly anticipated follow up to his previous mixtape, Foreward.  This tape is sure to impress with production from Wyclef, Pharrell, and 88 Keys.


Needless to say, I’m very excited to put this on replay, and you should too.  Cris Cabs fan base is growing and you may be able to see him at a city near you.  I was lucky enough to see him at the intimate Bardot, right here in his hometown of Miami.  Peep his cover of Black and Yellow below. Sorry Bardot, I used my camera.


DKA out.

XV x Pac Div x Big Sean x Clipse x Kid Cudi @ MSU

April 12th’s concert was full of surprises.  What was scheduled to be a Kid Cudi show opened by Clipse ended up being a dream hip hop line up complete with XV, Pac Div, Big Sean, Clipse, and Kid Cudi.  Another amazing concert was put on by RHA.  The concert was at Michigan State University’s auditorium and tickets sold out in 8 minutes.  I was lucky enough to grab row 7 tickets and made my way to front row.   First up was Vizzy vizzy vizzy.

XV w/ DJ Steph Floss sportin' the MSU jersey

I was almost more hyped to see XV than all the other artists.  I been followin this kid for almost a year now, his last two mixtapes 30 minute layover (made in only 4 days) and Everybody’s Nobody (tons of great features).  Anyone that grew up in the 90s can appreciate all of his references.  Vizzy killed the set and got people more hyped than the other artists did.  He easily could have opened for Cudi by himself.  I look forward to seeing him perform again.  Keep up with him on his blog and stay on the look out for his debut album, The Kid With the Green Backpack.

Vizzy Vizzy Vizzy X to the V

Cliff Skighwalker & Rodney James help put on another great show.  Shout out to their hard work.

Rodney James & Cliff Skighwalker

Pac Div made their first ever stop in Michigan and performed several hits from their mixtape Church League Champions.  I was happy to see them play “We the Champs”, they also performed “Knuckleheadz” and “Shut up”.  Another one of my favorites from their album is “No No”, I wished they would have played that, but they still put on a great show regardless.  DJ Sean was on his rap shit as usual.  Download the Lever 2009 mixtape for more Pac Div music.

Pac Div sportin the MSU hoodie!

Next up was the surprise appearance of the homie Big Sean!  The last time Big Sean was at Michigan State, he killed it.  You can read my full concert review featuring Fly. Union, and interview with Mike Posner HERE.  He performed Supa Dupa Lemonade.  The song that’s been on repeat for a good two months now.  Shout out to Bendey for the assist with the video.

Next up was Clipse.  I was happy they played their classic hit Grindin’ and several others off their new album Till the Casket Drops, an album that really surprised me.  Go take a listen if you haven’t already.  My battery was gettin’ low so I wasn’t able to capture as much as I wanted, but here’s a picture.  My favorite performance by them had to be “Keys Open Doors”.

Till the Casket Drops!

And then Mr. Mescudi, aka Domingo Brown, aka Kid Cudi graced the stage.  I was lucky enough to see him perform The Hip Hop Hangover Tour with 88 Keys and Asher Roth next door at the Royal Oak Theater, you can read my full summary of that show HERE.

You can call him Moon Man

He performed many of his new hits including “Already home” (pretty sure that made my boy Clark’s night), “That Tree”, as well as “Memories”.  He also gave us a sneak peak an a cappella version of Groovin, which will be on his next album Cudder & The Revolution of Evolution.

Download that right HERE.

My new wallpaper.

Cudi ended the show in style.  Just like he did at Royal Oak, he played the last 3 songs in succession and the whole crowd RAGED.  Nothin like fist pumping jammin’ to Memories and Day n Night Crooker’s remix to end the night.

DKA out.

88-Keys “Baggage Claim”
October 15, 2009, 1:38 PM
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So Chris and I have been going through LOST.  Like a season (24 shows) in like 5 days.  So I visited 88-Keys Blog, and what to my surprise did he have?  A song based on the show.  Fate? Yup.  It must have been my path to find it today and bring it to you.

If you have ever seen the show, definitely a must listen and download.

Oh, whaddup Hurley, Sawyer, n Kate.

Oh, whaddup Hurley, Sawyer, n Kate.

Here are the lyrics to read along to:


Uh, yeah! My name is 88-Keys & that’s the name you’ll see on the manifest on Ocean Flight 815. We’ve been Lost for a few weeks now. I don’t think anybody’s coming for us. Man… I remember this like it was yesterday; When I lost my bag on day one.

1st Verse:

I woke up from a concussion
With sand on my feet
No futher discussion
I’m a son of a beach

Where’s my briefcase?
It was in reach
I gotta drill these people
Just like a prez before he gets impeached

Let me go straight to the liar & pack rat
Scratch that
Take it to the man
With the desire for that hatch

Locke – Don’t give me that
Philosophical crap
I know is gonna spew
From you esophagus track

Just tell me where my box is
Before I let everybody know
You couldn’t use your limbs
Where your sock is

Save it!
I’ll just ask Sawyer
Now let’s face it
He’ll say he didn’t take it

So now I gotta go to Kate
To sweet talk Sawyer
Just to get my briefcase
For a kiss like cheap dates

Sawyer doesn’t have it
Nobody said they grabbed it
Now they’re all acting like
I’m chasing down a white rabbit like Jack did


My bag got lost
So now I’m looking for it
My bag wasn’t found
I got tooken for it – Lost
Have you see it
Anywhere around here? – Lost
Tell me if you see it
When the ground clears

I’m not taking orders from Jack
Like I’m his soldier
I don’t trust Katie
As far as my arms could throw her
Expect the unexpected
When they do drop bombs so

2nd Verse:

Gotta investigate this matter further
This madam that I never heard of
Using words
So absurd to

Me & everybody else
Except for Shannon
Distress calls
Who got balls like cannon?

To tell me where my briefcase is
How ’bout you Michael?
You know us brothers gotta
Stick together

I tried to play the race card
But my plan faultered
The only one he’s cares about
His lil’ man Walter

That’s the kid
Who could
Make reality

I ain’t messing with him
So I slid
Back to Shannon
Just to see if I could find Sayid

And he’s over there
Talking to Boone
Let me see if I could get closer
And get the scoop like a spoon

I heard him say,
“Stay the Hell away from my sister!”
Mr. Overprotective brother
Not only does he lover her but he used to kiss her… Under the covers


My bag got lost
So now I’m looking for it
My bag wasn’t found
I got tooken for it – Lost
Have you see it
Anywhere around here? – Lost
Tell me if you see it
When the ground clears

I’m not taking orders from Jack
Like I’m his soldier
I don’t trust Katie
As far as my arms could throw her
Expect the unexpected
When they do drop bombs so

3rd Verse:

Now I searched all over the island
For my stuff
Man it’s rough
When these dead bodies are piled in

There’s only so much
That Jack can do
With polar bears running through the forrest
Attacking you

Now let’s not forget Claire
She needs the prenatal
Care – Make the wrong move
And Charlie makes it fatal?

I’m not really here for friends
Just my bag
I don’t care about you, your drugs
Or Drive Shaft

Now why did Sun laugh
If she only speaks Korean?
There’s something she ain’t telling
There’s something Jin ain’t seeing

She making ginseng
Just to poison human beings
And everybody on the cave & beach

I should’ve asked Hurley
‘Cause he took a head count
He knows everybody on the island

I described my baggage
He said he knows who had it
Now we gotta figure out
Why Ethan’s name wasn’t added to the manifest


My bag got lost
So now I’m looking for it
My bag wasn’t found
I got tooken for it – Lost
Have you see it
Anywhere around here? – Lost
Tell me if you see it
When the ground clears

I’m not taking orders from Jack
Like I’m his soldier
I don’t trust Katie
As far as my arms could throw her
Expect the unexpected
When they do drop bombs so

Produced by Needlz.  Definitely stop by 88’s blog I Heart My Polo Lifestyle and give him a shout out for the song.

If you aren’t familiar with 88 yet, download his mixtape Adam’s Case Files and give it a listen.  I also got the chance to meet him, before he performed with Cudi, Asher, and B.o.B…He’s a real nice dude. Here’s my review of that show too.

88 and the fellas @ Burn Rubber

88 and the fellas @ Burn Rubber

DKA out.

DA wore it first.
September 16, 2009, 1:07 AM
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Props to Wale having great taste.

Props to Leaders.

Myself, 88 Keys, Dutt, n Bendey

Myself, 88 Keys, Dutt, n Bendey

Wale x Leaders

Wale x Leaders

DKA out.

While coasting through the internets..
August 1, 2009, 11:30 PM
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I just posted that 88-Keys interview and started surfin the wave of the web and stumbled across this awesome freestyle of Kid Cudi’s over 88 Keys beat.  This was done over a year ago after Cudi spit his verse over “Wasting my Minutes” in the Adam’s Case Files mixtape.  These guys are good.

DKA out.

Keepin’ up with 88-Keys
August 1, 2009, 11:06 PM
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I may have introduced some of you to 88 two weeks ago.  He’s a real cool dude.  Anyway, I came across this video interview of him where he sits down at the Red Bull Music Academy to discuss production. He tells the stories of meeting J Dilla & Pharcyde. Enjoy.

DKA out.

The Great Hangover Tour Summary

The Great Hangover Tour title was coined by Mr. Kanye West himself.  Of course good things would ensue.

This concert deserves some effort in my part, so this may be one of my better posts.

88-Keys was the first performer of the tour.  Dutt and Bendey, and I were lucky enough to run into him at Burn Rubber before the show.  He was very cool and I was able to chat with him for a good ten minutes.  I first heard of 88 about two years ago, when his hit song “Stay up! (Viagra)” featuring Kanye, was featured on the Can’t Tell Me Nothing Mixtape that dropped in the summer of ’07.  He told me that ” I played the track for ‘Ye and he said he had to jump on it”.  88 has a video out with Kanye for “Stay up!” thats pretty hilarious.  Luckily I decided to play 88 Keys album The Death of Adam during the car ride to Royal Oak so the fellas would be refreshed on his work.  88 was impressed when I told him my favorite video was “True Feelings”  at which point he was like “Damn, you a true fan” haha.  Definately take a look at it below, its a piece of art.

My iPhone pictures didn’t do this concert justice, so here is a slew of videos and pictures from the show.  Alright, now onto the show.  It seems as though I could have made a whole blog post on 88 Keys himself haha.  Go check out his album (notice we got some autographs a few posts below) The Death of Adam or download his mixtape for free Adam’s Case Files.  88 Keys opened the show and killed it.  He brought huge amounts of energy and really got the crowd going.  I definitely saw about 20 people walking out of the theater with his album in hand.  Goodstuff.  The only disappointment was that his set had to end and was somewhat short.


Next up was B.O.B, aka Bobby Ray.  His set was very good as well.  He had some lovely back up singers and also did a solo with an acoustic guitar.

Bobby Ray aka B.O.B

I have had his mixtape “Who the F*&K is BOB?” for a few months and there are quite a few songs on there that are dope.  My favorite ones of his are the hit single out right now “I’ll be in the sky” along with “Eastside Tales”, “Generation Lost”, and “F**k You”.  Just to name a few.  I was also happy to hear him sing “Haterz Everywhere We Go” because the fellas and I have been playing Fight Night Round 4 non stop and it is one of the tracks featured in the game.  (Roommates, step up your game haha).  Bobby Ray brought energy and was all over the stage, high fiving the crowd.  It was also nice that he came on immediately following 88-Keys.  The sad part about these first two performances was that I was afraid my camera would get taken by the secruity gaurd 3 feet away, so I was able to take many pictures or videos of 88 or BOB.  However, next up was Cudi and I had to take some chances.

I see you Mr. Mescudi

I see you Mr. Mescudi

Mr. Cudi, member of Kanye’s Good Music, the star of the show, killllled it.  I’m going to steal a review from Bendey over at Vivid Underground because it is spot on.  I see what you did there.

Kid Cudi was absolutely amazing.  Didn’t have any props, no flashy get-up, just a fiber optic wire mesh type back drop that was busy flashing lights throughout his songs.  His music was what made the show, and of course his intense energy.  Unlike 50 Cent, who’s giving his audience pec-flexes and mean-mugs, Cudi smiles at you and dances like he’s barefoot on a bed of coals.  He has a unique aura around him at all times and you can tell through his voice and lyrics, that he absolutely loves what he does.  At several points throughout the show, his grin was so wide I thought we wasn’t going to be able to continue on through the next verse…looked almost as if he was trying to hold back laughter.  He performed a new track titled, “Heart of a Lion”, to which I’m desperately waiting for it’s release.  He presented a phenomenal 8 minute version of “Day N Night” that included the techno remix as well.  Luckily I was able to nab a video of it despite the security gaurd in front of me giving me shit.  Be sure to check it out down below.  The only disappointing thing about Kid Cudi’s performance was the absence of “Maui Wowie“.  I thought that song would’ve been a give-in, but I can’t complain about anything else.  Incredible performance, period.”

Thanks for saving me time buddy.  Here are some videos of his performances.

Mr. Solo Dolo, a new favorite of mine.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon

Vodpod videos no longer available.

DKA Life presents a new joint he performed that hasn’t even been released yet “Heart of a Lion”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

(Kid Cudi, if you want this removed, please let me know, and I will do so.  I’m just trying to help out the fans.)

And now, a slew of pictures. Grinning the whole time.

Mr. Mescudi

The Closest I'll Ever come to the Kanye x LV sneakers ($800+)

The Closest I'll Ever come to the Kanye x LV sneakers ($800+)

Singing his heart out.

As for Asher Roth (the headliner for all the 14 and 15 year olds)…I had to use the restroom badly due to alcoholic beverages that were consumed, so I gave up the front row.  I had seen him before, and his performance at MSU may have topped this one.  Simply because there weren’t so many props and costumes.  He still brought a lot of energy and had the crowd pumpin’.  It was just to gimmickey for our taste.  All of the other artists performed by themselves, whereas Asher had to have his buddy as the hypeman and various people run around in lion costumes, marajauna costumes, and American Cat in the Hat hats.  Entertaining none the less and still gets a B on my card.  My camera died, so sorry, no asher vids.

Go check out the Great Hangover Tour and get in line early.  You’ll be glad you did.