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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 LA: Brandon Cordoba – Black Diamonds [ALBUM]

This new solo album release from KATALYST‘s Pianist/Keyboardist, Brandon Cordoba entitled Black Diamonds, is a blend between soulful r&b, old school hip-hop, and a fusion of classic and modern jazz.

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Brandon Cordoba of KATALYST (Keyboardist/Pianist)

Here’s a link to listen to the groovin’ first single from the album, which is called “Luv Me Like You Mean It” below:

You can also download the wav or mp3: HERE

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Originally released on February 12th, 2016 BLACKdiamonds, a new album by Brandon Cordoba, is a collection of instrumental beats, inspired by R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Soul. Since Brandon does not feature any accompanying vocals, in the form of singers or rappers, the album takes the listener on a journey with each song, using only the music itself. BLACKdiamonds draws heavily from the retro sounds of the 70’s and 80’s, heavily using the sounds of vintage synthesizers, while blending with the influences of the Hip-Hop & R&B of the 90’s through today.  This album is for those who want to sing and rap to, dance, listen while on the road, or even just vibe to with friends or alone.

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Brandon Cordoba is a Los Angeles based pianist and producer. Starting in his early teens, he has diligently developed and honed his craft. An alumn of the USC Thornton School of Music, he is continuously pursuing new and exciting musical territory. He is influenced by several genres, including Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, Gospel, Classical, and more. He has had the pleasure of performing with and producing for several bands and artists in the greater Los Angeles and beyond. Look forward to hearing numerous solo projects from Brandon, as well as collaborations in the near feature.

The album can be streamed and purchased on BANDCAMP, and is available on all major online music retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and more.

You can find Brandon on social media at:

Twitter: @bcordobamusic | Instagram: @bacordoba

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/brandoncordoba

Website: brandon-cordoba.com

KatalystCollective.com

ALSO:  Nick And Navi – Stay Remix (prod. Brandon Cordoba) [SINGLE]

RELATED: Around LA: KATALYST Performance at World Stage Art Gallery! [11.13.15]

Nick And Navi – Stay Remix (prod. Brandon Cordoba) [SINGLE]

If you’re not in the know, then let me help to get you there!   Just featured a few weeks ago on Flagrant City, debuting their new hit single “Stay”, these two lovely ladies Nick and Navi, have just unleashed the remix to this track earlier this week, which is produced by Brandon Cordoba who plays Keyboard/Piano for the Inglewood-based Modern Jazz Ensemble, KATALYST!

 

Brandon Cordoba, Pianist/Keyboardist for the KATALYST


Stream the new track on Soundcloud below.

PREVIOUS: Nick And Navi – Stay [VIDEO]

RELATED: Around LA: KATALYST LIVE at World Stage Art Gallery 1/15/16

Around LA: KATALYST Presents INGLEWOODSTOCK feat. @vote4logan @kingthurz @mndface @joythedrummer  [11.28.15]

KATALYST says if you didn’t make it to the 1st INGLEWOODSTOCK, you DEFINITELY missed out, so don’t let it happen again…!

 

@vote4logan, @kingthurz, and @mndface, will all be rocking with #Katalyst! Food, drinks, music, and a whole bunch of cool people, what better way to spend a Saturday night?

 

Design: @busygee

Presented by: @imma_kat_

Hosted by: @joythedrummer

When: Sat, 11/28/15 | 8p-2a

To get the location, RSVP here: Inglewoodstock.splashthat.com
The 1st Inglewoodstock Event was held back in September and the boys have come quite a way since then!!!

RELATED: AROUND LA: KATALYST PERFORMANCE AT WORLD STAGE ART GALLERY! [11.13.15]

Terrace Martin feat. Ty Dolla $ign – You’re The One [VIDEO SHOOT – LA]

Peace to my girl Ill Camille for the info via Twitter/Instagram.

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Woodworks Records will be hosting a video shoot for Terrace Martin’s latest single “You’re The One” which features Ty Dolla $ign.

When: Monday, August 19th, 2013

Where: Woodworks Records 235 E Manchester Blvd Inglewood, CA

Time: 6:30pm CALL TIME

If you would like to attend, please come camera ready and ready to PARTY!!!