Santa Cruz Good Times

Wednesday
Jul 01st
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Cruzmatik

music LYLB-cruzmatikRapper Reggie Stephens, also known as Famouz, and Ribsy’s Nickel frontman Jason “J-willz” Williams go way back—all the way to 1990 when the two played basketball at Santa Cruz High School. And with that longtime friendship serving as the creative nucleus, the two have launched a fresh musical collaboration called Cruzmatik. After high school, Stephens went to Rutgers University in New Jersey, played football for the New York Giants, and then recorded as a hip-hop artist for a spell in Los Angeles. Williams, on the other hand, toured California for more than a decade with Ribsy’s Nickel and shook up local venues with the band’s signature surf/reggae/rock.

But last year, the two came together to create a highly produced, razor-sharp hip-hop group that sheds a glamorous light on their Santa Cruz lifestyle. In the music video for their club-ready hit “Party Don’t Stop”—which, as of press time, had 91,797 views on YouTube—the duo cruises the cliffs in classic cars and parties hard on the Westside’s Its Beach. “We kind of put Santa Cruz on our back, showed a lot of visuals, and it just took off,” Stephens says. “We’re blowin’ up Santa Cruz. Now everyone is feelin’ Cruzmatik.” He adds that their sound is unlike anything either of them has done before. “It’s kind of like we’ve taken [Williams’] lifestyle and my lifestyle and blended them together,” he says. Williams, who is still a member of Ribsy's Nickel, but was ready for a new challenge, attributes he and Stephens’ natural musical chemistry to their long-lasting friendship. “I go to sleep Cruzmatik and I wake up Cruzmatik,” says Williams. The two are now working on the music video for their song “Up All Night,” which will have a vampire theme a la The Lost Boys. “We’ve shown you the beaches and the beautiful girls,” Stephens says. “Now we’re gonna take you to the underworld of Santa Cruz.”
INFO: To hear music by Cruzmatik and find out more about the group, including performance dates, visit facebook.com/cruzmatikmusic.

Comments (5)Add Comment
...
written by a guest, November 09, 2012
i LOVE cruzmatik! they are the best!
...
written by a guest, November 08, 2012
Thank you Good Times for supporting CruzMatik! They are absolutely amazing!
...
written by a guest, November 08, 2012
its all good thats is right RIBSYS NICKEL plays this saturday on the SC Wharf for the Cold Water Classic After After After Party...CRUZMATIK will also be playing songs with the band as well during thier set should be a fun night come down & check it out...21&over....
...
written by a guest, November 08, 2012
Thanks for the fix, Go Cruzmatik!!!! Corona
...
written by a guest, November 08, 2012
Great article on Cruzmatic. But Joel Hersh you are WRONG for printing "Former RN frontman" Ribsy's Nickel has a show this Saturday night @ the Miramar. Thanks for starting rumors. You owe us!!! Corona

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

The Boards Are Back in Town

More than a century after a famed trio of Hawaiian princes first surfed in Santa Cruz, their redwood olo surfboards are returning to the Museum of Art & History

 

We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident

Saturday, July 4, is the 239th birthday of the United States, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence (the U.S. astrology chart has Aquarius moon—freedom for its people, by its people). Cancer, a liberating and initiating sign, is the “gate” where Spirit enters matter. Cancer receives and distributes Ray 3 (Divine Intelligence) and Ray 7 (new rules, new rhythms, new free nation under God). Cancer represents an intelligent freethinking humanity that can and must create right economics for the world. This means a policy of sharing, an opportunity for the U.S. when Venus (money, resources, possessions, etc.) retrogrades July and August in Leo (the heart of the matter). The United States has a unique spiritual task for the world: to lead humanity within and toward the light, accomplished by its people who must first awaken to this task, learn discrimination and be directed by the soul to assume the Herculean task of spiritual world leadership. Let us review the first words of our Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.” Let us form that union together. The following is a review of the spiritual tasks for each sign. Read all the signs. They all apply to everyone.  

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Designing Woman

Female gardener helps build Versailles in fun, if uneven, ‘A Little Chaos’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Lunch is Packed

Picnic basket lunches from Your Place, plus smoked chili peppers, and new owners at Camellia Tea House

 

What would you like the Supreme Court to rule on next?

Raising the minimum wage so that those that are in poverty now can have a higher standard of life. Greanna Smith, Soquel, Nanny

 

Bruzzone Family Vineyards

Bruzzone Family Vineyards is a small operation run by Berna and John Bruzzone. Starting out a few years ago making only Chardonnay, they eventually planted Pinot Noir on their extensive property and now make this varietal as well.

 

Ty’s Eatery

Pop-up hooks up with Santa Cruz Food Lounge for healthy comfort food