Indy Hip Hop World

"A setback is just a setup for a comeback." --from Bebe Moore Campbell's "72 Hour Hold"

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

holiday wknd update

I'm back at it, but just with a brief update.

The Ten Friends event in Cleveland was quite nice. It took place on Sunday, May 28, 2006 @ Sunset Lounge in the oh so trendy Warehouse district. Great weather meant that the pretty people were dressed fashionably, but comfortable and colorful.

A good time was had by all including your girl. When I was not all chummied up with the ever-popular dj, I was getting my groove on because dj Mick Boogie was 'doin the damn thang!' The music system could not handle the pressure and when the speakers on the dance floor finally blew out, the party people did not get rowdy or ghetto, oh no, they just began to sing Bell Biv Devoe's "Poison". Good times, I say.

Oh, one more interesting tidbit ... you will never in a thousand years guess who was at the Ten Friends Summer Bliss set ... the one and only, Omarosa. Many have asked, "What is she doing in Cleveland?" Well, when the weather finally get warm in Cleveland, it really heats up.

Sunset Lounge has a really nice ambience - contemporary and somewhat sleek with some mock waterfalls (or maybe not mock). Throw in some dim lighting and like magic the mood is set.

I checked out a couple of cookouts, but I did miss out on Slum Village - can someone fill me/us in on that show. Also, the Conya Doss show that I was so hyped about seeing - did not take place! Apparently, she was double booked and Cleveland got the heave-ho.

New hip hop on my desk this week...The Procussions and Akir. And oh, the new one from Mr. Lif. My review of those is forthcoming.

Until later...

stay true ... kfox

Thursday, May 25, 2006

holiday wknd events

Hello good people,

The holiday weekend is upon us. Just sharing some events that will take place in Cleveland, Ohio. They may not be hyped up, but for real, you need to be at one of these joints, if not all!

DJ Mick Boogie will be spinning at two of the three (the first and the last). He is most incredible on the wheels. He can go crunk, but he is best at the old school set, in my humble opinion.

Good Vibe Music Series f/Conya Doss
On Saturday, May 27, 2006
@ the House of Blues; 308 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland
Beginning @ 10 p.m.
Admission is $10 ... email

**Conya Doss is a phenomenal singer! Her positive spirit absolutely saturates her songs.

Kings of the Iron Mic f/Slum Village
On Saturday, May 27, 2006
@ the Grog Shop; 2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights
@ 10 p.m.
Tix are $20 ... call 216.241.5555

Summer Bliss hosted by Ten Friends
On Sunday, May 28, 2006

@ Sunset Lounge; 1382 W. 9th Street in the Warehouse district

Doors open @ 8 p.m.

Admission is $15 before 12 midnight
complimentary hors d'oeuvres and martinis from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Hosted by Caesar B, Chris Boles, Kim Fox, Paula Freeman, Arnold Hines, Neal Hodges, Keshia Johnson, Brandey Rodgers, Rick Smith, and Terry Travis

F/complimentary hors d'oeuvres and martinis from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. For more info, email

And that is it for now. Updates on the weekend's festivities are forthcoming.

stay true ... kfox

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

the cd towers...

hey...i've mentioned the burgeoning cds towers in my i finally captured them in digital form! however, i'm too embarassed to highlight the others. actually, i hope to have them all removed in the next two weeks. wish me luck.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

It's all about the hip hop, baby!

What is good, yall? I'll tell you what...I have been reading ?uestlove's blog on myspace and it is a beautiful thing. He just writes it as if he telling you in person. Good stuff about life for a musician on the road and trying to get some love from, well from whoever digs what they do. And there is mad love for The Roots crew.

So, I also had a chance to hear a hip hop show out of Akron, Ohio...Keepers of the Art are on 91.3 WAPS on Friday evenings @ 9 p.m. I was diggin the show because it reminded me of my own show. Nice and hyped w/some quality beats and rhymes. 'Cept they were bangin a few more oldies - or so it seemed. They - the hosts, Ish and Don Juan, rocked some BDP, that's Boogie Down Productions for those who don't know and that's no secret.

I'm still jammin to some stuff that is relatively new. The Murs "Murray's Revenge" has grown on me. "Barbershop" is hot, but really the entire project has some personality. Still lovin the Collective Efforts and the Coppershot is on the money - yes, it is!

Can't want for the Dave Chappelle's Block Party DVD to be released. It has a June 13th release date. If you didn't see it, you don't have to fast forward to the Fugees - really Lauryn Hill - do a bang up job on "Killing Me Softly." But you will want to watch/hear it over and over and over again. That's nearly the sole reason I am ridin this one so tough.

Next on my waiting list is The Roots next project - their first on Def Jam, that would be Shawn Carter's Def Jam. Yeah. The Roots' "Game Theory" cd will be out on August 29. Too long for me, but they would probably say, not long enough.

Still no hip hop shows for me and it doesn't look like one will get on my summer sked. And that is a dayum shame! Whatever that is about, I am not a fan of it. The thing is I like small venues but the shows rarely start on time and when they do get underway, they have all of these folkds who are okay and who I'd like to show some love to, but I really just want to see the headliner or do I want my $12 dollars worth...? You get what I'm sayin.

Can anybody tell me when they will stop producing the aggressive hip hop that mainly focuses on cars, jewels and hoochies...? I will wait for that to be over over and let that be soon because it all sounds the same and it ain't sayin nuthin...

Oh...I'm considering an mp3 player. It probably will NOT be an iPod since your girl - that's radiogirl - has gots to have some radio connectivity and at no additional cost thanyouverymuch! It will probably take me three months to make a purchase, if I do, meanwhile when traveling I will be toting the somewhat antiquated cd player with several disks. Just don't gawk at me, ah-ight?

You do realize that the Cavs are a game up and a game away from advancing to the eastern conference championship, dontcha? I am a hip hop head through and through, but I am also a fan of the NBA. So I'm out! I need to get my energy up, calm my nerves and take some time to send some words should do the same.

stay true triple h's ... kfox

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Friday, May 05, 2006

identity unveiled

Who is this person who writes about the world's most beloved genre of music??? It is my world, ya know?