Garrett Harris 8 a.m., Aug. 23
RIYL: Black Mikey, Anti-Citizens, Parker and the Numberman, Young Foe, Orko Eloheim
Mr. Ridley (Left-Handed Scientist) produces beats for Orko Eloheim, Parker and the Numberman, Black Mikey, and others. As a teen, he drummed and sang in bands like Sway, which recorded at Temple Productions, run by future members of Vokab Kompany.
Ridley later co-founded the duo Anti-Citizens with Bazerkowitz. The debut Anti-Citizens album Tunnel Visionaries (the original band name) produced by Ridley, was released in 2007. “Making music is effortless for us,” says Ridley. “Where the real work comes in for any independent artist is the grind of getting the music out to the people.”
As for the way hip-hop is often portrayed in the media, “Throughout many years,” says Ridley, “I have watched as various media outlets in San Diego have categorized and stereotyped many hip-hop acts into a sum majority which reflects a bare minimum of our true intellectual output...the spoken word is more powerful than GOD, as GOD is the written word of MAN. God rests inside each and every being that is and always will be ALIVE. We are the holy keepers of LIFE, the most precious resource on earth.”
In early 2012, Bazerkowitz released BB King Kong, a joint recording collaboration with beats by Mr. Ridley, as well as featuring local rapper Black Mikey, Mikey’s cousin Orko the Sycotik Alien, Angel of Death, and Kount Villa.