What do you get when you take a bunch of music industry peeps and have them drive the PCH from Malibu to Los Angeles? I was invited by Chevy and Revolt for A Journey Into Sound to join music journalists, bloggers, radio personalities and insiders from around the country to test-drive the 2016 Chevy Malibu and talk about--what else?--the state of music!
Day 1: I arrived in Santa Barbara and headed over to the Malibu Beach Inn with the homie Datwon (Vibe). Day is a hip-hop O.G. so it was awesome driving down the PCH listening to classic '90s rap like Mobb Deep and Nas and having an industry gossip session. Once we checked in, we headed over to Nobu Malibu where we stuffed our faces with sushi and talked about all things music for Revolt.
The vibe was super chill. I knew several of the influencers including Devi Dev (Houston 93.7) Nick Huff (Hard Knock TV) and Laura Stylez (Hot 97) and met new friends too. It felt kind of like big kid summer camp.
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I've never been to Nobu Malibu but if you keep up with the Kardashians, you'll know it's where ALL the celebs get their raw fish fix. Someone told me Robin Thicke was in the house but I didn't see him. Too busy focusing on the warm peach cobbler with ice cream....Mmmm...
Day 2: We split into groups to drive the Chevy hybrids from Malibu to Los Angeles. I was paired up with Stephen Bardo, an artist and writer from Chicago. As two Midwestern rap heads, we vibed on Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa and other Chi-Town music. As for the ride itself, I gotta say the car was smooth and quiet. I also really liked that I could sync my iPhone into the dashboard and pull up Spotify for my special blend playlist. Another cool feature is that up to seven devices can be connected to WiFi, making it the perfect on-the-go work station. No more mooching off some coffee shop's free WiFi, freelance journalists!
We then pulled up to Revolt studios in Hollywood, where I've stopped by before to do on-air commentary. We were treated to a performance by Terrace Martin. You've probably heard this guy's name and if you haven't, get familiar. The multi-instrumentalist jazz/hip-hop/r&b performer has worked extensively with Kendrick Lamar and was one of the main architects behind To Pimp A Butterfly.
The awesome performance--and our discussions--were all taped so I'm sure you'll see it on Revolt in the future.
Thanks to Chevy and Revolt for the invite! More info on the Chevy Malibu here!