Photo by: Steve.Believe
Hot Peas and Butta is a gathering that takes you back into time where Saturday morning cartoons and cereal was the most important part of the day, when 12 noon while you were out riding your bike your older brothers and sisters were watching Soul Train doing the latest moves. A time when the newest Shaw Brothers films played side by side in the theaters with The Mack and Godzilla flicks. Now that things are all grown up, Hot Peas and Butta has become like the house parties that your parents used to throw where friends would gather, drink, play cards and dance the entire night until the early morn. Simply put, Hot Peas and Butta is a “feel good” party!
What originally started out in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia by DJ’s Skeme Richards and Cash Money as an all 45 party spinning rare and not so rare funk, soul, afrobeat, reggae, breaks and other funky gems to a crowd of people that enjoy nothing more than shaking their “groove thangs” and getting sweaty on the floor has now turned into a traveling movement with with parties happening in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Switzerland, Japan and Germany to name a few of it’s current destinations.
In 2012 the resident DJ lineup in addition to Skeme Richards has become Supreme La Rock, DJ Amir (of Kon & Amir), Kamui and J-Zone with a rotating cast of heavyweights like Chairman Mao (Ego Tip), Monk One (Wax Poetics), and Cosmo Baker.
Music is not all that Hot Peas and Butta is made up of, the amazing visuals shown on the projectors is what makes this sure shot something special. Various footage from Skeme Richards’ personal VHS collection of rare commercials, tv shows, movie trailers, 70′s cartoons, and concert footage is handpicked and put together for each party to add that extra flair which brings the complete Hot Peas package together.
What was initially created as a party has recently branched out to be more than just a nightly outing but in fact has become a complete brand by releasing recordings with funk band Big Pimp Jones, curating gallery exhibitions and now with the forming of the Hot Peas and Butta Artists Collective show’s the company heading into the animation and comic book realm as well.