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WOW WHAT A NIGHT!!! KANYE WEST PARTY & WELCOME HOME DJ AM BENEFIT PARTY!

October 15, 2008 ⋅ by Ben Baller ⋅ 1 comment

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well I’ll keep it funky with y’all…. I had such a long day that I passed out and woke up not wanting to go out. the Kanye Event was something I def wanted to peep and knew it’d be interesting since his listening parties usually are… so I get there 1/2 awake, the valet was a hot mess! walk in and I see 50 naked women. but immediately I felt like I was at a 1991 rave and it was late 80’s popish… sorta madonna meets keith haring meets christopher street meets electronica. anyways. as for the music, I’ve never heard Kanye sing so much…. thats as much as I’ll say about that.

ONTO DJ AM’S BENEFIT CONCERT/PARTY… MAD NAME DROPPING HERE, BUT FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW ME? THESE ARE CATS I’VE KNOWN LITERALLY 10 YEARS + IN THE GAME. SO I’M TALKING ABOUT MY FRIENDS WHEN WE WAS ALL ON THE COME UP, FROM THE SUPER TRENCHES AND GRASS ROOTS OF DJING, WHEN WE HAD NOTHING, WE TURNED IT INTO SOMETHING…
so I pass thru the front of the club and there is a line like they’re giving out jobs. it was crazy long! I park my car and see Too Short parking too, I know it’s bout to be poppin… walk in with my man edski and eddie donaldson and I walk directly upstairs… cut chemist is killin it on the main stage but I gotta see fam first….. I walk to the upstairs, see my famo Jus Ske and I’m so amped and hyped to see him and my fam Ashley from Supra(good looks on my kicks always!) and start walking into the room and hear MY BROTHER HOMICIDE KILLING IT! I mean he went from showbiz and AG to blue cheese to cybotron to egyptian lover to all the OG world on wheels set(if you wasn’t from LA during the 1985 to 1988 era, you wouldn’t understand) My man Homicide is really the DJ’s DJ. so fucking ill on those turntables….

and my man Slep was in the house! man, so many OG’s in the spot…. from Eric V and Nick V (baka boys) to Truly Odd, sandman, my man Josh D, of course my boy DJ VICE and Fashen and so many more…. peeps I haven’t seen in over 8 years there, so I knew I was at home and it felt soo good (but I was missing my dream still). After Homicide got off the 1’s and 2’s, it was Vice’s turn and since the set up wasn’t as sophisticated and serato ready, they had to stop the music and homicide took it to the og garage ghetto old school days and plugged in his headphones to use as a mic to introduce Vice while Vice set up. I felt like I was at a house party. shit was awesome, had my NYC and LA fam all in one.


me and my man Jus Ske

my man Jus Reppin the AM all access badge and the iced out SKE beads (OG NYC y’all know the deal 😉 …. and Jus is one of the founders of Danucht, here shown with the ill Goyard print.

so I walk downstairs with my man Fashen…. to the main room and main stage and the world famous Mix Master Mike is playing literally the illest set known to mankind. I’ll have a video up later of a snippet, but man he fucking killed it too. Monumental hip hop history type shit and all for the love of AM and my boys who lost their lives on that plane crash.

mixmaster mike getting props from AM

here’s the crowd pumping and feeling all that energy!

here’s my man Will I Am (we go back to 1991 from the Ballystyx days when he used to be Will 1 X) and most of everyone reading this blog doesn’t know this, but I did the Black Eyed Peas first Demo tape when I was an executive @ priority records. since then Will has become a collosal star in the music industry, from diamond albums, platinum albums, world tours, insane production credits and grammy’s of course… but we keep it 100 and Will was gettin in Homicides ass tonite no homo. lol. we always have some good ass bag sessions where we cut cats up!

me with my brothers Jus Ske and Steve Aoki

real spit, I remember when both of these guys didn’t even DJ and look at them now, crazy milestones have passed! steve damn I mad you were in Seoul and I wasn’t there!

of course the man of the night and 1/3rd member of my crew AMC!

Adam looked great tonite and his energy was amazing and I don’t know what else to say other than God has bigger plans for AM. love you bro

my lil brother Cisco was in the house… his dad was my godfather and cosigner to the music business for real! his brother Nic was also a huge crutch to my life for many years… it was actually through Cisco that I met Paris… they dated about 8 years ago or so. haha

he’s now doing big things with his new group Schwayze.

now you know I wasn’t checking out peoples chains or bling tonite… but damn! my homey Hillary Duff’s AP watch was no JOKE! I was like I gotta take a pic and blog this! such a beautiful watch and comes with a 6 figure price tag

mixmaster mike is a hard act to follow, but when you win a Grammy for PRODUCER OF THE YEAR! you can kind of freak it… me and mark ronson started out on different coasts but had similiar flavors and rocked some parties together circa 1997 to 2001 or so…. always been a great guy, shared similar passions with sneakers and music, but jesus christ he caught a whale and evolved into a super producer. He took over after Mike and killed it with his own twist and my man Simon Rex aka Dirt Nasty got on the mic and killed 100 bars.

so after mark ronson got off the tables… it was all about my asian broham mr kid millionaire aka Steve Aoki… this dude is on a harder grind than I am. jesus christ, he’s in vietnam one day and then in alabama the next day! got his own clothing brand dim mak and his own record company and he’s just all over the place…. his sister if former super model and muse to Karl Lagerfeld and also a close homey of mine too 🙂
well I never see Steve drink, but tonight, god damn…. straight out the bottle. patron to the head! he got fucked up and his energy was amazing, he took it to the moon with his set and started off hardcore electronic funk and didn’t stop! Will I Am even got on the mic and blessed everyone with a freestyle and ad libs to steve’s dj set.


again, the vibe was so positive there wasn’t any drama in the air at all! I’m so proud and happy for the turnout and the benefit was for a fucking great cause! I wouldn’t even be up past 4am writing about this if it wasn’t something that will stay with me forever.

thanks, I’ll have another video up soon and I know this was long, but trust me, this is the short version…. for those who were there will understand how truly great tonight was!

peace, 2 fingers
here’s a short clip of Steve rockin hit set with LMFAO…

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  • B.GatesOctober 16, 2008 3:14 am

    Shit looks bananas, good to see AM lookin healthy and in high spirits and Jay puttin him on is a good look too.

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