Not sure if you guys know, but here's some background. I was born in Philadelphia, and started writing rap songs on my stoop one summer night. I made music for fun, to keep me occupied and out of trouble… never expecting anyone to like it, let alone want to support it. I even contemplated quitting music 4 years ago. Now seeing this level of support has truly touched me. It's something I never imagined. So if you've ever told anyone about anything I've ever done musically or otherwise, thank you.
One day, I was invited to do a show in London...my first time ever. The guys there unfortunately told us that the full airfare wouldn't be covered for me to bring my whole crew to the UK, and with me being an only child, I don't mind traveling alone, ever… But across the country? I just couldn't do it without the squad.
My bro K-Murdock and I decided we would start a kickstarter campaign, less than a month ago, and try to raise the funds to bring the whole team out. We didn't expect to meet our goal, with so many other factors going on.. But amazingly, we did! Then we checked the prices for flights and found out that we had undershot our goal. the conversion rate out there is pretty sucky for the US dollar.
So to make the trip happen, we needed to not only meet our goal, but to SMASH it, by at least double. K and I both figured we wouldn't make $5000 on this kickstarter, there was just no way. The goal was a trip to the UK… Who would want to pay money to watch us fly off and have fun in a faraway place? Seemed silly.
BUT, here we are, 8 hours until the close, and less than $250 away from doubling our expectation and hitting the vaunted $5000 mark. I'm totally stunned. And I have to say, if we don't make another cent, I'm so so proud of the effort and generosity that I've seen during this campaign. Thank you all for not only giving, but telling a friend. I still believe that word of mouth is the best and truest form of advertising there is.
Pardon the emo moment, but I'm really really thankful for the support.
Now, we stand 8 hours away from possibly doubling our intended goal, ready to blast off to the UK… so this is the absolute last time you'll see this link: http://kck.st/kVCVQi .
Give if you can, tell a friend, click that like button, retweet, write a blog or something if you can't.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, with the utmost appreciation and gratitude.
oh and best believe if we hit 5k, there will be a new song for y'all.
The lack of female presence in hip-hop today is nothing less than astonishing. Enter emcee and vocalist Janelle Corpuz aka JNatural. Executively produced by southland icon Aceyalone, her debut LP Love Is On Hiatus is a rousing, jazzed inflected album. Following in the tradition of uncompromising and strong emcees like Jean Grae and Medusa, Love Is On Hiatus features Aceyalone and Abstract Rude. Production is by San Diego beat maker Jeff Wonder.
Love Is On Hiatus contains universal themes of love, desire, and heartbreak. The track “I Am Where the Music Is” is a celebration of true love and the work any good relationship takes. JNatural who founded her own LA based design consulting firm, Halseyan International LLC explains, “I used to work a 9-5 and then grind till the wee hours of the morning to complete my music projects or do gigs. All the money I made from my job goes right back into my musical projects.”
On “Limber Slinky” JNat employs a sultry inflective hook alongside sharp choppy verses to releases her emotional wounds at a past love. It took time for me to understand what it really meant to love yourself and know that I was worth more than that.”
Raised in Los Angeles, JNatural’s immigrant parents were strict but also so busy with careers in the medical field that they left her in the care of her grandmother and aunt. “They were very musical and wonderful story tellers,” JNatural recalls. Negating the cliché that all-girls Catholic high schools are breeding grounds for wild girls, JNat says that there were major benefits to not having boys around to distract her, not the least of which was that she learned to speak her mind.
It was around high school when JNat tried her hand at turntables and discovered SLAM poetry. By college, JNatural and her friends were staying up late night dissecting the lyrics of Freestyle Fellowship, Living Legends and Hiero and scratching out rhymes of her own.
Eventually she formed an eight piece hip-hop band called Sonic Tongue. After years of shows in San Diego and opening up for people like Brother Ali, Jeru the Damaja, Elroneous, CMA and Slug, she moved back to LA and ventured out on her own. In 2002 she released her first solo EP For Clarity, and in 2004, continuing to find her own voice, JNat wrote and produced a 5 track acoustic guitar EP called LA Virgen.
In 2005 during a chance meeting with one of her icons Aceyalone at a Medusa show, she slipped him her latest CD. “He called the next day and asked me to come in to the studio to record and be part of the (SIS)tem, an all female group he was putting together.”
In 2006, JNatural teamed up with producer/photographer Jeff Wonder to produce her first globally distributed project Escape From Babylon. In 2008 she released Sex Lies and Sextape mixtape, mixed by DJ Ray Ray Raw and featuring The A-Team (Aceyalone & Abstract Rude.)
All the while, JNat continues to develop her career in fashion. She was designer for Roxy/Quiksilver and the Director of Design for Fox Womens. She recently founded her own design consulting firm called. Currently, she is VP of Design and US Sales for U&K Fashion Ltd, a china-based fashion group.
Love Is On Hiatus drops June 28, 2011 on Project Blowed.
MP3: DJ JS-1 - "Side Streets" Ft. Illa Ghee, Nutso, Guilty Simpson
Prolific DJ/producer DJ JS-1 is celebrating the release of his latest full-length LP, No One Cares, today by dropping his latest single, "Side Streets." Not only is the highly anticipated album, complete with 40 guests, including artists like KRS-One, Kool G Rap, Sadat X, and Joell Ortiz, and many more, now available for purchase, but fans can stream the full album for free all week as part of AOL Music's Listening Party.
Helping celebrate the release are Illa Ghee, Nutso, and Guilty Simpson, three notable MCs who champion the underground scene alongside JS-1 with the new single "Side Streets." "This song represents how we do the underground shit but get respect," explains JS-1, "while others take Easy Street on the Main Boulevard, but everyone knows they suck." JS continues, "We still enjoy making hardcore hip-hop while others are making very commercial, radio-friendly, pop-dance stuff." The song has an uncharacteristically basic production, made up of two blended samples and a dash of hard drums and bass, because JS-1 wanted people to focus on the hard-hitting verses and the very rare scratch hook. "I used a line from Guru that is from an unreleased acapella DJ Premier gave me," says JS-1. "It's the main vocal that ties it all in: 'I can go to any city/ Get respect in the street.'"
Fans of JS-1 can also watch him live on USTREAM today, from 1:45pm EST to 4:00pm EST, alongside Crazy Legs and Rahzel for their Lunch Breaks show. Says JS-1, "I'll be cooking lunch – chicken cutlet heroes – and then spinning some breaks, saying silly things with Rahzel, and harassing people about my new album. Should be fun!" Fans can watch live by going to http://www.crazylegsworkshop.com or by searching for the term "Lunch Breaks" on USTREAM.
DJ JS-1's new album, No One Cares, is now available via a joint venture between Fat Beats Distribution and JS-1's own Ground Original.