Thanks for checking in and keeping up with ya girl, Rhonda Jane. There hasn’t been an official Illicit Activities mix since 4-20-2017, if my memory serves me correctly (I’m pressed for time, so I’ll check and update later if need be lol).
Long story short, its been too long without a dope mix to jam out to with ya crew, while you workout, by ya self or just in general.
Enjoy this official Quick Sesh Mix with my homegirl Cyd on SoundCloud (30 min) and the full length, extended playlist on Spotify (1 hour 30 min). It’s called In the Clouds with Rhonda Jane Vol. 1, and it’s like 420 in July. Look at this as dropping in time for 710 next month. Some chill, some upbeat jams of all kinds.
Please support the artists, if you rock with their track – find their Spotify & IG pages & tell them ya heard them with 2 Dope Chics, Rhonda Jane & Cyd!
Also take a moment to catch up on the past installments of Illicit Activities with Kenzo & DJ Tiger HERE.
More to come soon! More dope lady mixes!
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Join my boy Augustus Clark better known as DJ Slim Gus this upcoming weekend, Saturday, November 23rd from 7-10PM at the Comfort LA Inglewood location as some of his photography will be showcased and then auctioned off for charity!
Proud man… I never had my photography featured in an art show before, but all that changes THIS SATURDAY!
It’s FREE to attend, RSVP LINK BELOW! ALL PROCEEDS will be donated back to the young Queens & Kings in Jamaica and Ghana for a week of camp. In the words of Slim Gus himself, “I’m honored.”
Back in July of this year, a good friend of mine, Malcolm Edwards, who goes by the rap moniker name of So EZ, releaseda dope album entitled Therapy.
If you’re local to Los Angeles, you may have stopped by, or at the very least, heard about a fire ass day party event called So EZ Sundays that ran from around the end of 2016 and 2018 that used to be held at the Comfort LA downtown location (food is amazing by the way)!
He got the juice (Sangria5), no seriously that’s his Sangria brand that would sponsor the parties and he’d sell bottles and cups at almost every function. A couple DJ homies and royalty from my hometown of Buffalo, New York – which is where I crossed paths with this Cleveland, OH creative cat, even stopped through and blessed the wheels or were in attendance at some point: DJ Slim Gus, DJ TJizzle, DJ Tiger, Venzella Joy & Vidie. What a time to be in Los Angeles the fun was guaranteed, the weed was always lit & the feels were cozy. We even met Teddy Ray Comedy at one of the parties it was that type of kickback turn up vibe. Cool as fuck. Dope as fuck. Historic as fuck.
Getting back to the hot, 10-track summer release by So EZ, Therapy.
This project is very raw, eclectic, upbeat and passionate. EZ decided to take us on his personal journey as a young Black male attending therapy sessions via his music.
A few of my own personal favorite songs off the album are listed below.
BuffaLowe’s Picks off Therapy: Go Live feat. Jimmy Hustle, Pray For the Gang and All My Niggaz.
The outcome of this album was pure bravery, genius and innovation. Laying it all out there and being so relatable to so many others who can’t express these thoughts or feelings.
Fast forward to now, in November, almost 5 months later, Therapy has taken on more of a prominent role in all facets of So EZ’s life.
Read our exclusive interview below to learn more about the reception of this album, upcoming events and new merchandise with So EZ!
BuffaLowe: How do you feel about the overall reception regarding the release of your most recent project “Therapy” that came out in July!? What feedback have you gotten from listeners and fans?
EZ: The response from my album Therapy has been dope. I pay attention to the details. I don’t have the greatest streaming numbers but the overall response from this project is more than I could ask for. When you have people say things like “bro I felt like you was talking to me on that track” or “your music helped me when I was going through a tough time”, “Your project made me think about going to therapy.” What more can I want?
EZ: I used the project to let out emotions and feelings that I didn’t know how to verbalize in a conversation. If you listen to the project I’m rapping but everything is saying something. My words are speaking, the instruments are speaking. Sometimes the instruments are screaming.
I go to therapy and have an amazing Black woman as my therapist but I needed this project to free my mind of a lot of things. My ultimate goal is to help more men feel more comfortable with talking about their issues, especially Black men. We deal with so many things that we classify as normal, but it’s not.
I want people to realize that just as much as you go to the gym for your physical appearance or strength we need to do that much maintenance on our minds. I could’ve named the album anything but I thought Therapy made the most sense. My thought was maybe people will see the word “therapy” and it might make them say “maybe I should try it”.
BuffaLowe: I’ve seen you began facilitating more mental health workshops lately. What is Therapy Hour and why did you start this particular event?
EZ: I began going to therapy in March 2018. It helped a lot – Therapy Hour is an event I created that takes place at the new Inglewood Comfort LA. It’s two hours of conversation facilitated by Krystyl Wright, L.C.S.W doing journaling and mindfulness exercises that are fun and challenging.
I wanted to create something where people could come together and realize they might not be the only people going through the shit they are going through. Therapy Hour is somewhere people can write their thoughts down.
Sometimes I feel it’s easier to do these things with a group. I want people to build the habit of taking care of their mental health. We aim to provide people with information on finding a therapist as well. Especially Black people who are looking for a Black therapist. We are still building information and resources. It’s is not, however a substitute for therapy.
BuffaLowe: When is your next follow up Therapy event?
So EZ: The next Therapy Hour event is next week, Thursday, November 14th from 7-9PM at the Comfort L.A. Inglewood location! The address is 902 N La Brea Ave Inglewood, CA 90302.
I got merch dropping before the end of the year hopefully (Laughs). It’s been a two year process trying to get it right. But we’re at the finish line. I’m a true creative I’m not dropping shit until I’m 97% satisfied because I’ll never be satisfied. Content yes but not satisfied. If that makes any sense and I’m dropping another album this coming summer.
I also have the best beverage in the world called Sangria 5. Stop drinking that weak ass dry wine the sister-in-law you don’t like make and drink Sangria 5 for the holidays! (Laughs).
BuffaLowe: You right about that EZ, You right about that (Black Dynamite tone)!
Please be sure to take a moment to follow So EZ and all of his brands on Instagram!
Last month I stumbled across the cutest duo: Jennelle Eliana, an adventurous Woman of Color and her pet snake Alfredo, a spunky black eyed leucistic python. On her nineteenth birthday Jennelle made the decision to pursue van life to avoid the high rental cost in California and live a tiny life style that she had long been envisioning. On her YouTube channel where over 2 million subscribers tune in to watch her videos that last no longer than 20 minutes each Jannelle captures her daily journeys to a dope soundtrack.
I first came across Jennelle through a Black Girls Who Love Anime Facebook group. When I saw her decked out van equipped with a living space layout, I was intrigued enough to check out her youtube. I quickly became obsessed after watching her first two videos and am now devoted watcher and subscriber.
What I love most about Jennelle is her bubbly personality. I enjoy how she opens and closes each video in her own unique way and the incorporates humor into the climatic moments she encounters. I admire Jennelle’s willingness to be vulnerable and open with us her audience about her past struggles and current triumphs- she doesn’t shy away from being emotional . I was also drawn in by her humility as a young person who is trying to navigate life as an adult with all of it complexities and wonders and opportunities it presents. I find her and her channel an inspiring snapshot of what life has evolved into for us a People of Color and as Womxn: Exciting and scary. The fact that Jennelle is honest about the time she felt unsafe as a woman traveler and the means she takes to protect herself is a testimony of how Women and Femmes of Color must navigate our lives in this world.
Whenever I need a quick mid-day or night pick me up I turn to Jennelle and Alfredo so, if you haven’t caught on to watching – I invite you to do so Now! Signing off in the words of Jennelle “Toddles!”
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Come out on Saturday, March 9th, 2019 in Los Angeles from 1:00 to 3:00pm to help Jhoe, owner of the uplifting lifestyle brand, Keep It Vertical , celebrate both her new store’s grand opening and her birthday!
There will be free cake and champagne! This fabulous and fun event will be hosted by Amber O’s Lip Service, food will be available for purchase by Chill Eats.
Media and photo booth will be done by Milk It Media!
Also, the Keep It Vertical Closet will carry Flagrant City Apparel from the Rhonda Jane site, in-store! Make sure you stop by and support young Black entrepreneurs!
I’m always entranced by the swag and lyrical prowess of Ty Dolla $ign. This video sums up the Cali vibe that everyone thinks of when you mention the city of Los Angeles. Gucci Mane and Quavo of the Migos both make their accompanying cameos for their verses in the visual, which gives an authentic feel and vibe. “Pineapple” which is off Dolla’s latest project Beach House 3 will definitely be a West Coast Summer Anthem contender.
Fellas, you ever did a pretty girl dirty and wondered why once her bros rolled up on you? Don’t be that guy. Call shorty back or keep it real. Its necessary. Tell ’em Jhene.
“Oh boy, I’ma have to call them boys on you
Aw damn, aw damn, I’ma have to call that man on you
Something, something, something must be really wrong with you
Why can you just tell the fuckin’ truth now?
Yes your mama did, she raised a fool, wow
What the fuck did you learn in that school house?
To chasin’ thrills, takin’ pills in the hills
Slauson Hills, Overhills might get you killed
And I won’t come ’round them parts no more
Do not run your mouth no more
I can’t protect you no more
It’s out of my hands for sure”
Watch the new video below featuring some high profile LA cameos from the likes of some of my favorite Los Angeles natives on the scene, Nipsey Hussle, Lauren London, Jay 305 and more!
Grab a bottle of “Vino” and gear up for a sensual, slippery ride with Miguel’s younger brother, who goes by the stage name Nonchalant Savant. This 11-track album is sure to put you in a good mood, as Nonchalant carves his own alternative r&b lane outside of his big brother’s shadow.
Lowe’s picks: Vino, Deepends, …Calling, Same Way, Via Leaves