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Flagrant City Spotlight: A Therapeutic Sit Down With So EZ about Sangria5, Therapy Hour + Therapy [Interview]

Back in July of this year, a good friend of mine, Malcolm Edwards, who goes by the rap moniker name of So EZ, released a 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.

Pictured: So EZ, BuffaLowe (Rhonda Jane), Chan showing some Dirty Logan & Good Ol’ Dank love at So EZ Sundays 1 Year Anniversary event in 2017 at Comfort LA.
Chan & BuffaLowe (Rhonda Jane) at So EZ Sundays 1 Year Anniversary event in 2017 at Comfort LA.
Chan of Good Ol’ Dank & Comedian Teddy Ray
Pictured: Vidie, DJ TJizzle, DJ Tiger, Venzella Joy, DJ Slim Gus, BuffaLowe, So EZ + Sangria 5

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?

So EZ’s Therapy Hour at Comfort LA Inglewood last month in October 2019

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)!

Follow @sangriafive on IG!
Sangria Five is Good Ol’ Dank Approved

Please be sure to take a moment to follow So EZ and all of his brands on Instagram!

@iamsoez

@soezsundays

@sangriafive

@comfort_la

Around BuffaLowe: Dirty Logan x Juug Talk presents Halloween With Friends 10.26.19 [Event]

Stop acting like The Beau Fleuve event in August wasn’t lit! Come hang with ya favorite party people, Dirty Logan & Juug Talk, for a festive Halloween edition of Fun With Friends!

When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Where: The Heights Experience 3148 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214

Time: 7p-12a

Don’t be a lame – costumes are strongly encouraged!!!

Get your tickets here: eventbrite.com/halloweenwithfriends

Follow the gang on IG and Twitter: @juugtalk @dirtylogan716

Around BuffaLowe: Ghaf presents DEADLOVE2918 Costume Party & Live Music at Stamps Bar! [10.30.19]

Come out for some Halloween vibes courtesy of a local hip hop artist Marielle hipped me to, who goes by the name of Ghaf.

There will also be performances by Rich Slave, Desiree Kee, Mile High Muzik and more!

Event details below:

$10 advanced tickets

Doors open @ 8pm.

Follow Ghaf on Instagram and twitter at @ghafmusic for more information and ticket sales!

Around BuffaLowe: Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival [8.25.19]

2 WEEKS AWAY FROM THE BEAU FLEUVE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL AT SILO CITY!

Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival will host its 3rd Annual festival this summer on Sunday August 25th, 2019 entitled “The Ultimate Sunday Funday” at Silo City. Beau Fleuve Music and Arts Festival was created to celebrate the rich history of Buffalo’s arts scene and illuminate the resurgence of all forms of music , art , media and culture that resonates in and from Buffalo & WNY for one day only. Festival goers will experience a true multi-cultural experience serving as a melting pot of music, arts and culture.

This Year’s Festival will include attractions will include 3 performance stages of 30+ performers, Art Installations , Culture Exhibits , Fan Favorite Silent disco, Next Generation Festival of the Youth Stage Street-Art, Beer-Wine Garden , Food Trucks , Vendors Village , Attractions, Live to Air Podcast , Family Fun zone &more!

Festival Goers will be able to enjoy all mediums of art and music from Blues, Hip Hop, Rock, Country, Brass, Indie, EDM, R&B, Gospel, Soul, Trap and more. Some of this year’s performers consist of Headliner ZURI APPLEBY (Touring Bassist) who is currently on tour with National Recording Artist YUNA, CURTIS LOVELL (Neo Soul), MILLER & THE OTHER SINNERS (country), THE MOLICE (alternative), FLUSE (alternative) UNIVERSAL PHUNK (band) , FREAK THE MIGHTY (Trap) , HEATHER RUSSELL (Canadian R&B) , LOVE THE GENIUS (Hip Hop) and more.

Few new additions will be the “Next Generation Festival of the Youth Stage that will highlight youth musicians, poets, artist and entrepreneurs under 18. Ticket prices for all ages starting at General Admission tickets $10 also with a new group pack called “The Herd” that is buy 3 , get 1 Ticket Free. Sunday Funday Activities, attractions and games.

Beau Fleuve Music & Arts has been hitting the ground running in 2019 from hosting monthly events “Arts x Beats” Concert & Art Series to launching its Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Foundation , Sneaker Ball and recent announcement of development plans for the Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Center.

Also, special tees are available for purchase with a general admission ticket for $30.00!!!

No stranger to Flagrant City, my longtime childhood friend and current homegirl, Zuri Appleby (Bassist) born and raised in our hometown of Buffalo, NY is set to headline and close out the 3rd Annual Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival!!! Zuri, who moved over here to LA a few years back has been on tour with renowned National Acts such as Nick Jonas, Party Next Door, Brent Faiyaz, Duckwrth and NOMBE.

Photo of Zuri Appleby by BuffaLowe for Rhonda Jane

Zuri a renowned musician in the WNY area and comes from music family with her mother and Buffalo Public School Music teacher Linda Appleby and Father Rodney Appleby who also is a musician. Z, who just finished an International Tour with Yuna has been announced to close out this year’s Ultimate Sunday Funday Festival at Silo City.

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WHAT: 3rd Annual Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival

WHEN: Sunday August 25th, 2019 – “Ultimate Sunday Funday”

WHERE: Silo City

Tickets: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/beaufleuvemusicarts/275776

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Flagrant City: @deuceellis – Goodbye Blue Monday [Album]

The last time you saw Deuce over here on Flagrant City was last summer for the release of his single “Acid Motorcycle“.

Now he’s back with a brand new project release, and a vibe you cannot deny with this Goodbye Blue Monday album!

The teaser track entitled ‘Glow’ that Deuce Ellis released earlier on in the week features fellow Choon hip-hop artist, Cashton heard above gives some insight as to what you can expect audibly on this new album. Funky vibes, the epitome of cool, fly hip hop talk is a way to describe this feeling you get from this new release!

As you can see above, the album features some new names you may be intrigued by such as Red D Daz, Stank Nitty, Miss Dukes, Popa Wu and more!

Rapper/producer Deuce Ellis is an anomaly, plain and simple. While he was born in Buffalo and raised in Brooklyn, he sounds nothing like what you might expect from either area. Instead of hardcore bars about street life and throwback beats, he’s delivering insightful poetry and his own distinct brand of production. He is more about good vibes and opening his third eye, than he is about criminal activity and misogynistic anecdotes. When other emcees are making their way to Atlanta or LA to try to increase the chances of being discovered, Ellis relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii for a few years to broaden his horizons.

Even though his name might not ring bells for the public at large, Deuce Ellis, the artist born Dellian Sharp, has been releasing music and establishing his Cult Classics label since the mid-naughts. In fact, he has over a dozen albums under his belt, including the well-received BLVCK XMAS, which was released with an companion book of poetry. And we would be remiss not to mention his several instrumental LPs that put his abstract and often experimental soundbeds on display!

Having toured with Das EFX and Aloe Blacc, and having worked with industry vets like Rockness (BCC, Heltah Skeltah) and Popa Wu, this Brooklynite has built a solid fanbase across the US and Canada that are always eager to bump anything new from the talented dread. He has also spread his Cult Classic brand with the The Head & The Heart line of t-shirts and hoodies, which have become a must-have for the fashion-forward.

Although he credits modern masters like J Dilla, RZA, and Pharrell Williams with being his major production influences, he is quick to assert that soul god Marvin Gaye and groove genius Quincy Jones inspired him before he ever touched a piece of equipment. Interestingly enough, he was gifted RZA’s old Korg Triton by Popa Wu, which has been the main motivation to record his upcoming album, Dawless, using strictly classic equipment and live instruments.

If the shallow sentiments of Trap and the bleak diatribes of Reality Rap are not exciting you anymore, look no further than left field offerings of Deuce Ellis.

Flagrant City Approved.

Stream ‘Goodbye Blue Monday’:

Spotify | ITunes | Apple Music | Deezer

Head on over to DeuceEllis.com for premium merchandise packages for the ‘Goodbye Blue Monday’ album where you can get a Vinyl Record, a tee, the digital download and more!

Around BuffaLowe: Grass Is Greener Movie Screening + Cannabis Panel Discussion 6.1.19 [Event]

Often times people will ask me, “Lowe why did you leave Buff and move to Cali?”

I’ve been gone 8 years this coming November. My answer is always “the weed and the weather brought me here.”

Working directly in the cannabis industry in a state that’s been medicinally legal since the 90’s, led me to start my own cannabis-empowered brands, Rhonda Jane (inspired by my middle name and Mary Jane), a 420 Chic online shopping boutique and Dope Mom Lifestyle Collective, a hub for moms and parents-to-be who utilize a holistic approach to pregnancy and parenthood with safe cannabis usage!

Fast forward to 2019, and New York State seems to be finally following suit on the cannabis legalization front.

My boy Valentino Shine, CEO of Shine Marijuana Marketing is on the East Coast in my hometown of Buffalo, NY and staying ahead of the curve by expanding his marketing brand to assist cannabis-based companies find their footing on this new journey.

Tomorrow, June 1st, 2019 he is assisting with what he mentions is “a recruiting and educational event on the magical plant and the opportunities it can and has created for people, cities, and states.”

Working with Canna House the social cannabis club and Farmacy Six, a cannabis non-profit organization focused on advocacy and education, this event will be very beneficial to those interested in decriminalizing the stigma attached to using this plant (recreationally or medicinally).

When: Saturday, June 1st, 2019

Where: 1 Lafayette Square Downtown Buffalo, NY

Time: 12-4p

Cost: FREE with RSVP here!

This is NOT a consumption based event! Movie screening and open panel discussion only!

Come out and learn and support!

BuffaLowe Says: FC Exclusive with ‪Deja Lawson, ‬Owner of Brahma Body Butter [INTERVIEW]

Combing social media on a regular day at the beginning of this month of May, a post on Twitter caught my eye. It was someone sharing a post about some good looking body butter, so I floated around to locate the source of the original tweet and I soon found out, it was Deja’s Brahma Body Butter who happens to hail from my hometown of Buffalo, New York.

I’m huge on natural and holistic health and wellness so I was very curious to learn a bit more about Brahma Body Butter and Deja’s path to start this type of business.

Read our exchange below:

BuffaLowe: First of all thank you for taking time out to chat with Flagrant City.  Please introduce yourself to our readers and followers and let the people know who you are and what it is that you do!

Deja: Hello and thank you for giving me this opportunity to chat with you about my amazing Brahma Body Butter! My name is Deja Lawson, I am 24 years old and I currently live in Buffalo, NY.

I am a full time abstract artist, certified holistic crystal and aura healer, cat mom and body butter maker!

When did you realize you had a passion for a holistic lifestyle and how has that journey to good health been for you?

My love for holistic healing came from wanting to create a better lifestyle not only for myself but for my family and those around me. My mother and aunts have always been into holistic healing, creating creams, flu shots and cleanses all from plants and spices so naturally I was taught to heal others which caused me to be inspired.

Holistic therapy and healing has been around for many years, not only in my family but around the world, and with new products coming out that smell good but were chemical based, I feared holistic healing would disappear or just be another trend, so its something I wanted to bring back for good.

For whom did you create this product and why?

I created my fabulous body butter due to my sibling’s skin reacting badly to chemical based lotions and moisturizers that he had been using, which caused severe eczema.

Why is your product so special, and what ingredients do you use that set you apart in this field?

Instead of opting for another chemical based topical cream to seek relief for my brothers inflamed skin, I decided to reach into my bag of old tricks and knowledge and create a moisturizer that would be safe, chemical free, organic, GMO free and all natural.

My Brahma Body Butter is extremely special, using fair trade Shea Butter that not only gives back to our skin, but gives back to those in Ghana that harvest this beautiful moisturizer, fair trade Cocoa Butter, Hemp Oil, Rosehip oil, Jojoba Oil and mixed essential oils creating a cruelty and paraben free product.

This moisturizer is quite different from other body butters because each jar is blessed with certified crystal therapy, using my personal cleansed crystals placed on the lid of each finished jar, burning sage and palo santo, letting the smoke pass through with pure intentions of love, beauty, healing and relief from all skin issues.

What piece of advice would you offer to other young people pursuing their dream to own their own business?

A piece of advice I’d give to young entrepreneurs creating their own business is to never give up. Ever. If you have an idea and you believe in it then put your whole heart into it, even if people tell you your idea won’t work or you should give up (like I had many people tell me!), keep going.

When your intention is clear and your energy is real, you can create anything you put your mind to. What you think is truly what you manifest, it all starts in the mind…

What’s next in store for yourself and your brand?

What’s next for me, is to keep spreading knowledge and education about living a more natural lifestyle, starting with what we put onto our skin, setting up my products in educational workshops and demos, smoke shops, botanical and black owned businesses.

I can’t wait to create new products through the Brahma Body Butter line, including CBD oil infused butters and much much more!

You’re a girl after my own heart looking to incorporate CBD oil into your butters soon. I’m not sure if you know but I have two cannabis lifestyle brands, Rhonda Jane & The Dope Mom Lifestyle Collective that advocates for the benefits of this plant. Hopefully we can work together and support each other in these endeavors. It was so great speaking with you Deja and learning more about you and your budding business, Brahma Body Butter!

Thank you again, àṣẹ !!!

Right now you can order Brahma Body Butter through Deja’s online Etsy shop here: brahmabodybutter, through her personal Instagram @dejas.photos or her business Instagram @brahmabodybutter!