Our podcast had a live show at SXSW this year, so I went down a few days early to catch some shows and have some fun! I had the pleasure of seeing Atlantic artist PJ perform a few times as well as NEF The Pharaoh, Tdot iLLdude, Mike Zombie and Chill Moody.
Thank you to Annie at Mass Appeal for taking care of me at the Mass Appeal BBQ (featuring Nas, Dave East, Mannie Fresh, Cipha Sounds, Yo Gotti and many more) and the Mass Appeal Brunch! Shout to Chuck Creekmur, DJ Carisma, DJ Damage, IAMSU!, P-Lo, Kehlani, Kamaiyah, Nineteen85 and everyone else I saw/met/got drunk with, LOL. So glad I got to see the Illmore in its last year! And the FADER Fort was dope too.
Our Young California homies DJ Carisma and DJ Amen stopped by Hot 97 while they were in town for the Global Spin Awards + I hit the Beyond The Lights premiere after-party with MGK and Slim!
If you’re a fan of YG, DJ Mustard, Ty Dolla $ign, Sage The Gemini, TeeFlii and Tyga, to name just a small handful of west coast stars, you’re going to want to thank DJ Carisma. The California native has had a hand in helping break these artists and many more coming from the left side of the country, and she’s done it all while balancing motherhood and marriage, two online radio shows, a prime-time slot on Power 106, managing her own studio and traveling on the road as the official tour DJ of Honey Cocaine and TeeFlii. I can’t even talk on the phone and answer an email at the same time, so to say I admire Carisma is an understatement…and I’m not alone in my sentiments. As I sat on Ty Dolla $ign‘s bus a couple of weeks back at the Under the Influence tour stop in PA, I watched as Ty and his entire team jumped up and yelled when they received an email that Carisma had been featured on XXL‘s site. When Chris Brown got out of jail and was thrown a private gathering to welcome him back, Carisma was one of the invited guests. When Nipsey Hussle was asked who he admired in radio, guess who he named? Yep, Carisma!
As she made her rounds to discuss her new single “Anyway” featuring Sage The Gemini, Tory Lanez, Eric Bellinger and Mishon, I had to jump on the phone with the Young California co-founder so that I could share a few gems with our LIT readers. Below, find out exactly how she got her start in the game (so that you can take a few pointers!), who her top 5 artists coming out of the west are and more.
I headed out West to attend the BET Awards Weekend festivities, and it was certainly eventful!
Day one, I started off at HipHopDX’s 15-year anniversary party, and got to watch the “drama” unfold firsthand as Mayweather rolled up with Bad Medina, made a beeline to Miss Jackson, got curved and rolled out. LOL!
Then it was off to Philippe Chow for WordPress’ private dinner with Ty Dolla $ign, where I saw all my loves! Shout to Aishah, Sashah, Ty of course, Dre Sinatra, Big B, DJ Mustard, DJ Amen, Mandiie Martinez, Nicky Geezy, Malik Ali and Prince Williams from ATL Pics!
Ended the night at my girl Miss Diddy’s Toast To Young Hollywood event, and got to meet the lovely Meagan Good!
Not that I needed a reason to head to my second home, but being that Cipha and Drewski had already planned this trip – I decided to tag along. My first day there I hit Six Flags Magic Mountain with my homie JP and then linked with Cipha to head over to the UCB Theater where he guest-hosted that night’s improv show. I got to meet Zach Woods from The Office and Lauren Lapkus from Orange Is The New Black! So dope!
After that, we hit the Young California HQ with DJ Carisma and Abby De La Rosa, and then Belasco for Wiz’s show with Ty Dolla $ign…and they had the kid on the red carpet! No idea what I was talking about. LOL!