Ten days ago, the Rock world was saddened to learn of the death of former bassist of the nuMetal band Deftones. Chi Cheng's soul left this mortal world, and I can only imagine is at real peace in rock Heaven. (Chi had been in a semi-comatose state for the past 4 years following a serious car accident in late 2008). Chi's style, stage  presence and wild hair was unmistakable. But this bassist was more than just a wild-haired rock bassist, he released an awesome spoken word album collection of his poetry entitled The Bamboo Parachute. Rock in Peace brother!

Chi Cheng: 1970-2013

I become a Deftones fan back in 2000. Hip hop had always been my true love, but at that point in time I had found myself growing bored of the music I was hearing and looking for something different (living is south Florida, this was the era when hip hop had made it's way to the mainstream airways. There was a large shift to the dirty south hip hop from the northeast/NY hip hop I grew up on, and I was having trouble finding my place as a hip hop fan). In my search for something different I came upon 2 albums that helped to broaden my music interest and resparked my love of rock music: Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory and Deftone's White Pony.

There were so many elements of the music that I was drawn to, from Chino's emotional and unique vocals, to Abe Cunningham's drumming. After hearing White Pony, I immediately went out and purchased the Deftone's previously released albums Adrenaline and Around The Fur. For a teenage soccer-playing "drummergirl" living in suburbia USA and trying to find her place in the world, their music became a perfect escape for me. I used to spend hours at a time, jamming on my kit, stereo headphones cranked with Deftone's on full volume. 
 

Admittedly, I haven't been a good fan/follower the past few years. I lost faith in what would happen musically following Chi's accident. However, earlier this past year I went on a Deftone's binge one day, went back and gave Diamond Eyes a quality listen, 

which reignited my love for everything Deftones....just in time for their most recent release Koi No Yokon, which is amazing to say the very least. 

I'm saddened by the struggles of the Cheng and Deftone's families over the past 4 years but know that his soul is at peace outside of his weakened mortal body. The wonderful thing about written works and art is that the soul of the artist lives on through their artwork. I'm thankful for what Chi contributed to the Deftone's, and am fortunate that the Deftone's brothers were able to persevere and continue to make music. Chi, may your soul rock in peace brother!  

-LoDo aka The Drumrchik

My Own Summer, my personal favorite single from the Deftone's. This song never gets old to me, brings me back to the magical place I used to take off to in headphone-land back in high school. Enjoy! 

Deftones lead singer Chino.

love this picture, took it while at their show back in 2006. They put on one hell of a live show! This was a show I went to with my crew of best friends, we had one hell of a time and enjoyed some great music.

The Spotlight
#TBT "The Extended Fam Tour" with E-Turn & SPS and Mad Illz

#TBT Check out LoDo's look back on the concert held at her parent's house in November of this past year. E-Turn & SPS, Mad Illz, & Workin Class put on an amazing concert on the Cape Coral stop of the Extended Fam Tour. 

[Hip Hop] LoDo's Exclusives: A chat with Toronto's own Lex Leosis

Check out LoDo's latest interview for her artist exclusives series, this time checking back in with Toronto mc & hip hop artist (December Gang) Lex Leosis. Lex chats about her current project "The Snowstorm" and makes a special announcement....you heard it here first! 

[Hip Hop] Album of the day: Mute Speaker "Take Yourself Apart"

Album of the Day: Mute Speaker Take Yourself Apart

Check out the hip hop album of the day from UK producer Mute Speaker, which features Chris Clarke, J-Thorn, Gajah, Express Fresh, BeOND, Capsize, Gel Roc & Pause.

#HipHop Song of the day: Dow Timo - Motion Picture

[Hip Hop] Song of the day: Dow Timo's "Motion Picture"

Check out the song of the day from NY emcee Dow Timo "Motion Picture", on the cinematic beat from Beatbusta.

[Hip Hop] SOTD: KVBeats "You Know The Rules"

[Hip Hop] Song of the Day: KVBeats "You Know The Rules"

Today's #SOTD comes from Ill Adrenaline Records' artist KVBeats and features Rashad (of Rashad & Confidence) & DJ Rob Swift. Check the link here to listen to "You Know The Rules".

[Electronica] MiHKAL - Live at CoSM

[Listen] MiKHAL - Live at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (12/21/13 Downtempo Mix)

Check out the mix of the day from MiKHAL. This Downtempo mix was performed live on 12/21/13, aka the Winter Solstice, at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Check the link here to listen to MiKHAL's dope mix (headphones on/subs up)! 

Today's Mix of the Day brought to you c/o our new Electronica contributor Brian Baer, follow him at soundcloud.com/brian-baer!

[Electronica] YYou x Grizzly Bear "Calls of Ricardo (Diplo remix)"

[Electronica] Track of the Day: YYou x Grizzly Bear "Calls of Ricardo (Diplo remix)"

Check out the track of the day from New York EDM artist YYou

[Hip Hop] Album of the Day: Orrin "Nocturnal"

[Hip Hop] Album of the Day: Orrin "Nocturnal"

Listen to the album of the day from New York hip hop artist Orrin, where he steps away from his boom bap roots to his suburb influenced album "Nocturnal".

[Hip Hop] Video of the Day: Jabee "Dreams"

[Hip Hop] Video of the Day: Jabee "Dreams"

Watch the video of the day "Dreams" from Oklamhoma hip hop artist Jabee.

[Hip Hop] Video of the Day: Spacesuit Junkies x Roark Bailey "Sleep Alone" #hiphop #VOTD

Hip Hop Video of the Day:
The Spacesuit Junkies x Roark Bailey "Sleep Alone"

Check out the Video of the Day featuring the homie SJayy aka Stevie Zenith and Plex Boogie of the Spacesuit Junkies. 

News
JFK: The death of our greatest leader - 50 years later

Music has many different powers, but it's ability to console and heal during painful and trying times is why I have always been drawn to it. On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, LoDo takes a look at music and how it was used to heal and console those mourning the death of our greatest leader.

ATTENTION GUEST BLOGGERS!

ATTENTION all bloggers, writers, artists, musicians, mc's, and conscious living advocates....

Looking to become a guest blogger or have your content featured? Click here for more info

NEW Official trailer for 10th annual "Rock The Bells" released with official lineup

The Rock The Bells festival dropped a video trailer for the 2013 10th anniversary fest, click here to check it out....and let me warn you, looks super dope

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) voluntarily force-fed in Guantanamo protest demonstration

Yassin Bey (FKA Mos Def) participated in a demonstration against the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp force-feeding of detainees. Check out this (somewhat graphic and troubling) video that simulates an actual force-feeding process, and help spread the awareness of what's taking place. 

Jay-Z & Samsung promotional deal prompts the RIAA to change their policy

Jay Z was right, the internet is the wild west and it's time to rewrite the rules. Check out how Jay Z's partnership with Samsung prompted a change in the rules and see the RIAA's response! Jay Z's new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, drops tomorrow. Happy 4th!

March Against Monsanto: a worldwide call for GMO labeling/banning and awareness

Must-have information on the biotech giant "Monsanto", GMO labeling, and ways to making real change in the call for GMO labeling/banning and organic foods.

What is in my food: GMO's, GMO labeling, March against Monsanto, and the path to a healthy future

This article sums up some of the basics that you need to know about GMO's, but most importantly ways to make a change for your health. I've had many people ask me questions lately about GMO's, "I see all the information but I don't know what to do about it". I put together a list of things you can do and resources for more information to make a positive change in your health and nutrition for you and your family. MAM, May 25 2013 EVERYWHERE!

"Empowering Women with Raw Food"

A great resource for healthy living and eating, along with a great discussion on the psychological effects of choosing the healthiest options for yourself. 

The Writer's Block
Healing with music: a playlist to remember Chris Smith

Healing With Music - a playlist to remember Smitty

It's hard to believe it's already been 2 months since my cousin passed. No matter the capacity that you knew Chris Smith, you probably know of the love he had for music. I've promised many of you that I would send out copies of the memorial playlist, and thanks to some good music and a look through old pictures, I found some motivation to get out of my "writer's block". Take a look/listen and enjoy memories of Chris, you are deeply loved and missed cousin. Forever Young...

Women & Hip Hop Series [Part 5]: Creating Solutions featuring Nadia Piet (The TIKA) & Mark Patton (#TheListening & Amplifher Media)

LoDo's Women & Hip Hop Series: Part 5 - Creating Solutions

We've finally reached part 5 of LoDo's "Women and Hip Hop" series! In part 5, LoDo chats with Nadia Piet, owner and founder of The TIKA, and Mark Patton of Amplifiher Media and #TheListening. There's enough complaining in the world, it's time to be a solution. We discuss creating solutions to problems that female artists and fans have faced in the hip hop world and ways we can continue to expand on the positivity and empowerment that is embodied in hip hop!

Sports Stars & Rape Victim Blaming In Our Culture

In light of the rape accusation against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston that has become public knowledge  (details of the case which are still unclear) we've seen another wave of "victim blaming". With the various recent public rape cases including the Steubenville Ohio incident in 2012, we are missing an opportunity to have a serious about rape, victims, and our justice system. 

LoDo's Women and Hip Hop Series: Part 4, The Extinction of the Crew featuring pHoenix Pagliacci

 LoDo returns with part 4 of her "Women and Hip Hop" series. LoDo chats with pHoenix Pagliacci and discusses the fallout of the crew, and how the lack of family bond has negatively impacted female artists. pHoenix shares some recent collaborations as well as who she's listening to and which dope females are keeping her on her toes.

30 Days of Thanks: [Day 3] Parents

30 Days of Thanks: [Day 3] It's November, and that means 30 days of giving thanks. On day 3, LoDo shares what she is thankful for: her amazing parents, Susan and Walter Donnelly

30 Days of Thanks: [Day 2] My sisters, my ride or die chicks!

30 Days of Thanks [Day 2]: It's November and 30 days of giving thanks. LoDo shares her daily piece of thanks, and on Day 2 she's thankful for all her "sisters". Through good and bad, they know the meaning of sisterhood and always remain "Ride or Die"!

30 Days of Thanks [Day 1] Outlets that spread positivity and inspire us

It's November, so it's time for 30 days of reflection and giving thanks! No matter the situation there's always something to be thankful for! Follow LoDo over the next 30 days as she shares what she's thankful for #SpreadJoy #BeThankful #30DaysOfThanks

The Best Reason To STOP Watching The News! [Videos]

There is a war for your mind…

If you aren’t aware, might be time to take a look.

#TBT LoDo on Music – The Time Machine

Music has many abilities, but it's best power is that of "time travel". LoDo reviews some tracks that bring her back in specific moments in time......where we're going, we don't need roads. 

Women and Hip Hop (Part 3): Major Labels, Major Control

Part 3, Major Labels/Major Control, of LoDo's series on Women and Hip Hop. LoDo shares a continuation of her chat with Lex Leosis, along with an interview from mc/author/educator Charity Clay. 

a2J Artists
The Class is back! [aToJ update]

You don't have to keep wondering where the Jazz at....

Thinks have been a little quiet lately on ashytojazzy.com, but we've been hard at work. Lot's going on, check for new updates on releases coming soon from The Workin Class

#NewMusicFriday The Workin Class "Through The Storm" f. Nisha Nandez & Malik Diamond

New Music Friday! The Workin Class "Through The Storm" ft Nisha Nandez & Malik Diamond

The Class got so much love for "All So Simple" & "Oath To The Money", so they decided to drop a new track featuring friends of wC Nisha Nandez & Malik Diamond! "Through The Storm", features a dope instrumental by Dree combined with a powerful N^2 hook with thought-provoking lyrics by Malik Diamond & Unknown. The combination is dope, but don't just take my word for it....click the play button and see for yourself!! (Available streaming free on soundcloud & also available as a free download).

NEW MUSIC from The Workin Class! "All So Simple" #ADAN

New track from The Workin Class: "All So Simple" off their upcoming album American Dram/American Nightmare (ADAN)

Check out the first album single release from The Workin Class' upcoming album ADAN, "All So Simple", which features Texas singer Nisha Nandez.

#videooftheday Happy Halloween from the aToJ fam and The Workin Class!

Happy Halloween from the aToJ fam and The Workin Class!!! Celebrate the anniversary of the release of "Two am" and Halloween by spinning this dope track at your Halloween party tonight! 

The new EP from The Workin Class "Daydream" available for FREE download (Orlando hip hop)

The countdown has ended, and Daydream is finally here!!!!! The Workin Class have been working hard in the lab. aToJ is proud to present "Daydream", the sophomore EP from Orlando's hip hop duo The Workin Class. Workin Class uhh-up!!!!!! 

Ready to Daydream........

The countdown is underway, are you ready to #Daydream. The Workin Class uh up^^^^!!!!!!!!

New Single - Ponzi Scheme - Workin Class from Daydream EP

Ponzi Scheme is the second single from The Workin Class EP ‘Daydream’ (out July 4th).  A look at the corrupt record industry, The Workin Class liken the record industry to a 'Ponzi Scheme'.  Check out the all new Lyric Video for Ponzi Scheme! 


NEW MUSIC: Orlando hip hop duo The Workin Class's upcoming EP Daydream

Today marks 1 week until the release of Daydream, The Workin Class's sophomore EP, and to celebrate we've released the official tracklist! Check out the update to see the official tracklist, along with the dope album art (c/o the talented Noah Surratt). Is it July 4 yet? Cause I'm ready for the world to hear some new Workin Class!!!! wC^ aToJ^

Special announcement: Orlando hip hop

A special announcement for The Workin Class's upcoming release "Daydream", the sophomore EP from the Orlando hip hop duo! Don't forget to cop the new EP, which will be available for FREE download at ashytojazzy.com on July 4!

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