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 ...
Mississauga rapper, John River, possesses the energy, delivery and SKILLS to go the distance. Look out for his upcoming mixtape “The Storm.” With all the talent coming from Canada lately, we were thinking about hangin’ out there for awhile…but no…way, WAAAY too cold.
There are Battle Rappers who shine brightest in front of a live audience & then there are emcees who lay down their best bars in the studio when recording new tracks. Rarely do you find a lyricist who can blend both distinct skill sets & receive widespread acclaim. Bronx spitter, T.D.I, IS that artist! Whether showcasing mad skills in a cypher or slayin’ his competitors in the booth, T.D.I comes out winning every time! Check out his DeadEyez directed videos & watch as he stomps out the competition.
The best description for D. Green would be “lyrical technician.” Each rhyme that he creates is so precise & well-crafted that the listeners will find themselves gasping in awe at his phenomenal talent. The Bronx spitter is currently gearing up to set the industry on fire with his new six track EP called “For The F.E.W.(FansEveryWhere).” But after listening to it, I think he should seriously consider renaming the collection, “6 Tracks That Will Make EVERYONE A D. Green Fan.” It’s THAT good!
The opening track, “FansEveryWhere,” begins with the emcee RIPPING the mic after a club host calls him up to the stage. Right off the bat, we know we’re not going to be treated to the same “clone rapper” spiel when D delivers lines like “Being me is what I’m good at, comfortable with the person y’all look at” and “It’s hard for me not to partake in the repetition/ There’s more to life than cars, popping bottles and f–king bitches!” or how about, “I even lost my inspiration and have yet to find it…still/The beauty of this game has been losing its sex appeal.” Those are just small kernels. We’re holding back the best stuff so you can check it out for yourself. In fact, there are so many lyrical gems on this one track alone, that your head will spin around like you’re under some Linda Blair Exorcist type possession! It MUST be said, that the entire time, Full Tilt Productions drives his delivery forward with the best beats and grooves in the business! The next cut, “Ingenuity,” comes smashing through like a sledge hammer. It’s a triumphant, power house production that gives D a chance to flex his inner Steve Jobs. The true ingenuity revolves around his ability to create a succession of flawless tracks. He’s not sharing his secret recipe for making hits…but that’s okay. Whatever he’s doing…it’s working!
“Still” is a stutter-step electronic banger that emphasizes D. Green’s futuristic flow. With this track, he truly does demonstrate that he’s light years beyond the competition. It’s a cut that’s guaranteed to excite the crowd and have them “still screamin’ when they see him.” “Like This”(Feat. LoVel) is an uptempo track about romance that avoids the pitfall of feeling forced or corny. It could easily be played on any Top 40 station and still garner spins on the underground circuit. Creating a song of this nature can be a risky move for any rising emcee working hard to cement his credibility…but if it’s a fine line to walk, D. Green strides across it with confidence.
“The Dreamer” is another outstanding radio-ready track. D won’t let anyone stand in the way of his dreams…and who can blame him? When you’re endowed with those kind of prodigious rhyme skills, you follow through and take your craft as far as it can possibly go. “It’s Simple”(Feat. Katie Frost) is the final cut and a colossal closer for the EP. The lyricist details that while fame and wealth are great, real success is staying true to the music…and his beliefs. Katie Frost contributes soul-stirring vocals that will leave the listeners feeling inspired.
D. Green’s “For The F.E.W.” isn’t just an EP. It’s an excursion through the creative mind of one of the most important lyricists in the game today. Soon, this incredible emcee will receive all the accolades he rightfully deserves. But fans shouldn’t have to wait. The celebration begins now!
Production genius, Buckwild, is behind the boards on this new DJ EFN cut featuring Your Old Droog, Royce Da 5’9″, O.C.; and Reks…Say what?!? EFN’S got this many heavy hitters on a track?!!? We’re just recovering from “If U Run!” What are you doing EFN???…’Trying to get on our Top Ten list AGAIN?!? It’s okay. Keep hurtin’ ‘em!
Na$im Williams produced this dope track for Mic Shredder, Vic Spencer. But wait…Enjoy it now, because you won’t find it on Vic’s “The Cost of Victory’ album on Friday. That’s fine though. We’ll have a playlist of V.S. loosies all to ourselves. In the meantime, check out “Crown.”