Monday, November 23, 2009

Raashan Ahmad "Oakland"

I just got home from a 5 week tour hitting Osaka and Tokyo Japan, Bali Indonesia, and the western half of the United States promoting my crew's (Crown City Rockers) new release (*The day after forever!) I had a great time but I'm really happy to be back home in the bay area. But day 2 of being back a report came out sighting Oakland as the 3rd most dangerous city in the U.S. and has lots of folks focusing on the negatives and while some of the points may be true I offer a flipside to a city I love.

Check this video for "Oakland" produced by my homegirl and general genius of a woman Kat Ouano and shot and directed by John Coyne. I hope this finds you well.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

By the time we get home on saturday it will be about 5 weeks that we've been away. First Osaka then Tokyo Japan then Bali Indonesia and finally a west coast run of the Americas. The shows have been great, the people have been beyond incredible, and the places I've seen have been inspirational. But as Kat put it last night during one of our intense conversations I think I'm having a culture shock.

I've heard about jazz musicians in the past going "overseas" and feeling the love but I never really got it til' I experienced it first hand. It felt like we were tricking everybody, cars picking us up at the airports and hotels, all of our gear set-up on stage as soon as we walked in to soundcheck, tours on scooters thru the rice fields in Bali, signing shoes, ipods, foreheads!, packed shows and people who don't speak my language screaming my lyrics back at me and in general feeling such a love from the people when playing our music.

Now don't get me wrong we get love here too but on a much smaller scale and after leaving there its hard to get used to poor tournouts, underpromoted shows, or great shows with EVERYBODY getting down except for those 4 people IN THE FRONT just staring and looking bored (why stand in the front???). In a way I know I just gotta realize we have more work to do. Plus it's what I love to do whether there's 5 or 5000 doing live shows is incredibly fun. Gotta make more music for ya'll to feel I guess.

anyway here a clip from one of the fun ones...Missoula Montana

DJ Platurn and Kat O1O Midas touch remix!

This is my jaaaaaaaaaaaammy jam! One of the freshest DJ's (Platurn, Oakland Faders) and the illest keyboard player (Kat o1o, Crown City Rockers) Get together to remix Midnight Star's "Midas Touch". For all you vinyl heads its getting pressed and released on Nov. 24! (My b-day:) thru Get it and support good music. Peep the video remix by Dj Goldenchild

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hey BAD show promoters here’s 10 good ideas!

Hey BAD show promoters here’s 10 good ideas!

1. How about not booking 9 groups for a show that starts at 10pm and ends at 2am
2. How about having a sound man
3. Maybe not having a group sound check only to erase the mix when they perform
4. What about promoting the show outside of a facebook bulletin
ummm lemme think.
5. How about not trying to pay me with free t-shirts and or beer/weed
6. Oh water would be nice.
7. This may be asking alot but...dont record the show and sell it.
8. Maybe you shouldn't get drunk jump on stage during MY set and make yourself part of the show.
9. How about a d.j. for the hip hop show?
10. How about not spitting in my ear when your wasted telling me what I need to do to "make it" at the end of the night when you should be paying me.

just a couple ideas!

Today was a good day

L.A. gets repped to the fullest!

Your boy

Sup with your boy?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Piano Stairs

i want this in my house.

DJ Icewater's video mixtape!

Dj Icewater is one of my favorite and one of the most well rounded dj's in the bay and beyond. I just saw this and thought you should see it. Here's what he said...

"Last weekend I fucked around and made a video mixtape. My video editing skills are a work in progress but I hope to get better and make more of these down the line. I've included an ipod-ready version for download for those of you with compatible devices."


I like alot of Singers but c'mon does it really get any better than Sade? I cant wait for this...

Sade Adu, the reclusive "quiet storm" soul signer who takes notoriously long breaks between releases, has regrouped with the band that bears her name and is recording her first album of new material since 2000's "Lovers Rock," sources confirm. The group is in the studio through June and Sony hopes to put the record out by the end of 2009 though, despite rumors, there is no set release date on the calendar.

"She is in the studio and the album will come when it is ready," a source at Sony tells Billboard. "You don't wait for years for one and then rush it."

Sade's longtime bandmate Stuart Matthewman, a.k.a. Cottonbelly, also confirms that new material is in progress, though he says the project is still in its "early days" and won't be close to finished until "later in the year."

New Jack Hustle "Lionel"

This video is Ultra! Alex Newman and Shawn Jackson as New Jack Hustle made this video called "Lionel" it took me a couple of times to get it. Not to be a spoiler but listen to the words and watch the album covers...LIONEL RICHIE!!! Big shout to Ohmega Watts on the Cameo.


3 of my favorites all wrapped up in 1!
Bjork+Headnodic+Moe Pope=Megabjork...
This is amazing, trust me download this FREE project now!

Raashan Ahmad feat. Aceyalone "MOVE" Rock Creek mix

Me and Aceyalone with a remix off my "Soul Power" release...goin in over the blackbirds classic "Rock Creek Park" FREE DOWNLOAD HERE!
Shout to DJ Haylow for the artwork...

People Under the Stairs "Trippin at the disco"

This is incredible. Thes 1 and Double K always remind me why I do this. Dope with a sense of humor. PEEP!

Raashan Ahmad "Peace"

I know this is me but i think this video was slept on..The director Eric Leppo made this beautiful.