REVIEW: DJ QBert’s “Extraterrestrial”

 photo DJQBertEx_cover_zpsac6323f2.jpg If you purchased DJ Q-Bert’s new album GalaXXXian recently, then you may have known that he released two albums on the same day. If GalaXXXian was the one you purchase, then you definitely have to pick up Extraterrestrial (Thud Rumble). Compared to GalaXXXian, Extraterrestrial is more on the experimental side, or at least it’s a lot looser, freakier, and free. If you’ve already built yourself up with the way QBert communicates with his turntables and sampling machines, then you’ll enjoy the new dialogue, careful use of sound dialects, and new languages he has discovered for everyone. It’s extra not because it’s out of this world, but because it’s the continuation of what he has continued to do for 20+ years, to where he is partly involved in a lost, if not almost forgotten, way of speak, so consider this a preservation of the art of communication. Yes, it’s damn good hip-hop, it’s fantastic turntalbism, but there’s also things that are cultural too, and I don’t mean hip-hop culture, that’s by default. Again, the communication that is going on is there, and while it may not say a thing to you (it may very well be just gibberish), it’s the gathering of the vinyl tribes that show a way for people to unite in a way that is slowly becoming impossible. Well, maybe not to that degree, but maybe what’s more other-worldly in modern times is us, mortal earthlings, surviving on this planet until we eventually find our way out. Maybe QBert is offering guidance as a way to keep everyone safe and sound, with sound, until the inevitable happens. Whether you take this as a completely different album or one half of an equation, you have to hear them both ways in order to enjoy and benefit from it. May the 33 1/3 rotations continue.


REVIEW: DJ Q-Bert’s “GalaXXXian”

 photo DJQBert_cover_zpsc401b65f.jpg Considering what he has made and released since the release of 1998’s Wave Twisters, it’s amazing that DJ Q-Bert is considering this a follow-up to it. Or in truth, one of two follow-ups, as Q-Bert is releasing two different albums that’s being considered a “double album”, but I would like to explore one of them, GalaXXXian (Thud Rumble). As always, Q-Bert is on a level that very few people, if anyone, are at, still scratching and manipulating any and all sounds via turntables and then taking things to new levels. He speaks with his hands in a dialect that Terminator X couldn’t comprehend 28 years ago, but Thud Rumble isn’t the only one creating a self-made dialogue, for he has a number of special friends on here. Honolulu’s own Tassho Pearce does his amazing thing in “Room Service”, and throughout the album you’ll also hear Camille Velasco, El-P, Mr. Lif, P.E.A.C.E., Kool Keith, Del The Funky Homosapien, and Rosco Umali, among many more. Songs range from going to the next twelve universes to getting deep in the crotch of special lady friends, and many other weird and zany tales that have become one of many of Q-Bert’s trademarks.

Another trademark used to be one of hip-hop’s own trademarks, which is to be as diverse as possible to show not only other people your influences but to give people something that they will need. GalaXXXian proves that Richard Quitevis will not stop traveling for anyone, including himself, and he will continue to find new places and share his adventures for centuries to come.


SOME STUFFS: Artists take part to present their art to the public

You probably recognize some of the faces above, and by doing so you know their artistic endeavors when it comes to music, but you may not be aware that they also do other forms of art as well. Come Together is a forthcoming “collaborative art” exhibit where people known for their illustrations, photography, and paintings are working with musicians, MC’s, DJ’s, and producers to create revisions of the familiar.

Some of the people involved include Chuck D. of Public Enemy, guitarist George Lynch of Dokken/Lynch Mob/Souls Of We, Angelo Moore of Fishbone, The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan/Gravediggaz, bassist Bootsy Collins (P-Funk empire), drummer Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver), turntablist DJ-Q-Bert, bassist Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down), and many more. Some of them are explorations of each musician or songs that they’ve done, while others are relevant to what they may have talked about in their music before, but may be more valid today. Art of art from art, for art.

These pieces are being presented at the Andrew Weiss Gallery in Beverly Hills (179 S. Beverly Dr., 310-246-9333) from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm, and will continue until November 1st. To find out more about the Come Together exhibit, head to

The art pieces will be compiled into a book to be published in the fall by Addition Iconics.