FLASHBACK: Remembering the magic of hip hop hub, Landlord Jim's

Landlord Jims San Diego

Throughout the years, San Diego's alternative music scene has claimed many homes, most beyond the music venues built to house them. These include the dirty crevices of shitty dive bars, cramped up DIY art galleries, and youth-oriented storefronts barely staying afloat—in these corners, and in the most unlikeliest of places, magic often stood.

Such is the case for Landlord Jim's.

For many around my generation, the name may gleam like a forgotten relic, but for those lucky enough to be apart of the era, Landlord Jim's was a treasured hip hop hub that housed some of the most talented minds in San Diego and beyond. It also just so happened to be a seedy dive bar on the outskirts of East Village.

With many modern local establishments and pioneers finding their roots in the hub, including City Heights' UND1SPUTED, streetwear staple, Armory Massive, and acts like DJ Artistic, Landlord Jim’s proved to be a perfect encapsulation of it's era, setting the stage for legendary performances from legends like Peanut Butter Wolf, San Diego's Lyrical Prophets Strictly Dope, and even fabled pro-bono impromptu DJ performance by The Roots' Questlove. In those walls, history was made and a long-standing community was built.

It's been over a decade since Landlord Jim's has closed, but it's impact and influence on the city still remains strong today; captured and carried by the many it touched. For a better insight into the bar and what it meant to the city, take a look at this great seven-minute documentary by filmmaker J. Curtis below on the now-defunct establishment, including interviews with long-since established San Diego movers and shakers. Always dope to look back and capture the magic of a time.