Adam: "A lot of artists think you have to know me personally to get on The Adam B Experience. Wrong. More than half of the songs in this month's edition of my podcast came from artists responding to a call for music that I put out on Twitter the day I was preparing to record. The only rule about becoming a part of this podcast is an artist has to be dope, driven, or different. It's best if they're all three. Of course, following me on Twitter at @AdamsWorldBlog and knowing when I'm recording also helps... a lot. This episode proves it! Hit me up with feedback at AdamB@RapReviews.com." The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE so tell your friends to download ABX right here at RapReviews.com!
Turntable Pioneer DJ Q-Bert to Unveil Fine Art Piece
DJ Q-BERT TO UNVEIL "BOLD AS SCRATCH" 2/19
Collaboration piece with WAIL (Sway & King Tech) celebrates his 25 years in music
Urban art imprint When Art Imitates Life (WAIL) deals in music visionaries creating visual art collections. Its premiere release, a collaboration with The RZA titled Victory Or Death, dubbed “the greatest painting of 2010” by Village Voice (link), ‘remixed’ the historic Washington Crossing The Delaware painting, replacing Washington with Wu-Tang Clan visionary RZA, the man who changed the sound and business of hip-hop. The Valley Of Kings fused Egyptian iconography with the philosophy and aesthetic of Hieroglyphics, the Bay Area collective that molded underground hip-hop as we know it today. And on February 19, 2011, WAIL will officially unveil "Bold As Scratch", their artistic collaboration with Q-Bert, the world-famous deejay who made turntables a musical instrument and turntablism an artform. Conceptualized and created behind closed doors in San Francisco by Q-Bert, hip-hop photographer Trevor Traynor and the WAIL team over the course of more than a year, the piece evolved from a multitude of ideas and sketches to a mixed-media canvas focused on QBert's personal tribute to one of his musical heros. In creation, photography, graphic art, found images and acrylic were utilized. Each piece in the collection of 250 are massive in size, and features custom augmentation by Q-Bert, making each a one-of-a-kind collectible.
The man referred to in many circles as the Jimi Hendrix of deejays has racked a list of accolades in his 25 years on the ones and twos that put him squarely in a league of his own. The three-time DMC world champion created the first musical annotation system for scratching. He was a member of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, the world’s first band composed entirely of turntablists. His 1994 release Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze Musik is considered by institutions like The Source Magazine to be the greatest mixtape in hiphop history. Graffiti artist Dug-1 created animations to the sounds of Q-Bert for the animated/live-action feature Wave Twisters, which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Festival. His equipment creations for Vestax and Ortofon have reached sales into the millions.
Sign up early at www.qbertart.com for details on the piece, as well as a chance to receive a Golden Ticket, allowing you to view the piece on February 17, two days before the general public.
WAIL was founded in 2010 by King Tech of the World Famous Wake Up Show and MTV’s Sway Calloway in conjunction with notorious L.A. creativity house SceneFour.
My panel on Video games in Hip-Hop has been selected for PAX East this year, so I'll be in Boston March 11-13 to bring that to ya. I'll be trying to get a concert set up out there as well, so be on the lookout.
there will be another free album dropping soon, myself and Span Phly just finished SPY vs SPY 2...so keep an ear open.
Hey There! This week we’ve got a new/old jammy from Haji P. After relocating to California from North Carolina, Haji started recording his album “Neighborhood Kid“ which was released in Feb 2010. This track, “Poor Sport” was from the same sessions as “Neighborhood Kid“ and the “Home Repair EP“ but somehow slipped through the cracks… UNTIL NOW! Enjoy some unreleased Haji P and be on the look out for more music soon!
We are proud to present the launch of a new and completely redesigned website. The website's new and interactive design enables the users to get an in depth look at what Creative Juices Music is all about. I'll briefly touch on a couple of things the new website has to offer, then you can take a look for yourself. The user will be able to easily hear music from the multiple artists’ featured, as well as get to know the artist with a highly detailed bio. The CJM store has been completely redesigned to make ordering more user friendly. One of our favorite new features is the "Network" (online community) that allows members to share songs, videos, post blogs, comment on message boards, as well as forums. There is a lot of new, and improved, features to discuss. I'm sure you'll enjoy the whole experience.
Creative Juices Music has been making major strides within the industry and with the launch of the new website we're going to take what it is we do to the next level. The website is: CreativeJuicesMusic.com.
Best known for his award-winning, chart-topping work with Jamaican star Shaggy and once dubbed by the legendary James Brown as the “reggae Usher” Barbados born/Brooklyn raised Rayvon who gave us memorable hooks on hit songs “Angel” and “In the Summertime” will release his self-titled solo album Rayvon featuring production from Jah Snowcone, Ali Cat & Carl “Beaver” Henderson who is credited with the blazing new single “Back It Up” *** (Los Angeles, California – January 24, 2011) Most artists dream of a career that spans over a decade boasting international accolades, chart-topping hits, and underground classics, Barbadian-born/ Brooklyn-raised Rayvon has garnered this success and more while affectionately being dubbed the “ambassador of hip-hop reggae.” Having shared the stage with monolithic icons The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson his pop-infused Caribbean flavor has paved the way for the next generation of Barbadian recording artists such as Rihanna, Shontelle, and Jaicko.
Rayvon’s eponymous third album. Rayvon features track work from heavyweights such Jah Snowcone (Sean Paul, Vybz Kartel) as well as the production prowess of Danny Champagne, Ali Cat, and Carl “Beaver” Henderson. The first single “Back it Up” is a hard-edged pulsating groove that have guys jumping and ladies gyrating. From “Hustle and Flow” to the pop reggae lilt of “Wedding Song,” the album result is an explosive collection of sonic heavy hitters (“Riding Skill”), Euro dance (“Private Dancer”), and his patented brand of hip-hop reggae (“Get Money,” “Bang Bang”). To date, “Back It Up” has garnered Rayvon an International Association of Independent Recording Artists (IAIRA) award and ranked in at No. 1 on Indie-Music.com’s top 25 for 2011. The second single “One N Only” is swiftly giving chase at No. 2.
Rayvon is probably best known for his work with multi-platinum selling vocalist Shaggy. The two began collaborating on a string of tunes in the 90’s which culminated in the Sting Int’l produced regional hit “Big Up.” Rayvon says, “We both got our break with that record. It put us in the reggae/dancehall spotlight. I had a smooth-edged style of singing and he had that rough DJ style. The chemistry was amazing.” Rayvon was also featured covering The Melodians' classic “Rivers of Babylon” on the B-side of Shaggy’s 1993 hit “Oh Carolina”
The following year Rayvon’s solo star began to brighten with the release of his hip-hop reggae classic “No Guns, No Murder” (produced by Funkmaster Flex) on the venerable VP Records. The track hit a trifecta on Billboard, ranking in simultaneously on the Hot 100, Rap Singles, and R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs charts. VP issued the follow up “Pretty (Before I go To Bed),” which quickly impacted the Billboard’s Rap Singles chart. Rayvons’ career trajectory accelerated in 1995 when he recorded the island-tinged duet “In The Summertime” from Shaggy’s platinum, Grammy award-winning album Boombastic. The song was a cover of Mungo Jerry’s 1970 hit and following in its original success Shaggy’s version with the help of Rayvon reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and No. 5 in the UK while also featured in various major motion pictures and television series.
Rayvon spent the next few years diligently releasing underground singles including “Bashment Party,” which positioned itself on Billboard’s Rap Singles chart. In 2001 he lent his vocals to yet another smash Shaggy duet, “Angel,” from the 6x Platinum seller Hotshot. This time, the duo topped Billboard’s Hot 100 and took home an American Music Award for the wildly successful tune. Rayvon appeared with Shaggy in the national spotlight on shows like Live w/ Regis & Kelly, Saturday Night Live, Jay Leno, David Letterman and All My Children. The song has since clocked in at 18 million views on YouTube and has been certified gold and platinum around the world. Rayvon says, “People have grown up with the classic songs I’ve done over the years. People want to hear Reggae because it's feel good music. Feel good music will never die.”
Rayvon previously released two solo albums including Hear My Cry (Virgin Records 1997) and My Bad (Big Yard Music/MCA Records 2002). Though hopes were high for his impressive debut album, it largely hovered under the radar in a whirlpool of label politics. “I came out in a year where it was like a small dog among big dog. Virgin released albums by UB40, Janet Jackson, Rolling Stones, and the Spice Girls that same year. I was caught in that whole whirlwind.” The release of “2-Way” off the sophomore effort reached No. 10 on BET’s 106 & Park countdown and chimed in on Billboard’s R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs chart. The title track “My Bad” stands at 84 thousand views on YouTube, featured a cameo from cohort Shaggy and boasted No. 1 at Top 40 Radio for four weeks.