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.
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!
What can we say about this wonderful, brilliant songstress? Music seems to permeate from her essence. She showed up at the interview vivid and alive recounting to us the details of a melody that came to her while she was driving. She is a healer–a registered nurse and a natural healer. She indeed has healing in her voice. She is fierce, strong and an expert in Capoeira. Seriously, she isn’t to be played with. A whole woman. Her soon to be released album is called “Destiny”. When you hear it, you’ll wonder how she combined jazz, soul, bossa nova, traditional capoeira songs and samba in that perfect way. You will want to take the trip with her. It was predestined.
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!