Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Came across this new joint from Kurios (Jorge)..

and if you need catching up:


I'm sure you have been drowning in a sea of MJ tributes..and bootleg shirts...but do yourself a favor and download this mix by another musical genius, DJ Premier...it will last you beyond the mainstream media's current praise of Michael...


Monday, June 29, 2009


self explanatory dope

Friday, June 26, 2009

R.I.P. Mike

In an era of so much disposable music,its crazy to have lost a genius.

Que descanse en paz.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


I happened to catch these cats on a show I was watching last night. I love the idea of what they are doing.

Check out these two clips below....

Also check our their website: I&I Sound

Central Park Summer Stage

Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

Habana Outpost

Many thank yous to everyone at Habana Outpost for allowing Rice&Beans to a part of their Puerto Rican Day festivities. And thank you to everyone who came out and showed love!

Of course gotta start with this photo...

Lin-Manuel Miranda!!!


Another example of why we get loud and wave the flag up and down 5th Ave!

...and every other block...and highway....and bridge!

Friday, June 12, 2009


This weekend the Rice & Beans crew will be spinning at a couple events. So if you are in the Orlando or New York City area be sure to come through and show your love.


WHEN: Saturday June 13
TIME: 10:00PM-2:00AM
WHERE:Eola Wine Company Downtown Orlando
*free CDs while they last*


WHEN: Sunday June 14
WHERE: Habana Outpost 757 Fulton St. Brooklyn NY
TIME: 12:00PM-6:00PM
*This is part of Habana Outpost's Puerto Rican Day Celebration*

80 Blocks From Tiffany's

"80 Blocks From Tiffany's" is undoubtedly one of the illest documentaries I've ever seen-probably only 3rd to "Pa'lante,Siempre Pa'lante" and "La Operacion". This documentary, which was made in 1979(best year ever)is focused around the various street gangs that occupied the South Bronx during that era. What makes this documentary so good is the sheer rawness of it. Unlike most other outside depictions of street gangs and urban areas (read: where Blacks and Latinos live) that tend to be overwhelmingly biased and layered with racial stereotypes, this film simply follows the everyday lives of a number of young men and women trying to survive the realities of urban decay and marginalization which were in full effect in that time.

Below is the first half of the documentary so that you can peep exactly what I mean...oh and the score of the film is crazy good too!

In keeping the same theme going, I figured it only be right to include a clip made by Truth&Soul Records of The Ghetto Brother's "Power".

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Puerto Rico x Puerto Rico

No, Puerto Rico is not collabing with Puerto Rico. The "x" means "por" or "for" in English.

In other words Puerto Rico for Puerto Rico.

This is a recent demonstration that took place in Puerto Rico to protest against the current administration’s actions to further privatize the island. The current governor Luis Fortuno-who is a member of the Puerto Rico’s statehood party (PNP), so he gets no “ñ” in his spelling-has recently made further measures to further deepen the island’s dependency on the outside.

Puerto Rico is a 500+ year old colony. Its current “commonwealth” status is merely disguised colonialism-which is both outdated and immoral. The most obvious example of this is seen in the decaying economic system which was not designed to benefit Puerto Rico’s reality-but rather a foreign nation’s needs. The thousands of layoffs and lack of employment opportunities are a direct result of this.

I theorize that the goal of Fortuno, and the rest of the statehood party, is to completely strangle Puerto Rico until it begs to become a state-which has never ever been offered as an option to Puerto Rico by the United States by the way.

Sorry, but this will never happen…

Below is a video of the protest, in it you will see René Pérez from Calle 13. In attendance also was his fiancé Denise Quiñones (Miss Univerese 2001)-she was born in Lares, so I always felt she was down! The video is in Spanish, so I appologize if you are not pani peekin’


Familia I wanted to put you on (if you are not already put on) to a film by DJ Laylo (Liberation Lounge/Fania Live!) about the global impact of Hip-Hop...peep below for the official press release...and be sure to check it out when it airs on Global Voices Series on PBS WORLD Channel Sunday June 28 at 10PM.

CONTACTShana Louallen 646.359.8448 ShanaLovesPR@gmail.com
For more information about the program, visit: http://wwwestilohiphop.net/http://www.pbs.org/itvs/globalvoices/estilohiphop.htmlFor downloadable images, visit http://pressroom.pbs.org/


Film to Premiere on Global Voices Series on PBS WORLD ChannelSunday June 28 at 10PM

(San Francisco, CA) – Hip Hop music has the ability to give a voice to the disenfranchised in any country, and as music with a message it is a form available to all societies worldwide. Directed by New York based filmmakers, Loira Limbal and Virgilio Bravo, ESTILO HIP HOP chronicles the lives of three hip hop enthusiasts from Brazil, Chile and Cuba who firmly believe that hip hop can change the world. These three inspirational leaders mobilize young people to become politically active. However as the stakes assume greater risks, the leaders are faced with challenges and have to make life-altering decisions that ultimately impact the course of their lives and of the hip hop movement. ESTILO HIP HOP will air nationally on Global Voices on PBS WORLD on Sunday, June 28 at 10 PM.

Within vast breathtaking landscapes we meet, Eli Efi, Guerrillero Okulto, and Magia. As we delve into their lives, we learn about the movements they lead and the personal price they pay because of their political stance. Eli Efi is a hip-hop artist born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil who addresses his community’s dire living conditions through his lyrics. Inspired by American Rap groups such as Public Enemy, he founded the politically charged rap group “Defenders of the Black Movement” (DMN). DMN recorded five albums, receiving praise from the hip-hop community and music industry. As the group becomes successful, DMN is approached to sign a new record deal with a label that has nationwide distribution through SONY. When faced with the choice to “lighten” his lyrics or to remain true to his political beliefs, Eli makes a drastic decision that alters the trajectory of his burgeoning rap career.

In Santiago, Chile, we meet Guerrillero Okulto, hip hop recording artist and absentee father to two pre-teen girls. As one of the most respected and effective youth organizers in the nation’s capital, Guerrillero is propelled to bring change to his community. He leads a citywide collective known as Hiphoplogia [The Logic of Hip Hop] whose primary focus is to conduct alternative political education workshops throughout marginal neighborhoods in Santiago. Guerrillero spends his time conducting free workshops on the media, rallying teenage kids to become politically active while struggling to hold down a construction job in order to provide for his daughters. Despite his daughters feeling the void created by his absence, Guerrillero pursues his first solo album; not only to spread his political messages further but to keep his commitments to his family.

In Havana, Cuba, Magia and her husband Alexei, form the popular rap duo Obsesión. Using limited resources to create their music, Magia reflects on the contradictions of Cuban socialism and the often times repressive role that women face within it. Obsesión’s music has created an afro-centric movement among black youth challenging the Cuban Revolution to address the racism and sexism that often times goes ignored by the government. Their well-defined sound has caught the attention of many across the world, allowing Obsesión the privilege of performing in the UK, France, Venezuela, Canada and the US. Magia is also one of the founding members of La Fabri¬_ka, a collective of artists dedicated to using hip hop to promote messages of political involvement and social change. As La Fabri_ka prepares for their next event, Magia comes face to face with a government that wants to silence their voice.
ESTILO HIP HOP is a journey through the lives of three modern day freedom fighters who truly believe in the power of hip-hop to bring awareness and social change to their countries. The film will be available for download to own on ITunes Summer 2009.


Fania Live! w/ Bobbito Garcio, DJ Laylo & Sake One

On Sunday, July 12th the vibrant sounds of 1960’s New York City salsa come to life, refreshed and reinvigorated, at Santos Party House, courtesy of DJs Bobbito Garcia, Laylo and Sake 1, as they spin their own contemporary take on the classic sound of Fania Records. Taking inspiration from Fania greats like Willie Colón, Hector Lavoe, and Celia Cruz, who pushed the bounderies of Latin music to blaze the path for genres like salsa, boogalu and Afro-Cuban jazz, Bobbito Garcia and crew have updated the Fania catalogue for the modern dance floor, blending in elements of hip-hop, house, and reggae, making the classic recordings more accessible to a younger audience while retaining their authentic flavor.

Anchored by Bobbito Garcia, one of the world’s most respected DJs and an icon for urban Latinos everywhere, the “Fania Live” party presents the classics of yesteryear infused with the consciousness of today’s hip-hop-influenced culture, creating a unique event that will bring people of all walks of life and three generations of salsa fans together! Garcia’s formidable counterparts for “Fania Live” will be DJ Laylo, who, born in Puerto Rico to Dominican parents, is the co-founder of Liberation Lounge in NYC and has ignited dancefloors from Brazil to El Barrio, and DJ Sake1, who is among the most respected and prolific DJs in the Bay Area (in 2008, he mixed Fania Live 03, the official CD release from Fania of remixes of their catalog). The event will be hosted by Flaco Navaja and will feature a live performance by Ilu Aye, a Latin Caribbean percussion outfit that interprets traditional and original songs from Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

When: Sunday, July 12th 2009 from 7pm-12am
Where: Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette Street, NY, NY 10013
Ticket Info: $15

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Yo naci con mi...

I wake up to this every morning...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

SPINNA-The Recall

ya tu sa'es...from the good folks at High Water Music (Camuy!)