Video: 450 Interview w/ Batman (Promoter of Travis Porter)
Revo Media/ TheRebelSociety.com caught up with Virginia Promoter, Batman (@batmanvapromotr) to discuss the trials and tribulations that have made him into an award winning promoter. He has also helped guide the careers of Verse Simmonds, Travis Porter, Boomman, among others.
Welcome to the new week everyone. I can't believe it's already December, but the fact that I can see my breath when I'm outside is a clear indicator that I'm gonna want more of the places I attend shows to have coat checks (seriously event spaces, get with it!). Before I go out and brave the cold again I have a handful of great features for you in this week's update. Leading things off is a list of my ten favorite NES games. I know, that's kind of random, but I've been playing a lot of NES recently. Back on the music side of things I have great interviews with hip-hop curmudgeon J-Zone, and Notar, as well as an all new Pop Shots and a really creative Vid Pick from Soce The Elemental Wizard.
My All-Time Top Ten NES Games
As some of you may know, I’m a retro gamer. Well, actually I’m a gamer from the 80s that never got into anything much past the SNES. In fact, the only reason I bought a PS2 was because I figured if I was going to have a DVD player it should also do something else. Now the PS2 is packed up, my old NES is still hooked up (with a new 72 pin connector), and I’m still kickin ass and takin names at all the old 8-bit classics.
A couple months ago a retro video game store named Retro Games Plus opened a few miles from my home and I have a feeling I’ll be there quite often. In honor of finally having a good old school video game place by me (sorry GameStop, you stopped being game for me when you decided you’d only stock games and systems that are Playstation to present) I’ve decided to make a top ten list of some of my NES faves. These aren’t necessarily the ten greatest games of all-time, although some certainly qualify, they’re simply ten games (err, actually a few more than ten... you’ll see) that I’ve always (dig) dug.
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from J.Lo proving her MetroCard is probably way out of date, to Lady Gaga proving you’ll invite just about anyone over for Thanksgiving, to Lily Allen proving the third time really is the charm, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
J-Zone was a different breed of artist, and that’s because he’s always been a different breed of man. “I still use a cassette Walkman,” he says with pride. “I have a cassette player in my car, I have an outdated haircut, I’m just in my own world.” His own world is one in which he refuses to do things just because the masses say he has to, and that world, including his career and views on mass culture, are summed up in his first book, Root for the Villain: Rap, Bullshit and a Celebration of Failure. “I wanted to show a refusal to kowtow,” he explains.
In a way, J-Zone is showing how he fights the power, or more precisely, fights the power cords. He’s not a fan of Facebook, doesn’t use an iPod, refuses to have a smartphone, and thinks texting is somewhere between silly and rude. He is a hip-hop curmudgeon and he wears that title with pride. There’s something to be said for the old ways, though, and this week I caught up with J-Zone to find out more about why he chooses not to move with the ebb and flow of the masses, what makes him the “villain” in his book’s title, and how he defines success.
When rock and hip-hop come together it rarely pleases both audiences. Either the rock audience is left feeling like the band was an afterthought, or the hip-hop audience is disappointed by the lyrical prowess of the emcee. Notar is shattering all of that with his debut album, Devil’s Playground, which manages to be both 100% rock and 100% hip-hop. It’s also 100% intense.
Originally from Connecticut, but now a New York City resident, Notar honed his lyrical skills at some of NYC’s toughest freestyle events – Freestyle Mondays and End of the Weak. After a friend of his played his demo for Adam Duritz, the Counting Crows lead singer signed Notar to his label, Tyrannosaurus Records, which is what Devil’s Playground was released on in September.
On the heels of the release of the album I caught up with Notar to find out more about his music, the NHL locker rooms it’s playing in, and the ways in which he hopes it inspires people. He also opened up about the large role religion plays in his life, and how he managed to personally kick someone out of his album release party without anyone noticing.
It’s been a fantastic week for my e-book, Muscle For Your Hustle, which has received not one, not two, but three more glowing reviews. The reviews are by the CT News, international music site Gone Out, and the blog of musician and writer “Fresh Prince Anthony.” All of these folks are highly knowledgeable about music, so the fact that they loved the book makes my day.
OMNI TELEVISION's "V-Mix" will be featuring veteran Toronto lyricist, Dan-e-o in a three-part interview that begins this week! If you missed "V-Mix" this past Sunday at 7:30 PM ET, Ontario viewers can catch the replay on Tuesday, December 6th at 4:30 PM EST.
In week one, Dan-e-o sits down Deejay Ra to discuss his long-standing involvement in Canada's hip-hop scene. He also reflects on his contributions to the culture and opinions on freestyling and DJing.
In week two, Dan-e-o will be put on the spot by Deejay Ra to recall a verse he wrote 20 years ago, and discuss his long list of releases to date.