The project was a remix to "Love Hip-Hop" a song off Tha Audio Bully album released back in February 2015. It was released as a single in July. The single made it on the Music Week, Urban Club Chart in September. In three weeks the track moved up the charts from position #23 to #15.
You can buy a copy of the "Love Hip-Hop Remix" by pressing the link. The remix is a whole different song. It features harder bars, more punch-lines and DJ Modesty scratches to tie it all together. This international collaboration brings together New York, France, and Amsterdam representing real boom bap Hip-Hop. Listen to the track below and if you love Hip-Hop music buy a copy of "Love Hip-Hop Remix ft. Shabaam Sahdeeq & DJ Modesty".
My birthday was a few weeks ago (shout-out to all the Virgos). To celebrate, I flew with my girl to Turkey for a few days to catch the last rays of autumn sun. “Winter is coming” and in Holland that isn't a joke.
The city we stayed in was Alanya. It's a district of Antalya Province on the southern coast of Turkey, in the country's Mediterranean Region. The view was gorgeous. Palm trees, clear blue water and water parks all over the region. The airport security is tight when you fly in. There are signs posted in multiple languages saying, "Forbidden to take cultural artifacts out of the country." I have never seen signs like that in any of the places I've been to.
The reason Alanya has them is because the city is ancient. There have been archaeological discoveries found in the
Karain Cave showing the place was occupied during the Paleolithic era 20,000 BC. Since then, there have been empires (Phoenician, Achaemenid Empire, Alexander the Great) built, rebuilt, conquered and destroyed throughout the ages. What remains are castles and monuments surrounded by busy streets, markets and crowds of tourists. Alanya is a six hour ride from Antalya airport. We took a shuttle; which is a van and driver that takes six to eight passengers from the airport to individual hotels. Luckily on this trip, my stop was the second stop. After being in a van for 6 hours with a crying baby...I was ready to jump out the van while it was still moving. Things got better at the hotel. The place was right on the coast, less than 100 meters from the beach.
Since the climate is so warm, there's fresh fruit and vegetables being sold from markets throughout the city. When I say fresh, I'm talking about picking fruit off the trees fresh. Everywhere in Alanya lime trees grow. The trees line the sides of lawns and sidewalks getting manicured like Japanese Bonsai trees. I would pick limes from the tree outside the hotel and squeeze the juice into my drinks. (Bangin!) I bet they never heard of the disease "scurvy" in Turkey. Alanya is a coastal city, so most restaurants serve a diverse assortment of seafood. It's also a Muslim country, so don't expect to find many pork dishes. The dining was exceptional for me, because I only eat poultry and fish.
At most of the hotels they have open terraces and live bands. Just walking down the boardwalk, with the hotels to my left and the beach across the road to the right for a few blocks, I got to see a man doing Karaoke to Wayne Newton; another to Elvis Presley, with a bar offering two for one drinks, playing Lil Wayne’s "Lollipop" in between. Across the street, the scene was crowded with beautiful, bronze, beach, bodies, basking in the Mediterranean sun. A mix of young and old, families and students, the patrons were diverse and almost all of them had a tan.
The water was warm and surprisingly clear, blue. Even without goggles, I was able to see down several meters. Since my girlfriend had never snorkeled before, I took this opportunity to teach her. A good snorkel set with goggles and fins will cost around twenty euro from a street vendor. If you enjoy viewing sea-life without a computer monitor, I highly recommend it. The waters were full of diverse types of fish, dodging the swimmers and eating algae off the rocks below. The further away from the beach you swim, the bigger the fish become.
At the end of the beach is the wharf. The scene is like a postcard right out of "Pirates of the Caribbean.” Long rows of actual pirate ships, adorned with a colorful spectrum of Figureheads. All the ships offered different services, while the boat chauffeurs people around the bay. Some were party boats with disco balls and turntables. Some offered scuba diving lessons, others sight-seeing tours. I was surprised at how many of the guys who worked on these ships, dressed like actual pirates. They were literally dressed like pirates from the 1800's. I took a few pics of my favorite ships. (you can view them below)
If you're not a fan of the beach, there's an awesome alternative. In the center of Alanya, and all around the region are water parks. The one in the center of Alanya is f^%kin awesome! There are around twenty different slides for all ages. I spent an afternoon trying to ride everything in the park, but only succeeded in making it halfway. Some of the slides, like the half-pipe or canoeing around the park, are only open at certain times. The place is so big, they offer inflatable canoes you can rent for one euro to ride around the water park. This ride is only offered every few hours so you have to be there at the right time to partake.
They use the Turkish Lira as a form of currency. It's better to exchange money using a bank machine than going to a currency exchange. They will cheat you. Since the Euro is worth more than the Lira, food and shopping were quite affordable. The main shopping district is a place called "Bar Street". It's an enormous area, encompassing the city main street to the docks. There you can find every type of shoe, clothing and electronic for discount prices. The only thing is...most of it is fake.
Merchants offer counterfeit items with the brand name sewed on the outside. Most carry the real item in stock, but if the buyer doesn't ask, then they get the bargain they're paying for. Aside from the fake goods, there were numerous places with handwoven leather boots, traditional Turkish shoes, bracelets, clothing, and jewelry. Bar Street is an eclectic area for shopping, dining and shows.
Most of the time during my travels thru Turkey was spent exploring the city and relaxing (drinking) in between. I didn't take many pictures this trip...but I posted a few below.
I recently returned from a trip to Toscana, Italy and if you haven't been there add it to your bucket list.
The Toscana region of Italy is right on the Tyrrhenian sea. I stayed in the village of Vada at a place on the coastline. Most of the coast was rocky with small pockets of beaches with food pavilions in between. The majority of the trip was spent traveling and exploring so I didn't get to enjoy the beach to much. The few times I did have a chance to lay on the beach and bask in the sun...it was marvelous.
I few days into the trip I took a day tour to Florence a few hours away. Florence is a beautiful city. It has broad streets, filled with markets and shops of every type. The buildings are a blend of old and new architecture. A huge surprise for me was seeing buildings Michelangelo designed before he moved to Rome at age 35. There are to many amazing pieces of architecture to list in one post but the most common theme of Florence was churches. There are so many churches of different design it would baffle the imagination. It's no surprise that the center of Florence is a world heritage site.
The tour was led by a small middle aged Italian woman who really loved Florance. She could answer any question about the multitude of monuments and sculptures around the city. Our tour group was composed of five couples and three individuals with age ranges from mid-twenties to late sixties. The guide educated us on everything from art and literature to the different colors of marble, which was once known as "white gold." That was interesting information to me because I thought marble only came in white. The Toscana region is famous for producing red, yellow, green, blue and other veins of the expensive rock. Each color has it's own meaning: red - honor, white - faith, green - love...etcetera. That information gave more depth to her historical tales of old Renaissance architects.
After walking around the city for hours with our over enthusiastic tour guide we were given time to explore for ourselves.The shopping was almost as good as the visuals. I found great deals on leather goods that would cost three times as much in Amsterdam. Jackets, belts, bags, boots, and other goods were for sale at thrift shop prices. I brought a few belts and a jacket for my upcoming video shoot for "Love Hip-Hop." Although I enjoyed the tour I wish that I had a few more days to explore Florence. There are so many museums of fine arts, and monuments around the city that one day isn't enough time to see everything.
If you like seafood the city of Cecina (pronounced chi-chi-na) is the place for you. All the seafood is fresh off the boat and still alive before it's cooked and served. I had some of the best fish I've ever tasted. Served in a light crispy breading that melts in your mouth. All over the city of Cecina, are beaches, ice cream shops and seafood restaurants. Most of the restaurants have delicious affordable foods and advertise biological vegetables, which is attractive to health conscious tourists. All over Toscana are olives and various flavors of local wines which range from sweet to spicy. After riding around different cities on the bike I rented. Having some seafood and wine really helped me relax. I learned a lot in a week of travel and below are a few pics from the trip. Hopefully it will give you the motivation to go see Italy for yourself.
Life has been hectic with the album release and promo campaign. Thanks to my dedicated partner, the DJ's, and u fans I feel like the project is a success.
Last month, I did two shows at the Live on The Low in Amsterdam. The first show was on March 10th and the second on March 31st. The show two nights ago was off the chain! The crowd was hyped-up, the tunes were banging and everybody had a good time.
The Live on the Low is held at a local venue called the Winston Kingdom. The Winston attracts a diverse crowd of tourists and locals who come for the music and 2 for 1 drinks. I did shows there in the past but the last show was the best so far.
I ran through a 20 minute set of new songs off Tha Audio Bully album. From the first track "Witness Tha Sickness" to the last "Bounce That Booty" the crowd was bouncing. During the show my photographer friend Beata Fortuna shot pics. I posted some of the pics below; and to see some of the show you missed, watch the video here.
Greetings and Happy Holidays my blog reading, net-addicted, cyber-surfers...My life is like a roller-coaster ride without brakes. Time moves fast and opportunities are short...so let's get it in.
The new album is moving at a smooth and steady pace. I have eight songs recorded and several more written. I’m taking my time with this project, collecting the best beats I can from producers worldwide. Originally the title was "Verbal Sorcery," but due to recent developments, I thought a name change was appropriate. The new title is "Tha Audio Bully," cuz I got competition scared to get on a track with me.
Back in August I got an email from this cat from San Diego, CA who wanted to do a track with me for his album. He sent me the track, the beat was cool, it had a classic Southern Cali sound. He recorded his first verse and the chorus so I had a feel for the track, then sent it to me. I sent it back to him with my verse a week later and he changed his mind. After listening to both verses he felt that I would outshine him on his own song. (real talk) I was surprised by his email so I contacted him directly and asked what the problem was.
He broke it down like this. The industry (in the US) is too unstable for a new artist to be sonned on his own record. If he was Jay-Z and my verse was better it wouldn’t matter cuz he was already successful. In our case, he gave me respect that the verse was dope, but he wasn’t ready for it. I was flattered and insulted at the same time. On the one hand it's an ego booster to know my verses are getting comparisons with industry heavyweights like Method Man, Ludacris and Big Pun. On the flip-side, it's wack that some cats feel intimidated by what I write so there’s less people (on my level) to work with. After that conversation I changed the album title to “Tha Audio Bully.”
Lately my time is spent preparing for the Midem conference next month. As you know, the Midem is one of the biggest music conferences in Europe. I go to Cannes and spend a week in the sunny French Riviera, networking and promoting various business ventures. Each year there’s a theme for the conference where a particular country like Sweden, Japan or Africa provides the shows and entertainment. Last year was good. South Africa provided a variety of artists performing rock, blues, hip-hop and soul. I learned allot about digital promotion and marketing for independent artists (artists without a major deal) with a budget under $500. I’m not sure what the country theme is this year, but my expectations are high.
As a result of the information I learned last year, my team has become more focused and more internet savvy. Changes were made to all the company websites www.tygervinum.com, www.vinumousrecords.com and atasteofvinum.blogspot.com. We added an exclusive offer for a free track off my last album “Grindin Muzik.” Check out the websites for details. Also, we’ve turned some of my paintings into designs for clothing, hats, shoes, skateboards, phone covers, mouse pads and a million other items. You can see what the hype is about and buy gifts for friends and family by going to T.V. zazzle store or T.V. cafepress store. misadventures are the stuff of legend, but lately life has been pleasantly calm. I’ve been to a few good parties and a few shows but nothing worth mentioning. The weather here is in the minus everyday and more snow is on the way. It's already snowed several times this month, so it's going to be a white Christmas. Staying on the grind keeps me warm, while the weak hide from the elements.
Being inside may keep you safe... but going outside may bring you success. (food for thought) I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe, prosperous and memorable Happy New Year.
Until next we speak, Be well
Tha One an Only