Phife Dawg, Co-founder of A Tribe Called Quest, Passed Away At the Age of 45

I wrote an article this week for the KTSW blog. A Tribe Called Quest had a huge impact on me growing up. My parents would always play Low End Theory or Midnight Maruaders in the house. I was always hopefully for one last Tribe album. I hate to hear about anyone passing but there will never be another Phife Dawg

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By DeMarcus Cobb
Music Journalist

Phife Dawg in A Tribe Called Quest's music video for "Bugging Out." Phife Dawg in A Tribe Called Quest’s music video for “Bugging Out.”

On Wednesday, we lost yet another hip-hop icon. Phife Dawg has passed away at the brisk age of 45 after battling with long, chronic health issues for some time. Although the assumed cause of death was his diabetes and post-transplant surgery complications, nothing has been confirmed yet.

Last November, The Tribe reunited once again to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album The People’s Instinctive. The Tribe performed together for the first time in 15 years for The Tonight Show. No one expected this to be their last televised performance but I’m sure the music world is happy that at least he made it long enough to celebrate accordingly.

Phife Dawg was born Malik Taylor on November 20, 1970 in Jamacia Queens, New York. He would meet and grow up with Q-Tip…

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Blog Review Time featuring KTSW 89.9

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So for a class assignment this week I had to use a blog of my choice to review. Well being an employee of KTSW I thought it would be nice to review the blog and inform you all what KTSW is about. And to also show what the blog page offers. KTSW 89.9 is the official radio of Texas State university that reaches from Austin to San Antonio and other central Texas cities in the area. Musically we like to focus on the “otherside” of music; the deep cuts and non-top-40 tracks off albums from up-and-coming musicians and acts, as well as, already established music acts. From local to national fame we embrace Shoegaze, Indie, Hip-Hop, Blues, and more. We have plenty of specialty shows to fit your musical desires, check them out!

To me, reviewing a blog like this, would mean checking to see if there is too much or too little information available to a page visitor. Also the appeal of the page is the most important part. If a webpage looks simple, clean, and inviting the viewer is more likely to stay on it. KTSW’s wordpress blog meets my three pointers but there’s a little bit of something for everyone on KTSW.

Now not only is KTSW active on radio airwaves but there is also plenty of great information and reads on the blog. Lifestyle, rants, and local news. Right now you can find recaps of SXSW events and How-to-SXSW write ups for those attending We also offer some amazingly written music reviews written by our lovely music staff (you may see my name on a few!) Those can be read here Here. One can also keep up with all Texas State sports  under the sports tab, but if you would prefer to hear live then be sure to tune into Bobcat Radio Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 11-12pm.

I’ve already begun to list some of the main reasons I enjoy keeping up with the blog. Anything I may miss that was mentioned or broadcasted on air can be found on the blog and vice versa.  No one can listen to the radio 24/7 so it helps a lot. The simplicity page is very inviting too (but here’s a little secret….it may not look like this for that much longer..shh). Some blogs or websites can be intimidating or confusing to a technology n00b and  I think the web master put that into thought when making the blog. If the content is real and is told in an interesting way then I think the blog is serving it’s purpose. That is the case for me and KTSW 89.9, I’m able to find all and any information I may need as well as nice reads when I have some down time.

You should definitely check out KTSW’s blog and see if you find something you like!

One Love, DC

New Dog!

So this month has been a very busy one for me. Balancing school, radio work, having a girlfriend of almost 2 years, work with Favor, and keeping up with my social media accounts has been an adjustment! It’s becoming harder and harder to find time for pleasure. So I decided to be spontaneous and adopted an Alaskan husky! He was about 4 days old when I met him and the total amount to be paid is about $800. Which is a pretty dang good deal for a pure-breed husky!

Blue collar is his name for know I'm still brainstorming until I see him again April 2nd for doggy training with his breeder

Blue collar is his name for know I’m still brainstorming until I see him again April 2nd for doggy training with his breeder

It’s a funny, but no so funny, story actually

A friend and classmate of mine, Milind, had been wanting a dog for the longest and after intensive research he decided to set his eyes on a pure breed Alaskan Husky. Unfortunately he did not have the sufficient funds last semester so he had to find a job that payed well with flexible hours. A new delivery service called Favor had a startup in the fall and ironically we both got hired around the same time. To add on, we’ve both been working crazy hours, like 12 hours a day, to raise funds and finish off our payment.

I had originally decided to ride with Milind just to accompany him on the ride and meet the lady with him. Because you really never know who you’re talking to behind a phone. But I also wanted to see the puppies of course! When I heard her over the phone she seemed very legit! She informed us that the puppies had a very prestige bloodline of service and show dogs. She also keeps the dogs indoors for the first couple months to avoid parasites such as ringworm.

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My puppy’s beautiful mother (look at that smile)

The mother was as sweet as can be and had this smile on your face. What I didn’t plan on doing was adopting a dog let alone adopting a dog from the same litter as a friend of mine at the same time hahah! It’s funny how things work out.

It’s not like I never planned on having my own dog! I could never make the commitment or decide on what breed I would want. I’ve had quite a variety of dogs in my 21 years of living actually. Two sharpies, a mini schnauzer, an English bulldog, and lastly my two Yorkshire terriers that are still with me today! Snickers is 12 now and Mandy is turning 3 very soon.

Mandy (top) and Snickers (bottom)

Mandy (top) and Snickers (bottom)

Another reason I decided now would be a good time is because San Marcos is a great city with parks and trails to take a dog on. At my old school I did not have this luxury so it wasn’t an ideal place to raise a big dog to me.

You may be wondering how I decided on Blue Collar. Well, they say the dog always chooses its owner and in my experience..they usually (bold) Do chose me. This one happened to do it by falling asleep in my arms within 2 minutes of me holding him. Mandy met me, couldn’t stop licking me to save her life, and stuck by my side everywhere i went. m and I went to pice out a new buddy for Snickers. She came from a linter of rescue yorkies on the verge of euthanasion at the shelter until they were rescued by this lady in the Rosenberg area. She was the one that actually gave me those wise words about dogs choosing their owners. But I’m getting off topic and rambling now..time to wrap up this post. I could talk about my dogs all day, gotta love ’em

 

update: She actually posted some new pictures of the puppies today!

Also Blue Collar is still nameless so name suggestions would be great would be great! Feel free to drop a name in the comments below. I just wanted to write about something non-music related for once and give you guys an update on what’s going on in my life 🙂

He's growing!

He’s growing!

BUKU 2016 was a success!!

This year marks my 2nd time attending Buku Music & Art Festival in the lovely city of New Orleans, Louisiana March 11-12 2016. This festival embraces the melting pot of cultures in the Dirty South and welcomes about 14,000 people a day from all over the States.  I may have a slight bias because NOLA is one of my favorite cities to go to for vacation but, besides Electric Forest in Rothbury, Michigan, Buku has to be my favorite music festival I’ve attended. It also happens to fall the weekend before spring break for Texas Colleges so that’s always a plus too! More info here: BUKU

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Picture of the main stage; Power Plant

The Entry to the Front Yard where they have arts & crafts and merch!

The Entry to the Front Yard where they have arts & crafts and merch!

I heard about Buku my Freshman year at McNeese State. Since I was new to the area I had to find things to do on the weekend so I went online to find a bunch of future concerts and events coming up around Louisiana. Then I came across a page that mentioned Buku and being the curious person I am. I HAD to look it up and see what it was all about. I found out it was still very new (only on its 3rd year) and embraced a diverse lineup of artist ranging from hip-hop to  inde and baile funk.

S.S. BUKU! Where the VIP wristband holders get to enjoy exclusive DJ sets, an open bar and free snacks

S.S. BUKU! Where the VIP wristband holders get to enjoy exclusive DJ sets, an open bar and free snacks

What makes this festival so unique to me isn’t just the variety in music but the culture behind it. They welcome dancers and performers such as The Mad Scientists; three scientist sharing one cart for their instruments as walk back and forth throughout the festival grounds (see video below) I’ve also attached some clips and pictures of the other entertainment from my instagram page

Some band with a violinist that uses a pedal board performing (Day 1)

See the Mad Scientist in action! (Day 2)

One of my highlights from this year was having the chance to see Mystikal, Juvenile, and Fly Boi Keno; the predecessor to Nicky Da B another Bounce MC that was rising up until he died after a fight with an illness. You may know the name, Nicky Da B had a crossover hit with Diplo on their track “Express Yourself”.  Fly Boi Keno was the next man up behind Nicky and now he has to fill in the shoes for NOLA Bounce. He has gained some more notoriety recently thanks to Diplo and Skrillex aka Jack Ü. They actually performed at the Clippers halftime show this season, which can be viewed HERE.   Jack Ü recruited the Bounce MC for “Beat Steady Knockin”, their own twist on New Orleans Bounce Music, a distinct, regional genre of twerk music that came about in the early 90’s. This music is easily recognized by a drum pattern known as the “Triggaman Beat”. Booming 808’s, chopped up vox  and “Drag Rap” samples make up the basis of the music. Just a quick Bounce Music 101 for you that aren’t familiar.

THIS is the Triggaman Beat (see video)

Seeing Mystikal and Juvenile at the same show one after another was a childhood dream come through. I was young when these guys were making their mark in music history but I was definitely in the loop!  Both are legends in NOLA and the south for being on the original rosters of two influential record labels in the “Dirty South” era of music in the 90’s .
Juve The Great was a Cash Money Millionaire led by Baby whilst Mystikal was a No Limit Soldier underneath Master P. Although I was a little kid when they were making their marks in music history, 97.9 The Box always kept me in the loop on the new and upcoming artist. More videos to be added; trying to find the best way to upload them without losing sound quality.

I also got to see What So Not, Jai Wolf, Mija b2b Anna Lunoe b2b Nina Las Vegas, Sweater Beats, last year they had Porter, RL Grime, Odeza, XXYYXX. Most of these names should be familiar if you’re into the electronic side of music. All of these guys and bands are super talented producers. Bands included CHVRCHES, Miike Snow, Crystal Castles, Break Science and more.

Rappers I saw this year were; Casey Veggies whom I’ve been a fan of since the first Odd Future tape, Future, Kid Cudi, A$AP Ferg. Last year I got to see Lil B and A$AP Rocky, THE Boozie Badazz, Ghostface Killa, and Yung Lean.

My favorite part of the festival this year was being able to meet some really cool people and unintionally make an impact on some peoples days. I had met up with some friends that go to LSU and live in NOLA, one of them worked for this company called Electric Family and asked me to carry out a “Free Hugs” sign for the day.

My Krewe and Electric Family spreading good vibes

My Krewe and Electric Family spreading good vibes

Being the spontaneous guy I am I decided to roll with it and I don’t regret it! It was really rad to see the effect something so small could have on another person. I met people that came from Michigan, San Francisco, and New York. Everyone had a story to tell; couples on their wits end, individuals just feeling down on their luck only to be reminded that things will always get better even when you lose hope. My free hug, encouraging words, and conversation was enough to lift their spirits up and make their night! That’s a pretty nice feeling to have and I enjoyed every second of it.

 

Well I think that about sums up my Buku experience! See ya next time