A couple of weeks ago some friends of mine decided to test my forthcoming album People Hear What They See on some random people on the streets of DC & London as an experiment... without telling me.
I was fascinated by the responses given in this video. I'm used to reading reviews of my album by journalists & to be honest... whether they're good or bad, I rarely agree with them. There was something so refreshing about my work being critiqued by total strangers. People with no agenda, just hearing music from an unknown artist & giving their honest opinion. In today's world, that's a rare thing.
I really enjoyed what the older gentlemen had to say about my album. There were a few points I felt I over produced a bit. Loved what they guy in the shades on the bench said too. All of it really! What I liked most was the fact that people who had never heard of me, surprisingly enjoyed my work. Almost as if, they were surprised they could like something they didn't know of. What does that say about how music is pushed today? If I was seen in videos, plastered on walls, on television... Would they have been less surprised in their appreciation of my work? (whispers the title of his album)
Background Track: Oddisee ft. Olivier Daysoul "Let It Go, Instrumental' (from People Hear What They See)
New Audio: Rilgood f/ Maffew Ragazino "Who Should I Be?"
It's a "Brooklyn thing" today as two of arguably the best spitters coming out of Brooklyn join up for this story track entitled "Who Should I Be." Rilgood made a strong imprint onto the game earlier this year with his JFK Mixtape that hit the blogosphere by storm and was spotlighted by some major media outlets such Hypebeast and Prefix Mag. Produced by Woodro Skillson, his compadre Maffew Ragazino provided an impressive assist on the record with fearless wordplay as well and will be featured on Rilgood's upcoming Great Expectations mixtape due out in July.
As promised, I'm back to drop off my latest (really oldest) work, "The 1rst Born EP". This project is a collection of songs written when I was 22-24 years old, originally planned to be my first ever project, that ultimately got scrapped. One day while looking thru my music folder, I found both the beats and rhymes, and saw how they both very personal and personable, showcasing what I was going thru at the time. This project is a departure from my usual "conscious/revolutionary" themed music, but still very honest and real. Let this serve as the "prequel" to my first ever solo project released in 2008, "The Only Child". This also serves as the first music project of this summers "Black Experience" campaign...
GOONROCK Adds Six BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS to His Growing Award Collection
Hit-making producer/songwriter/DJ Goonrock has added seven new honors to what seems to be an ever-growing collection of awards for his work with LMFAO. “Party Rock Anthem” from the duo’s Sorry for the Party Rockin’ album, which is co-written, produced by and features Goonrock, just won five Billboard Music Awards: Top 100 Song, Top Duo/Group, Top Digital Song, Top Pop Song, Top Dance Song and Top Rap Song. Second only to Adele, who took home twelve awards, “Party Rock Anthem” was the most celebrated song of the evening.
The same track, which is a top-viewed video on YouTube with over 438,000,000 views (garnering nearly a million views per day), was also named the year’s Best Workout Song in an annual Men’s Health and Gold’s Gym survey. It won out over the other nominated songs: Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger”, Avicii’s “Levels”, and “Give Me Everything Tonight” from Pitbull.
Last month, “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It”, which was also co-written and produced by Goonrock for LMFAO, each won ASCAP Pop Music Awards for Most Performed Song in the ASCAP Repertoire for the Calendar Year of 2011.
Goonrock is the producer of the soon-to-be released Jennifer Lopez single, “Goin’ In”, featuring Flo Rida. Gossip blogs are reporting that this is the track that she will perform on the American Idol season finale this week. Although these reports have not been confirmed, a live performance on the popular television show could launch the new single onto the charts as did J-Lo’s performance of “Dance Again”, which quickly went Gold and landed at number 17 on the charts after she performed it on the show.
Two months after the release of his well recieved debut compilation "Gigantic, Vol. 1", Small Professor is back like he left something important. The second installment of Elderly Jawns consists of 13 previously unheard 2009-2011 era slaps, and the remaining 4 are the prime cuts from last year's Coalmine Records/DJ Booth contest winning Fortilive remix album (I know, that doesn't add up to 16). On this set, SP flips a variety of musical styles - funk, soul, electronic - and yet somehow manages to keep things cohesive. Enjoy!
NYC: Roots Producer & Keys Extraordinaire Ray Angry - New Weekly Residency at Bamboo
Bamboo, in association with Revive Music, presents world-renowned keyboardist, producer, songwriter, and musical director Ray Angry for a new, very special weekly residency Ray Angry Is Mister Goldfinger in New York.
The weekly residency brings Ray's beat laboratory and studio experience to an intimate, live setting, giving fans the chance to watch and learn as Ray uses his keyboard, computer, and drum programmers to make live beats. Ray draws inspiration from studying classical composers such as Chopin and Rachmaninoff as well as jazz masters like Herbie Hancock and hip-hop producer J Dilla. The mélange of musical inspiration illuminates the root of Angry’s talent and style, and makes his live show a truly enchanting experience.
Ray's incredible career has seen him work with the best in jazz, classical, gospel/R&B, and hip-hop. He was the musical director for Lauryn Hill, Joss Stone, and Kelis, has played with Whitney Houston, Prince, Talib Kweli, Roy Hargrove, Esperanza Spalding, written songs for Melanie Fiona and Christina Aguilera, and regularly plays on Jimmy Fallon with The Roots. Ray most recently produced for The Roots Undun album and played with D'Angelo for his recent dates in Europe.
Blu (feat. Mela Machinko) - "Kiss The Sky" (prod. by M-Phazes)
Blu drops his latest single "Kiss The Sky," through Coalmine Records. The M-Phazes produced banger includes a hook courtesy of Mela Machinko and cuts by DJ Dutchmaster. Check out Blu's latest interview New Word Color, as featured on Takin' Mines.
Crom Royale is the self-titled Demo tape released by Hi-Hill Recordings and Detroit rapper Crom Royale. This 6-track Cassette Tape features one of the freshest new talents in hip-hop. Crom Royales Demo is filled with gritty beats, dope lyrics and career defining talent. His skills, lyricism and delivery are undeniable.