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SERVED FRESH: Slick Rick at the Constellation Room (Observatory OC)

Slick Rick ‘The Ruler’ has embarked in the Great Adventures of Slick Rick: 25th Anniversary Tour and Out Da House Productions along with the Observatory in OC were more than honored to bring the living legend to Orange County on the stretch of this tour.

The Constellation Room (within the Observatory OC) packed at full room capacity. From oldschool heads to the young hip hop aficionados, it was a big deal to have one of the most prolific and pioneering storytellers in the rap game in our city.

The entire night proceeded in proper manner. Hip Hop was felt from the stage to each corner in the room with the deejay scratching away on the wheels of steel, holding down a playlist that consisted of nothing but pure golden era hitters.

The Ruler stepped on stage in smooth demeanor, as only he knows how- neck, wrist, and mic blinged out. The 49 year old emcee, had the crowd stuck in a time capsule as he took us back to ‘88.

He performed the classic The Great Adventures of Slick Rick in just about all of it’s entirety. From “Mona Lisa” to “Children’s Story”, uncle Ricky had the crowd going. He also performed other tracks that are just as worthy of praise as the classics, such as the OutKast assisted track “Streets Talkin” and the Warren G produced and featured remix of “Behind Bars”.

The nights’ highlight moments came with the performance of “Hey Young World” and “Teenage Love” in which he ended the song with a little speech for the youth from the root of wisdom on the importance of committed relationships. But perhaps the most hip hop felt moment was when The Ruler spit “La Di Da Di” while DJ Kaos stepped out from behind his deejay set and assisted with his beatboxing skills.

At this point, everyone was rapping along and when that the singing hook on the song came around it was the sole voices of the ladies who were heard… “It’s all because of you, I’m feeling sad and blue…”. Oh, and of course let’s not forget the moment right before closing out the night with “Children’s Story”  in which uncle Ricky lost the black locs for the famous eye patch and had his wife place the huge “Scales of Justice” medallion around his neck.

Although it was evident at times that age has caught up to the Ruler, Slick Rick gave an overall outstanding performance as he mastered being the rapper and his own hype man on that stage so exquisitely.

Special thank you to Slick Rick for bringing forth a great show, and from all of us at Out Da House Productions- Happy 25th Anniversary to a timeless classic.

Long Live The Ruler.

-Stace Fresh

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SLICK RICK “The Ruler” live tomorrow night at the Observatory OC!!!

We about to keep making Hip Hop history, on some legendary s***! Cop your tickets and get OUT DA HOUSE with us April 16th!

FRESH PICK FRIDAYS

The first series of “Fresh Pick Fridays” bringing you my top drops of the week. 

From the mighty Wu-tang Clan’s Raekwon to the cosmic sounds of TDE’s SZA, this week has been filled with lots of worthy content and I got you covered:

Raekwon brings us a smooth sounding track produced by Illness of Smokestack, but there isn’t anything smooth about the Chef’s flow as he lays down two grimy verses over this Dionne Warwick sampled instrumental. 

Legendary DJ Premier teams up with Death Row’s former first lady, Lady Of Rage, proving that she is ‘still kickin’ up dust’ on this exquisite Premo cut titled “Chemical Burn”. 

Pharoahe Monch provided us with one last preview to his upcoming release, PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, with “Rapid Eye Movement”featuring Black Thought of The Roots. Both emcees bring their signature relentless flow- cooking up that one thing Yeezy once talked about, crack music. 

Since reviewing J. Lately's project Daydreams and Warm Nights in 2012 for ILLSociety Magazine, J. Lately has been a artist I look forward to hearing more of. His simplistic approach through uplifting lyricism, dream-like, and smooth sounding instrumentals is presented once again on this track titled “Roses” featuring Grynch. The track is an affirmation to keep focus, not give up through everyday struggle, but to also remember to take time to stop a bit and appreciate the best things in life in the midst of life’s crazy journey. 

Pro Era’s Dirty Sanchez is joined by Joey Bada$$, Rockamouth and Ala Sole on “147”. The impeccable Statik Selektah provides the perfect cut sampling KRS-One’s “Sound Of The Police” on this track aimed at undercover cops. Dirty Sanchez along with the rest of the Pro Era crew members keep bringing that oldschool- NY-street appeal bar after bar! Take a listen! 

Nicki Minaj dropped heat with “Chi-Raq” feat. Lil Herb. Rap’s self crowned Barbie strays away from the pop appeal that rose her to fame and gets back to the ‘old Nicki’  on this track (you know the early ‘youtube-freestyle days’ type flow). Nicki is on her ‘Bawse’ sh** third time around, if she hasn’t yet gained your respect or liking, the way things are sounding right about now- she’s about to come with some tricks up her sleeve that are going to be hard to ignore.

OVO crooner PARTYNEXTDOOR brings us a smooth and melodic track with “West District”. This track might sound familiar- and yes. it indeed is the same instrumental PND made and used for Drake’s recently released “Days in The East”. But I dare say, this provides a much far worthy listen than what Drizzy came with. 

TDE’s SZA debuted this week with album Z, but before that she hit us with this Kendrick Lamar assisted track “Babylon”. Within the lines of this track you find a very complex battle of mind, heart, and spirit through the lines, all through a tone standing in pure simplicity. SZA ponders and repents on yet another failed relationship, in which she and K. Dot find themselves reaching the humane conclusion that desire has overpowered their sense of spiritual, religious, and self standards of morality. It’s a track that serves food for thought, between guilty pleasures, the right and the wrong that lies behind the thin line between love and lust. 

And that wraps up my personal picks for this week. Hope you enjoyed!

-Stace Fresh

Nipsey Hussle CRENSHAW Tour at the Observatory OC

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No stopping the hustle…

Only a few months ago Nipsey Hussle was the main topic of all rap talk. The L.A. native who has been no stranger to the game since his breakout mixtape single “Hussle In The House” back in 2009, startled the industry when he released a mixtape titled Crenshaw at $100 price, making $100,000 in less than 24 hours. 

Since his early beginning in 2005, the name Hussle has been nothing other than fitting to the now 28 year old rapper who is currently benefiting the reaps of patience and non-stop work.  

Out Da House Productions in conjunction with the Observatory OC brought Nipsey Hussle back to the Observatory this past Sunday night (since Dec. 2013) for another live performance, this time as part of the Crenshaw 2014 tour.

For a Sunday night, the venue held a decent myriad amount of fans eager to see Nipsey. The night began off, as we always do, with a showcase of a few of our local talents which included the sounds of Eric Martinez, BIGRyAT, GraFiK, Vital Mindz, BGM, Jayeb Ent, and JB Tha Pretty Boy. 

Nipsey Hussle took the stage a little past 11pm with DJ Vip and 3 other members out of his posse. The crowd went crazy at the sight of the tall slender rapper who sported a classic modern west coast look with the slim 501 jeans, black and white classic Chucks, a white-tee, and a black beanie that read ‘Crenshaw’ along the middle. 

Nipsey started off proper, performing “U See Us” off his latest mixtape, with a boastful chant: "Look at my life, Came up, nigga we came so far. You see us? You see us, nigga!” And we see it indeed. 

Nip proceeded to perform other Crenshaw cuts like “Checc Me Out”, “4 In The Mornin”, “Change Nothing”, “Summertime in that Cutlass”, among others. 

Young Nip also performed a few tracks off other mixtapes including “Rose Clique” and the well known “Hussle in The House”. The whole venue turned the f*** up when Nipsey performed his feature single with YG “B**** You Broke”.

"B**** you broke, shut up! Don’t talk to me, get your bread up! Yeah we used to f*** but I got fed up! We eat, all my n***** fed up!"

At this moment, the bottle of Moet that sat on the left side of the stage came in handy as it was shook up and erupted onto the crowd. 

Nipsey Hussle definitely set it off, providing a great stage presence. Young Nip has come a long way and it continues to be a privilege seeing his growth in the rap game. I know all the fans in the building that night feel the same way. 

The Marathon Continues.

-Stace Fresh 

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