No more than three producers (Dr. Dre, RZA, and Prince Paul) can test DJ Premier's status as the most important trackmaster of the '90s, and no style is more distinctive. Aggressive and raw, a Premier track was an instantly recognizable soundclash of battling loops and heavy scratching -- all of them perfectly timed -- that evoked the sound of Brooklyn better than anyone. Besides helming tracks for his main concern, Gang Starr, since their 1989 debut, Premier's productions appeared on many of the East Coast's most important records: Nas' Illmatic, the Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die, Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt, Jeru the Damaja's The Sun Rises in the East, and Mos Def's Black on Both Sides.

Premier, born Chris Martin, spent time in Brooklyn and Houston while growing up, and studied computer science at Prairie View A&M outside Houston. Known as Waxmaster C, he'd already learned to play a variety of instruments and also managed a record store. After moving back to Brooklyn, around 1987-1988 he came into contact with Guru, a Boston native. Guru had already formed a group named Gang Starr two years earlier (and recorded with the 45 King), but his former partner, Mike Dee, had returned to Boston. DJ Premier and Guru signed to Wild Pitch and released a debut single ("Manifest") and album (No More Mr. Nice Guy). Gang Starr's interest in melding hip-hop with jazz informed the record, and they were invited to add to the soundtrack for Spike Lee's 1990 film Mo' Better Blues. Their subsequent work was much more mature and unified, with a pair of instant East Coast classics (1991's Step in the Arena and 1992's Daily Operation) arriving in short order.

DJ Premier had been working with other vocalists for years, and his productions for the 1990 landmark Funky Technician by Lord Finesse and DJ Mike Smooth cemented his status as one of the best producers around. He soon began recording exclusively at D&D Studios, a spot soon to become a shrine for hip-hop fans (thanks in large part to his own work). The year 1994 was a huge one for Premier, probably the best year for any rap producer ever; in addition to dropping another Gang Starr classic, Hard to Earn, his productions appeared on five-star, all-time classics by Nas (Illmatic), the Notorious B.I.G. (Ready to Die), and Jeru the Damaja (The Sun Rises in the East), as well as Big Daddy Kane and Branford Marsalis' Buckshot LeFonque project. Though his workload dropped off considerably during the late '90s, he still managed to place tracks on three of the first four Jay-Z albums, and returned in force with the new millennium, including shots with Common, D.I.T.C., D'Angelo, Jadakiss, and Snoop Dogg. John Bush, Rovi

If the first thing you know about Craze is that he's the only solo DJ to win the DMC World Championships 3 times over, prepare to get yourself schooled. From day one, every uphill battle he faced was met with intense adversity; every kick while he was down only served to help him rise up even stronger. You want proof? Fine. His family fled Nicaragua for the US when he was 3 in the midst of a civil war, suffered through Hurricane Andrew in '92, the US's costliest hurricane at the time, and was a total nerd through his teenage years. But while others would chalk this up to a lifetime of hurt, Craze let it fuel his passion. Instead of giving up, he slayed the DMC's when he was just 20. Two more DMC wins later, Time Magazine named him "America's Best DJ". Yeah, Time Magazine. He went on to rack up more than 8.5 million views on his Traktor YouTube videos alone, and THE Kanye West took him on tour as his own personal DJ. As if that wasn't enough, he started Slow Roast Records with Kill The Noise, an imprint of the infamous Fool's Gold Records (A-Trak, Kid Cudi, Danny Brown), and then headed out for a full US tour with Yelawolf in the last half of 2011. With two releases in 2012 – the Selekta EP, and Deeper with Codes, he's hasn't taken any time to slow down, instead focusing on a battle record with arguable the greatest scratch DJ of all time…Q-Bert. From Jamaica to Australia, Japan to Nicaragua, Craze has toured the world over, stunning audiences and DJs alike with his top-notch showmanship, and masterfully unique blend of rap, dubstep, and Miami bass. So when someone asks you, 'Whatchu know about DJ Craze?", feel free to let them know a thing or two.

With a robust early following and organic online buzz, Giraffage offers a fresh, sample-rich sound of dreamy pop beats, sensual synths and lush experimental electronica. The creation of 23 year-old Charlie Yin of San Francisco, Giraffage is an exciting new producer with an intuitive grasp of modern music manipulation, delivering beats that are dripping with vibes and accessible to all.

Early supporters of Giraffage's screwed-down soundscapes, sample-based pop music and future R&B include such publications as Pitchfork, XLR8R, The Fader and Gorilla vs. Bear. After an extensive tour with the artist xxyyxx through Europe last year, Giraffage has big plans for 2013, with numerous upcoming performance dates including a Brooklyn Vegan showcase at SXSW and at Los Angeles' world-renowned Low End Theory club night. Considered one to watch by industry insiders and the online underground, Giraffage's newest release "Needs" is out for free February 26 on Alpha Pup Records.

"'Moments,' the first track from San Francisco producer and multi-instrumentalist Giraffage's forthcoming full-length album, is a glitchy slice of bedroom dream-pop lushly constructed with layers of samples, sundry instrumentation, and tight percussion. Comfort, his first LP and the follow-up to this year's Pretty Things EP, will continue the hazy romp through looping guitars, 808 thuds and clacks, and diced-up vocals when Giraffage (a.k.a. Charlie Yin) self-releases it." --XLR8R

A native of Tokyo, Japan and now resident of Los Angeles, California - starRo, the rising sun whose story permeates much farther than the music he makes, but rather an embodiment of sacrifice, persistence and passion, is now solidified as one of Soulection's wisest, and most experienced music makers. starRo makes soulful electronic music, period. And he makes it with the utmost diligence and craftiness that requires listeners to participate with absolute, undivided attention. Listeners in end, leave the journey mystified and elevated to a sultrier state.
starRo's musical maturity and ability to captivate an audience of world wide music lovers comes second to none, and inspires many of his Soulection label mates in their music making processes. Having toured the United States, Canada and throughout Asia, playing alongside artists like Flume, Chet Faker, Gold Link, Giraffage, starRo pulls his creative inspiration from not only eclectic artists like Stevie Wonder, Ryuichi Sakamoto, the Neptunes, Sly Stone, J Dilla and Bill Evans, but also the visual arts, architecture and nature, his father and all sushi chefs from around the globe.
Remnant of mid 90's R&B, paired with lush chords and atmospheric melodies as his forte, starRo's sound is now ready to be embraced by the larger international, electronic beat scene. After dropping a very successful, and passionate, Soulection White Label release in December 2013, generating over 240,000 plays in the first month, starRo's resonance has left everyone anticipating his forthcoming project in late 2014. 2014 will also see starRo showcasing w/ Soulection at SXSW in Austin, Texas in March, as well as an early April Asia tour through Japan and Korea with label brethren, ESTA and The Whooligan.

Groundislava is a Glitch-Hop / 8-bit artist from Mar Vista, California. He combines off-timed drums and wavy synthesis with a video-game type atmosphere. Groundislava is in collaboration with artists such as; Shlohmo and Young Montana? on his newly released LP entitled "Groundislava".

It’s never just been about America. The rebel compassion of Sam Spiegel’s N.A.S.A. has
always attracted those from astral plains and lunar parks, connecting artists, audiences
and worldwide youth in revolt. With Minneapolis rapper Lizzo’s empowering refrain in
“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!,” N.A.S.A.’s anthemic 2015 comeback with Sean Paul, political
turbulence and intense social injustice clearly inspired the DJ, producer and composer to
reinstate his revered, musical foreign policy.
In 2009, N.A.S.A. released The Spirit of Apollo. It was an epic debut album and an initial
partnership between Spiegel and Sao Paulo’s DJ Zegon (who now produces under the
Tropkillaz moniker) alongside over 40 guests including Kanye West (Spiegel was also the
musical director of West’s Glow in the Dark Tour), M.I.A., George Clinton, Sizzla, Tom
Waits, Karen O, Nick Zinner, Fatlip... An unfortunate turn of events followed, with Spiegel
contracting Lyme disease taking him out of action and homebound in the aftermath. This
meant no follow up album and no continued touring.
However, in 2013 N.A.S.A. bounced back to number one on the iTunes electronic charts
for six weeks with “Hide” Remix featuring Aynzli Jones and Childish Gambino. Again, in
2014 he topped the iTunes charts alongside Karen O on a rework of “I Shot The Sheriff.”
For over a decade, Spiegel’s creative collaborations with Karen O and the Yeah Yeah
Yeahs have included iconoclastic projects, from producing the band’s Grammy nominated
sophomore record Show Your Bones, musically directing the psycho-opera Stop the
Virgens and scoring the multiple award-winning adidas ad spot, “Hello Tomorrow.” With his
production studio Squeak E. Clean, Spiegel’s film scores also include Jackass Presents:
Bad Grandpa, Beautiful Losers and the top three biggest selling skate videos of all time;
Lakai’s Fully Flared and Girl Skateboards’ Yeah Right! and Pretty Sweet.
The multi-instrumentalist and producer has always brought together disparate forces under
a groove and Spiegel’s N.A.S.A. in 2015 is truly a polyphonic and politicalized look at
modern pop culture. Take “Jihad Love Squad” with KRS-One, a bold statement of intent,
the track indicative of N.A.S.A.’s empathetic global voice. Sounding big, bashy and
aggressive, collaborations on the new record explore music, ritual and conflict in the U.S to
the Middle East, from India to Ethiopia, Brazil and Jamaica. On “Melt Down” Bollywood
superstar Priyanka Chopra trades verses with DMX whilst Lizzo returns on the block party
stomp of “Iko.” Other special guests include Sia, Busta Rhymes, RZA, Barbie Hatch,
CeeLo, Jams, Leif and Mykki Blanco.
N.A.S.A. is a sonic peace advocacy, a bass embracing Guanyin who believes inherent
love and shared respect for artistry—from Arabic scales to hip hop and vintage analogue
gear—can squash differences through music and craft. There may not be a 20/20
hindsight edit of the past but it doesn’t matter: revolutions are created now.

$25 - $50


L'Affaire Musicale & Ouija Entertainment present the launch of PANIC IN L.A., with their most legendary lineup to date at The Belasco, on Friday, March 11th, highlighted by the most important scion of golden age hip hop, DJ PREMIER, alongside an all star cast of cutting edge talent featuring:

  • STARRO (Soulection)
  • N.A.S.A.

Doors 9-3am | 21+
Tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. Limited Capacity

For Tables and more information, email or call 310-384-3789.



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