It’s a new year full of new possibilities. Before we get into all the good things in 2012, let's recap some of the interesting points of 2011.
2011 was an interesting year to say the least. There were protests, insurrections, and revolutions by oppressed people desiring change on every continent. The occupy movement which started on Wall Street and spread around the globe demonstrated that people could organize in peaceful protest.
There were environmental disasters like the earthquakes in Japan and Haiti. Mass fish, bird, other wildlife and a lot of celebrity deaths. R.I.P Heavy D! In between all this there were great moments in sports, media, music and entertainment.
Also there were massive illegal, unsanctioned, detainment and assassinations without people ever being tried in court. While most Americans were eating Turkey and stuffing, the president was reviewing a bill which abolishes the Constitution and institutes martial law. Under The NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) Section 1031 which has been changed to Section 1021 gives the president the right to assassinate any US citizen suspected of being a terrorist. No proof…suspected. Google Bill NDAA for more information and watch the Obama No Longer President, Now He Is A King video to better understand new laws that effect everyone.
2012 started out right! I finished the video to my song “Grimey” off the Audio Bully album coming later this year. There are also new tracks “Thro Yo Hands Up" and “Last Drink" with Burgaman. I’m currently working on the video to “That’s Life” off the Grindin Muzik album, while preparing for Midem.
This year just started and I already feel like its a race. The hustle don’t stop till my casket drop. That motto doesn’t change only my clothes do. Support independent Hip-Hop!! Check the video, leave a comment and tell a friend to tell a friend.
Till Next We Speak, Be Well
Tha One an Only
Whats poppin people,
I’m doing more shows now than I have in the last year. This is partly because of all the promotion my team has been doing and partly because of the new music. There is a absence of lyrical artists and I’m on a quest for power to fill the vacuum. Most of the songs on the radio or even on the underground circuit are auto-tune heavy and filled with simple nursery rhymes. I spit hard, metaphor heavy, rhymes with substance and the industry is finally taking notice. Check out my new song "Redlight City" describing what it's like to go out in Amsterdam on a Saturday night.
I have a show on the 16th of August at the CC Muziek Cafe in Amsterdam. The club has a wide stage, good sound system and is in a nice location. It’s going to be one hour of non-stop Hip-Hop, that rocks the block. Then there’s a show at the Little Stage in Berlin on September 3rd. Its going to be a good show cuz I haven’t been back to Berlin since the Popkomm conference in 2006. I like the city of Berlin. It's easy to travel around, the people are relaxed, and they have a wide variety of nightclubs. The last time I was there I went to this club called Delicious Donuts that had long island ice teas so strong that two would make you see double. You can read about the whole experience by clicking here.
Life goes back and forth between moments of tragedy and triumph like the swing of a pendulum...here's a few of those experiences.
Tragedy struck last month when a massive tornado went through my hometown Springfield, Massachusetts. Its the first time a tornado hit Mass. with such force that it destroyed large parts of downtown and my mom was caught in it. Her car took allot of damage, but luckily she got away with a few scrapes and cuts. It was strange because I didn’t know anything about it until I saw a clip on World Star Hip-Hop (WSHH). Some guy recorded the tornado touching down with his camera phone and the clip went viral.
While I was finding out about the situation back in the U.S. there was another tragedy going on closer to home. Someone very special to me found out she had type one diabetes. Which means the pancreas stopped processing sugar (glucose) so she has to take insulin injections three times a day. I’m not going to get into all the drama that led up to the discovery that she had the disease. Lets just say, it involved a lengthy hospital stay after which I had to take care of her for a few weeks.
I had sympathy for the life changing event she was experiencing, but angry at the situation. Its mind boggling to think science has found ways to use stem cells to reduce wrinkles and numerous other cosmetic breakthroughs. Yet they can’t find the cure (or won’t release the cure) to Cancer, Diabetes, and Aids. While I was learning about diabetes I came across allot of information that seems like modern science has the cures. The problem is there’s more profit in keeping people sick, using expensive medication than making them better. Think about it...if they cured any of the above listed diseases pharmaceutical companies would lose billions of dollars. They can suppress the symptoms of a disease indefinitely...but only cure it once. (food for thought)
All the stress was poured through my pen and became some very dark music. I wrote several new songs for my upcoming album Tha Audio Bully. One of my favorites is called "Trick or Treat" which I’ll post on Soundcloud and maybe Myspace next week. I also wrote songs for the EP I'm working on with NLZ called Tha A. In between writing for those projects I would write new verses for the "Vinumous Chronicles 16 Barz" weekly video series. I feel a sense of triumph that the series has reached week 13 and gains more fans daily. If you like Hip-Hop, watch an episode here; cuz it's worth watching.
While I’ve been making new music my older music has been promoted through several internet outlets with positive results. My aggressive digital campaign to gain a fan a day has worked better than anticipated. Now that the buzz is building I’m shopping around for more beats for the various projects. I get a lot of people emailing me beats that are okay but not complete or ready to be on a album.
I appreciate the effort BUT before sending me a beat make sure the beat is ready for recording. Don’t send me a beat just because you think the beat is dope. Get critiques from people outside your circle. Also make sure the beat is complete, equalized and polished so it doesn’t need major mixing after the vocals are laid down. If your professional and got beats that fit my style, send me a message and we’ll do some business.
Until next time, be safe
Tha One an Only
What’s poppin people,
Time is short and my work list long...so let’s get into the update.
The album is coming along at a steady pace. I've been writing more than recording just to get all the ideals out. When I do record it’s all done in a four or five hour session. This method keeps the song with the same energy. When I used to stop and take a few days off, then come back to a song, sometimes it wouldn’t have the same feeling as when I first recorded it.
Aside from recording I’ve been video making. The Vinumous Chronicles 16 Barz series is going strong. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, here’s the scoop. It started April 17th and goes on until August 28th 2011. I spit a 16 bar accapella every week for twenty weeks. The bars are a mix of verses from my upcoming album Tha Audio Bully and some I wrote for the series. The videos are uploaded to my YouTube page and since it’s already up to its sixth week. You can start watching now! Watch the week six video here.
I've been to a few parties since we last spoke and had a blast on Queensday. There was a carnival at the Dam Square on Queensday which had a shooting game. They give you a air rifle with ball-bearings and you have to shoot stars off of hooks. My skills with a rifle are almost as good as I am with a pen. I got nineteen out of twenty shots and won a big yellow duck. The duck is cool (check the pic) cuz when you rub on its butt it quacks. I didn't find this out until I was home after parting it up in the city. When I sat the duck on the couch it started to quack and scared my cat.
In between the music and video making I’ve been going to school. One more month left and it’s summer vacation. I can use it cuz, the classes have gotten harder and I’m slowly getting smarter. My plans for the summer are to make $money$ and do some traveling. I love Amsterdam but I’ve been in Europe for a while and there’s still some parts I want to see. Life is a series of experiences big and small. What a person learns from those experiences and incorporates it into their life builds their character. (food for thought)
Until Next We Speak, Be Well
Tha One an Only
The hustle don't stop till my casket drops. I've been living by that phrase for many years but only now is it actually paying off. I have new music, new paintings, new videos and the summers not even here yet.
New Skool Rules is here. The biggest Hip-hop conference in Europe (if not the world) started yesterday in Rotterdam. The city was flooded with artists, rappers, producers, and anyone else chasing a dream. I find the environment good for networking and exposure for artists looking to expand their fan base or break into other markets like the UK and France. The conference was started by this hustling ass chick named Henca Maduro last year. I've known her for a few years back when she was a radio show host and she's always had a business mindset.
We would see each other at Midem and a few years ago she told me her plans on bringing the US and European Hip-Hop market to Holland. This year that plan has come to fruition and the conference is a success. The host for the event is former radio personality from the "Wake-up Show" and MTV host Sway Calloway. Aside from all the live performances that happen throughout the day there are classes on publishing, beat making and rapping. Also they have open panel discussions and speed date sessions with some of the "taste makers" in the industry. If you're interested in making music and live in Holland its worth checking out.
I've been working on the new album relentlessly and already have ten tracks done. I'm not rushing the project cuz I want it to be better than Grindin Muzik. I just posted a new track from the album on my page titled "Wanna sound like me." Its a grimey unmixed joint for the people who say there's no more lyricism in Hip-Hop. I'm also sending out a new track a month through the newsletter so if you want some raw flavor sign-up now. Aside from my own music I've begun working on a EP with NLZ called "The A" which stands for Amsterdam to Atlanta. We've been making music together since 2007 so it was only natural that we release a collabo project. We have different styles that compliment each other so I feel like the fans deserve it. You can hear NLZ on tracks "Fearless" and "Young and Hungry" from my previous albums.
In between making music I've been painting and video making to keep the creative juices flowing. I posted one of the new pieces on my website cuz myspace won't let me post it. They consider the painting offensive because of the subject matter, while I see it as creative expression. You can see what all the drama is about here.
The videos I've been making are from the interviews and live show footage I've taped with artists over the years. I plan on compiling all the interviews (most are only a few minutes long) and some of the shows into my Dvd coming next year. Some of the people appearing in the Dvd are Method Man, Redman, DJ Kool, Mc Shan, Chuck D from Public Enemy, Derek Smalls from the Sugar Hill Gang, Nas, and others. To see the videos of shows from Method Man and Nas here in Amsterdam go to my YouTube page or click the link Vinumous Chronicles: Method Man.
That's life... for the moment. The weather is getting warmer and I've been playing basketball and other sports to keep fit. I can't wait for SUMMER! I leave you with this quote that motivates me to look at the positive in any bad situation. Life Lasts Longer with Love and Laughter.
Until Next We Speak, Be Well
Tha One an Only