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!
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!
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: