Fun friends Ricky Lake, Steezxxz, and TheMobsJEDi released a video their song Choka. This song is playful and starts with a grimacing laugh that ends up leaving you yearning for late nights sipping molly water, smoking blunts, and turning up with pretty girls around.
Here are some word from Ricky Lake:
5 musicians, Ricky Lake, ggravee, Asa, TheMobsJEDi, and Steezxxz, found themselves stuffed into a small home studio in the Excelsior district of San Francisco, setting the stage for a night of substance abuse and making music. Sleep is secondary when it might be the 2nd allnighter session in a row. While most of the group is recording vocals on one beat, another producer in the room puts on headphones and uses their own laptop to work on the next beat for ultimate efficiency.
And that night, when the producer ggravee started playing what he’d been cooking out loud, immediately the room perked up. And then Choka was born. Fast forward to a couple weeks later, Ricky, Jedi, Steez, and their homie/camera man Gahv were bar hopping and going to a few random parties when Ricky remembered he brought a small handycam with him. So he mentioned they could just shoot a music video for Choka. So they just shot a music video for Choka. That’s how this specific group of artists works, the spontaneity is potent yet fruitful and the content remains consistent. This video drop is an exciting and crucial first chapter for this group of friends and musicians, who produced the song, recorded mixed and mastered it, shot the video, and then edited the video.
The video was due to drop on February 4th, but the outrageously successful Petty Fest seemed to steal the show. Or maybe the crew got too cross faded, the world may never know. What we do know is that Petty Fest was a night to remember. When a close friend of the group, Taifa Nia, was approached to play a show at The Starline in Oakland with his own band “Same Girls”, he quickly uncovered an array of shady promoter tactics, all of which took complete advantage of the artist involved and had ridiculous expectations and regulations. Taifa immediately turned down the promoter and decided to not only reach out and warn the other artists involved, but also to throw his own event titled Petty Fest.
He then invited the artists he’d warned to perform at his event instead. He also put his close friends on the bill, including Asa, Ricky Lake, Steezxxz, TheMobsJEDi, and many more. The show was a complete success with amazing performances, including a live band version of Choka during the Ricky Lake set. The future is bright for this group of young men, their itinerary is strong with a plethora of songs yet to be released, a variety of music types and aesthetics, and a strong brotherhood of best friends.
Live from the practice space: Ninety-Six Bulls
One day we were all hanging out and Marshall, co-owner of 411 and longtime show thrower and curator, asked me to join his band. After some smooth talking from Guy Culver from Laughter’s, I was convinced, it would at least be something fun and creative to do during the pandemic.
Months later we recorded at Different fur studios and on May 7th we are releasing our Self Titled EP. Usually shows are played before releases but during these times everything is kinda ass backwards.
With this video Wables and I tried the approach to emulate a live setting in our practice space, shitty audio and all. Possibly more of these types of videos coming 🙂
Black and White stories: TYCOONIN
TYCOONIN was referred to us by CG RUDEBOY we talk to him about his new born baby, what it feels like to work with E-40 as a Baydestrian, and ask his hot takes on Kelly Oubre Jr.
After the interview we found out that Lil B’s family lives right across the street from TYCOONIN’s and their familes frequent each others family get togethers. The bay area is so random lol
The performance portion of the content features TYCOONIN’s song “6th Sense”
Black and White stories: CG Rudeboy
Linked with an old friend to talk about his new project and his transition from being a pessimist into a Rudeboy! Check out Cg Rudeboy’s new album on all streaming platforms with features from Del The funky homo sapien, Lil B, Equipto, Deedot Jones and more!
NBA TOPSHOT PACK OPENING ATTEMPT 1
Two things I am currently obsessed with are things that have to do with blockchain technology and the motherfucking NBA. So this is basically a hybrid of both I am stoked on NBA top shot and will try to give you nba top shot related content.
Lmao I honestly have way too much time on my hands and will use that time to upload some old content that we’ve made over the past few months and probably more Top Shot related content lmao.
Giggle Fest with LAUGHTERS
Guy Culver presents Giggle Fest with special guest Oakland’s own Laughters. Guy is a longtime friend, we met when I bought a synth off him from craigslist lmao. We were just playing around with ways to present “live sets” with this and we tried to make it look like an old public access tv show lol
Guy is a talented keyboardist and composer. Check out his other projects Small Crimes and Ninety-Six Bulls.
Protoghost aka JFK for Chillits
Longtime bud Protoghost aka John F. Ketamine was asked to preform at Chillits, a vibey campout ambient music festival, but because the pandemic we streamed his performance from out the house to the Chillits community. He reunited with an old friend VJCHiLXXN who handled the trippy visuals. This is the type of music you put on while the sun shining brightly through the window and you about to meditate.
Jay Casio – Outside!
Over the past few months I’ve been trying to participate in more outdoorsy activities, fishing being the current obsession. While going fishing over the past few weeks our boy Jay Casio tapped in wanting to join in on the fun and invited us over to his cabin to go on a little fishing trip. We basically made this video while up on Cobb Mountain. Shot, edited, and ran through after effects all in house by Hyphy Party Crew affiliates.
Linked below are some other Jay Casio songs you should check out~
Ricky Lake – Pacific Palisades feat. Yung Skrrt
The first time I met Ricky Lake was at mansion party in the Oakland Hills. This is the kinda track I’d like to hear in the background while hanging out in a mansion. Also the FIDM dropout part resonates because after spending your 20’s in the bay you get to know a lot of them lmao Go listen to the fall out boy Ricky Lake, Pacific Palisades streaming on all platforms~
OLD SCHOOL MIX – Mike411
Last Friday we were at Somar hanging out vibing then some cholas linked, later some dude got choked out and then from our new friends we found out about a car show in San Leandro. Of course the next day we pulled up and surprisingly the sickest car we saw was a Geo Tracker haha this is basically inspired by last weekend.