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.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Monday, September 11, 2017
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.
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
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Baltimore has been a virtual warzone for many years, so it comes as no surprise that the citizens of this great city are tired of the violence that has permeated its 92 square miles. A 72-hour ceasefire by activists was devised to not only put a pause on gunplay in the city, but to also bring attention to the various factors that have multiplied to put B-more in this precarious position. I'm so glad that the B-more Hip Hop community stood in unison to bring something positive to the table with this multifaceted collaboration aptly titled "Baltimore Cease Fire". A who's who of lyricists and artists participated in this dope venture: Von Vargas, Greenspan, Femi The Drifish, Josh Lay, Smallz, TT The Artist, Blaqstarr, Ill Conscious, Preme, Martina Lynch, The Boy Blesst. Take a listen at this joint effort and continue to support Baltimore Cease Fire as a real movement, not just a weekend adventure.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Friday, June 30, 2017
I've been looking forward to the official video for "Chill N Smoke" ever since DUB (my son and a dope emcee) told me about this joint with fellow rhyme spitter DREWSKII DOE. I try to stay impartial on matters of familial creativity (I shy away from nepotism and allow each individual the opportunity to shine on their own merits). Looks like that premise is out the window for this video and song. Even though I am a purist at heart with Hip Hop, I have been humming the chorus and refrain constantly since seeing a draft of "Chill N Smoke". Not quite trap and off the peripheral of boom bam, this song is more a vibe and anthem than anything else. I pride myself on the lyrical side of the artform, and there are gems sprinkled throughout this summer cruiser. This song is more than a banal ode to puffin' trees but a depiction of a young Black male living day to day in Harm City. Listen closely and you can decipher deeper meaning behind the coded language. False relationships built on dividends, survival on the gritty streets, easing continual pain via medicinal means and ultimate triumph. The title says "Chill N Smoke", yet you will soon find that there is much more depth and purpose with these two artists bubblin' on the B-more Hip Hop scene. With dope visuals provided by EBAN Films (Dir | @StevenQSpeilberg) you have the makings of a song poised to make noise everywhere.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
T.I., for all the seemingly negative press he has been receiving because of his marital issues being played out for the world to see via VH-1 and social media, is surely making his presence felt on the socio-political tip (no pun intended). His Grand Hustle release of the full-length Us or Else: Letter To The System on December 16, 2016 (as a follow-up to the EP similarly named Us or Else) signaled a slight departure from the ATL veteran. He has always sprinkled nuggets for consumers to grasp lyrically, but his most recent work is showing great depth and maturity for the highly-regarded emcee. If you haven't seen the short film Us or Else, then you NEED to see where T.I. is taking the listener and viewer. It is not just a trip through the sometimes rough streets of Atlanta, but a trek throughout our concrete jungles, suburbia and Middle America. Mere words on WISDOM SEEKER will not do justice to this dope piece of art, but hopefully REAL justice will be served when it comes to the perpetuated persecution, prosecution and execution of people of color across this vast land. Salute to T.I. for taking a stand with his art, for this is going to open the doors for others to do the same and make a real difference.