#WestCoastWednesdays presents Locksmith

Photo Credit: Locksmith’s Facebook page // @caligrafsphotography. Once you have spent some time with Locksmith’s music, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to imagine Davood Ali Asgari rapping under any other moniker. The intricacy and level of depth in his lyricism is nearly unmatched; it takes the focus and precision of a locksmith to decode the layers of depth and meaning …

The Past in Print [archived posts from elsewhere] | Boogie The Reach Mixtape Review

This review was originally posted HERE: An artist’s ability to clearly communicate a story, as well as to connect his specific story to others’ stories, allows him to transcend contexts and genres and almost ensures longevity. Boogie‘s unique tone and diction combined with production that accentuates and doesn’t compete with the lyrical content on The Reach, pulls the listener in, confronting him/her …

J. Lately | The Good Panda EP [prod by O.O.P.S. & Space Cadet] (2016 EP)

Perhaps the most powerful tool in the necessary quiver of tools an artist must possess, is her/his ability to connect with her/his audience. I have multi-sensory memories connected to each of my favorite artists: De La Soul – when Me, Myself and I comes on, I am 9 years old, standing in front of the intercom speaker in the downstairs hallway of …

Dre’es | Darling [2016 Album]

Dre’es is an excellent cook becoming a chef. An educator/education researcher/author, Cornelius Minor, recently broke the science down for me at a 6th grade writing workshop. As he told it, a cook is able to take a chef’s recipe, and perfectly replicate it, equipping him/her to begin taking chances and making autonomous decisions on his way to becoming a chef. …

The Pharcyde @ The Observatory in North Park [2016 Concert]

Our culture continues to inspire me. And I’m not the only one moved by it. Los Angeles’ Golden Era fun-loving oddball rap act, The Pharcyde, packed the Observatory in North Park Saturday, June 18th. Not only was it a full house, the audience reflected the vast diversity of America’s finest city and multiple generations were represented, reminding us of our …