Don’t try to fight it / There ain’t nothin’ that you can do
— Disco Mike
At first I was hesitant. Perhaps my pride kept me from reaching out. For years, I’ve had a mostly silent affinity for various “Christians who rap” in Texas — folks like Playdough, Sivion, L. Moore, The Warriors ATX, D-Kutz, etc…
To make a long story short, I hit up Bruno.
That’s Fred Bruno, or Freddie Bruno.
Not Bruno Mars, although I admire the hustle, the songwriting ability and a knack for writing hooks that could bring Shamu home for dinner.
Continue reading “Bruno x Bars”
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
The struggle continues (dap)
Music by Grimy Styles, lyrics by Chalie Boy and such
[ The Backroom, South by Southwest Music Conference, Austin, TX 2006 ]
Embrace my versatility, to face what the world instills in me
Try not to lose my identity in the process, while it’s not yet killing me
Got knocked unconscious
But I somehow just revived with revised, like, strength in my Levi’s…
Continue reading “Still Standing”
One of the most talented men on Earth, no exaggeration.
Poet, Emcee, Capoierista, Leader, Minister, Social Worker, Real Guy…
I was honored to have him do the intro for our MLK Fest set, where he performed “Let This Be the Beginning”. That is only one of many moving spoken word pieces and songs Da’Shade has offered to the world, with astounding response as usual.
So here’s another one, a new snippet of a song I used to play on “Bavu’s Revue” in 2009. Da’Shade has gone multimedia, and is obviously warming up his camera… I presume this is, y’know, The Beginning!
We featured his group, Blacklisted Individuals, and another one of their songs, “Dance Sucka“, on the Blogs last year. Expect more to come (dap).
Below is the work of lifestyle photographer and great friend, Charles Reece of Charles Edward Photography. Sometime after midnight in the early morning hours of Saturday April 16, 2010, Chuck shot these and a few more. He is one of the Top 10 inspirations in my career, a good brother indeed and a primary contributor to BavuBlogs, in case you haven’t noticed yet.
Above is a clip of us performing Smiley Faces. Shoutout to S1 lol
[ Vooski daps Chucky Sly ]
This is me dapping up co-headliner Chucky Sly, not to be confused with Chuck Reece who captured these moments with his camera. Sly and I merged our sets by transitioning with “This Just In” (Special Edition). We also went straight to the studio from the show. He also lives less than an hour from me now, in Corona, California.
[ The Look of Love ]
The experience I had on this Dallas trip was basically the exact reason why I perform and record music. There were at least 200 people there, and they were noticeably from different segments of the community. I’d estimate that about five different “scenes” all came together to make this night go as well as it did.
[ In the Face of Adversity ]
Despite a nagging injury, I did my best. Two weeks prior, I had an abcess sliced open and stuffed with gauze to drain. Then I had to change the gauze several times per day. Now if I told you where the abcess was, or how when they shot the numbing agent through the needle into it, it felt like a blowtorch shooting up my — nevermind. Overall, I felt like my energy and focus were lacking at this show, but the audience wasn’t treating me that way.
So I played right along (dap)
Continue reading “7 Shots from Dallas, Texas”