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Thursday, December 10, 2015

The OG of Moombahton DJ Dave Nada Returns to the Bay to Play Two Tropical Bass Sets This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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Ever since he accidentally invented the moombahton genre in 2009, producer and DJ Dave Nada has spent the past six years of his musical career exploring an original sound that is equal parts Latin club, mosh pit, and house beats. However, this year he and partner Matt Nordstrom - known together as Nadastrom - took a departure from their signature sound by creating their first full-length self-titled album. Released in early 2015, the eponymous record features tracks with lush pop vocals and deep house rhythms over thick basslines. From festival stages to small basement warehouses, the duo has spent the better part of the year touring and sharing the new direction they’ve taken.

Never one to turn down a tropical bass event, DJ Dave Nada returns to the Bay this weekend to play two special sets. We got a chance for a quick chat with Dave about moombahton, his signature hairstyle, and what he has in store for this weekend. We also rounded out the interview with his close friend Deejay Theory who talks a bit about Tormenta Tropical’s 8-year anniversary, which Dave will headline with Tittsworth. Catch Dave at Tormenta Tropical this Saturday 12/12 at Elbo Room or for Sazon Libre Monday 12/14 at El Rio.

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Get Ready For Christmas With R. Kelly's Holiday Slap, "Christmas Party"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 1:10 PM

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If you've heard R. Kelly's summer slap "Backyard Party," then you'll recognize the tune in "Christmas Party" (and know that it's basically the same song but with different lyrics). Whatever, though, we're still bumping it over here at the Weekly office because a) it's a nice deviation from the standard holiday classics, and b) like all of R. Kelly's songs, it's damn catchy. Not only that, it's also funny (which you could also say about practically every R. Kelly song). Apparently on Christmas R. Kelly likes to reminisce "on old times / While drinking and playing Dominoes," and he even makes a comment about how "all the people here are so good looking."

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Moment of Truth: The Top 7 Bay Area Hip-Hop Albums of 2015

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 10:16 AM

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Moment of Truth’s first year comes to a close and it’s been a pleasure covering hip-hop in the Bay throughout 2015. If the year in music showed us anything, it’s that hip-hop artists in the area are getting more comfortable with stepping outside of any previously established Bay area norms. Where we’ve always been a hyphy-heavy hip-hop community, the bass-forward sound isn’t the only way to create viable hip-hop that hits.

Not gonna lie, I’m hella proud to claim all of the artists on this list as part of the Bay area hip-hop community. There’s way more than these seven to shout out, but these were the ones that stood out above the rest. With that, here’s Moment of Truth’s Top 7 Bay Area Hip-Hop Albums of 2015:

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