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
So glad to finally release this interview into the universe. Interviewing Kane Mayfield had to be one of the best experiences of this process thus far. We had a great time interviewing him. He’s talented, hilarious, thoughtful and engaging! He is definitely an emcee to watch, check, and listen for. What we said about his live show is so true…it will send you into a mania! He has a tremendous amount of positive energy that makes you feel hype. In our conversation, he had this to say about his music, “I make what I want to listen to…I make music that sounds good with fatigue pants.” You have to love that he has a whole picture in mind not just the feeling of the music but what you would wear listening to it. He is a storyteller and has joints that remind you of Slick Rick’s “A Children Story” like “The Island 94”. He also has the songs that make you feel tough and like mean mugging everyone in sight, listen to “Wreck”. He has songs that you want to sing when you feel like people are doubting you, “Poor Georgie”. His latest project is called “Follow My Flow”. You can listen to it by clicking the link at the bottom of this post. On a http://www.sermonsdomain.com he explained the rationale behind each track. Definitely check it out!
Listen to the interview:
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Check out “Wreck”:
Hear “Follow My Flow”:
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:
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We had the pleasure to inteview the extremely thoughtful, lyrically gifted Homeboy Sandman. We talked with him about his third album The Good Sun . This album has been on heavy rotation in our lab. Find out why he was #1 on CMJ’s National Music Charts, part of Hip Hop DX’s Top 25, #2 on Real Late’s Top 30 on Hot 97.1 and #1 on Billy Jam’s Top 50. He has also appeared in XXL, The Source, Fader, The LA Times, and on MTV as a Made coach.
If you haven’t heard his music, you must. Check out “The Essence” below and then play the interview.
Find out what he thinks about the art of emceeing and why he feels that good hip hop should be revered like classical music or the work of Stevie Wonder. Play the interview! You know you want to! Do it!
Check out more Homeboy Sandman here: http://newpro.homeboysandman.com/
OOH, the very charasmatic emcee, is all about creating a better city and a better world. He makes music and seeks fame not for his own benefit but to further important non-profit work like the Youth Advocate Program, an organization that works with and mentors young people caught up in the juvenile justice system. OOH is the director of this organization’s Baltimore branch. OOH is a complex man with heart, swagger, and unexpected lyrics. If you haven’t you must check out The Big 7, and the The King of Pops, both debuted this summer.
Check out a live version of “Baltimore City Slicka” from The Big 7 below:
Find out the story behind the Baltimore classic, “Fishbowl”. Play the interview:
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