Monthly Archives: April 2009

Pras Blogs On my days until I go back to Somalia…

Counting my days until I go back to Somalia and to be honest I’m not sure how or what I feel. I was just there, as some of you might know, and I just barely dodged the bullet. So why do I go back and succumb to the mouth of hell? Why subject myself to such psychological, spiritual and physical torture? Am I a glutton for internal misery that would ultimately destroy every cell in my cerebral?

What I’ve come to realize while out there is that I think I found a voice through my twittering. How people really were concerned for my well being. I realize that I have this affinity with discovering something when I’m not quite sure what it is I’m searching for, besides a bunch of pirates. It’s the embrace of being massaged or being welcomed into the arms of death. It’s the unknown that isn’t quite tangible, but yet just within grasp, almost like trying to capture sand through one’s fingers.

I like dancing with the idea of being on the borderline of sanity and insanity; the idea that I think I know it all, but I’m so uncertain about my fate and what I am truly trying to accomplish. How dare I put myself in harms way with no regard to the ones who love and care for me? Am I so selfish and self-centered that I am blinded by my own egoistic, self-indulgent, self-promoting, self-conscious, empathetic mortal being? Do I really believe that I am destined to liberate the pirates by exposing their endless plight for a free world much less like the United States of America or will I be cursed by the Gods for such binding audacity? Be as it may, I leave in a couple of days for the concrete inferno, the abyss of disparity. The uncertainty that lies before this journey is the driving force that makes me want to conquer immortality.

Memoirs of Pras Michel


Subway Art: 25th Anniversary Edition by Martha Cooper + Henry Chalfant (May 2009)


During the 1970s and 80s, photographers Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant captured the environment and the imagination of a generation by documenting the burgeoning New York City graffiti movement. Now 25 years and more than a half a million copies later, their bestselling book Subway Art is available in a large-scale, deluxe format heightening the visual impact of their classic images.


Nicki Richards (from Madonna’s band) at The Canal Room – Friday June 5th


New York, NY (April 30, 2009) Hot off her smoking set at Joe’s Pub several weeks back, NY’s rising star singer Nicki Richards (who grew up in Great Neck Long Island) has just announced that she will be playing her final gig of the summer at trendy NYC club The Canal Room on Friday June 5th at 8pm. She has also recently graced the stage with her band at The Bitter End and appeared on SNL and Late Night singing background for Ray Lamontagne.

Nicki’s new single “Why You Wanna Hurt Me So Bad” is currently impacting at the Billboard dance charts and is destined for the top – just as her first single “Bring The Love” hit number 3.


Raekwon-New Wu (Featuring Method Man And Ghostface Killah)


Interview With Erik Rico


A little over a year ago Erik Rico released Journey Back To Me, a blithe mash-up of Timbaland, Prince and Stevie Wonder’s verve championing pure soul music. Rico’s favor with finicky R&B fans comes during the third phase of his music career after earlier stints writing and producing for others and being an artist under contract with a major corporation. He produced music for a Tupac project, Jurassic 5 and Ladybug Mecca while being signed as an artist to Columbia Records. The latter gig arranged by American Idol judge Randy Jackson who was vice-president of the A & R department. But the North Carolina native’s creative discontent spurred him to leave the Sony owned subsidiary for the responsibilities and freedoms of being an independent artist. This year he has a few releases coming out under his Lifenotes label including The Higher Frequency EP that continues his expedition into the possibilities of organic and synthetic shaped R&B.

How did you get discovered by Randy Jackson?

My relationship with Randy came as a result of he and my cousin having a music production company based in LA. and them bringing me in as a staff producer/writer. After my initial meeting with Randy, he took my music to a quarterly brand meeting at Sony in New York to pitch songs/ production for artists on the label, he was informed not to break up my music but to sign me as a self contained artist to Columbia records, at which he was the VP at the time.