Monday’s 58th annual Grammy Award Show was yet again, one of the biggest events of the year for the Music Industry. Admittedly, neither the Bay Area nor hip-hop have a huge overlap with this event but there were a number of locals that received nominations and a few even took home some trophies! Although not taking home a trophy, we were excited to see Kehlani, Colin Tilley (who directed Kendrick Lamar’s video for “Alright”), the Grateful Dead (a box set was nominated for a packaging related award) and the country singer Cam honored with nominations. However, the Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte that relocated to San Jose in the 1960s won for their recent album Realidades. There is also a jazz musician, Mario Silva, who played on this year’s best reggae album – Morgan Heritage’s Strictly Roots – and will get a plaque for it. Lastly, the director of music recording at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, Lisa Ann Jones, took home her 4th Grammy after Ask Your Mama was selected as the best engineered classical album. Not only did she win again but she actually in charge of mixing the sound FOR THE GRAMMYS on Monday. Some more info and an interview here.
Benjamin Cohn, @DaWhatBenja
Don Toriano – Bay Shit ft. Berner, Rich Rocka & Goldie
Got a laidback anthem for you to play out for the rest of 2016. Now that the sun is back out, we have some smooth “Bay Shit” from Don Toriano with Rich Rocka and Goldie of Federation. The song is just littered with homages to the Bay starting from the RIP shoutout to the Mac in the opening seconds. I mean, I really don’t have to sell this one, just hit play! This is for everyone “on that bay shit, every single day bitch”.
Outrageous Karina - Ready [produced by Nate Hendrix & BarzMakesBangers]
“Ready” is actually my introduction to San Jose’s Outrageous Karina. The last track on her debut .evoL EP was enough to make me want to listen to the first four. I am immediately drawn to the song’s lack of real structure; it is very unique yet still maintains a fluidity that you find in more traditional popular music. Nate Hendrix, who produced the whole EP, got some help from BarzMakesBangers for “Ready’s” instrumental. It lets her take a slow start and warm up to a burst of lyrics before finishing with another melodic re-work of a ‘chorus’. The beat honestly isn’t the highlight but it gets the job more than adequately done.
ANTWON - Luv
I’m not sure if this song really belongs in the strip club despite that it was probably made strictly for that purpose. It definitely belongs on the soundtrack of a chase scene in the upcoming “Fast and Furious” movie. I listened to “Luv” by Antwon over and over again trying to decide whether I really liked it and needed to include it in The Bay Beat or if I didn’t want to hear it again. Obviously I chose to include this track from the upcoming Double Ecstasy EP out on April 1st. Antwon himself said that this EP was “definitely the most fun to make. It showed me why I started playing in bands and collaborating with other people.”