Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DJ PREMIER, ROYCE DA 5'9 AND PHONTE INTERVIEW WITH STASHED

This interview is a dope look into the respect these acclaimed artists have for one another, as DJ Premier, Royce Da 5'9 and Phonte trade barbs and shine insight into their respective places in the Hip Hop realm.  With Kazeem Famuyide at the helm of this interview (which initially was a solo Phonte offering), you get the innate feeling that a forthcoming project of some sort is in the works (even from a gestational standpoint).  We shall see.  In the interim, check out this visual treat, and visit STASHED for more cultural, curated pieces of creativity.
 
 
 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

[MIXTAPE] NOVEJ---THE BEFORE'S AND AFTER'S [HOSTED BY RAPPER BIG POOH]

Winston-Salem, NC representative Novej (pronounced NO-VAY) comes correct with a dope mixtape showcasing his lyrical range. Hosted by Rapper Big Pooh, this nineteen-track affair covers familiar territory, but coming from the introspective perspective of an artist wise beyond his years. My personal favorite on The Before's And After's is "Rakim Taught Me How To Rhyme", but other joints strike a positive chord, including "Gold", "Young Black and Handsome" and "Came Up". This Carolina lyricist has a bright future on his hands. Support the music. Support the movement.

Website: http://www.novejraps.com/
Twitter: @NovejRaps

Thursday, January 15, 2015

STORYVILLE EPISODE 1: "QUESTLOVE VS. PATTI LABELLE"


Peace and blessings WISDOM SEEKERS!  It's been a good while since I've made my presence felt via this social media vehicle.  So much has transpired from a political and racial standpoint that it has been quite overwhelming to say the least.  Under normal circumstances I would have taken to WISDOM SEEKER to voice concerns and showcase artistic pieces of expression from like-minded artists on a local and national standpoint.  I just wasn't in the proper mindset to do this blog justice.  With 2015 upon us, this is a good time to reignite and reenergize myself with a revamped WISDOM SEEKER, making certain that I am able to document what Hip Hop culture will mean for this year and beyond.
 
Okayplayer has been the biggest influence because it showed me that other similar (and not-so-similar) individuals could discuss, dissect, and disseminate.  I appreciate what Questlove and crew have been able to do with Okayplayer, because it has influenced other social media outlets and sites.  That is why this recent OKP TV jawn "Questlove Vs. Patti LaBelle" is hilarious and amusing.  Questlove has kept his finger on the pulse of the culture for the better part of two-plus decades, and this animated video proves that point.  It is an ingenious way to tell a story (I'm sure there is MUCH more to this) that has been brewing for quite a few years.  Peace to Hectah for providing the animation, bringing the Quest vocalization to life here. 
 
 PEACE IN THE NEW YEAR!
 
 

 

VOL. 7 - BEATXPLOITATION --- PROD. BY THE BEATFONICS CREW

2015 is upon us, and I'm excited by the prospects of new, dope music permeating the airwaves.  Thus far I've encountered some flyness via beats outside of my normal sphere.  Of course Twitter has been my friend in this beat adventure, allowing me access to come across this musical gem.  Vol. 7 - Beatxploitation by The Beatfonics Crew is just that diamond in the rough I've been seeking.  Even though I've noticed 9 volumes produced by the beat clan, Vol. 7 stands firm in its position because of the obscure, and not-so-obscure, funk and Blaxploitation joints that called the 1970's home.  This international collective of beatsmiths have joined forces to deliver a powerful throwback to an era that never seems to lose its allure.  Vol. 7 - Beatxploitation has nineteen tracks to whet the appetites of those hungry for beats (sans rhymes) that are not of the cookie-cutter variety.  I'm going to make it a priority to check out each volume from The Beatfonics Crew to gather inspiration and develop an extended musical palette for my own chopping pleasure.  Make certain to check out the beats and support quality music.




 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

"FREEDOM" --- [Produced by WISDOM]

With the very visible and targeted attack on Black existence, it is only right that a chord is struck from a creative standpoint.  Hence we have my diatribe on the volatile subject of #BlackLivesMatter.  "Freedom" is my response in 2014 as a rallying force and battle cry to take up virtual arms and fight for what is right.  Fighting doesn't mean fisticuffs (unless necessary in my opinion); taking a stance can come in many forms and fashions.  Social media awareness is definitely one of the avenues in which we as a people can make those that don't necessarily understand the plights of inner city (and now suburban as well as rural) people of color who are systematically being pushed to the brink.  The brink of what, you may ask?  The brink of destroying preconceived notions and prejudices based on tainted media perception and antiquated ways of thinking.  Truth be told, it took me a little longer than anticipated to create "Freedom".  It is not necessarily the "best" or "most creative" beat that I've concocted.  I believe, however, that it is the most passionate because of the lengthy crate-digging and combing through archives of vocal recordings and speeches relating to the Black struggle, especially during the post-Civil Rights and Black Power era of the late 60's and early 70's.  Making "Freedom" was painstaking yet cathartic.  I hope what you get is a sense that revolution of some sort is on the horizon.  We can't let senseless deaths of our Black males, continued sexism with our Black women, and overall disrespect of our existence continue, with 2015 looking like it will be the precipice of racial tensions.  #BlackLivesMatter should be the continuing theme, and I hope and pray that "Freedom" ignites something, anything, that will spark revolutionary rhetoric and action.

Now question, is every nigga with dreads for the cause?
Is every nigga with golds for the fall


                                                              ---Andre 3000 ("Aquemini")



[NEW MUSIC] REVERSE HOURS LP --- BLACK TOKYO MUSIC

VA representative Black Tokyo Music (@BlackTokyoMusic) has dropped a gem for the holiday season entitled Reverse Hours LP.  This 17-track instrumental/beat album takes the listener on a journey through a 24-hour cycle of beatmaking prowess, as Black Tokyo Music evokes that true school boom bap that will undoubtedly take us into the new year on a brighter note.  Thanks are definitely in order for BTM by blessing us with his musical contribution during this season of giving.








THE EDUCATION OF ELLIS [A SHORT FILM]

Written and directed by Toni Branson (@TOMBOI301), The Education Of Ellis short film delves into the mental of the one and only ELLIS (@ELLIS_410), the respected B-more emcee that is part of the fresh wave of artists reppin' Harm City the proper way through lyrical dexterity.  This follows on the heels of the earlier 2014 album release for The Education Of Ellis, with features from Styles P (@therealstylesp), Stan Green (@StanGreen410) and AL GREAT (@algreat11), along with exclusive production from beatsmith LEGIN (@LivinLegin). 

 
 
The grassroots approach that ELLIS is taking is evident throughout the short film, which is more true to life than any "reality television" showing on the small screen in this day and age.  Taking inspiration from the 1974 film The Education Of Sonny Carson (which in itself is an adaptation from the autobiography of the same name), you see more than a coming of age, rags-to-riches saga.  I'm a supporter of anything true AND dope when it comes to Hip Hop culture.  Watch the short, then support the movement at www.ellisbmc.com.
 
One love WISDOM SEEKERS!
 
#BMC
#EOE