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.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
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!
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.