Crush of the Week

Bro of the Week: Tuko of Tha Boogie


After releasing 3 albums with Tha Boogie and being mentored by award-winning singer-writer-producer, Raphael Saadiq, Tuko, a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter released his first solo album, Infrared and Ultraviolet (I and U). He steers from the bubbly-pop sound that Tha Boogie is known for, and goes for beats that thump harder and lyrics that are aggressive yet candid.

Last week, we had the privilege of attending his album release party at Tru Hollywood Nightclub, where a couple hundred of his friends and loved ones gathered to support him. The 9-track album was made in a very special place: his bedroom. He said, “I can say that everyone on my album has been in my bedroom. And to bring the album from my bedroom to you guys, here at Tru Hollywood, is such an honor.” Highlight tracks: “Ready For The World/Tragic End,” ” Poisonous Tradition,” “2020 AD,” and “Prince Shxt.” What I took away from the party is that Tuko is eager to pursue his dreams. Fear and insecurities will not stop him.

Download Infrared and Ultraviolet here.

Concerts, LA Timez

Highlights from Rachel Assil’s ‘The Opus Unplugged’ Album Release

Some of indie music’s brightest singers, songwriters and producers took over The Roxy on Sunset Strip Thursday night. Rachel Assil assembled a handful of  talented friends to celebrate the release of her album, The Opus Unplugged, such as Timothy Bloom, Tha Boogie, Dezi Paige and others.

As soon as we entered the venue, Timothy Bloom’s performance began.

With a voice like Donny Hathaway and the sex appeal of D’Angelo, he wooed the crowd. His equally awesome band and backup singers added to rhapsody that he stirred. A woman next to us couldn’t help herself and screamed, Timothy! Will you marry me?!” Yes, he was that mesmerizing.

Timothy Bloom with Dezi Paige

In between sets, DJ Paris Paul helped the crowd stay warmed up and interested. He was high energy the entire night with his mixes.

Ms. D-NICE, a percussionist/drummer, dubbed as the next Sheila E., did an on-the-spot performance where she timed her beats to every song that the DJ pumped out. The crowd went in a frenzy over her performance.

Shortly thereafter, Rachel Assil hit the stage.

Behind her Steinway & Sons piano, she belted out The Opus Unplugged, a sincere, soulful record touches on life, love, betrayal and deceit. “Cold Cold Coma” got the biggest reaction from the crowd. Definitely one of the standout tracks.

Make sure to get it on iTunes.

Tha Boogie finished off the fun-filled night.

Their energy level is off the charts!

Rachel hopped on stage to party with the duo.

We were all smiles and ringing ears afterwards. On our way out, we ran into Maya and Nandy of Heroine December.

Overall, great great great night. Supreme voices. Phenomenal music. Live music is everything!


Rachel Assil’s Official Album Release with Melody Thornton, Tha Boogie, Timothy Bloom, DJ Warrior & Dezi Paige & Irene Diaz

Recording artist, Rachel Assil, will celebrate the release of her debut album, Rachel Assil: The Opus Unplugged, with an evening at the Roxy Theatre. On August 30th, these artists will share the stage in a big night of music.

The evening—a black & white attire affair—will feature guest performances by Grammy award winning, Timothy Bloom and Raphael Saadiq’s protégés, duo Tha Boogie. Also performing will be Dezi Paige, Irene Diaz, and special guest, Melody Thornton—who will be joining Assil on select songs.

Timothy Bloom Grammy award winner has written and produced songs for Chris Brown, NeYo, and many others. Tha Boogie just recently opened for Raphael Saadiq on his European tour, hit SXSW while their single Keepsake received radio love from KCRW and others. Worldwide success DJ Warrior has had countless features from NY Times, LA Times, to Jay Leno and MTV. And our very special guest, international pop star Melody Thornton [formally of the group] The Pussycat Dolls has just released her critically acclaimed mixtape ‘P.O.Y.B.L’ and has recently confirmed the title of her debut album. ‘Hit The Ground Running’ to be released later this year.

The Opus Unplugged, recorded by Jason Patterson at the Palms Studio X in Las Vegas, features soulful records dedicated to an array of matters ranging from life and love to betrayal and deceit. Encompassing some of the most sincere qualities that a storyteller can possess, it has repeatedly been described as “raw” by industry heavyweights.

“Smokey. Bone-chilling from the soul. Leon Russell, Julie London, and Carole King have been remixed and reborn in Rachel Assil,” said Marshall Tarley of ASCAP.

“Truth, passion, soul, joy, pain, honesty, conviction, drive, determination,” says Grammy award winning producer and songwriter, Justin “Just Blaze” Smith, “Rachel Assil embodies all of these things in her music.”

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Assil may be one of the industry’s best kept secrets, but she is no stranger. Her musical accolades are plentiful. She has opened for Anthony Hamilton, and has performed before major figures in the entertainment circuit including Denzel Washington, Diane Warren, and Linda Perry. She’s written with artists such as Sandy Vee, REO, AR Rahman, DQ of The Writing Camp, Harold Lilly, Blac Elvis, Nate Walka, Stacy Barthe, and Timothy Bloom, even scoring her first international placement with Toby Gad. Additionally, Assil was signed to international recording artist, producer & songwriter Akon.

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The Pearl Mic Fellas of the Week: Tha Boogie

Usually we highlight one cool dude for our Fella of the Week, but two is always better than one, right? Tha Boogie is our Fella(s) of the Week because their track “Keepsake”, the first single from their brand new EP, Good Luck Charlie Vettuno, is so addicting. The EP is set for release on March 20th.

The LA-based Pop/Alternative duo is currently on the road with their illustrious mentor, Raphael Saadiq, from March 9th – 14th for multiple tour dates in Paris, France and Belgium. They will be back in the United States to perform at the showcase on March 17th in Austin for (SXSW).

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Tha Boogie Covers Os Mutantes’ Panis et Circensis in Latest Music Video

Tha Boogie adds their visual and vocal spin to Os Mutantes’ “Panis et Circensis” for the Red Hot + Rio 2 compilation, which features various gifted artists such as John Legend, Quadron, Alice, Smith, Aloe Blacc, Beirut and many others. The proceeds from the compilation goes to AIDS research. Red Hot Organization (RHO) is a not-for-profit international organization dedicated to fighting AIDS through pop culture. The Red Hot + Rio 2 compilation is available on iTunes.

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Cop Tha Boogie’s Digital Album “Love Tha Boogie Vol​.​1 (Steal This Sh​*​t)”

If you enjoy feel good tunes, go ahead and download the extended version of Tha Boogie’s 2009 release Love Tha Boogie Vol.1 (Steal This Sh*t!). This version includes a special guest appearance by Raphael Saadiq. Enjoy!