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.
Vex DaVortex of Boogie Monsters fame joined us in the lab Saturday. This emcee, visual artists, graphic designer, producer, game designer, app designer–man of many talents–blessed us with some exclusives from his yet to be released The Muddy Contender. Wombatt55–emcee, drummer and new father–was also in the lab. We played joints from his last project Lord Baltimore with a few exclusives from his newest project Ignorance or Indifference which drops on 12/12/12 to be shared next Saturday. Make sure you tune in. Of course the emcees as is our must, dropped freestyles as well as their thoughts about making music in the industry today. Grown Up Hip Hop was definitely fully represented by the work of the two emcees as those who didn’t know became converts of Vex and Wombatt.
His lyrics have Substance for a reason. Substantial has been extremely productive these last few years. Blazing stages and booths consistently from Brooklyn to PG to Japan for over 10 years now. We are very grateful that the emcee with the unique flow, ill production, tight graphic design, and allaroundtheworld dope collabos is gracing us with his presence this Saturday. Be sure to cop his newest project- Home is Where the Art Is, in advance so you can ask questions, send some love, or just get some GOOD MUSIC in your eardrums!
For more on Substantial, visit www.the QN5 website and check out the mini-doc on his album release party.
Boy oh boy oh BOY! Kane Mayfieldhad 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!!!!