My calendar is officially marked for the 18th installation of Beat Swap Meet on June 10th in the Chinatown/Downtown LA area. Even if you’re not a vinyl junkie, it’s still a beautiful event to attend — dope DJs are spinning an eclectic mix of music, there are live performances, b-boys & b-girls, independent clothing companies, etc.

I think a lot of times people only associate L.A. with the pretentious, uber glamorous, Hollywood celebrity scene, but there’s so much more to the city than that. With Beat Swap Meet, it’s a great way to experience the vibrant (hip hop) culture of the city and immerse yourself in the beauty of its people. I haven’t been to Beat Swap Meet in a year or two b/c the last time I went way over my budget and bought a ton of records, but I think it’s time to revisit it again. Hopefully I’ll have more discipline, but if anything, at least now I have my camera so I can get some good photos and videos.

Don’t you just love the feeling you get when you stumble across a really dope musician for the very first time?

I never heard of Yuna until today, but I’m an instant fan (as you can see from my other posts). She reminds me a lot of Zee Avi…and that was even before I found out they’re both Malaysian.