Hey it’s your boy DJ Bonics, Karmaloop TV, and guess what? You get to hang out with me.
How I met Wiz.. Well, it’s kind of long and intricate but not really at the same time. The short version of the story is that I’m the best at what I do in Pittsburgh and he’s the best at what he does, so it was a match made in heaven. I’ve actually seen Wiz work since he was like 15 years old. ID Labs is like the first place that he really recorded at seriously, and so I’m friends with E. Dan who is the owner and engineer and produced more than half of Rolling Papers. He’s the one that was like “man there’s this young kid, he’s like 15 and he’s amazing.” So I actually booked Wiz, and he wasn’t Wiz Khalifa then, at a show back at Pitt in like 2004. I gave him the early slot, I remember his mom was watching and maybe a handful of other people so, it was just the timing was incredible, you know, that he worked hard and was able to get to his spot and I worked hard and was able to get – Pittsburgh has my back, you know, so that made it a perfect marriage.
How important is it for Pittsburgh in this whole scenario? Well I put Pittsburgh, sort of, whether it’s a DJ or producer against anyone in the world.
Pittsburgh’s an amazing place, it’s small enough that everyone kinda knows what you’re doing. Well, we’ve come out with a series earlier this summer which was Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland. Before that we did a Pittsburgh vs. Philly which was very bitter sweet for me. Friends, you know, of us in each city – people who do big things in Cleveland people who do big things in Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh side of things it was Digital Dave, DJ Nugget, and myself. Kosher Kuts, Flaco and Donkis were the Cleveland guys. It’s just a cool collabo, you know, Pittsburgh and Celveland have a little history, they love and hate each other you know.
So Last year I had a heart attack. And actually, next week is the one year anniversary of my heart attack. After that happened, I decided that I want to kinda spread the word of heart disease and how it affects young adults, you know hip-hop is young – all this is happening for the first time, like DJs turn 30 and have to deal with real diseases. I mean look at Rhymefest had some health issues…
I started a foundation, Bonics Heart Beats Foundation is the name, what I want to do is kind of help people realize that heart disease is real. So it’s important to know all of your numbers, your cholesterol, blood pressure, watch what you eat. Because it’s real, you know, DJs are in the club every night around cigarette smoke, around drinking.
So coming up in December, we have maybe a 6 to 8 tour run with Snoop Dogg, they’re promoting their Mac and Devon go to High School movie that coming out, they have a soundtrack that’s coming out. First of all I’m excited to be a part of something like that because I remember – you remember if you were like an 80’s baby there used to be like great movie soundtracks in the 90’s like Judgement Night, Don’t Be a Menace, and New Jersey Drive, and Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, and Set it Off, and so many movie soundtracks I used to be excited for and all they have these days are like Save the Last Dance, right, so it’s awesome to be a part of something like that – to be able to tour with Snoop Dogg. I guess this is like the stoners’ Watch the Throne. I put it this way, when I was 13 I had a Snoop Dogg Doggystyle poster in my room, now I get to tour with him. So, eat your Wheaties.
Once again it’s DJ Bonics, official Taylor Gang DJ, official DJ for Wiz Khalifa. Holla at the Road Warriors DJs, Holla at the Violator All-Star DJs, Scratch Mechanics, Pittsburgh. and it’s time to reclaim your TV.