Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mixerr Reviews #893

This is Michael Mixerr. Today this news review will be about the unsolved murder mystery behind John Taylor (aka Maniac) from Vallejo, California. 

Officers responded to a call at about 8:50 PM regarding to a body found an apartment building. John Taylor’s body was found outside an apartment building in the 700 block of Sixth Street in the southern portion of Vallejo, California on the date of 10/20/2016. John Taylor’s body was later discovered to be recovered by Vallejo Police Department later on that day. He was mysteriously murdered by a single gunshot from which he later died from by unknown unnamed assailant. The victim was identified as John Taylor, 35. Detectives ruled out this death as a homicide. That killing was Vallejo’s 17th homicide of 2015. As of December 2016, no more details have been divulged in any fashion. Police still did not divulge any more details as to how this homicide had occurred.

Mixerr Reviews #892

This is Michael Mixerr. Today this news review will discuss the unsolved murder mystery behind John Taylor (aka Maniac) from Vallejo, California. 

I was informed by a phone call I received from Willie Charles on the date of 11/30/2016 that John Taylor (aka Maniac) had been mysteriously murdered by a single gunshot wound a year ago on the date of 10/20/2016. He sent me a news article via email from Times-Herald from Vallejo, California. This news article will go into descriptive details about this murder mystery. The details are violent and gory.

Officers responded to a call at about 8:50 PM regarding to a body found an apartment building. John Taylor’s body was found outside an apartment building in the 700 block of Sixth Street in the southern portion of Vallejo, California on the date of 10/20/2016. John Taylor’s body was later discovered to be recovered by Vallejo Police Department later on that day. He was mysteriously murdered by a single gunshot from which he later died from by unknown unnamed assailant. The victim was identified as John Taylor, 35. Detectives ruled out this death as a homicide. That killing was Vallejo’s 17th homicide of 2015. 


Now John Taylor was known as rapper Maniac in the Bay Area and in Sacramento Valley. He has several unreleased songs that have never been heard before by the public and possibly 2 unreleased albums. Maniac was signed to AWOL Records (of C-Bo, Killa Tay, and Marvaless fame among others as well) as he was Freddie T. Smith’s nephew. He was was signed to AWOL Records in the 1990s. During his tenure at AWOL Records, he recorded a buch of tracks with label mates C-Bo, Killa Tay, Pizzo, Lunasicc, Da Misses, GP, Mayhem, Young Joker, and Marvaless along with others.

Willie Charles (noted producer for X-Raided - Xorcist among other West Coast rap classics) has released a one track single from Maniac called Outta Bounds (feat. Luni Coleone) this year on his own TrumpTeezee Records website that can be also purchased on iTunes and symphonicms.

Mixerr Reviews #891

This is Michael Mixerr. This news review will be about the demolition of the Rio Lado Apartments in Austin, Texas, US. (This is a news update from the last Mixerr Reviews article.)

HACA has received HUD approval under Section 18 for the demolition of Rio Lado Apartments. A demolition contract has recently been procured and approved in 2016. Process of building demolition on Rio Lado Apartments began in September 2016. Asbestos abatement was performed by building contractors. Code enforcers from City of Austin, HACA, and Austin Housing Authority were present on site. 

It’s official! All buildings that were once HUD housing units for Rio Lado Apartments have now been demolished. Now all that remains is the black metal gate surrounding the property. Asphalt has been replaced with dirt. Parking lots have reverted to their once natural state. Demolition work has been completed. 
The Rio Lado Apartments were located at 2989 East 51st Street, Austin, Texas, US 78723.


A contract for demolition of Rio Lado Apartments was originally approved by the Board of Commissioners on September 26, 2012. The Rio Lado Apartments were previously approved for demolition through a Demolition/Disposition Application with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) due to their obsolescence. VP of Housing and Community Development Veronica Macon spoke about improvements to the Rio Lado Apartments in November 2012. HACA procured a development team to assist with redevelopment of Rio Lado in March 2013. The demolition project was subsequently postponed in 2014 to the expensive cost of asbestos abatement. As for demolition, the demolition project was subsequently postponed while HACA researched and considered alternate uses for the property through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). Title to the land for Rio Lado will remain with HACA.

Furthermore, HACA has received numerous code violation notices from the City of Austin as a result of the current condition of the property. The property is prone to various city code compliance violations and health code violations. Black mold and asbestos have been found in the apartment buildings. The buildings in their current condition are unsightly to the neighborhood. During HACA's inspection, it was determined that 80% of Rio Lado Apartments was encumbered in a floodplain. Due to the location in a flood plain, restrictions have been placed on development of the site. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,034

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review Coop MC - The Hilltop.

Coop MC - The Hilltop was released on Showin’ Love Records from Dallas, Texas in 2014 on cassette and vinyl in limited edition. Coop MC gives us some funky fresh, smooth laid back G-Funk material never heard before! The Hilltop was recorded from 1997 to 1999 during the Phetamine recording sessions when he recording under the name Phetamine. These tracks were never released officially until now. The Hilltop showcases the best of Fort Worth next to Twisted Black, Six2, PIG, MC E-Rock, GuGu, Erotic D, Uptight, and One Gud Cide. The Hilltop is an EP rather than an album due to its short duration of time.

Watt Up Homie has that smooth laid back G-Funk sound with a funky fresh. Ernie G produced this track giving it that Funky Town sound he well known for in the underground music scene. The monotonous bass line gives Watt Up Homie a light touch of funk. The production quality is super clean as the vocals are very clear. There are no flaws present in the vocals.

Succa Free tells us how Coop MC is staying sucker free in the 90s. So you know what time it is when Coop MC grabs the mic in this bitch. The production quality is much lower on this track than Watt Up Homie. Succa Free represents gangsta rap and G-Funk at its finest. Succa Free uses the sample of Juicy - Sugar Free. The track Succa Free seems to have a demo that was never fully mastered. For some reason, Coop MC’s vocals seem to sound very similar to the dark Brotha Lynch Hung on Succa Free.

You Need A Friend has a similar vibe to My Woman as You Need A Friend is similar to My Woman. You Need A Friend represents gangsta rap and G-Funk at its finest.

I rate this EP, The Hilltop, 5/5*****!!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,033

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review the rap album Freedom Or Death by SAC.

SAC is Serious Ass Criminals from Sacramento, California. You may have heard of SAC from Brotha Lynch Hung - 24 Deep or X-Raided - Psycho Active from 1992. Serious Ass Criminals is a rap group and not a single individual as some fans may have you think by popular belief. Other than that, SAC is a rap group composed of 5 individuals by the names of Kaos (Kareem Jackson), Big O [Big O is Anthony Wiggins and not Omar Gooding contrary to popular belief.], LA Chill (Willie Charles, the producer for X-Raided - Xorcist), and Shotgunbig. SAC released an album on cassette only called Freedom Or Death in 1992 on Accent Records.

Green Bud is rap track that is an ode to marijuana. The Green Bud track also pays homage to many other drugs besides marijuana as well. But the posse cut Green Bud is mainly about marijuana. Green Bud is similar to Sac-A-Indo on X-Raided - Vengeance Is Mine album. Think of Sac-A-Indo from X-Raided - Vengeance Is Mine when you listen to Green Bud.

SAC goes political on the Freedom Or Death track. SAC vents out against the American justice system for all the years of injustice and oppression against blacks in America. All SAC wants is freedom. Freedom Or Death is a no holds barred track. Freedom Or Death is another posse cut by the infamous SAC rap group. Gritty tales of street life stories are told in a political fashion. 

Smoke The Devil’s Ass is a track similar to Back Fade and 24 Deep. Gritty tales of street life and horrid murder stories are told by the group SAC. SAC goes horrorcore on this track.

I rate this album, Freedom Or Death, 4/5****!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,032

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review the Handsome JET - Honto (~)Г.

Jet Boogie is a Handsome Jet melody of all the songs on the Honto album onto one track. Think of this song as a mega melody. A loud, heavy hard rock mega melody. Handsome JET does his usual chanting and music. 

Kimi no tonari ni (君のとなりに・・・) is similar to Jet Boogie as it is a loud hard rock/heavy metal mega melody song. Handsome JET himself takes the lead in this song as a vocalist. The volume is set quite loud! A loud, heavy hard rock mega melody is what it sounds like.

Futari wa Ai Ai [二人はラブラブ()] is a love song about temporary love. Futari wa Ai means temporary love. Relationships don't last very long. This relationship of love proved only to be temporary.

Dusk is a perfect song to play at night during the peaceful nighttime. Dusk has that peaceful nighttime vibe to it.


[Electronic rock musician YUEI had nothing to do with this album. Handsome Jet is the name of the lead singer of the coincidental band Handsome JET. Handsome JET is Handsome Jet, YUEI (Yuei Uematsu), and Toshio Sakurai.]

Sadly however, Honto was the only album from Handsome JET that was ever released. Lead singer Handsome JET died in May 2008 in a traffic accident while riding a motorcycle in Japan. Handsome JET would have taken off to become a national success if the lead singer hadn't died. Handsome JET sang a multitude of songs from Konami originals and licensed covers alike. His real name has never been revealed and is not known. He is credited as Handsome JET or Jetto-san (ジェットさん).

I rate this album, Honto(~)Г., 4/5****!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Mixerr Reviews #890

This is Michael Mixerr. This news review in politics will be about how the Pentagon misallocated and over-budgeted $2 trillion dollars! 

Back in September 2016, the Pentagon lost $2 trillion dollars. News stations and newspapers all over the United States reported that the Pentagon has misallocated $2 trillion dollars! The main reason why the Pentagon misallocated $2 trillion dollars is because they over-budgeted. Government officials working at the Pentagon have no explanation as to where those $2 trillion dollars when to or how it was spent. Officials in the accounting department of the Pentagon are trying to figure out how to solve this financial crisis. Officials in the accounting department are tying to find the answers as to how they over-budgeted.

Nobody knows for certain what happened. Government officials and nobody else can explain the misappropriation of the $2 trillion dollars in funds. The real reasons behind this misappropriation and misallocation of the $2 trillion dollars is currently unknown. News reporters from news stations as well as activists and attorneys are wanting those who are government officials working at the Pentagon to be held responsible to the fullest extent of the law. Activists and lawyers are seeking answers as well.

Where is the outrage from American citizens that the United States Government is misspending our money? Why is there no huge uproar or any loud outrage? Our voices need to be heard.

Mixerr Reviews #889

This is Michael Mixerr. This news review is going to be about the politics between Russia, Ukraine, and NATO.

As of October 2016, the country of Russia wants to take the Ukraine back in order to be part of the Russian Federation again. The Russian government has desires for The Ukraine to become a Russian colony. Not only that! Russia is against Ukraine joining the European Union which NATO desires.

The outcome for both Russia and the Ukraine could jeopardize NATO and European Union enlargement. Opposition groups opposed the NATO bid. Russia vehemently opposes the expansion of NATO in certain European countries that were once considered communist although Russian leaders strongly deny opposition in both countries. If NATO wins, sanctions in Russia for actions performed in the Ukraine will be lifted. NATO has had the European Union's best interest at heart since 2000. Since then, tensions between Russia and NATO have increased in an intensified manner. 

The real issues behind the politics between Russia, Ukraine, and NATO are corruption, nepotism, opposition, economics, ecology, and financial mismanagement. Political corruption has plagued the country of Russia for many centuries. Political opposition to NATO is nothing new in Russia. Such political opposition leads to opposition groups being formed in Russia.

Also, the country of Russia wants to take the Ukraine back in order to be part of the Russian Federation again. The Russian government has desires for The Ukraine to become a Russian colony. Not only that! Russia is against Ukraine joining the European Union which the Ukraine desires. The outcome for both Russia and the Ukraine could jeopardize European Union enlargement. Opposition groups in Russia and the Ukraine opposed the growing enlargement of European Union. Russia vehemently opposes the expansion of the European Union although Russian leaders strongly deny opposition in both countries. 
Since then, tensions between Russia and Ukraine have increased in an intensified manner. Political corruption has plagued the countries of Russia and Ukraine for many centuries. Political opposition to the European Union is nothing new. Such political opposition leads to opposition groups being formed in Russia and Ukraine.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mixerr Reviews #888

This is Michael Mixerr. This news review will be about the demolition of the Rio Lado Apartments in Austin, Texas, US. (This is a news update from the last Mixerr Reviews article.)

HACA has received HUD approval under Section 18 for the demolition of Rio Lado Apartments. A demolition contract has recently been procured and approved in 2016. Process of building demolition on Rio Lado Apartments began in September 2016. Asbestos abatement was performed by building contractors. Code enforcers from City of Austin, HACA, and Austin Housing Authority were present on site. 

A contract for demolition of Rio Lado Apartments was originally approved by the Board of Commissioners on September 26, 2012. The Rio Lado Apartments were previously approved for demolition through a Demolition/Disposition Application with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) due to their obsolescence. VP of Housing and Community Development Veronica Macon spoke about improvements to the Rio Lado Apartments in November 2012. HACA procured a development team to assist with redevelopment of Rio Lado in March 2013. The demolition project was subsequently postponed in 2014 to the expensive cost of asbestos abatement. As for demolition, the demolition project was subsequently postponed while HACA researched and considered alternate uses for the property through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). Title to the land for Rio Lado will remain with HACA.

Furthermore, HACA has received numerous code violation notices from the City of Austin as a result of the current condition of the property. The property is prone to various city code compliance violations and health code violations. Black mold and asbestos have been found in the apartment buildings. The buildings in their current condition are unsightly to the neighborhood. During HACA's inspection, it was determined that 80% of Rio Lado Apartments was encumbered in a floodplain. Due to the location in a flood plain, restrictions have been placed on development of the site. 



[The Rio Lado Apartments were located at 2989 East 51st Street, Austin, Texas, US 78723.]

Mixerr Reviews #887

This is Michael Mixerr. For this news review, I will discuss how HUD is going to demolish the Rio Lado Apartments in Austin, Texas, US along with the future plans for the Rio Lado Apartments are.

In 1971, City of Austin leased property to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to build apartment homes for public housing. In 1973, US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made arrangements for building contractors to build apartment homes for US HUD and City of Austin. These apartment homes for HUD and City of Austin would become known as Rio Lado Apartments. Shriro Corporation constructed the Rio Lado Apartments. Morris Ward of Shriro Corporation was responsible for the project.

Rio Lado Apartments consisted of 11 two‐story buildings that had once consisted 90 dwelling units, and 1 single story office combined as a community building on nearly 7 acres of land (6.939 acres). Another single story community building was built later. The layout of Rio Lado Apartments were 38 one‐bedroom units, 14 two‐bedroom units, and 38 three‐bedroom units. 


Rio Lado Apartments have had a history of poverty and crime as a HUD complex. Police officers were seen patrolling the HUD complex on a daily basis. Police presence was a common sight in the HUD complex. It was a scary neighborhood many former residents say. The HUD complex was a haven for drugs for some reason. Austin Housing Authority inspected Rio Lado many times. The Rio Lado Apartments had a high occupancy are of all units at Rio Lado during initial occupancy. It's initial occupancy was well rapid. High occupancy led to a high crime rate of course.

City of Austin along with Austin Housing Authority has considered the public housing units for Rio Lado Apartments a weather hazard. During rain weather, Pecan Springs Creek would be flooded. The water would sometimes reach up to the black gate during heavy rainfall. Of course that was only on occasion. This was due to Rio Lado being located in a floodplain. This floodplain was a 100‐year floodplain as designated by City of Austin. In fact, Rio Lado Apartments were located next to Pecan Springs Creek.


In 2008, HACA was notified by the City of Austin that newly re-surveyed flood plains in the Austin area, as provided by FEMA. In 2009, HACA proceeded with notifying all 90 Rio Lado families of the need to relocate them due to required extensive asbestos abatement, finding of black mold and rehabilitation of every unit. Tenants were relocated to other properties or were given Housing Choice Vouchers by Austin Housing Authority. 

Furthermore, HACA has received numerous code violation notices from the City of Austin as a result of the current condition of the property. The property is prone to various city code compliance violations and health code violations. Black mold and asbestos have been found in the apartment buildings. The buildings in their current condition are unsightly to the neighborhood. During HACA's inspection, it was determined that 80% of Rio Lado Apartments was encumbered in a floodplain. Due to the location in a flood plain, restrictions have been placed on development of the site. 

For a short while from 2009-2010, HUD with HACA’s permission leased Rio Lado Apartments property to the Austin Fire Department during a temporary basis.The Austin Fire Department performed training exercises at the property that entailed creating large holes in the sides of the property’s buildings. That is an explanation as to why the holes on several building units of this HUD complex can be seen from satellite view. 

A contract for demolition of Rio Lado Apartments was originally approved by the Board of Commissioners on September 26, 2012. The Rio Lado Apartments were previously approved for demolition through a Demolition/Disposition Application with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) due to their obsolescence. VP of Housing and Community Development Veronica Macon spoke about improvements to the Rio Lado Apartments in November 2012. HACA procured a development team to assist with redevelopment of Rio Lado in March 2013. The demolition project was subsequently postponed in 2014 to the expensive cost of asbestos abatement. As for demolition, the demolition project was subsequently postponed while HACA researched and considered alternate uses for the property through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). Title to the land for Rio Lado will remain with HACA.

As of November 2015, the Rio Lado Apartments remained vacant. During this time currently, the property has further declined into even further deterioration due to its structural condition while being vacant and is considered to be uninhabitable. No successful attempts in terms of alternate use for the property have been successfully developed. Due to the location in the flood plain, restrictions have been placed on development of the site. The buildings in their current condition are unsightly to the neighborhood. 


The reasons the Rio Lado Apartments is going to be demolished due to the property being located in a flood plain, code violations, asbestos, finding of black mold, health code violations, and obsolescence. HUD was cited by HACA for several code violations and several health code violations during its operation as a HUD complex.


The location is 2989 East 51st Street, Austin, Texas, US 78723.