What Had Happened Was

Revisiting a grand weekend in Austin, Texas. Many thanks to DJ Chorizo Funk, Riders Against the Storm, Da’Shade Moonbeam and of course The Nobody Who Knows (dap)

My son got to visit with most of his grandparents. I got to eat my parents’ food, and also steal away to Austin for 40-something hours. I ate Love Veggies at Magnolia Cafe, and some Kim Phung. I got to visit with Matt Sonzala on the eve of his birthday. And above all, I got to fellowship with lotsa folks at the All Rise Event on Sunday night. Check this out… Continue reading “What Had Happened Was”

Perfect Sivion Innerview

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Sivion’s 2006 Spring of the Songbird LP gets lots of play to this very day at BavuBlogs headquarters, and even in our Accord and Camry. It’s that banging soulful Hip Hop style popularized by groups like Slum Village, Common and Strange Fruit Project.

Sivion, who studied architecture at the University of Miami, has personalized the genre through his presence on the Dallas underground scene by adding two unique elements — his saxophone skills and his embrace of the Christian gospel. But he’s not the guy who only raps at churches, more like a man of the people.

I did a show with him around 2005 at the Gypsy Tea Room in Dallas, and have kept up with his music ever since. And even though I have three Sivion CD’s and a cassette of he and his twin brother’s old group, Phat Kats, something about the Spring of the Songbird LP stuck to my ribs.

This album has endured, and there’s always been something special about the song So Perfect produced by the ARE. I was playing it as I typed this, and my wife said “what song is that again? I like that one.”
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For a Spell [Esbe pt 4]

In the words of CL…

“I reminisce for a spell, or shall I say think back…”

Monday night I spoke with Reggie Coby for the first time since Saturday morning, and still don’t know exactly what to say to him.

Tuesday came the outpour. The local paper ran a story. Gabo made a nice tribute video. JD from Die Slo and Lil J from COD/LOEGz dropped a tribute song. Etcetera!

Thursday is the visitation in Pflugerville. Friday is the celebration of Octavis Berry’s LIfe in Austin. I’m certain there will be overflowing amounts of loyal love and support, because what goes around comes around.

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For A Spell [Esbe pt 3]

In the words of CL…

“I reminisce for a spell, or shall I say think back…”

When time permits, observe the on-stage energy of Esbe the 6th Street Bully at the 1:06 mark in the above video. Witness why Octavis Berry was loved by his local community beginning at the 1:31 mark, and again at the 4:03 mark. Also, keep in mind the above video was shot the week before Tay’s death. I did my best to properly eulogize him at the 4:20 mark as well.

Thanks to DVZN Media for a great memorial video. And there’s more below…

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For A Spell [Esbe pt 2]

In the words of CL…

“I reminisce for a spell, or shall I say think back…”
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[Alot of folks call Octavis Berry “Tavis” (pronounced TAY-viss), but I always called him Tay because that’s what he called himself when he called me.]

To put it lightly, Tay had a boisterous and outgoing personality. He was exactly the type of in-your-face hip hop cat who would call himself “Esbe Da 6th Street Bully”. He was a family and community oriented man of the people who’d dealt with his share of losses.

Both of Tay’s brothers had already passed away, beginning with the oldest, Kenny, who was murdered in 1994. Kenny’s son, Lil’ Kenny, passed 10 years later at age 13 after returning to a burning car trying to save his little brother.

Tay’s other brother, LaDarrick, was known as his biggest supporter. “Everywhere he went he made sure people knew about his little brother,” said Tay’s sister-in-law Juanna. “LaDarrick was very proud of Tavis’ dream.” LaDarrick was killed in a home invasion in Illinois in late 2010.

“Tavis has been like a father to my boys [LaDarrian, Simeon] since LaDarrick and I divorced,” she said. “He had been a driving force in LaDarrian’s life, encouraging him to work on his own music and dream and Tavis was an awesome daddy to his kids.”

LaDarrian raps as DoWrong and, of course, rolls with the LOEGz.
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Tay was the charismatic, free-spirited kind of guy that most people liked, and would do anything for. He had a hardcore, witty intellectual personality like a young Paul Mooney. Tay had the energy and candor of a Killer Mike or dead prez, both of whom he has recorded with in the past year or two as a member of Dred Skott.
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