Here's a little collection of Fil Am hip hop and R&B music (DJs, singers, and rappers) that I have gathered in the passed few weeks. Thanks to Boogaleo for gettin' me up to some of these joints. (You can catch him at a Gulf Coast club struttin' as unsuspecting onlookers ogle.) I'm (naively) surprised at the magnitude in which Fil Ams are creating the scene. Thanks to the internets, I guess folks like me (and maybe you?) are able to bring these various artists conveniently together, enjoy them, and learn from them. Definitely hit me up if you think someone needs to be on this little list. Remember, this is just a small collection of some recent finds (no particular order).
Kiwi's video "Imagine," directed by J*. This video is ill, what hip hop and community-building could be at its best.
Heavy Rotation Show:
DJ Ice Water's Lunar Heights / J Dilla mix:
Open Line Media (thanks to Kiwi for gettin me hip to it) with link to the new Intelligent Movement mixtape:
Eye A Sage's "Married to the Hustle" mixtape and interview:
Freddie Joachim (dope music producer out here in LA, don't sleep!):
DJ Icy Ice's LA Lights Mix:
Diskarte Namin (although I don't think it would be classified as hip hop or R&B, it's music you shouldn't sleep on. Thanks Boogaleo!):
BJ Alisago (RIP), who founded Diskarte Namin:
Nomi of Power Struggle, his newest record and myspace:
And as a treat (thanks to a gem interview in the Philippines with DJ Icy Ice and Magic 89.9), I linked this article about Filipinos reppin' in the "streetwear" fashion industry (featured here is Omar Quiambao of Commonwealth). Interesting take on Filipinos and their "lumping" in the Asian category. Don't really know what the author is gettin' at, but interesting nonetheless. Regarding Fil Ams in the "streetwear" fashion industry: "...our brothers and sisters of Filipino descent have been at the forefront of the movement." Is anyone writing about this scene?