10:14PM League Of Starz “The Faculty (ft. Nef The Pharaoh, G Perico & AD)” from “The Faculty (ft. Nef The Pharaoh, G Perico & AD)” Local
10:17PM Barclay Crenshaw & The Cool Kids “U Are In My System” from “U Are In My System”
10:20PM IAMSU “The Way It Go” from “The Way It Go” Local
10:25PM J.I.D. “Never” from “Never”
10:29PM RBC Bugzy “Put On (ft. Rexx Life Raj)” from “Put On (ft. Rexx Life Raj)” Local
10:32PM Russ “T’d Up” from “T’d Up – Single” (2016) on DIEMON
10:36PM Vince Staples “BagBak” from “BagBak – Single” on Face the Music LLC/No I.D./IDJ
10:38PM Kamaiyah “Out The Bottle (Feat. Zay) [Prod. By CT Beats]” from “A Good Night in the Ghetto” (2016) on Kamaiyah Local
10:43PM Down 2 Earth “DNA” from “DNA” Local
10:46PM Living Legends “Rabbit Hole” from “Almost Famous” (2007) on Legendary Music, LLC Local
10:50PM Saba “Monday to Monday” from “Monday to Monday – Single” on Pivot Gang
10:55PM Keak da Sneak “Quarterbacking ft. The Jacka” from “Deified” on KOCH Records Local
10:58PM Mac Dre “Retro Dance Record” from “Retro Dance Record” Local
11:01PM Traxamillion “Face Neck (feat. Husalah)” from “My Radio” on Slapp Addict Productions / SMC Entertainment Local
11:03PM Clyde Carson “Bring All Your Friends (feat. Mozzy)” from “Bring All Your Friends (feat. Mozzy) – Single” on Moe Doe Entertainment / EMPIRE Local
11:06PM ST Spittin “Run Around” from “Run Around – Single” on Monsters Ink Local
11:12PM Hieroglyhics “Fantasy Island” from “Full Circle” on Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings Local
11:16PM Rexx Life Raj “Waiting For You ft. Russ” from “Waiting For You ft. Russ” Local
11:24PM Locksmith “Nobody” from “Nobody” Local
11:28PM Zion I “Human Being (BassNectar Edit)” from “Human Being (BassNectar Edit) – Single” on Live Up Records
11:31PM MadeinTYO “drip” from “Thank You, Mr. Tokyo” (2016) on Private Club Records
11:34PM Tobilla Muffin “Wooh” from “Wooh”
11:37PM J. Lately “Smoke Less (prod. Space Cadet)” from “The Good Panda EP” Local
11:41PM Kasey Jones “@ Me (feat. Matt McGhee)” from “@ Me (feat. Matt Mcghee)”
11:46PM Kojo A. x Uno Hype “Chef Curry ft. Yung Kyle & Aus Taylor” from “A Guide to Close-Mindedness”
11:49PM T. Carriér “Schedule (feat. Beejus) prod. Cal-A” from “Schedule (feat. Beejus) prod. Cal-A” Local
11:52PM Caleborate “From the Eastbay With Love” from “Hella Good” on TBKTR Local
12:00AM Ab-Soul “Wifey vs. WiFi / / / P.M.S. (feat. BR3)” from “Do What Thou Wilt.” on Top Dawg Entertainment
12:04AM Elujay “Golden” from “Golden – Single” on Onetime! Local
12:08AM P-LO “See You” from “See You” Local
12:12AM Illa “We Out (prod. Trackademicks)” from “We Out (prod. Trackademicks)” Local
12:15AM 6LACK “Ex Calling” from “Ex Calling – single” on Lvrn
12:22AM Tree Thomas & Kvn Alln “Urban Survival” from “Streets of Rage” on OXG / Rapbay / Urbanlife Distribution
12:25AM Mani Draper “Ol’ Money (prod. Iamsu! & Ian Mckee)” from “Brave Area/EMPIRE” Local
12:28AM Denzel Curry “Today (Ft. Boogie & Allan Kingdom)” from “Today (ft. Boogie & Allan Kingdom)” (2016)
12:31AM Nipsey Hussle “Picture Me Rollin (ft. Overdoz)” from “Picture Me Rollin (ft. Overdoz)” (2016)
12:33AM The Grouch & Eligh “Teach Me the Way” from “Say G&E! (Deluxe Edition)” on G&E Music Local
12:38AM Zion I “The Bay” from “The Bay” Local
12:40AM Hieroglyhics “You Never Knew” from “3rd Eye Vision” Local
12:45AM Black EL “Vibez 061116” from “Vibez 061116”
12:48AM Smino “Anita (prod. Monte Booker)” from “Anita (prod. Monte Booker)”
12:54AM Lou Phelps “Average (ft. KALLITECHNIS)” from “Average (ft. KALLITECHNIS)”
12:58AM Azure “?????? (ft. Iamsu!)” from “leap year” (2016) on Friend Card Local
01:01AM Chuck Inglish “Ftw (feat. Manolo Rose, Reese & Boldy James)” from “Everybody’s Big Brother” on Sounds Like Fun Records
01:05AM Sir Michael Rocks “Drug Dealer” from “Banco” on 6 Cell Phones
01:07AM Marlon Craft “Just One Mo” from “Just One Mo”
01:11AM Nobigdyl. “Tree Tops” from “Tree Tops”
01:14AM Yates “Bad Mf” from “Good Intent” Local
01:18AM Samad Savage “Good Riddance” from “Good Riddance – Single” on Samad Savage
01:24AM Down 2 Earth “Powers ft. Simmi” from “wildfire” on Ineffable Records Local
01:27AM Amp Live “100,000 Watts” from “Headphone Concerto (Bonus Tracks Edition)” on Modulor Local
01:33AM Souls of Mischief “A Name I Call Myself” from “93 ’til infinity” on Jive Local
01:36AM A Tribe Called Quest “We the People…” from “We Got it from here… Thank You 4 Your Service” (2016) on Epic
01:41AM Beejus “You Know It’s Real (feat. Champlu)” from “Freespirit: The Album” on Beejus Local
01:43AM Adam Vida “I’m Juiced (feat. Mr. Carmack)” from “I’m Juiced (feat. Mr. Carmack) – Single” on Thurl Records Local
01:46AM Del the Funky Homosapien “Naked Fonk” from “The 11th hour” Local
01:51AM Bless Ya Soul “Kings ft G.I.F.T.” from “Kings ft G.I.F.T.” Local
01:59AM Curren$y “MOB (feat. G Perico)” from “MOB (feat. G Perico)” on Jet Life
Last Friday, Back Bar in downtown San Jose’s SoFa District was super lit. As host to the third rendition of The Wave, Open University and KSJS Hip-Hop packed the venue with over 250 people in attendance! With San Jose natives, Rey Res and City Shawn headlining this event, fans couldn’t have asked for a better performance.
To start the show, we had M-Ten and Thatfool Al.
Local artist, M-Ten killed it with his East San Jo vibe. If you are from the 408, you will definitely feel his flow, making references to street names and local bus routes. The song, “Around My Way” is my favorite and a perfect example of M-Ten’s San Jose style.
Westacy Ent. was in the building, as they always are, supporting one another’s work. Fans got a surprise performance by Ziggy, who performed his hit song, “DreDay,” off his newest album, Hurry Up And Buy. Thatfool Al put on an energetic performance as well, performing several dope tracks. In a post-performance interview, Thatfool Al mentioned that he is working on a few projects. There isn’t an official release date yet, but he hinted that this summer will be wavy! Fans can check out westacy.com for updates, new music, and release information. When asked why he does what he does, Thatfool Al said, “I do it for the love, I do it for the art, I do it for he love of the art.” This stuck with me because it shows a certain level of appreciation for the underground music industry and the overall passion these artists have for their creations.
Thatfool Al: https://soundcloud.com/westacy
Hitting the stage after was Dem One following Cola.
Cola rocked the stage in polka dot socks and godfather slippers like the swagalistic gangsta he is. His style is unique and his flow is fire. Some of my favorite songs are “Californication” and “From The Soil”. He also has a few projects in the works so stay tuned.
Dem One rocked his set, performing favorites like “Put Your Lighters Up”. Dem One has a fluid, positive vibe, and a developmental outlook on hip-hop. In an interview, Dem One said his set at The Wave was all about “keeping it turnt up, but keeping it revolutionary.” As an advocate for having meaning behind his lyrics, Dem One continues by emphasizing his efforts in “trying to keep it live and bumpin’, but also having a message in the music.”
Dem One: https://soundcloud.com/dem-one
Rexx Life Raj, out of Berkeley, has a number of songs on the KSJS rotation. Being the only out-of-towner on this set list, it was truly a pleasure to have him come all the way out to San Jose for this performance. Although Rexx has a growing fan base, and he resides a few cities away, he had everyone on their feet gigin’. The songs that fans anticipated the most were “Moxie Java” and “Gucci Mane (Sauce)”. It was such a delightful show. Rexx Life Raj’s upbeat melodies and funky beats are what make his songs so incredibly catchy. His latest album, Dreamland: Telegraph Ave. perfectly showcases Rex’s talent and creativity.
Rexx Life Raj: https://soundcloud.com/rexxliferaj
In case you’ve been sleeping on City Shawn, Forever II dropped last October and has been constantly in rotation on KSJS since. The energy in the crowd when City got on stage was stellar. Performing my personal favorites off Forever II, like “Drug Money” and “Keep Goin,” City Shawn had the whole crowd going nuts. He even played some of his older work like “Big Tymer” from Forever I. Long-time fans surely appreciated this and showed it in their vibes across the dance floor. This was, by far, my favorite performance of the night!
City Shawn: https://soundcloud.com/cityshawn
Rey Res put on a timeless performance. He hasn’t performed in his hometown of San Jose in over a year, making his highly anticipated appearance one to remember. He played classic bangers like “In The Cut,” and a many other well-known hits. Rey Res told fans to look forward to his new album called Sweet Tooth Tony, which is expected to drop this spring. You can check out reyres.com for all the latest updates and official release information. In our post-performance interview, Rey Res always showing love, said “KSJS is my folks” he said, “they been showing love for so many years!”
Rey Res: https://soundcloud.com/reyresmusic
On behalf of everyone at KSJS, a big huge thanks goes out to all the artists who support what we do and helped make The Wave such a memorable experience.
The man behind the scenes, Arman Mahmoudi, also known as StrongArm on the 90.5 FM dial, said in an interview, “since I’ve been at KSJS, I’ve put on at least 40 shows, and this one was by far the most successful one we’ve done yet.” With that being said, thank you to all who helped make this event possible! Big ups to the artists, promoters, supporters, fans, and everyone who came out. A special shout to the DJs, DJ Combsy and DJ Malcolm Lee. Cheers to the homies, KSJS’ very own, Shiva Diva and DEE-Traayn for hosting the event. And lastly, an immeasurable amount of gratitude to the man who organized it all, StrongArm.