Those familiar with the local arts scene, at this point, should be aware of Elu and his growing movement. His latest release, Soul Food, serves as a precursor for whats to come in 2016. The jazzy Fertile Grounds sample accompanied by the the incredible instrumentation on the record, demonstrates Elu's creativity both as a producer as well as an artist. The icing on the cake, of course, was the excellent verse delivered by Westside Chicago's own, Saba. Look out for more singles dropping from Elu's second project, Jentrify, in the coming weeks! Stream Elu's latest below.
The duo known as Old Souls (Dion Terrance & Zach Westmore) decide to miraculously release their long awaited mixtape entitled 'Back Again'. The project is recorded with minimal mixing & mastering, allowing the organic vocals of the duo to be fully embraced. The Old Souls' sound embodies an honest and raw sound in Hip Hop that is rarely heard now of days in the waves of today's pop culture. Do yourself a favor and vibe out to the reminiscent sounds of these up and coming young bucks.
DMV rapper, GoldLink, has been on a tear as of late as he gears up for the release of his impending album, And After That We Didnt Talk. AATWD is set to be Link's first full-length album, with his previous project, God Complex, considered to be an EP. In an interview with Soulection radio host Joe Kay, the Maryland wonder kid revealed that the purpose of the 'God Complex' was that it was an introduction of sorts to the world. In his own words, "letting people know what I am capable of doing." This explains why the project, despite being great, was pretty scattershot in its presentation, lacking the cohesiveness that he will surely bring on AATWD. This new record, New Black, although it folllows suit to his signature future bounce sound, projects a very political subject matter. The song laments on the police brutality that has cast a dark shadow over this country. The production has a very optimistic vibe to it despite the dark topics that Link covers, a very interesting juxtaposition that makes the record truly great. Stream GoldLink's latest below
Oakland based MC, C-Bass, has finally release his long-awaited wave of a project, Aquatic Sounds. The tape is about as fluid as its namesake, given the listener ample opportunity to get lost in the aquatic vibrations. One thing that stands out about this body of music, is that its relatively in house in regards to the production and features. Rising Bay Area artist, Elujay, is featured both as a rapper and producer on the tape, lending his talents to three of the songs of the project. The tape also holds production from Freddie Joachim, Black Excellence, and Oakland rapper/producers BaseHunt and Chose. So, sit back and prepared to be fully submerged by the 'Aquatic Sound'. Stream below
This just in: the rising star known as Caleborate has dropped an anthem produced by Cal-A with the Bay Area's modern Frank Sinatra, G-Eazy . I have to say, it feels impeccable to see my people really prosper--I can only imagine how Caleb feels right now. These things truly do happen.
In conjuction with Daghe's #MOREVIBES mix series, Bay Area DJ, Kawasaki P lends a helping hand to an already incredible series of unique vibes and sounds. Kawasaki P has been making waves locally, with his hard hitting brand of consistently slapping sets. P had a very dope and noteworthy set at our Boundless Heights Part II pop-up event. So, throw your headphones on, plug your aux chord in, and get lost in the sounds curated by this wave-paving DJ, featuring Baby-E, Madeintyo, Larry June and many! Stream the mix below.
Progression, the art of increasing your value in an already saturated market. The Bay Area, specifically Oakland, houses more artists per capita than any other American city. Seemingly everyone raps, designs, DJs, or produces music in some capacity; begetting the inevitable question of how do you stand out in a sea of individuals operating in the same lane. Boundless Heights Part 2 on September 5th at the Oakland Terminal was, in a humble opinion, the most accurate reflection of creative artistry both through music and visual art. As many of you know, the first Boundless Heights pop-up was shutdown early because the venue couldn't accommodate the large amount of people that showed up. Oakland Terminal ended up creating the perfect setting, giving the event-goers ample space to navigate the visual art of Veej, Vavi, Loady, Eric Look, Amanda Flowers, Moxie and Ben G without feeling too closed in. Another dope installation that we featured, was the Digital Tombogo Pong game, a recreation of Atari's Pong, coded by the incomparable Ben Geselbracht. The drinks were flowing, the dro was burning with the complementing sounds provided by Kawasaki P, Dj Aux Cord, Shruggs, Dj Burr and SpencerxStevens enhancing an already buzzing atmosphere.
The musical lineup acted as the true draw of the event, featuring an eclectic showcase of incredible talent hosted by SF native Show Banga. The first artist to hit the stage was Lucky, an East Oakland upstart who gave a passionate and energetic performance despite dealing with technical difficulties with the speakers halfway through his set. Once the speaker situation was sorted out, resident HBK artist Dave Steezy gave a surprise two song set off his upcoming project 'Fashionably Late', injecting energy into the crowd with towering stage presence. Down2Earth and Calimade representative Dayvid Michael was up next delivering an extremely dope and intimate set, performing unreleased D2E tracks. Elujay, one of brightest young artists coming out of Oakland, hit the stage next, backed by a two piece drum and guitar band. Elu started his set with the Dayvid Michael assisted banger 'Numerology' off his upcoming project 'Afrocentrik'. The Oakland rhyme-slinger brought soul, hip hop with a drop of funk to a lively performance that got the crowd excited for what this young star's future holds. LA native, Iman Europe, is a crown jewel on the come-up, giving off an almost Lauryn Hill like vibe possessing the dual sword ability of rapping and singing. Iman tore the stage down, and I we whole-hardheartedly say that she sold the crowd.
As the night continued and the Moet, Hennessy and Bogo juice started to run out the buzzing atmosphere never dissipated, especially with the last two artists of the night to grace the stage. The first of the two, 1-O.A.K. and the Highrollers Band, created a very soulful ambiance with their feel-good music. 1-O.A.K. has been making waves locally for quite some time, and is poised for an inevitable break. Larry June, Frisco's prodigal son, blessed the stage last at 12:45 AM, capping off an already turnt night. Quite possibly the highlight of the evening - Larry performing his current hit 'Glock 40' and subsequently being joined onstage by Iamsu!. We had to close-up at 1:15 on the dot, putting an end to a historic night for the company as well as the creative arts renaissance going on in Oakland. Shoutout to Oakland Terminal and all other involved parties that made this event possible. The follow-up to 'Boundless Heights 2' will be major, in the meantime be on the look-out for the Fall/Winter drop, slated to hit the internet in a matter of weeks.
Photos by Hot Nick & Moses Kinnah
Arguably one of the most promising rappers in the game, K.E.L.L.S., delivers once again. The Oakland MC has been consistent with the quality of his music for quite some time, and this record is no different. Intricate wordplay woven cleverly through Chose's smooth production, highlight the effortless nature of the track. The Bay Area, and more importantly, the Oakland music scene is ready to take the proverbial next step, and artists like K.E.L.L.S. are poised to make that possible. Without further ado, we're proud to premier K.E.L.L.S.' latest release, 'Fried Chicken', here on the TOMBOGO blog. Stream below.
Yesterday evening, Berkeley based artist Caleborate debuted his long-awaited album, Hella Good, via an hour long Soundcloud stream. Along with the music, which is dope as expected, the rapper offers insightful narration in between the tracks, dishing on the concepts and the creative direction of the project. 'Hella Good' is set drop tomorrow on iTunes, also be sure to follow Caleborate on twitter as he continues his Hella Good week on his various social media platforms. Lastly, cop tickets to his next show at the New Parish on August 31st here, and also make sure to catch him at 'Boundless Heights Part 2'!
Beauty is often found in simplicity, effective enough to stimulate your network of senses. Pushing Lines, Elujay's latest single, is a testament to this concept relying solely on a tough drum pattern and soulful keys from a Fender Rhodes. Elu has steadily been making waves in this local musical renaissance for quite awhile, and we're all anxiously awaiting the drop of his impending project 'Afrocentrik'. Furthermore, if you're not yet aware, we're hosting an event at Terminal September 5th where Elu is slated to hit the stage. Be sure to cop tickets to 'Boundless Heights Part 2' here and peep Elu's latest drop below.