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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: The Renaissance with @joythedrummer & @DJShiva at @losglobos [Oct 10th]

Tonight!!! The Renaissance Residency with Venzella Joy & DJ Shiva kicks off this evening, Tuesday, Oct 10th, 2017 at Los Globos!


Doors open at 8pm, Show starts at 9pm! Get tickets here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1570473-renaissance-los-angeles/
According to Joy herself, “Shiva is one of the dopest DJ’s I’ve ever heard and we’re curating a series of shows where we’ll be performing together every other week and featuring artists.  Come experience the pioneer show of #TheRenaissance here in LA!!!” 

It’s all happening TONIGHT!!!!  10•10•17!||| $5 with RSVP|||

Around LA: The Venzella Joy – Hollywood Nights EP Release Show Recap!

Last night in Santa Monica, CA, Venzella Joy put together an amazing release show for her latest project, the Hollywood Nights EP!  The KATALYST Kats opened up the show, and the modern jazz ensemble had the crowd engaged!

  After that, Dwayne Wright brought out special guest Karina Pasian whose sultry voice stole my heart.

 

Special guest Karina Pasian with Dwayne Wright

Host Goo Goo getting the crowd going! #TURNUP!

 Then the show host Goo Goo got the DJ to rock out some trap/ratchet hits, as a brief intermission before the Woman of the Hour, Venzella Joy, took the stage herself, with some of the KATs behind her.  Check out some exclusive footage from the evening below!

 

Special guest Karina Pasian with Dwayne Wright

 

Photobooth fun with friends!  Pictured with Rhon Lowe of Flagrant City/BuffaLowe PR is Zuri Appleby (bassist for Nick Jonas), Greg Paul Webster (drummer for KATALYST) and my soon to be Media/Entertainment Attorney, Jackee Montano

 

MORE photobooth fun with friends.  Pictured with Rhon Lowe of Flagrant City/BuffaLowe PR is Zuri Appleby (bassist for Nick Jonas), Greg Paul Webster (drummer for KATALYST) and my soon to be Media/Entertainment Attorney, Jackee Montano

 Check out Joy’s satellite TV interview with local station WGRZ Channel 2 News in Buffalo, NY below:  Full Interview with Venzella Joy

#AroundLA: @joythedrummer – Hollywood Nights EP Release Show – Zanzibar! [1.24.16]

 Come check out Venzella Joy hosting the Hollywood Nights EP release show, LIVE in Santa Monica at Zanzibar on 1.24.16!

 

There will also be live performances from the gentlemen of KATALYST, Dawn Nicole, Greg Cox and more!

$5 General Admission | Limited VIP tickets are available to the first 50 ppl for $15!

VIP includes an exclusive afterparty🎉, a VIP package with FREE music 🎤 from featured artists & merch! | Drink specials!

Tickets are available on Venzella Joy’s Instagram page and at the door!!!
Check out Joy’s satellite TV interview with local station WGRZ Channel 2 News in Buffalo, NY below:

Full Interview with Venzella Joy

#BuffaLoweSays #SantaMonica #Zanzibar #JoyTheDummer #Beyonce #HollywoodNights #KATALYST #LosAngeles #LiveMusic #Networking #Mixer #Buffalo #BuffaloInCali #BuffaloInLA #BuffaCali

Venzella Joy – Orange Moon: The Unwritten Phase EP [ALBUM]

On May 29, 2015, Venzella Joy released her first project, entitled, “Orange Moon: The Unwritten Phase (EP).” This EP is also a first for Venzella as she bursts out of the box of her role as a world renowned drummer.  

  
Venzella never wanted to create the typical musician’s album full of just instrumentals. Instead, “Orange Moon” showcases her talents as a writer, producer, and even a vocalist. 

Venzella says, “Conceptually, ‘Orange Moon’ was inspired by seeing the actual lunar eclipse…What was cool to me, was though the color of the moon changed, it was still emitting light. In doing some light research, I realized that I was like the orange moon, always shining and emitting the light that God placed inside of me.”

Full writing and production credits on this project are attributed to Venzella Joy.
 Growing up, and even as a touring musician, Venzella Joy has always had a deep-seated desire to reveal her versatility as an artist and producer.  As a matter of fact, she spends a large portion of her free time working in the studio or working in her basement on pre-production in preparation for the studio. From an early age, she began honing her writing and producing skills as a part of an all girl gospel band, known as Heaven Bound. More recently, Venzella received co-producer credits on B. Slade’s “My September Reissue,” released in September 2014. Shortly thereafter, she thought it fitting to give the world a slight peek into the creations she had been so hard at work on.  

On this EP, Venzella elicited the help of a few musician friends, including keyboardist/producer Micki Miller and guitarist Bibi McGill, a fellow member of Beyonce Carter’s tour band.
 Venzella Joy is currently in California promoting her project and is accepting more dates to add to the “Orange Moon: The Unwritten Phase (EP)” Promo Tour. She is also looking forward to adding more writer and producer credits to her body of work.
 

Catch her performing at DIVERSA, tomorrow 6/25, here in Los Angeles!

  
This project is available for digital download here: https://venzellajoy.bandcamp.com/album/orange-moon-the-unwritten-phase-ep

Around LA: DIVERSA With Special Guest Pecussionist Venzella Joy! – Zanzibar [6/25/15]

 
Catch Buffal native, Venzella Joy (@joythedrummer) at the ZANZI BAR in Santa Monica this Thurs 6/25 from 9PM-2AM with DJ @projectlivela! 

Come out & hang for the pre ‪#‎BETweekend‬! More details on @flagrantcity #LA #Buffalo #BET
 

Drea d’Nur Private Listening Party/Concert [VIDEO]

Congratulations to Drea d’Nur for reaching her goal of $4000 for her debut album with Akua Naru!!! Here is some footage from a private listening Party for Drea d’Nur presented by Lucid Pathways, LLC with sponsors, Triumph Consulting, LLC, Wednesday’s Cake Designs, Cassandra Michelle, Stacey Bowers, August Pride, LLC and Sheila Hairston-Roach.

Accompanying the beautiful songstress/keyboardist was Venzella Joy (Drums), Michael DiSanto (Guitar) and my homegirl Zuri Elise Appleby (Bass).

Filmed/edtied by Edreys Wajed.

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