Thursday, November 30, 2017

HEAT ROCKS: EPISODE 6 --- ILL CAMILLE ON COMMON'S LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE (2000)


I'm definitely a huge fan of the podcast Heat Rocks with Oliver Wang and Morgan Rhodes.  Both hosts are dynamic in their individuality and perspectives on music.  Of course Episode 6 strikes a chord because it speaks on one of my personal favorites, Like Water For Chocolate (2000).  Common put himself fully on the Hip Hop map with this Soulquarians gem.  If you're not familiar with The Soulquarians collective, it was comprised of Questlove, James Poyser, D'Angelo, Q-Tip, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Common, Mos Def (now known as Yasiin Bey), Talib Kweli, Roy Hargrove, Pino Palladino and the incomparable J Dilla (Rest In Beats).  I gravitated towards that sound and sonic artistry because it came from a place I could fully identify with when it came to Neo-Soul and Progressive Hip Hop.  Years later I'm still immersed in that movement, even as others have moved on to the trappings of Trap/EDM/Mumble Rap or any other categorization I may not be a part of at this point in life.  Without expounding too much on my own fascination with Common and his music, I will allow Ill Camille, another dynamic emcee to break down the seminal project.  Ill Camille is an LA artist that is part of a very progressive movement on the Left Coast (somewhat similar in nature to what we heard from the Soulquarians camp in the late 90's-early 2000's).  Her most recent project entitled Heirloom garnered praise and attention as a stylized piece of Hip Hop artistry.  Make certain to check out Heirloom and her discography via her website:  http://www.illcamille.com/.  Enjoy the podcast and tune in to other Heat Rocks episodes to get some very insightful conversations.



LINK:  http://www.maximumfun.org/heat-rocks/heat-rocks-ep-5-ill-camille-commons-like-water-chocolate-2000

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

[VIDEO] RAPSODY --- "POWER"

Congratulations for NC lyricist Rapsody (one of my favorite artists in any genre) on her Grammy nominations for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song.  Laila's Wisdom is a gem, replete with top-notch lyricism and laser-sharp production.  "Power" (featuring Kendrick Lamar and Lance Skiiiwalker) is a riveting video that shows the gradual growth and determination of Rapsody.  She is one of the few artists that I can genuinely say has paid her dues, and those dues are paying grand dividends.  After peeping the powerful visuals for "Power" (pun intended), support and cop this extremely dope project.

#JamlaIsTheSquad
#WelcomeToJamRoc





iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lailas-wisdom/id1276699895
Website:  http://www.iamrapsody.com/
Twitter:  @rapsody

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

[NEW VIDEO] DE LA SOUL --- "ROYALTY CAPES"

Strong Island trio De La Soul once again are showing and proving that there is no expiration date on dope Hip Hop.  Dave, Maseo and Posdnous dropped the Grammy-nominated gem and the Anonymous Nobody August 2016, and more than a year later we are still reveling in the extended shelf life of that Kickstarter-funded project.  The newest video is for "Royalty Capes" (featuring Gina Loring) and it starts off with an honest and surreal look into the medical condition that Dave is dealing with on the daily (congestive heart failure).  With the passing of his Native Tongues brethren Phife, it brings into full focus that Golden Era emcees are facing their own existence and mortality as they embrace middle age.  I'm definitely a part of that reality, and it is refreshing that De La STILL is a beacon of light in Hip Hop.  Continue supporting the culture and cop and the Anonymous Nobody.

Website:  http://www.wearedelasoul.com/
Twitter:  @WeAreDeLaSoul  @DeLaSoulsDugout  @PlugWonDeLaSoul




Tuesday, October 24, 2017

[VIDEO] | SKARR-AKBAR --- "FLORIDA EVANS"

Skarr-Akbar has been a staple in the Baltimore Hip Hop scene for more than a decade, along the way becoming one of the most respected lyricist in Harm City.  Peep his deep mixtape and album discography if you need a reminder of his potency.  The B-more rhymer just dropped a dope video for the sonic gem "Florida Evans", which is another feather in his cap (undoubtedly an Orioles fitted).  Make sure to support the artist and view his various social media offerings (listed below).




Twitter:  @skarrakbar
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/skarr1
Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/skarr-akbar
iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/passion-pain-progress-beautiful/id956604487


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

THE GHOST OF LEN BIAS --- AN INTERVIEW WITH ULLNEVANO

Ullnevano (@Ullnevano) is a very dope individual indeed.  Not only does he hold true to the true tenets of Hip Hop, but he is a very down to earth and knowledgeable subject.  I've had the pleasure of knowing the brother for a few years now, first meeting him at the famed Reflection Eternal Barbershop co-owned by my Berea brethren Andwele (another individual deserving of a WISDOM SEEKER interview in the near future).  Even though I'm no longer physically in B-more, I still keep in contact with my Hip Hop family, and I consider Ullnevano as an integral part of that extension. 

I had the honor of interviewing Ullnevano for the highly anticipated project The Ghost Of Len Bias, a collaborative effort with Harm City producer/beatsmith Jumbled (@NapalmDef).  We had an in-depth convo revolving around Len Bias, continued violence in Baltimore, the state of Hip Hop and the anticipation behind the labor of love that is The Ghost Of Len Bias.  Our 30-minute phone conversation was definitely eventful and fruitful, but I apologize in advance for the audio quality not being up to par.  I did not want to delay this interview any longer than I've already done, so please enjoy and listen (to the best of your ability).  Support Ullnevano, Jumbled and TGOLB project when it is released. 




Monday, September 11, 2017

THE OPEN MIND --- EDUCATING HIP HOP [VIDEO/DOCUMENTARY]

9th Wonder has carved out a dope niche in the pantheon of Hip Hop lore because of his every-evolving and influential nature.   Be it top-notch production, Hip Hop education, shining light on the vast NC talent pool, 9th has been a beacon as well as influence in my life.  This PBS-based video gives another glimpse into the incredible life of 9th Wonder.




TRUMP CARD [POEM]

TRUMP CARD

Written by:  WISDOM

Pull that card from the evil one who thinks that his monetary status is all powerful


I said a mouthful but more needs to be said before our ideals are dead


Deceased from being released into a polluted atmosphere of fear and hate


Don't take the bait but wait for the opportunity knocking on our shore doors


Ban a man or woman because of religious belief is walking a path laid by slavery savored forefathers


And now we see this hatred come to strange fruition in this 21st century foxtrot


Through a wilderness that may soon be blocked by a wall called racism that will never be erased


White without black equals invisibility so is this what we want as our reality that is a virtual lie


Where alternative facts are believed and perceived as what is right but left out one thing, truth


Proof is right in front of our collective faces and at fingertips tweeting the revolution that is still now televised


Rise of the machine that doesn't deserve me to call by name because it is a true shame


Game set match but will not shake hands at the net I bet there will be regret sooner than later


Call me a hater but true hatred causes bloodshed and enough dead to make naysayers take a closer view


Cards dealt so should the hand be thrown in or played as they are you be the judge at this moment


Because this Trump card is nothing more than a dumb fraud to try and bump God off His throne