August 20th, 2014 - "Bang Out" short film/music video from Yung We$t is coming soon! Directed by Omar Cruz, edited by Project One Shot, Executive Produced by Kev Da Khemist. Here are some stills from the shoot:
July 29th, 2014 - Omar Cruz & Yung We$t are now on Pandora Internet Radio! Make sure to check out their radio stations!
June 10th, 2014 - "Bang Out" featured on the Hip-Hop New Releases page on iTunes! Make sure to download the new single from Yung We$t:
June 2nd, 2014 - LAB Records releases the cover art for Yung We$ts' upcoming single "Bang Out". Available on iTunes June 10th. The "All Or Nothing" EP is dropping this summer.
May 12th, 2014 - Omar Cruz added to SMOKEFEST! Going down at Mirror Image Studios - 1254 N. La Loma Circle, Anaheim, CA. Get your tickets here:
LAB tee's, exlusive hats & "The Book Of Omar" hardcopies will be available at the LAB RECORDS merch table.
May 1st, 2014 - Omar Cruz & Yung We$t are featured on "Wouldn't Be LA", the first single from westcoast legend KAM's newest album, "Mutual Respect". The black and brown unity project features Sick Jacken, Mr. Criminal, Mr. CaponE, King Lil G, Kiki Smooth, Sleepy Malo, Krazy Race, Troublesum, Blazer & more. Released through New Birth Ent./Hereafter Records. Co-Executive Produced by Dae One.
March 5th, 2014 - Omar Cruz releases the "LAB Remix" of Jennifer Lopez's newest single, "Girls".
December 5th, 2013 - LAB Records tee's & hoodies are now on sale in the MERCHANDISE section! Makes a great holiday gift!
December 5th, 2013 - "L-A-B" music video is now live on YouTube! Directed by Omar Cruz. Filmed & Edited by Project One Shot.
November 25th, 2013 - Song review for "L-A-B":
“L-A-B” Omar Cruz ft. G-Eyez (aka Yung We$t)
Los Angeles-based Latino rapper Omar Cruz made noise with a series of mixtapes as Blunts LLA, before signing to Interscope/Geffen in 2007, where singles “I Hang with My Dogz” and “To The Top” garnered critical praise. And then, as is so typical, label politics undermined his fame. Now associated with producer/engineer Kev Da Khemist, Cruz has co-founded indie label LAB Records (Los Angeles Based Records), and in November 2013, released the mixtape/street album “The Book Of Omar,” featuring Glasses Malone, Crooked I, Compton Menace, Aztek Escobar, K-Young, Annimeanz and WE55. The second single produced by label CEO Kev Da Khemist, “L-A-B” featuring LAB Records artist G-Eyez, offers a greasy, grimy, mid tempo beat with lyrics about finding a groove, making a name for yourself and climbing each wrung of the ladder toward success—as G-Eyez proclaims that “…I’m just out here doin’ me/ So while you sittin’ on the couch, I’m in the L-A-B/." His flow is keen and rapid-fire, the message decisively savvy—and the potential boundless. Stay tuned for Omar Cruz's full-length album “The Passion Of Cruz” in 2014.
Entertainment journalist Chuck Taylor worked for more than a decade at Billboard magazine as a Senior Editor/Writer and Single Reviews Editor.
November 25th, 2013 - The Book Of Omar is now available on all major mixtape sites for free download! Order your hard copy in our Music section!
November 6th, 2013 - The Book Of Omar hard copy is now available for pre-order on our site!
November 5th, 2013 - The Book Of Omar cover art is released. Cover by Gustavo Gamba.
October 1st, 2013 - Omar Cruz's mixtape The Book Of Omar will be released on November 25th. Featuring Glasses Malone, Crooked I, Compton Menace, Aztek Escobar, K-Young, Annimeanz, G-EYEZ, WE55 & more.
Kev Da Khemist expected to release self-titled EP in early 2018
August 28th, 2014 - Westcoast Legend Kam Premiere's his single "Wouldn't Be L.A." featuring Omar Cruz & Yung We$t on 93.5 KDAY.
August 26th, 2014 - New LAB Records press release!
LAB Records Continues Building on Momentum With a Powerful Summer
Los Angeles Based Records has become one of the quickest rising names in urban music and hip hop. Summer 2014 has treated the label well, with big moves, releases and upcoming artist features. Fans have responded with full fledged and eager support.
August 26, 2014
Without a doubt, some of the best hip hop today is coming from the West Coast; Los Angeles in particular. Nowhere is this more evident than in the news coming out of HYPERLINK "http://www.losangelesbasedrecords.com/"Los Angeles Based Records. The label, LAB Records for short, have been doing very big things this summer and seem poised for a breakthrough that will leave them on every urban music fans radar. According to LAB Records, it's a very good time for hip hop music.
“We've been building our label around authentic street music,” says label CEO and producer Kevin "Kev Da Khemist" Flores. “Strong rap, backed by banging beats. LAB Records is here to stay!”
Highlights of the summer have included dropping the first single from Yung We$t's All or Nothing EP, “Bang Out”. The single has appeared on the iTunes “New Hip-Hop Releases” page the week of June 10th, 2014 and so far has had over 20,000 plays on the net as of August 1st. With a recent feature on the popular website HotNewHipHop.com and a new video for the single set to debut on YouTube it's clear the momentum is building.
Omar Cruz, label president and recording artist, was featured over the Summer along with Yung We$t on “Wouldn't Be L.A.”, the lead single by west coast legend Kams' latest project, Mutual Respect.
Both Yung We$t and Omar Cruz have been added to Pandora Radio over the summer, as well.
There is plenty in store this Fall for the label too. Yung We$t's second single “#1000”, from the All or Nothing EP, has a September 30th release date set. The song is produced by Jay Musik. The EP will feature some surprise special guests. Anticipation, according to the label, is very high. Omar Cruz also has new music set to drop any day.
Fans can't stop talking about LAB Records releases, especially Yung We$t's latest.
A recent review on iTunes remarked, “Definitely the type of music I've been waiting to hear. I see the hard work paying off. All or nothing!”
For more information and the latest news from LAB Records visit HYPERLINK "http://www.losangelesbasedrecords.com/"www.losangelesbasedrecords.com.
About LAB Records
LAB Records is an independent music company created in 2012 by producer/engineer, Kev Da Khemist (Kevin Flores) and Rapper/Songwriter, Omar Cruz.
September 10th, 2014 - On October 2nd, 2014, The H.A.P.S (Hip-Hop & Art Party Society) Present: LIVE AT THE CABANA NIGHTCLUB in Long Beach. Performances by Omar Cruz, Yung We$t, Kid Star B, Jevon, Buxx, Slang Gang & special guests! Hosted by Cecilia The Mamacita from 93.5 KDAY. DJ BRAVOH on the 1's & 2's all night. VIP sections available for bottle service. Email to reserve a booth (Please include your name, phone number & number of people in your group).
September 11th, 2014 - The official music video/short film for "Bang Out" is now on Youtube! Directed by Omar Cruz. Subscribe to our channel LABRECORDSTV!
September 30th, 2014 - The 2nd single from Yung We$t, #1000 is featured on the Hip-Hop/Rap New Releases page on iTunes! Produced by Jay Musik. Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Kev Da Khemist. Make sure to download it today!
October 2nd, 2014 - Today DJ Felli Fel broke "#1000" by Yung We$t on the "New @ 2" with Yesi Ortiz on Power 106 in Los Angeles! The response from listeners has been amazing! Make sure you let @POWER106LA & @DJFELLIFEL know you want to hear "#1000" by Yung We$t on the #NEWAT2 on Twitter! Thank you to everyone supporting the Yung We$t/LAB Records movement! #INDIEGRIND
October 8th, 2014 - New LAB Records Press Release now available online:
Major Support This Fall for Independent Music Label Los Angeles Based Records
Indie hip-hop label Los Angeles Based Records continues to move from strength to strength. Picking up solid momentum following the success of artist Yung We$ts' single “Bang Out” Fall 2014 is expected to be a huge breakthrough for the company.
October 5, 2014
In just two years, the indie music label Los Angeles Based Records (LAB Records) ran by music producer Kev Da Khemist & recording artist Omar Cruz, has transformed from a relatively obscure record company, into a fast rising entity in urban music.
Since the release of LAB Records flagship artist Yung We$ts’ first single, “Bang Out” on June 10th, 2014 word has quickly spread amongst hip-hop insiders that a new force to be reckoned with was on his way. Three months later on September 30th any doubts about the South-Central L.A. emcees’ potential were laid to rest. “#1000” the second single produced by Jay Musik, was released on iTunes. It was featured next to industry heavyweights on the front page of the New Hip-Hop & Rap Releases section and its impact was felt immediately.
“The people that are getting behind the '#1000' record and expressing their support for the LAB Records movement has been a great blessing,” commented Kev Da Khemist, CEO of the company. “Stay tuned because the best is yet to come!”
The same day “#1000” was released, The Max & Marcellus show on AM 710 ESPN LA played the instrumental during their broadcast. According to the shows Creative Producer, Mario Ruiz, the “#1000” instrumental has been added to rotation on the show. Two days after the release of “#1000” on October 2nd, DJ Felli Fel from Los Angeles radio station Power 106 (KPWR 105.9 FM) exclusively premiered “#1000” by Yung We$t on the “New At 2” with co-host Yesi Ortiz. The response for the new single has been tremendous and continues to garner attention from music industry insiders and fans alike.
A customer who recently purchased the single on iTunes remarked, “Yung We$t is the truth! Great follow up from Bang Out!”
Yung We$t & LAB Records are poised to make a big and lasting impact in the burgeoning west-coast hip-hop scene.
October 10th, 2014 - World Premiere of "Mexican Style" by Omar Cruz & Mario Ruiz! Produced by Kev Da Khemist. Video by HJ Chong. Special thanks to the GGG camp, ESPN Radio & HBO Productions!
January 9th, 2015 - LAB Records is proud to announce our partnership with XLIX Collection clothing brand. Two companies joining forces to build towards a 2015 takeover! Make sure to check out their site: http://www.xlixcollection.com/
January 12th, 2015 - "#1000" (Remix) featuring Mac Lucci will be available on iTunes February 10th. Music video directed by BLKDMNDS coming soon!
February 5th, 2015- On February 7th, LAB Records will be releasing a free project by Yung We$t. "Dilla: Tha Gift" is a dedication to legendary producer James "J-Dilla" Yancey who was born on February 7th, 1974 and passed away on February 10th, 2006. The project features We$t over J-Dilla beats and provides the listeners with an in-depth perspective of We$ts' life and rise to become one of the most promising artists on the west coast. "Dilla: Tha Gift" will be available for download exclusively at www.losangelesbasedrecords.com.
February 7th, 2015- "Dilla: Tha Gift" by Yung We$t is now available! Click on the cover below to download the project for free. If you like "Tha Gift" make sure to let us know on Twitter @labrecords_us & @ceo_yungwest. iPhone users can use the Soundcloud player on the right of the homepage to listen and download. Thank you for supporting the movement!
February 10th, 2015- "#1000 (Remix)" by Yung We$t featuring Mac Lucci is now available on iTunes! Click on the cover below to purchase the song.
Also released today, the music video for "Good Boy Killa" by Omar Cruz & Mario Ruiz. The promotional song for middle weight world champion boxer, Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, is now on YouTube! Golovkin vs. Murray goes down February 21st, 2015 in Monte Carlo, Monaco! #TEAMGGG
April 6th, 2015- The music video for "#1000 (Remix)" by Yung We$t featuring Mac Lucci is now live on YouTube! Directed by Nathan Blanco. All Or Nothing EP coming soon!
April 10th, 2015- "#1000 (Remix)" by Yung We$t featuring Mac Lucci is now on WorldStarHipHop.com! Click on the picture below to link to the WSHH video.
April 8th, 2015- Yung We$t on set of the TNT television show "Murder In The First".
May 11th, 2015- The new single "Naggin'" by Yung We$t will be dropping in June on iTunes! All Or Nothing EP coming soon...
May 29th, 2015- "Naggin'" by Yung We$t is now on pre-sale on iTunes! Click on the image below to link to the iTunes store:
June 9th, 2015- The new single "Naggin'" by Yung We$t is available on iTunes! Click on the image below to link to the iTunes store:
June 11th, 2015- Finally on sale! LAB Snapacks! Available in 5 colors. Click on the "MERCHANDISE" tab at the top of the page. Shipping worldwide!
September 29th, 2015- RJ, Yung We$t & Dean Risko performing October 30th at The Complex in Glendale, CA!
January 14th, 2016- The latest single from Yung We$t is up for pre-order on iTunes! "'Bout Me" featuring Show Banga from the HBK Gang will be available on 1.19.16. Produced by Jayysmusik. Recorded, Mixed & Mastered By Kev Da Khemist.
January 1st, 2016 - Happy New Year! Here at LAB Records we're excited for what's in store for 2016. More dope music from Yung We$t and the release of his debut EP, All Or Nothing! Great things on the horizon!
April 12th, 2016- With one month left before the release of Yung We$ts' debut album All Or Nothing, LAB Records drops "Hell Nah" featuring Diamond Lane Music Group artist Stoney Tha Dealer. Produced by Jayysmusik & Kev Da Khemist. Make sure to check out this heavy club banger! Now available on all major online music stores.
March 26th, 2016- Los Angeles Based Records announce the official release date for the All Or Nothing EP by Yung We$t! The debut album will be available on all major online music stores 5.10.16. Featuring Show Banga, Stoney Tha Dealer, Glasses Malone, EDI Don, Mac Lucci, Yung Blu & No Good. Production by Kev Da Khemist, Jayysmusik & GFyve.
May 10th, 2016- "All or Nothing" is now available on iTunes! High quality .wav version download and hard copies available at the MUSIC STORE on this site. Click on the album cover below. Thank you to everyone supporting!
May 1st, 2016- "All or Nothing" is now available for pre-order on iTunes!
May 30th, 2016- To celebrate the release of Yung We$t's debut album All or Nothing, LAB Records and Alvar Productions have created a special event at Couture in Hollywood. The club is located in the heart of Hollywood at 1640 North Cahuenga Boulevard. The event will be on June 16th, 2016 with sounds provided by Power 106 DJ Nick Ferrer. The event is sponsored by PEAK Sports. There is no cover charge for entrance. Attendees must be 21 and over and wearing upscale/stylish attire only. For bottle service and to reserve a table call 310.628.7482.
July 26th, 2016- Just in time for #summer16! New music from Yung We$t "Str8 to It" feat. J. Outlaw. Produced by Jayymusik. Available on iTunes!
September 5th, 2016- New music from Yung We$t every Wednesday this month on Soundcloud! #wildwestwednesdays
September 7th, 2016- "Never Change", the first release for #wildwestwednesdays has We$t addressing the haters and wannabe's while illustrating how he stays true to himself and his gangster roots. New mixtape this October!
September 21st, 2016- "Dead Light", the third #wildwestwednesdays release from Yung We$t is a testament to everyday street life in South Central L.A. New mixtape dropping in October!
September 27th, 2016- Newly formed music company Rude Boy Music Group has partnered with LAB Records to release the single "New Bitch" by South Gate, CA rapper KSB featuring Kap G. The single produced by Kev Da Khemist will be released in October on iTunes and all major online music stores.
September 28th, 2016- "Balance Out My Options", the fourth #wildwestwednesdays release has Yung We$t speaking on his life on the street and his mission to always make the better move. New mixtape, Tales From The Crip, dropping this Halloween!
October 8th, 2016- "New Bitch", the new single from KSB featuring Kap G is now available for pre-order on iTunes! Click on the image for link. Available on all major online music stores 10.18.16. "Still Praying" the new mixtape coming soon.
October 10th, 2016- The new mixtape, "Tales From The Crip" by Yung We$t will be released on Halloween exclusively on Dubcnn & Datpiff!
October 17th, 2016- Official trailer for the new mixtape from Yung We$t, "Tales From The Crip" is now on Youtube!
October 18th, 2016- "New Bitch" by South Gate, CA artist KSB is now available on iTunes and all major online music stores! The new single features Atlanta rapper Kap G and is produced by Kev Da Khemist.
October 31st, 2016- Fresh off the heels of his debut album All Or Nothing, Los Angeles rising star Yung We$t releases his follow up mixtape Tales From The Crip. Follow We$t as he takes you into the raw, cold world of a Crip gang member born and raised in the streets of South Central L.A.. Struggle, triumph, self motivation and the hunger for more are the stand out themes of this 11-track offering with features from TayF3rd, J. Outlaw and LAB Records very own Omar Cruz. Tales From The Crip features production by Jay P Bangz, Jayysmusik, No Good, Kev Da Khemist & more. Rap fans definitely get a treat this Halloween!
May 1st, 2017-
Had to step away for a few months to make personal and professional assessments. Spending more time with family and staying busy in the lab. I'm happy to say 2017 has been a strong and successful year for me so far! Counting my blessings and remaining focused on positive and motivating energy. I have some amazing things in the works at the moment that I will share when the time is right!
Recently I've been having the itch to release new music...I plan on dropping a self-titled EP some time this year and then continue to consistently release tracks. I already have titles ready for the follow up albums too! I'm sitting on A LOT of dope music and I can't wait to share it with everyone!
Thank you to the people who have supported LAB Records over the years, I appreciate all of you! Looking back at the last five years since I started LAB, I'm proud of the many accomplishments reached and remain motivated to release more music! I will be collaborating with more artists and songwriters soon as well. I have a lot of ideas floating around right now and it's time to get to work!!!
July 17th, 2017- Since 2014, Mario Ruiz and Omar Cruz have released music in collaboration with boxer Gennady "GGG" Golovkin and K2 Promotions. Their music videos have been viewed over 1,000,000 times on Youtube. With the Canelo vs GGG fight coming in September, LAB Records has remastered "Mexican Style", "Good Boy Killa" and "God Of War". The remastered versions are available for free download as the GGG EP. The EP features production from Kev Da Khemist & League of Starz. Click on the cover below to download.
September 14th, 2016- "So Many Envy", the second #wildwestwednesdays release has We$t speaking on the jealousy that exists as he continues his ascent in the rap game. New mixtape dropping in October!
December 1st, 2017- Check out this new documentary that I'm featured in! Now available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2BrOQMm
“Going Places” documentary examines the current state of contemporary dance and electronic music, the culture and discusses the undiscovered territories of where it’s headed. The film offers powerful insight from the artists, creators and inventors who are actively contributing and participating in building and shaping the music culture.
December 12th, 2017- On 12.12.12 I officially registered LAB Records as a dba. To mark the 5 year anniversary I'm sharing the cover art for my upcoming self-titled EP! It's been a relatively quiet 2017 on the music end for LAB...aside from restructuring my company, I've also been developing other opportunities. Regardless, my heart has always remained in the studio and I have been working on a project that I plan to release early next year! The "Kev Da Khemist EP" is going to be gritty, energetic and bass heavy! It's a production driven album with some artist features. Thank you to everyone who has shown support in the past...I will def need that love for this new project! The first single off the EP will be coming real soon! It's go time!
January 16th, 2018- "Everyday (Light It Up)" is the first single off Kev Da Khemist's self-titled debut EP. Having worked for years as a hip-hop producer and engineer for multiple recording artists, Kev is starting 2018 with big bass and heavy drums! "Everyday (Light It Up)" is the genesis of his musical evolution. Combining Electronic elements with Hip-Hop, Kev is sure to give bass heads and beat heads something to get excited about! Click on the image below to download for free.
January 19th, 2018- Music review for Kev's lastest single "Everyday (Light It Up)" by thebandcampdiaries.com! Download the track for free by clicking on the review below. Thank you everyone for the support!
February 1st, 2018- Kev has just returned from his trip to Ecuador and has gathered some amazing content. New instrumental music video will be dropping this Spring. The video will showcase Kev's Ecuadorian roots with footage of one of the most beautiful countries in the world! From 17th century architecture, old colonial cities, lush landscapes and gritty city life the images are sure to captivate viewers. Make sure to check out his Instagram profile to see some of the photos from his trip @lab_records. Kev is also in the lab continuing work on his self-titled EP, expected to be released in March. Lot's of great things on the horizon for LAB Records!
March 5th, 2018- Kev Da Khemist's first mix is on Soundcloud! Trap, Hip-Hop, Dub-Step, Bass Music along with some Caribbean & Latin vibes. Enjoy!