Speech, frontman for Multi-Platinum selling Arrested Development, talks Hip Hop and Music Industry
In 1992, Speech, along with his group Arrested Development, went on to receive countless accolades including two Grammy Awards and being named Band of the Year by Rolling Stone Magazine for the ground breaking “3 Years, 5 Months, and 2 Days in the Life of…” The album launched the band into stardom with constant video and radio rotation for their hit "Tennessee," and later for singles "People Everyday" and "Mr. Wendal." The funky and soulful blend of Hip Hop and R&B delivered socially conscious music in a manner that was palatable to the masses. Despite being adorned with admiration by ...
Talking with entertainment mogul Ice Cube: The “Are We There Yet” interview
When it comes to the pinnacle of entertainment, Mr. O'Shea Jackson, better known as Ice Cube to the world, arrived quite a while ago. As a performer, he's transcended from Hip Hop legend to movie star, all while maintaining credibility in both worlds. As an entertainment entrepreneur, he's successfully conquered the music, film, and now television industries. Counting the "Friday" and "Barbershop" movies, "Are We There Yet" is his third franchise film. This time, he's delivered one of his popular major motion picture properties to TV. The family-oriented sitcom stars Terry Crews (known best as Chris Rock's father on "Everybody ...
STYLES P (All-new, 2nd interview) by Dirty Angel
WITH A FRESH START, STYLES P READIES "SUPER" NEW ALBUM
By Khalid Strickland a.k.a. Dirty Angel
The streets may now rejoice...
When I first interviewed Styles P, around this same time last year coincidentally, the self-proclaimed “hardest rapper out” wasn’t in the best of moods. Although Styles’ sophomore album, “Time is Money”, was set to be released on Interscope Records, the moment was bittersweet. That’s because his excellent solo debut album, “A Gangster and a Gentleman”, had been released four years earlier in 2002. With the airtight singles like “Good Times” and “The Life” (featuring Pharaoh Monch) getting burn on the airwaves, Styles ...
Sharon Jones Reminded Me Why I Like Music
Sharon Jones is one of the most inspirational artists on the show circuit. It’s not just her soulful voice, nor is it her hard and heavy dancing on stage, nor her soothing retro sounds that are reminiscent of class acts such as ‘60’s female groups The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, The Dixie Cups, and others, that makes her such a powerful inspiration. Even Jones’ uncanny, pure energy and movements, that seem to be channeled from the late James Brown, don't make her such a rousing figure. The inspiration is her story: A struggling singer who worked at a state prison as ...
KILLAH PRIEST interview by Dirty Angel
KILLAH PRIEST: AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME WITH LATEST "OFFERING"
By Khalid Strickland a.k.a. Dirty Angel
Brooklyn wins again.
After their legendary movement avalanched hip-hop’s landscape, the Wu-Tang Clan assisted a lion’s share of rappers who have gained notoriety on their own merit. Killah Priest, hailing from Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, is one of these alumni. Priest (as he prefers being called now) made his memorable debut in 1994 on “6 Feet Deep”, the first LP by The Gravediggaz (a group spearheaded by Wu-Tang Clan leader The RZA). In 1995, he appeared on two classic Wu-Tang solo albums: “Liquid Swords” by The GZA and ...
Julian Lennon discusses his new company, career, and the music industry
Insomniac Magazine recently participated in an interview with Julian Lennon to discuss his new release and a brand new company called theRevolution LLC. Lennon and music industry professionals Michael Birch (sold Bebo to AOL for $850 million) and Todd Meaghe (created the first 50/50 artist music store) started the company as a new approach to releasing music and working with artists. The company scouts talent, and then helps set up these artists with their own businesses. The company assists the artists with a variety of business endeavors including: finance, development, digital and physical distribution, promotion, and other important aspects ...
Teena Marie interview: The late, great soul legend discusses her love for, and life in, music.
In honor of the great Teena Marie, below is an interview conducted with her. During our talk, she shares her love for music and discusses a lifetime of creating it. It was with sadness that we learned of her passing, however, we were blessed to have had the opportunity to hear her story first hand. There is no question that her songs will be rediscovered by future generations of music fans seeking soulful inspiration.
Teena Marie Interview
In a day and age of commodity artists who are forgotten shortly after a year or so of a radio hit, and ...
Family Man Barrett of Bob Marley’s Wailers (interview)
Aston "FamilyMan" Barrett, the bassist for the legendary Wailers is responsible for the basslines and other creative elements on many of Bob Marley and the Wailers' classic songs. We discuss his thoughts about why Bob Marley and The Wailers' music continues to resonate with fans decades after its creation. He also discusses his thoughts on current state of music, and how he met and started working with Bob Marley. Yvad, the Wailers' Band's new vocalist shares his views on the power of Bob Marley and the Wailers' music.
Whether you're a musician or an artist, if you aspire to have a ...
Charlie Murphy interview: Big Name in the Stand Up Game
Although Charlie Murphy has appeared in countless films since the late ‘80s, there’s no getting around that most fans started to really get to know him during and after his appearances on The Dave Chappelle Show. Charlie’s skits, some based on his telling of real-life encounters with celebrities while he worked security in the early days of his younger brother’s career, have become larger than the show itself. Plays of some of Charlie’s segments on Chappelle’s show have exceeded the million-view mark on Youtube.com. There are very few people who follow pop culture that haven’t heard the words “I’m ...
What you can learn from harpist Merry Miller about succeeding in the music industry
Merry Miller is an extraordinary artist and businesswoman. Don’t take my word for it, she was named in Crain's New York Business magazine “40 Under 40” issue. She is the former Executive Vice President of Programming at the Learning Annex, and instrumental in building the organization’s revenue from $3 million to $100 million in three years. During that time, she coordinated visits from the who’s who of business and entertainment. She’s coordinated visits from some of the biggest leaders in the business, from Donald Trump to Russell Simmons. If that’s not impressive enough, Elle magazine named her one of the ...
Most Hip Hop aficionados that have been around for better than a couple of decades relate Irish Hip Hop with 90s rap act House of Pain. Rob Kelly is an Irish born emcee that is currently knocking out hard-edged Hip Hop with a vibe that is reminiscent of the 90s era, yet still solid enough to hold its own against much of today’s homogenized grime spitters.
If you missed the first mysterious video by a self-described government operative named Robert Connors who threatened to reveal a hidden 20 year old initiative by major powers to derail Hip Hop’s cultural essence and use the genre as a tool to disseminate and infiltrate an evil agenda, it’s posted below.
Truth #1: It’s clearly no secret that Hip Hop– or at least what most people perceive to be Hip Hop and pass off as Hip Hop– is far from what it was meant to be and stand for during its inception. Truth #2: People love conspiracies and enjoy spreading them, regardless if it’s misinformation or have some factual basis. Rapper Prince EA used these truths to help get attention, and it worked. It got people viewing, talking, and spreading the message. The original video encouraged viewers to re-upload and spread its contents under the guise that higher powers might take it down. It was purported to serve as a security policy for Connors in case his message (and possibly he himself) was erased after threatening to reveal secrets unless authorities came clean. (Below is also the follow-up video that viewers were waiting to be revealed a week later.)
The payoff, of course, was that it’s really a promotion for rapper Prince EA’s track “I Know Who Killed Hip Hop.”(The answer, of course, is “you.” If you support the status-quo and don’t seek out music that elevates the genre and culture; then, you are killing its essence.) Regardless of your stance–Hip Hop purist or someone who loves a good mystery– Prince EA executed a brilliant marketing stunt that got attention.
Ultimately, music needs more effective attention grabbers; otherwise, most of it gets lost in a sea of noisy babble. Well played Prince EA. And, to all aspiring rappers, find something distinct to do online, and maybe people will pay attention. -I. Vasquetelle
Junkadelic Music/Analog Brothers Presents: Silver Synth – Slang Banging Return to Analog
To be or not to be; is this an Analog Brothers album or not an Analog Brothers album, that is the question! Regardless of the questions that might accompany this newest release from the Analog crew, this LP is SLAMMIN’ (Yes, I’m taking it ol’ school)!!! “Slang Bangin” is 12 tracks of space pimpin’ at its’ best featuring Black Silver as Silver Synth, Kiew Nikon as Kiew Kurzweil, Kool Keith as Keith Korg, Marc Live as Marc Moog and Duce Dolby as well as production from DJ Junkaz Lou.
The album as a whole is hype throughout. Each track blends seamlessly with the next with enough head bop material to snap your neck. It might take a week of rubbing Icy Hot to get that tingling down your spine to subside but in the end it’s worth the pain. The beats are extremely dope and vary from up-tempo drum and bass steez to futuristic boom bap raw ish. Lyrically, everyone is on point and the addition of Kiew Kurzweil (Kiew Nikon to keep it real), only solidifies this release.
Both Kiew and Silver have collaborated many times before so their back and forth wordplay is impeccable. Black Silver rarely gets mentioned (if ever) when it comes to the topic of ill emcees. Can we finally agree that Black Silv is amongst the illest lyricists! Fans of the AB’s will quickly realize that there are some things missing (this is pertaining to my statement above). First, Ice-T is nowhere to be found on this release and you only have one appearance each from Kool Keith (Ziplocked) and Marc Live (Touch the Level). It would have been great to have all of them on one track and also interesting to hear what the newest member Kiew would have sounded like rhyming with Ice Oscillator.
In the end, this album full of such interesting combinations of sounds and rhythms so, the complaints are few and far in-between. For the haters, quit complaining about how there’s no new good music coming out and give this LP a chance. Support this project by going to http://blacksilver.bandcamp.com/music and cop it. NOW!!! Bless CyPhEr73
Many people credit The Sugar Hill Gang and Sylvia Robinson with releasing the first rap record, however, others know that The Fat Back Band and Tim Williams actually released “King Tim III” a few months before “Rapper’s Delight.” Even fewer people know that The Golden Gate Quartet, a gospel group, released “The Preacher and The Bear” in 1937. This may have been the very first rap record. Check these out below.
Know your history and you might have a better grip on your future.
Pigmeat Markham may not have been given his due on documentaries about the birth of Hip Hop in The Bronx, however, this Bronx performer predates the official genre’s commercially released medium by over a decade on his 1968 “Here Comes The Judge” 45 record. Beyond actually rapping to a minimalistic boom-bap beat, he also refers to himself as “hip.” Don’t sleep on Pigmeat.