By JR Valrey, the People’s Minister of Information
Dj Twelvz has been one of the pillars of the Bay Area Hip Hop community for over a decade now, and has helped to create legendary slaps with gifted rhyme-sayers like Mistah F.A.B., newcomer Big Champ, and many more. During this pandemic year, DJ Twelvz has been one of few artists that have the ability to pivot and thrive within this political confusion. His podcast “Hope Alive Radio” (Wednesday at 8pm at allinradio.com), has been a social life-saver that viewers can depend on, in this new reality where within a 9 month period, everything that we know as normal has changed; from the way we congregate to the mask we now regularly wear. Dope music is this cook’s entree, so stay tuned as he gives you some of the ingredients to his way of thinking.
JR Valrey: I see that you have been working, can you talk a little bit about your radio/show podcast “Hope Alive Radio”? How did it start? What’s the focus?
Dj Twelvz: It was a platform that I created for artists and fans to really just keep hope alive, play dope records no one else was playing, and share love no one else was sharing. I mainly focus on promoting northern California’s music scene.
JR Valrey: How did it get that name? What’s the significance of it?
Dj Twelvz: I gave it that name, based upon my goals and intentions.
JR Valrey: In the ocean of everybody doing a podcast and radio show, what makes this unique?
Dj Twelvz: It’s real hip hop, but also a mixture of different mediums within that. I do a live mix, showcasing the artist of the night’s music, with other artists from northern California or visiting northern California. I interview them, as well as, do a freestyle session. I call the whole woowap. If you couple that with who I am, and my style, you get something really unique.
JR Valrey: Can you talk about this album that you are getting ready to drop on January 1st? Who is the artist? And how’d you start working with him?
Dj Twelvz: On January 1st, my Ep with Reo 900 drops everywhere. It’s called “Conditions of the Heart”. It’s called that, because we both suffer from heart conditions. We met when he booked a session, and I started working with him because he is dope as fuck, and I really felt like I could do something with his sound.
JR Valrey: Can you talk about the album that you and Big Champ are getting ready to put out? Why did y’all use that name for the group?
Dj Twelvz: Pleasantly Plump 2: The Turkey Bacon Brothers drops 2/12/21. It’s part 2 from our 2015 album Pleasantly Plump. I mean that’s us, that’s our lifestyle, in its truest form.
JR Valrey: I think Champ is definitely a talented MC, what made you want to work with him?
Dj Twelvz: I mean I love him. That’s my brother. We met, became friends first, then I heard him rap. I thought it was funniest, dopest, uniquest shit I’ve heard, so that was that.
JR Valrey: For the young people and newcomers, who are some of the artists that you have worked with in the past?
Dj Twelvz: Mistah Fab is family. San Quinn, The Jacka, … everyone locally. I’ve rocked with Wu Tang to Lupe Fiasco to YG and Yo Gotti and with anyone you can probably think of, all while DJing for Bay Area legends Zion I.
JR Valrey: What was it like working with Mistah F.A.B.? What do you like about his flow, and him as a man?
Dj Twelvz: I’d give my life for Stanley. He’s the West Coasts’ best freestyler of all time, and one of the best writers in the game. I know because I was right there with him, while he was writing a lot of those hits.
JR Valrey: How has the pandemic affected your creativity?
Dj Twelvz: It was great. It closed off distractions, and allowed me to focus on creating. I miss the shows, but as long as they come back pretty soon, this probably was the best thing to ever happen for me.
JR Valrey: How could people stay online with you?
Dj Twelvz: follow me on everything, its @djtwelvz.