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15 Coolest Desi Music Artists from California

21Mar

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15. Panjabi Architect

From: Los Angeles

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Although he’s not an architect by profession, he sure can build towering music tracks. Panjabi Architect has the ability to “engineer” eerie and soulful beats together which makes for a relaxing listen. Our favorite track is “Bol Fakira Bol” which incorporates Gurdas Mann’s powerful words. “I think imagination to conceive and create is “architecture” and each beat should be carefully placed, chopped, blended and synchronized to perfection” he says. Well guess what Mr. Architect? You’ve done an amazing job with living up to your name!

14. Baagi

From: Los Angeles

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Baagi is a rapper who can express himself freely in Punjabi. His music and lyrics have an important purpose, in fact, he has touched upon farmer suicides, droughts in India and even the 1984 massacre in Punjab. Baagi is not afraid to rap with intention to spread further awareness about these issues. Our favorite Baagi track includes “Pagaari Sahmbal” which is dedicated to “the bushy bearded, bald headed and everyone in between” says Baagi!

13. Bol Punjab De

From: The Bay Area

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Bol Punjab De started off as simple party DJs in 1998 and morphed into quite talented music producers. With hundreds of performances under their belt, at venues across the nation and worldwide, they have rocked dance floors with smooth mixing and great MC skills. Their hit single “Gera Like a G6” took the Bhangra music industry by storm when they gave “Like a G6” originally sung by Far East Movement a Bhangra makeover.  Their name says it all and they definitely define the sounds of Punjab (with a little urban flair, when necessary!).

12. Doc Bladez

From: Los Angeles

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Bladez has been one of the earliest South Asian adaptors of Turtablism, which even won him awards in the 90’s! If you’ve been lucky enough to see this guy in action, you probably understand what other “tricks” he has up his sleeve. He is one of the few DJs that can rock a party with body tricks while playing mixes of Hip-Hop, Punjabi, and his recent favorite – Dubstep, and Drum n Bass. He has the ability to fuse classic Punjabi folk music and give it a new generation kick-in-the-ass! Check out his 30 minute non-stop mix of of “Desi Dubstep Journey” which we can’t get enough of!

11. Shar S.

From: Central Valley

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Not only can he sing, rap and produce music but he can direct, shoot and edit video flawlessly!  Shar S is a musician and visual artist all in one and pours his creativity out into all his media. His hit single “Akhiyan” produced by RBS Productions has been an all-time favorite for the hopeless romantic. His bad-boy looks and out-of-the-box music videos make the perfect formula for a very creative and successful artist!

10. Hargo Boparai

From: The Bay Area

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If there’s one music producer to put California on the map, it’s Hargo Boparai! His recent album titled “Bhangrafornia” really gave the world a flavor what a talented music producer from the Golden state can really do. With collaborations with Master Salim, Surinder Shinda, Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti and more, Hargo has genuinely showcased true Punjabi roots through his music. Check out his recent music video “Tere Vargi”  shot all over Northern Cali!

9. Hoodini

From: Los Angeles

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Formally known as Jagmeet Singh, Hoodini is a simple kid living outside the city of Angeles, but his talent is far from simple. Hoodini is the epitome of California hip-hop with a voice that flows flawlessly. “King”, his partner in crime, adds the perfect amount of indie flavor with his guitar skills when they perform live together. Watch them in action in our favorite track “Breakfast

 

8. Kanwar Gill

From: Los Angeles

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He’s the famous “Son of a Sardar” and original pioneer of Punjabi rap. Kanwar started his music career with the hip-hop Desi group Karmacy back in the 90’s and has been releasing powerful Punjabi rap lyrics ever since. Kanwar has the ability to rap in Punjabi and English in the same song! The way his words flow, never fail to give us chills down our spine! Just last year, Kanwar teamed up with singer Ladla Punjabi and produced a heart-warming track called “Teer” that really touched the lives of many Sikhs around the world, take a listen!

 

7. Haji Springer

From: The Bay Area

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This guy is like the Mac Dre of the South Asian hip-hop world! With his unique (and at times) explicit lyrics, Haji doesn’t fail to impress with his overall gaudy music and rapping style. He went from a solo gig to a music group called 3 AM and produced the hit single “Bass Hits Hard” which was a chart topper in mainstream American radio stations all over the nation! He’s definitely the poster child of South Asian hip-hop from the Bay Area.

6. Sammy Chand

From: Los Angeles

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Rukus Avenue, one of the first South Asian record label company’s in the U.S. was founded by Sammy Chand in 1996. He really understood the need to produce and manage legit South Asian talent in California and made it happen!  Sammy is a true pioneer when it comes to putting an official stamp on South Asian music. He’s signed plenty of artists along the way and still had time to produce various types of music for his own label. Let’s thank Mr. Sammy Chand for paving the way for California South Asian music artists!

 

5. Raginder Momi

From: The Bay Area

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Ahh, Raginder is a breath of fresh air. He’s not your average music artist, in fact he doesn’t even sing! Raginder is also known as “Violinder” because of his impeccable violin skills. Raginder’s specialty includes producing music covers of well know hip-hop, pop, bhangra and hindi songs with his violin skills. He’s been playing the instrument since the age of 9 and his music is proof of his remarkable talent! Our favorite cover includes Punjabi MC’s “Mirza” take a listen!

4. Mira Veda

From: San Francisco

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Mira taught herself to write music and soon enough, she had enough music to release her own album. Mira is one of the few South Asian female artists hailing out of California. Her connections with the Recording Academy have given her plenty of mainstream existence. Mira is an artist who mostly sings in English but, is never afraid of recording some music in her mother tongue. Thanks for representing the females Mira, we adore you!

3. Pree Mayall

From: Sacramento

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He’s got the look, but don’t mistake him for a UK lad – he’s been born and raised in California! Pree is a Punjabi recording artist who is constantly putting out great Urban Desi music. Teaming up with his DJ/music producing friends is not only fun, but it helps his songs become smash hits, especially in the UK! His latest music video and track “Aaja Aaja” gives you a perfect example of his slick style and dashing good looks!

 

2. Mixman Shawn

From: The Bay Area

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Music has been pumping through his veins since the tender age of 5! Shawn started off his career with The Outfit Entertainment in the early 2000’s and soon after branched out into producing, singing and rapping for his own label- The Diamond Lane. Not only does he have the ability to produce and vocalize his music, he can write riveting lyrics to surely send someone goose bumps. Take a look at his true poetic and artistic side in our favorite music video of his – “Toofan” featuring another Bay Area music artist, Jesse.

 

1. Mandeep Sethi

From: Los Angeles and San Francisco

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Mandeep believes that his microphone is his channel for change and spreading awareness, in other words, social advocacy through music. Sethi has grown up around the influence of hip-hop and its basic fundamentals which he puts to good use. Social consciousness and cultural awareness act as pillars for Sethi’s music and lyrics which surely inspires a complete generation. Sethi enjoys traveling the world, stimulating others consciously while while sowing the seeds of true hip-hop. He has earned the number 1 spot on our list because of his influence to the South Asian hip-hop movement in the Western countries and in most of South Asia.

Think we missed someone? E-mail us at urbandesiradio@gmail.com and let us know!

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Whitney Houston: A triple threat talent…

12Feb

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I’m still in shell-shock over Whitney Houston’s death, I saw the breaking news story come up on my fb timeline. I googled it and all the articles confirmed the worst – Whitney Houston, Dead at 48.  Growing up in the 80s, there were two stars I always looked forward to seeing on the TV and they were Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Their songs were truly iconic during that tremulous decade. Whitney had this caliber talent to carry a tune, to the point where most of us would of gone breathless – she could still harmoniously sync to the beat.

I’ll remember Whitney as a triple threat. She could sing, dance and act. As I mention on my facebook, if you are remotely BLESSED with one of those talents it can take you far – but if you have all three – there’s NO LIMITS to your potential. However the demons Whitney faced, like so many of our talented superstars were drugs. She coined the term on the 2002 Diane Sawyer interview “crack is whack” that open a can of worms for comedians to poke fun at her. Right now there’s silence, no one is laughing – all we hear is her amazing vocals coming out of our speakers, TVs, computers and smart phones.

People are suspecting the cause of death had to do with drugs, we won’t know until the coroner report comes out. In my opinion, I think her heart just gave out on her. Dr. Drew talked about addict recovery on CNN, if he had been treating Whitney, he would of advised her to take two years off. In 2010, Whitney told Oprah she was clean, I think she just bit off more than she could chew and it killed her. For those of us who have dealt with drugs issues, whether its our own or family/friends, the rule is take one day at a time. Sometimes planning ahead can lead to one’s demise.

I’ll miss Whitney. But like all great artists, her legacy will live through her music and talent. Be sure to watch the Grammys tonight, Jennifer Hudson will pay special tribute to Whitney Houston.

Urban Desi Artists/Talent comments on Whitney….

Taz (Stereo Nation) – I am very sad today as one of my favorite singers has unfortunately passed away. She was an inspiration to artists all over the world, may her soul rest in peace. She truly had the voice of an angel. GOD BLESS

S-Endz/Casey Rain – RIP Whitney Houston :(

Diamond Duggal – I was talking about Whitney’s talent just yesterday…a few hours later I heard the news…a very sad loss…

Mira Veda – RIP Whitney

Mentor Beats – RIP Whitney Houston. Life is too short. Enjoy it while you can. God bless x

The Truth – I know im late but R.I.P one of the greatest ever to do it….Whitney Houston! My love is your love…P

Panjabi Hit Squad – RIP Whitney Houston :-(

Indy Beats – She sung like an Angel but spent too much time in the company of the Devil – R.I.P. Whitney Houston

Sullee J – R.I.P (Picture of Whitney with Tupac)

Mixman Shawn – R.I.P. Whitney Houston…

Tarli Digital – Whitney Houston? RIP? Noooooooo! :-(

Sunny Sahota – RIP Whitney

Raxstar – Damn. #RIPWHITNEY

Bobby Friction – I brought her debut single on 12″ back in my teens…I fell in love with her.xx RIP WHITNEY HOUSTON

Raghav – I can’t believe it… Whitney houston.. We’ll miss u.. All vocalists try to reach that level of vocal perfection… Stunned..

Bohemia – RIP the great Whitney Houston. Will always love you.

Jay Sean – This is so so tragic.Another legend just gone.There were No gimmicks, no tricks, no autotune with her.Whitney was just brilliant.That’s all

H Dhami – Warrup ma people..top night of gigs,apart 4m hearing da tragic passing away off the legend Whitney Houston… A voice that will live 4ever x

MC Special – Just heard the sad news of the loss of #Whitney #Houston RIP 1963-2012 totally in shock. Great vocalist

Swami Baracus – Still sad to hear of whitney houston… this woman was the benchmark for how other voices were judged. Another talent lost to recreation…

Nindy Kaur – RIP Whitney Houston…she was a great singer and will be remembered. I really liked some of her songs, especially…

RDB – Wow another legendary voice gone :( Rest In Peace Whitney Houston…fans please keep her daughter and family in your prayers – RDB

Janina Gavankar – ….just found out about Whitney.

DJ Fricktion – Omg Whitney Houston Died? Shocking!!

Maz (Bonafide) – R.I.P Whitney Houston… Despite her controversy she had a voice that will be remembered forever.A true diva and legend.

Ziggy (Bonafide) – R.I.P Whitney houstan. We just lost a legend.

Desi Comedy – Jeff Ross did real time Whitney Houston jokes… Wow and definitely not too soon.

DJ Rekha – here is when i truly hope this soul will rest in peace for it seems she had little or none in her short life. Whitney Houston RIP

Humble The Poet – Whitney Houston Dead at 48 That is definitely a voice the world will miss One Love

Urban Desi Radio TOP 60 Desi Beats for 2010

26Dec

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A year in review of Urban Desi, Bhangra and Underground Desi beats right here on Urban Desi Radio. Tune in to the Junction this week to listen to the top 60 Desi beats! Be sure to submit your new tracks to urbandesiradio@gmail.com.

Listen to the TOP 60 Desi Beats Show

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60. The Raj – Panjabi MC

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59. Leave with you – Sir Aah ft. Nipsey Hussle

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58. I Love You – Stereo Nation (Johnny Jockey House Mix)

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57. Baa Farke – Highflyers ft. Kaka Bhainiwala

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56. Calle Ocho Remix – G Deep feat. Don Revo

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55. Rabba Es Dil Nu – Dilpreet Bhatia

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54. Sang Lagdi – Bobby Kang

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53. The Bazaar by Night – Sammy Chand

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52. Scooter Singh – Caravan Crookz n Ash King

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51. Jee Le – Navin Kundra

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50. Chori Chori (Dhol n Bass mix) – DJ Monte-S feat. Dark MC

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49. Bhangra Bump – Osama Com Laude & Talal Qureshi

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48. Permission – Veronica ft. Mumzy Stranger (prod. Rishi Rich)

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47. Ice Breaker – Trishna Amin

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46. Celt Islam – Dub Reflex

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45. Leja Kite Door – Harleen Singh

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44. Munda Hogaya Sharabi – Gippy Grewal & Bohemia

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43. I think I’m gonna kamasutra – Rasika

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42. Jatt Diyan Reesan – S Klass

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41.  Bol Fakira Bol – Panjabi Architect feat. Gurdas Maan

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40. Type of Guy – G Town Desi

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39. Ishq Brandy – Amit Rai

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38. Jatt Di Jawani – Gupsy Aujla

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37. Galay Lag Ja – Bonafide ft. Kam Frantic

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36. United We Stand – Sabotage feat. vartious artist

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35. Door Ni Kulne – Manni Sandhu

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34. Naag 2 – Popsy/Jazzy B

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33. Dil De De – Garry Sandhu

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32. Tum Habibi -Parichay

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31. Iranian Girl – P. Cantell

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30. Holi Holi – Taz/Bohemia

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29. Enhi Sohni – DJ Harvey

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28. Balle Balle – JR Dread

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27. Pindh Wich Balle Balle – DJ Sanj/Satwinder Birdi

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26. Putt Jatt Da – Jaz Dhami

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25. Sadeh Naal – Pree Mayall

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24. Nach Bhabiye – Taj E & Bee 2

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23. Keep A Secret – Raje

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22. London Town – Sam Khan

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21. 2012 – Jay Sean

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20. O O Jaane Jaana 2010 Remix – Jay Dabhi

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19. Captivated – Mira Veda

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18. Kya Karoon – The Truth ft. Mentor Beats

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17. Oye Hoye – Jagga

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16. Bruahh – Foji Gill

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15. Kiss (Chumma) – Blitz feat Rdb

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14. Turn the music up – The Bilz & Kashif

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13. It’s a Cry – Sullee J

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12. So Much (neoDesi mix) – Raghav ft. H Dhami

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11. Kaun Nachdi – PBN

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10. Johal Boliyan – Kulvinder Singh Johal

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09. Ik Jindree – Bikram Singh/Ishmeet

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08. Love lockdown – Janina

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07. Desi Nukhre – Taz/Mixman

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06. Bhangra Pauna – AMX

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05. Aisee Taisee – Mandeep Sethi

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04. Fly with me – Mumzy Stranger

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03. Morni Di Tor Waliye – En Karma

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02. Jeevay Pakistan – Bonafide

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01. Famous in the club – Jasmine Sandlas ft. RD

Win a VIP pass to Mira Veda’s Video Launch Party!

9Aug

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Mira Veda is hosting a Video Launch party for her new single “Captivated” and she wants YOU to join her! Answer the following question correctly and we will randomly select a winner!

On Mira’s first album “Infinite Love”, she collaborated with former Grammy president, who was it?

email your answer to urbandesiradio[@]gmail.com

Winners are responsible for their own travel expenses, party will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area

Mira Veda’s CAPTIVATED out now!!!

3Aug

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The sultry and seductive voice of Mira Veda is back!! I know her fans are eagerly awaiting her second album, she recently finished shooting a music video for her single. Check it out and download Captivated! I’ve played it on the Junction, it’s gotten a lot of positive feedback. Mira has been keeping busy…she serves on the board for the Recording Academy, blogs on the Huffington Post and is one of the founding members of Lipsticks and Politics (lipsticksandpolitics.com). I fell in love with her first album “Infinite Love” (some of the tracks are on UDR 24hr music player) … this second album is long overdue!!! Bring it on Mira!

Interview with the Phone Sex Operator

27Jul

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I remember this boy in my class, it was 5th or 6th grade… his parents didn’t block the 900 sex chat line, he invited us all over and we prank called a bunch of these numbers … later that month the phone bill came, it came out to be 800 dollars!!!! His mother was pissed!!! Ironically the boy never got caught, the mother just blamed the husband… yikes!!! Have you ever thought, whose really behind that sexy voice? What do they go through… how much money do they rank in… everything you always wanted to know about phone sex operators, but were afraid to ask… Lipsticks and Politics brings us this interesting feature!!!

Timing For Newson in Governor Race, All Wrong

18Nov

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By Mira Veda

It’s no major surprise that Gavin Newsom, current mayor of San Francisco abruptly abandoned the race for California Governor. There are so many things were standing in his way, including himself. The race was destined to be an uphill battle. Newsom had such weak poll numbers; there is no way he could have jumped ahead of Attorney General Jerry Brown to win the Governor’s seat.

Firstly, the lack of support is a result of Newsom’s own doing. The affair with his top aid’s wife still lingers in the minds of his constituents, mostly men who feel like he broke the ‘man code’. This loss in personal belief of his character as a candidate is one reason he couldn’t scrounge up more support. Had he allowed enough time to pass and settle into his new family to build a new reputation, people would have forgotten about his past. Successful leaders don’t just tell about the attributes we value and what makes them fit to lead, they show us.

Secondly, his absenteeism as a Mayor didn’t do him any favors. Many San Franciscans were unimpressed with the constant campaigning that left the Mayor’s office empty. The slippage of standing dropped the funds and support from a community that boasted very high approval ratings previously. Newsom acknowledged this in his statement released at 3pm on Friday October 30 where he cited family obligations and city duties as a reason for bowing out of the race.

Thirdly, Newsom seemed to be having an incredibly difficult time raising funds. In the reporting period last June, Newsom had raised $1.2 million to Jerry Brown’s $7.4 million. Since then, Newsom has raised another $709,000 and Brown has raised $1.3 million. With such huge a discrepancy in monies, Brown could have easily created a more compelling campaign, embarrassing Newsom without really trying. Politics is as much about the ability to create a public personality as it is as having a great personality. Without matching funds, Newsom had no chance.

The few good things that Newsom has going for him is what he should focus on. His family and daughter would be a first step. He has an opportunity to position himself as a family man rather than just look like one, thereby exposing Californians to the fact that their personal values are inline with his values. Second, he should focus on the city that made him who he is. In the course of his time as Mayor, he has used the city’s platform to gain a global position. He has utilized celebrity-centered politics to bring light to very critical issues. If Newsom were to wait a few more years and become a part of the culture rather than above it, he could truly gain back authenticity that he has lost due to bad decision-making. He could regain relationships he’s that seem to be simmering his reputation. He needs to reach out to his constituents and be a part of the community. Create an open-door policy like he did when he was campaigning. His celebrity style and unapproachable office often makes him distant from the public that elected him.
All and all, the time is not right for Newsom. Perhaps, in a few years when he’s proven he has the character everyone admired in him in the first place he can jump into another race in politics.

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