Double posting with Ghetto Bassquake
I just spent a few days down south in the land de los angeles. I flew over California and watched trees burn. I landed amongst the pacific haze that the area is known for (a combination of the sea mist, fire smoke, and pollution.)
Spending time with a childhood friend of Greek parentage and cultural heritage, who had just come back from 2 months in Greece, we were grooving to some of the latest sounds goin’ down at clubs in places like Mykonos. We were comparing the sounds on L.A.’s hip hop/reggaeton station “Latino” to the sounds coming out of Europe and enjoying the similarities. The fact that DJ Laz was in town and a guest on Saturday, probably added to the comparison and my excitement, as he was mixing a bunch of exclusive Latin Miami Bass remixes and promoting his new album to be released next week. His new single with Pitbull and Flo-Rida has an interpolation of this European club hit.
Here’s a classic: DJ Laz-Esa Morena
Sometime during the week my friend and I were going through some of the more Greek centered pop tracks that he picked up. After giving him a couple of Cumbia tracks to play while we drove around the expansive L.A. highway system, and after taking down a couple drinks I was shouting out the window to passersby, “CUMBIA!!!” He made sure to draw my attention to this:
L.A. is the land of Brangelina, Hollywood Starlets, Rehab, and MTV reality famous for doing nothing celebs. I see young people move there and get caught up. But beyond that, it’s a huge diverse place with vast neighborhoods of people from literally everywhere, and that’s a side to L.A. that doesn’t always make it to mainstream media markets (Black Eyed Peas being an exception?!?)