M.I.S.S. In The Mix: Hellz Bellz x DJ 88 Presents "Bedtime Stories" Mixtape
LA native, Las Vegas-based DJ 88 recently hooked up with the fly women’s clothing brand Hellz Bellz to release a mixtape entitled, Bedtime Stories, which the official soundtrack for their Spring/Summer collection “Queens of Noise.” Filled with some of the most influential post-punk/indie artists of the late 70’s, early 80’s and today, this mixtape is one that will have you ready to rock out for days! Even if you’re not a big fan of rock music, I think Bedtime Stories is a mix that you will thoroughly enjoy.
Although most people may know DJ 88 as a hip hop/r&b/electro/downtempo/chillwave DJ, it’s pretty apparent that she also has long, post punk/80’s/indie rock roots. Featuring cuts by Joan Jett, Sonic Youth, the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Patti Smith, Blondie and a host of others, this kick-ass mix is heavy in girl power and packs a massive punch of in your face rock-n-roll vibes. My favorite track from the mix would have to be the classic cut “Kick It” by Peaches featuring Iggy Pop. How can one go wrong with Peaches?
With Bedtimes Stories, DJ 88 is continuing to make a name for herself as one of the dopest and most sought after DJs on the left coast. Her musical diversity is truly a gift and her mixtape catalog features a little bit of everything; making her truly a DJ for everybody! If Bedtime Stories is the first time you’re hearing of DJ 88, I assure you that it won’t be the last. Much like the Hellz Bellz clothing brand, the mix is cohesive, flawless, and extremely unique. You don’t have to take my word for it though. Peep the track-list, listen to the mix, and download it via Sound Cloud below! There’s also a video that follows DJ 88 during her visit to the Hellz office to put this project together. Awesomeness!
M.I.S.S. In The Mix: Rocky Rivera’s “Girl Like Me” Video
Last week, heavy-hitting female emcee and M.I.S.S.’ very own editor-at-large Rocky Rivera gave fans a sneak peek of her highly anticipated music video for the track, “Girl Like Me” at the first installment of HLLYWD & WESTERN in California. While the video was not yet made public, I frequently checked her Facebook and Twitter pages just to be sure I didn’t miss out on its release. After patiently waiting, I’m happy to report that the video for “Girl Like Me” featuring Raka Dun of the Panamanian Hip-Hop/reggae duo, Los Rakas is finally here! Might I also add that Rocky Rivera never looked or sounded better in it! Read the full story
I’m just going to go ahead and say it, I’m slightly sorry if I do offend anyone or any other lines that I love. But holy hot damn; Hellz has the most solid, cohesive, bangin’ lines to drop this summer. Queens of Noise is exactly a mix of what it was described to be: Love, drugs, and rock & roll.the fundamentals of a good time. The sunset strip turns into a catwalk, while neon lights adorn city streets. Literally, my mouth was wide open and jaw was to the floor. Highly impressed, there are so many pieces that will be mine! I really don’t feel that I need to talk it up ladies, I’ll let the images speak for themselves. Photos don’t lie (Madam Chloe voice).
“Queens of Noise” is fast to celebrate the arrival of long hot summer nights with an array of flirty dresses that exude the rebellious nature of HELLZ. The “Slash” features mesh slits on a confetti printed body-con dress, while the “Tux” combines a sophisticated demeanor with a venomous hidden agenda for the girl-about-town. This summer, HELLZ calls upon all ‘Queens of Noise’ and midnight marauders in the battle of self-empowerment to use their voice, and reign over the concrete kingdom of the youth. Through the “Queens of Noise” independence is the thrill in which we all seek, and if you’re going to risk it all, you better look good doing so.
Though price points are unknown as well as the date to release, we always can count on one thing…Hellz always comes through.
HELLZ does it again ladies, and this time they’ve collaborated with luxury handbag line, Mata Hari. The collaboration is just in time for Spring, featuring three different handbags made of high quality leather in bold sleek bodies. The collection includes the bucket bag, with stainless steel cone studs along the bottom, the quilted clutch-wallet with a studded detachable glove, and the bondage inspired satchel. All three are available in black, white or a soft pinkish hue; I’ll take the black satchel please, thanks!
Inspired by her love of vintage haute couture, founding HELLZ designer, Lanie Barcena, took the design and collaboration process as an opportunity to create timeless, tailored handbags with an edge that every woman could appreciate.
This May, the collaboration is set to release through select HELLZ retailers, for three days only. HELLZ will take pre-orders of each handbag at a limited discounted price. Pre-sale will begin on March 8th, ending on Friday March 11th through the HELLZ online boutique.
Her sound could be described as electro-pop and has aroused many a booty dance from crowds all over the globe. Devin Star Tailes, known as Dev, dropped her first single Booty Bounce in August 2010. A little later Far East Movement sampled a part of Booty Bounce in their mega hit Like a G6 – yeah, you know the one – it was on the radio 24/7. Drawing inspiration from hip hop among other genres, Dev is fully confident in her musical prowess (as she should be) and her debut album is scheduled to be released in April 2011. We can’t wait to hear it!
Take a look at what turns this star on (and what doesn’t).
Devi shares on her big break and inspirations.
M.I.S.S. What woman, besides your mom or grandmother, do you find inspirational?
Blondie. Michelle. my two little sisters Sierra and Maezee
M.I.S.S. How did you get your start in music?
The Cataracs found me on Myspace LOL. I randomly put up a song I recorded on my Macbook and they loved my sound. We then started working together in the Bay and clicked really, really well. Now they’re my best friends and producers for all my projects.
M.I.S.S. Do you have any pre-performance rituals? What are they?
Nah lol I generally just like to chill before my shows. I’ll have a few drinks and make sure the vibes are good. I’m big on good vibes.
M.I.S.S. What’s your style inspiration?
I get style inspiration from a lot of different stuff, just like I do with music. Anything from different cities, to people, blogs, and music. I stay wearing HELLZ BELLZ tho, thats my shit.
Bass Down Low, Dev's first single
M.I.S.S. What’s your favorite project that you’ve worked on?
Honestly, everything on this journey so far has been amazing, I don’t think I have ONE favorite lol. Aside from The Cataracs being my producers, they’re my favorite artists, so every time we work it’s good haha.
M.I.S.S. How did you get together with Far East Movement on Like A G6? Who do you want to work with on future projects?
Through the Cataracs. They had a studio session lined up and while they were creating G6, they all decided my bridge from ‘BOOTYBOUNCE’ would be dope as the G6 hook and that’s how I came into play with that situation. As far as future projects go, I’d like to work with Nikki.
M.I.S.S. We’re big fans of Lanie’s work at Hellz and word on the street is that back in the day you interned for Hellz…do you have any interest in working in fashion too?
Haha I sure did. That’s my fam fam right there! And yes I actually am interested in working in fashion. I’ve always wanted to play around with that side of the arts. As of right now, 100% of me and my time is into my music and becoming successful with that. In the future I’d love to fuck around with fashion for sure.
M.I.S.S. What part of being a musician is the most challenging and do you dislike the most?
It’s all absolutely insane lol. I mean, three years ago I had two 9-5’s and never ever imagined this industry to be as crazy and as beautiful as it is. I can’t really say I dislike anything about my work tho, I’d be hella outapocket to complain. I’m doing my thing and figuring out more and more about myself everyday. I’m lucky enough to have a job i actually like, not too many people get to experience that.
M.I.S.S. Any advice for ladies who are just starting out in a career as a musician?
Keep it moving. Seriously, grinding is important. And keep it real. This industry can be ugly, don’t everrrr be afraid to hold it down. and on YOUR terms <3