If you’ve ever worked here in the office with Skeme Richards then you know he’s the first to ask the questions and then answer them before you even have a chance to. It’s in his nature to be pushy because he knows what he wants and rarely does he wait for anyone to do things for him. He has yet to have been featured or asked any questions here on the Hot Peas & Butta site so we decided to flip the script on him and control the conversation for once. His response (cocky of course) “it’s not about me, it’s about having people on our site that I respect and to show the rest of the world these people in a different light than maybe what they’re used to seeing them or have never seen at all”. Definitely not the response we were expecting from the guy who usually denies loving attention. But we put pen to pad with The Nostalgia King himself about his love for Kung Fu films and of course his collection.
It's been a little bit since we've done a new Five On The Black Hand Side and that's because we wanted to wait for the perfect time to introduce to you, our readers a fresh look at some amazing Jazz 45's compiled by none other than Flea Market Funk's DJ Prestige. When it comes to Jazz 7" he's definitely our goto guy for when we want to get hipped to something that's perfect for a Sunday afternoon listening session while relaxing at the crib or sparking up the grill.
What Up Fam! My man Skeme Richards asked me to "pick a box" for you guys so check this out. I call this one: the "military case" --- it's army colored, metal, and super 'industrial' kinda like a tank- seen here holding 75 45's---with enough space to flip through 'em comfortably and fit more in when you're shopping on the road (approx 20 more) if you cram them in for a total of 95! You could probably squeeze 100 but I wouldn't recommend it. When you come across this beast in the wild, wherever your diggin adventures take you, it has all these "dividers" in it, along the bottom, and back, which is fine if you have less than 50 nice pieces for home listening or a picnic with your girl---but in action, I found they would just mess up the sleeves because when I'm playing 45's I go through them fast because I'm cuttin it up (you know I don't have time to monkey around with puttin them back in). I store playout tunes in my travel cases, so I was wrecking a lot of sleeves.
Last month Skeme Richards spun an exclusive 45 set at what happens to be his favorite place in Las Vegas, Insert Coins. Coins has always showed Hot Peas & Butta alot of love since we first touched down and dropped a few quarters back in 2012 but this time was definitely next level. Management knows exactly what we like and what we're into so for the evening they put together special visuals to fit our style 100% which consisted of some of the best fight scenes in Kung Fu cinema history! You gotta love a place that actually cares about the DJ's, proper sound system, club culture and visuals to make anyone's experience unlike any other. Thank you again to the Management, DJ's, Bar staff and soundmen that make Insert Coins our favorite place in Las Vegas.
It's definitely not hard to believe that Bruce Lee's Enter The Dragon has withstood the test of time and is still an important film in and outside of the Martial Arts genre. This year marks it's 40th Anniversary and with all anniversaries there's always something special attached to it. Released last week was the Anniversary edition set complete with an amazing photo book and beautiful film transfer to Bluray. Continue reading
If you've been following our band Big Pimp Jones then you know that they are heavily inspired and into anything that has to do with giant Japanese monsters like Godzilla, Rodan and other earth shattering, building crushing things stomping through the streets of Tokyo. Hopefully by now you've picked up the 7" of their soundtrack Kodoja: Terror Mountain Showdown and have read the first 3 issues of the coinciding comic book that's been making it's rotation at Comic Cons and shops across the U.S. Well this Saturday night they'll be headling Godzilla Night 2 which will be showing a Double Feature of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and Godzilla vs. Mothra brought to you by the Bay Area Film Fest. The band will be playing live some of their Kaiju inspired songs before the screenings of the films starting at 7pm. Be sure to check them out. Continue reading
This past Monday we had the opportunity to see the Philadelphia premier screening of Rewind This! which is a documentary about collectors of the VHS format. If you've been following our Hot Peas & Butta or know us then you know we love the format and it's what we use when putting together footage for our parties. Also if you've been reading our "Diggin Kung Fu" segment featuring some of the worlds best collectors of Kung Fu films on VHS then you know this documentary is right up our alley. The documentary focuses on several aspects including why people love the format so much and choose to collect it, what visually attracts them to it which in most cases is the amazing box artwork that's associated with it, the fact that many of these films have never made it's way onto DVD and will become forgotten works of art, digging for VHS's which is so similar to us DJ's digging for records and more. After the screening we had an opportunity to talk with the Director Josh Johnson about the film and how much work went into putting it together, the collectors featured and a whole lot more. Glad to see someone finally did a documentary on the subject and we wish Josh much success with his screenings. Be sure to check it out when it comes to your area.
This Friday Hot Peas & Butta's own DJ Kamui will be making his way down to the 215 to spin at the all 7" throwdown Little Big Things. The Tressle Inn plays host to the only night of it's kind in Philly for a night of Funk, Soul, Latin and Disco 45's, visuals, Go Go Dancers and of course the best selection of Whiskey in the city. This is a not to be missed party!
We just got word directly from the homie The Gaff that his first solo effort vinyl Cut N Paste 7" is officially available and ready for your listening pleasure. If your not up on The Gaff then you should be, a while back we told you about his all 7" CD that he released called SoulSisters which got crazy spins here in the office. He's also a world reknowned party rocker, Producer and record collector that combines Break Beats, Funk, Soul, Afro, Latin and Brazilian flavors with modern day Club, Hip-Hop, Electronic and Dance music. Plus dude is nice with the turntable skill! Be sure to pick up this limited edition 7" release before it's gone.
Our next guest is someone what we’ve known for years as not only one of the best DJ’s in the world but our connection goes even deeper than that, we’ve been friends outside of the record collecting world for ages. Little known fact that when we thought of idea to create the Hot Peas & Butta it was him who I called upon to be my partner in crime and to start this brand that would later become a world wide party amongst other things. I’m talking about none other than DJ Cash Money, one of the few people that we consider in the league of collector greats that has been up on it way before it was cool along with another heavyweight such as The Diabolical Biz Markie. For years Cash and myself have traded VHS tapes of rare footage, hard to find TV shows and of course Kung Fu Flicks, so it was a no brainer that we put pen to paper on a conversation that we’ve had on more than one occasion.