Off To See The Wizard

Taco Wizard a nomadic radical taqueria did their first pop up this Tuesday at Wild Child in St.Pete, offering travelers game changing tacos and other Latin favorites with a slight flick of the wand.

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Fish Tacos

Everything sounded fire so I had to pretty much get one of every item. I started off with the red fish tacos. The fry on the fish was nice not over powering the flavor, with the slaw topping adding a nice fresh crunch. The salsa was nice and spicy. I’d like to see their take on a Baja fish taco possibly at the next pop up.

Asada

Out of all the different flavors the Wizard had going on you can’t beat a classic Asada Taco. Nothing really crazy going on with these, just great flavor and a great price point which is sometimes all you need with a taco.

Pho Birria

I like Pho and I like tacos so what happens when you combine the two? All the herbs commonly used in pho added that same kind of vibe to the Birria Tacos. The brisket and ox tail combo went nicely with the abundance of flavors. Would easily get these again if they appeared back on the menu, really inventive idea.

It isn’t pictured because I ate it so fast but the Chili Lime Shrimp and Potato Empanada was bussin. Even if they dropped a traditional style empanada with just potato and chicken or pork would be nice for the next pop up.

Banana Horchata

When I saw this at the bottom of the menu I already knew it was mine. This fresh from the cauldron Banana Horchata is pretty dam near close to homemade. No artificial or mix flavors just rice milk cinnamon and banana. Could drink a gallon of this stuff it was so good.

I am really digging all the pop up food events happening in the city lately, and you can add Taco Wizard to the likes of Dusty’s and many others, bringing quality food and new flavors to the streets of St.Pete for locals by locals. There’s really no telling what flavors the Wizard will conjure up out of his spell book for the next pop up but you can bet the Jit will be pulling up again.

Stone VS Earth

Photographer Stone is able to capture moments in time, with his Polaroid esthetic giving off a sense of nostalgia despite being in the now. I wanted to shed light on a few of his photos that highlight his artistic touches.

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This first photo I call “The Jungle” is one of my favorites. The faces being covered adds to the mystery, who are these men? The crispness of the photo gives it that 90s grunge vibe you would see on the streets of NYC.

Laid back

I dig how lived in this photo feels. It could be pre game or post game chillin but either way the homie is laid back. This one has a slice of life type feel we can all relate to.

Effortless

Backstage photo shoots are always a dope concept to me. Which photos make it and which photos don’t. Yes we always see the glamorous model with the edited photos but what if the raw cuts was the norm?

Red Ballon

This photo has EP cover vibes to me. It offers the viewer many questions. Who is this girl and why does she have the balloons? Are they her ballon’s or are they just wandering like a ghost throughout the streets.

August

This photo gives off that slice of life feel as well. The all white background makes the denim jacket stand out. Why is the fabric over the light is the first question that came to my mind.

Paralela

This piece reminds me of something out of a seventies exploitation film. The model fits the vibe to a tee with her luxurious esthetic. Her face gives off a sense of longing. Despite her luxurious life style she appears to want something more, not as content with her current situation.

Crisis

You can really feel the pain in this one. From the smeared make up, to bathing with clothes on. The viewer is not hip to why the model is in such a state of pain, but her longing gaze tells the whole story.

Shadows

A follow up to the “Crisis” piece, this next photo reminds me of Lelia Goldoni in John Cassavetes film “Shadows”. Not only does the model look very similar to her, but her current state matches many of the scenes in the film.

Museum

This one is some high fashion shit. The old school statue adds a baroque tone to the photo. The model like the statue comes off as a piece of living art, both now being captured in time simultaneously. Medusa faces turn me into stone.

Big NHO

Had to add this one cause it’s gang shit. Despite the Somewhere Store being something in the now, the way Stone shoots Raheem makes the moment feel lived in, with so much history already behind it. In a few years this one his gonna hit way harder, Big NHO shit.

What I love most about Stone’s photos is the sense of nostalgic they evoke despite being taken in current time. Deep down I am an old soul, so to see someone not using crystal clear filters, and looking for that perfect IG look puts a smile on my face every time. Hopefully I can lock in with the homie and have my own time capsule created through Stone’s lens.

813 Essential Reviews: Vern SR And Deezy Wee The Reaper: Sparxky & Dutch

Every once in awhile there comes a time when two of the undergrounds best come together and create an essential record. On “Sparxky & Dutch”, Vern SR & Deezy Wee The Reaper create a sonic adventure filled with pimp tyte beats and smoked out bars.

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The project kicks off with the eerie “Sockem Bopper”. Verb’s flow is so cool and laid back but the way he delivers each line is what makes them stick. Deezy has one of my favorite voices in rap, this beat was made for him to reap over. Deezy has quotables for days, but the Barney Rubble line was my favorite. Great way to start off the project.

“Bussin” is that ride around in the whip making plays type track. Despite being smoked out, Vern & Deezy still got that smoke, so you better come correct. One of my favorite Vern lines is on this track when he says “ I’m an alchemist, turning nothing into something”.

“Big Tokin” gives off that day time pool party vibe. Everyone chilling on floaties smoking loud having a blast, cannon balls and everything. This is how you make a dope song about smoking without it coming off as corny or played out.

“Tube” has a bouncy beat with some hard hitting bass. The concept of this track is dope with Vern & Deezy watching themselves on TV, possibly the latest episode of “Sparxky & Dutch”. Deezy keeps is flow slower on this track but Vern speeds things up a bit on his.

“Two Lics” is on that reap shit. If they catch you lacking, Vern & Deezy just might have to hit a lic real quick. I really enjoyed the more playful vibe on this track, with Vern & Deezy taking pleasure in finding a new victim.

Now let’s get into one of my favorite tracks off the album “Putty Cat”. This one has always stuck with me, probably due to the atmospheric beat. Deezy gets in the zone on his verse, with each line creating a visual in your mind. I like the way they went back and forth on the hook. Vern’s flow is pretty sped up on the track but he rides the beat with ease.

“Mattress” sounds like it was straight out of Miami Vice, that sax hits. Deezy’s rhyme scheme on this track is very inventive, especially towards the mid point of his verse. Vern pulls up on his pimp shit, putting all his bitches in check. Just a really feel good track, love the vibe especially when things slow down at the end.

“Bruce Willis” will have you chirping back for sure. Hands down the craziest beat on the project, the homies slide this joint bringing high energy and good vibes. Vern drops mad Bruce Willis references throughout his verse.

“Stuntin” low key has that Metro Zu vibe to it but through a Tampa Bay filter. Deezy has a more slowed down flow on this one but it adds to the laid back vibe, but once he comes back in on the third verse things keep speeding up. This the credits rolling at the end of the movie type vibe.

When it comes to 813 Essentials I would say “Sparxky & Dutch” is a cult classic. Both emcees have cult like following which only grew after this project. I also really dig how they low key made a stoner rap classic as well. With part 2 on the way fans on both sides of the bay will be running back this essential for years to come.

Freshly Squeezed Products

The Florida Orange Co. a Florida lifestyle brand offering fresh picked goods for all seasons, releases its flagship Florida Orange Trucker just in time for Fall.

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Orange

Quality materials, attention to detail, and a taste for the more leisurely things in life, Florida Orange Co. is all about enjoying the fruits of your labor. Off rips I love how Florida this drop is, taking back the Orange to the state that made it famous. On first glance you just notice the white, orange, and green color scheme, but that hit of blue towards the center adds so much.

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Really solid inaugural release from the Florida Orange Co. The ad campaign for this drop was crazy, and I do hope one day we can eat that film screened at the Prx Jit Cinema. This first trucker already has that statement piece vibe, building anticipation for the brands next drop.

THRESHOLD

Six of Tampa Bays top designers come together under one roof for the “THRESHOLD” fashion exhibition at The Factory, featuring Pollex World, LittleBull4U, Cowboy By Takeo, Muse By Pablo, Garbäj Clothing, and Made By Moose.

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Enter The Void

Threshold- The Place or point of entering or beginning. Despite doing game chaining work in the past, all the designers are stepping up their game to push the boundaries of their art even forward.

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Check out the color scheme

LittleBull4U always brings top tier cuts and fabrics to her design. Many of the pieces have that nomad vibe to them, allowing them to be worn in all climates and situations. If the tease of the color schemes Candice will be using in the show doesn’t get you hype, seeing them in the flesh will.

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21st Century Cowboy

Cowboy By Takeo has been on one heck of a run so far in 2022, from dream collabs to the Somewhere Store retail space, fam is on it. I know the homie has been working hard on some signature pieces for the show.

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Team Glock

Moose as been going crazy with the jewelry as of late, but don’t get it twisted he can’t still whip up a whole fit from scratch. I am curious to see how his jewelry will be incorporated into the show, as well as how the models rock the pieces.

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In Pollex We Trust

Pollex World always brings us comfort with their designs. It always seems to be just what we need without us even knowing it at the time. Besides the pieces I am hype to see what Pollex brings as far as their presentation goes.

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Follow the Orbs

The good people over at Garbäj Clothing will be blessing us with some brand new designs of their own. I missed the last Garbäj show that was held over at Coastal some time ago but I will be front and center for this experience.

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Muse

It’s been a minute since Muse By Pablo has done a fashion show, brining expectations through the roof. They got the short game on lock but I am excited to see what new cuts and pieces the dynamic duo brings to the show.

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Sounds will be curated by the one and only DJ Donnie Luv. Donnie has been in her bag as of late dropping her own live mixes as well as $lugg Mixes here and there. She set the vibe at the last LittleBull4U event, and I expect this to be no different.

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Lucky Tigre will be in the building, mixing up some game changing food combinations that will have your pallet drooling for more. I know they try to make a curated menu to match each event they are at but I know if Takeo had anything to say about it that Okonomiyaki will be on the menu.

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What more can I say this is some big energy right here! The fact that all these amazing designers will all be under one room is an achievement in itself. There’s no way you can bitch about Tampa Bay not having a thriving fashion scene with events like this being meticulously executed. Pick up your tickets today and catch me in VIP on 9/17 at The Factory from 5-10 p.m.

If We Love Each Other

One of Weef’s founding fathers Matt Galloway releases a solo shirt drop titled “If We Love Each Other”, spreading positive vibes in all shapes in sizes.

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Founding Father

I am big fan of the vibe and esthetic Matt and the rest of the Weef Boys have been creating over the past few years, so I was hype to see what Matt could bring on his own. I have seen a bunch of his film references in his past works, so working in a different style peeked my interest.

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Camo

These 37 all unique hand printed tees on vintage camo harkens back to that Florida man esthetic Weef taps into time to time. The fact that each pattern and print is different makes each piece stand as a solo art piece. These bad boys are going for $25 in a variety of sizes.

The Holy Mountain

I am a huge cinephile so when I got eyes on this “The Holy Mountain” tote bag it hit all the right buttons. Featuring some of my favorite stills from the film, this is a no brainer for all film freaks and Jodorowsky followers alike.

Whether is his solo work or his work on Weef, Matt Galloway is doing some incredible work, bridging the gap on what we consider art and fashion. Weef The People!

Heir To Tha Throne

After killing every feature he has been on over the past two years or so I felt it was right to shout out one of my favorite emcees in the Tampa Bay Hip Hop Scene, Jay Browne. In this article I will be ranking Browne’s Top 5 Feature Verses thus far.

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It was hard to narrow it down to five records but I feel these tracks showcase just how versatile of an emcee Browne is, as well as the caliber of emcees that put him on the track.

5. Frankie X featuring Jay Browne No Bonnie

One of my favorite tracks off Frank’s “Angels EP”, “No Bonnie” was a different take on the “Me & My Girlfriend” style track from greats like Pac and Hov. Browne has spit about trifling women before on past tracks but this one he’s standing above all that, not letting any woman get in the way of his paper and his career.

4.Barely Legal featuring Jay Browne Dat Way

Barley Legal’s “Dat Way” is a song of the year contender. I am not sure there are many other tracks that get both sides of the bay so it had to make the list. The tables turn a bit for Jay on this track as he brings the gravitas to the track, building on his already tight relationship with the Barely Legal Collective.

3. Gat$ & Jordan Patrick featuring Jay Browne Whip Appeal

At the “2 Much 2 Robb” album listening party Gat$ and Jordan Patrick said they wanted to give Jay Browne a beat that was a bit different than the usual production he goes over. In return we get one of my favorite tracks off the album and by far one of Browne’s best verses of the year. Jxpvtty comes through with that wrapped wonky production. Once the beat really starts going Browne just hits this pocket, especially on that “In My Lifetime” line. We need visuals for this joint by the way.

2. Scxtt Aye featuring Jay Browne Diamonds

In my mind this joint is already a 813 Classic. The old school and the new school come together on Scxtt Aye’s “Diamonds” of the 813 Essential album “Doves”. It’s a toss who really had a better verse on the track, which is one of the highest compliments you can give knowing how much respect Browne and the city has for Scxtt Aye. I really love the way Browne starts off his first with the “Who is him, who is me, who am I” line. We need a video for this classic A$AP!

1. Pusha Preme featuring Jay Browne Never Thought

This shit right here mane was made for the Bucs to run out of the tunnel. The Pusha Preme connection brought Browne’s confidence and game to the next level on their immortal 813 classic track “Never Thought”. I dig how Browne slows his verse down a bit towards the beginning but then once shit gets rolling you got no choice but to get hype.

Feature verses like these have only catapulted Jay Browne to the top of the pack when it comes to this Tampa Bay Hip Hop shit. Every time you see Jay Browne featured on a track you know he is bringing pressure, building anticipation for his next solo effort. The top might not be his at the moment but it doesn’t take a psychic to see that the Tampa Bay Hip Hop throne will be his soon enough.

Producer Spotlight: 7spellz

Continuing the new Producer Spotlight series where we take a look at producers and beat makers doing their thing in the Tampa Bay Area I wanted to showcase someone you have probably heard featured on a verse or on the beat for some of your favorite artists in the scene 7spellz.

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7pellz can’t really be tied down to one style or sound. Sometimes he’s on his boom bap sample style tip, other times he can be on his cloud rap shit, often bringing that dark revered sound SGP was known for back in the day. In this piece I will pick out a few of my favorite beats the homie has dropped released and unreleased, going through the whole gamut.

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I believe one of the first 7spellz tracks I heard was his joint off Drogotdoe & 9henom’s collab album “Take Da Globe”. First off that sample he used sounds like it was from a Giallo Film or something off Alchemist’s “Russian Roulette”, a vibe for sure. The way the sample blends with the hard hitting 808s is a sign of true skill.

Valhalla

I dig the atmospheric tone of this beat, it doesn’t have a name but I call it “Valhalla”. The drums aren’t as hard hitting but that allows you to just take a ride into space with all the laid back sound.

Treasure Planet

Spellz takes a more Boom Bap approach on this track I call “Treasure Planet”. I feel Spellz is more at home on the wrapped SGP style production or the cloudy stuff, but he really holds his own with the boom bap sound. I would like to hear some more boom bap vibes in the future.

Road Less Traveled

The homie goes back on his Cloud Rap shit for “Road Less Traveled”. The backing synth loop is really dope, allowing you to engage with the beat instantly. I could see a few people on this track but I feel Drogotdoe would slide it the hardest.

Oblivion

I dig this track because it blends the cloud rap with the boom bap. Reminiscent of something the Souls Of Mischief would spit on back in the day, I dig the somber laid back vibe of the track. I would like to hear Junkyrd on this one.

7spellz has tons of heat that he has unleashed onto the world, so peep his various pages to check out more of his beats. With some of my favorite artists in the city still yet to drop, it’s only a matter of time before we see a new 7spellz placement soon.

Onlyonetwo- Aether

The Black Alchemist Onlyonetwo ascends to a higher plain after mastering the fifth element “Aether”.

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Aether the fifth element is the material that fills the region of the universe beyond the terrestrial sphere. After dropping one of my favorite albums of the year, I knew Two wasn’t going to pull any punches, on this one he’s coming for heads, and bringing the homies along with him.

“Magic (Heka)” was the perfect intro for the project. Of rips we know Two isn’t playing, his flow is so cold on this one, you can feel the confidence in every bar. Not many people can make memorable hooks for their own track but Two does it every time with ease. That Rey Mysterio line was a stand out. It would be dope to see a video for this joint.

“2 Much 2 Lose” slows things down a bit, but Two is still talking that talk. The hook on this one might be one of my favorites Two has done to date. Those piano keys on the beat are slamming, adding to the jiggy vibe of the track. Two puts us onto game at the end of the song.

“Months” featuring Big Mochino is a song you can just ride out to. The wavy production is hard hitting, yet ethereal. Big Mochino pulls up on the track, adding some gravitas with that money talk. This is my favorite beat on the whole production, the high energy gives off an anthem vibe on the hook.

“Sphinx Talk” brings back the piano, but on a more somber vibe. Two speeds up his flow a tad on the track but he rides the beat either way. The hook is my favorite part of the song, especially when that guitar kicks in the background.

“What’s Real” takes us through Two’s life, discussing the people in his life that gave him the foundation he continues to this day. Bro always keeps it real in his raps, unlike most of the people in the game.

The homie Jha Asjawn comes through on “Street Pain”, holding his own with Onlyonetwo. You can really hear Two’s emotion on the hook, allowing the listener to connect more with the song. Many other of Two’s projects feature a lot of guitar but this project is more piano based.

“Gossip” brings thing a bit to the dark side, with Two dealing with falling in love with demons and fake homies. That Unkle Luc line was so fire. Two just sounds so focused on this joint, it’s straight bars, pretty much going no hook until the end of the track.

“Don’t Hurt Me” has Two on his vulnerable side, something he hasn’t been shy to speak about on tracks, but this time it sounds like it’s coming from a place of real loss. The little splash of reggae vibes gives the song a bit of an island vibe to it, which could come off corny if not executed right but Two nails it.

“Wanted” featuring the homie W R E C K A is one of my favorite tracks off the project. I dig the more down under style of guitar production. There’s always mad quotables when W R E C K A shows up on a track. That goblet line of the hook is a memorable one for sure.

The project ends on a dark note with “Altercation”. The song could either be about an internal altercation with one’s self or a physical person. People be nosey as hell, so I can definitely relate with Two on this track. Two has been through hard times before, and he always comes out on top, even stronger than before.

Onlyonetwo continues to showcase why he is the premier emcee not only on the Tampa Bay Hip Hop side of things, but in the entire game. Who else is dropping their best work to date and the following it up with another full project of bangers right after. With a few months still left in the year, I am sure Two isn’t done applying that pressure just yet.

Sage The Fox- Sage The World (Lightyear)

Sage The Fox comes through on “Sage The World (Lightyear)”, delivering Darkaire a cornerstone project they can build off of.

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The project kicks things off with “Intro (Bigger Than Us”, a menacing intro that I can almost guarantee was produced by Dr.Dredd. The instrumental sets the tone for what we have in store for the rest of the project.

“Dig Deep” is one of those fast paced tracks Sage always shines on. You’ll be ready for war after bumping this track. I dig the cloudy fast paced production, it sounds like some Rainbow Road shit. After “Demon Slayer” this should be the next video. I can see Sage running down Ybor or Central Ave with his army, while squad ready.

“Demon Slayer” is the lead single of the project, and its safe to say its one of Sage’s best track. Bringing back that fast paced vibe, it’s hard to tell if Sage is slaying these hoes or his real life demons. Sage’s flow on the final verse is my favorite part of the track. We need a video for this one A$AP! You can’t help but bang your head to this one.

“Do Not Disturb” should start off all of Sage’s live sets. I can see this one getting heavy rotation at the gym. That slurm line was pretty dope. I like how the beat switches up a bit towards the mid point of the track. This one is destined to be the fan favorite off the album. When the beat fades out towards the end is one of my favorite moments on the project.

Have you ever seen a fox in a Monclear Coat? “Monclear Fox” is deep down a smoking track. Unless you dang you definitely can’t hit this Za. It would dope to see Breezy Montclair pop up on the remix. The “You Can’t Hit This” hook will be running through your head for days. The rhyme scheme Sage uses towards the end of the first verse is one of my favorites on the project. Known for his fast paced songs, it was dope to hear Sage slow things down at the end.

“Jason Bourne” is a more light hearted track than anything else on the album, which was a nice change of pace at this point in the album.

“WLML (Women Lie, Men Lie)” has a fire almost Egyptian style beat. Sage kills it on the vocals of the hook brining his tone up and down. The rhyme schemes are crazy on this one, but the best flow happens on the first verse. One of my favorite Sage tracks to date. I see an “Arabian Nights” Belly Dancer strip club type vibe for this video.

The project closes out on “LnM”. Off rips I mess with the cloudy atmospheric production. Sage’s flow is a bit hazy but it fits well with the beat. I feel Sage usually ends his projects on more introspective tracks like this one. Bro can really spit that street life when he wants to.

Following up “Genesis” with “Sage The World” was a tough task but Sage exceeded expectations. Like I said in the intro this project is gonna be one of those pillars we look at when we bring up Darkaire, and their impact on the Tampa Bay Scene. I am really hype to hear what’s next from the label as well as what Sage will release onto the world next, especially with my favorite track “Boffum” still waiting for a project to land on.