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Yo Diplo and Switch got a new brainchild, Major Lazer and all the kiddies love it! Packs the dance floor anytime and anywhere I play it. The video pretty cool to, I must say. Get your Bmore on!


It was truly a pleasure to spin at the world known bar at Chateau Marmount. Chateau is a super exclusive and famous hollywood hotel legendary for so many reasons, this is where John Belushi OD’ed if that tells you anything. Good looking on Wayne to get me in the building!



Another Big gig for me spinning at the LA premeire of the Fox Searchlight film “Notorious”. I DJ’ed with hip hop legend MC Lyte and got featured on Paper Magazine’s site!







I got to fill in for regular DJ Tendaji at A-List event at Nobu, good looking to Eliane Henry for the gig!



Good looks to Keenan Townes for putting me on this event many cool folks in the house Big Daddy Kane, Bobby Brown, Kim Whitley.






This was my first big party DJ as an opener for the GZA from the legendary Wu-Tang Clan!!! Talk about an honor!!



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Our weekly Sunday event had a nice little run with a lot of cool people coming thru. A few pix.



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I dj’ed at Yoga apparel clothing store Lulu Lemon in Santa Monica, the ladies threw me some nice gear on top which was nice!




Keeping it real at one of my real early gigs at a funky barber shop on Pico east of fairfax for a charity event. Killing em with old school.



I got to spin at the legendary Temple Bar in Santa Monica before it shut down. Also spinning were the Baka Boyz, Truly Odd and Dj Jam. Some real Hip Hop ish




So the party was about as tacky as the flyer but a girls got to start somewhere, this was one of my first DJ Gigs outside the bedroom.



|| LOVE-MADE x PUMA presents || || DJ RASHIDA || || SMILES DAVIS || || POSSO THE DJ || || WENDY CITY ||

Ever heard a record that made you want to get down like this little kid? The first record I ever bought on vinyl was Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall. I was 10, it was 1994 and the record was still bumping on the radio fifteen years after its original release. New, old, fresh, or dusty, the music got to me, put me in a mood I was unable to describe at the time. My mother had never seen me so intoxicatingly excited about anything before; she didn’t really know how to react. She worked hard with a no nonsense policy always enforced around the house. She gave me the money I asked for to get the record just to get me out of the house. “Now go on outside and play and stop pestering me,” she barked after slapping the dough in the palm of my hand. Out I went. After buying the record and enough candy to last me ‘till the end of time, I raced my bike across town – a very small town — as fast as I could to my grandparents’ house, where I retreated to the basement for some serious privacy. My grandfather, who used to own a record store, had a lonely turntable set up at the end of the long, terribly lit basement for special occasions just like this. I got my boogie on for a couple hours, doped up on food coloring and high-fructose corn syrup, poor lighting and all.

It wasn’t long before music got to me the same way the youngest member of the Jackson 5 did. In 1995, just one year after my first magical music moment, I discovered Prince. My cousin let me borrow 1999 on cassette with the promise I return it promptly. 9 months and 101 excuses later, she was forced to steal it back from me. Prince was my forbidden fruit. Never listened to him out loud, always played him in my Walkman for fear my mother would forbid me from listening to it. I’ll admit, the vulgarity and promiscuity that Prince exudes is a bit much for any 11-year-old, but like Michael Jackson, all I ever wanted to do was dance. I had to listen to music that made me want to move, shimmy and shake ‘till the exhaustion kicked in and forced me to call it quits. Lyrics be damned– I didn’t understand what the heck they were talking about anyway, it was gibberish to me. It was about the beat, the rhythm, and the evoked emotion.

So, what do MJ and the artist currently known as Prince have in common besides pure genius and impeccable taste? Director/choreographer to the stars Fatima Robinson has graced some of their videos with her cutting-edge dance moves. Her “big break” came back in 1992 when John Singleton, director of Poetic Justice featuring Janet Jackson, asked her to choreograph the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time.” She was a street dancer hired without technical or formal training. Flash forward a decade and some change later and Fatima finds herself in an episode of Making the Video for Prince’s “Black Sweat” from his album 3121. They played nice and made friends, good friends, according to Ms. Robinson, who was quoted in Papermag claiming if she really wanted to boogie, “I just go over to Prince’s house for a jam session, and I’ll dance in my own world. Get my groove off!” Word.

Prince and MJ are just the tip of the iceberg– she’s busted a move for more artists than you could ever imagine. According to Serena Altschul of MTV, “You can turn to MTV at any time of the day and catch a glimpse of Robinson’s resume. She started saturating the video market in the early 1990s,” and
hasn’t stopped since, adding artists Like Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, Missy Elliot, Madonna, Dr. Dre, and Santana to her long list of clients. Robinson has also since gone on to choreograph big productions like Save The Last Dance, Ali featuring Will Smith and Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls. What makes Fatima so different from other choreographers is her relentless determination to impose her innovative will, rhythm and authentic style on the most popular dance moves of our time. She catapulted into the entertainment world beyond MTV after winning her second award for Best Choreography in a music video for her work on “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” by Busta Rhymes. Demand for Fatima abundantly increased back in 1998 and hasn’t stopped since.

Ms. Robinson has won enough awards since the start of her career to fill a small room in her house and has made enough friends along her journey to fill an arena and have a private dance party of her own. She recently launched her site, a social network dedicated to dance, lifestyle, fashion, art, events, and forward thinking from a dancer’s perspective, of course. Puma, the shoe and apparel company, along side Love-Made, has decided to celebrate Robinson and her long list of accomplishments by making her the first host of their Monthly Music Showcase Series. Next Tuesday, Fatima, along with a circle of her closest dancer friends, singer friends, and friends of friends, will dance and toast the night away. For one hour out of the night I, DJ Smiles Davis, will have the pleasure of spinning some freshest tunes for guests and party go-ers. Alongside me will be Prince’s very own DJ, the beautiful and talented Rashida, plus DJ Wendy City and Posso The DJ. If you’d like to attend and get your boogie on please feel free RSVP. This is a private event and there will be no entry unless you’ve put your name on the list. Hope to see ya’ll there!



There aren’t many vegan restaurants in our neighborhood. There are even fewer gluten free foods readily available within a ten mile range from my house. The ones that do claim to sell these conscious happy goods either charge an arm and a butt load, or deliver food that tastes like it was prepared by an assembly line of lab rats.

I don’t mind cooking and I sure as hell don’t mind finding ways to save a buck. So, after my disappointing search for vegan-gluten free corn bread came up two fries short of a happy meal, I decided to cook up my own gooey, yellow goodness.

Here is a simple and easy recipe for perfectly moist, vegan, gluten-free cornbread:

  • One package of 365 Everyday Value™ Gluten Free Corn Bread & Muffin Mix
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar light (or unrefined cane sugar or what ever the hell you have in your pantry)
  • 1 1/3 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 can of Pumpkin in a can (unsweetened) or 1/2 very ripped banana, very smashed!!
  • 6 Tbsp melted lactose, gluten free butter
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar


Preheat Oven to 425ºF. Lightly grease a cup cake pan or “8×8” Pan. Add almond milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside for a few minutes and allow to curdle (this is hardly noticeable to the eye).

Add agave to the pumpkin or banana and mix.  Stir in butter, milk mixture, then the box of 365 Everyday Value™ Gluten Free Corn Bread & Muffin Mix and stir to moisten. Pour into pan (corn muffins instructions follow) and bake for 25 minutes or until golden on top. Serve warm.
Yield: 12 Servings

For Corn Muffins: Follow mixing instructions as shown above. Spoon batter evenly to make it 12 lightly greased muffin tins. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden on top. Serve warm.
Yield: 12 servings


This RJD2 video “Work It Out” left me gleefully wide eyed and utterly speechless. Visually stunning. Can someone please tell me who this guy is? And what are those things he’s swinging on? And where can I get a pair?



I finally mustard up the cahonas to post my very first mix tape Many Styles: Serve Chilled. The name pretty much sums it up. If your ready for some supper dynamite soul this is the mixx for you. Sick of the radio then this mix is for you. Think you need a chill pill? I think you need a serving of Many Stlyes. Oh, did I mention it’s free!!

If you feel it, DOWNLOAD IT. Stay tuned for volume II. Enjoy.

DJ Smiles Davis presents: MANY STLYES: SERVE CHILLED




Let’s be honest, music videos worth watching are a dime a billion. Over exposed mainstream artist tend to focus their energy and big budgets on flashing lights, frolicking women, and more gluttony than any one with sense can bare to stand. This is exactly why the Internet is such a beautiful thing; music in abundance without all the vagaries of the entertainment industry.

The Internet is to music what television during it’s inception was to radio. In recent decades we have witnessed explosive growth in technology and watched the Internet morph into a vast and major entity of our current society, turning adversity into advantage. The deliberate destruction of the major label on the industry eclipsed their ability to see the importance of it’s significance.

Enticed only by profit, the highbrows crippled themselves neglecting the power of the live show. Forget the extravagance for a second. I know I’m not alone when I say true talent is having the ability to whoa a crowd over with just a mic and your pipes.  Unfortunately, the paucity artists that exist with this extraordinary ability are as rare as the incidences when I click on the tube and don’t find trashy reality TV.

Not all hope is lost, between youtube, myspace, the blogosphere, and music generated sites like giantstep tasteful music is just a click away. Little Jackie, for instance, is the new freshness.  The duo from Brooklyn accurately “blend the old-school R&B sound with a quirky hybrid of hip-hop and pop.” Despite the fact this group hasn’t reached critical acclaim quite yet, each of their songs is of singular achievement. Check this live steller performance of lead singer Imani Coppola getting down at summerstage 08.



Buddy Miles looking BAAAADAAAASSSSSS! Miles was an American funk drummer and a member of Jemi Hendrix’s band the Gypsys. 

Miles, who was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1947 (also home to none other than Preston Love) started working as a professional musician when he was still a child, eventually doing time (as did so many of his contemporaries) backing touring R&B and soul acts.

It was during one such gig that he was recruited by Mike Bloomfield – then with the Butterfield Blues Band – to be the drummer in his new band, the Electric Flag.

Following the dissolution of that group, Miles formed his own band, The Buddy Miles Express. Their first and second LPs were produced by none other than Jimi Hendrix. He played with Jimi Hendrix on the hugely influential Electric Ladyland album. Miles played on the songs “Rainy Day, Dream Away” and “Still Raining, Still Dreaming”.  When the Jimi Hendrix Experience broke up in 1970, Hendrix formed Band of Gypsys with his old Army buddy Billy Cox on bass, and Buddy Miles on drums.

He also did some of the songs for Cheech and Chongs stellar Up In Smoke along with a plethora of other successful collaborations and recordings.



Listen – Buddy Miles – Dreams – MP3″

Listen – Buddy Miles – Down By the River – MP3″

Listen – Ramsey Lewis – Them Changes – MP3″

saw it @ funky16corners

For the past few days mother nature has allowed me the opportunity to ride around town with my top down. Makes me yearn for summer. I wanted to find the right mix of music to prepare for warmer days. I’ve cooked up some sounds that are perfect for crusin around on days as such.


One of the better aspects about life that I’m most grateful for is the ability to discover new things. For me, nothing is better than discovering something on my own. It’s the most refreshing and rejuvenating feeling. With this new piece of knowledge, you feel invincible and invigorating for just that instance. That feeling is enhanced by ten when you get to share your new found knowledge.

As artists, we find it hard to discover new inspiring things to propel us to the next level. Who wants to take steps backwards? Often times, we suffer trying too hard to constantly out-do and one-up ourselves, when chances are the product we most recently produced is just as good as the previous. If you ask me, that’s just our dyer obsession for perfection. We all poses a little of this vice…some worse than others.

Moreover, this is what I’ve been struggling with for the past few days; “Is this article as dope as the last one,” “What if people don’t like it,” “Not good enough,” and so on and so on. I have to tell myself if I like it then it’s good enough. Because, the moment I began doing it for somebody else, I’ve failed.

You’re supposed to be disciplined and diligent about your craft, that’s how you learn from your mistakes and grow from them. It’s impossible to obtain anything if we are constantly over analyzing and underestimating ourselves. To obsess about perfection is unhealthy and simply put, unattainable. Besides, it takes all the fun out.



Interview by Smiles Davis

How do you feel about Paparazzi?
It’s immoral. I’m so against that invasion of people’s privacy. I absolutely hate it not for me. I do mostly editorial and fashion photography which is completely different. As Paparazzi everyone knows you’re there but, you’re just another face in the crowd. There is nothing creative about it. Press and red carpet are one thing, it’s still a tough business.

How do you make it in this business?
Don’t get discouraged, it can be at times. For every door that opens 1,000 more will get shut in your face. Be persistent and study your craft. Worry not about your toys and expensive equipment. What’s more important having the best gear or having the skill to use it? Gadgets are tools to capture my vision. Focus on creating your own style you’ll stand out more. Don’t get so caught up in the debate of photography rather embrace the art of it.



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