Last week we hosted KIDSNEEDFOOD mixtape release party. The “mixtape” called PORTALS plays more like a album but hey i love the lofty goals. They also premiered their new video, “Chakras”. The HOFFAPOUND record label headed by producer KHOMPONO is on a tear planning hood performance popups. I really dig the direction these brothas are going. Big things. Don’t Sleep.
Sorry for the hold up, we been working out the kinks of our new website. Taking pride in the events calender. Anyway, the RED OUT is up on the site and go cop another clean 5 panel cap for your head. Don’t Sleep.
Like alot of locals growing up “Hawaiian Music” was played on Aloha Fridays, 105.1FM, clean house sundays, Luau’s, 1st baby parties, Beach, or just when your parents would put on the records. I was blessed my Dad played music with and worked along side many great Hawaiian Legends, he also had all the records! One being, Peter Moon, he is a staple in shifting Hawaiian Music from traditional into mixing different vibes & styles. I first heard of his music through Sunday Manoa.
“Pua Lilia” always gave me chicken skin cause you know one pretty Hawaiian Aunty gonna jam da Hula a couple chicks from one Halau gonna get up and dance. Another garens jam was “Kawika” which was a standard in “Kamehameha Schools” if you no can pick the first couple bars den you better put down the Ukulele, i put it down (i can jam Surf, LOL).
As much as i loved The Sunday Manoa, it was when The Cazimero Brother’s peaced out and then The Peter Moon band was formed with various lead singers such as Martin Pahinui, Cyril Pahinui, & Randy Lorenzo. At first i was confused cause i thought Peter Moon was singing, but he was more like the conductor/composer. Genius. Choke tracks i could post but this one comes to mind, “Island Love” a killer cut.
Uncle Peter Moon, created countless jems. I find it amazing that Hawaiian Music can encompass elements of Folk, Country, Rock, and Funk. The world really don’t give our music the credit it deserves. Anyway, the song that captivates and moves me the most is “Keawaiki” from the first few cords it automatically hits the soul in an area not often touched.
The melodies and the thick rhythm of the instruments topped with the smooth voice of Randy Lorenzo, brah. When my daughter was born, i knew that i would name her “Keawaiki”…”she gives me love and piece of mind”. This ones for you Braddah Peter Moon, you was one Killah musician that no one could F wit in Hawaii and The World. I just hope one day the World will appreciate your greatness and i can take from your legacy and apply that to Hawaii Hip-Hop. Livicated to Peter Moon. Don’t Sleep.
Keepin’ it clean, cause Biggie Smalls is the illest. Haha. Our new 5 panel cap is simple…RED. No not for the Bloodz or Cincy Reds, just a clean red cap to rock all day all night. Stoked that our 5P’s always sell really well in a landscape where everyone got a hat. Mahalos for the support. Available in LSMC and online later tonight.
Lets make this short and sweet. No KTUH, No Lightsleepers. I have no true idea or value of the role Lightsleepers has made in Hawai’i’s Hip-Hop. Maybe cause i’m not done yet. A grip of “to do” is still on the list. But i wanna take it back a bit to 1997. That was the year i transferred from Leeward Community College to University of Hawai’i. My high school homie, Lord Ced became the General Manager of KTUH and found out i was on my way. He convinced me to do a radio show. I didn’t wanna do radio, my only recollection of radio was mainstream crap, and til’ this day its still the same, crap. There was a catch, college radio is a free form, 3 hour blocks of music genres…and KTUH needed a Hip-Hop Show. I came up on the the past KTUH Hip-Hop shows like; Soul 69 w/Eitaro, Syze One, & DJ MinOne. Big D aka Derrick Ah Sam also had a show on KTUH, currently he has parlayed his experiences to one of the dopest music radio shows expeditionradio. I had the show for 5 years and we, Hawai’i HIp-Hop community and the world wide Hip-Hop Community help grow the show. My opinion it was our Stretch & Bobbito, Mike Nardone, or Sway & Tech.
There was no social media strategy or set play list. No wack MCs. No Fakin’ the funk. I programed the show according to what i believed was dope, what i felt people needed to hear, and the music that we were making. A bold stance, but i am passionate about my music and i knew in my gut that there were others also passionate about Hip-Hop. When i got the notification that i was getting kicked off the air my first response was “let fight this” then i realized “nah it was time to move on”. I had petitions and letters written to the newspapers to “SAVE THE LIGHTSLEEPERS SHOW” i was flattered. I also had haters, yes haters, people saying i was abusing college funds by doing a radio show, WTF?!?1? I didn’t get paid for doing my show, i was there on Christmas, New Years, My Birthday, you name it. 5 years FREE, for the LOVE! The end of the LIGHTSLEEPERS Radio show was the Beginning of Lightsleepers the…events, art shows, skate contests, popups, drops, clothing, skateboards, tours, music, brick & mortar, podcast, and the list keeps growing. 2018 we are entering into a full circle, Lightsleepers: More Dusty, Than Digital, our online radio show. Simple, every other week will be an old episode of Lightsleepers on KTUH, and the alternating week will be a new show focusing on…guess what…Hip-Hop! The beats, producers, the creative, the abstract, the different, basically what i did in 1997, now in 2018. This idea been cooking since 2003ish, but i wanted to start a podcast first, SLEEP TIMES OVER, that wasnt music. Now, we ready and with all the wackness streaming out on the inter webs, i can’t go for that. So welcome to the marathon, stay tuned, and Don’t Sleep. – ktc
As we almost reach our 21st birthday (hooray for being alive) that only means one thing…we old. And with old age comes, kids. Not all of us have em, some do, some don’t know they got a kids, but most of us try our best to provide, guide, and mold little “us’s”. Apart of that is keepin’ our kids cool and dapped up. Whats more cooler than an INFINITY SHAKA Tee for da keiki. Don’t Sleep, cause by the time you read this its sold out. No worry we gonna reup fas. Mahalos & Let Da Kids Play!
We made our return to D-Con in 2017, it was fresh. Always great to connect names with faces or IG in that case, haha. Made new Ohana and learned a lot this past year. I always try to be observant of my surrounding, brands, booths, techniques, and take a temperature of what the consumer wants. That noted, and i aint tell you, we be ready and giving you that Lightsleepers Stee. Stay tuned and Don’t Sleep…by chance if you have a design or product that you been yearning to cop but its an old one or always sold out, ima try make it happen. Mahalo – ktc
The White Woods Camo is our new 5panel cap. We usually don’t have the luxury to have a sample sent to us of our caps so when this came in and we cracked the box…HEAT! This cap came out dope. It is amazingly matches everything. Who would of thought a white & grey tonal cap could be a ‘daily driver’ cap. Click on any of the photos to cop. Don’t Sleep.
What up doe. Its been a long time i shouldn’t have left you. Like most brands will shut down and put a ‘under construction’ sign up. Well we not like most so we updating and grading while you read. A grip of huge things been going down and in the works. Hope you can check in and get down with us. So don’t half step…Don’t Sleep.
Another CYBER Monday! Isn’t it crazy how these made up holidays actually work. Continue reading “CYBERTRON”