I think everybody knows that Hip Hop is coming back to the West. It's inevitable. Due to the laws of physics, it HAS to come back West lol. Here on the Left Coast, there's WAY too much talent for us not to make our mark in history this time around, sorta like the way Dre did it back in the 90's..
With any movement, there has to be Unity. Think about it...when Dre brought the West Coast to prominence in the early 90's, he had a whole movement behind him. His first album, The Chronic, introduced the world to Snoop, Daz, Karupt, Lady of Rage and Nate Dogg. I say that to say this....people aren't gonna notice a region by one popular artist creating good music, there has to be Unity.
I know so many talented musicians out here...and i think it's a shame that we don't all know each other. There's a broad range of different styles and sounds out here in the West, i think we are the most diverse sounding region in Hip-Hop. That said, we have the ability to leave an unimaginable sized impact, not just on Hip-Hop, but in music period. Nobody is ever gonna come up to us and hand us an opportunity to a larger platform, we have to do it ourselves...AND IT WOULD BE SO EASY IF PEOPLE WOULD BE WILLING TO DROP THEIR EGOS. Think about it...how hard would it be to form a team of some of the dopest talent in SoCal? I know many of them personally. It would be a win-win situation! Benefitting us individually by giving us the opportunity to extend our network with different emcees/producers, which would better us as artists. AND it's better for us as a whole because it would put the spotlight on our area and we'd gain each others' supporters.
The fact of the matter is, as artists, we don't wanna support each other because each one of us is trying to climb the ladder individually. We compete with each other instead of competing together. All it would take is one day, one gathering where all the dopest artists from this area meet up and really get to chop it up with one another...exchange contact, Twitter info or whatever...it could be at a park with a DJ and everything, a few performances...in the long haul, we'd even be able to put out a project together...that shit would be CLASSIC. This has never been done before, and i'm about positive that it would bring about success.
Let's stop bullshittin and put this shit together. Some time this summer, this should go down. It could be like the Hip-Hop version of Nick Fury's S.H.I.E.L.D. only there would be no hiearchy. I stand here today and send out this declaration to every indie artist in the Southern California region. There's no way i'd be able to put this together alone, but if this idea can catch on, we'd have an unstoppable family of dopeness. Just give it some thought and think about the possibility..
Thisweek'spurchasegoestoMayerHawthorne'sAStrangeArrangement. Take me serious when i say this....this is one of the best cds i've ever purchased. EVER. This album is so great that i'm gonna buy it for every single one of my music loving friends. I've been saying that somebody should come along and bring back REAL soul music. This man has successfully done it. Clap for him. So please, if you're looking for new music, buy this album. If you love real music, there's no way you'll be disappointed.
Manypeoplewho Create, myself included, are generally more likely to feel more inclined after hours. I believe there is a science to this tho...you see, creativity and logic are on the two opposite ends of the spectrum. Our brains function differently during different parts of the day. During the daytime, as the sun rises, the more logical parts of our brain kick in to help us cope with what we must face during daytime hours. Remember that we live by the Universe's associative laws. The part that kinda sucks is that in life, we are often bound by the principles of logic...it hinders us in a way. However, as the sun begins to set, a different part of our mind begins to kick in. That logical area of the mind begins to fade as our brain is getting our bodies prepared for the next phase, the dream state. This is why many artists create at nite...many artists will tell you that their best pieces of work have been created after hours. During these hours, our thinking process is shifted. Thoughts that have been repressed by our logic begin to surface. Here's an example you may be able to identify with. Have you ever been on the phone late at nite or early in the morning talkin to that guy or girl in your life and you find yourself saying/thinking extra simpish shit you wouldn't ordinarily say mid-day? Then the next day, during regular daylight hours, you think to yourself 'What the fuck was i saying/thinking last nite? And you snap out of it. This is no coincidence. It's because a different area of our brains are in control during that portion of the day. When your mind is 100% on the opposite end of logic, it is what is known as...a dream. A realm where logic does not reside. So if ever you feel extra creative during the nite, just know that it's because your mind is a bit closer to entering the dream state. Amazing the things and ideas that can emerge 'round midnight..
Areyoubusyrightnow? No? Good. Give me four minutes of your time. i need you to come somewhere with me...a trip inside my mind. I want you to hear music as i hear it...as you listen to this, close your eyes and take allow me to take you to the streets of Spain. If you have a pair of headphones, this works even better...this is a beat i made a while back for my next project entitled The Embassy.
Onethingiforgot to include with this project of mine is the Thank You index! So here it goes..
Before all, i'd like to thank my Creator...really goes without saying. My brother Tony for being the super hero you've been to me for 21 years of my life. My father, even though we don't speak much, whenever we do speak you always ask 'So you got any new music?' Your support means everything to me....My brother Xavier for being there for the entirety of my music journey. Remember when we used to be at my house and i would rhyme one of my new verses and we'd get to school and you'd say in fronta everybody 'Ay spit that shit you spit to me yesterday. That ONE shit!' And when i would finish, you'd tell me to spit it again! lol. My brother Joe for being the person responsible for me even creating music...i don't give a damn what you say, The Union will return! My brother Jack for being the single person constantly on my head about putting an entire project together. My brother Kelley for making me realize the talent that i had when at times, i'd be doubtful of myself...Steven, good lookin on the artwork! Shit is classic! Monique, thanks for ALL your support! I can honestly say you've probably been behind my music more than anyone...thats love. Dauche, thank you for being one of the first people to blog my music...the ill part about it is that you'd never tell me you blogged it, i'd look up and it's just there! Marco for being one of the first people to let it be known for people not to sleep on me. Thanks to the whole RiseA07 fam in its entirety. Let's do business some time soon! Funny story real quick, i was at the DMV the other day and somebody's ticket number was A070 and when the system called the number, the lady in fronta me rose up. Get it? Rise A07! DOPE! I believe that to be some sorta sign...Gotta thank the villain Stevie Crooks for bein the lyrical bully around this bitch! You already know where you're headed...Everybody that has ever complimented me on my music, i sincerely thank you! That shit is NEVER under appreciated. Marz Lovejoy waddup?! Can't wait for people to hear what we got comin...to my dear friend Ashanti, thank you for being the only person featured on This Beautiful Mind. If you ever decide to start the band that you dream of, you already know i'm down for the cause! Strheatz, Nine30 and the whole FBC! To my sister Raquel, thank you for being one of the only people i feel comfortable talking to about ANYTHING. Ummm, who else? Can't really think right now lol. If i forgot to acknowledge you, it's not because my mind and heart has forgotten you, it's because it's 8 am and my brain isn't all the way functional yet LMAO.
Oh, one last one....the little man that's graced the cover of this project. My little dude, my nephew Tyler. I love you more than anything in this world. My music is dedicated to you. This is my first project, my inception....my own 'Illmatic'. Thank you for saving my life..
It'sfunny...whenever people find out that i make music, the first thing they ask me is 'What's your rap name?' I always seem to laugh/cringe at that question. The strange part about what i do is that, even though i'm on my songs rapping, i don't consider myself a rapper....AT ALL. For a few reasons..i don't carry myself in that manner. If you know me, you'd know that i almost never mention the fact that i even make music at all. It's something that i do, not who i am. So why should i go by a separate moniker other than the name given to me at birth?
I always hate to talk about myself, but i guess i'm doing this because my music IS something that i love whole-heartedly so i guess i should take the time to explain myself as an artist. ARTIST. Root word: Art. That's the approach i take to my craft. And in art, there is no right or wrong way to create. With my last project 'This Beautiful Mind', it literally took me three years to create. Not as far as writing the material, but as far as CREATION. That project is a document of everything my life has consisted of in the past three years of my life. Every song has it's own feel as i constructed the songs to serve as different emotions. If i could have things my way, i'd wish for everyone to listen to it in a very dark room with headphones on lol. If you want to hear the type of music blasts out your speakers and makes you nod your head real hard, then my music may not be the music for you. And that's totally ok. I've been creating for about four years now and i wanted to challenge myself and push the envelope as far as the things that are expected of me.
I feel like it's way too easy and typical to just rhyme over beats and put a clever scheme of words together. The competitive side of me wants to do that at times because i don't think there are many people around here that can hang with me lyrically. (And yes, that's the cocky side of me talking lol). But EVERYBODY is doing that! Remember that MUSIC IS ART. Originality means everything to me. Everybody can rhyme, but how many people can paint pictures so vivid that you can close your eyes and SEE the things you hear? I believe my abilities as a producer allow me to paint those same pictures without any words at all. Actually, i enjoy producing more than rhyming. I feel as though raw instrumentals at times tell more of a story. Sometimes the best way to say something is to say nothing at all..
So i guess that explains it....if you decide to listen to my music, listen to the project in its entirety...it's the way i intended it to be heard. Approach it not as a listener of music, but as one who appreciates art. Those are the people i try to reach..
A lil while ago, i shot a cheap visual to one of my favorite songs of mine, 'Casual'. That emerged out of me being bored in my room and wanting to do somethin real quick...BUT...i am pleased to say i will be shooting an official version for the song very very soon...like in a month soon...i already wrote the treatment for it and everything. My boy Philmatic will be filming and if you've ever seen any of his work, you'll know that his work is never anything less than epic. That's all i wanna say about it for now....i can show you things better than i can tell you..
1. Fireworks (feat. Alicia Keys) (Produced by Noah “40″ Shebib) 2. Karaoke (Produced by Francis and the Lights) 3. The Resistance (Produced by 40) 4. Over (Produced by Boi-1da & Al-Khaaliq) 5. Show Me A Good Time (Produced by Kanye West) 6. Up All Night (feat. Nicki Minaj) (Produced by Boi-1da) 7. Fancy (feat. T.I. & Swizz Beatz) (Produced by Swizz Beatz) 8. Shut It Down (feat. The Dream) (Produced by 40 & Omen) 9. Unforgettable (feat. Young Jeezy) (Produced by 40 & Boi-1da) 10. Light Up (feat. Jay-Z) (Produced by 40 & Tone Mason) 11. Miss Me (feat. Lil Wayne) (Produced by Boi-1da & 40) 12. Cece’s Interlude (Produced by 40) 13. Find Your Love (Produced by Kanye West) 14. Thank Me Now (Produced by Timbaland)