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!
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!
[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!
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.
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...
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!
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 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.
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).
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^