Don’t miss this! One of our favorite interviews with Las Vegas’ finest R&B singer Castro (formerly of I-15) and GRAMMY nominated producers The Audibles featuring a special mix of all music produced by The Audibles by DJ Beatcrazed Justin Bieber, Yelawolf, Lupe Fiasco & more. Special thanks to Santiago Interiano of Epic Nights and Mike Jones of Platinum Music Group.
Written by Marina Moreno
October 30, 2014 10:30pm-2am
This past weekend was probably one for the books for many people coast to coast. Halloween landed on a Friday, which meant the festivities would carry on past one day. However, there is one crew who got things started a day prior. They are, Funk Volume.
On Thursday October 30th, the most notorious independent label, Funk Volume, held their first ever FVMILY Halloween Bash at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. In collaboration with Travis Barker’s, Famous Stars and Straps, FV founder Dame Ritter pulled off a magnificent, high energy show with performances from Xzibit, Snow Tha Product, Jon Connor, Mod Sun and FV signees, Jarren Benton, SwizZz, Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, DJ Hoppa on the tables all night, and of course Travis Barker. Prior to jumping on stage, the backstage area was busy as well. Though many might think it’s always one big party going on behind the scenes, it’s not that exactly. With all the guys lending a few minutes to SKEE’s new series, The Calm Before The Storm, slapping hands with familiar faces and saying cheese for photographers, it was proven there’s always work to be done even before the final assignment.
As the evening carried on and The Observatory filled up with barely any more standing room (upstairs and downstairs) with crowd favorites Mod Sun, Snow Tha Product, Jon Connor and West Coast veteran X to the Z. DJ Hoppa pumped up the crowd for the first batter up from FV – Jarren Benton. Jarren did one hell of a job as the first of the final acts not just because he jumped from one side of the stage to the other, interacting with the crowd, but he also brought out the next hitter – Dizzy Wright. The crowd seemed to get louder and louder with every song and got a hundred times more wild when Dizzy crowd surfed through the front and middle row. But it didn’t end there.
Next up was FV’s other emcee, SwizZz. As probably known as one of the most lowkey of the bunch, SwizZz didn’t act as anything close; dominating the stage and owning the crowd, it was evident that he felt right at home and Santa Ana was welcoming him with open ears. At the closing of his set, SwizZz began the chant for his next label mate, none other than, Hopsin. Face painted and suited up from the hat down to the shoes, Hop continued to feed the crowd what they came out for. However what ended up being the most notable part of his performance was when he put complete trust into the hands of his fans as he dove and had them carry him from the stage to the back of the venue, hold him up to spit a lyric or two, then help him jump to the second floor. But it didn’t stop there. Hopsin jumped from the second floor back down to the crowd! And with their assistance, made it back to the stage. Never in my life, and I could tell never in half of those fans lives, have we ever seen that be done. If fans didn’t believe they were in for a treat, they knew now.
With the night coming to an end, and the lights dimming down, whispers began to flood the air; Where was Travis Barker? Before everyone could get riled up, out came one of music’s most legendary drummers – Travis Barker. Face painted just like Hopsin, the two closed out the show bringing out the whole crew. Backstage, fans were excited to see local hometown hero, Phora from the 714 hanging with the Funk Volume family, commenting in hopes of what would be a memorable collaboration. He mentions he is planning to release his new projects, “Nights Like These” in the next few months.
Take a look at pictures from the show below and don’t forget to sign up for Funk Volume’s up-coming Hip-Hop Conference. Who knows, maybe you’ll be rocking alongside these talented guys one day and your name will be included in a review. Visit www.FunkVolumeConference.com for more details!
On behalf of Third Floor Network, a huge thank you to Dame Ritter, Brooklyn Martino, the whole Funk Volume family, Famous, and The Observatory – OC for allowing us to bring back to life this amazing bash. We’ll be back soon enough with all the great shows coming to the venue soon.
Gun shots. Tear gas. SWAT. Tanks.
What residents once knew as Ferguson, Missouri, is now becoming a war zone as protestors fight for justice for 18-year old Michael Brown who was unarmed yet gunned down by an officer a week ago after suspicion of robbery from a nearby market.
What is being deemed as a result of racism has caused the streets of the St. Louis suburbs to become a state of emergency as countless officers try and defend themselves against protestors who are simply just asking for answers; Why are we killing each other? Why is racism still alive? Why is the power of authority being abused? Why another innocent teenager?
As the world keeps a close eye on their televisions, newspapers and news feeds, entertainers and musicians of just about every genre have come to the light searching for the same answers and most of all, asking our communities, how can we prevent this from happening? How can we all change ourselves and generations to come for the better so that we don’t keep killing each other? Black, white, blue or purple. Big, small, round, or tall. How can we raise awareness and gain justice?
While attending a charity flag football event held by R&B singers Chris Brown and Quincy at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, St. Louis rapper/native Nelly was sure to utilize the moment, grab not just the microphone, but rather the undivided attention of the audience to let them know, we need to educate ourselves. He said if anyone could understand the injustice which was going on in Ferguson are the people of LA.
As he spoke, just about everyone in attendance; fans and celebs; raised both hands in the air and in sync shouted, “DON’T SHOOT”. An obvious hurt and concerned Nelly took to fans to not “preach”, but instead speak knowledge on what’s been going on in his hometown and what’s unfortunately, an issue spreading from city to city.
I was fortunate enough to take a walk with Nelly for an exclusive interview off the field, he discussed what do we have to do to make things better in his home town… Education and not aggression should be the strategy to help future generations.
Watch below to hear his thoughts below. We hope that more celebrities and artists use their voice to influence awareness and change as he did. To view more highlights watch the SKEETV wrap up here.
written by Marina Moreno
DJ Mustard with a surprise performance by YG and Nipsy Hustle,
and appearance from Chadwick Boseman (star of 42 and Get on Up)
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Mack Sennett Studios – 1215 Bates Ave., Los Angeles, CA
On Saturday August 9th, the crème de la crème of journalists and music enthusiasts in general, gathered amongst fans at Mack Sennett Studios in LA to celebrate the release of Roc Nation DJ/Producer, DJ Mustard’s, debut album, “10 Summers”.
Brisk and DJ Mustard teamed up for the Brisk Bodega music event, which consists of a 6-city tour hyping the release of the album. The fifth stop on the tour took flight with an intimate listening session of “10 Summers” hosted by Mustard himself, followed up by a full on party which included drinks solely mixed of Brisk Tea and the finest, opening sets from RJ and Jay 305, DJ Mustard performing a full set, and surprise performances from common collaborator and friend YG and fellow LA native, Nipsey Hussle.
Witnessing the crowds response to DJ Mustard and his craft was strong enough to say that Los Angeles was ecstatic to have him home and that undoubtedly, 10 Summers will not only be around for ten summers and then some, but that solid numbers will surely follow its release as it flawlessly holds nothing but justice to Mustards already praised production.
Make sure to check out DJ Mustard’s exclusive interview & takeover coming soon to Third Floor Radio on SKEE247.
By: Marina Moreno
Cyhi The Prynce
3040 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA.
May 31, 2014
Having already made his way to Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, the next stop on Cyhi The Prynce’s Hystori Tour was none other than the city of dreams – Los Angeles, CA.
G.O.O.D Music’s witty lyricist, Cyhi The Prynce took to the Los Globos stage to perform both old and new tracks for a solid group of fans who’s loyalty was more than evident as they jumped up and down, hands in the air, rapping every metaphor performed by the emcee. Though the fans fed from his hype stage presence, it seemed as though he ate off theirs even more. “You’re appreciated, man”. Was a statement frequently said from Cyhi every time he slapped hands with a fan that knew the song by just hearing the beat drop.
Performing everything from Huye, Napoleon and Mandela, Cyhi still managed to make it a point to pay respect to his fellow G.O.O.D Music family by not just shouting out Kanye, Big Sean and Pusha, but by actually laying down verses for Clique, Don’t Like and In The Morning off the G.O.O.D. Music compilation album.
Fans can view Cyhi’s most recent music video for Mandela sitting comfortable at number one on Hip Hop Wired’s “The Wrap Up” HERE!
A special thanks to Amber (Sean Healy), Jycorri Robinson, Mike Brinkley, all the fans who came out to vibe with us, and all the good people over at Los Globos for allowing Third Floor Network to be apart of the Hystori Tour!
The Beachhouse Tour w/ opening acts Mila J, Bobby Brackins with special guest Jeremih, Joe Moses and DJ Sinatra.
The Observatory OC
3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, CA.
May 18, 2014
At 7:00pm there was already a long line outside The Observatory OC way that stretched past the sides of the front wall. Music fans made their way from all parts of town to see the one and only, Cali’ own, Ty Dolla$ign.
Before the show started, TY remained his humble, generous and herb loving self as he shook hands, gave hugs, and signed merchandise for numerous of fans who showed that extra dash of support during an intimate meet and greet in a backstage area outside. As the crowd waiting in line began more and more eager to settle into the sold out venue, TY made his way backstage and the crowd flooded in behind him. Almost instantly, the venue filled up with such a diverse group of fans with one thing in common; TY Dolla $ign.
After opening act 4Palms hit the stage, the lights dimmed and on jumped the beautiful Mila J, Bobby Brackins with special guest Jeremih, and of course, Joe Moses. Hyped as ever, DJ Sinatra introduces the man of the night and the whole place goes wild! Ladies and gentlemen, The Beach House tour has officially begun…
Every lyric that came from TY was sung back in sync from the crowd, and every move made gained a reaction. Each scream getting louder as he came closer to the front row and the vibe getting stronger as the minutes carried on. Performing classic hits like, Toot It and Boot It and All-Star, TY followed up with his most recent hits Or Nah, Paranoid and with the help of LA’s own Dom Kennedy, rocked The Observatory with their collaborated hits.
Though TY was most recently listed as one of XXL’s Freshman for the year of 2014, it’s clear he’s far from a rookie. We at Third Floor Network thank Santa Ana for rockin’ with us and making that statement an evident fact! We look forward to checking out more shows at The Observatory OC to share with you here. Special Thanks: Aishah White, Ritty & Will for the hospitality.
Listen to Ty$ interview and LIVE performance HERE on Third Floor Radio and view the photos below from the sold out show.