In The Mix
Dis-N-Dat makes debut
WHILE thousands watched the annual fireworks display at Ala Moana Center (and got stuck in a massive traffic jam afterwards), a select group of invited guests got their first look at the latest Hawaii-based publication to hit store shelves.
Publisher Kutmaster Spaz and director of operations and creative services Erwin "DrWiz" Baracao introduced Dis-N-Dat Magazine at the O Lounge on Tuesday, with cover girl Gina Hiraizumi also on hand to balance her beauty with the brains behind the project.
The premiere issue, available for free at all Borders Books and Music locations, is a nice mix of local and national subjects. Besides the interview with Hiraizumi and an accompanying photo spread, there are stories about underground rap group L.A. Symphony and hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy. A profile of tattoo artist Mike Ledger and an interview with Jasmine Trias provide the Hawaii connection that helps tie everything together.
Among those spotted at Tuesday's reception: Island 98.5's Big Teeze, 102.7 Da Bomb's JT, boxer Jesus Salud, Women's Surf Style Magazine's Sandra and Dan Olson, traffic reporter Dave Hisaka, Junior Kekuewa Jr. and promoters Ian Fernandez and Alan Arato. Maui recording artist J-Dawg also performed.
And it must be me -- while Spaz is always one of the friendliest guys whenever I see him, it's some of the people around him who get me confused. This time around, it was DND-TV director Jake Akuna who snubbed me when I asked to take a photo. Brah, we're not in Hollywood, and I'm not the paparazzi ...
SPOTTED around town recently: Rapper Ludacris was at Matters of Taste with his realtor, getting a bite to eat ... John Cho ("Harold and Kumar") and Britney Spears' mother Lynne Spears both had dinner at Alan Wong's on Tuesday, each sitting with a group of friends in the almost-empty restaurant ... Actress Regina King ("Boyz N Da Hood", "Ray") dined with friends at Hiroshi last week ...
REGGAE FANS should head downtown tomorrow, with a pair of parties popping off just blocks apart.
Over at Che Pasta, King Black Super Power presents the "2006 Reggae Sound Clash" for the 18-and-over crowd. Along with DJs Scotch Bonnet, Konchus and Papa Smee, there will be selectas from Pacific Sounds Outernational and Green Lion to help provide the evening's soundtrack. Matt Raddics will host.
Up the street at Detox, check out Dub Phylum, Dub Steady, Crucial Meditation and the Line Steppuhz as they play a 16-and-over show that starts at 8 p.m. ...
I'M OFF to Maui this weekend -- "In the Mix" will return next Thursday ...
In the Mix drops Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Star-Bulletin.
Reach Jason Genegabus