Vince Staples is one artist from SoCal that should be in your playlist on constant rotation if he isn’t already. With precision type flows over trunk-rattling production, there’s no way that his music can’t boost your daily routine. With a conscience gangster aura, Vince has made a name for himself all over the world spittin’ raps about his home environment. If you haven’t checked out the high level of production on his music videos there are two examples below that push him past the rest in our humble opinion.
On Sunday the young rapper completely sold out the Hawthorne Theater, and even though it was a high-energy albeit short set, he had the whole place jumping. Last time he came through he was opening up for Wale with Audio Push, so it was nice to see him receive so much love as a headliner. Definitely would like a longer set next time, but leave them wanting more, right?
E&E collaborated with Local Portland DJ, Quaz, to help bring you some fresh tunes for March. Tracks by Dave B, A-1, Goldlink, Smino, Stwo, Jay Prince and more.
Get enlightened to what we’re grooving to, and get ready to put some spring in your step. West coast bounce mixed with some future beats, nothing can go wrong. Catch the homie spinning at Fortune every Thursday from 10pm-2am.
When you were 12 you were most likely going to the mall with your friends, just starting to think boys/girls were cute and puberty was ragging. Shooting a music video wasn’t an activity in your day-to-day routine. Not for Nevaeh Keaveny, the 12 year old who is featured on Koncept & J57‘s newest song, Crazy is Beautiful. E&E got to interview Nevaeh days after her first music video dropped!
E&E: Tell us about your experience shooting your first music video, Crazy is Beautiful. Was it a surreal experience? Or did it seem natural to you? Nevaeh: I think it was wonderful. Definitely a surreal experience. I’m used to being in front of the camera but never been a part of such a big production. The clothes, hair and makeup.. it was all pretty dreamy.
E&E: What was your favorite thing you did in New York while on set? Nevaeh: My favorite part of the day was Skype-ing with my friend Angelita while getting my hair and make up done. One of the guys that work with Konny would hold it up while I was on set so she could see what we were doing, that made me really happy. The swing was really cool, getting to wear designer clothes and eating pizza, so I guess the whole thing was my favorite part.
E&E: What do your friends, peers and teachers think about you shooting a music video in New York? Are they supportive? Navaeh: My teacher and best friends were really excited for me and so many people at my school are fans of the song which felt really good.
E&E: What’s your favorite spot in Portland to hang out and find inspiration? Navaeh: I don’t have a particular spot in Portland but I do love my backyard. My best broadway shows and dance routines come to life back there. But outside of my normal daily life, Jillian Rabe’s open mic’s inspire me. I really look forward to those. Everyone there is so talented and everyone is so supportive of each other.