#WestCoastWednesdays presents Tyson Amir

Being one of a few white faces in a sea of beautiful, powerful, and passionate black men and women, sitting under the weight of Tyson Amir’s words shared from his poignant, socio-political, freedom fighter’s memoir, his magnum opus (at least to date), Black Boy Poems, was uncomfortable. And that’s good. Those moments have made me who I am, they make …

In Case You Missed It | Recent Releases From the West

The picture at the end of the video is classic. Don’t rush to get there, but just know you’ve got a gem awaiting you. San Diego’s socially aware, renaissance revolutionary, and peace-loving warrior, Odessa Kane, let us know that he is willing to take to the streets if all that is left as an option is to bear arms. Left …

Boogie | Won’t Be The Same feat. Ayo [2017 Video]

Favorite is a funny word. Life is too nuanced for favorites. But I will say this, I have enjoyed listening to, getting to “know” (if I can even say that), and watching the growth of Compton’s torch-bearing emcee/rapper, Boogie, more than any other artist over the past couple of years. He has a rich catalogue of mixtapes: Thirst 48, The Reach, and Thirst …

The Beneath the Surface Tour | Oddisee & Good Compny w/ Olivier St.Louis (at thChrch.com)

Oddisee and the Good Compny Band together is like a living breathing organism that inhales the energy of the listener, and exhales a message that changes people – music just happens to be the medium of the message. Oddisee’s joyfully serious demeanor had the audience “Digging Deep” from the jump, setting a juxtapositional tone and a high bar… READ MORE

Pigeons & Planes “No Ceiling Tour” presents Boogie, Kaiydo, Michael Christmas, Kemba and Special Guest Ta’East (at thChrch.com)

There’s something magical about driving down Sunset in West Los Angeles on a cool spring night. The history of celebrity in the west coast’s hub of the entertainment industry hangs in the air and tints the city rose-colored. Everything feels good. But anyone who has spent time in LA will tell you all that glitters is not gold. While that …