when you have a chance to walk away. stay away..so a better way can make a way. if they dont ride with you but are fighting you..they are devalueing you. dont trip..humble pie stays in stock. charge it to the game.
Keywords: Wise & Peace
Most people do New Year’s Resolutions, I decided to go the opposite direction and recap valuable lessons and trials over the year. A resolution to me is more of another proponent in procrastination (why wait till the New Year if you had not reflected what you gained in the past year?). So here goes..
1. Family first.
2. Health is paramount.
3. Feels great to stop paying a credit card bill (and starting a retirement portfolio).
4. Going through the darkness to fully appreciate the light (grimy before shiny).
5. Community service is vital (voluntary of course).
6. What use to excite me at 25 is an appetizer for me these days (not the main course..still in the menu).
7. Celebrate abundance.
8. Watching the elders grow older is beautiful (but difficult to fully embrace).
9. Money, people and status are musical chairs (don’t get excited).
10. I finally met BOBBY WOMACK and he is exactly as I figured!!! Epic!
11. Staying creative (working with like minds that respect what you do is a blessing).
12. Letting the past stay where it is (you will be enslaved by it..instead of being inspired by it).
13. There is a crossroads with people you think that would be in your life forever (you still wish them well..all love..all good).
14. There are those chosen few who stay consistent and loyal (y’all know who you are…thank you for ridin’ for me! champagne and good times for life! always love!!)
15. It has to be my way (everybody wins).
16. Keeping good counsel is worth more than money.
17. Laying low (avoiding the shadows is the natural light).
18. Laugh at yourself more (you’ll go crazy if you don’t).
19. Im still obsessed with Stevie Wonder’s “INNERVISIONS”.
20. Feels good to play instruments and compose again.
21. Ready to do some more traveling.
22. I have outgrown LA (all love..been there..cant do reruns).
23. Staying in shape is the s–t! (I use to RUN from the gym ..now I run towards it!)
24. Seeking and gravitating toward higher frequencies is pure nirvana (shifting the focus).
25. Keep it humble in the rumble.
26. Never cry over spilled milk..get a better cow.
Traded in the cigars for toothpicks. Done for good..dont need any programs, arm twists, landmark, amway, patches, miss cleo..ect Its called concious decision. I will say this much to the fellas out there..(ladies too). If you are in a bad relationship, it will create bad habits. I never smoked a day in my life until 2007, I needed something to calm me down and level me (my uncles use to smoke pipes & cigars when I was kid). I even started going hard on the drinking (wine & champagne..nothing too hard) in addition to bad eating habits. I was stressed out and kept a LOT in, vibes was totally off balance and not upwards. I was overworked and underappreciated in addition to dealing with the recession. It was out of control and I knew something had to change. Make sure you are in a situation where you take care of your spirit and your body, if it causes you stress and changes you for the worst, it is NOT good. Breakout with a quickness. Your body is a temple. Guard it with your life.
Besides..this is still THE coolest mofo on all planets with a cigar…there is only room for one! #TheHammer
Unique74 Presents…Saturday Night *SPECIAL w/ A-Ski | Percussion: Orlando | 4.14 • Onyx Lounge | DTLA | The Vault Ensemble: Bankrupt AFTER PARTY | No Cover Entry |10pm | Birthdays/Booth Reservations: Unique74events@gmail.com
I learned and know one thing this past nite..nothing is more powerful than TRUTH & UNCONDITIONAL LOVE..I want to thank everybody that came and shared the vibe with us last saturday nite at SATURDAY NITE SPECIAL at CROCKER CLUB!! A lotta good spirits blessed us and shared the vibe of good music, good people and unified groove..beyond humbled and grateful..stay tuned for the next SPECIAL session! One Love!!
WEEKEND WARRIOR FRIDAYS | ALL MY AQUARIUS BIRTHDAY HEADS & PARTY PEOPLE report to [LITTLE CAVE . Highland Park} 5922 N Figueroa St | No Cover | Full Bar #Unique74 #FRIDAY #TeamAQUARIUS
Peace, Love & Unique,
(Me and my ace boons Mark & Lance hanging out clowning! cLAssic!)
Soul/Funk/Boogie | DJ A-SKI
So, my Rainey-Johnson theory was confirmed..I always believed that Louis Johnson‘s style was a light variation of Chuck Rainey‘s because of the style of thumping..very settle. My buddy Jeff (who is a master bass player) confirmed that the similarities are there due to the fact that they both play the entire extremes of the bass..a “wood style” (as he called it)..
Been stuck on “Land Of Ladies”..which is what made me ponder the influence.
We don’t accept second or third place. We accept the challenge. Team Integrity. Embrace Excellence.
It is within your best interest to show special interest..nobody gives you chances….you take them..Team Integrity..Embrace Excellence.
you need disappointments and true colors shown to open your eyes, tap you on the shoulder and remind that you can do way better and deserve way better..first class is the ultimate lesson plan..the after party aint for everybody..the universe will remove what is not deserving of your presence..being humble does not constitute you being a sucker or some circus clown..take inventory..be critical..you are only good as your surroundings..get it right..lets go 2012..
Unique74 Presents..AMIR (Kon & Amir, WaxPoetics | NYC) + friends |10.2 | SUNDAY | BLU MONKEY LOUNGE >Hollywood | FREE
MONALISA (Footlong Development | Strictly Social | LA)
ASLOW ONE (BeatCanvas | Sarkus Crew | JAPAN)
DARIUS aka DAUS (Digital iv, So.F.T. ,Headspace | LA)
JAHKOVA (Fast Fwd, The Goods | LA)
SELECTOR da’shon is (9th Temple , SKF Lounge, EDL | EARTH)
TAILWIND TURNER (CHOICE Tuesdays, CHERRY POPPIN’ | NYC)
A-SKI (Unique74 , CHOICE Tuesdays | LA)
The story of Kon and Amir begins in the record bins of Boston. A chance encounter at Biscuithead Records in 1996 would lead to one of the best-kept alliances in the beat digging world. Within a year of their meeting, the pair cut On Track Volume 1, the first in what would be a six part series of mix discs, infecting ears with seamless blends of unparalleled beats and breaks. Over a lifetime of collecting, they’ve unearthed records that define the word rare, pulling from the best in deep funk, soul, jazz, R&B, Latin, reggae, and of course, hip-hop. After the conclusion of the On Track series, the duo secured a five-record deal with BBE/Rapster, and have already released two entries the On Track companion series Off Track, with a third installment set for release in March 2010. No bin is too dirty for Kon and Amir; the DJs have scoured all manner of records spots in their day, braving seedy barrooms and rabid fanatics along the way. It’s all been a part of what is now a discography that goes eight albums deep, including The Kings of Diggin’ with their Japanese contemporary DJ Muro. Over the course of their twelve year career, Kon and Amir have gained legendary status oversees while achieving domestic recognition from some of the most beloved beat-diggers, DJs, and producers in the game. Lord Finesse has referred to the team as “two of the most extraordinary but underrated beat diggers in the game,” and turntable virtuoso A-Trak regards their compilations and mixtapes as underground DJ classics. Like the vinyl they collect, Kon and Amir are of a rare breed. They consistently shake up dancefloors the world over, and their popularity is so high that fans actually offer up their own dusty singles and LPs as a gift to these beloved collectors. Their working command of music history makes them breathing tomes of wax knowledge; to that effect, Shady Records, Dr. Dre, Pete Rock, Diamond D, and Capitol Records (to name but a few) have called upon their expertise. – http://www.bbemusic.com
“Since its inception in 2001, the bi-monthly Wax Poetics magazine has become a bible for seekers of rarefied grooves, message-laden hip-hop, and ephemera from bygone soul and funk eras. It is to publishing what Soul Jazz is to the crate-digging community–not just a distiller of the finest lost sounds in funk, reggae, and jazz but a griot-like teller of their histories. Last year, with the help of Amir Abdullah (of Kon and Amir fame), the magazine expanded to include a label of the same name…” – http://www.xlr8r.com
($4 beer | $2 off all cocktails | drinks specials) + more TBA
Patience is paramount. Power is within. Fall back, hold out for the real win.
Recently, I had a chance to sit down with DeeJay MZA at DJ SOUL CIRCLE RADIO and speak on upcoming projects, CHANGE THE MOOD plus other coming attractions + DJ Set (2nd hr) Tune In and Turn it UP!!
Carlos Nino & Miguel Atwood Ferguson-Fall In Love
Bahamadia feat. Dwele-Philadelphia
The Anders Hjelmstad Experience-Mystic Brew
Wagazi-Sleep Rules Everything Around Me
James Blake-The Wilhelm Scream
Jonas-One In Million
Bebel Gilberto-Samba da Bencao (DJ Mza Refix)
DJ Cam Quartet-Montara
DJ Day & Miles Bonny-Skyy, Can You Feel Me
Toro Y Moi-Freak Love (Freddie Joachim Remix)
Flako-I Want You feat. Dirg Werner
DJ A-Ski Set & Interview
(a very special THANK YOU to the SOUL CIRCLE RADIO, THE ARTFORM STUDIO and RANIKA for holding down the photography!!)
Its funny…whenever I get tense during the daily grind (the chosen few that have witnessed me in the trenches…know for a fact that I have ALWAYS went long and hard!) I always say to myself that I will end up being the hip rich older dude with the nice assortment of young eye candy at my fingertips..(not that I dont now..but the candy is much sweeter once you’ve reached the apex) You go through the stress of trying to prove yourself in your younger years, i’d rather sweat and work it out now so I can enjoy it with no interruptions later. A very close friend told me that I will be able to enjoy the fruits of my hard work and creativity..I look forward to that day..Also the candy will be much sweeter (25 to my 50…don’t sound bad at all…) For all that I have endured and withstood..I know my place in the shade is waiting. All drinks on me.
You have to embrace the rain to enjoy the abundance of sunshine..If it was easy, everybody would be doing it. I have rubbed elbows with many who created a fortune over the years but started very very humble..Hold on to your dream..it is your G-d given right to pursue YOU. I was speaking with someone the other day and I said “I just want a million dollars in order to flip half of that to create 50 million”..his response: “that’s easy, you can do that easily”. Attitude is everything, but the people around you have to embrace that same desire and doctrine. Stay focused..The dream is very much a reality.
Paying dues and changes,
Living day to day.
Love is necessary,
To help you find the way.
-Earth, Wind and Fire (“Let My Feelings Show”)
Those that understand, embrace and fully respect what you do will stick to you like glue…stay busy.
Its a new era…no room for error..Ciao!
I would like to take time and introduce to you someone that has worked very close with me and the Unique74 family. He has worked wonders for me as a person and my company at which his creative vision and insight has helped to propel many great projects that we’ve produced. Most importantly, he is a true friend and someone that I have had tremendous moral support and creative direction from for over 10 + years. He is what we call a “stand up guy”, very few and far in this day and age.
The man I am speaking of is none other than Da’shon Is, who has recently released his first book that I encourage everyone to purchase. For those who seek self improvement and questions answered, Da’shon Is provides the blueprint in which we are seeking a higher ground. From Romance, Creative, Wealth to Finance ,Travel & other endeavors that we are aspiring for, this book is a central element in reaching these goals.
I highly encourage everyone to pick your online copy of:
“The Way of the Blessed Black Billionaire” by Da’Shon Is
“the righteous way to go, little one would know or believe if I told them so.”