It’s been so long since I’ve posted which is only because….life over the last 2 months has been fucking insane in the most fun, amazing, exactly-what-your-20′s-are-supposed to be way. Work hard play hard, don’t stop.
(also on that note- when I don’t blog for weeks or months at a time, you should/can follow me on instagram and twitter because I am literally tweeting/instagramming at all hours of the day. So even when I haven’t written a blogpost, you can keep up with me in those places cause I’m always alive and well in twitter/insta world.
My username for everything is my blog and brand name- -The Hyperbalist bitchhhhhhhhh).
*and ps I take that back – it’s exactly what life is supposed be like ALWAYS, not just your 20′s. Never stop.
The world is just full of so much good food, good music, good places, good people, good experiences, good movies, good fun, good clothes, good make-up, good shoes, good images, good visual pleasure, I just want to experience it all. I wish sleep never had to occur. The past few weeks have been full of visits to NYC, Miami, and NYC. And NYC. And NYC. I have a *LOT* to say about how much fun the trips have been and I actually just typed it all out but then deleted it because I wanted this post to be focused on the reason I sat down to write the post. MUSIC. One song and one DJ in particular.
This Viceroy remix of Biggie’s Going Back to Cali:
Above is the soundcloud – all you have to do is hit the play button to hear it within this blog post.
and here is the youtube to it-
of all time ever.
I heard it for the first time on Friday night at my friend Peter’s in NYC.
The minute I heard the first notes, something weird started happening inside me. It’s what good music always does to me. It’s what good music does to anyone who has half a brain heart or soul. I WILL give the caveat that because I am latin, beats and music might just mean more to my blood and soul. I was basically born dancing. Moving my hips, raging, swaying, swinging my hips, feeling more alive than I’ve ever felt when good music is on, I guess it’s biological and innate to me. When I hear a good song I just…start….dancing….and smiling….and feeling high. I’m sitting at LPQ right now (I exclusively call le pain quotidien LPQ because it’s fucking hilarious/ridiuculous) – and like, I CAN’T. STOP. DANCING. I’m that person on the train, the restaurant, the street, that has music on and is just bobbing their head and popping their shoulders and moving everything inside me and feeling like life is the best thing on earth.
So back to Peter’s on Friday night. I’d gotten off a long bus, I was tired, I was convinced I wasn’t going to go out. Peter, just doing his thing, puts this on. He’d been playing amaaaazing music and then he puts this on just because it’s one of his regular jams. And I heard it. Dropped my bags. And was like, FUCK IT LET’S THROW OUR LIVES AWAY AND DANCE UNTIL WINTER COMES. But it wasn’t just that. It was the best song I’ve ever heard. It’s like…..my ears were having an orgasm. I took off my sweatshirt I’d been wearing on the bus. Threw on a crop top. And was like – LET’S. DO. THIS.
IT’S SO. FUCKING. GOOD. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Going back to Cali has always been one of my favorite songs of all time – right – but this Viceroy remix……….
It’s too genius and amazing for words. It’s……it’s absolutely genius.
It’s got this like….island, carribean beat. When you first hear it….it’s like….straight up carribean but with that pounding driving almost ’80′s beat – the kind of beats that are on the soundtracks to movies like Ferris Beuller’s Day Off and Fast Times at Ridgemont High and and the opening credits to Eddie Murphy’s movies. And all of the best, now-cliche, bad comedy cop 80′s movies. Or like any movie with Emilio Estevez in a white tee shirt and light-wash high-wasited jeans. It makes me want to simultaneously kick box and throw elbows and just straight up freak dance 8th grade style – when i move you move just like this. Right hip, left hip.
Like the beat is so SICK, the way he threw this chill island sound on this thug hip hop song. The aural EUPHORIA that it brings to the song…..it made me want to start salsa and samba-ing to this shit but then it also makes you want to just rage rave-style. I want to spin around in circles and sway my head and sip a drink and twirl and twirl with a grin plastered to my face and just never stop dancing. It transports me to another world. My state of mind is not on this earth when I hear this song.
If you haven’t already clicked on the last like 5 times I posted it in this blog post. Start now. It starts…and the sound is so…melodic…it’s a floaty sound. You feel like you’re floating and it’s just so perfect. Then….those carribean sounds comes in and you’re like…WAIT A MINUTE WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE….this song is making me GRIN it feels so good to listen to and now I’m feeling compelled to shake my butt and hips right now…interesting..interesting and then..the BEAT COMES IN AND it’s like, omfg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LIFE. IS. BEAUTIFUL. I want to never. stop. moving. ever. I want to party for the next 10 years straight, as long as this song is on. This is the greatest I’ve ever felt in life. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THOSE SOUNDS AND BEATS!! AS BIGGIE’S THICK HEAVY DRIVING VOICE RAPS ABOUT GOING BACK TO CALI.
And what’s insane and just so…COOL to me is that what I just described feeling is the sound that Viceroy intended to create and succeeded at creating — youth, endless summer, JET LIFE. That’s why like 90 percent of these DJ’s mixes name their mixes that, because it’s literally about creating a sound that is so GOOD that you truly feel like nothing else matters and the only thing you want to do when you hear the songs is drink, party, dance, and have the most fun that can exist in life. The song literally SETS the stage for and CREATES the fun. Can you imagine being so gifted at sounds and music that you can CREATE something that makes people feel and do that when they hear the shit you created? Jet Life in the non-music world means – the high life, the best life, living fresh to death, – to feel happy, and positive – to see all good and be in good spirits, to have fun and enjoy life. AND THAT’S EXACTLY what I articulated above and felt immediately upon hearing Viceroy’s jet-life song(s) for the first time — even before I ever even knew what jet life meant!!! The definition of jet-life is what I felt and wrote before I confirmed on urban dictionary what ‘jet life’ means in the non-music world- and Viceroy is able to create music that EMBODIES that. It’s WHAT THESE SONGS MAKE ME FEEL!!!! IT’S INCREDIBLE!
He took one of the best hip hop songs of the 90′s and made it into a ‘jet life’ song with a caribbean/electro dance beat. And It brings so….so….MUCH to the song. I love how the beats and sounds change from the chorus to the verses. Like when he comes in for the chorus rapping “GOING GOING, BACK BACK TO CALI” it’s like you want to FIST PUMP Pauly D style right – and then it softens out back with those carribean sounds when he is rapping the verses and….well you still want to fist pump but you also just want to circle around in a euphoric daze.
Can you seriously imagine being so talented, and having such a mastery of the world of music, that you sit down in your studio and you’re like “hmm…today I’m going to take Biggie’s Going Back to Cali and I’m going to do something to it…I’m going to completely reinvent it and give it this new life…this like…tropical dance life that inspires pure BLISS in people when they hear it.” And being able to take your sound board and computer/whatever the fuck it is that EDM artists use to create their songs, and start with a completely blank canvas and just..turn it into this?
Seriously in all of my life of being addicted to music of all kinds, I’ve never thought a remix was as genius as this. The song starts….then at the 10 second mark you hear those FIRST tropical sounds….and at then at the 20-second mark that BEAT! And then it kind of fades out at the minute-mark building up in prep for the chorus, and then at 1:07 you hear that FIRST chorus with the heavy beat.. UGH!!!! I’ve listened to it one THOUSAND MILLION times since Friday night. What’s interesting to me is that so, I listened to like 4000 more of his mixes – all of which are the sickest thing ever and so amazing, but nothing beats the musical genius/feeling/power as the Going Back to Cali and what I felt when I heard it for the first time (and every one thousandth time afterwards), and I started doing research on Viceroy, whose name is Austen Afridi, based out of San Fran, and I read an interview with him, and was so like…fascinatED/delighted/personally-vindicated because the interviewer asked him what his favorite song/mix he’d ever done was, and HE HIMSELF *personally* singled out the Going Back to Cali mix, and said “That’s a really tough one, the last 5 remix’s I’ve done have been really fun projects, but I really enjoyed producing the “Going Back to Cali” remix. It’s such a fun tune and it made me realize the potential my Jet Life remix series had for success. It just plays into my niche summer sound yet as I was saying before it reaches new audiences and allows me to branch out.”
And I was like. FUCKING EXACTLY. Like I may not work for Pitchfork or Spin magazine and I may not be an EDM artist, but I fucking know when a song/sound/tune is next-level and it took one millisecond of hearing and feeling that song to be like “this is some of the best shit I’ve ever heard.” And of all the tapes and tunes Viceroy’s done, HIS personal FAVORITE is Going Back to Cali too. !!!!!!!! Like, I know my shit. Stick with me. And Peter via me. I told Peter: “I owe all of the joy I will experience for the rest of my life to you introducing me to Viceroy.”
And that niche summer sound – that’s just so fucking exactly what it is. He has all these other mixes on his soundcloud page -https://soundcloud.com/viceroymusic
and the Viceroy Vita Coca mixtape is SO fucking good and it’s just like….endless summer. Endless summer.
My 3 other favorite jet life mixes he did are: Montel Jordan’s This Is How We Do It (which is definitely my second favorite after going back to cali)
Soundcloud link here:
And youtube here:
I mean………at about that :30 mark when the beat comes in….it’s so beautiful it makes me want to CRY. It’s so. fucking. dirty. It is so good I …………I think I need to move to San Francisco and just be his groupie because the level of his talent makes me emotional.
ARE YOU LISTENING TO THIS?????????????
So after going back to cali and this is how we do it, my other two fave jet lifes were -
Return of the Mack
IT’S SO. GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOW CAN YOU NOT WANT TO STAND ON A TABLE AND FIST PUMP WHEN THAT BEAT COMES IN THE CHORUS?!?!?!?!? DO YOU NOT?!?!?! Doesn’t it make you want to pop bottles and dance all. fucking. night?!?!
The way he infuses this tropical sound into the songs is like…so fucking…attractive. I can’t.
And the 4th favorite was his remix of Ginuwine’s Pony -
DIRTY DIRTY GOOD
As I’ve been posting/about typing all of this, I’ve listened to each song with headphones on at LPQ and like……WHAT!!!!!!!!!! I JUST WANT TO QUIT LIFE AND DANCE ON A BEACH IN THE BVI’S WITH A PINA COLADA AND 4 MILLION PEOPLE MOVING TO THE BEAT OF THE MUSIC. Or literally ANYWHERE. Peter’s apartment in NYC with AC on and just five 20-somethings sipping on something in a solo cup just HAVING. FUN.
When the songs starts breaking down into the “first we’re gonna get nasty baby…..” and the beat builds and builds….and then…..stops…..and then…………..DROPPPPPPPPSSSSSSSS.
The goodness of these songs, and all of his other mixes….I CANNOT FUCKING INTELLECTUALLY PROCESS. HOW CAN SOMEONE BE SO GENIUS WITH MUSIC.
his remix of Brett- Confidence is so fucking good too – I am listening to it now and like….trying not to freak OUT.
I love love love love love it. It’s just so happy! Can you hear the dude sing the chorus and not feel happy and smile? The verses with his voice are driving and sexy with his voice and the lyrics, and then chorus is just like…..FUCK IT LET’S JUST BE HAPPY AND ALL JUMP OFF A CLIFF TOGETHER. THE CLIFF OF VICEROY’S DANCE BEAT. THE CLIFF OF LIFE. LET’S JUST SMILE AND DANCE AND TWIRL IN CIRCLES AND CIRCLES AND CIRCLES AND REPLAY THE SONG AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN IN EUPHORIC SUMMER HAPPY YOUTH.
INCREDIBLE that he can take the idea of something- the feeling of utter EUPHORIA and happiness (jet life) and make SONGS that involuntarily MAKE someone feel that way.
That’s some incredible, beautiful shit. Music is seriously my life.
I honestly don’t know how I will ever be able to spend a minute of life with these songs NOT in my headphones. In my ears. Pulsing through me and bringing me such utter and complete joy. I think I might end up in a mental institution with Viceroy’s Going Back to Cali and This Is How We Do It in my headphone in my ears listening to them on repeat for the rest of my years on earth. Totally fine.
**PS it’s been about 20 minutes since I posted and all I have done in that time is listen to every song twice more – return of the mack and pony are SO GOOD and “confidence” is like edging out to be my favorite in terms of desire-to-twirl factor.
I CAN’T. HANDLE. HOW. GOOD. THESE SONGS ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*PPPPPPPS – I keep listening to the This Is How We Do It again, and again, and again, and just absolutely DYING inside with overwhelming joy at its goodness. THEY’RE. ALL. SO. DELICIOUS.