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"Pixburgh" Mixed by RB by Alex Young

"Pixburgh" tracklist via  farESHBrand.com

"Pixburgh" tracklist via farESHBrand.com

Ryan Brown, RB for short, plays his role in the "Pixburgh" sound. His music festival, The City, presented by Brown's streetwear company called farESH Brand, gave over 40 local artists a personal audience. His brand keys on blending the scenes in Pittsburgh focused on culture, music and nightlife. Now, he uses his DJ talent to produce his first mix "Pixburgh" that champions the hip-hop artists in the city even more. 

RB hits a note when his mix starts as female MC Nay Hundo throws a pretty alley hoop to rapper Pk Delay as their respective songs "The Plan" and "Big Finessa" slam. The entire "Pixburgh" project is worth listening to below. Research the tracklist above, especially that Bill Waves "Firefly" song that RB placed in the project. 

I see that Antwon Rose growing through gardens. Flowers in the pavement. Tears that give them showers with the power and the Satan. Media lies and headlines that they routed in the pages, kill ‘em by the thousands if they doubted what we're saying. And Jimmy Wopo's got a viewing soon. The cops wanted him dead too. - Bill Waves in "Firefly"

Review "Finesse" by Watching EYEJAY's Live DJ Set by Alex Young

DJs EYEJAY and Paizley at Finesse photographed by Randall Coleman of Redd Vision

DJs EYEJAY and Paizley at Finesse photographed by Randall Coleman of Redd Vision

Finesse, every bit of the word suggests a special style. Applying such a style adds dimension and flair to a particular thing.

The party called "Finesse" had the pizzazz necessary to have such a chic event name. Held at Spirit Lodge in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville section, attendees on the second floor danced and had fun under a colorful light installation. The blue hues interchanged with many pretty colors like purple and red. Really the atmosphere was like dancing under a flying saucer, or more literally a light show installed by artist Ian Brill.

This party "Finesse" presented an enjoyable atmosphere. In its second edition, previous attendees know of the event's contemporary musical setting that is provided by DJs EYEJAY and Paizley and curated by RB of farESH Brand.

The most recent "Finesse," which occurred on October 22, was called "party of the year" on reactionary Twitter and much of the credit has to go to the DJs for keeping the crowd moving. They played the right amount of new songs to please the progressives. They educated the public with unfamiliar material, and they played hits.

Gratefully, thanks to visual artist Randall Coleman of Redd Vision, EYEJAY's live set from the party can be heard and watched now. Here, the visuals give proof of the DJs' prime musical catalog, and a sample of the environment people took in. Enjoy songs like "Countdown" and "Controlla" by Beyoncé and Drake respectively, and hear new flavors from the song "Your Number" by Ayo Jay. Also, the video recording comes part of Redd Vision's "111 & 222," which exposes native Pittsburgh DJs.

Review the "Finesse" party below. Go to the event next time it comes around.

Party in The 'Burgh by Alex Young

Via rbfaresh Snapchat

Via rbfaresh Snapchat

The bartender went to fetch my cold, canned Pabst Blue Ribbon. The walls started to rattle because the bass in the speakers from a Kid Cudi song, like "Girls" or "Burn Baby Burn," was so so heavy. I was a blurred figure in the mirror behind the bar because the bass really shook the establishment, Spirit Lodge, that much.

This was a brief moment away from the dance floor, which I did not leave all night unless to get more drink.

Credit goes to RB of FarESH Brand, the event's host, and DJs EYEJAY and Paizley. In her promotional Instagram post before the function, specifically called "Finesse," EYEJAY wrote "Pixburgh needs this!"

It was a party at Spirit. Pittsburgh rallied around the music, contemporary hip-hop, Jersey Club, and trap sounds boomed and drunken melodies rang out from everyone in the crowd. Couples, friends, locals, politicians, and popular figures found their rhythm together.

I looked to my left and rapper Mars Jackson stepped with pep, influenced by joy from his sister's wedding which occurred earlier in the day, and surely the spirits. Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" ran. "Nigga, we gon' be alright" praised the people on the dance floor. Everything was liberating and fun, turnt. Photographer and lifestyle icon Keep Pittsburgh Dope, wearing a Steelers, Rod Woodson T-shirt that read "Xplosive," stood atop a wooden block where the speakers sat. "Only real niggas keep you float, Only trill niggas I know," sang Travi$ Scott in his song "3500." When KPD was on the floor, grooving next to his business partner and friend Cody Baker, I said, "I'm fucking lit man." KPD, with a slight smirk on his face, replied, "Oh, we're already there."

EYEJAY and Paizley kept things exciting. "I know you got more," I shouted to them over the music. They did have more. Anthems played, and they exposed us to tunes perhaps unfamiliar to some people. In a toboggan hat fit to his head, denim jacket, and tie dye sweatshirt, Choo Jackson floated next to the DJs when they played his "Back From Texas" track. "What you need, what-what you need?" the speakers said. "Racks on racks on racks, racks, Maybachs on bachs on bachs on bachs on bachs," RB chanted the lyrics to Jay Z and Kanye West's "Gotta Have It." Youths loved the Lil Uzi Vert, and spoken word artist Grits Capone reacted kindly to the menacing "Red Opps" by Atlanta's 21 Savage.

We were all dancing circles around each other, and mean mugging at every bass hit and raw lyric from the musical artists we appreciated most.

Smiles were felt too because we partied as a community, we were nothing but ourselves and nobody looked at us differently (until I knocked a drink out of some lady's hand from my flailing dance move).

Most importantly, genuine experiences such as the one at Spirit Lodge on July 23 are happening with more frequency around Pittsburgh and that alone means more fun, happiness, and culture.