Lost Files : 2019 Spring Music Recap (Playlists inside)

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First off, I apologize for the wait…I am kinda Lauryn Hill-ish with the blog because I can admit that I am wearing too many hats. This post was supposed to come out in May 2019…but I don’t know how to sit my ass down and stop going to events… it is now July 2020 in Quarantine that I have finally been able to get around to updating. But hey it is never too late to catch up on the greatness of the South Carolina Music Scene that you don’t get to hear about right? These are mostly events I attended in the Spring in Columbia, SC!
In the past:
“If you’ve follow me on Twitter and Instagram you will know I decided to combine the Recap for March /April because these months went by entirely too fast! I also threw my first event on April 27th so I spent all February and March planning and promoting so it was waaaayyy too much on my plate!
If you are new to reading the Music Recaps check out January and February recaps where I basically cover what events I went to, what songs,projects I bumped, and what playlists I created! Let’s just say when they call it “March Madness” it isn’t an understatement! I really made it a point to go to most shows in March & it just so happen to have more diverse music events that I had to get in on! This was supposed to come out in May but when I tell ya life happens to us all we have some delays. Well you guys have waited long enough! Let’s jump in!
Blue Note Poetry
3/7 The Arcade Building
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 Blue Note Poetry was really good! Blue Note Poetry went on a hiatus for a few months going through venue changes! so the build up was real! Blue Note Poetry hosted by The Playlixt and Al Black  typically takes place every first Thursday of the month at the Arcade Building downtown(had moved to The White Mule). This show has 2 featured poets, a live band our beloved VasaBoo Group, and open mic performances from poets and musicians. The acts are always dope and  The crowd is really responsive. What I particularly love is that they always gives good energy to newer acts! This is a very good place to get your “practice” on and to network. I can most definitely say this is one of the best events around with great vibes! And it is FREE!  If you’re a music artist looking to perform you can only perform acapella unless you bring your own instruments or band.  Just something to keep in mind! Dates are always subject to change so stay tuned to The Playlixt Instagram and Facebook Event pages! ! Check out the FB event page!
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#OnThursdaysWeVibe Presents Marcus Allen 3/15  at The Weekend

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I was happy to see Marcus Allen perform for the first time live. I stumbled across him one day on Instagram from some mutual connects and I’ve been peeping him for a while, checking out his music, seeing him grind on social media and when I found out he would be at #OnThursdaysWeVibe at new venue The Weekend Lounge, I knew I had to be there! First of The Weekend knows how to pull out the exceptionally talented artists for Thursday night vibes. Every time I have gone I have had a good time & everytime I have missed it I check out the artists music(if I didn’t know them already) and can say they definitely are providing a platform for local/indie artists. It is a great time there for vibes and networking. If you haven’t gone yet check it out on Thursdays! Sometimes they do open mics and EVERY TIME you will get good live music!
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But back to the point, I just want to to say that I believe Marcus Allen is an exceptionally talented artist. If you are one who craves slow jams, party jams with good vibes, and with great vocals Marcus is just  the whole package. Marcus Allen gave us an  R&B experience!!!  As someone who appreciates the 90s & Early 2000s era of R&B I can say I appreciated that he gave us background dancers and vibed sooooo well with them.
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Shoutout to James Patrick the Fitness Guru for his dope choreography and the two young ladies who crushed it! Avery a multitalented artist that does it all (model, artist, singer, dancer , actress )was one of them & I don’t personally know the other young lady (will credit her name as soon as I find out!
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Another aspect I appreciated was the homage paid to the R&B artists before him.  Marcus  gave us some original music & throwbacks that R&B lovers truly love! I grew up listening to the Quiet Storms of Power 98 of Charlotte and The Big DM so if no one else appreciated his covers I did! Marcus Allen covered songs from R&B sensations like  Next, Tyrese  , Tevin Campbell, ( I am sure I left off some!) and he did it with pure passion and excellence.It makes a lot of sense as to why his original R&B music slaps (which I wish he did more of at the show!)
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Marcus Allen performed his dope single “No Lie” and he really gave us that sexy vibes with a “Girl Let’s make a baby” 90s R&B Vibe with this one. As one who grew up on 90s and Early 2000s R&B I really appreciate his sound from the lyrics to the vibe to the production. I don’t know what producers Marcus Allen works with(will come back to edit and add), but he works with musicians who know how to draw you in.
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I can’t tell you how many times I have mentioned how this generation is putting more emphasis on R&B with trap sounds and getting away from “slow music”you have to sit down and consume. While I love all types of R&B including what I call Trap-N-B, I feel like more diverse sounds are needed in the industry in general. I fear that many people are numbing themselves and trying to pretend they don’t have feelings or even want love so coming across an artist like Marcus Allen is really a fresh breath of air. You really feel something when you listen to his music. His music inspires love, good sex, and just good vibes in general. He gives diverse sounds and moods on his project “All for You”. Honestly, he is so polished that I can’t understand why some major label hasn’t picked him up yet. Maybe he hasn’t ran into the right connects yet, but I firmly believe he is gonna blow. Whether that be as an independent artist or one signed to a label there is no doubt in my mind that if more of the world came across him they would love him.
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Last, but not least, I love how Marcus Allen just knows he is super talented, but wanted to make sure those in the background get their spotlight. He had us applaud his dancers, the live band, and background singers and he gave them a chance to shine as an individual. He also engaged with the crowd. I feel like if you are an up and coming R&B you should go to Marcus Allen shows and take notes on how to give a great performance and good stage energy.
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To top off a great performance, when he found out I was the person behind CreSpeaksMedia he greeted me with so much gratitude for promoting and just coming out. He has such a great spirit and I enjoyed meeting him just as much as watching him perform.
Please go check out his last project “All for You”. With only 10 songs he gives amazing vibes and depth. I love the project as a whole, but some of my favorite tracks from Marcus Allen from All For You is No Lie” “Lovers Land” “I Try” “All I Do” In the Morning” “Aprhodisiac”  “Doing your Thing”
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$pidey 3:15 Private listening party
Really enjoyed  seeing familiar faces and the love of a crowd that Spidey brings in. $pidey was having difficulty getting back from his trip in Texas where he had just performed & wasn’t able to make it back in time for his listening party…we all know how travel delays go!
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We all wanted to see him, but I feel like the Private Listening Party went on well in his absence! $pidey just has the vibe that attracts many creative, dope people working towards their dream so it was a night of love and support. When people say “nobody support nobody” I will always think of moments like that night seeing familiar and new faces coming out to support someone we all believe in.  We listened to his songs together & the crowd responses were priceless! I absolutely loved being able to hear the music in the vibe we were in. I definitely took it upon myself to listen to it multiple times before writing. Idk how many people realize this, but sometimes I have a hard time writing about music so I will do my best.
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3:15 dropped on 3/15…
This album is definitely reflective of $pidey’s drive and passion when it comes to music. The amount of transparency he shares is always refreshing. There is a whole lot to love about $pidey as an artist and this album.  I’ll start with his artistry.
See full album review here  !
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The Poetry Jam at The Weekend 
So much great talent was in the building and great vibes! Spirit knows how to keep us energized and there was definitely some great talent in the building from poets to singers to  Lost some footage, but must say I loved the featured poet “Poetic Vizions” ! And the Open Mic? One of THEE best in the city! Always diverse and dope! Every 3rd Sunday I suggest you check it out! Next Show coming up on August 18th! EventBrite Tickets here!
Be Safe Festival on March 23 –First festival of it’s kind and I really loved the talent out there. One thing I can say about this event is that many of these artists are on the rise & had the brand image down. Most performers had large banners of their projects or picture of themselves to make sure they were remembered.  Had a team of videographers, people helping to hold up or walk with body size banners, & there was a TV with an image Some of the stand out performances were Cereon, Mulah Davinci, Jake James, Yung Dubble Dee, Reezie Roc, Akevius, Mare The Truth, E. Finch, and SME Official   .Of course there is a little more, but I can’t always keep up with all the names  when my phone dies lol.

Diverse Music Madness at The White Mule-March 23 Went here right after the Be Safe festival and man this was an amazing event that lived up to the title. 
Othello’s Delight with World Fusion, Jahson and the Natty Vibes with Reggae, Dirty Gone Dolas with String Band Americana, and B.O.R.N. aka Bitta with Hip Hop. DJ Renaissance was spinning and gave us great vibes! The whole vibe in the Room at this event was amazing. I am still mad I missed B.O.R.N. perform, but I because I know he is dope I believe the Hip Hop representation went well.

Soda City Pop Up – After Midnight, Mary English & Devine Street, Tyler Clapper, Caroline Evans, Armani OD X Dope Threauxs, Tommy Tsunami , Pat X, Dawso Lee,  Lil Turbo, Calvin Mack, & Hip Hop Geek.
I absolutely loved the diverse line up as someone who strives to provide a music platform of diverse acts.While I came to see Pat X, Lil Turbo, Tommy Tsunami, Calvin Mack, Dawso Lee, I wanted to see Armani OD for a first time live as I heard about Armani OD years ago. It was great to see him live for first time! He was very energetic & gave good vibes.
I definitely enjoyed EVERY ACT. I saw all acts except Tyler Clapper unfortunately!   There is nothing like having live bands perform. Loved Mary English & Devine Street, really loved Caroline Evans, and After Midnight.  Hip Hop Geek was the final act and he mentioned how it wasn’t much time left to perform, but he is glad it ended on him. He did a really great job of bringing diverse talented acts together on one stage! Anytime you see Soda City Pop up I suggest you go check it out!
Thank you for Being A Friend” at Tapp’s Arts Center
This was a show with a LOT of acts! Nice crowd and again love to see familiar faces coming together to support each other! Started with an Open Mic segment and a lot of artists on the line up! Some of fave performances were from TWN, Clay Maskin, Vonte, ShinJay, $pidey, Yunoshi Lyon, Pylitt, BFF Gang, Fweago Baby, Benji Pedro, $WVNK, Litty, Rad Blue Billz, and Tommy Tsunami.

Jenesys ENT Presents : Spring Hip Hop Takeover
Pat X, LIl Duke, Calvin Mack. Dawso Lee
Artistik Vibrations
Additional Projects I went through:
Quintin Tarantinto- 

Really refreshing to hear a project with a chill vibe and meaningful lyrics. . If you ever wanna calm down from the turn up music take a listen. This project is a storytelling, lyrical project filled with strong lyrical ability and messages of lessons on betrayals,self preservation, dreams, visions, pure honesty, &  motivation. Sounds like a man growing up,accepting flaws, acknowledging inconsistencies within his world,  and being transparent all the way around about the journey to becoming self made. I believe this project is all about claiming your gifts and  power while  staying afloat on the journey of becoming self made. As an entrepreneur trying my hardest to break generational curses I can respect this project and it’s authenticity. I believe entrepreneurs from all walks of life could appreciate this project. It is tough trying to stay focused when everything around you seems to be falling a part, but Quintin Tarantinto reminds us to stay the course. This is a project about manifesting what you want.

Read The Full Review here!

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April I didn’t get out as much as I did in March. March I was at events every week!!
April was also HUGE…
Ray Lejune Bounce Premiere-
 Ray Lejune shared her short film “Bounce” with us and it was a very big moment for her and those around her. We experienced the film showing at the Nickelodeon Theatre with a red carpet roll out, a backdrop, VIP suitcases with exclusive items in them, and great vibes. The film was just amazing. After the film we saw some behind the scenes and talked with Ray Lejune  about the film. I was highly impressed by the quality & creativity behind it all. It was so inspirational! I can’t express enough how you just HAD to be there! A remake of the classic ” Set it Off” done surrounding Ray Lejune’s hit single was brilliant! I believe the cast and directors of Set it Off should  be really proud to know that they inspired an upcoming, dynamic artist to recreate that. Make sure to run up those views!

Love, Peace, and Hip Hop Festival 
Love, Peace, and Hip Hop Festival or World Family Hip Hop day was definitely a great experience! I got there late but just in enough time to see Sugar Hill Gang & The Furious Five & Big Daddy Kane! This was a great music moment! The energy was soooo real. I remember putting on my Instagram that I wish
Afterwards I went to the World Famous Afterparty where there were 3 DJs…one upstairs playing Golden Age Hip Hop , One down stars playing Dancehall/dance jams.
We Can All Eat Showcase
I feel like I will do a separate post on this…may come in the form of video. Let’s just say that after always helping out and promoting with others events, I finally can say I threw my own event! And I am very pleased with the turn out. It lived up to the name…it was about showcasing & respecting the diversity of Women in Hip Hop. The crowd was loving it. Every performer was dope. Had some dope male features to show unity with the female artists! We danced, laughed, ate good food &  had awesome vendors. I was so exhausted literally the day after I could barely move, but I can look back and say ” Yes I did what I said I was gonna do! ” I gave Women a platform to be exactly who they are. Women in Hip Hop remain diverse & instead of pitting them against each other for their differences I felt it was important to showcase any and every “archetype” of female rap artist at my show. You had storytellers, lyricists, Bad Bitch Rap, Alternative sounds, Party Music, Trap, HoloTrap, you name it! Most of the artists sing & rap & they all took us through different vibes & mediums. We could dance, sing along, sit down & listen , and even moshpit.
Every single ACT showed up & showed out in their authentic truth. I am absolutely proud of every one of these ladies for how they are continuing the grind and growth since the show. Everybody dropping new music, getting booked shows, being featured in publications, and just shining!
Big ups to Equilla Butterfly ,Kartier Kay, Lalisa, Milah, Rudy Haze, Ynobe G, Sky3Hi, Litty, $wvnk, Ray Lejune, & Jamee Cornelia for really coming TF through!! I really enjoyed their energy and the crowd loved them! Big thanks to the features Dawn Duchess, Daewoo, and DaLavishOne for gracing the stage! And big ups to my DJ Samira Miche for spinning Female Rap Jams all night! We proved that if we really wanted to we can have all female radio stations and parties if we wanted to instead of settling for the 2 at a time on the radio out of 50 male rap artists… but hey I will save that post for another day! Check out the playlist below of some of my personal handpicked, favorite tracks!

Playlists below:

We Can All Eat Showcase Preview – Artists that performed at the show! Jamee Cornelia, Ray Lejune, Litty, $WVNK, Rudy Haze, Kartier Kay, Lalisa, Equilla Butterfly were the featured artists. You won’t find Ynobe G & Sk3 Hi who only rapped in the Cypher

Spring Recap playlists- Music I stumbled across or  artists I saw  perform in March & April