Prelude 2 Procrastination… A Review and Interview in 3 parts

Prelude 2 Procrastination, the debut EP by Black Root, is a breath of fresh air.  From beatboxing to emceeing, to singing, go-go to blues to hip-hop, the album is replete with hotness.  We were blessed to sit down with Black Root and Wendel Patrick, who produced the album, for a conversation about being artists, how this project happened, what stereotypical is, and integrity among artists.

This article is written in 3 parts.  The first is simple- an album review.  In parts 2 and 3, we will dissect the interview, and some of the issues that came out of it.  So, without further procrastination, the album…..

It starts with an introduction that surprises me because I was not expecting so much- so MUCH.  Prelude 2 Procrastination is that funny commentary on the project itself.  Wendel Patrick’s production, starting with the ridiculous beatbox and harmonies that create the track to the title piece- I won’t even START with the inclusion of a didgeridoo.

Let me back up to…. the album artwork itself.  Between Tya Anthony ‘s photography and Stan Robinson’s graphic design, it is clear that Black Root is very concerned with the quality of his presentation- no wonder he procrastinated; sometimes quality takes time, lol!  Yeah, I had to make that quick note- now back to the album.

Rock 2 It takes you UP!  The intricate lyrics, coupled with a RIDICULOUS track that reminds me of Jimmy Hendrix and Prince shedding with some bad ass musicians in a basement just because they feel like making music.  Why?  Because Quinton Randall, one of my FAVORITE guitarists EVER (he doesn’t know it though) is SLAYING the riff.  The lyrics are distributed to the populous and make you rock 2 it, like he says.  Black Root throws in wisdom, like knowing where your money is going, working out, disagreeing peaceably, and recognizing that the sky is the limit.  There’s more- being an emcee versus “rapping” and- nah, I’ll let you listen to it to get all of the magic.  The boom bap is unmistakably hip hop, but the musicianship and talent is beyond genres.

PG Representative actually reminds me of Substantial, for two reasons- one, the obvious, these emcees truly represent for Prince George’s County (that’s what the PG is, for New Yorkers, and pretty much everybody not from the DMV).  Next, the hop skip and jumping that happens over the beat while giving you something to move to and think about.  And… let me not forget the list of almost all things PG (Parasuco’s, go-go, and more)!  Make sure you listen until the end to hear a virtual who’s who of the arts scene in Baltimore…

And then he sings.  My Mom’s Hands, a blues tinged ode to the lessons and methods Black Root’s mom imparted,reveals a surprise- Black Root can sing!  His voice is smooth and deep, extremely masculine yet filled with the emotion of a heart filled with adoration and respect.  His mom’s hands clearly helped to mold this brother, who identifies as a father, husband, cousin, brother, grandson, nephew, friend, rapper/emcee, teaching artist, musician, and personal trainer.  She urged him to police himself, which he does- you can always seek council from him from a man’s perspective and know that the response is well thought out, unbiased, and honest.

The final track of this EP- I Be is a return to the Black Root that I initially heard of- the spoken word artist.  He runs through the gammut of non-cliche metaphors that will kill your entire paragraph with his thesis statement.  It’s a one-way ticket to a dictionary if you are not well-read, and it might take you a few months to realize how intricate and well-thought out the verses are- his turns a computer keyboard and social media hotspots into nouns, verbs, and direct objects, and gives punctuation lessons in the same rhyme!  I do wish the tongue twister led to an entire song- I rocked that much 2 it!

The five-track EP makes you wish he wasn’t procrastinating the full release- but you can play it on repeat until he does.  Give thanks to Black Root for making good music!

Make sure to return for parts 2 and 3!

Click here to listen to and buy Prelude 2 Procrastination

Black Shesus and Her Disciples

This is an exciting time in the artistic community. We had the pleasure of interviewing and spending the day, and in the case of Dream, a few days with the incredibly talented emcee, performance artist, and thoughtful visionary, BFLY.

The emcee and first lady has been expanding her artistic expression and has started a movement with what I’m calling the Black Shesus Experience. We were going to originally post this interview prior to her showing at the Force Field Project in Philadelphia, PA. Unfortunately, some technical issues and changes to the weekend’s format delayed our posting of the video.

However, undeterred and determined to do what good performance art requires–confront, provoke and begin conversation–BFly and the Baltimore Girls, traveled to Force Field anyway, where they transformed into Black Shesus and the Disciples. The goal was to have the audience think about images of black womanhood and to really explore what each audience member knows, thinks and feels about the individual black women in their lives. BFlY through her character of Black Shesus, explores the divinity of black womanhood and the dichotomy between the holy and unholy, the good and the bad, and the all and the nothing that makes up the human experience. She takes stereotypical images of blackness, sporting a stylized, beautiful version of black face, and flips them on their head with a flick of the hand of the silent goddess that is Black Shesus. Taking this a step further than her earlier installations, she took on the crowd at the only part of Force Field that remained in effect, a dance party. Adding to the impact of the moving installation, she included a collective of amazing woman artists in their own rights, the Baltimore Girls, all donning gold flecked black faces as their Disciple selves. Show on or not the art must go on.

To understand the motivation and how BFly developed Black Shesus watch our interview with BFLY here.

For more on Black Shesus, please visit http://www.blackshesus.com
For more on BFLY, follow her on twitter @THEREALBFLY
For more on the Baltimore Girls, visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreGirls

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The Kharismatic…..Kane Mayfield! 

Boy oh boy oh BOY! Kane Mayfield had us in sttiches during much of this, his second interview with us! He talks about his not 1, not 2, but 3 projects in progress! Listen to some fly tracks, including “Some Love”, “Latenight Cinemax”, and “Ova Ya Head” (featuring Homeboy Sandman). BUT! We are NOT going to give away the entire show! We do quite the fool, however! One hint to the madness, this quick note to Kane’s mom: Dear Mrs. Reid, Please call us at (202) 573-9826 so that we can ask you, “for the record” how you feel about your son’s music. Love, Shameeka Dream and One Love… Auntie Yvette or Kane’s dad, please give her the message! Wink wink, Kane, wink wink ;)! Bonuses include the stories behind songs, Kane freestyling,  his “Ova Ya Head” verse spit a capella, and live bloopers!!  The interview was a pleasure always, and we can’t wait to host an actual Kane Mayfield performance!!!!

 Listen to the full interview here:

Janice B. Shares My Life

Janice B., eclectic soul singer, the first singer to sign to Stinkiface music, takes you on a journey between genres, spirit, love, humor, sadness, loss, and finding of one’s self. Her debut LP “My Life” begins with the sound that reminds me of what the RZA called a detuned piano. It’s the old school sound of her now deceased grandmother playing the piano, a memory, appropriately distorted as it as transmuted through time and space. The album is dedicated to the memory of this incredible woman who first introduced Janice B. to music performance. In the album you will hear soul, blues, gospel, reggae, jazz, rock and even hints of Portishead’s “Wandering Star”. Janice B. definitely shows she is “free to reach her destiny”.

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For more about Janice B., visit here:http://www.stinkifacemusic.com/janiceb.cfm

SAHFFI: Beyond Our EXPECTATIONS

Enter the songstress who is free enough to release 10 tracks to 10 producers and say “go with your heART.”  This interview, done live during the sound check before Sahffi released “Expectations,” her most recent cd project, talks about the story behind the music, and focuses on such tracks and “Gravity” and “Ticktock Islands”.  Her love of classical music and confession, “I feel… like I’m a vessel…” make you understand so much about this channeler of folk, rock, classical, and jazz blends.  Sahffi is open and free in talking about her growth through tragedy, dealing with those who feel they know and love her through her music, and even her break-up from a long-term love.  She is honest and private, humble and strong.  Listen carefully to hear when she asks “How can I tell my story; how can I live this life if I didn’t notice?”  Listen to hear who she enjoys listening to, listen to hear her………..She is beyond genre, beyond trends… beyond “Expectations”…………………..Sahffi. 

Click hear to listen to the interview:

You can listen to, share, and buy her music, as well as find out about how to follow her at…………… http://www.sahffi.com/ and here http://www.reverbnation.com/sahffi

Check out “Summer Breeze” which features Sahffi on an N’Dinga Gaba track. Both create music independently as well as collaboratively as members of the group T3N.

http://youtu.be/giX3dKGk4d0

And watch her perform live here:

Cookies on Monday: The Mosno Interview

Mosno Al-Moseeki–what can we say about this musician, songwriter, poet, and all around good guy with a great voice and interesting sound? He calls his music Eclectic Desert Rock because he blends alternative rock and Sudanese rhythms. He has released two albums–low tech and The Ungenre– and is currently working on his third–Novella, which at the time of this interview was just a concept.
His voice has a beautifully haunting quality that takes you on a journey through love, sadness, heartbreak, anger, joy and passion. He touches all of the traditional topics you want and expect from a talented singer-songwriter but with unusual metaphors. Cookies on Monday is the symbol he shared with a past love, referring to a ritual they shared, or “the black iron eagle in my closet staring at me…” from Guilt and Empathy that represents the feeling and transferal of bad emotions and anger from a “friend”. Through his music he opens up the window for you to see his view of the world and leaves you with a lot to ponder. Mosno Al-Moseeki–Most Noble, the Musical,–he is well named.

Play the interview! Here the voice! Feel the guitar! Do it Now!

“Lost the Sun” Live Mosno with Sahffi and Robin

To Hear More Visit Mosno’s website:     http://mosno.net/

And his reverbnation page:    http://www.reverbnation.com/mosno

Also check out the House group Mosno is part of called T3N:    http://www.t3n.us/

Sean Toure Thames, The Sound Channeler Interview

What can we say about Sean Toure? Dope emcee? Check! Dope producer? Check! Dope musician? Check! All around good guy? Check! Sean Toure talks with us about what it is like to understand the music business and what it takes for an indie artist to grow in the industry. Making great music has to be first and he focused on developing his craft, telling us that “being an emcee and being a producer I’ve been focused on developing my craft.” We learn the story behind the title “The Sound Channeler” which is very interesting. The album is incredible and the beats seem heaven sent. His new album is sure to be a classic. Our favorites are “The Om-Aveneerer”, “A Day in the Life”, “My Turn”, “Lie in Bed” and “Hoodlife”. Sean Toure has every reason to feel proud that “all of my experiences have led me to where I am today.” Look for The Remix Project which is in the process of being re-released and the new LP The Sound Channeler.

Listen to “A Day in the Life”

Check out the interview:

Sean Toure Final 1 by goodmusicgoodpeople