Category: New Music

BEATZZZA

And we back, with more BEATZ & PIZZA.  This months featured producer is none other than OSNA a.k.a. OSNIZZLE.  By far one of the most all around musician in Hawaii.  His catalog is deep and his crazy stories is deeper.  If you are a new jack producer or vet, we welcome you to play your beats & grab a slice.  6pm to 9pm, with OSNA going on at 8pm. Free at the Lightsleepers McCully Location.  Don’t Sleep.

KidsNeedFood – “Chakras”

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.

ROOTS (History & Insight)

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