Between 2005-2007, while crawling through my 'laundry room' period, I found myself spending a lot of time with Rufus Wainwright's music. I was late in discovering his music, but a viewing of the Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk video on MuchMoreMusic had me hooked. I bought every cd he had released up to that point.
'Want One' had a major impact on my life. 'Oh, What A World' especially. The delivery of that song was unlike anything I'd heard. I was obsessed. I'd stand in front of my speakers and close my eyes, like Tom Hanks' character in Philadelphia, and would conduct the orchestra. I knew every lyric. Every note. I would later reference the song on my own, Laundry Room. Listening to Rufus Wainwright gave me something to look forward to. Sharing a flight in Australia with him, and cornering him in the Sydney luggage pick up to find out he was a kind person, would only heighten my obsession. I can sincerely say he helped me through shitty times.
Years later, cleaned up and actively creating music, I was promoting my album, Vaudeville, on Q with Jian Ghomeshi. While getting ready to leave, I overheard one of the producers say Wainwright was going to be a guest the following week. I begged him to let me come in to watch. I promised I would behave and sit quietly on the sofa, trying my hardest to not be a creep. I was granted permission.
Like a 14 year old New Kids On The Block fan, I wrote him a letter. I explained what I was going through and how much his music helped me fight through it. I let him know about the lyric reference and taped the letter to the jewel case of my first release, The BOOK. I placed the letter and cd in a small gift bag and made my way to the CBC studios.
On the subway I imagined the best case scenario. Rufus would reply to my letter. Touched. He would also be blown away by my music. So much so that he would invite me into the studio to record a verse for him. That would lead to us clicking. Undeniable chemistry. A friendship that would eventually lead to me and my girlfriend joining him and his husband in New York. We'd do some recording. Plan our upcoming tour together. But that was a small part of the friendship. It felt real. I was anticipating it.
I arrived minutes before him. He walked in with his publicist and another assistant. He was obviously tired. I was nervous. I kept my promise and sat quiet. Near the end of his interview, unable to find the airport courage I had in Australia, I struck up a conversation with his publicist, instead of speaking with him directly. She had a slight attitude. Annoyed. Looking back, I don't blame her. She promised to give Rufus the cd. He walked out of the interview and out of the studio, and just like that, he was gone.
Days went by. No contact. Years. Nothing. And here we are today. Still having a teenager's dream in my thirties. Not far from the one's I would have in my teens, at fantasy Circle concerts that were less a member and Kardinal, Saukrates and Choclair needed a replacement. There I was in the crowd. Every lyric memorized. Ready to go. Invited on stage. "Sure, Kardi! I'll join your group! Call you Jason? Sure thing, Jason!" High five!
Everyone wakes up from their dreams. Most never materialize. But they sure do feel real when you're having them. There's still time for us yet, Rufus.
The Muneshine produced, WhenWeDieWeDieTogether, is the first release from my newest album, Jonestown 3:The Dream Is Over [released: November.18.2012].
Video: Yung Chamberlain "Welcome to Milwaukee" f/ Jackitdown Brown
Courtesy Tom @ No Cure PR.
Made Money Musick artist Yung Chamberlain brings us the "Welcome to Milwaukee" video which gives us an insight into the streets of Milwaukee. The cut features Jackitdown Brown and depicts the grimey sides of the city with gully raps and slick flows, with a perfect backdrop for this nice joint.
Wise Intelligent Joins PE on the HIP HOP GODS TOUR!!!
Courtesy Global Reach.
Chuck D proudly presents the first annual HipHopGods Tour, blasting off in Washington DC on November 29th.
The 12 date tour will feature Public Enemy, X-Clan, Monie Love, Schoolly D, Leaders Of The New School, Wise Intelligent from Poor Righteous Teachers, Son Of Bazerk & No Self Control, Awesome Dre, Davy DMX and DJ Johnny Juice holding it down as the official tour DJ.
Official tour dates can be found below:
Thursday, November 29…Washington DC
Friday, November 30…PE (solo) in Philadelphia
Saturday, December 01…New York City
Sunday, December 02…Boston
Tuesday, December 04…Indianapolis
Wednesday, December 05…Chicago
Thursday, December 06…Minneapolis
Saturday, December 08…Denver
Sunday, December 09…Park City, Utah
Monday, December 10…Aspen, Colorado
Wednesday, December 12…San Diego
Thursday, December 13…Los Angeles
Keep an eye on hiphopgods.com, publicenemy.com and rapstation.com for more information coming soon.
New Episode of Ice Loves Coco Sunday on E! 3 FREE POSTERS
Steve 'Flash' Juon: "To celebrate the new season of Ice Loves Coco on E, we're giving away THREE POSTERS from the show, and all you have to do to win is subscribe to www.YouTube.com/TheRapReviews and leave a comment on our Ice Loves Coco video. Must be 18+, void outside the continental United States, prize content courtesy Hip Genius - no cash value or subtitutions available."
On this episode, Coco is the maid of honor in her best friend's wedding, until things go awry. Also, Coco plans to open an indoor dog park with her mom but the two have trouble seeing eye-to-eye.
1.) Benz Flow Part 2
2.) Imma Need To Know ft. Billionz & 2WO 1NE
3.) Thinkin & Drinkin
4.) Born to Die ft. Louie Castro
5.) Been Doing This ft. Prince Shamel
6.) Birds Of a Feather(Remix) ft. Nya Lee
7.) More Or Less
8) If Words Can Kill
9.) Supposed To ft. Prince Shamel
10) Hey Sexy ft. Louie Castro
12.) Blunt Bunnies
Livin Proof is an accomplished MC out of Brooklyn, New York's Cooper Projects. He wrote his first rhyme at the tender age of 9 and it was only the beginning. Livin Proof went onto form a group with fellow Brooklyn-knight, Joell Ortiz, has performed on several Roc-A-Fella tours and was featured on Memphis Bleek' M.A.D.E. & 534 LP’s. Currently, Livin Proof has a record called “Krak A Ki” that DJ Camilo has been spinning continuously on New York's Hot 97 and a new mixtape in the works called "Die For A Deal" which will be released on 11-20-2012.
Video: RZA Talking "Iron Fists" Prequels & Sequels
Courtesy Matt B.
The RZA speaks on the dynamics and hidden layers in his new movie "The Man With The Iron Fists," out Nov. 2nd. The movie stars Russel Crowe, Lucy Lui, David Bautista, Cung Le, Pam Grier, Rick Yune, and The RZA himself who explains each character has an in-depth back story which could lead to sequels and prequels.
Interview by Shane Gill | Shot & Edited by Guy Blelloch
Music used: Kanye West "White Dress" from the Original Soundtrack of 'The Man With The Iron Fists