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3rd Anniversary: The Epic 9-hour Show

Monday May 27, 2013

Our show on Bassoradio had it's 3rd birthday two weeks ago. Instead of the usual 2 hours, we did a 9-hour marathon, from 10pm to 7am.

The studio was full of people and the live performances, interviews & freestyles were on for at least half of the whole show altogether.

Some listeners had taken long naps before the show so that they could stay on 'till the end.

To my surprise, it was a pretty painless effort - time passed quickly and it was just mad fun. I didn't even have time to play the vinyl-set I had prepared for the late-night.

This was probably the most epic and crazy thing we've ever done. And I'm very glad we did it.

It's impossible to create a track list of the show but this is how it roughly went down:
00:00 - warm-up
00:35 - live: Matre & Paleface
01:00 - live: Aqustiikka
01:14 - live: Kesken
01:25 - live: Dumb
01:30 - live: SQR
01:37 - interview: Paperi T & Khid
01:58 - live: Oukkidouppi
02:14 - live: Tantr Slangrr
02:34 - interview: Alexalfons
02:47 - live: Dumb & SQR
02:52 - live: Dumb
03:16 - live: .Moonlit
03:36 - live: Kasi
03:49 - live: Tuuttimörkö
04:06 - interview: RPK
and from here on it was hazy four hours of random freestyles, lives and record playing with Toby One, Mindman, Dumb, Ameeba & .Moonlit, until...
08:04 - live: Julma Henri
09:00 - victory!

Photographer Robert Keskinen filmed the whole show, let him tell the rest.

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06:55 AM / "Wish You A Good Day"

posted by: Moonlit

The Peoples: Xcuse The Static + Equipto interview

Thursday May 23, 2013

Here's a real treat for y'all, a Bay Area rarity.
The are only a few dozen original copies of this in existence.
This is 4-track Bored Stiff tape recorded in the mid-90's, and I gotta say, this is a really dope one too!
Since there's not much info of this around, I interviewed Equipto, who was the mastermind behind this project. So let him reveal the facts...

What's up, Equipto? How are things?

Things have been good just trying to relax after the Stress Free tour. Figuring out my next moves as far as my label, Solidarity Records, and personal things that I’ve been wanting to do but never had the time.

Did I hear correctly that you did your retirement show?

Yes, I did my last show in San Francisco, which was my birthday slash retirement show. It went well, and people showed a lot of love and support. It was an emotional night for me but it went by as a blur.

So, lets go all the way back to The Peoples tape. Tell us about that. It's mostly you on it. Can it be considered a pre-BS album?

No, it wasn’t pre-Bored Stiff, but it was pre-Equipto, I was just “Equip”. It was recorded in 1994/95 after we dropped Explainin’ and before we dropped Timeless. I used to make beats on a Gemini Mixer and a 4-Track so I took the equipment and wanted to spearhead a project, a compilation with just me and my folks on it, which we called the crew “The Peoples” – and the project was called Xcuse The Static. It was mostly Priz, K-Dub (R.I.P.), Big Shawn, Villiak, Spank Pops,

And it was recorded in your mom's basement?

Yeah, it was recorded in my Mama’s basement, with a Gemini Mixer, a 4-Track, a turntable, and a cassette deck.

Was it the first tape you were on? What led up to recording it and what happened afterwards?

The first tape I was on was The Bomb Compilation, Bored Stiff had a song called “Therapy” on it, but before that me, TD and P-Whaley were 3 Shades of Rhythm and we made a lot of demo tapes that circulated throughout the Bay Area and beyond. So those were the first tapes I was on.

How relevant / important do you see the Peoples tape as a part that lead to the birth of BS and your own career?

I’m hella proud of Xcuse The Static because its my first and damn near only project where I produced almost everything on it. It helped me get more on the creative side and understanding how a project is put together. Learning my own sound on the microphone and experimenting with all types of stuff.

Was it ever properly released and if so, how many copies are there?

I wouldn’t say “properly released” but its definitely out there. Originally we probably pressed 30 copies and we did the cassettes at a Kinko’s me and TD, single-handedly, 4 in the morning 5 in the morning, all night long.

Thank you, sir! Much love!

And thanks to Chaz (of SFSM) for this cassette rip, and Kali Yuga for the tracklist which he contributed to!

Side Won
A1: Big & Equip - Intro
A2: Spanks - Pen 2 The Paper
A3: Kwanz & Priz - Wanna Come Up
A4: Equip - Same Problem 2
A5: Equip - Notta Show
A6: Finesse - Finesse
A7: Big & Equip - Was Up Wit That
A8: Equip -His Story
A9: Vill & Equip -On The Unda
A10: KFOF Enterview
A11: Priz - Peep B4 U
A12: Equip - Novacane
A13: Kwanz - Fuck Wit Your Brain
A14: Vill & Equip - Family
A15: Equip - Sacrifice
A16: Spanks - Spankstyle
A17: P. Whaley & Equip - A Liel Somethin'
Side Too
B1: Priz & Equip - Help Me
B2: Priz & Equip - Introductions
B3: Equip - All We Want
B4: Equip - 1 Of Those Days
B5: Equip - Fame To Me
B6: Big & Equip - Music
B7: Priz - Prizaz
B8: Priz, Finesse & Equip - Session
B9: T-Mor & Schwinn - Elements
B10: Equip - Screen Myself
B11: Jules - Plain And Simple
B12: The Peoples - Penis

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posted by: Moonlit

Interview: Deeskee (La2thebay)

Monday May 20, 2013

This interview was conducted in September 2012 via email and is part of my mission to discover the current state of underground hiphop through the insight of long-term players.


Noel "Deeskee" DeMello is a long-term producer from the Bay Area and also oversees the legendary La2thebay -site. He has worked with hundreds of emcees (producing and recording). From my point of view he is sort of a central / key producer in underground hiphop in the Bay, like Fat Jack (L.A.), RZA (Shaolin) or Kali Yuga (Finland), bringing artists together and also distributing their music.

Sadly, he might be on the verge of ending his career.

The internet revolution turned record sales downwards making it even more harder for an independent artist to survive, especially for a veteran like Deeskee who still pays for original studio equipment etc. to make albums.

Deeskee sees that music has taken more a state of entertainment and is vanishing as an art form. Loyal fans are disappearing and music is becoming a quick consumable product. In his words I do hear bitterness, though not anger. But I understand. The rewards have never been shiny for those who've remained independent. The hurt becomes more and more real as years pass, and after a 20-year career in music, blue eyes have charred dark and back is aching, I'm sure.

Deeskee's love for music hasn't faded, but I guess in this game love doesn't make you a winner, no matter how hard you work. That same bitterness I hear in many if not most OG's in the States.

Mostly it's the rappers who get the credit for songs, but often it's the producers who create the vibe, have the vision, bring artists together, record and mix - and in Deeskee's case, even handle their distribution. Deeskee has put out dozens of solo releases and his production appears in hundreds of albums by other artists. Some of his albums are instrumentals but then again you have albums such as Audiobiograffiti that features about 60 different emcees, including the crew cut "How Many MC's '08"with 22 rappers on it. So you really can't deny Deeskee's central position in the West Coast underground scene.

Who is Noel DeMello?

born: 12/19/72
hometown: moss beach/ half moon bay, ca usa.
occupation: doormat
interests: music, movies, the great mysteries of the universe

Who is Deeskee?

Deeskee is an imaginary character whom when i was much younger i fancied a super hero of sorts, but it turns out he was just me in a baseball cap. the name came from an older dj cousin of one of the kids in my neighborhood. i thought he was fresh so i took the name but changed the spelling. i didn't know any better. i was like 14. my influences came primarily from my dad and my uncle who were musicians, but being a teenager in the 80's kind of brought the hip hop element to my influences.

I'm interested more in how you got into music and hiphop. What was the turning point when you decided to make music yourself?

i was always around music growing up, but when i was about 12 years old and started staying with my dad for summers he had a band. they played mostly covers of 60's bands like the stones, the beatles, the drifters, beach boys, nitty gritty dirt band, etc. and there were instruments around me at all times, so me and my cousin (who is also a musician and engineer) started picking them up and learning how to play them. that was around the same time i was interested in DJing. i worked with a few "rappers" here and there but didn't record anything of notable substance until '92 when i met maleko and raj. before that i was more interested in mixing and scratching.

"i think the world's love affair with music is over"

You run, tell us about it. How did you get into that? You also probably have a pretty good insight on the whole underground hip hop scene through La2thebay, on how many artists still put out cds, how much music gets sold and how that has changed, etc... give us some insight to the rap scene through your experiences in La2thebay.

yes, i "oversee", there's not much "running" to do anymore. i got into it because there wasn't an official outlet for information and physical distribution for my music and the music of my collaborators at the time. we had atak (Atak Distribution) and bts (Beneath The Surface), but there was no place for tour information, artist profiles, social networking, etc and i couldn't lock down proper distribution for home made tapes and cdrs so i put my resources together and launched the site. not much gets sold from the site anymore. there are a few people who buy new releases and as soon as they get them they'll put them on their blogs, but i usually bust them and they don't come back. i know that's not good for business but i don't think these kids understand what goes into making an album financially and emotionally. we don't make our albums on laptops with cracked software and a usb mic. our records actually cost money to make, which is why i can't make albums for myself anymore.

Why do you think it is that "there's not much running anymore" in La2thebay? If business has become low, why do you think that is? Is it because the artists have faded or is because of the audience? 

i think the world's love affair with music is over. kind of like vaudville or theatre. it's run it's course. the love affair has shifted to a love affair for commerce. 

if you don't have your own tv show, perfume or clothing line, or a song on a commercial nobody's going to pay much attention. there aren't many "fans" anymore. there are still a few but not enough to be sustainable for indy artists as small time as myself. people will steal your music, put it on their ipod, hear it once and move on to the next stolen download. a real fan goes to shows, buys records and listens to them 1000 times. not many of those real fans left. the reasons behind this are pretty expect that all artists make a bunch of money and they don't have to support them. they think indy artists have the same opportunities as major artists so it's ok to steal from us. the truth is, we don't get paid $1,000,000 to play at the grammy awards. we don't get paid $500,000 to add our signature to a product. we don't get our music on every radio station, hell...we don't even get reviews on every blog we submit to. it's a tough living. 

i also think that social networking has taken a toll on the art. nowadays fans can see the intimate details of their favorite artists life on their twitter feed. it kind of demystifies everything. and also with internet piracy anyone with a little bit of resourcefullness can find cracked software and make their own music the next day...then go on facebook and find their favorite rappers for guest appearances. it's just not special anymore and it breaks my heart. 

i wish some young artists would just once know what we had to go through to make a record 10-20 years ago. they wouldn't do it! it was actually work! before e-mail we had to get on an airplane, a train, a bus, drive, or even hitchhike hundreds of miles with our reels or dats, find a studio, PAY for it, get the song recorded, fly home, PAY for another studio to get it mixed and do it all over again. 

i have a very deep love for music, and it hurts to watch a loved one die right in front of you. i don't mean to sound angry or negative here, i'm just telling it from my point of view. i am absolutely greatful for every experience in life that i've had because of music and i wouldn't have met some of the incredible people who have taught me so much.

"there are a lot of things in life that i missed by being a struggling artist for 20 years. i'd like to try something else."

Do you get a lot of orders from Finland? 

i used to get a lot of orders from finland...i loved it. all of my finnish friends would send me tapes and cds, hand written letters, post cards, photos, you name it. it was a cool feeling to get gifts from fans i never met. sadly they all dissapeared. i think i have had one order from finland since 2005.

You've lived in LA for 10 years now. How's that working out for you? 

LA is it's own animal. i can't say it's been "working out" lately, but i'm surviving. 

What do you feel is different to the Bay area, music-wise especially?

it's a lot different from the bay. the people are different, the music is different. but there are some unfortunate similarities as well.

the differences are mostly in attitude and the way people treat each other here. just different personality types in artists and fans. 

Do you ever feel like moving back to the Bay?

yes i do think of moving back sometimes, but not for the music.

Tell us a little bit about the groups you've been a member of and people who you've worked with? Who's your fav. emcee to work with?

i've been a member of abnormal, araknophobix, ex vandalz, the returners, knives and gasoline. i can't name everyone i've worked with...i've probably worked with over 200 MCs. not really any "favorites". if i have worked with someone it's because they were my favorite before we even worked. i've always only worked with my favorite artists.

You've also done a few vocals in your past. I remember a verse on Record Players "Two Thousand And One" tape... What made you rap all of a sudden?

i've done quite a bit, i usually make up a fake name to hide my identity. i don't know if any more can be expected. i've recently started to lose my voice so i think that chapter is closed.

What are you working on now? Self-promotion is allowed.

just finishing up a new album with existereo and a new one with die...i have a few albums that are unreleased so i might revamp them just to keep myself busy (not sure if i'll release them), then i don't know. there are a lot of things in life that i missed by being a struggling artist for 20 years. i'd like to try something else.


big shout out to my folks in finland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Update on La2TheBay

posted by: Moonlit

Preview: 3rd Anniversary Show

Monday May 13, 2013

It's been three years since Miika Särmäkari of Bassomedia gave us a spot for the show.

And in gratitude and celebration for that, we'll do a 9-hour show with a houseful of musicians.

It's probably the dumbest idea that we've ever decided to go for, but fuck it. It's a party!

Here's a photo collection of last year's show:
We never shared the audio, but we are sharing it now. Here you go:
Ghetto Tyylit: 2-year Anniversary (Mixcloud):

2nd Anniversary Show (2012) by Ghettotyylit on Mixcloud

So we start at the usual 22:00 but end at 07:00 (unless we pass out earlier).
LISTEN TO US LIVE! We don't promise an audio rip of it.

It's gonna be epic. Here's a look in to the guest list:

Paperi T
Alex Alfons
Tantr Slangrr
Toby One

posted by: Moonlit

Radio: Apr 30th

Monday May 06, 2013

Our show was on the eve of the Finnish holiday Vappu, which means everyone's pouring down bubbly wine and not listening to radio. But of course, we wouldn't miss a show. So we decided to go b-ananas, avoid much talk and put on our party hats. And I think we all got a chance to play something we've always wanted to, something bad. For me, it was ghetto tech - the music of the gods.


1. Wake Up People - Forever
2. Pepperboy - So Much Pain
3. Dom Kennedy - Me Again
4. Zumbi - Running
5. Nocando - Matter Of Moments
6. Cypha 7 - Bounce Off The Planet
7. Xzibit - At The Speed Of Life
8. Misfitz Ov Stylz - Ignite The Mic
9. Eligh & Jo - By And By (feat The Grouch)
10. Wake Up People - Preservation
11. Stepchild - You Keep Fuckin' With Me
12. Alkaholiks - Relieve Yourself
13. KC Redd & Junie B - I'm That Hot Girl
14. 2 Sweet - Do Like I Told Ya
15. Vockah Redu - Lay Wit You (J-Dawg Mix)
16. Katey Red - Rubanu
17. Big Freedia - Gin In My System
18. Magnolia Shorty - G-Strip
19. Magnolia Shorty - Pickalo
20. Magnolia Shorty - Pickalo
21. Qween Beat - 808 Ha
22. Beek - Feel Like A Bitch f/ Buddah
23. Buddah - Vs Suguh
24. Dj Deeon - Freak Like Me
25. Dj Funk & Jammin Gerald - Hold Up
26. Dj Deeon & Dj Funk - Pony
27. Dj Funk - Dik Work
28. Dj Deeon - Point Em Out
29. Dj Deeon - The Baddest
30. Dj Slugo - 114799
31. Starski & DJ Godfather - Untitled
32. Aaron Carl - No No
33. Starski And Clutch - East West
34. Mr. De - Whatchulike
35. DJ Assault - Sex On The Beach
36. Jermiside feat Soulstice - Maintainin
37. iAreConscious - I Give You Aid(s)
38. Self Jupiter - Popular
39. Domo Genesis feat Remy Banks - Drugs Get Me Spiritual
40. Flyphonic feat Phonetik & Remedeeh - The Truth Is
41. How To Dress Well - Blue Crystal Fire

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posted by: Moonlit


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