In early October Gravez, Tek.lun, and DrewsThatDude came down to LA with one mission in mind: to find an apartment. We had been planning this move for the better part of a year and it finally came together this month. I’m actually sitting here in their new spot now listening to Gravez make a beat while Drew is playing the new Star Wars game on the PS4.

In the past week Tek and Drew cut a collab EP and a lot of the new material going on Gravez’ debut EP was recorded here as well. Now the only step left is for Fwdslxsh, currently in East London to get his Visa sorted so he can come out here for a few months at a time.

Congrats to the boys. This is the start of something big. Let’s get it.


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Epicly Later’d: Ali Boulala

Skateboarding used to be my life. In a crazy way it still is. Lately there could be these little 3-4 month stretches where I don’t even think about the shit at all.. but then a new video part will pop up or I’ll catch Biebel’s latest IG post and get hyped off it just like when I was 12 or whatever.

By the time I saw Flip’s “Really Sorry” and the early Baker videos I was definitely in my throwing back beers and smoking blunts with my boys phase (and still am, just joints now). So it goes without saying that what Andrew Reynolds and all those guys were doing was it for me. Ali Boulala was never one of my favorite skaters but he made a fucking lasting impression on me for sure. After his accident that killed Shane Cross, we never heard from him again while Baker and skateboarding in general kept rolling. Looking now, you can see how influential the guy was. Like I’m not sure if there’d be a Lizard King or an Aaron “Jaws” Homoki without Ali Boulala.

Anyways I was really touched by this latest episode of ‘Epicly Later’d’ with Ali. He’s incredibly honest and forthright about everything that led up to that infamous crash and the struggles he’s been dealing with ever since. Towards the end I damn near cried. One thing I know for sure is that I hope the dude finds peace. You are forever a legend bro.

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Stwo’s OVO Sound Radio Mix

Around sometime late last year Stwo got the call that knew would change his life in a major way. 40, the renowned friend and producer of Drake, offered Stwo a publishing deal to work with him as what would essentially be his protege. A few months later he packed his shit and moved to the 6, where after a brief period of no contact at all with Drake led to being on set of the Where Ya At music video. Nowadays you can catch Stwo working out of 40’s studio, slowly crafting the new shit that just might make the cut for PND’s next shit, or maybe even the kid Drake’s.. Could you imagine being 21 years old and releasing a mixtape of beats inspired by the sound 40 and Drake cultivated, only to be working with them a year later? That’s where Stwo’s at right now and this mix for OVO Sound Radio sets the tone for what’s to come. Over this past year we got to spend a lot of time together when he’d come stay at my house during his frequent trips to Los Angeles. The kid is still the fun-loving, genuinely stoked to go bowling and eat french fries dude that he’s always been, although I sense an unspoken purpose to what he does musically now. He maintains this sort of responsibility to really create something lasting, to make that real shit. With his debut EP DTSNT nearly completed and the release of “Haunted” a few weeks ago, now the world can only sit and watch for the boy’s next move. We’re all proud of you bro for real.

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