I like Joey BadA$$, he is a creative young artist, going against the grain. He doesn’t use the style of beats every new artist is using. He doesn’t talk about what everybody else is talking about. He is just himself, but with a distinct recognizable voice, delivery and an amazing flow, that is enough to entertain. Okay, there is one gimmick, the dollar-sign ($$) in his name, but that is actually a clever way to stay below the censors’ radar. This new joint Big Dusty, produced by Kirk Knight, is the first single off his upcoming Cinematic Music Group / Pro Era release “B4DA$$”. These crazy spellings must wreak havoc on SEO rankings, lol, but the music is banging’! More power to you.
MCMI’s own Keith ‘WildChild’ Middleton (STOMP/HYDRA/ThePLAGUE) gives us an exclusive interview on the set of his video shoot for his song “Feels Good”!
Even though he is a my brother from another mother and fellow recording artist on MCMI Records, it is hard to catch up with Keith ‘WildChild’ Middleton these days!! When he is in New York, he is locked in the studio, creating, recording, mixing almost 24/7. Between back and forth trips to Japan to promote his album, video and photo shoots – the man stays busy! So at a recent video shoot for his song “Feels Good,” off of his upcoming album “TRANSITIONS“, I asked him some questions, to give the fans some info on his music, his life and his new project. Here is a snippet of it. Click “Read More” to go to the full interview.
GMS: Most people know you from STOMP, the musical, producing and rapping for HYDRA and The PLAGUE, but you are working on this incredible Spoken Word album now, that many people did not even know about. How did that come about?
Keith: I always kept my poetry on the low. It’s private. I had played with blending it with my original music for years with aspirations of completing an album but never went further than the thought. Jan 15th 2008 12:15pm was the car wreck that became the game changer. From my Hospital bed I vowed to complete my album and live my life to the fullest! Thank Goodness for the second chance.
GMS: This album is being simultaneously released in the US and overseas in Japan. You’ve been getting a lot of support from Japanese radio and been doing performances in Japan. How did you develop your Japanese audience?
Keith: A great friend of mine / manager in Japan, Ayumi Hoshikawa, has been instrumental in introducing me to radio stations, musicians, venues, festivals and just good people in general. She’s awesome.
GMS: Having been an MC and cast member of STOMP for many years, you are no stranger to the stage or the mic, but this time you are performing your poetry. Does it feel different? How does that compare with your past experiences?
Keith: It’s more frightening because in STOMP there are no words and it’s an ensemble. Now it’s just me sharing my truths. So I am literally exposed and leaving myself open. (more…)
For those who don’t know, this Thursday SUMMERSTAGE and LYRICIST LOUNGE have teamed up to bring you MOBB DEEP “The Infamous Album 20 Year Anniversary” show, in Queensbridge Park, from 7pm – 9pm. The show is all ages (I don’t know how they pull that one off, but God bless em) and is absolutely FREE!
The Infamous, which was the Mobb’s second studio album, featured Nas, Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, A Tribe Called Quest member Q-Tip, and close Mobb Deep affiliate Big Noyd. The album contained several classics, most notably “Shook Ones Pt. II” and “Survival of the Fittest” which propelled Prodigy and Havoc’s careers forward as a group and also Havoc as producer. Before then he had never produced a record, but decided to both because they didn’t like some of the beats they got from outside producers and also because producers they did like were charging so much for a beat. One thing many are not aware of is Q-Tip mixed several songs and did a couple of beats on the album as well, credited as “the Abstract”. He was a huge fan of the group and was in a lot of their sessions with them as they recorded the album.
Along with DJ’s Hot Day and Ski Beatz, the duo from Queens is sure to thrill audiences with their current music and classics from “The Infamous” and the rest of their healthy catalogue. You will probably see a few surprise special guests light up the stage as well. You can get your copy of “The Infamous” 20 Year Anniversary – Deluxe version, with 17 new songs plus 14 remixed classics here.
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Although the BK MC shouts out Brooklyn, Biggie, Jordan and Mike Tyson, this track has southern appeal and would blend nicely with Jay-Z / UGK collaboration “Big Pimpin’”, which shows Kweli’s versatility, but he doesn’t pimp on this track, he drops gems. The video is dope and Res does her thing at the end.
Talib Kweli ft. Res – What’s Real is off the Gravitas LP, which can be purchased on vinyl, CD or digitally, at Kweliclub.com.
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For those of you who may not know, Sadat X & Will Tell, besides one being an MC and the other a producer, are “true wine connoisseurs.” The duo have been putting up videos on Youtube for a couple of years now, reviewing wines, kicking freestyles, clowning around and getting nice of the vino while doing it. They basically have a good time, talking about wine, but the show became a hit and things grew from there.
Taking things to the next level, the True Wine Connoisseurs brand of red wine was released to the market place. Check for it in your local wine shop (NYC, Jersey, DC and PA so far), and you will instantly recognize their caricatures, asking, as they do on the show, “What’s the factor?” meaning, “how f–ked up will you get on this beverage?” They have completed 4 seasons of the show and are getting ready for Season 5, but this is a ”special PRE-Season 5 TWC episode,” broadcasting from the Judgement of Brooklyn, a serious wine ranking convention, which Sadat X and Will Tell were invited to participate in, as part of the celebrity panel. Subscribe to the channel and go check out past episodes of TWC if you missed them. They’re hilarious!!! Salud!
TWC “The Middle Finger” Dry Riesling from the middle of the Finger Lakes coming Summer 2014!
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